Florida College will host guest speaker Bill Bennett at the ninth annual Florida College Leadership Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016, at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. Bennett is one of America’s most respected voices on cultural, political and education issues, and he is the former host of the nationally ranked syndicated radio show, “Morning in America." The Florida College Leadership Dinner is an annual event designed to promote ethical leadership and build relationships with members of the Tampa Bay business community while also supporting the business department, according to David Curry, chief advancement officer. “This event benefits our business department in several ways,” Curry said. “It not only raises money to provide scholarships for our tremendous business students, but also allows those students to learn about ethical leadership and meet local business leaders to cultivate internship possibilities." Since the first event in 2008, the funds raised at the Leadership Dinner have benefitted the business programs at Florida College. More than 65 business students have received scholarship money raised at the Leadership Dinner over the past eight years, and this is on track to be the most successful year to date. But the event also provides an opportunity for the college’s upper-division business students to learn from experienced guest speakers and network with a variety of local business leaders. The Leadership Dinner combines Florida College’s spiritually based values with mainstream leadership principles in order to appeal to professionals from different backgrounds. As a result, the selected guest speakers have experience in a wide range of fields from medicine to sports to journalism. “We try to focus on a different demographic each year. Ethical leadership is important in any organization whether it be [...]
Florida College student Aser Civilus has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Florida Independent College Fund and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Civilus is a junior in the liberal studies program at Florida College. He came to the college from Jacksonville, Florida, to join the men’s soccer team, and he plays an important role for the Falcons. According to Saif Alsafeer, head coach of the men’s soccer team, Aser is an excellent recipient of the scholarship. "He is a young man of great character and a great asset to our soccer program,” Alsafeer said. "He is one of those guys that makes a difference in every aspect, so we're thrilled to have Aser back with us this year." The CIC is an association that has worked to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the Florida Independent College Fund awarded $78,000 in UPS Scholarships to 30 deserving students at private, nonprofit colleges and universities across Florida. Congratulations to Aser Civilus on being selected as a UPS Scholarship recipient!
The fall semester is underway, and Florida College faculty and staff are beginning the work of the new academic year. The Florida College family is pleased to welcome 14 new full-time employees filling vacant roles for the 2016-2017 school year: Martin Adams (A.A. ’81) earned a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in strategic public relations from George Washington University. He has held numerous management positions with the Federal Aviation Administration, and his experience in major program oversight and national aviation policy development with its associated messaging will serve Florida College well as he works as a campaign manager. Lushanya Barth (B.A. ’12) worked in the office of admissions and retention services as a telecounselor for two years and as a camp friend for two years during her time at Florida College. She also served as a resident assistant for two years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and brings a great deal of customer service experience from her professional work in the last four years to her new position as the assistant manager of the Florida College Bookstore. April Behle (B.S. ’11) is a native of St. Charles, Missouri, and a Florida College graduate. Since graduation, she has gained four years of experience in education, including three years in preschool and one year teaching first grade. Behle is joining the faculty at Florida College Academy as a fifth-grade teacher. Adam Booher is a graduate of Lipscomb University and completed the M.M. in piano performance at Florida State University in May 2016. His talent and dedication have earned numerous awards and honors, including in competition. Most recently, he was finalist at the FSU Bach Competitive Festival [...]
After growing up in a family that loved music, Jenny (Camp) Clark (B.A. ’06) is now an experienced music teacher and is raising a family of her own with her husband, Evan Clark (B.A. ’06). Both of the Clarks are actively involved in supporting the school they hope their children will attend one day. Jenny has volunteered as a counselor at Florida College Texas Camp, and Evan serves on the board of the North Texas chapter of The Hutchinson Bell. "I would hope that we would be blessed with having any or all of our children attend Florida College,” Jenny said. Jenny and all three of her siblings attended Florida College and were involved in the music department. Each of the siblings have served as music educators, and three out of the four received their bachelor’s degrees in music from Florida College. "All of us benefitted so much from being in the music program because we were a musical family,” Jenny said. "We loved music growing up, but we were homeschooled, so we didn’t necessarily have all of the opportunities to perform for large audiences.” At Florida College, Jenny had the opportunity to perform in Hutchinson Auditorium as a member of the chorus and the chamber ensemble as well as in the annual musical production. In addition to being involved in the extracurricular programs offered by the fine arts department, Jenny spent her four years on campus working hard to earn a bachelor’s degree in music. Although she struggled with some of the core music classes, like Music Theory, she received the help she needed from professors who cared about her success. "I struggled a lot with some of my core classes, but I [...]
Eighteen President’s Scholars have joined Florida College’s freshman class for the fall 2016 semester. Each of the 18 President’s Scholars earned a 3.65 GPA or above in high school and at least a 32 on the ACT or a 1410 on the SAT. These achievements qualify each of the students to receive the president's scholarship from Florida College. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions and retention services, is thrilled to welcome these outstanding students to campus this fall. "We are excited to see such a large number of President’s Scholars in our incoming class, including a National Merit Semifinalist and National Merit Finalist,” Casebolt said. "It indicates that these high-caliber students, all of whom had several college options to consider, looked at the nature of the education we offer at Florida College and recognized both its rigor and value." High-achieving students like this year’s President’s Scholars come to Florida College for a rigorous academic experience and countless opportunities to grow spiritually, build meaningful relationships and make memories that will last a lifetime. "We look forward to seeing how these students contribute to our community of scholars at Florida College,” Casebolt said. The following students have qualified as President’s Scholars and joined the Florida College class of 2020: Abigail Alford Ethan Bingham Sean Bray Joshua Duke Brent Dyer Tyler Henderson Steven Johnson David Lancaster Samuel Lee Julie LeFort Jason Mallo Andrew Robin Emily Roche Joshua Sanders Denae Sink Mary Rose Stinson Tasha Whitsitt Abigail Wood Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Florida College hosted the annual faculty appreciation dinner at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to recognize this year’s faculty award winners and honor two retiring professors, Ray Hinds and Becky Barlar. At this annual event, Florida College recognizes the recipients of the Dean’s Award and the Special Service Award as well as the top-rated lecturing and activities professors. The recipient of the 2015-2016 Dean’s Award is Dr. C.G. “Colly” Caldwell (A.A. ’64), biblical studies faculty. Caldwell is a president emeritus and his experience makes him a valuable member of various faculty committees. He is devoted to his fellow faculty, Florida College, and most importantly, his God. The recipient of the 2015-2016 Special Service Award is Karen Witherington (A.A. ’80), English faculty. Witherington plays a key role in carrying the load of the English department and tirelessly helped with the mentoring work of the academic advising office. She is the definition of a humble servant. Florida College’s top-rated lecturing and activities professors are selected each year based on student evaluations and overall excellence. Factors considered by the students and reviewed by the dean’s office include mastery in the discipline taught, respectful treatment of student, classroom management, overall value of study and effective assessment of the course objectives. The top-rated lecturing professor for the 2015-2016 academic year is Todd Chandler (A.A. ’93). Chandler is the chair of the science and mathematics department, and this year, he was responsible for more than twice as many student credit hours as the faculty average and also served 31 advisees. Thanks to dedicated service from Todd Chandler, many Florida College students graduate from the pre-health program ready to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees. [...]
As a third generation Falcon and regular camper at Florida College Chicagoland Camp, Caleb Liggin (B.A. '13) knew Florida College would be the best choice for his college years. He began working in the college's liberal studies program but then switched to communication when the new program opened after his sophomore year. "I’ve always been a people person,” Caleb said. "I like talking to people and working with people, so the communication program ended up being a really nice fit for me." The communication program gave Caleb the opportunity to learn about interacting with people both in business and personal settings, and he is constantly using what he learned at Florida College in his current job as an account manager in the donor recruitment department at the American Red Cross. His work requires him to make connections with people and businesses in the community, give presentations about blood donation, and coordinate blood drives at a variety of locations, including colleges. "I work with several colleges here with the Red Cross, and one thing I notice is that there doesn’t seem to be quite the sense of community that I remember feeling at Florida College,” Caleb said. Caleb was an extremely active part of the campus community during his time at Florida College. He was a member of Psi Beta for four years and served as the society’s president during his sophomore year. He worked as an SI leader during his sophomore and junior years and helped coordinate the SI program during his senior year. He was elected to sophomore class secretary and then junior-senior class president for two years. He served as an intern in the admissions department and was also involved with [...]
Dr. Thaxter Dickey was honored as the recipient of Florida College’s Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award for the 2015-2016 academic year based on his effectiveness in the classroom, pursuit of professional development and overall involvement within the campus community. Dickey came to teach at Florida College in 1979, while he was completing the coursework to earn his doctorate degree at the University of South Florida. He began as a part-time psychology professor, but was later hired as a full-time business professor. Dickey has been teaching at Florida College ever since. "I wouldn’t teach anywhere else,” he said. As a tenured professor of behavioral science, Dickey currently teaches a wide range of courses including psychology, sociology, economics and honors reading. His students consistently rank his classes among the most difficult and the most interesting at the college. Dickey hopes that, by teaching the social sciences at Florida College, he can help young Christians put these subjects into a biblical framework and defend themselves against the philosophies that threaten to overwhelm Christians in America today. "I think that here at Florida College I can provide a service above and beyond just teaching the principles and facts of sociology and psychology because I’m teaching brothers and sisters in Christ,” Dickey said. In addition to teaching, Dickey joins other members of the faculty in sharing in the governance of the academic standards of the college, advising students as they choose classes and prepare for the future, and supporting student events and campus life. The Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award is sponsored by the generosity of David and Dana Carrozza of Folsom, California, to highlight the critical value of teaching professors at the college and includes an all-expenses paid trip [...]