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May 19

North Trail's O'Shea Named President of Conference

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , New College

New College’s O’Shea Named President of Southern University Conference

Next annual national conference will be held in Sarasota.

New College of Florida President Don O’Shea was named president of the Southern University Conference, an association of more than 40 colleges, predominantly liberal arts institutions, whose members meet annually to discuss education issues and initiatives on their campuses. It was founded in 1924 with 33 members. The Conference’s next annual meeting will be in Sarasota.

Original article published May 19, 2016, by SRQ Daily.
Apr 19

North Trail's Ringling College Wins Competition

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail

Ringling Students Win Advertising Competition

The Ringling College National Student Advertising Competition team won first place and Best Media Plan in the District 4 competition held this Saturday in Orlando. Ringling’s interdisciplinary team beat out eight other schools to take the win, including Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of Miami and University of West Florida. Over 150 schools across the country compete in the NSAC, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. This year’s client was Snapple, and the case study asked students to develop an integrated campaign to increase purchase frequency. Ringling’s “Oddly Satisfying” campaign included TV commercials, in-store promotions, a mobile app, packaging and web designs as well as out-of-home, social media, Spotify, YouTube and experiential advertising to answer the challenge.

Ringling College of Art and Design

Mar 15

A Walk Through History on the North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Artspace

Artspace Sarasota Presents a Walk Through History on the North Trail


On March 21,  Artspace Sarasota will hold a fund-raising event at Crocker Church, focusing on North Tamiami Trail, past and present, and its untapped potential for arts-related development. The North Trail corridor is the proposed location for an affordable housing initiative for artists and the creative sector, now entering Phase 2.

Feb 23

New Planning Group Pushing Bayfront Development

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , Development , Bayfront 20:20

New planning group will put bayfront redevelopment on fast track

A new nonprofit organization will be created this spring to begin formally planning the ambitious redevelopment of 42 acres of city-owned property along the downtown waterfront.


The new group will be an offshoot of Sarasota Bayfront 20:20, a coalition of 50 arts and civic groups led by Visit Sarasota County that is working to re-imagine the location of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as a premier district for the arts and public green space.

Read entire article published February 22, 2016, in Sarasota Herald Tribune here ....

Feb 16

North Trail's USFSM Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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

American Idol Contestant Celebrates USF Sarasota-Manatee Anniversary


USF Sarasota-Manatee ( will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an All-Alumni Festival that runs noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the campus, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The family-friendly festival will feature games, food and a performance by American Idol top-five finisher Sam Woolf. The event is intended as a “reunion” for USF Sarasota-Manatee graduates and graduates of the entire USF system, but all Sarasota and Manatee county residents are invited.

Feb 13

North Trail's Ringling College Names Library

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , Larry Thompson

Ringling Names Library, Library Director

It’s not every day you see observance of a pagan ritual on a modern and future-minded college campus, but as Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson said at yesterday’s topping out ceremony for the new school library, hoisting a tree atop the construction, “We don’t want to tick off the tree-dwelling spirits here at Ringling College.” In addition to placating any possibly vengeful nymphs, Thompson took the opportunity to announce not only the official name for the much-touted ‘Library of the Future’ but also the assignation of Ringling College’s new director of library services, a spot left vacant since Kathleen List’s retirement more than a year ago.

Coming in at 46,000 square feet, the newly-styled Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the corner of Old Bradenton Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way not only marks the first time the college will be able to display and utilize its entire collection, 30 percent of which remains in off-campus storage, but also the introduction of what Thompson dubbed the ‘Creative Cauldron’—a massive interdisciplinary space for students to meet, explore and collaborate with untethered vigor, directly in the educational vortex. “To say that this endeavor is important would be an understatement,” said Thompson. “It will be transformational for our campus, our students, our faculty and staff and the whole community.”

Feb 12

North Trail's Ringling Students Partner with SFF

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota Film Festival , Ringling College , North Trail

SFF, Ringling Relish Creative Partnership

The Sarasota Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled new poster art for 2016, built around artwork by Ringling College of Art and Design students Gisselle Tirse and Nikelle Mackey. The images will be on display in the streets of Sarasota when banners promoting the festival are hung downtown on Feb. 20, but the work may be most important in symbolizing a connection between two high-profile players in the regional film industry. “We see Ringing as one of our most important strategic partners,” said SFF Programming Director Michael Dunaway. 

Ringing President Larry Thompson said the partnership also shows the success of The Collaboratory, an initiative of the school designed to ensure all students are able to develop work experience with real world clients. “The idea was really to help transform the concept of experiential learning,” he said. So students have been able to participate in design projects for both international brands like General Motors and local entities like SFF. And while the school still works to get students in appropriate internships, these jobs provide experience even if students don’t have the means to work off campus or to spend a term in a different community.

Feb 11

North Trail's Ringling College Names VP of Academic Affairs

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

Ringling College Names V.P. for Academic Affairs, Dean of Undergraduate Studies


Ringling College of Art and Design ( has named Jeff Schwartz associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of undergraduate studies. Schwartz began teaching at Ringling College in 1998 and became the head of the Illustration department in 2012. In his new role, he will oversee Assessment, the Academic Resource Center, figure drawing models, the English as a Second Language and Writing programs, and the first-year communities and courses, among other responsibilities.

Feb 10

North Trail's USF College of Business Picks Dean

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

James Curran has been named the dean of the College of Business at USF Sarasota-Manatee, dropping the title of interim-dean conferred on him after former Dean Robert Anderson retired at the end of 2014. Curran received his Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University. He joined USF Sarasota-Manatee as an assistant professor in 2005, teaching marketing. He rose to become an associate professor in 2010.

Original article published February 9, 2016, in BIZ(941).    

Feb 09

More Canadian Flights Added to Bradenton-Sarasota Airport

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , Canada Flights

Canada Flights Strong, WestJet Adds Flight
Jacob Ogles,

While a weak Canadian dollar has caused some angst in the hospitality area in region, competitive air fare has provided some measurable success, as demonstrated by a decision announced by WestJet on Monday to add flights from Toronto into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The airline will now have flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport to SRQ airport and back three times a week—on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays—through April 29 this year. Tuesday service starts on Feb. 23. “It’s really good to see that an airline that has only been in the market now for about two months is already increasing their service," said Rick Piccolo, president and CEO for SRQ airport. “It’s a good signal of how well they are doing.” 

The announcement comes after some fear in hospitality circles that an underperforming Canadian dollar would lead to reduced travel to destinations in the United States; the Canadian dollar as of Monday evening was valued at just 72 U.S. cents. But WestJet has reported strong profits even amid concerns. Just last week, the Toronto Stock Exchange approved WestJet to maximize the number of shares the company is authorized to purchase next year. “Notwithstanding the impact that recent economic weakness in Alberta has had on our results, our decision to increase our normal course issuer bid demonstrates our confidence in WestJet's proven business model and the financial strength of our airline," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. The company in 2015 announced record full-year net earnings of $367.5 million, up 16 percent from 2014.