Dirtybird Campout coming to East Coast

N-BriefsArtLike all good bird, the Dirtybird Campout is flying South this winter for a Feb. 2-4 festival in St.

Cloud, near Kissimmee. Following three years of concerts and camping at its West Coast home, this will be its Central Florida debut of the electronic music and nostalgia combo production.

In honor of the event, the record label and concert promoter has packed eight new tracks in the Dirtybird Campout East Coast Compilation from several of the artists that will be playing the Birdhouse stage during the weekend in St. Cloud.

The compilation leads off with a cover of the classic Brazilian Internet meme by MP4 in 2000, “Books Is On The Table,” most recently covered by Marshall Applewhite. Nick Monaco, Justin Jay,  Maximono and Vangelis Kostoxenakis are all represented on the compilation, along with Dateless and his brother Lucati. These and more than 60 other acts will all perform during the three-day event.

In addition, Dirtybird Campout includes a long roster of games and activities such as “gator wrestling,” axe throwing, a hula-hoop competition and roller rink. There also will be the standard tug of war, tie-dye, talent show, dodgeball, and bingo contests.

The festival will be held at Forever Florida, 4755 North Kenansville Road in St Cloud. FAQs and most other information, including admission prices, can be had at http://dirtybirdcampout.com/east

Promoters are billing the festival as a summer camp experience, featuring music and dancing, a Dirtybird BBQ and an array of interactive entertainment and nostalgic activities.

Come rain or shine or another freeze, the Dirtybird Campout will go one and there are no refunds. If weather reports predict rain, participants are advised to come prepared with extra shoes, trash bags, raincoats, tarps and extra stakes to secure tents. It is also a 21-and-over event. All attendees must bring a valid government-issued ID.

Those planning to arrive by automobile must purchase a car or RV pass in addition to festival tickets. There are also Camp Bus tickets available for purchase offering round-trip transportation from the Orlando Airport to the event.

On site, there will be plenty of food vendors with a wide range of dietary options, including vegan and gluten free products. Drink stands will sell bottled and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as beer, wine and cocktails. There will also be the Dirtybird Camp Store onsite that will feature event branded merchandise and a small general store for forgotten basics. In the campgrounds, there will be coffee, ice and showers available for purchase.

Pets are not allowed, with the exception of documented service animals required for a disability, and who are trained to handle loud and active environments. Email ada@thedolab.com to inquire about registering your documented service animal.

SUBHED: FAFSA events aim to make financial aid smoother

For students and parents feeling anxious about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, Daytona State has your back. DSC will offer its first College-Funding Saturday events at its Daytona Beach and Flagler/Palm Coast campuses Feb. 3.

The object of the offering is to ease students’ fear of the FAFSA process, making for a smooth transition from applicant to awarded. Students applying to any higher education institution are welcome to attend the free events.

Participants also can enter a $500 DSC scholarship drawing provided by the DSC Foundation; and refreshments

will be available.   Experts from DSC’s Financial Aid Services office will be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m. at both campuses: At DSC, in the Baker Academic Support Center, in Building 500, room 124; and at Flagler/Palm Coast at the James Gardner Center, Building 2, room 100.

Participants should come prepared with  Social Security number, 2016 tax return, W2 for 2016, bank/investment statements and if you are a dependent, you also must bring the above items for your parents. In addition, you will need your FSA ID, a username and password for U.S. Dept. of Education websites. (If you don’t have one yet we will help you get one.)

DJs from 103.3 TheVibe and Beach 92.7 will provide entertainment, along with giveaways and other prize drawings. These events are offered as a public service by Daytona State College. For more information, call 386-506-4471 or visit DaytonaState.edu/College-Funding-Saturday. The College is asking all students to file their FAFSA by Feb. 15 for priority funding.

SUBHED: New year brings new leadership across campus

Louis Mercer will begin serving as Director of Campus Safety, replacing William Tillard, who retired in January after serving 20 years with the college. A former Daytona Beach police officer, Mercer joined Daytona State in 1999 as director and chair of the college’s School of Emergency Services. He holds an AA from Daytona State, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and master’s in public administration from the University of Central Florida.

Replacing Mercer at the helm of the School of Emergency Services is Sheila Ellison, who has served nearly 30 years with the college as a professor and assistant chair of DSC’s Law Enforcement and Corrections programs. A former law enforcemen
t officer, Ellison earned her associate and bachelor’s degrees from Fairmont State College in West Virginia.

Dr. Andrea Gibson has been named Executive Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held as interim since April last year. She joined DSC in 2006 as an associate professor in the School of Mathematics, and later also took on the roles of Honors College chair and Online Studies chair.

Cheryl Kohen replaces Gibson as Director of the Division of Online Studies. Since joining the college in 2010, she served as DSC’s emerging technologies librarian and as interim head of online studies since April. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy, as well as a master’s in library and information science, all from Simmons College in Boston.

Dr. Erik A. D’Aquino is DSC’s new Vice President of Enrollment Management. He previously held several positions leading to vice president of enrollment management at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University at Buffalo; a master of science in student affairs administration from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo; and a bachelor of arts in psychology, with a minor in history, from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia.
Judith Wilson will head up DSC’s new men’s and women’s cross-country teams, which kick off their inaugural seasons next fall. Wilson served almost 10 years as head coach for the distance and cross-country teams at her alma mater, Indiana University at Bloomington, then transferred to the private sector, where she worked as a fitness coach, an injury prevention consultant and a DeLand YMCA wellness coordinator. Along the way, she kept her hand in higher education as an adjunct instructor, before earning an MBA this year from Stetson.