22Feb/19

FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE NAMED A TOP PRODUCER OF FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENTS

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LAKELAND (Feb. 21, 2019) – Florida Southern College is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.

Four Florida Southern students were named 2018 recipients of Fulbright Awards. Elise Barnes of Marietta, Ga., and Leyna Stemle of Wesley Chapel received Study/Research Awards, and Kylie Torres of Clearwater and Natalie Aleman (Class of 2016) received English Teaching Assistant Awards.

“Elise, Leyna, Kylie, and Natalie represent the highest academic and civic standards of Florida Southern College,” said President Anne Kerr. “They have demonstrated superb scholarship, principled leadership, and an unselfish commitment to service.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists, and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research abroad each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world.

“We thank the colleges and universities across the United States that we are recognizing as Fulbright top producing institutions for their role in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We are proud of all the Fulbright students and scholars from these institutions who represent America abroad, increasing and sharing their skills and knowledge on a global stage.”

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. scholars, teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages. Currently, Florida Southern is hosting Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Fulbright scholar Rebekka Matthoff from Germany, who is not only enrolled in courses focused on American studies, but is also teaching a course in German culture.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/Fulbright.

 

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years and on the top ten list by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

22Feb/19

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster, & Munson, P.A. Shareholder Announcement

Clark, Campbell, Lancaster, & Munson, P.A. is pleased to announce that Kevin R. Albaum has become a shareholder in the law firm. Kevin’s practice areas include: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship, Probate Administration, Trust Administration, and Medicaid Planning. In addition to general estate planning services, Kevin helps Polk County seniors and their families plan for legal challenges that they may encounter in their golden years.

22Feb/19

SEU Dean Awarded Designation of Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement

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Lakeland, FL: Southeastern University’s dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dr. Erica Sirrine, was recently awarded the designation of Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She became only the 15th person in the state of Florida to have earned this designation.

This is the highest advanced professional certification in the field of thanatology. Per ADEC, the Fellow in Thanatology “recognizes practitioners and educators in the discipline of death, dying, and bereavement, who have met specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process and who demonstrate advanced levels of competency in teaching, research and/or clinical practice through a professional portfolio.”

“I wanted to be a leader for my students for them to see that they can achieve these things in their careers too,” said Sirrine.

The Association for Death Education and Counseling is the primary professional organization for the field of thanatology for health science professionals in varying occupations. It is an inter-collaborative professional organization to look at the body of work on death, dying and bereavement.

“Loss is the one universal thing that we all will experience. Everyone has experienced loss in one way,” said Sirrine.

Sirrine’s interest in Thanatology began when she worked as an intern with people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  She then went on to work in a hospital with pediatric patients and high-risk mothers. Sirrine saw many people hesitate to counsel families experiencing loss in the hospital, but she was not afraid of it, wanting to sit with the families and help them. Following her job in the hospital, she worked for Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland providing grief and bereavement counseling for children, adolescents and adults.

She continues to speak at seminars related to grief and bereavement, mainly for Professional Education Systems Inc. (PESI), a nonprofit organization for continuing education. She also authored, “Sammy’s Story,” written for young children explaining concepts of loss and how to handle grief.

Sirrine has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of South Florida. She is also a licensed clinical social worker and qualified clinical supervisor in the state of Florida. Sirrine currently teaches a course on Death, Loss and Bereavement at Southeastern University.

19Feb/19

Florida Southern College Builds Upon History of Civic Leadership Through Enhanced Curriculum and Statewide Education Programs

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LAKELAND (February 15, 2019) – Florida Southern College announced today the next phase of its decades-long civics education program. At a Celebration of Our Freedoms luncheon that drew an audience including trustees, civic leaders, friends, and alumni, the College announced that recently retired Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis will join the faculty as the College’s first Eminent Professor of Law and Letters. In his new position, Justice Lewis will teach FSC students and direct community programs focusing on civics and government.

Lewis’s appointment will take the College’s renowned social sciences program to a new level. In 2016, Trustee Dr. Sarah D. McKay provided a wonderful opportunity for FSC to become a leader in the collegiate study of American History, Government, and Civics when she made a transformational gift to establish an endowed professorship to specialize in this field.

Dr. McKay is a leading champion for civics education in the great state of Florida, and this gift ensures that FSC will employ in perpetuity an expert professor to provide a stellar education in these areas for our students. McKay Professor Dr. R. Bruce Anderson has become a leader in promoting civics education beyond the collegiate level and is helping establish civics education initiatives to junior and senior high school students in our community.

While serving the Florida Supreme Court, Justice Lewis founded Justice Teaching, an organization that now has more than 4,700 volunteer lawyers and judges active in 3,000 Florida schools, teaching and enhancing civics and law-related education through active programs in all grades. This revered program will arrive on campus with Justice Lewis and become the Justice Teaching Center at Florida Southern College.

This innovative and highly respected Center will improve civic learning opportunities in Florida through effective law-focused partnerships, programs, and resources. Judges and attorneys will be partnered with schools in Florida through this experiential educational model. Key concepts include justice, the courts, and the Constitution. The new Justice Teaching Center at Florida Southern College website will also be a resource for judges, lawyers, and teachers to use in planning classroom activities, projects, and seminars.

Other public officials on the program included John Antoon II, U.S. District Judge of the Middle District of Florida, and The Honorable Adam H. Putnam.

At the conclusion of the event, FSC President Anne Kerr joined Justice Lewis in presenting Dr. Sarah D. McKay with the inaugural Outstanding Leader in Civics Award, recognizing extraordinary leadership in the realm of history, government, and civics education. The award is named in her honor and will be given annually.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private comprehensive college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society.  FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

 

19Feb/19

Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

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Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:

  • Eric Wicks, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, recently authored a piece in the prestigious Journal of Emergency Medicine. The article addresses “Missed Thrower’s Fracture of the Humerus in a Pediatric Athlete.” In addition, Dr. Wicks was inducted into the Berkshire High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Burton, Ohio. He was honored for his participation in football, basketball and track as a student-athlete. Dr. Wicks sees children and adults at the Grasslands Campus.
  • Erjola Balliu, MD, Lakeland Regional Health Endocrinologist, recently earned her Certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Balliu, who sees adults and children at the Pablo Campus in Lakeland, is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  • Jennifer Cipriano, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Lakeland Regional Health Trauma Continuum of Care Coordinator, recently earned her certification as a National Child Passenger Safety Technician from Safe Kids Worldwide. Ms. Cipriano is now qualified to administer child safety seat checks and continues to provide community presentations.