Academic News

Arts News

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Polk Museum of Art Carves Out Space for Rodin Exhibit

The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will present “Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams / Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections” from June 25 through October 30, 2022. The collection will be on display in the Museum’s Dorothy Jenkins Gallery, Gallery II, and Perkins Gallery. It features more than 40 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The exhibition brings the work of a famous and influential French master to Central Florida. 

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Festival Of Fine Arts Wraps Up 2021-22 Season With Trio Of Upcoming Concerts

Another season of incredible events is set to wrap up as the Festival of Fine Arts at Florida Southern College presents its final three performances of the 2022 Spring semester.

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Florida Southern College Music Faculty To Perform A Memorial Tribute At Branscomb Auditorium

Members of the Florida Southern College Music department will pay tribute to Paula Parsché in a faculty artist showcase.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play Set To Be Performed At Buckner Theatre In April

Florida Southern College’s Festival of Fine Arts is starting April with an award-winning play. The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed by Florida Southern College students under the direction of Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Paul Bawek.

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Jazz Ensemble Tunes Up For Performance At Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College’s Festival of Fine Arts is closing out March with a performance of Jazz Excellence, featuring FSC’s Jazz Ensemble performing with guest artist Aaron Eckert.

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Florida Southern Opera Theatre Presents Gilbert And Sullivan Classic

Florida Southern College’s Festival of Fine Arts is bringing one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operas to campus.Patience (Bunthorne’s Bride) will be performed one-time only at 7:30 p.m. on March 19 at Branscomb Auditorium.

Business News

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Fortune Magazine Ranks Florida Southern College Among Best Online MBA Programs In The Nation

Fortune released its national rankings for “Best Online MBA Programs” in the nation and Florida Southern College is once again near the top. Florida Southern’s online MBA program was ranked No. 46 nationally.

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Florida Southern College Hosts CEO 100 Lecture Series

The Florida Southern College CEO 100 Lecture Series resumes on Thursday, April 7, as Richard Thompson, the Managing Partner of Factory, LLC, will offer his recollections, wisdom, and experience. The event will take place at noon in the George Jenkins Field House.

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Book was a “Brees” for FSC Professor

Florida Southern College Adjunct Professor Mike Nabors is an expert when it comes to interviewing former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Mike, who teaches Sports Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the College’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise, has spoken to Brees, a future NFL Hall of Famer, nearly 300 times over the past 14 years.

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Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School Of Business And Free Enterprise Among Best In The World

Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise placed 35th best among Global Online MBA programs, and ranked a Tier One program in the North American MBA Rankings, according to CEO Magazine, in their 2022 Global MBA Rankings, which were released today.

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FSC’s Barnett School Of Business And Free Enterprise Ranked Among Nation’s Best

Florida Southern College continues to be acknowledged as one of the top academic institutions in the nation, as Poets&Quants for Undergrads ranked FSC’s Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise as the 69th Best Undergraduate Business School for 2022.

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Princeton Review Ranks Florida Southern College’s Barney Barnett School Of Business And Free Enterprise Among Best Nationwide

The Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools 2022” rankings list. This is the fifth consecutive year FSC has been selected for inclusion in the nationally respected business school guide.

Education News

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FSC Education Doctoral Students Dive Into Research Marathon

The Florida Southern College School of Education and the Roux Library hosted the Spring 2022 Doctor of Education Research Marathon on March 12th and 13th. Approximately 50 students in the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Education-Educational Leadership programs took part in the two-day event.

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Florida Southern Graduate Rachel Pittman Named Teacher of the Year!

Rachel B. Pittman ’17, MEd ’19 has a passion for shaping young hearts and minds through education, and her commitment to her students has not gone unnoticed by her peers. Pittman has been named the 2021 Teacher of the Year by her fellow educators at Mayport Coastal Sciences Elementary School in Atlantic Beach, Fla.

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Florida Southern Ed.D. Students Awarded for Excellence at Annual FERA Conference

This year at the Florida Educational Research Association’s 65th annual meeting, three students in the Doctor of Education program marked a milestone in their academic careers by presenting poster presentations as a part of the conference.

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Fall 2021 Research Marathon for Doctor of Education (EdD) A Success

On Saturday, September 25, approximately 35 students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program at Florida Southern College gathered with the Roux librarians, a dozen faculty members, and several staff members for the Fall 2021 Research Marathon. Florida Southern Provost Dr. Brad Hollingshead and Associate Provost Dr. Tracey Tedder also visited the event to provide their encouragement. It was the 7th research marathon that the Roux Library and the EdD Program have co-hosted.

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Florida Southern College Names Dr. Lori Rakes As The Nina B. Hollis Chair In Education

Florida Southern College has named Dr. Lori Rakes as The Nina B. Hollis Chair in Education.

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FSC Student Making an Impact in Education

Students in Florida Southern College’s Doctor of Education program are making an impact in the community even before they graduate.

Healthcare News

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The Strength of FSC’s Exercise Science Program Recognized by the NSCA

Florida Southern’s Exercise Science program is really flexing! The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently named FSC’s Exercise Science degree path as an approved and recognized program.

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Pre-Professional Program Reaches Historic Success at Florida Southern

Applying to any professional school is a daunting task. That’s where Florida Southern College Director of Career Services Dr. Lauren Albaum can help.

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Florida Southern College School Of Physical Therapy Joins Select Ranks Of Nationally Accredited PT Programs

Following its fall meeting, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) granted full accreditation to Florida Southern College’s School of Physical Therapy. The milestone marks the inclusion of the College’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program among the less than 300 accredited DPT programs in the nation.

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Inaugural Doctor Of Nursing Practice Graduating Class Presents Capstone Projects

Members of the inaugural graduating class of the Florida Southern College Doctor of Nursing Practice program presented their capstone scholarly project posters in the Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building, on August 11, 2021.

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New Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida Southern College Announced

Florida Southern College today announced the new Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Florida Southern College nursing program is nationally recognized for educational excellence, and the opportunity to have a named school of nursing reflects the world-class quality of the curriculum, faculty, graduates, and current students.

Dr. Linda Comer Named Berend Endowed Chair For FSC School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Linda Comer Named Berend Endowed Chair For FSC School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Florida Southern College announced that Dr. Linda Comer, professor of nursing and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, will be the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Keith R. Berend Endowed chair in Nursing. This is the first endowed chair for the nursing school.

Humanities News

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Spring 2022 Law Week Panels and Workshops Held at FSC

Florida Southern College pre-law students recently had the opportunity to participate in “Law Week.” For three days, groups of alumni, lawyers, and judges met in panels and workshops to inform and engage with students interested in working in the legal community.

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Mariel Boat Lift Is Subject Of The Next Florida Lecture Series Event

Florida Southern College Associate Professor Dr. Jose Garcia and Middlesex (Conn.) Community College History Professor Dr. Andres Triay will give a presentation on The Mariel Boat Lift at 7 p.m. on March 17 in The Hollis Room inside the Buckner Building. The event is open to the public.

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Covering The Bases From Florida Southern College To The Major Leagues

Florida Southern College alumnus Greg Pryor ’72 will return to campus on Thursday, March 24, as part of the Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History Florida Lecture Series. The seventh lecture in the 2021-22 academic season brings the former Major League Baseball infielder to Annie Pfeiffer Chapel for a 6:00 p.m. presentation.

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Award-Winning Florida Native Author To Speak On Experiences Of Growing Up In The South

The Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History Florida Lecture Series will hold its fifth event of the 2021-22 academic season as it brings a celebrated author and storyteller to the campus of Florida Southern College. Janis Owens will speak on Feb. 10 in Branscomb Auditorium presenting a talk titled, “Doing What Comes Naturally: A Cracker Talks Stories.”

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Florida Lecture Series Returns With A Look At Influential Lawyer Chesterfield Smith

The Lawton M. Chiles Center for Florida History Florida Lecture Series kicks off the 2022 portion of its schedule with a look at one of the most honored lawyers in Florida history.

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Florida Governors Spotlighted In Next Florida Lecture Series Event

Boyd Murphree, the project manager at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries and former Florida state archivist, will be joined by Robert Taylor, the associate dean and head of the School of Arts and Communication and professor of history at the Florida Institute of Technology, as they will discuss the 200-year history of Florida and its governors.

Natural Sciences News

Protect Our Reefs Grant

Florida Southern College Biology Professor Dr. Macrander Receives Grant to Research Florida’s Coral Reefs

Florida Southern College Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Dr. Jason Macrander, Ph.D. has been awarded a research grant by the "Protect Our Reefs" Program through Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The project is titled “Can Coral Venom Expression Predict Propagule Growth,” and is a collaborative research grant between Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida.

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National Science Foundation Taps Florida Southern College And Lsu To Research Climate Change Impact On Stone Crabs

Florida Southern College (FSC) and Louisiana State University (LSU) have been awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct groundbreaking research on how climate change could impact one of Florida’s iconic fisheries, the Florida stone crab. The stone crab fishery is a $30 million commercial industry in Florida and supports over 800 jobs.

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Marine Biology Research Grant to Fund Study of Environmental Impacts on Florida Stone Crabs

Research findings could inform discussions about the future of seagrass habitats.

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FSC Hosting Virtual Spencer Symposium with Guest Speakers to Discuss Careers in Chemistry

Symposium lectures will be free and open to the public via Zoom.

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FSC gets $250,000 to restore Wright planetarium

Florida Southern College will receive $250,000 for the restoration of the Polk County Science Building's planetarium through a program administered by the National Park Service.

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Research Study Identifies Largest Mitogenome

Assistant Professor of Marine Biology, Dr. Jason Macrander, Participates as Research Collaborator and Co-Writer at Florida Southern.

Technology News

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Florida Southern College Names Dr. Christian Roberson As The Charles And Mildred Jenkins Chair In Mathematics And Computer Science

Florida Southern College has named Dr. Christian Roberson as The Charles and Mildred Jenkins Chair in Mathematics and Computer Science.

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Truist Foundation Awards $250,000 To Fsc For Cyber Initiatives

Florida Southern College has received a $250,000 grant from the Truist Foundation to launch a new Cybersecurity Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. This gift will create an innovative program to address the nation’s urgent need for well-educated cybersecurity experts with the entrepreneurial acumen to help shrink the skills gap in cyber careers while creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurism.

Dr. Jason Lewis

New cybersecurity leader prepares students for urgent national needs

Dr. Jason Lewis has been a cybercrime investigator and has developed college-level cybersecurity programs.

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Construction Signals Growth for Computer Science Program

Florida Southern marked a major expansion of its computer science program with construction work underway for the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Computer Sciences Center, which will provide a state-of-the-art computing environment for the growing department; indeed, the fastest growing major on campus.