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Jul 24

USF Sararasota-Manatee Announces Interim Regional Chancellor

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Trail

Terry A. Osborn, USF Sarasota-Manatee regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, will serve as interim regional chancellor effective August 1. Arthur M. Guilford will be stepping down from his position as regional chancellor effective July 31 and retiring as of January, 2015. A national search is currently underway for Guilford’s successor, chaired by Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor of USF St. Petersburg.

Osborn’s interim position will ensure a smooth transition for USF Sarasota-Manatee when the new regional chancellor is named by USF System President Judy Genshaft and takes office at a date yet-to-be-determined. “We are excited about welcoming back our faculty and students to the fall semester beginning August 25 and are committed to providing all of our stakeholders with a seamless changeover to our new administration,” said Osborn. “Until that time, it is my honor to serve as Dr. Guilford steps down at the end of July.”

Jul 15

New College of Florida Named "Best Buy"

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , New College , Fiske Guide to Colleges

New College of Florida continued a year of prominent accolades with its selection as a “Best Buy” college – one of just 44 in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – in the respected Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2015. The Fiske “Best Buy” colleges must meet the guide’s criteria for a top four- or five-star academic rating, and be in its moderate or low-price groupings. The guide, founded by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, is in 31st year.

Original article published July 14, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Jul 14

County Commissioners Approve Funding for the Arts

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota County Commission , Ringling College of Art and Design , North Tamiami Trail , Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced that recommendations for the Tourist Development Tax funding for the Arts have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Funds were distributed to the following organizations, among others: Asolo Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Fuzion, Sarasota Orchestra, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Ballet and the Ringling School of Art and Design.  

Original article published July 11, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Jul 01

North Trail's Van Wezel Ranked at the Top

Posted by ntadmin in Van Wezel; North Trail

Van Wezel Ranked Top Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been ranked the No. 1 performing arts hall in the country in the 2000 seat category of the 2014 mid-season publication of Venues Today magazine. This is the third time that the Van Wezel has ranked at the top of the chart. 

Original article published July 1, 2014, by SRQDaily.   

Jun 30

How to Transform the Sarasota Bay Bayfront

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota , Bayfront

There is an emerging, yet not fully developed, sense that individuals and a growing list of organizations are interested in a thoughtful discussion about how to carefully and openly transform part of Sarasota's bayfront into an accessible and well-used venue where culture, entertainment and open space coexist for the community's benefit.   Read more ....

Original article published June 22, 2014, by Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Jun 27

North Trail's USFSM Students Consult

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Trail

USFSM Students Consult with Nate’s Honor

USFSM College of Business ( students in the strategic management and entrepreneurship class performed a consultation project for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue in Lakewood Ranch. Two teams of students conducted an analysis of NHAR’s operations followed by recommendations in support of the organization’s growth initiative, leading the nonprofit to conclude that donations, volunteers and the adoption of more business-oriented practices will ensure sustainability.

Original article published June 25, 2014, by BIZ9(941).

Jun 24

North Trail To Get Roundabouts

Posted by in Van Wezel , Roundabouts , North Trail , Centennial Park

The replacement of two signalized intersections on U.S. 41 with long-anticipated roundabouts is expected to be underway by mid-2017.

The roundabouts north of downtown Sarasota at 10th Street (Van Wezel Performing Arts Center and Centennial Park area) and 14th Street (Whitaker Gateway Park area) could be the initial two of several roundabouts along busy U.S. 41 and elsewhere. 

Read full article here.

Jun 19

State of the Arts Opportunity Grants now accepting applications

Posted by ntadmin in State of the Arts Opportunity Grants , North Trail , Arts and Cultural Alliance

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s State of the Arts Opportunity Grants. Created and administered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, these grants bolster up-and-coming artistic organizations, stimulating growth and encouraging progress. Unlike the Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants or John Ringling Towers Fund grants, which assist established tourism-boosting artistic organizations or individual professional artists, respectively, Opportunity grants serve to develop smaller endeavors that are on their way up. “There are a lot of arts and cultural organizations in Sarasota County that are important to the community, but are not big enough or have not been around long enough to demonstrate that they can attract tourists,” said Jim Shirley, executive director for the Arts and Cultural Alliance. “Opportunity grants are a way that we’re able to offer support for more of these artistic organizations and help make this a greater community.” Funded mainly by sales of the State of the Arts license plates - $20 from each purchase – Opportunity grants are typically smaller than those awarded from the “bed” tax, which funds TDC/A grants. The grants range up to $5000 and are open only to qualified organizations. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) non-profits and they must operate in Sarasota and have done so for at least a year. Candidates must also prove the artistic purpose of their proposed projects, which means both articulating artistic merit and demonstrating community involvement. Lastly but importantly, they must establish administrative competence. Even then, those awarded grants receive only 75% of their fund up-front, collecting the remaining 25% upon completion of the project and validation of the use of previously received funds. “There are always checks and balances,” said Shirley. “And that’s important.” Past success stories include the Sarasota Folk Festival, which has seen fantastic growth year-to-year with help from Opportunity grants, and the Artist Series Concerts, which used the Opportunity grant as a stepping-stone to grow and apply for a TDC/A grant the following year. Last year 15 organizations applied and 11 received grants. The deadline for applications this year is August 29. Winners will be selected in September and grants awarded at a presentation in the Van Wezel auditorium on October 20.

Original article published June 19, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Jun 18

USFSM Recognizes Two Community Leaders

Posted by in USFSM , North Trail , Leadership , Hospitality , Award

The faculty of the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership recently presented the 2013-2014 Hospitality Leadership Award to two local supporters: businessman and restaurant investor Burton M. “Skip” Sack and Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

The award is presented to individuals who have shown particular dedication to the interests of the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership through their contributions to the hotel and restaurant industries. Awardees have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities, acting as role models or mentors, and enabling others to succeed and advance in the hospitality field.

The first Hospitality Leadership Award in 2012-2013 went to John McKibbon, chairman of the McKibbon Hotel Group.

Jun 17

Four Men Arrested In Sarasota Prostitute Sting

Posted by in Sarasota Police Department , North Tamiami Trail

Four men were arrested after trying to pay prostitutes along the 1600 block of N. Tamiami Trail on Friday evening. The operation was conducted by the Sarasota Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Narcotics Unit.