Carrying on the FSC Tradition: Legacy Luncheon

May 14, 2020

by Greg Williams
Publications Editor
Originally appeared in Southern News Magazine

Florida Southern’s annual Legacy Luncheon always brings multiple reminders of the affection legacy families feel for their beloved school. 

Take the Dinkins/Searles family, for example. Patricia Ross Dinkins ’52, of Lakeland, grew up one block west of campus, on Finney Street. Her earliest memory of the campus was as an eight-year-old, when the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel still was under construction.

“We climbed to the top of the chapel when it was being built,” she said. “We played hide-and-seek in there. But we did not do any damage!”

Patricia met her husband, the Rev. Ed Dinkins ’54, at FSC.

“As the years passed,” he said, “I fell in love with the architecture and enjoyed walking under the esplanades.” It was a joy to come back to the campus, he added.

Granddaughter Megan Searles, a legacy freshman from Palm Bay, Fla., visited the campus as a young girl “and I am proud that I am a third generation,” she said. Both her mother, Linda Dinkins Searles ’84, and her aunt, Lois Dinkins Chauncey ’86, were second-generation Mocs.

During the luncheon, each new student explained his or her legacy connections. Incoming freshman Madison Avery, of Boseman, Mont., chose FSC because of its education program, and to be close to family — including her grandfather, Bob Fauls ’70, of Naples, Fla.

“She had researched other schools,” Fauls said, “and narrowed it down to here.”

Kelsey Elmhorst, of Lakeland, was part of one of the largest legacy representations at the Luncheon.

“My parents met here,” she said. Two of her cousins, three aunts, and an uncle are proud legacies, as well.