Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton is coordinator of the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-integrated Teaching (PAInT) at USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Bulls Notebook: PAInT coordinator hailed for founding Detroit School of the Arts

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: June 16, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. (June 16, 2017)USF Sarasota-Manatee is pleased to congratulate Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton on the 25th anniversary of the Detroit School of the Arts.

Dr. Davis-Cotton, coordinator of the Florida Center for the Partnership for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) at USF Sarasota-Manatee, founded the school and served as its first principal.

During a gala celebration last weekend in Detroit featuring student musicians, singers and other performers, Dr. Davis-Cotton was honored with the prestigious Spirit of Detroit Award for her work at the school.

Additionally, she was presented proclamations by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and state Rep. Fred Durhal III, a Detroit School of the Arts alumnus.

“It was such an honor,” said Dr. Davis-Cotton, who retired to Sarasota in 2010 and joined PAInT as its first coordinator this past January. “I was really overwhelmed and proud of the recognition.”

Since retiring, Dr. Davis-Cotton has made a point of keeping in touch with the School of the Arts, returning each year for graduation exercises and to recognize winners of a scholarship named for her.

Dr. Davis-Cotton joined USFSM’s Center for PAInT after serving on the Sarasota County Arts Education Task Force last fall.

“Supporting creative learning environments is really a passion of mine,” she said. “When we bring the arts together with academics, it only serves to heighten and strengthen the learning process.”

USFSM to hold master’s degree session

Looking to advance your career or change professions?

USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold a Master’s Degree Information Session June 24, 10 a.m., at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Free food, campus tours, admissions and financial aid presentations, advising assistance and more will be available to attendees of this session.

Please note, the Fall 2017 deadline for the USFSM Social Work cohort has passed, and information regarding this program will not be presented at this event.

To register, visit usfsm.edu/infosessions.

USFSM gaining ground as a research institution

USF Sarasota-Manatee is already well-known for offering bachelor and master’s degrees as well as various professional certificates. But the campus is gaining a reputation as well for research by faculty and students.

Our own Dr. Karen Holbrook, a USF vice president and senior adviser to USF System President Dr. Judy Genshaft, writes about USFSM’s evolving mission in op-ed published Friday in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

See: Holbrook: Research at USF Sarasota-Manatee has wide impact.

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