Oct. 24, 2014
Former Maldives
president to speak on climate change

Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives whose climate change activism drew worldwide attention, will discuss the politics of the issue in Miller Auditorium at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 as part of the Blue Ocean Film Festival. 

Nasheed's talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place the day after a free campus screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film about him called The Island President. It will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Miller Auditorium. The film follows Nasheed as he tries to convince the nations of the world to confront climate change, which threatens to wipe out his island nation. The New York Times called it "buoyant and spirited," adding: "It is impossible, while watching it, to root against Mr. Nasheed or to believe that he will fail." "Eckerd College is proud to partner with the Blue Ocean Film Festival to host President Nasheed, who has demonstrated fearless leadership on the issue of climate change,'' said Eckerd College President Donald Eastman. "We are committed to environmental sustainability, including seeking solutions to climate change." Read more.

She's spending
her gap year sailing to Eckerd

Sally Gardiner-Smith is spending her gap year sailing solo from Maine to Eckerd College and blogging about her adventures along the way. She plans to arrive at Eckerd in time to start her freshman year with Autumn Term next August. "I hope that this trip is an opportunity to solidify myself as a person through hardships and, hopefully, successes," she wrote in a blog for the Press Herald in Portland, Maine. "I decided to make this trip solo, not from lack of offers to accompany me as crew, but because of a desire to prove to myself that I can do what I want with my life." She already encountered a couple of challenges since her journey aboard the 29-ft. Athena began Sept. 29, including her dog, Elli, losing a leg after getting hit by a truck. But she reports that all is well and Elli will be rejoining her soon. Read morePhoto courtesy of the Portland Press-Herald

Eckerd pets of all description get
some blessings
Kelly Ejnes '15, Psychology major, brought her pet duck, Patrick, to the Pub patio Oct. 8 for a blessing from the Rev. Libby Shannon,
associate director of the Center for Spiritual Life and associate chaplain. Furry, scaly, feathery, four-legged, two-legged and slithery no-legged critters received medallions to honor them as important  family members of our students, faculty and staff.  Pet blessings are offered on the first Wednesday of October, a date that coincides with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. Check out more photos.
Women's soccer
players named best
of the week in  SSC
Two women's Soccer Team members, seniors Arie Anahory (left) and Morgan Crescent were named SSC Players of the Week last week. It was Anahory's second selection this season for Offensive Player of the Week. The senior forward grabbed her 11th and 12th goals of the season as she drove two game-winning goals past the reach of Florida Southern and Florida Tech's goalkeepers to lead the Tritons to two victories. Crescent's stellar play earned her Defensive Player of the Week honors. The senior keeper tabbed her sixth and seventh shutouts of the season during the team's two contests. The 1-0 shutout against Florida Southern was a record-breaking shutout four years in the making. Crescent passed Kathy Atkins (1999-02) in career shutouts at Eckerd with 17. Read more.
Thousands visit
Eckerd exhibits at
St. Pete Science Fest

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Crystal Young-Erdos shows two inquisitive youngsters how to make molecular models during the 4th Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Eckerd College pavilion at USF St. Petersburg was jammed nonstop throughout the day as elementary, middle and high school kids and their parents checked out the many hands-on activities designed to demonstrate the joys of science. "We are really making a name for ourselves at the festival,'' said Professor of Chemistry David Grove, who once again spearheaded the Eckerd exhibits. Eckerd students and faculty not only handled the thousands of visitor to the pavilion, Eckerd students also comprised a large part of the army of volunteers who worked to make the Science Festival a success. 

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Entrepreneurial Mindest Profile gets major boost 

The Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute is partnering with the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative in Ohio to measure the entrepreneurial mindset of students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The partnership will provide the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and their innovative Who Owns the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program with the cutting-edge Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile, a powerful online tool that assesses entrepreneurial capacity.

Using the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile will allow ELI to assess the entrepreneurial skill set of participants before and after their training. Nearly 30 colleges and universities are using the IHEP curriculum. The number of participants doubled from 2012 to 2013.

The partnership is a major step forward for the EMP, which launched a year and a half ago as the Entrepreneurial Dimensions Profile. Based on extensive research into the traits, motivations and skills of entrepreneurs, the EMP helps business leaders, entrepreneurs and students assess the degree to which they are utilizing an "entrepreneurial mindset."

"Eckerd College is very excited to partner with ELI and become an integrated component of a scalable program with global reach," said Kelly Kirschner, Dean of Eckerd's Division of Executive and Continuing Education.  "Both ELI and Eckerd are firm believers that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset can empower anyone to succeed." Read more.  
Rep. David Jolly
offers conservative
immigration agenda
After a narrow special-election victory in March in which immigration was a hot-button campaign issue, U.S. Rep. David Jolly came to the campus last week to discuss his vision for fixing a system that all sides agree is broken. The Pinellas County Republican, a former longtime aide to the late Congressman Bill Young whose seat he now occupies, is running for a full term in November against a Libertarian opponent.  He spoke Oct. 18 at Fox Hall as part of the 2014-15  Presidential Events SeriesBetween Worlds: Immigration, Identity and Globalization. The series, which began in January with a lecture by Pulitzer-winning journalist Sonia Nazario, explores the many dynamics involved in the immigration issue. 
Eckerd alumnus
returns to discuss immigration myths

The Presidential Events Series spotlight on immigration also included an Oct. 8 lecture at Miller Auditorium by Arturo R. Rios '03, a St. Petersburg immigration attorney and PEL graduate who teaches at Eckerd and Stetson Law School. Rios, shown here at a reception before the event with his mentor, Associate Professor of American Studies Catherine M. Griggs, Ph.D., discussed the facing immigrants in the U.S. and the lives they lead. His talk was title, "U.S. Immigration Law: Myths vs. Facts."

EC-SAR is ready for its closeup
Hollywood came to Eckerd College last week and EC-SAR played a cameo role. A film crew shot scenes in Boca Ciega Bay for the upcoming independent film Detours. The synopsis:  A newly divorced woman must re-locate for her dream job, and travels south with her widowed dad, her mom's ashes in a coffee can, and a GPS with a mind of its own. It is directed by Rob McCaskill. The Eckerd College Search and Rescue team's appearance was among the last scenes shot for the film.
Two faculty
featured at Times Reading Festival 

Two Eckerd College faculty members are among the 40 authors invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday, Oct. 25, at USF St. Petersburg. The festival, which began at Eckerd College, is free and open to the public. Emeritus Eckerd Professor and St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Peter Meinke (above, left) will discuss his new collection, Lucky Bones at 10 a.m. Assistant Professor of Philosophy Nathan Andersen will discuss his book Shadow Philosophy: Plato's Cave and Cinema, philosophical reading of cinema through the works of Plato, particularly  Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange at 3:15 p.m.  RogerEbert.com  published an excerpt of the book and Andersen recently discussed the book with the Tampa Bay Times

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Iraq and the Global Order: A Roundtable Discussion

Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

Fox Hall

Adam Guerin

Assistant Professor of History, Eckerd College

Anthony Brunello

Professor of Political Science, Eckerd College

Anna Batta,

Visiting Professor of Political Science, Eckerd College


Books of Common Prayer:

Collages and Artist Books

Sept. 29 - Nov. 15

Elliott Gallery

Margaret Brommelsiek '80

Critical Humanities: On the Once and Future University

Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Fox Hall

Michael Levine, professor

of comparative literature,

Rutgers University


Breaking Down the Gubernatorial and Midterm Elections

Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m.

The Academy of Senior Professionals, Lewis House

Susan MacManus, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, University of South Florida

Adam Smith, Political Editor

Tampa Bay Times


Shakespeare: A Celebration of his 450th Birthday

Nov. 15, 9 a.m.

The Academy of Senior Professionals, Lewis House

Third Annual Literary Symposium featuring the life and works of "the Bard," with readings and film clips of his plays along with commentaries on his times and his messages. 

Fourth Annual Celebration of the Arts at Eckerd College

Nov. 15, 10 a.m - 8 p.m., 

Various campus venues, 

showcasing the creative inspiration fostered at Eckerd. 




Eckerd Community Orchestra Fall Concert

Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Roberts Music Center, 

Room 104

The repertoire will range from Baroque to modern in several styles, showing off the abilities of our student musicians.


Waiting For Godot

By Samuel Beckett

Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 8 p.m. & Nov. 9, 16, 2 p.m.

Bininger Theatre

Directed by Gavin Hawk. Admission: $10 general public, $5 Eckerd community, $1 Eckerd students.



A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Oct. 31, 7 p.m.

Eckerd College Miller Auditorium

(Farsi with English

subtitles, 99m, 2014)

Abacus and Sword

Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Morita Yoshimitsu (Japanese with English subtitles, 129m, 2010)

Winter Sleep

Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Miller Auditorium

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkish with English subtitles, 196m, 2014)

Friday, Oct. 24

Women's Volleyball

vs. Nova Southeastern University

Saturday, Oct. 25

Women's Volleyball

vs. Barry University

Monday, Oct. 27

Men's Soccer

vs. Barry University

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Women's Soccer

vs. Florida College (Senior Night)

Saturday, Nov. 1

Women's Soccer

vs. Barry University 

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Women's Soccer

vs. TBA (Quarterfinals)

Men's Soccer

vs. TBA (Quarterfinals)

Friday, Nov. 7

Women's Soccer

vs. TBA (Semifinals)

Men's Soccer

vs. TBA ( Semifinals)

Saturday, Nov. 8

Women's Volleyball

vs. Palm Beach Atlantic University

Sunday, Nov. 9

Women's Basketball

vs. Ohio State

University (Exhibition)

Friday, Nov. 14

Women's Basketball

vs. Valdosta State


Friday, Nov. 14

Women's Volleyball

vs. Lynn University

(Visit Eckerd Athletics Calendar for details.)


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 --Jose Godinez-Samperio, recalling the day his visa expired, quoted by the Tampa Bay Times from  his speech at Fox Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 21 about his long journey from undocumented immigrant to lawyer.


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