Florida Southern College names Museum of Modern Art Director Dr. Glenn Lowry as Honorary Chancellor

Renowned expert in modern art and Frank Lloyd Wright visits campus

LAKELAND (March 30, 2017) – In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the birth of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Florida Southern College will name New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Director Dr. Glenn Lowry as its honorary chancellor during the annual Founders Day Convocation on Friday, March 31.

The convocation, which begins at 11 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium on campus, is not open to the public, but the media is welcome to attend.

Dr. Lowry has served as MoMA Director since 1995 and has led a $900 million expansion of the museum and its endowment, including new archives of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of FSC’s National Historic Landmark-designated West campus.

Each spring, Florida Southern celebrates Founders Day, and as part of the tradition choses an honorary chancellor. In recent years, honorary chancellors have included ocean explorer, conservationist and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau; media mogul and environmentalist Ted Turner; and Dr. Michael Griffin, Administrator of NASA; as well as many other luminaries who are revered for contributions they have made to our world in a wide variety of professions and disciplines.

“Naming an honorary chancellor is a cherished tradition here at Florida Southern,” said President Anne Kerr. “We seek to recognize a wide variety of people and bring them to campus, from former presidents and authors, to explorers and architects. With Dr. Lowry, we have a kindred spirit and someone who loves the arts and has a deep connection with the architecture of this campus.”

That connection flows through the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Florida Southern holds the world’s largest concentration of buildings designed by Wright, and Dr. Lowry has spearheaded the expansion of MoMA’s archives of Wright documents. To celebrate the recent 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, the MoMA will host a major exhibit of Wright works, including approximately 450 architectural drawings, models, films, furniture, textiles, paintings, scrapbooks and other items rarely if ever publicly exhibited.

During Dr. Lowry’s visit, Florida Southern will also produce its first-ever “Pop -Up” art show, with 35 iconic photographs by the father of photomontage, Jerry Uelsmann. The Pop-Up runs from Friday, March 31st at 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 2 at 4 p.m. at the campus Melvin Gallery.

The convocation event will also feature the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to three graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their professions and communities: Mr. Joe Capitano, Ybor City restorationist and founder and president of The Radiant Group, a Tampa franchise ownership company; Mr. M. Clayton Hollis, Jr., retired vice president of public affairs at Publix Super Markets, Inc.; and Mrs. Carol Prevatt Sipe, president and CEO of Summit Consulting in Lakeland, a leading provider of worker’s compensation insurance.

Additionally, the college will name the Honor Walk Student – the highest honor the College bestows upon a graduating senior who has demonstrated superior leadership, character and achievement.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive college and the oldest college in Florida. Florida Southern maintains its commitment to academic excellence through more than 50 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business, accounting, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 29 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Best Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a 2016 Top ROI College by Forbes; and included in The Princeton Review’s 381 Best Colleges and The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017. 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 and home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, 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.

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Lakeland, FL — In observance of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, the Watson Clinic Foundation is pleased to host free skin evaluations with a team of experienced dermatology providers at two convenient Watson Clinic locations.

“Thorough skin screenings are essential in detecting possible cancers at their earliest stages when they are most curable,” says Watson Clinic Foundation Program Coordinator Peggy Garrett. “That’s why we’re committed to raising awareness on the importance of routine skin examinations, and to offering this series of free exams to community members who have not yet established their own dermatologist.”

The Watson Clinic Dermatology at Sun City Center facility, which is located at 924A Cypress Village Blvd. in Ruskin, will offer free exams on Friday, May 5 and Friday, May 12 from 8 am to 12 pm. These evaluations will be performed by Michelle Gordon, ARNP-C, an expert skin care specialist who works alongside board-certified dermatologist Ronald J. Patrick, MD.

Meanwhile, dermatology specialists Linwood D. Bond, Jr., MD, Luke M. Miller, MD, and Jason Kumlien, PA-C will provide free skin screenings on Saturday, May 13 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Watson Clinic South location at 1033 N Parkway Frontage Dr. in Lakeland.

Individuals who have not yet established their own dermatologist are encouraged to attend, and are asked to wear loose-fitted clothing and no makeup to assist in the screening process.

Appointments are required to take part in the screenings hosted at the Watson Clinic South location, but the Sun City Center event is being offered on a first come, first served basis. Please call 863-802-6220 to reserve an evaluation time at Watson Clinic South.

ABOUT THE WATSON CLINIC FOUNDATION:  Established in 1960, The Watson Clinic Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote community wellness through education, research and service.  The tax ID # is 59-1100876.

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Belk Spring Charity Day Sale

Thousands of participating charities across Belk’s 16-state footprint benefit from Belk’s semi-annual charity sales. Belk believes in supporting the communities it serves and wants to continue that tradition.


Belk’s spring charity sale of the year will take place Saturday, April 29 from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. in all Belk stores. The four-hour, in-store shopping event is an excellent fundraising tool for participating organizations that sell $5 tickets to their supporters. It’s also an opportunity for customers to give back to local nonprofits while taking advantage of special in-store discounts on purchases during the event.


On the morning of the Belk Charity Sale, the first 100 customers to arrive at each store will receive a Belk gift card, ranging in value from $5 to $100 and a chance to win one of three $1,000 Belk gift cards being awarded companywide. All customers will receive $5 back on their first purchase. Also, participating charities and schools will be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.


Last year, the two Belk Charity Sale events raised more than $11 million for thousands of schools and community nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Belk markets.


In addition to buying tickets from participating nonprofits, beginning Wednesday, April 19th  tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores, with all revenues from in-store ticket sales equally divided among participating charities and schools in each local store.


Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact special events coordinator, Alicia Calero (863) 688-7872 ext. 208 more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS Section 501(c)(3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

For more information about the Belk Spring Charity Sale, contact your local Belk store @ (863)688-7872 or visit belk.com/charitysale.

Alicia Calero \ Lead Scheduler/Special Events \ Belk, Inc. 355

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David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM, awarded as “Florida Land Realtor of the Year”

LAKELAND, FL March 27, 2017 – David Hitchcock, ALC, CCIM, Associate Broker of Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE), received the REALTORS® Land Institute “Florida Land Realtor of the Year” award for 2016. This award was presented by the Florida Chapter of the REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI).

“The Florida Land Realtor of the year award is given annually to a member of the Florida Chapter of the REALTORS® Land Institute who best exemplifies professionalism and service in the land industry and is an active and contributing member of the chapter,” says Caleb McDow, MSRE, current President of the Florida Chapter of RLI.

McDow says, “David Hitchcock was chosen because of his strong track record of land sales in Florida as well as his 2 years of committed service as president of the Florida chapter from January 2015 to December 2016.”

We at CBCSRE are proud to have Hitchcock as a member of our team. Hitchcock specializes in Central and South Florida agricultural properties, agricultural transitional properties, and residential development properties. A forty-year veteran of the Florida agribusiness industry, he has an excellent background in citrus and agricultural businesses.

To learn more about the REALTORS® Land Institute visit: www.rliland.com

David Hitchcock ALC-CBC Saunders Real Estate


Sessums Law Group Opens New Office in Tampa

Tampa, FL (March 29, 2017) – Mark A. Sessums of Sessums Law Group has announced the opening of a new office at 3014 West Palmira Avenue, Suite 202, in Tampa. This expansion into Hillsborough county, combined with the November 2016 opening of a Sarasota office in Manatee County, will allow the Lakeland-based law firm to better serve their growing number of clients in the Tampa Bay region.

“Opening an office in Tampa enhances our ability to more seamlessly serve our many clients in Tampa Bay,” said Mark A. Sessums, president and founder of the firm. “I have a deep-rooted history in Tampa and great respect for the legal community there. Expanding our practice will allow me to build upon a solid foundation that began many years ago.”

Sessums grew up in Tampa and started his legal career practicing general civil law at a large firm in Tampa. After that, he practiced family law with a boutique firm in Tampa and was President-Elect of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Hillsborough County Bar before relocating to Polk County. Sessums then joined an established Central Florida trial firm where he focused on personal injury law. He opened Sessums Law Group, PA, in 2008 with a mission to serve clients with needs in all areas of civil litigation. The firm, with established offices in Lakeland and Sebring, is well known for handling cases in personal injury, family law and commercial litigation – several of which have attracted national media coverage.

Sessums is the only lawyer in the state with the following combination of credentials: certification by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law, as well as Marital and Family Law; and certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is often called upon by news agencies to provide expert opinion on a wide range of legal issues.

“My team and I are thrilled to bring our unique blend of expertise to the Tampa Bay area,” said Sessums. “We look forward to becoming active members of the Tampa community and to embracing new possibilities for better client representation.”

Sessums Law Group is AV rated, the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell. Mark Sessums, also AV rated, has been named a Super Lawyer for every year since its inception in 2006 and has a 10.0 out of 10.0 rating from AVVO.com. Sessums Law Group is an experienced, superbly credentialed firm made up of professional attorneys and paralegals – all dedicated to providing effective representation for individuals, businesses and families.

For more information, contact Mark Sessums at 863-646-8181 or log onto website at www.sessumspa.com.

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Office Locations:

LAKELAND:  2212 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803 / 863.646.8181

SARASOTA:  2180 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237 / 941.203.7175

SEBRING:  559 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 / 863.385.3338

TAMPA:  3104 West Palmira Avenue, Suite #202, Tampa, FL 33629 / 813.402.0310