Huisking Foundation Donates $28,000 for SCF Studio for the Performing Arts

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019) — The Huisking family Foundation has donated $28,000 to the State College of Florida Foundation to build acoustically correct music practice studios in the future $3.8 million Studio for the Performing Arts at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The $28,000 donation will receive an equal match, making the donation a $56,000 gift.

The practice studios, which allow for one-on-one tutoring as well as individual practice time, are essential for students to meet their coursework requirements. Plans for the new building include a total of 10 practice studios. The 15,000-square-foot building at SCF Bradenton will support the growth of music, art and theatre programs in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It also will provide an outreach to all populations, including those with limited access to such amenities, meeting a critical need for SCF and the community.

The Huisking Foundation supports arts and culture, education, the environment, animal protection, hospitals, health and human services and religious purposes. The Foundation was established to perpetuate and preserve the memory of the late lieutenant. Frank R. Huisking, who served as co-captain of a B-24 bomber during World War II and was lost, along with his crew, when the bomber went down over Italy in 1944.

The building where music students currently practice is more than 50 years old and was originally designed for classrooms only, offers minimal functionality and has poor acoustics. In 2010 the Department of Education performed a facilities study, and based on the results, determined it was not suitable for college music program needs. The college received state approval for replacement, but without funding.

Any contribution of $10,000 or more to the Studio for the Performing Arts will be matched. To donate or for more information, contact Barbara Bourgoin, development director, at BourgoB@SCF.edu or 941-752-5398.

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SCF Alumnus and Chiropractic Physician Shared Career Success Story

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 19, 2019) — The American Chemical Society student affiliate club at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) continued its alumni speaker series on Feb. 7 as Dr. Brent Hudson shared his path to becoming a chiropractic physician and college professor. Hudson has spent the last 30 years practicing locally as a physician, specializing in wellness and nutrition.

Hudson was born at Manatee Memorial Hospital and attended Manatee Junior College (now SCF), where he earned an A.A. degree in 1983. He completed his pre-med studies at USF Tampa, then entered graduate school in Chicago at the National University of the Health Sciences, where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

As a student at MJC, Hudson’s passion for health knowledge was inspired by his professors of physics, chemistry and anatomy/physiology. Five years ago, he extended his passion by obtaining a master’s degree in Anatomy & Physiology Instruction, which prepared him to teach about health and the human body.

Now, Hudson shares his enthusiasm by giving wellness lectures around the country and teaching at SCF as an anatomy and physiology instructor, where he hopes to inspire students about the amazing machine that is the human body.

SCF Alumnus, Dr. Brent Hudson
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Harry Shapiro Charitable Foundation Donates $10,000 for Practice Studio

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 12, 2019) — The Harry Shapiro Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 to the State College of Florida Foundation to build an acoustically correct music practice studio in the new Studio for the Performing Arts at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The $10,000 donation will receive an equal match, making the donation a $20,000 gift.

The practice studios, which allow for one-on-one tutoring as well as individual practice time, are essential for students to meet their coursework requirements. The building where music students currently practice is more than 50 years old, was originally designed for classrooms only, offers minimal functionality and has poor acoustics.

The Harry Shapiro Charitable Foundation was founded in 2015 to honor Harry Shapiro, a Punta Gorda resident and Navy veteran. His memory is honored through donations to causes that he cared about during his lifetime.

The $3.75 million Studio for the Performing Arts is designed to be an educationally sound and inviting space for both students and the community. SCF offers the only open-door access higher education music program in the region. The program serves approximately 500 general education students annually taking music classes, including 80 music majors.

To donate to the Studio for the Performing Arts or other programs, or for more information, contact Barbara Bourgoin, development director, at BourgoB@SCF.edu or (941) 752-5398.

Don’t Miss Avenues to the Future at SCF Feb. 23

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 7, 2019) — You won’t want to miss the State College of Florida Foundation’s Avenues to the Future, featuring a lobster and filet mignon dinner from Pier 22, specialty drinks from Three Daughters Brewing and Siesta Key Rum, and an auction that includes a Lake Tahoe trip, and a dinner hosted by Amanda and SCF Trustee John Horne. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton.

SCF music students will serenade guests as they stroll the Avenues across the campus. Guests will be able to meet SCF students and faculty and get a behind-the-scenes view of SCF’s top programs. More than 50 silent auction items include a Westin weekend, a Siesta Key Cabana for a day, signature jewelry, rodeo tickets and so much more!

Title sponsors for the event are SEI Investment Company and Willis Smith Construction.  Gold sponsors are Alix Morin, BMO Harris Bank, Cathy and Paul Elmes, LEMA Construction, Mosaic, Pam and Bibb Swain, and 103.9 KISS-FM/i-Heart Media Inc. Silver sponsors include Bank of America, CS&L CPAs, Kiwanis of Bradenton and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-752-5390 or visit SCF-Foundation.org.