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Founders Day debuts new alma mater

Sep 26, 2018

“On this day in 1968 Flagler College had its very first class,” said President Joseph G. Joyner as he welcomed students, staff, faculty, and members of the alumni board and Board of Trustees to the Founders Day kick-off coffee break event.

He then thanked Assistant Professor of English Craig Woelfel and Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Voice Kip Taisey – the two authors of "Here We Stand, Together" – the new alma mater unveiled at the Founders Day event. The Flagler College Choir, directed by Taisey, performed the song for the first time in public.

The result of collaboration, the conversation started on campus and one day Taisey and Woelfel just ran with it. “I know that it sparked a kind of natural desire in me to have a song that the school could share together, and that music could be something that builds in us a sense of community,” explained Woelfel.

Their inspiration continued from there. The poem Associate Professor of English Liz Robbins wrote in celebration of the president’s inauguration only seven months ago played a part. “I was very honored when Craig wrote to me and asked to borrow a bit from the Inaugural poem, which begins, ‘Here we stand, together / on the sands of the Atlantic.’”

Over the years, versions of an alma mater had been proposed, but nothing substantial enough to be made official. What everyone was looking for was something unique to Flagler, not a generic song that if different school colors or a different school name were inserted, it could essentially be sung in praise of any school.

Already on the day of its debut, many agree this song accomplishes that intention for uniqueness with an homage to “Old St. Augustine” and standing in the footsteps of Henry Flagler. “I believe ‘Here We Stand Together’ perfectly represents Flagler's legacy and future: all of us striving in unique ways to contribute to and serve the Flagler family,” said Robbins.

Now official, the song can be sung at college functions, formal occasions and ceremonies as well as athletic events.

Singing of the alma mater 

HERE WE STAND, TOGETHER

HERE WE STAND, TOGETHER,

WHERE SANDS MEET WITH THE SEA.

AND PASTS MEET WITH THE FUTURE

IN OLD ST. AUGUSTINE.

HERE WE STAND TOGETHER,

TO MAKE THIS PROMISE TRUE:

TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, TO SERVE,

TO BUILD, AND TO RENEW.

HOPE IS OUR TRACK FORWARD.

AND LOVE OUR BRIDGE BETWEEN.

OUR LEGACY IS BUILDING

THE FLAGLER FAMILY.

HERE WE STAND, TOGETHER,

WHERE HENRY FLAGLER STOOD,

TO HAIL OUR ALMA MATER,

TO SEEK THE COMMON GOOD.

WE HAIL OUR ALMA MATER,

AND SEEK THE COMMON GOOD.

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