Jonathan Barr, co-founder of The Imagination House, a full-service, creative production company, based in Orlando, will present a special lecture at Stetson University 8:30-9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Presser Hall, Room 132.
The event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Barr's presentation will focus on entrepreneurial skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing entertainment industry and his path to enormous success since leaving the academic environment.
The Imagination House was co-founded by Mr. Barr, who was a former music composition major at Stetson in the early '90s.
For more information on the Oct. 2 lecture, contact the Office of Career Development at (386) 822-7383, or visit www.stetson.edu/career-development.
"FUTURES receives $30,000 grant from Progress Energy Foundation"
FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools received a $30,000 contribution from Progress Energy for the "FUTURES Mini-Grant Program and Volusia County Schools Energy Project."
The Mini-Grant program will provide science grants for classroom teachers. The Energy Project will focus on the student's study of alternative energy costs to transfer energy and the conversion of energy.
FUTURES Foundation is a nonprofit, direct-funding organization founded to support Volusia County Schools. The organization's board of directors consists of business and community leaders who raise funds for needed programs, for which tax money is not available, in the public schools.
For more information, call (386) 255-6475, Ext. 50730.
Daytona State College's Student Government Association presents Candidate Day 2012
Daytona State College's Student Government Association presents Candidate Day 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. international Speedway Blvd., in The Landing, Education Hall/Building 200.
The event provides a public forum for the season's political candidates, bringing timely political discussion to college and university students and the general public, while raising awareness of civic-minded participation.
Invited candidates and their representatives are in these political races: president of the United States; U.S. Senate; U.S House districts 6 and 7; Florida State Senate districts 6, 8 and 10; Florida House of Representatives districts 24, 25 and 27; Volusia County Council, chair race and districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; City of Daytona Beach mayor's race, and city commission ones 1, 4 and 6. Other candidates are welcome to attend as well.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call (386) 506-3385.
AMVETS to conduct Americanism contests
The National AMVETS is holding its "Americanism Contest" for youth.
This contest is open to all students in public and private schools, and home schooled students.
The contest consists of a "Flag Drawing Contest"
for kindergarten and first grade students; a "Poster Drawing Contest" and a short 50 word or less explanation of the poster for children in grades two through five; and a essay contest for students in sixth through 12th grades.
This year's essay theme is "Why is It Important To Vote..." for 2012-2013.
The deadline for national submission is Dec. 1. Submissions will have to be postmarked by this date to be considered. Drop them off at AMVETS Post 911 or mail to 5624 S. Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange, FL. 32129
For more information, call (386) 290-9264 or email JKossow@cfl.rr.com.
Attend one of Daytona State's fall open houses
Anyone interested in exploring a college education, advancing their career or re-tooling for a new job should make plans to attend a fall open house during October at Daytona State College. Held at each of the college's five campuses, the sessions feature a chance to win a $500 scholarship from the Daytona State Foundation.
Visitors can speak with college representatives about programs offered at Daytona State, including the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, associate of arts, associate of science, and certificate programs. Financial Aid experts will also be on hand. In addition, there will be a dual enrollment presentation for students who would like to get started on college while still in high school.
The DSC Open Houses will be from 5 to 7 p.m. as follows:
.Tuesday, Oct. 2, Daytona Beach Campus Hosseini Center (building 1200), 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
.Thursday, Oct. 11, New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Campus Academic Hall (building 2), room 109, 940 10th St., New Smyrna Beach
.Tuesday, Oct. 23, DeLand Campus, Bert Fish Hall (building 6C), 1155 County Road 4139, DeLand
.Tuesday, Oct. 30, Deltona Campus Fathi Hall, 2351 Providence Blvd., Deltona
Refreshments will be provided and each open house presents an opportunity to win a $500 Daytona State scholarship (must be present to win, drawings will be made at 5:45 p.m.) sponsored by the Daytona State College Foundation.
For additional information or to reserve a space, call (386) 506-4471 or e-mail admissions@DaytonaState.edu.
DSC building dedication honors longtime donor
A building that houses Daytona State College's education programs has a new name in honor of a longtime donor whose trust fund will ultimately give the college one of the largest gifts in its history.
Building 200 on the Daytona Beach Campus was named the George C. Nunamann Hall during a dedication ceremony recently. Over the past 10 years, Nunamann's trust has donated more than $750,000 to the Daytona State College Foundation in support of student scholarships, helping 650 students to date.
Ultimately, it will provide the foundation $3.5 million when fully conveyed, Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton announced during the dedication.
District Board of Trustees Chairman Dwight Lewis said the Nunamann Trust's gift is especially timely in light of the current recession and budget cuts that have forced public colleges to make do with less, while maintaining their mission of providing access to education for all who can benefit.
A longtime New York banker and investor, Mr. Nunamann retired to Daytona Beach, where for 27 years he enjoyed the climate and relaxed pace of life. In 1984, he established the trust and named members of his family its beneficiaries. He also designated Daytona State College as the beneficiary once the trust's designated family members passed away, stipulating the college establish the George C. Nunamann Scholarship Fund to pay the tuition of students based on their academic performance and financial need.
Nunamann's surviving nephew, Stephen B. Dietz Jr., was recognized during the dedication ceremony and participated in the unveiling of the building's new name.
For more information, contact the Foundation, (386) 506-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Registrar at Stetson University named
Kristina Brantley, assistant registrar at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, has been named university registrar at Stetson University.
Ms. Brantley will join Stetson effective Oct. 15, leading important initiatives in collaborating the university's comprehensive strategic enrollment and student success efforts. She will lead a team overseeing all aspects of student academic record management and integrity.
With more than 20 years experience in higher education in the registrar and enrollment management fields, Ms. Brantley also worked in residential life at the start of her career. She has served at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville since 2009. Before that, she held positions at the University of Georgia, Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Belmont Abbey College.
Ms. Brantley earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Georgia and her undergraduate degree from Mars Hill College, where she majored in psychology and minored in music.
Stetson University named Military Friendly School
Stetson University with campuses in DeLand, Celebration and Gulfport, Fla., has been named among 2013 Military Friendly Schools.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.
To learn more about Stetson's Veterans Law Institute, visit http://www.law.stetson.edu/veterans.
Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program named best in nation for 13th straight year
For the 13th consecutive year, the Best Colleges guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle's undergraduate aerospace engineering program No. 1 in the nation and has named Embry-Riddle No. 13 out of 128 Southern universities granting mainly bachelor's and master's degrees.
Highlights of the rankings of more than 1,600 accredited four-year schools in the United States are posted at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 2013 Best Colleges guidebook in now on newsstands and can be ordered at 1-800-836-6397 or usnews.com/usnews/store/college_compass.htm.
Also of note, this year's Best Colleges guide named Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus No. 13 in the category of "Best Regional Universities (South)," a ranking of 128 institutions that grant primarily bachelor's and master's degrees. This marks the 11th straight year that Embry-Riddle has placed among the top 25 schools in this category.
Embry-Riddle receives $220,000 for McNair Scholars Program
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently learned it will continue to receive federal funding for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program that benefits about 25 disadvantaged students each year at the school's Daytona Beach campus.
The $219,892 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the first budget period of October 2012 through September 2013 is expected to be reauthorized for a total of five years.
Named for fallen Challenger astronaut Ron McNair, the program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through financial and academic support. To qualify for the program, a student must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States, display academic promise and meet at least one of the three following criteria: a first-generation college student from a low-income background or from an ethnic group that is underrepresented in doctoral studies.
For more information on the McNair Scholars Program, visit http://mcnairscholars.com.