USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Grand Opening Celebration of Instructional Site in North Port

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration of their new Instructional Site in North Port on Friday, October 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

USF System President Judy Genshaft and Regional Chancellor of USF Sarasota-Manatee Dr. Arthur Guilford will preside over the celebration, which will be held at the university’s new location, 5920 Pan American Blvd. in North Port, and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, music by the Herd of Thunder Show Band, Rocky the Bull, informational tables and refreshments from area restaurants.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s south Sarasota County program began in 2004 at the State College of Florida’s Venice location with only 66 student enrollments and has grown to over 600 per semester. In August, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s started classes at the new Instructional Site, which includes four classrooms, one videoconferencing room, six offices and a conference room with room to expand in the future.

The Instructional Site serves residents of Englewood, North Port, Venice and surrounding areas and offers undergraduate degrees in business, social science, elementary education, psychology and criminology as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership.

The night before, on October 14, Buffalo Wild Wings in North Port and USF Sarasota-Manatee will host a Watch Party for the USF Bulls football game versus West Virginia starting at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the Grand Opening Celebration, please call Pam Gleason at (941) 359-4603.