LAKELAND (May 20, 2020) – Florida Southern College will implement a test-optional admissions policy for students who are considering enrolling for the spring and fall 2021 terms. This move is intended to assist students facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the cancellation of standardized testing dates.

“Given the uncertainty of when and how testing may be administered, we think this is appropriate to meet students’ needs,” said John Grundig, vice president for enrollment management. “Additionally, strong academic talent and potential may not always be reflected in standardized test scores. Students who perform well inside the classroom and demonstrate strong involvement and character outside of it are frequently just as likely to be successful in college.”

As an alternative to submitting test scores, applicants will instead submit a written response to an essay question related to their academic strengths, personal and professional development, unique skills and talents, and the overall impact they believe they can make as a part of the Florida Southern community. Additional factors to be considered for admission to FSC include recommendations, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability, and other academic and personal achievements.

Florida Southern will provide equal consideration for students who choose not to submit standardized test scores as it does for those who do. In both cases, the review process is a holistic one, with a student’s high school transcript being the most important part of any evaluation.


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 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 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; and is included in The Princeton Review’s 385 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020, 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.


Lakeland Regional Health Team Member News

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health has the following good news to share:


Monasmith_GloriaGloria Monasmith, LCSW, joins Lakeland Regional Health as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, seeing patients at the Grasslands Campus. Ms. Monasmith sees children above 8 years old, adolescents, adults and families for individual or group counseling services. Most recently serving as a Family Therapist for NAFI in Lakeland, Ms. Monasmith has significant experience working with adjustment disorders, mood disorders, addiction, trauma, parenting and grief. She also is specially trained to assist first responders with resiliency and behavioral health coping strategies. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southeastern University in Lakeland and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa.


Davis_EllenEllen Davis, PA-C, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Trauma and Acute Care Physician Assistant at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. She earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. Ms. Davis is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


Wazzan_OmarOmar M. Wazzan, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Neurologist. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Aleppo Medical School in Aleppo, Syria. Dr. Wazzan completed his Residency in Neurology at University Hospital & Clinics, University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He completed his Fellowship in Electromyography at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He most recently served as a Neurohospitalist for Advent Health in Ocala, Florida. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology, Dr. Wazzan sees patients at the Pablo Campus.


Trivedi_DipaliDipali Trivedi, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Hematologic Oncologist, seeing patients at the North Campus/Hollis Cancer Center. Dr. Trivedi earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and her Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. She most recently served in private practice in Volusia and Seminole counties in Florida. She is certified by the Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology and Hematology.


Weisman_MarkMark Weisman, MD, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as a Psychiatrist seeing patients at the Grasslands Campus. Dr. Weisman earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and completed his Residency in Psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He specializes in treating patients experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress and dementias. Dr. Weisman is also an expert in the field of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression.


Hsu_Kevin_2Kevin Hsu, DO, joins Lakeland Regional Health Physician Group as an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, seeing patients at the Grasslands Campus. Dr. Hsu earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. He completed his Residency in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine/Drexel Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also completed Fellowship training in Rhinology at St. Elizabeth Medical Center/Tufts University in Brighton, Massachusetts. He most recently served as the Section Chief of Otolaryngology at Elliot Hospital Medical Staff Services in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery and specializes in comprehensive evaluation of child and adult nasal/oral airway obstruction using the latest minimally invasive sinus techniques.


GrayRobinson Welcomes Natalie Wilson as Shareholder in Lakeland Office

Wilson to Focus Practice on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Probate, Trusts, & Wealth Transfer

Lakeland, Fla. – GrayRobinson, P.A. (GrayRobinson) today announced Natalie Wilson has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Lakeland office, where her focus will be on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Probate, Trusts, and Wealth Transfer.

“We are proud to welcome Lakeland native, Natalie Wilson, as our newest shareholder in our Lakeland office,” said GrayRobinson President & CEO Dean Cannon.  “Her compassion for helping elderly clients and their families through the complexities of legal planning that occurs later on in life is what drives her success.  We look forward to her being a part of our Elder Law team.”

Wilson has devoted her entire career to counseling elderly clients, their families and loved ones as they encounter the legal issues that accompany aging.  She strives to help her clients make sense of the complex legal areas of estate planning, long-term care planning, and asset protection planning. She assists her clients in accomplishing their specific goals by developing plans that are unique to them.

“I’m excited to join the GrayRobinson team, where I will continue to focus on Elder Law,” said Wilson. “Born and raised in Lakeland, I have deep roots here, and the people in our community are near and dear to me.  I was drawn to the firm’s core principles that allow us to take both a traditional and innovative approach to how we serve our clients and achieve success for them.”

Wilson is a member of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, as well as its Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section.  She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Wilson is past president of the Lakeland Bar Association and past president of the Estate Planning Council of Polk County.

Wilson serves on the advisory board of Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to enable the frail and elderly to remain safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

A Lakeland native, Wilson holds a Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida.

Wilson can be reached at Natalie.wilson@gray-robinson.com.


About GrayRobinson, P.A.

GrayRobinson is a full-service law and lobbying firm with attorneys and government relations professionals throughout 15 offices. Our attorneys, consultants, and regulatory professionals provide legal and government relations services to Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs, and individuals. We have created a firm that serves our clients and our communities while counting creativity as a hallmark characteristic and insisting on ingenuity and innovation. Our mission is to apply extensive legal, lobbying, and regulatory background and skills in ways that enable our clients to define and achieve their goals while supporting communities as a matter of mission as well as passion. For more information, please visit Gray-Robinson.com.




LAKELAND, Fla. (May 19, 2020) – Lakeland Electric confirmed that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now receiving medical consultation. Lakeland Electric reported the case to state and local public health officials.

The employee was last in the workplace on May 18 and received a positive test result on May 19. The employee took the appropriate actions by staying home as soon as the individual developed symptoms and informed Lakeland Electric. Lakeland Electric continues to be in contact with the employee who is at home and doing well.

Lakeland Electric is taking every precaution to help protect the health and safety of its employees. The utility reacted swiftly to have the areas the employee was in direct contact with deep cleaned. Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, testing is being facilitated for employees that had prolonged direct contact, and those employees are instructed to self-quarantine until the test results return as a precaution.

Cleaning and disinfecting in all our facilities continues daily. Lakeland Electric continues to remind employees to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to recognize the symptoms. Employees must take their temperature and answer screening questions before entering any City of Lakeland facility.

As the impacts of this pandemic unfold, Lakeland Electric will continue to make decisions that prioritize dependable electric service to all our customers and the health and safety of our customers, employees, and community.