St. Petersburg College’s 2015 Professors Emeriti will be honored at the college’s annual Fall Faculty event on Aug. 13. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon and will be held at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The event is not open to the public, but media is invited.
Each year, the St. Petersburg College honors select faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the college and dedication to increasing student success.
This year’s Professors Emeriti are:
- Tami J. Grzesikowski, M.Ed., Dental Hygiene
Grzesikowski joined the college’s Dental Hygiene Program in January 1981. She became the college’s first Dean of Health Sciences, overseeing the bachelor’s degree program in Orthotics and Prosthetics, a degree completion program in Dental Hygiene and a bachelor’s degree program in Health Services Administration. She developed and oversaw the dental clinic’s Give Kids a Smile and Head Start Fluoride Varnish programs as well as the Back to School Care Fair for children from low-income families. She retired in 2012 and lives in Seminole.
- Gabriel Horn, M.A., Communications
Horn, an award-winning author whose publications span four decades, came to St. Petersburg College as an adjunct professor in 1988, and became full time in 1992. From reservation schools to large universities, he has unwaveringly advocated the academic respect due the history, literature and philosophy of Native America. He co-founded and co-directed the first Native American Writers Camp for children on the Cherokee reservation and has instructed young journalists at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He retired in 2012 and lives in St. Petersburg
- Karen Miller, M.A., Communications
Miller taught Composition, American Literature, Film History, Reading and Speech for 23 years on the Clearwater and Seminole campuses. She won the Silverberg Award in 2000, and later, as an online faculty member, contributed to the development of two signature courses. She served three years as the Seminole Campus Faculty Council Chairwoman, seven years as Program Director/Academic Chairwoman for the Seminole Campus Communications Department and two years on the college’s Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning Board. She retired in 2014 and lives in Madeira Beach.
- Stephen P. Mikles, Ed.S., R.R.T., Respiratory Care (posthumous award)
Mikles came to St Petersburg College as an Assistant Professor of Respiratory Care in 1979 from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center. He served as the Program Director of St. Petersburg College’s Respiratory Care Program from 1986 to 2013. He held several leadership positions in local and national Respiratory Care organizations including terms as president and treasurer of the Committee for Accreditation in Respiratory Care. He was a reviewer and contributor to several Respiratory Care publications and served on numerous St. Petersburg College committees and focus groups. He passed away on July 4, 2013.
SPC is proud to announce this year’s SPC Professors Emeriti and invites the community to share their memories and well wishes on the college blog dedicated to their service.