Ringling Pays Tribute to Accomplished Alumni

Ringling Pays Tribute to Accomplished Alumni

Showcasing what can happen when creative potential leads to professional accomplishments, Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alumni Honor Wall gives guests to the campus an inspiring look at what Ringling alumni have accomplished in their professional careers. It also encourages current students to envision where their own careers might lead.

For three years, this on-campus installation in the Keating Center has paid tribute to award-winning Ringling graduates who have made positive impacts in their career fields. On Jan. 24, Ringling President Dr. Larry R. Thompson led the annual ceremony for the 10 honorees of 2020. Now, year-round, passersby can learn about some of Ringling’s most accomplished graduates by visiting the Honor Wall, which was designed by Graphic Design Department Head Jeff Bleitz.

“It’s inspiring for our current and prospective students to be able to see some of the top alumni of the College. I’m so glad that they have such a high-traffic, highly visible space on campus to be honored,” said Susan Borozan, Ringling’s director of alumni relations and engagement. “We have a treasure trove of alumni and this is our way to recognize them.”

The work of this year’s recognized alumni spans the creative spectrum.

Jessica Sances Torres (’02), a Computer Animation major, has contributed animation to films including “Toy Story 3” “Brave” “Inside Out” “The Good Dinosaur” “Coco” and “Incredibles 2.”

Film major Kate Fail (’11) has worked on The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards and The Billboard Music Awards, as well as on shows including “Stranger Things” and “The Crown.”

Fine Arts major Jeffrey Scudder (’11) is an assistant professor of emerging digital practices at Southern Oregon University. Scudder has given more than 65 lecture-performances during his career.

Game Art and Design major Michael Marra (’16) has done video game work for “Call of Duty: WWII” “Battlefield 1” and “Diablo IV.”

Graphic Design major Mark Unger (’02), is a partner/chief creative officer at Push (an Orlando-based branding and advertising agency) and has collaborated with Disney, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Lobster, The House of Blues and Publix, among other clients.

Edward Kinsella, III (’06) is an acclaimed illustrator whose clients include The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

With a photography and imaging background, Hadar Pitchon (’09) shoots for high-end editorial publications including Vogue, W, SID Magazine, Client Magazine and L’Officiel.

Motion designer Brianne Gagg (’18) has produced content for Apple, Facebook and Google, among others.

Interior designer Angela Rodriguez (’05) has designed luxury resorts with global giants RTKL and WATG.

Alexandra Tibbe ’14, Business of Art and Design alumna, landed an internship on a film set that led her to pursue a thriving multimedia career. “That experience taught me about the hard work and long hours I was destined to live, but also the joy that comes from doing something you truly love,” Tibbe said. “I have been fortunate enough to apply the skills gained in the business program in my work on commercials, television, and film,” she said.

See their stories here.

The knowledge and skills gained at Ringling College have translated into impressive real-world success for these and other graduates, as the Alumni Honor Wall serves to remind us.

By Abby Weingarten





Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Pat Mizak

Co-Interim Director of Library Services


Alexandra Vargas-Minor

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Instructional Design Librarian


Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)


Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Assistant Circulation Manager)


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant

Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek
Circulation Assistant James Harrison


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.

Library Hours

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

Visit Us

Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

Download a campus map

Suggest a Purchase: Library Acquisitions Request

We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
(*=Required Field)

Ask Us

chat loading...
Advanced Search

Text us: 941-208-4542
Email us: research@ringling.edu
Call us: (941) 359-7587

Schedule a research consultation

Schedule an appointment with one of our librarians or a research consultant.