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AUG. 2016

ISSUE 3

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

Student Life Office

PARENT NEWSLETTER


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“Venice” by Danica Jokic ‘16, Illustration

To see more work by Danica, visit http://www.danicajokic.com


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PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION As a parent or guardian of a Ringling student, you have a lot of questions. We are here to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information about Ringling College and programs, resources, policies, and procedures offered. Here, you’ll find information about upcoming events and services for parents who want to get involved. Thank you for your active involvement with Ringling College of Art and Design and for trusting your son or daughter’s care to us!

For questions or comments, contact pa@ringling.edu To join, visit: http://www.ringling.edu/parents-of-current-students


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Hello Parents Tammy S. Walsh

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The Journey of Creative Endeavors or New Horizons Gloria Lim and Herman Jew

Hello Ringling College Parents Chris Shaffer

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Greetings Students and Parents Amanda Shurtleff

Greetings Ringling College Parents and Families Jekeyma Robinson

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Greetings Proud Parents from madeby Nancy O’Neil

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Welcome Parents Kenneth F Mroz


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

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Hello Parents! Dr. Tammy S. Walsh

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reetings!

We are indeed excited to start another academic year! With the exception of PreCollege and all of the building going on (wait until you see!), it has been very quiet here this Summer without all of our wonderful students. We were so glad to have our student leaders (Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders) return last week for training and preparation for the start of school. They are an outstanding, energetic group who has been working very hard to help us get ready.

For our parents of new students, the time is almost here for your student to start their learning experience at Ringling College of Art and Design! We are looking forward to meeting your student, and hopefully meeting you, during Parent/ Family Orientation (August 10-12, 2016)! Here is the link to the schedule (http://www.ringling. edu/sites/default/files/New%20Student%20 Orientation%20Schedule%2020162017.pdf.) Should you have any additional questions prior to your arrival here at Ringling College, please feel free to contact Student Life at nso@ringling.edu and/or (941) 359-7509. We are here to assist! We look forward to meeting you! Sincerely, Tammy S. Walsh, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

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The Journey of Creative Endeavors or New Horizons Gloria Lim and Herman Jew

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ello again, first year parents!!!

It was back in April when we had the pleasure of meeting you in the courtyard where your daughter/son accepted the invitation to attend Ringling College. We would like to especially thank the forty-three parents who stopped by and filled out an information sheet about themselves and their student. As newly minted ambassadors of the College, we look forward to your passion and enthusiasm as your share the experiences and attributes with friends and acquaintances in your home city. We were also excited to chat with the grandparents and siblings who came along and shared in the experience of where their family member will be spending blocks of ninety days at a time for the next four years. For some of you, it was an opportunity to visit the campus and to sense what the environment will be like. By now after reading the materials sent, you are either a bit overwhelmed or enlightened with answers. Hopefully, more insights were shared when you chatted with various members of the Parents’ Association leadership and gleaned information from the Ringling College website and from the staff.

of amenities, and of course, the beaches and native landscape of Florida! On campus, the resources abound with daily inspiration, challenges, and meeting new friends. Your student will hear from some professors, revisit the art galleries, the Fitness Center, Health Center, Career office, Commons, and meet Academic Advisors, librarians and the amazing administrative staff of Deans and their team. The foundation of your student is set up for academic success and creative growth, sustaining their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stamina. This is truly an important threshold and a journey towards their creative endeavors! Again, congratulations and enjoy the rest of the summer with planning for your student’s home away from home. We look forward to seeing you in August at the New Student Orientation. Please stop by the Parents Association table and join, expanding the Ringling College family! Gloria Lim, yimglorialim@yahoo.com Herman Jew, herman.jew@att.net Executive Board Members, Ringling Parents Association

As the summer draws to a close, your student has put behind them the celebration of their high school graduation, enjoyed trips with family and friends, perhaps grabbed a short gig to work, and have begun assembling what to bring to Sarasota. THAT “favorite” item is still good to pack for College. Upon arriving to campus, you and your student will be greeted by a staff of upper class volunteers who will get them situated into their dorm rooms. The days ahead will be filled with activities to help acclimate to their new campus surroundings, the context of Sarasota, the neighborhood

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Hello Ringling College Parents Chris Shaffer

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hope summer has kept you busy! On behalf of the Office of Residence Life, I wanted to write a quick note as a reminder of important upcoming dates: • Residence halls open for new incoming students on Wednesday, August 10th, followed by New Student Orientation activities through the start of classes. Instructions on locations to pick up keys vary depending upon building/assignment. These will be sent to each student via their Ringling email address in the coming weeks. • All residence halls, apartments, and houses open for returning students at 10:00am on Friday, August 12th. Your student can pick up their keys any time that day at the Office of Residence Life, Goldstein Hall Suite 114. • If you arrive after hours, we will have contact information for on-call staff posted on our office door. • If you arrive to campus before we are officially open, please make arrangements to stay in a local hotel or with a friend. Due to New Student Orientation activities, we will not be able to open for returning students prior to 10:00am Friday, August 12th. • Please consult the “Pack Your Bags” page for information on what to bring/not bring before arriving to campus. • The first day of classes is Monday, August 15th. Drop/Add ends at 4:30pm on Friday, August 19th. Travel safely, and we look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks! Chris Shaffer Associate Dean of Students reslife@ringling.edu

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Greetings Students and Parents! Amanda Shurtleff

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he Office of Advising, Records, and Registration would like to welcome you to our beautiful campus! We look forwarding to meeting you and getting you off to the right start in your educational journey. We are here to help you with important issues such as your class schedule, getting final transcripts and test scores in, transfer credit, academic planning and so much more! Students can make appointments with our academic advisors online using their my.ringling. edu accounts or stop by and see us on the second floor of the Ulla Searing Building and make appointments in person. Our Fall 2016 office hours will be Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. We hope you enjoy these last days of summer before the school year begins! Amanda Shurtleff Associate Director of Academic Advising Ringling College of Art and Design Office of Advising, Records & Registration Services Ulla Searing Building, Room 259 Phone (941) 309-0191

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Greetings Ringling College Parents and Families Jekeyma Robinson

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t honestly seems as though Commencement just ended, but here we are ready to start another academic year. What a year it will be! We have a record number of new incoming students, as well as many new projects, majors and activities taking place on campus. Speaking of activities, the Student Life team has worked diligently at putting together a year of programming that will not only provide fun and entertainment outside of the classroom, but enrich their overall learning experience, educating them as a whole. This year, Student Activities has already started the planning for multiple Disney, Universal and waterpark trips, on-campus activities including dances, Food Bingo and inflatables, as well as many other activities. Rec and Wellness will be providing kayaking trips, recreational trips, as well as programming that help to enhance ones overall wellness. Also, look for many opportunities to give back to your community with Volunteerism. There are also over 40 clubs and organizations that you can be a part of. On Friday, August 19th, we will be having a Clubs, Organizations and Volunteer Fair in the Exhibition Hall between the hours of 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please stop by and find out ways to get involved! At the end of last semester, Dr. John Walker, former Campus Chaplain, accepted a job with the Sheriff’s Department, and although we were very sad to see him leave, we are excited for this new opportunity for him in his career. As the saying goes though, when one door closes another one opens. After a long search process throughout the summer, we are extremely excited to announce and

welcome Rev. Melanie Kim as the new Campus Chaplain. Rev. Kim is a minister of word and sacrament, ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She has over 9 years of ministry experience and has lived in Sarasota for 3 years. She graduated with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in Theater Arts. She attended seminary in Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she obtained her Master of Divinity. She has actively served in leadership for Young Adult ministries, College Student Ministries, as well as in general congregational settings. Rev. Kim has been an active Board Member of the Association for Campus Ministry since January 2014. Please feel free to contact Rev. Melanie Kim by email at mkim1@ringling.edu. I hope that you are all excited about what’s in store this semester and we look forward to working with you and your student this upcoming year. Sincerely, Jekeyma Robinson Associate Dean of Students jrobinso@ringling.edu Phone (941) 309-0191

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Welcome Parents Kenneth F Mroz

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reetings and welcome to the parents of the class of 2020. For many of you, this time represents a major milestone in yours and your student’s life. This is a time of transition from childhood dependency to independence and self-sufficiency. Your student will be learning a great deal about themselves, both socially and academically. During your student’s time away from home, they will be challenged in many different ways. As such, these challenges can lead to a variety of stressors. Some of the most challenging of which can manifest themselves through social anxiety, difficulty adjusting to the new environment, having a roommate, having to locate classes on our ever-expanding campus, as well as adjusting to the academic load. To support your student’s adjustment, may I suggest that you maintain some regular contact with your student especially the first couple of weeks while he or she is on campus. Feel free to send mail in the form of care packages filled with snacks and treats

that you know your student enjoys. This represents a reminder to them that you are thinking about them. Talk to your. Student about establishing healthy relationships / making friends as well as encouraging them to be consistent in their activities of daily life. Be sure that they are eating, sleeping, attending classes, exercising, bathing and getting up on time. Should you have any concerns about your student you can contact Public Safety here on campus. Remember Ringling college one design has a vast support network within. We have excellent health services, which consist of medical and counseling. Additionally, we have student support services available in the older searing building located in student life. Additionally, we have Academic Advisors, as well as the Academic Resource Center to assist students with time management, as well as those struggling with their academics. Over the years, the students who have utilized the services early on in their academic careers have found them to be most useful leading to their personal and professional growth and development here at Ringling College. Below you will find a list of telephone numbers for each department mentioned. I would encourage you to direct your student’s attention to these departments in times of need. • Public safety 941-359-7500 • Counseling Center 941-893-2855 • Student Support Services 941-893-2861 • Academic Advising 941-359-6116 • Academic Resource Center 941-3597627 Welcome to the Ringling family with best wishes to you and for your students success. Kenneth F Mroz, Ph.D., Associate Director Student Support Services

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Greetings Proud Parents from madeby Nancy O’Neil

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reetings Proud Parents, as you should be. RCAD students are outstanding!

The madeby Gallery is located in the heART of the RCAD campus in the lobby of Ulla Searing Student Center building. Madeby is the exclusive on-campus retail gallery for current student and alumni to show and sell their work. Students and alumni can participate in a group exhibition or submit for sale their one-of-a-kind and limited edition works, including: fine art, photography, prints, posters, greeting cards, original paintings, screen-printed clothing and other wearables, published books, jewelry, handmade sketch books, toys, glass, pottery, sculpture, furniture and more! Madeby is a great way for students and alumni meet and be inspired by other Ringling students and alumni, gain exposure, practice marketing and selling their artwork. madeby Gallery will be in the eighth year as a retail gallery and second full year at the campus location. Being centrally located on campus has seen an major increase of awareness of the gallery and sales of student and alumni artwork and fine crafts. This year to kick off the season, Madeby Gallery will feature the Annual Student Show, which you will be able to enjoy during the Oct 21 – 23 Family Weekend. madeby showcases the students’ incredible talent and gives you the opportunity to view and of course purchase everything in the Gallery for 20% off retail price during Family Weekend.

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 madebygallery.com and like us on Facebook. Nancy O’Neil madeby gallery Manager 2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234 madeby: 941.822.0442 www.madebygallery.com E-mail: madeby@c.ringling.edu

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Upcoming 2016 Fall Events at madeby Gallery: Opening Reception Thursday, November 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Annual Student Show

“Nothing warms an artist’s heart more than hearing someone praise their pieces. Our pride swells when our hard work and skills are acknowledged and well received.” Adriana Cruz Berdecía, 2016 Illustration Alumni Outstanding juried show of innovative and creative artwork by Ringling College of Art and Design students. This show gives the students the opportunity to experience the procedures of submission of their artwork, the jury process, preparing their artwork to be gallery ready, exhibiting their artwork in a Gallery and attending the Opening Night. All guests have the opportunity of viewing and/or purchasing original works, prints and fine crafts by the students. Show runs through Friday, November 4. Open to the public.

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Ringling College Alumni and Veteran Show Viewing of exciting new work by

Ringling College Alumni and Veteran Alumni. Meet the artists and add to your art collection! This multi-media exhibition includes artwork from an extraordinary group of Ringling College Alumni and a Salute to our Veterans! The Show features a wide variety of media, styles and approaches from emerging and established alumni practicing a diverse range of art using mediums including: painting, digital design, drawings, prints and mixed-media. The show represents a range of approaches to art making created by the artists who received their original foundation training at Ringling College of Art and Design. Show runs through Wednesday, December 14. Open to the public


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