SCF Communications and Marketing Department Wins Five State Awards

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 29, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Communications and Marketing (CAM) department has received five awards from the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Communications and Marketing Commission (CMC). The AFC has 28 member colleges.

SCF brought home one first-place award, two second-place awards and a pair of third-place awards. The top honor was awarded to the “2018-2019 Student Handbook and Planner.” The second-place finishes went to the 2019 women’s tennis team poster and the overall campaign promoting the College’s new Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management. Third-place awards were presented for the 2018 edition of “INSPIRE Magazine” and the flyer promoting Fall 2018’s Haunted House of Hoops.

CAM staff who had a role in the winning projects include Jamie Smith, director; Marci Shantz, assistant director; Mace Thirtle, lead graphic designer; Sonjai Persaud, former graphic designer; Samantha Dyer, former graphic designer; and Jon Stanton, former creative content coordinator.

“This recognition of our CAM team is certainly deserved,” said Smith. “They have done an excellent job of producing informative and aesthetically appealing materials to communicate with our current students, alumni and the community.”

For more information, visit or contact Jamie Smith at or 941-780-5075.

SCF Alumna Dr. Shada Ghnaim to Share Career Success Story

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 29, 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., Thursday Oct. 31 in Building 29, Room 106, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., as Dr. Shada Ghnaim shares her path to becoming a dentist. The event is free and open to the public with no reservation required.

Ghnaim, who grew up in Florida, graduated from SCF in 2012 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at University of South Florida in 2015 and her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in 2019. Ghnaim currently works with Dentists of Lakeland in Lakeland, Florida.

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Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation Supports SCF Music Students with $10,000 Grant

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 17, 2019) — The Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation, of which Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is a Trustee, has awarded the State College of Florida Foundation (SCFF) a $10,000 grant to be used for music scholarships at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The grant covers 10 scholarships of $1,000 each for students who are residents of Sarasota County and who pursue an education in music at SCF.

SCF offers the only open-door access higher education music program in the region. Making high-quality music instruction accessible and affordable keeps and develops musical talent in the area. The program also plays an important role in recruiting local first-generation, economically-challenged and geographically limited students to SCF.

The purpose of the Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation is to provide scholarships for deserving, gifted and needy individuals so they may attend colleges, schools, universities or other educational institutions in the state of Florida.

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

SCF Student Receives Scholarship to Help Complete Teacher Program

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 8, 2019) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) student Michelle Krawkoski was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Alpha Delta Gamma Omicron. The purpose of the scholarship is to help a student in SCF’s Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) to obtain their teacher certification. Krawkoski was recognized during Alpha Delta Gamma Omicron’s annual scholarship fundraiser.

SCF EPI is a teacher-preparation program designed to prepare non-education majors to become successful classroom teachers. Through EPI, candidates with teaching aspirations and a bachelor’s degree in any discipline can work toward teacher certification with the skill to become highly qualified teachers in Florida.

For more information, contact Araceli Cumbo at or 941-408-1481.

(L to R) Lisa Schuerholz-Winters; Judi Robson, Co-President, Omnicron; Karen Hamilton, Co-President, Omnicron; Michelle Krawkoski, SCF scholarship recipient; Araceli Cumbo, SCF EPI Coordinator.SCF Student Receives Scholarship to Help Complete Teacher Program