On March 26th fifteen students set out to compete at the Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ State Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The competitions included objective exams to performance and interactive events. We competed in nineteen different events ranging from Accounting Principles through Word Processing. Although all Webber students put forth their best effort, five stood out. Logan Stewart earned 2nd place in Cost Accounting. This event was a combination of cost accounting skill presentation along with an objective exam. Carlos Rocha and Ruby Fernandez competed successfully as a team in the Business Law event, bringing home a 2nd place award in Business Law. The Business Law event included an objective exam as well as a case component. Scarlett Hrusecky earned third place award in the objective examination on Management Concepts. Lastly, Caitlin McGlynn earned a third place award on the objective exam involving Project Management concepts. These five students will go forth to compete in the Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ Nationals being held in Chicago June 24th through the 28th. Once again, our PBL Chapter has represented Webber well.

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Webber’s FCA Group has completed their project that began during the Fall 2014 semester. Students and administration first started raising a benevolence fund in September 2014 to purchase Spanish bibles that would be shipped and hand-delivered to remote areas in Central and South America. The group was able to purchase all the necessary bibles in Fall 2014 and shortly after students returned for the Spring 2014 semester enough funds were raised to cover the cost of shipping to El Salvador, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Over Spring Break, Webber FCA student leaders, Moises Vasquez (El Salvador), Stefano Magnoni (Venezuela), and Simon Jaramillo (Columbia) hand-delivered the bibles to one of the church locations, Tabernaculo Biblico Bautista Amigos de Israel located in San Salvador, El Salvador. The FCA group is ecstatic about being able to impact people that are in need by showing God’s love through providing his word.

The FCA administration thanks Webber students for their continuous support of a great organization and dedication to make a difference in the lives of others. The next FCA project is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th and it’s an Easter Egg Hunt that impacts eight locations throughout Polk County. Students and administration raised $500 for a sliver level sponsorship to benefit Webber. FCA students will participate the day of the event by attending one of the locations to assist with hiding Easter eggs, playing with children, and enjoying fellowship with one another.

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Webber hosted a dedication ceremony for former Security Guard, Jud Smith at 2:00pm on Tuesday, February 10th. A memorial bench was dedicated at the flag-brick plaza on-campus. The bench was made possible by Webber FCA, faculty and staff members, and students who elected to purchase a bench in his honor.  Jud’s wife, Jennifer, their daughter Katie, and her grandparents were in attendance. The family was presented a memorial plaque by University President, Keith Wade and Administrator, Nancy Nichols.  Webber students, faculty, and staff gathered around to remember Jud and the positive impact he made on-campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Webber Receives 29 Donated Trees to Beautify Campus

Babson Park, Florida – “We’ll take almost anything of value,” Webber International University President & CEO Dr. H. Keith Wade is fond of saying. Over the years, that’s netted the school gently used items such as baby grand pianos, flat screen TV’s, and even a sailboat. But, the latest donation – 29 mature oak and magnolia trees – has the campus abuzz.

Located on pristine Crooked Lake in Babson Park, Florida, Webber is one of the longest stretches of privately owned lakefront in the state of Florida. Just under 500 students actually live on the campus, enjoying the park like setting featuring sandy beaches, big expanses of grassy fields, and, of course, trees. “While our kids work hard – most of our subject matter is tough and we don’t give away grades here, most of our students play a sport, and many have jobs as well – we want their leisure hours to be as pleasurable as possible. And, trees are an important part of what makes the campus a tropical paradise. While we’ve got the occasional hammock strung between a pair of trees here and there, most just provide much needed shade under which to take a quick break from the day to day grind of college studies.”

“We’ve actually been trying to get folks to give us trees for years,” says Wade. “While just planting some trees seems to be the most direct route to conservation there is, it’s a tougher sale than you might think. So we were really grateful when Hidden Acres understood what we were trying to do – not try to tell other people what to do with their property, not try to change laws, just plant some trees – and came through for us.” Hidden Acres Nursery (http://www.hantc.com/) in Sebring made the donation. The trees range in age from 6 to 10 years old and nearly all top 12 feet tall. In business since 1977, Hidden Acres is a full service, family run nursery shipping plants all over the world.

“We’re really grateful to Hidden Acres for giving us the trees,” said Wade. “They make the campus far more beautiful, and our students, the community, and the multitude of birds and squirrels which make our campus home will enjoy them for decades to come.”

American Cancer Society Representatives, Jeana Schmidt and LeeAnn Hinskey were guest speakers on Thursday, January 22nd in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center. Webber students who attended learned about volunteer opportunities, internship programs, and work opportunities. Both representatives spoke about American Cancer Society’s role in the community and how Webber students have an opportunity to impact so many lives. The organization has an upcoming “Paint the Town Purple”project to increase cancer awareness. In addition, students were encouraged to get involved in the Relay for Life event that will be held in Sebring on Saturday, April 18th. Students can volunteer on the day of the event; become a part of the on-going community awareness project, or even sign up for the event with a team. Representatives welcomed and encouraged students to think of creative ideas for the awareness campaign. The American Cancer Society also has many Summer internships and employment opportunities. Students who are interested should visit the Career Services Office for more information.

Webber International University will be hosting a training course entitled “Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses” on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The course is provided by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center affiliated with FEMA and is only being offered only at FSU and Webber this year. The course is free, but we only have 20 seats available for school participants, so space is limited! Anyone interested should contact Dr. Peter Barone at baronepa@webber.edu.

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All qualify for State, again!  Webber International University PBL students come out on top again at districts.  Webber took 14 students to the Florida District III PBL competition Friday November 14, 2013.  The students competed in 26 of the 40 events at the competition.  The PBL district competition had four types of events.  There were purely performance events such as Impromptu Speaking.  There were purely objective exam events, ranging from Accounting Principles through Statistical Analysis.  In addition there were skill based events which had two components consisting of an objective exam followed by a skill such as Word Processing.  Lastly there were events which combined an objective exam with a case analysis presentation.   Although the top 5 places in each event were recognized Webber requires their students perform in the top 3 to qualify for state.  Based on their performances WIU students qualified for state in 25 of the 26 events.

Phillip Friedman led the Webber pack by placing first in both of his 2 part events.  Phil earned a first place in both Impromptu Speaking and Marketing Analysis and Decision Making.   Six additional Webber students qualified in all the events they competed.  Adam Sivertsson qualified by  earning 1st place in Accounting for Professionals and International Business and second place in Financial Concepts and Accounting for Professionals. Oscar Molne earned a second place in Organizational Behavior and Leadership  and Contemporary Sports Issues as well as third place in Justice Administration and Statistical Analysis.  Caitlin McGlynn, one of our two freshman earned a 1st place in Help Desk and a second place in Business Decision Making with her team member Daniel LeZotte.  Ruby Fernandez earned 1st place in Cost Accounting  and earned 2nd place in the Computer Concepts and the Personal Finance event.    Eric Schedin earned  the 1st place in Networking Concepts, the 2nd place in Statistical Analysis, and the 3rd place in Computer Applications.  Daniel Isaksson placed 2nd in Marketing Concepts, and Justice Administration as well as 3rd place in International Business.  Scarlett Hrusecky earned a first place in Word Processing, the 2nd place in Management Concepts, and 3rd place in Macroeconomics event.   Logan Stewart earned the 2nd place in Microeconomics and Accounting Principles.   William Eriksson earned the 3rd place in Contemporary Sports Issues and Information Management.  Carlos Rocha qualified through earning 1st place in the Business Law event.  Krystal Huyler qualified through earning 1st place in Retail Management.  Uransolongo Bayartogtokh qualified by earning 2nd place in Information Management.

Florida State PBL competition will be held March 26-29, 2015.  Webber PBL students look forward to competing at state so that they will be given the opportunity to represent Webber International University at the National PBL competition June 24-27th in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

Webber International University President Keith Wade, left, greets Marcia Pennington and Lake Wales artist Tom Freeman before Freeman spoke about Roger W. Babson on Tuesday during the Holiday Open House to celebrate the opening of the Webber International University History Center.

MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER

Published: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

BABSON PARK | The idea came to her while rummaging through an old storage area earlier this year.

Jennifer Mueller, director of Webber International University’s annual fund, kept coming across forgotten items from throughout the school’s history. She found pictures from shortly after the school was founded, silver bowls honoring scholarship recipients and candelabras, among other items.

Together with the librarian, Sue Dunning, she decided to start the Webber History Center.

“We decided it should all be in one location. It’s neat to see the history of the school,” Mueller said.

The history center, which was unveiled Tuesday evening, is housed in the university’s library. Many of the books once held in the library have gone digital, which freed space for the history center.

Denning and Mueller began working on the idea in April and were able to complete it by October. Mueller said the history center is a work in progress, and they are accepting donations of historical items as the collection grows.

The history center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old photographs of the school’s founder, Roger Babson, yearbooks from the ’30s and china featuring the Webber seal that was used by students more than 50 years ago illuminate the institution’s history and its founder’s legacy.

Babson founded Webber — which he dedicated to his granddaughter, Camila Webber — in 1927. It was the first private college to be chartered under Florida’s educational and charitable laws and one of the first business colleges for women in the United States. It was one of three colleges Babson founded in his life.

Babson was a renowned business theorist. He authored more than 40 books on economic and social conditions, and in a Sept. 5, 1929, speech, he predicted the stock market crash of 1929.

One of Babson’s books, ‘‘The Yankee Genius,” was donated to the center by his friend, Tom Freeman.

“That was a prized possession of mine since 1962,” Freeman said.

The two men met in the ’40s, shortly after Freeman returned from serving in World War II as a radar technician. Babson would visit Freeman’s TV and appliance store on Stuart Avenue in Lake Wales. The two would chat and became friends, Freeman said.

On Christmas morning in 1962, Babson called Freeman. He knew Freeman had a radio capable of picking up military signals. Babson asked Freeman to bring it to his house in Mountain Lake so he could listen to the Harvard-Yale football game.

Babson was confined to a bed by tuberculosis at the time. Freeman spent the whole day with him.

At the end of the day, Babson asked Freeman to hand him a book from a shelf. It was “The Yankee Genius.” Babson signed it and gave it to Freeman.

Five years later, Babson died. That Christmas morning foot­ball game was the last memory they shared.

Freeman presented the book to Webber during the unveiling as a way to honor his friend.

“The history center preserves the legacy of a man who was instrumental in the establishment and expansion of higher education in Polk County,” Freeman said. “Roger Babson is the man for higher education in Polk County. His legacy lives on.”

BABSON PARK, Fla. September 30, 2014 September 23, 2014 — Webber International University announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“We are deeply grateful to our men and women who are now serving and have served in the armed forces.  They voluntarily face great risk, and voluntarily make great sacrifices, to protect the greatest nation the world has ever known, more often than not without even a simple “thank you”.   Making it easier for these patriots to pursue their degrees seems like the very least we can do.  While it’s gratifying to be honored as one of the top 15% of schools facilitating the education of our active duty military and veterans, I’ll be glad to see the day when there’s no need for such a list because it’s simply what we all do.   We owe it to them, and it’s the right thing to do,” Stated Webber International University President Dr. Keith Wade.

The survey captures over 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

For more information about Webber’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Webber’s website at www.webber.edu.

 

About Webber International University:

Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida’s then new charitable and educational laws and one of the first schools of business for women in the nation, Webber International University now educates men and women from over 50 different nations.  Students at Webber’s Florida campus major in one of the many disciplines of business offered at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats.  Joining Webber as a branch campus in 2011, St. Andrews University is a comprehensive liberal arts university established by merger in 1951 but tracing its roots back to the 1896 founding of its predecessor Flora Macdonald College. Each school of the Webber family features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities.  The University has been recognized as a Princeton Review Best in the Southeast College, a US News and World Reports America’s Best Colleges designee, and a GI Jobs America’s Most Military Friendly school. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and numerous programs enjoy additional programmatic accreditations.

 

About Military Friendly® Schools:

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, http://www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found through our Schools Matchmaker tool on http://www.gijobs.com.

 

About Victory Media:

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

 

To arrange interviews, contact:

Webber International University

President

Dr. Keith Wade, 863-638-2940

Victory Media

BP Media Relations, LLC

Barbara Pflughaupt, 212-707-8181

Judee Cohen, 917-721-0663

 

NEWS AND EVENTS

Webber Phi Beta Lambda – Represents Well

On March 26th fifteen students set out to compete at the Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ State Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. The competitions included objective exams to performance and interactive events. We competed in nineteen different events ranging from Accounting Principles through Word Processing. Although all Webber students put forth their best effort, five stood […]

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Webber’s FCA Makes an International Impact

Webber’s FCA Group has completed their project that began during the Fall 2014 semester. Students and administration first started raising a benevolence fund in September 2014 to purchase Spanish bibles that would be shipped and hand-delivered to remote areas in Central and South America. The group was able to purchase all the necessary bibles in […]

more
Webber Honors Former Security Guard, Jud Smith

Webber hosted a dedication ceremony for former Security Guard, Jud Smith at 2:00pm on Tuesday, February 10th. A memorial bench was dedicated at the flag-brick plaza on-campus. The bench was made possible by Webber FCA, faculty and staff members, and students who elected to purchase a bench in his honor.  Jud’s wife, Jennifer, their daughter Katie, […]

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Webber Receives 29 Donated Trees to Beautify Campus

Webber Receives 29 Donated Trees to Beautify Campus Babson Park, Florida – “We’ll take almost anything of value,” Webber International University President & CEO Dr. H. Keith Wade is fond of saying. Over the years, that’s netted the school gently used items such as baby grand pianos, flat screen TV’s, and even a sailboat. But, […]

more
Webber Hosts American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society Representatives, Jeana Schmidt and LeeAnn Hinskey were guest speakers on Thursday, January 22nd in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center. Webber students who attended learned about volunteer opportunities, internship programs, and work opportunities. Both representatives spoke about American Cancer Society’s role in the community and how Webber students have an opportunity to […]

more
Webber Hosting Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses

Webber International University will be hosting a training course entitled “Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses” on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The course is provided by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center affiliated with FEMA and is only being offered only at FSU and Webber this year. The course is free, but we only have 20 […]

more
Outstanding Performance by Webber PBL Students at District Competition

  All qualify for State, again!  Webber International University PBL students come out on top again at districts.  Webber took 14 students to the Florida District III PBL competition Friday November 14, 2013.  The students competed in 26 of the 40 events at the competition.  The PBL district competition had four types of events.  There […]

more
Webber Embraces Its History With New Center

        Webber International University President Keith Wade, left, greets Marcia Pennington and Lake Wales artist Tom Freeman before Freeman spoke about Roger W. Babson on Tuesday during the Holiday Open House to celebrate the opening of the Webber International University History Center. MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER By Daniel Figueroa IV LEDGER MEDIA […]

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