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"We are totally underprepared for a pandemic as a world and a country."

- Major Todd Brown, SMA Prep

[STEM]  Prepping for a Pandemic
Jasmine Respess, jasminer@srqme.com

Sarasota Military Academy Prep will soon be hit with an infectious outbreak. The cadets will be responsible for quelling the disease, before it wipes out the school’s population. Fortunately, it is all a part of a simulation happening this Friday on the SMA Prep campus meant to show cadets how epidemics occur. 200 middle school students will implement STEM skills learned in life science and civics classes to identify the disease, combat its spread and hopefully contain the epidemic.

The cadets are separated into six groups: Government, Military, Triage Doctors, Epidemiologists, Media and General Population. The simulation begins with the General Population receiving cards that describe symptoms. The cadets act out the conditions on the cards, while the Triage Doctors diagnose them. Other roles filled by cadets include body team members who collect the deceased cadets and bring them to the morgue. Goggles, gloves and hazmat suits are worn by those playing epidemiologists, as they experiment to find a cure to a disease made up by their teachers. Although it is a simulation, the highest precautions are taken to add to authenticity.

“This is our second year,” says Major Todd Brown, a history teacher at Sarasota Military Academy. “We are changing a couple things. We have got to modify and evolve with growing numbers.”

Last year, 90 of the 170 students involved succumbed to the virus. This year, the school will include more cadets and will feature guests such as cellular biologist Dr. Tamara Robertson, who has appeared on MythBusters and been written into the Marvel Universe, as well as Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Harvard professor and computational geneticist at Sabeti Lab, who was recognized as one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world.

The outbreak simulation gives students the chance to learn about and react to an epidemic, something anyone could benefit from, since diseases such as Zika and Ebola are part of life even here in the United States. “We are totally underprepared for a pandemic as a world and a country,” Brown says. “So the simulation is meant to engulf kids in real life situations that are pertinent.”  

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 20: Bucker Bu 131
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 20 of an ongoing series documenting the flights of active-duty US Navy Pilot Ryan Rankin on his journey to fly 52 planes in 52 weeks through the year 2017.

Rankin takes to the skies again with Steve Hawley (From the Cockpit Part 17), for a flight in Hawley’s favorite of the four aircraft he owns—the Bücker Bü 131. Buying and owning the Bü 131 (or any biplane) was never part of Hawley’s plan—not even when he was restoring it for the previous owner. “But after flying it once,” says Rankin, “he fell in love with it.” It’s a common experience, Rankin discovered, and one he would share.

Developed in the 1930s as a basic trainer for the German Luftwaffe during World War II, the Bü 131’s exceptional reputation spread to Japan, Switzerland, Hungary and Spain, which all received license to produce the aircraft for their own military use. Finally retired in 1968 (with the Spanish Air Force the last holdout), more than 200 or so survive in the United States. Hawley painted his banana yellow.

Being a biplane, Rankin assumed the Bü 131 would fly similarly to the Stearman—an American WWII-era biplane trainer—he flew in the first flight of his yearlong adventure. “But they’re just completely different aircraft,” he says. The Stearman, he describes as “robust” and “lumbering”—not a bad plane, but not necessarily an easy plane—whereas the Bü 131 simply feels like it wants to fly, agile and nimble. “A much more capable aerobatic platform,” he says. “And just all-around a bit zippier.” Cruising and banking through the South Carolina skies, Rankin understood why Hawley loved his biplane.

For more about the flight in Rankin's own words and a video of the flight, follow the link below. 

Pictured: Steve Hawley (left) and Ryan Rankin fly the Bucker Bu 131. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Daily Shop]  Flexible Footgear
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

One of the newest offerings from Hawaiian-inspired brand OluKai, the Pehuea (pronunciation: peh-hoo-eh-ah; translation: “A Rising Wind”) melds island ease with urban sophistication. Perfect for the everyday, the lightweight fabric mesh provides breathability and quick drying after an impromptu walk on the beach. Just as fitting for a casual trip out or loafing around the house, the signature drop-in heel folds down to convert the shoe into a slide-in slipper without compromising the integrity of the material or stitching. Available at T. Georgiano’s Boutique in navy blue, black and charcoal grey, the Pehuea comes in at an affordable $80. 

Photo by Phil Lederer.

T. Georgiano's Boutique, 1409-B 1st St., Sarasota, 941-870-3727.

[State of Talent ]  CareerSource Gears Up For Sold-Out State Of Talent Conference

Tomorrow morning, CareerSource will present its sold-out, inaugural State of Talent Conference at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The event will feature business leaders from the Sarasota and Manatee region focusing on methods and practical strategies to better recruit, train and retain talent. 

Event host and sponsor University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is to support this dynamic event. Antonia Ripo from USF Sarasota-Manatee noted, “USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) is supporting the conference because we are a valuable resource to employers in finding talent. We are implementing an online job board system that will accelerate the employer’s ability to recruit from a diverse population. We also make it easy for employers to recruit high-quality talent through internships. Last year, 318 students interned with employers in our community. Internship experiences help students transition into their careers by closing the experience gap that job descriptions provide. Our participation in The State of Talent Conference is a win-win-win, for the student, the employer and the University.”

With close to 15 sponsors, State of Talent is striving to make our region one of the most desirable places to live, work and flourish. 

Natalie Johnson, President of Population Health Consultants, a State of Talent Sponsor spoke on her excitement for the upcoming event. “We are an organization that provides health and wellness programs as a strategy for better business performance. There is a significant link between employee health, lost work time and employee productivity. Companies that invest in the health of their employees have a more engaged workforce, lower turnover rates and significantly better business performance outcomes. We decided to support the State of Talent Conference because they are committed to helping employers maximize their talent. The foundation for having a high-performing company is the physical, mental and emotional health of talent. The State of Talent Conference is a great resource for our local businesses to acquire training, growth and support for their employees," said Johnson.

For more on the State of Talent Conference, contact Chris Laney at CLaney@careersourcesc.com or visit their website online at StateofTalent.org

State of Talent Conference

[Recognition]  Brooke Chase Ranks in Top Recruiting Firms

Joseph McElmeel, Chairman and CEO of Brooke Chase Associates has announced that Brooke Chase was ranked by Forbes as 177th out of the thousands of recruiting firms in the US that place executives in positions with at least $100,000 in annual pay. To compile the rankings, Forbes worked with the analytics firm, Statista, to determine the top 250 firms in the US. Brooke Chase Associates is one of the premier executive search firms specializing in the recruitment of executive management professionals within the building materials and kitchen/bath industries. Established in 1980, Brooke Chase Associates, Inc. has its Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota. 

Brooke Chase Associates

[Real Estate]  Holderness Acquires Siesta Key Resort and Suites

Michael Holderness of Sara Bay Real Estate has announced the purchase of the Siesta Key Resort and Suites. The resort will undergo some additions and be rebranded as Siesta Key Resort and Spa. It will be run by Beachside Management, a rapidly growing management company based on Siesta Key. Plans are for the Siesta Key Resort and Spa to be the ultimate in laid-back and casual, yet upscale. The resort will aim to attract clientele from all over the world with a location steps from the beach and village. Holderness has chosen Mark Saltana of DSDG Architects to spearhead the redesign. Guests of Beachside Management properties will have privileges at the new resort. 

Sara Bay Real Estate

[TODAY]  BUSINESS: SB2 GOOD PEOPLE: The Tourism Economy , May 18, 7:30am-9:00pm

Join SRQ Magazine for another dynamic SB2: Breakfast Symposium on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 7:30 am-9:00 am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Keynote Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Associationwill give us insight on the 2016-2017 impact of tourism on quality of life. Special guest panelists include: Rick Piccolo, President & CEO, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport; Jeff Mayers, General Manager, The Resort at Longboat Key Club; Elliot Falcione, Executive Director, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tickets are $35/per person and includes a mouth-watering breakfast spread provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  MUSIC: The Starflower Retreat Mixer , May 18, 6:30pm

The Starflower invites Guitarist/Singer Scott Owens to play his original songs. Herbal Elixir and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is a suggested $20 donation. Please RSVP.

Starflower Retreat, 7085 Wild Horse Cr. Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALA: Men Whiskey and Watches South County , May 18, 6:00 pm

Men,Whiskey and Watches - South County at the Suncoast Air Center, is raising awareness about child abuse in our community. Enjoy libations from local restaurants, whiskey tastings from select distillers, an assortment of fine luxury watches, premium cigars and live and silent auctions. A ladies sky lounge from Sun Bug will be featured at the event for all of the women in the room. Proceeds will support Child Protection Center’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

Suncoast Air Center, 400 Airport Ave. E Venice

[TODAY]  GRAB BAG: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom , May 18, 11am

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the plantation kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and the big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Meet the author at this reading. Reservations for this event are suggested. 

Bookstore1, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Amazing Acts of the Greatest Show on Earth , May 19 – September 11

Explore the history of the Greatest Show On Earth, from the days of P.T. Barnum to the later partnership with the Ringling brothers, up to the contemporary shows from Feld Entertainment. The exhibition features original posters spanning the history of this singular brand, giving visitors the opportunity to marvel at a few of the amazing talents that have performed for the Greatest Show on Earth. Free with admission. For more information visit www.ringling.org.

The Ringling, 5401 Bayshore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  FOOD: Men Who Cook & Brew , May 21, 6pm

This year's event will feature craft beer from local vendors, along with Sarasota and Bradenton's finest guest chefs who will prepare a dinner filled with their favorite recipes. The final fundraiser of Asolo Rep's 2016-17 season will also feature a raffle for gourmet cooking classes, awards for best table décor and “People’s Choice” best chef, live music, the parade of chefs and more. Individual tickets are $200 and are available online or by contacting the Asolo Rep Special Events Department.

Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Joy of Jazz at Centennial Park, Venice , May 21

Free concert at the Centennial Park Gazebo. Reschedule of concert from January 22 that was cancelled due to weather. Marc Mannino Sextet featuring vocalist Shari Morningstar, Pete Carney, George Mancini, John Miller and Bob Lunergan.

Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation


Centennial Park , Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bookstore1 Host Creepy Book Club , May 25, 11am

Thursday, May 25th at 11:00 am. Mysteries to Die For Book Club. Led by Elsie Souza. Meets at Bookstore1, 12 South Palm Avenue.  Elsie is our mystery guru and she always chooses intriguing books. This month it’s Little Face by Sophie Hannah. Little Face is a creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare, a missing child. Hannah is the author of The Wrong Mother and The Other Woman’s House. Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 required for participation. More event info at www.sarasotabooks.com or 941-365-7900

Bookstore1, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Golfing for our Veterans , May 25, 8:00am

At a shotgun start, you are playing for cause! All proceeds for The SRQ Beer Invitational go directly to SRQ Vets, a local foundation. There is a 4 man scarmble offered for $200. This includes golf, beer, cart, tip and meal provided at JDub's Brewing company. Single players are $50 each. For more information visit the SRQ Beer Invitational website.

Rolling Green Golf Club, 4501 North Tuttle Ave, Sarasota.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 10X10 Ten Slides Ten Speakers , May 25, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm

The 10x10 events showcase and introduce a diverse group of leaders and creative minds from our community. A graphic designer, a chemist, two architects, a dancer, a writer, an editor, the director of the Sarasota Museum of Art, and the founder of the Community Within will be giving presentations at The Francis Thursday May 25. These 10 speakers are invited to present 10 images of their work, interest, or inspiration. Slides will advance automatically every 30 seconds with brief introductions between speakers.  Admission is $10 at the door to cover appetizers and room reservation.  A cash bar will be hosted by Louie’s Modern.  Please RSVP at 10slides10speakers to help us estimate the number of attendees.   

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Cuban Ballet End of Year Performance , May 27, 7pm

The Sarasota Cuban Ballet will present its annual end-of-year performance, Students will perform variations, pas de deux and ensemble pieces, with choreography by the SCBS staff. The public can come and see everything our dancers have learned throughout the year. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students 18 and under as well as $65 and over. Tickets can be purchase in advance by calling the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School from 2pm to 6pm or tickets can be purchased at the door for $30.  For more information please visit www.srqcubanballet.com

Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota

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