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CE Design Co announces Ugly Duckling Business Card Contest

Is your business card in need of a facelift? Do you need a fresh or updated look? Now’s your chance to make your first impression a lasting one! Enter our Ugly Duckling Business Card contest and CE Design Co. could transform your card into a beautiful swan! If your card is voted the ugliest, you’ll get a pretty, shiny little card absolutely free.


1. Send a copy or scan of your business card to You can also mail your entry to our office at 123 S. Tennessee Ave. Suite Two, Lakeland, Florida 33801. Entries must be received no later than 8:00 am (EST) on April 4, 2011.

2. CE will post the entries on their blog April 4, 2011 for voting. Voting will be open from April 4th, 2011 ending April 11, 2011 at 8:00 am.

3. Votes will be tallied up and the ugliest business card will receive a free redesign for the submitted business card. The winner will be announced on April 11, 2011.

The new design includes three options with two rounds of revisions on the chosen design, information implementation for five cards and the printing of 100 cards.

Don’t delay! Send your card now!

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CE Design Co. is a contemporary design studio able to handle all of your creative marketing needs. We get out of bed daily in hopes of making the world a prettier place through unique logo design, fresh print design and customized web design. We don’t just dress your brand, we accessorize it until it shines.


FSC Theatre Department Presents “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?”

The Department of Theatre Arts at Florida Southern College will present “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?” by Del Shores at the Buckner Theatre at Florida Southern College.  Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. March 31 – April 2 and April 7 – 9, with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on April 3 and April 10.  Free admission is offered on Preview Night, Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Mary T. Albright of the Theatre Arts Department directs the play.

The 1987 comedy by writer/director/producer/activist Del Shores is set in a small Texas town and probes the axiom “you can pick your friends, but not your relatives.”  The play features four grown and still squabbling siblings who have gathered with varying degrees of filial love and greed to say their goodbyes to Daddy, the victim of a stroke.   However, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

For ticket information, please contact the Buckner Theatre box office at 863-680-3089 or  Reserved tickets may be picked up at the Buckner Box Office in advance of the show or on the day or night of the performance.

Buckner Theatre is located at the corner of Johnson Avenue and Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland.


USFP Professor Featured at 22nd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference

“Our schools are in crisis,” says Dr. Richard Marshall of the University of South Florida Polytechnic. He explained why and offered some solutions as a featured speaker at the 22nd Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference March 6-9 in Savannah, Georgia.

“Schools are in crisis because we have not come to terms with the fact that approximately 20 percent of students lack the necessary skills, abilities, motivation or background to fit into and to benefit from school,” said Marshall, an associate professor in USF Polytechnic’s Division of Education. “Current instructional and disciplinary practices seek to reward or to punish these children into compliance. But these efforts are failing both students and teachers.  And they are failing because they simply don’t work for the children on whom they are used.”

According to Marshall, students with emotional and behavioral difficulties fall into three major categories: predators (bullies or other intimidators), students with mental illness, and students who are unsocialized or under-socialized.  School-based interventions that rely almost exclusively on reward- and- punish approaches are notoriously ineffective for students in these three groups.

“It is estimated that approximately 10 percent–5,000,000–of children in grades K through 12 have a mental illness that is serious enough to cause impairments at home or in school,” said Marshall. “Unfortunately, teachers and school administrators receive little or no training that helps them understand and manage students with mental disorders.”

His presentation aimed to close that knowledge gap.  He began with an explanation of the underlying brain abnormalities these students have and why traditional reward-and-punish discipline systems may not be working. He then offered alternative interventions and how to implement them in classrooms.

The alternatives he recommends are based largely on the work of William Glasser, called Choice Theory, and Ross Greene, called Collaborative Problem Solving.   These and similar approaches share some common assumptions that explain their effectiveness.

“First, they assume that when students misbehave they are doing so because they are unable to self-regulate or they have never learned other ways to behave,” said Marshall. “These students have what we call ‘involuntary deviance.’ They would like to do better, but they can’t or they don’t know how.  Rather than punishing them for their misdeeds, we should teach them what they do not know or cannot do.  Teachers at all levels are encouraged to replace punishment with teaching.

“Second, these methods include the child in the conflict resolution.  Unlike traditional reward-and-punish systems, interventions are developed with the child; they are not done to the child.

“Third, whereas reward-and-punish methods rely on external controls, our approach encourages students to develop self-control so that they can manage with or without adult supervision. “

At USF Polytechnic, Marshall teaches courses in educational psychology, counseling psychology, and reading assessment. He is also an adjunct associate professor of Child Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the USF College of Medicine. He is a licensed school psychologist with specialty training in pediatric neuropsychology, a clinical therapist, and a developmental specialist.

Marshall, who lives in Lakeland, joined USF Polytechnic in 2003. He earned an Ed.D. from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.


Vero Beach Business Leader Commits $5M for New FSC Facility

Florida Southern College President Anne Kerr announced Friday that a transformational, five million dollar gift has been secured to fund a new, state-of-the-art facility for a new School of Business and Economics at the College.  The announcement was made to students, alumni, and faculty during FSC’s annual Founders Day Convocation.

This exceptional gift was made by Florida Southern College alumnus R. William “Bill” Becker and his wife, Mary Ann, of Vero Beach, Florida.  Mr. Becker owns Peace River Citrus Products and was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame this year.  He previously served as the chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission for five terms.  Mr. Becker majored in business and graduated from FSC in 1965.

Internationally renowned New York architect and Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Robert A.M. Stern will design the revolutionary new building, which will cost $15 to 25 million.

President Anne Kerr noted that Business is the largest major at Florida Southern College, and that the new facility is needed to ensure FSC business students receive the “highest caliber” education possible.

“This new building will be a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility.  It will provide our students access to the latest in technology and will move our plans forward as the School of Business and Economics becomes one of the best in the country,” said Kerr.

Among other amenities, the new facility will allow for a mock trading floor and video conferencing center.  Kerr also noted that a graduate school facility will eventually be added to complement this building project.  Both buildings are slated for construction along the shore of the spectacular Lake Hollingsworth.

The new R. William and Mary Ann Becker School of Business and Economics building is in its earliest phase of planning.  The structure is being designed by world-renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture.  This will be the fourth Stern-designed structure at Florida Southern and will be stylistically integrated with Frank Lloyd Wright’s campus, the largest collection of the legendary architect’s work in the world.

“The College will be eternally grateful for this most generous and transformational gift offered by Bill and Mary Ann Becker,” said Kerr.  “Through their vision and commitment to Florida Southern College’s School of Business and Economics, our business students remain ‘On the Move!’  It is truly a pleasure to announce this exceptional facility and give our business students the very best tools available to them as they pursue their education.”


USF Polytechnic offers Advanced AutoCAD Training

The University of South Florida Polytechnic’s Extended University offers an Advanced AutoCAD Training course on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning April 5 and ending May 10.

This course focuses on using advanced annotation, drawing with complex objects (including Polylines, Regions, and advanced Text Objects), defining Blocks and Attributes, using External Reference files and image files, using Layouts and advanced plotting features, creating sheet sets, and enhancing productivity with simple custom­ization. This course is delivered by an AutoCAD 2010 certified Autodesk Authorized Instructor.

Early registration (before March 30) is $500. Regular registration is $550.   Register at For more information contact 863.667.7059 or