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Summer 2013

Congratulations, Parents of 2013 Graduates! 

Eckerd College marked a milestone as it celebrated its 50th Commencement held May 19, 2013, on the South Beach field of campus. Under a tent that overflowed with more than 5,000 people, the 394 graduates from the Residential Program and the 130 graduates from the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL)--totaling 524 graduates in all--received their bachelor's degrees in arts and sciences.


The graduates hailed from 36 states, including 230 from Florida, and nine countries, including Ghana, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Slovenia, the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Singapore. The top five majors of this year's graduating class were environmental studies, marine science, biology, psychology and communication.

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Visit these links for photos from Commencement and various weekend gatherings:
Commencement Ceremony 


Senior Awards Ceremony 

Dean of Students' After Party 


Visit these links to read remarks from Sunday's Commencement ceremony and Saturday's Baccalaureate service:
Bill McKibben, environmental activist, Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient

John Lasseter, creative genius for Pixar and Walt Disney Imagineering and honorary degree recipient

Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, president of Eckerd College

PLEASE NOTE: Photos found at the links above are candid shots. Graduate photos taken during the awarding of the degrees can be ordered directly from Event Photography Group, the official photographer for the day.  

2013 Senior Award Recipients Announced 
Seniors from the Residential Program were recognized for their excellence and honor society membership at the 2013 Senior Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 18. A list of award recipients can be viewed here. To view photos from the event, click here. Congratulations, scholars!


Winter Term 2014


The Office of International Education is already busy preparing for Winter Term 2014 participants. Each January, students have the opportunity to travel to an off-campus destination and spend Winter Term in a course designed and led by Eckerd faculty. Below is a list of programs available for 2014.


Bahamas: Field Archeology led by Allan Meyers, chair and professor of anthropology

California: San Diego Zoo (psychology) led by Lauren Highfill, assistant professor of psychology

Cameroon: A Peace Corps Experience led by Olivier Debure, director of international student services

Cuba: Service-Learning led by Brian MacHarg, director of service-learning

Ecuador (Cuenca): Spanish Language Immersion led by Nancy DiBella, visiting assistant professor of Spanish

Ecuador: Galapagos Islands led by David Duncan, visiting assistant professor of marine science  

France (Paris): French Language Immersion led by Ashley Scheu, assistant professor of French

Honduras (Roatan): Tropical Marine Environments led by Bruce Barber, visiting assistant professor of marine science

Italy (Florence): Italian Language Immersion led by Antonio Melchor, assistant professor of Italian and Spanish

Japan (Tokyo): Japanese Language Immersion led by Eileen Mikals-Adachi, associate professor of Japanese

London: Art History led by David Gliem, associate professor of art history

London: Management led by Frank Hamilton, associate professor of management

Malawi: Service-Learning led by Rev. Doug McMahon, chaplain and director of campus ministries

Micronesia: Cultural and Natural Environments led by Joel Thompson, associate professor of marine science and geosciences

Morocco: Arabic Language Immersion led by Abdullah Lux, visiting assistant professor of Arabic

New Mexico: Ghost Ranch; faculty leader TBA

Nicaragua: Service-Learning led by Jeannine Lessmann, assistant professor of biology and marine science

Peru: Biodiversity of Peru led by Alison Ormsby, associate professor of environmental studies

Sacred Byzantium: Ancient Religions and Civilizations led by Bruce Foltz, professor of philosophy

South Africa: Cultural and Natural Environments of the World led by Gregg Brooks, professor of marine science and geosciences

Southeast Asia: Management led by Ed Grasso, professor of decision sciences

Spain (Madrid): Spanish Language Immersion led by Yolanda Molina-Gavilan, professor of Spanish

Utah: Sundance Film Festival led by Nathan Andersen, associate professor of philosophy


Cleo Warner '15, environmental studies major, took this Winter Term 2013 contest-winning photo during the Contemporary Buddhist Activism course in Thailand.



Additional Study Abroad Opportunities


Semester Program


London Study Centre (Spring 2014)

Faculty Leader: Zachary Dobbins, assistant professor of rhetoric



Spring-into-Summer Programs


Geneva and International Organization

Faculty Leader: Bill Felice, professor of political science


London: Ancient Britain

Faculty Leader: Allan Meyers, chair and professor of anthropology



To learn more about Study Abroad opportunities for your Eckerd student, please contact the Office of International Education.


In addition to Study Abroad programs, on-campus offerings are available during Winter Term. Application dates, program costs and travel grants (if available) will be announced on or about August 15.



Important Passport Information


Students should check their passports if planning to participate in a Winter Term trip. Please note: If a student's passport expires prior to August 1, 2014, he or she must apply for a new one.
Students should do this as soon as possible to ensure their documents are in order for program applications.



Eckerd Students Conduct Research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School 


This summer eight Eckerd College students will conduct research for 10 weeks at the Center for Human Genetic Research (CHGR) at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, one of the most prestigious research institutions in the country. The students will study the genetic basis of human diseases with CHGR researchers, including Eckerd alumna Dr. Susan Slaugenhaupt '85. The students who will participate in this research program, and who are pictured (left to right) with Dr. Slaugenhaupt below, are Jessica Mandula '15, biochemistry; Andrew Miller '14, biology; Hayley Musial '14, biology; Anthony Brenner '15, biochemistry; Stefan Torelli '15, biochemistry; Aya Matsunaga '15, marine science; Monica Coward '15, biology; and Emily Lehew '15, biology.

While on campus during Reunion Weekend 2013, Sue Slaugenhaupt '85 met with this summer's interns.

This outstanding research opportunity that began three years ago was made possible largely due to the efforts of Dr. Slaugenhaupt, who obtained grant funding to continue this program through the summer of 2016. All Eckerd students are eligible to apply for these research positions. However, two years of coursework and prerequisites, such as Genetics and Molecular Biology, should be completed before undertaking the research. The students are excited to move to Boston and begin their research in June! To inquire about internship opportunities, please contact the
Office of Career Planning and Applied Learning.


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Important Dates and Deadlines 


Summer Term Session A

May 28-June 21


Summer Term Session B

June 23-July 19


Freshmen Arrive (Ceremony of Lights)

August 9


Autumn Term Begins

August 10


Transfer Student Orientation

August 28-August 31


Autumn Term Ends

August 29


Residence Halls Open for

Returning Students

August 30


Fall Semester Begins

September 2


Family Weekend 2014

February 21-23


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