Category Archives: Member Announcements


Vero Beach Business Leader Commits $5M for New FSC Facility

Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr announced Friday that a transformational, five million dollar gift has been secured to fund a new, state-of-the-art facility for a new School of Business and Economics at the College.  The announcement was made to students, alumni, and faculty during FSC’s annual Founders Day Convocation.

This exceptional gift was made by Florida Southern College alumnus R. William “Bill” Becker and his wife, Mary Ann, of Vero Beach, Florida.  Mr. Becker owns Peace River Citrus Products and was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame this year.  He previously served as the chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission for five terms.  Mr. Becker majored in business and graduated from FSC in 1965.

Internationally renowned New York architect and Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Robert A.M. Stern will design the revolutionary new building, which will cost $15 to 25 million.

President Anne Kerr noted that Business is the largest major at Florida Southern College, and that the new facility is needed to ensure FSC business students receive the “highest caliber” education possible.

“This new building will be a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility.  It will provide our students access to the latest in technology and will move our plans forward as the School of Business and Economics becomes one of the best in the country,” said Kerr.

Among other amenities, the new facility will allow for a mock trading floor and video conferencing center.  Kerr also noted that a graduate school facility will eventually be added to complement this building project.  Both buildings are slated for construction along the shore of the spectacular Lake Hollingsworth.

The new R. William and Mary Ann Becker School of Business and Economics building is in its earliest phase of planning.  The structure is being designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture.  This will be the fourth Stern-designed structure at Florida Southern and will be stylistically integrated with Frank Lloyd Wright’s campus, the largest collection of the legendary architect’s work in the world.

“The College will be eternally grateful for this most generous and transformational gift offered by Bill and Mary Ann Becker,” said Kerr.  “Through their vision and commitment to Florida Southern College’s School of Business and Economics, our business students remain ‘On the Move!’  It is truly a pleasure to announce this exceptional facility and give our business students the very best tools available to them as they pursue their education.”


USF Polytechnic offers Advanced AutoCAD Training

The University of South Florida Polytechnic’s Extended University offers an Advanced AutoCAD Training course on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning April 5 and ending May 10.

This course focuses on using advanced annotation, drawing with complex objects (including Polylines, Regions, and advanced Text Objects), defining Blocks and Attributes, using External Reference files and image files, using Layouts and advanced plotting features, creating sheet sets, and enhancing productivity with simple custom­ization. This course is delivered by an AutoCAD 2010 certified Autodesk Authorized Instructor.

Early registration (before March 30) is $500. Regular registration is $550.   Register at For more information contact 863.667.7059 or


Florida Regional Economic Symposium, April 8

Supported by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, Florida Southern College will present its first Florida Regional Economic Symposium on April 8.

Expert panelists representing the University of Tampa, Florida Southern College, and Jacksonville University will present, discuss, and analyze economic indicators that will impact local businesses, job seekers, and residents in coming months.

Attendees will have the opportunity to present questions to the panelists, ensuring that they leave the Symposium with a better understanding of the economy in Central and Northeast Florida. This information will help attendees understand how economic data is collected and measured, and will give them a valuable new perspective when making personal and professional financial decisions.


Dr. Carl Brown
Professor of Economics
Florida Southern CollegeDr. Hassan Pordeli
Hugh Culverhouse Professor of Economics
Jacksonville University

Brian T. Kench
Chairman/Associate Professor of Economics
University of Tampa

David Odahowski
President, CEO &
Board Member
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

This is a must attend event for anyone who wants to better understand the local economy, its driving forces, and the direction it is taking. RSVP today »


SEU’s Conversations with Successful Christian Women Continues 3/25

The second installment in the Conversations with Successful Christian Women series welcomes author and CEO Nancy Duarte.

Presentations are the lingua franca of business and those who master communicating with them rise faster than their peers, reach more customers than their competitors, and turn causes into a groundswell.

Persuasion expert Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design, will demonstrate how to apply the methods in her book Resonate: Presenting Visual Stories That Transform Audiences, to build meaningful connections with audiences that compel them to action. Her groundbreaking work details a new way of structuring a presentation and connecting with an audience.

Friday , March 25 @ 9 a.m.

Southeastern University – College of Business & Education

Room A115

There is no charge for this event. Registration is not required.


Four Paws Only Helps Save Homeless Pets in Polk County

On Saturday April 9, Four Paws Only will be participating in a fundraiser for Save Our Homeless Pets, the official volunteer adoption arm for the Polk Sheriff’s Animal Control.

The mission of Save Our Homeless Pets is to connect homeless pets to loving, forever homes and to provide low/no cost spay and neuter programs to prevent unwanted pet births. This all volunteer 501(c)3 is in need of

  • Dog and Cat Food
  • Bowls
  • Blankets
  • Newspapers and Kitty Litter
  • Collars and Leads

In partnership with Four Paws Only, Whiskey Bent BBQ, Grills Plus More, SOHP will be holding a fundraiser on April 9. Stop by Grills Plus More at 2175 E Edgewood Dr in Lakeland between 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for pulled pork lunches, music, children’s entertainment, a silent auction and pet adoptions from Heidi’s Legacy. Whole apple-smoked pork butts are available for pre-order by calling Grills Plus More at (863) 644-0032.