State College of Florida selects Citizen of Year

April 17, 2014 


SCF names Citizen of Year winner

BRADENTON -- Kristen Anderson, program director of special programs at State College of Florida, has been recognized with a Citizen of the Year Award by the Sarasota Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Anderson received the award, which honors community leaders based on their dynamic service to the community and on the job, for her role in assisting underprivileged young men and women in succeeding and persisting in college.

She has served as the College Reach-Out Program director at SCF since 1997 and was instrumental in establishing the Summer Bridge Program in 2001-02. She also was a youth development worker in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa.

Anderson earned her master's degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.

SCF 'Art of the Wedding Costume' exhibits sought

BRADENTON -- The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery and Theatre Program seeks submissions for its "Art of the Wedding Costume: Ritual and Romance" exhibit in the Fine Art Gallery Sept. 19-Dec. 3.

A retrospective look at wedding costumes through the decades, "Art of the Wedding Costume" will include a display of men's and women's traditional, nontraditional and cultural wedding attire from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Those who are interested in submitting distinctive and iconic-style wedding apparel and unique accessories such as veils, fans, hats, gloves, shoes and other accoutrements for the exhibit may upload high-resolution digital photos of the items and complete an electronic form at

Participants also may submit print copies of original photos to: State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Fine Art Gallery 5840 26th St. W.Bradenton, FL 34207. Attn: Wedding Costume Committee.

Information: 941-752-5225 or 941-752-5586.

'Magical Math Day' with USF coming May 2

MANATEE -- USF Sarasota-Manatee's Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching will co-sponsor Bay Haven Elementary School's "Magical Math Connections Day" from 12:45-3:30 p.m. May 2.

The goal is to enrich the math program at Bay Haven. Marie Byrd-Blake and Tricia Hunsader, USFSM College of Education, and Chad Erickson, principal of Bay Haven Elementary School, say the integration of arts and creativity with mathematics inspires students and cultivates a desire for learning through hands-on, artistic and enriching activities.

"Bay Haven students will have the wonderful opportunity to learn interesting strategies and games from USFSM's undergraduate education students," said Erickson. "This will help them understand grade level math concepts."

Byrd-Blake, Hunsader and Erickson will facilitate several creative math centers for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, assisted by approximately 20 College of Education students.

-- Herald staff reports

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