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Feb 25

North Trail's RIAF Roster 2015 Revealed

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling International Arts Festival , RIAF

To complement and commemorate the upcoming opening of its new center for Asian art, the Ringling Museum announced a special line-up for Ringling International Arts Festival 2015, bringing all seven performances from the varied cultures of the Asian continent, retaining the international and contemporary spirit, but in a more focused manner than before.

“It’s not very often that what you should do is what you want to do and that you are able to do it,” said Dwight Currie to the crowd assembled last night at the Historic Asolo Theatre. With the arrival of the center for Asian art and a growing feeling that Asian art was underrepresented, Currie reached out to Stanford Makishi, vice president of programming at New York City Center and associate producer of the Center’s Fall for Dance festival, to help craft the roster for RIAF 2015.

The roster includes Phare: The Cambodian Circus, a professional touring circus that grew out of a program for at-risk youth in Cambodia. Combining theater, music, dance and feats of strength and balance, it’s a spectacle that seems both familiar and excitingly new. “It would be the perfect thing for Ringling,” said Makishi. “This is an extremely rare opportunity.” Also performing in the Mertz Theatre, Tao Dance Theater is one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary dance troupes, combining abstract choreography with technical precision.

Feb 24

Oscars Big Winner? North Trail's Ringling College

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College

The Academy Awards provided special reason to celebrate in the Computer Animation department at the Ringling College of Art and Design. In addition to seeing the Oscar for Best Animated Feature go to Disney’s Big Hero 6, a movie with more than 20 Ringling alumni on the crew, the Academy also gave an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film to Patrick Osborne, a graduate of Ringling’s Class of 2003.

“Thank you to the Academy for recognizing animated shorts,” Osborne said during the Oscar telecast. “They are my favorite thing to make and watch.” Osborne won the award for Feast, the short film he directed for Disney. He accepted the Oscar along with producer Kristina Reed. 

At Ringling College, faculty expressed excitement about the honor. “This is a huge accomplishment for an individual person,” said Jim McCampbell, Computer Animation department head for Ringling College. “I feel especially proud of this one as Pat was a student in my own class for his Senior year.” He said news of Osborne’s Oscar the big news on campus, even compared with the Big Hero 6 win.

Feb 08

North Trail's Profit With Purpose

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Motels , Apartments

Profit with purpose

Harvey Vengroff owns more than 1,400 apartment units in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. He recently started a new business line to convert rundown motels into efficiency apartments for homeless people.

Executive Summary
Entrepreneur. Harvey Vengroff   Industry. Multifamily real estate Key. Vengroff is in rare space, converting rundown motel rooms into studio apartments.

Read full story published by The Business Observer here .....

Feb 06

North Trail's Business of Being Whimsy

Posted by ntadmin in Museum of Art & Whimsy , Marietta Lee , Flamingos

The Whimsy Business

By Tony D’Souza

FOR THE PAST YEAR, DRIVERS ON SARASOTA’S NORTH TAMIAMI TRAIL near Ringling College have turned their heads at the sudden and mysterious appearance of giant pink flamingos, one of them wearing a top hat. If the sight of the flamingos has brightened or made more “whimsical” even one motorist’s day, then the woman who put them there, Marietta “Mary” Lee, considers it mission accomplished.

Read full article published by BIZ(941) Magazine here .....

Feb 05

North Trail's New College "Pays You Back"

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , North Trail , New College

NCF Receives Princeton Review Accolade

New College of Florida (ncf.eduis one of only 200 “Colleges that Pay You Back,” a new national ranking released by The Princeton Review to note schools that have high academic quality, cost to student s and families, and salaries earned by graduates. NCF was one of four Florida State University System institutions to make the list, alongside University of Florida, University of Central Florida and Florida State University. The private University of Miami was the only other Florida college to make the list. New College benefits from a near-perfect score on academics, 97 out of 100 possible points, strong scores for having interesting and accessible professors, low tuition, rigorous individualized academic programs and its affordability. 

Original article published February 4, 2015, by BIZ(941).

Feb 04

North Trail's Ringing Team Wins Imagineering Competition

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , Ringling

A team of students from Ringling College of Art and Design won first place at the 24th Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Competition. The annual contest, held since 1992, has been one of the chief ways Disney has discovered talent to hire as Imagineers to design the resort and theme park attractions of tomorrow.

The Ringling team—consisting of Elizabeth Fox, Diana Han, John McDonald and Josh Newton—brought a design for a two-tiered train system imagined as a transit system for New Orleans; the bottom train on this dual-cart monorail would have digital overlays of historic New Orleans projected on top of views of the city as it exists today.

“We are very proud of the professionalism and creativity shown by the Ringling College team in designing such an innovative and imaginative transportation solution,” said Ringling College of Art and Design President Larry Thompson. “We value the time and effort Walt Disney Imagineering allocates to driving the Imaginations design competition and inspiring creativity in universities across our country.” 

Jan 28

North Trail University to Host World-Renowned Chefs

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

World-Renowned Chefs Headline Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

The upcoming University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee ( Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series will feature a panel of world-renowned chefs including Yaron Azuolay, Jamie Gregorich, Darwin Santa Maria and Giuliano Hazan as well as USFSM alumna Sheena Maini, with ABC7’s Chef Judi Gallagher as moderator. The focus is “Global Cuisine. Global Education.” The panel will examine how cuisine shapes the education of USFSM’s College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership students and the local tourism culture in the Sarasota-Manatee area. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public at no cost. 

Orignal article published January 27, 2015, by BIZ(941).

Dec 11

Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Announces Events

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota , Bayfront 20:20 , Bayfront

Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Announces Two Events Jan. 10 and Jan. 11

Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 (,  a coalition of more than 20 community organizations united in support of a vision for Sarasota Bayfront, has scheduled two upcoming events to raise awareness and gain further community input: Bayfront & Brews, an open-house conversation with information tables, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 from 4–5:30 p.m. at JDubs Brewery, 1215 Mango Ave. in Sarasota. Sunday Supper & Open House, an informal conversation about redevelopment, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 from noon–2 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St. in Sarasota. Both events are free and open to the public.

Original article published December 10, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Dec 10

Air Canada Connects SRQ to North Year-Round

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , North Trail

Air Canada Connects SRQ to Great White North Year-Round
Jacob Ogles,

Non-stop international air service to Toronto will soon be available twice a week all year for travelers flying out of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, a development that marks the first time the airport could offer service to Canada any month of the year. Air Canada on Tuesday announced new Sarasota flights, starting in May, as part of a long-term expansion strategy for the airline.

Flights between SRQ Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) will kick off May 2, when the airline will begin twice-weekly non-stop flights, on Thursdays and Saturdays. Right now, non-stop service to Canada is only available seasonally. 

Dec 03

North Trail's USFSM Hosts Information Open House

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

USFSM Hosts Information and Open House Sessions

USF Sarasota-Manatee ( has scheduled a Master’s Degree Information Session and three open houses for prospective students and their families. The Master’s Degree Information Session will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9–11 a.m. in Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. A biology open house will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway.  The second open house is on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 5–7 p.m. at the USFSM campus. The final open house is an informational event on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5–7 p.m. at the USFSM North Port Instructional Site located at 5920 Pan American Blvd. in North Port.

Original article published December 3, 2014, by BIZ(941).