ESU Central Florida Branch
A Message from the Branch President
To my fellow Club Members of ESU,
I am pleased and honored to be your next President of our wonderful organization, the English Speaking Union of Central Florida! Serving as Michael Kakos' Executive Vice President for a few years and attending National and Regional Meetings gave me the chance to become familiar with the administration of the Union. It also helped identify opportunities for the future, including continuing to focus on E-SU's goal to increase our membership.
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News And Events
Central Florida Branch Program Meeting December 4, 2017
Dr. Grant Cornwell, President of Rollins College, spoke to our membership on the topic: On Purpose: Liberal Education and the Question of Values. Dr. Cornwell then answered questions from the audience on issues ranging from the concerns of the proposed tax bill's impact on higher education to why higher education costs have skyrocketed in recent years to the role of sororities and fraternities on college campuses.
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2017 TLAB Scholars Present Reports to the Membership
From left to right Cynthia Hutsell(Oxford), Sheri Hjelm (Oxford), Gabriella David's (theGlobe), Gail Chase (the Globe), Nancy West (Oxford) and Reta Jackson, Scholar Chair.
One member of the audience at the Central Florida Branch's November 13th meeting told me, "I expected the ESU event to be informative, but I found it inspirational! Congrats on such an inspiring group of teachers. I envy their students and applaud these teachers…." I think everyone will agree that Cynthia Hutsell, Nancy West and Sheri Hjelm reporting on their experiences at Oxford this summer and Gabriella Davids with Gail Chase explaining how the Globe Theater's program impacted their teaching was an outstanding program. The key word of the afternoon was "transformative." Each teacher demonstrated the importance of being a life long learner and how that translates in her classroom. We will hear from James Brendlinger, who attended the Creative Writing program at the University of Scotland in Edinburgh, at a future meeting as James had a bout with the flu bug. Our Branch is so fortunate to have such amazing scholars.
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CENTRAL FLORIDA TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY
With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Paige Pedersen from Orlando, FL, a student of Louise Williams at Olympia High School in Orlando, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Paige previously won the ESU Central Florida Branch competition.
This year's winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing theSan Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer. Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.
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ESU Central Florida Second Annual Scholars Reunion
SCHOLARS' REUNION SOCIAL A BIG HIT
Marlow's Tavern on 17-92 in Winter Park hosted the second annual gathering of ESU of Central Florida's TLAB (formerly BUSS) Scholars from 5:00 to 7:00 on March 30th. Twenty four scholars from the past several years enjoyed the opportunity to share travel ideas, experiences from the U.K., stories of favorite professors and classes as well as plans for bringing their real life adventures to their students here in Orange and Seminole Counties. Our new 2017 scholars were sharing their acceptances to London's Globe and Oxford University and comparing the classes that have been assigned. A couple scholars realized they will be taking the same class on Jane Austen or Shakespeare and Politics Then and Now. Networking was also a key of the day with many teachers making connections with each other. Do you have your plane tickets reserved yet? And how much did yours cost? And are you planning to go over early or stay later to see more of Europe…. How about Paris or are you going over to Italy? These were just a few of the conversations of the day. There was so much excitement in the air. Yes, our Scholars' Reunions have proved most successful.
From left to right: Gail Chase, 2017 Scholar Barbara Hughes, Executive VP of Central Fl Branch, Jan McClure, Branch Secretary and Donna Miller,
Drey Endowment VP.
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