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 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 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 seats available for school participants, so space is limited! Anyone interested should contact Dr. Peter Barone at email@example.com. https://ndptc.hawaii.edu/training/delivery/921 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 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 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 GROUP 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.” Webber International University Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly® Schools List 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 Webber International University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) – Assistant Football Coach, Matt Leone in prayer with Webber students Babson Park, FL- Webber’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) held the fourth huddle of the semester in the Babson Center on Tuesday evening. The praise and worship session consisted of an on-screen song by Hillsong, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” organized by Senior, Luke Brigham. Senior, Baylin Trujillo gave the devotional and spoke about the expectations Christians face from others in everyday life situations. He conveyed to the huddle about experiences he had encountered with peers and how those experiences impacted his thought process. Other students interacted by answering questions and providing further insight on their encounters with peers and expectations they felt were prevalent and associated with the Christian faith. Webber staff member, Mrs. Stephanie Leone spoke about struggles faced in everyday life and how we handle those situations can define our walk with God. She spoke about how it’s easy to turn to him when everything is going right but challenging life situations are when we need him most. Mrs. Leone introduced a New York Times Best-Selling book called, “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. She explained how the book has impacted her faith and challenged students to read and apply those concepts to everyday life. Students shared Christian videos while enjoying refreshments and fellowshipping with one another. The FCA Huddle Leader, Chuck Kelly spoke about the benevolence fund and the organizations intention to send Bibles to various parts of Central and South America. The goal is to provide the scripture to remote places abroad that are lacking sufficient funds and resources. FCA intends to complete this project by the end of the Fall 2014 semester. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend FCA in the Babson Center on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. BABSON PARK, Fla. -The Webber International University FCA Huddle met in the Babson Center on the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, 2014. Students were thrilled to meet with their peers and fellowship with one another. Webber senior, Cody Warren delivered a devotional to the FCA huddle and seniors, Luke Brigham and Baylin Trujillo led the praise and worship team. Assistant Football Coach, Matt Leone spoke to the huddle about how experiencing tough times in life will allow you to strengthen and grow in your Christian faith. The FCA Huddle Leader & Assistant Football Coach, Chuck Kelly spoke to students about the direction of FCA’s semester benevolence fund. During the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters, students contributed enough to fund a “Thanksgiving Turkey Project” for University staff members and an “Easter Egg Hunt” for Highlands County Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Students are currently brainstorming ideas for their benevolence funds that will be used to support a project at the end of the Fall 2014 semester. FCA meets every Tuesday evening at 8:00pm in the Babson Center. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend! BABSON PARK, Fla. - Webber International University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) met in the Babson Center on the evening of Tuesday, September 2nd. Many students attended for fellowship with peers and to take part in the evening message that was delivered. Pastor Darren Slaymaker from First Christian Church in Babson Park briefly spoke to students about applying their Christian attributes not only within the church and camp environment but in the real world. He also invited Webber students to attend the church to see the movie, “God’s Not Dead.” Webber FCA Leadership is working closely with Pastor Slaymaker to organize a good time for the movie and pizza night. A special thanks to Faith Canoy Gallian from South Lake Wales Church of God (SLW) for inviting students to attend inRoads; a service designed for college students. This is an event scheduled on Wednesday evenings at South Lake Wales Church of God and dinner is included at no charge. Thanks to all the Webber students that made the evening so special and took the time to fellowship with one another! FCA meets every Tuesday evening in the Babson Center at 8:00pm. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend. 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.