1 We first went to the Keating Center, a fully-restored 1920s-era hotel, which was originally purchased by the school's founder, John Ringling. Upper floors are student housing with offices on the ground floor, where we met the president.
2 Here we are with college president, Dr. Larry Thompson.
3 This is the Ulla Searing Student Center, another multipurpose building on campus - student housing, Computer Animation and Game Art & Design studios and classrooms, fitness center, café, etc.
4 Environmental responsibility is a core philosophy on the Ringling College campus. The architectural footprint of the student center was built around the base of these 80-year-old oak trees.
5 The three story Academic Center atrium features a Dale Chihuly glass wall installation, measuring nearly 6 feet in diameter.
6 The Chihuly work is a gift to the college from Sarasota residents Dr. Richard and Barbara Basch and is part of their extensive glass art collection.
7 The lobby outside the Advertising Design and Motion Design classroom/studio space on the third floor of the Ringling Academic Building.
8 The Student Center houses the Computer Animation program. Film posters line the hallways of the studio space with plaques below each one listing Ringling College alumni names who worked on each film.
9 Ringling graduates have worked on all top 10 animated features of all time, and its students have been rewarded with numerous Student Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
10 Each Computer Animation classroom provides a teacher station and projection that can mirror what the faculty member is doing so that all students in class can learn together.
11 Gael Towey, me, and Kevin Sharkey looking at the work of a senior computer animation student. Instructor and Department Head, Jim McCampbell described the project progress to date.
12 An animated student short entitled “Anchored” by graduate Lindsey Olivares, won 'Best of Show' at the 2009 SIGGRAPH Asia. Lindsey is now employed at DreamWorks Animation.
13 Evan Mayfield’s 'The Visionary' - a story about a frog learning to wear a new pair of contacts, a Student Academy Award winner in 2008. Evan now works as an animator at the Walt Disney Company.
14 The frog
15 Each year, Advertising Design majors are challenged to create a costume and 'be the brand' of one of their favorite advertising icons. This class photo are the freshman of 2008.
16 This freshman computer animation major showed me his traditional animation drawings.
17 Before touching a computer, all animation skills must be learned the old-fashioned way – drawing by hand! These desks were donated by the Disney Feature Animation Studios in Orlando.
18 The Ringling College Design Center is a hub of creativity in a design studio setting.
19 Photography & Digital Imaging Senior Athena Torri took a photo of me with the Design Center students.
20 The Design Center studio acts as a professional agency environment where each student receives an 'office' for the semester-long class, as well as 24/7 access to their workplace.
21 Here I am with Jennifer Mumford who gave me this most excellent bag.
22 Quidditch captain Alex Terry, an Advertising Design major, presented me with a Ringling College Quidditch broom and T-shirt.
23 Senior graphic student - Ben Kowalski and faculty member Allen Harrison showed me Ben's app project called 'Mooch.'
24 The Academic Center is one of two LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Gold certified buildings on the campus.
25 The line outside the auditorium waiting to hear me speak
26 The 207-seat Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium before my appearance
27 It filled up!
28 Ringling College President, Dr. Larry Thompson, introduced me to an over-capacity crowd of donors, faculty, students, and community members.
29 Dr. Thompson and I engaged in a compelling Q&A about my early days, my career, digital media, and my critiques on today’s cyber-generation. My advice - 'get off the phone!'
30 A few portraits by Illustration teachers displayed outside the classrooms.
31 Later in the evening, we arrived at at David Shoemaker & Yara Michaels home for a lovely dinner.
32 Here I am with Yara. Great photo taken by Jay Van Dam
33 The beautiful view from the terrace of their home
34 The woman speaking is Katherine Harris - former Secretary of State of Florida - she plays a large part in developing the Studio Lab.
35 Here I am with Sam Logan and David Shapiro - co-founders of Future Films, LLC.
36 Dinner was served on this amazing terrace.
37 Posing with Don and Karen Grierson - wonderful supporters of the Ringling Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab
38 Ariane and Bob Dart, Yara Michaels, Dr. David Shoemaker - Community activist, and Margaret Wise