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March 11, 2013

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen enjoys visiting with prospective students and poses for a picture with Izzy, BCF's Eagle Mascot.

On March 8, over 140 prospective students and guests converged on the Graceville campus of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) to get a glimpse of what college life is like for BCF students. Some were visiting for the very first time, and one family drove over 450 miles from Fort Pierce, Fla., just to be a part of the activities of the day.

Early that morning, BCF students and members of the Missouri volunteer group decorated tables, greeted visitors, hung welcome banners, blew up balloons, and compiled information bags to provide to potential students as they arrived.

Excitement was in the air as registration began inside the newly renovated Wellness Center at 9 a.m. Visitors were given a warm-hearted welcome and invited to explore all of the various exhibit displays put together by faculty, students, and staff members. The exhibits offered guests information on degree programs, housing, campus activities, mission opportunities, intramural sports, campus ministries, financial aid, computer access, and all of the support resources available to students attending BCF. Professors were available to answer questions about specific classes and course requirements, and a photo-booth was set up in the Wellness Center where visitors could take fun photos with Izzy, BCF's Eagle Mascot, or with their family and friends to remember the special day.

Prospective students had the opportunity to visit one of four classroom events: music and worship, theology and missions, Christian counseling, and teacher education, or participate in a financial aid seminar led by the BCF Financial Aid Office and Business Affairs.

Guests were then invited to the R. G. Lee Chapel for a time of worship. Members of the BCF Music and Worship Division delighted worshippers with an inspirational hour of musical praise and worship led by BCF student Shawn Smith. The College Choir, Orchestra, Praise Team, and Male Chorale performed special music before an encouraging word of welcome from BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen. "God has a plan for each and every person," stated Kinchen. "If His plan for you includes attending BCF, and we pray that it does, we'll do everything we can to get you here." Kinchen acknowledged that we may not always know exactly what God is doing in us or through us, "but God knows where we are and what He wants to do in the lives of those who are following Him."

After a time of worship, campus visitors enjoyed lunch and fellowship around the gazebo in the warm sunshine, listening to the soothing sound of the BCF Jazz Band, led by Professor Ron Branning. BCF Resident Directors (Dormitory RD's) then led students on tours of the housing facilities while BCF Admissions Counselors Barol Bailey and Samantha Fann guided groups on a walking tour around the campus. Following the tours, everyone gathered one last time for a challenge game led by Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) Director Ashley Fredryk and a drawing for two five hundred dollar scholarships which were awarded to Leah Alligood from New Port Richie, Fla., and Jordan Johnson from Pensacola, Fla.

Around 30 prospective students submitted their applications to BCF on Preview Day and had their application fee waived. Find BCF on Facebook and browse through the photo booth pictures and make plans to attend Fall 2013 Preview Day November 1st.

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Prospective students enjoying a time of food and fellowship around the gazebo at The Baptist College of Florida.