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September 1, 2010

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New BCF students jump in feet first at a pool party sponsored by BCF's Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

Over 200 students arrived at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) on August 12 for new student orientation which began at 8 a.m. For the on-campus students, their day involved moving into the dorm, meeting with advisors, attending a praise and worship service, eating lunch with faculty members, getting student ID cards and vehicle decals, and registering for classes.

Senior Vice President R.C. Hammack's administrative assistant Judy Fullington shared the following poem which described in part what it was like on the BCF campus during orientation: "Reflections on Orientation Day"

I took a walk today across the lawn, of this special place we all call home.
There were smiling faces, excitement too, hope filled hearts, things to do.
Get your packet, fellowship with new friends; listen to instructions, again and again!
Grab a snack and be on your way, to the next session, what will they say?
New Students are here, laughter abounds, talking, yelling, such happy sounds.
Underneath this expectation, this joy and thrill, is a feeling they know--that they never will,
Be like they were before they came, it's a different world, a whole different game.
But having once stood where they now stand, I know they'll be a better woman or man.
God walks this campus from end to end, He's always there as comforter or friend.
Homesickness may come, tears may fall, but He'll take care of you one and all.
Professors and staff, reach out to you, to help you with all that you need to do.
So welcome to the campus of BCF, the best place to be to discover yourself.
We're glad you're here, we're glad you came, and when you leave you won't be the same.

Filled with excitement, wonder, determination, and many questions, over 600 students began classes August 16. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen greeted students the first week of chapel services with a challenging three day sermon series entitled, "Where's the Beef?" Kinchen encouraged students to examine their relationship with God by asking, "Are you a beefy believer or a fluffy bun Baptist? The world is looking for you and me to be different!" During all three services, Kinchen strongly encouraged BCF students to show the world that the beef is in how Christians love one another, serve everyone, and worship their Savior.

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen encourages students during the first week of chapel.