WGCU TV is putting the finishing touches on a new 30 minute program highlighting the success and the impact of the FGCU Eagles men's basketball team. Dunk City...We Are FGCU is set to premiere on WGCU HD TV, Friday, May 31 @ 8:30 pm. The program will feature interviews with many of the "stars" of the 2013 Men's Basketball team. Join us for a look back at the Eagles remarkable season. And stay tune for more information about the show.
Don't miss WGCU's MAKERS: Women Who Make Southwest Florida programs. Twenty one Southwest Florida women will inspire you with their passion, determination, creativity and humility. The dates and times are listed below. The programs air on WGCU HDTV 30.1/Cable 3 & 440/Dish & Direct TV 30.
Friday, March 1 @ 8:30 pm...Part 1
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlights Barbara Mainster, executive director of Redlands Christian Migrant Association; Andrea Clark Brown, architect and director of Up Art Design Gallery; Carmen Rey-Gomez, director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University; and Gail Markham, CPA and co-founder of the PACE School for Girls. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood.
Sunday, March 24 @ Noon ... Part 2
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlights Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services; Carla Brooks Johnston, (1940-2008), author and mayor of Sanibel; Ellie Boyd, founding member of Responsible Growth Coalition; and Marty Valiant, public health officer (Ret.) for Hendry and Glades counties. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood.
Tuesday, March 26 @ 8 pm
MAKERS: Women Who Made Southwest Florida
A look at the hardy female pioneers who came to Southwest Florida in the early 20th century, determined to carve a community out of the wilds. Some – like Mina Edison – emerged from the shadows of more famous husbands to leave an indelible mark. Others – like Deaconess Harriet Bedell, Bernice Russell and Mother Perry – bridged racial divides. Discover how such strong, capable – and often overlooked – women laid the groundwork for the Southwest Florida of today. Produced by Janina Birtolo.
Tuesday, March 26 @ 8:30 pm...Part 3
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlights Susan A. Bridges, president of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs; Ann Reisner Jacobson, Community Relations committee chair for the Jewish Federation of Collier County; Karen Clawson, founder and executive director of K is for Kids Foundation; and Hilary Swain, executive director of the Archbold Biological Station. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood.
Sunday, March 31 @ 11:30 am..Part 4
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlights Sharon MacDonald, chief foundation officer for the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation; Reiko Niiya, concertmaster and violinist for the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra; Veronica Shoemaker, Civil Rights activist and City Council member, Fort Myers; and Trudi K. Williams, CEO of TKW Consulting Engineers and former Florida legislator. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood.
Sunday, April 7 @ 11:30 am..Part 5
Portraits of women who have impacted Southwest Florida through their contributions in the arts, business, education, healthcare, politics, the environment and social justice. This episode highlights Lalai Hamric, president and C.E.O (Ret.) of Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida; Rae Ann Wessel, director of Natural Resource Policy for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation; Nely Rodriguez, leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Women’s Group; Ellen Peterson (1923-2011), founder of the Happehatchee Center and the Calusa Group of the Sierra Club; Ellin Goetz, former chair of the Conservation Collier campaign. Produced by Chelle Koster Walton and Joan Wood.
Thanks to everyone who nominated dynamic, trailblazing women who are 'making' Southwest Florida through their contributions to the arts, business, education, politics and through their work in environmental or social justice issues. More than 200 women were nominated from Aug.-Oct. 1.Please click here to see who our selection committee decided we will feature in our online video and audio portraits. We'll also be producing radio stories about these exceptional women who have impacted Southwest Florida’s past, present and future by:
Serving as the “first” in their field
Affecting lasting change
Defying social norms
Leaving a legacy
Find out more about the national PBS/AOL initiative that inspired our local effort here -- MAKERS.
A quiet revolution is fomenting, with its epicenter here in Southwest Florida, where a handful of entrepreneurial pioneers are on a quest to develop renewable biofuels as alternatives to fossil fuels. It is a revolution that could create tens of thousands of jobs, have a profound impact on the national economy, change the way Americans fuel their cars and move the nation further down the path toward the elusive goal of energy independence.
Writer/Producer/Narrator: Rod Clarke
In 1885, a single, sensational catch at Sanibel Island’s Tarpon Bay made international news -- and revolutionized sport fishing. For the first time on record, a mighty, silver-sided tarpon was taken on a rod and reel, a feat that created a frenzy for the fierce-fighting fish -- and made southwest Florida the epicenter of a brand-new sport. The newly crowned Silver King of fish lured celebrities and presidents, and transformed Southwest Florida into the birthplace of big game fishing.
Writer/Producer: Lynne Howard Frazer
Narrator: Peter Thomas
In the 1700s, Europeans dubbed the Indians living in Florida the "Seminoles" - the "wild ones." Three wars were fought in the 1800s to remove the Indians from Florida, but the Seminoles survived - and never signed a peace treaty. The unconquered Seminoles adapted to life in the Everglades, eventually thriving in the modern world while preserving their cultural traditions. One of 48 episodes of our Untold Stories series on the history of Southwest Florida.
Writer/Producer: Lynne Howard Frazer
Alaska artist R.T. Wallen spent two years on Sanibel Island, Florida, creating two 10-foot high bronze pilots. They commemorate the heroic Russian and American aviators who flew 8,000 warplanes from the U.S. to the Russian fronts under the Lend-Lease Program.
Writer: Janina Birtolo
Producer: Joel Banow
Since the discovery of his treasure-filled tomb in 1922, King Tutankhamun has captured the imaginations of people around the world. The Emmy-nominated TUTANKHAMUN AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PHARAOHS highlights the celebrated exhibit of Tutankhamun artifacts - the most impressive collection ever assembled outside of Egypt - at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. These objects - ranging from everyday housewares to ornate gold crowns - offer a compelling portrait of the tumultuous times of Tutankamun and his fabled family. A special exhibition section explores the mystery of Tutankhamun's death (theories range from murder to a tragic hunting accident) through CT scans performed on the young pharaoh's mummified remains. Additionally, a realistic, life-sized bust created by forensic specialists allows visitors to gaze into ancient monarch's face.
Perhaps best-known as simply the wife of Thomas Edison--was a remarkable woman in her own right who left an indelible mark on the world, specifically on the Edison's Winter home in Fort Myers. Like the private and public gardens that Mina sowed and tended so dearly, her work in Fort Myers planted the seeds for growth, change and beautification--that can still be seen today.
Writer/Producer: Jennifer Fairfield Williams
The brilliantly colored paintings of Jonathan Green are rooted in his Gullah heritage, the life and landscape of South Carolina's East Coast. Choreographer William Starrett, a great admirer of Green's work, has created a full-length ballet, "Off the Wall & Onto the Stage," that translates these images to the contemporary stage, blending dance, music, and art.
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