Archive for August 19th, 2012

As you make your way to work at SPC Downtown and Midtown, or to events at the Palladium Theater, make note of parking restrictions, road closures and possible delays from Thursday, Aug. 23-Friday, Aug. 31 due to events surrounding the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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City, business and educational leaders are working to create a hub or district designed to attract more medical-related businesses, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The idea began to take shape in July 2011 after SPC president Bill Law visited Pinellas Park City Manager Mike Gustafson. City staff found about 140 medical-related businesses, such as doctors’ offices and labs, within about a mile radius of the Park Boulevard and 66th Street N center, which houses many of SPC’s medical majors. The fit seemed a natural basis for a partnership.

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St. Petersburg College President Bill Law reinforced to more than 700 faculty and administrators Thursday at the annual Fall Faculty gathering at the Coliseum that the success of students is the college’s No. 1 goal.

Building on the day’s theme, “Achieving the Dream: Student success within reach,” Law touched on the many new initiatives that are being implemented to help students succeed.

“I do not want you to lower your academic standards,” Law told the faculty. “I do want you to revisit all of the resources that students have available to them to help them succeed.”

Law concluded his remarks with a video of him making a presentation to Gov. Bob Graham and the state Cabinet in 1985, stressing many of the same points he made in his keynote address.

A highlight of Fall Faculty was the recognition of 17 Professors Emeriti:

  • Cecil Cheek
  • Gloria East
  • Sammie H. Elser
  • Karen Estes
  • Joe B. Fenley
  • William “Keith” Goree
  • Barbara Hull
  • Steve Meier
  • Donald Earl Musselman
  • William “Bill” Nixon
  • Sunny Norfleet
  • Delia Palermo
  • Sharon A. Swallwood
  • John Teter
  • Betty Tutton
  • June White
  • Jean Wortock

To see the stories of each Professor Emeriti and to leave messages of congratulations, go to www.spcollege.edu/emeritus.

More than 40 new faculty members and 23 new continuing contract faculty also were introduced and honored. And the college’s five NISOD winners were recognized with individual video presentations.

The event served as the official kickoff of the college’s participation in Achieving the Dream, a national movement dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly students of color and low income students, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.

Achieving the Dream’s goal is the same as SPC’s: Student Success. Achieving the Dream includes a network of  more than 160 community colleges and institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams that work throughout 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Music Industry Recording Arts (MIRA) students provided live entertainment before and after the program.

The link to the video of the entire event will be sent out Friday.

A gallery of photos from Fall Faculty is available on the college’s Facebook page.

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