15 seniors awarded College’s highest honor for talent, contributions, and leadership

At Ringling College’s annual Trustee Scholar Awards celebration
on Nov. 4, these 15 students will be awarded the College’s
highest honor.

Fifteen of Ringling College’s most outstanding students are being recognized this week for their exceptional creative talent, community involvement, and leadership.

This year’s winners will be recognized on Nov. 4 during the College’s annual Trustee Scholar Awards celebration. The event will begin with a reception, followed by a formal ceremony during which each Scholar will be introduced. Scholars will then have the opportunity to share remarks with the approximately 340 guests about how they are shaping their creative futures and defining their own success. 

The 2022-23 scholars are:

  1. Ana Brighton, Film
  2. Jesse Clark, Photography and Imaging
  3. Lizi Budagashvili, Fine Arts*
  4. Sam Grimm, Graphic Design
  5. Ryan Wien, Virtual Reality Development
  6. Shpresa Mehmeti, Business of Art and Design
  7. Pao Chutijirawong, Fine Arts*
  8. Mafer Bencomo Arevalo, Visual Studies
  9. Bella Cicci, Entertainment Design
  10. Ale Ortega-Romero, Illustration
  11. Hailey Bair, Computer Animation
  12. Jude Keifer, Creative Writing
  13. Payton Odierno, Game Art
  14. Yael Bloom, Motion Design
  15. Calvin “CJ” Callins, Student Life

* Two students were selected from Fine Arts this year due to a tie vote. 

“I’m exceptionally proud of this year’s Trustee Scholar who, in addition to being talented artists and designers, also work very hard in the classroom and have demonstrated exceptional leadership across campus and in the community,” said Dr. Larry R. Thompson, president of Ringling College. 

The Trustee Scholarship is awarded annually to one fourth  year student  who best exemplifies dedication, originality, brilliance, ambition, and talent in their field of study, as well as service to the College and to the community. 

Each year, the faculty in each academic department and representatives from the Office of Student Life nominate two students from the junior class in their areas for consideration as Trustee Scholars for the following year.

Nominees are required to submit a written statement and a portfolio of their work for the Trustee Scholar Selection Committee, composed of members of the Board of Trustees to review and make a selection. The winners are selected based on:

  • Exceptional creative talent, communication skills, and distinction of mind
  • Contributions to the department, College, and/or community
  • Leadership, citizenship, mentorship

The nomination process for the 2023-24 Trustee Scholars will begin this spring and the winners will be selected by the Board of Trustees in May.

To learn more about Ringling’s award-winning students, alumni, and faculty, visit the online newsroom.






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Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


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Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

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