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!
The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers will travel to compete in the sixth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria on June 11-18, 2017! Led by Dr. Jon Bassett and Tim Moore, students in both ensembles will begin their trip in Salzburg with two days of learning about the rich musical history of the city. The ensembles will then begin the four-day international competition in Linz. Students will compete in the choral and ensemble divisions against international groups and perform in the surrounding communities. This will be the first time a Florida College fine arts ensemble has traveled to an overseas competition and will provide a significant opportunity to compete in an international context. "It's a great opportunity for our students to sing in some of the worlds greatest venues and see the places several of the composers we are learning about through their compositions worked and lived," Bassett said. "It brings history and art into a more tangible experience they will share with their friends and cherish for a lifetime." The Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival is 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. This year’s competition, dedicated to Anton Bruckner, will include 19 international choirs from 12 countries. "Choral music is a cultural tradition around the world," Bassett said. "Sharing the love of choral music with other cultures brings people together and it is a catalyst for developing a broader perspective of self, [...]
Dr. Nathan Ward received Florida College’s Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award for the 2016-2017 academic year based on his teaching excellence, professional development and overall dedication to the campus community. Florida College’s academic dean, Dr. Brian Crispell, presented the award to Ward at the annual Employee Appreciation Dinner on May 1, 2017. "I count it a personal pleasure to work with Nathan at this good place, and count him and his family among the college’s greatest treasures,” Crispell said. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College’s development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward’s broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of “God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including “Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper,” and has authored several additional works, including “The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis” and “Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.” Throughout his teaching career at Florida College, Ward has maintained some of the highest ratings on student evaluations while also carrying some of the heaviest teaching loads. Over the past three semesters, he has averaged [...]
Two students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 6-8, 2017. Both Florida College students, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager, gave presentations at the convention. Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, "Transatlantic Ties: Cato, Whigs, and American Patriots." Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled "Let's Talk about Jesus: Hero Patterns in the Canonical Gospels." The students were accompanied on the trip by Kathleen Trigg, a co-sponsor of Alpha Chi and professor of communication. Florida College’s vice president and the Alpha Chi sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, was unable to attend this year’s event. 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, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Congratulations to these students on achieving academic success and representing Florida College at the national convention!
Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s activity awards after the daily chapel devotion on Thursday, April 13. The student organizations at Florida College are an integral part of campus life. They are designed to prepare students for better service to their creator and humanity by encouraging the development of qualities of leadership, cooperation and creativity. Whether a student is interested in fine arts, intramural sports, student government or service activities, there’s room for everyone to get involved at Florida College. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts in various student organizations. Band Awards Ethan Jamerson David Lancaster Ellen Perkins Jason Young String Award Madison West Chorus Awards Trevor Mikell Kaylee Manning Piano Award Sarah Sutherland Royal Palm Yearbook Award Jonathan Weller Oratory Union Awards Jenny West Sara Yeager Jenna Sink Congratulations to this year’s activity award winners on being recognized for excellence in their various organizations over the past academic year!
Florida College granted tenure to Dr. Nathan Ward and Dr. Gary Wilemon based on their excellence in teaching, continued professional growth, appropriate academic credentials and service to the college. A ceremony and reception was held to honor the newly tenured faculty members following the daily chapel assembly on Tuesday, April 4. Dr. Nathan Ward After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College's development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward's broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of "God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including "Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper," and has authored several additional works, including "The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis" and "Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.” In addition to his role as a professor, Ward is an evangelist at the 58th Street Church of Christ and is also currently working toward a second master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is slated to graduate in May. Dr. Gary Wilemon Wilemon came to serve at Florida College in 2011 after two [...]
To accommodate an anticipated increase in attendance, Florida College will host two graduation ceremonies on Friday, April 28, 2017. A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. for the associate degree graduates, and a ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. for the bachelor's degree graduates. Conn Gymnasium's doors will open 30 minutes prior to each ceremony to allow guests to find their seats, but tickets will not be required for admittance. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we made decisions to provide the best possible graduation experience for our students. For family and friends who are unable to attend graduation, the ceremony will be available to watch on Livestream at livestream.com/wearefc. To watch the event live, select the link below at 3 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s academic awards after the daily chapel devotion on Wednesday, March 29. 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. Karina Turner - Art This year’s academic award recipient for art distinguishes herself via consistently creative and innovative approaches to each drawing and design project. No artistic challenge daunts her as she confidently leans into each assignment, pressing herself to advance her approach, technique and masterful craftsmanship. It is quite evident that she takes the time to visualize the task ahead, even before putting pencil to paper. Karina Turner maintains the perspective that each project will be measured as if it is a masterpiece, no matter how complex or simple. Crystal Dugas - Behavioral Science Crystal is an excellent student who always provides full value in her assignments. As would be expected of an academic award winner at Florida College, she is always on time, clearly understands the assignments and provides high quality work. She is also quick to comprehend the new topics. When other students are still struggling to grasp the concepts, Crystal already understands the ideas and is ready for more advanced discussion. She often surprises professors by seeing the topics in an interesting or insightful way. Of course along with that goes her sometimes unorthodox formatting of papers as well. Although she may be quiet in class most of the time she can be passionate in pursuit of an idea. Crystal is certainly worthy of the academic award in behavioral science this year. Sara Yeager - D. Phillip Roberts Award in Bible [...]