Life Enrichment Series

Life Enrichment Series


The Florida College Life Enrichment Series was instituted in 1982 to provide cultural and academic programs in order to enrich the lives of students, staff and interested people from the community. The multi-disciplinary programs take the form of lectures, forums, seminars and musical performances. Topics range from performing arts, science, humanities, social science, psychology, law, business and communication. Past hosts have included renowned photojournalist Val Mazzenga, holocaust survivor Philip Gans, and many virtuoso musical soloists. Programs in the series are planned by a faculty-student committee chaired by music professor Benjamin Payne. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call 813.988.5131 x336.

Life Enrichment programs for 2014-2015 are sponsored by our friends at 1213.

1213 is a non-profit organization that serves Christians who are in need through personal relationships, spiritual guidance and financial support. The volunteer network of 1213 helps to identify needs within their communities that cannot be met by traditional means of support. For more information visit

 Saturday, September 20, 2014

7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Auditorium

Join the excitement of our kickoff event as Main Street, third-place winner of the 2014 International Barbershop Quartet Competition, presents a variety show in tandem with their friends from Liberty Voices and the Banjo Brothers — all of them regular performers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. This will be a musical extravaganza you won’t want to miss!



“Brace for Impact: Create Your Own Flight Plan”

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:30 p.m., Puckett Auditorium

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane. Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork and leadership can help overcome any obstacle.


“The Quest for King David: New Light from Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavations”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

7:30 p.m., Puckett Auditorium

While the Bible gives detailed information on King David, very little was known on his period from Ancient Near Eastern documents or archaeological excavations. This lack of data was used by radical biblical scholars who claimed that King David never existed or was just a local tribal leader with no kingdom and no fortified cities. This perspective has changed thanks to the new excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa. As a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Yagael Yadin chair of archaeology in Israel, Dr. Garfinkel’s work has been instrumental in uncovering evidence of David and other Biblical history. Artifacts from his excavations are currently on exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Join us for this fascinating and spiritually relevant presentation.



Friday, January 16, 2015

7:30 p.m., Puckett Auditorium

The Merling Trio is recognized as one of today’s premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision and an impeccable blend of sound. They made their New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and were named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994. Florida College is proud to present Renata Knific (violin), Bruce Uchimura (cello) and Susan Uchimura (piano) in a concert of classical masterpieces.


“Four on the Floor”

Friday, February 20, 2015

7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Auditorium

Prepare yourself for a “hilarious bloodbath,” when members of the SAK Comedy Lab perform a series of characters, scenes, sketches, and songs, all made up on the spot from audience suggestions. After seven years of contract work for Disney, Inc., SAK Theatre Co. opened SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando in 1991 and has been successfully entertaining audiences ever since, recently winning “2013 Best Theater Company” for the city. But this is no mere spectator sport — come prepared to get up on stage and test your wits in an improv workshop with the SAK experts!


“The History of Modern Magic”

Friday, March 13, 2015

7:30 p.m., Puckett Auditorium

Affectionaly known as “Daniel P,” Mr. Fite got the magic bug from watching the magic of Mark Wilson on the weekly television show “The Magic Land of Alakazam.” Years later, Daniel P went on the road to perform his unique brand of entertainment known as “Daniel P’s Olde Tyme Magic Show.” Touting a bell-crown top hat amid a long dress coat, adorned with vest and pocket watch, and carrying a carpet bag, this handlebar-mustached purveyor of visual mysteries would entertain family audiences with many of the classics of magic. Don’t miss this dazzling walk through the history of an enigmatic and elusive art.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Auditorium

With over 45 CDs, 40 books of music and 6 million albums sold, Florida College alumna, Lorie Line, may own one of the largest independent labels in the world. Born in Reno, Nevada with perfect pitch, Lorie became a child prodigy on the piano, winning statetwide competition at a young age, and later graduating from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s in piano performance. Over the years, Lorie has produced three television specials for PBS, played (and cooked) for congressmen, senators and governors, and performed for two presidents at the White House.  She orchestrates and writes every note for her shows and has published over 500 arrangements for the piano and multiple accompaniment instruments.  Known as a show(wo)man, she particularly wows audiences by improvising medleys of audience favorites during her concerts. Make your plans to see this high-profile performer close out our series!

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