Zootastic Family Fest
ASPEC Director Ken Wolfe has been working hard to get Eckerd students involved in this year’s “Zootastic Family Fest.” Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, along with Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens, have collaborated to bring the adventure of the Zoo here to St. Petersburg. Intergenerational learning is an essential part of ASPEC, giving members the opportunity to interact with the students and faculty of Eckerd, and to contribute to the community by sharing their personal experiences and insights from their diverse array of backgrounds.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet with the Zoo’s animal trainers and hear presentations by the Zoo’s Veterinarian on animal health and nutrition. Animal shows such as “Zoo Keeping 101,” “Native Florida Wildlife” and a wetlands demo with animals, and a mock manatee rescue, will also be performed throughout the day.
Lowry Park Zoo will provide educational displays including hands-on activities featuring the following animals; rhino, elephant, giraffe and African penguin. There will be plenty of activities, arts and crafts and face painting available to guests. The event will be held Nov. 16 at Sunken Gardens, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is priced at $5 a person.
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ASPEC’S Woman to Woman Mentoring Program
ASPEC is preparing to initiate a pilot project matching its women member volunteers, as mentors, to Eckerd College sophomore women who will be invited to join the program.
The program is designed to facilitate establishing an individualized relationship which will best meet the needs of the participating student and their assigned mentor. As in existing ASPEC mentoring programs on campus, mentors will serve as role models, assist the students with exploring future career opportunities, provide networking situations with women leaders in the community and on campus, and focus on professional development and empowerment issues.
Select members of the Eckerd faculty and administrative staff will assist the ASPEC mentors in developing guidelines and conducting a training program which will emphasize Eckerd’s extensive resources and related policies and procedures.
The initial mentor training program will take place on Friday, September 20th, from Noon to 3:00 PM, at Lewis House and a “meet and greet” dinner, for participating students and mentors, will follow the next week (date to be determined).
ASPEC women, who have not already signed up to participate, may do so by contacting Julia Lewis or the ASPEC administrative staff. We currently have 20 volunteers but would welcome additional members who wish to participate.
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ASPEC Members Contribute to Summer Science Splash Camp 2013
Thanks to a significant grant from the II-VI Foundation and the generosity of many ASPEC members, the Summer Science Splash Camp was made possible, allowing middle school students to participate in experiments and enjoy the amenities the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences has to offer at a fraction of the cost. Valued at $1,150, the 20 full scholarships ASPEC members donated allowed campers to participate in the week-long residential science camp for $250.
In 2007, Carl Johnson, founder of II-VI Inc., founded the II-VI Foundation because “he has found that the ability of engineers to solve problems has declined,” said Rick Pernell, current director of the foundation in Bridgeville, Pa.
More than 100 campers enrolled in the Science Splash Camp, many of which are from local middle schools such as Sanderlin, Bay Point and Academy Prep.
The campers lodged in traditional legacy dorm, Epsilon, and participated in a variety of labs, daily quizzes and activities including swimming and basketball, over the course of the week. ASPEC members were invited to stop by the James Center anytime during either of the week-long sessions to see the kids in action and partake in some of their science experiments. President of ASPEC Julia Lewis was impressed by the campers’ knowledge and their eagerness to learn, despite being on summer vacation.
This year, the camp’s theme was “the summer of the electron.” According to Eckerd’s website, “Modern life depends on the motion of electrons: from computer circuits to chemical reactions in fuel cells.” Campers learned how to make batteries out of potatoes, solar cells and conductive stylus pens for iPads out of empty white-board markers; activities that were designed by the local teachers, Eckerd students and Eckerd professors that made up the camp staff.
Eckerd professors among the camp staff were Professor of Physics Anne Cox and Associate Professor of Chemistry Chris Schnabel. “The kids are excited to learn how things work,” Cox said. “This camp goes above and beyond what they are learning in school.”
To learn more about the II-VI Foundation visit http://ii-vifoundation.com/index.html
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Sanderlin IB School Art Exhibit at Lewis House
July 1-September 15th
The Visual Arts Council of ASPEC at Eckerd College is pleased to announce the new art exhibit at Lewis House. The artwork of students K-8 at JB Sanderlin IB School, will be on the walls from July 1-September 15 with the cooperation of Jessee Janice, art teacher and coordinator of the art programs at Sanderlin, and all of the art teachers. ASPEC has had an ongoing relationship with Sanderlin in the form of mentoring students, tutoring in the classroom, volunteering for various tasks during the school year, and supporting student scholarships for the Science Splash Camp program which is held at Eckerd College each summer. Over the years, Eckerd College students have also volunteered at Sanderlin in a faculty led project called the Edible Peace Patch. We look forward to strengthening the bond between Sanderlin and the Eckerd College community at all levels. ASPEC has been Sanderlin's Community Partner for the past 2 years and was recently honored (as was the School) for its role in the academic improvement Sanderlin has achieved. Both Sanderlin and ASPEC received the Mayor's Top Apple award.
Inspired is a drawing by McKenna Minarcin, age 12
The opening reception for the exhibit will be on Thursday, August 29, from 5-6 at Lewis House. We invite all of the college community and area art lovers to join us in celebrating these young artists, their teachers and our relationship with the Sanderlin IB World School.
Van Gogh Sunflowers is mixed media by Rebecca O'Reilly, age 8
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Therapy Dogs help students de-stress during finals
Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) and Pet Council collaborated with ASPEC associate member Amy Beilis for a “doggy de-stress” hour, where therapy dogs were brought to campus to give students a study break and relieve some stress during finals week.
More than one hundred students lined up to play with the five dogs-- a collie, a golden retriever, and a few labs. The furry friends were accompanied by their owners (Beilis and her colleagues), members of the local chapter of Therapy Dogs International, who own and train their therapy dogs.
Julia Lewis, president of ASPEC, was thrilled with the turnout. “We thought we were going to have about 20 or 30 kids, and there were well over 200.” The event was made possible after the leader of the local chapter met with the ASPEC-Student Liaison committee in February. “We are looking into doing this event in both the fall and spring semesters this upcoming year,” Lewis said.
The event was a huge success, and students look forward to another visit from the dogs and their owners.
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