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Inside Eckerd: The Latest News
February 6, 2013

With the opening of Eckerd's new science building, the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences, the spring term is off to an exciting start! Browse this issue for feature coverage of the James Center, Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference, a naturalization ceremony for 200 new citizens, and the student-run community garden, as well as published opinions by our faculty, staff and students about gun control, the effectiveness of a liberal arts education, post-earthquake Haiti, and farmworker justice.

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1.31.13. Were You There?
James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences Grand Opening

More than 700 people joined Eckerd President Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, Ph.D., Congressman C.W. Bill Young, donors Tom and Mary James, trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni for the grand opening festivities of the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences on January 31, 2013. Were you there? Find yourself in the photo gallery or watch the video captured by the Tampa Bay Times.


Faculty Focus


In mid-January, David Hastings, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry, delivered a talk titled "Dissolving Before our Eyes: Ocean Acidification and Why it Matters to Floridians" as part of The Florida Aquarium's "Evening Tide Talks" lecture series. His presentation will be televised in Hillsborough County each Wednesday in February (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 9 p.m. on the Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network (Verizon Ch. 32 and BrightHouse Ch. 614).


Shannon Gowans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Science, is collaborating with the University of South Florida College of Marine Science and the Canterbury School of Florida Marine Studies program on the use of the DARWIN software (used by the Eckerd College Dolphin Project) to assist in photographing and identifying the local dolphin population in Tampa Bay. Canterbury's program is led by Eckerd alumni Jenna LoDico Cummings '03, who majored in marine geology, and Sean Murphy '03, who majored in marine science with a biology concentration and double minored in chemistry and mathematics.


After studying about Sikhism in his "Non-Western Religions" class, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Michael Jerryson, Ph.D., accompanied 16 Eckerd students to the Tampa Gurdwara, where they observed the Sikh community in prayer, shared in communal eating, and engaged in small group discussions. The students' appreciation of their fall semester experience has been posted on various websites including here.


Led by Peter Meylan, Ph.D., the Richard R. Hallin Professor in Natural Sciences, the January Winter Term class "Excavating Vertebrate Fossils" focused on laboratory study of the vertebrate skeleton, presentations by students on fossils of living and extinct groups, and extensive field work at a Pleistocene fossil site in Pinellas County. More photos here 



Community Partnerships 

Eckerd's presence in the community is as varied as it is far-reaching. Take a glimpse at some recent activities:


For several years, Eckerd College has been a major sponsor for the Journeys in Journalism program's photography exhibit highlighting the talents of students from Melrose Elementary, Johns Hopkins Middle School and Lakewood High School.
"Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond" was on display in October at the Studio@620, where Eckerd students were instrumental in coordinating the Taste of Midtown event.  

One of this spring's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)
Reflective Service-Learning courses will expand upon the ongoing community partnership between Eckerd and the Journeys in Journalism program. Students in the Advanced Journalism course taught by Tracy Crow '02, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, will work with students at nearby Lakewood High School on essential journalistic skills as well as the development and publication process of three newspaper issues.


Also in October, Eckerd was an exhibitor at the St. Petersburg Science Festival, where Eckerd faculty and students touted the 'Sciences at Eckerd' via a number of experiments and exhibits under an impressive 40' x 40 tent. Festival goers enjoyed a touch tank, built their own molecules, and learned how to make slime. The Waterfront program's nearby booth shared information about Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR), watersports camps and other maritime offerings.


The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) and the James B. Sanderlin School (a public, international baccalaureate Pre K-8 school) entered into a community partnership in 2011. Since then, ASPEC members have been serving as tutors and mentors, and raising scholarship funds to assist middle school students interested in attending Eckerd's Summer Science Splash Camp.



Sanderlin students performed songs from Oliver at ASPEC's Dickens Bicentennial Celebration held in November (see above photo).
"Without Words, Without Lies" by Giuliana Grossi '13
Untitled ceramic sculpture
by Devin McDonald '10

In November at the

Studio@620, the visual and poetic artistry of seniors Caitlyn Duffy '13, Giuliana Grossi '13, Josh Keeler '13 and Erin O'Malley '13, and alumni Estathea Lyons '11, Devin McDonald '10  and William Skinner '12, complemented "The Alphabet of Art," an international exhibit of innovative modern artwork by 34 artists from seven different countries and twenty cities.



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

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 4, 2013
- Q&A with PEL graduate Krystal Kafka Dunk '10

Social justice author discusses global issues

The Daily Beacon
February 1, 2013
- Coverage of talk given by William F. Felice, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science

Tampa Bay Times
January 31, 2013
- Video coverage of grand opening remarks and festivities featuring Dr. Donald Eastman, Tom James, Denise Flaherty, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, and Lily Ellis '14
Tampa Tribune
January 31, 2013  


Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary stops taking in new birds

January 31, 2013
- Comments by Beth Forys, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science and Biology 


Tampa Bay Times
January 29, 2013
- Members of the EC New Horizons Band play the National Anthem at naturalization ceremony held at Eckerd  


January 29, 2013

Tampa Bay Times
January 29, 2013

- Photos of naturalization ceremony held at Eckerd   


WMNF 88.5 FM
January 28, 2013

- Feature story; comments by Dean of Special Programs Kelly Kirschner 

January 28, 2013

- Feature story about Miles Collier, EC Board of Trustees Chair


CBS News
January 28, 2013 

January 26, 2013
- Reference to data presented by sedimentary geologist and research assistant Rebekka Larson

January 22, 2013

- Reference to upcoming lecture on March 28 featuring Pier Vellinga, Ph.D., and Henry Pollack, Ph.D. 

Victoria Advocate
January 20, 2013

- Comments by Michael Albrecht, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication

January 18, 2013
- Comments by John Sullivan, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid 

Tampa Tribune's "St. Petersburg Tribune" section
January 16, 2013
- Cover story on the James Center and the general excitement of the College's expansion of the sciences. Director of Planning, Development and Construction Bill McKenna, faculty Laura Wetzel, Ph.D., Peter Meylan, Ph.D., Denise Flaherty, Ph.D., and Koty Sharp, Ph.D., and students Barbara Del Castello '15, Hayley Musial '14, and Jake Koetsier '14 were interviewed and/or quoted.  


83 Degrees Media
January 15, 2013
- Feature story on Eckerd's community garden; comments by Garden Club president Deborah Hilbert '13, Sean Bossardet '15 and Assistant Director of Residence Life Jamey Handorf   

U.S. News & World Report
January 14, 2013
- Comments by Director of Financial Aid Pat Watkins, Ph.D.

Tampa Bay Times, "Latitudes" section
January 13, 2013
- Feature story with Ann Patchett, Writers in Paradise Writers' Conference Series keynote speaker for the evening reading series 

January 12, 2013

- A post written by Christina Smith '14, niece of Melissa Harris-Perry 

Tampa Bay Times
January 7, 2013

- An op-ed by Professor of Political Science William F. Felice, Ph.D.  


Ethics Newsline

January 7, 2013

- An essay about gun control by Claire Stiles, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development


December 29, 2012
- Comments by Carolyn Johnston, Ph.D., The Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters

Tampa Bay Times
December 20, 2012

- An epilogue about Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Dudley DeGroot  

Real Simple

December 18, 2012
- Advice from Craig Runde, Ph.D., of the Center for Conflict Dynamics  

December 18, 2012

- An op-ed by Assistant Chaplain Rev. Libby Shannon '05




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Micrograph of the Metamorphic Marble
"Art of Science" contest entry by
Nichole Clark '13
Fourth Annual Eckerd College Science Symposium: February 9

Yearning for another chance to see, feel and hear the new James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences? Take note of the Fourth Annual Eckerd College Science Symposium set for Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free, public event will feature food for your mind as well as body. Breakfast, lunch and a tour of the facilities are included in your reservation. In addition to speaker presentations, winners of the "Art of Science" photo contest will be announced.


Anyone interested in running, genetics, microbial life, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, innovations in eye surgery, and how scientific research benefits from the space within which it occurs, should make plans to hear this lineup of presenters: Eckerd professor Greg Gerdeman, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School geneticist James F. Gusella, Ph.D., alumni Jeff Dodge '84, Ph.D., Julie Huber '98, Ph.D., Jane Petro '68, M.D. (keynote speaker), Steve Updegraff '84, M.D., and students Kimberly Anderson '13, Lilly Ellis '13 and Maxine Tan '13. View the complete schedule.

Visions of Nature / Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival: February 15 - 23


For 15 years, the Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival has brought compelling and important films to the Tampa Bay area and the Eckerd College community to raise awareness and promote discussion of matters relating to nature, place and the environment.   

Notable presenters at this year's festival include Jeff Orlowski, director and cinematographer of Chasing Ice; Mark Kitchell, director of A Fierce Green Fire - The Battle for a Living Planet; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith, the narrator and co-writer of Poisoned Waters.


All programs begin at 7 p.m., except for Feb. 17, which starts at 2 p.m.   

Tickets and reservations are not required. View the complete schedule.



Full many a glorious morning have I seen... 154 Sonnets of Shakespeare, 10 Years of Calligraphy by Ruth Pettis '78


On display in Cobb Gallery through March 15, local calligrapher and Eckerd alumna Ruth Pettis '78 presents the complete writings of William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. A reception and talk will be held Alumni Weekend on Friday, Mar. 8, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cobb Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.




5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30... 35 (?!?) 

This year's Staff and Faculty Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 14, at 11:45 a.m. in Fox Hall. The annual Staff Member of the Year Award will be presented. Faculty and staff who have reached 5-year milestones (some have reached 35+!) will be recognized for their tenure at the College. Happy Valentine's Day!




6th Annual Surreal Film Competition   


The Office of the Dean of Students in cooperation with the Eckerd Visual Arts program and the Salvador Dali Museum is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Surreal Film Competition open to students and alumni. Once again, the competition will be a part of the Eckerd College celebration of Surreal Week scheduled March 2 - 9. Click here for the entry form

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

Exhibit: Louise Graham (1903-1983): A Life Dedicated to Service in St. Petersburg 

Through Feb. 28, Armacost Library, 2nd Floor

View during library hours 

Art Exhibit: 154 Sonnets of Shakespeare, 10 Years of Calligraphy by Ruth Pettis '78 

Through Mar. 15, Cobb Gallery

Mon-Fri, 10:30 am - 4:30 p.m.    


CPS: Dan Kamin, "Funny Bones-The Comedy of Charlie Chaplin"
Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Bininger Theatre


International Cinema Series, "Holy Motors"
Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium


ASPEC Special Event, Health Care Day: What's New in Medicine
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Lewis House


Fourth Annual Eckerd College Science Symposium
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., James Center


CPS: Jane Petro '68, "The Role of Buildings in Scientific Collaboration"
Feb. 9, 5 p.m., James Center


CPS: Recital - Kaplan Piano Duo
Feb. 10, 3 p.m., Roberts Music 104


Feb. 10 - 15, Elliott Gallery

Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   


Walt Musial, "Opportunities and Challenges of Offshore Wind Energy" 

Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Miller Auditorium


ASPEC Forum: Donald Eastman, "The State of Eckerd College" 

Feb. 13, 4 p.m., Lewis House


CPS: Interview Speed Dating 

Feb. 13, 6 p.m., President's Dining Room


CPS: Environmental Film Festival 

Feb. 15 - 23 (CPS credit not given on Feb. 20), nightly at 7 p.m. (except at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17), Miller Auditorium


Senior Thesis Exhibitions: Conor Pickett '13, Ceramic installation 

Feb. 17 - 22, Elliott Gallery

Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   


CPS: An Evening with Amina Gautier 

Feb. 20, 7 p.m., President's Dining Room


Family Weekend 

Feb. 22 - 24


CPS: Paul Carr, "Can technologies save us in time?" 

Feb. 25, 7 p.m., GMSL Auditorium


CPS: Kathleen Peters, "From Scholar to State Representative" 

Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium


CPS: 154 Sonnets of Shakespeare, 10 Years of Calligraphy by Ruth Pettis '78 

Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m., Cobb Gallery


CPS: Wes Jackson, "The History of Hip Hop" 

Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Fox Hall


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, Feb. 9

All Day, Men's Sailing, SAISA Open

2 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. Florida Tech

4 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Florida Tech    

Sunday, Feb. 10

All Day, Men's Sailing, SAISA Open

10 a.m., Men's Tennis vs. Lynn University

10 a.m., Women's Tennis vs. Lynn University


Friday, Feb. 15

3 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. *Florida Southern College

5 p.m., Softball vs. Ave Maria University (DH)

7 p.m., Baseball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University


Saturday, Feb. 16

All Day, Men's Sailing, Mendelblatt Team Race

Noon, Baseball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University (DH)


Sunday, Feb. 17

All Day, Men's Sailing, Mendelblatt Team Race

12:30 p.m., Men's Tennis vs. Florida Tech

12:30 p.m., Women's Tennis vs. Florida Tech


Monday, Feb. 18

7 p.m., Baseball vs. Ave Maria University

Wednesday, Feb. 20

3 p.m., Women's Tennis vs. Florida Southern College

5 p.m., Softball vs. Warner University (DH)

5:30 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. Florida Southern College

7:30 p.m., Men's Basketball vs. Florida Southern College      

Friday, Feb. 22

7 p.m., Baseball vs. Florida Tech


Saturday, Feb. 23

10 a.m., Softball vs. Northwood University (DH)

1 p.m., Baseball vs. Florida Tech (DH)

2 p.m., Women's Basketball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University

4 p.m., Men's Basketball

vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University  


Sunday, Feb. 24

1 p.m., Softball vs. Georgia Southwestern University (DH)    

Tuesday, Feb. 26

3 p.m., Men's Tennis vs. Chestnut Hill (Pa.) College

3 p.m., Women's Tennis vs. Chestnut Hill (Pa.) College

7 p.m., Baseball vs. Florida Memorial University


Where Are They Now? Ashley Rhodes-Courter '07

The Tampa Bay Lightning recently honored child welfare advocate Ashley Rhodes-Courter '07 as the 16th Lightning Community Hero of the Year. Ashley, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, donated the money to the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, and Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

The author of The New York Times bestseller, Three Little Words, Ashley was recognized by the St. Petersburg

Area Chamber of Commerce as "International Woman of the Year" in April 2012.    

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