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Below you will find the main Clearwater Christian College news page. Additional news items can be found under Athletics.

Kile Receives NCCAA Highest Honor

(6/13/12) At its national convention on June 1, the NCCAA recognized Emma Kile (í12) as the female recipient of the Game Plan 4 Life (GP4L) Character Award for 2011-12.

Touma Named Athletic Director

(6/6/12) Clearwater Christian College is pleased to announce Mike Touma as our new athletic director and menís basketball coach.

President's and Dean's Lists Announced for Spring 2012

(6/6/12) The Registrar's Office at Clearwater Christian College has announced the academic President's and Dean's list recipients for the 2012 spring semester.

ESS Students Volunteer at Local Hospital

(5/21/2012) Several CCC students participated in the Pinellas County Schoolsí Athletic Training Program supported by Morton Plant Mease Hospital.

Kile Inducted in CCC Hall of Fame

(5/10/12) Senior Emma Kile was inducted in the CCC Athletic Hall of Fame during a presentation in chapel on Tuesday, April 25, 2012.

College Celebrates 44th Commencement

(5/9/12) The faculty and staff of CCC are pleased to announce the successful commencement of the 85 undergraduate students of the Class of 2012.

Custer Awarded Honorary Doctorate

(5/9/2012) On Saturday, May 5, Clay Custer, Esq. was presented with a degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Honoris Causa, during the 44th Commencement Ceremony of CCC.

2011-2012 Academic Awards Announced

(5/2/12) Students from each division were chosen for awards based upon exemplary character, high academic achievements, and scholastic abilities.

Hale Selected for Prestigious Summer Internship

(4/30/12) Sophomore biology major has been accepted for a ten-week scientific internship through the SPARK academic internship program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

College Family Honors Strattons

(4/25/12) Chapel on April 24, 2012, was designated as a special recognition of Dr. and Mrs. Stratton as they prepare to leave the ministry at the conclusion of the semester.

New Major in Criminal Justice

(4/19/12) CCC announces the addition of a Criminal Justice major this fall! For more information on this new major, please visit

Students Receive Alpha Chi Academic Recognitions

(4/03/2012) On March 22-24, seniors Alicia Feliz and Lauren Johnson presented papers at Alpha Chi National Honor Society's annual convention in Baltimore, MD.

Greeley Named Soccer Coach

(4/2/12) The College is pleased to announce that 2009 CCC alumnus Sam Greeley has accepted the position of menís soccer coach.

Cougar Basketball Player Receives Award

(3/28/12) CCC is pleased to announce that men's basketball player, Tristan Shore, received the Newcomer's Award from the Christian College Sports Network (CCSN).

Volleyball Team Supports NCCAA Efforts Assisting with Outreach Ministry

(3/21/2012) On Saturday, March 17, the CCC volleyball team helped with the NCCAA's community-wide sports clinic for the Parks and Recreation Department of Palm Coast, Florida.

2012 NCCAA Nationals Update

(3/16/12) In the NCCAA II National Basketball competition last week, the CCC womenís team finished in fourth place and the menís team ended up in sixth place.

The Value of a CCC Degree

(3/12/12) Dexter Hollenbach, a 2011 ESS graduate, was accepted into a doctorate program in physical therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA for the 2012 fall semester.

Cougars Advance to National Tourney

(2/29/12) After excellent performances at the south region tournaments, both basketball teams will participate in the 2012 NCCAA II national basketball tournaments.

Education Recruiters Come to CCC

(2/24/12) On February 9-10, 2012 Clearwater Christian College hosted its 25th annual Teacher Recruitment Conference.

Reynolds Home With the Lord

(2/23/12) Mr. George W. Reynolds, building designer, former board member, financial and prayer supporter, and friend of the college, went home to be with the Lord on February 17, 2012, at the age of 90.

McLanahan Named Top Intern

(2/16/12) Senior Business and Accounting major Jon McLanahan has been named one of the top interns in the country by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Commencement Honors Recital

(2/16/12) The winners of the 2012 Commencement Honors competition have earned the privilege of performing in the highlight recital of the year on March 6, 2012.

Lady Cougars: Excellence in Studies and Sports

(2/13/12) The 2011-2012 CCC Lady Cougars volleyball team has received the Team Scholar Award from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).


(2/13/12) On February 6-9, Clearwater Christian College served as host for the annual meeting of the Associated Gospel Churches (AGC), an endorsing agent for chaplains serving in the United States Air Force.

Klems Visit Campus

(2/6/12) Dr. Jack Klem, president-elect, and his wife, Cathy, visited the Clearwater Christian College campus on January 30 and 31, 2012.

New Pianos on Campus Thanks to Generous Donations

(2/6/12) As a result of the generous donations at the Foundersí Banquet last spring, the music department was able to purchase two new pianos.

Faith Christian Wins Tournament

(1/31/12) Faith Christian from Orlando, FL defeated Cornerstone Christian from Willoughby, OH by a score of 46-42 in the 2012 CCC High School Basketball Tournament.

Lynn Commissioned in U.S. Marines

(1/31/12) Clearwater Christian College is proud to announce the graduation and commissioning of 2nd Lieutenant Christopher Lynn.

President-elect Dr. Jack Klem to Visit CCC Campus

(1/21/12) Dr. Jack Klem, president-elect, and his wife, Cathy, will be visiting the CCC campus January 30 and 31. A special feature of this visit will be the Monday, January 30, chapel service scheduled for 9:00 a.m. EST.

CCC Participates in SGIC

(1/23/12) Dr. Carl Martin, associate professor of Bible, took a group of CCC students to the 2012 Student Global Impact Conference held at Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, Michigan.

ESS Majors Present Senior Projects

(1/18/12) Three exercise and sport science majors, Niki Rougier, Luis Hernandez, and Kelly Johnson presented their senior projects.

Dr. Jack Klem: CCC's Fifth President

(1/13/12) The Board of Directors, faculty, and staff are pleased to welcome Dr. Jack Klem as the fifth president of Clearwater Christian College effective June 1, 2012.

President's and Dean's Lists Announced for Fall 2011

(1/11/12) The Registrar's Office at Clearwater Christian College has announced the academic President's and Dean's list recipients for the 2011 fall semester.

Student Publishes Article in Historical Journal

(1/6/12) Andrew Lawson, a history major from Fort McCoy, WI, recently published an article in the Vermont Northland Journal, a monthly print magazine that tells the story of Vermontís Northeast Kingdom.

Kaplan Passes CPA

(12/22/11) Bethany Kaplan, CCCís Accounting Manager, recently passed all parts of the uniform CPA exam on her first attempt! The CPA credential is a coveted recognition for those in the accounting profession.

2011-2012 Cougars Receive National Recognitions

(12/21/11) Postseason accolades from the fall athletic program at CCC included members of the men's and women's soccer teams and the volleyball team.

CCC Bell Choir Appears on FOX 13 News

(12/9/11) On Friday morning, December 9, the Clearwater Christian College Bell Choir appeared on FOX 13 ďGood DayĒ in a special holiday spotlight as part of a promotion for the Henry Plant Museum Victorian Christmas Stroll.

Israel Trip Deadline Nears

(12/2/11) Clearwater Christian College students, faculty, staff, and interested friends of the college plan to take a study tour to Israel May 7-15, 2012.

Golf Tournament Helps Scholarship Fund

(12/2/11) The 11th Annual Cougar Golf Tournament was held Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Westchase Country Club in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Draper Published in Educational Journal

(11/21/11) Dr. Mary Draper, vice president for academic affairs and professor of education, has been published in the Journal for Christian Educators.

Students Become Big Brothers and Big Sisters

(11/21/11) In conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, several Clearwater Christian College students have decided to participate to help area children who need extra encouragement to face the challenges of life.

Clearwater Volleyball Captures Sixth Consecutive NCCAA II National Championship

(11/14/11) The CCC volleyball team captured another national championship banner for the sixth straight season marking their 11th national title since 1995.

Regional Championship Food Drive

(11/14/11) CCC hosted the 2011 NCCAA Food Drive in conjunction with the South Region Volleyball and Soccer Championships.

2011-2012 Faculty Promotions

(11/9/11) Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Mary Draper, announced five faculty promotions effective with the 2011-2012 school year.

Alumni Kicks Off Basketball Season

(11/8/11) The annual alumni basketball games were held on Saturday, November 5 before a half-filled gymnasium.

Worthwhile Recognition

(11/2/11) On October 31, Mr. Robert Carver, Associate Professor of Greek and Bible, fulfilled his yearly tradition of nailing a copy of Martin Lutherís 95 Theses to his office door.

Cougars Represent at Fall Regionals

(11/2/11) The men's soccer and women's volleyball teams won the NCCAA II regional championships. The women's soccer team won second place.

Clem Boatright, First Choral Director, Home With the Lord

(10/26/11) Former CCC faculty member, Clem Boatright, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, October 23, 2011, from his home in Brevard, NC.

Alyssa's Wish

(10/5/11) On September 24, over 150 students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters participated in the Fourth Annual Miles for Hope ĎMoving Towards a Cureí Clearwater Brain Tumor Awareness Event in honor of alumna Alyssa McLanahan Stolvoort.

President's and Dean's Lists Announced for Spring 2011

(9/15/11) The Registrar's Office at Clearwater Christian College has announced the academic President's and Dean's list recipients for the 2011 spring semester.

Johnston Accepted at UF

(9/14/11) After being accepted at four different graduate school programs, Melissa Johnston (Ď11) announced she will be attending UF in Gainesville to pursue a masterís in Public Health in Epidemiology.

While You Were Out Ė Summer 2011

(9/8/11) During the summer improvements were made to the grounds and facilities including new paint, resurfacing, new stonework, and new WEPA kiosks for printing.

Christian Life Conference 2011

(9/6/11) The Christian Life Conference was held August 29-September 1. This year's speaker was Mr. J.D. Crowley and the topic was the Prodigal Son.

More Than Just Kicking a Ball

(9/5/11) On Saturday, August 20, the CCC menís soccer team participated in a demonstration at the KidZone Soccer League, an outreach program through Skycrest Baptist Church.

Dr. Easter Home With the Lord

(8/30/11) Former board member Lowell Easter went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at the age of 89.

Army Commissions Akimov

(8/29/11) 2011 CCC graduate John S. Akimov of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on July 19, 2011.

College Recognizes Faithful Service

(8/22/11) At the Faculty/Staff brunch held Monday, August 15, 2011, President Richard Stratton recognized several faculty and staff members for their years of faithful service.

VB Ministers in Costa Rica

(8/12/11) This past week ten Clearwater Christian College volleyball players along with Coaches Vickie and Lou Denny travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica to minister to a group of teenage girls in Costa Rica.

Cougar Sports Camps Conclude

(8/1/11) This summer, CCC hosted soccer, basketball, and volleyball sports camps with the purpose of instructing boys and girls in the fine-tuned details of various sports.

Lady Cougars Receive Academic Award

(7/22/11) The volleyball team received the Academic Award from the AVCA.

Youstra Receives Prestigious Award

(7/21/11) Dr. George Youstra, president emeritus and professor of history and education, was given an award by the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities for distinguished service and leadership.

CCC Hosts CEF Florida Training Conference

(6/27/11) This summer, Clearwater Christian College has had the privilege of hosting the 2011 Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Training Camp.

Father's Day Reunion

(6/21/11) CBS Tampa affiliate Channel 10 News featured Clay (í07) and Melanie (í08-Keller) Martin and their family on Fatherís Day Sunday morning upon Clay's return from the Middle East.

CCC Welcomes New Dean of Students, Todd Barton

(6/14/11) Mr. Todd Barton, recently of Baltimore, Maryland, joins the CCC staff with high recommendations as the new Dean of Students this fall semester.

CCC Receives NCCAA Presidentís Cup Award

(6/7/11) The Athletic Department of Clearwater Christian College was honored with the Presidentís Cup Award for Division II during the recent Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

CCC Team Ministers in Haiti

(5/26/11) Immediately following graduation, a team of 16 Clearwater students travelled to Haiti on a mission trip.

Presidential Update

(5/26/11) The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Stratton has agreed to remain as the president of Clearwater Christian College for the entire 2011-12 academic year, continuing in his current position through May, 2012.

Brent Kirkley Named National Pitcher of the Year

(5/26/11) Clearwater Christian College sophomore Brent Kirkley from Hamlet, NC, was recently named the 2011 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) DII National Pitcher of the Year for menís baseball.

Harding Receives Prestigious Award

(5/25/11) Senior Luke Harding from Washington, Michigan, was named the recipient of the Hank Burbridge Unlimited Potential Outstanding Christian Leadership Award.

ROTC Cadets Receive Recognition

(5/23/11) Clearwater Christian College students and ROTC cadets Cassidy Sisto and Renee Crane received prestigious recognitions at the annual military ball this spring.

Baseball Team Finishes 2nd at NCCAA DII World Series

(5/19/11) The baseball team finished 2nd in the nation, playing 6 games over 4 days and winning 2 extra-inning games at the NCCAA DII College World Series in Ohio.

Joss Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

(5/13/11) Diana Joss was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus at the 43rd Commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 7 at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

College Celebrates 43rd Commencement

(5/13/11) The faculty and staff of Clearwater Christian College are pleased to announce the successful commencement of the Class of 2011.

2010-2011 Academic Awards Announced

(5/11/11) Students from each division were chosen for the awards based upon exemplary character, high academic achievements, and scholastic abilities.

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