Aspiring Musicians and Thespians Can Earn Scholarships to SCF

(Bradenton, Fla., March 26, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) invites aspiring musicians and thespians to audition for scholarships Saturday, Apr. 20 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 11 East. Scholarships are available for students whether they wish to pursue music and acting as a career or an enjoyable avocation.

Music scholarships are available for Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Jazz Combo, Keyboard, Symphonic Band and SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra. Theatre scholarships are available for acting and technical theatre. Students do not have to be music or theatre majors to receive ensemble scholarships.

Full tuition waiver scholarships in the amount of $3,500 are available for students who are chosen for the Presidential String Quartet or Presidential Jazz Combo.

Auditions are by appointment and can be scheduled by calling April Sheely at 941-752-5351 or email

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SCF Students Collecting Toiletries for Women in Shelters

(Bradenton, Fla., Mar. 19, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Club are collecting travel-size toiletries – including shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste and lotion or sunscreen – for women in need. The club plans to package the items into gift bags to deliver to women’s shelters before Mother’s Day.

The OTA Club will bring the gift bags to shelters in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Donations may be dropped off through April 30 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., at a donation box inside Building 28.

The OTA program often works with women in shelters and students came up with the idea of giving them something on Mother’s Day to acknowledge their courage and to promote their new start. This is the fifth consecutive year the students have sponsored this initiative. Last year, about 450 individual bags were delivered to five shelters.

Over the years, women’s organizations, dentist offices, businesses and the community have helped contribute to the bags and make a difference in the lives of the women embarking on the next stage of their lives.

For more information, contact Debbie Chasanoff, OTA program director, at or 941-752-5346.

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars at SCF Venice April 6

(Bradenton, Fla., March 19, 2019) — The State College of Florida Foundation will host “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a fun-filled gathering that features food, music and fireworks as part of its 31st annual Evening Under the Stars. The event begins 6 p.m. Apr. 6 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. 

Help welcome the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility to the neighborhood with an evening of baseball-themed music performed by The Venice Symphony and SCF musicians under the direction of SCF’s Music Program Manager and Director of Instrumental Studies, Dr. Robyn Bell, followed by a grand fireworks finale. Bring your friends, coolers and chairs, then sit back and relish popular tunes from Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Eddie Vedder, Count Basie, Neil Diamond, the Sugar Hill Gang and more.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children under 10 are free. Reserved general admission tickets are $30 in advance and allow ticket holders to bring chairs and coolers to the campus between noon and 2:00 p.m. on April 6, to reserve a spot. In case of rain, the event will be held at 6 p.m. April 7 at SCF Venice.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at or through select ticket outlets including the SCF Venice Cashier’s office, Bldg. 100, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, 400 Barcelona Ave., Venice or Key Agency, 1201 S. McCall Road in Englewood and 14942 Tamiami Trail, Suite H, in Northport.

Lead sponsors for the event include the Edmund & Elizabeth Campbell Foundation, SEI Investments, Synovus, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Venice Gondolier Sun, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Redenta & Stephen Picazio, Turbine Weld, Sheriff Tom Knight, Premier Community Bank, Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility and Key Agency.

For information, call 941-752-5390, or visit

SCF Alumna and Pharmacy Intern Shares Career Transition Success Story

(Bradenton, Fla., Mar. 12, 2019) — The American Chemical Society student affiliate club at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) continues its alumni speaker series at 7 p.m. Mar. 28 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 29, Room 106 as Anme Bass shares her path to becoming a pharmacist after 10 years of performing and teaching ballet. The event is free and open to the public with no reservation required.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Bass graduated as a classical soloist dancer at the Escuela de Ballet Teatro Teresa Carreño. She performed with Ballet Nacional de Caracas and Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas and the Sarasota Ballet of Florida as a soloist performer. After six seasons, she retired but continued teaching advanced dance students.

In 2008, Bass earned her Associates in Arts degree from SCF, where she was named Outstanding Student in Organic Chemistry for her academic accomplishments and her contributions as the Chemistry Club President.

Bass entered the College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University in 2015. She currently is a licensed Pharmacy intern, finishing her advance pharmacy practice experience and last year of the PharmD program in the Tampa Bay area.

Anme Bass
SCF Alumna, Anme Bass

SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Communications and Marketing Department Wins Eight Awards

(Bradenton, Fla., March 7, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Communications and Marketing (CAM) department has won eight awards in the 34th annual Educational Advertising Awards competition. More than 2,200 entries were received from over 1,000 colleges, universities, secondary schools and representative agencies from all fifty states and several foreign countries. Entries came from a wide variety of schools, including community colleges and universities such as Emory University and Ringling College of Art & Design. Fewer than 10 percent of entries received awards.

SCF won gold, silver and merit awards in the brochure, internal and external publication, direct mail, poster and total advertising campaign categories. Winning entries were the SCF Graduation Cap brochure, SCF 2018-2019 Student Handbook and Planner, SCF “You Decide” poster and mailer, SCF Foundation “INSPIRE” magazine, SCF Manatees 2018 Tennis poster, SCF BSNin4 Ad Campaign, SCF 2017-18 Fast Facts brochure and SCF Weekend College Ad Campaign. The CAM team won four awards in last year’s competition.

“It’s an honor to be among those recognized,” said Smith. “We are always looking for creative and unique ways to engage stakeholders with our publications and to proudly represent the SCF brand.”

CAM staff who had a role in the winning projects include Jamie Smith, director; Mace Thirtle, lead graphic designer; Sonjai Persaud, graphic designer; Kristen Hogentogler, digital communications coordinator; Marci Shantz, marketing coordinator; Toni Jefferies, communications coordinator; and Jon Stanton, creative content coordinator.

Judges for the competition consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of “Higher Education Marketing Report,” the nation’s leading marketing publication for higher education marketing professionals.

To read more about the Educational Advertising Awards, visit


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