The Legacy: Ashley Barclay

Ashley (McDaniel) Barclay (B.S. ’10) is using the bachelor’s degree she earned at Florida College exactly the way she intended, but the most meaningful part of her Florida College experience was the relationships.

Unsure about which degree program she wanted to pursue, Ashley decided to try the college’s new business program and discovered it was an excellent fit. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in three years and is currently using her degree to help her run a part-time photography business while she is a stay-at-home mom.

“My life goal was not to be a CEO or president of a company,” Ashley said. “I got a business degree so I could be a stay-at-home mom and know how to run my own business on the side, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”

Beyond her experience in the classroom, Ashley also built countless lifelong relationships with her peers and professors during her time at Florida College.

“I met my best friend and people who I now consider my family,” Ashley said. “When people ask me if I miss Florida, the first thing I tell them is that I miss the people there.”

Ashley met her best friend, Rachel Sulc (B.S. ’10), during her first year at Florida College. The girls lived together on campus while they were in school and off campus after they graduated. During their sophomore year, Ashley and Rachel decided to take a Bible class together with the new biblical studies professor, Dr. Jason Longstreth.

That class was the beginning of Ashley’s relationship with the Longstreth family. Somewhere between babysitting their kids, hanging out at their house on school nights, staying with them during school holidays and worshipping with them at the Forest Hills Church of Christ, Ashley became […]

April 26th, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Todd Chandler

April 22nd, 2016|

Florida College Students Attend Alpha Chi National Convention

Five students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in the District of Columbia on April 7-9, 2016.

Haley Bowman, Morgan Bingham, Brian Hamilton, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager attended the event. The students were accompanied on the trip by Florida College’s vice president for academic and student affairs and the Alpha Chi faculty sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, and his wife, Kathy Petty.

Three of the Florida College students gave presentations during the convention. Morgan Bingham presented her paper, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law.” Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, “Propaganda in Print: Thomas Nast and the Birth of Modern Political Cartoons.” Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled “Will the Earth End with Trumpets, Battles, and Dragons? The Effect of Genre on an Interpretation of the Revelation of John.”

Alpha Chi is a national, coeducational academic honor society that admits college students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to an institution’s top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Florida College would like to congratulate these students on their academic success and thank them for representing Florida College at the national convention.

April 14th, 2016|

Ethan Bingham Receives Full-Tuition Scholarship Offer From Florida College

Ethan Bingham was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Finalist at an academic signing before the chorus concert in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Ethan is a home-school student from Louisville, Kentucky, and will graduate in June 2016 with more than 20 hours of college credit.

Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions and retention services, and the admissions team work hard to attract top academic students, like Ethan, from across the country using scholarships to reward them for their hard work and diligence in their studies during high school.

“We are excited to recognize Ethan Bingham of Louisville, Kentucky, for his achievement as a National Merit Finalist, by offering him a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College,”  Paul said. “This represents a financial commitment on the part of the college in the amount of over $60,000 over the next four years.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high-school students enter the National Merit Program each year, and of those entrants, some 50,000 students qualify for recognition. Approximately 15,000 students advance to the finalist standing, placing Ethan among the top-performing students in the country.

Ethan will join Florida College on campus as a freshman in August 2016. He hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and get involved with societies and the chorus. Ethan’s parents, John Bingham (A.A. ’89) and Bethany (Tipps) Bingham (’89), attended Florida College and are thrilled with Ethan’s decision to follow in their footsteps.

Florida College would like to congratulate Ethan Bingham on his outstanding academic success and welcome him to the Florida College family!

April 12th, 2016|

Brian Haskett Speaks to Florida College Students for Distinguished Speaker Series

Brian Haskett, vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization at Ciber, Inc., spoke to students on Thursday, April 7, as the third of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Haskett led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration program during a special luncheon while he was on campus.

Haskett is a former partner and executive with IBM Global Services, and he is now serving Ciber, Inc. as the vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization. Ciber, Inc. is a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company with commercial clients. In his current role, Haskett leads more than 1,500 consultants and developers in business development, project execution and service delivery. During the Distinguished Speakers Luncheon, Haskett shared a review of his business career as well as some of the lessons he has learned along the way.

Haskett and his wife, Cindy Haskett, live in Tomball, Texas, and worship at the Kleinwood church of Christ. Their son, Trey Haskett (B.A. ’14), attended Florida College and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies.

Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Brian Haskett, 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.

April 8th, 2016|

Florida College Welcomes Four New Board Members

Florida College appointed four new board members at the spring board meeting. David Roberts, Jim Smitherman, Rob Taylor and Morgan Tharp II all accepted positions on the Florida College board of directors, agreeing to serve Florida College to the best of their abilities. Each new board member brings different skills and experiences to the board of directors.

David Roberts (A.A. ’87) and his wife Angela (Carter) Roberts (A.A. ’84) both earned their associate degrees from Florida College. Their son, Stephen Roberts (A.A. ’05), also attended Florida College, and their daughter, Emily Roberts, will graduate high school in 2017. “Florida College has always been a special place for me and Angie, and we were thrilled when our son decided to attend in 2003,” David said. David is currently serving as a program engineering manager at Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has 25 years in project management, market analysis, and bid and proposal experience in the defense industry and commercial automotive industry. David and Angie are charter members of the Florida College Society, active members of the Indiana Booster Club and actively involved with the Florida College Ohio Camp. David also serves as an elder at the Brownsburg Church of Christ.

Jim Smitherman and his wife, Tammy Smitherman, first became affiliated with Florida College when they served as counselors at Florida College Missouri Camp for eight years. Jim and Tammy have three children, Joshua Smitherman, Joseph Smitherman (’08) and Jessica (Smitherman) Parimore (B.S. ’15). Joseph and Jessica chose to attend Florida College, and Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching first grade at Florida College Academy. Jim retired after working at Security Bank in Midland, Texas, for 33 years, including 17 years as the […]

April 7th, 2016|

Florida College Will Celebrate Inaugural Legacy Day

Legacy Day is a new Florida College tradition celebrating our four-year graduates, past and present, and encouraging them to reflect on their time at Florida College, the meaningful relationships they built on campus and the impact a Florida College experience had on their lives.

Florida College will celebrate Legacy Day each year alongside the Senior Legacy Ceremony, which is held the day before graduation. The inaugural Legacy Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

The first Senior Legacy Ceremony was held in spring 2010. Every academic year since 2010, Florida College seniors have met at the beginning of the year for a Senior Legacy Dinner and the end of the year for a Senior Legacy Ceremony. These events bookend the final year bachelor’s degree graduates will spend on our campus and provide opportunities for them to reflect on their time at Florida College.

At the Senior Legacy Ceremony, seniors are given two specially minted Florida College coins. One coin is for the senior to keep, and the other coin is presented to a person at Florida College who has impacted the senior’s life. This is an emotional event for our seniors as they recognize the Florida College faculty, staff and administrators who mean the most to them.

The Senior Legacy Ceremony is one of President Payne’s favorite events of the year.

“The Senior Legacy Ceremony is certainly one of the most important Florida College events,” Payne said. “The meaningful relationships our four-year graduates recognize on that night are what make Florida College so special.”

Legacy Day will serve as an expansion of the Senior Legacy Ceremony. For the last five years, the Senior Legacy Ceremony has been an event only for current Florida College seniors. Now Legacy Day will be […]

April 5th, 2016|

Florida College Recognizes Academic Award Winners

Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s academic awards after the daily chapel devotion on Wednesday, March 30. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty in their various disciplines for their excellence in the classroom and on their schoolwork.

Art Award – Bryce Bridgeman
Bryce Bridgeman leads the way by not only consistently completing his weekly Visual Warehouse assignments and periodic design projects, but also executes them with excellence and craftsmanship! By listening well to instruction and implementing it, Bryce achieved the self-set goal of drawing with greater realism and perspective. Each semester, we of course strive to advance the student’s graphic communication skills as well as oral communication skills. Bryce distinguishes himself by his outstanding growth and development in both spheres.

Behavioral Science Award – Hannah Henderson
Hannah Henderson is the type of  student who always strives for excellence and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge. She has demonstrated academic excellence in every behavioral science class that she has taken. Her work sets a standard for others to aim at. She has set herself apart not only by her excellent work but by her enthusiastic pursuit of learning for its own sake. She comes to class on time and is always prepared. More than that, she looks for ways to improve herself each and every day. It has been a joy to have her in class and on this campus.

D. Phillips Roberts Bible Award – Sam Peters
Sam Peters has proven himself to be a conscientious and hard-working student of the Bible. His papers are well-researched and well-written, and he considers arguments and all kinds of evidence carefully to make his understanding of the text his […]

March 31st, 2016|

Oratory Union Wins Awards at International Tournament

The Florida College Oratory Union brought home five awards from the 26th annual International Forensics Association Tournament on March 14-15, 2016, in Vienna, Austria.

Six members of the Oratory Union traveled to Vienna over spring break to compete in the international tournament against nationally ranked teams like George Mason University.

Despite the intense competition, four members of Florida College’s team brought home awards. Josh Smelser and Jenny West won third place in duo interpretation, and Austin Miller and Jordan Meirose tied for second place speakers in parliamentary debate. Miller also earned sixth place in communication analysis, and Meirose won fourth place in a special informative event designed just for this tournament called “Treasures of Vienna.”

The Oratory Union is coached by Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg. Johnson traveled to Vienna with the competitors and was elected to serve as the treasurer for the International Forensics Association. Caleb Bunting, Florida College’s coordinator of campus life, also traveled with the team as a chaperone and judge.

Overall, Johnson was thrilled with the team’s performance at this year’s tournament.

“We’re proud of the team and the work they have done this year,” Johnson said. “They’ve had a great time on the circuit and internationally. We look forward to the competition next year.”

Next year’s tournament will be held in Lima, Peru.

Florida College would like to congratulate the Oratory Union on their success at the International Forensics Association Tournament in Vienna.

March 24th, 2016|

The Legacy: Dale Dye

Even after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Dale Dye (B.S. ’12) decided to stay at Florida College to have an opportunity to impact the college’s students the way his life was impacted by caring faculty and staff, like-minded peers, and classroom lessons founded on God’s word.

“I love that I am able to work at a place that shares my spiritual and moral values,” Dye said. “I love Florida College because it stands on a foundation that cannot be broken. I want to be sure that that foundation stays as solid as it is, so my children and grandchildren can attend someday.”

Dye didn’t consider attending Florida College until after he had already earned his associate degree at a community college, attended a large public university and gained some work experience in politics. When he discovered that a public university wasn’t the right fit for him, Dye wasn’t sure where to finish his education.

Growing up as a member of a small congregation in southwestern Virginia, Dye wanted to be surrounded by other Christians his own age and decided to attend Florida College.

“I really wanted to be around folks my age who were Christians and learn in a spiritual environment,” Dye said.

During his time at the college, Dye built deep, meaningful relationships with his classmates as well as his professors and members of the staff and administration. He was especially encouraged by Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions.

“Paul was really the one to encourage me to seek leadership positions and be more involved in student life,” Dye said. “He trusted me with leading the Academic Ambassadors the first two years that group existed.”

Casebolt made such an impact on Dye’s Florida College experience that Dye […]

March 23rd, 2016|