The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville excitedly welcomed close to 100 prospective students to the Preview Day open house event on Monday, October 10. It was a special Preview Day on the campus since it was the last one before BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, who has served as president for over 32 years, retires. The day was spent by many reminiscing over the day they were warmly welcomed to campus by Kinchen during an earlier Preview Day. Fun memories then and fun memories now as current BCF students find it a joy and privilege to help during Preview Day and walk alongside college-age students seeking the Lord’s guidance in where to continue their education.
Registration began in the BCF Wellness Center at 8:30 a.m. where prospective students received bags filled with information regarding campus life and degree opportunities. During registration, guests were able to visit exhibit booths dedicated to providing additional information on specific degree programs, mission opportunities, collegiate disaster relief, financial aid, student life activities, intramural sports, and other resources such as the library, writing center, and computer lab. In addition to visiting the exhibit booths, there was a fall themed photo booth where visitors could take photos with friends and family members and as one person stated, “If you didn’t take a picture, it just didn’t happen.”
After registration, guests were welcomed by Kinchen and Student Life and Marketing Director Sandra Richards. Kinchen presented several $500 scholarships to prospective students starting the morning off with the anticipation of all of the surprises ahead. Guests were then invited to the historic R. G. Lee Chapel for a time of praise and worship that showcased the extremely talented BCF Music and Worship Division and an inspirational message from Kinchen, “Be strong and courageous…”
Following the chapel service, guests enjoyed classroom visits in music, teacher education, psychology, business leadership, missions and theology, dual enrollment, and financial aid. The meetings were designed specifically to provide detailed information relating to academic interests and career choices, and explore possibilities for financial assistance.
BCF provided lunch for prospective students and their guests in the campus dining facility, the Deese Center. During lunch, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal and enjoyed a time of fellowship interacting with current students and listening to the upbeat sound of the BCF Jazz Band (was that really Dr. Richards playing the washboard?). Following the meal, visitors were given the opportunity to tour student housing with the BCF Resident Assistants (RA’s).
The day concluded with a volleyball game challenge between the faculty/staff team and winners of the student intramural championship. Ultimately the student team was victorious over the faculty/staff team. The day wrapped up as several additional scholarships were presented and many prospective students took advantage of the waived application fee. As prospective students and their families prepared to leave, Richards expressed her deep appreciation for them coming and closed with a word of prayer.
For more information on the college that is “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®” or to learn about future Preview Days, please call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.
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