Archive for November, 2009

             ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2009) – Entrepreneur Kurt Long will discuss creating enterprises Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the first of a series on entrepreneurship sponsored jointly by St. Petersburg College’s College of Technology & Management and the Silverberg Entrepreneurial Incubator.

            The lecture is free and open to the public.

            Long has founded several businesses, including FairWarning, which represents 250 hospitals and about 900 clinics around the world. The company provides software which protects patient privacy in medical records.

            Four other lectures are planned between January and May as part of Entrepreneurship: Distinguished Speaker Series.

            For more information, call Judy Steeg at 727-791-2743, or visit  http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/btw/distinguishedspeakerseries.html .

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Bill Frederick
St. Petersburg College

 Consular Corps College, SPC sign agreement 

            ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2009) – St. Petersburg College signed an educational partnership agreement Monday with the Consular Corps College, the national organization of foreign consuls in the U.S.

            The partnership, approved by the boards of both SPC and CCC, was first announced in July. Under terms of the agreement, the CCC’s headquarters will be established at  SPC, which will provide the organization with significant infrastructural support.

            The Consular Corps College is a non-profit, non-political professional organization that serves the foreign consular community in the U.S. through initial and continuing education, information sharing, networking and other means aimed at enhancing a consul’s effectiveness.

            “This agreement is the first of its kind — there has never been a formal  relationship between an educational institution and the Consular Corps College,” said SPC President Carl M. Kuttler Jr. “It offers many opportunities for SPC and its students.” 

            The Consular Corps College was founded in 1969 to increase professional communication among foreign consular officers serving in the U.S. Any consular officer recognized by the U.S. State Department, as well as current and former protocol officers, may join the Consular Corps College.



 St. Petersburg College was founded in 1927 as a two-year institution of higher learning.  Known then as St. Petersburg Junior College, it provided high-quality, fully-accredited programs with credits that were fully transferable to four-year institutions.  In 2001, the Florida Legislature passed legislation allowing the college to offer four-year degrees.  In response, the college dropped the word “junior” from its name and became St. Petersburg College.  Today, St. Petersburg College offers programs at learning sites in St. Petersburg, Seminole, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and elsewhere.  It also offers courses and degree programs online.


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Bill Frederick




 Florida International Museum presents two quilt exhibits from Nov. 6 to Jan. 10 

            ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2009) — Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College will present two quilt exhibits featuring more than 100 nationally recognized artists as well as a selection of the best quilts by Pinellas County artists.

            The exhibits, Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Sew – It’s Art!, explore the art and traditions of contemporary quilt-making. They will run from Nov. 6 through Jan. 10 at the museum at 244 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 

            Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts features dozens of works from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (www.rmqm.org) in Golden, Colo., one of only a few quilt museums in the country. Quilts in the collection are as diverse as the makers.

      Art quilts usually aren’t practical for use. They are created to evoke a specific thought, idea or message. Typically, they include such unusual materials as canvas, paint, paper and found objects.

             “This collection offers the viewer a path from what was traditionally considered women’s work to cutting edge fine art,” said Christine Renc-Carter, FIM associate curator. “Quilting is an art form that appeals to a broad range of viewers, even those who may not be interested in conventional art.”

            Sew – It’s Art! allows patrons to view a selection of the best from Pinellas County’s quilt guilds and explore the influences of history and tradition as local quilters combine contemporary materials and subject matter with age-old techniques.

            This exhibition features six Pinellas County quilt guilds: Hidden Stitches of Florida (Clearwater), Largo Crackers Quilters (Largo), Procrastinating Quilters Guild (Clearwater), Suncoast Quilting Circle (St. Petersburg), Surface Design Guild of Tampa Bay (Largo) and Quilter’s Crossing (Palm Harbor).

            Members of these guilds share a common love for fabric, needle and thread. This diverse group is a part of a larger quilt community that is committed to giving, trading and sharing their talents.

            Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts, and Sew – It’s Art! open at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6.   Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., with last entry at 4 p.m. daily. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.

            Admission: Adults $8; seniors (62+) and military, $6; groups and students $5; age 6 and younger free.

            For more information, contact Kathy Oathout, Director of Operations, at 727-341-7904, or visit www.spcollege.edu/FIMuseum.

 EDITORS: Images are available on request. For information about various programs and presentations relating to the quilt exhibits, please see the attached schedule.


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Mindy Thackrah graduated from St. Petersburg College last spring at age 41. A high school dropout, she had worked as a welder until a motorcycle accident ended her career and almost ended her life. She had great success at SPC, winning the Apollo Award, the school’s highest honor for two-year students.

Mindy recently started classes at New College in Sarasota. Here is what the St. petersburg TIMES wrote about her:


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