AUGUST 2, 2016 – NAPLES, FLA. – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) Biology Professor Tina Ottman was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. As a board member, she joins a diverse group of volunteers who govern, think critically, and steward council finances to best serve the needs of girls and the council.
A proud Girl Scout alumna, troop leader, and lifetime member, she is especially excited to create and support opportunities for girls that merge her two passions, science and art, with her love of Girl Scouts.
The first of these new opportunities was a week-long STEAM Camp held at the FSW Collier Campus in July for 26 girls in the seventh and eighth grades. The program was fully facilitated by FSW faculty and students from the FSW Collier Campus with a “full STEAM” focus on science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math. Activities included DNA extraction, blood typing, crime scene analysis with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Division, a trip to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, and various art projects.
Ottman hopes this will be the first of many partnership programs between FSW and Girl Scouts. “By developing a partnership between the Girl Scouts and FSW, we can strengthen what both of our organizations do and provide new opportunities for learning, especially in the science and math areas.”
“Being a Girl Scout was the best thing I ever did growing up,” Ottman said. “It shaped my character, impacted who I’ve become, and developed my interest in science and art.”
About Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and serves nearly 7,000 girls in ten counties including Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Glades, Lee, Hendry, and Collier. For more information about Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida visit www.gsgcf.org.
Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving 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. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.