Tampa Bay Campus – Commencement Ceremony 2017
On July 28th 2017, Schiller Tampa Bay proudly held their Annual Commencement Ceremony. Almost 75 graduates crossed the stage with over 200 hundred family and friends cheering them on. The Schiller graduates came from all over the world, including: America, India, Kenya, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and many more. As Nithin Sujay Portabulla (the student speaker) explained, “We came [to the USA] with a tinge of fear along with a lot of excitement. The reason was simple, we were alone, and stepping into an entirely new country we have never been before, so fear just tags along with the excitement. But when we left this institution, we were filled with a lot of confidence and a tremendous amount of courage”. That theme was augmented by the Keynote speaker Keith Overton, a Schiller Alumni and former faculty-member, who is currently President of the largest resort on the west coast of Florida, TradeWinds Resort; he advised the graduates on 7 key points that will simplify the professional world and assist in achieving each individual’s goals and dreams.
Dreams are what these individuals fulfilled that night by crossing the Schiller stage. It could be seen in the graduate’s and loved one’s eyes that they were filled with pride and joy. To see the one time student’s transition to the graduate is a joy that the staff and faculty strive for every day. This made it a special moment in history for all involved.
Now these special Schiller individuals will go out among other professionals and, in the words of the 2016 – 2017 Valedictorian, Bianca Zarybnisky, “Let’s all take the knowledge we received from this program, coupled with the friendships and ideas we have discussed through our different backgrounds and culture, and make a difference in not only our lives, but in the lives of others.”
Congratulations Schiller Class of 2016 – 2017!!!!!
Please welcome the new 2017 Student Activities Council (SAC) leaders of the Tampa Bay Campus!
The students who will be proudly representing Schiller, Tampa Bay are:
Luisa Kapuito – President –Country of origin: Angola – Seated
Taiwo Adekeye – Vice President – Country of Origin: Nigeria – Right Standing
Taha Eladaba – Treasurer – Country of Origin: Libya – Center Standing
Agnelo Quitadica – Secretary – Country of Origin: Angola – Left Standing
SAC is a student-run organization whose primary function is to plan and facilitate cultural, social, recreational, and educational events at Schiller International University. SAC is responsive to student interest, with a primary goal of fostering campus community and unity throughout Schiller. The representatives from this organization work as ambassadors for the students. These particular students assist in planning and executing student events.
The SAC encourages you to stop and speak with them about any events/plans happening, or ideas you have for the student community.
Thanks to everyone for coming to our August orientation. We did check out the Hauptbahnhof, some grocery stores, and had lunch and German beer in the Bahnstadt area. All those who are interested in attending our monthly student orientation tours can come to next month’s event on September 1st.
After a huge success of our Madrid Alumni Reunion, we’re excited to announce the date for our next Alumni Reunion weekend: Join us next July 6th and 7th at the Heidelberg campus for great memories with old friends, inspiring conversations with new ones, for music, laughter and German beer! We can’t wait to share more details with you. Stay tuned and thanks everyone for voting!
This week 29 Schiller students attending International Relations and Diplomacy programs and 2 instructors left Heidelberg to drive to Brussels. Everyone was welcomed at the Commission to listen to three presentations covering key issues of the European Union. The start was a presentation dealing with the Commission as the political executive of the European Union. The second presentation dealt with the “improvement of industry’s competitiveness and fostering growth, innovation and job creation” and the final one with “EU development cooperation”. Lively discussions between presenters and us ensured that all stayed involved and everyone felt that the visit was a success.