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October 16, 2012


Finally! Fall is in the air. Take advantage of the cooler weather by sipping a coffee on one of the campus patios before an evening lecture, cheering on the Tritons at a home game, or pedaling a yellow bike over to the Center for Molecular and Life Sciences to check out the latest progress. While you'll read about the updates in this newsletter, doing it person is much more satisfying! 


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Environmentalist Bill McKibben Returns to Eckerd as 50th Commencement Speaker
by Cait Duffy '14, News Editor for The Current

Bill McKibben, EC 2013 Commencement Speaker

Journalist and activist Bill McKibben will be addressing the students, staff, friends and family of Eckerd College during the 50th commencement ceremony on South Beach field May 19, 2013.   


McKibben will be returning to Eckerd after making a large impact on the student body during his visit to the campus in 2011. His lectures included addressing the class of 2012 in their Quest for Meaning course, as well as a CPS event in which he discussed his book Eaarth and the possible impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.


Eckerd students, compelled to assist McKibben, organized a trip to Washington, D.C., in early November of last year and joined his protest outside of the White House. In an email interview, McKibben said, "Eckerd sent the largest delegation of any college up to join in the climate protests in Washington D.C. last year, and that's why I'm coming--I owe you guys."



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Oct. 20 Festival of Reading: A Strong Eckerd Connection

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
Photo credit: USF St. Petersburg
Besides the fact that it originated on the Eckerd College campus twenty years ago, the 2012 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading authors list will be well represented by current and former faculty. The Festival will be held Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg. Stop by and say 'Hello!' at the Eckerd College/Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference booth. Visit the Festival of Reading website for the Author Schedule:


Tracy Crow, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine)

Carolyn Ross Johnston, Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters (My Father's War: Fighting with the Buffalo Soldiers in WWII)

Michael Koryta, Faculty for Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference Faculty (The Prophet)

Dennis Lehane '88, Co-director and Faculty for Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference (Live by Night)

Peter Meinke, Professor Emeritus of Literature and Faculty for Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference (The Shape of Poetry: A Practical Guide to Writing & Reading Poems)  



Oct. 27 St. Petersburg Science Festival: Eckerd + Science = 40' x 40' Tent       

St. Pete Science Festival

For a second consecutive year, Eckerd College will be an exhibitor and sponsor of the St. Petersburg Science Festival. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, on the USF St. Petersburg campus, Science in the Sun
will celebrate the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Eckerd will be a very visible exhibitor with a 40' x 40' tent and nine experiment stations that range from building your own molecular model to discovering the simplicity of slime (every parent's favorite!). Explore the science of St. Petersburg at this family-friendly event that drew 6,000 visitors last year!



Eckerd Students Go "Into the Streets"   


Into the Streets 2012

On August 24, the Office of Service Learning led 345 students, staff and faculty Into the Streets for half-day service projects at 31 community service agencies across the Tampa Bay area. Students mucked horse stalls at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, sorted cans for the hungry at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, planted organic veggies at the Bartlett Park Community Garden, and interacted with residents at Westminster Shores Nursing Home.



EC-SAR Alpha Dragos EC-SAR Alpha Dragons Victorious at Paddle Up St. Pete


On October 6, a 25-member student crew competed in the dragon boat races at the Paddles Up St. Pete event in downtown St. Petersburg's Bayboro Harbor. Eckerd's presence was made known with an Eckerd College-Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) booth, several rescue boats and a win by the EC-SAR Alpha Dragons who won the final in their division. Congratulations!   

Faculty Focus: Flaherty, Griggs and Molina-Gavilan

The Textures of Time by Michael Flaherty A read described as "a thoughtful exploration of time and how we make it do our bidding," The Textures of Time: Agency and Temporal Experience (Temple University Press, 2011) by Professor of Sociology Michael G. Flaherty has won the 2012 Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Professor Flaherty is also the author of A Watched Pot: How We Experience Time.  


Catherine GriggsCatherine Griggs, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies, was elected chair of the Phi Beta Kappa South Atlantic District, which includes all chapters and associations from the District of Columbia to Florida. Additionally, she was invited to take part in a documentary about the American political process by the U.S. State Department's Public Affairs division, which was hosting a group of journalists from the country of Georgia. New to democratic elections and the electoral process, Georgia is also having a presidential election this year. The journalists were visiting the Tampa Bay area to film the Republican National Convention as well as solicit citizen responses to the political process during the convention cycle. Professor Griggs was interviewed for the documentary and participated in the filming of the informal citizen conversations.     


The Time Ship by Enrique Gaspar A recent project of Professor of Spanish Yolanda Molina-Gavilan is ready for your nightstand. She and her cohort, Andrea Bell, have completed an edited translation of a 19th century Spanish science fiction novel, the first ever to feature a time travel machine: Enrique Gaspar's El anacronópete (The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey).   


Click here for the Sept. 19 review by The Washington Post.



Eckerd in the News
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Tampa Bay Times
October 14, 2012
- Feature story on the newest book by author and Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference Co-Director Dennis Lehane '88

Tampa Bay Business Journal
October 12, 2012
- Feature story on the Leadership Development Institute's Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile; comments by Jennifer Hall, Director of Coaching and Feedback

Tampa Bay Times
October 7, 2012

- Q&A with Tracy Crow, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Creative Writing 


Boston Herald
October 7, 2012

- Feature story with Dennis Lehane '88 


Bay News 9
October 3, 2012

- Comments by students Emma Cotton '16 and Henry Palmer '14


AP / San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2012

- Feature photo of student Dana Schletter '14  


In Depth: Colleges That Change Lives 

Bay News 9
September 27, 2012

- Feature interview with John Sullivan, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid 


U.S. News & World Report

September 20, 2012

- Comments by Pat Watkins, Director of Financial Aid


Creative Loafing Tampa
September 20, 2012

- Recognition of Gavin Hawk, Associate Professor of Theatre


Tampa Bay Business Journal
September 19, 2012

- Feature story on the Leadership Development Institute's Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile survey; comments by Jennifer Hall, Director of Coaching and Feedback  


Gulfport Patch
September 19, 2012


WMNF 88.5 FM

September 18, 2012

- Comments by ELS participant Yasser Alghamdi  


Tampa Bay Times
September 16, 2012

- Feature story on Tracy Kidder, 2012-13 Visiting Scholar-in-Residence  


September 14, 2012

- Comments by Bill Kelly, Director of Writing Excellence and Associate Professor of Rhetoric 


Tampa Bay Newspapers
September 12, 2012


September 12, 2012

- Comments by Jamey Handorf, Assistant Director of Residence Life 


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VSA Florida Modern Skills for Success
Eckerd Hosts Two VSA Florida Art Exhibits

Through mid-December, Eckerd will be hosting two art exhibits from VSA Florida, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, whose mission is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.

In Armacost Library, Modern Skills for Success, an exhibit of 48 computer-generated works created by students in transition from high schools statewide, will be on display through December 13. The second VSA exhibit of works by adult artists will be on display as an Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) event in Lewis House through December 15.    

Opening receptions for both exhibits will be held on Thursday, October 18. Enjoy the paintings in Lewis House from 5-6:30 p.m. ($4 at the door), then stroll over to Armacost Library for the computer-generated artwork from 6-7:30 p.m. (free).   


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Peru, Spring Break 2012

Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet

The 2012-2013 Presidential Event Series will highlight Eckerd's longstanding culture of service. Through speaker presentations and campus initiatives, the series will demonstrate that service for the greater good can be achieved through scientific research, civil and public servant leadership, environmental protection, social justice action and commentary, foreign diplomacy, time in the armed forces, pro bono legal counsel and hands-on projects.


Visit the website to peruse a complete list of events and read individual profiles of how service-learning experiences have changed the lives of current students and alumni.

All Eckerd College students, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and ASPEC and OLLI members are invited to send in their short stories, one-act plays, nonfiction (15 pages max.), poems and art before November 23 for consideration for publication in Eckerd Review 2013. Visit the website and follow the submission guidelines to electronically submit your work anonymously.

EC Blessing of the Pets


Blessing of the Pets 

As one of the most pet-friendly colleges in the nation (thank you, Petside.com), Eckerd would be remiss for not offering a Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Eckerd's pet blessings took place on October 3.



Ban the Bottle Campaign

Eckerd Partners with USF, UT for Ban the Bottle Campaign

Sustainability Fellow Evan Bollier '11 recently led a partnership effort with peers at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa for the Green Apple Day of Service, a national initiative designed to make our schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn.  


As colleges/universities that have recently installed water bottle filling stations, Evan and his cohorts focused their efforts on reducing the amount of plastic water bottles on each campus. On September 26, students who made sustainable 'pledges' received a reusable bottle sporting the "Ban the Bottle" message and logos of each school. 




Through Oct. 24,
Cobb Art Gallery, Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Through Oct. 26, Elliott Gallery, Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Through Dec.13, Armacost Library, Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


7 p.m., Oct. 16, Miller Auditorium


7 p.m., Oct. 17, Fox Hall


6 p.m., Oct. 18, Fox Hall


7 p.m., Oct. 19, Miller Auditorium


7 p.m., Oct. 22, Miller Auditorium


6 p.m., Oct. 23, Fox Hall


CPS: Kyriacos Markides, "The Mystical Spirituality of the Byzantine East"

7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, Wireman Chapel


CPS: Jerald Hess '04, "From Service Learning to Service Lawyer: Thoughts of an Eckerd Alum Turned Attorney"

7 p.m., Oct. 24, Fox Hall


CPS: James and Joanne Huskey, "Surviving Double Jeopardy: From Tiananmen Square to Nairobi"

7 p.m., Oct. 25, Fox Hall


CPS: Eric Deggans, "Confessions of a Race Baiter: Dissecting Prejudice, Sexism and Stereotypes in Modern Media"

7 p.m., Nov. 1, Miller Auditorium


Go Tritons! 
EC Tritons
Blackout Night Scheduled For Basketball's Triton Tip-Off on Saturday 


The Eckerd College men's and women's basketball programs want you to be loud and proud Saturday, October 20 for another exciting edition of the Triton Tip-Off, a popular annual event on campus that signals the start of the new hoops season.

This year's Triton Tip-Off at 9 p.m. is being promoted as a blackout and the Tritons want all fans, students, staff/faculty and alumni, to pack the stands wearing black.


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Calling all fans, come cheer on your Tritons at these upcoming HOME games and matches! Visit the Athletics website for more information.         


Wednesday, Oct. 17

5 p.m., Women's Soccer vs. Rollins College

7:30 p.m., Men's Soccer vs. Rollins College


Friday, Oct. 19

7 p.m., Women's Soccer vs. Ave Maria University (Kick for a Cure - Breast Cancer Awareness)


Monday, Oct. 22

7 p.m., Women's Soccer vs. Florida College         


Tuesday, Oct. 23

7 p.m., Men's Soccer vs. Florida Southern College (Senior Night)              

Wednesday, Oct. 24

7 p.m., Women's Soccer vs. Florida Southern College (Senior Night)        

Saturday, Oct. 27

All Day, Men's Sailing vs. Fall District Championships

4 p.m., Volleyball vs. Rollins College (Dig Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness)      


Sunday, Oct. 28

All Day, Men's Sailing vs. Fall District Championships


Wednesday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Chilean National Team (Exhibition)


Friday, Nov. 2

7 p.m., Volleyball vs. Florida Southern College


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Alumni Success:
Cynthia Mott '09

Hanson Family Archives
Cynthia Mott '09, who majored in Humanities while enrolled in Eckerd's Program for Experienced Learners, was recently honored with the Florida Historical Society's Gov. LeRoy Collins Award for her "most outstanding" research paper on Florida History. Cynthia, who recently received her Master's degree in Florida Studies from USF St. Petersburg, was recognized for her thesis on the Hanson Family Archives of Fort Myers, Fla., a privately owned family collection of historical artifacts held by the Woody Hanson family. Congratulations, Cynthia!