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Jun 25

North Trail's New College Receives State Funding

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , North Trail , New College

State Budget Funds Major Projects at New College


Florida's newly approved budget funds two major initiatives at New College of Florida: $3 million for a 22,000-square-foot addition to the Heiser Natural Sciences complex that will increase classroom, office and laboratory space by about 50 percent; and $500,000 for programming at the Center for Engagement and Opportunity, the College’s career services program. Gov. Rick Scott’s signing follows the state board of governors’ restoration of another $540,000 to New College’s budget, money initially withheld under the board’s performance metric system. The board has now restored the entire $1.1 million it withheld in June 2014.

Jun 19

North Trail's USFSM Enrollment Cap Removed

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

Board of Governors removes enrollment cap for USF Sarasota-Manatee   


SARASOTA, Fla. (June 19, 2015) – Student enrollment at USF Sarasota-Manatee is no longer limited after a decision Thursday by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors to allow the university to exceed 25 percent of its full-time equivalent credit hours at the lower level.

“This is an exciting step forward for USF Sarasota-Manatee. By allowing our campus to increase the number of freshman and sophomore students, we are now able to serve a higher percentage of local, traditional college students,” Dr. Sandra Stone, USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor, said.

Jun 18

North Trail's Ringling Graduates Win Animation Award

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College of Art and Design , Ringling College , Ringling , North Trail

Ringling College of Art and Design alumni continue to make waves in the world of computer animation, with graduates Michelle Kwon and Michael Bidinger winning “Best Computer Animated Short” at the 42nd Annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival in Los Angeles with their animated senior thesis film Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou.

With a style and palette reminiscent of the animation titan Pixar Studios (which hired Bidinger post-graduation), the short follows the afternoon adventures of the interminably unfortunate Jenkins, downtrodden by Greek myth levels of rotten luck, and the effervescent Lou, seemingly touched by the hand of Lady Luck herself, as they tumble and soar through the colorful and chaotic streets of an animated San Francisco. With nary a frame wasted, it’s a barrage of visual gags with an attention to detail one expects from a major Hollywood studio.

“I thought it’d be interesting to explore two very opposite characters in how they would interact and even balance each other out,” said Kwon, currently in LA where she works as a 3D generalist for entertainment studio JibJab Media. “I was inspired by real people in my life and the dynamics of people who are so different but somehow work things out.”

Jun 08

North Trail's USFSM's Long-Range Plan Approved

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , Colleges

USFSM’s Long-Range Plan Wins Board Approval


"Focus on Quality 2020," University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s long-term plan, aims to enrich the university’s academic programs and student life, to expand faculty research and resources, and to more fully engage nearby communities. The plan is being implemented in response to a faster-than-expected student population growth, and the University’s strategy to support the growth. Go here to read detailed information about the plan and its goals. 

Jun 03

North Trail's USFSM College of Hospitality Changes Name

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , Universities

USFSM College of Hospitality & Technology Changes Name


University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's ( College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership has officially changed its name to the College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership (CHTL). The change means that the Information Technology program will shift to the College of Business, where it will eventually expand with new faculty and course offerings. Dr. James Curran, interim dean for both colleges, said that for the CHTL the transition reflects a “renewed focus on tourism,” a significant aspect of Florida’s economy.

Jun 02

North Trail's USFSM Opens Second Lab

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

USFSM to Open Second Biological Laboratory


USF Sarasota-Manatee (usfsm.eduhas received a $50,000 grant from the Selby Foundation to support construction of a second modular laboratory for biological research. University officials are hopeful the second research lab will be installed this summer at the campus’ north end, alongside the existing lab, and will be operating by September. 

May 23

North Trail's Ringling College Announces Scholars

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College of Art and Design , Ringling College

RCAD Announces 2015-2016 Trustee Scholars


The board of trustees of Ringling College of Art and Design announced the recipients of its Trustee Scholarship to a group of seniors for the 2015-2016 academic year. Go here for a list of the recipients and their areas of study. The scholarship recipients and the nominees will be honored at an official recognition ceremony in the fall.

May 22

North Trail's New College Announces Foundation

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , New College

NCF Announces New Leadership for Foundation


The New College Foundation ( MaryAnne Young and Jessica Rogers to its team. Young will serve as the new executive director and vice president for advancement. She is currently the vice president for advancement at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and begins work at New College July 20. Rogers will serve as associate director and associate vice president for advancement. She has worked at New College since July 2006. 

May 21

North Trail's USFSM Earns National Accreditation

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

USFSM College of Education Earns National Accreditation


The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee's College of Education ( been awarded accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation process took six years and included interviews with community members, evaluation and documentation of all undergraduate and graduate programs, the formation of new programs, the assessment and reporting of all faculty and educator candidates, a site visit by NCATE’s board of examiners and continual dialogue with the examiners. USF Sarasota-Manatee, including all of its colleges, is wholly accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The College of Education’s accreditation through represents an additional and specialized accreditation.

Apr 10

North Tamiami Trail Region Named Happiest!

Posted by ntadmin in Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Region Named Happiest in America
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area has been named the No. 1 "Happiest City in America" by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The poll reports population growth of 6.4 percent between mid-2010 and July 2014, attributing the cause to employment opportunity and Americans seeking warmer climate. The poll also suggests that strong health indicators--an obesity rate of 22.5 percent in the North Port area was among the lower rates nationwide--and retirement may be among the contributing factors to well-being. Read more here
Original article published April 8, 2015, by BIZ(941).