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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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HeliosThe Helios Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College. The 18-piece jazz big band is a college course that meets weekly to rehearse under the direction of SPC professor David Manson.

Members of the band include jazz professionals, music educators, SPC alumni and current students at the college. The ensemble has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Festival, Salvador Dali Museum, Palladium Theater and St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.

“Radiant Forces” is a compilation of video from four live concerts given by the Helios Jazz Orchestra. The project was funded through a 2012 FGO Creativity grant received by David Manson. The first chapter of the DVD is from a concert of spy music from film and T.V. performed at the Ybor Jazz Festival. The second chapter features Helios with singer Lorri Hafer at the event venue NOVA 535. The third chapter featured singer Bryan Hughes at the SPC Music Center. The DVD closes with Helios and singer Whitney James at NOVA 535. “Radiant Forces” is being given to area music educators and potential SPC students.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra looks forward to a summer performance at the Palladium Theater Side Door.

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Child's Play

Kevin Grass
Child’s Play, 2013
Acrylic on panel, 60 x 44 in.

The new exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art celebrates the creative and wide-ranging talents and accomplishments of the St. Petersburg College art faculty.

The show demonstrates the commitment and dedication of the arts faculty to art education while also displaying high standards for their own artistic development.

One work in the exhibition showcases faculty members in another way. The painting Child’s Play by Kevin Grass, show here, features images of arts faculty members from the Clearwater Campus: Jonathan Barnes (on the ladder), Kim Kirchman (in the swing) and Frank Duffy (in the blue shirt). Kevin Grass’ wife Michaela Oberlaender (in the tree) teaches art history classes at the college.

The exhibition opened the week of March 6 and continues through April 20.

The exhibition features works by full-time art faculty members Jonathan Barnes, Barton Gilmore, Kevin Grass, Marjorie Greene and Kimberly Kirchman.

Participating adjunct faculty are Linda Berghoff, Frank Duffy, Ya La’Ford, Francesco Gillia, Barbara Hubbard, Elizabeth Indianos, Susan Johnson, Chris Otten, Rebecca Skelton, McKenzie Smith and Joseph Weinzettle.

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St. Petersburg College Science Professor Shannon McQuaig was part of a Fox 13 news report looking at germs and silverware. The report looked at iFork products – flatware that includes a small bead of steel on the underside of each piece so the utensil doesn’t rest on the table.

McQuaig gathered samples from dining tables at four restaurants as part of the report’s look at the benefit of using the iFork products.

The report also is available on the college’s YouTube channel.



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RajaramDr. Lakshminarayan Rajaram, a math professor on the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus, recently received a prestigious Hind Rattan Award for 2014 in recognition of his outstanding teaching/research services globally and achievements in the fields of biostatistics, mathematics and public health.

This award is given to distinguished non-resident Indians who have made exceptional contributions to society through their achievements in their respective fields. This honor is bestowed by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Society of India, an organization under the umbrella of the Government of India.

Dr. Rajaram was one of the 25 recipients selected from the worldwide Indian diaspora by an advisory board that includes former Prime Minister of India. He received the award from the Central Minister Tariq Anwar at a gala ceremony during the 33rd International Congress of NRIs in the historic Ashok Hotel on the eve of Republic Day in New Delhi. Dr. Rajaram also participated in the Republic Day parade celebrations as a special guest of the NRI diaspora.

As an invited faculty and a keynote speaker, Dr. Rajaram teaches highly intense courses and workshops in research methods, clinical research and statistical methodologies as applied to clinical and public health research in countries such as China, Ecuador, India, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and West Africa.

Before coming to SPC in 2000, Dr. Rajaram worked as a biostatistician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, in the Clinical Research Division of a pharmaceutical company, and the Institute of Aging at the University of South Florida.

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In a report from WFLA.com, SPC Professor Adrian Tillman, a practicing software engineer, shared information about how cell phones can be tracking where users have been without them knowing it.

“We live in an information society now and information is everywhere,” Tillman said in a the report. “It’s a beautiful thing, but at the same time you have the gift and you have the curse.”

Tillman, who is at the Tarpon Springs Campus, teaches classes in computer and information technology and has been developing large scale software systems across many different industries and platforms for the last 10 years, according to his faculty page.

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Dr. Jennifer Haber, SPC Communications FacultySt. Petersburg College communications professor Dr. Jennifer Haber received a national award for using social media and technology to engage her students.

Haber is the 2013 recipient of Crestron’s Summum Bonum Award. Latin for “the highest good,” the national award is presented to teachers with a track record of improving student achievement and making a difference in the lives of their students.

A national provider of classroom equipment, Crestron will present Haber with a plaque and a check for $2,000 at an event on the Tarpon Springs Campus on Jan. 15, 2014.

“Technology is everywhere and evolves constantly,” Haber said. “As educators it’s important that we keep trying new technologies that can help our students be better learners.”

Haber finds time to learn about and test new technologies by utilizing the resources and expertise her campus Instructional Design Technologist (IDT) provides.

“Jennifer is always reaching out to explore new ways to solve challenges with technology,” said Karen Hesting, Tarpon Springs IDT. “She is not just adding technology to make her course shiny. She is doing it to help her students succeed.”

Each term she picks one or two new technologies to learn about and decide if they will help her students be more successful. This term it was Facebook groups and ANGEL rubrics.

Facebook Groups

FacebookOn Facebook, students not only are responding, but also are initiating conversations on content and reaching out to her and other students.

“It’s not about being complicated or overly techie but about knowing your audience and learning how to communicate with this generation where they are at,” she said. “I login to ANGEL maybe once a day to check for student communications. Facebook notices on my phone are an ongoing conversation with my students. I want them to know I am available. It’s not like I respond instantly all the time. But when I can and it matters – I do.”

Dr. Jennifer Haber Facebook conversation

Sample Facebook Group conversation with students.

ANGEL Rubrics

ANGEL 8 includes a grading rubric that connects to drop boxes, discussion forums, and essay type assessment questions. Check out a recent Technology Project and the Rubric developed for the assignment.

Top Tech Tools

Here are a few of Haber’s top technology and social media picks and how she uses them:
Top Tech Tools

  1. ANGEL rubrics – for grading
  2. Google Voice – for communication
  3. Facebook – for discussion
  4. Twitter – for content/readings
  5. SnagIt – for paper review
  6. Turnitin – for paper review and plagiarism detection
  7. YouTube – for content
  8. Camtasia – for content

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Awards and conferences

In addition to the recent Crestron award, Haber also received the CETL Critical Thinking Grant (2012) and Travel Grant (2013). Funds from the travel grant were used to present at the Sloan Blended Learning Conference in July 2013 in Milwaukee, WI. She also attended the Campus Technology conference this summer in Boston.


Dr. Jennifer Haber has been teaching at SPC for 15 years, full-time for the last 12. Her educational background is in teaching and technology. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in English from the University of Florida and University of Central Florida respectively. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. At home, she is a soccer mom with two children ages 8 and 11. She loves to travel with her husband and children and has a goal for her children to visit all 50 states.

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