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Shake On It, an interview preparatory event on Sept. 12 which is National Milkshake Day, brought 82 students to St. Petersburg College Downtown.

Students went through stations instructing proper handshakes, tying a tie, dressing for an interview, and non-verbal expressions while interviewing. Students who successfully made it through three stations received a free milkshake from PDQ, compliments of Downtown Student Government Association from PDQ.

The Seminole Campus held a similar event. See photos of Seminole’s Shake On It on the Seminole Campus Facebook page.

Check out a few seconds of the tie-tying demo at SPC Downtown.

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The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 17, at SPC Downtown.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 10 minutes long, are available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

Approval of a construction company for the new Midtown campus

After extensive review and evaluation, the board selected Lema Construction of St. Petersburg as the construction manager for the new facility in Midtown.

The board began again on the process to choose a construction manager for the new Midtown Campus in February after a contractor’s protest discovered a flaw in the procedure for the previous selection.

Eights submissions were received the second time, and all were reviewed by a screening committee that included board member Dale Oliver, community members Ken Burke and Askia Muhammad Aquil, and Provost Kevin Gordon. The committee forwarded four firms to the selection committee, which was made up of Oliver and President Bill Law.

Oliver, who has overseen many construction projects in his career, said he is pleased with the final result. “The way this worked should apply going forward to all the projects,” he said.

President Law said the community’s involvement and confidence is key in a project like this.

The board is expected to approve a contract with Lema Construction and a project timeline at its Oct. 15 meeting.

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:52:45 in the video.

College awards almost $13-million in scholarships

The board Scholarshipsgot an update on the amount and number of scholarships awarded by the college and the St. Petersburg College Foundation.

The breakdown includes about $1.2-million in Foundation scholarships; $2.9-million in institutional scholarships for Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars, Presidential Scholars, fine arts/music students and Honors College students; and $6.2-million for Bright Futures Merit and First Generation scholarships. The rest comes from athletics scholarships, scholarship waivers and other sources.

Applications are now being accepted for St. Petersburg College Foundation scholarships. The deadline for application is Sept. 27.

The board will discuss scholarship programs at its annual planning workshop in December.

One of the issues to consider, Dr. Law said, is the timing of the scholarship selection process. “We’re working on the timing of this,” he said. “We want our best game to be on the table when families are making their decisions in the spring.”

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:34:03 in the video.

Florida State College System Foundation presents $47,030 to the St. Petersburg College Foundation for scholarships

SPC Foundation check presentation

Ken Cherven, chairman of the St. Petersburg College Foundation, accepts a check for more than $47,000 from the Florida College System Foundation for scholarships.

The Florida State College System Foundation awards more than $905,000 in scholarship funds annually to the 28 college system foundations.

St. Petersburg College received $47,030: $13,522 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships; $29,348 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships to first-generation college students; and $4,160 from Bank of America for first-generation college students.

Tom Furlong, SPC policy consultant and former interim president, is chair of the FCS Foundation Board. Board of Trustees attorney Joe Lang also is a member of the foundation’s board.

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A photograph of mixed media artwork entitled "Yggdrasil" by Boo Ehrsam

“Yggdrasil,” mixed media by artist Boo Ehrsam.

The opening reception for the Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance Back to School fall members’ exhibition is 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. The event is free and open to the public at St. Petersburg College Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N.

The exhibition Back to School, which runs through Oct. 8, features a wide range of artists and media. Participating artists include:

  • Julie Maureen Baker
  • Boo Ehrsam
  • Eunice Fisher
  • Jim Kirkman
  • Savelli
  • Carole Shelton
  • Fred Spinks
  • Brandy Stark
  • Judy Vienneau
  • Yvonne Young

Exhibition hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

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The Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance presents Back to School, a fall members’ exhibition, at St. Petersburg College Downtown, TBNweekly.com reported.

The exhibition runs until early October in the building’s second-floor foyer. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sept. 5.

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Men's Success LunchSt. Petersburg College will host a FREE lunch where male students can connect and learn how SPC can help them succeed at every step – from registration to graduation.

Thursday, Aug. 15
Clearwater Campus, ES 104, Noon-2 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 22
Tarpon Springs Campus, FA 132, Noon-2 p.m.
St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SA-114, 12:30-2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5
SPC Downtown, DC 210, Noon-2 p.m.
Seminole Campus, TL 108, Noon-2 p.m.

Learn more about this event.

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Students take advantage of the newly created reading area in the Learning Resources Library at SPC Downtown.

Students take advantage of the newly created reading area in the Learning Resources Library at SPC Downtown.

Learning Resources at St. Petersburg College Downtown is working to encourage students to get into the habit of reading for fun rather than just for assignments. To accomplish this, team members established a Pop-Up Library on the third floor outside the Learning Support Center in April.

The library area has used books and magazines for students to take. Jean Andrews led the effort to acquire a recycled brochure rack, an old bookcase and some bright yellow paint to create a cozy reading area.

The SPC Downtown Learning Resources team hopes that this easy access to leisure reading materials will encourage students to read, which will in turn help improve their writing skills and their overall success both at SPC and in life beyond college.

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Dan Schroeder

Dan Schroeder was nominated as the St. Petersburg College Center of Excellence Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Spotlight due to his efforts at SPC Downtown. He is an example of peer-to-peer mentoring on a collegiate level. Schroeder strives to increase access to difficult curriculum and provides tireless support to his students. He not only raises the bar of expectation for students but helps them reach their potential. His continued open access in the learning commons and hands on approach with his students helps drive his students to success.

Schroeder grew up in Ohio and because of carious career opportunities, has lived and worked in Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Atlanta and Chapel Hill.

He earned a B.S. in Business Marketing from Liberty University; a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) from Life Chiropractic College; a M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine; a M.A. in Pastoral Theology from Barry University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

Prior to joining SPC, his career experience included more than 20 years in technology and health care.

After making a mid-life/mid-career change in order to complete his undergraduate degree, he came to SPC to complete his pre-chiropractic science requirements.

CETL caught up with Schroeder to learn how he became involved in Natural Science.

CETL: Which courses do you teach at SPC?

Schroeder: Human Anatomy; Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Lecture & Labs

CETL: In what modalities to you teach at SPC? (Face-to-face, Blended, or Online?)

Schroeder: Face-to-face

CETL: How did you get started in your field?

Schroeder: I discovered, or rather learned an important life lesson; that serving and helping others offers peace and fulfillment. That fork in the road led me to a career in healthcare as an individual provider, and as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices, and ultimately to return to St. Petersburg College, where the journey began 23 years ago.

CETL: What prepared you for your faculty role?

Schroeder: My journey in business, in healthcare, and in education has been about making a difference, and that journey has uniquely prepared me for what I am doing and where I am doing it; teaching at St. Petersburg College.

CETL: What new developments are happening in your field?

Schroeder: There is a paradigm shift taking place in all of education, certainly in the S.T.E.M. disciplines. Whether it is flipping the classroom, moving the needle, or making thinking visual, educators are integrating the best of pedagogy with technology to meet the students where they are.

CETL: What are your biggest challenges in preparing students for the field of natural science?

Schroeder: Getting students to prepare for coursework in sciences is one of the reasons the Natural Sciences Department, under the leadership of Dean John Chapin, is moving forward with several initiatives.

CETL: What do your students seem to appreciate or enjoy about your class?

Schroeder: The human body is amazing! Students are amazed when they discover something for the first time about how it works. They also enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the classroom.

CETL: What teaching strategy do you find effective?

Schroeder: Engage, engage, engage!

CETL: What are you most excited about regarding your faculty role?

Schroeder: Learning from my students and my peers, both continually amaze and impress me.

Of all the things I’ve accomplished, of all the places I’ve been, teaching at St. Petersburg College is the noblest to which I have aspired – helping others prepare to achieve their dreams, helping others prepare for life’s changes. This is where I am supposed to be.

CETL: What can students do to prepare for a career in your field?

Schroeder: Learn how to learn – it’s a lifelong process.

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