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Mark Strickland

Mark Strickland

Mark Strickland will join the Council of Campus Provosts as Interim Provost of the Seminole Campus for the 2015-16 year. This interim appointment provides an opportunity to address transitional matters. He officially begins his new role on June 1, 2015.

In his role as Associate Provost for the Downtown Campus, Mark has been a major contributor in the implementation and success of the College Experience, along with assisting and serving on numerous collegewide initiatives and committees. In addition to his contributions as an Associate Provost, he also has been the Athletic Director since 2007. Mark served in various leadership roles with the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA).

Mark joined St. Petersburg College in 2000 as a college recruiter. In 2003, he was promoted to coordinator of Enrollment Management and soon thereafter became the director. Mark left Enrollment Management in 2011 to become the Associate Provost at the Downtown Campus. In addition to Mark’s roles at SPC, he also has been an adjunct instructor for Barry University and the University of Tampa.

Mark’s upbringing as a military dependent allowed for him to live in multiple countries such as: Egypt, Italy, and Germany. In addition to his time overseas, Mark also lived in Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Virginia and Florida.

Mark settled in nicely in Florida, having graduated locally from Seminole High School. From there, Mark went on to earn an associate degree from St. Petersburg College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern. Mark is working towards earning a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership and earned several doctoral credits at Colorado State University.

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Hundreds attended the New Ideas Conference, with honorary host and moderator Congressman David Jolly, on March 27 at SPC’s Seminole Campus.

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The event brought together national, state and local leaders who discussed and offered innovative solutions to some of the most pressing policy issues facing the United States and Pinellas County. The daylong event featured panel discussions on the topics of education, budget reform, energy and the environment, and transportation.

The conference was such a success that organizers hope to make it an annual event. The conference was presented by SPC’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions (ISPS), and sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks and Boston Capital Leasing.

Check out the Facebook gallery and media coverage from the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune and TBNWeekly.

Panelists included:

Education

  • State Sen. John Legg, chairman of the K-12 state Senate Education committee
  • Dr. Michael Grego, Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools
  • Tonette Salazar, State Relations Director of the Education Commission of the States

Budget reform

  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and former Director of the Congressional Budget Office
  • Dr. Joshua Gordon, Policy Director of the Concord Coalition
  • Former Congressman Jim Davis, former member of the House Budget Committee

Energy and environment

  • Former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis, who launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative
  • Susan Glickman, Florida Director of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Buck Martinez, Senior Director of the Office of Clean Energy at Florida Power and Light
  • State Rep. Dwight Dudley

Transportation

  • Jim Boxold, Florida Secretary of Transportation
  • State Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg
  • Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch

 

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Jamelle Conner

Jamelle Conner

Jamelle Conner has been named Provost of the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

In her role as Associate Vice President of Strategic Execution and Administrative Systems Support, Jamelle has made significant contributions to the success of many academic and student affairs initiatives at St. Petersburg College. She leads the team responsible for college-wide strategic planning, developing and managing the college budget, and providing project management in support of academic and student services support.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next Provost of the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus and member of the Provost team. The Provost team has done a great job in the development of the College Experience initiative and I look forward to working with them in continuing those efforts.

“I have been very fortunate to work with Dr. Duncan and an outstanding team of professionals in Administrative Services and look forward to continuing those relationships as we work to promote the mission and values of the college. I am excited to get know the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus and to further enable the success of our students. I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Law, Dr. Williams, and all those who participated in the selection process. It was a wonderful experience.”

Jamelle joined St. Petersburg College in 2008, following several leadership roles among diverse organizations, including Tech Data Corporation, Progress Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense. Those positions took her from Pinellas County to Bristol, England — giving her both a local and international perspective.

She is a graduate of the 2010 Florida State College Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar and served as an alumni participant for the 2012 Seminar cohort.

A St. Petersburg native, she has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Florida Southern College and an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa. Jamelle is working on her PhD in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from Barry University (she is scheduled to take her comprehensive exams in July).

Jamelle replaces Provost Karen Kaufman White, who retires in July.

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The Village Square, an initiative of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College, will host Same-Sex Marriage: Saying ‘I Do’ Does Not End the Debate, a forum that explores the implications of same-sex marriage on Thursday, March 26. The forum will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the SPC Seminole Campus Conference Center, 9200 113th St. N. Advance registration for the dinner event is required.

Although the U.S. District Court ordered county clerks to issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of gender, that neither settles nor ends the debate. The U.S. Supreme Court in January decided to hear appeals from four states where gay-marriage bans have been upheld. That creates the possibility that a majority of justices could vote to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Florida and the 30 other states that have formal bans – or to end such bans and legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

A panel of experts will explore these undetermined implications:

  • Ben Diamond, attorney, Williamson, Diamond & Caton, P.A.
  • David Liebert, professor and department chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences, St. Petersburg College
  • Nadine Smith, CEO, Equality Florida
  • John Stemberger, president, Florida Family Policy Council
  • Craig Kopp, station manager, WMNF FM, will serve as moderator

About the Institute: The Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College is a resource for academic enrichment, a non-partisan venue for civil, objective debate of topical public issues, a center to promote better government, and a resource for sustainable economic development. Its mission is to support a broad array of research, training, educational and policy analysis and support activities at the local, state, regional and national levels.

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More than 80 representatives from the local manufacturing industry and related organizations attended the summit on Feb. 25 at the St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus.

More than 80 representatives from the local manufacturing industry and related organizations attended the summit on Feb. 25.

More than 80 representatives from local manufacturing industry and organizations attended the Legislative Manufacturing Summit on the Clearwater Campus Feb. 25. The event, sponsored by Synovus Bank, was hosted by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-St. Petersburg).

Attendees heard from a distinguished panel who shared information about upcoming Florida legislative bills that would affect manufacturers throughout the state. The bills address such issues as sales tax exemptions, taxation of facility leases, incentives for manufacturers wishing to enter or expand their facilities into Florida, scholarships for teachers to work in manufacturing during the summer, export assistance for Florida manufacturers and educational grants, certifications and articulation agreements.

After the panel presentations, participants divided into teams and were guided by SPC’s Collaborative Labs personnel in prioritizing recommendations they would like to make to the Florida Legislature.

Latvala and Peters thanked attendees for providing their recommendations about how to address manufacturing issues. The goal is to enable Florida to grow as a leader in the manufacturing industry.

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“How many of you in here aspire to be rappers or musicians?” asked Holloway in his opening remarks. “If you can recite a rap lyric, you can study. How about ballplayers? If you can remember the stats of the pros, you can tackle math.”

Holloway spoke at length about choices and delved into seven aspects of making them: guilt, excuses, fear, blame, stress, chaos and defeat.

“It all comes down to choices. Do you want to see me or the judge or do you want to be the judge, the doctor or the lawyer?” said Holloway, himself raised by a single mother.

“I’m looking at a lot of leaders in this room,” Holloway said. “You’re here because you made that choice and you want to make a difference in the world.”

The daylong Keys to Manhood conference included breakout sessions aimed at motivating and supporting male students, who are more likely to drop out of high school and less likely to attend or graduate from college than their female peers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).

Topics at the conference included:

  • Overcoming Legal Obstacles
  • Workforce Degrees
  • The Endangered Male
  • How to Get an “A” in Class
  • Money Management
  • Social Media (How to Get a Job Using Social Media)
  • Second Time Around (non-traditional students)

“This is a great event to hold for young men,” said SPC student Kezra Johnson. “It gives us all these great lessons and morals they can take with them. They may not know where to find certain resources. Here, they don’t have to feel embarrassed about asking for resources or help.”

Past keynote speakers at the event have included Jimmie Lee Solomon, former executive vice president of Major League Baseball, and Florida House Rep. Darryl Rouson.

In his closing comments, Holloway encouraged audience members to always keep others in mind.

“When you succeed, you have to reach back, grab someone and put them on your shoulders so they can pass you,” he said. “If you’re not doing that, you’ll see them on your way down.”

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Laura Carreras, treasurer for the Student Government Association at the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, has been named the February FCSSGA Student of the Month. FCSSGA is the Florida College System Student Government Association. See the Facebook post.

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