Bridgette Bello

On, Monday, April 24, Gov. Rick Scott announced the re-appointment of Bridgette Bello as the newest St. Petersburg College Trustee. She will join the board alongside Chair Bill Foster, Vice-Chair Nathan Stonecipher, Trustee Deveron Gibbons and Trustee Katherine E. Cole.

Bello previously served on the board from 2013 to 2015, and in April 2016, she was recognized as a  Trustee Emeritus.

Bello is the President and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term that begins April 24, 2017 and ends May 31, 2019.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

The St. Petersburg College (SPC) Board of Trustees will hold five special meetings in May to interview five finalists for the position of college president who were selected by the college’s Search and Screen Committee.

Each finalist will spend two days visiting SPC, where they will meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.

The finalists, their interview times and dates, in chronological order, are:

4 p.m. Thursday, May 4

  • Edward Bonahue, PhD, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida.

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 9

  • Stan Vittetoe, PhD, Provost, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida.

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 16

  • Tonjua Williams, PhD, Vice President, Student Services, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

4 p.m. Monday, May 22

  • James Henningsen, EdD, President, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida.

4 p.m. Friday, May 26

  • Frank A. Biafora, Jr., PhD, Dean and Professor, College of Arts and Sciences at University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

All of the interviews will be held at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL.

The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 to select the college’s next president. That meeting will be held at the SPC EpiCenter, Room 1-453, 13805 58th St. N, Clearwater.

For more information, visit the college’s Presidential Search website.

Enjoy St. Petersburg College’s Third Annual Touch-a-Truck event on Saturday, April 22, at the Allstate Center.

Touch-a-Truck is a free and fun community event, where families can see impressive vehicles up close, learn about their functions and find out about the exciting careers associated with them. Last year more than 650 participants attended.

When: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on April 22

Where: Allstate Center, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg

Celebrating Earth Day


2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck 2016

Remarkable vehicles used to recycle waste, purify water, save lives and much more will also be on display to celebrate Earth Day.

During the event, participants will learn about Public Safety programs at SPC and other careers that positively impact our environment and help sustain our communities.

Activities will include Earth Day crafts, a recycling relay, and Earth Day awareness education. There will also be food options available for purchase, music, games, and a rock-climbing wall.

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For more information about sponsorship and participation, contact Dee Mortellaro at 727-614-7019 or Mortellaro.Dee@spcollege.edu.


St. Petersburg College Foundation donors, partners, students, and college leadership celebrated the awarding of more than $1.7 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the 18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 30.

More than 250 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron. SPC students, Andrew Holness and Valerie Diaz, moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests. Offering a donor’s perspective, Terry Brett, co-founder of the Patrick Brett Foundation and former chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, shared the heartfelt story behind the Foundation he created with wife Kim in memory of their son. The Patrick Brett Foundation funds scholarships for fresh-start students at SPC, giving them a second chance to succeed.

Diaz, who is graduating in May with an Associate in Arts degree, said, “I want to sincerely thank those who have made this all possible. All of the Foundation’s donors along with SPC’s dedicated faculty and staff have given me the opportunity to aim higher and achieve the unthinkable. Thank you for allowing me to work towards my dream and have the privilege of a good education.”

18th Annual Scholarship Foundation Luncheon

18th Annual Scholarship Foundation Luncheon

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

Katherine Cole

Recently Governor Scott announced the appointment of Katherine E. Cole as the newest St. Petersburg College Trustee.

Cole will join the board alongside Chair Bill Foster, Vice-Chair Nathan Stonecipher and Trustee Deveron Gibbons.

Cole, of Belleair, is an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, where her practice primarily involves representing real estate owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions. Her practice areas also include land use and zoning, real estate acquisition and development and governmental relations.

Cole earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee in 1995, and her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in 2007.

Cole has been an active community member in Pinellas County, and is currently the Chair-Elect for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is also a former member of both the City of Clearwater Business Task Force and the Charter Review Committees for the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County.

Additionally, Cole currently serves on the Board of Directors for Morton Plant Mease Hospital. Since 2009 Cole has served on the Omelette Party committee, an annual fundraising event for The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation. In 2013, Cole co-chaired the event.

Cole fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term that began March 24 and ends May 31, 2017.

16797583_10155694708648368_4069859960415698559_oSt. Petersburg College will host Explore SPC week from 2-7 p.m. March 27-30. Attendees can explore campuses and degrees and training programs. The $40 application fee will be waived.

SPC’s faculty and staff, including the college’s nationally certified advisors will be on hand to assist with career choices as well as completing the FAFSA application.

The event will be held:

  • Monday, March 27, Midtown Campus, 1300 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.
  • Tuesday, March 28, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Wednesday, March 29, Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St. and Downtown Campus, 244 Second Ave. N.
  • Thursday, March 30, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, and Tarpon Springs Campus, 600 Klosterman Rd.

During Explore SPC week, attendees can learn more about FUSE, a new partnership with the University of South Florida System, which guarantees admission into certain bachelor’s degree programs at a USF System institution for eligible students who first complete their associate degree at SPC within three years and with the requisite grade point average.

FUSE advisors will be on hand during Explore SPC at all campuses and will also hold the following info sessions:

  • 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, Midtown Center, Lobby.
  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, SS Building.
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Downtown Center, Lobby.
  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Clearwater Campus, ES Building.
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Seminole Campus, UPC Building.
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Tarpon Springs Campus, Lyceum Building.

For more information, visit spc.edu/explore.

tarpon-springs-community-resource-fairSt. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs Campus will host its first Annual Community Resource Fair on Feb. 25.

There will be more than 30 vendors providing employment assistance, financial aid workshops and children’s activities. Representatives from Pinellas County Veterans Services as well as Social and Human Services will also be in attendance.

The college will waive the application fee for individuals who complete an SPC application this Saturday.

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will offer free admission to the museum.  There will be lots of giveaways including $1,200 worth of gift cards, donated by the Tarpon Springs Rotary. In addition, there will be refreshments at the event as well as complimentary shuttles provided by Friendly Kia.

The event, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., will be held in the Agora Courtyard, at 600 Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs. The fair will include:

  • Waiver of SPC’s $40 application fee
  • Employee assistance table
  • Financial Aid workshops
  • Children’s activities
  • Financial services  
  • Health Care services
  • Social and Human services
  • School supply refresh/book giveaway for students

For more information, contact Coleen Ghozali at ghozali.colleen@spcollege.edu or 727-712-5477.