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Webber hosted the 2nd Annual What Do You Know contest on the evening of Thursday, April 9th in the Conference Center. The academic competition was designed by Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Fred Fening for the MGT312-Human Resource Management course. The purpose of the competition is to challenge students in an academic setting on key concepts learned in the course. There were three teams with three representatives from each section of MGT312 to makeup the team. Students enjoyed the competitive environment and the winning team consisted of Adam Jenkins, Andrea Gobbo, and Abelardo Cabrera Gil. A complete list of teams is as follows:

Human Resource Management Teams

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Adam Jenkins
Andrea Gobbo
Abelardo Cabrera Gil

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Bruno Peschke
Jalen Scott-Jones
Zoe-Rae Hart

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Krystal Huyler
Mark Knight
Rachel Frederick

The event was a success and the planning process for the 3rd Annual What Do You Know competition has already started. Thanks to all students, faculty, and staff for your support and participation!

During the week of March 23 – 27, 2015 the members of the Alpha Omega Rho chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association from Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Program traveled to Nashville Tennessee to compete in the American Criminal Justice Association’s National Conference and competition. This conference had well over 500 students and professionals attending and competing in the various events. The students in attendance from WIU were, Cody Stepp, Catherine Floyd, Meghan Williams, Jessika Hester, Gabriella Gonzales and Ben Botteron, all competed in the physical agility competition, the crime scene competition and several scholastic exams such as criminal law, corrections and juvenile delinquency. The students attended the opening banquet and several meetings and training sessions to include a lecture by Dr. Bass the well know Forensic Anthropologist known for his work with cadavers and creator of the body farm where various aspects of cadaver decomposition is observed and used for assisting law enforcement with death investigation cases. They also attended a lecture presented by Dr. Peter A. Barone, the Chair of the Webber International University Criminal Justice program, in his area of expertise pertaining to Officer Involved Shooting cases. The students are now preparing for the American Criminal Justice Association Region V conference and competition which is going to be held in Huntsville Alabama during the second week of October 2015.

 On April 1, 2015 Webber International University hosted the Annual Business Luncheon. The Criminal Justice Management Program had two chiefs and one sergeant present. Chief Giddens from Lakeland Police Department; Chief Bird from Haines City Police Department and Sergeant Vanblarcom from Lake Wales Police Department were in attendance. The CJM program had its’ Chair Dr. Peter A. Barone in attendance with several students, Cody Stepp, Cat Floyd, Ben Botteron, Meghan Williams, Gabriella Gonzales and Bethany Forsythe. The students had the opportunity to discuss current law enforcement issues with the chiefs and also be advised as to what the law enforcement community is looking for in its potential candidates for police positions now and in the future. This was a very successful event for the Law Enforcement professionals, the students, the Chair of the program and the university.

 On April 8, 2015 22 members of Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Management Program departed WIU for the Highlands County Court House located some 40 miles away in downtown Sebring Florida. The purpose of this trip was for the Chair of the Criminal Justice Management Program, Dr. Peter A. Barone, to have his students be present in a live court room during First Appearance, Arraignments, Violation of Probation Hearings, Pleas and Sentencing procedures. The students were present for all of these legal proceedings and then upon completion of the court docket County Court Judge Anthony Ritenour spent 45 minutes speaking to the students regarding the processes and procedures they had been present for and then conducted a question and answer period. At the end of the session the judge took a picture with the WIU CJM students. The students then were taken on a tour of the entire court house which lasted about 40 minutes. After a lunch the students were taken to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office where they were taken a very detailed tour of the county jail which began with a short information session by Captain Blackman and Major Booker. The tour lasted approximately two hours. After the tour of the jail, Dr. Barone, still a part time deputy sheriff with the sheriff’s office took the students on a tour of the other parts of the sheriff’s office’s headquarter to include the personnel section, the inmate medical section, the warrants section, and the communications section. The students were able to put a face and a real life encounter to what they learn in the classrooms from their very well qualified cadre of professors. It was a consensus that the entire trip, to include lunch was a great success and there are more trips similar to this one being planned for next semester.

 On April 9, 2015 the Criminal Justice Program of Webber International University hosted its’ second Annual Law Enforcement and Military Career Day on campus in the Yentes Center. The Chair of the CJM program Dr. Peter A. Barone and his students worked together for the past several months obtaining the agreement of several law enforcement agencies and several branches of the military to be present for this important career event. There were a large number of agencies and several branches of the military represented and a good number of students kept the flow of participants and questions moving during the event. Agencies came from Hillsborough County, Polk County and the surrounding areas. Several students filled out applications for law enforcement agencies and several made appointments with the military services to attend testing and information sessions pertaining to possible active and reserve positons.  The event was very successful and Dr. Barone is looking forward to next years’ event.

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.”

NEWS AND EVENTS

Academic Competition-What Do You Know?

Webber hosted the 2nd Annual What Do You Know contest on the evening of Thursday, April 9th in the Conference Center. The academic competition was designed by Associate Professor of Management, Dr. Fred Fening for the MGT312-Human Resource Management course. The purpose of the competition is to challenge students in an academic setting on key […]

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Criminal Justice Management Events

During the week of March 23 – 27, 2015 the members of the Alpha Omega Rho chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association from Webber International University’s Criminal Justice Program traveled to Nashville Tennessee to compete in the American Criminal Justice Association’s National Conference and competition. This conference had well over 500 students and professionals […]

more
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 […]

more
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, […]

more
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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