By Shane Donglasan
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.