Ringling College Wins Engaged Campus Award

    Ringling College Wins Engaged Campus Award

    December 5, 2008 - Ringling College of Art and Design was recently awarded the Engaged Campus Award for exemplary commitment to being an “engaged campus.”  By being an engaged campus, Ringling College is dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.   

    Ringling College was selected as the winner for the private institution category, beating out the other finalist, the University of Tampa, for the award.  For the state of Florida, six colleges and universities were selected as finalists for this award, two in each of the three categories (public, community, and private).   

    To enter the contest, colleges and universities were required to write a narrative, up to 10 pages, addressing how they are an engaged campus.  The narrative Ringling College submitted detailed everything from Ringling's extensive volunteer projects and service-learning happenings on campus to our extensive outreach to Sarasota and the services we offer the community.

    Other requirements for this award were three letters of support, which we not only met, but exceeded with four letters: one from Faculty (Doug Chismar), one from Administration (Tammy Walsh), one from a student (Aubrey Pendleton), one from a community partner (John and Robin Sullivan from the YEA! Arts Foundation).  A letter from Ringling College President Dr. Larry R. Thompson was also required.

    Along with the application, many pictures of projects, as well as materials from the Ringling Design Center, Continuing Studies, the Sarasota International Design Summit, Selby Gallery, Kimbrough Library, and the Town Hall Lecture Series were submitted to demonstrate how Ringling participates and involves the Sarasota community.

    To be considered for this award, the college or university must be a member of Campus Compact, an organization dedicated to educating college students to become active citizens who are well-equipped to develop creative solutions to society's most pressing issues.

    For more information on Campus Compact, visit their web site at http://www.compact.org/.