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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
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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.