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  • 19 Sep 2019 9:05 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    State College of Florida (SCF) is now offering Beginning Conversational French as an evening class starting Tuesday, October 15.  Whether you are planning a trip to France, simply want to order in a French restaurant, or have friends in France you’d like to speak with in their native language, this is the course for you.  It is an 8 week course and meets on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m.  Registration may be done online at SCF.edu/CCD and click on “personal enrichment” and then foreign languages any time before Friday, October 11.

  • 18 Sep 2019 5:22 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2019) – USF Sarasota-Manatee will offer a series of one-day workshops designed to enhance one of the most sought-after skill sets in today’s workforce: critical thinking.

    The first of three one-day Critical Thinking Certification Workshops will be held Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room A320A. Additional workshops will be held at the same time and location Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 at USFSM, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

    Workshops are open to all professionals, including CEOs, business owners, educators, managers, human resources professionals, entrepreneurs and lifelong learners. Early registration is $79 up to one week prior to registration. Regular registration is $99.

    The registration fee includes lunch and the Watson-Glaser assessment. Participants must bring a mobile device to complete the online assessment. Visit usfsm.edu/ctworkshops to register. There is a limit of 25 participants per workshop.

    “Based on my research and conversations, critical thinking is one of the most important skill sets for both the current and future workforce,” said Greg Smogard, PhD, assistant vice president of Innovation and Business Development at USFSM.

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2018 survey, employers rated critical thinking/problem solving as the most essential competency among new hires.

    The Critical Thinking Certification Workshops Series is modeled after USFSM’s highly-successful Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking (IBCT) program, an interdisciplinary, university-wide initiative that facilitates creativity and drives innovation. Now in its fourth year, IBCT has surpassed initial goals with more than 30 courses taught by nearly two dozen faculty, mini-grants to instructors and marked improvement in students’ critical thinking.

    “We’ve shattered operational targets, showing that our faculty are excited about the program and are rising to meet the student demand for critical thinking skills and certification,” said Michael Gillespie, PhD, director of USFSM’s IBCT program. “We’ve found that the ability to solve problems and make decisions is often valued by employers even more than an applicant’s major.”

    Each one-day workshop includes:

    • n  Session 1: Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Assessment
    • n  Session 2: Watson-Glaser Development Report and Personal Work Plan
    • n  Session 3: Critical Thinking: General Case Study and Discussion
    • n  Session 4: Critical Thinking: Business Case and Discussion
    • n  Session 5: Applying Critical Thinking to your Personal Development Plan
    • n  Session 6: Post Workshop Progress Report

    Workshop presenters include the following USFSM faculty and staff:

    • n  Michael Gillespie, PhD, director, Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking Program and associate professor of Psychology
    • n  Jenny Post, administrator, Incredi-Bull Critical Thinking Program
    • n  Greg Smogard, PhD, assistant vice president, Innovation and Business Development
    • n  Phillip Wagner, PhD, regional assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs
    • n  Lisa Penney, PhD, professor of Management

    For more information, contact Mike Gillespie at (941) 359-4228 or magillespie@sar.usf.edu.

    For more information about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit http://usfsm.edu/.

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    About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)

    USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida System, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee and Sarasota counties and online. USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of more than 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.

  • 18 Sep 2019 5:20 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    People with Parkinson’s are dancing.  And starting in October, people with Parkinson’s and their care partners will be able to dance with The Sarasota Ballet.

    “We are thrilled to announce that Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s and The Sarasota Balletare partnering to provide “Dancing through Parkinson’s” for our Parkinson’s community,” said Robyn Faucy-Washington, CEO of Neuro Challenge and Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet, in a joint statement.

    Parkinson’s is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with no known cure. According to Faucy-Washington, numerous studies show that dance helps improve mobility, balance, and gait by addressing the motor symptoms of PD which include resting tremors, slowness of movement, and difficulties with balance as well as non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, pain, and sleep disorders.

    “The goal of Parkinson’s therapies is to slow the progression of the disease,” said Faucy-Washington. “Dancing through Parkinson’s” integrates physical, cognitive and social activities while including movements that are shown to target areas of the brain affected by Parkinson’s.”

    The partnership of these two organizations grew from the hard work and passion of Kate Honea, Principal Dancer and Assistant Ballet Mistress for The Sarasota Ballet. For the past several years Honea has worked tirelessly as both an advocate and teacher for the positive impact dance can have on Parkinson’s.

    The Neuro Challenge Foundation is a special organization to my family and me,” said Honea. “For the past several years I have worked with numerous people with Parkinson’s in the studio, and two years ago I received my certificate of training from Dance for PD®. I am honored to be able to share the joy of dance with the Parkinson's community to improve their quality of life.”

    The Dance for PD® program, developed by David Leventhal in 2001 for the Mark Morris Dance Group, has become a model for classes targeting Parkinson’s in more than 300 communities in 25 countries.

    “Having known about the work Mark Morris and David Leventhal had done with dance and Parkinson’s, I was so thrilled when Kate came to me with the proposal for Dancing through Parkinson’s,” explained Webb. “Kate is an incredible person - caring, tremendously talented, and incredibly smart, and this program will flourish in her hands.”

    Assisting Honea will be Sarasota Ballet Education Director Christopher Hird and faculty member Sarah Krazit, who will be undertaking the Dance for PD® training as well. “We believe in the benefits of dance for all ages and abilities and are excited to be able to improve and inspire the lives of people with Parkinson’s through dance,” said Hird.   

    Students will experience a lively and varied class including gentle stretching plus tailored dance steps and music from this year’s Sarasota Ballet season.

    Dancing for Parkinson’s will meet twice a month beginning on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:30am. The class will take place at The Sarasota Ballet School Rosemary Studios at 1400 Blvd. of the Arts. The class is free and opens to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers; no previous dance experience is necessary. Advance registration is not required. For more information, call Neuro Challenge at (941) 926-6413.

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. All programs and services are provided at no charge. For more information and free resources, visit www.neurochallenge.org or call (941) 926-6413.

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  • 11 Sep 2019 10:14 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Friday, September 20, Goodwill Manasota and SunCoast Blood Bank will officially launch a partnership effort to encourage donations of gently used items and of critically needed units of blood. The organizations will begin by bringing both the Goodwill “Giving Mobile” and the SunCoast Blood Bank “Bloodmobile” to the campus of PGT Custom Windows + Doors from 8am to 8pm, where leaders from both nonprofits and PGT will be in attendance for an informal celebration and brief remarks.

    The organizations are currently seeking additional locations in order to hold “Change a Life, Save a Life” donation drives at least once or possibly twice per month. Already in the works are events at FCCI Insurance Group (November 14) and Booker High School (date TBA). While the September 20 event at PGT is limited to PGT employees, the public is welcome to donate during select future events. For more information or to inquire about becoming a “Change a Life, Save a Life” location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 163 or email pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org


  • 11 Sep 2019 10:13 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation has added two philanthropic advisors to its philanthropy team, further strengthening the foundation’s ability to meet its mission of transforming the Gulf Coast region through bold and proactive philanthropy. In their new roles, C.J. Bannister and Matt Kahn work directly with Kirstin Fulkerson, a 16-year member of the Gulf Coast staff who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President for Philanthropy, to engage donors and grow philanthropic resources to benefit the region.

    Bannister, who joined Gulf Coast in July, is an Air Force veteran as well as a former financial advisor. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector by joining Goodwill Manasota as its first Director of Veterans Services, and most recently served as Chief Development Officer for Sarasota Military Academy Foundation. Kahn joined the Gulf Coast team in mid-August after serving most recently as Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee’s San Francisco office. Before that, he worked as Associate Director of Interfaith Relations at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.


  • 06 Sep 2019 11:30 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Food Bank of Manatee, a program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, distributed over 21,000 Summer Hunger Relief “Sacks” to food-insecure children in Manatee County during the months of June, July, and August. The summer relief bags included over 126,000 meals for children during the weekends. 

    Numerous volunteers donated over 870 hours to pack the “sacks” which were distributed throughout the county at 46 partner sites.  All the sacks were made possible through funds raised thanks to generous supporters.  Donations ranged from $3 to $50,000 and each gift made this program successful.  In addition to summer hunger sacks, nearly 800 families in crisis received emergency food and baby baskets and over 1 million pounds of food was distributed to food pantries and partners. 

    “We began distributing weekend food to children in 2015, by following the Manatee County School District Summer Break Spot buses and provided about 5,000 bags that first year.  This year’s efforts enabled us to increase that number by 400% and serve our youngest, most vulnerable neighbors in need, thanks to the generosity of our community.  I am so very proud of what we accomplished together,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. 

    Call To Action:

    Thank you Manatee County for supporting food-insecure children in Manatee County over the summer.  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and The Food Bank of Manatee are feeding people in our community 365 days a year.  You can help by donating online at www.MealsOnWheelsPLUS.org/donate or by texting FEEDMANATEE to 243725.


  • 05 Sep 2019 8:58 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) recently received national recognition as an “Age-Friendly Health System,” joining more than 100 hospitals in the US that are implementing best practices to enhance care for older adults. The movement is led by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to encourage hospitals and other care settings to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality care based on what matters most to older adults as individuals.

    SMH is the only hospital in the region and one of a handful in Florida with Age-Friendly status. Health systems participating in the initiative are testing and putting into place a set of evidence-based interventions—known as the “4Ms”—which have proven to be essential in providing better care to older patients: What Matters, Medication, Mentation and Mobility. An example of the “4Ms” in action at SMH includes the deployment of specially trained mobility technol ogists in nursing areas to help patients get moving earlier during their hospital stay, which can result in improved patient outcomes. Another 4M initiative is SMH's REACH pilot program, in which teen volunteers visit patients 65 and older on select nursing units to provide friendly conversation and activities. 


  • 05 Sep 2019 8:37 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Friday, September 20, Goodwill Manasota and SunCoast Blood Bank will officially launch a partnership effort to encourage donations of gently-used items and of critically-needed units of blood. The organizations will bring both the Goodwill “Giving Mobile” and the SunCoast Blood Bank “Bloodmobile” to the campus of PGT Custom Windows + Doors (1070 Technology Dr., North Venice) from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Leaders from both nonprofits and PGT will be in attendance from 9:30-10 a.m. for an informal celebration and brief remarks.

    The organizations are currently seeking additional locations in order to hold “Change a Life, Save a Life” donation drives at least once or possibly twice per month. Already in the works are events at FCCI Insurance Group (November 14) and Booker High School (date TBA).

    "We are proud to be partnering with Goodwill Manasota for the ‘Change a Life, Save a Life’ campaign,” said SunCoast Blood Bank CEO Scott Bush. “This partnership is a wonderful example of two well-respected nonprofits working together to create an even more meaningful impact in the communities we both serve.”

    “We are thrilled to forge this new partnership and help to raise awareness and increase vital resources for both of our organizations. We are particularly happy that these collections from the community stay local, benefiting the people who live and work here,” added Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We look forward to finding more community-minded organizations – like PGT – who are happy to lend their parking lots or community areas to our collection efforts.”

    While the September 20th event at PGT is limited to PGT employees, the public is welcome to donate during select future events. For more information or to inquire about becoming a “Change a Life, Save a Life” location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 163 or email pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org.


    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.

    SunCoast Blood Bank SunCoast Blood Bank is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a reliable supply of safe blood products and services to our community for 70 years. SunCoast provides 100 percent of the blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital and DeSoto Memorial Hospital. Recognized for its outstanding service, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce honored SunCoast as the 2017 Non-profit of the Year. SunCoast participates in cancer treatment programs, research and provides therapeutic services at the hospitals it serves. For donor locations and more information, visit www.scbb.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.


  • 03 Sep 2019 8:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Diana Shoemaker has been promoted to the position of CEO, and Greg DeMeuse and Gurn Freeman have joined the organization’s board of directors. Shoemaker has been with Manatee Habitat for 10 years, earning her promotion through strong leadership and a commitment to its mission to help hardworking families achieve strength and stability through affordable housing. Greg DeMeuse of Blalock Walters and Gurn Freeman, formerly Director of Government Sales for FedEx, were brought on as board members to enhance the efforts of the board in accord with organizational growth and capacity building plans.

    Prior to joining Manatee Habitat, Shoemaker served as the Director for Family Promise of Manatee County, a nonprofit providing shelter and resources to homeless families. She also served as chair of the Manatee County Affordable Housing Task Force and is a graduate of Leadership Manatee and the LWRBA Executive Academy. She and her team recently completed the Patterson Foundation’s No Mission, No Margin initiative that provides guidance to nonprofits, helping them to increase their capacity to do good.

    The Manatee Habitat Board of Directors is led by Board Chair Roger Arnholt, Vice-President Kirsten Regal, Treasurer Barry Berman and Secretary Lauren Fuller. DeMeuse and Freeman will join current board members Todd Powers, Tim Polk, and Gary French. 


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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