Alpha Chi Inducts New Members

Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted 13 new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 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 ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Dr. Colly Caldwell as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Haley Bowman as president, Amanda Williamson as vice president, and Morgan Bingham as secretary and treasurer.

The newly installed officers inducted 13 new members:

Hannah Beckley
Brian Hamilton
Hannah Henderson
Olivia Johnson
Erica Mackey
Emily Ogden
Abigail Smith
Jessica Tharp
Lauren Thomley
Erin Wells
Madison West
Micah Works
Sara Yeagar

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding academic achievements!

October 7th, 2015|

Florida College Hosts a Ceremony to Rename the Stulgis-Akin Building

The Stulgis-Akin Building was renamed at a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in honor of the generous gift donated by Sandra Stulgis of Cuero, Texas. Sandra was introduced to Florida College by a friend and quickly fell in love with Florida College students.

“I love Florida College, and I’ve met the wonderful young people who attend,” Sandra said. “I want to do everything I can to help the college grow.”

Sandra first became an active supporter of the James R. Cope Adopt Program, providing financial assistance for and developing relationships with students in need. As her fondness for Florida College students grew, she decided to support the Akin project as well. Sandra’s initial gift was a donation to name the physics laboratory in honor of her late son, Joseph Orin Stulgis III, but she later decided to make the pledge to provide the lead gift for the building and the rights to name the new facility after the Stulgis family.

The dedication ceremony was held following the chapel assembly on Friday in honor of the completion of her pledge and the subsequent renaming of the math and science building. The Stulgis-Akin Building provides high-quality facilities for Florida College students, and Sandra’s generous support of Florida College has paved the way for future generations of students studying in the math and science department.

September 28th, 2015|

Lee Biles Speaks to Florida College Students for the Distinguished Speaker Series

Lee Biles, founder and owner of 5 B’s Embroidery, spoke to students this week as the first of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Biles led the students in devotional thoughts during a chapel assembly and addressed the entire student body after the devotion period. He also spoke to business students about how he achieved his success during a special luncheon and during an upper-division class while he was on campus.

From humble beginnings in his basement, Biles grew 5 B’s Embroidery into one of the most successful embroidery businesses in the world. 5 B’s Embroidery is currently housed in a 170,000 square foot facility in Zanesville, Ohio, and Biles is still striving to achieve the same mission he started with more than 30 years ago: to be the best privately owned embroidery business in the world.

Biles’ tremendous success in the embroidery industry qualifies him to speak to Florida College students about how to face difficulties and strive for success in the modern business world. In addition to offering encouragement and advice, Biles challenged the upper-division students in the business program to work hard to pursue their dreams with God as their guide.

Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Lee Biles, to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.

September 25th, 2015|

Benjamin Holloway Earns Honors in the 2015 Carol Klose/Hal Leonard Composition Competition

Benjamin Holloway won the silver award in the collegiate composer category of the 2015 Carol Klose/Hal Leonard Composition Competition, ranking his work above submissions from students at Wheaton College and Eastman School of Music.

Hal Leonard, the world’s largest publisher of songbooks and music educational materials, created this online student piano composition competition in honor of Carol Klose, a popular piano teacher and prolific Hal Leonard composer. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the creative musical spirit that Carol always fostered, by giving piano students a platform to compose, perform and share their original pieces.

Nearly 200 contestants created original compositions and submitted YouTube videos of their performances in the competition’s three age categories: junior composer, teen composer and collegiate composer. The contestants were directed to compose their pieces for piano students learning new techniques.

Benjamin’s composition, “Café au lait,” earned him the silver award. His piece was inspired by the French coffee drink and designed to provide piano students with an introduction to the impressionistic style. Many of Benjamin’s previous compositions have also been written in the impressionistic style with some jazz influences.

Benjamin has studied piano with Becky Barlar, a Florida College music professor. Barlar is often able to offer individual attention to her students because of the small class sizes at Florida College, and she has helped Benjamin explore many different styles of music.

“Benjamin Holloway is a very talented and creative young man,” Barlar said. “As he has learned more about the structure and form of music in his music theory, music history and composition classes, he has developed an even greater ability to put musical materials together in a logical way.”

Benjamin hopes to use his talents to pursue a master’s degree in composing, after […]

September 21st, 2015|

Florida College Dry Creek Camp Auction Raises Funds to Benefit Students

The fourth annual Florida College Dry Creek Camp auction was a tremendous success, raising approximately $65,000 to benefit prospective Florida College students in a single morning!

Each year since 2011, the event has been organized by staff and supporters of the Florida College Dry Creek Camp to raise money and honor a member of their camp community.

Muffy Garrett, one of the event’s organizers, said, “The goal of the auction is to have fun, honor a deserving recipient and provide scholarships for students attending Florida College.”

This year’s auction was held on Aug. 15, 2015, in honor of Dee and Norma Bowman for their many years of service to Dry Creek Camp. The Bowmans were toasted for their service and roasted to entertain the event’s 170 guests. In addition to the toast and roast, the event included brunch, a live and silent auction, and a musical performance by some of the Bowmans’ family members. John Kilgore, the camp director, and Russ Bowman, the son of Dee and Norma Bowman and a camp supporter, also spoke to guests about Dry Creek Camp.

The funds raised at the event will be directed to helping prospective Florida College students attend Falcon Days and providing scholarships for accepted students. A portion of the money will also be used to endow a scholarship for Florida College students. The endowed scholarship will be named in honor of John Kilgore, who has served Dry Creek Camp for 40 years.

Events like the Florida College Dry Creek Camp auction are hosted all across the nation throughout the year and organized completely by volunteers. Adam Olson, the director of alumni relations at Florida College, had the opportunity to attend the auction and was thrilled to see the support from […]

September 15th, 2015|

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|