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SRQ DAILY Jun 3, 2019

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"I had a good sense of community going here."

- Amie Gerodimos, LECOM graduate

[Medicine]  LECOM Graduates Hundreds From Medical Programs
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Amie Gerodimos walked into the Bradenton Area Convention Center on Sunday as a student. She left as a doctor.

After four years studying at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, the 26-year-old St. Petersburg native stood as one of 188 osteopathic physicians now holding a degree from the Bradenton campus. “I had a good sense of community going here,” Gerodimos tells SRQ

LECOM opened its Manatee County school in 2004 and has now graduated more than 3,300 medical professionals. On Sunday, the school also graduated its first class of pharmacy students, where 131 graduated, and dentistry students, where 100 received their degrees. Another 62 students earned a master’s in Health Services Administration, and 68 earned a master’s in Medical Sciences.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Health Services Administration graduated doctors in the morning Sunday, while the Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine held a joint ceremony in the afternoon. School officials say two out of three will end up practicing in primary care. That’s the fourth highest percentage among medical schools in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. LECOM officials say that’s part of the school’s mission, making sure to produce medical professionals that directly serve their communities.

The school touted Gerodimos as an example student, one who worked as a children’s advocate in Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program in addition to her studies.

Gerodimos now heads to Michigan for a residency at St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital in Michigan. After graduating from St. Petersburg Collegiate High, earning her undergrad at University of South Florida and finishing her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at LECOM, this will be the first time this path toward practicing medicine takes her so far from home.

She plans to spend four years at her residency and to seek a two-year fellowship in child psychology. But she ultimately plans to return to the Tampa Bay area. “I hope so,” she says. “That’s my goal. My whole family is here. I was a surprise to match to a program in Michigan, but I’m grateful. But this is my home.” 

[Education]  Sarasota County Students Win Comcast Scholarships

Comcast has announced that it has awarded college scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to five students in Polk and Sarasota counties, as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. These students are among 90 from across Florida who are receiving a total of $236,000 in Leaders and Achievers scholarships this year. Students are selected for their outstanding community service, academic performance, and leadership skills.

Five local students were awarded a one-time, Leaders and Achievers $2,500 scholarship to be used toward undergraduate education-related expenses. With the Sarasota County winners, the following schools are represented: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Booker High School, Venice High School and Pine View School.

Since 2001, more than $33 million has been awarded to nearly 30,000 high school seniors across the country as part of the Leaders and Achievers program. 

Comcast Leaders and Achievers

[Law]  Six Bentley & Bruning Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers

Sarasota-based law firm Bentley & Bruning P.A. has announced that six of the firm’s attorneys have been chosen for the 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list. Selected Super Lawyers are partners Morgan R. Bentley and Kevin R. Bruning, joined by David A. Wallace. Receiving recognition as Rising Stars are Caroleen B. Brej, Brian D. Goodrich and Amanda R. Kison.

Selection for the Super Lawyers list is based on independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Recognition is a reflection of the excellence an attorney brings to his or her practice and the quality of work provided to clients. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is the most widely distributed legal magazine in the country reaching more than 13 million readers, and has one of the top-viewed legal websites. 

Bentley & Bruning

[Law]  Eight Icard Merrill Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Icard Merrill has announced that eight of the firm’s attorneys have been selected to the list of 2019 Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Rising Stars. Icard Merrill attorneys selected to the list of 2019 Super Lawyers are Charles J. Bartlett (Business Litigation), Thomas F. Icard, Jr. (Construction Litigation), William W. Merrill III (Land Use & Zoning), and Alyssa M. Nohren (Real Estate). Selected to 2019 Florida Rising Stars are G. Matthew Brockway (Land Use & Zoning), Bradley J. Ellis (Land Use & Zoning), Worth Graham (Securities Litigation), and Anthony J. Manganiello III (Personal Injury). Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys in more than 70 practice areas who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice, attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 

Icard Merrill

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Keven Aland and Hot Club SRQ , June 3

Join the Jazz Club of Sarasota for dinner, accompanied by the musical stylings of Keven Aland and Hot Club of SRQ, as the Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Summer Series continues. Tickets are $35 for Jazz Club members and $39 for non-members. Dinner service begins at 6:30pm; performance at 7:30pm.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Showcase (AS1): Fairy tales and Fantasy , June 6

Embark on a fantastic journey to faraway places. Various artist will perform to evoke a world of childlike imagination. Also, experience the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's Ha-Galgal (The Wheel), a prayerful work inspired by the sound of the shofar, for solo horn.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 18th Annual St. Armands Circle Craft Festival , June 8 – June 9

Festival-goers will enjoy works from the state’s best talent of crafters and long-time festival favorites along with the newest names on the contemporary craft scene.  Come see some of America's best crafters displaying one of a kind jewelry, pottery, plant holders, soaps, and more. Also included will be an expansive green market.

St. Armands, 411 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: World Oceans Day Festival , June 8, 9am

Take part in a fun, family-friendly event celebrating our salty waters. A variety of ocean-themed activities will be available to learn about World Oceans Day. Even get the chance to dip nets into the water and discover the creatures beneath the waves! Learn amazing facts about our large wildlife—like sea turtles in Florida and explore the history of fishing in Manatee County.

Emerson Point Preserve, 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Four, Two, One (Saturday Symphony) , June 8, 7:30pm

The depth of talent cultivated at the Sarasota Music Festival will be on display as four 2019 Violin Fellows join forces for Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso from L'estro Armonico. 2018 Festival alumni Katherine Arndt (violin) and Cassia Drake (viola) will share the stage for Mozart's beloved Sinfonia Concertante. Finally, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, world-renowned for his energy and onstage charisma, will bring his spirited personality to Beethoven's iconic Piano Concerto No. 4.

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Summer Fest June 8th 2019, 11am-3pm , June 8, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Music Compound is excited to announce a partnership with Child Protection Center joining them in celebrating their 40th anniversary fund raising campaign, help us help them by attending our Summer Fest 2019. Enjoy live music, food trucks, bounce house, beer samples, silent auction and other area vendors. This is a family friendly event, everyone is welcome!

The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Happy Feet Dance Recital and Fundraiser , June 9, 4:00pm

Presented by Such-A-Diva & Dude! Theme: Bollywood Night! Preferred Attire: ‘That outfit you were wanting to wear for your red carpet appearance’. Celebrity guest: Punit J. Pathak. 100% of the profit from the tickets go to the Aga Khan Foundation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  THEATER: Come Together: When the 60s met the 70s , June 11 – July 21

With music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, this rockin’ revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Come Together explores the musical soundtrack of one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades our country has ever seen. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together,” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Manatee Players' Production of Tony N' Tina's Wedding , June 12 – June 23

Attend this raucous Italian-American wedding experience, including the ceremony and ballroom wedding-reception buffet –– complete with wedding cake and dancing! Enjoy the performance alongside the improvisational cast of exaggerated, stereotypical characters. Tony n' Tina's Wedding premiered in New York and was the first immersive theater experience of its kind.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SkillSHARE: Mentoring at the Speed of Life, June 13 , June 13, 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of deep-dive peer mentorship at the spring SkillSHARE: Mentorship at the Speed of Life on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the SRQ Studios at 331 South Pineapple Avenue in Downtown Sarasota from 5-7:30pm. Register online by submitting questions from the areas in which you'd like to be paired with a peer mentor for the evening at SRQMAG.COM/SKILLSHARE. Light bites and wine. Registration closes on Friday, May 17, 2019; the registration fee is $25 per person. Limited to 16 mentees. For more information, contact SRQ MEDIA at 941-365-7702 x204.

SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Three Titans (Saturday Symphony) , June 15, 7:30pm

Spend an evening with three titans of the Classical Period of music history: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. “Papa” Haydn and Mozart were close friends; the young Beethoven studied with Haydn and played for Mozart. Together, these three giants form a family of classicists that transformed the history of Western music in the space of 75 years. The program opens with the young Beethoven’s Octet in E-flat Major for winds. Festival Faculty are joined by Fellows for this boisterous romp of youthful enthusiasm. The concert continues with Haydn’s Symphony No. 80, performed “classical style” without a conductor. The Festival Orchestra will be led by Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Alexander Kerr. 

Sarasota Opera House, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

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