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Fall 2010

Dear Eckerd Parent,

It's hard to believe finals are around the corner and the Fall Semester will soon come to a close. We're sure that, like us, you are looking forward to spending time with your Triton son or daughter during the break.

On October 15, the Parent Council began its third year with a meeting at which members received exciting updates on the College's Many Experiences, One Spirit Campaign and committees planned their activities for the year. Two of the Council's top initiatives for 2010-2011 are to continue to increase internship and externship opportunities for Eckerd students and to meet the Parent Fund goal of $275,000. The Council has also updated the look of Parent ConnECtions to reflect Eckerd's new Web site design. We hope you enjoy it!

You can learn more about how to help the Council and the College expand internship opportunities for students in the article below. Also, we encourage you to drop by the Parent Council Reception during Family Weekend to talk with Council members who have hosted Eckerd interns and hear about their unique experiences.

Parent Council members enjoy connecting with fellow Eckerd parents, and we encourage you to contact the Parent Council at any time by sending an email to
  The Rubino Family

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope to see you during Family Weekend in February!


Bill and Leah Rubino '81, '81 (P '11, '13)
2010-2011 Parent Council Chairs
Family Weekend 2011
Campaign Update
Help find Internships for EC Students
Athletics Update
Study Abroad
Get to know your student's home away from home. Do you know where this picture was taken on Eckerd's campus? If so, email the Parent Council your answer. Take a guess! The first parent to respond correctly will receive a gift from the Eckerd bookstore!
This year's Family Weekend: February 25-27, 2011
fam wknd adThis year's Family Weekend will take place February 25-27, 2011. A schedule is on the Eckerd Web site, and registration packets will be mailed to you in January. Family Weekend events begin on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and the weekend concludes with a luncheon at the GO Pavilion on Sunday. Hotel information can be found on the Parents & Family page.

Artist's rendering of the GO Pavilion
Adult registration is $65 and includes 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, an evening cookout, Family Weekend T-shirt, and a weekend of fun at Eckerd College. Siblings age 15 and younger can register for $30.

While on campus ...
* Attend the grand opening of the GO Pavilion
* Catch a movie at the 13th Annual Environmental Film Festival  
* Visit the Eckerd Waterfront
* Catch the on-campus performance of Recycled Percussion
* And much more!
See What Is Coming to Eckerd!

The Campaign is
Artist's rendering of the new Science building, slated to open in the fall of 2012
invigorating and upgrading programs, departments, grounds and buildings all over campus. To date, five professorships--in Film Studies, Finance, Creative Writing, Humane Letters and Natural Sciences-- have been endowed; the GO Pavilion is nearing completion for a grand opening during Family Weekend; and, coming next fall, the groundbreaking for the long-awaited Center for Molecular and Life Sciences will take place. These exciting enhancements are all thanks to the generosity of Eckerd supporters. Many Eckerd families are participating in this historic College Campaign, and so far Eckerd parents have given nearly $900,000 in support of the new Science facility.
Offer an Internship to an Eckerd Student
The Parent Council's Internship Committee, in partnership with the Office of Career Resources, has dedicated itself to increasing internship opportunities for Eckerd students. Some Council members were able to provide students with an internship at their companies last year. As a result of these very positive experiences, the Parent Council recognized that parents can make a real difference in students' career opportunities by expanding internships and externships at Eckerd.

Sources for internships include businesses in your area, your clients, your friends and organizations where you volunteer. Internships are great opportunities that open doors for college students and recent graduates, and your assistance with expanding Eckerd's programs will help our children succeed.

If your organization is interested in learning more about hosting an Eckerd intern, or if you know of an internship at a company in your area, please contact Caroline Murphy, Director of Career Resources, at 727.864.8258.
Eckerd College Tritons
tipoff crowd
Eckerd fans at Triton Tip Off 2010
The Eckerd College Men's and Women's Basketball teams anticipate great seasons this year. The Men's team, led by Head Coach Tom Ryan '87, has been picked to finish fourth in the Sunshine State Conference, according to the league's pre-season poll. The Tritons have 3 starters and 11 letter-winners returning from a squad that went 19-9 and narrowly missed out on an NCAA Tournament invitation last year.

The Tritons will host a tailgate party prior to games on January 29, February 5 and February 16. Free food and soft drinks will be available, so if you are visiting your student during one of these times, please come out and support the team!
Triton Cheerleaders

The Women's Basketball team, led by Head Coach Paul Honsinger, also returns 3 starters. Included is standout senior guard Ashley Lutz, who led Eckerd in scoring last year with 14.3 points per game.

To follow the Tritons, please visit the Eckerd Athletics Web site. Remind your student to support the Tritons, attend home games and check out the dates for the tailgate parties!
Study Abroad at Eckerd College
The Office
Winter Term 2010 photo by Sean Roubik '10
of International Education is busy preparing for the departure of Winter Term 2011 participants. This year, Eckerd students will explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations in Thailand and Cambodia; learn about the diverse marine environments of Roatan, Honduras; explore the Amazon and learn about conservation efforts; and journey to Tanzania on a safari to learn more about the natural history and culture of Africa. In addition to these popular Winter Term trips, Eckerd also offers opportunities to study abroad during its spring-into-summer program. To learn more about Study Abroad opportunities for your Eckerd student, please contact the Office of International Education at
Talk to Us!                          CONTACT THE ECKERD COLLEGE PARENT COUNCIL
Parent Council members enjoy connecting with fellow Eckerd parents. Would you like to hear about expanding programs, study abroad, sustainability at Eckerd, or Eckerd's slated outdoor classroom? Just let us know. Have a question or suggestion about making life at Eckerd better for our students? E-mail us. Just as our sons and daughters have joined the Eckerd community, so have we. We're looking forward to talking with you!