Family Weekend 2013

 Welcome to the Family Weekend page! Here you can find a complete schedule of events and other important information.

Save the Date! Family Weekend - September 27-29, 2013.
Click here to register for Family Weekend activities!

A Big THANK YOU goes out to The Hampton Inn & Suites, Sarasota Bradenton Airport, for sponsoring Family Weekend and hosting several events for New College families, including the Check-In & Welcome Social, Complimentary shuttle from the hotel to/from LeBarge sunset cruise (on Friday Evening) as well as the Continental Breakfast and Check-In at the New College Center for Career Education (on Saturday morning).

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


Friday, September 27

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Check-In & Welcome Social sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites (RSVP required) 

This event is for all New College Families and is being held at The Hampton Inn & Suites, Sarasota Bradenton Airport, 975 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL (941-355-8140). Complimentary beer, wine, soda, coffee, light hors d’oeuvres and raffle. Email to RSVP

Saturday, September 28

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Continental Breakfast & Check-In at The Center for Career Education (HCL 004) (RSVP required).

Bring a canned good donation for the All Faiths Food Bank. Complimentary breakfast sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/Bradenton Airport. Mingle with other New College families, students and staff. Parking is available at the Sudakoff conference center. The Center for Career Education is on your left, Hamilton Classroom #4. Email to RSVP

10:00 am – 5:00 pm International Museum Day: Free Admission to the Ringling Museum!

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

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Campus Bookstore Open (discount coupons available at check-in)

6301 N Tamiami Trail (two blocks north of the Library on Bay Shore Rd.)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Pritzker Marine Biology Lab Open House

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, during which you will 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 can fill a water bottle at the center before you leave. You will also experience the campus’ new outdoor classroom designed to bring students in all disciplines closer to the natural environment.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm 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!

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Students vs. Parents Kickball game! (RSVP required)

This is our first Students vs. Parents challenge! Come participate or cheer on your team behind the Fitness Center!

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Awards Presentation & Pool Party at the Fitness Center

Take a break and cool off at the pool with other students and families!

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Making of a New College New Scholar: From First Year to Thesis and Beyond (Hamilton Classroom #8)

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.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm NCAA Alumnae/i Panel: A Journey into the Unknown at Sudakoff Conference Center

The Alumnae/i Panel will feature several New College alums from various class years who 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.

Panelists include:

• Michael Dexter-Luffberry '07: ORISE Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

• Adam Kendall '98: Financial Adviser, Morgan Stanley, Inc.

• Charlie Lenger '78: Owner, Tropex Plant Sales, Leasing and Maintenance

• Felice Schulaner '78: Chair of the New Foundation Board and New College Promise Campaign. Felice is also the former Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Coach, Inc.

• Robert Turffs '74: Attorney of Robert E. Turffs Law Firm and New College parent

• Alan Sachnowski (4th year student): NCAA Student Intern

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm NCAA Alumnae/i Reception

Meet and mingle with our panelists and other local alumnae/i at this casual gathering. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. New College jazz band “The New Cats” will perform on the Z green.

 Sunday, September 29

8:00 am – 8:45 am Yoga on the bayfront (in front of College Hall)

9:00 am – 9:45 am Worship Service with Dr. John Walker at the Thatchroom / Bayfront
(to the right of College Hall) Parking is available behind Robertson Hall.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Brunch on the Bayfront

Meet and Greet Brunch with President Donal O’Shea, Dean Tracy Murry and Student Affairs staff at College Hall. (RSVP required $10 per person / free for NCF students) REGISTER NOW

10:00 am – 5:00 pm International Museum Day: Free Admission to the Ringling Museum!

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

For additional information about Family Weekend events, please contact Beth Bowen, Student Life Coordinator, at 941-487-4494 or


While you're visiting New College, be sure to check out some of the local attractions. There are plenty of things to do in Sarasota. A few of our suggestions are listed below.

Sarasota Farmers Market, Main Street & N. Lemon Street, Downtown Sarasota, Saturdays 7am – 1pm
Over 70 Vendors, featuring plants, produce, artwork and local restaurants.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art 
5401 Bay shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243

Mote Marine Laboratory 
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL

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

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

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

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

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