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Florida students, staff, faculty say goodbye to the Eubanks

Students wrote a parody number about the Eubanks' to the tune of "Piano Man" called "Lead Us Along Dr. Eubanks"

Students wrote a parody number about the Eubanks to the tune of “Piano Man,” called “Lead Us Along Dr. Eubanks”

EDITORS NOTE: Royal Scribe Reporter Christian Arnold experienced first-hand many of the events surrounding the departure of Dr. David and Margaret Eubanks from Johnson University Florida. In his report, he shares personal perspective on the impact the couple had at the campus. 

KISSIMMEE —  A portrait of Dr. David Eubanks, and his wife Margaret hangs in the halls of Johnson University Florida. A similar portrait hangs at the Johnson University Tennessee campus. Both portraits remind students, staff and faculty of the years of leadership, sacrifice and love  the pair has showered on both campuses.

On Monday, after two-and-a-half-years working at JUFL, Dr. Eubanks and Mrs. Margaret left Florida to go back to their home in Tennessee.
Dr. Eubanks’ work here, and on the Tennessee campus, has been pivotal in the process of transitioning Florida Christian College into Johnson University Florida, and merging  the two campuses into one university.
 “My dream and vision for Johnson University is that they fulfill their mission: ‘To extend the Kingdom of God among all nations,'” Dr. Eubanks said.

A few weeks ago at JUFL Roundup, the Eubanks were sent off the Johnson University Florida way. Students performed a musical number, written just for the Eubanks, titled “Lead Us Along Dr. Eubanks.”

Also, the couple was presented with a caricature made especially for them entitled “Johnson University Florida Duck and Gator Farm,” and were presented with a certificate for a lifetime of free meals at the Catfish Place, one of Dr. Eubanks’ favorite restaurants.

The student body was also able to show their appreciation for the Eubanks at last week’s chapel service. At the end of the service  Tuesday, the Johnson University Florida Student Government Association presented the Eubanks with a special thank you card from the whole student body.

 As the Eubanks made their way up to the stage, the whole student body stood up and gave them a round of applause to express their appreciation and display their love.
Many Johnson University Florida students, faculty and staff have expressed that they are so thankful for the time they have been able to spend with the Eubanks.
Their presence on the campus has been so refreshing and JUFL will miss seeing them here.
The Eubanks were delighted to Dr. Chambers knew the owner of their favorite restaurant in St. Cloud and had gotten them lifetime free meals

The Eubanks were delighted to hear that Dr. Mike Chambers knew the owner of their favorite restaurant in St. Cloud and that he procured them a  lifetime of free meals at the Catfish Place.

No longer will Mrs. Margaret be seen bicycling around campus or playing basketball in the gym. No longer will Dr. Eubanks be spotted walking around the soccer field and exercising.

Students will miss going over to their apartment for Mrs. Margaret’s famous Baked Alaska, or seeing Dr. Eubanks walking around campus with his iconic fedora and umbrella.
But most importantly, the campus body will miss the love that the Eubanks have exemplified here on this campus.
The entire Johnson University family is thankful for the work of Dr. and Mrs. Eubanks. The Florida family misses the Eubanks already and they eagerly await their return.
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JUFL’s IJM Chapter takes awareness to community

The group walked along 192, one of the busiest roads in Osceola County.

KISSIMMEE — JUFL students joined together Saturday morning to walk 2.5 miles, taking a message against modern-day slavery into the local community.

This was the second time JUFL’s chapter of the International Justice Mission has taken part in the Walk for Freedom.

Walk for Freedom is a worldwide event hosted by The A21 Campaign. This year, there were hundreds of walks occurring in 25 different countries.

Even though these walks take place spread out around the world, they are all united for one cause — abolishing slavery in the 21st century.

During the walk in Kissimmee, students talked to people as they passed and capture the attention of cars who passed the group.

Some cars honked their horns and waved their hands in support of the walk, while others were consistently turning their gaze between the road and the signs to gain perspective on the issue.

Campus Chapter President Sara Ann Lewis talked with some high school students outside of a local gas station along the walk.

“Even though we were a relatively small group compared to other walks that took place, I still feel like we were able to make an impact in the awareness of human trafficking in Kissimmee,” said Bethany Tison, one of the walk participants.

The group consisted of students from the school, individuals from the local area, and Dr. David Eubanks.

This event marks the second event hosted by the IJM/Rapha House Campus Chapter this year. Next on the agenda, is a fundraising event, Work4Freedom, which will take place in February.

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Fall has Flung at Johnson University Florida

Dr. Chambers and Dr. Eubanks set up the Fall Fling announcement under the veil of a security meeting.

Dr. Chambers and Dr. Eubanks set up the Fall Fling announcement under the veil of a security meeting.

KISSIMMEE — Thursday was Fall Fling at Johnson University Florida. Fall Fling is a Florida campus tradition since the inception of the campus as Central Florida Bible College.

Fall Fling is an event once a year during the fall semester at Johnson University Florida when there are no classes or schoolwork due that day. During Fall Fling, the Senior Class plans different activities and meals for the whole campus community.

But here’s the catch about Fall Fling: None of the students know when it is except for the senior class. Therefore during the fall semester, everyone is waiting in anticipation for Fall Fling.

One of the highlights about Fall Fling is how it is announced. Throughout the years, there have been various methods employed to announce Fall Fling: Going into the students’ rooms and waking them up by running chainsaws (without the chains), driving hovercrafts through the lawn, having the fire department come with fire trucks and wake everyone up, etc…

This year, to announce Fall Fling, an emergency security meeting was called by Dr. Michael Chambers and Dr. David Eubanks in the gym late on Wednesday night. When the students arrived, Chambers talked about security issues in the area over the past few weeks, then handed the microphone over to Eubanks for a “special announcement.”

Many of the students were then wondering what was going to happen next.Eubanks drew in the students by saying there was something he had been thinking about a lot for the last few weeks.

Students sat in a daze of confusion and excitement as the confetti cannons shot off around them to inaugurate this year's Fall Fling

Students sat in a daze of confusion and excitement as the confetti cannons shot off around them to inaugurate this year’s Fall Fling

“There is just no other way to tell you about what is happening other than…. Fall Fling!, ” Eubanks told the students.

Immediately after he said this, confetti cannons went off from the senior class officers, music started blaring from the speakers, and students were yelling and getting excited that Fall Fling had finally arrived!

Tara Olender (Senior Class Secretary), Cassie Pack (Senior Class President), Christian Arnold (Senior Class Treasurer), and Greg Wasden (Senior Class Vice-President) celebrate the kick-off of their much anticipated Fall Fling

Tara Olender (Senior Class Secretary), Cassie Pack (Senior Class President), Christian Arnold (Senior Class Treasurer), and Greg Wasden (Senior Class Vice-President) celebrate the kick-off of their much anticipated Fall Fling

The Senior Class Officers then rushed to the front of the students to tell them about the day. The Senior Class announced that this year was the 40th Fall Fling, and they wanted Fall Fling to be the best day ever for the students, therefore the theme of Fall Fling this year would be “Carpe Diem” or “Seize the Day”.

Fall Fling this year was a day when both students and professors were able to relax from their classes, and to enjoy fellowshipping with one another as a campus community and more importantly, as the body of Christ.