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APRIL 2016


Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Student Life Office


Cover “Opposites” by Meghana Sarvepalli 2nd Year, Motion Design






Ringling College Announces the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center DR. LARRY THOMPSON Avant-Garde: Investing in Our Future Creatives DR. LARRY THOMPSON Greetings Dr. Tammy S. Walsh Alumni News:

10 12 14 16The Trustee Scholarship MOVING DAY LOGISTICS 20JJ Mitchell A message from Health and Wellness 22Health and Wellness Team Updates from Financial Aid 24Lee Harrell Summer Sojourns 26Amy Pettengill New Beginnings and Nexus 28Gloria Lim and Herman Jew From the desk of the Registrar 30 Amanda Shurtleff


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32 35 Parenting Can Be Funny. Thank Goodness. 36 Sidney Clifton Persistence in the Job and Internship Search 38 A. Charles Kovacs BUDDY CRUISE NEWS: 42 Lisa Moody WHERE ARE THEY NOW…. AND WHERE WILL THEY GO? 44 Barbara S. Marini FASID, IDEC Insights from the Game Developer’s Conference 46Rew Woodruff, Ed.S. Greetings from madeby Gallery 48Nancy O’Neil How can a great service get better? Virginia B. DeMers Volunteering Rachel Levey-Baker

Student Life Office Ringling College of Art and Design 2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234-5895 (941)359-7505


Campus center named for President Thompson during 85th Anniversary Celebration

Ringling College Announces the La DR. LARRY THOMPSON


n April 6, friends, supporters, faculty, and staff attending the Honor & Celebrate cocktail reception and dinner, a celebration of the 85th anniversary of Ringling College of Art and Design, were in for a surprise as the Ringling College Board of Trustees unveiled the new name of the central academic building as the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center.

President of Ringling College since 1998, Dr. Thompson has overseen rapid and revolutionary changes to the institution. Under his auspices, Ringling College has added new majors, built new facilities, and branched out into the community through satellite art centers and off-campus initiatives. This dedication will place him among the other Ringling College greats who enjoy a campus 8

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presence, including former presidents Verman Kimbrough (the previous library) and Arland F. Christ-Janer (the Illustration building and gallery). Remarks Cheryl Loeffler, President of the Ringling College Board of Trustees, “Larry has brought to life an institution that was just a small school and has elevated it to a growing and robust art and design college. Through his visionary leadership as President he has created a connection between the community, the country, and the world. For me, traveling down the pathway to preeminence with him will always be a cherished experience.� The timing was ideal as the College is celebrating its 85th anniversary and anticipating the opening of four new buildings on campus and in the community, including the Alfred R. Goldstein Library, the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center, a professional soundstage and post-production complex, and the new South Campus, soon-to-be-home to the Sarasota Museum of Art and the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy.

Photo Credit: Cliff Roles, 2016

arry R. Thompson Academic Center “Over the last 17 years, Larry and I have collaborated on a number of initiatives designed to inspire and transform the community. He has been a leader who has worked tirelessly and with tremendous energy, undying optimism, and out of the box thinking to put Ringling College and the Sarasota/Manatee region on the map for it’s vibrant and diverse arts and cultural offerings. He is truly one of a kind and a real blessing to have as both a business partner and a friend,” says Dave Sessions, Willis Smith Construction, Inc.

curriculum employs the studio model of teaching and immediately engages students through a comprehensive, first-year program that is both specific to the major of study and focused on the liberal arts. The Ringling College teaching model ultimately shapes students into highly employable and globally aware artists and designers. www.

A ticketed affair, all proceeds from the Honor & Celebrate event were dedicated to the Larry and Patricia Thompson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Larry R. Thompson is president of Ringling College of Art and Design.

About Ringling College of Art and Design For 85 years, Ringling College of Art and Design has cultivated the creative spirit in students from around the globe. The private, not-forprofit fully accredited college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in eleven disciplines and the Bachelor of Arts in two. The College’s rigorous


Avant-Garde: Investing in Our Future Creatives



onnecting students and emerging creatives with a world-class education is a task we at Ringling College of Art and Design take seriously. As you may know, undertaking an art and design education demands a different learning environment than that offered by traditional colleges and universities. Creatives need to make, build and do—a concept we call the studio model of teaching. This model places importance on providing a low student-to-teacher ratio, the most up-to-date technology and facilities and opportunities that place our students in the “real world” before they graduate. But these experiences can come at a cost—one that may become a barrier to achieving the art and design education that many students desire and deserve. Every Spring, we hold our annual student scholarship fundraiser, An Evening at the Avant-Garde, for the sole purpose of closing this gap and empowering more students to receive the creative education they seek. Proceeds from our ticket sales go to our Student Scholarship Fund, previously amounting to $50,000, $100,000 and even $225,000 raised in one night for students in financial need. We do this because we believe in the value of a creative education, and we want to empower our students to make this investment in their own future. And it pays off! Definitely one of our more spirited events, Avant-Garde is a night of celebration that encourages attendees to come in costume, according to the year’s theme. This year’s theme, Bringing Characters to Life, recognizes the thousands of characters created and stories spun by our talented alumni, including those who worked on award-winning films such as Inside Out, Shrek and Avatar. We toast to their successes, yes, but more importantly, we are there to make a difference in the lives and futures of art and design students. Currently, 8 out of 10 Ringling College students rely on financial aid to meet tuition requirements. This is why we do what we do—to relieve the financial burdens that often distract and deter us from our goals. We are proud to say some of our most extraordinary students, benefitting from events such as these, take every opportunity available to learn and grow during their four years on campus. In fact, last year’s recipient of the Avant-Garde Scholarship went on to become a 2015-16 Trustee Scholar as well—the most prestigious honor, awarded to the top students of every major each year. A community event, Avant-Garde brings together every corner of the Ringling College family and especially its friends and supporters. Wearing a costume is optional but many participants will sport a different costume and share their varying perspectives on art and education, but all will be there with one goal in mind: to foster, encourage and connect talented art and design students with the education they need to succeed. Creativity has never been more in-demand, and we are committed to fostering and developing the next generation of creative leaders. Come support a student. We hope to see you there!!! Dr. Larry R. Thompson is president of Ringling College of Art and Design.


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Greetings Dr. Tammy S. Walsh


Each year we recognize the hard work of our student leaders that hold impactful student leadership positions.

ow! What an amazing year this has been! We have so much happening on campus right now, and it is indeed, very exciting! Of course, this is a very special time of the year as we approach semester end, the award ceremonies and our Commencement celebrations! Within this issue you will get a sense of College happenings and the various offices that work to support student success.

As you know, within Student Life we work really hard to provide a multitude of opportunities for student involvement and definitely encourage student engagement. Learning occurs for students in all of their experiences. Each year we recognize the hard work of our student leaders that hold impactful student leadership positions. We recognize all student leaders at an appreciation banquet and disseminate certain awards. This year’s awards and recipients are noted below: Dr. Tammy S. Walsh Student Leader of the Year Award - Ally Sage [4th Year, Business of Arts and Design] Unsung Hero Award - Cari Robaldo [3rd Year, Illustration] Emerging Leader Award - Victoria Rinella [2nd year, Illustration] Volunteer of the Year - John Treanor [4th Year, Computer Animation] Student Organization of the Year - Basketball Club Program of the Year - Student Government Association “Fall Fest” Outstanding Diversity Program - Veteran’s Portrait Project – Nahman L’hrar [2nd Year, Illustration] RA of the Year - Karen De los Santos [4th Year, Computer Animation] New RA of the Year - Rosie Fortunato [ 2nd Year, Motion Design] I extend a very special thank-you to all student leaders and am proud to recognize this year’s award recipients! On another note, this year’s Senior Shows are scheduled as follows >>>>> Finally, for families of graduating seniors, I look forward to seeing you all during the upcoming Commencement Activities! 12

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Alumni News:


ingling College of Art and Design conveyed congratulations to Pixar Studios and the thirteen Ringling College graduates who worked on ‘Inside Out’ for their Oscar® win for best Animated Feature Film at the 88th Academy Awards®. “It’s been such a thrill watching ‘Inside Out’ be so successful, especially when it carries such a wonderful message. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it, and it was so great to have worked alongside so many of my talented peers from Ringling College of Art and Design on such a special film,” said Jaime Landes Roe, Directing Animator on ‘Inside Out’ at Pixar Animation Studios and a Ringling College graduate. Catherine Hicks, Animator on ‘Inside Out’ at Pixar Animation Studios and a Ringling College graduate as well, stated that “I would like to acknowledge the extremely talented individuals who taught me how to animate during my time at Ringling: Keith Osborn, Tammy Zeitler, Gary Schumer, Dominic Avant and Deborah Healy. I owe my career to your patience and encouragement and for that I am forever thankful. Each of you are in every shot I animate.” The roster of Ringling College of Art and Design graduates who worked on the Oscar-


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winning film includes Katherine C. Bickley, Justin M. Farris, Robert S. Gibbs, Catherine B. Hicks, Alexander J. Marino, Alonso Martinez, Lucas Martorelli, Amber L. Martorelli, Andreas Procopiou, Gwendelyn C. Enderoglu, Jaime R. Landes Roe, Michael W. Sauls and Jessica R. Torres. “We are proud and impressed with the continual achievements of our graduates,” said Jim McCampbell, Ringling College Computer Animation Department Head. “We applaud their recognition by the Academy and congratulate them and Pixar on the worldwide acknowledgement ‘Inside Out’ has received. Of particular interest was ‘Inside Out’ Director Pete Docter’s advice to the audience during his Oscar acceptance speech to “Make films, draw, write. It will make a world of difference.” We take to heart his imprecation and are fortunate indeed to see our students embracing creativity every day and our graduates enriching our lives, and our worlds, through their work and achievements.” At last years’ 87th annual Academy Awards®, 29 Ringling Graduates worked on the Oscarwinning animated film ‘Big Hero 6’ and Ringling alumni Patrick Osborne won the Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animated with his film ‘Feast.’

Congratulations to Ringling Alumni for their Work on “Inside Out” Ringling alumni continue dazzling viewers with world-class animation, special effects, and storytelling. Sunday night, Pixar’s Inside Out took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature film. Congratulations to these alumni who contributed to the making of this award winning film:

Mrs. Amber L. (Rudolph) Martorelli Mr. Andreas Procopiou Mrs. Gwendelyn C. (Robson) Enderoglu Mrs. Jaime R. (Landes) Roe Mr. Michael W. Sauls Ms. Jessica R. (Sances) Torres

Mrs. Katherine (Coyle) Bickley Mr. Justin M. Farris Mr. Robert S. Gibbs Ms. Catherine B. Hicks Mr. Alexander J. Marino Mr. Alonso Martinez Mr. Lucas Martorelli

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LucasFilm’s Nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, and Best Picture.

Warner Bros’.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Directing, Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and Best Sound Editing.

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The Trustee Scholarship


very year, the Ringling College of Art and Design and Board of Trustees proudly awards its highest honor - The Trustee Scholarship – to the student or students who best exemplify dedication, originality, brilliance, ambition, and talent in their field of study. In addition to the extraordinary recognition, Trustee Scholars also receive a $5,000 monetary award, funded by the Board of Trustees. Selected by the head of each department, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, Trustee Scholar nominees are forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final selection, based on the following criteria: 1. Exceptional talent and distinction of mind 2. Contribution to the department, College, and / or community 3. Leadership, citizenship, and mentorship Below are five of this year’s thirteen Trustee Scholars’ presentations during the fall recognition banquet. We featured additional presentations in our February 2016 issue. The unique insights and stories of these students will allow parents to grasp the depth of the Ringling College of Art and Design experience in these young professionals’ lives. Their insights will verify the depth of personality, talent, unique histories, and stories of some of our talented students. 16

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Irene Garibay Fine Arts, B.F.A., 2016 We are what we create. My grandfather was a cardiologist who heard the pulses of the world, a thinker who sat in silence and contemplated, and above all a happy workingman. Before he died my mother asked him, “what will we do without you,” and he said “work hard.” With those roots on my feet I sprouted. All things in the universe are connected, we branch towards the sky, and we branch inside, veins and arteries. We are responsible for every breath we take and every exhalation, what we put inside our bodies and what we expel, what we create and what we discard. We carry the ruins of our past in our shawl like an old man carries the secrets of trees down the hill on the firewood. And when our fire isn’t burning then we need to spark another match. This sparks make me a creator, for I understand the burning responsibility I have towards the byproducts of my body for this world. I embrace this responsibility, your support fuels it, and for that I am deeply thankful. I believe art allows humans to expose, contemplatively, the responsibility we have as creators with our world. For as long as my hands are capable, they will work, hard and happy; they will expose the tiny truths that every rock, river and creature whispers to me. I hope this whispers spark matches, giving us the burning need to exist, responsibly, in our planet.

Jasmine Fernandez Motion Design, B.F.A., 2016 Wow! This is what winning an Oscar or an Emmy must feel like! It’s surreal! Being here on this stage amongst such amazing talent at Ringling College is truly an honor. Five years ago when I was applying to this college, I was just hoping to get in! Never would I have imagined winning the prestigious Trustee Scholar award and being honored as one of the best. My journey here started in Pre-College 2010. I wanted to come see if this was going to be the school for me. I didn’t know what major I wanted at the time so it gave me a good taste of what Ringling had to offer. Motion Design wasn’t even a major then, so I didn’t know it existed until I applied my senior year of 2012. I chose it, because it incorporates everything I love about art and design: It has graphic design, photography, video, animation and just enough craziness to make it interesting. Not one project is ever the same and it allows me to really expand my creativity. Little did I know that I would be in for sleepless nights, working for hours and days on end just for a couple of seconds of frames. I questioned my own sanity at one point, but I never quit. That’s not the way I was raised and my parents would have probably killed me if I did. I love you mom and dad! The professors here at Ringling are amazing and have pushed me not only to the edge, but to be the best I could be as an artist. Their critiques sometimes made me feel smaller than I already am at 5’0”, but those critiques evolved me into a giant. This has been an amazing ride and I know with the knowledge and skills that I have learned here, I will do amazing things. I want to sincerely thank the Board of Trustees for selecting me for this prestigious award. I want to thank all my professors, because each and every one of you is involved in my creative journey. Thank you to my grandma for telling me about my artist grandfather who died before I was born and inspired me through his artwork. Thank you to my uncle Howie who showed me the creative side of musical beats. Last, but not least, thank you to my wonderful parents. Without your support, I would not be at the most amazing art school in the world. I’m learning to do what I love the most because of you. I love you so much! And also thanks for taking care of the 4 dogs, 4 cats and the bunny I rescued. I promise I will not bring home anymore animals……maybe. I once read that good art is a talent; and good design is a skill. Put them together and you have a masterpiece. Thank you Ringling College for creating the best artists and designers in all of us!

Tebello Mosenene Advertising, B.F.A., 2016 Hello, my name is Tebello and I am from a tiny country completely land locked by South Africa called Lesotho. Lesotho is considered a kingdom in the sky, many don’t know about it so I always have to refer to South Africa first, but hopefully that will change one day because it truly is a beautiful country and the world is missing out. I’ve been lucky enough to travel and meet many different kinds of people in my life, and as an advertising student, this has been very helpful. I have schooled with some of wealthiest kids in Southern Africa, I am honored to have met war survivors in Liberia whom have little to nothing, I have also been fortunate enough to hang out with herders in the mountains of Lesotho. Today, I am very far away from home… but America has done a good job at making me feel at home. We all have a story, we’re all going through something but we can all learn from one another. I have come to find that open-mindedness is one of the most valuable characteristics one can obtain, especially as creatives. Forming relationships with all sorts of people opens our minds and can truly transform and mold a better understanding of our surroundings. As creatives, we can take what we learn and share it with the rest of the world. Use our art to help each other understand each another: create empathy, because really, at the end of the day, we all rely on one another. Once upon a time, art wasn’t enough. Today is the best time to be a creative. We have the ability to transform how people perceive certain things, and that is one heck of tool to have so let’s have fun with it. As a note, many of the scholars are giving a ‘thank you’ to their faculty, families, and the Trustees for the award. Of course you don’t have to! Also, you may want to consider including a line about what you plan ‘to do’ with your creativity in the future. How has your creative education transformed you and empowered you to move forward? What are you going to do with your experiences and abilities?


Rebecca Sabowski Photography, B.F.A., 2016 I have wanted to be involved with art since day one. Art has been a great outlet for me, and I always thought my artwork had its own life even when I was very little. Ringling has only pushed my love and understanding of art even further. I’m from a small farm town in Illinois, just outside Chicago. Chicago was a great place to learn about art, and growing up and being in the city drove me to do more then to just make pictures out of enjoyment. So how did I land here in the town of Sarasota? Well, as a high school student I came to Ringling in the summer to take a weeklong class. During that time I learned so much about art that I had my heart set on Ringling College ever since. This was where I was meant to be. This is was where I would learn not only about art but also about myself.


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As a photography major I strive to create a new world within reality. My work is inspired by psychology and my own personal emotions. Looking through a camera makes me feel as if I am in control of my own world. As I plan ahead for the future I want to be a fine artist. I hope to sell my work in galleries and be a part of exhibitions. I’ve been working hard to create as much as I can to build a strong portfolio. I plan to use my education here at Ringling as a step forward in going to grad school. I want to learn as much as I can about the art world and education is very important to me. Thank you all so much for this great opportunity and honor/award/recognition. It means a lot to my fellow Trustees and me.

Kade O’Casey Illustration, B.F.A., 2016 Tonight’s theme is about our transformations, so I guess I’ll start at the beginning. I landed on this planet in September of 1993. I grew up in a town called The Colony, Texas, where I was always encouraged to express myself. I would draw all day long, and my mother reports that I was a very well-behaved kid if I had anything to draw with. My family still keeps every sketchbook I’ve ever had in my closet back home, and I think that says a lot about how encouraging my environment was when I was an adolescent. I went to a public elementary school called B.B. Owen, where my mother was a 5th Grade Teacher. That meant that I would have to stay after school every day for at least an hour longer than the other kids while my mother was grading papers. I naturally came to know all of the faculty and teachers that worked there, and I think that conditioned me to be more confident in an educational environment. They say you meet your muses at a young age, and I think that implies that you can always find inspiration from a time when your eyes were open widest. My childhood was filled with fond memories of watching superhero movies and playing R rated video games. Subsequently, my sketchbooks and paintings have always been filled with monsters with chainsaws for hands and powerful ninjas with fire coming out of their eyes. I started learning how to use Adobe Photoshop when I was 13 years old. Ever since, I’ve been exploring how to manipulate images and further access the new frontier of digital imaging with the support of my family and friends. By the time I was a senior at The Colony High School, I had broken the record for how many art credits you could graduate with and I also walked away with “Most Artistic”, and “Funniest Guy” in my high school yearbook. I had aspirations of becoming a concept artist and I explored my options for higher education as a Rising Star from Savannah College of Art and Design’s Pre-college program. Those experiences lead me to Ringling, where I was constantly surrounded by excellence. The Illustration department has trained me to draw, paint, and act with confidence. I’m elated to represent the graduating Illustration class of 2016 as the Trustee Scholar because this has truly been a lifetime in the making. Over the past few years I have been blessed to receive a tremendous amount of encouraging experiences, connections, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I’d like to thank everyone here, and everyone who couldn’t be, for supporting me on this journey. None of it could have been possible without the undying support from my friends and family, and my family at Ringling. Thank you.




ello Parents/Guardians, It is that time of year again!

We wanted to give you some quick points of information as we prepare for the end of the semester (and in some cases, the completion of your student’s college studies at Ringling). All non-graduating students who are currently living on campus must be moved out of their room/apartment/house no later than 12-noon on Wednesday, May 11th. Graduating seniors can remain on campus until 4:30pm on Friday, May 13th. Your student will be considered “moved out” once all belongings have been removed from the room/apartment and their key(s) have been returned to the Office of Residence Life. Many parents have asked about local storage facilities, including portable storage units. There are many traditional storage facilities in the Sarasota area. While we don’t endorse one storage facility over another, our students tell us that they have had good experience with Airport Mini Storage (941) 355-5559, located just off Tamiami Trail, less than 3 miles from campus. We ask that our residential students not use “Pods” or other similar containers as a means of storing their belongings for the Summer because of the impact that they will have on parking. It has also been our experience that they become an easy target for theft. If your student has left-over art supplies or belongings that they feel they will no longer need, we will have a Goodwill Bin and UsedArt Supply Station as an opportunity for them to donate towards future students and community members. The first day of class for the Fall 2016 semester is Monday, August 15th. The residence halls will open for returning students at 10am on Friday, August 12th, allowing for plenty of time to move in and get settled before the semester begins. Be sure to tell your student to keep an eye out for coffee and snacks in the Residence Life Office from May 1st through May 6th as part of our annual “Finals Study Breaks.” Have a great Summer and feel free to email us at if you have other questions! 20

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JJ Mitchell Coordinator of Residence Life Housing Operations

With seven residence halls, multiple apartment complexes, and over 30 near campus houses, Ringling College offers students a wide array of options for housing. And since over 70% of students choose to live on campus, we strive to make our campus housing convenient, safe, and comfortable. Our amenities include furnished living quarters, three meal plan options, on-call staff, proximity to campus services, classrooms, and studios, all utilities, and 24 hour security. For additional safety, access to each floor of our residence halls is limited to its inhabitants only.

But we go beyond the typical college residence halls. Our housing is designed specifically for creatives, offering plenty of collaboration spaces, large scale project workrooms, and access to our many student resources.


Student Health & Wellness Services Ringling College of Art and Design, in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, provides on-campus medical services and is equipped to diagnose and treat most common illnesses and conditions. Any services that cannot be provided directly on-site at the Student Health Center can be coordinated within Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s comprehensive network of services.

A message from Health and Wellness


e are pleased to welcome Heather Murray as Health Center Receptionist and Records Coordinator this semester. Heather brings both her warm personality and tremendous experience to the role, and we are excited to have her join the Health and Wellness team. I know she is eager to support the wellbeing of students during their college journey in her role in the Student Health Center, and is well 22

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prepared to serve as resources for parents as well. Heather’s office is in the health center, and she can be reached by email to healthrecords@ or calling 941-893-2855. As the Spring Semester is winding down, we hope everyone is looking forward to a great summer. Whether your student is staying in Sarasota, engaging in an internship, returning home for a needed break, or taking advantage of Ringling College’s summer school offerings, summer brings important challenges. For many, it’s a very exciting time for parents to have their students come home after a long year of being away; however it can also come with some adjustments. Your student has been used to their own routine and it can sometimes be difficult to readjust back to life at home. It can also be difficult for parents. For students remaining on campus, the change to a different schedule may require developing more selfmotivation and time-managements skills. Be sure your student checks out updated Fitness Center schedules and continue to stay active. If your student is returning homse for a break, or perhaps for some period of time following graduation, here are some tips on how to successfully navigate your newly independent student coming home from college. 1) Negotiate conflicts early: If you know something will be a source of tension; curfews, use of the car, friends coming over etc., make a game plan ahead of time and then sit down with your student as soon as possible to talk it out. 2) Know that your student might have undergone some changes. College is a time when students often explore different facets of their identity and try on new personas. This is part of them struggling to become an adult. This can be a great opportunity to have open dialogue and to get to know the growing individual sleeping in your child’s room! 3) Enjoy your time. Yes, there may be some conflict; and that is ok. In fact, it is a natural part of the process. Make sure you take time to do things together, enjoy each other and have a great summer. Health and wellness services staff are here to help connect you with resources to make sure your student has access to the help they need over the summer. We work regularly with offcampus providers and help ensure continuity for those seeing therapists in Sarasota or at home after involvement on campus or when they return in the fall. If you have any questions about connecting your student with services please don’t hesitate to contact us 941-893-2855, email or visit our website for more details. Whatever your student’s plans, we hope you have a great summer! The Health and Wellness Team


Lee Harrell Director of Financial Aid

Updates from Financial Aid

Lee Harrell

Parents of Graduating Seniors:

Parents of Returning Students:

2016-17 Financial Aid No

Congratulations! Your student will be graduating from Ringling in the next few weeks. How exciting! We wish them all the best. It has been wonderful working with you all. With commencement approaching quickly, we still have students who have not yet scheduled their required exit (student loan) counseling session with our office. Please check with your student to see if he or she has completed this requirement. It is very important that they come in to review their student loan information before graduation! This will help them prepare for the loan repayment process.

If you have not yet completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 academic year, we strongly encourage you and your student to do this as soon as possible at If you have completed your FAFSA already but used estimated 2015 tax figures prior to filing your taxes, please log back into your FAFSA to submit a correction and utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

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Applying for Student Loans:

Our office will notify you if we are missing any documentation required for disbursement of financial aid. If you are selected for Federal Verification, you will need to submit a Federal Verification Worksheet as well as 2015 IRS tax transcripts (if you have not utilized the IRS DRT on the FAFSA).

If you plan to borrow a Parent PLUS loan (or the student decides to apply for a private student loan), we recommend starting the application process once your student receives his or her Financial Aid Notification Letter. You will then have an idea of what the costs will be for the 2016-17 academic year. You may refer to our website for the 2016-17 Schedule of Fees: Tuition_Fees2016.pdf.

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Amy Pettengill Director International Student Affairs

Summer Sojourns

Amy Pettengill


he summer vacation brings with it plans for exploration and enhancement. Students take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad on short-term, summer programs. Students are preparing to study abroad in Italy, France, China, and a host of other destinations. In addition, many students are applying for Innovation Grants to support their international aspirations. These adventurous artists and designers are developing widely divergent independent study plans intended to expand their perspectives and provide them with experiences beyond the classroom. From analyzing European architecture in an effort to inform the development of gaming environments, to behind-the-scenes participation in the Cannes Film festival, to the implementation of Projects for Peace changing the world for the better, Ringling College artists and designers will be active and engaged this summer. The value of such experiential pursuits cannot be emphasized enough. Through international experience, students: • Learn about themselves and become more self-aware • Boost their self-confidence and independence • Enhance their language and communication skills • Appreciate their own country and culture • Expand their world view • Strengthen adaptability and vital team-building skills • Increase career opportunities • Experience another culture first-hand and improve cross-cultural competence • Make new friends from around the world • Travel

International students already engaged in cross-cultural activities find themselves in search of another experiential opportunity, the summer internship. For them, the process is a more complicated one. To assist them, the Center for Career Services provides workshops which serve to introduce students to available resources and the application timeline, tools to assist them with their search and application and then suggestions for negotiating the details. In partnership with International Student Affairs, the Center for Career Services addresses the issues that pertain to non-US citizens and ensures that students are ready and able to take advantage of internship opportunities. Further, upper-class international students are enlisted to share their experience and offer suggestions to those looking for professional development opportunities. In order to pursue such prospects, international students must have the support of their major department and academic advisor and must meet with the International Student Advisor to request authorization for Curricular Practical Training. It is important for students to be well informed about the process and any restrictions on the type of work they can pursue. The College is committed to providing international students with the necessary details so they can make informed decisions regarding their summer plans. This summer, Ringling College international students will be engaged in internships in California, Illinois, New York and Rhode Island among other places. Indeed, Ringling College summer sojourners are making plans for exploration and enhancement. 26

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New Beginnings and Nexus

Gloria Lim and Herman Jew


reetings to all of our parents and guardians. Another stellar academic year is coming to a close. It was just yesterday that your Ringling student moved into the residence halls and now it’s time to vacate for the summer. Our students are in the throes final design projects, crits and final exams. For some students, it is another successful semester completed. For the seniors, commencement is May 12th, the culmination of four years of developing and honing their creativity and critical thinking skills. We wish them fortuitous opportunities as they navigate and seek positions of employment with their portfolio illuminating the treasure trove of skills of their creative being. Our graduates will be contributing artists and design leaders influencing the visual world. For the students moving into their junior and senior year, there are opportunities for internships and summer work experience. The workplace climate is fluid and active. Encourage your student to pursue these opportunities. As an intern they test their creativity and acquired skills to develop that creative product and / or contribute to design strategies. Having your daughter/son back in their “familiar” surroundings is respite. To catch up on deprived sleep, home cooking and home-town friends is an experience they savor. We hope they will continue to share with you the excitement, the insights, the learning and the progress they have made with their creative education during this academic year. The Parent Association Executive Board had its first retreat with key members of the College’s staff this academic semester. The goal was to identify past protocols of previous academic years with a particular focus on this year’s successes. The outcome netted in implementable strategies for future Ringling events and the partnering with the Parents Association, an opportunity for all parents to be involved with Ringling College.


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Photo by: Jessica Nagy Top Row – Torrey Grimes, Herman Jew, James Marling Bottom Row – Bel Feltner, Michele Mank, Gloria Jew, Maria Marling

The key accomplishment of the retreat is the development of our mission statement:

“The Parents Association works to support the positive parent to parent experience and the continuous success of Ringling College of Art and Design through communication, networking, and engagement”

We identified four areas of focus where you, as ambassadors of the college, can participate and make your contribution from the comforts of your home city. These focus areas are led by: 1 – Admissions: Herman Jew, President 2 - Career Services: Gloria Lim, VP 3 – Advancement: James and Maria Marling, VP 4 - Campus Events: Torrey Grimes, Bel Feltner, and Michele Mank, VP’s This fourth focus, (divided into two areas: Recruitment and Retention and New Student Orientation in August) is held on the Ringling campus. This will create opportunities for our local and nearby ambassadors to participate.

During Accepted Students Day, held recently on April 9th, this new structure and message was shared with the Class of 2020. Over 600 parents and students participated to see their new home away from home for the next four years. There were 42 parents who signed up to be PA Ambassador Leaders in their respective cities. Now with this new organization in place, I would like to extend an invitation and share this message with all of our parent community to participate and inquire about the area of focus you are passionate about. We are excited about the new mission statement and its contagious effect. A special thank you to all the parents and parent leaders who volunteered their time at the National Portfolio Days and Ringling’s Preview Day. These events were a tremendous success. As you are ambassadors of Ringling College of Art and Design, much gratitude is shared with you as you continue to spread the excitement of your student’s education in coffee circles, break rooms, and social events where you reside and work. Celebrate the creative that comes with our Ringling College family. Congrats to parents and families of graduating seniors. Have a wonderful summer!


From the desk of the Registrar

Amanda Shurtleff


s we reach the end of our academic year your students will be very busy preparing for final projects and exams. The goal of our office is to help students complete their semester on a positive note and get prepared for the upcoming academic year. We are busy meeting with students, picking classes for summer and fall 2016, and getting their schedules set. We are happy to work with students who might want to take a summer course at a College or University back at home. If this is the case with your student, please make sure they come in to see their academic advisor so we can assist them in selecting a transferrable course and completing the appropriate paperwork. We have some exciting news to share in our Academic Advising office! We have a new advisor, Stacey Tarpley, join our team. Stacey has many years of experience advising college students and will be integral to our team. She will be primarily responsible for advising 1st-3rd year Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Game Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Motion Design students. Stacey comes to us from Keiser University in Sarasota where she worked as an admissions counselor for the last year. Prior to relocating to Florida, Stacey lived in the Midwest and was employed by The Art Institute of Michigan, where she worked as an academic advisor for over 5 years. Monitoring at-risk students, performing transfer credit evaluations, and participating in New Student Orientation were just a few of her duties at The Art Institute of Michigan. Originally from Michigan, Stacey obtained her Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education through Argosy University in 2013 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. We hope that you have a wonderful summer! If your students need anything during this break, please know we are easy to reach by phone or email for any questions that might come up. We look forward to seeing your students back soon!


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Amanda Shurtleff Associate Director of Academic Advising


Barbara Gentry


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Virginia B. DeMers Director, Academic Resource Center



ne way is to increase access to services. The Academic Resource Center has a twenty-year record of quality learning support for students in traditional academic areas—reading, study, writing— and, most especially at Ringling, individual plans for time management. Ringling’s Reading and Study Specialist, Paula Brooks Jawitz has proven time and again that knowing how to study with a purpose and apply your individual learning style can lead (with hard work, of course) to better grades on tests and other assessments. Paula’s 24 / 7 grid for managing time has found its way into dorms and apartments of students in every major—and has helped them keep busy so their work gets done—on time and at a high quality. But in the last couple of years, she has been nearly overwhelmed by the number of students seeking help. Now, the ARC is excited to welcome Barbara Gentry as a second Reading-Study Specialist. She is a committed educator with years of experience and a profound understanding of how learning works and what tools and techniques help it work better. Also tech savvy, Barbara is eager to get the ARC’s services into the digital age. Barbara comes to us most recently from Lewis University where she taught college survival skills classes and tutored students one-on-one on study techniques and managing time. She has an easy friendly manner and a gift for finding individual solutions to academic challenges. A native of Tennessee, she still has a lot of extended family at either end of that long state: Barbara will be delighted to show pictures of her 2-yearold niece. Aside from her time Memphis and Knoxville, she also lived in Nevada and Chicago, where Lewis University’s location.

Until she begins her summer break at the end of May, you’ll be able to see Barbara daily in her office. Everyone at the ARC is anticipating our space in the beautiful new library (check out the web cam: ), but Barbara’s office is already in the library—the Kimbrough Library that is. If you’re on campus, stop by to visit. She’s easily accessible in the office behind the reference section. And students can already schedule appointments with her through the Academic Resource Center link on the portal (under Student Links: linke3a%2F%252 ). Barbara is also spending some time this semester learning more about Ringling’s curricula and classes. You may find her sitting in on an art history or cultural beliefs class. And she’s researching the world of apps—looking for those that can help with study and time. We feel so lucky to have found someone who fits our passions and our mission so perfectly. Please join us in welcoming Barbara to the Ringling College community.


Rachel Levey-Baker Director of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning


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VOLUNTEERING Rachel Levey-Baker


If you’d like to learn more about the link between well being and engagement in your community, you might enjoy reading these articles as well:

There are many reasons to give to others- gain professional skills, experience, and references, and to boost your employment and scholarship applications. The Greek philosopher Aristotle once surmised that the essence of life is “To serve others and do good.” We certainly agree with him, and research suggests that serving others might also be the essence of good health.

Service as a Stress Reliever for Students (http://blog.handsonsuburbanchicago. org/?p=2737)

arents newsletter spring 2016 Greetings, parents and families!

If your student is experiencing stress at this busy time of year, encourage them to take some time to volunteer. From the Corporation for National and Community Service’s “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” (2007): “Why might we see a connection between volunteer activities and longer and healthier lives? Evidence suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose. In turn, positive social psychological factors are correlated with lower risks of poor physical health. Volunteering may enhance a person’s social networks to buffer stress and reduce risk of disease. This connection between volunteering, social psychological factors, and social networks has been captured by what has been termed “social integration theory,” or “role theory,” which holds that an individual’s social connections, typically measured by the number of social roles that an individual has, can provide meaning and purpose to his or her life, while protecting him or her from isolation in difficult periods. However, research also suggests that volunteer activities offer those who serve more than just a social network to provide support and alleviate stress; volunteering also provides individuals with a sense of purpose and life satisfaction.” (link: pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf)

Linking Engaged Learning, Student Mental Health and Well-Being, and Civic Development: A Review of the Literature ( periodicals/linking-engaged-learning-studentmental-health-and-well-being-and) Serving your community is a great way to stay engaged and have a sense of purpose through out the summer. If your student will be in the Sarasota or Manatee area, please encourage them to join the Lazarus Community Service Summer Program! Students can submit proposals for volunteers projects that benefit the community! They can choose to volunteer with any local nonprofit for as many hours as they wish. Those who successfully complete the program can apply for scholarship awards that will be applied once classes start in the fall! Applications have been sent to their email and announcements can be found on the Portal. If they need more information, they can contact Rachel Levey-Baker, Director of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning at Those students who will be heading out of town until the return of classes may also inquire about projects they can work on from home, such as creating stuffed toys for children at SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center, a local shelter for women and children who are victims of abuse) or creating rainbow start sun-catchers for children who are undergoing cancer treatments. We can send your student home with supplies! Before your student departs from campus or this area, please remind them that we will have donation drives set up to collect non-perishable food, clothing items, personal hygiene items, house wares and more. We look forward to wrapping up a successful semester and continuing to give back through the summer! Best, Rachel Levey-Baker


Parenting Can Be Funny. Thank Goodness.

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Sidney Clifton


’ve found that the older my children get, the more valuable and sharp become my sense of humor. My new favorite new mantra, borrowed from a dear friend: “Keep ‘em alive ‘til they’re twenty-¬‐five”. Genius. I have 15 years left on this agreement (my youngest turns 10 in June) and it is a beacon of light in challenging days. Providing support for a 10 year-¬‐old is vastly different from doing so for our college-¬‐aged offspring. It’s a tightrope walk that definitely keeps us on our toes. And when said offspring is an artist? Square that. In fact, cube it.


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Now we enter recruiting season; that time of year when portfolios are polished and nerves are on edge. The competition is fierce, and because our children are adults (or so they try to convince us) we must tread very carefully to support their choices, spirits, ambitions and journeys, which include the requisite ups and downs. In my travels as Director of Recruiting for animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, I encounter art and design graduates from all over North America who are eager, passionate, skilled, and for the most part, confident (if not over-¬‐confident) about their career trajectories. As a recruiter and a parent, I’d like to offer three essential Dos and Don’ts, gleaned from hundreds of conversations with students whose confidence is inspiring:

(Ms.) Sidney Clifton Director of Recruiting Bento Box Entertainment

-Encourage them to prepare by upgrading their portfolios, practice interviewing, research trends in their fields, and putting together “interview outfits” ‐Help them practice interviewing; asking them tough questions, reminding them to listen and answer carefully, maintain eye contact, and give a firm handshake. Provide constructive feedback. ‐Encourage them to practice resilience, by contacting at least three potential employers every week. Some inquiries will result in callbacks, and some will not. Learning to keep going now will test their mettle but ultimately teach a level of resilience that is fundamental to an artist’s life.

‐Take charge of their journey. Guide, don’t drive. ‐Project your worry and concern onto them. Observe. Listen. Offer advice when asked. ‐Accept the fact that an artist’s journey is not a straight road, nor is it predictable. But taking the road less traveled can make all of the glorious difference. Your students are prepared for an exhilarating adventure. There will be great triumphs and near misses; laughter and tears, joy and heartbreak. Some will thrive, some will falter. But with their Ringling education, your consistent emotional support and their newly tested mettle, they are prepared. Talented, resilient, and sometimes optimistic. And when they are not, they will bounce back.

They must ask for help, without feeling judgment or shame. Being self‐aware enough to ask for help is a great strength. Depression and anxiety can be managed once recognized, and the sooner they are addressed, the better. Then back on the journey they will go, through ups and downs, twists and turns, but moving ever courageously forward. As stated succinctly by Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Onward!


Persistence in the Job and Internship Search

A.Charles Kovacs Director Center for Career Services Ringling College of Art and Design

A. Charles Kovacs


ast September I received an angry call from a parent. To paraphrase her concern, she was upset that the Center for Career Services touts such cutting-edge resources, databases of jobs and internships, on-campus recruiting, self-paced tutorials, and counseling assistance, but her son who graduated in May was still unemployed. On the face of her anxiety, her assumption was our services, resources, and staffing are profoundly deficient. However, when I reviewed our confidential web counseling notes, and received a follow-up call from her son, this young grad never used our services! The CCS’s presence during Orientation, our outreach and advertisement via emails, posters, public trainings and presentations, and persistent reminders was not the issue: the student verified that he was “…just too busy…” to use our services. The academics and studio training at Ringling are intense and time consuming. In fact, Ringling’s reputation as a challenging art and design college is a hallmark and point of competitive distinction. Employers know, and seek out our candidates for their cutting-edge talent, skills, and work habits. In fact, this year


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we are again hosting 83 companies on campus for recruiting interns and job candidates. The graduate in question and I spoke at length about his interests, how to improve his resumes, portfolios, and job searching strategies, utilization of our resources and our personal support. I’ve followed-up with him since our conversations last fall and will continue to do so. Clearly in job and internship hunting, no less than academics, persistence is a key ingredient. The critical nature of persistence is summarized by some recent research from The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on the amount of time it takes between applying for a position and the offer:

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In essence, there are longer turn-around times from candidate / applicants to hire, 68.8 days on average! Patience, persistence, and focus are essential elements in any job or intern seeker’s search combined and filtered through the prism of realistic and pro-active expectations and strategies. The role of persistent optimism in job and internship applications is critical. Ken Sundhiem, a professional recruiter, summarized the need for a positive outlook in his recent article “Why Optimistic Job Seekers Do Better (And How to Become One)” on his website. His recommendations are valuable: 1. Check Your Worrying “... worrying does absolutely no good. It lowers your focus in interviews, erodes your ability to negotiate salary and makes your overall job search unpleasant.” Recommendations: • Catch yourself worrying, and ask yourself whether your time could be spent productively somewhere else. • Write down all the times you’ve worried about this particular outcome and determine when, if ever, the outcome you were concerned about ever came true. • Have contingency plans. Write down a list of solutions and actions you could take if what you’re worrying about becomes reality. This will mitigate your concerns. 2. Learn to Be Self-Reliant Emotional dependency comes out of our need to be right and to get approval. Often, we look to interviewers and recruiters to validate our worth, which is a very poor habit. Recommendations: • Know where you want to go in life. When you begin to achieve goals on your own, your confidence rises and you learn to trust yourself. • Take a few minutes and reflect upon the successes you’ve had so far. Often, we think about our failures and overlook all of the positives we’ve achieved. • Expect to obtain your goal. Visualize your success, and have faith that if you do the work you’re supposed to, things will fall into place. 3. View Rejection in A Different Light “... there are a myriad of reasons why a firm might not hire someone. Often, it’s not personal.” Recommendations: • Realize that the person who didn’t hire you isn’t necessarily correct in their judgment. Bad hires happen every day. • Make corrections. Life is about making corrections and learning from your mistakes. • Take action and keep busy. When you start to get down, it’s imperative you begin an activity that will put your focus elsewhere.


Mr. Sundhiem’s conclusion: “Job seekers who think positively will interview more effectively, receive higher salaries and enjoy more career options.”

On the other hand, the active or involved candidate is valued by employers:

Sundhiem’s positive attitude is translated into being ‘pro-active’ rather than ‘passive’ in one’s searching. This recommendation is enforced by a recent study entitled What Matters to the Modern Candidate, Indeed Inc., 2015, pointed out some valuable behaviors of the active job searcher:

These findings brought to mind another student event relayed to me by a colleague from another. It was two weeks before graduation and the director received a call from the career office administrative assistant: there was an anxious student in the library asking to meet her. When she told her admin that she would be down in a few minutes, her assistant asked her to hurry as the student was rather ‘nervous.’ When the director entered the library, she noticed that the student was sitting on the edge of his chair, excitedly looking around the room and bouncing on the seat.

Essentially, the study’s findings verify that from the employer’s perspective, it is more expensive to recruit someone who is considered “passive” or uninvolved in their own internship, job, or career search; 9/10 recruiters would prefer to hire an active candidate (The Polling Company). Consequently, candidates active in their search prove to be better employees for their employers:


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“How can I help you?” she asked. “Yeah, hi, I am a graduating senior, I am here for it,” he responded “For ‘it’?” she inquired. “Yeah, can I have it; I’m double parked. Just give it to me, ok?” he snapped. “I’m not sure I quite understand. What ‘it’ are you looking for?” the director gently pressed. “I am here for my job, can you please give it to me!” responded the student with exasperation. Obviously, this senior was under the false assumption that a career office’s primary function is ‘placing’ or ‘putting’ students into internships and jobs without any effort on the part of the candidate. This lingering misperception – unfortunately exacerbated by the media - stemming from the 1940’s when the word ‘placement’ was first appropriated into the American lexicon to define employment dynamics reflecting the then dominant mode of filling available positions. The world of jobs has significantly changed since the 1940s!

The Center for Career Services at Ringling College of Art and Design certainly does have extensive resources, services, and engagements for students and alumni, and our services are available to our graduates for life. In fact, through our resources and strategy designs it is easy to find an internship, job, employer, or individual in a desired function or company for networking. Applying in a proactive manner, interviewing, and professional resumes, cover letters, portfolios and persistence activates this process. Hence, we stress starting the processes as early as possible during the brief four years, or 1,378+/- days a student is an undergraduate at Ringling. We make the tools available to students and alumni, but they have to use them. We understand that the job and internship hunting process involves both the exhilaration of potential success and the looming fear of frustrated options. As one social scientist and behavioral researcher expressed this duality of potential success and failure: “Basically, people prefer not to face discomfort. The consequence of their feeling anxious about possible impending discomfort is that they avoid ‘life’s difficulties and self-responsibilities.’ ” We strive (along with students) to enhance their sense of self-mastery or what another researcher called self-efficacy. That is to say, students and adults need to acquire an attitude, or belief in their own competence that can motivate confidence and the completion of tasks. In Willard Dix’s recent article in Forbs, “Can Parents Measure The ROI Of College Tuition?” he cites a major premise from Zac Bissonnette’s book Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching Off My Parents: “He [Bissonnette] takes a cold, hard look at the advantages and disadvantages of attending high status or lesser known institutions and comes to the obvious but not often considered conclusion that what a student does at an institution is more important than where he or she goes.” Dix continues: “Just as we can’t know for sure how our kids will turn out

as a result of our parenting, so we also can’t really know how their college experience will aid them once they are graduates. We know what we’d like to see, but actual results may be far different. One may decide to join an ashram; another may clean up on Wall Street [or a major design studio]; another may choose a career that will entail repaying college loans for a very long time and never earn enough to justify the huge expense of college. Parents don’t expect to get paid back; the return is having raised an independent and thoughtful adult.” “In any case”, Dix continues, “evaluating a college education strictly in terms of financial ROI seems too narrow a metric. The uncertainty of the job market post-college or the lures of graduate and professional school make figuring out an ROI that makes sense particularly difficult, if not impossible. Whether you’re paying for an Ivy or Ivy League State, you’re making a bet on your parenting as much as an investment in the future.” The staff at the Center for Career Services is trained, experienced, and focused on helping students and alumni master and express, in a safe environment, an aspect of what it means to be a career-focused, independent and thoughtful adult. Students and alumni however, need to be fully invested in this process and persistently engaged in their commitment. As Isaac Asimov said about a manuscript is doubly true for art work, portfolios, resumes, and cover letters: “You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.”

A good Summer Read for Parents Julie Lythcott-Haims, Stanford University’s former Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising, has identified some critical parenting challenges in her well-received book How To Raise An Adult. Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success., Henry Hold & Company, 354 pp, 2015. Drawing on conversations and research with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and her own experience as a mother and dean of students, the author pinpoints how overparenting “…harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large.” Fear seems to drive the overhelping dynamic, wherein future expectations and worries drive the parent-child dynamic. Essentially,”Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success...” As one reviewer stated: “My husband and I have five kids and we both work in education. I wish there was a road map that we and other parents can follow to raise kids to become successful adults. This book provides some unique insight into helping children to become successful. Every parent should read this - rich parents, poor parents, controlling parents, free range parents - all of them. I feel like we have become a generation of parents who want this bubble of protection around our kids yet we want them to grow up to be responsible and successful adults. Those don’t necessarily go hand in hand. Reading this book is the first step to guide you through the process.” The central message: “When parents laugh and enjoy the moment but also teach the satisfaction of hard work, when they listen closely but also give their children space to become who they are, they wind up with kids who know how to work hard, solve problems and savor the moment, too. In other words, get a life, and your child just might do the same someday.” Her TEDx talks: • • The Commonwealth Club presentation: • Some reviews of this book on line: • review/how-to-raise-an-adult-by-julie-lythcotthaims.html • show/23168823-how-to-raise-an-adult • •


BUDDY CRUISE NEWS: Sailing Beyond the Syllabus By Lisa Moody | Photography by Amy Nestor


remember the day I received a call from Pam Arnoldson. As the mom of a child with Down Syndrome, Pam identified that there was a strong need to connect with other families that had a member with Down Syndrome. That call was the beginning of our ever-evolving friendship. In 2007, Pam and her husband launched Buddy Cruise, a non-profit offering a vacation/conference aboard a cruise ship. Here families can be part of a supportive community while learning new skills from a variety of experts, share experiences with families that look like their own, spread awareness of Down Syndrome and just have fun. I’ve filmed Buddy Cruise on various occasions and although I’ve worked with special needs children my entire life, Buddy Cruise touches something inexplicably deep in me. In 2014, Pam asked if I could facilitate a hands-on workshop for the Buddy Cruise. I immediately thought of my ART Network students and how valuable a life lesson this might be for them, as it had always been for me. In October 2015, with the blessing of the College, I, along with five Ringling students, set sail on a life-changing journey. My students would become teachers onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Sea, mentoring eighty children and young adults with Down Syndrome over the course of one week. The expected result would be a 30-minute news show, “The Buddy Cruise News,” that would

Lisa Moody Director of ART Network


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debut on the last day of the cruise. Each morning we met with Buddy Cruisers to plan the shoot for that day and assign roles: camera operators, reporters, lighting assistants, audio assistants and make-up. Nothing to this extent had ever been done on Buddy Cruise, so I had no idea what to expect. What I witnessed and what we accomplished over that week was humbling. It was a lot of work to produce the Buddy Cruise News. We had to get our production equipment on-board, meet with our crews daily and film the events, upload the footage to our computer, download music, work around massive internet issues at sea, edit, create graphics and design a news desk for our anchors. In this type of production, the students must be quick thinking, making decisions in the moment that will affect the edit and eventually the entire production. I watched my students, who had confessed to me that they are somewhat introverted, blossom over the week. The Buddy Cruisers brought my students out of their shells and in turn I saw Buddy Cruisers come alive during production. One Buddy Cruiser fearlessly approached passengers for interviews, confidently holding the mic as if he had done this for years. Another literally glowed as she ran around the ship asking, “Can I do your make-up?” whether they were part of our group or not. One young man was quiet and expressionless the entire week, yet beamed with selfassurance in his job as a cameraman. And yet another cried with pride in her role as our on-camera translator. I filmed interviews with my students throughout the week, documenting their evolution through their soundbytes. By the last night, each student tearfully relived his or her week and the collective comment I heard was, This was life-changing for me. No student talked about what they had taught the Buddy Cruisers, but rather what the Buddy Cruisers had taught them: being less self-conscious, pushing through your comfort zone, confidence, empathy, and strength. They said they learned that if they were to have a special needs child in their future, they knew they could not only handle it, they would be fine with it because they witnessed parents who were managing their own lives with special needs children brilliantly, and what these parents were being given in return from their child was so much more than they were giving. The last day, the Buddy Cruise News debuted to an audience of nearly 400 people, and it was a huge hit. But this experience wasn’t really about producing a news show, was it? It wasn’t about our students using the production skills they’ve acquired through ART Network nor about utilizing the talents they’re developing within their majors. That week with the Buddy Cruisers taught our students how to deal with life when it hands you something unexpected, and how wonderfully glorious that can be, whether it’s production challenges or feeling awkward or being blessed with a child with Down Syndrome. That week was an eye-opening introduction to life.

Lisa Moody is an Emmy Award-winning television writer/producer and songwriter. She launched the All Ringling Television Network (ART Network), serving as its Director and Adjunct Faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design since 2011. Her non-profit, The Paper Airplanes Project, offers creative tools to help families cope with the emotional aspects of cancer in children. Links: Buddy Cruise News - RCLA Volunteerism Video -


Barbara S. Marini FASID, IDEC Department Head Interior Design Ringling College of Art and Design



he interior design department at Ringling College of Art and Design is very proud of the internships our senior students acquire and the ultimate positions they land as a result of their experience. This semester we have followed our eleven seniors on Facebook (“Senior Internship Updates”) who are out and about, exploring the world of interior design from Sarasota to LA, and NYC and sharing their experiences! They are using their skills and design knowledge in many different ways, but each is developing a real world awareness of the practice of interior design and sharpening those design skills as well! Here’s a snapshot of what they are up to now….

Senior Noel Slifko has been on many design installations, selected samples at the D & D Building in New York and followed the design process from the selection of wallcoverings, paint, and trim through the construction phase. Monica Coleman, who is interning at Mohagen Hansen Architecture Group in Minneapolis, has worked on commercial projects, assisted senior designers, learned new tools for AutoCAD, and assemble material packets for projects. She’s been attending client/designer meetings and learning things that she “never knew!” On a similar note, Lucas Davy is working on AutoCAD drawings and REVIT at his internship at a local architectural firm, CMSArchitects, gaining experience in the architectural world. Elizabeth Fox, second place winner in this year’s Best of Ringling, is enjoying California working in Gensler’s LA office where designer’s share their work and participate in community service projects in addition to working on great hospitality projects! She is learning collaboration in a large scale firm and enjoying the range of commercial projects including skyscrapers, hotels, and the historic Queen Mary! Elizabeth was assigned a “buddy” and says she is “off to a good start!” Gaby Silverman is in Chicago, in another large scale commercial firm HOK, and is in charge of their materials library. She’s had the opportunity to visit the Merchandise


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^ Zerina Islamovic from The Netherlands

< Work from Enoki Design Studio, Adelaide, SA, Australia Gensler, LA from Elizabeth Fox > [Below] Sample room from Monica Coleman (Mohagen Hansen Architecture Group)

Mart for samples, work on construction documents in Revit, and collaborating with other designers. Gaby is learning about sustainability in practice as HOK”s “green platform” is embedded in their work.

^ Forbo Factory in Krommenie Asendelft-from Zerina Islamovic

Chelsea Brukardt is “down-under” in Adelaide South Australia, with Studio S2Architects where she looked for an opportunity to work in another country and is now working on a variety of commercial projects related to the wine industry! As part of her experience, Chelsea has explored and connected with other design firms, fabric showrooms, and product designers in Australia and has landed a position as well! Also in a “distant land” is Zerina Islamovic who is interning in Refitters, based in WTC Almere, keeps busy meeting with furniture dealers & manufacturers, exploring digital rendering (her passion!), producing construction documents, and working with architects on code issues. Zerina is also working on animations and post-production for still renderings as well as becoming familiar with EU building laws and materials. A bit closer to home is Lauren Gayle, at Vignette, a firm in North Carolina involved in the design of residential apartment complexes. Lauren’s been working on designing interior elements of space planning, furniture, fixtures and the placement of art in the interior. She’s also been utilizing her great AutoCAD skills, dimensioning plans, and working on construction documents. Lauren says she has learned a lot about how every “company likes their construction documents” which is great to hear. Others in the senior class are embarking upon similar situations in which they connect their education with an internship and real life experience, many of which will turn into employment opportunities. The students are proud of their accomplishments and we are proud of them as well! The demonstration of hard work, dedication, and passion which began for them four years ago as “wide-eyed” freshman has resulted in creative, career oriented interior designers, on their way to success!

^ Chelsea Bruckardt from Tea Tree Gully, SA, Australia < From Gaby Silverman-HOK


Photos by Holly Siegling

Rew Woodruff, Ed.S. Associate Director Center for Career Services

Insights from the Game Developerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference Rew Woodruff, Ed.S.


ello Ringling Parents!

As the newest staff member in the Center for Career Services at Ringling College, I made my first trip to the Game Developers Conference in mid-March in San Francisco, CA. To say it was amazing would be a gross understatement! The conference is global, and there were about 25,000 national and international attendees. I met people from Spain, eastern Europe, Australia, and China. During my shifts at the Ringling booth in the Exhibition Hall, I represented the Center for Career Services by offering an overview of the services and resources we provide to our students, alumni, and employers. I explained to potential recruiters the ways that we can partner with them, whether through online interactions via Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, etc., receiving internship and full-time listings, or through on-campus visits. To be blunt, I ran out of my business cards in the 2nd day! I had to simply share my email and accept business cards the 3rd and final day. Ringlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation is obviously in great shape, and our students are most definitely in-demand. We will be working with the contacts I made to either enhance or build relationships in order to increase the internship and job opportunities for Ringling students and alumni. The Ringling booth also included a continuously running demo reel on an 80 inch screen showcasing the work of current Ringling students. The caliber of work included in the


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demo reel was so strong that conference goers repeatedly assumed that it was either faculty or alumni work, and they were clearly impressed when we told them it was from students ranging from Sophomores to Seniors. There was someone standing in front of the screen every minute of every one of my 15 hours at the booth! Before the conference began, I visited the headquarters of both Apple and Pixar. Both companies are excited about the relationships they have with Ringling, and they look forward to continuing to work with us. More specifically, they look forward to increasing the contacts they have with Ringling students during their campus visits, or via online interactions. Both companies also expressed a desire to see work from underclassmen. When I asked for their rational, they informed me that they save the work submitted to them for internships and that they revisit previous submissions to assess studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; progress as they apply again for internships, or full-time employment. Both companies verified that they save submissions as they share standout work with other departments within their company. This information was exciting for it reinforces the Center for Career Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; message to underclassmen that it is never too early to apply and begin building a network! Thank you!


Greetings from madeby Gallery Nancy O’Neil madeby Gallery is very proud to represent unique diversity of works of art created by talent Ringling College Art and Design students and alumni. Ringling College is one of only a handful of colleges in the country that has this unique concept of a retail gallery that give the student and alumni artist the opportunity of displaying, marketing and selling of their artwork.

^ “Sea Turtle” by Tracie Luther

madeby Gallery provides Ringling students with a hands-on experience of learning how to work in and with an art gallery while gaining retail, team-building and customer support experience. We encourage you to remind your sons and daughters that madeby gallery is here to serve them. We welcome their artwork, in whatever medium that inspires them; it does not have to be in their field of study. This summer will be the completion of the second year of being on campus plus five previous years on Central Ave, Sarasota. Being located in the heart of the campus has increased the volume of visitors to the madeby Gallery with campus tours, families visiting the college, conference held on campus and college events. In tune, madeby has seen an increase in sales which is exceed any previous years, which benefits the students, alumni and the operations of the Gallery.

Gallery Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday Please call us at 941.822.0442, visit our website and like us on Facebook. 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 madeby: 941.822.0442 Direct: 702.575.0591 48

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Madeby will be open during the summer. The staff will be preparing for the next season shows and welcoming the Pre-College students, their families, alumni and teacher events and campus tours and visitors. Nancy O’Neil Gallery Manager madeby Gallery 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 941.822.0442 E-mail:


^ “Life of Pi “ by 2016 Illustration Student Mikaela San Pietro

< “Rabbit and Friends” by 2016 Illustration Student Adriana Cruz Berdecia

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