MTI to induct 19 into National Adult Education Honor Society

May 14, 2014 

Cihan Cobanoglu is dean of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership.PROVIDED PHOTO

MTI to induct 19 into national honor society

BRADENTON -- Manatee Technical Institute will induct 19 students into the National Adult Education Honor Society at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bayshore High School Auditorium.

Students chosen for this honor are in the top 2 percent of their class. The Manatee adult education program serves more than 1,200 students.

About half the inductees are working towards their GEDs, and the other half are learning English as a secondary language.

The chapter is named for Lee Carter Brown, a strong advocate of literacy programs. The MTI Chapter is one of only nine NAEHS chapters in the state of Florida.

USF Sarasota-Manatee dean named 'Tourism Catalyst'

MANATEE -- Cihan Cobanoglu, dean of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, has received the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau's 2014 Tourism Catalyst Award.

"I am very humbled and honored to receive the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau's 2014 Tourism Catalyst Award," said Cobanoglu. "I have no doubt that with our partners such as the BACVB we will have no problem reaching our goal to be one of the top 10 hospitality schools in the country by 2020."

Cobanoglu, also the McKibbon distinguished shair professor, is an active promoter of local tourism and hospitality economic growth, and involves his faculty and students in numerous partnerships with restaurants, hotels, events and industry leaders.

"We define a 'tourism catalyst' as an individual who has been a long-term champion in our local tourism and travel industry in creating awareness for the Bradenton area, and there is no better example than Cobanoglu," said Elliot Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Anna Maria author to sign 'The Little Pine Tree'

SARASOTA -- Author Mark Labriola Sr. of Anna Maria will hold a children's book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 at A Parker's Books, 1488 Main St.

He will sign copies of his book, "The Little Pine Tree." An excerpt: "The Little Pine Tree is very sad, having grown up away from all the other trees. His only wish is to have a purpose and be a blessing to mankind. So when a group of soldiers come and cut him down, he's thrilled. But when the Little Pine Tree is used for a terrible job, he doesn't know what he'll do next. How can he be a blessing as he had hoped anymore?"

Find out how he overcomes even the most tragic of situations in "The Little Pine Tree."

Information: 405-458-5642 or Michelle Whitman at michelle@keymgc.com.

-- Herald staff reports

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