Library brings Sarasota community to campus

By Shane Donglasan

More than 20 local organizations from around Sarasota and Bradenton came to the Jane Bancroft Library.
More than 20 local organizations from around Sarasota and Bradenton came to the Jane Bancroft Library.

New students got to discover what the Sarasota community had to offer during SRQ Comes To You. More than 20 local organizations from around Sarasota and Bradenton came to the Jane Bancroft Cook Library to meet with incoming students during Orientation Week.

Librarian Helene Gold organized the event which debuted at last year’s orientation. Now bigger than ever, the event featured organizations including the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, and several New College offices that serve students such as the Campus Police and Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity.

The event also included interactive experiences including improv with The Players Theatre, building your own terrarium, and an indoor nature trail.

“I reached out to organizations that could offer part-time jobs, internships and community connection opportunities — anything that will connect students to the community,” said Gold.

Sal Netherton, outreach coordinator for ALSO Youth, was there to introduce students to the services and programming that they offered for LGBTQ individuals.

“ALSO Youth has a lot of opportunities for students, both for community connection and professional development,” Netherton said. “In the past, we’ve also had really great experiences with interns and volunteers from New College and we’re hoping to continue that.”

– Shane Donglasan is the marketing writer/project coordinator at New College of Florida.

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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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