Florida College Will Direct All #GivingTuesday Gifts to Scholarship Partner Fund

Florida College will direct all gifts made on #GivingTuesday to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing students with scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. The Scholarship Partner Fund is the best way to support high-achieving students at Florida College, according to acting chief advancement officer, Martin Adams. “The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people, and our people are our students,” Adams said. "If we don’t serve our students, we aren’t serving who we need to be serving.” One of Florida College's biggest areas of need is scholarships for students. As Florida College tries to compete with other public and private institutions of higher learning, the amount of scholarship dollars the school has to offer is of tremendous importance. Paul Casebolt, director of admissions and retention services, recognizes the value of scholarships in the recruitment process. “Generally speaking, paying for college is something people are very concerned about,” Casebolt said. "The ability of Florida College to offer competitive scholarships, whether we are talking about academic scholarships, music scholarships, or athletic scholarships, is going to be very important to us moving forward.” High-achieving students like Hannah Henderson, a senior in Florida College’s liberal studies program, understand the value of academic scholarships when pursuing a college education. Henderson is able to focus on the opportunities available to her at Florida College because she isn’t worried about the cost of attendance. "Academic scholarships made it possible for me to come to Florida College and focus on my academics,” Henderson said. "My scholarship took all of the financial stress off me, allowing me to spend all of my time taking advantage of all of the educational opportunities that Florida College has to offer.” #GivingTuesday also [...]

November 21st, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Michael Benson

November 18th, 2016|

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier Speaks for Veterans Day

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier addressed the student body during this morning’s chapel devotion and during a special Veterans Day program following the devotion. "I am honored to speak to you today on such an important occasion, as we honor those who have served our military,” Crosier said. “We’re here today to honor our service members and to remember the sacrifices that they have made and the courage it takes to stand for freedom." As a veteran, Crosier is the director of plans and policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988, after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. He is also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission. He is among the highest command of U.S. military who are responsible for national security. “We who serve in uniform today are humbled by your honor, but we are also honored by the service of those who came before us,” Crosier said. As a brother in Christ, Crosier serves as an elder at the La Vista Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served the Lord faithfully throughout his military career whether stationed in the U.S. or abroad. Crosier and his wife, Shelle, have three children and six [...]

November 11th, 2016|

Florida College Secures $200,000 Matching Gift on #GivingTuesday

Florida College has secured a matching gift of up to $200,000, thanks to two anonymous donors, doubling the impact of all #GivingTuesday gifts made on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016! According to Martin Adams, Florida College’s acting chief advancement officer, this gift will have a major impact on the college’s participation in the #GivingTuesday movement. “Florida College is getting a guaranteed return for every dollar that is given on #GivingTuesday,” Adams said. “That is powerful for donors to know. Even though a gift may be modest, it becomes two times that by giving on #GivingTuesday instead of another day." Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday experience was an outstanding success. Students, faculty and staff found ways to give back to the local community, and we raised $265,196.34 for Florida College in one day thanks to generous gifts from more than 250 donors across the country. Nearly half of the total amount raised during last year's #GivingTuesday movement was funded by a matching gift of $100,000 from one anonymous donor. Inspired by the overwhelming response of Florida College alumni and friends on #GivingTuesday, that same anonymous donor has not only agreed to support this year's #GivingTuesday movement with another $100,000 matching gift, but also found another anonymous donor who agreed to give a second $100,000 matching gift, offering Florida College a total of $200,000 in potential matching funds. The goal for this year’s #GivingTuesday movement is to meet the match and raise $400,000 to go directly to the Scholarship Partner Fund, which provides Florida College students with scholarships for academics, athletics, fine arts and more. “The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people. Our people in our community are our students,” Adams said. “These matching gifts show [...]

November 8th, 2016|

Florida Department of Education Approves Florida College’s Music Education Program

The Florida Department of Education has granted full approval of Florida College’s Bachelor of Science program in music education, allowing graduates to begin their teaching careers with a full five-year professional teaching certificate. Thanks to the diligent work of Dr. Douglas Barlar, chair of the music department at Florida College, and other music education faculty, graduates of the music education program will now receive a transcript endorsement indicating the completion of a state-approved program certified in music for grades K-12. They will have the opportunity to work closely with students in settings that provide opportunities for crucial guidance in ways that they may not receive elsewhere. "Florida College is dedicated to developing God-centered servants who will be highly qualified and caring professionals,” Barlar said. “If a student loves music and wants to have an impact on the lives of young people, there is no better way to make a living.” The Bachelor of Science in music education is built upon the rich traditions of a liberal arts education, including the same performance and research requirements as the Bachelor of Arts in music. The program also includes additional courses in music education and professional education, including pre-internship experiences in schools and a semester-long internship, half of which is spent at a secondary school and half at an elementary school. While some schools are failing to focus on fine arts education, Florida College prepares music education graduates to have a strong impact while teaching music in schools of all levels, according to Dr. Brian Crispell, Florida College’s academic dean. "The arts have not been emphasized to the degree they used to be in the last 10 or 15 years,” Crispell said. "This allows our students [...]

November 1st, 2016|

Beth Behle, Class of 2015

As one of the first Florida College graduates with a bachelor’s degree in English, Beth Behle (B.A. ’15) is serving as an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Foundation Christian Academy in Valrico, Florida. "Being able to teach at a Christian academy in the subject that I majored in is really cool,” Beth said. "It feels like a family almost in the way that Florida College did." A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Beth came to Florida College because she saw the experience her older siblings had on campus and thought it would be the right place for her. She started out in the elementary education program but switched to studying in the college’s new English program before her junior year. "Just at the right time, Florida College added the English program so I was able to stay and complete it,” Beth said. "Being able to study what I enjoy from that Christian perspective is something I couldn't get anywhere else." Being a part of the new program meant Beth got to develop alongside the English curriculum. She took each new class in the program with passionate professors and only a few classmates. "I saw classes added every year even while I was there, and it was exciting to be a part of that,” Beth said. "It made the students and teachers in the English program feel more like a family." Beth loved having the opportunity to build relationships with her professors at Florida College. She was especially impacted by one of her English professors, Karen Witherington, and honored her with her senior coin at the Senior Legacy Ceremony. "I had her as a teacher before I was even in the English department,” Beth said. [...]

October 27th, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jon Bassett

October 21st, 2016|

Florida College Inducts New Members of Alpha Chi

Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted eight new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honoring those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from each chapter, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Dan Petty opened the induction ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Kathleen Trigg, a professor in Florida College’s communication department, as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Morgan Bingham as president, Micah Works as vice president, and Hannah Beckley as secretary and treasurer. The newly installed officers inducted eight new members: Jesse Bingham Sloan Hastings Solomon Johnson Jesse Roy Micah Simpkins Jennette Sink Emma Leigh Smith Rachel Tharp Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievements!

October 19th, 2016|

Florida College Will Participate in #GivingTuesday

Florida College will participate in the global #GivingTuesday movement again on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, with a greater goal and a stronger mission to serve! #GivingTuesday is a day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday experience was an outstanding success. Our students, faculty and staff found ways to give back to the local community, and we raised $265,196.34 for Florida College in one day thanks to generous gifts from more than 250 donors across the country. This year, Florida College has secured a matching gift of up to $200,000, thanks to two anonymous donors, doubling the impact of all gifts made on #GivingTuesday! Our goal for the day on Nov. 29 is to meet the match and raise $400,000 to support our students. You can join the movement with us! Some ideas for how you can participate include: 1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College on Nov. 29 to support student scholarships. Every dollar raised on #GivingTuesday will be directed to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. 2. Watch Florida College’s #GivingTuesday campaign on social media. Our students, faculty and staff will be giving back to our community on Nov. 29 too, so join our Facebook event to keep up with our plans. 3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media throughout the next few weeks to talk about Florida College and why you plan to support students. 4. Encourage high-school juniors and seniors who give back to their [...]

October 18th, 2016|

Jordan Mitchell, Class of 2013

Jordan Mitchell (B.A. ’13) is using what he learned at Florida College as he completes graduate school and prepares for a career in the medical field. Jordan came to Florida College with his twin brother, Justin, after attending Florida College Florida Camp for six years. The brothers chose Florida College so they could receive a higher education with a biblical foundation. Jordan wanted to be around fellow Christians, take classes from like-minded professors and grow in a healthy environment. "Florida College makes it clear that being a Christian takes priority, and I really appreciated that,” Jordan said. For Jordan, being a Christian came first whether he was studying for his classes, getting involved on campus or competing with the men’s basketball team. In addition to providing a strong spiritual environment, Florida College offered Jordan a rigorous academic experience with a more personal feel. Even in Jordan's largest science class on campus, his professor knew the names of all 15 students. He had even smaller classes as well. "There were only four students in my first semester of organic chemistry,” Jordan said. "We were able to ask questions and learn in a way that is not offered at large universities.” The small classes gave Jordan the unique opportunity to form close relationships with his professors and prepared him for graduate school. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Jordan married Alison (Bonner) Mitchell (B.S. '12), who he met at Florida College, and began medical school at the University of South Florida. He is finishing his fourth year of graduate school and plans to graduate with his doctorate degree in April. "Florida College prepared me for medical school in and out of the classroom,” Jordan said. [...]

September 29th, 2016|