Welcome to the first Parent ConnECtions Newsletter! We hope this will be an informative piece that
will help answer any questions you may have about what is going on at Eckerd,
as well as a tool to help you answer questions your child may have about College
procedures or upcoming events.
The Eckerd College Parent Council held its first meeting on
November 14. We heard from several speakers, including Tom Ryan, Associate
Athletic Director; Maria Furtado, Director of Admission; and Anne Wetmore, Director of Student and Family Relations. Council members were able to directly
share ideas with College administration, and we all left feeling more informed
about Eckerd’s programs and initiatives. The Parent Council is a liaison
between all Eckerd parents and the administration, and I encourage you to
contact the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or suggestions you may have. We will forward your request to
the appropriate person and respond to your emails directly.
As parents of an Eckerd alumna as well as a current Eckerd
student, we invite you to remain involved in the life of your student.
Encourage him to take a course that piques his interest. Support her participation
in athletics, the Waterfront and campus leadership roles. Urge your student to learn a
new language and study abroad. And join us at Eckerd events on campus and
across the nation.
EckerdCollege has done a
wonderful job of creating a scholarly and supportive residential community for
its students; as parents, we also belong to this community, and we all can take
an active role in the life of the College.
Dec. 3, 1 p.m. - Festival of Hope - The presentation of student service by those taking Quest for Meaning.
Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wave Cafe - Ohio Northern University Law School Information Session - Find out all you need to know about the law school applications/admissions process as well as this particular law school.
Dec. 4, 8 p.m. - E.C.O.S. Holiday Party - Join the Eckerd College Organization of Students in Hough Quad for a holiday party with your Eckerd family before going home for Winter break!
Dec. 5, 7 p.m. - Man on Wire - An intense investigation of French tightrope artist Phillippe Petit's
daring, but illegal, high-wire walk between New York City's World Trade
Center twin towers in 1974. While the feat has been considered by some
"the artistic crime of the century," this film is easily one of the
most brilliantly constructed documentaries of the year. Eckerd College International Cinema Series.
Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. - Christmas is Forever Cantata - Annual Christmas performance by the Eckerd Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers. Held at First United Methodist Church, downtown St. Petersburg.
Dec. 17, 4 p.m. - The Future of Museums in This Economy, Dr. John Schloder - Dr. Schloder is the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. ASPEC Public Forum Series.
Jan. 17-25 - 5th Annual Writers in Paradise - Eckerd's annual conference for writers of various styles. Daily workshops and readings by award-winning authors, agents, and editors, including Stewart O'Nan, Dennis Lehane, Ann Hood, Tom Perrotta, Marc Fitten, Lisa Gallagher, Sterling Watson, and more.
Feb. 10, 7 p.m. - Umdabu Dance Company - Dance Theater dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and contemporary South African history and culture.
Feb. 21-28 - Eleventh Annual Environmental Film Festival - All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Miller Auditorium with the exception of the Sunday film at 2 p.m.
Parents and Alumni at 50 for 50 Party
Ceremony of Lights 2008
Is your child looking for an internship? The Office of Career Resources can help. You can also view available internships here.
Does your student talk about her RA? Want to put a face to the name? Visit the Residence Life page to meet your child's RA!
Bookmark this list of campus contacts so you'll always know how to get in touch with Eckerd.
Fall 2008 Miami Service Trip
Peter A. Meylan, Professor of Biology
What is your educational background?
I earned my B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology at the
Florida. After I completed my Ph.D., I
spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the
AmericanMuseum of Natural History in
New York in the
Department of Vertebrate Paleontology. I began teaching at Eckerd as a visitor
in 1989 and was selected for a tenure-track position in 1993.
What is your current position at
In May 2008, I was appointed the first Richard R. Hallin
Professor of Natural Sciences at
EckerdCollege. This endowed
position was made possible by a very generous donation from a longtime
supporter of the College. It is in honor of Dick Hallin, who served as Dean of Admission for nearly thirty years. Dick brought in many of the
great students I have had the pleasure to work with over the last 20
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is facilitated by experience. In the sciences, this
means labs. Historically, science teaching was done in two parts –- lecture and
lab. Now, many of us teach the lectures for our smaller classes in the lab, so we can go back and forth between talking and letting students learn for
themselves. My favorite lab is the outdoors. I love taking students in the
field. That’s probably why I am a good fit for Eckerd. We can teach outside for
most of the year. On a recent zoology field trip to look at the diversity of
marine invertebrates in
TampaBay, the student reaction
was, “Why don’t we just do this every day?”
How has Eckerd changed over the years?
It hasn’t changed that much. In the 20 years I have been
here it has attracted great faculty and a great diversity of students. I have
seen great faculty members come and go, but a lot of very good ones who could
go elsewhere choose to stay. The new faculty are very impressive, very
dedicated and hard working.
The biggest change is the expansion of the Sciences. I
started teaching here at the time when the Marine Science major was just
blossoming. In 1989, I taught Ecology to all of the Marine Science and Biology
majors in one class and it wasn’t full. This year we had to offer five sections
of ecology to accommodate the number of students who need it. Much of the increase
in growth in the Sciences has been in Marine Science, but there has also been significant
growth in Biology. Many Environmental Studies students minor in Biology too, so
the Life Sciences at Eckerd have a much larger presence than when I arrived. In
fact, the Sciences are bulging at the seams.
How will the implemented plans to improve Eckerd's Science facilities help you better educate current and future students?
To be honest, many of the facilities at Eckerd are very close to being worn out. This is especially true for the Science labs and
some of our classrooms. The auditorium where I teach has very serious
limitations. It is not set up well for modern teaching technology, it does not
allow for students to form groups for small group discussions, and the
acoustics make it a very difficult venue for any kind of class discussion. New
teaching facilities will rectify these kinds of problems.
While the great outdoors is my favorite lab, students
still need to return to a common inside lab space for analysis of what they’ve
seen or done. Beyond those basic functions of the lab space, the new generation
of Science facilities will provide an entirely integrated place where students
can take what they’ve learned in the field and apply it to what they’re
learning in chemistry, physics, genetics and beyond. These interdisciplinary
approaches are exactly how scientists work today, and our facilities need to
support this level of learning experience.
ADVANCEMENT OFFICE NEWS
The weekend of November 14-16
celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the announcement of its $80
million capital campaign. To date, over
$65 million has been raised from Trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, corporations
and foundations. The campaign, which will continue through 2011, will impact nearly every aspect of campus life and aims to fund a new Science
Complex, scholarships and professorships, and endowment for College programs. The highlight of the launch was the
presentation of a $15 million in matching funds to the College for the Science Complex. This lead gift will be used to match any gifts to the proposed building dollar for dollar.
Another major announcement this fall was the creation of the
Eckerd College Parent Council. One key initiative of the Parent Council will be
to increase communication to all Eckerd parents. The Parent Council will work
directly with the Advancement Office to raise vital dollars for the Parent Fund. The goal for the Parent Fund this year is $250,000.Michael and Susan Graham, Co-Chairs of the Parent Council, have
issued a challenge in which they will match any new or increased dollars from
parents. Please call 727.864.8222 for more information
or visit www.eckerd.edu/giving.
MESSAGE FROM STUDENT AFFAIRS
On Thanksgiving Day, Dean of Students Jim Annarelli and his
family will host the annual Thanksgiving Feast on campus for those students
unable to travel home for the holiday. Please encourage your child to join
the festivities on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at 4 p.m. in Fox
Turkey, with all the traditional
trimmings, will be served; football games will be shown in the Pub; and craft
activities for all ages will abound!
Meal cards will admit students who are on the meal
plan. For other students and guests the
dinner charge is $7 per person.Tickets may be purchased in the Bon Appetit Dining Services Office. You can reach the Bon Appetit Dining Services
Office at 727.864.8411.
Mark your calendar for Family Weekend 2009, February
27-March 1. We will be celebrating
Family Weekend Mardi Gras-style on campus! The weekend activities begin at 4 p.m.
on Friday with a Family Faculty Reception and will conclude by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday
with a waterfront picnic. There is a $65
registration fee for the weekend’s meals and activities. A complete schedule of
events and registration materials will be mailed in January. Information about
the weekend is also posted on www.eckerd.edu/parents.
ADMISSION OFFICE NEWS
Eckerd began the 2008-2009 academic year with 1,801 students.
The Class of 2012 contains 489 students, and a majority of the class is majoring in
the Sciences--35 percent of the freshman class is majoring in either Marine Science
Admission Counselors are busy traveling all over the country
visiting high schools and college fairs.Sometimes, Eckerd parents will join us at college fairs and help answer
questions. It says a lot about Eckerd
and your student’s experience when a parent will give up a precious night or
weekend afternoon to stand at a college fair table. To see if Eckerd will be at a
location near you, check here.And if you are interested in helping an Admission Counselor at a high school or college fair, please contact Jocelyn Lister, Parent Council Liaison, at 727.864.8889 or email@example.com.
The Admission Office is always open to your suggestions
about high schools that might have students who would do well at Eckerd. We would also appreciate information about
college fairs or college nights hosted near you. If you know of a high school or transfer
student who would be a good fit at Eckerd, we’d love to hear from you. A referral from a current parent is a strong
indicator that the student would do well at Eckerd. Please contact the Parent Council at firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations.
CAMPUS NEWS AND STORIES
On November 11, the Academy of
at Eckerd College (ASPEC) hosted a program called Been There, Done That! for Eckerd students. This program is offered twice a year and is an
opportunity for students to interact with ASPEC members from a variety of
professional backgrounds and ask them questions about their graduate work and
careers. The ASPEC members participating
in the program have backgrounds in medicine, higher education, physics,
engineering, international business, and
Many students are preparing for their travel abroad during
Winter Term. To see where our students
are going, see the Passport.Be sure to check back in January when our students will begin to post
blogs of their travels!
Last year, Eckerd students gave over 57,000 hours of co-curricular and credit-bearing community service in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. This fall, students participated in Autumn Term's Into the Streets program volunteering at an AIDS walk, raising money for women in Uganda, helping disabled children at a riding therapy program, building houses for Habitat for Humanity and more! Service has become a growing pedagogy with our faculty and there is a palatable culture of service among our students.
What would you like to see in the next Parent ConnECtions newsletter?
Email the Parent Council at email@example.com and let us know!
Eckerd College Office of Advancement - 4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711 - 727.864.8222
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