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Aug 23

Great Places on the North Trail for College Students

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , Colleges

As fall class starts for students, some of the best places to visit in Sarasota’s college area

Fall classes start Monday for Ringling College of Art & Design, New College of Florida and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, and some students living in Sarasota for the first time may be wondering what there is to do.

All three colleges are located within a few miles of each other on North Tamiami Trail. And though this strip of road may not look like your traditional college town, there are a number of cool coffee shops, bars, restaurants and more to be found there.

Oct 01

North Trail's Ringling College Among Top 10

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail , Colleges

Rookies Rank Ringling College in International Top 10

The Rookies came out with its annual lists of Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World 2018, ranking Ringling College of Art and Design among the Top 10 Schools for 3D Motion Graphics, Digital Illustration and Game Development. Moving up two slots from last year, the college ranked #3 worldwide for 3D Motion Graphics. Among the world’s best Digital Illustration schools, Ringling College placed #6. And finally, the college placed #3 in the world for Game Development and highest of any school in the United States. All of the rankings are determined by the quality of the student work that is submitted for those categories. More links and info can be found below. 

2018 Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools

Nov 21

North Trail's Cross College Alliance Adds 66 New Faculty

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , New College , Colleges

Alliance adds 66 new faculty, boosts Manatee-Sarasota’s intellectual capital

President, New College of Florida
NOVEMBER 18, 2017 10:48 AM
UPDATED NOVEMBER 18, 2017 10:48 AM

Universities exist both to create knowledge and to pass the knowledge won by previous generations to the rising generation. They exist for their students. And, in a very real sense, a university’s students and graduates embody that institution. They physically represent what that university produces.  But a university’s faculty is the institution’s soul.

Students graduate. But it is not uncommon for faculty members to serve 30 or 40 years. Collectively, they determine the nature of an institution: how welcoming it is, how innovative, how rigorous, and how outward facing.

There are few jobs as interesting, or as all-consuming, as full-time faculty positions at institutions that value teaching. The best faculty members love their disciplines and they love teaching. To love a discipline means to practice it, to advance knowledge in that discipline, and to contribute to that discipline. That is a full-time job. To love to teach means to care about students, to be able to motivate and encourage each student and to adjust to the different ways in which each individual student learns. That, too, is a full-time job. A typical professor views holidays, when the university is not in session, as an opportunity to do research in labs or in the field or in archives.

Sep 01

North Trail's C4 Presents New Student Opportunities

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , Consortium , Colleges

C4 Presents New Student Opportunities, Degree Flexibility
Thomas Schwarz,

Students are flocking back in record numbers to the Sarasota-Manatee area this semester with the ability to gain new post-secondary opportunities presented by a collaborative effort between area colleges and universities. The Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4, connects with local colleges on a mission to maximize student and community benefits presented by the mix of colleges in the area, including New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. The academic year promises to be big, showing record-shattering numbers across many campuses in the local area. The USFSM campus boasts more than 1,900 students this semester, Ringling College, with 1,400 students, has a record 450 new incoming freshmen, while the State College of Florida hosts nearly 9,300 students this semester.

C4 cultivates numerous student-orientated ideas toward an expansion of the high quality education already available at these area institutions. Dr. Laurey T. Stryker, initiative manager for C4, has direct oversight to the integration of cross-registration within area schools. The cross-registration system is designed for those students whose specific academic paths veer from those courses available at the student’s home campus, allowing students the option to achieve their academic goals with greater ease by enrolling in courses available at different campuses while pursuing one composite degree. “It helps the students so they don’t have to leave the area in search of available courses and it helps the local state colleges become more competitive with its students who might try to leave, so it’s a win-win,” says Stryker.

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..

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.

Jun 08

North Trail's USFSM's Long-Range Plan Approved

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

USFSM’s Long-Range Plan Wins Board Approval


"Focus on Quality 2020," University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s long-term plan, aims to enrich the university’s academic programs and student life, to expand faculty research and resources, and to more fully engage nearby communities. The plan is being implemented in response to a faster-than-expected student population growth, and the University’s strategy to support the growth. Go here to read detailed information about the plan and its goals. 

Apr 18

Commissions Ponder Bus Rapid Transit Route Options

Posted by in Universities , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development , Colleges


By Charles Schelle

Sarasota's proposed Bus Rapid Transit system could have its route changed from using the Seminole Gulf Railway to routes benefiting U.S. routes 41 or 301.

Apr 16

New Sarasota coffee shop has higher calling

Posted by in Universities , The Coffee Loft , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota Business , Restaurants , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development , Colleges , Coffee


Feb 17

Regal Take on Peasant’s Dish

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , Ringling College , Ringling , Restaurants , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Italian , Economic Development , Colleges , Bella Nonna's Bistro

Aubrey Clark,

When Bella Nonna’s Bistro opened about four months ago on North Tamiami Trail, the small bistro, strutting comfortable dining and a quaint deck on which to eat outside, answered Ringling College students’ call for a restaurant between University and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The small Italian eatery boasts fresh loaves of unbaked bread shipped in from an undisclosed Italian bakery in New York City. Each morning, the chefs cook off the dough for freshly baked bread. Ken Ingersoll, chef and part owner, says that most dishes have been made from scratch. Although it is easier to buy products than make them in-house, Ingersoll feels it translates into a better plate. The difference, he said, is found in the taste. For an authentic bite passed down by four traceable Italian generations (Ingersoll figures it’s been handed down for even more), try From The Pot. This well-seasoned sauce simmers for 12 hours, cooking out a majority of the acidic bite traditionally found in tomato sauces. Handmade meatballs made with Parmesan, eggs, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper have been browned and added to the pot along with sausage and pork, providing an added zip of savory to your bite. The tomato and garlic-roasted flavor comes from fresh ingredients and the dish itself has been known as a peasant’s dish. But spread over a bed of rigatoni pasta and layered with cheese, it tastes like royalty to me. Original article published in SRQ Daily on February 16, 2012 (