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  • GiveWell Grant to Benefit Dual-Enrollment Students at Local Schools, Webber University

    Ryan J Reis and Robert Connors|Updated Jul 18, 2024

    Dual-enrollment of Lake Wales Charter School students in STEM courses at Webber International University will result from a a $10,000 Impact Polk grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within GiveWell Community Foundation. The grant will provide greater access to students pursuing careers as registered nurses or occupational therapy assistants, according to Dr. Nelson Marquez, President/CEO of Webber. STEM refers to concentrations in the areas of science, technology, engineerin...

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    Approval Granted for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Webber

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    After a two-year process, Webber International University has been granted approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The University has begun accepting applications for students to start their pre-nursing coursework beginning in January of 2022. The word of approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Florida Board of Nursing was welcomed by Dr. Carol Daniel, the program's Chief Nursing...

  • Class of 2024 includes 186 Graduates at Webber International University

    Ryan Reis|Updated May 10, 2024

    Webber International University conducted its 97th commencement ceremony early this month for a graduating class of 186 students. The May 3 event took place in the Sabbagh Athletic Center on the university's campus. "We have a saying here at Webber which you'll often hear: 'The Webber Way...We Make Things Happen Here.' And all of you are witnesses to how we make things happen here," said Webber President and CEO, Dr. Nelson Marquez. "Our graduates are living proof of that."...

  • Dr. Kenneth Reaves Named Campus Provost at Webber International University

    Ryan Reis|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Webber International University recently appointed Dr. Kenneth Reaves as the new Campus Provost, who will also serve as the campus president. Dr. Reaves brings over two decades of experience in higher education and a wealth of knowledge to the institution. "We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ken Reaves to the Webber family," said Webber President/CEO Dr. Nelson Marquez. "His vast experience and commitment to excellence will undoubtedly contribute to our mission of providing a...

  • Dr. Nelson Marquez Is New Webber International University President

    Ryan Reis|Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Webber International University, located just south of Lake Wales near Crooked Lake, has a new president and CEO following action by the school's board of directors. Dr. Nelson Marquez was named during the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees on December 1, when the board unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Marquez effective that date. Dr. Marquez replaces Dr. H. Keith Wade who has served as the University's President/CEO since 2008. Dr. Marquez had served as...

  • Webber International University Dedicates New Health Sciences Facility

    Ryan J. Reis|Updated Oct 14, 2023

    A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Health Sciences Center at Webber International University drew a large crowd of students, supporters, and alumni eager to tour the facility. The Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce and EDC co-hosted the ceremony alongside the institution. The first phase of the Center is home to the University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) programs. T...

  • Idalia Leaves Heavy Rains, But No Wind Damage

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 30, 2023

    After causing a scare in the east Polk region by approaching Florida from the southwest, Hurricane Idalia behaved much as the computer models had predicted, staying well offshore of Florida's west coast before slamming into the Big Bend Area of the state as a Category Four hurricane. That course left the Lake Wales area and surrounding communities undamaged due to winds. Three times during the overnight hours tornado warnings caused alarms to sound on phones and tablets in...

  • Webber Students Earn Recognition at FBLA National Leadership Conference

    News Staff Reports|Updated Aug 24, 2023

    For the second year in a row, Webber International University's team has left the annual Future Business Leaders of America conference with a number of awards. Twelve FBLA students traveled to Atlanta to attend the FBLA Collegiate National Leadership Conference (NLC). The group was accompanied by their advisor, Associate Professor Dr. Joanne Muniz, who serves as the chair of the university's Accounting and Honors program. The freshman team of Michelina Arrigo, an IMC major,...

  • University, High School Student Sports Reporters Sought

    Tom Paulson, City Editor|Updated May 2, 2022

    Area college and high school students with a penchant for sports have an opportunity to earn some career creds by providing coverage of their favorite local teams, according to Robert Connors, managing editor of LakeWalesNews.Net. "We're eager to expand our coverage far beyond football," Connors said. "We want to cover everything from bowling to lacrosse." Baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and more are potential subject matter, he said. "Each intern is invited...

  • Webber Students Dominate Future Business Leaders of America District Competition.

    Devyn Montalvo|Updated Feb 17, 2022

    In an amazing display of business acumen, a group of Webber International University students recently swept virtually every top honor in District III Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) competitions. The group of 17 Webber International University (Webber) students and their advisor, Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. Joanne Muniz, traveled to UCF/Valencia Downtown Orlando to compete in the event, which featured 30 categories. Collectively the local...

  • Polk State Lake Wales Grows to 1,200 Students, Thanks to One Man's Efforts

    Robert Connors, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 30, 2021

    The inspiration of hard-working parents who wanted their children to have a better life has led their son to "pay it forward" by leading others to higher callings through Polk State College. Dr. Andy Oguntola is the Director of the college's Lake Wales campus in the JD Alexander Center on Central Avenue downtown. He also serves as Dean of Workforce Development for the multi-campus institution. Under his five-year watch enrollment at the local campus has grown from 600 to...

  • Daniel Williams, Lake Wales City Commission Seat 2 Candidate

    Updated Apr 1, 2021

    Editor's Note: Candidates for City Commission were asked to complete a questionnaire. Their responses are being printed as submitted. Daniel Williams Lake Wales City Commission Seat 2 Candidate Hello my name is Daniel Williams, I'm 47 years old an a native of Lake Wales, Florida. I graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1991 and went on to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. I graduated from "The Peay" in 1996 with a double major in Political Science and...

  • City Creating Master Plan for Parks, Trails, Open Spaces

    Brian Ackley, City of Lake Wales|Updated Dec 2, 2020

    City leaders are continuing to cast an eye towards improving the quality of life by approving the creation of a master plan for parks, trails and open spaces in Lake Wales. Commissioners have approved the hiring of S&ME to come up with the plan, a process that will involve a number of public workshops and meetings, and should take around 10 months to complete, according to the Orlando-based firm. "A master plan will serve as a guiding tool in order to elevate the current...

  • Heath Returns to Webber as Tennis Coach

    Updated Nov 18, 2020

    Over a decade since his last year as the Warriors' Head Tennis Coach, Trey Heath has been announced by Director of Athletics Brad Niethammer as Webber International University's Interim Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach for the upcoming 2021 season. Heath previously coached both the Warriors' men's and women's tennis programs during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. His 2007 men's team finished the year ranked No. 14 in the NAIA national rankings after advancing to the second...

  • Rotary on the Ridge Toasts New President Trey Heath

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Jul 1, 2020

    Rotary on the Ridge held its first "hybrid" meeting Monday, June 22 to install new President Trey Heath and offer thanks to outgoing President Herb Gillis. About 15 members gathered in person, while another 10 used the ZOOM platform to participate online. District 6890 Governor Kip Kipnis was installing officer for Heath, who officially becomes club president July 1. The club postponed its annual celebration and further recognition of Gillis and other members to July 22, in...

  • Rob Boggess joins Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM as new Service Manager

    Updated Jan 28, 2020

    Mike Mahalak, president of the Mahalak Auto Group recently announced that Robert Boggess has joined Lake Wales Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM as Service Manager. "We are very excited to have Rob join our award-winning service team," Mahalak said. "Rob brings over a decade of Central Florida service experience to our dealership". Boggess said service customers today have higher expectations and it's the goal of his team to meet and exceed those expectations: "I am working with the Lak...

  • Free Crooked Lake Heritage Festival Feb. 1

    Updated Jan 28, 2020

    The annual Crooked Lake Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 to celebrate the rich history of Babson Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. lakeside on the campus of Webber International University at 1201 N. Scenic Hwy. in Babson Park. The event will feature live music, family fun, food trucks, history displays and art activities. The performance schedule includes: Bok Academy steel drums, 10-10:30 a.m.; Babson Park Elementary Chorus, 10:45-11:15;...

  • Leadership Lake Wales Kicks Off 24th Year with Class Retreat

    Chevon T. Baccus APR, Executive Editor|Updated Sep 18, 2019

    Leadership Lake Wales Class 24 kicked off its 10-month program Wednesday, Sept. 18 with a class retreat at Bok Tower. The program is coordinated by the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce and EDC through its nonprofit Lake Wales Area Foundation. Class 24 has 20 members, representing various businesses, nonprofits and government agencies in the area. Alumni from some of the previous 23 groups came to meet the new class, reflect on their participation and offer suggestions on...

  • Investing in the Workforce

    Kevin Kieft, Contributing Writer|Updated Aug 7, 2019

    A significant agreement was forged in July between Polk State College and Florida Polytechnic University. The arrangement establishes the first academic pathway for students to go from Polk State to the state's only STEM-dedicated institution. This is the type of proactive, forward momentum that advances Polk education and builds our profile as a region with competitive, adaptable graduates and a workforce trained for the latest trends in employment. When companies consider...

  • Joann Martin McKenna, 1928-2019

    Updated Jul 26, 2019

    Joann Martin McKenna, 91, entered Eternal Life on Thursday, July 25 at Winter Haven Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 14, 1928 in Lake Wales. Joann graduated from Lake Wales High School, Marquette University (BA) and the University of South Florida (MA) and received a honorary PhD from Webber International University. Over the course of her career at Webber International University, formerly Webber College, she held 7 different titles including...

  • Regional Accreditor Approves 2 New Webber Degrees

    Updated Jul 24, 2019

    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC, the University's regional accreditor) approved Webber International University's applications to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Sports Performance, Health, and Fitness degrees. "We've been around for 92 years," said Dr. H. Keith Wade, the University's President and CEO. "Some of the secret to that longevity has been being very...

  • LW Arts Gala Hits High Notes

    Cassie Jacoby, Lifestyles Editor|Updated Apr 18, 2019

    The Roarin' 20s roared into life during the annual gala of the Lake Wales Arts Council, "A Night in New York," on Saturday, March 16. Men in tuxes and ladies wearing beaded gowns were transported to a 1920s New York supper club for an evening of fine dining, jazz and hobnobbing with the who's who of Lake Wales, who joined arms to form a high stepping kick line on the dance floor. The Paul Gavin Trio entertained with Gavin on drums, Palo Arencibia on piano, Michael Ross on...

  • Webber Expands Online Degrees

    Updated Apr 16, 2019

    Webber International University in Babson Park is now offering six undergraduate and three master's degree programs online. Established in 1927, Webber is a nonprofit organization accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Webber focuses on a worldwide business environment, modern business practices and entrepreneurship, but also offers more. Webber has a program that caters to the non-traditional student and offers a fully online program for...

  • Vanguard Given Big Kahuna Prize

    Cassie Jacoby, Staff Writer|Updated Apr 10, 2019

    Congratulations to "Team Planktons," winners of the third annual Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge on Saturday April 6 at Webber International University. Team members Jennifer Nanek, Richard Moody, Dan Hurst and Webber students, along with Bill Redmon at the helm, were victorious, but gave the winning prize to their competitor, The Vanguard School of Lake Wales. It's the third year for Nanek, Lake Wales city clerk, to compete in the event. "The secret to success is teamwork,...

  • Crooked Lake Heritage Festival April 6

    Updated Apr 1, 2019

    The 2019 Crooked Lake Heritage Festival will celebrate the rich history of Babson Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Webber International University. The free event includes live music, history displays, art activities, food trucks and performance by the Babson Park Elementary chorus. At 9 a.m. teams will compete in the Big Kahuna Paddle Challenge. Teams of 10-14 paddlers will race a 29-foot Voyager canoe around a buoy and back to earn the title "Big Kahuna."...

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