Southeastern University Homecoming Set for October 26 & 27

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LAKELAND, FL: Southeastern University will welcome alumni back to campus for its annual Homecoming weekend on October 26 and 27.

“With over 2,700 alumni living in the Polk County area, we believe Homecoming is the perfect opportunity for them to come home and continue to be a part of what we are doing at Southeastern,” said Dr. Kent Ingle, president of Southeastern.

Activities will kick off on Friday, October 26, with an alumni dinner at 6:30 p.m. Alumni can purchase a weekend package for an early bird price of $40. The package includes entrance into the dinner, as well as a meal at tailgating and a football game ticket the following day. Additional activities include a campus tour and campus-wide scavenger hunt. The early bird price ends on October 5. Tickets can also be purchased separately for individual events.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our alumni home to see all of the new developments on campus,” said Joel Johnson, director of alumni relations. “This is a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with former classmates, faculty and coaches.”

The School of Honors at Southeastern will also host a 10-year reunion following the alumni dinner on Friday night.

Additionally, a class reunion lunch will be held for the classes of 1968 and 1993 on Saturday, October 27, as they celebrate their 25th and 50th reunions.

Tailgating will begin at 4 p.m., with kick off at 7 p.m. The Fire football team will be playing Edwards Water College.

Registration is available online at seu.edu. Registration closes on October 19. For questions, contact the Alumni Office at 863.667.5400 or email alumni@seu.edu.


Upcoming Festival of Fine Arts Series at FSC Features Dynamic Performances, Exhibition


LAKELAND (September 20, 2018) – As the 59th season of Florida Southern’s outstanding “Festival of Fine Arts” series takes flight, members of the community will be treated to an exciting array of performing and visual arts events. The following offerings are to be presented through the end of October:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 4-7, 7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Set in the Mississippi plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, this powerful exploration of a southern family in crisis earned writer Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. The play explores themes such as greed, suppressed desires, and sibling squabbles surrounding desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance. This eight-performance run, directed by Mary T. Albright, will be presented at the Loca Lee Buckner Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Los Trabas … In Concert!
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Sarasota Orchestra’s principal bassoonist and flutist — FSC adjunct professor Fernando Traba and his wife, Betsy Hudson Traba — return to perform an evening of seldom-heard woodwind duets, featuring pieces by composers such as Oleg Miroshnikov and Astor Piazzolla. This free performance will be presented at Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall and is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation.

Music Under the Stars
Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Members of the Florida Southern Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble, led by Symphony Band Director J. Jossim and Director of Jazz Studies Jeffrey Benatar, perform a free outdoor. This free event will take place at the L.N. Pipkin Bandshell, with Branscomb Auditorium as the rain location. Listeners are invited to bring chairs or blankets, or to lounge on the grass. Included in this evening of music will be pieces conducted by senior music education majors as they prepare for prospective positions as band directors.

Great Expectations
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Conductor Beth Gibbs leads the FSC Chamber Singers through an evening of choral music at Branscomb Auditorium, defying conventional expectations by presenting remarkable music by composers such as Sydney Guillaume, Adolphus Hailstork, and Rihards Dubra. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students.

/Dance: Fall into Dance 2018
Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
For Florida Southern’s annual fall dance concert, Artistic Director Erin LaSala showcases an eclectic display of choreography from dance faculty and guest artists. The diverse and innovative program will range from ballet to contemporary dance styles, as performed by talented students from the FSC dance program. Tickets for this event at Branscomb Auditorium are $18 for adults and $9 for students.

Sad Tropics
Sept. 21 through Nov. 2
Inspired by Claude Levi-Strauss’s book Tristes Tropiques, this site-specific multimedia installation produced by New Orleans artists and Florida natives Cristina Molina and Jonathan Traviesa examines the psychological landscape of Florida and the tropics through photographs, murals, and videos. The first collaborative exhibition with the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, this installation in the Melvin and Burks Art Galleries is free to the public.

For more information or to purchase tickets for Festival of Fine Arts events, go to www.flsouthern.edu/ffa, phone 863-680-4296, or visit the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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 72 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 382 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.


Good Shepherd Hospice Philanthropy Group to Hold 3rd Annual Seasons of Service Luncheon

Good Shepherd Hospice Philanthropy Group to Hold 3rd Annual Seasons of Service Luncheon

Featuring a Panel of Community Women

TAMPA, FL (September 20, 2018): The Hospice Women of Giving, a philanthropic group that supports  Good Shepherd Hospice, will hold its third annual “Seasons of Service” luncheon featuring a panel of community women on Thursday, October 4, 2018. The luncheon is scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lone Palm Golf Club, 800 Lone Palm Golf Drive in Lakeland.

Guided by Erica Sirrine, PhD, serving as master of ceremonies, three women will share the extraordinary lessons they have learned as leaders in their field: Donna McWilliams, DVM,  owner of My Pet’s Animal HospitalSusan Roberts, JD, retired Circuit Court Judge; and Seretha Tinsley, owner/CFO of PenGeo, Inc.

The following are the biographies of the master of ceremonies as well as the panelists:

Erica Sirrine, PhD, serves as the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southeastern University. Before entering academia, she worked as the clinical manager of Good Shepherd Hospice’s Bethany Center and continues to volunteer at the center and Camp Brave Heart. She is passionate about educating mental health practitioners on bereavement counseling interventions and provides trainings of this type throughout the United States.

Donna McWilliams, DVM, had a childhood dream to become a veterinarian. She graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology before earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2002, all from Virginia Tech University. Dr. McWilliams married her best friend Kevin, and in 2007, the couple and their pets moved to Lakeland and purchase My Pet’s Animal Hospital. In 2009, Dr. McWilliams added Sarasota Animal Hospital to her practice and welcomed a daughter to her family. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce and Lakeland Rotary Club, in addition to holding membership in several professional organizations.

Susan Roberts, JD, is a retired circuit court judge and had been a leader among women in the judicial field throughout her career. She was a member of the first class at Florida State University Law School and was the first woman graduate of the program in 1969. After practicing law and serving as a municipal judge, she became the first woman elected as a Polk County judge in 1977. Judge Roberts retired in 2004 but remained in the Circuit Court as a part-time senior judge for several years. She is active in her rotary club and her church. Judge Roberts was married to the late Dan Brawley for 35 years and has one adult son.

Seretha Tinsley has been a trailblazer her entire life. She was the first African American female to attend and graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1971. In the early 1980s, Mrs. Tinsley became one of the first African American female general managers in radio, and in 2008, she became the first African American president of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mrs. Tinsley is the owner/CFO of the Winter Haven-based family businesses, PenGeo, Inc. (KFC): Tinsley Family Concessions, Inc. (airport concessions); and co-founder/executive director of Chain of Lakers Achievers, Inc. She is a trustee at her church and involved in community service. Mrs. Tinsley and her husband George have two adult children.

The cost per person is $40 and includes lunch. Space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Chapters Health Foundation Office in Lakeland at 863-551-4827 or foundation@chaptershealth.org for more information.

About Good Shepherd Hospice

Good Shepherd Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System, is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that supports about 4,000 patients each year in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties as they face the challenges of advancing age and illness. Since 2008, the organization has been accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s premier healthcare accrediting body and recently earned deemed status. In 2015, Good Shepherd Hospice was named a Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management. In addition, Good Shepherd Hospice first received accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice in 2007, which means that the staff has undergone specialized training to better serve the needs of patients and their families across the entire range of faith traditions and observance within the Jewish religion. To learn more, visit www.chaptershealth.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


About Chapters Health System

Founded in 1983 as a compassionate not-for-profit organization, Chapters Health System provides choices, education and guidance for those affected by advancing age or advancing illness through its managed affiliates: Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice, LifePath Hospice, and Chapters Health Palliative Care, located in Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties. In 2018, Chapters Health was certified as a great workplace in the Aging Services category by the independent analysts at the Great Place to Work® Institute. In addition, Chapters Health operates HPH Home Health, which serves the needs of patients in Pasco and Pinellas counties. Learn more at www.chaptershealth.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.



Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Opens Largest Pediatric Research and Education Building in Region

St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 20, 2018 – The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building officially opened today, making it the largest pediatric research and teaching facility in the region. 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 225,000-square-foot facility will feature research, laboratory and state-of-the-art simulation training spaces as well as an expanded biorepository for the collection, processing and storing of millions of biospecimen samples. The new facility also includes space for the hospital’s graduate medical education program and a 250-seat auditorium.

“The Research and Education Building is bringing medical innovation to the St. Petersburg area and will unite some of the top researchers, educators and clinicians in health care,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Everyone from our medical residents to scientists in this building will be focused on what we can all do to improve treatment and prevent diseases in children.”

The new building will also house the hospital’s institutes, focused on cancer and blood disorders, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neonatology and neurosciences. A new team of fundamental scientists will also join the organization, seeking to understand the origins of childhood diseases and how to prevent them. The hospital, now expanding its research arm with the opening of this new facility, is already home to more than 350 research studies.

Read more about Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building.

View/download photos of the building:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/allchildrenshospital/albums/72157698263284932

View/download general b-roll of the hospital and new building: https://vimeo.com/190723646/2b4ebd0fb6

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 HopkinsAllChildrens.org.


Citizens Bank & Trust Breaking Ground for 14th Location

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LAKELAND, FL – Citizens Bank & Trust is excited to host a ground-breaking ceremony for their newest office which will be located in South Lakeland.
The South Lakeland location will be joining the Bank’s 13 other offices, located in: Auburndale, Bartow, Chalet Suzanne Road, Downtown Lakeland, Dundee, Edgewood, Frostproof, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Schalamar Creek, Winter Haven, and Winterset at High Pointe.
“We could not be more excited about expanding our services to South Lakeland”, Greg Littleton, Citizens Bank & Trust President.
The ground-breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at 8:30am at 5850 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813.
The South Lakeland Office is expected to open early 2019.
Citizens Bank & Trust is a full service financial institution. In addition to business checking and savings plans, they also offer a wide range of loan products, as well as trust and investment services. As Polk County’s oldest community bank still in existence, Citizens continues to provide customers with high quality financial products and superior customer service. For more information on Citizens Bank & Trust visit www.citizens-bank.com; or contact Donovan Tinsley at Tinsley Creative, email: donovan@tinsleycreative.com; phone: 863-583-0081.