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On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Men Achieving Excellence, the African-American and Latino Male initiative in partnership with Student Life and Leadership hosted the Student vs. Staff Basketball game at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

This event consisted of faculty and staff members from various campuses taking on the students in a friendly game of basketball. This event allowed students and faculty and staff members to come together in an informal session and have a fun.

The event kicked off with a ceremonial jump ball with Provost Karen Kaufman-White. At the end, the faculty/staff team limped away with a 45-37 win.


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J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs' Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock celebrates being named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

J.C. Brock, retired Chief Executive Officer at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center, was named Honorary Fire Chief by the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs’ Association on June 25.

PCFCA President Chief Bert Polk, along with fellow fire chiefs, county staff and SPC Fire Training Center staff, met with Brock to recognize his contributions to fire service education and the fire academy over the years.

Brock retired as the Allstate Center’s Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

View the SPC Facebook gallery to view more photos from the event.

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Professors Emeriti banner

At Fall Faculty on Thursday, Aug. 14, St. Petersburg College will honor 10 Professors Emeriti who have been nominated by faculty and staff. Before this year’s Fall Faculty event, share your memories and congratulate this year’s emeriti on the SPC Faculty blog.

The annual Professors Emeriti awards honor some of the engaging, caring faculty who have helped generations of students succeed.

Read their stories on the SPC Faculty blog and take time to honor them with your well wishes. The comments you leave will be included in a keepsake book for each honoree.

The Professors Emeriti for 2014 are:

See the bios of previous honorees:

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St. Petersburg College welcomes three new members to its leadership team. They include:

  • Dr. Susan Colaric, Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Services
  • Dr. Charles “Scott” Fronrath, Provost, Allstate Center
  • Dr. Marvin L. Bright, Provost, Tarpon Springs Campus
Susan Colaric

Susan Colaric

Dr. Susan Colaric has served as the Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology at Saint Leo University since 2006. In this role she coordinated the development of online courses and was responsible for faculty professional development related to the appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning.

She has worked in the fields of online and instructional technology for 15 years, has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at national and international conferences. Her research over the last decade has focused on faculty use of technology to enhance student learning and the management of distance learning programs.

Colaric earned her doctorate in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University; she holds a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Charles “Scott” Fronrath

Charles “Scott” Fronrath

Dr. Charles “Scott” Fronrath comes to SPC from Keiser University, where he served as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. His responsibilities include leadership and development of baccalaureate and associate degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security, cyber forensics, crime scene technology, forensic investigations, legal studies, business, information technology, and graphic arts and design. He is also an adjunct faculty at Palm Beach State College.

Dr. Fronrath has 17 years of law enforcement experience. His teaching experience includes police tactics and officer survival techniques for a variety of law enforcement agencies throughout Florida. He has been very involved in the community and serves on several boards, committees, and labor unions, including the Police Benevolent Association, International Union of Police Association, Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association, the National Police Canine Association, and National Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Inlet Grove Community High School Governing Board, and the Palm Beach County School Advisory Council. He also serves as an evaluator for the Department of Justice; Bureau of Justice Assistance, and several criminal justice organizations.

As an educational leader in today’s progressive career driven society he believes the optimal goal must be to empower students to take control of their educational journey and provide for them a focus that ensures necessary skill development designed to help them obtain a meaningful career.

He holds a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Administration.

His first day at SPC is June 23, 1014.

Marvin L. Bright

Marvin L. Bright

Dr. Marvin L. Bright is from the Virginia Community College System where he serves as the Chief Officer of Student Success Initiatives. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) oversees a network of 23 community colleges in Virginia.

Prior to this role, Dr. Bright served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus where he provided leadership as the Provost responsible for advancing the College’s mission and strategic plan by articulating the resources needed to ensure that the campus efficiently and effectively developed and delivered requisite programs and services.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Bright has held several administrative positions in academic and student services, including Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Director of Athletics, Associate Professor and Counselor.

Dr. Bright’s philosophy on student success is simply put: that students derive the greatest benefit from their college experience when their levels of campus engagement – academic, civic, global awareness, civility, and respect for diversity – are mutually supportive of and relevant to a particular educational outcome.

A community college graduate himself, Dr. Bright also holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Towson University, a master’s in Educational Psychology from Temple University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University.

His first day at SPC is July 14, 2014.

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J.C. Brock, Campus Executive Officer for Allstate Center

J.C. Brock, Campus Executive Officer for Allstate Center

J.C. Brock doesn’t know a stranger. Whether it’s the night janitor or a prominent official, Brock has a smile, a handshake and personal greeting for them all.

After a quarter century of working for and leading public safety and criminal justice programs at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center, Brock will retire as Campus Executive Officer on June 30.

“I’ve had a great team over the past 25 years,” said Brock, who began his career in education in 1989, shortly after the Allstate Center opened. “I am very appreciative of all my colleagues. Historically we’ve always had very, very pleasant and professional relationships.”

Since 1960, the Southeastern Public Safety Institute (SEPSI) at SPC has offered specialized training and education for those preparing to enter a public safety profession, in-service professionals and administrators. Today, SEPSI includes in-service training for law enforcement officers and public safety training academies for recruits.

The Allstate Center also is home to the College of Public Safety Administration, which offers academic degrees and grant-funded training programs through the Center for Public Safety Innovation.

Brock was hired in 1989 as an ethics instructor by former SPC President Carl Kuttler, who wanted to bolster the college’s reputation in applied ethics.

At the time, Brock was a lieutenant for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, having spent 12 years in law enforcement. During that time, he worked in narcotics and undercover investigations, and eventually administered training and personnel programs.

It was in his roles at the sheriff’s office and later at SPC that Brock strengthened the relationship between the two agencies forged by former Allstate Associate Provost Bob Tegarden. In 2000, Brock was promoted to replace Tegarden as associate provost.

“He was a pioneer in law enforcement (training) and I was very fortunate to take over something that he spent almost 30 years building,” said Brock.

Ten years ago, Brian Frank pursued the job of law enforcement academy coordinator at SPC because of the reputation Brock built for it.

“He’s a large part of why I wanted to work here and the reputation we’ve achieved at the training center,” said Frank, who is now dean of the College of Public Safety Administration and training center director. “He’s been a great mentor to me. He’s been able to build an international presence and at the same time fostered great relationships with our local agencies.”

While leading Allstate, Brock helped oversee federal grant funding for law enforcement training through the Center for Public Safety Innovation. At its funding peak, the center was bringing in more than $33 million in grants to train local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

The center is led by Executive Director Eileen LaHaie and today offers training on an international scale. LaHaie has spent her 20-year career at SPC working with or for Brock.

“Once you earned his trust and proved yourself to him, he trusted your judgment and let you run your own shop,” said LaHaie. “He was very big on making sure that all the departments at Allstate knew what the others were doing and making sure we didn’t operate in silos. He also wanted everyone to know how our work fit in with the college overall.”

LaHaie said Brock’s retirement party May 9 summed up his tenure.

“The amount of people who showed up; the breadth and depth of the people who were there, that kind of said it all,” LaHaie said. “It really showed the impact he’s had on so many people’s lives.”

Ask Brock and he’ll tell you his proudest accomplishment was “seeing the growth of so many people moving into leadership roles. We had a very large group of talented people who went on to take leadership roles at outside agencies and here at the college.”

Upon his retirement, Brock will continue to enjoy golfing and all things related to Florida State University.

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Conferlete Carney, Provost, SPC Tarpon Springs Campus

Conferlete Carney, Provost, SPC Tarpon Springs Campus

After almost 18 years of service on behalf of students, Tarpon Springs Provost Conferlete Carney will bid farewell to St. Petersburg College when he retires June 30.

Under Carney’s leadership, the college has undergone many large-scale system implementations and projects, including:

Ann Larsen, Director, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, described Carney as a tremendous support during the LRMA accreditation process.

“Dr. Carney has been a real champion for the value of the arts to a complete education, and has supported our efforts to grow LRMA as a learning laboratory for all fields of study at SPC,” Larsen said.

Carney, who has served as Provost at the Tarpon Springs Campus since 2008, describes his time at SPC as a meaningful experience both personally and professionally.

“I get intrinsic joy out of having worked on major projects and seeing them come into fruition,” Carney said. “My experience here has been very rewarding.”

It was at SPC that he found a rewarding second career in higher education as Director of Administrative Information Systems (AIS) in 1996. He moved up to become Vice President of Information Systems and Institutional Research two years later.

In 2001, Conferlete assumed the additional responsibility of Vice President of Business Services, Budgeting and Planning, a role in which he was responsible for the college’s financial reporting, budget planning and institutional effectiveness.

Conferlete said he had a vision many years ago that he would one day work on a college campus.

“It was like a premonition,” he said. “I saw myself walking on the sidewalk towards this building with a briefcase in my hand, and I knew it was in higher education but I didn’t know where it was.”

As it turns out, the building he saw was the Allstate Center, which is where the SPC data center was located at that time.

“When I got the job at the Allstate Center, I knew that was the job that I had seen a few years before in the vision,” he said.

It also was through an SPC-sponsored leadership initiative that he earned his doctoral degree in higher education administration and met Angela Picard, the woman who would later become his wife.

“We met as part of the doctorial cohort,” Carney said about a program initiative at the University of Florida that aimed to help develop future leaders in higher education. Nationally, higher education is experiencing a leadership gap due to the retirements of many higher education leaders and SPC, at the time, initiated the program to help selected administrators earn their doctoral degrees. “My wife was a part of that initial cohort and I met her through the program and we got married.”

Before starting his career at SPC, Carney retired from a 27-year career at GTE Corporation, where he held a wide range of management and executive positions in advanced switching, networking and information processing technologies.

Although he retires June 30, he will begin leave on June 6 and will begin traveling with his wife. He plans to spend much of his time traveling, indulging in hobbies such as stargazing and visiting Civil War historical sites, and renovating his condo in New York.

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St. Petersburg College’s Seminole Campus and the City of Seminole/Seminole Community Library celebrated their partnership with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the new Environmental Path. The ceremony also included the planting of two live oaks to signify the enduring partnership and dedication of a bench along the path donated by the Friends of the Seminole Library.

Cutting the ribbon along with Seminole Campus Provost Jim Olliver are Library Director Michael Bryan, Mayor Leslie Waters, Student Government President Jonathan Jacques and a host of faculty, staff, friends and city officials:

ribbon cutting

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