Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted ten new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 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 Martin Adams, Florida College’s chief advancement officer, as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Sloan Hastings as president, Jesse Bingham as vice president, and Madison West as secretary and treasurer. The newly installed officers inducted ten new members: Abigail Alford Ethan Bingham Hannah Dunsmore Brent Dyer Elizabeth Hammontree Steven Johnson Cassie Miller Joshua Sanders Tania Steele Katherine Thompson Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Hurricane Irma – Update Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, 11 a.m. Power has been restored on the Florida College campus as of late Monday night. The campus email server is also back up and service has been restored. The normal schedule of classes will resume Wednesday, Sept. 13. Thank you for your constant support and the many prayers on our behalf. Hurricane Irma – Update Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 6 p.m. We experienced a major storm when Hurricane Irma passed by our area last night. Thankfully everyone at Florida College was kept safe and free from harm. There was no major damage to the campus or facilities as a result of the storm. We thank God for these good blessings. Now that the storm has passed, we are addressing the resulting circumstances. The campus lost power during the storm and continues to be without power. At this time, we do not know when power will be restored, but we have been in contact with the power company for more definitive information. Our first priority is to take care of our students and to provide for their safety and wellbeing. To that end, we are implementing the following measures: We are taking steps to make sure the students on campus have adequate food and water. Beginning this evening, students may obtain permission to sign out to stay with family or friends who live within a reasonable distance from campus. Classes have already been cancelled through Tuesday, Sept. 12. A decision will be made by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, based on additional information from the power company regarding restoration of power, regarding the status of meeting classes for the remainder of the week. The [...]
Florida College announced the biblical theme for the 2017-2018 academic year during Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, Aug. 24. In the essay below, Dr. Jason Longstreth, dean of students, shares why he selected this year's theme, "Turning the World Upside Down." - As a community of believers, we choose a biblical theme for each academic year. This theme is designed to help us reflect on a common spiritual thought throughout the year. Often times, our theme becomes a unifying thread that runs through our chapel talks and devotional messages. But this theme is not just for those times when we engage in explicitly spiritual activities. It also reminds us of the practical application of all that we do. Whether we are studying in the classroom, competing on the athletic fields, praying in chapel or serving in the community, we have a spiritual purpose and a spiritual mission. Our theme helps us remember that fact. The Florida College theme for 2017-2018 is, “Turning the World Upside Down.” It is based on Acts 17:6. From the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus challenged the status quo. Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount by promoting attributes or characteristics that were not valued in the Greco-Roman world of His day. As He continued His sermon, He called on people to practice a type of righteousness that was deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees. He asserted that the commonly held interpretations of the Law did not go far enough. He even told people to store up treasures in heaven instead of treasures on earth. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus overcame the world. He conquered death and brought the gift of righteousness. Furthermore, He changed the [...]
Florida College recognized this year’s faculty award winners at the annual faculty appreciation dinner at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The annual award winners include the recipients of the Special Service Awards and the D. Phillip Roberts Top-Rated Lecturing Professor Award as well as the top-rated activities professor. Special Service Awards at Florida College are awarded to professors who have served the college above and beyond their regular teaching responsibilities. The recipients of the 2016-2017 Special Service Awards are Dr. Ray Madrigal, director of experiential learning, and Dr. Doug Barlar, chair of the music department. Madrigal led the quality enhancement plan committee in developing the AGORA (Academically Grounded Opportunities for Real-World Accomplishments) and his work with that program will be ongoing. Barlar headed the effort for reaffirmation in the National Association of Schools of Music, ensuring Florida College music students graduate with accredited degrees as they begin careers in professional fields. 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. This year, the award for top-rated lecturing professor will take on the name of Phil Roberts, the professor to earn the most annual lecturing professor awards with 10 over a span of 19 years. The D. Phillip Roberts Top-Rated Lecturing Professor Award recipient for the 2016-2017 academic year is Todd Chandler. As the chair of the science and mathematics department, Chandler is consistently responsible for more than twice as many student credit hours as the [...]
Florida College will award the first scholarships funded by credit cards from Suncoast Credit Union this fall. Students will receive a total of $8,000 in scholarships from the college's affinity credit card program. According to Adam Olson, Florida College's director of alumni relations, the outstanding support of alumni and friends using these credit cards made it possible to raise enough funds to start awarding scholarships to deserving students. “The Florida College credit cards offered by Suncoast Credit Union provide another opportunity for alumni and friends of the college to support student scholarships,” Olson said. “It requires minimal effort, but with enough support, it generates a major impact." This fall, Florida College will begin annual distribution of $8,000 in scholarships from the credit card program. This year’s funds will be used to support high-achieving academic and athletic students as originally intended, but the function of the program is changing. Moving forward, Florida College will be changing the program and the way future scholarship dollars are awarded. In order to provide the maximum amount of financial help to students, the two card accounts, both academic and athletic, will be merged into a single account. From now on, all money generated from both credit card styles from Suncoast Credit Union will be combined in one account to provide ongoing support to students. This modification will not require a new credit card or any other changes for card holders. The money raised from the entire program will now be used to provide scholarships for the children of Florida College alumni or members of The Hutchinson Bell. As usage of the Suncoast credit card grows, the amount of annual scholarships will grow as well. “This change to the [...]
Shawn and Diane Bain have been serving Florida College Kamp Kennessee for 30 years. Both former Florida College students, the Bains began their service to Kamp Kennessee by spending two years supporting the camp as counselors and have been working as camp directors ever since. "Every year, we are blessed to watch children come together and become friends in a safe environment to grow spiritually and socially,” Diane Bain said. “Camp gives us an avenue to share our story and what we believe Florida College can provide them when it is time to enter college.” Through their service to Kamp Kennessee, the Bains have had the opportunity to influence the lives of countless young people. Thanks to their work, camp is a place where campers can come together and connect with others of like faith and hold on to those friends year after year. They focus on providing biblical teaching and a taste of what life at Florida College is like. Florida College’s chief advancement officer, Martin Adams, sent his three daughters to Kamp Kennessee so they could benefit from the Bains’ good work. He believes their value to the camp and the college is far above rubies. "Kids need a variety of role models and situations in which to grow up as a Christian,” Adams said. "We have always considered the Bains to be one of our strongest parenting partners. For our children to have the Bains year after year providing godly influence was huge for us.” A previous camper, Coulter Wickerham, attributes his decision to attend Florida College and the experience he enjoyed there to his time at Kamp Kennessee and the efforts of the Bains. Now as a camp counselor and [...]
The National Association of Scholars (NAS) recognizes Florida College’s Common Reading program in "Beach Books 2016-2017: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?”, a comprehensive report on common readings at 348 colleges in 46 states across the nation. The annual NAS report concludes that common reading selections at most institutions are predictable, published within the last two decades and focused on promoting progressive messages. Florida College is listed as an Honorable Mention alongside eight other colleges with reading requirements that rise above the typical standard. In contrast to most institutions, Florida College’s Common Reading program for the 2016-2017 academic year required two readings: Pericles’ "Funeral Oration" and Abraham Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address.” According to the NAS report, “Florida College deserves acclaim both for the quality of its common readings this year and for the continuing high quality of its selections.” Florida College was also featured in an NAS article by David Randall, the association’s director of communications, asserting that the college is an example of best practice in common reading programs. “Florida College shows that colleges can select Common Readings that introduce students to the best thoughts and words of the past, and that are as timely now as when they were written,” Randall said. Based in New York, New York, the NAS works to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. The association recommends colleges should select better books "to welcome incoming freshmen to the life of the mind.” Florida College’s Common Reading sections continually strive after this goal. Some previous selections have included “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott Abbott, "The Abolition of Man” by C. S. Lewis, the U.S. [...]
The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers received two gold medals and one silver medal at the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria. "The quality of competition, dedication of effort by our chorus and chamber singers, and direction of professors Bassett and Moore, speak of the ability and quality of our school of music,” Dr. Brian Crispell, academic dean, said. At their first-ever international competition, the groups performed in three categories: mixed choirs with a compulsory piece, sacred choir music and chamber choir. The Florida College Chorus, led by Dr. Jon Bassett, received first place in mixed choirs and third place in sacred choir music. The chorus was also selected to compete in the final round alongside six other choirs. The Florida College Chamber Singers, led by Tim Moore, received third place in chamber choir. Bassett began to plan for the choir competition over a year ago and selected literature for the competition in early fall 2016. The chorus training and rehearsals were oriented toward competitive singing focusing on healthy vocal technique, rhythm, pitch and diction. "By focusing on the fundamentals of good singing and musicianship we began to achieve better results,” Bassett said. "The students were highly motivated and rose to the level of competition." The sixth Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival was hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement. In addition to performing in an international competition, the students experienced the rich history and culture [...]
The Florida College Falcons will join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) effective July 1, 2017. Florida College’s athletic director, Pat Todd, led the application process to join both the NAIA and SSAC, and President Payne is confident membership will be a benefit to the institution. “This new athletic affiliation will help raise the quality of our athletic programs for our students, not only in the level of competition, but also in terms of NAIA’s emphasis on academics and character,” Payne said. The NAIA is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Also joining the association in 2017 are six other colleges: Cleary University, College of St. Joseph, Life Pacific College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Rust College and University of Maine at Fort Kent. Four of the new members were previously affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), while the other two came from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and NCAA. “We’re excited to welcome these seven outstanding institutions to the NAIA,” Jim Carr, NAIA president and chief executive officer, said. “Each of these schools value character-driven athletics and are a great fit for our association.” NAIA schools must meet membership criteria that include financial stability, sports sponsorship, accreditation and a commitment to character-driven athletics. In line with these ideals, Florida College athletics are consistently dedicated to developing the whole person and representing the college’s mission with excellence. Florida College will also join the SSAC, a conference within the NAIA with 10 member institutions across Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The conference sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, culminating in 17 conference championship events held annually [...]
Florida College hosted a total of 55 participants on campus at Labor Camp on June 4-9, 2017. The volunteers at the 13th annual camp donated nearly 1,500 hours of labor, saving the college more than $45,000. To date, Labor Camp has now saved Florida College approximately $475,000. Labor Camp operates on Florida College’s campus each summer under the supervision of the director of alumni relations, Adam Olson. This year’s camp was directed by Craig Bean, the original Labor Camp director, Florida College alumnus and president of The Hutchinson Bell. This year’s Labor Camp participants completed a variety of projects to improve campus: Painted the interior of Henderson Dining Hall and half the third-floor suites in Boswell Hall Completed landscaping by the Student Center and Legacy Courtyard Constructed new classroom podiums Rewired lighting in Puckett Auditorium Relocated lockers and cleared brush at Florida College Academy Relocated education materials and painted shelving in Chatlos Library Cleaned classrooms Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who participated in this year’s Labor Camp!