BABSON PARK, Fla. - The President of Webber International University, Dr. Keith Wade, has announced the hiring of Ryan Picard as the Director of Admissions. Picard is a 2000 graduate of Saint Leo University with a BA in Business Administration Management. According to Dr. Wade, “Mr. Picard brings to Webber a strong background in leading Admissions Departments.”

Picard is originally from Massachusetts. He came to Florida to attend Saint Leo and played for their baseball team for four years. He has six years of admissions office experience, most recently at Southwest Florida College at their Tampa campus. Prior to entering the college admissions world, Picard had a long career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Picard currently resides in Zephyrhills, Florida, with his wife and two children. “I am excited to be at Webber International University because of the incredible growth potential I see each time that I step onto the campus,” stated Picard. “I am eager to be a member of a team that is at the forefront of Webber’s success and growth. I look forward to working with everyone here and hope to achieve an upbeat and fulfilling experience for staff, faculty, and students,” added Picard.

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.

 Jon Noland and son (SCOTT WHEELER | The Ledger)


Jon Noland and son (SCOTT WHEELER | The Ledger)


BABSON PARK, Fla. – Webber International University hosted the 7th Annual Scenic 17 Triathlon on Sunday, July 27th, at the Babson Park, Florida Campus. In addition to the triathlon, for the first time, a duathlon was hosted simultaneously. This year the event hosted 180 competitors, a host of volunteers, and a large crowd of spectators.

The Sprint Triathlon consisted of a quarter mile swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. The swimmers hit the water of beautiful Crooked Lake at 7:00 a.m. At the conclusion of the swim, the competitors sprinted to the Webber practice football field, transitioning to the bicycles. From there they had a very hilly ride to Frostproof and back where they transitioned to the 3.1 mile run.

For the men, the overall winner was Jon Noland, from Tampa. He finished the race in one hour, three minutes and 41 seconds. The male Masters champion was Kevin Grogan from Clermont. The male Clydesdale champion, age under 40, was Graham Fox, from St. Petersburg. The Clydesdale champion, 40 and over, was Holger Roy, from Lakeland.

On the women’s race, the overall winner was Jennifer Vogel, from Jacksonville, Florida with a time of one hour, 12 minutes, and 23 seconds.

The female Masters champion was Kirsten Hite, from Polk City.

Male winners by age group were:
Age Name City
1-14 Matthew Andrews Sebring
18-24 Ian Ormsby Babson Park
25-29 Brian Durden Lakeland
30-34 Lane Vogel Jacksonville
35-39 Nick Zivolich Clearwater
40-44 Matt Yarbragh Tampa
45-49 Steven Schmaedeke Lakeland
50-54 Rod Crowley Lakeland
55-59 Chris Altimari Tampa
60-64 James Mayer Eustis
65-69 Erik Olson Vero Beach
70-75 Tom Daly Vero Beach

Female Winners by age groups were:
Age Name City
25-29 Kate Schalter Lakeland
30-34 Christina Kolstedt St. Cloud
35-39 Megan Murray Tampa
40-44 Rose Doyle St. Petersburgh
45-49 Patty Schmaedeke Lakeland
50-54 Jean Schalk Fort Lauderdale

In the duathlon, which consisted of a 1.25 mile run, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run, the overall male winner was Josh Zahller from Sebring. The overall female champion was Ellen Vargo from Plant City.

The female Masters champion in the duathlon was Tonia McCall, from Winter Haven. The male Masters champion was Michael Quigley, from Lake Placid.

Male and female winners of age groups were:
Male:
Age Name City
35-39 Jeremy Freeze Avon Park
40-44 John Beagle Naples
50-54 Joe McCoy Auburndale
55-59 Virgil McInvale Sebring
60-64 Frank Dalto Lake Placid
65-69 Bela Kvacs Lauderdale By Sea

Female:
Age Name City
40-44 Ceil Beagle Naples
45-49 Jennifer Sills Apopka

The Youth Sprint Triathlon was held at 9:00 a.m. The race consisted of a 100 meter swim, a 3-mile bike ride, and a half-mile run. The overall winner in the male race was Luke Rosser, from Oakland, with a time of 17 minutes and 47 seconds. The overall champion for the females was Mallory Mathew, from Belleair, with a time of 22 minutes and 10 seconds.

Age group winners in the youth race were:
Age Name City
Male – 1-10 Zachary Vanfleet Sebring
Male – 11-14 Noah Laurence Vijay St. Petersburg
Female – 1-10 Katelyn Van Rooyen Avon Park
Female – 11-14 Erin Volpe Lakeland

The Scenic 17 Triathlon benefits the Webber International University cross-country, track and field, and triathlon teams. It also donates to the Kelly A. Wilson Scholarship Fund at Webber, and also monies go to Greyhound Pets of America – Greater Orlando Branch.

“I want to thank Dr. Peter Ormsby, Coach David Andrews, and Assistant Athletic Director, Tim Desmarteau for a job well done in organizing, setting up, and handling the logistics involved in putting on an event of this size,” said Athletic Director, Bill Heath. “I really appreciate and respect all of the athletes that participate in this event, all of the volunteers that help make this event possible, and the spectators that come out to support the competitors,” added Heath.

“This event would not be possible without our sponsors,” stated Pete Ormsby. “I really appreciate Hawk Racing being our presenting sponsor again and I really respect what they do for this sport,” added Ormsby.

In addition to Hawk Racing being the Presenting Sponsor, many other sponsors were involved in making this event possible. The sponsors were: FITniche, Anytime Fitness, the Y in Lake Wales, Gear For Multisport, Florida’s Natural, Polk County Sports Marketing, Road & Trails Bicycles, Lake Wales Medical Center, and Webber International University.

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BABSON PARK, Fla. – Webber International University has announced that the Annual Fall Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2014, for prospective students and their families. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center on the Babson Park Campus.

The open house features tours of the Webber campus, an opportunity to meet faculty members and learn more about the degree programs that are offered.

The application fee is waived for the first 100 students that RSVP. A Financial Aid workshop will be held for the parents that will aid them and help them with the FAFSA process. Also, the Athletic Department will be available so potential student-athletes can meet with the coaches.

You can register for Webber’s Open House by going to www.webber.edu. For more information, you may contact the Admissions Office at 863-638-2910 or at admissions@webber.edu.

All attendees will be given free football tickets to attend the Warriors game at Legion Field, in Lake Wales, that evening. Webber International will be hosting Southeastern University with the kick off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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.

BABSON PARK, Fla. – Webber International University has released their 2014 football schedule. This year the Warriors will play a 10 game schedule, featuring 5 home games at Legion Field in Lake Wales. Webber opens the season with a home game on Saturday, August 30th, when they play Faulkner University (AL) at 7 p.m.

The Webber Homecoming weekend will feature the Warrior’s hosting Arizona Christian at 4:00 p.m. on October 4th. Webber will host Ave Maria on October 25th with a 3:00 p.m. kickoff. The very next weekend, the Warriors will host Polk County rival, Southeastern, with a 7:00 p.m. start, on November 1st. The last regular season game of the year will be against the College of Faith, on November 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Date                           Opponent                                    Location                   Time
8/30/2014       Faulkner University                    Lake Wales, Fla.               7 PM
9/6/2014          Warner University (Fla.)           Winter Haven                   1 PM
9/13/2014        Campbellsville University        Campbellsville, KY        1:30 PM
9/20/2014       OPEN
9/27/2014       Menlo College (Calif.)                  Atherton, CA                    12 PM
10/4/2014       Arizona Christian                          Lake Wales, FL                 4 PM
10/11/2014     Edward Waters (Fla.)                   Jacksonville, FL                2 PM
10/18/2014     Point University                            West Point, GA               12 PM
10/25/2014    Ave Maria University                   Lake Wales, FL                  3 PM
11/1/2014       Southeastern University            Lake Wales, FL                 7 PM
11/8/2014       N.N. Apprentice                            Newport News, VA         1 PM
11/15/2014     College of Faith                             Lake Wales, FL                 1 PM

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