What do I do? Advance our University’s greatness while enriching the lives of the 300,000-strong FSU alumni family.
I first came to the Ringling as an FSU public relations staff member when management of the property was given to the university over a decade ago. I was there to videotape the renovation of Ca’ d’Zan and interview opinion leaders about the new arrangement. My reaction was the same as anyone who has lived in Florida their entire lives: how did I not know about this place?
Since then, I have made it a point to introduce as many as possible to the treasure that lies on the Bay. I’ve visited with my children over a spring break, hosted one of my professional organization meetings on site (alumni directors from other state universities) and, more recently, held a full meeting of the alumni association national board at the Ringling. Our local alumni chapter—the Sarasota Seminole Club—has even hosted a football season kickoff event in the original Asolo theatre.
It’s always a treat to visit and I make it a point to take in each of the venues. It’s a great point of pride to brag to our alumni and others that Ringling is part of FSU. The relationship makes our university stronger and, by extension, the City of Sarasota and even our state.