August 29, 2014
Our students - and their pets! - are 
almost here
Autumn Term ended Thursday and the Fall Semester begins Monday. That means members of the Class of 2018, who spent the past three weeks exploring campus on their own, are about to be joined by hundreds of returning and transfer students - and their pets! Eckerd was the first college in the country to allow pets  in the dorms, dating back 40 years. Now, other colleges are following our lead: 
Prof. Hastings meets
with Gov. Rick Scott
on climate change
Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry David Hastings was among a group of scientists who met last week with Gov. Rick Scott to discuss the threat climate change poses to Florida and what can be done about it. The meeting was arranged after the governor said he couldn't comment on climate change because he isn't a scientist. "This is not complicated,'' David Hastings told reporters before the meeting. "We teach this to 18-year-olds every year and I've been doing it for 25 years. It's not hard science." 
Don't miss this special look at immigration
Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Sonia Nazario (photo, left) will speak at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in Fox Hall. The event is free and open to the public and kicks off a year-long look at immigration at Eckerd. Nazario will discuss her bestselling book Enrique's Journey and the ongoing refugee crisis along the U.S./Mexico border involving tens of thousands of Central American children fleeing violent drug gangs. Nazario will be joined by Lourdes Flores, the mother of Enrique, the subject of her book. It will be their first joint public lecture. Nazario, who retraced Enrique's path atop freight trains bound for the U.S., is an outspoken advocate for young Central American refugees. She has testified before a Senate committee and has been quoted widely, from the New York Times to National Public Radio to CNN and The Daily Show. | Read more.
Student paper,
website named
best in Florida

The Current, the student newspaper at Eckerd College, has been named the best student publication in Florida, winning over newspapers at much bigger colleges and universities with established journalism programs. was also named best student website during the 20th Annual Sunshine State Awards, sponsored by the Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The awards were presented Aug. 16 during ceremonies at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Besides those two awards, Current reporter Hailey Escobar won the best profile honor for her story, Students reflect on experiences with cancer, and Carver Elliot Lee won best opinion column for Here we go again: EC to DC, Keystone pipeline raises concerns.

Read more.

Paul Hindsley estimates dollar value of
Sarasota Bay
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Paul Hindsley, Ph.D., co-authored a recent study that for the first time determined the economic value of Sarasota Bay. The conclusion: $57.9 billion. The two-phase study, released this week and done in collaboration with Appalachian State University Associate Professor of Economics Ash Morgan, was conducted for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. The study included GIS work by Eckerd professors Kelly Debure and Beth Forys. The study "touches on everything from bay-related tourism spending to the increased property values that come from living near the water. It also attempts to quantify indirect benefits, such as the value of healthy mangroves in protecting against hurricane storm surge," the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported
Vball Int FINAL
Are you ready for volleyball?
Volleyball season is about to begin. The Tritons open their season against Quincy University Sept. 5 at the Palm Beach Atlantic Hyatt Sunshine Classic. The team's home opener is 3 p.m. Sept. 12 against the University of Mary during the Eckerd College Classic. Click on the image above to watch Head Volleyball Coach Michelle Pantadosi and senior middle blocker Grace Jones discuss the upcoming season with Eckerd Sports Information Officer Jay Miller. 
Psych prof. Sanfilippo
discusses kids
and gun safety
This week's accidental shooting death of a Nevada gun range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzzi raised questions about kids, gun safety and personal responsibility-subjects that have been studied extensively by Eckerd Professor of Psychology Marjorie Sanfilippo, Ph.D. "To say, 'I've educated my child about the dangers of guns' is fine, but it's also not fair to a child like the girl in this case: It's putting an awful amount of responsibility on a child to make the right decisions," she told the Christian Science Monitor. She also participated in a web video discussion with HuffPost Live through Google Hangouts. Click on the image above to watch an archived version of the discussion. 
The Studio@620 
to feature works of visual arts alumna
 Eckerd's talented alumni are among its greatest assets. Visual arts graduate Erin O'Malley '13, for example, combines time-lapse video and light installations with digital and analog photographic processes to explore the relationship between growth and decay. The Studio @620 in downtown St. Petersburg will present her work in a show titled "Fissures," which it calls  "a presentation of works inspired by the patterns and movements of cracks as they form ... a creative investigation into the hidden complexities of light and surface."  The show runs Sept. 2-9, with a reception on Sept. 5, 6-9 pm).
Students researched aftermath of BP oil disaster 
Some Eckerd students spent part of the summer conducting research, including a group that went on a 10-day trip into the Gulf of Mexico to study the impact of the BP oil disaster. The six students-Chelsea Kuhs '15, Rachael Kalin '15, Caroline Glenn '16, Blake Borgeson '14, Josie Hadfield '15 and Gipson Hawn '15-worked with  Eckerd Marine Science Professor Gregg Brooks, Ph.D. 
Welcome to the new InsideEckerd 
InsideEckerd has a new look and a new publication schedule. Our e-newsletter has been redesigned with fewer, shorter items and will be distributed to your inbox every other week instead of monthly. We hope this better fits your busy schedule and keeps you abreast of all the great things happening at your favorite college. Please help spread the word by forwarding InsideEckerd to your friends and family. You can read back issues here. You  can send us your thoughts and suggestions by clicking "Reply." Go Tritons!
Things to Do 


Enrique's Journey: An Evening with Sonia Nazario and Lourdes Flores

Thursday, Sept. 11

7:30 pm, Fox Hall

Sonia Nazario

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author

Lourdes Flores

Enrique's Mother


Something Worse Than This: Odysseus and the Long Journey Home

Tuesday, Sept. 23

7:30 pm, Fox Hall

Heather Vincent, Ph.D.

Eckerd College Associate Professor of Classics


Migration and Multicultural Identities

Wednesday, Sept. 24

6:30 pm, Miller Auditorium

Efrén Nicolás Leyva Acevedo

Consul to Mexico in Orlando


Response of Manatees to Boat Traffic: Behavior and the Acoustic Environment

Thursday, Sept. 25, 7pm. Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory

Athena Rycyk, Ph.D.



Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions II

Selected Works from the Eckerd College Permanent Collection

Sept. 1-Oct. 17, Cobb Gallery


Cultural Revolutions in China: A Review of Chinese

Contemporary Art Since the Revolution

Kirk Ke Wang, Ph.D.

Eckerd College Professor of Visual Arts

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7:30 pm, Miller Auditorium


The Annual IA Show:

Interdisciplinary Arts Junior Portfolio Exhibition

Sept. 21-26, Elliott Gallery

Opening Reception: Sun., Sept. 21, 3-5 pm




A Clockwork Orange and Shadow Philosophy

Friday, Sept. 5, 7 pm,

Miller Auditorium

Screening of Film by 

Stanley Kubrick and

Discussion of Book by 

Nathan Andersen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Eckerd College


An Evening of Short Films

Friday, Sept. 12, 8 pm, 

Miller Auditorium

Screening of Short Films Produced by Members

of the Eckerd College and Tampa Bay Communities

Followed by Q&A with 

the Filmmakers



Friday, Sept. 19,  7pm,

Miller Auditorium

A captivating film about a beautiful young Polish orphan, who is forced to confront her past before she takes her vows and becomes a nun. Polish, with English subtitles. Part of the International 

Cinema Series



Friday, Sept. 5
Men's Soccer
vs. Shorter University

Sunday, Sept. 7
Men's Soccer
vs. University of Alabama-Huntsville

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Women's Soccer
vs Florida Memorial University
Men's Soccer
vs. Clearwater 
Christian College


"Our big universities are serving us and their students the bread and circuses of college football and basketball, and we are content to call it education. Not a chance."

-Eckerd College President Donald R. Eastman III, Tampa Bay Times, Aug. 14, 2014

"I'm inherently an optimist. I'm also a realist. I'm concerned he might not do anything."

-Professor of Marine Science David Hastings on climate change and Gov. Rick Scott, reported by Reuters in the Huffington Post.

"I was on the committee that drafted the first pet policy. 1973 maybe. Later I adopted a puppy born on campus, the irreplaceable basset-spaniel mix Bokonon."

-Jane Appel '75 on the Eckerd Alumni Facebook page, discussing the longstanding policy allowing pets in dorms.

"Four days until I'm back at my beautiful campus."

-Sophomore Macey Sidlasky (@MaceMace2), Aug. 25 on Twitter.

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