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Sara Roberts, Timothy Duke Attend Alpha Chi Convention

Florida College students Sara Roberts and Timothy Duke traveled to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society’s annual convention in St. Louis last week. Alpha Chi membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students at colleges and universities that have a chapter of Alpha Chi. Roberts and Duke were [...]

Jason Longstreth Appointed Dean of Students

Florida College is pleased to announce that Jason Longstreth has been appointed as the next dean of student services, effective June 1, 2014. Mr. Longstreth is a graduate of Florida College (‘94), Johnson Bible College (M.A., ‘09) and Amridge University (M.Div., ‘12). He is on track to complete his doctorate at Amridge in the summer [...]

Florida College Honors 2013-2014 Academic Awards Winners

Last week Florida College honored its 2013-2014 academic awards winners. Recipients were selected by faculty members and were recognized for their dedication, love for learning, strong work ethic, leadership and excellence in scholarship. A complete listing of recipients can be viewed here, along with the comments written by their professors and fellow students. Congratulations to [...]

Oratory Union Wins Ocean City Tournament

Florida College’s Oratory Union took the Collegiate Forensics Association (CFA) by storm, leaving their recent Ocean City tournament as the season’s league champions. The Union (formerly known as Forensics), competes in an array of oratory events, including parliamentary debate, limited preparation speaking, prepared public address and several categories of interpretation events. Ocean City marked the [...]

Florida College Mourns Pauline Chandler

Florida College is mourning the loss of Mrs. Pauline Chandler. Born on April 2, 1919, Mrs. Chandler passed away on March 8, 2014, just three weeks before her 95th birthday. She came to Florida College to fulfill the need of a dorm mother in 1967, three years after the passing of her husband. She served [...]

Dr. Brian Crispell Named Academic Dean

Florida College is pleased to announce Dr. Brian Crispell as its new academic dean. Dr. Crispell has served as a history professor since 2000, and as the College’s dean of students since 2009. From 2001 to 2006 he earned six-consecutive Top-Rated Lecturing Professor awards. Brian has helped develop several lower-division and upper-division history courses, including [...]

Jason Longstreth Granted Tenure

On Tuesday, March 4, Florida College recognized Mr. Jason Longstreth as its latest tenured professor. Jason graduated from Florida College Magna Cum Laude with his associate degree in 1992, receiving the Lower-Division Bible Award and the Srygley Award for Excellence in First-Year Greek. He then completed the Advance Diploma in Religious Studies in 1994, graduating [...]

Alumni LaGrone, Broadwell Speak on Teach for America Experience

Florida College alumni Matt LaGrone ’10 and Daniel Broadwell ’12 returned to campus last week, accepting an invitation from the College’s Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences to speak to students on their recent efforts with the Teach for America initiative. According to postsecondary.org, just eight percent of children raised in low-income communities will graduate [...]

Pat Todd, Saif Alsafeer Accept Academy, College Positions

Florida College is proud to announce two significant changes in both Academy and College leadership. Mr. Pat Todd has accepted the position of assistant to Principal Lynn Wade at the Florida College Academy, and will serve as the director of strategic planning and development. He will also take on the additional responsibility of interim athletic [...]

Florida College Mourns Chris Glover and Joella Pickup

Florida College is mourning the loss of two dear friends, Mrs. Chris Glover and Mrs. Joella Pickup. Mildred “Chris” Glover was born on March 4, 1930 in Concordia, Kan. In 1984 she arrived as Florida College’s latest dorm mother, where she lived with, mentored and lived as an example for the ladies of Boswell Hall [...]

Dr. Petty, Barr, Rae to Take on New Responsibilities

Florida College is proud to announce the advancement of Dr. Dan Petty to vice president for academic and student affairs, Mr. Jared Barr to chief marketing and information officer and Mr. Jon Rae to director information technology.  Dr. Petty has been professor of numerous history and Bible courses at Florida College since 1989. He also [...]

Charles and Alice Rice Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Longtime friends of Florida College Charles and Alice Rice celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last week on February 19. Charles and Alice met while in high school. After graduation Alice attended David Lipscomb University and Charles worked in the coal mines. During that time they corresponded for around a year, and married on February 19, [...]

PTK Inducts Spring Members

Monday, February 13 marked the induction of 38 members to the Pi Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Phi Theta Kappa offers recognition to students pursuing the Associate in Arts degree who have maintained a 3.65 GPA on at least 15 hours of academic hours. Florida College acknowledges these students for their intellectual [...]

Professor Chandler’s Research Published

Florida College’s Mr. Todd Chandler has been published in a recent issue of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (75 [2014] 14-23), where his research was part of a larger work on the circadian clock. The circadian clock (commonly known as the “body clock”) adjusts an organism to its environment based on external cues, the most significant being [...]

Rob and Maureen Taylor Receive Friend to Youth Award

On Monday, February 3, Rob and Maureen Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colo. were awarded Florida College’s 2014 Friend to Youth Award. The Taylors have given the College their financial support through the Adopt Program, the Scholarship Partner Program, the Florida College Athletics Association, and many other ways. They have also been active members of the [...]

Dr. Crispell Featured in PBS Documentary

Florida College’s own Dr. Brian Lewis Crispell was recently featured in PBS’s “A Friend to Presidents: Senator George A. Smathers,” a documentary on the late Florida senator George Smathers. In the early ‘90s while completing graduate work at Florida State University, Dr. Crispell discovered George Smathers while researching President Kennedy’s foreign policy. Curious as to [...]

Jenna Sink Honored As Presidential Scholar

On November 9 at the Chicagoland Booster Club’s presidential meeting in Sugar Grove, Ill., high school senior Jenna Sink received a four-year, full-tuition Florida College scholarship for her designation as a Presidential Merit Scholar. The presidential scholar designation is the highest academic honor given to a student entering Florida College, and recognizes students’ academic ability, [...]

Adam Olson Named Director of Alumni Relations

Florida College is proud to announce Mr. Adam Olson ’00 as its new director of alumni relations. After completing his bachelor’s at Athens State and his master’s at Belmont University, Adam spent six years in Nashville where he served as manager and creative director of a music publishing company. In 2008 he and his wife, [...]

What Happened After The Dunk

Friday, November 8 will forever go down in Conn Gymnasium history as the day of The Dunk. Check out the new, higher-resolution footage.  To Falcons fans who witnessed the feat, the otherwise vague phrase recalls images of a packed gymnasium, the anticipation of a hard-earned win, the split-second of silence followed by a basketball rim [...]

Mrs. Annetta Hastings Receives Tenure

On Wednesday, October 30, Florida College recognized Mrs. Annetta Hastings as its latest tenured professor. Miss Annetta Mauck completed her associate’s degree from Florida College in 1986, and went on to complete the Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Secondary Education at Indiana University in 1988. After three years of teaching high [...]

Gass, Baughman Lead Way in Union’s MSU Victory

The Florida College Oratory Union competed in the Morgan State University tournament in Baltimore, Md., where veterans Andrew Gass and Melody Baughman showcased impressive versatility to deliver an overall tournament win. Though seven other schools competed in the tournament, the height of competition proved to be within the Union itself as veterans Andrew Gass’s and [...]

Oratory Union Shows Promise for 2014 Tournament Circuit

Though their official tournament circuit has yet to begin, Florida College’s Oratory Union has already completed its two pre-season tournaments, which indicates promise for another competitive season of public speaking. The Oratory Union (formerly known as Forensics) is a student organization that focuses on debate, various styles of public speaking and the oral reading of [...]

Florida College Formally Dedicates College Hall

On September 20, students, faculty and alumni assembled opposite the building formerly known as C Dorm to witness the formal dedication of the newly renovated College Hall. The guests of the event ranged from current College Hall residents to alumni C Dorm occupants to Florida College board members who witnessed the building’s construction in 1964. [...]

Florida College Business Students Win GLO-BUS Best Strategy Invitational

Florida College business administration students are taking care of business, winning their class’s GLO-BUS strategic management software competition and going on to compete in the GLO-BUS Best Strategy Invitational, where they ranked first in their industry grouping and third overall against 75 groups. The Camera Cowboys, run by seniors Jon West, Jonathan Wickersheim, Joshua Westenhouser [...]

Ninth-annual Labor Camp a Success

“Who says kids get to have all the fun?” So goes the slogan of Florida College’s summer Labor Camp, which convened June 16-21 for its ninth-consecutive year. The camp is comprised of alumni and friends of Florida College who come together every summer to volunteer sweat and toil in exchange for home-cooked food provided by [...]

Florida College Remembers Board Emeritus “E.B.” Hill

On Friday evening, May 3, Florida College Board Emeritus Erwart Brown Hill passed away at the age of 93 in his home of Winter Park, Fla. Born in McMinnville, Tenn. in 1919, “E.B.” Hill served in Europe during World War II and worked as a general contractor in the Orlando, Maitland and Winter Park area [...]

Mr. Doug Nerland Receives Royal Palm Dedication

At the conclusion of the College’s final chapel service of the year, the yearbook staff dedicated this year’s Royal Palm to Mr. Doug Nerland. Doug, a native of Canada, attended Florida College from 1972–1974, and later returned home. When the need arose in the Development Office, he once again moved to Florida to assist. He [...]

Florida College Mourns Loss of Marty Pickup

Marty Pickup, former student and Bible professor at Florida College, passed away suddenly March 26. He collapsed while engaged in his routine tennis match. He was taken to Florida Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Marty was born November 8, 1959 and grew up in the Temple Terrace community. His grandfather, Harry Pickup Sr. and [...]

Craig and Tami Bean receive 2013 Friend to Youth Award

On Tuesday, February 5, at the conclusion of Florida College’s evening lecture, Dr. H.E. “Buddy” Payne presented Dr. and Mrs. S. Craig Bean with the 2013 Friend to Youth Award. As students, Craig and Tami were active participants in the Florida College student body. Craig led through the Student Body Government Association, and took on [...]

Florida College Remembers “Dudy” Walker

On December 25, James “Dudy” Walker, 84, passed away in his home of Temple Terrace, Fla. Born August 13, 1928 in Memphis, Tenn., Walker graduated from Memphis Technical High School in 1946, where he served as an officer in the ROTC program, a member and eventual president of the National Forensics League and a valued [...]

Lady Falcons Record First Win In Program History

On their first extended road trip, the Lady Falcons came out with a huge win against Tennessee Temple Crusaders. The win is the first in Florida College women’s basketball history. Senior Jenny Moorer led the way during the first half and set the tone for a first half of exceptional offensive efficiency in which the [...]

Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble to Host Madrigal Dinner

Immerse yourself in the frivolity of the Middle Ages by joining a local king and queen’s royal court in their personal yuletide celebration. The evening promises an abundance of succulent foods (and a lack of utensils), impeccable service, and live merriment provided by the Florida College Chamber Singers & Jazz Ensemble. Join us in Historic Sutton Hall [...]

Florida College Hosts Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 9 Florida College hosted a special Veterans Day program at the conclusion of its daily assembly, honoring many faculty and staff members and local residents for their service. The veterans present among faculty and staff were Dr. Brian Crispell, Dr. Doug Barlar, Ray Hinds, Buddy Clark and René Anderson. The program featured [...]

Florida College Mourns Loss of R.J. Stevens

A friend of Florida College, Roy Joseph (R.J.) Stevens, born on August 5, 1927, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Brother Stevens was a resident of Kemp (Garland), Texas, at the time of his passing. R.J. Stevens was a valuable contributor to the Florida College family. For many years he led the singing every evening of lectures week and he and Pauline [...]

Rachel and Maury Dare Endowed Professorship

On September 28 in Hutchinson Auditorium, Florida College hosted an investiture ceremony for its first endowed professorship. The ceremony recognized donors Mr. John and Rosemary Kopel Brown of Portage, Mich. and their gift of $1.5 million given in honor of Ms. Rachel Kopel Dare, a former chemistry professor at the College, and her late husband [...]

Dr. Carson Featured in 5th Annual Leadership Dinner

Florida College’s 5th annual Leadership Dinner featured world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson. He shared his inspiring story in which he persevered through poverty and personal struggles to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a physician. Prior to the dinner and per his request, Dr. Carson addressed the student body at the conclusion of the [...]

1213 to Sponsor Life Enrichment Series

Florida College is pleased to announce that all Life Enrichment programs for 2012-2013 will be sponsored by 1213, a non-profit organization based in Orlando, Fla. 1213 serves Christians who are in need through personal relationships, spiritual guidance, and financial support. The volunteer network of 1213 helps to identify needs within their communities that cannot be met by [...]

The Friends Perform National Anthem

On Tuesday, July 25, the Florida College Friends took a break from the route of their annual cross-country tour to tread upon the field of the St. Louis Cardinal’s stadium to sing the national anthem. Led by alumnus Adam Olson ’00, the College’s premier performance group commenced what turned out to be a competitive game [...]

Remembering Dr. James Hodges

Dr. James A. Hodges, 82, of Temple Terrace, Fla. passed away on April 10, 2012 after a battle with cancer. It is really only possible to scratch the surface when attempting to honor Dr. Hodges’ life and work. As Dr. Thaxter Dickey mentioned in his remarks during the funeral, “the mere facts of the obituary [...]

Florida College Remembers Vernon Hinely

Vernon Hinely, a board member for 22 years, has passed from this life into the next. Hinely was elected to the Florida College Board of Directors in 1981, serving alongside his brother Herbert. He made an immediate impact on the progress of Florida College, bringing a keen business sense and energy to the Board that [...]

Wayne and Lillian Mitchell Receive Friend to Youth Award.

On Tuesday night, President Buddy Payne awarded Wayne and Lillian Mitchell this year’s prestigious Friend to Youth Award for outstanding service to Florida College. Dr. Mitchell and his wife Lillian have offered humble service in so many ways, and that service, according to President Payne, “has been as significant as it has been varied.” For [...]

Society Circle at Sutton dedicated to Bob Owen

On Tuesday, a large crowd gathered on the far side of the Florida College campus to witness the unveiling of the new Society Circle—and to honor Bob Owen, a man who is as much a fixture in Temple Terrace as any building, new or historic. The brand-new Society Circle pavilion will serve several purposes. According [...]

New Women’s Basketball Team Making History at Florida College

The new Florida College women’s club basketball team has come out on top in two of the first three games of the 2012 season. The newest team of Lady Falcons is currently 2-1, after beating the Trinity Baptist College Lady Eagles last Thursday, and Clearwater Christian on Tuesday. Basketball carries a long and proud tradition [...]

Florida College Presents Marlais and Campbell in Concert and Master Class

The Florida College Life Enrichment Series will present clarinetist Arthur Campbell and pianist Helen Marlais in recital on Monday evening, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Puckett Auditorium. This concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Marlais will also present a workshop, piano master class, and showcase of her new piano method, Succeeding [...]

Florida College Presents My Fair Lady in February

One of the most popular musicals of all time comes to Florida College! The Florida College Department of Fine Arts presents Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. This two act musical will showcase the talent Florida College has to offer under the direction of Dr. Matt Johnson. Hear songs you know and love, like “Wouldn’t It Be [...]

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Florida College’s Jingle Shells Event

This Friday and Saturday, Florida College invites friends of the College and Temple Terrace residents to enjoy an evening of music and holiday cheer at this year’s Jingle Shells event. Club Morocco—one of Temple Terrace’s oldest and most historic sites­­—­­comes to life once again as the center of Temple Terrace society on December 2 and [...]

Women’s Volleyball Wins 8th National Title

Congratulations to the Florida College Lady Falcons, 2011 USCAA Volleyball National Champions! The Lady Falcons have captured their eighth national title, seven of them being USCAA titles. From theuscaa.com… For Immediate Release LOUISVILLE, KY- Florida College has won a total of seven USCAA Volleyball National Championships since the year 2000. They won three in a row [...]

Florida College Athletics Receives Two USCAA Nationals Bids

Florida College is pleased to announce that both the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams have received bids to their respective USCAA National Championship Tournaments. Men’s Soccer received its first ever bid to the tournament USCAA National Championship since their inception. The team left Wednesday to for Asheville, N.C. The Tournament takes place November 3-5 [...]

A Successful Evening with Mike Huckabee

On Tuesday, September 27, Florida College hosted former Arkansas governor and 2008 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Leadership Dinner. Phil Ford, former chairman of the West Memphis Board of Higher Education, introduced Huckabee to the sold out crowd. Huckabee then spoke on the value of a Christian-focused college [...]

Alumni Production Raises Money for Scholarships

Last Friday and Saturday, fairy tale lovers everywhere gathered in Hutchinson Auditorium to get their happily-ever-after fix at Florida College’s alumni production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon—a bizarre, boisterous ballyhoo that was anything but your traditional Disney fare. According to the script, it was “one enormous, mega, super story” put on by the “greatest troupe [...]

Florida College Receives NASM Accreditation

Florida College received word yesterday that the National Association of Schools of Music had voted to approve Florida College’s Associate Membership. According to Florida College president Dr. H.E. “Buddy” Payne, this represents, “a huge step forward,” as the College continues to, “enhance the academic credibility of [the] four year programs.” “Parents can be further assured [...]

Florida College Remembers Verl Fielding

On June 7, 2011, Florida College lost a friend and servant. Verl Fielding passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in his Palmetto, Fla. home. He was 91. Verl was a man of faith, both to the Lord, and his wife Evelyn to whom he was married 68 years. After serving in the Air Force [...]

Graduation Commences, Students Honored

Last Thursday evening, Florida College tearfully and joyfully said goodbye to another class of students. The festivities were traditional. The administration conferred degrees of all students—many of whom graduated with honors. Valedictorian, Lauren Reeves, and salutatorian, Nicole Mackey, were recognized for outstanding academic achievement. President Payne and Dr. Crispell offered heartfelt speeches for Dean’s and [...]

Sarah Nale Crowned Queen of Spring

Last Thursday evening, Florida College celebrated the arrival of spring by crowning this year’s Queen of Spring in the annual Spring Festival, held at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. Each year, the student body selects a handful of young ladies to represent the campus based on their grace, sweetness of character, and good example. This year, Miss [...]

Florida College Alum Inducted into Hall of Fame

Only a select few can be called a hall of famer. Bill Murrell is one of them. William B. Murrell, Jr. ’67 was inducted in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame for his work at Athens Bible School. The ceremony was held March 21, 2011, inducting twelve members. Murrell began his career filling [...]

Wind & Jazz End On a High Note

Monday night’s final concert marked the end of another successful year for the Florida College Wind and Jazz Ensembles. Between multiple performances and last week’s whirlwind weekend tour, everyone is tired but pleased with their performances. “The job is a lot of work,” says director Brian Rainwater, “But it is very enjoyable and rewarding to [...]

Women’s Soccer Hires New Coach

The Florida College Women’s soccer team has a new face—head coach Chris Oliver, who recently accepted the job this past month. “I was looking for the person to be the right fit here for many years to come,” said Athletic Director, Kenny Moorer. “Chris had a lot of real good answers to my questions about [...]

Faculty Crowned King in Chess Tournament

The 2011 Florida College Student/Faculty Chess Tournament took place last Thursday evening—and even torrential rains and screaming Florida winds could not keep the five faculty members and five students from throwing down five masterful chess games in Chatlos Library. This year, the faculty competitors—Drs. Buddy Payne, Howard Colvin, Brian Crispell, Thaxter Dickey, and Colly Caldwell—took [...]

Chorus Wraps Up South/Midwest Tour

The Florida College chorus wrapped another successful year of uplifting music and interaction with our constituents the traditional Spring Break tour and the final concert of the year last Thursday. According to Travis Peterson, a senior in the four-year music program, this year was a good one for the chorus. “Because the band and chorus [...]

Dick and Barbara Qualls receive Friend to Youth award

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, President H.E. “Buddy” Payne, Jr. awarded Dick and Barbara Qualls the prestigious Friend to Youth award for outstanding service to Florida College. The Qualls have seen four children and fourteen grandchildren attend Florida College, but their support for the college goes further than paying many years of tuition. They are [...]

Florida College Remembers Fred Pollock

On December 10, 2010, Florida College lost a true Friend to Youth. Fred Edwin Pollock died as he had lived, holding the hand of his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Frances Hope Pollock. In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by three daughters: Hope (Royce) Chandler of Tampa, Florida, Mary Ann (Bill) Grant [...]

FC’s Next Degree Gives Students Something to Talk About

In a recent poll, FC freshmen and sophomores were asked whether or not they would be interested in pursuing a degree in communication at Florida College. The reaction was clear and overwhelming, with one in four students expressing interest in the degree program. As a result, Florida College is pleased to announce that this sixth [...]

Ugly Sweaters Roam Campus

Last year, sophomore Adam Smelser challenged students to wear their ugliest sweaters on a particular day late in the fall semester. The worst-dressed students on campus made their appearance on that day. This year the Administration teamed up with Smelser to create Ugly Sweater Week. Daily winners were chosen and at the end of the [...]

Bassett and Johnson Receive Doctorate

Dr. Jon Bassett and Dr. Matt Johnson were honored on November 3, to celebrate their recently-awarded Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Each was presented with his academic regalia–a robe, cap, and hood—in a ceremony after chapel. This regalia is worn by the faculty during each year’s opening ceremony and graduation.

Florida Blood Services Honors Florida College

Florida Blood Services is the organization responsible for supplying so many of the hospitals and surgical centers throughout Florida. Florida College is a small college with a nationally recognized high percentage of donors. Together these two are a powerful team for good. On November 18, FBS presented the college with a beautiful crystal vase and [...]

Florida College Remembers Dr. Walt Hunter

This Sunday, November 28, saw the passing of our friend and brother, Walt Hunter, from this life and into God’s eternal keeping.  We extend our love and sympathy to his wife, Louise, their children Tina, Brent, Becky and Crystal, and all their families.


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