Florida Southern alumnus receives achievement citation
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 18, 2005) - Florida Southern College honors alumnus Frederick Elmhorst, a 1984 graduate, at its Founders Day convocation April 1 at 10:10 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium on the Florida Southern campus. Elmhorst will receive the Alumni Achievement Citation, awarded to FSC alumni for excellence in a profession or endeavor.
"Florida Southern College has exceptional alumni around the world who are leaders in their professions," said Shari Szabo, director of alumni relations. "The Alumni Association proudly recognizes Rick Elmhorst as one of the best of the best during our Homecoming weekend."
Elmhorst is the weekend evening anchor for Bay News 9 in Tampa, Fla., a position he began in February. During the week, he serves as the Polk County area reporter for the news station. A native of Wisconsin, Elmhorst moved with his family to Florida when he was in high school. He became interested in communications when he took a course in radio during his junior year. In 1980, he began working at Bay area Christian radio station WCIE and continued there while earning his communication degree at Florida Southern.
During his 16-year radio career, Elmhorst also worked part-time work in television. In 1998, he moved into TV on a full-time basis, producing a weekly news magazine for the Orlando-based Charisma Magazine and then joined the staff of Bay News 9 the same year.
About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive, United Methodist college with a liberal arts core. The college maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 38 undergraduate majors and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio, provides strong student/faculty mentorship programs, boasts 24 NCAA Division II national championships, and is ranked by U. S. News and World Report as one of the top ten Southern Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is the home of the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.