|SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2018) – Computer gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry with scores of job opportunities for creative designers. On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a seminar, “The Business of Computer Gaming,” that lays a foundation for aspiring game designers.
The three-hour event is free, open to the public and will be held at USFSM’s campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
The Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), a statewide center based at USFSM, is teaming up with State College of Florida and FUNducation, an organization that empowers communities to engage children in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), to present the seminar.
Speakers Dr. Giti Javidi, an associate professor of information technology at USFSM, and Neirda Lafontant, the founder of FUNducation, will lead attendees in designing computer games that support environmental technologies and make global connections.
Dr. Javidi has worked to develop new curricula and programs for computer science education with the goal of engaging a wider audience and bridging the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
FUNducation’s mission is to launch, develop and sustain STEAM programs that inspire children to go beyond conventional solutions and become innovative thinkers in STEAM fields.
The Andrew Mellon Foundation and New College of Florida is sponsoring the event.
For more information or to register for this free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-computer-gaming-tickets-52614597678.
Dr. Banner recognized for contributions to study abroad
Kudos to Dr. Edie Banner for receiving a USF System “Global Achievement Certificate” in recognition of her efforts to promote study abroad programs at USF Sarasota-Manatee.
Dr. Banner, who teaches organic chemistry in the College of Science & Mathematics, organizes a yearly research trip to Costa Rica for a half-dozen biology majors.
The students spend two weeks in lowland and upland areas studying native fauna and flora and visiting cultural sites.
USFSM’s Office of Global Engagement nominated Dr. Banner for the award.
“It was heartwarming to have one of USFSM’s faculty recognized with the Global Achievement Certificate at last week’s ceremony,” said Amela Malkic, director of the Global Engagement Office.
“Dr. Banner has greatly contributed to our university’s global community,” she said. “Her program to Costa Rica combines an amazing study abroad experience with the pursuit of student research in a variety of tropical ecosystems. Dr. Banner’s commitment to student success has certainly raised the reputation of USFSM study abroad programs. Congratulations again!”
|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 and Sarasota counties, Venice and online. 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 more than 40 academic programs. Website: www.usfsm.edu.