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Governor Reappoints Dorrell and Littleton to Polk State District Board of Trustees


Winter Haven, September 10, 2018 — Governor Rick Scott has reappointed Dan Dorrell and Greg Littleton to the Polk State College District Board of Trustees.

Dorrell, who was recently appointed Chair, has served on the Board since 2011 and was reappointed for a term ending in May 2022. Littleton, who has also served as Chair during his tenure, was appointed to the board in 2007 and was reappointed for a term ending in May 2019.

“I am thrilled for the reappointments of Chair Dorrell and Trustee Littleton, who continue to illustrate unwavering support for Polk State’s students,” President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “The future of our institution is bright under the phenomenal leadership of our District Board of Trustees.”

The District Board of Trustees is made up of members who are vested with oversight of all College policies, including matters related to programs, building, finances, and personnel. Florida’s governor appoints the members, who serve without compensation. All appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Dorrell, a member of Polk State’s first graduating class, is a retired certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University as well as a Polk State Associate in Arts degree. He is also a veteran of the Florida National Guard.

Dorrell’s community involvement spans many organizations, including the Sebring Chamber of Commerce, the Sebring Utilities Commission, the Highlands County YMCA, and alumni associations for Florida State University and Polk State College.

“Chair Dorrell has been a lifelong advocate for the College, and I could not be more grateful for his support, leadership, and knowledge, which contribute greatly to the success of our institution,” Falconetti said.

Littleton, who graduated from Polk State in 1987, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bank & Trust. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman University as well as a Polk State Associate in Arts degree.

Littleton’s involvement in the community has included the Lake Wales Arts Council, Florida School of Preaching, Florida Bank Pac, Government Relations Council for the Florida Bankers Association, Polk Vision Steering Committee, Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, East Polk Committee of 100, Central Florida Development Committee, and the Polk State’s Workforce Education Council.

“Trustee Littleton’s commitment to the College and the greater community is exceptional,” Falconetti said. “Together, with the District Board of Trustees and Polk State’s dedicated faculty and staff, we will continue to provide life-changing opportunities for the students and residents of Polk County.”

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.


Grand Opening of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education Building

Lakeland, FL:

WHAT: The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research & Education building officially opens September 20. Patients, employees, community stakeholders and local and state government officials will celebrate in a special ceremony. The research and education building will serve as a center for innovation in pediatric education and research. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s innovation district, the 230,000-square-foot facility will feature research, laboratory and simulation training spaces as well as educational areas, including a 250-seat auditorium. The Peabody Restaurant, located inside the building, will also participate in the celebration and officially opens its doors to the public on September 21.

WHERE: 600 5th street south in St. Petersburg (parking information coming soon)

WHEN: September 20 at 10 a.m. (While the formal ceremony starts at 11 a.m., media will get exclusive tours and interviews at 10 a.m. or after 11:30 a.m.)


  • Visuals inside the building include new simulation training space, research and lab space, auditorium and biorepository for the collection, processing and storing of millions of biospecimen samples such as blood, tissue and urine
  • A final dance party with the patients, employees and the Skanska USA team constructing the building (view previous dance parties)


  • Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Jen Arnold, M.D., medical director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s
  • Researchers
  • Patients



About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit


Branch Manager at New Lakeland Location

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Lakeland, FL – Janice English, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager, is now serving members at the Crystal Lake branch at 1817 Crystal Lake Drive in Lakeland. English joins Assistant Branch Manager, Betty Kenney, at this location. Members may be familiar with English from the many years she spent at the South Lakeland or Plant City branches.


MIDFLORIDA is a state-chartered financial institution headquartered in Lakeland, Fla. The credit union serves more than 290,000 members with assets totaling more than $3.1 billion through its network of branches, ATMs and website, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union is open for membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school within its Central Florida service area, which spans from coast to coast.


Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate Looking to Fill Open Internships

Know any students looking for an internship? Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate is seeking to fill the below internship positions for Fall 2018. They are 20 hours per week, at $10 an hour.

Please contact:

Heather Celoria, Marketing Manager | 863.272.7151

Content Writing & Marketing Intern

Digital Marketing & Social Media Intern

Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018


LAKELAND, FL (September 6, 2018) – The countdown to the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is on.  Wear your game day shirt on Saturday, September 22nd, with the unique, original logo design T-Shirts on sale at Boondock Studios on 811 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland, Fl.

The logo design was created by Stacy Tabb of Boondock Studios and reflects traditional Germanic art while capturing the magic of Lakeland and incorporating a vine of hops bearing clusters of flowers that symbolize the featured drink of any Octoberfest!

“I wanted to emphasize the centuries-old traditions of Octoberfest, therefore used a woodblock style combined with hand-painted watercolor to create a uniquely ‘Lakeland’ piece.  The printing block was carved and then inked, and each print pulled by hand in the time-honored way,” comments Stacy Tabb, artist and co-owner of Boondock Studios.

A limited number of T-Shirts are available for purchase at Boondock Studios.  The T-Shirt fabric is a finer quality made from a tri-blend of polyester, combed ring spun combed cotton, and rayon for softness. Each T-Shirt is $25.  Boondock Studios is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

“SwantoberFest is a chance for everyone to see what Lakeland has to offer,” says Mary McDonald, community relations director for Suncoast Credit Union.  “We are excited to help make this event a destination activity, and we are proud to be a part of this community.”

The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest creates a space in time to unwind, make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.  Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off!

Suncoast Credit Union has opened a new location in South Lakeland at 6405 South Florida Ave Lakeland, FL 33813.  The location in South Lakeland will complement its flagship location in North Lakeland at 919 Lakeland Park Center Dr #360, Lakeland, FL 33809.

Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018

Kristin Williams models the T-Shirt commemorating the Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest on Sept. 22, 2018

Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners: and LKLD Haven Magazine


The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at To learn more about the event, visit the website at


Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit:, or @SuncoastCU 


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.