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Shannon McQuaig, Associate Professor of Natural Science at St. Petersburg College, is the host of the new WEDU television series 'QUEST.'

Shannon McQuaig, Associate Professor of Natural Science at St. Petersburg College, is the host of the new WEDU television series ‘QUEST.’

St. Petersburg College microbiology professor Shannon McQuaig is the new face of QUEST, a new monthly television series on WEDU.

The series showcases the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education. As host, McQuaig explores innovative techniques educators are using in their classrooms and provides viewers with an up-close look at emerging technologies.

The first episode aired Oct. 15 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS. Watch the first episode online.

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St. Petersburg College, the oldest state college in Florida, is being hailed as a model for other colleges regarding its interim accreditation report.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges wants to display St. Petersburg College’s Fifth-Year Interim Report at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

“We would like to allow institutions that are beginning the process to view your materials as an example,” Carol S. Hollins, Director of Institutional Support at the SACS Commission on Colleges, said in an email to the college.

The college’s accreditation is in effect through 2018. However, SACS-COC now requires an extensive review at the midpoint to ensure that colleges remain committed to their standards of excellence throughout the 10-year accreditation cycle.

Made up of 51 members, the SACSCOC Working Group at St. Petersburg College began meeting in April 2010 to develop a work plan and share progress on each section of the Fifth-Year Interim Report.

Each group, represented by both faculty champions and administrative staff, collaboratively researched, gathered evidence, drafted and revised a particular section of the overall report. In 2012, a smaller group edited and completed the final revisions for submission in September of 2013.

“SPC was well represented in its report, which received the highest level of approval of no follow up reporting needed during the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2013,” said Sabrina Crawford, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the EpiCenter.

Though the committee has taken some time off, it plans to reconvene soon to begin planning for the re-affirmation in 2018. At that time, the college will submit the accreditation report as well as the next Quality Enhancement Plan.

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Kimberly Myers

Kimberly Myers

Kimberly Myers, an adjunct mathematics professor, has been named one of the Top 25 2013-2014 Junior and Community College Professors by RateMyProfessors.com.

Each year, RateMyProfessors.com compiles a list of the top professors based on feedback from students. The site is the largest online destination for professor ratings with more than 7,000 schools and 15 million ratings.

Myers received an overall, average rating of 5.0, the highest rating possible. She came in 21st in the nation in the junior and community college category.

“Prof. Myers really makes sure her students are successful in moving on to the next math course. Great, great teacher,” one student said.

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When Sheila Cowley saw a need for quality, student-created content for MYRA – Make Your Radio Active – the student radio station at St. Petersburg College, the adjunct instructor jumped in head first.

Cowley began her first semester at SPC in the fall by teaching an Audio for Broadcast course in the Music Industry/Recording Arts program at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Now students are creating content for the station.

“Our aim is to fill the MIRA station with new original content that constantly reflects what’s happening at SPC,” said Cowley, who worked at WMNF radio for nearly 25 years. As operations manager, she oversaw the equipment, facility, training, FCC compliance and engineers.

For the MYRA radio station, she wants to produce announcements, feature interviews, live broadcasts and public service announcements. Students in her class have already produced station IDs and promotional spots for the Palladium Theater and are crafting features about the Music Industry/Recording Arts program to draw prospects to the workforce program.

“All the work in the class is practical and hands on, since radio’s a skill you only develop by doing,” Cowley said. “There’s no sitting around. While there are some really good written references, really everything we do is listening and working.”

In September, SPC students toured WMNF to see the transmission process – an experience that will help prepare them for the Society of Broadcast Engineers’ exam so they can earn certified radio operator credentials in the future.

“The skills you learn for radio – writing for broadcast, broadcast production standards, editing for length and content – those are skills that serve you well in many fields, including film and video,” Cowley said.

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St. Petersburg College will celebrate the academic success of Latino students who have a grade point average of 3.0 and higher during the Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Awards ceremony. The ceremony will be:

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Arts Auditorium
Clearwater Campus

About 150 high school students from Tarpon Springs and Clearwater are expected to attend the event, which honors Fernandez-Zalupski, the first woman in Florida to serve as a community college provost. A native of Ybor City, she worked as provost of the Clearwater Campus for 16 years before retiring in 1995.

As provost, Fernandez-Zalupski helped develop the first International Center and Women on the Way, a program that guides women through the college experience. The Tampa Hispanic Heritage Foundation for outstanding service to education has honored her.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Robin Gomez, auditor and Hispanic-Latino Liaison for the City of Clearwater. Saby E. Guidicelli, Workforce Manager/Human Resources, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will give the keynote address.

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SPC Career Outreach Specialist Rosaria Pipitone and Music Industry/Recording Arts student Nathan Doyle at the One Direction concert at Raymond James Stadium.

SPC Career Outreach Specialist Rosaria Pipitone and Music Industry/Recording Arts student Nathan Doyle at the One Direction concert at Raymond James Stadium.

While hordes of screaming fans waited for the One Direction concert to start on Friday, Oct. 3, students and alumni from the Music Industry/Recording Arts program at St. Petersburg College were front-and-center, working the show at Raymond James Stadium.

Three Music Industry/Recording Arts students were brought in to work alongside the international pop band’s touring staff to prepare for the anticipated 65,000 fans. When the doors opened, MIRA alumni greeted and directed thousands of guests, controlled VIP party entrance and assisted with photography.

The opportunity was the result of the workforce program’s growing national reputation.

“MIRA is producing alumni who are sustaining careers in music locally and regionally, which helps the visibility of the program and our work with employers,” said Rosaria Pipitone, career outreach specialist at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. “Providing students with the opportunity to work with a national tour has opened their eyes to a new spectrum of employment opportunities. It’s important to bring these kinds of recruitment opportunities to students. I want them to know they have on-campus support when it comes to employment opportunities.”

VIP Nation and CID Entertainment contacted Pipitone to ask about having Music Industry/Recording Arts students work two of their Tampa shows for Luke Bryan and One Direction. The One Direction performance marked the first international touring act to contact SPC for students and alumni to work the show. Two national touring acts, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw, previosuly requested students and alumni from MIRA.

“It was super impressive to think of the huge scale of the operation and how many people were attending,” said MIRA student Nathan Doyle, who was excited about the experience of working at a live show. Doyle said he was surprised to learn that it took about three days for the touring crew to set up all the stage and lighting for the show.

After completing their shift, the MIRA team and Pipitone were granted free entrance to the sold-out show to experience the massive production close-up.

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St. Petersburg College’s Center for Public Safety Innovation announces the launch of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Executive Session on Police Leadership website at www.bjaexecutivesessiononpoliceleadership.org. This collaborative effort between SPC and BJA, the multi-year Executive Session (2010-2014), focused on the role of policing and police leaders in the changing environment of 21st century public safety.

The Executive Session on Police Leadership assembled leaders from policing, local government, national associations and academics for a series of meetings to discuss the critical issues facing leaders in the coming decades. Over the course of the four-year project, these leaders directed working groups that examined specific topics in depth. Those topics ranged from trust and collaboration to problem solving and the law to leadership development in a new age of learning.

“The work of the Executive Session will make a timely contribution to national discussions on the changing nature of public safety and the role of police leaders in guiding their organizations and developing the next generation of leaders,” said Denise E. O’Donnell, director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. “We join with St. Petersburg College, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum in celebrating the release of this website.”

The multimedia web site offers a mix of downloadable video, audio pieces, long and short papers and discussion tools that examine police leadership from many angles. Highlights of the website include an eight-part video series that addresses, among other subjects, the relevance of Peel’s Principles today.  Current leaders can use the site to become more effective in their own work and in their ability to prepare new leaders for the future. The material can also be used as a teaching resource for individuals involved in leadership development.

“It is wonderful to see St. Petersburg College championing a project that can truly impact how executives lead today and into the future,” said Darrel W. Stephens, co-director of the Executive Session project, executive director of Major Cities Chiefs and former City of St. Petersburg Police Chief. “Agencies from coast to coast and the communities they serve will be impacted by the work being released this month.”

ABOUT CPSI: The Center for Public Safety Innovation is based at St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center and develops and delivers high quality training for emergency and first responders, military personnel, and the general public using state-of-the-art technology and best practices in education and training.

ABOUT SPC: St. Petersburg College was Florida’s first two-year college (founded in 1927) as well as the state’s first community college to offer bachelor’s degrees (2002). Today, SPC is one of 28 state colleges, and with 11 learning sites, serves as a model for incorporating bachelor’s degree programs into traditional two-year institutions.

ABOUT BJA: The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office.

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