Trustee Scholar: Ringling’s Highest Honor

Being named a Trustee Scholar is the highest honor that can be bestowed to a student by the Ringling College of Art and Design Board of Trustees.

These students are those who, in the eyes of the Trustees, best exemplify dedication, originality, brilliance, ambition and talent in their particular fields of study, as well as being campus and community leaders.

This year’s honorees included: Kaitlyn Guerrero, Business of Art & Design; Maria Bjarnadottir, Computer Animation; Thomas Pinto, Creative Writing; Likkamatti Hauru, Fine Arts; Saga Eklund, Fine Arts; Michael Boomer, Film; Jasleen Rehsi, Game Art; Martin Pohlmann, Graphic Design; Franki Colett, Interior Design; Inka Schulz, Illustration; Doug Alberts, Motion Design; Clark Perkins, Photography & Imaging; Emily Lamberski, Student Life; and Lillian Braman, Visual Studies.

From the junior class of each department, two students are nominated by the department head as being best representative of their major. These students are nominated, and, ultimately selected, for what they have done both in and out of the classroom, for Ringling College and our Gulf Coast communities.

Each year, Trustee Scholars are honored at a dinner, held on the soundstage at Ringling College. This year’s theme celebrated these young visionaries of the “Soaring ‘20s.”

“After high school,” said Kaitlyn Guerrero, Trustee Scholar of the Business of Art and Design department, “I was looking for a college where I could combine the two worlds of business and art. Other colleges couldn’t provide me with exactly what I wanted: a true integration of my two passions, and I was not willing to settle for one or the other.”

In her acceptance speech, Saga Eklund, Trustee Scholar in Fine Arts, described herself as striving to be more than “duktig,” a Swedish word that means both being good at something and being hard working. She thanked her parents for introducing her to Sarasota, which led her to Ringling College of Art and Design and to becoming the artist she is today.

Ringling College students are used to being challenged. In the case of Tom Pinto, his challenge was being a Creative Writing major in a sea of visual artists. In the case of Clark Perkins, he was juggling several challenges: being a non-traditional student with a family of his own to care for, dealing with the recent loss of a friend, and rising above societal and cultural norms.

None of the scholars described their journey as easy. On this night, they shared their hardships and doubts with a soundstage filled with love and support. If the thunderous applause at the end of the evening was any indication, that love and support will continue on, as they move into their professional careers and beyond.

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.


Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

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 (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant



Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Vacant


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

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

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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 to schedule an appointment.

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