Welcome, Florida College Friends!

Please welcome the members of this year’s Florida College Friends group: Nathan Shepard, Logan Alford, Abby Hopkins, Noah Diestelkamp, Natalia Restrepo Gutiérrez, Travis Smith, Jessie Tharp, Jacob Stringer and Harrison Reagan (pictured above, left to right).

The group members were selected by a committee led by Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the director of the Friends, after two days of auditions on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

“I am excited about working with this group,” Olson said. “Each student brings something unique and valuable.”

The members have specific roles in the group based on their unique musical talents. Noah Diestelkamp, Natalia Restrepo Gutiérrez, Abby Hopkins and Jessie Tharp will all participate as vocalists. Harrison Reagan and Jacob Stringer will play guitar for the group. Logan Alford will be on bass, Travis Smith will play piano, and Nathan Shepard will be the group’s drummer.

The Friends will practice and perform at a variety of events throughout the year and travel across the U.S. for a fall tour and a summer tour. On their two annual tours, the Friends have the opportunity to meet Florida College alumni and friends from all over the country.

“The purpose of this group is to engage students, parents and alumni and connect them to the mission and message of Florida College,” Olson said. “For decades, Florida College students have impressed audiences with their talent and enthusiasm, and we look forward to another successful year!”

Florida College is thrilled to have these students representing the school this year.

August 27th, 2015|

Florida College Presents Dr. Tom Hamilton With Academic Regalia

Dr. Tom Hamilton (A.A. ’83) was presented with his academic regalia—a robe, cap and hood—during a ceremony honoring him for earning his doctorate degree. The ceremony was held after Florida College’s chapel assembly on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

After completing the necessary coursework and defending his dissertation, Hamilton graduated from Knox Theological Seminary with a doctorate degree in theological exegesis on May 15, 2015. Hamilton earned his associate degree from Florida College and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian. He has also earned a master’s degree in biblical languages from Abilene Christian in 1994 and a master’s degree in theological studies from Christian Theological Seminary in 1996.

Following several years of schooling and full-time preaching, Hamilton returned to Florida College to teach in the biblical studies department in 2005. He just completed his tenth year teaching Greek, Hebrew and a variety of Old and New Testament classes. While teaching full-time at Florida College, Hamilton also preaches at the 58th Street church of Christ.

Hamilton and his wife, Joy (’83), have been blessed with 10 children: Michael (B.A. ’09), Bethany (B.A. ’10), Philip (A.A. ’11), Sarah (A.A. ’12), Brian (B.A. ’17), Stephen, Aminata, Andrew, Jeff and Nick. They also have eight grandchildren.

Florida College is blessed to count the Hamiltons among the Florida College family.

August 26th, 2015|

Florida College Will Host Dana Perino at Annual Leadership Dinner

Florida College will host guest speaker Dana Perino at the eighth annual Florida College Leadership Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2015, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion.

The Florida College Leadership Dinner is an event designed to promote ethical leadership and build relationships with members of the Tampa Bay business community. David Curry, Florida College’s chief advancement officer and the event’s coordinator, said the event also provides an opportunity for the college’s upper-division business students to learn from experienced guest speakers and network with local business leaders.

“One of our goals is to expose local leaders to our business students in order to cultivate internship possibilities,” Curry said. “We have a tremendous group of students at Florida College, and we want to connect them with local business leaders.”

The Leadership Dinner combines Florida College’s spiritually-based values with mainstream leadership principles in order to appeal to professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

“We try to focus on a different demographic each year. Ethical leadership is important in any organization whether it be the military, the fast-food industry or the medical field,” Curry said.

Perino has ties to both politics and journalism. She is a Fox News contributor and co-host of the top-rated cable news program, “The Five.” She also served seven years during the administration of former President George W. Bush and became the White House press secretary, representing the leader of the free world during a tumultuous time in America’s history.

Perino’s work for the president provides a unique perspective on leadership and has produced valuable insight on how to train leaders. On Sept. 24, she will share three critical elements of good leadership: access, principles and loyalty, as she speaks from a follower’s point of view.

“Because of […]

August 25th, 2015|

Florida College Welcomes New Employees

As we start the fall semester, Florida College faculty and staff are beginning the work of the new academic year. The Florida College family is pleased to welcome 13 new full-time employees filling vacant roles for the 2015-2016 school year:

Darby Bacci has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences with an emphasis on American history and humanities. She has also gained work experience in customer service. Darby will be joining our staff as a library technical assistant.

Mike Benson (’97), from Temple Terrace, Florida, has extensive experience in Texas public schools, where he served as a teacher and an assistant principal. Mike will serve as a professor in Florida College’s elementary education program and as an assistant principal at Florida College Academy.

Alli Gibson (B.S. ’15) is a recent Florida College graduate from Prattville, Alabama. She will be putting her bachelor’s degree in elementary education to work teaching fifth grade at Florida College Academy.

Brian Gilliam has worked in upper-management roles and served in the Anaheim Union school district. His combination of professional and classroom experience will benefit Florida College students as he joins the faculty of the business program.

Tim Hanlon (B.S. ’09) played for the inaugural Florida College men’s soccer team, coached both the men’s and women’s teams in 2009, and led the women’s team to their most successful season in 2010. This year, Tim will return to Florida College as the women’s soccer coach.

Aubrey Henson (’98) grew up in California but traveled to Florida to attend Florida College in 1997. Now a Florida resident, Aubrey sends her children to Florida College Academy and has agreed to serve as the school’s receptionist.

Dr. Minghui Liu is a native of the Hunan province in China and has spent the […]

August 20th, 2015|

President’s Scholars Choose Florida College

Five President’s Scholars have joined Florida College’s freshman class this fall!

Sloan Hastings, Alexander Mitchell, Cassie Miller, Nolan Baker and Jacob Britnell (pictured above, left to right) will receive president’s scholarships from Florida College for their academic achievements. Each President’s Scholar earned a 3.65 GPA or above in high school and at least a 32 on the ACT or a 1410 on the SAT.

High-achieving students like this year’s President’s Scholars come to Florida College for a rigorous academic experience and an opportunity to build lifelong relationships and grow spiritually.

August 19th, 2015|

How To: Make the Most of Opening Week at Florida College

Opening week can be an exciting and stressful time for new students. You’ll be busy with orientations, activities, getting your new room set up and making new friends. As you pack up your belongings and prepare to make your journey to Florida College, read these ten tips on how to make the most of opening week!

1. Arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on move-in day. Florida College’s Alpha Club members will be ready to greet you at 8 a.m. and help you carry your things to your room. They will be a huge help to you!

2. Wear your Florida College camp t-shirt while you move in. Not only will you be representing your favorite school and your favorite camp, but your shirt will be a great conversation starter while you’re meeting new people.

3. Have a door stopper handy. It’ll be easier to move your stuff in if someone doesn’t have to hold the door open, and other people will feel more comfortable peeking in to see how you’re decorating your new room.

4. “Don’t assume! If you don’t understand a guideline or know where something is located, ask a monitor, supervisor or somebody on staff. We are here for you!” -Becky Cawthon, Hinely Hall Dorm Supervisor

5. Be ready for rain. Florida is famous for afternoon showers so plan to have all your stuff moved inside early. Use the afternoon to start unpacking or run to the store and pick up anything you left at home.

6. Buy your textbooks from the Florida College Bookstore right away. You’ll get the books you need fast, and you can charge them to your student account.

7. “Pay Attention. There are a lot of great tips given during orientation, so make […]

July 30th, 2015|

Chicagoland Celebrates 40 Years of Camp

Florida College Chicagoland Camp is celebrating 40 years of serving campers this year!

The Chicagoland Florida College Booster Club started the Chicagoland Camp in 1976. Billy Boyd served as the director of the first camp, which hosted approximately 55 campers and 20 counselors for two weeks in Rockford, Illinois. The first three years of Chicagoland Camp were also two-week camps held in Rockford, Illinois.

Since it’s fourth year, Chicagoland Camp has been led by 12 other volunteer directors but hosted at only one campground. Camp is held for one week each summer at Camp Pottawattomie in East Troy, Wisconsin, and attendance continues to grow.

This year’s camp was directed by Andy Diestelkamp and hosted 145 campers for a week of spiritual encouragement and fun with friends. At the camp, 21 future Falcons received partial scholarships totaling $20,500, a record dollar amount for scholarships awarded annually by the Chicagoland Booster Club.

Even though fees for Chicagoland Camp are among the lowest of Florida College camps, the profit earned from the event provides a large portion of the scholarship funds given to students who plan to attend Florida College. To date, the Chicagoland Booster Club has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to local students.

Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations, is thrilled with the Chicagoland area’s last 40 years of success.

“Support for Florida College has been strong in the Chicagoland area for decades,” Olson said. “Their commitment to the College through events and scholarships is unsurpassed and we are thankful for the tireless efforts of this special group.”

July 23rd, 2015|

Remaining Friends Concerts Have Been Cancelled

The remaining shows on the Florida College Friends 2015 Generations Tour have been cancelled. Due to transportation difficulties, the Friends will be unable to travel to the remaining tour destinations. To date, the Friends have performed 17 of the 21 shows scheduled for this summer. The SoCal Camp, Oregon Camp, and Colorado Camp concerts and the Generations performance in Folsom, California, have been cancelled.

Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and director of the Friends, commented on canceling the final four performances of the tour.

“We regret having to cancel these shows,” Olson said. “This tour was a great success and we are so thankful for all the hard work on the part of so many to make this possible. We look forward to continued success with the Friends in their mission to uplift our alumni and friends as ambassadors of this great institution.”

Please pray for the Friends and the staff members traveling with them as they return to their homes.

July 20th, 2015|

Record Participants Volunteer at Labor Camp

A total of 104 participants volunteered at this year’s Labor Camp, beating last year’s record of 94 participants. Over the course of the week, the volunteers completed the equivalent of approximately $63,000 of labor for the College.

This year’s Labor Camp participants completed variety of projects to improve campus:

Cleaning the elementary education building, the Hailey-King building, the Akin building, Chatlos Library and Jennifer Hall
Pressure washing the Riverwalk Amphitheatre and River Road
Painting Boswell Hall, Jennifer Hall, the administration building, Chatlos Library and River Road
Landscaping at Henderson Dining Hall, Society Circle, Graduation Walk, the Riverwalk Amphitheatre, College Hall and Palm Plaza
Restaining the gazebo and Hammontree benches
Cutting and framing a new window for the A/V room in Puckett Auditorium
Hanging new speakers and building a desk in Puckett Auditorium
Building a wall in the administration building

Florida College’s director of alumni relations Adam Olson was thrilled with the volunteer turnout as well as their efforts.

“Labor Camp continues to be a testament to the spirit of service that characterizes Florida College,” Olson said. “We are humbled and inspired by this amazing core of volunteers and their love for Florida College.”

Florida College would like to extend a special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who participated in Labor Camp.

To view photos from the week, visit Florida College’s Facebook page.

June 29th, 2015|

Florida College Students Win Best-Strategy Invitational

Two Florida College students won the grand championship at the May 2015 GLO-BUS Best-Strategy Invitational.

The Florida College team, Digivolve, consisted of Nathan McNabb (B.S. ’15) and Jeffrey Striedel (B.S. ’15). The Florida College students won their industry group of nine teams and recorded the highest overall score in the international competition.

McNabb and Striedel were invited to participate in the competition after winning the GLO-BUS simulation exercise completed in the business administration program at Florida College. Paul Greiving, the chair of the business department, uses the competition as a teaching tool during his strategic management course and commented on the students’ efforts during the classroom simulation.

“Nathan and Jeff were insightful and unusually persistent as they worked through the GLO-BUS simulation in the spring,” Greiving said. “I have no doubt those skills helped them as they competed in the international BSI competition.”

McNabb and Striedel won the grand championship with an overall score of 115, which included six bonus points earned by successfully forecasting the tactical moves of their competitors—the result of significant persistence throughout the two-week competition.

“We pinpointed prime competitors and stayed on top of them,” Striedel said. “We spent at least eight hours each day just to know how the market would move and how we needed to position ourselves.”

McNabb and Striedel agreed that the business program at Florida College helped prepare them for the competition, and Greiving felt their knowledge of a breadth of disciplines was a primary factor in their success.

“Every student must take at least one course in each business discipline–accounting, finance, marketing, business law, management–as part of the academic regimen,” Greiving said. “The GLO-BUS simulation requires participants to draw from all of these disciplines as […]

June 23rd, 2015|