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Eckerd College

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Established 1958
Type Private, coeducational
President Donald R. Eastman III
Faculty 130
Undergraduates 1807
Location St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Campus 188 acres, suburban
Affiliations Presbyterian Church (USA)
Website www.eckerd.edu

Eckerd College is a private 4-year coeducational liberal arts college at the southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, Florida, in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Saint Petersburg (or St. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Nickname: Floridas Sunshine City Location of the city proper in the state of Florida Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Pinellas County Founded 1876 Incorporated February 29, 1892  - Mayor Rick Baker Area    - City  133. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... The Tampa-St. ... The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is a regional accreditor for over 13,000 public and private educational institutions ranging from preschool to college level in the Southern United States. ...



The Griffin Chapel at Eckerd College
The Griffin Chapel at Eckerd College

Eckerd College has a suburban 188-acre campus on Frenchman's Creek and Boca Ciega Bay, about 3 miles from Gulf of Mexico beaches. The campus is near, but separate from, residential and commercial neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. The college is working towards a pedestrian and more environmentally friendly campus, supported by such initiatives as its Yellow Bike program. Image File history File links GriffinChapel. ... Image File history File links GriffinChapel. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ...

The college enjoys several architectural styles, but a common feature is the use of glass and external views to emphasize a connection with the environment. Recent campus additions include the Peter H. Armacost Library (see below), several new residence halls, the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory, sports facilities, a renovated student center, the renovated Miller Auditorium, and the Franklin-Templeton building. Other campus buildings include those designed and used for classrooms, laboratories, offices, theatrical productions, musical instruction, art exhibits, athletic events, and student services. The just-finished dormitory, Iota, has been constructed to be ecologically friendly.

Dolphins and manatees can sometimes be seen swimming near the college's South Beach area. Campus birdlife includes herons, cranes, egrets, pelicans, wood storks, cormorants, roseate spoonbills, bald eagles, hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and many species of seagulls.


Eckerd College's webpages report that, as of October 15, 2006, there were 1,847 full-time equivalent students and 130 full-time equivalent faculty members, for a 13:1 student:faculty ratio. The college's students come from nearly every state, with about one-third from Florida. The gender distribution is 44% male and 56% female. The college's Program for Experienced Learners serves about 1,500 non-traditional students, with classes taught largely in the evenings and on weekends. At the May, 2006 commencement, 353 degrees were awarded in the residential program and 190 in the Program for Experienced Learners.


Eckerd College awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. While known for strong programs in Marine Science, Chemistry, Sociology, Literature, and Creative Writing, among other subjects, Eckerd offers majors covering the entire spectrum of the liberal arts. Degree programs in about forty areas are available, along with opportunities for student-designed majors.

From its founding, the college has encouraged responsible innovation in all of its academic programs. For example, Eckerd College originated the 4-1-4 academic calendar, with the "1" representing a so-called Winter Term (also known as a January term) in which each student concentrates on a single project. Before graduation, students in nearly all majors are required to either pass a senior-year comprehensive examination or to complete a senior thesis project. All students must complete a senior seminar course in their final year.

Since Eckerd faculty are encouraged to be, and most are, active scholars, many undergraduate research opportunities are available to students. One such long-running research effort is D.A.R.W.I.N., a computer science project (partnered closely with marine science) to automate dolphin dorsal fin recognition (DARWIN research website). A United States Geological Survey center in St. Petersburg provides further research opportunities. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ...

Eckerd College graduates have received prestigious awards for advanced study through the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Rotary, and National Science Foundation programs. Phi Beta Kappa (Eckerd is one of the youngest colleges in the country to be awarded a chapter) and Sigma Xi are among the nationally-recognized academic societies at Eckerd College. Eckerd's Ethics Bowl teams have consistently captured awards in intercollegiate competition, winning the competition for three straight years (2004-2006). Eckerd College is also one of only 40 liberal arts colleges profiled in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives.[1]. Eckerd was recently named one of 13 "Institutions of Excellence in The First College Year" by the Policy Center on the First Year of College. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, founded in 1886, is a non-profit honor society of about 62,000 scientists and engineers elected on the basis of their research achievements or potential. ... Colleges That Change Lives (Penguin, 2000) is a best-selling book by nationally renowned college advisor Loren Pope. ...

Eckerd College's Peter H. Armacost Library
Eckerd College's Peter H. Armacost Library

Supporting the academic program is the recently-opened Peter H. Armacost library, a state-of-the-art facility. Conveniently located near the student center and dormitories, the new library houses the college's book and periodical collections and offers space for individual and group study. Image File history File links PHA-Library. ... Image File history File links PHA-Library. ...

Opportunities for study-abroad are strong at Eckerd College, with students traveling to all seven continents for academic work. For over 30 years the college has maintained the Eckerd College Study Centre in London. Eckerd hosts a significant international student population in its traditional program, and short-term English-immersion courses are held in a dedicated on-campus facility.

Since 1980, Eckerd College has also been the home of the Leadership Development Institute that provides managers and executives with the time, tools and setting needed to explore and strengthen their leadership skills through our portfolio of services.[2]


Eckerd College is a member of the Sunshine State Conference (NCAA Division II) with athletic teams in basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, sailing, and other sports. In 2000, Eckerd's Men's Volleyball Team won the NIRSA Division II Sports Club Volleyball Championships in Reno, Nevada. In 2006, for the first time in the 24-year history of the Eckerd College Volleyball program, the Tritons qualified for the NCAA South Region tournament (i.e., postseason). The Sunshine State Conference was formed in 1975 as a Division II basketball conference. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ...

The college's basketball and volleyball teams play in the MacArthur Physical Education Center's gymnasium. An Olympic-sized swimming pool, adjacent to the gymnasium, is open to all students. Eckerd's mascot is the Triton, and the school's colors, teal and white, were adopted by the athletic programs in 2005; the school's colors had been black, red, and white.

In addition to Division II teams, Eckerd students also participate in many club sports such as rugby, lacrosse, and roller hockey. The Eckerd College Men's Lacrosse Team finished the 2006 season ranked #3 in the National Collegiate Club Lacrosse Poll, with a 13-1 record. Since its founding in 2003 the team has captured two state championships, a regional championship, and a third-place national finish. A rugby union scrum. ... The Dive Shot. Lacrosse is a team sport that is played with either ten players (men field) six players (men box,indoor) or twelve players (women), each of whom uses a netted stick (the crosse) in order to pass and catch a very hard rubber ball with the aim of... Roller hockey is a category which includes two rollersports. ...

Campus life and activities

Eckerd College maintains a regular series of on-campus events for the benefit and enjoyment of campus and community. The music, theatre, and art programs are active in staging concerts, dramatic productions, and artistic shows, respectively, throughout the academic year. On-campus speakers have included Anderson Cooper, Coretta Scott King, Dennis Lehane, Elie Wiesel, Gerald Ford, Helmut Schmidt, Henry Kissinger, James Van Allen, Jared Diamond, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Michael Collins, Paul Rusesabagina, Peter Singer, Richard Leakey, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen King, William Proxmire, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, currently working for CNN. He anchors Anderson Cooper 360°, which since November 2, 2005, has aired from 10 p. ... Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was the wife of the assassinated civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Dennis Lehane (born 1966) is an American author. ... Eliezer Wiesel (commonly known as Elie, born September 30, 1928)[1] is an American-Jewish novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt (born December 23, 1918) is a German Social Democratic politician. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923 in Fürth) is a German-born American diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ... James Van Allen at National Air & Space Museum (NASM), 1981, Photo courtesy of NASM. Explorer I model and Pioneer H probe in background James Alfred Van Allen (September 7, 1914 – August 9, 2006) was an American space scientist at the University of Iowa. ... Jared Mason Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, biogeographer and nonfiction author. ... Jesse Louis Jackson (born October 8, 1941) is an American politician, civil rights activist, and Baptist minister. ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Michael Collins is the name of: Michael Collins (Irish leader), the Irish patriot and revolutionary of the 20th century Michael Collins (Limerick politician), a modern-day Irish politician Michael Collins (astronaut), the American astronaut Michael Collins (footballer), an Irish footballer currently playing for Huddersfield Town Michael P. Collins, a Canadian... Paul Rusesabagina Paul Rusesabagina (born June 15, 1954) is a Rwandan who has been internationally honoured for his actions during the Rwandan Genocide. ... For other persons named Peter Singer, see Peter Singer (disambiguation). ... In 1977, Leaky sat next to the rare Half Monkey Half Man, who took a bite out of him, and made Leaky cry. ... It has been suggested that Darwinian Fundamentalism be merged into this article or section. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. ... Edward William Proxmire (November 11, 1915 – December 15, 2005) was a member of the Democratic Party who served in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1957 to 1989. ... Nasr is an internationally acclaimed scholar [1]. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, (Persian: سيد حسين نصر) A lifelong student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, Persian philosopher and renowned scholar of comparative religion, is a prominent authority in the fields of Islamic esoterism, sufism, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. ... Yevgeny Yevtushenko Yevtushenko represents Russias new generation on the cover of Time magazine, April 13, 1962 Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko (Russian: , Evgenij Aleksandrovič Evtušenko; born July 18, 1933) is a Russian poet, whose work contains scathing attacks on the Soviet bureaucracy as a legacy of Stalin. ...

Over fifty different clubs and organized activities are available for Eckerd College students, funded and authorized by Eckerd's student government, the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS). ECOS has an operating budget of nearly a half-million dollars that it distributes to student-run clubs and organizations. Among these clubs and organizations are a student newspaper, The Triton, a radio station (WECX), an on-campus television station (EC-TV), a student programming board, Palmetto Productions, sports clubs, cultural clubs, and various academic-related clubs, such as those for anthropology (The Bipedal Society), art, biology, chemistry, philosophy, law, and foreign languages.

Among the service clubs are campus chapters of Amnesty International and Circle K. The Alliance for Concerned Individuals (ACI) was founded in the spring of 2003 as the non-partisan successor to an anti-war club, entitled EC Iraq Awareness, to promote activism and awareness on campus. Eckerd College also hosts the EC Coalition for Community Justice (ECCCJ), a new group seeking to raise campus housekeepers' wages. Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) comprising a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.[1] Founded in the UK in 1961, AI compares actual practices of human rights with internationally accepted standards and demands compliance where these...

Eckerd's Waterfront Program is a center of watersport activities, such as sailing, skiing, kayaking, and fishing. An award-winning student group, EC-SAR (Eckerd College Search and Rescue), assists the U.S. Coast Guard in rescue operations throughout the Tampa Bay area. EC-SAR (Eckerd College Search and Rescue) is a student volunteer maritime search and rescue team. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense. ...

In 2006, the Princeton Review and PC Magazine ranked Eckerd #18 most high-tech campus among 240 colleges and universities that completed a survey from the Princeton Review. Eckerd was the only Florida school to make the list in 2006. This 2006 ranking is to be compared with Eckerd's performance in 2003, when it made it no further than #350. [3] The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in... PC Magazine is a computer magazine published biweekly (except in January and July ) both in print and online. ...

About 80% of Eckerd students live in on-campus dormitories that are either co-educational or all-female; there are no all-male dorms since Dalton '04-'05. Eckerd College has eleven dormitory complexes, each with a name from the Greek alphabet. Among these, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Kappa, and Iota complexes offer traditional dorm-style housing. Omega and Nu complexes house upperclassmen, and are organized around suites on each floor. An on-campus hotel facility was recently converted for student use, and is now called Sigma complex. The newest dorm complex, Iota, opened on September 30, 2006.

A long-standing, unusual feature of Eckerd College is that a few residence halls are set aside as "pet dorms" for students wishing to bring small animals to campus. Other special residence halls include "Wellness Houses", that promote healthy living, and service-learning dormitories, for students interested in monthly community service projects. Smoking is not permitted inside Eckerd College dormitories.


Eckerd was founded as Florida Presbyterian College after World War II as part of national growth in post-secondary education driven by returning GIs entering college and the anticipated baby boom of children. The United Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (US) worked together to start the college, receiving a charter from the Florida legislature in 1958 and opening in 1960. In 1971, Jack Eckerd donated $12.5 million to the college, the largest single gift it had received to that date. The following year the institution's name was changed to Eckerd College to recognize Mr. Eckerd's support. A covenant relationship is still maintained with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The abbreviation G.I. or GI is most commonly used to shorten government issue, and has different meanings depending on the part of speech in which it is used. ... A US postage stamp depicting the increase in birth rate that country experienced after World War II. As is often the case with a large war, the elation of victory and large numbers of returning males to their country triggered a baby boom after the end of World War II... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Jack Eckerd (May 16, 1913 - May 19, 2004), a native of Tampa, Florida was the former owner of the Eckerd drugstore chain, now owned by Canadian drug store chain Jean Coutu, with roughly 1,500 stores in ten southern states sold to CVS. The Eckerd chain was founded by his... Emblem of the PC(USA) The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States. ...

The past presidents of the college are William Kadel (1958 - 1968), Billy Wireman (1968 - 1977), Jack Eckerd (1977, Interim President), Peter Armacost (1977 - 2000), and Eugene Hotchkiss (2000 - 2001, Interim President). Dr. Donald R. Eastman III has served as President since July 1, 2001. Jack Eckerd (May 16, 1913 - May 19, 2004), a native of Tampa, Florida was the former owner of the Eckerd drugstore chain, now owned by Canadian drug store chain Jean Coutu, with roughly 1,500 stores in ten southern states sold to CVS. The Eckerd chain was founded by his...

In the 1980s, during the tenure of President Armacost, the college embarked on an extensive development program for land owned adjacent to its main campus. This development included the construction of waterfront homes and a retirement center. Financial irregularities related to these projects were discovered by the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2000, resulting in President Armacost's retirement, the loss of a significant fraction of Eckerd's endowment, and, eventually, loss of the partially-developed land adjacent to the campus. The Board of Trustees pledged to bring the endowment back to its original level and, according to the college's website, has done so.

In May, 2006, Miles Collier, the chair of Eckerd's Board of Trustees, announced a $25-million gift to the college. Details can be found in this news story.

For a more in-depth history of Eckerd College, please see the external link below.

Noted alumni

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Noted faculty

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External links

  Results from FactBites:
Eckerd College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1149 words)
Eckerd was founded as Florida Presbyterian College after World War II as part of national growth in post-secondary education driven by returning GIs entering college and the anticipated baby boom of children.
Eckerd College's webpages report that, as of October 15, 2004, there were 1,652 full-time equivalent students and 130 full-time equivalent faculty members, for a 13:1 student:faculty ratio.
Eckerd's mascot is the Triton, and the school's colors, teal and white, were adopted by the athletic programs in 2005; the school's colors had been fl, red, and white.
College Profiles - Eckerd College (1284 words)
Eckerd students are engaged in their education through small classes, independent and collaborative research, internships, study abroad, volunteer service and campus activities.
The mission of the College is to assist students to develop a disciplined intellect, trained imagination, and motivation to lead and serve in their larger communities.
Every Eckerd student enjoys close rapport with a mentor who is a member of the faculty, and participates in a core program of study that emphasizes the understanding of environmental issues and multi-cultural perspectives.
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