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St. Petersburg College students are hearing the college’s message about the importance of out-of-class support. While students come to the Campus Learning Centers for a variety of reasons, the number who come for free tutoring continues to grow.

Student use of tutoring services in the Campus Learning Centers so far this fall is up 89 percent compared to last fall.

The graphic below shows the breakdown by campus and by discipline of those visits last week for math and statistics, science and reading/writing/speech. Those three areas draw the largest number of students seeking help.

The graphic represents only the visits for Week 9. Total visits in these areas for the semester so far number almost 13,000.


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StartupBus DisplayStudents, do you want to learn how to develop and pitch new apps, ideas and products in today’s fast-paced market?

Join StartupBus Conductor and local entrepreneur Greg Ross-Munro on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Campus, Room ES104.

StartupBus is a 72-hour experience working with a new team to build a product and develop a pitch on a bus barreling toward the South by Southwest (SXSW) tech conference in Austin, Texas, to compete for funding from investors.

The situation forces “buspreneurs” to focus on efficiency, spontaneity and continuous innovation — all crucial factors for launching a successful startup business. A successful startup also requires a range of talents, and StartupBus welcomes them all – from Hustlers (marketing pros) to Hackers (computer programmers) to Hipsters (designers).

Can’t wait to learn more about launching a successful startup business? Visit the startup display in the Clearwater library, check out a great book, and check out the discussion on Oct. 29.

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Learning-Center_Oct-17Thanks to higher faculty participation and a declining stigma related to seeking help, the number of students visiting a St. Petersburg College Learning Center has hit the 10,000 mark – nearly doubling last year’s visits.

Through week 8 of the fall 2013 semester, a total of 10,560 SPC students visited a campus Learning Center. They visited a total of 48,714 times.

Through the mid point of the semester last year, 5,647 students had visited a Learning Center 23,921 times.

“Faculty are spending their office hours in the Learning Centers, which makes them more accessible to their students,” said Joe Leopold, director of learning resources. In fact, faculty held 1,259 office hours in Learning Centers through week 8 of this semester, an increase from 997 hours last year.

While many students visit a Learning Center to use a computer, a total of 2,193 students sought help in one or more subject areas during week 8.

Math is, by far, the most common subject requested for tutoring, followed by writing and science. In all, 142 tutors offer instruction at 10 locations in nearly every subject at SPC.

“We have the best tutors around,” Leopold said. “They offer high quality one-on-one and group tutoring. Students come back for specific tutors.”

Data gathered last year shows that 80 percent of the students who visited a Learning Center at least four times completed their courses with a C or better.

Leopold believes that for some struggling students, seeing faculty members in the tutoring centers has lessened the stigma of asking for help.

“Now, many of them visiting the Learning Centers are the best students we’ve got,” he added.

Below, student Ly Tan, a pre-med major, talks about his experience at the SPC Downtown Learning Center.


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On Aug. 22, St. Petersburg College and the city of Seminole commemorated 10 years of joint-use library services, TBNweekly.com reported.

With funding from the city, the college and the state, the Dennis L. Jones Seminole Community Library at SPC opened on Aug. 10, 2003. “Today, the Seminole Community Library is considered a trailblazer and looked at as a model not just throughout the country, but internationally,” according to the article.

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St. Petersburg College students, faculty and staff can nominate a book for the college’s One Book, One College selection. This year’s common reading program will feature a book with an international or global element.

That may include a book that is set outside the U.S.; has a main character from a country outside the U.S.; is about an international or global issue; or is about an issue in a country outside the U.S.

Books can be fiction or non-fiction.

Other criteria include:

  • Appropriate for a college audience
  • Interesting and appealing
  • Applicable to the course work in many disciplines
  • Easily available in print or e-book
  • Adaptable to programming and events

Nomination forms should be submitted by Sept. 6. The selection will be announced in October.

Previous One Book, One College titles have included The Art of Racing in the Rain; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Water for Elephants; and The Last Lecture.

For more information and to see nominees, go to spcollege.libguides.com/theamazingbook.

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954744_10151737414056827_1427525295_nAn expanded campus bookstore will welcome St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus students.

The Barnes & Noble location at the campus has moved from the small space in the lobby of the University Partnership Building to the Library. The store is on the first floor, to the left of the main entrance.

Check out photos of the new store on the campus’ Facebook page.

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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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It remains unclear how involved the city of Clearwater will be in a project to build a new library at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The college has to pick an architect, probably in August, according to the article. Then the city and SPC will have to determine how much Clearwater will put toward the project’s estimated $6 million to $10 million cost.

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The St. Petersburg-based band O Som Do Jazz performed a free concert at the West St. Petersburg Community Library on April 4.

St. Petersburg College hosted the Jazz in the Stacks event that drew a crowd to hear the Brazilian music. The concert was held in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month.

The band recaptures the spirit of 1960s-80s Brazilian Bossa Nova, samba-jazz and Música Popular Brasileira. It features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson and musicians experienced in Brazilian music.

The set list included:

  • Batucada
  • Ela e Carioca
  • Samba de Orly
  • Estamos Ai
  • Tarde en Itapoa
  • Sambou Sambou
  • Nana
  • Piano na Mangeira
  • Alta Noite
  • Madalena

“It’s a pleasure to share our favorite Brazilian music with American audiences,” said Dr. David Manson, a SPC professor and band member. “We hope to see some familiar faces at our next performance on the May 5 Latin American Celebration at Vinoy Park.”

See more photos from the band’s performance on the college’s Facebook page.

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It rained cats and dogs last week but people at the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus were more focused on the animals at the April 4 adopt-a-thon.

Three dogs and a kitten were adopted at the event that drew 135 people. Representatives from Pasco County Animal Services and Placing Misplaced Pets attended and brought animals that were up for adoption.

Faculty, staff and students were given the opportunity to learn about the benefits of having a pet, according to the event’s organizers.

The event was part of the One Book One College series at SPC. The college selects a book every year to feature in its common reading program. This year’s choice is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. The story is about a dog named Enzo, who yearns to be human and learns what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person.

Ten SPC student volunteers participated in the adopt-a-thon including members of the campus’ Student Government Association and the Latinos United Club. Pasco County Commissioner Pat Mulieri also was at the event and worked as a volunteer for Pasco County Animal Services.

Despite the severe weather outside, people who came to see the animals said they enjoyed the adopt-a-thon and found it “therapeutic.” Some students said they had recently lost pets and wanted to see the animals including a student who missed his dog he had to leave behind with family back home.

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page.

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