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Apr 21

USFSM Will Hold 61st Commencement Ceremony

Posted by in University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Tamiami Trail

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s spring commencement exercises will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL., 34221.

Of the 330 USF Sarasota-Manatee seniors who have applied to graduate at the spring 2014 commencement, 190 are expected to attend the ceremony. This number includes 42 master’s degree candidates and 286 bachelor’s degree candidates from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Hospitality and Technology Leadership and the USF Tampa College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.

Apr 15

North Trail's USFSM Receives Van Donation

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail

Local businessman, philanthropist and restaurant investor Burton M. “Skip” Sack has donated a vehicle to the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership. The 12-passenger 2013 Ford van will be used for a variety of educational programs, community outreach initiatives and special events, and for transporting visiting international students to the College’s Culinary Innovation Lab on Main St. in Lakewood Ranch.

Sack, a well-known donor to many arts and health and human service causes in Sarasota, has a special interest in helping veterans, particularly homeless veterans, who need stable housing, training and employment opportunities. A future project currently in development will take advantage of the van to bring veterans to the Culinary Innovation Lab for a specially designed food preparation certificate program aligned with jobs at area restaurants. 

Apr 09

USFSM Partners With Asolo Conservatory For Acting Training

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail , Asolo Rep

USF Sarasota-Manatee recently signed a unique memo of understanding with the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training which will allow Masters of Fine Arts students to serve as “courtesy faculty” instructors in the USFSM General Education program. Beginning in the fall, USFSM students will benefit from an enriched theatre appreciation course with opportunities to witness productions in development and interact with various artists at the Asolo. Through this collaboration, third year advanced MFA students will also expand their skill sets and augment their résumés with college teaching experience.  The agreement is for a period of two years.

“USFSM is thrilled to have a partnership with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training whereby third-year MFA students will teach the Introduction to Theatre course as part of our curriculum,” said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  “Our students will experience a uniquely rich version of this course, which introduces theatre as a collaborative art and profession. In addition to being taught by advanced MFA actors, they will have multiple opportunities to see plays, tour backstage areas and converse with various artists as they witness the production process first hand.”

Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory training program looks forward to adding undergraduate teaching experience to his students’ already impressive résumés. “The partnership with USFSM allows the Conservatory to build into the training program this important skill set, making our students highly marketable in this extremely competitive business,” Leaming said. He also expects that the partnership will deliver a greater degree of exposure and awareness of theater in general, and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in specific. It will showcase Leaming’s internationally renowned actor training program and the work being done on the Cook and Mertz stages  to a highly desirable young audience—the student body of USFSM. “What has been up to now one of the best kept secrets here in the community of Sarasota will now be a very well-known and highly laudable fact.” Leaming predicts.

Apr 08

Ringling College's Student Films Featured In SFF

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota Film Festival , Ringling College , North Tamiami Trail

The Sarasota Film Festival features the premiere of  The Lucky 6, the first feature-length film from the Ringling College of Art and Design’s Feature Film Project which launched last summer.

Directed Ringling College of Art and Design Digital Filmaking department head Brad Battersby and starring a number of actors from Florida State University's Asolo Conservatory, the movie was created with the help of more than 40 students at the two institutions. Accepted into the Sarasota Film Festival line-up this year, the movie created enough anticipation among ticket-holders to warrant three screenings at the Rialto Hollywood 20. 

For Battersby, creating the movie was an important chance to get students an experience beyond creating short films in an academic environment. "I knew it would give then a deeper understanding of how to work with actors, talk their language, and help them create a performance for the film," Battersby said. And while making short student films provides valuable opportunities to Ringling filmmaking majors—several shorts also made the festival line-up this year including The Great Zombini and Woodland Dance—it is a rarity for students before graduation to play a role in a full-length feature. 

Apr 04

North Trail's Visit Sarasota County Launches New Guide

Posted by ntadmin in Visit Sarasota , Sarasota , North Tamiami Trail

Visit Sarasota County launched the second edition of the Discover Natural Sarasota guide. This hand-held paper guide provides fast facts and tips on the best way to discover Sarasota’s natural paradise. The guides are free and available at the Official Visitor Information Center located on North Tamiami Trail.

Original article published April 4, 2014, by SRQ Daily.

Apr 01

USFSM to Host Artspace Meeting on Feasibility Study

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Tamiami Trail , Arts

Artspace Projects to Conduct Feasibility Study April 9

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County ( invites the public to attend a meeting with representatives from Minneapolis-based Artspace Projects, Inc., for a feasibility study on providing attainable, affordable live/work space and support services for 5,000 people working in the arts, one of the primary economic engines for Sarasota. The meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 9, in the Selby Auditorium at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. For questions, email or call (941) 365-5118, ext. 304.

Original article published April 1, 2014, by BIZ(941).

Apr 01

Ringling College's Museum of Art Receives $1 Million Challenge

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Tamiami Trail

Ringling College president Dr. Larry R. Thompson and Wendy G. Surkis, president of the Sarasota Museum of Art, a division of Ringling College, announced the receipt of a $1 Million Challenge from an anonymous donor at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. SMOA began fundraising efforts in 2007 to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a modern/contemporary art museum and visual arts education center. The $1 Million Challenge follows  the successful completion of a Million Dollar Match program created by SMOA board member and Ringling College trustee Elaine Keating. Since the inception of fund-raising efforts in 2007, the $22 million campaign has raised just under $20 million.

Original article published March 31, 2014, by SRQ Daily and BIZ(941).

Mar 31

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Announces Regional Vice Chancellor

Posted by in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , North Tamiami Trail

 USF Announces Osborn For Vice Chancellor

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford announced the selection of Terry A. Osborn, dean and professor of the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee since 2010, to fill the position of regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs being vacated by Bonnie Jones. Osborn, who holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, has been a tenured professor at both USFSM and Fordham University in New York City.

Original article published March 28, 2014, by SRQ Daily.

Mar 05

USFSM Professor Receives Grant for Scholarly Research

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Tamiami Trail

Pirates! Slaves and Other Captives in the Americas in the 1500s!


SARASOTA (March 4, 2014) –Timothy Turner, an Elizabethan scholar and assistant professor in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Arts and Sciences, received a USF System “New Researcher” grant to travel to the United Kingdom this summer to develop chapters for his second book. Turner’s project examines the experiences of English pirates, slaves, and other captives in the Americas in the 1500s. Funds from the grant will be used to study manuscript collections and early printed materials housed in the Cambridge University Library and the British Library in London. The Research Council selected Turner for the award in a competitive process as part of the USF Research & Innovation Internal Awards Program.

Mar 04

North Trail's New College Welcomes Famed Inventor

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , New College

Famed Inventor and Global Expert on Developing Products to Speak March 18

Budding entrepreneurs, take note. New College of Florida ( welcomes renowned inventor and Northwestern University engineering professor Walter Herbst for an informative and lively discussion about product development, Tuesday, March 18, on campus at the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center from 8:30-10 a.m. Tickets to his talk, “Getting It Right: How to Dramatically Increase Your Chances of Developing a Successful Product” are $35 and include continental breakfast. Read the interview Biz(941) had with Herbst here. To purchase tickets, visit or call (941) 487-4888.

Original article published March 4, 2014, by BIZ(941).