The ‘2010 Summer’ Category

Students follow in the footsteps of Allied Victory in World War II

On June 6, 41 Flagler students, along with history professors Michael Butler and Wayne Riggs, crossed the English Channel on the 66th anniversary of the D-Day invasion when thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

It was part of a two-week study-abroad trip through Europe that followed the path of Allied forces from England to the liberation of Berlin. The trip hit especially close to home for senior art major Mary Harvey. Both of her grandfathers fought in World War II, including one who landed in Normandy.

Harvey blogged throughout the trip, and you can read more about her experience at

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Documentary filmmaker travels to Haiti to chronicle earthquake’s aftermath

It opens with the sound of lapping waves and shots of a serene, glassy bay. Colorful sheets are laid out on the beach. People walk beneath swaying palms. A child strolls along the sand. A man works on a fishing net by the shore. A boy in a striped shirt stands with arms crossed, staring into the camera.

And you have to wait for it — half an agonizing minute — before you finally get what you know is coming: scenes of destruction from the magnitude 7 earthquake that tore apart Haiti in January.

Flagler student receives full scholarship to Harvard

It’s off to Harvard for Flagler student Katherine Wrisley, who received a full scholarship to Harvard Divinity School, along with a Presidential Scholarship that will cover $10,000 of her living expenses.

Wrisley has several other accomplishments under her belt as well. Not only did she maintain a 4.0 grade point average, but her paper, “Optimistically Embracing Creation,” was published in the January/March 2009 issue of “The Cord, a Franciscan Spirituality Journal.”

Wrisley said a class called The Gospel According to St. Francis, taught by Dr. Timothy Johnson, professor of religion and chair of liberal studies at Flagler College, changed the way she views theology.

Flagler names new Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Flagler College has appointed Mark Whittaker to serve as vice president of institutional advancement. Whittaker comes to Flagler from Stetson University College of Law where he held the position of vice president for college relations. He was also vice president for university relations at Stetson University in Deland for 15 years.

Whittaker has extensive experience in higher education fundraising, having served in senior-level development positions at Stetson, Hollins University, Rhodes College and Sweet Briar College. He has considerable experience in capital campaigns, comprehensive development programs, alumni relations, planned giving, special events, marketing and communications, and government relations.

Super Shoot

Knotts, ‘04, photographs Super Bowl for

Without a football program, the likelihood of a Flagler alum standing on the field at a Super Bowl is always going to be pretty low — unless, of course, you’re Perry Knotts, ‘04. As a photographer, he’s already been there twice.

Freelancing for, the St. Augustine photographer was on-hand when the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in South Florida this past February. He also worked at the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa. Flagler College Magazine talked to Knotts about his experience at football’s biggest game:


Alumnus attempts to make sense of college debt

After hitting the hard reality of post-graduation debt, alumnus Logan Abrams, ‘03, decided he would not only figure out how to manage the financial burden, but also write about its impact.

“Debt-U: How Higher Education Breeds a Lifestyle of Debt” is Abrams’ attempt to make sense of how college students are racking up debt without even realizing it.

Abrams’ interest in the subject of debt and finance started in college when he realized he and his classmates had no personal finance education throughout high school. Abrams, like most college students, was making financial decisions without understanding the consequences of his actions.

Passing the Torch

Long-time Flagler Trustees Retire from Board

Lawrence Lewis would be proud.

Back in 1971, Lewis, the founder of Flagler College, hand-picked two energetic community leaders, John D. Bailey Sr. and Frank Upchurch Jr., to take seats on the college’s fledgling Board of Trustees. Ten years later, the board welcomed the addition of Lewis’ daughter, Louise Foster. This year the three trustees, who have given a combined 107 years of service and leadership to Flagler, have retired from the board.

From St. Augustine to Hollywood

Alum lands job on hit show ‘Glee’

For St. Augustine native Mark Bailey Jr., ‘08, it was a huge jump from his small hometown to Hollywood.

But that leap of faith has paid off for the alumnus, who is now a production assistant on Fox’s hit show “Glee” and working at Paramount Pictures.

Flagler shows up on NBC’s ‘Chuck’ … as an Italian villa

Did you catch it? A brief scene on NBC’s action-comedy “Chuck” that included a photo of Flagler College’s Ponce Hall — the centerpiece of the campus and a National Historic Landmark.

It was the March 29 episode titled “Chuck Versus the American Hero,” and it popped up about three and a half minutes into the show when Chuck, now a member of the CIA, journeys to Washington, meets with a general for orders and is given a dossier with his next mission. The location: an Italian villa that is played by a picture of the Ponce.

SAM Wins Again

Society for Advancement of Management team earns ninth national title

The case: help one of the world’s leading digital mapping companies navigate the growing, but treacherous landscape of personal GPS systems.

That’s what Flagler’s chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) did to win its ninth Management Case Competition title in April.

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