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Spring 2010

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Dean Chapin Retires
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Commencement Tips from EC Parents

Arrive at least 45 minutes to an hour before the ceremony. This will give you plenty of time to find a seat.

Golf carts will be providing shuttle service from parking lots to South Beach Field.

A bottle of water will be under your seat and more are available at the tent entrances.

Portable restrooms are plentiful.

SIFE regionals team

There is an EC banner
tied between 2 palm trees that makes for a nice
photo opportunity. Line up for this early as it can
get crowded.

Many professors stay after the ceremony to
greet students and families. There are tents set up for each collegium.

Enjoy the campus celebrations during Commencement
weekend, including the Baccalaureate service and Dean's Party on Saturday evening.

Dear Eckerd Parent,

The Parent Council met in February during Family Weekend and discussed topics such as internships, Admission, the Parent Fund, and campus life. We heard an update on the College Campaign from Matt Bisset, Vice President for Advancement, and learned a lot about campus life improvements from Jim Annarelli, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

In addition to learning more about what is taking place on campus, we also have the opportunity to share with College staff any concerns or ideas from parents. If you have anything you'd like to share with the Parent Council, please let us know. You can identify Parent Council members by their nametags at College events on campus and across the country. If you're not able to attend an event, you can also reach the Council by emailing

Ed and E.J. Mahoney (P '10)
Parent Council Co-Chairs

E.J., Meghan '10, and Ed Mahoney

Lloyd Chapin, Dean of Faculty, Retires
E.J. Mahoney and Dean Chapin
EJ Mahoney and Dean Chapin

Dean Chapin has been a member of the Eckerd community since 1979, serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. He will retire in June after over 30 years with the College. At the President's Breakfast during Family Weekend in February, the Parent Council presented Dean Chapin with a gift on behalf of all Eckerd families who have been touched by him through the years. E.J. Mahoney, Parent Council Co-Chair, summarized Dean Chapin's many accomplishments and thanked him for all he has done for Eckerd students throughout the years.

In making the presentation, E.J. quoted Dean Chapin from the 2006 Ceremony of Lights: "My favorite way of thinking about a college, especially a liberal arts college, is as a center for celebration. By that I mean something far more profound than partying. I mean a deep, joyous involvement in life at its best."

In the true sense of Dean Chapin's definition of ceremony we celebrated his dedication and relentless service to Eckerd College. Dean Chapin received a standing ovation from the parents and faculty who filled Fox Hall during the President's Breakfast.
Senior Parent Giving Program
Each year, parents of graduating seniors give a gift to the Parent Fund in honor of their student's achievement. This year, the Parent Council is leading this effort and has a goal of achieving 25% participation from 2010 parents. So far, 132 parents have made a gift to the Parent Fund, putting us very close to our goal of 25% participation.

Would you like to make a gift in honor of your son or daughter's accomplishment? Visit to make a gift to the Parent Fund or call 727.864.8222 to make a gift over the phone. You can also send a check to the Advancement Office at 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33771.

The Parent Council will send a card notifying your son or daughter of your gift made in their honor.
Annual Eckerd Day of Service
Due to the success of Eckerd's first Day of Service, this year the second annual Day of Service has become a Month of Service! Join Eckerd alumni, students, family and friends around the world as they come together to perform service in their local communities. The Month of Service kicked off on April 24 with groups in Atlanta and Seattle. An event took place last weekend in St. Louis, and Eckerd's Month of Service will close with a volunteer day in Cincinnati on May 22.

If you are interested in participating in the Month of Service in your city, please contact Tanner Kennedy, Acting Director of Alumni Relations at To see where events are currently scheduled or to register, visit the alumni website.

Eckerd SIFE Program
Members of the EC SIFE team
SIFE regionals team
Eckerd College's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team presented its top eleven projects at the 2010 Regional SIFE competitions in Atlanta. For the twelfth year, Eckerd SIFE received the championship award in its league event and progresses now to national competition May 11-14 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Students from more than 1,400 campuses compete each year, and the regional winners go on to compete at the national level. Led by Dr. Naveen Malhotra, Eckerd students presented their projects to a team of business leaders from companies such as Sam's Club, Proctor and Gamble, Sealed Air and AFLAC. After competing in Atlanta, the EC SIFE team was invited to a private reception hosted by Sam's Club to discuss networking, sharing, and job opportunities.

Founded in 1975 and active in 1,400 colleges and universities, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to provide students an opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork experience while studying economics, entrepreneurship, finances, and ethics. SIFE is supported by Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Pepsico, Accenture, Dell, Liberty Mutual, Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson.