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Sep 02

Ringling College Graduate Wins Eisner Award

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that illustration graduate Jordie Bellaire of Orlando received the 2014 Eisner Award for best coloring. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world, and Bellaire's coloring work is responsible for winning her and publishers Image, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Marvel, Titan and Valiant this industry recognition. Nominees in each category are chosen by a five-member, blue-ribbon panel of judges in the spring of each year, then voted on by comic book professionals, with awards presented at the annual Comic-Con International convention held in San Diego. 

Original article published September 1, 2014, by SRQDaily.

Aug 29

USFS-M and Longboat Key Club Join Forces

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Tamiami Trail

Two regional giants, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USF Sarasota-Manatee partnered to ensure a quality and prepared workforce specific to the needs of Sarasota County.  With 19.4% of individuals in our region employed either directly or indirectly in the hospitality and tourism field this program will lay the groundwork for employment opportunities for students to begin and to build their careers in Sarasota County.

Original article published August 29, 2014, by SRQ Daily.   

Aug 26

SRQ Airport Boosted by United Newark Service

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota , North Tamiami Trail

Airport officials in Sarasota for the past seven years have heard one destination requested as a place passengers want to fly but cannot. That destination, Newark, will come within reach of SRQ Airport travelers in February when United Airlines starts non-stop flights from Sarasota to New Jersey.

“It’s the most requested route we’ve had from the public,” said Fredrick Piccolo, president and CEO of SRQ Airport. “Every time I give a speech people ask about it, and then they follow up with phone calls and emails.”

United announced on Monday that the airline will offer seasonal daily service starting Feb. 12 and running through May 15 in 2015. Tickets are available for purchase now. The flight provides a direct connection between SRQ Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The New Jersey airport is critical in creating a flight network because it houses United's New York hub, from which the airline services a total of 142 domestic and international destinations. 

Aug 25

North Tamaimi's The Ringling Hits Record Numbers

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling , North Tamiami Trail

The Ringling ( saw a record number of visitors totaling more than 384,000 during its 2013-2014 fiscal year, a 12 percent increase from the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The increased attendance has continued with the new season, which began July 1, with nearly 40,500 visitors attending so far, a 13 percent increase from the previous year.

Originally published August 25, 2014, by BIz(941).

Aug 04

USFSM Receives Funding for Research Project

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail

USF Sarasota-Manatee received more than $289,000 through Clark University in Massachusetts as part of a $1.45 million grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation to study how universities around the world can help students find a strong sense of purpose. The research will survey hundreds of students in six countries to learn how college can be made meaningful and relevant to them in a way that also helps students make a positive difference in their communities. Jenni Menon Mariano, associate professor in the USF College of Education, is co-principal investigator for the grant.

Original article published August 4, 2014 by BIZ(941).

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.