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SEU’s College of Arts & Media Welcomes Nancy Duarte

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SEU’s College of Arts & Media Welcomes Nancy Duarte

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the College of Arts & Media will welcome Nancy Duarte, a communications expert, best-selling author and CEO of Duarte, Inc., for this year’s “Expressions Storytelling Institute.” The event will take place at the Polk Museum of Art at 9 a.m.

This public event is purposed to equip attendees with increased skill in the art of storytelling for writing and business communication. For this event, Duarte is combining elements of three of her keynote talks – “Recommend,” “Resonate,” and “Lead” – to impart her experiential expertise to the Central Florida area. These talks will teach attendees how to:

  • Recommend: Craft a recommendation from data using StoryThinking to create action.
  • Resonate: Deliver a talk that resonates through story frameworks.
  • Lead: Use LeadershipStories so your team has the emotional environment they need to sustain momentum as you lead the organization.

Each of Duarte’s keynotes is rooted in storytelling principles and will include an opportunity for audience Q&A. Duarte’s firm consults some of the world’s most prominent organizations in the art of visual story, data communications, cultural folklore, and the importance of effective communication to achieve organizational and entrepreneurial goals.

Nancy Duarte has been featured by media sources such as Fortune, Time Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Wired, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, and CNN. Duarte, Inc. has worked with organizations like Apple, Cisco, Disney, Hershey, Hyperloop One, Qualcomm, Salesforce, TED and Virgin.

Expressions Storytelling Institute is a part of the Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers’ Conference series. These events are a series of keynotes, workshops, and lectures built around the concept of storytelling as a means for building more effective relationships with your audience. Whether you are creating novels, building marketing and public relations campaigns, or just sending emails to clients, the events that comprise “Expressions Storytelling Institute and Writers Conference” will help you master the art of storytelling.

Seating is limited and registration is $30. To register, click here. For further information, contact Dr. Craig Collins at or 863.667.5657.


Lakeland Electric’s Financial Outlook Affirmed

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Lakeland, Florida, September 7th, 2018 – Three major credit rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard & Poor (S&P) have affirmed Lakeland Electric’s Rating Outlooks, continuing Lakeland Electric’s positive trend toward healthy financial metrics.

Moody’s affirmed the Aa3 credit rating of Lakeland Electric’s system bonds. Fitch Ratings affirmed the ‘AA-’rating and deemed the outlook as Positive. S&P assigned Lakeland Electric its ‘AA’ long-term rating.

Lakeland Electric fared well despite the challenges from Hurricane Irma in 2017. Factor’s sited by the agencies included Lakeland Electric’s “competitive rates that are below the state average” and its “solid asset generation mix” provided by the utility’s own gas- and coal-fired power plants. Lakeland Electric continues to have some of the lowest rates in Florida.

“Thanks to our strong energy production fleet, like McIntosh 5 and 3, and our ability to diversify how we produce and procure power, our customers are well positioned for the future” said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland Electric.

To view the press releases by each credit agency, please visit this link:


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.