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May 3, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FSW commencement today

Florida SouthWestern State College will hold its Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies today, May 3, in the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. A total of 3,278 students will earn their degrees. Nearly 1,000 graduates have registered to participate in this year's commencement ceremonies.

Student Lindsay Guzman will serve as the commencement speaker for the baccalaureate, associate in science degree, and college credit certificate program commencement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m.

Guzman is a first-generation college student and was the recipient of the FSW Foundation's Mina Edison Scholarship. She completed her bachelor's in elementary education degree requirements in December 2018 and is a third grade teacher at Manatee Elementary School.

Student Samantha Fitzpatrick will serve as the commencement speaker during the associate in arts degree and audio technology certificate program commencement ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.

Fitzpatrick studied at FSW's Collier Campus where she served as the president of the campus' chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She was also a peer mentor and participated in FSW's Leadership Academy. Fitzpatrick will attend FGCU in the fall.

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena has implemented new security measures for all arena events including walk-through metal detectors and bag restrictions. These security measures will be implemented during FSW's commencement ceremonies.

Balloons, air horns and noisemakers of any kind are prohibited inside the arena. Flowers are permitted.

Guests are encouraged not to bring bags into the arena. This includes backpacks, purses, briefcases, duffle bags or coolers.

Florida SouthWestern State College annually serves nearly 22,000 students globally. FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Visit for more information.

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida announces annual summer music and arts camps

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has announced its annual summer arts program scheduled for weekdays from June 17 through July 19. In its 28th year, more than 20 different camps in areas of music, theater and visual and culinary arts are offered for students in grades 6 to 8. A few camps are designed for students as young as grade 3.

The program is divided into four one-week sessions and camps are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The fee is $150 per week, which includes activities, breakfast, lunch and a souvenir T-shirt. Scholarships are available.

New this year is the TV production and film camp and a flute ensemble for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

The week-long Summer Arts Camps offer music theory, note-reading, proper practice skills for music students and special enrichment activities for all.

Camps are held at the centrally located Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School in Fort Myers and staffed by faculty members who are current Lee County teachers who are selected for their expertise and ability to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students and aspiring musicians.

Students must provide their own instruments for all band and string camps.

For more information about the Summer Music & Arts Camps, contact Ruth Christman at (239) 275-0057 or or go to

The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida has been bringing music programs to students since 1991. It is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting interest in the musical arts among local youth through summer camps, a traveling instrument program that brings instruments to all Lee County schools, and through grants and scholarship programs.

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'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge hiring one student for YCC?summer program

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is hiring one high school student for its annual Youth Conservation Corps summer program. This student will assist with maintenance and administrative support.

The YCC program targets young men and women, ages 15 through 18, to provide them with a valuable work-earn-learn experience. The 8-week program runs from June 10 through Aug. 2, 2019. Maintenance duties will include facilities and trail maintenance and removal of invasive plants. This work will primarily be completed outdoors, with possible exposure to heat, humidity and insects.

Administrative support duties may include but not be limited to, answering phones, filing paperwork, organizing office supplies and entering data.

The student will have the opportunity to attend educational field trips to local environmental venues. No prior work experience is required.

The deadline for applications is 4 p.m., Thursday, May 16. Late applications will not be accepted.

It is strongly recommended that any summer camps and family vacations be scheduled outside this 8-week time frame. Reliable transportation is required. Sanibel toll is paid by the participant.

Compensation: $9 per hour. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is a 30-minute lunch break --bring your own lunch; refrigerator and microwave available.

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax to 239-472-4061, or email to by May 16.



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