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Meet the 2018 Florida College Friends

Florida College is very excited to announce the members of 2018-19 Florida College Friends! The Florida College Friends is a public relations group that serves to recruit students to Florida College and connect with alumni and friends across the country. They will perform in Tampa Bay during the school year and their experience will culminate in a tour during May 2019. The schedule of their tour will be released at this year’s November Falcon Days program. “The depth of talent in this year’s audition pool was amazing,” said Paul Casebolt, director of admissions and manager of the Friends. “This year’s judges had a tough task in selecting the group from the students who auditioned. We have so much amazing talent at Florida College and we feel very blessed to work with all of these young people every day.” Bryce Cline, a four-year veteran of the Friends group during his time at Florida College, is serving in his second year as the group’s music director. Cline said, “This year’s Friends are a multitalented group each with unique, charming personalities. I am excited to work with such a talented group of musicians, whose focus is putting their faith first in all things.” For more information, check out the Friends on Facebook at facebook.com/TheFCFriends. Congratulations to these talented young people! Tim Chandler (Temple Terrace, FL) – Student Band Manager Jackson Cowley (Aurora, CO) Jared Greer (Hammond, IN) Sienna Henson (Tampa, FL) Jared Hockensmith (Kansas City, MO) Roy Mason (Aurora, CO) Kaylan Shepard (Oklahoma City, OK) Ethan Sink (Chicago, IL) Jackson Sneed (Florence, AL) Sophie Stinson (Hendersonville, TN)

September 26th, 2018|

Florida College Announces 2018 Theme

Florida College announced the biblical theme for the 2018-2019 academic year during Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, Aug. 23. In the essay below, Dr. Jason Longstreth, dean of students, shares why he selected this year’s theme, “Do Nothing from Selfishness.” In a world that is focused on self, the Christian is called to walk in a different manner. Instead of living like the world and pursuing our own pleasures, we are instructed to imitate Christ by denying ourselves and serving others – we give our lives in service to God and to man. Perhaps this idea is stated more clearly in Philippians 2:1-11 than it is anywhere else in Scripture: “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above [...]

August 27th, 2018|

Elementary Education Department Competing With Larger Universities

The Elementary Education Department is excelling in their field and competing with larger universities across the state! Florida College is excited to announce exemplary results from the Florida Department of Education. The results are based on data of first-time examinee testing attempts from students who took the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) test from January 2015 to December 2016. Florida College students placed in the top five in the state in two testing categories—science subtest and professional education! “These glowing results are evidence as to how well our students who go through the Florida College Elementary Education Department are doing overall,” said Mike Benson, co-chair of the department. “They're thriving and are well-prepared to get a teaching job immediately after graduating. We may be small in size, but the data obviously shows we compare greatly to some of the bigger, more well-known ‘top institutions’ in the state.” Many of the program’s professors, including now retired department chair Tim Fannin, took time to tutor students individually to prepare for the state certification tests. Florida College students scored highly in comparison to major state school such as the University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Miami and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Below are quotes from students who took this test and are now excelling in their careers as teachers. Congratulations to these former students and their accomplishments in the education field! “I felt very prepared to take the certification exam because of the specific way that many of our subjects were taught, but even more than that, I felt prepared to take on a classroom full of children. “Being a teacher is hard work. It can take a toll on [...]

April 16th, 2018|

Commissioner Pam Stewart Speaks to Florida College Students for Distinguished Speaker Series

Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education in the state of Florida, spoke to students on Friday, March 30 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Commissioner Stewart spoke at the daily chapel assembly in addition to students in the Elementary Education department at a special luncheon at which President Payne was in attendance. During her visit, Mrs. Stewart spoke about the importance of leadership, especially the value of having Christian leaders, saying leaders are made, not born. She also emphasized the value of teachers and the impact they have on their students every day. Commissioner Stewart has served nearly 40 years in education, beginning her career as a school teacher at Florida College Academy. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Florida College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She earned her certification in educational leadership at Stetson University. She resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Jack, with whom she shares two grown children who followed her lead and became educators. They are also proud grandparents to three grandchildren who are currently benefiting from Florida’s public education system.  Her sister Sharon Clark is the event coordinator at Florida College. Florida College invites guest speakers like Commissioner Pam Stewart 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 4th, 2018|

Solomon Johnson is learning His way.

Originally from Boston, Solomon Johnson did not know about Florida College until his senior year of high school, when he found the college on a Google search. He was looking for schools with a music program and Florida College intrigued him because its academics were taught from a Christian viewpoint. “I have seen the most growth in my faith since coming to campus,” Solomon said. “The Bible classes have given me a better understanding of God and allowed me to formulate my own beliefs. I have seen different perspectives and have professors who are willing to help me understand the Bible further.” Solomon developed a strong interest in music around middle school, and since then, he has not stopped seeking ways to expand his knowledge. He soon discovered that his main interests were piano and conducting. “Having professors that specifically tie piano and conducting together for me is unique, as well as the opportunity I have to build a personal relationship with them,” Solomon said. “Whether it is talking about my faith or challenging me to do more musically, the professors here push me to grow.” Solomon is studying Music Education and he was honored with the college’s 2018 academic award for this program. He is heavily involved in music through Wind, String and Jazz Ensembles. Solomon conducted in the String Ensemble holiday concert as well as the fall and spring Wind Ensemble concerts. He participated in the society Arete last year and is a current member of the upper division academic honors society Phi Theta Kappa. “Planning ahead and doing a little bit everyday helps me balance my academics and music,” Solomon said. “I always make time for people. It is most [...]

April 3rd, 2018|

Campus Power Status – Updates Ongoing

Status Report #2 and Closeout The main campus power was shut down as planned at 5 p.m. tonight in order to complete repairs and we are happy to report an early and full service return at 8:30 p.m. this evening. We have begun restoring our IT network in an effort to restore Wi-Fi and email service ASAP. Thank you for everyone’s patience and cooperation. Campus Power Status Report #1 Background Over the weekend we experienced power variances on our main campus that has made it necessary to implement a controlled campus power shutdown in order to repair and restore full services to our buildings.  We are waiting until Tuesday afternoon so that classes will not be interrupted and also for a more favorable weather forecast. Currently, we have power for all essential activities including Henderson dining hall (normal hours), the Riverview student center and our campus water services through a large portable generator now on site. All dormitories have power and water. All facilities across the river surrounding the athletic complex and the FC Academy are not affected. Planned Shutdown Activity: In order to avoid an interruption of the class schedule, arrangements have been made to begin the repairs Tuesday at 4:30 pm. From that time until power is restored tentatively planned for Wednesday at 2:00 am, the campus will be without power except those areas with our backup generator power. We will have power for all food and water services as well as for the Riverview center. Certain security gates/doors will lock which may create some inconvenience. Again, electricity will not be available except within Henderson Hall and Riverview center until power is restored. Key Points: Although our residence halls will lose [...]

March 19th, 2018|

Keeley Slamans is living His way.

Throughout her time at Florida College, Keeley Slamans has taken full advantage of the connections and relationships the campus has to offer. Her parents encouraged her brothers and her to go to Florida College Chicagoland Camp every summer. This sparked her desire to develop lifelong relationships at the college. “Growing up going to camp, I saw people who loved Florida College and would take a week out of their summer to not only promote the school, but also to invest in our spiritual lives,” Keeley said. “I loved that the school was behind that and brought all those people together. I knew there was something special about this place.” Once she got to Florida College, Keeley was quick to jump into campus life, getting involved in Kappa Omicron and Alpha Club and becoming a resident assistant for Jennifer Hall. Her favorite part of her Florida College experience was traveling as a Camp Friend. She was able to network and build relationships with campers and counselors across the country. This network helped her in her career and in her spiritual life. “Camp Friends gave me the opportunity to share why Florida College is so special to me,” Keeley said. “If I had to emphasize the best thing Florida College provides, it is the ability to network—talking to people in your future career while also talking to people who care about your soul.” Keeley knew she wanted to major in business administration because she grew up watching her dad manage his own business and saw the relationships he built with his customers. As part of the program, Keeley needed to complete an internship, and her professor Paul Greiving was confident she would be a good fit at [...]

March 5th, 2018|

Rick and Benita Lanning Receive Florida College Friend to Youth Award

Florida College honored Rick and Benita Lanning with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. Rick began as a student at Florida College in 1971. He was the first child in his family to attend Florida College. His parents, Earl and Janet Lanning, provided the way for their other three children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild to become alumni of Florida College. Rick contributed in many ways to campus life by participating in societies, Sowers Club and Florida College’s developing intercollegiate basketball team. He was awarded the honor of Mr. Florida College by his classmates in 1973 and graduated with his associate degree and Certificate of Achievement in biblical studies. Benita was also actively involved in campus life and was awarded Miss Florida College in 1975. Rick and Benita met on campus and later married on June 17, 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the beginning of a lifetime of serving God and their fellow men together. The couple spent the last 32 years building and strengthening the Lord’s church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first 18 years were spent working alongside Wilson and Becky Copeland. In 1990, Rick, Wilson and Keith Barclay fulfilled their dream of bringing a Florida College summer camp to “the northland.” For 26 years, the Florida College Northland Camp has served young people across the midwest and beyond. Many of those years saw Rick as director and Benita serving in either the craft area or the dining hall. “Rick and Benita have a passion for camp, for kids and for Florida College,” President Payne said in his [...]

February 6th, 2018|

Jesse Bingham is learning His way.

Watching his four older siblings go to Florida College, Jesse Bingham understood at a young age the value of a Florida College experience. He grew up 20 minutes from the college and started taking classes his junior year of high school, so he was able to dive right into Florida College life through academics and the fine arts department. “A valuable skill I have learned at Florida College is versatility,” Jesse said. “The ability to do so many different kind of things while I was here and be involved in so many different areas has given me little bits of growth in all of them. I would not have gained this experience if I attended a different school. “ Since becoming a full-time student, Jesse has been actively involved on campus. He became a member of Oratory Union and the chorus and was president of Psi Beta Gamma last year. These activities have allowed him to travel the country on tours and gain valuable communication skills. In addition, Jesse has grown in his roles in the fine arts department. He has starred in over 10 plays and has been given the opportunity to direct two plays. “The most rewarding part to me are the activities I have been involved with since freshman year or even before. For example chorus, the musicals and Psi Beta were things I had been involved with since I got to Florida College,” Jesse said. “Eventually, I was able to take a leadership role in these activities and manage these groups I had always been involved with.” In addition to his involvement on campus, Jesse is a senior pursuing a liberal studies degree with components in Bible, behavioral science, [...]

February 1st, 2018|

Meet the 2018 Florida College Camp Friends

Congratulations to these students on being selected to represent Florida College across the country as Camp Friends! They will be traveling to a Florida College camp near you in summer 2018! Ethan Bailey Drew Bassett Molly Beutjer Jacob Black Mackenzie Caudill Harrison Caudill Tim Chandler Hannah Dunsmore Hallie Earnhart Jarrett Ferguson Briley Hancock Luke Heard Laurel Hesseltine Julia Lefort Jason Mallo Roy Mason Ben McVicker Jill Robertson Alora Scogin Sarah Sims Connor Sisco Jake Smith Shelby Stickle Rosie Stinson Redding Tipton Lauren Wellborn

January 18th, 2018|