Category Archives: Member Announcements


SBDC Business Seminars for July

The Small Business Development Center, at Central Florida Development Council, is offering a several business seminars in July.  These are held at SBDC-USF Polytechnic, (Lakeland Campus), 3433 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Fl 33803-9807.


  • Steps to Starting a Small Business: July 8, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan-I: July 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • QuickBooks ($65): July 20, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Building the Ultimate Business Plan-II: July 22, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*All classes are $35, unless otherwise noted

To register for a seminar, please visit the website at: or for more information, please contact the Small Business Development Center at (863) 667-7913.


PMoA Executive Director to Attend Getty Leadership Institute

Polk Museum of Art’s Executive Director, Daniel E. Stetson, has been accepted to attend the Museum Leadership Institute (MLI), which is the foremost professional development program for senior museum executives. This program of the Getty Leadership Institute and Claremont Graduate University will be held July 10 – 29 at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as a participant in the Getty Leadership Institute’s program this summer,” said Daniel E. Stetson, Executive Director of the Polk Museum of Art. “It is an honor to be able to attend this program, and I am looking forward to learning about the best ways to lead Polk Museum of Art into the future and to the next level.”

The MLI program is designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of experienced museum senior executives, and is only open to those who have at least five years of intensive leadership experience in a museum setting. The program also helps attendees strengthen their institution’s capabilities. Admission to MLI is competitive, and only 35 participants were accepted this year.

The Museum Leadership Institute, now in its 32nd year, was first offered in 1979 as the Museum Management institute in Berkeley, California under the auspices of the San Francisco-based Art Museum Association of America (AMAA) and the University of California Extension. Since then, the program has been assumed and administered by the J. Paul Getty Trust, and it has evolved over the years to remain relevant to current thinking in the museum field.

Since its inception, the program has served over 1,000 participants from the U.S. and 30 countries worldwide. This year’s MLI group includes senior leaders from some of the world’s most prominent museums, including the National Museums of Science and Industry in London; the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, both in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Those selected include international museum leaders from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Scotland, Portugal, and China.


Peace River Center’s Club SUCCESS Finds New Enthusiasm

Announcing Club SUCCESS’ new Clubhouse Director, Luis Rivas. Luis has been with Peace River Center for almost ten years, having started out as a Psych Tech. He then moved to the Recovery Teams Manager position where he managed the “one stop shop” of mental health as he refers to it. In this recovery program, those with a severe or persistent mental illness can receive a wide variety or services: receive counseling, see a psychiatrist, receive medication, participate in supported housing and employment, and benefit from case management- all within one program.

At his new home the clubhouse, Luis has the opportunity to work right alongside the members. He says there “it’s completely teamwork driven” and the comradeship between staff/member and member/member is unlike any he has ever seen. The clubhouse functions as a unit, but only if everyone does their part- and they do!

The clubhouse follows the International Center for Clubhouse Development’s (ICCD) clubhouse model. Not only does Club SUCCESS follow the model they are certified by the ICCD. Days at the clubhouse are work-ordered days- beginning with a brief staffing. Then each individual moves onto his/her assigned task. Clubhouse members are responsible for the accounting, answering the phones, cleaning the facility, cooking/preparing meals, and anything else done at the clubhouse.

Luis was graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from the University of Central Florida with a Masters degree in Social Work.  Currently, he is working towards his licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has all the tools and passion to help the clubhouse serve its mental health consumers as well as the community in which they live!

Peace River Center (PRC) is a private not-for-profit community mental health organization serving the residents of Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties for over 60 years.PRC serves families in crisis, functioning children and adults in need as well as the severely and persistently mentally ill. PRC also provides two domestic violence shelters, a Rape Recovery and Resource Center, Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and 24 hour Crisis lines and Intervention to the communities it serves.


A Note From USFP CEO, Marshall Goodman

[Editor’s note: Dr. Goodman forwarded me this note last night along with a message of thanks for helping to spread the word about USFP’s “no veto” campaign. He asked that I share this message via the same media that we utilized in the campaign. By following the links, you can read about the campaign and the Governor’s surprising veto.]



As you certainly know, last week was a bittersweet week for USF Polytechnic and the region that has so steadfastly supported us. I write to thank you for your incredible support, to provide you with an update, and to encourage you as we press on together.

Despite literally hundreds of phone calls, letters and emails urging the Governor’s support for the great work accomplished this year by Florida’s legislature, the construction funding for our new campus was zeroed out by the stroke of Charlie Crist’s pen. This dealt a serious short-term blow to our new science & technology building, our new College of Pharmacy building, and our Wellness research center.

At the same time, however, the Governor’s signature left in tact another line that nearly doubled USF Poly’s annual operating budget. This crucial appropriation represented the state of Florida saying to us, “Go ahead: hire the faculty and staff you need to build a great polytechnic. Develop the programs that will transform higher education in Florida. We will fund you.”

Clearly we have a lot of work to do! My team and I will be very busy in the coming year, identifying, recruiting, and hiring “the best and the brightest” from around the world, as we build the core faculty and staff necessary to thrive as a polytechnic university. This massive recruitment effort will transform not only our institution but also our region. The legislature’s support, in other words, will translate into the coveted “high skill, high wage” jobs. That’s wonderful news!

The challenge, of course, will be developing a thoughtful, appropriate and aggressive strategy to ensure that we have the facilities necessary to accommodate these new talents. We remain committed to our vision of an amazing new campus unlike anything seen before. We also remain committed to our promise of “world class” faculty, programs and facilities — and the support we have received from you and so many others in our region affirms the extent to which the future of USF Poly and the future of our region are inextricably linked.

In the coming days and weeks I will be consulting with the President, our Board members, campus leadership, funding partners and many other stakeholders as we develop our action plan. For now, however, I want to convey my gratitude to you for what you have done thus far and to underscore USF Poly’s commitment to working with you to build a dynamic “game-changer” at the heart of Florida’s High Tech Corridor. The ground-breaking for that campus will take place, as scheduled, on July 14, 2010, and I hope you will make plans now to attend. You won’t want to miss it!

My staff will tell you of my abiding fondness for Shakespeare’s “Henry V” — especially the King’s poignant address on the brink of battle at Agincourt. I encourage you to revisit that classic when you have a moment. It remains relevant to us now as it has been since the first day of the campaign for USF Poly: even when the odds are against us, there is nowhere I would rather be than fighting the good fight for a worthy cause, with you at my side. And, as Shakespeare noted, those who aren’t with us for this historic battle will later wish they had been . . .

. . . and, finally, as I write this note to you from a cutting-edge technology conference out here in Los Angeles, I can’t resist sharing a quote from Hollywood legend Steve McQueen: “When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it!”

Onward we fight,



Eventrics Organizes Celebrity Golf Tourney for Desmond Clark Organization

On June 25th, 2010, 88 Wayz Organization will present the 5th Annual “Desmond Clark Celebrity Golf Classic.  This year’s tournament will be held at one of Central Florida’s premier private golf courses…Lone Palm Golf Club, Lakeland, FL.

Golfers, sponsors, and supporters from around the region will join forces with Desmond Clark and many other professional athletes from the NFL to support the 88 Wayz Youth Organization.  “We’re proud and excited to have this year’s tournament at Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland” states Clark. “It’s a fun tournament that allows golfers to team up and tee it up with celebrities both local and from the other sports for a great cause”.

The annual golf tournament is an important way to showcase the great services 88 Wayz offers the community.  Cynthania Clark, Executive Director of 88 Wayz states, “The goal for us this year is to reach out to our community and show the benefits of our programs.  We’re making progress daily and look forward to continued support from our sponsors and alliances”.

There are many ways to be a part of this unique tournament.  Tournament sponsorships offer a variety of packages that include great ways for your company to participate and be recognized.  All proceeds of the tournament will go directly to 88 Wayz and benefit the youth in the community.

For more tournament information or questions, please email or call (877) 278.0364.

About 88Wayz

In April 2008, 88 Wayz was founded as a private, not- for-profit 501(c) 3 organization by Desmond Clark. Mr. Clark is a native of Lakeland, Florida and a graduate from Kathleen High School. In 1995 Mr. Clark attended Wake Forest University and was drafted by the NFL in 1999 by the Denver Broncos. Mr. Clark began providing football camps in 2002 to low income children with hopes of giving back to his community but also to show young people that they can do anything they put their minds to. Mr. Clark’s collaborative partnerships have lead the City of Lakeland, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Alliance, local business and the Polk County School board to many events throughout the year that has supported over one thousand youth. In the last three years Mr. Clark has provided football cleats to six hundred youth and he continues to find ways to support the Lakeland community.

Since then, over 3000 youth from Polk County have benefitted from 88 Wayz.  Their mission is to enhance the educational, spiritual, physical, mental, political, social, and community growth of today’s youth; while assisting these youth in realizing their dreams and reaching their full potential by mentoring, motivating, and developing the confidence needed to achieve and become productive adults.

For more information about 88 Wayz, visit or call (863) 682.4209.