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Aerospace engineer Jonathan Hadders is outstanding in his field.

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Florida College, as a private, independent liberal arts college,


provides a comprehensive undergraduate experience designed to develop students spiritually, mentally, physically, and


socially; to integrate into the students’ lives the Bible as the revealed will of God; and to prepare students for lives of


service to their Creator and to humanity.

Florida College Inaugurates New President Dr. H.E. “Buddy” Payne, Jr. ’65 was installed as the fifth president of Florida College during this year’s opening ceremonies. Two new traditions and a strong commitment to the past accompanied his inauguration.

Alum Soars into Space This recent FC graduate sits at a desk and peers into space. Jonathan Hadders talks of his work with the space program, the Hubble satellite, and his predictions for the future of space travel.

 Common Reading for a Community of Learners


What is a summer reading program? Why has FC joined so many colleges in instituting one? How does it tie in with the academic program? Join us in exploring Flatland.

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The annual Lectureship begins January 31, 2010 with the Singin’ in the Gym and ends with the homecoming game on Friday. Between are countless opportunities to grow spiritually and in relationships with others.

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Cover photo by Laura Hinely ’04. It features Jonathan and Sarah (Hurst) Hadders ’01/’01 and their children, Noah (3) and Autumn (22 months). It was taken recently in a field near their home in Erie, Colo. Jonathan is the subject of a feature article beginning on page 7.

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Florida College

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We welcome two people new to the FC community, and a host of “boomerang children” who have returned to serve the college which served them years ago. We asked them what they look forward to most in working here, and what they feel they bring to this community of learners.

Jared Barr ’01 Business Professor My recent experience as an undergraduate and graduate student ought to be an asset, since it hasn’t been long since I sat where my students sit.

Judy Bertram ’78 Administrative Asst. Academic Dean I have learned, even in the world’s workplace, how to be a better servant.

Jerry Elmore ’09 Shipping Clerk Bookstore

Kelly Blankenship ’05

Sign Language Interpreter Advising Office

Tim Greiving ’05/’07 Staff Writer Creative Services Department

Todd Chandler ’93 Biology Professor

Jonathan Chilcoate ’02

I realize how God can use others to improve my understanding of Him, and perhaps I can help others along the way.

My interdisciplinary education allows me to bring different perspectives into my lectures. I hope to give students a sense of the “big picture.”

Jennifer Kearney ’97 Librarian

Beth Raymer ’07 Receiver Bookstore

History Professor

Elizabeth Cyr Accounts Receivable Business Office As a new Christian, I look forward to learning from the vast experiences other Christians bring to this college.

Ronald Stackpole Controller Business Office

I'm excited about being included in discussions focused on discovering truth.

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Florida College’s founders believed deeply in the core values on which the College was established. Sixty-four years later, we are fully committed to those same principles. We are convinced that there is a vital need for education which is anchored to the Rock. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that one who hears His sayings and does them is like a wise man “who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on

“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternall life, John 17:3, and therefore to lay Christ at the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning” (New England’s First Fruits, Harvard College, 1643).

As a student at Harvard in the 1960s, I can assure you that the University has long since ceased giving her students such a directive! At Florida College, we still believe the Bible reveals the mind of God, and that knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ is the foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. That belief finds expression in the teachings and practices of this institution. Our founders also said that Florida College would be committed to academic excellence, so FC is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Every faculty member has the appropriate credentials for his/her discipline. The student to faculty ratio is 13-to-1. We provide the finest academic training in a moral and spiritual environment based upon God’s principles in the Bible. that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” Would you not want your son or daughter to be a part of (Matthew 7:24-25). such a community of spiritually-minded scholars? One of my alma maters, Harvard University, was the first college established in our country. The original Charter of 1650 stated that Harvard College was established for “the education of the English and Indian youth of this country, in knowledge and godliness…” In a directive to its students in those early days, Harvard College laid out the purpose of all education (quoted in the English of that day):

We are convinced that there is a vital need for education which is anchored to the Rock.

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Still found in use within political institutions like the House of Representatives and the British Parliament, the mace is a symbol of authority rooted in the medieval era. Originally designed as a weapon used in defense of a ruler, accounting for its heavy design and club-like appearance, the mace has been traditionally and widely used in modern American academia as a symbol of institutional autonomy. The Florida College mace made its first appearance at Dr. Payne’s inauguration, carried by Dr. Norene Thayer, our longest-serving full-time faculty member. Our mace and its stand were crafted from Florida cherry wood by local artisan Mr. Glenn Ploeckelmann.

,QDXJXUDWLRQ2SHQLQJ&HUHPRQLHV0DUN6WDUWWR<HDU Every year a new group of students begins the year with an opening ceremony. But only four times in Florida Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history has the presidency passed hands, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening ceremonyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on August 24â&#x20AC;&#x201D;reflected the historic importance of President H. E. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buddyâ&#x20AC;? Payneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inauguration. Dr. Thaxter Dickey, professor of behavioral sciences, spoke to the occasion. Dickey emphasized Florida Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to educate â&#x20AC;&#x153;the whole man,â&#x20AC;? and said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no learning of any value is independent of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word.â&#x20AC;? He commended Payne for his exemplary commitment to those principles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By his acceptance of this nomination in these very difficult and trying timesâ&#x20AC;Śwe begin to doubt a little bit, perhaps, his san-

Above, left: The incoming president presents outgoing president Dr. C. G. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collyâ&#x20AC;? Caldwell III a special presidential medallion. Above, right: SBGA president Travis Peterson (sophomore, Byron, Ga.) speaks during the opening ceremonies. Below: Dignitaries assembled on stage.

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ity,â&#x20AC;? Dickey joked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we admire even more his courage.â&#x20AC;? Prior to his inaugural address (excerpted at right), President Payne presented medallions to his two predecessorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bob F. Owen â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50 and Dr. C.G. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collyâ&#x20AC;? Caldwell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;63, FCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third and fourth presidents, respectively. Leading the faculty and speakers in both the processional and recessional was Dr. Norene Thayer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;63, who is the longest-serving full-time faculty member at FC. Dr. Thayer carried the Florida College mace (see photo, above). Dignitaries from other schools (including Freed-Hardeman University, St. Leo University, and the University of Florida) were present for the event.

Above: President Payne and his â&#x20AC;&#x153;beloved Marilynâ&#x20AC;? (Geer) â&#x20AC;&#x2122;64. Below: Wellwishers at the reception following the ceremony. Held in historic Sutton Hall, the reception attracted a large crowd.

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([FHUSWVIURP3UHVLGHQW3D\QH·V,QDXJXUDO$GGUHVV In the face of a culture that is challenged by immoral and corrupting forces emanating from the business world, from the world of athletics, and even from the highest political offices in our land, the critical need for a college whose education is anchored to the Rock cannot be overstated! A college whose faculty firmly believes that there are eternal, God-given principles that govern and undergird all the disciplines of the liberal arts; whose students are broadly educated in the arts and sciences, deeply strengthened in their faith, and prepared for a life of productivity and service to God and man; and whose entire staff is committed to living by the Golden Rule. Such a college stands as a beacon of hope in the midst of the storms of moral decline, relativism, and tolerance of almost everything! Such a college is Florida College. Our Founders believed deeply in the core values on which Florida College and its Academy were established in 1946. The four previous presidents were true to those values through the last 63 years. We are still deeply committed to those core values today! We believe that God has revealed Himself in two books—the book of nature and the Bible. We believe that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and that God made man in His own image and after His likeness. We believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Our founders said that Florida College would be committed to academic excellence. They believed that God gave parents the responsibility for their children’s education; Florida College wants to partner with parents to build further on the foundations they have laid. Our Founders said that Florida College would be independent of church and state—a truly private institution of higher learning. While the College was established and continues to be administered by individual Christians who work and worship in local congregations of churches of Christ, the College—on the basis of biblical principles—accepts no money from church treasuries. Its properties are not held in trust by any church, and its Board is not controlled by organized religion.

Florida College is not a theology school, but a liberal arts college that specializes in character building. While seeking to respect the civil government, Florida College is not state controlled or subsidized. The College accepts no federal or state funds except in the form of financial aid to her students. We continue to expend every effort to keep this school free from state domination or control. We want a college and an academy where students learn right from wrong while they learn about money and government; where the worldview that God created and sustains the universe, our earth, and mankind is taught and defended—in contrast to most other institutions of secondary and higher learning, where the evolutionary worldview is promoted strongly in every department. We want a college where the Bible—the Word of God—is believed rather than belittled, where marriage and family as God designed them are honored and promoted, not demeaned and redefined; where the sanctity of the home and the marital relationship are upheld and encouraged rather than scoffed at by infidel professors advocating free love and alternative life styles. We want a place where the free enterprise system is presented with appreciation instead of apology, and where prayer is lifted up as an occasion of acknowledging God rather than forbidden in connection with any schoolsanctioned event. If such an institution is worth anything to this community, our country, and the world, I am privileged to have had a small part in sustaining it and now in serving as its chief executive officer. If it is not of value, I confess that I know of little in this world that has value. If you believe these things, I call upon you to stand with me and this small College whose soul is not for sale, and whose spirit of independence may well serve as an oasis of renewed hope in a desert of worldliness! I pledge the best that is in me to lead Florida College and its Academy to greater heights, while clinging with all that is in me to the core values upon which she was founded; to ensure that the education offered here will continue to be built on the Rock, so help me God! Dr. H. E. “Buddy” Payne, Jr. Monday, August 24, 2009 Hutchinson Auditorium

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The germ for my summer travels was planted at the John Maxwell Leadership Dinner last year. One point struck me as particularly valuable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When dealing withâ&#x20AC;Śyour talents or giftedness, build on your strengths, because in these areas you can reach the level of excellence.â&#x20AC;? I put on paper my thoughts about several key initiatives. What became apparent was that each of them would be impacted by one of Florida Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest strengthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; our summer camp program. Our summer camp program has grown from a single camp on the Florida College campus to 21 camps across the nation. All camps are directed and managed by volunteer alumni and friends of the College. The camps range in size from 40 to more than 400 campers. Approximately 85 percent of our students attended one or more of our summer camps, making it our greatest recruitment resource. In following Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice, to build on this great strength I needed to make a presidential visit to our camps. With helpâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially from my assistant, Linda Wade, and our development office teamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I designed my travels to achieve ten things at every stop. We reached nearly all of our goals at every camp we visited. The most important goal was to express appreciation to every camp director and volunteer workers, and to let them know how critical they are to the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival. Eleven members of our board of directors also attended fourteen of the camps with me to express their thanks to them. Between these camp visits were gospel meetings, a lectureship, visits with over 200 friends and supporters of the College, and two performances of the Friends group. I also got to take a few days off in the mountains with my beloved Marilyn. I returned to FC inspired by what I saw and heard. With so many who love Florida College and are willing to give so much to support her, I see many good days ahead.

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Some Statistics of Interest â&#x20AC;˘ Visited 19 camps, coast to coast, from Florida to Pennsylvania to California. â&#x20AC;˘

Visited 46 cities.


Visited 18 different states.


Slept in 33 different beds.


Spoke to approximately 3,650 young people.


Spoke to more than 800 volunteer workers, in addition to the many parents and other camp visitors.


Traveled more than 24,000 miles by air and car over 77 days.

The Ten Things I Tried to Do at Each Camp 1. Visit during camp. 2. Listen to and encourage the camp directors. 3. Listen to and build up the booster club officers. 4. Encourage board members to experience a camp visit. 5. Arrange for an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduate to speak. 6. Encourage an FC administrator, faculty member, or staff member to visit a camp. 7. Arrange for at least two other (local) key people to visit the camp. 8. Speak about our Prospect Database Initiative. 9. Speak about our Alumni Donor Initiative. 10. Creatively tie all this to a camp event.

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Photography by Laura Hinely â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04


Jonathan Hadders knows Spaceland. In fact, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through the eyes of the instruments at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. As a software engineer, he is part of the team that keeps the satellites up, keeps the rockets running, and keeps the cameras snapping those amazing pictures of the final frontier.


1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before I went to FC, I knew I wanted to be in the aerospace field,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was always interested in space, even as a little kid. Now, I can think that I helped develop [these things] and they are out there working in space.â&#x20AC;? Aerospace engineering is not a major for academic lightweights. It takes guts and good grades to make it into the pro-

Jonathan with three-year-old son Noah. Noah is already planning on a career as an astronaut.

gramâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and getting a good academic head start is essential to success in any field. Jonathan did not want to take any chances with his future and considered entering Purdue University as a freshman to get a jump on his degree. He changed his mind in the end and completed two full years at Florida College first. With a little planning and preparation in his sophomore year, Jonathan's FC courses transferred seamlessly and he moved directly into Purdueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aerospace engineering program. Looking back, he is glad he started out at FC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine starting out at that big school, living in the dorms with some of things that go on there,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And FC is just a great place to start out and get your feet wet, live on your own, and get used to your new-found independence.â&#x20AC;? Jonathan's wife Sarah agreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and feels that his experiences at Florida College made him more well-rounded than the average computer engineer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At FC you learn to juggle, and juggle well: sports, devos, classes, Sowers Club, society life. Your time management skills must be good or you fail!â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[And] being Phi Sig president, and leading devos and singings and such, gave him good leadership and people skills that no speech class can give.â&#x20AC;? 

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Jonathan ultimately changed his major (after discovering a love for programming) and finished his degree in computer science in 2004. Before graduation, he landed a summer internship at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corps in Colorado and, after two summers, he was hired full-time in their Electrical and Software Technologies department. So he married his FC sweetheart, packed up, and began the long trek cross-country to Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;away from both of their families and many of their friends. Jonathan, Sarah, and their childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;toddler Autumn and three-year-old Noah (who is already planning a career as an astronaut) have settled into their home in the Rockies. They say it still helps to be a part of the FC network. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the greatest things we have noticed is the 'friends for life' motto,â&#x20AC;? says Sarah. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have friends that we met at FC that show up at [worship] services and we are able to reconnect and that is special. We can't express the specialness of that FC time.â&#x20AC;? Jonathan agreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;their FC experience helped them adjust in an area with fewer churches and Christians their age. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having those friends helps you form a support network,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know there are people out there who share the same beliefs as you do.â&#x20AC;? Though far away, the job in Colorado has given Jonathan the chance to live his dream. To the average person with feet still stuck on the ground, his job is very glamorous. To Jonathan, it is just what he gets up to do every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say you have a satellite that needs an instrument to study the atmosphere, or one that needs a telescope or a cameraâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we do,â&#x20AC;? he explains nonchalantly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am just a small part of a large team working to make space flight possible.â&#x20AC;? His wife Sarah agrees with usâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his job is pretty impressive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know Jonathan: Mr. Humble,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His job is intense and he's brilliant! He's been asked to work on elite groups and work with VIPs, which is huge in a big compa-

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T1T  ny like Ball. He may see it as 'just a job' for perspective sake, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no little job!â&#x20AC;? According to Jonathan, his job is not only intense and excitingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awe-inspiring. He works directly on some of the instruments that give us glimpses of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible universe, and the size and diversity of space has never ceased to amaze him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many things out there that are just amazingly big, amazingly complex, amazingly beautiful,â&#x20AC;? he says. Jonathan sees aerospace technology as something that our nation should maintain a lead inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not just to keep up in the global space race. Being part of a team that makes God's universe available to the world is also a faith-building job. Seeing God in science was something Jonathan began to appreciate at Florida College. Even in a subject like math, his FC professors were able to pull out spiritual applications. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Dr. Payne] was the first I'd ever heard of to interweave God and calculus! It helped me to see God in so many more things in our worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially in areas that dismiss the very idea of the existence of God. It continues to help me see God in the most surprising places today,â&#x20AC;? he says. And now, after working on the space telescopes and imaging satellites that power amazing programs like Google Earth, it is impossible not to notice God's hand in creation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a whole universe out there that God created and we get a good view of it,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are making it possible to see the magnitude of creationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and big is an understatement.â&#x20AC;? If you ask Jonathan where he sees the space program in ten, twenty, or fifty yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he just laughs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember the old space saying: 'No bucks, no Buck Rogers.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Since so much of the work of the space program depends on government funding, the future of space travel and research is uncertain with every change of administration. But for those of us still firmly planted in Flatland, it is

Jonathan and his wife, Sarah Hurst Hadders â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01. The two met while students at FC.

good to know that Jonathan and his team are working to keep Spaceland a reality as long as there are things to be discovered in the great unknown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we will ever be able to get to the end of what God has made,â&#x20AC;? says Jonathan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think as long as He gives us time, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep going.â&#x20AC;?

M@T_1? GKe@7 We asked Jonathan for a sneak-peek into what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on, and what we should look for in the future of the space program. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what he had to say: 1. The Ares I: Jonathan and his team are currently developing the brain of the Ares I rocket that will replace the space shuttle. Ares I is the crew launch vehicle being developed by NASA to launch Orion, the next spacecraft designed for human spaceflight missions following retirement of the space shuttle program in 2010. 2. More research stations: The space program is hoping to create new testing stations on the moon and on Mars.

Š Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corps

3. The search for habitable planets: The Kepler space telescope is currently pointed at the same 100,000 stars for the next four years in order to discover other planets that could support life. As planets pass in front of a star, the light dims. If the light continues to dim on a regular schedule, it may indicate another planet like Earth which orbits on a cycle (and might even support life). )&0 $*$ =, 1 (











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The 2010 Florida College travel-study opportunity will take participants to ancient Greece and Rome. We hope to gain an appreciation of our own culture’s classical heritage and learn about the context in which Christianity was first preached and spread. In Greece we will spend a day at ancient Delphi, where the Greeks believed Apollo’s oracle answered questions put to her. Included is a tour of the museum that holds some famous treasures from the site. We will also visit ancient Corinth. The Greek portion of the trip will end in Athens—where we will visit Mars Hill, the famous Parthenon and the other buildings of the Athenian acropolis, the prison where the Greek philosopher Socrates was executed, and the ancient artistic treasures of the National Archaeological Museum. The Roman portion of the trip will center around Rome where we will visit the Coliseum, the Augustan forum, and other ruins associated with the ancient city. We will also see Ostia, which served as the port of Rome and is one of the bestpreserved ancient sites in Italy. There will be personal free time to view such attractions as the Trevi Fountain, Nero’s palace, the tomb of Augustus and the Altar of Peace, the Vatican, the ancient Appian Way, or time for shopping. The trip is open to all FC constituents. Students earn Humanities credit for the trip by enrolling in HUM 2930 in the spring semester. Visit the FC website for a com-

Pictured above: The Roman Forum

plete itinerary, along with price, and registration form.

FC Students Visit Flatland

by Ralph Walker â&#x20AC;&#x2122;74

Students, professors and administrators reading during the summer break. Reading a book written in 1884. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on? Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin Abbott, was the choice for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s common reading. Students were instructed to read the novella during the summer and enter into discussions online with professors and fellow students even before the campus opened. The book was also part of the orientation process. Students engaged in small group discussions with their advisors and on online blogs. Last, there was an evening colloquium (academic discussion with panelists and audience) with a panel of professors on the value and insights offered in Flatland. )&0 $*$ =, 1 (

FC Students Vis Drs. Thaxter Dickey and Brian Crispell spearhead the common reading program at Florida College, now in its third year. The first year, students went online to read a variety of essays written or chosen by FC professors on the value of a liberal arts education. Last year they read Ralph Waldo Emerson.

FC: Who chose Flatland for this year’s common reading?

Dickey: It was a committee decision. Once we had a short list of three works, a number of other especially interested faculty were asked to help choose between them.

In addition to the dialogue—with advisors, proFC: Why this book? fessors, and peers—students wrote essays on the Dickey: Since the beginning we had in mind four crireading. teria in choosing a common reading. One, does it We caught up with Dr. Thaxter Dickey and Dean provide a demonstration of the importance of a libof Students Brian Crispell after the colloquium. eral arts education; that is, does it yield to an analyHere are their observations about this year’s as- sis from a number of different points of view? Two, is it signment. suitable for FC to assign to freshmen; that is, is it con-

Why Flatland? Abbott’s book was a social satire on the Victorian age Freshman Jennifer Rastall (Camlachie, Ontario and dealt with treatment of women, oppressive gov- Canada) summarized it this way in her essay: ernments, social class conflict, the French revolution “From an England of the late 1800s emerged a literand the state of religion. His exposure of a limited per- ary work that was seen as bold and daring, but too spective of life has fascinating parallels for us today. fantastical for its time. Now that science and techHow we view our world is influenced by circum- nology have supported Edwin Abbott Abbott’s ideas stances and surroundings. In Flatland, the main char- about a multi-dimensional world, his great work of acter, “A Square,” cannot comprehend anything Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions has begun beyond his two-dimensional world. So three-dimento garner widespread respect and study. This allegorsional objects, like the sphere, are reduced to the flatical work revolves around a simple two-dimensionland (width and length, but no height) in which he al Square’s journey from ignorance to knowledge dwells. of the infinite dimensionality of existence, a journey The implications of this are significant for the FC which is facilitated by a visit from the third dimencommunity. How do we, being spiritually-minded sion in the form of an illustrious, enigmatic Sphere. people, conduct ourselves in a materialistic world, and how do we convey our faith to those who have But the deeper significance of the work lies below the surface of the story, in its allegorical context of a not experienced it? As the sphere says to “A Square” when he recog- simple people trying to grasp the concept of an infinizes there is more in existence than his experience: nitely high, powerful and perfect God. The allegori“your mind has grasped what your eye cannot see cal writing of Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions and your imagination has changed your world forev- by Edwin Abbott provides evidence for a faith in God er.” Hopefully the common reading has begun that through mathematical reasoning, rational logic, and process for our community of learners. the imagination.”

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sit Flatland sistent with our mission and values? Three, is it appropriately challenging for college level readers? We don’t want it to be inaccessible; but it should also adequately represent college level work. And four, is it in the public domain? We have felt so far that we don’t want to require students to buy another book. FC: What was your first exposure to Flatland?

lustrations about the nature of faith. That intrigued me; how can it be both a math and science book and also a treatise on faith?

FC: How did Flatland compare to previous readings in terms of both the amount of participation and the achievement of the purposes you had for it?

Dickey: I do think we had a slightly higher percentCrispell: When it was suggested as a possible readage of freshmen reading Flatland this year; at least ing; I don’t recall reading it prior to then. one-third read it and another one-third read some Dickey: I was introduced to it in a high school math of it. We also had more support from the faculty this class, though at the time I wasn’t particularly im- year than with the Emerson essay last year. The colpressed. Since then I heard it referenced in a num- loquium this year was better organized and should ber of different places, particularly in brief sermon il- set the stage for greater participation next year.

Why a Common Reading?

Student Reactions to Reading Flatland

Common readings are becoming, well, common. More colleges and universities are requiring students to read arranged selection prior to arriving on campus. A quick search online reveals hundreds of college and university postings for their summer reading assignments. Dr. Thaxter Dickey instructed the FC faculty on preparations for the common reading, considering that “the selection of a common reading is supposed to represent and promote the idea of a community of learners. Therefore each of us should read it and have some talking points

ready for the students when they here and the value of a liberal arts arrive.” focus. Again, Dr. Dickey said, “ Each 1. Common readings expose one of us should be able to think students to good literature they about [the book] from our own have not generally experienced in perspective, whether that is Publower education. lic Relations or Human Relations, 2. Common readings enable Business Administration or Biolostudents to connect and share gy, History, Literature, Mathematideas with peers and faculty. ics, Politics, Psychology, Physics, Re3. Common readings become a ligion, or just plain common sense. point of contact with the students, so they can get to know each oth- And each one of us should certainer better and more quickly than ly be able to evaluate the ideas in the book by biblical principles. If chance encounters on campus. 4. For FC students, common this doesn’t show the value of an readings are chosen to highlight interdisciplinary approach to highthe peculiar nature of education er learning, I don’t know what will.”

“We often pride ourselves in having reached a new level of knowledge that past generations never grasped, whereas in reality our wisdom is still infinitesimal in comparison to God’s…Just like A Square was limited in his knowledge before the sphere had pity upon him and showed him the wonders of space land, my knowledge of Flatland was much more limited before our faculty had mercy upon me and picked me up out of the depths of ignorance. =)” Grady Huggins Freshman, Saint James, Mo. “It fits with a liberal arts education. It allows you to apply thoughts in the book to subjects in class. Also, it starts to prepare you for the college experience. It will get your mind

thinking before college begins. (It is also a great way to meet new people and start a conversation, possibly even a common one, when you first arrive. Just say, “SO! How’d you like Flatland?” or maybe, “Did you [even] read Flatland?”!)” Jocelyn Broadus Freshman, Jackson, Tenn. “My perspective is limited by my experiences and my confinement in time and space. When everyone reads it, it provides a common ground through which we can share our experiences.” Shannon O’Rear Sophomore, Auburn, Ind.

FC Students Visit Flatland Crispell: The common reading is an element of the STOA (Success through Tutoring, Orientation and Advising) plan, and is part of a growing process here. It would have been unreasonable to expect a lot more interest than what we had. As this common reading becomes an expected part of the culture and experience here, it ought to progress in interest and participation. We anticipate a second colloquium in the spring, to revisit the matters opened by “A Square.”

dents a sense of being part of a community of scholars and lifelong learners. I think the common reading can be vital to that as it demonstrates a way of tying together the various disciplines in the liberal arts curriculum and in connecting students, staff, and faculty into a common reading and learning experience.

Crispell: It’s easy to see our educational process through the lens of Flatland. A limited perspective, in any endeavor, leads to limited impact and results. By lifting ourFC : What would you say is the single most important selves—or being lifted (as “A Square” experienced in beresult you desire from the common reading program? ing lifted from one dimension to another)—through a Dickey: Our quality enhancement plan proposes we fo- well-rounded liberal arts education, we can gain a fuller cus not just on student success in terms of tests, grades perspective on our lives as God’s children and the potenand graduation rates, but that we aim at creating in stu- tial impact we can have within His creation. Background image ©

What’s a STOA? What is the Florida College STOA? The Greek stoa was of course the pillared market place that became the center for and the symbol of philosophy—a love of learning. Though we have few Greek columns at Florida College we do have a love of learning. So the Florida College STOA is the college’s five-year plan to improve student success by emphasizing personal responsibility and by helping them become members of a community of scholars while attending Florida College and lifelong learners after they leave. Are these lofty ambitions? Sure, but they are worthwhile and reachable with the right plan. The STOA is that plan. It is in fact an acronym for Success through Tutoring Orientation and Advising. With the common reading, the liberal arts essay, and the group advising sessions during orientation, the STOA provides entering students the opportunity to focus on what a liberal arts education means and to develop their own plan for success. The STOA has also beefed up the tutoring labs for those students who need extra guidance as they study and it has provided opportunities for freshmen to learn study skills in SI sessions and in the college success courses. Every student has always had a faculty advisor, but now we train advisors during every pre-session faculty meeting, making advising an important component of teaching. We also created an advising office and staffed it with professionals who are ready to help students with issues affecting their academic performance. We also added mentoring programs for probationary students in the spring semester. Though we emphasize personal responsibility, we still provide the helping hand that young scholars need to get stronger and to become lifelong learners. What is the Florida College STOA? It is really nothing new; it is simply our plan to do better what we have always aimed to do. 

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September 16, 2009 Dr. H.E. “Buddy” Payne, Jr. President Florida College 119 N. Glen Arven Avenue Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Dear Dr. Payne: I am writing you to express my gratitude for the quality and depth of education which I received at Florida College. I had always expected that the level of scholarship which was presented at Florida College was on par with that of other institutions, but I had not been aware of how well it had prepared me for graduate studies. I have recently begun graduate studies and already I am finding myself set apart from most of the other students in terms of knowledge and ability. This separation…is…due to…the level of preparation which I received from my professors at Florida College. Following an assignment for one of my classes, the professor posted the following on the class discussion board: “Your Florida College education has served you well. I can see that you have a good knowledge already of this topic.” I want you to know that the reason I am forwarding this to you is not to honor myself in any way, or to imply that I personally have achieved anything out of the ordinary, but instead to make you aware of some examples of the type of education that was received at Florida College. In my own experience, I am now taking a course on the Critical Introduction to the Old Testament and finding that the equivalent class that I took with Mr. Hamilton at Florida College was taught at a higher level! Again, I simply wished to salute Florida College for the education which it imparted to me. Sincerely yours, Jared Saltz Biblical Studies and Liberal Studies Class of 2009

Jared Saltz ’07/’09


The FC Press, which publishes books for the College, is being cranked up again after many years of dormancy. In our excitement to get this news to you quickly, we grabbed the only available stringer to report on it, so here is Nathan Ward interviewing himself.

FC: Will this cause a conflict with your position at DeWard? NW: I thought you might ask about that. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that there will be no conflict of interests between the two roles.

Florida College: How long have you been at FC? Nathan Ward: Since 1946, if I can be at FC the way that Levi paid tithes to Melchizedek—my maternal grandfather was in the first-ever student body here on campus. My parents also met as FC students in the 1970s. I was a student in the late ’90s and again in the ’00s. So, you might say that my employment is really my fifth time at the College.

FC: How about your home life? We understand that you and your wife just had a baby. Is it true that you are making her change all the diapers? NW: No comment. Next question.

FC: No, I wouldn’t say that. NW: Really? I thought that you liked that kind of humor. FC: You don’t know me as well as you think you do. NW: I came to FC in 2002 as the Annual Fund Officer for the Development Office. FC: What led to the revival of the FC Press? NW: It was a combination of a few things: the College’s need to have an outlet for faculty publishing, my desire to do this sort of work and my experience in the field were the primary driving forces. Add to that the burnout that naturally comes in fundraising work, and the timing was great for everyone involved. FC: Tell me more about your experience. NW: In 2007, Dan DeGarmo ’94 and I started DeWard Publishing Company. By the end of this year, we will have nearly 20 books in print, including Boot Camp, a book endorsed by bestselling author Steve Arterburn. We also just published Our Brother in Black, a reprint commissioned by the International Platform Association when Atticus Haygood received a posthumous Silver Bowl Award at an event televised on C-SPAN. All of our books are available from a variety of retailers, including the Florida College Bookstore.

FC: What sort of projects does the Press plan to pursue? NW: The annual Lectures book and any festschrifts that are commissioned. We also plan to make available certain previous College publications, such as Ferrell Jenkins’ material. We hope that having an outlet for publication will encourage the faculty to publish. Without giving too much away at this point, we have some exciting ideas already. FC: Will the Press only publish current and past FC faculty? NW: I don’t know that I can definitively answer that question, as I am not the final decision maker on what is and isn’t published. I would say we have enough lined up that we are not actively seeking authors outside the FC family at the moment. FC: Would you say that the best part of this job is being involved with so many books? NW: You know me too well. Somewhere along the way, I became a book aficionado—a surprise to my family, since I wasn’t much of a reader growing up. Being able to see good books in their early stages, and to be a vital player in the creation of the book is a lot of fun. Even after being a part of as many books, there is still something exciting about holding the finished product in your hand. Nathan Ward ’99/’06 also teaches as an adjunct for the Bible department and occasionally writes and edits for the FC Magazine. Wife Brooke (Rombach) ’99 is a librarian at Florida College. Son Silas ’29 can be seen on the Baby Falcons page of this magazine. )&0 $*$ =, 1 (

Dan Cathy, Second Mile Servant September 22 was a special day at Florida College, as we hosted Chick-fil-A President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy. Mr. Cathy was in town for the Second Annual Florida College Leadership Dinner, and he made a lasting impression on everyone who heard him speak or saw him in action. The Dinner is an occasion to introduce the Tampa Bay business community to the College and highlight the new four-year business program and its students. Like last year’s inaugural event, the Dinner was sold out. There were more than 500 guests in attendance, roughly half of whom had no previous ties to Florida College. Mr. Cathy—or simply Dan, as he prefers—graciously gave the College an entire day of his time. He arrived on campus in the morning, sitting and chatting with students in the dining hall. After eating a small breakfast he took the students’ trays to the dish room. After the devotional period of chapel, Dan received an introduction he will never forget. Stepping out from behind the curtain, he was greeted by the entire student body dressed in Holstein-print shirts that read “FC Eats Mor Chikin”—a variation on the well-known Chick-fil-A slogan. He addressed the student body, encouraging them to “Live, Love, and Learn.” He then attended a private luncheon with the Leadership Dinner’s corporate sponsors, and later guest taught the business ethics class. He attended a private reception immediately before dinner. After the meal, Dan delighted and encouraged the audience in best practices— the Chick-fil-A way. His emphasis was on “second mile service,” adapted from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:41 (“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two”). Dan believes it is this kind of service that makes it possible for Chick-fil-A to grow, even during a recession. (They reached nearly $3 billion in sales last year, with plans to open 80 new stores in 2010.) Hosting a high profile business leader was an unparalleled experience for Florida College, and we could not have received a humbler guest. Dan came at his own expense, made everyone he met feel important, and inspired each of us to think more deeply about giving of ourselves to others. He is a true second mile servant.

Save the date: September 23, 2010

Plan to attend the 2010 Florida College Leadership Dinner, featuring NFL icon and inspirational speaker Tony Dungy. Make plans to attend Leadership Dinner on Thursday, September 23, 2010. Our keynote speaker will be Mr. Tony Dungy. Dungy is the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. He is also a best selling author and popular motivational speaker, as well as a champion for multiple charities and mentoring organizations. We expect another sell-out event, so contact us soon for your table reservations. Call 813.899.6763 or email Martha Reynolds at for information.


Girl Scout Cookies are pretty expensive. Even so, I always buy at least five boxes of Thin Mints every year. Why do I do that? Sure, they taste deliciousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially after Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put them in the freezer for a few hours. But the fact is, I really buy them because I see those precious little girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; faces light up when they make a big sale, and that sure does make me feel good. When we are reminded by the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words that â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is

â&#x20AC;&#x153;People feel good knowing that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re charitable givers,â&#x20AC;? said economics professor William T. Harbaugh

baugh, said that giving to others produces a â&#x20AC;&#x153;warm glowâ&#x20AC;? and that â&#x20AC;&#x153;people feel good knowing that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re charitable givers.â&#x20AC;? Paul Zak, Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Economists have always been shocked (by unselfish altruism), and now we have a reason for it: It feels good to do this.â&#x20AC;? Finally, Colin Camerer, professor of economics at the California Institute of Technology says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The brain is telling us, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I like the food bank more than I like meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;Ś thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool.â&#x20AC;? I guess your brain has already figured out where I am going with this one. I never apologize for asking our folks to support Florida College because I know how badly we need everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial assistance. But more than this, I witness first hand just how young people benefit from your gifts. I encourage you to test this study yourself and send us your gift today. At least now I can tell you from an intellectual perspective that when you give to Florida College, it will make you feel good. Of course, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing new; it first came from the mind of God.

more blessed to give than to receive,â&#x20AC;? we should understand the divine reasoning behind His command. It is a way for His people to display the mind of Christ in their daily actions. However, I recently learned it is also because He created us this way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re â&#x20AC;&#x153;wired.â&#x20AC;? A fascinating study in the journal Science, conducted by a team of economists and psychologists at the University of Oregon, discovered that donating money to charities activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure. One of the studyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authors, economics professor William T. Har-

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Distinguished Professor Series at FC Begins in Spring with Dr. Ed Harrell Next spring, Florida College will offer the first course in its Distinguished Professor series. Dr. Ed Harrell will teach the course â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Restoration Idea from the Reformation to the Present.â&#x20AC;? The Distinguished Professor series will feature bright minds from a variety of disciplines. It will provide both Florida College students and interested learners from the community unparalleled academic opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Restoration Ideaâ&#x20AC;? is a three-hour course that will be offered on Thursday evenings in the Spring 2010 semester. It is available as both a credit and non-credit class. For more details or to register for the class, contact Dan Petty at Dr. David Edwin Harrell has taught at several universities, including the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama. He has served as director of the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad, India. An authority on American religion, he

has been quoted in Time, Newsweek, and The Economist. Harrell has written seven books on American religious history, and the subjects of restoration and Christian primitivism are his specialty.

Chorus and Band Spring Tour March 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8, 2010 The FC Chorus and Band (nearly 100 students in two charter buses) will travel west to Texas and then Tennessee on their Spring tour. This year the Chorus will focus on the Life of Christ, the second in a three-year presentation on the birth, life and death-resurrection of Jesus. Songs, scripture readings, and narration will be combined to offer a fresh view of the life of Jesus the Messiah and Son of God. Background image Š

The band will perform its own set of music and then the two groups will combine for a rousing finale of secular songs. We hope you will make your plans to be in one of the performing arts facilities for this spring tour. Friday, March 5 Saturday, March 6 Sunday, March 7 Monday, March 8

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How long does it take to get a four-year bachelor degree? (It’s a bit like asking who is buried in Grant’s tomb.) Four years, right? Not necessarily. If you study the most recent government reports, you’ll find that a lot of students take longer than four years. In addition, only a percentage of those who start actually complete a degree. For instance, a glance at

So how long does it take to get a bachelor’s deSo how long does it take to get gree? At FC, most often, a bachelor’s degree? At FC, most contrary to the national often, contrary to the national average,average, it is four it is four years. years. national statistics (just google “Measuring Up 2008”) reveals that even in the top states across the country, only 68 percent of students finish a bachelor’s degree in six years. Yes, I meant six years. Most students need at least six years to achieve a bachelor’s degree. There are lots of reasons why this happens. Students change majors. They transfer to a different school. They can’t get the classes they need when they need them. They run out of money. They get a job. They get married. They burn out. They work in a cooperative program that enables them to spread out their education (and its costs) while getting practical work experience in a field that interests them and also helps pay for their education.

If the goal is to get a degree in four years, then the choice of schools becomes much more important. At Florida College, it is difficult to measure the percentage of our students who complete a four-year degree. Many enroll as freshmen intending only to stay for a couple of years. But there are an increasing number who come with the intention of staying four years or who decide during their first two years to stay and get a bachelor’s degree. You might be surprised to hear that the number of juniors and seniors pursuing bachelor degrees has doubled in size during the last three years, from the 59 in 2006 to the 118 this fall. Those who stay for a bachelor’s degree have some great advantages. You can get the classes you need. If you transfer in with hours (advanced placement, dual enrollment or hours at another college or university), those hours can help you complete one of our degrees in a shorter amount of time. In some cases, students complete a four-year degree in three years. If you stay for your bachelor’s degree, the need to transfer credits elsewhere for an undergraduate degree evaporates. And the chances are, it won’t take you six years to finish. In fact, in the last eight years, students who began at Florida College and stayed for a bachelor’s degree took an average of just 8.2 semesters to get their degree. Far more important is the fact that it is a degree rooted in a Biblical foundation. So how long does it take to get a bachelor’s degree? At Florida College, most often, contrary to the national average, it is four years.

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Living in Captivity

God’s People in a Time of Crisis • February 1–4, 2010

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Day Lectures at Hutchinson Auditorium Time

Tuesday, February 2

Wednesday, February 3

Thursday, February 4

9:00 AM

The Incurable Wound Colly Caldwell

Wrong Responses to Captivity Mark Roberts

Will Good Come Out of This Evil? Jason Longstreth

10:00 AM

Trusting in Gods That Cannot Save Leon Mauldin

Purity in an Unclean World Albert Dickson

How Will We Live in a Foreign Land? Paul Ayres

11:00 AM

Who is to Blame for This Mess? Monte Hampton

Submit to the King of Babylon Allan Turner

Where Will We Worship? Frank Jamerson

12:00 PM

The Wages of Sin: Your House is Left Desolate Kevin Kay

Seek the Welfare of the City Keith Ward

When Will Our King Return? Bob Hutto

Evening Lectures at Carrollwood Day School Time

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2

Thursday, February 4

7:00 PM




7:30 PM

The Sovereign Lord of History Melvin Curry

Our God is a Consuming Fire Tommy Peeler

The God of Hope Ray Madrigal

Social Calendar Day





7:30–9:30 PM

Puckett Auditorium

“Forever Plaid” musical event. Tickets are $10. Contact Tim Moore at for reservations or to purchase tickets.


2:00–3:00 PM

Conn Gymnasium

Singin’ in the Gym


8:30 AM


Golf Tournament. See ad, opposite.


11:30 AM

Old Sutton Dining Hall

Ladies’ High Tea. See ad, opposite


1:30 PM

Second Floor, Library Conference Room

Florida College Athletic Association Council meeting


6:00–7:00 PM

CDS Lobby

President’s Reception (by invitation only)


9:30–10:30 PM

Lectures Venue

Prospective Student Reception for grades 9-12 and parents. Come and go.


9:30 PM

Various Locations

Classes of 1970, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000 will meet during Lectures. Make your plans now to reunite with classmates and brethren.


2:30–4:00 PM

Hutchinson Auditorium

Chorus and Wind Ensemble Concert (donations accepted)


10:00–11:00 AM

Henderson Dining Hall

Adopt Reception (for “Adopt” parents and interested people). Contact David Curry at or call 813.899.6763.


12:30–1:30 PM

Conn Gymnasium

Florida College Athletic Association banquet. ($10 per person, open to public.) Contact Kenny Moorer at or call 813.899.6789 for tickets.


1:30–3:00 PM

Payne Home

Presidents Reception for parents of current students


2:30–4:00 PM

Hutchinson Auditorium

Friends and Jazz Ensemble concert (open to public, donations accepted)


11:00 AM–1:30 PM


Prospective Student Pizza & Skating Party (grades 6–12). For details call 800.326.7655.


1:00–2:00 PM

Library Conference Room

Getting Money for College


9:00 AM–4:00 PM

McCarty Auditorium

Alumni Chorus rehearsal. Contact Luke Chandler at


7:00 PM

Conn Gymnasium

Homecoming Basketball game. Falcons vs Alumni


9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Remote Site

Alumni Chorus Recording. Contact Luke Chandler at

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11:30 AM Monday, February 1, 2010 Old Sutton Dining Hall Suggested donation: $25 Reservations: Janette Cunningham 813.989.0876 RU Mary Lou Dickerson

WHY A LECTURESHIP? The annual lectureship serves as Florida Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homecoming. We have no football team and our other fall sports donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t draw alumni back in large numbers. So the activity which brings everyone â&#x20AC;&#x153;homeâ&#x20AC;? is an intense study of the Word of God. That seems fitting for a school like FC. Lectures provide an opportunity for our campus community to experience the broad and deep knowledge of brethren across the world and the generations. Our students are put in the presence of great men and women of faith, whom they would possibly never meet or hear otherwise. We share the work and wisdom of those who have labored overseas, and those who have wrestled with issues and doctrinesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and our lives are enriched by the time spent together. Lectures provide alumni and friends of this college an opportunity to learn more about truth and spiritual living. In sharing this event with brethren locally, around the world and with all alumni and friends, Florida College extends the community of learners to include all who hunger and thirst after righteousness.



$WWHQWLRQ*ROIHUV Golfers, come enjoy the wonderful Florida weather while playing the historic Temple Terrace Country Club golf course. Play a round with Christians from across the nation at the Annual Lectures Golf Tourney, Monday, February 1. Cost is $110 per golfer or $380 per foursome and includes green fees and cart, breakfast (homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice), soft drink cart, BBQ luncheon and door prizes. Hole sponsorships are also available for $150. The tournament is a shotgun start scramble and fills up fast. Register and pay before January 15. eMail or call 813.899.6741 to register and report your handicap.

Last Hurrah for the Evening Lectureship This is the last year we will be able to enjoy evening lectures at the Carrollwood Day School facility. It will be renovated into smaller venues later in 2010. Come be part of our last lectureship in this spacious and most accommodative auditorium. We will begin searching for adequate space for future lectureships right away.

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%DE\)DOFRQV Amelia Baldwin David and Jamie Baldwin

Jack Bunting Daniel and Heather Bunting

Samuel Atherton Daniel and Emily Atherton

Arianna Howell L.J. and Rebecca Howell

Silas Ward Nathan and Brooke Ward

Bryce Payne Benjamin and Amanda Payne

Caden Donaghey Nick and Meghan Donaghey

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$OXPQL )ULHQGV V Arthur Karnes â&#x20AC;&#x2122;57 died on July 23 at age 72 after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharon, three daughters, and fourteen grandchildren. He was a guidance counselor and history and social studies teacher, and also owned and operated Papa Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria and Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizzeria. He was a member of the South Holland Church of Christ. He was buried in Munster, Ind. Lucille â&#x20AC;&#x153;Momâ&#x20AC;? Wooten passed away on August 3. She was 102. Lucy was a Sutton Hall housemother in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s, and a loving and compassionate friend and counselor to many FCC students, making a difference in many lives. Weldon Warnock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;52 passed away on October 4. He was a gospel preacher for more than fifty-five years, as well as an accomplished fiddle player. His group, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dixie Boys,â&#x20AC;? opened for country music legends like Marty Robbins and Ray Price in the 1950s. He was buried in Bowling Green, Ky.

V Philip Cavender â&#x20AC;&#x2122;75 was given the 2008 Paul E. Martin Community Service Award by Ohio National Life Insurance in March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cavenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to professional, civic and religious organizations throughout Murfreesboro has resulted in numerous service projects, fundraising activities and professional development opportunities for fellow life insurance producers,â&#x20AC;? said Larry

Adams, senior vice president and chief agency officer.

V Doy Moyer â&#x20AC;&#x2122;86, biblical studies professor at Florida College, is now Dr. Doy Moyer. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the Resurrection to a High View of Scriptureâ&#x20AC;? in September. His degree is from Trinity Theological Seminary, with a special endorsement from Canterbury Christ Church University in Great Britain.

V Jerry and Kristen (Nunn) Courtney â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 live in Whitehouse, Texas. Jerry led his local high school baseball team to a state championship win in July, and was named Coach of the Year. John and Vivi (Washburn) Weaver â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 gave birth to son Eben in April, joining Josephine (6), Adela (4), and Thessaly (2). They now live in New Jersey. John is director of The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University in New York City, and Vivi is homeschooling their children. They worship at the Fair Lawn Church of Christ in Fair Lawn, NJ. Luke Chandler â&#x20AC;&#x2122;91 was featured on the radio program â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Book and the Spadeâ&#x20AC;? to discuss his recent archaeological trip to Israel. His trip will also be featured in an upcoming Nova special on PBS. For more information:

to hear from friends.

Nathan and Brooke (Rombach) Ward â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;06/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 gave birth to son Silas in August.

Daniel and Emily (Tramell) Atherton â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03 gave birth to son Samuel Stephen in May. They live in Hoover, Ala.


Deborah (Halbrook) Williams â&#x20AC;&#x2122;00 and husband Jamie live in Edwardsville, Ill. Jamie is a cost anRebecca (McKay) Howell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03 alyst and Deborah is a sign lanand husband L.J. gave birth to guage interpreter. Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job daughter Arianna, and are exrelocates them frequently, so they pecting a boy in March. L.J. works are enjoying seeing the country for a financial services company, and getting to know Christians in and Rebecca is a stay-at-home various places. They are expectmom. Write them at P.O. Box ing their first child in December. 2344 Middleburg, FL 32050.

Jamie and Deborah (Halbrook) Williams

Jamie (Davis) Baldwin â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01 and husband David gave birth to daughter Amelia Ruth in July. Jamieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twin sister, Carrie (Davis) Willis â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01, had a baby girl in April, and her sister Lindsay (Davis) Foster â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03 had a baby girl in May.

Philip Cavender

Greg and Megan (Wiley) Ciampa â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;03 gave birth to their first daughter Mia Elizabeth in April, and are living in Tampa, Fla. Ragan (Settle) â&#x20AC;&#x2122;04 married Matt Burkley in June. Ragan is a high school art teacher. They live in Richardson, Texas. Nick and Meghan (Sweeney) Donaghey â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;05 gave birth to son Caden in February. Nick is studying optometry at Ohio State University. Meghan is at home with Caden.

Amy Vavra â&#x20AC;&#x2122;98 married Gregg Gamester in July. Amy is the camp relations director at Florida College, and Gregg is a golf pro in Plant City, Fla. Benjamin and Amanda (Graham) Payne â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;99 gave birth to son Bryce Edward. Benjamin is a music professor at Florida College, and Amanda is at home with Bryce. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love

Daniel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hektorâ&#x20AC;? and Heather (Krumrei) Bunting â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;01 gave birth to son Jack. They live in Washington, NJ where Daniel is currently preaching.

Heath and Renee (Bunting) Robertson â&#x20AC;&#x2122;07/â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 moved to Bergen, Norway. They are preaching the gospel, and expecting their first child in November. Write them at: Bronndalen 89 5178 Loddefjord Bergen, Norway. Gregg and Amy (Vavra) Gamester )&0 $*$ =, 1 (


FC alumni should be a primary source of prospective students to identify those who belong here. They should be a primary source of funding because no one knows better the value of this college. There are several ways to increase alumni involvement. First is our online directory (see page 1). It enables us to keep our database current as alumni update their information. And it allows participating alumni to stay in touch with each other. Second, Harris Publishing is working with us to produce an updated alumni directory for sale to alumni (see below). In addition to name entries, alumni are also listed by location, class years, and occupation. Please cooperate with the Harris personnel contacting you. Third, our booster clubs will soon begin a phonathon to local alumni to increase numbers and contributions. FC alumni giving percentages are in the teens. This doesn’t

help when we solicit corporate donations. Those organizations want to know how fervently our alumni believe in the value of the institution before they are willing to donate their own funds. If the people who know us best don’t think us worthy of financial support, why should they? Should you get a call from a volunteer asking you to join in making a financial commitment to FC, please give it prayerful thought before saying you can’t or won’t. Your contributions for this effort will support the local booster club and student scholarships.

,PSRUWDQW,QIRUPDWLRQIRU)ORULGD&ROOHJH$OXPQL )ULHQGV Alumni Chorus Honors Dudy Walker Everyone in the Florida College family knows James “Dudy” Walker— FC’s choral director for 41 years. After retiring from the school in 1993, Dudy served as director of the FC Alumni Chorus for 16 more years. Proceeds from their albums have provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships for music students at FC. Dudy is stepping down as director of the Alumni Chorus, ending a remarkable period of service to Florida College. To honor this great servant, the Alumni Chorus is dedicating its upcoming album to him. They are asking FC Chorus alumni and former Friends vocalists to join in the rehearsal and recording on February 5 and 6, at the end of the 2010 Lectureship. If you are interested, please eMail and details will be sent to you.

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Florida College is working with Harris Connect again to produce a printed alumni directory. In the next several months, you may receive postcards, emails, or phone calls from Harris asking for updated contact information. We appreciate your cooperation with them. All updates are returned to Florida College so our database will remain current. Harris Connect is collecting information only for purposes of the directory. Your information will not be released to anyone else. You decide whether your personal information is published in the directory—make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak. It is another way to stay connected to the Alumni community! Alumni who have updated their information on line will be contacted by Harris Connect to verify their information. This step is necessary to ensure the integrity of our records as well as the quality of the Alumni Directory.

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FC Magazine Fall 2009  

The FC Magazine Published Fall 2009

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