Saint Leo University Named As Best Value in South for 2019 by U.S. News

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LEO, FL – Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released Sept. 10. In addition, Saint Leo was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

The university was No. 14 among Best Value Schools in the South. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost.

This year, Saint Leo also claimed its spot in the top 50 “Best Regional Universities” and ranked 47th among Southern universities. This rank is up from last year’s rank of 61st among universities in the South. Regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level. Saint Leo also offers three doctoral programs.

To receive a “Best Value School” ranking, U.S. News calculated the university’s academic quality as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” U.S. News & Report stated in its listings. “Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

The university also was named one of the Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the South, ranking 31st. Saint Leo has a proud history of educating veterans and military students. Schools named to the list participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty servicemembers pay for their degrees.

“Saint Leo University provides a terrific educational value for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, and we are pleased that the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings recognize the quality and excellence offered by the university,” said Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, university president. “We’re proud of our Catholic heritage and commitment to higher education. These rankings point to our student-centered mission, our caring faculty and staff, and our dedication to student success.”

For information about Best Colleges 2019, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.


50 Florida Companies You Will Want to Pay Attention to

Pensacola, Florida (9/20/2018) — Digital Boardwalk is pleased to announce the 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years.

Digital Boardwalk was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Digital Boardwalk’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.
“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.
“This year has marked a huge milestone for digital boardwalk,” says Tim Shoop, CEO. “We have grown 81% over the past three years and added many jobs right here in Florida. My favorite part of the growth is that we not only create jobs, but it allows us to give back to our local community and foster more growth around us. We have an amazing entrepreneurial culture that instills in our team a passion and drive that our customers experience on a daily basis. I am proud of our team and Florida Companies on Growth Watch couldn’t have achieved any of this without their dedication to our mission. Our goal is to help other businesses scale through proper technology implementations and planning, while backing that up with award-winning help-desk support.” Florida Companies on Growth Watch

Joining Digital Boardwalk on the Florida Companies to Watch list are the following Florida based businesses:
Company Name City County Primary Business
8-koi Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
Alluvionic, Inc. Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
ArgoTrak Naples Collier Other Services (except Public Administration)
Artemis Plastics, LLC Ocala Marion Manufacturing
AXI International Fort Myers Lee Manufacturing
Beast Code, LLC Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Benseron Hospitality Naples Collier Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Body Details, LLLP Boca Raton Palm Beach Other Services (except Public Administration)
Burgess Civil, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Construction
Company Name City County Primary Business
Bush Brothers Provision Company West Palm Beach Palm Beach Wholesale Trade
CloudHesive Fort Lauderdale Broward Information Technology
ContentBacon Davie Broward Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Cornerstone Fabrication, LLC Debary Volusia Manufacturing
Cruise Car, Inc. Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Pinellas Park Pinellas Manufacturing
DAK Resources, Inc. Jacksonville Duval Administrative and Support Services
Digital Boardwalk, Inc. Pensacola Escambia Information Technology
Digital Resource, LLC West Palm Beach Palm Beach Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Easy Foods, Inc. Kissimmee Osceola Manufacturing
Electronic Locksmith, Inc. Apopka Orange Retail Trade
EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC Winter Springs Seminole Information Technology
Expert Shutter Services Port St. Lucie St. Lucie Manufacturing
Firehawk Helicopters Leesburg Lake Other Services (except Public Administration)
Flame Boss Orlando Orange Manufacturing
Forcura Jacksonville Duval Information Technology
Fountainhead Commercial Capital Lake Mary Seminole Finance and Insurance
FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Sarasota Sarasota Health Care and Social Assistance
G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc. Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Manufacturing
Germfree Ormond Beach Volusia Manufacturing
GM HILL Jacksonville Duval Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Hesperos, Inc. Orlando Orange Scientific Research and Development
Intellisteel Group, LLC Leesburg Lake Manufacturing
Knight Federal Solutions Orlando Orange Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Matthews Design Group, Inc. St. Augustine St. Johns Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Manatee Manufacturing
Next Horizon Sanford Seminole Information Technology
Oasis Senior Advisors Bonita Springs Lee Health Care and Social Assistance
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 4/5
RND Automation Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Sarasota Medical Products, Inc. Sarasota Sarasota Manufacturing
Structural Composites, a division of The
Composites Company W. Melbourne Brevard Scientific Research and Development
Sunrise Capital Investors Clearwater Pinellas Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Sus Hi Eatstation Orlando Orange Accommodation and Food Services
The Collage Companies Lake Mary Seminole Construction
three.two.one Orlando Orange Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Triple E Equipment, Inc. Pompano Beach Broward Retail Trade
US Submergent Technologies, LLC Sarasota Sarasota Waste Management and Remediation Services
Vac-Tron Equipment Okahumpka Lake Manufacturing
Vectra Digital Fort Myers Lee Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
VetCor, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Other Services (except Public Administration)
World Housing Solution, Inc. Sanford Seminole Manufacturing
“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state’s top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. Second stage companies are defined as those with 6 to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.

The 50 companies named the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.growfl.com/flctw18/about-flctw/

About Digital Boardwalk:
Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small
and medium-sized businesses throughout Florida and beyond. We help customers achieve reliability,
security, and peace of mind through award-winning support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and
backup services. We know that technology is integral to your business, so we work diligently to keep
your technology working for our clients. Our team of certified technology specialists bring their
individual expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise to provide you with the
best customer service experience, industryleading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered
to your specific needs.
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 5/5
About GrowFL:
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer
CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies. Created by the
Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — growing
existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s
economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is certified by the
National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com
About the Edward Lowe Foundation:
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports
entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered
through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage
companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth.
In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving
the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in
southwest Michigan.


Southeastern University Homecoming Set for October 26 & 27

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LAKELAND, FL: Southeastern University will welcome alumni back to campus for its annual Homecoming weekend on October 26 and 27.

“With over 2,700 alumni living in the Polk County area, we believe Homecoming is the perfect opportunity for them to come home and continue to be a part of what we are doing at Southeastern,” said Dr. Kent Ingle, president of Southeastern.

Activities will kick off on Friday, October 26, with an alumni dinner at 6:30 p.m. Alumni can purchase a weekend package for an early bird price of $40. The package includes entrance into the dinner, as well as a meal at tailgating and a football game ticket the following day. Additional activities include a campus tour and campus-wide scavenger hunt. The early bird price ends on October 5. Tickets can also be purchased separately for individual events.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our alumni home to see all of the new developments on campus,” said Joel Johnson, director of alumni relations. “This is a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with former classmates, faculty and coaches.”

The School of Honors at Southeastern will also host a 10-year reunion following the alumni dinner on Friday night.

Additionally, a class reunion lunch will be held for the classes of 1968 and 1993 on Saturday, October 27, as they celebrate their 25th and 50th reunions.

Tailgating will begin at 4 p.m., with kick off at 7 p.m. The Fire football team will be playing Edwards Water College.

Registration is available online at seu.edu. Registration closes on October 19. For questions, contact the Alumni Office at 863.667.5400 or email alumni@seu.edu.


Upcoming Festival of Fine Arts Series at FSC Features Dynamic Performances, Exhibition


LAKELAND (September 20, 2018) – As the 59th season of Florida Southern’s outstanding “Festival of Fine Arts” series takes flight, members of the community will be treated to an exciting array of performing and visual arts events. The following offerings are to be presented through the end of October:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Set in the Mississippi plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, this powerful exploration of a southern family in crisis earned writer Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The play explores themes such as greed, suppressed desires, and sibling squabbles surrounding desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance. This eight-performance run, directed by Mary T. Albright, will be presented at the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Los Trabas … In Concert!
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Sarasota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist and flutist — FSC adjunct professor Fernando Traba and his wife, Betsy Hudson Traba — return to perform an evening of seldom-heard woodwind duets, featuring pieces by composers such as Oleg Miroshnikov and Astor Piazzolla. This free performance will be presented at Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall and is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

Music Under the Stars
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Florida Southern Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble, led by Symphony Band Director J. Jossim and Director of Jazz Studies Jeffrey Benatar, perform a free outdoor. This free event will take place at the L.N. Pipkin Bandshell, with Branscomb Auditorium as the rain location. Listeners are invited to bring chairs or blankets, or to lounge on the grass. Included in this evening of music will be pieces conducted by senior music education majors as they prepare for prospective positions as band directors.

Great Expectations
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Conductor Beth Gibbs leads the FSC Chamber Singers through an evening of choral music at Branscomb Auditorium, defying conventional expectations by presenting remarkable music by composers such as Sydney Guillaume, Adolphus Hailstork, and Rihards Dubra. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

/Dance: Fall into Dance 2018
Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
For Florida Southern’s annual fall dance concert, Artistic Director Erin LaSala showcases an eclectic display of choreography from dance faculty and guest artists. The diverse and innovative program will range from ballet to contemporary dance styles, as performed by talented students from the FSC dance program. Tickets for this event at Branscomb Auditorium are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Sad Tropics
Sept. 21 through Nov. 2
Inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss’s book Tristes Tropiques, this site-specific multimedia installation produced by New Orleans artists and Florida natives Cristina Molina and Jonathan Traviesa examines the psychological landscape of Florida and the tropics through photographs, murals, and videos. The first collaborative exhibition with the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, this installation in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, go to www.flsouthern.edu/ffa, phone 863-680-4296, or visit the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 72 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 382 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.


Good Shepherd Hospice Philanthropy Group to Hold 3rd Annual Seasons of Service Luncheon

Good Shepherd Hospice Philanthropy Group to Hold 3rd Annual Seasons of Service Luncheon

Featuring a Panel of Community Women

TAMPA, FL (September 20, 2018): The Hospice Women of Giving, a philanthropic group that supports  Good Shepherd Hospice, will hold its third annual “Seasons of Service” luncheon featuring a panel of community women on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The luncheon is scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lone Palm Golf Club, 800 Lone Palm Golf Drive in Lakeland.

Guided by Erica Sirrine, PhD, serving as master of ceremonies, three women will share the extraordinary lessons they have learned as leaders in their field: Donna McWilliams, DVM,  owner of My Pet’s Animal HospitalSusan Roberts, JD, retired Circuit Court Judge; and Seretha Tinsley, owner/CFO of PenGeo, Inc.

The following are the biographies of the master of ceremonies as well as the panelists:

Erica Sirrine, PhD, serves as the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southeastern University. Before entering academia, she worked as the clinical manager of Good Shepherd Hospice’s Bethany Center and continues to volunteer at the center and Camp Brave Heart. She is passionate about educating mental health practitioners on bereavement counseling interventions and provides trainings of this type throughout the United States.

Donna McWilliams, DVM, had a childhood dream to become a veterinarian. She graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology before earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2002, all from Virginia Tech University. Dr. McWilliams married her best friend Kevin, and in 2007, the couple and their pets moved to Lakeland and purchase My Pet’s Animal Hospital. In 2009, Dr. McWilliams added Sarasota Animal Hospital to her practice and welcomed a daughter to her family. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Lakeland Rotary Club, in addition to holding membership in several professional organizations.

Susan Roberts, JD, is a retired circuit court judge and had been a leader among women in the judicial field throughout her career. She was a member of the first class at Florida State University Law School and was the first woman graduate of the program in 1969. After practicing law and serving as a municipal judge, she became the first woman elected as a Polk County judge in 1977. Judge Roberts retired in 2004 but remained in the Circuit Court as a part-time senior judge for several years. She is active in her rotary club and her church. Judge Roberts was married to the late Dan Brawley for 35 years and has one adult son.

Seretha Tinsley has been a trailblazer her entire life. She was the first African American female to attend and graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1971. In the early 1980s, Mrs. Tinsley became one of the first African American female general managers in radio, and in 2008, she became the first African American president of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mrs. Tinsley is the owner/CFO of the Winter Haven-based family businesses, PenGeo, Inc. (KFC): Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc. (airport concessions); and co-founder/executive director of Chain of Lakers Achievers, Inc. She is a trustee at her church and involved in community service. Mrs. Tinsley and her husband George have two adult children.

The cost per person is $40 and includes lunch. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Chapters Health Foundation Office in Lakeland at 863-551-4827 or foundation@chaptershealth.org for more information.

About Good Shepherd Hospice

Good Shepherd Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System, is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that supports about 4,000 patients each year in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties as they face the challenges of advancing age and illness. Since 2008, the organization has been accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s premier healthcare accrediting body and recently earned deemed status. In 2015, Good Shepherd Hospice was named a Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management. In addition, Good Shepherd Hospice first received accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice in 2007, which means that the staff has undergone specialized training to better serve the needs of patients and their families across the entire range of faith traditions and observance within the Jewish religion. To learn more, visit www.chaptershealth.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Chapters Health System

Founded in 1983 as a compassionate not-for-profit organization, Chapters Health System provides choices, education and guidance for those affected by advancing age or advancing illness through its managed affiliates: Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice, LifePath Hospice, and Chapters Health Palliative Care, located in Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties. In 2018, Chapters Health was certified as a great workplace in the Aging Services category by the independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® Institute. In addition, Chapters Health operates HPH Home Health, which serves the needs of patients in Pasco and Pinellas counties. Learn more at www.chaptershealth.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.