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Registered Florida Voters Reflect Partisan Split, FSC Center for Polling and Policy Research Finds


LAKELAND (October 8, 2018) – A new poll just released by the Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research finds that races for Florida’s highest offices continue to be close.

The “2018 Florida General Election Poll” is a telephone-based survey administered by live callers to a randomly selected group of registered voters in Florida. The poll asks these likely voters who they will be supporting in the upcoming governor’s race and congressional elections, as well as their evaluation of President Trump’s performance in office.

Dr. Zachary Baumann, director of the Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research, says “the survey shows a narrow lead for Democrat Andrew Gillum (47.13 percent) over Republican Ron DeSantis (43.18 percent); however, this is not outside the poll’s margin of error. While our results show a small amount of separation between the candidates, this race is still up for grabs.”

Poll results further show incumbent Bill Nelson is locked in a tie with Governor Rick Scott for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, signaling that the race continues to be tight. Additionally, when asked which party respondents wish to see controlling the U.S. House of Representatives after November’s elections, there is an effective tie between those who would like to see Republicans maintain control and those who would like Democrats to reclaim the majority.

Finally, President Trump continues to be influential in how voters evaluate candidates, with 54 percent indicating he will be extremely or very important in their decision making this election season.

The Center’s two-minute poll was conducted between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. over the course of five evenings, Oct. 1-5. Responses to the academic survey were collected by a group of 14 dedicated students from FSC’s Department of History and Political Science. The students received 476 responses.

“This survey would not have been possible without the dedication and support of FSC students, faculty and administration,” Dr. Baumann said. “The Florida Southern College Center for Polling and Policy Research is here to further the College’s mission of preparing students through the use of dynamic and engaged learning opportunities.

For more information about the “2018 Florida General Election Poll” and its findings, contact Dr. Zachary Baumann at 863-680-4962 or Survey results, charts, poll questions and methodology are available at the Center’s official website,


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 71 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 384 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.


Aerospace Discovery Manager Awarded State Recognition

October 4, 2018 Lakeland, Florida: Each year the Florida Association of Museums (FAM) recognizes outstanding contributions to the museum profession in the State of Florida. Awards recognize museum staff, volunteers, or trustees, as well as individuals outside the museum profession who make significant contributions to the advancement of Florida’s museums, either locally or statewide.

Jayme Jamison, Aerospace Discovery Manager for the Aerospace Center for Excellence, was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding New Professional at an Awards Ceremony held during the Annual FAM Conference. Awarded to individuals who have been working in the museum field for five years or less, the honor recognizes Jayme’s commitment to producing valuable and engaging content for the museum audience. Nominated by the Aerospace Center for Excellence and LuAnn Mims from the Lakeland Public Library, this recognition not only honors Jayme’s work at Aerospace Discovery but also for her collaboration with community partners at the Lakeland Public Library, Polk County History Center, International Council of Airshows and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. As LuAnn noted in her nomination, Jayme’s “commitment to the community’s education shines through in all that she does.” The awards ceremony was held on October 2nd at the Naples Botanical Garden where Jayme received a certificate of recognition and a bowl hand carved from a Royal Poinciana tree that fell at the gardens during Hurricane Irma. Please join us in congratulating Jayme and all the honorees.

About Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc.:
The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has emerged as a nationally recognized leader in STEM-related and aerospace education through its various learning centers, outreach programs, summer camps and scholarships aimed at preparing students for tomorrow’s aerospace challenges. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida, the organization is known for its annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo fundraising event as well as the Aerospace Discovery Museum which is Florida’s Official Aviation Museum and Education Center. ACE is the world’s leader in producing licensed teenage private pilots and delivers youth programs that engage over 30,000 students a year. For more information,


SEU Hosts Event for Classical Conversations Students

seu newsLAKELAND, Fla. — Almost 200 Central Florida homeschool students will get a day-long taste of college life on Wednesday, October 3, at Southeastern University (SEU).

The students, who are a part of Classical Conversations homeschool communities, will participate in college-prep workshops, tour campus, attend athletic events and even participate in an impromptu speech competition for a $500 scholarship.

“Southeastern University has a longstanding commitment to homeschooling families and a deep affinity for Classical Conversations,” said Dr. Meghan Griffin, Academic Dean of the School of Unrestricted Education and a CC parent. “It’s a privilege to offer college credit as students complete their final years in the CC Challenge program. The partnership between SEU and CC is a natural fit as both organizations pursue the mission of Christ-centered education in homes and across the globe.”

Classical Conversations (CC) is the largest classical, homeschooling organization in the world and has about 125,000 homeschool students enrolled in its tutoring programs that follow the classical model of education. Southeastern University is CC’s largest dual-enrollment partner through its CC Plus program.

“Southeastern University has been a great partner for us in our CC Plus program,” said Robert Bortins, Classical Conversations CEO. “They have been so accommodating of our particular program of study, and our CC Plus students really enjoy SEU’s professors.”

Scheduled sessions include: an overview of the CC Plus program and how it fits in with a CC education, thesis consultations for CC Plus students enrolled in the English Composition II class in the spring, and a joint panel discussion with SEU staff and CC Directors about how to choose and apply for college. SEU offers eight online, dual-enrollment courses to CC students through CC Plus.

April Jung, a homeschool mother of four from Homestead, is bringing three of her children to the event.

“We’re really looking forward to the CC Plus Day at Southeastern University,” Jung said. “My son is a Challenge II (sophomore) student interested in taking CC Plus classes through SEU next year.  I’m also interested in him getting a taste for a college campus.”

Classical Conversations® is a classical education resource used by homeschoolers in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. CC now has almost 125,000 students enrolled in its tutoring programs, which are provided by more than 2,500 CC communities. CC provides resources, guidance and a community for a Christian homeschool curriculum using classical education in three developmental stages: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric.

Leigh Bortins started Classical Conversations in 1997. The family-owned company is headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina. For more information, visit


Digital Boardwalk Launches New Video-Centric Website

Pensacola, FL, September 27, 2018 – Digital Boardwalk is excited to announce the launch of our new website located at “To better complement our second-stage growth this past year, we recently launched a new, smart website that is more cohesive to our brand, easier to navigate, and better conveys who we are as a company in 2018. We are also very excited to showcase our amazing team here at Digital Boardwalk,” says Tim Shoop, CEO.

About Digital Boardwalk

Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small and medium-sized businesses across the country. 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, industry-leading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered to your specific needs.


With a Few Clicks on Amazon, People Are Fighting Diaper Despair in Florida and Around the World

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(FLORIDA) – When someone visits and makes a donation of diapers to FBCH and One More Child, they are doing more than using the online giant Amazon to perform a charitable act. They are helping “make a change” for thousands of children and families who the organization cares for locally and globally.

FBCH and One More Child are collecting 800,000 diapers through their 7th annual Diaper Drive, which runs through Nov. 11.

Recipients of the diapers include foster families, families served by One More Child’s Single Mom program, Family Support and Child Hunger programs, and people like Kurt Macoleth, a US Navy veteran who the organization provided diapers for in his time of need.

Six years ago, Kurt’s wife, Ashley, gave birth to their daughter Lyra the day before Kurt began chemotherapy to treat stage 4 throat cancer. In addition, Ashley was rushed to the hospital later that week, where she was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome from labor.

In the midst of the trauma and the uncertainty, FBCH and One More Child provided diapers and support to the family.

“It is the end of the world for a baby to have no diapers for a day…that is a significant issue,” Kurt said.

Last year, the Diaper Drive netted more than 650,000 diapers provided by individuals, churches and businesses, but the need for diapers continues to grow. In 2017, FBCH and One More Child – whose headquarters is located in Lakeland, Fla. –  impacted more than 200,000 children and individuals. Diapers are a necessity for the organization’s work in Florida, as well as global ministry sites such as the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala.

As of Sept. 21, 188,577 diapers had been collected. People who are ready to help make a change can drop-ship diapers from Amazon to FBCH and One More Child at

Organizations and businesses can also sign up to host a diaper drive, by filling out a simple form at

For more information, please contact diaper drive coordinator Sundy Goodnight at 904.402.8588 or