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April 2012

Dear Parents,
As the academic year comes to a close, we have lots of exciting news to share with you!

Please feel free to send us your feedback on the new look of this newsletter. Enjoy!

Commencement and End of Year Planning


Senior Academic Awards Ceremony

Sat, May 19, 2:00 pm - 3:30 p.m.

Fox Hall



Saturday, May 19, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Wireman Chapel


Commencement 2012

Sunday, May 20, 8am - 11 a.m.

South Beach Field


Visit the Commencement page for schedule, hotel, travel and other useful information.


Celebrate Your Graduate's Achievement

2012 Senior Parent Giving Program

Each year, parents of graduating Eckerd students make celebratory gifts to the Parent Fund in honor of their children's accomplishment. The Parent Council is leading the charge this year with a goal of achieving 30 percent participation from 2012 parents.


When you make a gift to the Parent Fund in honor of your graduate, the Parent Council will send a card to your student notifying him or her of your gift.

You may make a gift online or contact Jan Ray '04, Associate Director of Annual Giving, at 727-864-8229 or


Information for Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Parents

Students must vacate residence halls 24 hours after their last exam. Residence halls will be closed to all but graduating seniors on Friday, May 18, at 12:00 p.m.


How to Store Belongings Over the Summer

Many students choose to rent a POD for summer storage. Empty PODS are delivered to campus; filled PODS are stored in a temperature controlled facility, and delivered to campus when students return in the fall. One POD can be shared by roommates. While Eckerd College does not endorse any one company, Hide-Away Storage in St. Petersburg is a popular option with students. If you have questions about the process of moving out of residence halls or storing belongings, email Justin Long, Director of Housing,



Family Weekend 2012: Internship Initiative


The Parent Council hosted an internship reception and break-out session for students and their families during Family Weekend. The importance of student internships has never been more important for career planning and academic development. The Parent Council is working with the Office of Career Services to expand the database of internships.


So far this year, Eckerd parents have referred over 30 new internship opportunities in various industries to Career Services for Eckerd students!


We need your help to identify opportunities for paid and unpaid internships. You can help help by:

  • Letting us know if you, or someone you know, has a referral to an internship.
  • Asking your employer and other organizations about internships

We are developing an online referral form for internship opportunities and hope to have it on the Career Center website soon.  In the meantime, please send internship referrals to John Ingmire in the Career Center or email the Parent Council  


Help Your Student!

  • Encourage your student to visit the Center for Career Planning & Applied Learning to participate in career fairs, develop a resume, explore the internship database and attend special lectures and presentations.
  • Visit the College Career Life Planning website.   

College Career Life Planning was created by the National Education Empowerment Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization. The web site provides students, parents and teachers with free, quick, easy access to the best education and career planning tools.


Visit the Office of Career Services online to learn about the wealth of information and opportunities available.



Family Weekend 2012: Snapshots

Lauren Webster '15 and parentsLauren Webster '15 and her parents, Karen and Dan Webster (P '15), Denver, Colo.

 "I came to Eckerd as a marine science major but now I want to study in China and major in international business or international relations."


Mary Jean Harford '15 and parentsMary Jean Harford '15 and her parents, Bob and Jan Harford (P '15), Arlington, Va. 

 "I love it here! " said Mary Jean. And her father is impressed, too. "I like the holistic approach to education. Eckerd is just what I thought it would be."


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What Your Student Might Be Experiencing Now

The pace of the semester escalates academically, socially and personally from mid-March to final exams in May. Students may be experiencing considerable stress and fatigue by this point in the semester. Final projects and papers are likely to be due during this month. Group assignments may demand coordinating schedules and academic work among busy and stressed fellow students. Research for term papers requires that students test their competencies in using the library and the Internet. It is important to remind your student that consistent work habits balanced with a healthy lifestyle will be the key to finishing the year on a high note.

Events @ Eckerd

Festival of Cultures

April 27, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hough Quad  


Eckerd Chamber Orchestra

May 3, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Fox Hall  


Deflowering Waldo by Adam Szymkowicz  

May 3 - 5, 8:00pm

May 6 at 2 p.m., Bininger Studio Theatre    

Presented by the EC Senior Theatre Company    


Annual Spring Concert

May 13, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Wireman Chapel  

Eckerd College Choral Ensembles and Eckerd Ringers


View Full Event Schedule


View Event Photos on Flickr.  

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Go Tritons!

2011-12 Eckerd Men's Basketball Season Recap


Visit the Eckerd College Triton's website for more information.