on folklore of Florida Southern College
LAKELAND, Fla. (May 13,
2003) - Dr. Alexander M. Bruce, FSC assistant professor of English
and assistant dean for academic affairs, has published a book entitled
"The Folklore of Florida Southern College" (Aventine Press, March
2003). The book explores some of the oral history, rumors, and legends
passed down from one generation to the next within the FSC community.
Bruce gathered the collection of stories from alumni, faculty, and
staff over a three-year period. The tales range from the years of
Ludd Spivey's presidency and the Frank Lloyd Wright construction
through the present. "These stories help make this community," says
Bruce. "They're fun to read in their own right, and I think people
will enjoy seeing the connections between generations."
Using his work on the book for a student/faculty research project
last summer, Bruce mentored FSC students Rosalie Lathers and Bradley
Serata as they recorded and typed many narratives and organized
data. Lathers, a senior music education major, is the daughter of
Glen Lathers of Tampa, Fla. and Cheryl Lathers. Serata, a 2003 graduate,
majored in criminology and sociology. He is the son of Robert and
Judith Serata of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bruce began his formal study of folklore as a graduate student at
The University of Georgia. After earning his doctoral degree from
UGA in English, he joined the faculty of FSC in 1998 and began collecting
the narratives told across the campus. Bruce has published essays
on topics ranging from medieval literature to pedagogy to folklore
as well as the book "Scyld and Scef: Expanding the Analogues" (Routledge,
"Folklore" is available from the FSC bookstore at (863) 680-4186
and alumni office at (863) 680-4110 as well as from on-line booksellers.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.