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 ext. 336.

Life Enrichment programs for 2013-2014 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


Lunch Break

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Hutchinson Auditorium
Get ready to laugh! The whole family can join in the fun with this popular comedy barbershop quartet. Winners of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2007 Dixie District Championship and voted “Audience Favorite” at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s international contest, Lunch Break began singing together during the summer of 2007 just for fun during their lunch hour, and they haven’t stopped since. They have performed in 23 states and internationally, and combine humor, youthful energy and good old-fashioned barbershop harmony. Lunch Break brings a unique brand of entertainment to audiences of all ages — featuring our very own Florida College alumnus and former professor, Shane Scott!

Captain Gabriel Saffold: “Post-9/11 Intelligence — Weaponizing the Modern Mind”

Monday, November 11, 2013 (Veteran’s Day), 7:30 p.m.
As a member of intelligence leadership in some of the most important special operations of the recent decade — Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Unified Response (Haiti) — Captain Saffold will provide insight and information about his most recent work as Program Manager of Ground Counterelectronics, which is responsible for the development of ground-based High Power Microwave weapons for disrupting and destroying modern electronics. At the same time, he will honor the contributions of intelligence officers, those whose personal sacrifices often go unnoticed because of the classified nature of their work. We hope you will spend part of your national holiday with us as we recognize our military.

David Holt the Banjo Man, featuring Josh Goforth

Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Hutchinson Auditorium
Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays 10 acoustic instruments and has released numerous award-winning recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. He currently hosts public television’s Folkways, and the PBS series Great Scenic Railways. Previous appearances include Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and the Grand Ole Opry among others, as well as the film O Brother Where Art Thou. He will be joined by Grammy nominee, Josh Goforth, for a down-home romp through finger-pickin’ tunes from the American folk songbook. Tickets to see high-profile musicians are expensive, but thanks to our sponsor, 1213, you can enjoy this talent for free! Don’t miss it!

Iris Hatfield, Handwriting Analyst: “Why Handwriting is Important and What It Tells About You!” and

Monday, January 13, 2014,  7:30 p.m.
Puckett Auditorium
Iris Hatfield brings her knowledge and experience to Florida College for a second time, revealing the secrets of handwriting in a fascinating exposé of the information contained in the symbols you create every day. Iris Hatfield is president of HuVista International Inc., a full-service handwriting analysis company specializing in personnel consulting.  After analyzing more than 48,000 handwriting samples, Iris became increasingly concerned about what she calls “cursive illiteracy,” which led her to develop the New American Cursive Penmanship Program.  This effective program is used by schools and home educators across the country with remarkable results. Come discover the importance of your own “John Hancock.” 
In addition to her seminar, Ms. Hatfield will be hosting a cursive handwriting and training certification program the following day, Tuesday, January 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hailey-King Building (room H107)Register here by January 6, to reserve your training materials.

Dallas Brass: “American Musical Journey”

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Hutchinson Auditorium
Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. According to Mr. Levine, “a Dallas Brass concert is intended for the entire family. Our ideal audience has a range in ages from five to 95. Our goal is to entertain and enrich by playing great music, while showing our audience how much we enjoy what we do.” The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood, patriotic music, and even hip hop! Tickets normally begin at $25, but, again thanks to 1213, this is likely the only time you can hear these stellar musicians for free! Make your plans now!

Donald Davis, Storyteller

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Puckett Auditorium
4:00 p.m. — “Remember?”
7:30 p.m. — “Our Stories tell us who we are”
“…Experience the warmth of a homespun story, know the goodness of a true tale…….” No stranger to Florida College, Mr. Davis will once again bring his spellbinding storytelling to campus. Described as “absolutely hilarious and unpredictable as well as emotionally reviving,” Mr. Davis is a former Chairperson for the National Storytelling Assoc., a guest host for the NPR program “Good Evening,” a featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution and The World’s Fair, and a prolific author and producer of books and tapes of his work, performing regularly throughout the United States. Come see why he is a Florida College favorite.

End of Life Issues: Mercy Killings, Euthanasia, and Living Wills

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Puckett Auditorium
Life ends. For all of us. But how it ends is a matter for discussion. A panel of professionals in medicine, law, and academia, who also are disciples of Jesus Christ, will discuss the ethical and spiritual aspects of end-of-life issues, including matters such as euthanasia, or “good death”, and varying shades of that practice. Is it right to deprive the body of sustenance and medical attention to “allow” one to die? Is it acceptable to actively hasten death for one who has been given no chance of living, or of living with a quality of life? These are matters which concern Christians who believe God is the Creator of life, and who also have a deep sense of mercy and compassion for those who suffer. Don’t miss this stimulating discussion.