September 26, 2014
Author, son of a pot smuggler to discuss
'The New Pot Barons'

Tony Dokoupil, a senior writer for NBC News and author of a critically acclaimed memoir about his pot-smuggling father, will discuss the emerging business of legal marijuana at Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. The New York Times has called Dokoupil's book, The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana, "an exuberant memoir about the history of the American drug economy, the ambitions and failures of politicians and outlaws, fathers and sons." The Washington Post wrote that it has "the kind of narrative that screams out to be adapted into a gritty, layered cable TV drama." Dokoupil will discuss the book, and his recent work for NBC News reporting on the entrepreneurs who are growing and distributing legal marijuana, during his talk, "The New Pot Barons: They're Young, Well Educated, Politically Savvy--and Trying to Get Rich Making Marijuana Legit." Read more.

Two faculty
are honored
for leadership

Two Eckerd College faculty members were recognized for their leadership during the annual Faculty Awards Reception last week. Associate Professor of Philosophy Nathan Andersen, Ph.D. (far right), was presented with the John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. Professor of Political Science Anthony Brunello, Ph.D. (far left), was presented the Wrenn Award for Leadership and Service to General Education. The awards were presented during the reception on Friday, Sept. 19, at Fox Hall by Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, Ph.D (center).

Read more, including the full citations. | Photo by Spencer Yaffe '17.

Golfer Jake Solomon
hits hole-in-one in
first day of tournament

The first day of the Saint Leo Invitational this week turned out to be a good one for Eckerd golfer Jake Solomon '16, who hit a hole-in-one on the 14th hole. It was the first  hole-in-one by an Eckerd player in five years, and only the second Jake ever hit. 


"The ball looked good coming off the club when I hit it," said Jake. "It never really moved from the flagstick and it just fell in...I knew I still had a lot of golf left to play so I had to put it out of my mind and keep playing." He went on to shoot a 72 on day one while Callum Mackay finished two under par with a 70.


The Invitational consisted of 17 teams of which 12 were nationally ranked. Jake posted the best score for the tournament.

Climate Science, Solutions Summit at Eckerd

Scientists, policy makers and business leaders will meet at Fox Hall on Monday, Oct. 6, for an important Climate Science and Solutions Summit.

This summit is a result of the meeting that five scientists had with Gov. Rick Scott in August. Last week, more than 40 scientists sent an open letter to policy makers calling for a climate change solutions summit.

Attendees will hear about successful initiatives that are addressing climate change and creating jobs. The summit will bring together business leaders, lawmakers and the public to talk about job creation opportunities in the new low-carbon economy.

The summit, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Eckerd College in partnership with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. It will run from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

"It is crucial for lawmakers to consider science when making important policy decisions," said David Hastings, Ph.D., Eckerd College professor of marine science and one of the scientists who met with the governor. "Their expertise regarding the current and future threats to Florida is vital." Read more.

A Simple Theatre
Gavin Hawk talks about A Simple Theatre
A Simple Theatre announces new season, new focus on staged readings
A Simple Theatre has announced its 2014-2015 season of productions, which will be built exclusively around staged readings and collaborations with local community groups. The theatre-in-residence at Eckerd College is calling the new season "Friends and Neighbors: A Series of Plays About the People We Work and Play With."  Gavin Hawk, associate professor of theater and artistic director of A Simple Theatre, said he is excited about the shift to high-quality staged readings. 

 "This bare-bones, storytelling approach really focuses on the playwright's words as interpreted by our talented local actors in an intimate setting, and allows us to perform fantastic new plays that otherwise might be too costly or technically difficult for us to produce," he said. "It also opens the door for collaborations with wonderful organizations like The Dali Museum and the St. Petersburg Opera Company." The season opens with The Graduate on Oct. 14. See the full list of productions.
Four professors
join the ranks of
full-time faculty
Eckerd welcomed four professors this fall to the ranks of full-time faculty. They are, left to right,

Amy Langenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies; Kristina Wenzel, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication; Jesse Sherry, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental studies; and Crystal Young-Erdos, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry. "I am so pleased to have these talented young professors join our faculty and welcome the new creativity and energy they bring to our work with students,'' said Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison. | Photo by Spencer Yaffe '17.

held for new

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday, Sept. 25, for a greenhouse next to the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences -- the latest addition to Eckerd's burgeoning science facilities. President Don Eastman (left to right), Assistant Professor of Biology Liza Conrad, Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison and Professor of Marine Science and Geosciences Joel Thompson turned golden ceremonial shovels to mark the beginning of construction for the 1,000-square-foot greenhouse, which is expected to be completed by January. It will be built with storm-resistant materials and will use recycled water from the James Center's air conditioning system to maintain the proper temperatures. Professor  Conrad said the greenhouse will be a place for interdisciplinary faculty and student research that will produce "living specimens for our classrooms." | Photo by Spencer Yaffe '17. 

Good Samaritans
meet dog owner, thank Eckerd

A boater finally met the Good Samaritans who rescued his beloved beagle Soco in Tampa Bay and brought her to the Eckerd Waterfront for help. Nick Felts (far left, with Soco) was boating with friends Aug. 24 when Soco fell overboard. He and his friends spent hours searching, unaware that Geoff Young and Melisa French had rescued her and taken her to students at the Waterfront, who kept Soco overnight until they tracked down Felts. Felts met the couple at the Eckerd Waterfront last week and thanked them and the Eckerd students.

"It was a miracle. Meant to be," French

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The World the Slave Drivers Made: Slavery and Survival in the British Caribbean

Tuesday, September 30

7 pm., Miller Auditorium

Randy M. Browne '06

Assistant Professor of History

Xavier University 


Reading Genesis, Reading Culture: Then and Now 

Tuesday, Sept. 30

7:30 pm, Fox Hall

Davina C. Lopez, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Eckerd College

Milton Moreland, Interim Dean of Faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of  Religious Studies

Rhodes College

Todd Penner, Gould H. and Marie Cloud Professor of Religious Studies

Austin College

Suzanne Watts Henderson

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Queens University of Charlotte

U.S. Immigration Law:

Myths vs. Facts

Wednesday, Oct. 8

7 pm, Miller Auditorium

Arturo R. Rios '03

Immigration Attorney 

A Conservative Vision for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, Oct. 14

7 pm, Fox Hall

David Jolly

U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District

Tampa Bay Estuary: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, Oct. 15

4 pm, Lewis House Atrium

Holly Greening

Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Top Student,

Undocumented Immigrant

Tuesday, Oct. 21

7 pm, Fox Hall

Jose Godinez-Samperio

Attorney, Activist




Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions II

Selected Works from the Eckerd College Permanent Collection

Sept. 1-Oct. 17, Cobb Gallery

The Annual IA Show

Interdisciplinary Arts Junior Portfolio Exhibition

Sept. 21-26, Elliott Gallery


Books of Common Prayer:

Collages and Artist Books

Margaret Brommelsiek '80

Sept. 29-Nov. 15

Elliott Gallery

Artist Lecture Presentation

Monday, Sept. 29, 7:30 pm

Miller Auditorium

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 3:15 pm Elliott Gallery

Note: Cobb Gallery and Elliott Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10:30 am-4:30 pm.




International Cinema Series

Fridays through Nov. 21

(except Oct. 24), 7 pm

Miller Auditorium 



Friday, Sept. 26, 7pm

Miller Auditorium


The Summit: A Chronicle 

of Stones

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 pm

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Kimura Daisauku

Part of the Japan Foundation 2014 Film Series


Life Itself

Friday, Oct. 3, 7 pm

Miller Auditorium

A life­-affirming portrait of Roger Ebert 

Directed by Steve James (English, 120m, 2014)


Aquí y Allá

Friday, Oct 10, 7pm

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spanish with English subtitles, 110m, 2012)


Stray Dogs

Friday, Oct 17, 7 pm

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Tsai Ming Liang (Mandarin with English subtitles, 138m, 2013)


(Visit Eckerd Events Calendar for more.)




Friday, Sept. 26

Women's Volleyball

vs. Florida Southern College

Saturday, Sept. 27

Women's Volleyball

vs. Saint Leo University

Women's Soccer

vs. Barry University

Men's Soccer

vs. Barry University

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Women's Soccer

vs. Clearwater Christian College

Oct. 1

Women's Volleyball

vs. University of Tampa

Saturday, Oct. 4

Women's Soccer

vs Lynn University

Men's Soccer

vs. Lynn University

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Women's Volleyball

vs. Embry-Riddle University

Friday, Oct. 10

Women's Volleyball

vs. Florida Tech


(Visit Eckerd Athletics Calendar for details.)


"I really enjoyed Kontiki.
The canoe races, where you had to switch positions, stand up and/or jump out and get back in. That was a really fun time." 
--Jeff Verner '88, recalling favorite Waterfront memories on the Eckerd Alumni Association Facebook page. 
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