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Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College
Motto Lux Sapientia Lex
(Latin: "Light, Wisdom, Law")
Established 1883
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment US $55 million (2011)[1]
President Anne B. Kerr
Academic staff
116 [2]
Students 2,334
Undergraduates 2,200
Postgraduates 134
Location Lakeland, Florida, U.S.
Campus 100 acres (0.4 km²)
Colors Scarlet and White         
Nickname Moccasins

Florida Southern College (commonly referred to as Florida Southern, Southern or FSC) is a private college located in Lakeland, Florida, United States. In 2013, the student population at FSC consisted of 2,200 undergraduate students along and 134 graduate students with 116 full-time faculty members. The college offers 50 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs as well as graduate programs for nursing, business, and education.[2]

Florida Southern is the home of the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.[3] For its 2011 and 2012 rankings, The Princeton Review selected Florida Southern's campus as the most beautiful in the country.[4][5]

Florida Southern has won 28 national titles in NCAA Division II competition in several sports, most notably baseball, golf, swimming, and basketball. The college’s official mascot is Mocsie the water moccasin, but they are also referenced by their nickname, the Mocs.[6] The official colors of the college and its athletic teams are scarlet and white.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture 2.1
    • Residential life 2.2
  • Academics 3
    • Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise 3.1
    • School of Arts and Sciences 3.2
      • Biology 3.2.1
      • Fine arts 3.2.2
  • Athletics 4
  • Student life 5
    • Convocation 5.1
    • Greek life 5.2
      • Fraternities 5.2.1
      • Sororities 5.2.2
    • Student organizations 5.3
  • Florida Southern College in Media 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Florida Southern is the oldest four-year private college in the state of Florida. The college was first founded as South Florida Institute in Orlando, Florida in 1883, and moved to nearby Leesburg in 1885.[7][8] Some historians argue that the college’s formal establishment occurred when it was sponsored by the United Methodist Church following the move to Leesburg in 1885. The college moved to Sutherland (now Palm Harbor) in 1901, and changed its name to Southern College in 1906. Due to fires in the early 1920s, it was temporarily relocated to Clearwater Beach and then finally moved to its current location in Lakeland in 1922. In 1935 it was renamed Florida Southern College by the college’s board of trustees.[9]


The present campus comprises 70 buildings on 113 acres of land and is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.[10] The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district due to the historical significance of its buildings.[11] In 2012, the college became a part of the National Historic Landmarks of the United States.[12] In 2011 and 2012, it was selected as the most beautiful campus in America by The Princeton Review.[4][13] In September 2011, Travel+Leisure listed it as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States and noted that it was put under watch by the World Monument Fund as an endangered cultural site.[14]

The college has undergone many changes to its infrastructure in the last few years. Florida Southern commissioned Robert A. M. Stern, the dean of Yale's architecture program,[12] to lead their large expansion efforts in 2005.[15] Stern is an accomplished American architect who won the Driehaus Architecture Prize in 2011. The Stern-designed Barnett Residential Life Center was completed in 2009.[16] The complex includes Nicholas and Wesley Halls, and houses up to 235 students in lake-view rooms designed to complement Frank Lloyd Wright's existing architecture on campus.[17] Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker bestowed to the school $1.5 million to construct a technology center in 2008. The 4,000 sq.ft. Rinker Technology Center opened in March 2010.[18] According to Stern, his new buildings are intended to "honor Wright's historic legacy while putting my own mark on the campus by complimenting, not copying, Wright."[15] Stern also designed the Robert E. Christoverson Humanities and the Becker Business Building.[19]

In addition to improving the campus proper, FSC also expanded outwardly by acquiring properties in adjacent neighborhoods. The college acquired the Lake Hollingsworth Apartments and Lake Morton Apartments which are about a 12-minute walking distance from campus.[20] In 2011, the school bought, renovated, and furnished Lake Morton Apartments for $5.7 million.[21] As part of the Pathway to its Independence Program, upperclassmen and graduate students who are in good standing may be invited to live at this location.[22]

Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Frank Lloyd Wright was an influential architect of the twentieth century. In 1938, the Florida Southern College president, Dr. Ludd M. Spivey, approached Wright with the task of transforming the 100-acre lakeside orange grove into a modern campus.[23] The collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College is called Child Of The Sun. The name for the architecture came from Wright’s idea of removing the "uninspired" buildings of the pre-existing campus and replacing them with a campus that would, according to Wright, "grow out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun."[23] The works by Wright include the following:[10]

  • Annie Pfeiffer Chapel – First completed Frank Lloyd Wright building, begun 1938, dedicated 1941, French-door balconies restored in 2007
  • Buckner Building (originally the Roux Library) – begun 1942, completed 1946
  • Ordway Building (originally the Industrial Arts Building) – begun 1950, completed 1952
  • Danforth Chapel – begun 1954, completed 1955
  • Polk County Science Building (commonly known as Polk Science) – begun 1952, completed 1958
  • Watson Fine Building (administration building) – begun 1946, completed 1949
  • Water Dome – partially completed 1949, fully completed and restored in 2007 to Wright's original plans
  • Three Seminars or The L A Raulerson Building (currently the Business Office) – begun 1940, completed 1942, and underwent renovations into one office building in 1958
  • The Esplanades – various completion times, currently undergoing restoration around the campus
  • Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, also known as the Usonian House, a visitor center and exhibition space being constructed according to Wright's 1939 designs for faculty housing

Residential life

Residence Halls

  • Allan Spivey (first-year, men)
  • Joseph Reynolds (first-year, women)
  • Hollis
  • Miller
  • Dell
  • Jenkins
  • Publix Commons (includes all sorority houses and most fraternity houses)
  • Wesley Hall (first completed building of the Barnett Residential Life Center, completed Fall 2008)
  • Nicholas Hall (second building of the Barnett Residential Life Center, completed Fall 2009)
  • Colony Arms Apartment
  • Lake Morton Apartment
  • Lake Hollingsworth Apartment


Florida Southern College has over 50 undergraduate majors in a variety of disciplines and offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At the graduate level, the school offers the degrees Master of Business Administration, Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctoral in Educational Leadership.[2] Florida Southern College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Florida Southern uses the learning style of engaged learning, in which the college incorporates engaging, hands-on experiences in every academic program.[24] Florida Southern College was awarded the William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education in 2010.[25]

Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise

In 2011, the College announced an undisclosed contribution from Carol Jenkins Barnett ('79) in honor of her husband, Barney Barnett ('65). The funds would be used to establish the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise. This gesture came shortly after Richard W. "Bill" Becker ('65) gifted $5 million to the School for the construction of a new undergraduate business building. Construction of the Becker Undergraduate Business Building and the Graduate and Executive Building was scheduled to begin late 2012 or early 2013. Like the Barnett Residential Life Center, these two buildings were also to be designed by architect Robert A. M. Stern[26]

Undergraduate students at the Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise study in one of five programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance and Economics, Healthcare Administration, or Political Economy. The School also allows students to focus on career tracks in Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management. The Barnett School also offers the Master of Business Administration to full-time students in its 16-month accelerated program, as well as part-time students in the form of evening and Saturday classes. The Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise was accredited by AACSB-International in 2013.[27]

School of Arts and Sciences

There are five primary disciplines within the school: communications, fine and performing arts, humanities, natural science and mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences. The school features a combination of traditional programs and interdisciplinary studies that includes the opportunity for students to design their own major through the "Venture into Adventure" program.[28] The Citrus Science program has the nation’s only citrus bachelor's degree program, including courses taught by industry leaders.[29]


The Division of Biology offers the Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB; in conjunction with the Division of Chemistry), Environmental Studies and Marine Biology. Research courses are required, giving students the opportunity to investigate, compile data and present their results at the semiannual Department of Natural Sciences Poster Competition.

Fine arts

The music department offers programs for degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music in performance, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science in Music Management. The department maintains several large ensembles, including the wind ensemble, symphony band, jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra, and several choral groups. Each large ensemble is featured in concert at least once every semester through the Festival of Fine Arts. Smaller chamber ensembles include the flute choir, clarinet choir, saxophone choir, horn choir, trumpet choir, trombone choir, tuba choir, cello choir, viola choir, percussion ensemble, and vocal chamber ensemble. The opera theater usually produces one fully staged opera every academic year in collaboration with the Imperial Symphony Opera. The music faculty is a group of accomplished performers and teachers, who over the years have been joined by internationally acclaimed performers like Beverly Wolff[30] and Robert MacDonald.[31]

The theater department puts on five main-stage shows a year in the Buckner Theater, including two musicals. A musical theatre major was added in Fall 2013. The College's Festival of Fine Arts is the longest-running theater and musical performance in Polk County and has hosted world-renowned artists Kathleen Battle, André Watts, I Musici di Roma, Jennifer Larmore, Sylvia McNair, and The Munich Symphony Orchestra.


Florida Southern Mocs logo

Florida Southern's athletic teams are known as the Moccasins, often shortened to Mocs. Prior to 1926, Florida Southern athletes were known as the Southerners. The official colors are scarlet and white, though athletes sport red, white, and blue uniforms. Florida Southern is a NCAA Division II institution, the college's athletic teams participate in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Florida Southern has won 28 NCAA Division II championships. In 2015, the Men's Basketball team won the NCAA Division II national championship in Evansville, IN, with Kevin Capers named tournament MVP as well as first team all-American.[32]

Student life

As of 2015, Florida Southern College's student population consisted of 2,234 students, of which 2,200 were undergraduate students.[2] The college offers a number of ways to participate in student life options including fraternities, sororities, student organizations and honor societies.


Students are required to attend the monthly Convocation, held in the Branscomb Auditorium. Past speakers include: Conservationist Jeff Corwin, Herbert Fisk Johnson III of S. C. Johnson, Jamie Tworkowski of To Write Love on Her Arms, New York Times' best-selling author Da Chen, and author-businessman Stephen Covey.[33]

Greek life



Student organizations

The college has over 80 student organizations on campus, including: Delta Omicron (Chapter Alpha Phi, International Professional Music Fraternity), Southern Heat (Dance Team), Interlachen (Yearbook), The Southern (Newspaper), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Fraternity), Psi Chi (Psychology Fraternity), Sigma Rho Epsilon (Religious Community Service Fraternity), Theta Chi Beta (Gimel Chapter, Religion Honorary), and Phi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity, International). FSC also has a number of Campus Ministries such as: Beyond, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Newman Club (former Catholic campus ministry), Sandwich Ministry (ministry to the homeless community), Upper Room Ministries, and Wesley Fellowship (United Methodist Campus Ministry).[34]

Florida Southern College in Media

The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Esplanades, and the Hindu Gardens appeared in an episode of seaQuest DSV, an American science fiction television series.[35] The Florida Southern campus was also featured in the Adam Sandler movie, The Waterboy (in particular, the medulla oblongata scene, which was filmed in Edge Hall).[36] Characters from the webcomic Shotgun Shuffle are shown enrolled in the school and feature drawings of buildings from the campus.[37]

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include athletes such as Major League outfielder Matt Joyce, first baseman Lance Niekro, pitcher Rob Dibble, and pitcher Brett Tomko,[38] as well as professional golfers Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate. Numerous leaders of the citrus industry also attended FSC, including inductees of the Citrus Hall of Fame like C. D. Atkins.[39]

See also


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  17. ^ "Robert A.M. Stern Architects - Barnett Residential Life Center". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
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  19. ^ McMullen, Cary (February 14, 2013). "Ground Broken for State-of-the-Art Becker Business Building". FSC News. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  20. ^ Toothman, Mary (September 15, 2012). "Florida Southern Buys More Apartments for Student Housing". The Ledger. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  21. ^ Toothman, Mary (August 17, 2011). "Former Lake Morton Apartments Are Turned Into FSC Student Housing". The Ledger. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Former Lake Morton Apartments Are Turned Into FSC Student Housing". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  23. ^ a b Merken, Geraldine (November 26, 1988). "Florida Southern College Going to the Wright school". The Globe and Mail (Canada). 
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  25. ^ "William M. Burke Presidential Award Winners". National Society for Experiential Education. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
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  29. ^ "Citrus". Florida Southern College. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  30. ^ "About Beverly Wolff". MTV. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  31. ^ Newborn, Steve (September 9, 2013). "Renowned Pianist, Florida Southern College's Robert MacDonald Dies at 83". WUSF News. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Student life: Convocation" Florida Southern College
  34. ^ "Student Life". Florida Southern College. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  35. ^ Namey, Rick (August 13, 1995). "Cattle Call On The Seaquest". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  36. ^ Stuewe, Bob (February 6, 2011). "County Made Cameos in Several Feature-Length Films". The Ledger. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Shotgun Shuffle Archive". Shotgun Shuffle. February 16, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Florida Southern College Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball Almanac Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Cedric Donald "C.D." Atkins (1913 - 2000)". Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 

External links

  • Florida Southern College website
  • Florida Southern College athletics website
  • World Monuments Watch Listing for Florida Southern College
  • Roux Library website

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