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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!

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8. Ringling College Visits South Korea Dr. Larry Thompson 11. Ringling College of Art and Design and its accreditation Pat Mizak 13. The Collaboratory Commitment Cynthia Gravino 17. Connections are the key... Stacey Corley 19. Be the one Susan Borozan 23. Planning for Hurricanes Chris Shaffer 25. Creativity, Concepts, Critical Thinking and Critiques Gloria Lim and Herman Jew 27. Greetings from your cousins in Miami! Maria & James Marling 29. Arts Management Marilyn Garman 31. From the desk of the Registrar Amanda Shurtleff 33. Money Matters Lee Harrell 35. Library Updates Kristina Keogh 37. Healthy Beginnings The Health and Wellness Team 39. The World at Ringling College Amy Pettengill 41. Food for Thought Issa, Dema 43. Academic Resource Center: On the Move! Paula Brooks Jawitz, Ph.D. 44. Professional Experiential Learning Ryan Hansen 47. Recruiters’ Insights Robin Linn 49. Sweaty Palms and Palpitations: Am I Ready? Sidney Clifton 51. The Meaning Behind The Wall Alejandra Lance-Henterly 53. THE LOOP Susan Borozan 57. Sarasota Museum of Art Anne-Marie Russell 59. Greetings from madeby Gallery Nancy O’Neil, Rebecca Morrello, Adriana Cruz Berdecía


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Visits South Korea This summer, Ringling College visited South Korea with a team that included Dr. Larry R. Thompson, Seongwoo Nam, Sunmi Bong, Jim Dean, and Jamie Coffey. They traveled throughout Seoul for 10 days to speak with schools, organizations, corporations, and media about Ringling College of Art and Design. Here are some highlights: Accepted Students Day, Seoul A huge thank you to our 10 amazing Ringling College student volunteers who attended and worked the event: Junkyoo Han, Sanghyun Kim, Yujeoung Lee, Ga Young Choi, Jin Hee Ma, Seo Young Won, Sohee Hwang, Bo Ram Kim, Yeji Kim, and Ki Young Kim. On June 11, Dr. Thompson and Seongwoo met with nearly 130 guests at Accepted Students Day in Seoul! This included 35 accepted students, 62 family members, and 14 interested students and their families. The Q & A went late into the night, and a lively discussion was had by all. Educational Institutions For five consecutive days, Dr. Thompson visited, toured, and spoke with the communities of several colleges, universities, and high schools in Seoul. The welcoming nature of the people of South Korea was felt in every moment, as was the desire to engage in discourse surrounding the role of creativity in society and the immense value of an art and design-focused education. Colleges & Universities • Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST): the team met with the VP for Planning and Budget, the Head of the Industrial Design department, and a member of the Industrial Design

department. Dr. Thompson then delivered a lecture to the students, faculty, and staff. • The Graduate School of Culture and Technology: The Chairman of the School and a professor met with the delegation to discuss opportunities to work together. • SUNY Korea: the team was welcomed by the President of SUNY Korea and took a tour of the facilities. • Sejong University: the day at Sejong was spent meeting with the president, vice president, and Dean of the College of Art. The group discussed collaboration opportunities over lunch, followed by a special lecture delivered by Dr. Thompson to students, faculty, and staff. High Schools • Korean Animation High School: after meeting with the principal and selected teachers, Dr. Thompson delivered a lecture to approximately 300 students, followed by a tour of the school. • Seoul Visual Media High School: Dr. Thompson delivered a lecture to nearly 200 students, in addition to taking a school tour and sitting down with the principal, vice principal, selected teachers, and students. Galleries, Museums, & Exhibitions The team met with the president of Kukje Gallery, Hyunsook Lee, and the Director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, Bartomeu Mari, to explore areas and opportunities for future collaboration. These important connections were made possible by Anne-Marie Russell, Director of the Sarasota Art Museum, and the team was granted special access to the current exhibitions at each institution. Exposure to Korean Media During his trip, Dr. Thompson also sat down with Korea Economy Daily (akin to the Wall Street Journal in South Korea) to discuss “Creativity; the important role of design education for the future.” This was a great highlight to the trip, as the interview was far more of an intellectual exchange between Dr. Thompson and the two journalists than a traditional interview: View translated article in English (PDF)



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he 2015-16 academic year was a busy one on the accreditation front. In review, accreditation is the process through which a college undertakes rigorous scrutiny by an independent organization to assure excellence in a variety of areas related to curriculum, facilities, planning, and financial stability. Accreditation serves a variety of purposes. It can act as a sanctioning agent to access funding in the case of regional accreditation; or it can also act as an indicator of quality with reference to specialized accreditation. Ringling College currently enjoys two institution-wide accreditations and one program-specific accreditation. Regional accreditation is essential to American higher education. Without it, institutions would not be able to receive Title IV funds from the federal government. Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 details student aid programs such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. Geographically organized, Ringling College is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Located in Atlanta, SACSCOC accredits more than 800 higher education institutions in 10 Southern states. SACSCOC accreditation is valid for 10 years. Decennial reaccreditation is a strenuous process by which a member institution must provide evidence in meeting more than 90 standards. These standards cover areas such as governance and administration; institutional effectiveness; curriculum; faculty and staff qualifications; library and other learning resources; student affairs and services; financial health; as well as facilities and other physical resources. The entire reaccreditation process takes approximately three years. Ringling College formally began preparing for its most recent reaccreditation in 2013. There are three primary components to the SACSCOC reaccreditation process. The Compliance Certification report is a comprehensive report by which the college seeking reaccreditation addresses each standard with relevant evidence and supporting documents. Ringling College’s Compliance Certification—which was more than 250 pages

in length and contained more than 1,000 attachments—was completed in March 2015. It was then reviewed by an Off-Site Committee, which consisted of representatives from other SACSCOC institutions. In late September 2015, Ringing College hosted an On-Site Committee of peer reviewers to follow up on the findings of the Off-Site Committee and to learn more about the third component of the SACSCOC reaccreditation process, the Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP. The QEP is a product that formalizes a campus-wide initiative that seeks to improve student learning or the learning environment. The College’s QEP, “Professional Experiential Learning,” expands on the College’s “Collaboratory Commitment” that every student will have the opportunity to have professional work experience that will make them “practice ready” by graduation. The findings of the On-Site Committee were sent to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees for action, and in June 2016, Ringling College was reaffirmed with no reservation. In five years, the College will need to submit a QEP Impact Report, which will address the progress of the QEP, as part of the College’s Fifth-Year Interim Report. While Ringling College was undertaking SACSCOC reaccreditation, it was also undergoing the decennial reaffirmation process from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Located in Reston, Virginia, NASAD provides accreditation for approximately 350 institutions engaged in “artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/ design-related endeavors.” NASAD places primary focus on ensuring a rigorous curriculum and appropriate facilities. The NASAD reaccreditation process is similar to SACSCOC. A self-study is created and reviewed by peers, which is then followed by an on-site visit. NASAD reviewers toured the Ringling College campus in March 2016. A formal review and NASAD commission action will take place at its Annual Meeting in October 2016. As it was previously mentioned, Ringling College also enjoys specialized accreditation related to one of its programs. Our Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). With headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, CIDA provides quality assurance for more than 150 interior design programs worldwide. CIDA accreditation is valid for six years with Ringling being reaffirmed in 2012. As you can see, Ringling College takes the quality of its product to heart by voluntarily participating in these various accreditation agencies. If you have any questions regarding SACSCOC, NASAD, or CIDA, their standards, or their processes please do not hesitate to contact me at Pat Mizak AV President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness



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The Collaboratory Commitment Cynthia Gravino


he following article originally appeared on The Patterson Foundation’s website and nicely captures the nature and transformational thrust of the unique innovation at Ringling College of Art and Design through this partnership. Now in its third year, the Collaboratory brings company projects to campus for student involvement through weekend ‘immersions’ or semester courses. Collaboratory partnership drives student success Posted March 21, 2016 by Larry Thompson & filed under Collaboratory at Ringling College. Editor’s Note: Dr. Larry Thompson is the President of Ringling College of Art and Design. As this decade began, Ringling College was faced with a perplexing challenge. With the cost of higher education, especially an art and design education, under intense scrutiny, we needed to take action to demonstrate conclusively that an arts education today is relevant, affordable and one of the best paths to long-term career success and satisfaction. Because of our institution’s reputation for academic excellence, the recognition Ringling College graduates’ receive, the profound achievements our graduates have made in their professions and the extensive corporate, alumni and recruiter network the College has, we felt that Ringling College was uniquely positioned to transform the higher educationcareer paradigm of higher education, especially in the arts

of well-being than graduates who did not have such experiences. Creating the Collaboratory Armed with this research, we decided to create what we call “The Collaboratory ” within the College with the idea to provide creative, experiential learning opportunities to EVERY student attending Ringling College of Art and Design. We discussed this idea with The Patterson Foundation and they became our partner with the goal of transforming the higher education experience so that students from different majors can work together as an interdisciplinary team on professional project opportunities while they are students – working and learning on real-world, real-time projects with resume-building clients during their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Transforming the Higher Education Experience So, what is so transformational about this collaboratory idea? Two answers:

The question: What can we do while the students are still in college to maximize our students’ career opportunities, their success after graduation and their career satisfaction?

1). At first blush, it seems that the Collaboratory is just a different word for an internship. But, it is not. Instead, it is a re-thinking of the traditional internship construct. Instead of students leaving campus and going to work in a business or organization, the business or organization comes to the campus through the Collaboratory to initiate the project and then work closely with the students as the project progresses virtually. It is this consultative process – and the value and regard Collaboratory clients place upon accessing our students’ skills and creativity – that differentiates the Collaboratory experience for Ringling students.

When researching the above question, we discovered a 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index study of more than 30,000 college graduates. That study found that students who had experiential learning opportunities more than doubled their odds of being engaged and successful at work and were more likely to be thriving in all areas

2). But, don’t most colleges have opportunities for students that are similar to the Collaboratory idea? Not really. The reason is that most colleges only have opportunities for a small group of students. For example, some colleges have centers where a student may be able to apply


to work on a professional project. The problem is that only the best students are chosen in this competitive environment. The other situation is where a faculty member knows someone in business and that faculty member might bring a project into his/her class. That is wonderful, but the problem is that only those students in that specific class get an opportunity to participate in the project.

engagements are not ‘get the coffee’ internships – they are opportunities for students to be listened to and interact with the leaders of various companies ranging from fledgling startups to governmental entities, from non-profits to Fortune 100 organizations. These are organizations that are working with Ringling students because they want access to our student’s creative thinking and problemsolving. They are looking for their next big ideas and they find it from our students at Ringling College.

The transformational idea behind the Collaboratory is to ensure that ALL students are given the opportunity to have these realworld experiences with real-world clients, not just those who are exceptional or who happen to enroll in a certain class. Workforce Ready Students The benefits to students are many. First, they get experience working with real clients and executive teams and work with colleagues from other disciplines, just like in the real world. Second, the students get valuable portfolio and additions to their resume along with letters of recommendations from top-tier clients who can attest to their professional and “soft” skills like team-work, collaboration, client-service orientation, time management, etc. Many students working through the Collaboratory also get opportunities for paid engagements to implement their ideas as well as create networking opportunities, more often than not leading to interviews and job offers upon graduation. The Collaboratory results in another great benefit for Ringling College graduates. It helps solve the “dilemma of the recent college graduate.” That dilemma (actually more of a Catch-22) is: “As a recent college graduate I cannot get a job because I do not have experience; but, I cannot get experience because I don’t have a job.” The Collaboratory provides the benefits mentioned above, including the references and experience on the resume necessary to show potential employers that the student is not only educated but also knows how to work professionally. The level of interaction in the Collaboratory is also important to delineate here. Collaboratory


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The Ringling College Collaboratory Commitment Based on the early successes with Collaboratory student/faculty/client engagements, Ringling College and The Patterson Foundation decided to fast-track further development of this concept and institute the ‘Ringling College Collaboratory Commitment.’ Under that commitment, the College guarantees that every freshman who enrolls — beginning with the fall of 2015 — will be provided the opportunity to participate in a professional work experience with real clients, real deliverables and deadlines before graduation. Many companies come to the Collaboratory to work with our talented and creative students so they can help shape their future identities and the focus of their future global branding. Because this work is so vital and essential to the future of their businesses, students and faculty are required to work regularly under non-disclosure agreements to protect their ideas. Current Collaboratory projects under such nondisclosure agreements include a Memory Capturing Project, a Character Development Project and an Interior Design and Creation Project. Student/faculty Collaboratory projects in process with clients that can be shared publicly include PNC Bank, American Zoetrope, Dylan McDermott, Justin Long, Nashville Next, Porter Winery, Scene Magazine,

Sarasota Police Department, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Sarasota Film Festival, I Will Mentor, Hackathon Weekend and L’Ambiance. A recently completed Collaboratory engagement with General Motors project has resulted with GM offering all Ringling College seniors involved with the project the opportunity to interview for design positions. Those who were not seniors are being granted the opportunity to interview with the company upon graduation. As a further validation of the value collaboration brings to both student and participating organizations, GM has contracted with Ringling College to engage on an even more advanced form of their initial project again this year. The collaboration with GM is a great example of how art and design, when married with technology and engineering, can significantly impact and improve a company’s approach to new and innovative business practices. Ringling College students love their collaboratory experiences and are thrilled to have this kind of transformative educational opportunity. The Patterson Foundation president and CEO Debra Jacobs reinforced the impact the Collaboratory is having, commenting that “this engagement with GM is yet another example of the new realities that can emerge when imaginative philanthropy converges with the creative potential in art and design higher education. We are proud to support this transformation of the art and design curriculum as Ringling College prepares the next generation of our workforce.” Collaboratory engagements also open the eyes of art and design students that their skills are needed in a variety of industries. So, instead of just thinking of a career in a design firm or an advertising company or studio, they learn that manufacturers, service industries, non-profits, governments, etc. need artists and designers and their creative thinking like never before. This, in turn, causes the students to broaden their search for career opportunities upon graduation. Indeed, this experience is helping our graduates be at the forefront of entirely new and unique job descriptions at organizations seeking creative competitive advantage. The Collaboratory develops these transformative experiential opportunities through building long-term trusted relationships with clients based upon successful outcomes. As the reputation of the creative thinking our students and faculty advisors provide to clients in these engagements grows, more and more organizations are approaching Ringling College for customer-focused, design-based solutions to their business challenges. A New Process When an engagement is undertaken, the Collaboratory identifies faculty leaders and strong alumni to supervise each project and then recruits a

multi-disciplinary team of students that seems to correspond with the project’s needs. In addition to Collaboratory projects such as charrettes and long-term class projects, students also gain professional experience working with Ringling College’s Design Center, ARTNetwork and the Studio Laboratory, as well as engagements secured through the Center for Career Services and other administrative departments. Our focus on providing the highest level of discipline-specific education plus the breadth of conceptual thinking founded in the arts and liberal arts are what create the best computer animators; filmmakers; game, graphic, motion, and interior designers; and fine artists to name a few specializations. With the addition of the Collaboratory, the students also get the real work experience they need to begin a great career and succeed. That combination is resulting in many of our graduates being hired before graduation by top studios and agencies. Based upon responses from a survey of graduates, over 80 percent of our students land a job in their chosen field within 6 months of graduation; and more than 90 percent report the same within 9 months. Ringling College of Art and Design is meeting the challenge of making an arts education not only economically feasible, but economically desirable. Through our partnership with The Patterson Foundation and the work of our Collaboratory, we are providing students with the client-based, customer-focused work experience in multi-disciplinary, experiential learning settings with guidance from faculty and alumni facilitators that maximize their chances for success upon graduation. We have done all of this while continuing to increase the quality and value of a Ringling College education—generating a return on educational investment for our students greater than ever before. The article is also available at http://impact. Cynthia Gravino Associate Vice President Collaborative Enterprises



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Connections are the key… Stacey Corley


he theory…there are six degrees of separation from you and any person in the world, considering that our world is shrinking with methods and volumes of connectivity. While you may not be able to connect us to Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, you might have some other people within your network that could expand our reach and offer Ringling College some needed support. We often hear, “I really do not know anyone that could help.” We believe that you might and the only way to discover, if you in fact can, is to take 10 minutes and scroll through your contacts on your phone or your computer. You will be surprised who you know and who they are in turn, are connected to as well. Who are we seeking out? We are looking for individuals and couples, corporations and foundations that have an interest in the arts and education. Our second criteria are capacity and willingness. This reflects their engagement in the remarkable impact we have on our students, our community and the field of art and design. The good news…we do not expect you to make any overtures to those that might consider a donation to Ringling College, we do that! All you need to do is open the door, make the connection, share your enthusiasm and the rest will happen. Your network is invaluable to us and accessing professionals you are linked to, associations that you belong to, neighbors that work within the business community, employers that make matching gifts and family and friends that know how much you value the work we do – are all possibilities for strengthening our resources and in turn, positive outcomes for our students and their career growth. The Advancement Team at Ringling welcomes your ideas, thoughts and connections, knowing that everyone involved at Ringling College works together to make magic happen. Take 10 minutes, let’s hear about who you know! Please contact: Terry Marks, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Philanthropy at: 941 309-4041 or

A TIME TO GIVE THANKS Every fall semester, hundreds of students who have received named scholarships from specific donors via the Office of Financial Aid are asked by the Office for Advancement to write thank you letters. As a time to give thanks, each of these students expresses their appreciation in writing for the financial support given by generous individuals, foundations, and businesses who believe in the futures of Ringling College students. Over 2.5 million dollars are given to Ringling College each year by sustaining donors for scholarships, primarily for need based financial aid. Because the need to provide additional scholarship dollars to additional students is great, we would like to invite each Parent to introduce our staff members to new funding sources such as your place of employment, your neighbor’s family foundation, and your other connections. The Office for Advancement’s staff members at Ringling College works with individuals, couples, foundations, businesses, and corporations to secure funding for student scholarships. Please feel free to share your connections with our fundraising staff so that we can contact them and invite them to contribute to scholarships at Ringling College, thereby expanding the number of students who receive financial aid and participate in “A Time To Give Thanks.” Peter C. Lefferts, Ed.D. Senior Development Officer

Annual Golf Tournament Monday, November 14, 2016, 12:30 pm Laurel Oak Golf & Country Club Parents welcome as golfers and volunteers

An Evening at the Avant-Garde: Light Years Ahead! Saturday, March 18, 2017, 6:30 pm Campus


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BE THE ONE Susan Borozan


ingling College recently participated in our local community Giving Challenge, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in partnership with The Patterson Foundation. During this 24-hour social media campaign with the theme of BE THE ONE, we shared stories, photos, and videos about the impact that community donations make in the lives of our students. In just a 24-hour period, more than $46,000 was raised to benefit student scholarships, community education, facilities, PreCollege assistance and much more at Ringling College of Art and Design. As parents of students at Ringling College, you appreciate the quality education that we offer. This fall, you will be receiving an invitation to BE THE ONE during our fall annual appeal. When you give to Ringling College of Art and Design, lives change. Your gift can make a difference in an education‌and a future. In 2015-16, over $10,600,000 in Ringling College scholarships and grants were awarded to nearly 80% of our students. Scholarships open up possibilities. And with your help, possibilities become real. Your gift matters. Be The One. Look for your invitation to participate this fall or give now (

If you were one of the many current student and alumni parents who contributed through the Giving Challenge: THANK YOU! You truly are a CHAMPION FOR CHANGE with your support. We are all most grateful.



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We’re into our third year of THE LOOP, the monthly alumni e-newsletter. You, too, can learn the latest by clicking here (http://www.ringlingdigital. com/2016eblast/alumninews/theloop_sept2016.html) Alumni & Friends NYC Reception Parents are always welcome at all of our regional events, scheduled this year for New York, Tampa, San Francisco, Orlando and Atlanta. Please register below and join us in New York City for our latest event during ComicCon. To volunteer, please contact Susan Borozan. Alumni from around the country are coming into NYC for ComicCon. Meet up with Tri-State Alumni and friends for food, fun, networking and more! You’ll see: • Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Dr. Tammy S. Walsh • Photography & Imaging Department Head Thomas Carabasi • New Illustration Department Head Scott Gordley ‘77 • Illustration faculty Caleb Prochnow ’06 and Joe Thiel • Associate Vice President for Collaborative Enterprises Cynthia Gravino • Special Assistant to the President Jamie Coffey • Alumni Relations’ Susan Borozan • Admissions’ Kirche Ziele • Super fantastic alumni from all eras & majors • Plus other Ringling College Superheroes at a special Ringling Alumni & Friends Reception at a supercool venue ridiculously close to Javits Center and a 5 minute walk from 34th Street-Hudson Yards! Friday, October 7, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine ( 485 10th Avenue New York, NY 10018 Entrance on the corner of 38th Street & 10th Avenue Easy walk from Javits & ComicCon! Register directly online ( by October 3 or call 941-359-7673 #RinglingAlumni Susan Borozan Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving



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ello Ringling Parents!

In light of recent weather events, and the active Hurricane/Tropical Storm season that we’ve seen in the Atlantic Ocean, we in Residence Life thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you some additional information about hurricanes and tropical storms, and some helpful information that you can share with your students.

coast/water. Students would need to seek shelter in-land or even in other states should we be under evacuation orders. While this information may change, we have identified a few locations in-land in the surrounding areas in the event that your student would need to evacuate. Below, please find a list of hotels that either have back-up generators or are Red Cross Certified:

If it appears that a hurricane or tropical storm is approaching the area, students are notified via our Ringling Alert systems. All students should (if they have not done so already) sign up for this free text alert/email alert system through their my.ringling portals. If students are notified that these storms are approaching, there are several things that we suggest students do to prepare. If students have a car on campus, they should make plans to fill up the gas tank should we need to evacuate the campus. Students should also take time to collect water in water safe containers should the water service be lost during the course of the storm. We also suggest that students have at least one flashlight with additional batteries in case power goes out; please note that candles are not an option as anything with an open flame is prohibited in the residence halls. In case of an evacuation, we ask that students have an Evacuation Plan. This is something that we discuss with all students during their all hall meetings at the beginning of each year. We discuss with students the importance of having a good plan, and letting them know that if they need help creating their plan to come and chat with us so that we can give them guidance. We suggest that students take some time to research hotels in the surrounding areas that either have back-up generators or are Red-Cross certified. It is important to note that Sarasota is a “Zone 1” evacuation area as we are so close to the

The good news is hurricanes develop over a course of time that allows for students (and the residents of Sarasota) to prepare in case an emergency evacuation is necessary. For more information about our hurricane/tropical storms policies and procedures, please see our Student Handbook (pg. 62, https://www. Handbook_2015-2016_FINAL.pdf) or feel free to contact our office at ~ The Residence Life Team



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Creativity, Concepts, Critical Thinking and Critiques Gloria Lim and Herman Jew


arm greetings again to all Ringling parents, guardians, and grandparents! It was a pleasure to meet and chat with many of you at the various activities during New Student Orientation. Many thanks to Parent Leaders who helped and to new parents who asked how a newly minted Parent Association Ambassador can help. We are now honing the various templates so that the Ringling message is consistent and uniform to the people you will be interfacing with events in your community. Currently, the National Portfolio Days have begun in select cities across the US. We will be contacting parents to see if you can offer some assistance to the Admission Office staff who will be at the venue in your city. Your student has journeyed into approximately seven weeks of the academic year. Your students have injected their personalities into the college, redecorated their rooms and “claimed territory” to reflect their unique and creative beings. Whether you are a new parent, or a seasoned parent of a sophomore, junior or senior, your son/daughter continues to build upon and expand their knowledge and visual vocabulary of their creative discipline. They are “sharpening their craft” with gestural modeling, learning new skills and creating, and integrating the tools of technology. The design process offers unique challenges and harkens to conceptual and critical thinking skills. Through the daily academic assignments, social interactions and inspiration with their teachers, they are absorbing the valuable information and design process necessary to express and create their aspirations in art and design.

Immediately after, there is the annual Family Weekend, October 21-23. This is an opportunity for families and especially for freshman parents and siblings to attend on- campus socials. One objective is for the sibling(s) to gain insight and to see how a brother or a sister is doing and how they have adapted in their home away from home. For parents, guardians, and grandparents that “gut check” will be necessary reassurance. This weekend also includes seasoned parents since as much as there is independence and selfreliance already established, nothing beats an old fashioned hug!! For the next few weeks beyond….our creative scholars, artists and designers will shoot for the prize….that of the pin-ultimate work for the finals in December. In every major and at all levels there will be a massive production of creativity, concept development, critical thinking and critiques. We wish much success to all the endeavors of your son/daughter. You will continue to watch with pride and with new insights what the Ringling education brings to our creators of culture! Since we are an extended family and as we said to you in the past, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Gloria Lim, Herman Jew, Executive Board Members, Ringling Parents Association

By now you have heard forays of your student’s learning adventures, hopefully received some texting, phone calls, Skyping, snail mail, or FaceTime sessions indicating all is well in Sarasota. We continue to remind our young adults in our own way to take a deep breathe, stay focused, reach out for help, have fun, and make time for them. Imminently, your student’s academic learning will be put to a test as they garner their creative beliefs for the upcoming midterms in October.



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Greetings from your cousins in Miami! Maria & James Marling


ur daughter Christina is a senior Illustration major. It feels like yesterday that we heard the scream and saw the excited look of our daughter as she tore open her acceptance letter. We blinked and now find it’s been three years of rollercoaster emotions. Her greatest excitement on campus has to be the success she has experienced at the Collaboratory. The Collaboratory is no secret, but way under used. We encourage students to stop by to see what great things they have to offer. At the Collaboratory, business people come to Ringling to take advantage of the brilliant student’s insight and imagination. The students are given the opportunity to work with real clients on real projects. In most cases there is a stipend for a job accomplished. In the last year Christina has worked on designing a fountain for an Embassy Suites Hotel to be built right here in Sarasota, redesigning packaging for Purell hand sanitizer, and she designed a wine label for Porter Wines in Napa Valley, California. The wine label project was her favorite as she was permitted to list her name and web page on the back label.

everything from the best meal plan to whether or not a car is really necessary while living on campus, (it’s not). Now it’s our turn to repay the favor to other parents. Volunteering at Ringling has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience that I recommend to all Ringling parents. Christina will always remember her years spent at Ringling, and I will always remember the lifelong friendships that started while volunteering with the Ringling Parents Association. See you around campus, Maria & James Marling

While in High School we volunteered with the PTA to assist our daughter’s school and to stay in touch and informed as to the opportunities available to her. My husband and I were pleased to learn of the Ringling Parents Association. Now that Christina is in college we understand the importance of allowing her to do things on her own, but as concerned parents, we wanted to be knowledgeable and able to support her should support be necessary. All Parents are considered members of the Parents Association. Being active in the Parents Association has brought me peace of mind. While Miami is only 4 hours away, I have met so many parents who live locally and on whom I could depend on in the event of an emergency. Luckily, we haven’t needed to call on any for emergencies, but I know they are there should the need arise. As a freshmen parent, I easily asked questions of other parents who experienced the same things I was going through. My fellow Parents Association friends helped me enormously with questions and opinions on



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Arts Management Marilyn Garman


he public today is continually exposed to design aesthetics through waves of visuals brought to them through varied media channels. Social media, digital media, entertainment, marketing, and outdoor installations are more commonplace than ever. Without leaving home, the world is at your fingertips, with mobile devices acting as a window to a vast digital universe. With all of this visual stimulation, it is no wonder the public is starting to develop a seemingly unrecognized sense of what good design should be. Alongside this development comes a rising need for managers to speak new languages, understand creative processes, and appreciate visual aesthetics in order to realize the greatest potential of their organizations. The Business of Art and Design fills the void that exists in this exciting time where managers are immersed in the challenges of running a business within the design demands of our visual world. The Business of Art and Design is about management of creative enterprises. Students in our BOAD program become collaborative leaders, blue-sky thinkers, and creative problem solvers. They are connectors—serving at the intersection of art, design, and the people needed to bring a creative vision to life. Career roles including: Creative Directors, Creative Advertisers, Line Managers, Production Coordinators, Account Managers, and Digital Managers, all touch upon the skills involved in the business of art and design. The Business of Art and Design (BOAD) at Ringling College, teaches students the delicate art of balancing conflicting needs by training them in both business foundations and creative process thinking simultaneously.

College. While working with other majors, the students learn their colleagues’ thought processes and skills sets. They learn how to lead different personality types through trial and error. The best part about this program is that it is open to all students as a minor, with enough flexibility to work within the constraints of most students’ rigorous schedules. The benefit of the minor is invaluable. Any student, whether he or she plans on joining an existing creative company or wants to launch their own business endeavors, should understand the basics about how businesses operate. BOAD provides not only this knowledge but also provokes students to reflect and define who they are as individuals and what they hope to achieve in their careers. Marilyn Garman Department Coordinator / Instructor Business of Art and Design

On the business side, the program is as focused as what you would find in another business school. Students are immersed into traditional courses such as: Strategic Planning, Leadership, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Marketing. Unlike other schools, BOAD students also learn the creative process first-hand through complementary studio art courses and creative problem solving throughout their coursework. Part of the greatest advantage of the program is that students are empowered to put their newly learned managerial skills into action by working with all of the different majors here at Ringling



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From the desk of the Registrar Amanda Shurtleff

First Year 5th Week Grades As we approach our 7th week of the semester students are beginning to receive some of the first grades in their courses. We recognize that the transition from high school to college can be challenging for some students. One of the things that we do to get an early snapshot about students who may be struggling is 5th week pass/fail grades for 1st year students. All instructors teaching the 1st year courses have submitted these pass/fail grades to our office so academic advisors can proactively reach out to students who may need some additional assistance. Academic advisors will make appropriate referrals to campus resources and support students toward a successful semester. Our 5th week grades are only used as a first warning system for struggling students; they do not appear on a student’s transcript. Midterm Grades The last week of September starts our midterm grading. It’s different from the 5th week first year grades because all students receive midterm grades. They are also not pass/fail like the 5th week grades; they are a standard letter grade. Having a letter grade at this point in the semester is helpful to the student and their advisor because it gives a better understanding of what a potential final grade could be. In some cases a midterm grade can be used to determine if withdrawing from a course might be best. In some cases midterm grades can serve as a helpful reminder to students that with a little more effort they can earn a better grade. Just as with the 5th week grades, advisors will be reaching out to students who are not passing and asking them to come in for an advising appointment. Midterm grades do not appear on official transcripts, but students can view them in Self-Service as their instructors submit them. Midterm grades are one of the many tools we use in alerting us to students who are struggling. Additionally, instructors reach out to academic advisors throughout the semester at any point if they have concerns about a student. We all work as a team to ensure the success of our students.

Attendance Policy Ringling College believes that attendance and engagement during class as well as participation in all class and departmental activities and events is key to maximizing the effectiveness of the curriculum. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes, and expected to attend all class and departmental activities and events. Students can be penalized if they miss too many classes. Academic advisors will work with faculty to monitor attendance issues. If a student is going to miss class for any reason, it is imperative that they work with their academic advisor to ensure they are in compliance with the attendance policy. FERPA Reminder As instructors turn in 5th week and midterm grades the academic advisors will begin to receive calls from concerned parents. We always enjoy talking to parents and working with them to ensure their students success. One of the laws that govern what we can discuss with parents is called, FERPA the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA says that without the student’s permission we cannot discuss their academic record with anyone, including grades. At the beginning of this semester we asked all students to submit their disclosure preferences online so that we have a record we can easily look up. If you call or stop our office and are told that we cannot discuss your student’s academic record it is because they either didn’t submit their disclosure preference, or they chose not to disclose. Students can stop by our office and change that selection easily if the need arises. Amanda Shurtleff Associate Director of Academic Advising Ringling College of Art and Design Office of Advising, Records & Registration Services



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Money Management Workshop: Have your students mark their calendar for November 17th! Our office will be offering students a presentation regarding managing money wisely, ways to save, credit factors/risks, financial aid, etc. Our goal is to provide students with useful financial information for the present and the future. Please have your student join us for this experience at 11:30am on 11/17 in the Goldstein Student Smart Room. As an attendee, the student will have the chance to win a $500 Art & Frame Store Scholarship for the Spring semester! We strongly encourage students to attend. Changes Impacting the 2017-2018 FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 academic year will be available to complete October 1st, 2016 (three months earlier than previously allowed) at Also, the FAFSA has always used the prior year’s tax data; however, beginning in October 2016, the Department of Education will allow students/families to file the FAFSA using prior-prior year (two years prior) tax data. For example, you will enter your 2015 tax information on the 2017-18 FAFSA. With this capability, you will be able to use actual tax data (rather than income estimates) to help us provide you with the most accurate financial aid package possible. We encourage students and parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). It allows families to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA and transfer the required information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. The FAFSA includes a link to the IRS if an applicant is eligible to use the IRS DRT. Spring Bill Due December 9th: The deadline for making the Spring semester payment will be here sooner than we know it! Now is the best time to prepare to make the Spring semester payment due 12/9. If you have not secured a loan or do not have the means to pay the Spring bill, please contact our office immediately. Lee Harrell Director of Financial Aid Office: 941-359-7532


<<< photos by Claire Powell Library staff get a preview of the view from the third floor in the future quiet study area.


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A sample of the bold colors that will be used throughout the building in our future first floor service point.

The monumental staircase is a breathtaking centerpiece that will connect all three floors of the Goldstein Library.

Library Updates Kristina Keogh


s we begin the fall semester, we continue to move forward toward completion of the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, which is currently on schedule to open in January 2017. Library staff have spent much of the last few months working with designers, architects, and vendors to finalize plans for furniture, shelving configurations to ensure that our entire collection is accessible, and developing ideas for new initiatives. Once complete, the building itself will become a teaching tool that manifests ideas held within the library’s book and online collections. Students will be able to study color theory on the interior walls of the library. Furniture has been carefully chosen to include the work of iconic modern and contemporary designers such as Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, and Charles Eames. Visitors will be able to turn from images in our books to the objects themselves as examples of exemplary design. Finally, we are planning for a number of events to take place in the future library, including beginning of the semester welcome parties,

artist and writer talks, lectures highlighting the artists’ book collection, and participatory research and performance art events. We can’t wait to see everyone enjoy our new space and services! Interested in real time updates? View our construction webcam to see our progress: Kristina Keogh Director of Library Services



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HEALTHY BEGINNINGS The Health and Wellness Team


ear Parents and Family,

There are common adjustments for our students during various points of their college experience. Concerns you may hear from your first year student will differ from sophomore, junior and senior years. Students in their first year often struggle with issues of homesickness, making peer connections, living with roommates, money management and so on. There are also seasonal issues that arise from year to year. During the month of October, first year students begin to realize college life is not perfect and the honeymoon phase has ended. Conflicts can stir between friends and students often experience anxiety as they anticipate mid-term exams and critiques. In the sophomore year, students begin to have difficulty balancing fierce academic schedules along with time management of social activities. Many students often feel they have no time to socialize and wrestle with bouts of isolation.

per week. There have been no major illnesses reported such as influenza. There will be an announcement for the flu vaccine clinic in the near future. Please do not hesitate to have your student contact us at 941-893-2855 or email or visit our website for more details. In closing, we would like to recommend the following reading materials: Success and Sanity on the College Campus- a Guide for Parents, Diana Trevouledes, Ph.D and Ingrid Grieger EdD. Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years, K.L. Coburn and M.L Treeger Warm Regards to All The Health and Wellness Team

Junior and Senior year the focus includes appeal for internships and job market investigation along with the pressure of completing their degree. The stress of student loan repayment surfaces in the senior year. As parents you can assist your son or daughter by reinforcing coping skills, healthy lifestyles and positive perspectives such as pointing out their progress and success along the way. Always encourage your student to utilize all campus resources. The Health Services Center at Ringling College offers several campus resources throughout the year. The Peterson Counseling Center provides a safe, supportive atmosphere for students. All clinicians are licensed professionals and services are free and at no cost to students. For the fall semester, the Center is offering a Mindfulness and Stress Release series. This has proven to help reduce anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and relationship problems. This program has helped students to become more focused, motivated and productive. The Sarasota Memorial Medical staff is also available Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30PM. Since the start of the academic year, the Student Health Center has averaged 50 medical visits



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The World at Ringling College Amy Pettengill


his fall the Ringling College of Art and Design community welcomed 70 international first-year students among its entering class. These artists and designers are citizens of 28 different countries on 6 continents and join a growing international student population. More than 60 countries are represented by the current group of over 220 international students. Many of these young men and women have lived and studied in countries other than their own; they speak multiple languages and come from a diverse array of cultures. They are citizens of the world, with unique perspectives from diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences. These students bring the world to our classrooms and our creative endeavors. The Ringling College community is enriched by their presence and celebrates the contributions they make. The Office of International Student Affairs is responsible for coordinating the assistance provided to the international student population on campus. In collaboration with Student Life and the English as a Second Language (ESL) program staff, the office offers pre-orientation guidance, pickups from the local airport, and a three-day orientation program in advance of the general orientation to the college. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orientation program allowed the students additional time to settle in and complete ESL speaking and listening tests to ensure that needs are identified and appropriate supports are put in place.

The collaboration between the offices extends to a new initiative. Among the resources available to first-year international students are upper-class â&#x20AC;&#x153;buddiesâ&#x20AC;?/mentors. This group of 35 returning international students have volunteered to make themselves available to the first-year students should they have questions or need advice. Earlier this semester, all first-year students and upper-class buddies were invited to a gathering so they could begin to get acquainted. One to three first-year students were assigned to each upper-class student based on major area and/or cultural/ geographical origins. The relationship is an informal one which might include trips to local markets and interesting places around Sarasota; buddies may facilitate connections to extra-curricular opportunities, clubs and organizations. In addition, new students may learn about interacting with advisors and instructors or making the most of available resources. English language practice may be an objective as well. Much depends on the interests and needs of the first-year students and the previous experience of the buddy. This peer-to-peer support will make a difference in the adjustment process for our new international students. Amy Pettengill Director International Student Affairs

In collaboration with the Center for Career Services, the Office of International Student Affairs will organize a series of professional development workshops for each cohort of international students. Information unique to their status will be shared with students within the context of professional development. Students will learn about developing a resume and searching for on-campus employment, the criteria for internships/curricular practical training and preparing for optional practical training post-graduation. The goal is to provide students with the information they need to be fully informed as they engage resources and navigate the process of pursuing employment in the United States.



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Food for Thought Issa, Dema


elcome Ringling Families!

I am Dema Issa, the new Marketing Specialist with Chartwells Dining on the Ringling College of Art and Design Campus. We aspire for the RCAD student bodies to grow in whole: physically, mentally, and spiritually. We strive to provide healthy meals through enhanced menu development and educational wellness tools to engage students and faculty about healthier lifestyle dining options. Chartwells engages students through various social media outlets and campus specific technologies providing students with instant access to various nutritional information. To meet the growing demand of customers following a gluten-free diet, we have developed Avoiding Gluten- a customizable food program offering solutions through a variety of service levels. The Avoiding Gluten program combines extensive training, innovative culinary development and strategic partnerships with customer education and communication to allow all of our customers to make safe food choices when eating in our cafes. In our action cooking station, we use healthy and clean meat options limiting and replacing frying/sautéing/butter usage with healthier options such as grilling, baking, and using olive oil. We also use rice and egg noodles instead of pasta, which works better for the digestive system. In our composed salad selections, provided are items such as quinoa, bulgur wheat, buckwheat, couscous, hummus beans (to name a few). Students are able to enjoy home-styled healthy limited meal selections that are high in fiber starting from breakfast all the way through dinner.

Issa, Dema Marketing Specialist with Chartwells Dining The Ringling College of Art and Design Campus

We want to invite you to experience our upcoming events such as National Cheese Burger Day, “Taste of Jamaica”, “Taste of Taiwan”, and our dark spin to Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween event! We look forward to seeing you on Family Weekend on October 22nd!



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Academic Resource Center: On the Move! Paula Brooks Jawitz, Ph.D.


he Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a full service academic department whose goal is to empower students to get the most out of their Ringling College education by providing individualized success strategies to all students for time management, test preparation, writing and disabilities accommodations. We pride ourselves on interviewing every student to make sure we develop personalized programs that utilize each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique strengths and talents to overcome any challenges they may face with studying, completing projects, passing exams, writing papers, and working sleep and socializing into their busy schedules. Our clients are mostly self-referred, and vary from a student who wants to maintain their excellent grades and scholarships, to weaker students who desire to improve. Statistically, students who follow their individualized ARC programs, improve. Virginia DeMers, the ARC Director and Disabilities Services Officer, meets at the beginning of every semester to discuss individual disabilities accommodations and other issues arising in or out of class. Ms. DeMers is also available to discuss progress and new challenges that may arise throughout the semester to help enable students to maintain focus and work at their best.

study specialist for the increasing number of students taking advantage of our popular services. Originally from Tennessee, Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Curriculum and Instruction as a reading specialist, from the University of Memphis. Barbara has a wealth of professional experience, contagious enthusiasm, and several new programs that she is already putting into place this fall. In her short time at Ringling, Ms. Gentry has become an integral part of our ARC staff. Second, we are relocating to the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library and doubling our centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space! Located on the second floor, at the top of the grand staircase, in a visually welcoming glass front suite, our new ARC will have a reception area, a gathering and conference room, distraction free testing spaces, much needed staff officers for private meetings, and lots of room for students and new activities. We look forward to seeing you at our grand opening in spring 2017! Paula Brooks Jawitz, Ph.D. Reading Study Specialist

Our professional staff is available weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for hour long appointments, that can be made through the Ringling portal at Academic Resource Center- Make Appointment. campus-services/academic-resource-center/archome/make-an-appointment-now/ The ARC is fortunate to employ, seven specially trained, student Writing Consultants to help with any phase of the writing process from understanding assignment requirements, finding topics, developing drafts, to completing final papers. Writing consultants are generally available Sunday through Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Their appointments are also made through our portal link. The ARC is beginning an exciting transformational year! We are doubling! First, by welcoming Ms. Barbara Gentry, to our staff, as our second, professional reading


Professional Experiential Learning Ryan Hansen


ingling College of Art and Design prides itself on its ability to prepare its graduates for successful entry into their chosen careers in the art and design industries. The College’s curriculum is designed to integrate curiosity and creativity with the practical skills of the professional world. It is of critical importance that the curriculum and supporting programs adapt to the changing realities that our students face upon graduation. Over the past several years, the evolution of Ringling College’s curriculum and student life has incorporated more client-based learning experiences into the learning process. As a result, the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) has identified as its goal the need to ensure


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that in the next five years, the College has fully developed a mechanism by which every student will have the opportunity to engage in Professional Experiential Learning that is associated with the student’s individual career interest or aspirations and the College’s educational mission. To implement the College’s QEP effectively, the following focus statement was developed: Ringling College of Art and Design’s 2015 QEP plan is to strengthen the professional development of its students with meaningful “real world” learning experiences. The intention of this plan is to improve the career readiness of its graduates. The function of the Ringling

College of Art and Design QEP is to provide the opportunity for all students to have the opportunity to have a professionally-focused learning experience. We know that Professional Experiential Learning is occurring in a variety of ways on our campus. Students interact with clients through the Ringling College Collaboratory, Design Center, Studio Lab, Art Network, Career Services and academic department internships, Student Life, and faculty-driven experiences housed within specific courses. The QEP intends to provide assurance that these experiences are available to all students and are of a high quality though the application of QEP-specific Student Learning Outcomes

and corresponding and measureable assessment for those outcomes. The Ringling College QEP assessment plan will focus on measuring whether these experiences improve the following Student Learning Outcomes: Collaboration; Professionalism; Problem-Solving; Creative and Innovative Solutions; Oral Communication; and Visual Communication. These QEP learning outcomes align to the Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-existing student learning outcomes and processes. For further information about our QEP, please contact Ryan Hansen, QEP Director and Interior Design faculty member at rhansen@c.



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Recruiters’ Insights Robin Linn


hy RCAD?

Two words: key lime pie! Can’t get that stuff outside of Sarasota. Okay, so technically that’s three words, but I’m a recruiter not a math wizard. In all candor, the reason I have been haunting Ringling’s campus since 1998 is because they are honest with their students about the challenges that await them once the mortar board has been tossed and the diploma is framed. See, the cold truth is that Animation, VFX and Gaming are extremely difficult industries to land that first job. In fact, it’s all but impossible. Many schools don’t share this information when pre-Freshman come on the campus all doe-eyed and optimistic clutching their wallets fat with college funds.

the job. 98% lives back at home for a few years before taking a job outside of the discipline stamped in gold foil on their diploma. As a parent myself, I understand that we want the best for our kids. We want them to come home from college with a deep understanding of what it takes to make it. Puffery and ego stroking about art is a fool’s venture. Art is a commercial enterprise and should be treated with respect, honesty and disciple - Ringling does all that. That’s why for almost 20 years now I’ve come back to their campus over and over (and over) again/ Robin Linn Senior Recruiter Riot Games

Ringling does. I’ve been in those RCAD class rooms when prof’s have dropped the stats of who will land a job and who will not. Many schools hold their students to an internally created quality bar that is well below minimum industry standards thus allowing students to feel like they are succeeding when their successes are nontransferable to real life scenarios. This low quality bar reward is the equivalent of the valueless participation awards handed out to all on the team regardless of level of craft or skill. Ringling rewards dedication to craft, hard work and talent (order intended - one leads to or exposes the other). They hold their students up to industry standards, not fantasy meaningless feel good metrics. Critiques at Ringling are real. If a student throws substandard work up on the screen it will not be greeted with a soft warm hand on their shoulder encouraging them to try harder next time. It will be greeted with hard questions. Real world questions. Tough questions that will prepare them for the tough questions seasoned producers and creative supervisors will ask them (often laced with expletives) should they land that first job. 100% is the minimum industry standard. 98% is not. 100% gets the interview that may lead to



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Sweaty Palms and Palpitations: Am I Ready? Sidney Clifton

“I have no idea what I’m doing.” “What if I’m not good enough?”

company creed is derived from this basic tenet; and our staff aspires to these core commitments in our Riot Manifesto:

“I’ll never fit in”

-Keep Player Experience First


-Challenge Convention

Sound familiar? Sound like your student on the first day of school orientation? Maybe. But this was actually me, on my first day of orientation as an Art Recruiter at Riot Games.

-Focus on Talent and Team

When Riot Senior Recruiter Robin Linn asked if I would be interested in joining the recruiting team at Riot Games, I replied that I was happy where I was. And indeed, I was. And then I visited campus, read the manifesto, and met other staff and colleagues. What I found was not only a progressive, forward-thinking visionary company, but a place that valued who I am as much as what I do. And that is no small thing; in a company that could be completely profit-focused (google their stats. You’ll see what I mean), human beings matter more. So I joined! Prior to my position at Riot, I was a recruiter for an Emmy-winning animation studio; and Ringling College of Art and Design was one of my favorite and most fulfilling campuses on which to recruit. Ever. I recruited at the top colleges and universities in North America, and in my experience, Ringling consistently produces some of the top art students in the country. What does that mean? It means that Ringling Students are extremely talented, but are also extremely hard-working. The quality of work, the strength of work ethic, openness to constructive criticism, willingness to work hard at their craft, and refreshing nearabsence of youthful arrogance has been a joy to experience. Ringling produces artists who are not only very talented, but who are the kinds of people that recruiters look for when hiring for open positions.

-Take Play Seriously -Stay Hungry, Stay Humble At Riot Games, we are looking to hire artists and other candidates who are exceptional. Exceptional artists, exceptional human beings, and exceptional gamers. We hire for talent, cultural fit, passion about gaming, commitment to craft and commitment to serving our players. We value humility, technical excellence, openness to feedback, and teamwork. This is a place where your students could soar-but they need to be ready; and Ringling College of Art and Design’s stellar instructors, staff, and Office of Career Service’s guidance can help them get there, thorough all of the self-doubt, uncertainty and nervousness that everyone— even recruiters—experience when embarking on a journey. So when faced with the first day jitters, I went to work, stayed focused, polished my skillset (which, I must admit, was pretty impressive already), honed my craft, and am now more ready than ever. If they prepare and stay focused, they will be ready, too. And Riot will be there to cheer and challenge them. Every year. Sidney Clifton Recruiter Riot Games

Riot Games aspires to be the most playerfocused game company in the world. Our



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The Meaning Behind The Wall Alejandra Lance-Henterly


rospective students visiting campus with their families come in twice a day to tour the Center for Career Services. Twice per day, our tour guides stand in front of our wall covered in company logos. They explain that these are just a few of the companies that recruit on-campus, selected due to our long history of partnership with them and also having a large quantity of alumni working at each one. But what do these companies do when they come? The Center for Career Services offers a robust menu of ways that students can connect with companies. It doesn’t just revolve around hiring graduating seniors. Companies come for a variety of reasons: to scope talent, meet upcoming and enthusiastic students, share new internships programs, and host workshops. We offer as many touch points as possible for your student to get one-on-one interactions. For example, Moonbot Studios, founded by alumnus Brandon Oldenburg, typically comes to at least review portfolios and provide feedback to students. Last year, they added a workshop for students interested in producing and another workshop on storyboarding. Next year, our first exhibit in the new library will feature artwork from Moonbot’s short film “Taking Flight”. In a nutshell, recruiters are more than just companies that stop by to hire a student or two. Our recruiters form longlasting bonds with Ringling students to teach skills and help them develop all throughout four years of college – and that is the Ringling College of Art and Design difference. Remind your student to attend the company presentations and prepare their portfolio/ resume/website. Make sure they’re on www., and have them make an appointment with Career Services to get a jump-start! Alejandra Lance-Henterly Assistant Director Center for Career Services Ringling College of Art and Design (941) 359-7650



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Sarasota Museum of Art Anne-Marie Russell


e have been hard at work over the last year refining the design of the Museum and developing the education, exhibitions and curatorial program in anticipation of our opening in January 2018. As a public cultural institution, the Museum will be a dynamic and inspiring place for Sarasotans and visitors alike, a community site where people of all ages will gather to engage with art, enjoy a class or talk on a wide range of subjects, have a meal, catch a film, browse the bookstore and retail gift store, stroll the grounds amid sculpture and generally find a welcome respite from our hectic lives. The students of Ringling College, however, will have special opportunities not afforded to all art students. The Museum and faculty are working together to develop unique opportunities for the students, to provide real world professional experiences through Collaboratory opportunities, crits and master classes with globally-renowned artists and thinkers, curatorial research contributions in helping develop exhibitions and educational programs and much more. The Museum

exhibitions will provide an opportunity for emerging artists in all majors to be inspired by great art never before seen in Sarasota, but beyond that passive viewing experience, the students will also gain a behind the scenes understanding of the business of cultural administration, providing rich opportunities for BOAD and Fine Arts students, especially. Further, through the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich network of colleagues around the globe, students will have a direct connection to a vast web of professionals in the global art worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;artists, curators, collectors, critics, gallerists, museum directors and other cultural leaders. Activating these global networks, and wiring the students into them, will provide endless professional development and enriching intellectual opportunities for the students. We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get started! Anne-Marie Russell Executive Director Sarasota Museum of Art



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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. madeby is featured on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Greetings from madeby Gallery Nancy O’Neil


adeby Gallery is one of only a few colleges in the country offering exclusive artwork and fine crafts by students and alumni. The Gallery is an on-campus retail gallery for current students and alumni to 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, published books, jewelry, handmade sketch books, toys, glass, pottery, sculpture, furniture and more! madeby is an excellent way for students and alumni meet and be inspired by other Ringling students and alumni, gain exposure, practice marketing and selling their artwork. This year to kick off the season, madeby Gallery will feature the Sixth Annual Student Show, which you will be able to enjoy during the Oct 21 – 23 Family Weekend. madeby showcases the students’ incredible talent and give you the opportunity to view and of course purchase everything in the Gallery for 20% off retail price during Family Weekend. Nancy O’Neil madeby gallery Manager 2700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34234 madeby: 941.822.0442 E-mail:

There is a certain kind of feeling being involved in madeby Gallery’s Student Show. It is a feeling that is full of excitement, professionalism, and possibility. From the very beginning, the show’s experience is invigorating. Each student chooses what they feel are their best works of art, putting themselves on the line just as they would in the real world. From that point on, it’s an in depth process of pricing, contracting, matting, framing and creating an artist’s bio that gives students real life experience that they wouldn’t get anywhere else. Last year, during the 2015 Student Show, two of my photographs were selected for the Student Show. My experience with the show was a little different, being both an artist and a student worker. Because of this unique opportunity, I was able to see the “in” and “out’s” of how gallery shows operate. After dozens of applications, tags, frames, invitations, and artworks, I felt confident that the show would be a success. The show turned out to be well attended and very successful. This fall, I am more excited than ever to once again to submit my work. The Student Show provides student artists the ability to talk with customers and viewers about their work, the opportunity to exhibit their work, and the potential to sell their work. Ringling College is so fortunate to have a gallery like madeby. We are hoping to see you all there! Rebecca Morrello Photography and Imaging Major, Business of Art and Design Minor Class of 2019

Nothing warms an artist’s heart more than hearing someone praise their artwork. Our pride swells when our hard work and skills are acknowledged and well received. Hearing what artists said about their work and being able to speak of my own was a beautiful and rewarding experience. madeby Gallery gave me, and many other student artists, the opportunity to meet talented student artists, show off my own art and what I consider to be the most exciting part, seeing someone purchase my artwork! Adriana Cruz Berdecía Illustration major Class of 2016



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Sixth Annual Ringling College Student Show at madeby Gallery

Opening Reception Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 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.

Ringling College Alumni and Alumni Veteran Show Opening Reception Thursday, November 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Viewing of exciting new work by Ringling College Alumni and Veteran Alumni. Meet the alumni 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.



Parents Newsletter October 2016  

Parents Newsletter October 2016

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