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Oct 09
2015

North Trail's Ringling Reveals Asian Art

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling

The Ming Dynasty at the Ringling Museum
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

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.”

Sep 28
2015

North Trail's USFSM Among America's Safest Universities

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

Ranking: USF Sarasota-Manatee among America’s safest universities

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee is one of the nation’s safest universities, according to a ranking by home security company ADT. 

ADTsecurity.com ranked USFSM No. 18 on a list of America’s 32 safest colleges and universities, http://www.adtsecurity.com/safest-colleges-in-america/

Sep 21
2015

North Trail's USFSM Hits Enrollment Record

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM

USFSM Fall Enrollment Hits Seven-Year High

USF Sarasota-Manatee (usfsm.edustudent enrollment has surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time in seven years. Admissions officials say total enrollment for the fall semester has risen by 135 students (7.1 percent) compared with the same period a year ago for a total of 2,038 students. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 79 students to 1,772 (4.5 percent) while graduate registrations increased by 56 students to 175 (47.1 percent). Another 90 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in non-degree programs or coursework.

Original article published September 17, 2015, by BIZ(941).   

Sep 17
2015

North Trail's USFSM Fall Enrollment Hits High

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM

USF Sarasota-Manatee fall enrollment hits 7-year high

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee student enrollment has surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time in seven years.                              

Admissions officials say total enrollment for the fall semester has risen by 135 students (7.1 percent) compared with the same period a year ago for a total 2,038 students. Undergraduate enrollment rose by 79 students to 1,773 (4.5 percent) while graduate registrations increased by 56 students to 175 (47.1 percent). Another 90 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in non-degree programs or coursework. 

Sep 16
2015

Writer/Director Visits North Trail's Ringling College

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , Ringling

Writer/Director Angelo Pizzo Visits Ringling College
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com 

Continuing the tradition of bringing top-notch talent and guests to its students, Ringling College of Art and Design welcomed Hollywood screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, who penned such seminal sports films as Rudy and Hoosiers, to campus this week to teach a masterclass with producer Paul Schiff and talk and screen their latest film, My All American. Based on the inspiring true story of 1960s University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark, who rose from gridiron underdog to school icon, and starring Finn Wittrock as Steinmark and Aaron Eckhart as the coach who gave him a chance, the film marks Pizzo’s first as director and the starting point for two Ringling alums, Harrison Stagner and Nick Lennon, who served as interns on the film.

“It’s not the sport itself that you’re watching – it’s the canvas,” said Pizzo, asked about his apparent affinity for the sports film genre. “It’s about the characters, their struggles, their journeys and their success or failure.” Sports provide the backdrop, with definite winners and losers and set rules. “That’s not always true in life,” Pizzo continued. “It provides you a great canvas to use sports as metaphor.” In addition, there’s a special place that sports holds in American society, said Pizzo, that allows these stories to resonate. “There’s a familiarity and a connection with sport and American culture,” he said. Everyone has a connection to some sport, whether it be real or imagined, that transcends the scoreboard. “It’s a form of community and how people come together,” Pizzo said. “And all of us have a need for community.”

Sep 14
2015

North Trail's New College Moves Up in Rankings

Posted by ntadmin in US News & World Report , New College , NCF

NCF Moves Up in U.S. News Rankings

 

New College of Florida (ncf.eduranks as the No. 4 public liberal arts college in the nation, up one position from last year, according to the “Best Colleges 2016” edition of U.S. News & World Report. The ranking marks the 11th consecutive year New College has been listed in the top six public liberal arts colleges nationwide. The school also ranked 15th nationwide for least debt among all liberal arts colleges.

Sep 09
2015

Fulbright Student Arrives at North Trail's USFSM

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

Fulbright student arrives to attend USF Sarasota-Manatee

 

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee is welcoming its first Fulbright student, Turkish-born Nefike Günden. 

The 22-year-old scholarship recipient arrived a few weeks ago to pursue a master’s degree at USFSM’s College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. 

Jun 25
2015

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
2015

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
2015

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.”