SCF Winter Commencement to be Held Dec. 18
Two Ceremonies at Neel Performing Arts Center
(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 9, 2009) – State College of
Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Winter 2009 commencement exercises will
be held at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, in Neel Performing
Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Out of 776 students eligible for graduation, 231 are expected to participate
in the ceremonies.
To accommodate the number of students graduating, SCF will hold two ceremonies, one
at 5:30 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Steve Shenbaum, a former actor and
president and founder of game on Media Inc., based at IMG Academies.
The creative communication company uses role-playing techniques to
help professional athletes, teams and corporations improve
communication and confidence. Shenbaum travels the world leading
seminars and speaking to teams and organizations, emphasizing honesty
and humility through improvisations.
Shenbaum earned a degree in theatre and performance from
Northwestern University and has trained at the British American Drama
Academy in Oxford, England.
The President’s Award of Distinction will be presented to SCF alumni Rose Carlson
and John W. Schaub III.
Carlson, a graduate of the University of Texas, is vice president
and general manager of Bright House Networks, Manatee Region. A third
generation native of Manatee County, she has a long history of service
to the community in leadership positions including a gubernatorial
appointment to the SCF College District Board of Trustees and a term on
the SCF Foundation Board of Directors. She served as a partner with SCF
as the college has expanded its community outreach and educated
students through the use of high-speed network technologies.
Schaub, a graduate of University of Florida, is president of
Florida Coast Realty of Sarasota, a real estate investment company. He
has authored three books, published by McGraw Hill, on investing in
property. He is the past president of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota and
has served on Habitat’s International Board of Directors. A native of
Florida, Schaub grew up in Manatee County and is committed to
education. He is currently the president of State College of Florida
The Outstanding Graduate Award also will be presented to a student
who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community
service while attending SCF. The finalists are Cathleen Cornish, Elisha
Byerly, Laura Shade, Terrance Marshall and Rafael Gonzalez.
Other program participants include SCF President Dr. Lars A.
Hafner; Steve Harner, chair, SCF district board of trustees; Dr. Jack
Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Donald Hall,
professor, natural science, mace bearer; Stephanie Cook, assistant
professor, business and technology; Dr. Joni Pirnot, associate
professor, mathematics; SCF Bradenton Student Government Association
(SGA) President Charles E “C.J.” Hunnicutt II; SCF Venice SGA President
Ashley L. Darr; and Rev. Dr. James Williamson, chaplain, Campus
Ministries. The National Anthem will be sung by the SCF Chamber Choir
conducted by Melodie Dickerson. The new alma mater, music and lyrics by
Dr. Jack Crocker, arranged by Rex Willis and Melodie Dickerson, will be
performed for the first time.
Tickets are required and are available through graduating students. Maps and directions
are online at scf.edu/maps.