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December 13, 2012


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Save the Dates: James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences Opens January 2013
Photo credit: Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times
On December 5, the Tampa Bay Times included a feature story about the eco-friendly highlights of Eckerd's new James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences. We hope that it whets your appetite to explore the building in person during the opening events in the coming months. All are invited to join the Eckerd community for celebration and scholarship in honor of the official opening of the James Center:


Grand Opening Celebration  

Thursday, January 31, 3 to 5:30 p.m.  

Ribbon cutting, open house and festivities


Fourth Annual Science Symposium  

Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Research, talks and posters by alumni, students and faculty



Remembering Dudley DeGroot, Longtime Professor and Anthropologist
Dr. Dudley DeGroot (second from left) with students
Eckerd College mourns the death of Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Dr. Dudley DeGroot, who came to Eckerd in 1965, retired in 1988 and continued teaching long after. Dr. Degroot, 85, died Friday, December 7, 2012, and is survived by his wife, Jeannette, his sons Bruce, David '74, and Neil, and his grandson, Will. A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 15, in the Lounge at Westminster Suncoast. The entrance to Westminster Suncoast is at 1095 Pinellas Point Drive South.



Faculty Focus: Creative Writing


Assistant Professor Jon Chopan's short story, "Homecoming," is published in the inaugural issue of the eclectic literary journal (ĕm): a review of text and image. Download the first issue and flip to page 7.


Assistant Professor Tracy Crow will be speaking about her memoir Eyes Right: Confessions from a Woman Marine (University of Nebraska Press) at Everest University in January.


Dennis Lehane '88, Co-Director/Co-Founder of Eckerd's Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise, has been hired by HBO as creative consultant for season 4 of "Boardwalk Empire." The Daily Mail calls his newest novel, Live by Night, "the finest gangster novel of the year with a spare, stark edge that cuts into your very soul."


Professor Scott Ward's poem titled "Retreat from Gettysburg" can be found at TRON (Tampa Review Online). It is excerpted from a book-length poem titled Rebel.


Professors  Helen Wallace, Chopan and Ward read their work at the Other Words Conference of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition in St. Augustine in November.


Sterling Watson, the director of Eckerd's Creative Writing Program for 20 years and the College's Peter Meinke Chair in Literature and Creative Writing, and Conference Coordinator Christine Koryta '01 are preparing for the Ninth Annual Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise to be held January 19-27, 2013. The conference's faculty and guest speakers include bestselling authors Ann Patchett (Bel Canto and State of Wonder), Daniel Woodrell (Winter's Bone), and Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Live by Night). 



Alumni Kudos: Creative Writing 

Aaron Coder '12
and Angela Masterson Jones '12 - co-recipients of the 2012 PEL Excellence Award in Creative Writing, alumni of the PEL Honors Program, and past contributing editors of Eckerd Review - published five poems, collectively, in the 2012 edition of Sanctuary, the arts journal of the Southern Regional HonorsCouncil. Thi
s year's issue contains 81 works by 43 literary and visual artists from twelve participating institutions. Aaron Coder's humorous yet chilling persona poem "Do bombs really whistle?" was recognized as Best Poetry Submission.


Campus News
(click on a link to read each story)


Eckerd College Mourns Passing of Longtime Professor and Anthropologist Dr. Dudley DeGroot 


Lindsay Biggs '14 Honored to Capital One Volleyball Academic All-America TeamŽ 


Steve Kornell '95 Balances Social Work and City Council  

Lindsay Biggs '14, Ali McAlvany '15 Land Selections on 2012 AVCA All-American Team


Eckerd College Urges Continued Action to Secure Traffic Signal at Campus Entrance 


Matt Duffy '13 Duffy Honored as Capital One Men's Soccer Division II Academic First Team All-American 


From the Bronx to Boarding School: Francine Haig-Jones '00 Shares Life Experience with Highschoolers 


Eckerd Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Selects 2011-12 Peter Pav Freshman Scholars 


Open Doors 2012: Eckerd College Ranks Highest in Florida for Number of Students Studying Abroad 



Eckerd in the News
(click on a link to be redirected to the article) 

No shortcuts to a true education
Tampa Bay Times
December 9, 2012

- Op-ed by President Donald Eastman  


Chatting with Eckerd's John Sullivan
Downtown St. Pete / I Love the 'Burg
December 7, 2012
- Q&A with Dean of Admission and Financial Aid John Sullivan  


Eckerd College finishing $25M science center full of eco-friendly perks
Tampa Bay Times
December 5, 2012
- Feature story with comments by President Eastman, Director of Planning, Development and Construction Bill McKenna, and Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences Laura Wetzel  


Graduate Tampa Bay: From Silicon Valley To Sarasota
83 Degrees Media
December 4, 2012

- Feature story about PEL student Jeff Paleczny  


Higher ed's death by a thousand cuts
Tampa Bay Times
November 30, 2012 

- Open letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott by President Eastman   


Get a little twisted at St. Petersburg's Abnormality art show
Tampa Bay Times
November 30, 2012
- Comments by art show creator and Director of Marketing, Communications and Web Services Casey Paquet


Three weeks after fatal traffic accident outside of Eckerd College, Mayor Foster says he's optimistic about new streetlight
Creative Loafing Tampa
November 28, 2012   


MPO requests review of fatal crash site near Eckerd College
Tampa Bay Times
November 20, 2012 
- Comments by President Eastman and Kathleen Peters '99, written by Jeralyn Darling '13

Thanksgiving Dinner: How to Maintain Closeness in a Politically Divided Family

Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch
November 17, 2012   

- Comments by Director of Counseling Scott Strader   


Personal approach leads to fundraising success
November 17, 2012     


Eckerd College students take tikkun olam to new depths
Jewish Press of Pinellas County
November 16, 2012

- Comments by David Steren '15, Suncoast Hillel Executive Director Rabbi Ed Rosenthal 





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Eckerd College Students Take Tikkun Olam to New Depths   


What do you get when you combine one part environmental action, one part 'tikkun olam' (repairing the world or service) and one part Jewish life? Scubi Jew: Eckerd College Environmental Divers, the only program of its kind in the country. Founded by Campus Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, this unique scuba diving club brings together the many interests of Jewish students at Eckerd through campus clean-ups, coral reef restoration projects and alternative spring breaks under the sea. Students don't have to be Jewish to participate; they just need a love of diving and a commitment to environmental service. 




To complement the 2012-2013 Presidential Events Series, Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet initiative, Eckerd will be profiling alumni, faculty and staff who embody Eckerd's longstanding culture of service through their livelihoods and/or their volunteer activities. Click on one of the names below to learn more about each individual:     

Steve Kornell '95
Francine Haig-Jones '00
Darden Rice '00   



Remembering ASPEC Member Robert "Bob" Earl Shepherd   


Bob Shepherd, a beloved member of the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, died in a car accident on the Pinellas Bayway/54th Avenue S on November 7, 2012, after exiting Eckerd's campus. His life was celebrated on December 11 during a gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Donald Eastman and Bob's wife, Mrs. Nena Shepherd.  


His memory was dignified and illustrated by poignant poetry readings by Dr. Eastman, Professor Emeritus Peter Meinke and Professor Scott Ward; and remembered with humor, love and respect by Professor Bill Felice and several of his ASPEC colleagues, including, Jack Reed, Brian Southworth, Ellen Hersh, Naomi Block, Ashok Kalro, Oz Scagna, Don MacNary and Ken Wolfe. 


To honor Bob's memory, his family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the Eckerd College International Relations and Global Affairs Program. Gifts can be made online or by check (payable to Eckerd College and mailed to Eckerd College Office of Advancement). Please note "Bob Shepherd Memorial" when making your gift.   


The editors have experienced difficulties with the Eckerd Review submission web site. If you have sent in work, please email ecreview@eckerd.edu by December 14 providing your first and last names and the number of poems, prose pieces and/or artwork you submitted. An editor will promptly confirm receipt of your submission or request that you resubmit to Eckerd 's rejuvenated online form on or before January 1, 2013.    


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

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

PEL Senior Thesis Exhibition: Stephanie Bodhi and Paula Carruthers

Through Dec. 14, Cobb Gallery

Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   


Residential Senior Thesis Exhibition: Morgan Swim

Through Dec. 14, Elliott Gallery

Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Writers in Paradise Evening Readings 

8 p.m., Jan. 19-26, Miller Auditorium

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday   

January 21

Special ASPEC Event, "Life after Martin Luther King" 

2-5 p.m., Jan. 21, Lewis House

ASPEC Public Forum: Hank Hine, "What's New at the Dali Museum"   

4 p.m., Jan. 23, Fox Hall


Grand Opening Celebration
3-5:30 p.m., Jan. 31, James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences

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

Saturday, Dec. 15

4 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Shaw University


Monday, Dec. 17

7:30 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Johnson C. Smith University


Wednesday, Dec. 19

7:30 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Tuskegee University


Sunday, Dec. 30

2 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. Adelphi University


Saturday, Jan. 5

2 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. Nova Southeastern University
4 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Nova Southeastern University


Where Are They Now?
Walt Gordon '10

"Nelson Poynter: His Legacy in the American Century"

Walt E. Gordon '10, who received a Bachelor's degree in history from the Program for Experiened Learners, is now a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Arts program at USF St. Petersburg. He spent the summer and fall months working on an important project to develop an annotated bibliographic essay of Nelson Poynter, the longtime editor and publisher of the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, whose papers are in the USF library's Special Collections and University Archives.

Walt also developed a public program that took place at Pinellas County Heritage Village in October. His work on this project is a portion of his Master of Liberal Arts culminating project that defended on December 6. This program will air on the Pinellas County Government channel beginning December 3 and will be permanently archived.