Flagler College's 2022 Science Sunset Cruise Showcases Research Conducted by Faculty and Students and Raises Support for Natural Sciences Program

Someone is holding the Sunset Cruise invitation with water and a lighthouse in the background
July 16, 2022
On June 23rd, the Science Advisory Board of Flagler College hosted the Science Sunset Cruise, aboard the luxury catamaran, Sabrage, to benefit the college's growing Coastal Environmental Science & Biology programs.


This fun and enriching experience was a night to remember for all guests. They immersed themselves in delicious tapas, signature drinks, science stations, and breathtaking scenery from the St. Augustine coastal waterways. The event showcased research conducted by faculty and students, raised awareness of Flagler sciences in the community, and grew support for the natural sciences program.

In total, the event raised $15,185 to help support scholarships for students, research opportunities for faculty, and programmatic needs.

Members of the Science Advisory Board in attendance included, Dr. Van Cogley (Chair), Ryan Carter, Chris Callegari, George Waters, and Pam Way. 

During the fun, a raffle to win an Aerial Tour of St. Augustine in a Cessna Skylane 182, a 2-night stay at Voco Hotel, and a $100 gift certificate for Salt Life Food Shack were awarded to Pam and Chris Way.


The first science program at Flagler College was established by Professors, Dr. Barbara Blonder and Dr. Terri Seron in 2008 with the creation of the Environmental Science Minor.  The Coastal Environmental Science (CES) major was added in 2013 and has since grown into one of Flagler’s most popular programs.

The Coastal Environmental Science program revolves heavily around all students' experiential learning and undergraduate research. They gain hands-on experience while accomplishing scientific research through field and lab studies to prepare them for the real world.

To further expand, a biology minor was established in 2017 and converted to a Bachelor of Science degree in 2020.

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was created in 2020 and serves as the primary connection between the science community and the Department of Natural Sciences at Flagler College. They dedicate their time working hard to keep the community engaged in raising funds for scholarships and programmatic needs. The board members also ensure students have mentorship and guidance when pursuing their passions in science.

To view additional photos from the Science Sunset Cruise, please click here.