Archive for September, 2011
Faculty and students from SPC’s Clearwater Campus helped clean up the Gulf on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event, organized by the campus’ Science Adventurers Club, is the first for the newly formed organization. Twenty students signed up to pick up debris from Clearwater Beach at Rockaway Street.
This effort is in conjunction with an underwater cleanup happening off Clearwater Beach. The organizing non-profit group, Reef Monitoring, was started by Heyward Mathews, Instructor of oceanography at the Clearwater Campus. As of Sept. 20, 175 divers signed up to participate.
“All sorts of divers signed up through the cleanup website for Reef Monitoring,” Monica Lara, Associate Professor of Natural Science, said. “It’s open to the general public. We also have a bunch of teams competing; the Sherriff’s Office dive team is going out with their boat, and USF is going out with their boat.”
Trash on the beaches and reefs is not only an eyesore but also an entanglement threat to wildlife such as birds, fish, marine turtles and dolphins.
Gov. Rick Scott named an educator and a businessman to the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.
Tim North, owner, CEO and president of AmeriLife with 24 years of experience in the health and life insurance industry, will replace Evelyn Bilirakis who became a board member in 1999. Previously, North served as a board member and past chair of the finance committee for the Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA). He received his bachelor’s degree from University of the South. His term ends May 31, 2015.Capt. Robert J. Fine, headmaster at Admiral Farragut Academy since 1998, replaces W. Richard Johnston who began serving in 1999 after earlier spending 11 years (1969-80) on the board. Fine has been a member of the Florida Council of Independent Schools since 1989 and served on the board of directors from 2005 to 2009. He is currently a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools and National Association of Independent Schools and is past president of the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools. Fine received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and master’s degree from National Louis University. His term ends May 31, 2014.
“While we enthusiastically welcome our new members, it is sad to see two members who have meant so much to the college depart,” President Bill Law said. “Both Dick and Evelyn have been of exceptional value in the transition over the last 18 months. They will certainly be missed, but at the same time Capt. Fine and Mr. North bring new experience that will be of value to the college as we meet our community’s needs.”
Board Vice Chairman Deveron Gibbons and Ken Burke were reappointed to new terms. Gibbons has been extended until May 31, 2014 and Burke until May 31, 2015.
Chairman Terry Brett’s term expires May 31, 2013.