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right foot flier - FINALSPC students are invited to a free event, Off on the Right Foot: strategies of successful students, to familiarize themselves with college life on Friday, Aug. 22. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus in ES 104 and was funded by a 2014 SPC Foundation Innovation Grant.

The goal of the pilot program is to help students discover campus resources, attend workshops to learn good study and life skills, and meet other SPC students, faculty and support staff.

The program includes a number of 40-minute workshops on topics that include:

  • Turn a Syllabus Into a Semester Plan
  • Work Smarter: Tips From ‘A’ Students
  • Balancing School and Life Demands
  • Study Skills for Math and Science Courses
  • Match Your Major to Your Dream Job
  • Maximizing Financial Aid and Scholarships

Free breakfast and lunch is provided and a few students will leave with prizes that include a bookstore gift card, a graphing calculator or a Nook tablet.

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-ins are accepted if seats are available on the day of the event. For more information, contact Jenica Ibarra, Reference and Instruction Librarian in Learning Resources, at 727-791-2771.

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The Seminole Community Library will be the location of the grand opening of the SPC’s new Innovation Lab next week.

YOU’RE INVITED:
SPC employees and the public are invited to the grand opening
Tuesday, June 3
11 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m.
Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College
9200 113th St., Seminole, LI 201.

The lab serves as a creative environment, often called a makerspace, that will provide people with common interests like computers, technology, science or digital arts a location to socialize and collaborate on ideas and learn new skills. Visitors to the SPC location will be able to learn how to program different devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board.

The lab offers:

  • 3-D printer
  • FreeFab3D Monolith 3D Printer built locally using other 3D printers
  • littleBits Synth Kit
  • Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board Experimentation Kit
  • Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface with Pro Tools Express
  • An iMac, 2 Linux computers, and 1 Windows computer
  • A variety of Open Source Software applications for 3D printing, design etc.
  • MaKey MaKey: Original Invention Kit
  • Cubelets KT06 Kit
  • ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
  • 2 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kits
  • Apollo Precision Tools 53-Piece Tool Kit
  • Parallax Programmable Boe-Bot Robot Kit
  • Elenco Deluxe Learn To Solder Kit
  • Samsung 32-Inch 1080p LED HDTV with Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype Calls
  • Chromecast
  • Online File Distribution System for access to project files, open access resources, etc.
  • Reference collection including books and magazines

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The public is invited to the grand opening of the Innovation Lab
Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 11 a.m.-noon and 6-7 p.m.
Where: Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College
9200 113th St, Seminole, LI 201

Beginning in June, budding creators and innovators can share ideas, create robots, learn or sharpen programming skills and build objects using 3-D printers at St. Petersburg College’s new Innovation Lab. The space, located in the Seminole Community Library, provides a modern, technologically advanced version of your dad’s garage, so to speak.

The lab’s grand opening is June 3 in room 201 from 11 a.m. – noon and 6 to 7 p.m. at SPC’s Seminole Campus. The event, at 9200 113th St., Seminole, is open to the public.

These creative learning environments, often called makerspaces, are growing in popularity, said Information Services Librarian Chad Mairn, who received a $3,500 Innovation Grant from the St. Petersburg College Foundation to start the lab.

“For years we’ve been more consumption oriented, but now the trend is moving towards creating while discovering things yourself,” said Mairn. “With these technology tools, you can design and build things, learn, and share ideas instead of passively consuming information.”

The space will provide an area where people with common interests like computers, technology, science or digital arts can socialize and collaborate on ideas and learn new skills. In SPC’s lab, which is open to the public, visitors can learn how to program different devices, such as the Raspberry Pi, the Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board and the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board.

Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce shows off the cookie cutter she created in SPC’s Innovation Lab.

Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce shows off the cookie cutter she created in SPC’s Innovation Lab.

“That lab is going to be phenomenal,” said Instructional Technologist Nancy Munce, who used the 3-D printer to create a cookie cutter she designed from scratch. “Those printers are still wickedly expensive; too expensive to have at home. The potential to learn valued skills is remarkable.”

Munce saw Mairn’s enthusiastic Facebook post about the lab and took him up on his offer to get involved. She was looking to prepare cookies for a friend who was graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

She figured out how to use Adobe Illustrator to create an outline for the cookie cutter and then used a 3-D CAD (computer-assisted design) program for the rest.

“I poked around and somehow figured it all out,” said Munce. “Basically this saved me from having to cut three dozen cookies by hand.”

In addition to the printer, the lab will have:

  • FreeFab3D Monolith 3D Printer built locally using other 3D printers
  • littleBits Synth Kit
  • Arduino Genuine Mega 2560 Circuit Board Experimentation Kit
  • Avid Fast Track Duo Audio Interface with Pro Tools Express
  • An iMac, 2 Linux computers, and 1 Windows computer
  • A variety of Open Source Software applications for 3D printing, design etc.
  • MaKey MaKey: Original Invention Kit
  • Cubelets KT06 Kit
  • ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
  • 2 CanaKit Raspberry Pi Ultimate Starter Kits
  • Apollo Precision Tools 53-Piece Tool Kit
  • Parallax Programmable Boe-Bot Robot Kit
  • Elenco Deluxe Learn To Solder Kit
  • Samsung 32-Inch 1080p LED HDTV with Logitech TV Cam HD for Skype Calls
  • Chromecast
  • Online File Distribution System for access to project files, open access resources, etc.
  • Reference collection including books and magazines

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Applications for the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s Innovation Grants Initiative are now available on the Foundation website: www.spcollege.edu/foundation/docs/IG-Application2013-14.pdf.

SPC administrators, faculty, staff and student groups with faculty advisors are encouraged to apply. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 1.

Innovation Grants provide financial resources to implement programs that broaden the scope of the curriculum, deepen the college experience and improve student success. Grant awards of up to $3,500 are made possible by the SPC Foundation and the generosity of its donors. Please visit the Foundation website for more information.

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SPC Foundation Innovation Grant luncheon at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

SPC Foundation Innovation Grant luncheon at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The leaders of 16 projects that found innovative ways to promote success for students were honored Tuesday for their efforts.

The projects, all winners of 2012-13 Innovation Grants from the St. Petersburg College Foundation, were spread throughout various disciplines and impacted students and faculty in ways to promote achievement.

“You should feel very proud,” President Bill Law told the honorees. “This is world-class learning. It’s what we want for our community. It’s what we want for our college. It’s what we want for our kids.”

The St. Petersburg College Foundation, with support from the community and the college, awards about $50,000 each year in Innovation Grants of up to $3,500 each. Applications for the 2013-14 grants will be accepted later this semester.

The winners were:

Monica Lara presents "Marine Science: Support Critical Thinking & Student Success."

SPC Foundation Innovation Grant winner Monica Lara presents “Marine Science: Support Critical Thinking & Student Success.”

Jennifer Bawell, Student Cultural Enrichment Program

  • Established a Culture Pass Program to provide passes to local museums and cultural centers that could be “checked out” like other library materials from the West St. Petersburg Community Library at SPC. It is an innovative way to get students to gain first-hand experience with the humanities, arts, culture, history and local resources. The passes included the Dali Museum, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg Fine Arts Center, the Florida Holocaust Museum and St. Petersburg History Museum.

Sue Blanchard and Bruce Brodney, Peer-to-Peer Support for Pre-Professional Teachers

  • Established a peer mentoring program for new College of Education students, who had expressed a need for assistance with organization and time management skills required at the professional level. The peer mentors were available before and after classes and on the virtual commons every evening from 8 to 10 p.m.

“They spent most of their time helping with organization,” Blanchard said Tuesday. “And perseverance. Sometimes, you just need somebody beside you to keep you going,” she said.

Every student who was mentored under the program during the spring semester has re-enrolled in the College of Education in the fall semester.

SPC Foundation Innovation Grant winners Christine Patel and Susan Blanchard

From left: SPC Foundation Innovation Grant winners Christine Patel and Susan Blanchard.

Meg Delgato, It STEMs from Money: Grant Writing 101 for Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

  • Provided five one-day seminars for 50 students enrolled at St. Petersburg College. The target audience included students seeking future employment in STEM fields.

Teresa Gaskill, Improving Students’ Understanding of Science through Visual and Quantitative Data Collection

  • Aimed to improve retention and success rates of students in the biology for non-majors laboratory class (BSC 1005L) by showing students how good science can be fun and approachable. The laboratory exercises (more than 10 years old) were redesigned to be more dynamic and hands-on.

Timothy Godcharles, Making the Move: Moving Your Face-to-Face Course Online

  • Established a “summer camp” to help a group of faculty develop an online course. Many experienced face-to-face instructors looking to move their courses online have had difficulty knowing which interactive tools to use and how to use them effectively. The camp brought together instructors from different academic areas.

“They ran into issues students come up against in technology,” Godcharles said Tuesday. “It’s important never to get so far away from the experience.”

President Bill Law visits with SPC Foundation donors Robert and Clotilda Malloy.

From left: President Bill Law visits with SPC Foundation donors Robert and Clotilda Malloy.

Monica Lara, Independent Research in the Marine Sciences to Support Critical Thinking and Student Success

  • Expanded a research lab in marine sciences at the college for lower division and upper division students to do independent scientific research. The students aren’t necessarily science majors but, working independently and collaboratively, they are developing expertise and critical-thinking skills, Lara said. “Our students have super powers they don’t know they have.”

Shannon McQuaig, Filthy Fomites Fostering Infections? A Microbiology Research Project

  • Established an undergraduate research group on the Clearwater Campus. This group previously analyzed dollar bills and credit cards for the presence of bacteria possessing virulence factors, including antibiotic resistance. For this project, the students expanded the research to ATMs, elevator buttons, vending machines, shopping carts, door handles and gas pumps.

Marilyn Michael, 2013 Summer Vocal Institute

  • Supported the annual Summer Vocal Institute at St. Petersburg College, an intensive five-week training and performance program highlighted by master classes by outstanding vocal clinicians and resident St. Petersburg College voice faculty.

Nicolle Panuthos, Entrepreneurship @ SPC – Technology and Students on the Go

  • Helped students understand how to use iPad technology in their entrepreneurial efforts. Students who want to launch or expand a business need to be prepared to embrace the real-world challenges and opportunities that exist in the marketplace. The project helped determine how to incorporate mobile technology.

Christine Patel, An Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Care Education

    • Created an interdisciplinary team at the Health Education Center to look at how, in a health care environment, health care professionals from different disciplines can work as a team.

“I truly believe this is how we need to educate our health care workforce,” Patel said Tuesday.

The project included running simulations that brought together students from the dental hygiene, Emergency Medical Services and nursing programs in a clinical setting.

The project also included multidisciplinary lunch-and-learn seminars that are continuing.

Kathy Siegler and Ray Menard, A Pilot Study to Develop a Biotechnology Workforce Laboratory Course

  • Established a course to give students graduating from SPC with A.S. degrees in Biology and Chemistry the appropriate laboratory experience to obtain positions in the biotechnology workforce.

Matthew Stewart and Bridgette Willis, Safe Zone: Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment

  • Established a collegewide Safe Zone training program. The Safe Zone program is a nationally based training program that includes increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students; support and awareness and support of LGBT students; and the identification of supportive faculty, staff and students.

Barbara Styers, Reducing Student Stress = Increased Retention

  • Allowed participation in the Resilient Educator workshop, which approaches student retention through classroom instruction and computer-based stress-reduction techniques.

Sasha Tuck, Pat Hernley, Alejandro Arenas, Austin Vickory, Marie Sorenson, MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts) Recruitment Program

  • Supported outreach to Pinellas County schools to promote the Music Industry/Recording Arts program. The project included presentations for school assemblies, a live audio engineering demonstration and live performances by MIRA ensembles. MIRA also is working with the Pinellas County School Board to send student engineers to train faculty and students in music technology and support their live sound needs.

Li-Lee Tunceren, Writing Matters @ SPC

  • Established a core group of faculty and instructional assistants to work together to investigate and leverage best practices in teaching a broad array of college writing skills. Whether pursuing certificates or licenses, A.S., A.A. or baccalaureate degrees, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of content, critical thinking and communication skills through their writing performance.

Annelies Williamson, Veterans Academic Adjunct Advising and Veterans Academic Tutoring

  • Developed peer advising for veterans returning to college and civilian life. Military veterans returning to civilian life often have concerns and fears about attending college. They have historically responded better to those who understand what they’ve endured on the front lines – other veterans.

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Patricia Price Sattler met her husband, Manny, as part of her work with paraplegic veterans during World War II.

For the next 25 years, a new scholarship in honor of a former World War II Army nurse will help a single parent who is a student at St. Petersburg College pursue the dream of a nursing degree.

The Pat Sattler RN Nursing Scholarship, established at the St. Petersburg College Foundation, honors Patricia Price Sattler, who died in 2011 at the age of 88. In 1942, she joined the Army Nurses Corp. She was assigned to Cushing Army Hospital, a major center for the rehabilitation of injured GIs.

She became an evening charge nurse in the paraplegic unit, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Manny, who had suffered a spinal cord injury when his tank was blown up in Germany.

After the war, her husband became one of the founders of the Wheelchair Basketball League, which traveled the country performing in exhibitions.

She was proud of the Army nursing service. When they moved to Florida, she continued her nursing career at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, where she remained for 25 years until she retired at the age of 70. She retained a love for the “old school” nursing caps, starched white uniforms and polished white shoes. Her nursing students considered her formidable, even though she stood just 5 feet tall.

The scholarship honors her proud service in the Army and civilian life.

Applications for scholarships offered by the St. Petersburg College Foundation are being accepted through Sept. 27. For information on this and other foundation scholarships, contact the foundation.

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Glenveagh National Park, photographed during SPC’s Ireland 2013 Study Abroad trip

“How do I pay for this?” is the most common question heard in the Center for International Programs at St. Petersburg College, followed immediately by, “Is there a scholarship?” Students asked and, with help, the college delivered!

After getting the word out with email broadcasts, scholarship-specific info sessions and links to the scholarship applications on the study abroad website, more than 100 students have applied for the Study Abroad Foundation, Baccalaureate and Honors awards available.

The 2012-2013 year has been a wonderful example of teamwork and generosity at SPC. The Center for International Programs has worked closely with the Honors College, the Baccalaureate Program and with the SPC Foundation to make the college’s faculty-led study abroad programs more financially accessible to our students. These partnerships gave eligible study abroad applicants access to a staggering total of nearly $30,000 in scholarship funding.

  • The SPC Foundation offered four $925 Helen Leslie Scholarship awards and five $800 Study Abroad Scholarship Fund awards to the following students: Kiersten Hurst, Cheri Kuenn, Constantine Dhonau, Jacy Bussey, Sarah Merrill, Yvette Collins, Katherine Keegan, Christina Picarelli and Ashley Backert.
  • The Baccalaureate Program granted six $2,500 awards to Peter Thomas, Vera Burianek, Amber Murray, Joseph Camera, Maria Elebengono and Sarah Trinh.
  • The Honors College awarded five $1,000 scholarships to Constantine Dhonau, Cheri Kuenn, Christina Picarelli, Jacy Bussey and Amber Murray.

Giant’s Causeway, photographed during SPC’s Ireland 2013 Study Abroad trip

We are sincerely grateful for the hard work Theresa Afify of the Foundation Office, Djuan Fox of the Baccalaureate Program and Nadia Yevstigneyeva of the Honors College have put into the development of these scholarships and into processing the many applications they received.

Keep an eye on the SPC Study Abroad blog this summer to see the incredible experiences these scholarships have made possible!

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