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.
It was with great honor and privilege that the faculty, staff, families and friends of the Schiller International University’s Tampa Bay Campus celebrated the graduation of almost 150 graduates on Friday July 28, 2017: it was a special night from beginning to end, highlighted by the Keynote Speaker, Keith Overton, a Schiller Alumni. Keith Overton is President of TradeWinds Island Resorts – the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach, and the restaurant concept RumFish Grill. TradeWinds Island Resorts is collectively the largest resort on the west coast of Florida with over 1,100+ employees and has nationwide notable brand recognition. A native of Kissimmee/Orlando, Florida, Overton is a graduate of Schiller International University’s MBA program in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Schiller International University and an adjunct instructor at Schiller from 1996 – 2007. He has also served on the Board of Directors for many notable organizations such as: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Tampa Bay Watch’s Board of Directors, the Board of Visitors for the Florida Institute of Oceanography and is the founder of Athletes for Hearts.
We are proud to have Colleen Campbell hang her Jamaican flag to our ever growing flag collection at the Tampa Bay Campus. Colleen started at the Tampa campus March 2017 and is working on her Bachelors in International Hospitality and Tourism Management. She is the first student we have from the beautiful island of Jamaica, and is very proud of her heritage. Please welcome Colleen as you pass her and keep posted for our next new country to be represented.
Don’t forget to check the Schiller Website or Facebook page to see: Wah Gwaan (What’s going on? in Jamaican)