August 2017

On Campus

C4 Changes Name To Cross College Alliance And Adopts Agreement

Eckerd College, New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee and The Ringling/FSU share a common vision of building an educational network that amplifies and expands learning opportunities for their collective 18,000-plus students.

The new name, “Cross College Alliance” with the tagline “Rethinking Education. Together,” highlights the organization’s central tenets of collaboration and connectivity, while the logo underscores the dynamic possibilities among the unique but complementary programs, services, and philosophies. “The Cross College Alliance is a network of higher educational institutions working together to benefit students and the community. The new visual identity reflects the Alliance as the connective tissue in the greater Sarasota/Manatee community,” said Don O’Shea, president of New College.

The Cross College Alliance’s foundation partnership includes the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Manatee Community Foundation. The partnership supported the new brand development. “They recognized the importance of effectively telling our collective story to attract talented students, faculty and staff and investors to our community,” said SCF President Carol Probstfeld.

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New College Plans Events During Solar Eclipse

Eclipse image

Courtesy of NASA

New College is planning special events during Orientation week for the astromonical event of the decade -- the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

In Sarasota, the eclipse will begin at 1:18 p.m. and end at 4:14 p.m. The maximum eclipse in Sarasota will be about 85 percent, at 2:50 p.m.

Professors Paul Scudder and Katie Walstrom will be manning a telescope on Z-Green for interested students, faculty and staff who wish to safely view the eclipse. Eclipse-themed music, cake and water will be provided.

Meanwhile, in Chae Auditorium, NASA-TV's live coverage will be shown, beginning at noon with a preview show and the main show at 1 p.m. The program will feature views from NASA research aircraft, high-altitude balloons, satellites and specially-modified telescopes. It also will include live reports from several locations along the path of totality. Grab some cake and water here as well.

Princeton Review Names New College To ‘Best Colleges’ Guidebook

New College of Florida was again named one of the country’s top undergraduate colleges by The Princeton Review.

New College was among the 15 percent of American colleges to make the Review’s new college guidebook, “The Best 382 Colleges.” The book is based on surveys and interviews with students and administrators at several hundred four-year colleges.

“We chose New College for this book because it offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and author of “The Best 382 Colleges.”

The Princeton Review also views New College as one of the nation’s best colleges for offering experiences and connections that lead to great jobs or post-graduate study. In May, the Review named New College as one of its “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.”

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New College’s Kessie Elected To FPCA Post

Michael Kessie, chief of the Campus Police Department, was elected director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association District 1, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties.

Kessie was sworn in as the district director by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in a July 12 ceremony.

As district director, Kessie’s role is to bring members’ concerns to the Association leadership and to communicate its initiatives to members.

“I am honored to be elected by my peers and look forward to representing them as a liaison to the Florida Police Chiefs’ executive board,” Kessie said.

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