SCF names Biggins top student of December

December 23, 2013 

SCF names Biggins top student of December

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota named Vida Biggins the Florida College System Chancellor's Student of the Month in December.

Biggins entered SCF with a GED, and with the help of SCF advisers and professors, has become a poised, accomplished high-achiever who has been accepted into Columbia University where she will study neurological science and behavioral biology this spring, according to a press release from the school.

At SCF, she made remarkable accomplishments after overcoming abuse, family hardship and barriers to her education that caused her to drop out of high school. Biggins has mentored other students and shared her story as a student speaker at the inauguration of SCF President Carol Probstfeld and was the keynote speaker at the SCF Foundation Inc. scholarship luncheon.

She received the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Scholarship and the Linda Novey White Scholarship from the International Women's Forum Florida Suncoast. Biggins served as president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the African-American Student Union and as a student representative on college committees. She also participated in Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Day, Relay for Life and other community events.

Biggins interned at the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota and is coauthoring an article for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Her dream is to become a neuroradiologist.

IRISS named finalist for top product, innovation

BRADENTON -- IRISS, a leader in the permanent electrical safety devices market, is a finalist for two Electrical Industry Awards in 2013: Product of the Year for providing Stansted Airport the ability to perform safe, electrical inspections and shortening the inspection time and associated costs; and Innovation for its Platinum Series IR windows featuring the Poly-

View System transparent polymer allowing for visual, infrared and ultraviolet inspection.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized alongside electrical industry powerhouses like Eaton and Schneider Electric for our product innovations and applications," said Martin Robinson, CEO of IRISS. "The electrical industry has embraced the use of IR windows to perform electrical inspections because the safety and efficiency benefits mitigate the chance of arc flash, electrocution, power failure, fire and other loss."

The Electrical Industry Awards, sponsored by Electrical Times magazine, showcases electrical industry products, personalities and progress.

Brain Bowl Player of Month goes to Michael Moore

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota student Michael Moore was named Brain Bowl Player of the Month in November by the Florida College System Activities Association.

Moore leads the SCF team as a consistent top scorer in Brain Bowl tournaments. He ranked ninth out of 112 at the Delta Burke Tournament hosted by Valencia College in Orlando in November and sixth out of 84 at the Erik Korray Tournament hosted by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments LLC in Ocala in October. His specialties are philosophy, literature, natural science and astronomy.

SCF's Brain Bowl is a competitive academic team that participates in tournaments with teams from state and community colleges throughout Florida.

Music Student Showcase features SCF talent

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota students will perform in the Music Student Showcase concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

Sponsored by the SCF Music Educators' Club, the event will benefit the SCF Music Program. Proceeds will fund music student activities.

Admission is $10. Donations are accepted.

Students have been selected by the music faculty to represent the SCF Music Program in the Student Artist Competition at the Florida System College Activities Association Music Symposium at the University of South Florida Jan. 23-25.

For more information, contact the SCF music department at 941-752-5351 or the Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252.

SCF spring application deadline is Jan. 2

BRADENTON -- Enrollment is underway at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota until Jan. 2, the last day new student applications for the 16-week spring term classes starting Jan. 6-11.

Student services offices, including admissions and financial aid, and the bookstore will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 2.

SCF offers various flexible schedule options, including 12-week courses beginning Feb. 8, eight-week courses beginning March 10, and Saturday College at SCF Lakewood Ranch. More information is available at Returning students may register online at SCFconnect.

Classes are held at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West; SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail; SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East; and online at

-- Herald staff reports

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