Family Weekend 2014

Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28, 2014

New College's Family Weekend will take place Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28, 2014, and will offer a variety of events for New College students and their families.

To Register: 
Download PDF, print and fax or mail (with payment) to: 
FAX: 941.487.4517
Family Weekend c/o Beth Bowen

New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Registration is required for three events:
the Welcome Social at Hampton Inn & Suites 9/26 at 4pm - 6pm (free)
Sunset Cruise on LeBarge ($20/person) 9/26 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm SOLD OUT
Brunch on the Bayfront 9/28 at 11am - 1pm ($12 per person, free for New College students with their parent/family). 

Be sure to book early to secure the special Family Weekend) rate at local hotels. View our accommodations page for more information.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs

Friday, September 26
4:00pm – 6:00pm Welcome Social sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites
This event is open to all New College Families and is being held at The Hampton Inn & Suites, Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, 975 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 

(Tel. 941.355.8140). Complimentary beer, wine, soda, coffee, light hors d’oeuvres and raffles. There will be some Representatives from The Ringling joining us to provide an overview of the Ringling and to answer questions about Free Museum Day on Saturday!

The Hampton Inn & Suites offers Free Shuttle Service to/from the Lebarge.  Sign up at Social – limited seats available! Shuttle departs hotel at 5:30pm and 6:00pm.

6:30pm – 8:30pm Sunset Cruise on LeBarge Tropical Cruises
Due to limited capacity, currently enrolled students accompanied by a Parent/Guardian only. ($20 per person - RSVP by 9/15/14) Boat departs at 6:30pm; boarding starts at 6pm. Cash bar available (no food); they do not accept credit cards.  Cruise departs at Highway 41, Marina Jack Plaza, Downtown Sarasota.  LeBarge, a Sarasota landmark for 30 years, has four beautiful live palm trees and decorative mermaids on the top deck with an aquarium bar on the lower deck.  Enjoy a breathtaking sunset and keep an eye out for dolphins as you make your way through the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay. 

Dinner on your own
There are several restaurants located in close proximity to LeBarge and within walking distance to Main Street, downtown Sarasota. 

Saturday, September 27

8:00am – 12:00pm   Tampa Bay Estuary Clean-up Project at Fort Desoto Park
We will be joining students from Eckerd College. Email:  for more information.

10:00am – 12:00pm  Check-In at Student Affairs, Hamilton Classroom #4
(Parking available by Sudakoff Conference Center and Check-In is to the east of the parking lot.) Complimentary coffee & beverages provided by Hampton Inn & Suites, Sarasota/Bradenton Airport.  Mingle with other New College families, students and staff. Pick up your tickets for Sunday Brunch!

10:00am – 12:00pm  New College Clubs and Student Activities (by Hamilton Center)
Meet New College students and Staff!  There will be information tables, demonstrations and lots of fun! 

10:00am – 12:00pm  Brunch Available
(for purchase at Hamilton Center provided by Metz Culinary Management)
Stop by and meet our new Food Services team while enjoying a complimentary beverage from the Hydration Station! Metz Culinary Management is a family-driven company that collaborates with its clients to deliver restaurant-inspired hospitality to each and every guest. The company was established in 1994 by entrepreneur John C. Metz as a custom dining management service company with a “Guest First” philosophy. Metz ranked #18 of Food Management magazine’s Top 50 Management Companies.

Saturday, September 27

10:00am – 2:00pm   Pritzker Marine Biology Lab - Open House
Bayfront Walking Tours at 11am & 1pm
During the guided tour of the Pritzker Marine Biology Lab, you will see what students and faculty are doing in classes and research. Walks along the bayfront will begin at 

11 am and 1 pm: Learn about the plants and animals that we enjoy. Meet on the east porch (facing parking area) five minutes before the walk. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and have sun protection.  You will also experience the campus’ outdoor classroom designed to bring students closer to the natural environment.

10:00am – 5:00pm   International Museum Day
The Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941.359.5700
Free Admission to the Ringling Museum on Saturday only!
The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. Situated on sixty-six acres of spectacular bay front property in Sarasota, it is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. The Ringling is a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains, and honors the legacy of John & Mable Ringling. As one of the more extraordinary museums in the world, with a unique combination of diverse culture, and fine and performing arts, The Ringling is a leading museum complex with an international reach aligned with Florida State University.

10:00am – 1:00pm   Campus Bookstore Open
(discount coupons available at Check-In) 
6301 N Tamiami (two blocks north of the NCF/USFSM Library on Bay Shore Rd.)

10:00am – 6:00pm   Fitness Center and Pool are open 
(Located on the Pei Campus)
Take a break to work out at the Fitness Center and/or cool off at the pool!  The Fitness Center features a beautiful outdoor 25-meter swimming pool and indoor facilities, including a variety of strength-training and cardiovascular equipment.

Lunch on your own: Metz will be open until 1:00 and you can purchase brunch in Hamilton Center.‚Äč

1:00pm – 2:00pm Success after College: How Can you Help your Student Succeed?
(Hamilton Classroom #8)
Wondering how you can most effectively influence the post-graduation outcome of your New College student, whether in the world of work or graduate school? Join our conversation about the many ways the students can connect their knowledge and skills with our community. The staff of the new Center for Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) will facilitate a discussion about the importance of experiential learning and creating a timeline for success. Andrea Knies, internship coordinator, Courtney Hughes, assistant director for national fellowships, and Kim Franklin, director of career services, will share insights and tips on being an effective partner in your student’s success.

2:00pm – 3:00pm Research: A Student Panel in the Teacher’s Auditorium
(Sudakoff Center)
How to Start on Research from First Year (or Transfer), Thesis & Beyond!: An Interactive Student Panel. This informative one-hour panel will include several advanced students who will talk about how they developed their academic interests, what they are researching for their thesis and how they got from just being interested to getting it done and beyond. Saying New Scholars is way different.

3:30pm – 4:30pm NCAA Alumnae/i Panel: A Journey into the Unknown
(Sudakoff Center)
The Alumnae/i Panel will feature several New College alums from various class years that left the New College bubble, took the plunge into the real world...and survived! Our panelists will discuss their stories, tips, and advice for students and parents about the transition from New College into the working world.

Dinner on your own
Enjoy the evening exploring all that Sarasota has to offer

6:00pm – 7:30pm Sunset Campus Landscape Walk -Meet at the Four Winds Sculpture
Koski Plaza at the Academic Center (ACE) next to the Library
Join campus Landscape Committee Chair, and alumnus, Jono Miller, for a leisurely, meandering walk from Bay Shore Road to the Bayfront. This is a chance to learn about native plants, fruit trees, and campus history. Any and all combinations of students and parents are welcome. The walk will take about an hour and will end at the Bayfront so you can enjoy a fabulous sunset!

Sunday, September 28

8:00am – 8:45am Yoga on the Bayfront
Thatched Classroom, North of College Hall, Bayfront   
Parking is available behind Robertson Hall. Yoga mats and water provided.  

9:00am – 9:45am Worship Service with Dr. John Walker, Campus Chaplain
Thatched Classroom, North of College Hall, Bayfront   
Parking is available behind Robertson Hall.

10:00am – 12:00pm  Brunch on the Bayfront 
College Hall ($12 per person; Free for NCF students accompanied by their Parent/Guardian).
RSVP by 9/15/14

Meet and Greet Brunch for Students with accompanying Parents/Family.  Come meet some Student Affairs Division staff while enjoying a special brunch provided by Metz Culinary Management. 

Things to Do in Sarasota:
Farmer’s Market, Main Street & N. Lemon Street, Downtown Sarasota
Saturday 7am1pm.  
Over 70 Vendors, featuring plants, produce, artwork and local restaurants. 

The Ringling Museum of Art  
5401 Bay shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 941.359.5700

Mote Marine 
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 941.388.4441   

Jungle Gardens 
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234  941.355.1112 ext. 305 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236  941.366.5731

South Florida Museum  
201 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 941.746.4131

Myakka River State Park
Located 9 miles east of I-75 at:
13208 State Rd. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241

LeBarge Tropical Cruises
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236 – tel. 941.366.6116

For additional information about Family Weekend events, 

please contact Beth Bowen at 941.487.4494 or



Office of Student Affairs
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota FL 34243

Phone: (941) 487-4250
Fax: (941) 487-4517