SCF snake lecture to discuss place in Florida ecosystem

February 14, 2014 


SCF snake lecture focuses on ecosystems

BRADENTON -- The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Venice Green Team will host a guest lecture, "Overcoming Our Fears: Understanding the Role of Florida's Snakes in our Local Ecosystems," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, in the Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will be presented by University of South Florida biology doctoral student Adam Emerick. He is researching the Florida sand skink, a lizard that lives in the high sand ridges of Florida.

Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, is the Green Team chairman. The SCF Green Team is a group of students, faculty and staff who work in collaboration to design and implement projects to maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

Information: Beverly Brown, SCF Venice provost office, 941-408-1404.

Embracing Our Differences names new exec director

MANATEE -- Embracing Our Differences has named Sarah Wertheimer its new associate executive director.

Wertheimer most recently served as director of development at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and development coordinator at Children First.

Wertheimer will now be responsible for fundraising and community relations campaigns and program growth.

In 2013, the organization marked its 10th anniversary with an exhibit expansion to Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

In addition to the annual outdoor exhibits, Embracing Our Differences programs include free bus transportation for students and teachers to the exhibits and other cultural venues, teacher workshops and retreats designed to provide teachers with diversity curriculums for use throughout the school year, and student docent programs that provide student-led tours of the annual exhibit.

The 2014 exhibitions are set for March 30 to June 2 for Sarasota's Island Park and Bradenton's Riverwalk.

Information: 941-404-5710 or go to

-- Herald staff reports

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