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Flagler College Highlights

This short list showcases just a few of our talented students, graduates, and honored guests as well as our most distinguished Collegiate awards.

2016 Flagler College Highlights

  • Flagler College’s new program in Hospitality and Tourism Management was approved as a major by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the recognized regional accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in the South.

  • The Florida Humanities Council awarded Flagler College a $20,000 grant to hold a week-long residential academic seminar for high school students, titled “Pirates, Protest and Preservation: Exploring the Stories of St. Augustine.”

  • Flagler College took home 15 American Advertising Federation-Jacksonville (AAF) “ADDY” awards, as well as six Daytona Beach ADDYs, which recognize advertising creative excellence.

  • More than 200 students participated in “Reach Out Raise Up,” the college’s community service day. Volunteers helped various non-profit organizations in the area, including St. Francis House, Council on Aging and animal rescue center SAFE.

  • Flagler College announced plans to unveil its first-ever master’s degree program in Deaf Education. The 36-credit, 12-course program will be offered in an online, distance learning format with a single summer residency requirement.

  • Due to its popularity as a minor, Finance was added as a fourth major in Flagler College’s Business Administration Department

  • Assistant Professor and Language Lab Coordinator Aggie Johnson was awarded the Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE) 2016 “You Made a World of Difference” Award for her outstanding dedication to the international education field.

  • Flagler College’s online-only student newspaper, The Gargoyle, won five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Mark of Excellence awards, including “Best Digital-Only Student Publication” and “Best Independent Online Student Publication” awards.

  • Flagler students Samantha Autencio and Kathleen Bajalia took home first place awards in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters 2016 radio and TV contest.

  • Flagler College President Dr. William T. Abare, Jr., announced that, after 15 years of leading the College, and 45 years working at the institution, he plans to retire, as president, in June of 2017.

  • Five Flagler College students took home third place in the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) 2016 Case Competition. Alexander Esmail, Sarah Garden, Mary-Jo Lendering, Nicholas Pappas and Maria Rodas joined nearly 100 other students from 20 colleges nationwide to compete in the competition, held in Arlington, Va.

  • Flagler College received two state of Florida historic preservation grants, totaling $1.5 million, to rehabilitate and preserve the college’s historic Dining Hall, Kenan Hall, Molly Wiley Art Building and Anderson Cottage.

  • Flagler College student Hanna Ramirez’s design of labels for “Sakura Kisses Lip Balm” recently won her a gold “ADDY” district award from a premier advertising competition. She was one of five students from across Florida and the Caribbean to take home American Advertising Awards’ top accolade in the “Sales and Marketing” category.

  • The college’s second annual Giving Day saw more than 200 alumni donors raise $47,936 for student financial aid. With a matching gift of $10,000 from alumni Ingemar Lanevi, '86, and Diane Evia-Lanevi, '87, the donations topped out at $57,936.

  • Flagler College’s online-only student newspaper, The Gargoyle, was selected as a finalist in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015 National Mark of Excellence Awards in two categories: Best Independent Online Student Publication and Best Digital-Only Student Publication.

  • Flagler College’s student Enactus team placed third at the Enactus U.S. National Exposition on May 17 in St. Louis, Mo., after reaching the Final Four round of judging.  

  • Flagler College broke ground on a $23 million downtown St. Augustine project that includes a 52,800-square-foot residence hall and 551-space parking garage on the corner of King and Malaga Streets.

  • The Historic St. Augustine Research Institute selected Dr. Leslee Keys, author of “Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace,” and Elsbeth “Buff” Gordon, author of “Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America’s Oldest City,” as recipients for its inaugural William L. Proctor Award, established to identify the best books or scholarly journal articles published each calendar year. 

  • News and Information Director Brian Thompson won second place for humor writing in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ 2016 Column Contest.
  • Southern Living Magazine spotlighted Flagler College and St. Augustine as one of the “South’s Best College Towns.”

  • The Gargoyle, Flagler College’s online newspaper, took home first place in “Best Website (low frequency)” in the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s 2016 Sunshine State Awards, as well as a third place award for “Best Sports Story (low frequency).”

  • Flagler College was recognized as a “2016-2017 College of Distinction” for its commitment to engagement, teaching, community and outcomes. “Colleges of Distinction” honors hundreds of smaller, teaching-centered institutions across the country.

  • Flagler College was featured as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges."

  • Flagler College ranked second in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South category, moving up from sixth last year and achieving its highest ranking ever in the publication.

  • Flagler College spring graduate Alex Banks was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. government’s prestigious program and will be heading to Malaysia as an English instructor in a rural school. He is the first Flagler alumnus to receive the honor.

  • The spring 2016 issue of FLARE: The Flagler Review won first place in the Four Year Literary Magazine of the Year category of the College Media Association’s 2015-16 Pinnacle Awards.

  • More than 100 Flagler College students, faculty and staff members volunteered in non-profit organizations across St. Johns County for the second annual “Reach Out Raise Up” day of service in November.

  • Flagler College Chancellor Dr. William L. Proctor was inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.

  • Flagler College was one of 26 NCAA Division II member institutions honored as part of the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence for achieving a four-year Academic Success Rates of 90 percent or higher.

  • Dr. Leslee Keys, Flagler College director of historic preservation and special initiatives, recently received the inaugural University of Florida Historic Preservation Distinguished Alumni Award for her work on advancing the discipline and profession through practice, research and service.

  • Flagler College Enactus, a student organization that engages in entrepreneurial projects in the community, took home a regional “Next Generation Award” from the Florida First Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day.

  • Dr. Joseph G. Joyner, Superintendent of Schools for St. Johns County District in St. Augustine, was named President of Flagler College on Nov. 29, 2016, by the College’s Board of Trustees.

2015 Flagler College Highlights

  • A U.S. News and World Report analysis of colleges named Flagler College as one of the most efficient schools among regional colleges in the South.
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  • Flagler College announced the launch of the Women of Vision Fund to provide scholarship, financial aid and educational opportunities for female students and to strengthen ties between women and the college.
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  • A multi-million dollar restoration project was begun on the exterior of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon thanks in part to a $2 million grant from the state legislature and matching non-tuition funds from the college.
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  • Retired history professor Tom Graham won the 2014 Bronze award in the “Florida Non-Fiction” category of the Florida Books Awards for his publication, “Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine.”
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  • A new major in Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as a minor in Management Information Systems, was approved by the Flagler College Board of Trustees.
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  • Theatre Arts major Mary Hickox took home the National Partners of the American Theatre (NAPAT) “Classical Acting Award”— an award that recognizes outstanding performance of material written before the 20th century. She also made it to the “final 16” overall, out of 250 contenders.
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  • Flagler College graphic design students won 13 awards in the regional American Advertising Federation (AAF) “ADDY” awards, which honor outstanding professional and student work in design and advertising.
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  • Flagler College’s The Gargoyle, the college’s online-only student-run newspaper, won a total of 10 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
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  • Flagler College faculty experts Timothy Johnson, Thomas Graham, Michael Butler, Tracey Eaton and Leslee Keys were featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV and American History TV to discuss historical issues and topics concerning St. Augustine.
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  • Seven Flagler College won four awards at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  • Flagler College’s Enactus team finished among the nation’s top 16 Enactus teams (out of 190) during the Enactus United States National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri.
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  • Flagler College held the inaugural meeting in April 2015 of its new Business Advisory Board, a group of prominent area business leaders who will serve as the primary link between the business community and the College’s Business Administration Department.
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  • The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s 36th annual Statewide Preservation Awards ceremony honored Flagler College’s Dr. Leslee Keys, director of historic preservation, with the inaugural “Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education.” Flagler also won a Meritorious Achievement Award in Infill Design” for Pollard Hall, the college’s newest academic building.
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  • Gargoyle Co-Editor Alexa Epitropoulos was a national winner in the Society of Professional Journalists 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards’ Online Opinion and Commentary category.
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  • The Gargoyle, Flagler College’s online newspaper, won eight awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s 2015 Sunshine State Awards, including one for “Best Website.”
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  • Flagler College Assistant Professor Steve Voguit was featured on C-SPAN in July for a course at the college on emerging liberal politics in America during President Franklin Roosevelt’s term.
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  • Flagler College was once again named a top college in The Princeton Review’s college guidebook, “The Best 380 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included in the 2016 edition and Flagler has made it into the book since 2003.
  • The Weather Channel spotlighted Flagler College’s “Gilded Age Fashion Show,” an event showcasing handmade period garb with patterns from 1888, as part of its coverage of St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Flagler College ranked 6th in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South category, moving up from last year’s 8th spot. The 2016 edition also ranked Flagler College 7th in the Best Value Schools category. This is the third year Flagler has ranked in the top 10 in the college guide.

  • Flagler College hosted royalty when Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited the college as part of the United States-Spain Council Annual Forum, being held in St. Augustine from Sept. 18 to 20.

  • Flagler College is a finalist for a Florida Campus Compact Campus Community Partnership Award for the development of Proton U, an app created by graphic design students to help kids undergoing proton therapy cancer treatment. 

  • Flagler College-Tallahassee celebrated the 15th anniversary of its educational partnership with the Tallahassee Community College. The satellite campus has awarded more than 2,000 bachelor’s degrees.

  • The spring 2015 issue of FLARE: The Flagler Review took third place in the Four Year Literary Magazine of the Year category at the College Media Association’s 2014-15 Pinnacle Awards

  • Flagler College’s Proton U app, created by recent graduates to help kids undergoing proton therapy cancer treatment, took home second place at the Florida Campus Compact (FLCC) awards gala last week for its contributions to its local community. In addition, Proton U made the shortlist for an Interaction Design award by the Interaction Design Association in the “Empowering” category.

  • Flagler College is one of 27 NCAA Division II institutions nationwide, and the only one in the Peach Belt Conference, named a winner of the NCAA Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence. 

  • Flagler College announced plans for constructing a new residence hall, as well as a parking facility, on the site of former FEC Railway headquarters at the corner of King Street and Malaga Street in St. Augustine.

  • Flagler College Associate Professor of History J. Michael Butler announced his forthcoming book titled “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980” will explore the institutional forms of cultural racism that persisted well beyond the visible signs of racial integration in the 1960s.

2014 Flagler College Highlights

  • Flagler College Assistant Professor of English Judith Burdan’s lecture on the role of women in the Gilded Age aired on C-SPAN'S “American History TV.”
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  • Flagler College Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Robbins' book "Freaked" was awarded the Judge's Prize in the Elixer Press Annual Poetry Awards and will be published by Elixer.
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  • Richard Griffiths, Vice-President and Senior Editorial Director of CNN, served as the keynote speaker for Flagler College's Communication Week, which features speakers from a variety of communication industries, including advertising, public relations, journalism and film.
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  • Scholars from across the world, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, traveled to Flagler College for a conference focusing on the early history of the Franciscans in North America and the indigenous peoples they encountered.
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  • Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., spoke at the college’s Ideas and Images lecture series on the South's complicated and torturous racial history.
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  • Flagler College Athletic Director Jud Damon was presented with the 2013 NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award. The award honors a coach, administrator or staff member who possesses a demonstrated history of sportsmanship.
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  • Flagler College communication students won 15 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3. The Gargoyle, Flagler's online-only, student-run newspaper won 12 of the awards, including Best Independent Online Student Publication.
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  • Three Flagler students took home the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award at the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 2014 Human Factors and Applied Psychology Student Conference, the second year in a row the honor has been given to Flagler students.
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  • Flagler College Associate Professor of English James Wilson and Flagler Professor Emeritus Constantine Santas co-authored "The Encyclopedia of Epic Films." The book lists 250 films such as "Gone With the Wind," "The Ten Commandments," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Avatar."
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  • Three Flagler College seniors presented research on early American literature at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference, the largest of its kind in North America.
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  • Andrew Young, a United States Ambassador to the United Nations who also worked under the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, was the spring commencement speaker at Flagler College. Young has been involved in developing the college’s online Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine. 
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  • Flagler College Gargoyle students won two national awards in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence competition. The online-only newspaper won for photography and opinion/commentary writing.
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  • Flagler College President Dr. William T. Abare Jr. received the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award for lifetime guardianship of Florida's historic properties. The college also won for restoration and rehabilitation of Ponce de Leon Hall’s $2.5 million Solarium project.
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  • Flagler College Associate Professor of Art Patrick Moser had artwork selected for the 2014 Urban Explorers Festival in the Netherlands. The event is an international festival of music and new media.
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  • Flagler College Professor of Religion, Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, awarded the Dresden Senior Fellowship in the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Technische Universität, University of Dresen.
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  • Pollard Hall, the college’s 18,600 square-foot academic complex that includes nine classrooms, five offices, a television studio, and multiple common areas, opened for the Fall 2014 semester.
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  • Flagler freshman Victoria Bellucci introduces President Obama at White House summit on concussions.
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  • The Gargoyle, Flagler College’s online newspaper, won five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter’s 2014 Sunshine State Awards.
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  • The Princeton Review named Flagler College to its “The Best 379 Colleges” college guide, which includes only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
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  • Flagler College launched its new criminology major for the Fall 2014 semester.
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  • Flagler College ranked 8th on the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Colleges for Best Regional Colleges in the South.
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  • Flagler College Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program opened its American Sign Language (ASL) lab in September 2014.
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  • Flagler College collection of Tiffany stained-glass windows was featured on the Oct. 27, 2014, episode of the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.”

2013 Flagler College Highlights

  • Flagler College hosted the St. Augustine Film Festival, featuring 19 films from Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Cameroon, India and the United States.
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  • Flagler senior Nicole Del Bene interned at the summer 2013 Cannes International Film Festival in France.
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  • Ty Pennington, best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," visited Flagler's Enactus team to discuss their community initiatives.
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  • Flagler College hosted the Florida Chapters of the J. William Fulbright Association.
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  • Flagler students won 17 awards, including six first places, in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3. Fifteen of the awards were won by The Gargoyle, Flagler's online-only, student-run newspaper.
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  • The Gargoyle won two awards in the 2013 Florida College Press Association "Best Under the Sun" contest.
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  • Will Miller, a professor of public administration at Flagler College, was named an academic fellow by The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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  • Two Flagler College Gargoyle editors and an Advanced Reporting class student won national awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition, including a first place finish for opinion writing. This marks the first time a Flagler student has earned a national SPJ award.
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  • A paper written by Flagler College senior Ashley Ryan was selected as the top paper at the Pop Culture and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference at Georgia Southern University and will be included in the GSU undergraduate journal, "The Indefinite Dyad."
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  • For the third time, Flagler College won the U.S. Enactus National Championship and represented the nation at the Enactus World Cup in Cancun, Mexico. To win the national championship, Flagler Enactus beat out 150 teams including Brigham-Young University-Hawaii, Drury University and Blue Ridge Community College in the final four.
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  • Recent Flagler College graduate Frankie Lawton was named the winner of Embry-Riddle's Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award during their Human Factors and Applied Psychology Conference.
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  • The Princeton Review named Flagler College as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2014 edition of the college guide, "The Best 378 Colleges."
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  • Flagler College Assistant Professor of Communication Tracey Eaton was awarded a first-place award in feature writing by the Florida Society of News Editors for his 2012 story on Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque.
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  • Flagler Associate Professor of Political Science Art Vanden Houten’s lecture on the impact of U.S. expansion in the state of Florida aired on "American History TV," a C-SPAN series that features historical lectures by college and university professors.
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  • Flagler College unveiled the student-produced Civil Rights Library of St. Augustine, an Internet-based multimedia archive documenting the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement.
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  • Jack Daniels, an instructor in religion at Flagler College, published the book, "Gossiping Jesus: The Oral Processing of Jesus in John's Gospel."
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  • Flagler College's Communication Department launched a weekly St. Augustine television show, "Ancient City Stories," on Jacksonville's CW 17. The St. Augustine lifestyle show is shot and produced by Flagler College students.