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


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 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

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 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

Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight Credits SCF in Life’s Journey

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 31, 2019) — Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight credits Manatee Junior College (MJC) now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) with both his personal and professional accomplishments. That’s a pretty big accreditation for a local college, but Knight is unwavering in his praise of the institution.

Knight, who grew up in south Sarasota County, chose to go to Manatee Junior College just after the college announced plans to build a campus in Venice. He planned to pay for college himself and wanted an affordable and convenient option. The new MJC location, which opened in a shopping center and was nicknamed “Brickyard University,” offered him the option he needed. “I had no plans to leave Venice,” Knight said. “Back then, you had to pay your own way or you didn’t go to college.”

His father, who worked in construction, asked Knight what he wanted to do after high school. When the future sheriff chose to go to college, his father gave his full support. To this day, Knight said he is grateful for his dad’s reaction and for the path that allowed him to take. Knight lived at home, attended classes, and paid for college by working in construction and delivering furniture.

Knight says he is also grateful “somebody had the vision to open classes in a shopping center,” rather than wait to build a campus in Venice. “As humbling as it was, it was a lot of fun,” Knight said. “The campus had a dirt parking lot, but it served the leadership’s vision to make education a priority.”

The sheriff took 80 percent of his classes for his associate in arts degree at the old Brickyard University. “It was fun because it was so tight-knit,” he said. “We were all in it together and we were one big family because it was small. The teachers were terrific including Dr. Jack Dale. He was a true visionary.”

He recalls Glenn Compton as a professor. Compton was “very interested” in the environment back then and Knight is impressed that he is still active in environmental causes. Compton’s dedication is just one example of the commitment his professors had for their work and what they taught.

Knight finished college at Florida State University (FSU) along with his future wife, Tracy, who he met while attending Venice High School. Although he proudly claims FSU as his alma mater, Knight credits SCF for putting him on the right path and helping him realize he could succeed in college.

“I remember going to Florida State my junior year and sitting in a class with 300 people. That was when I realized I missed home and I missed Brickyard University,” Knight said.

He believes some high school graduates can get lost going to big universities. “It is more intimate at SCF which makes for a better transition for new students.  The classes are smaller, you are still home, and you can continue some type of employment.”

Knight, who graduated college nearly debt-free, says he recommends SCF to students to this day. “For local students and adults going back to school, SCF gives you the opportunity to live at home and defer costs. The opportunity is unmatched and the campus is right here, in our own back yard.”

Sarasota County Sheriff Knight

SCF Recognizes Two Alumni on National Screenwriters Day

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 3, 2019) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is highlighting Mike Le and Rob McKittrick, two SCF alumni and the college’s favorite screenwriters, in recognition of National Screenwriters Day Jan. 5.

Both had movie releases this year when McKittrick saw “Tag” hit the big screen and Le saw wide release of “Patient Zero.” Both McKittrick and Le say they had a deep appreciation for movie scripts long before they ever headed to Hollywood. They were the kind of guys in high school who could quote whole sections of dialogue from movies and they knew what they liked.

McKittrick broke into screenwriting with “Waiting,” a film he wrote while waiting tables in Orlando. Le was an assistant to Owen Wilson when he started his screenwriting career. He also is the creator and writer of “Mayhem!” the best-selling comic book series published by Image Comics.

The pair were at SCF around the same time and took script writing courses from Del Jacobs. They have kept in touch with their professor and mentor over the years, sometimes asking for feedback on their projects. McKittrick and Le are working in the industry full time and frequently pitch new ideas to the film studios.

During the spring term at SCF, McKittrick and Le have both agreed to offer their insights into what it takes to be a professional screenwriter.  Jacobs will once again lead a script writing course at SCF. The course introduces students to the elements necessary for understanding and appreciating the motion picture screenplay and provides instruction on the techniques of writing professional scripts. Students will study the core elements of the screenplay: dialogue, character, imagery and plot. Alfred Hitchcock once said: “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.”

For more information contact Jacobs, multimedia/film program manager, at or 941-752-5593.

Three Athletes to be Inducted in SCF Hall of Fame January 2019

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 20, 2018) — Athletes from two sports will be inducted into the 2019 State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Hall of Fame in January. The 12th annual ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy. Tickets to the social and dinner are $50 per person and must be purchased by Jan. 9.

The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony has become the kickoff to SCF’s Homecoming weekend. The college, alumni and the community come together to honor the legends of Manatees and Lancers athletics. This year, alumni will compete in three sports on Saturday, Jan. 19. Visitors can come out at 10 a.m. to watch tennis and stick around for the 11 a.m. softball game and 2 p.m. baseball game.

This year’s hall of fame inductees come from SCF’s baseball and women’s basketball teams. They are:

Johnny Ard, who played for Hall of Fame coach Tim Hill Sr. and earned All-Conference and All-State honors while leading the team to a Suncoast Conference championship during the 1988 season. Ard, who passed away in Spring 2018, was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Twins as the 20th overall pick. He was the first junior college player selected in the 1988 draft. Ard won 49 minor league games in his professional career.

Stephanie Dumas played women’s basketball for Hall of Fame Coach Wayne Stellfox from 1988-1990.  The power forward led the team in rebounds and steals in both seasons as a Lancer.  In her sophomore year, she led the team and was ranked eighth in the state with 17.6 points per game. Winning the Suncoast conference in both seasons, the Lancers qualified twice for the state tournament.  Dumas was named first team All-Conference and second team All-State. In a single game Dumas scored 41 points, pulled down 21 rebounds, had 11 steals, and 6 assists.  At the time, 41 points in a game was a college record.  Dumas turned down a scholarship to play at University of Central Florida to pursue a nursing career. She has a master’s degree and is a nurse practitioner.

Clem Freeman, who played baseball for Hall of Fame coach Bob Wynn from 1978-1980, led the nation in earned run average (.52) in his sophomore season and was named second team NJCAA All-American.  The pitcher earned All-State awards both years of competition. Freeman holds the SCF baseball record for earned run average (1.04).  Freeman was chosen to play on the USA All-Star team in 1980 where he was named the series’ Most Valuable Pitcher. He was twice drafted in the first round but chose to attend Florida State University. He earned All-Conference honors and signed with the Cincinnati Reds after one season at FSU.  He played four professional baseball seasons.

SCF’s Athletics Hall of Fame was established to honor those whose achievements have distinguished the College and its teams. Student-athletes, coaches, staff members, teams and community members are eligible for nomination. A committee of Hall of Fame honorees, community members, athletic coaches, staff and faculty evaluates the nominees to select the inductees.

For information or tickets to the weekend’s events visit or call 941-752-5261.

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SCF Visits Local Hospitals to Spread Cheer and Thank Nurses

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 18, 2018) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) sent a special envoy to local hospitals to cheer up children in the pediatric units and to thank the nurses, many of them SCF graduates, who care for patients over the holidays. Dr. Todd Fritch, executive vice president and provost, and Maverick the Manatee, SCF’s mascot, brought a basket of manatees – stuffed of course – to the littlest hospital patients on Tuesday.

This is the fourth year SCF visited local hospitals as part of its outreach to the community. Fritch, who joined the college this year, said it was a treat visiting the children and their parents to offer a little cheer. He and Maverick also got to enjoy time with brand new babies in the mother and baby unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

This year’s visit came just a few days after 58 new nurses from SCF got their nursing pins, adding nearly five dozen much needed nurses to the local workforce.

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Maverick and Todd Fritch, SCF executive vice president and provost, visited with nurses at Manatee Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

Maverick and Dr. Todd Fritch, SCF executive vice president and provost, visited with nurses at Manatee Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

American Legion Donates Toward Veteran Scholarships at SCF

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018) — For the fourth consecutive year, Venice American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 is donating the proceeds from its annual Veterans Golf Open to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF). The money will be used to provide SCF Venice student veterans with individual $1,500 scholarships. Two scholarships are offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters for a total of $3,000 a year.

The proceeds from the golf tournament were $7,500. Combined with previous donations from the Venice American Legion, the proceeds will sustain the veterans’ scholarships for more than six years. The scholarships stay with the students until they graduate, if they maintain satisfactory academic standing. The NO-VEL post has donated more than $20,000 in direct support of SCF Venice student veterans for the past six years. SCF Venice serves more than 100 veteran and veteran-dependent students. All together SCF serves about 300 student veterans and their dependents.

The NO-VEL Scholarship is limited strictly to veterans attending SCF Venice. Anyone interested in helping student veterans may donate to the SCF Foundation Veteran Scholarship.

For more information, contact Allison Nash, scholarship coordinator, SCF Foundation at 941-752-5653, or visit the Foundation’s website at

From left: Commander Howard Van Nostrand; Adjutant, Pete Muller; SCF Student Veteran Nicholas Bitler; SCF Student Veteran Jeffrey Guilbault Jr.; Services Officers, Frank Noren and Rusty Weatherhead.

From left: Commander Howard Van Nostrand; Adjutant, Pete Muller; SCF Student Veteran Nicholas Bitler; SCF Student Veteran Jeffrey Guilbault Jr.; Services Officers, Frank Noren and Rusty Weatherhead.

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