Mr. Brandon Ball
Criminal Justice Management


 

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Mr. Brandon Ball is a Law Enforcement Major/Bomb Technician with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office in Lake Wales. Mr. Ball will be joining Webber as adjunct faculty this Fall 2015 Semester. Major Ball earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the St. Leo University.  He will be teaching “Fire Death Investigation & Evidence Collection” course this fall.

 

Mr. Jeffrey  Fennell
Criminal Justice Management


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Mr. Jeffrey Fennell at the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office has joined Webber as adjunct faculty since the spring semester of 2015 teaching crime scene investigation courses. Mr. Fennell earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Florida State University and completed a Forensic Science Diploma with the American Institute of Applied Science. He received his Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership (Emergency Management) from the Capella University with a concentration in Forensic Science. Mr. Fennell is a certified Crime Scene Investigator under the International Association of Identifiers. He will be teaching “Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Collection” course this fall.

 

Dr. Luanne Hurst
English


 

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Dr. Luanne Hurst will be joining Webber as adjunct faculty this Fall 2015 Semester. Dr. Hurst earned her Bachelor of Science in English degree from Bob Jones University and Master of Arts in English from Clemson University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in English from the Ohio State University. Dr. Hurst will be teaching English as Second Language (ESL) courses this fall.

 

Ms. Kathleen Hardesty
English


 

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Ms. Kathleen Hardesty will be joining Webber as Instructor of English this Fall 2015 Semester. Ms. Hardesty earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Marshall University in 2000. She received her Master of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University In 2002. Ms. Hardesty then earned her Master of Arts in English degree from the University of South Florida in 2013. Ms. Hardesty has served as an adjunct instructor at the Hillsborough Community College campus in Ruskin, Florida. She also has experience in teaching Kaplan SAT Test Prep. Ms. Hardesty will be teaching English Composition I, Technical Writing, Writing Professionally, and Publication Design & Editing courses this fall.

 

Dr. Daniel Hurst
English


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Dr. Daniel Hurst will be joining Webber as Associate Professor of English this Fall 2015 Semester. Dr. Hurst earned his Bachelor of Science in English from Bob Jones and Master of Arts in English from Clemson University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in English degree from the Ohio State University in 1990. Dr. Hurst taught at Clearwater Christian College from 1998-2015 and was the Chair of the English Department. Dr. Hurst will be teaching Introduction to Composition and English Composition I courses this fall.

 

 Dr.  Hatem Bata
Marketing


 

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Dr. Hatem Bata will be joining Webber as Assistant Professor of Marketing this Fall 2015 Semester. Dr. Bata earned his undergraduate degree from the West Virginia University (WVU) with double majors in Computer Science and Mass Communication in 2005. He received his Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication degree with concentration in Integrated Marketing Communication from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2010. Dr. Bata received his Doctor of Philosophy in Manufacturing and Technology Management from the University of Toledo in 2015. Dr. Bata’s area of expertise in marketing technologies includes social media, mobile social media, mobile marketing applications, and mobile commerce. Dr. Bata will be teaching Principles of Marketing, International Marketing, Marketing Research as well as several MBA courses this fall.

 

 

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NAMED “A BEST IN THE SOUTHEAST” COLLEGE BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW ON ITS WEBSITE FEATURE: “2016 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION”

Webber International University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature that posted on August 3, 2015.  The feature is accessible at http://www.princetonreview.com/bestSEcolleges.  Only 140 colleges in twelve Southeastern states made The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” list for 2016.

In its website profile on Webber International University, The Princeton Review describes the college as “a focused, close knit environment” and commends it for its “knowledgeable, down-to-earth professors who  are very accessible in and out of school, care about  success, and are great at what they do.”  “We chose Webber and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

“We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project,” Franek added.  “We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us independently to survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional ‘best’ college selections.”

“We believe that the more a student knows about a school, the better his or her chances for success,” said Dr. Keith Wade, the university’s President & CEO. “We’ve been around since 1896, and our focus has never been on the latest fad or the current hot topic.  Our goal is to get our students ready for their first jobs and their first few promotions, and publications like the Princeton Review let them know what we’re all about up front so they can make an informed decision.  Though, frankly, because our campus is on one of the most pristine lakes in Florida, nothing prepares people for our stunning sunsets,” said Wade.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Some student comments in the profile on Webber include appreciation for “one-on-one attention due to small class sizes” and “an administration that is “well organized, friendly, [and] willing to help when they can.”  WIU students describe themselves as “friendly, outgoing, and helpful.” While the majority (about 70 percent) of WIU’s students are Florida residents, a good portion of the student body hails from locations all over the globe. “We have a lot of international students,” comments one undergrad, adding, “Everybody seems to feel comfortable here.”

Collectively, the 649 colleges on The Princeton Review’s  “regional best” lists constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 649 colleges, either overall, by region, or in various categories. However, some schools on the “regional best” lists that also appear in The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition, appear on some of the company’s 62 ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” that are published in that book. All of those ranking lists are based entirely on the company’s surveys of students at the 380 schools in the book.

The 140 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” 2016 list are located in twelve states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 159 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep courses, books, and other student resources. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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 (Laurinburg, NC) is a comprehensive liberal arts school established by merger in 1961 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 Commission on Colleges, and some programs enjoy additional programmatic accreditations.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

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(Babson Park, Fla.)    Webber International University’s Director of Athletics, Bill Heath, has announced that current student-athlete, Rachel Fredrick, has been awarded the NAIA Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award for The Sun Conference. Fredrick, a two year starter for the Lady Warriors Cross Country and Track and Field teams, has currently earned a 3.50 grade point average, on a 4.0 scale. A junior, academically, Fredrick is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

The Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award for student-athletes is one of the most prestigious awards in the NAIA and was created in association with the National Sports Foundation, a group of sports organizations that promote and recognize sportsmanship. Dr. Walker was a former president of the NAIA and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The award honors outstanding student-athletes for their academics, athletics, leadership and dedication to living the core values of Champions of Character.

The criteria for this award are: 1) Must be a student-athlete at a NAIA member institution. 2) Must be at least a junior academic status at the nominating institution at the time of the nomination. 3) Must be outstanding in academic achievement, campus and community leadership, embraces the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character, and athletic achievement. The winner of the Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award, for The Sun Conference, is the conference’s automatic nominee for the NAIA National Award.

Fredrick will be entering her senior year this fall. Fredrick currently holds the indoor and outdoor record for the high jump at Webber. She has been the runner up in the high jump the past two years at The Sun Conference Track and Field Championships. She has been on the Academic Dean’s List in 2013-2015. This year, Fredrick was the recipient of The Jaffe/Tilchin Champions of Character Award for The Sun Conference in Track and Field.

“Rachel Fredrick is a hard working individual who is caring and very diligent in her school work and on the track team,” stated teammate, Kathi Whitfield. “Ms. Fredrick is the true definition of a student-athlete while attending Webber International University,” added Whitfield.

According to head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach, James Simpson, “Rachel has become a leader on and off the track, she leads by example and I’m so lucky to have her as part of this team, as she is such and inspiration to all of our incoming freshman and current teammates.”

Congratulations Lady Warrior Rachel Fredrick on being named the Dr. Leroy Walker Champions of Character Award Winner for The Sun Conference.

Webber will host their Fall MBA Orientation on Thursday, August 13 from 6pm-8pm in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center. The purpose of the orientation is to provide incoming students with the knowledge to excel academically and professionally in the Webber MBA program and beyond. The Orientation will allow students to network with peers, faculty, staff, and set the stage for their future success at Webber. All incoming Fall 2015 MBA students are required to attend the Orientation, as it will provide them with necessary knowledge about the program and the following important information:

  • Fall Class Schedule
  • Setup and access of webber.edu email
  • Receive a plan sheet for their selected program concentration
  • Learn about program coursework and the practicum
  • Business Office information
  • Financial Aid information
  • Textbook information
  • Pick up a hard copy of the Student Handbook
  • Parking Decal information
  • Student I.D.

Please contact leoness@webber.edu if you have any questions about the MBA Orientation. Fall classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17th.

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From Left to Right: Scarlett Hrusecky, Caitlin McGlynn, Carlos Rocha, Ruby Fernandez, Logan Stewart

Babson Park, Florida—More than 1,600 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $81,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 24–27, 2015. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Ruby Fernandez & Carlos Rocha from Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on June 27. The team of two competed in Business Law, which included an objective exam as well as a case study component. Webber’s Scarlett Hrusecky competed in Management Concepts, Caitlin McGlynn competed in Project Management Concepts, and Logan Stewart competed in Cost Accounting.

“This was my second National Conference, and it was amazing. PBL has given me opportunities and experiences I would not seek out on my own. The multiple-choice section of the Business Law event was much easier for me. Having a partner was an advantage because there were many things Carlos knew that I was unsure of and vice versa. I was very nervous about the case study presentation but we got in there and did well enough for a National 3rd place,” said Webber International University senior, Ruby Fernandez.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.

 

 

PBLThe Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ Nationals will be held this week from June 24th to June 28th in Chicago, Illinois. Five Webber students and Assistant PBL Advisor, Stephanie Leone will be traveling to the Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ National Competitions. These students qualified for nationals at the Phi Beta Lambda FBLA/ФβΛ State Leadership Conference that was held in Orlando, Florida back in March 2015. Logan Stewart will be competing in Cost Accounting, which is a combination of cost accounting skill presentations along with an objective exam. Carlos Rocha and Ruby Fernandez will be competing as a team in the Business Law event. The Business Law event will include an objective exam as well as a case component. Scarlett Hrusecky will be competing in Management Concepts and Caitlin McGlynn will be competing in Project Management concepts.

Good luck to all Webber students competing at PBL Nationals!

 

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BABSON PARK, Fla. – The Webber International Athletic Department has released the ticket prices for the 2015 Warriors football season. Season tickets sales will begin on June 1, 2015. Individual game tickets will be offered, beginning on August 1, 2015.

The cost of reserved seating season tickets for adults will be $50.00 for the entire six game home schedule. Senior citizens (62 and older) and youth (12 and under), will be able to purchase reserved season tickets for $30.00 for the six home games. Remember, all reserved seating sales begin on June 1, 2015.

For more information regarding Webber football ticket sales, please contact Jay Culver, Ticket Manager, at 863-638-2947.

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Deborah Backus

BABSON PARK, Fla. – The Webber International University Men’s Golf team has competed in the Annual Marine Corps Intercollegiate Golf Tournament since 1986. This is one of the most prestigious small college tournaments in the nation, and it is held at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina.

Through all the years of participating in this tournament, the Warriors’ golf team has made numerous friends and is always one of the favorite teams of the base personnel.

One of their good friends, Deborah Backus, recently passed away. Debbie was the Pro Shop Manager at the Paradise Point Golf Course, located on the base. Deborah’s father, Jerry Bunting, was often paired as a Marine liaison, with Webber golfers. Mr. Bunting is a retired Marine. The Webber golfers and coaches established a special friendship with Debbie and Jerry over the years.

To honor Deborah Backus, Webber golf coach and her team graciously purchased an engraved brick and placed it in the Webber Brick Plaza as an everlasting memory. On behalf of the Webber International University Golf Team, Matt Yentes and several players presented the brick to Debbie’s father, Jerry. Jerry and his daughter, Denise Curtis, traveled to Webber to attend the brick dedication ceremony.

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The Men’s & Women’s Golf Team Honors Deborah Backus

 

“On behalf of our Webber golf team, we appreciate the respect and love we have received from Debbie and Jerry through the years,” stated Coach Nancy Nichols. “Her memory will live forever at Webber International University,” added Nichols.

Webber International University will be hosting six early testing and registration dates over Summer 2015. These dates will give incoming students that have already been accepted the opportunity to take the University placement test and register for classes early. While students are testing in LAB A & B, the Financial Aid Office, Insurance Specialist, and Admissions Office will be available for parents to ask questions. Advising and registration for courses will take place after testing is completed. Students will also have the opportunity to view housing options, obtain student ID’s, and enjoy lunch.

Summer 2015 Early Testing & Registration Dates:

Saturday, May 9th
Thursday, May 21st
Thursday, June 4th
Thursday, June 18th
Thursday, July 9th
Thursday, July 23rd

Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@webber.edu to determine if you are eligible to attend an Early Testing & Registration date.

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

CONCERT TO BENEFIT SANDY’S MUSICGIRL SCHOLARSHIP

Featuring Emi Sunshine

This Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm tickets sold at the gate

Adults: $10.00

Children (12 & Under): $5.00

(Gates will open at 2:30 pm)

Webber International University
1201 North Scenic Highway
Babson Park, Florida 33827
Fore more information please visit: http://www.sandyridgemusicfest.com/

 

NEWS AND EVENTS

Webber Welcomes New Faculty Members for Fall 2015

Mr. Brandon Ball Criminal Justice Management   Mr. Brandon Ball is a Law Enforcement Major/Bomb Technician with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office in Lake Wales. Mr. Ball will be joining Webber as adjunct faculty this Fall 2015 Semester. Major Ball earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the St. Leo University.  He will […]

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Webber named a “Best in the Southeast” college by The Princeton Review

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY NAMED “A BEST IN THE SOUTHEAST” COLLEGE BY THE PRINCETON REVIEW ON ITS WEBSITE FEATURE: “2016 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION” Webber International University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The well-known education services company lists the college among its “Best in the Southeast” recommended schools […]

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Fall 2015 MBA Orientation

Webber will host their Fall MBA Orientation on Thursday, August 13 from 6pm-8pm in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center. The purpose of the orientation is to provide incoming students with the knowledge to excel academically and professionally in the Webber MBA program and beyond. The Orientation will allow students to network with peers, faculty, staff, and set […]

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Webber International University Announces Ticket Prices for 2015 Season

  BABSON PARK, Fla. – The Webber International Athletic Department has released the ticket prices for the 2015 Warriors football season. Season tickets sales will begin on June 1, 2015. Individual game tickets will be offered, beginning on August 1, 2015. The cost of reserved seating season tickets for adults will be $50.00 for the […]

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Brick Dedication At Webber International Honors A Friend

BABSON PARK, Fla. – The Webber International University Men’s Golf team has competed in the Annual Marine Corps Intercollegiate Golf Tournament since 1986. This is one of the most prestigious small college tournaments in the nation, and it is held at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Through all the years of […]

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Summer 2015 Early Testing & Registration Dates

Webber International University will be hosting six early testing and registration dates over Summer 2015. These dates will give incoming students that have already been accepted the opportunity to take the University placement test and register for classes early. While students are testing in LAB A & B, the Financial Aid Office, Insurance Specialist, and […]

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The Sandy Ridge Music Fest

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! CONCERT TO BENEFIT SANDY’S MUSICGIRL SCHOLARSHIP Featuring Emi Sunshine This Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm tickets sold at the gate Adults: $10.00 Children (12 & Under): $5.00 (Gates will open at 2:30 pm) Webber International University 1201 North Scenic Highway Babson Park, Florida 33827 Fore […]

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Three Warrior Baseball Players Named To The Sun Conference All-Academic Team

BABSON PARK, Fla. – Three student-athletes from Webber International University were selected as members of The Sun Conference All-Academic Baseball Team for 2015. Pictured above, the players are (from left to right): Adam Jenkins, Trevor Jones, and Cody Warren. In order to be selected for the Conference All-Academic Team, student-athletes have to be enrolled in […]

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Annual Academic Recognition Dinner

  Webber International University held its 12th Annual Academic Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 in the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Faculty, staff, friends and relatives were present to salute the students and faculty being honored. Seniors earning a place on the Dean’s List were: Dammers, Kamilah, Dancy, Gerlinde, Dexter, Nicole, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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