SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb.12, 2016) – USF Sarasota-Manatee isn’t holding back as it continues to celebrate 40 years of service to Sarasota and Manatee counties: The campus is set to stage a family friendly entertainment festival featuring games, food and a performance by American Idol top-five finisher Sam Woolf.
The festival is free and begins noon Saturday, Feb. 20, and runs until 4 p.m.
Our 40th Anniversary All-Alumni Festival is intended as a themed “reunion” for USF Sarasota-Manatee graduates and graduates of the entire USF System. But also invited are residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties in appreciation of their support of USFSM over the past 40 years.
“We wanted to create a festival with a homecoming feel with the USF marching band, USF mascot Rocky D. Bull and the alumni association, but also something very family friendly,” Jay Riley, program director of student alumni engagement, said. “It’s basically a family friendly event for people of all ages.”
Parking and admission are free. To attend or learn more go to www.usfsm.edu/allalumni. The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus is located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Woolf, who finished in the top five of American Idol season 13, is scheduled to take the stage between 1 and 2:30 p.m. Among the other activities and entertainers scheduled are:
Additionally, counselors from admissions and career services will be at the Selby Auditorium from 1 to 2 p.m. to talk about USFSM’s colleges, academic programs, student clubs and scholarship opportunities.
Also at Selby, the “Student Showcase for Projects, Research and Innovation” will be on exhibit. The annual showcase features examples of student research across academic disciplines.
About USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
USF Sarasota-Manatee is a regional campus of the University of South Florida system, offering the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in Manatee County, North Port and online. Separately accredited, USFSM is ideal for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit in a small, personal setting with distinguished faculty and a dynamic curriculum of over 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.