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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.

Feb 08

North Trail's New Hope in College Consortium

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , North Trail , Colleges

New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art & Design, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, the State College of Florida, Florida State University's satellite arts program at the Asolo and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg announced last month that they would form a partnership called the Consortium of Colleges of the Creative Coast, nicknamed C4.

The partnership will enable the colleges to share resources — such as campus police departments — and allow students to take courses at the various participating schools. For example, a student studying film at Ringling College could take a foreign language course at New College and a marketing course at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

While the C4 partnership is primarily an academic one, local business owners and college leaders say they hope increased visibility of the local colleges will spur redevelopment along the North Trail..

Feb 04

North Trail's New College Rated as Top School

Posted by ntadmin in Princeton Review , New College

New College Picked as a Top School for Return on Investment


Princeton Review has named New College of Florida ( as one of the country’s top colleges for return on investment. The rankings were determined by analyzing 40 data points, from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The ranking is included in the just-released 2016 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. New College ranked 45th in the Review’s list of the “Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back.” The school is one of just two Florida colleges to appear on the list.

Jan 14

North Trail's The Ringling Unveils Samurai Exhibit

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling Museum , Ringling

A Tactile History of Samurai Japan

Following on the heels of the Royal Tastes exhibit and entering the new year with continued dedication to the exhibition of art from the Asian continent, The Ringling Museum this Friday unveils Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Featuring more than 80 historical artifacts from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy and presented in collaboration with Museo Stibbert curator Francesco Civita, Samurai affords visitors an up-close look at a multitude of arms and armor that came to define this warrior class, as well as a glimpse into the lavish domestic life of the wealthy, all the while presenting perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing crash-course in samurai history during a martial and political dominance lasting from 1185 to 1868.

Everything works in tandem, and upon entering the exhibit, a brief history and a timeline at the front provide immediate written context, while a 17th century triptych screen of gold and silk offers to the careful eye a preview of all to come, with samurai at battle on earth and at sea, fully-armored and wielding weapons of war. This is the rise of the samurai.

Jan 13

SPD "Teens for Jeans" Campaign

Posted by ntadmin in Teens for Jeans , SPD , Sarasota Police Department

For the third year in a row, the Sarasota Police Department is collecting jeans for the ‘Teens for Jeans’ campaign. The collection is part of the ‘Teens for Jeans’ campaign with Aeropostale stores and

 The Sarasota Police Department lobby has a yellow bin and our department will serve as one of the collection points for donated jeans.  More than 1.5 million teenagers and children are homeless in the United States. ‘Teens for Jeans’ is a campaign that helps those children and teens needing it the most. 

“When children run away or are taken to a shelter for immediate assistance, it’s often without any personal belongings. They’re sent to school with borrowed items and feel like they stick out. Children that are able to have a pair of jeans to wear to school, it helps them fit in and it doesn’t make them feel like attention is being immediately drawn to them by what they are wearing,” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Criminal Investigations Division, Sarasota Police Department. Captain Stannish is heading up the campaign.

Jan 12

North Trail Universities Form Consortium

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , Colleges


4 local colleges will allow students to take courses at any campus

Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 4:29 p.m.

SARASOTA - The catchy name is “C4,” the clunky one is the “Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast.”

But whatever the label, the idea is for four local colleges to join forces and transform the North Tamiami Trail area into a vibrant college center.

Oct 23

North Trail's Ringling International Festival Wrap-up

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling , RIAF , International Arts Festival

Dispatches from RIAF Part 2: What Did It All Mean?
Philip Lederer, 

Though this year’s Ringling International Arts Festival has come and gone, it has once again left its indelible mark on the audience. Whether through the kuruma ningyo puppetry of Tom Lee’s Shank’s Mare (of which RIAF attendees got a sneak peek), the outrageous feats of Phare: The Cambodian Circus or the orchestral acrobatics of Orkes Sinten Remen from Indonesia, viewers were wowed, just as they were moved by the emotion of performances by Ronnarong Khampha and by Peni Candra Rini.

In the Mertz Theatre, TAO Dance Theater took the stage. One of the leading contemporary dance troupes in China and in the midst of a world tour, RIAF 2015 marked the only U.S. stop and a rare opportunity. In a trio of performances entitled Weight X 3, comprising two duets and a solo piece, the troupe lived up to its reputation for minimalism and virtuosic precision. With duets almost geometric and a dizzying and twirling performance from a lone performer separating, the night unfolded with an almost ritualistic gravitas, the sweat pouring from its barefoot and choreographed acolytes to something greater than themselves. Accompanied by a musical score often cacophonous and at times actively distonal, the final effect was akin to a stoic wrangling of harmony from chaos. It was startling, it was new, it was RIAF.

Oct 22

North Trail's Ringling College Top in Filmmaking

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , Film Schools

Flaherty: Ringling Grads Set for Storytelling
Jacob Ogles, 

When Chip Flaherty co-founded Walden Media, he just liked the idea of producing family movies based on books. But he soon touched on a market not genuinely thought of as a group encouraging audiences into multiplexes—teachers. After making feature film versions of such books as Holes, Flaherty found the film was frequently being included in school curricula. “It’s so hard to compete for kids’ time with all the media out there,” Flaherty said, relating what educators told him. “To have a book they teach and have a movie made out of it, it immediately gave some credibility and some touchstones.”

Flaherty, in Sarasota this week to help launch a Creative Writing discipline at Ringling College of Art and Design, spoke with SRQ about the success of Walden, which has been a part of bringing Bones, The Chronicles of Narnia, Because of Winn Dixie and other books to screen. The company has since launched a publishing arm, Walden Pond Press, creating new books that may some day be made into films themselves. The company also wants to go into television, a growing medium for literary quality story-telling. “That’s great for these kids who are at Ringling because there is a whole other viable venue for their creativity,” he said.

Oct 09

North Trail's Ringling Reveals Asian Art

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling

The Ming Dynasty at the Ringling Museum
Philip Lederer,

The Ringling Museum of Art today reveals a stunning collection of priceless art from the Asian continent with Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China, an exhibition created in conjunction with the Hubei Provincial Museum in China. Featuring more than 140 cultural artifacts and national treasures on loan, in addition to 12 porcelain pieces from the Ringling’s Wall-Apelt Collection, and displayed across three galleries in the museum’s Searing Wing, audiences are afforded a glimpse into the palatial everyday lives of Ming royalty, as well as accompanying burial artifacts and religious objects from the Daoist temples of Mount Wudang.

“The Ringling Museum is dedicated to promoting the art of the world,” said Dr. Fan Zhang, associate curator of Asian art at The Ringling and one of many museum officials who travelled to China in the past year working with Hubei Provincial Museum officials to create Royal Taste. “These fantastic works present a rare opportunity to experience the incredible richness and character of material culture in the Ming Dynasty.”