Category Archives: Member Announcements


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


Saint Leo University-Lakeland to Hold ‘Virtual’ Info Session Oct. 10

LAKELAND – Saint Leo University’s Lakeland Education Center will hold a “virtual” information session on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

Those interested in finding out more about Saint Leo, what degrees are offered, courses, and more are invited.

The Lakeland Education Center is at 315 Granada St., Lakeland, FL 33805. The center serves students in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and other parts of Polk County. Registration is underway for Fall 2 Semester, which begins Oct. 15, and Spring 1 Semester, which begins Jan. 7, 2019.

Prospective students can RSVP at call or (863) 337-4900.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.