Best Wishes to Graduating Seniors!

As we welcome new staff, we must say farewell to two great consultants who will receive their degrees on May 7. 

Both Asia "Z" Akhmetova and Cole Clark began their consulting experience with training in the spring of their first year: 2011. It's hard to believe that a mere four years later they are ready to move on. Z embarks on life in the illustration field. Already her original, self-published graphic narratives are selling. She's part of a thriving Etsy business and we know will continue to do great work. Cole leaves Ringling for New York City and a great job in the animation industry. 

Thanks to both for exceptional service and best of luck. We will certainly miss you! 

New Writing Consultants Are Ready!

Every spring, the ARC chooses a few students to join the writing consultant team. This year, the choice was hard--many great students and great writers applied. In the end, five first year students were invited to begin training. From February till the end of March, these five met with Virginia DeMers  for Wednesday lunch to discuss the why's and how's of writing consultation at an art college. They shadowed current consultants during their evening work and tried some consulting on their own. Several also attended monthly three-hour workshops with this year's consulting staff in February and March, meeting with Nicole Caron, coordinator of first year writing and English as a Second Language and exploring various aspects of language, writing and teaching writing. 

Now, our new folks are ready to join their upperclass colleagues. So please welcome Chandler Whalen (Game Art), Joon Gil Song (Computer Animation), Christina Gunter (Business of Art), John Dillard (Fine Art) and Benjamin Abbott (Film) and look for them at the conference table next August when Fall 2015 classes begin. As you can see, this crew represents a number of majors and, thus, will be able to help with a variety of professional kinds of writing, from artist statements to business plans, from scripts to story pitches. Returning consultants Sasha Kim (IL) and Alan Yang and Miranda Modys (CA) will also be back on the job. 

We all look forward to the writing you'll bring in the upcoming year. Remember: no project is too small (there's nothing worse than a misspelled title) or too big (we have practice with long projects) and no genre is out of place. 

We at the ARC are very proud of our staff and invite every writer on campus to discover how helpful an extra reader can be. 


Academic Resource Center:

Learning Support and Disabilities Services

Rm 227, Ulla Searing Student Center |  (941) 359-7627


Evaluations of Services

If you received disabilities services from the ARC, please watch for an evaluation form in your email (sent the week of 4/17) or in your campus mailbox. Those receiving notes will also receive a separate evaluation for those services. 

Your responses will help us know what's working--and what isn't. 

We know some students are registered but do not request any accommodations. That's fine. We'd still like to hear from you. 

Thanks in advance for taking the time. We know you're busy (helping with that is part of our job), but these few minutes could make a difference. 

Thanks again. 

Virginia and Paula