Deborah and Robert Slingluff (P '04)
"'From soup to nuts', Eckerd was a great experience."
From the application process through graduation, Deborah and Robert Slingluff (P '04) feel their involvement with Eckerd was seamless and gratifying.
"Our daughter Anne's experience at Eckerd was full of challenge and personal development," Robert Slingluff says. "She made lifelong friends and has a degree, Environmental Studies, that has provided her with knowledge that allows her work in a field where she finds personal fulfillment. She is now working for Nature Conservancy identifying invasive, non-native plant species on private lands and making proposals to landowners for remediation programs."
When the Slingluffs first explored colleges with their daughter, they were looking for certain qualities.
"Deborah and I are firm believers in a total educational experience," Slingluff says. "A percent of lessons learned comes from the classroom, but a greater education comes from personal involvement outside the class. Following this logic, it was important for our daughters to find schools that would challenge them academically and provide a place for them to develop as responsible community members. When Anne came to us with the desire to apply to Eckerd, we looked closely at the school and the potential to accomplish our dual goals. We were pleased to see a school that had that potential."
To give back to the college that delivered on its promise to their daughter, the Slingluffs established an annual Church and Campus Scholarship.
"Eckerd offered unique opportunities for personal development," Robert Slingluff says. "A faith connection is important to a person anchored to ethical and moral decision making throughout their lives. Eckerd reinforced the values we taught our children at a time when they were beginning to test their own lifestyle wings."
While at Eckerd, Anne also participated in the Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) program, to which Robert Slingluff attributes his daughter's self-confidence as well as time management, community service and teamwork skills.
"Anne chose Eckerd. We are sure she did so because of the pictures she saw of the campus at a college fair," Robert Slingluff recalls. "Her choice was reinforced on a campus visit shortly after that initial exposure. Her desire to attend Eckerd made her make only one college application. She said that if she was not accepted, she would flip hamburgers and apply again. Her foresight was correct, and she did not have to flip burgers."