Events / Professional Programs

The Center for Career Services plans events to enhance curriculum and provide opportunities for students to grow beyond the classroom experience. We work cooperatively with faculty, staff, and students from all departments in developing schedules and presenting appropriate programs, recruiters and topics for the "Food for Thought" Training series.  

We welcome your suggestions and insights for future programing and special speakers.


Fall 2014  - Plan ahead to join us on Fridays for these 45 minute "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" lunchtime presentations! Get on track with your career plans. Come ask questions, network, and enjoy!
Bring your lunch! We'll bring the treats!
Handouts provided at "Food for Thought" sessions are available here. 

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DreamWorks animator, Drew Adams 
Thursday, April 9th
Academic Auditorium. 

Drew Adams is currently a Character Animator for DreamWork's Animation, having most recently animated on the character Sherman for the feature "Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Following graduation from Ryman Arts and two years at CalArt's Character Animation program, Drew joined Disney Feature Animation in 1999 as a clean-up artist for "Atlantis", "Treasure Planet," and "Home on the Range." As feature animation shifted mediums, Drew made the transition into CG animation working at Duncan Studio on Tim Burton's feature film "9" and various DreamWork's titles including: "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots," "Rise of the Guardians," and "The Croods.'

Outside of animating, Drew has been teaching Advanced Body Mechanics with Animation Mentor for the last 7 years.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:30 pm reception - 7:00 PM Presentation
Academic Center - Auditorium

You have decided to do an internship this summer – Now make sure you get the most out of the experience!

This program has been specifically designed to assist you in taking full advantage of your internship experience. Regardless of your major or academic background this program offers concise and practical ideas specifically tailored help you make the most of your internship. Register now and your interns will find tips on:
· Setting personal goals that lead to professional success.
· How to tackle even the most difficult tasks with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
· Expanding your visibility and performance while at work.
· Developing and maintaining an amazing relationship with your supervisor.
· How to leave the internship with tangible accomplishments that benefit the organization and yourself!

RINGLING INSIGHT - Portfolio Reviews, Advice & Inspiration
INSIGHT: Professional Advice & Inspiration
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
3:00-6pm - Reviewing portfolios / company info in the Exhibition Hall. 
6:30pm - Reception at in the Academic Center. 
7:00pm - Keynote speaker, Emily Miethner, CEO & Founder, FindSpark, LLC- in the Academic Auditorium. 
Emily's talk will be roughly 40 minutes followed by Q&A - have your questions ready!

Join your peers and young professionals for portfolio and resume views, networking, and a keynote talk from FindSpark's CEO & Founder, Emily Miethner. 
Share your work, expand your network, and develop your craft!

Hear from FindSpark's Emily Miethner on professional practices to set yourself up for creative career success. You’ll come away with a fresh outlook on your portfolio, inspiration, and actionable takeaways to further your creative career.


Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:30 reception / 7:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. and Q/A
Academic Center - ROOM 209 - limited seating

>>Learn how to get started on developing your own book ideas.
>>Understand the basic elements you might use to pitch a book idea to a publisher. 

Daniel Miyares is an author and illustrator of stories for children and Artist / Team Lead at Hallmark Cards.

Friday, January 30, 2015
6:30 reception / 7:00 pm presentation and Q/A
Academic Center

From Concept to Finished product- Aaron walks you through the steps and processes for all artists working on a film and much more. 
Review Aaron's website and don't miss this informative and exciting presentation.

TOM BANCROFT, Character Design/ Art Direction/ Animation/ Author
"Making it in Animation"  - How to get work/job in the industry.
Friday, October 3, 2014 
Reception / Refreshments at 6:30 pm
Presentation - 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

"Character Performance" - For ALL ARTISTS and animators working in 2d and 3d animation, illustration, video games, comic books, and concept design. Anything that involves a character - this presentation touches on ALL aspects of creating a character (character design) focusing primarily on the performance (staging, posing, expressions, acting). 
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Reception / refreshments at 1:00 pm 
Presentation - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm



Sarasota Young Professionals  (YPG) is a meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in age from 21-40 in Sarasota County.

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota  

sARTq: Sarasota's Answer to Contemporary Art

Arts Sarasota

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy: 


Ringling Museum

The Hermitage and the Greenfield Prize

Photographer, Clyde Butcher and 

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota

MIAMI BASEL: Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. 


Business Coaching - local (check out your hometown equivalent)

SCC provides 1-to-1 personalized business development coaching services, including access to micro-loans of $15,000 or less to qualified borrowers through our lending partner Manatee Community Federal Credit Union (MCFCU), in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

SCORE - -  Live your dream. Manasota SCORE can help. You don't have to go it alone... 

The Manasota Chapter of SCORE covers Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida and has over 60 volunteers locally to assist you with Education and Mentoring on a wide range of business issues.  We are a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration. We are small business experts and have been helping people fulfill their dreams since 1964. Our chapter is part of an organization of over 10,500 volunteers with 389 offices across the nation.

Veteran Fast Launch Initiative - Manasota SCORE and the SCORE Foundation, in partnership with major corporations, is pleased to offer the new "Veteran Fast Launch" initiative which provides mentoring, tools and training to military and their families.

The new program is a package of training scholarships, free software and services combined with SCORE's mentoring program and special SBA loan programs in order to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners.