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St. Petersburg College Downtown recently hosted 77 fourth graders and 8 chaperones from Maximo Elementary as part of an effort to expose elementary school students to the prospects of college.

As part of the visit, students were greeted in the American Stage Theatre where they took part in an interactive activity, highlighting the different roles of theater production.


Students participated in six interactive sessions to expose them to career and program options, student life and leadership, advising, financial aid, and learning support resources. In addition, students took part in an engaging classroom science demonstration on blood, its components and functions, facilitated by SPC students Sara Gillmore (Biology Major) and Joe Meindl (Secretary-Treasurer of the DT Medical Club). The visit included lunch on campus, during which students were addressed by Provost Kevin Gordon and Associate Provost Mark Strickland.

The event, aimed at making college more familiar and accessible to students, also included a visit to the Palladium Theater, including a behind-the-scenes tour and a visit with costume, hair and make-up artists from St. Petersburg Opera’s production of “Susannah”.

“Many, many of our fourth-grade students now have the opportunity to think of the college experience as one that they might actually have one day,” said Sheila Kane, Maximo Elementary’s Family and Community Liaison. “The chance to spend a day on campus seeing and interacting with college students made that a reality, not just something people talked about, but something they could really see themselves doing!”

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All St. Petersburg College campuses will celebrate African-American History Month with events and awards ceremonies throughout February.


Angie Shaghaghi

Among the highlights will be an appearance by Tarpon Springs native Angie Shaghaghi, a successful entrepreneur who has appeared on a number of Food Network shows, including Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen and Hey, Can You Cook?

She will be the keynote speaker at the north county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium. The Mac J. Williams awards honor outstanding high school students.

Shaghaghi runs a business called Creative Cooks, which teaches cooking classes to children in public/private after-school programs, community centers, nursing facilities and homes.

Other highlights include:

  • African-American History Month Quad Event, all day, Feb. 13, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
  • Jump Start Your African-American Genealogy, 1 p.m. Feb. 13, Clearwater Campus
  • Munch & Learn: Race & Ethnicity: Perceptions, Prejudice 7 Power, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Seminole Campus
  • Taste of Soul, noon, Feb. 19, Tarpon Springs Campus
  • The Rhetoric of Dr. Martin Luther King, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • Poetry Slam, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 19, Clearwater Campus
  • South county Mac J. Williams Excellence Awards, 7 p.m., Feb. 24, Palladium
  • Soul Food Festival, noon, Feb. 25, SPC Midtown
  • Black Trivia Competition, 6 p.m. Feb. 25, Clearwater Campus
  • Soul Food Festival, noon and 4 p.m., Feb. 26, SPC Downtown

For complete listings, see www.spcollege.edu/aahm.

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Model legislatureA new program at St. Petersburg College is engaging interested students in interactive instruction on how Florida state and local governments work.

The free SPC Legislative Workshop, which will take place at SPC Downtown and the Clearwater Campus on Friday, allows students to learn about the state and national governments and how they operate, by playing the roles of state legislators.

Students also gain a greater understanding of what legislators do, and learn valuable leadership and communication skills.

The workshop is a part of the Florida Model Legislature program, and is a precursor to a two-day SPC Model Legislature next month.

“The Florida Model Legislature program is a wonderful way for our students to experience one of SPC’s goals of civic engagement through practical experience with our state legislative system,” said Anja Norman, Academic Department Chair for Social and Behavioral Science at the Clearwater Campus.

Earlier this year, a group of SPC students attended the Florida Model Legislature in Tallahassee. Because it was such a positive and engaging experience, the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association wanted to provide the same opportunity for students collegewide who could not travel to the state capitol. The SGA put money aside to provide their fellow students with the opportunity on campus.

“We found this event to be so invaluable and educational that it was worth bringing to our college,” said Andrew Malyj, Chairman, SPC Model Legislature. “What better way to enhance the educational experience for our students at SPC and increase student success in the areas of civics, ethics, leadership and communication?”

The workshop prepares students for the SPC Model Legislature that will take place at the Clearwater Campus Nov. 15-16. In order to participate in the November Model Legislature, students must have completed this Legislative Workshop.

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Shake On It, an interview preparatory event on Sept. 12 which is National Milkshake Day, brought 82 students to St. Petersburg College Downtown.

Students went through stations instructing proper handshakes, tying a tie, dressing for an interview, and non-verbal expressions while interviewing. Students who successfully made it through three stations received a free milkshake from PDQ, compliments of Downtown Student Government Association from PDQ.

The Seminole Campus held a similar event. See photos of Seminole’s Shake On It on the Seminole Campus Facebook page.

Check out a few seconds of the tie-tying demo at SPC Downtown.

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The Board of Trustees met Tuesday, Sept. 17, at SPC Downtown.

The full agenda and meeting video, which is 1 hour, 10 minutes long, are available on the board’s website.

Meeting highlights included:

Approval of a construction company for the new Midtown campus

After extensive review and evaluation, the board selected Lema Construction of St. Petersburg as the construction manager for the new facility in Midtown.

The board began again on the process to choose a construction manager for the new Midtown Campus in February after a contractor’s protest discovered a flaw in the procedure for the previous selection.

Eights submissions were received the second time, and all were reviewed by a screening committee that included board member Dale Oliver, community members Ken Burke and Askia Muhammad Aquil, and Provost Kevin Gordon. The committee forwarded four firms to the selection committee, which was made up of Oliver and President Bill Law.

Oliver, who has overseen many construction projects in his career, said he is pleased with the final result. “The way this worked should apply going forward to all the projects,” he said.

President Law said the community’s involvement and confidence is key in a project like this.

The board is expected to approve a contract with Lema Construction and a project timeline at its Oct. 15 meeting.

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:52:45 in the video.

College awards almost $13-million in scholarships

The board Scholarshipsgot an update on the amount and number of scholarships awarded by the college and the St. Petersburg College Foundation.

The breakdown includes about $1.2-million in Foundation scholarships; $2.9-million in institutional scholarships for Johnnie Ruth Clarke Scholars, Presidential Scholars, fine arts/music students and Honors College students; and $6.2-million for Bright Futures Merit and First Generation scholarships. The rest comes from athletics scholarships, scholarship waivers and other sources.

Applications are now being accepted for St. Petersburg College Foundation scholarships. The deadline for application is Sept. 27.

The board will discuss scholarship programs at its annual planning workshop in December.

One of the issues to consider, Dr. Law said, is the timing of the scholarship selection process. “We’re working on the timing of this,” he said. “We want our best game to be on the table when families are making their decisions in the spring.”

Watch this part of the meeting beginning at 0:34:03 in the video.

Florida State College System Foundation presents $47,030 to the St. Petersburg College Foundation for scholarships

SPC Foundation check presentation

Ken Cherven, chairman of the St. Petersburg College Foundation, accepts a check for more than $47,000 from the Florida College System Foundation for scholarships.

The Florida State College System Foundation awards more than $905,000 in scholarship funds annually to the 28 college system foundations.

St. Petersburg College received $47,030: $13,522 from Florida Blue for nursing and allied health scholarships; $29,348 from the Helios Education Foundation for scholarships to first-generation college students; and $4,160 from Bank of America for first-generation college students.

Tom Furlong, SPC policy consultant and former interim president, is chair of the FCS Foundation Board. Board of Trustees attorney Joe Lang also is a member of the foundation’s board.

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A photograph of mixed media artwork entitled "Yggdrasil" by Boo Ehrsam

“Yggdrasil,” mixed media by artist Boo Ehrsam.

The opening reception for the Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance Back to School fall members’ exhibition is 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. The event is free and open to the public at St. Petersburg College Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N.

The exhibition Back to School, which runs through Oct. 8, features a wide range of artists and media. Participating artists include:

  • Julie Maureen Baker
  • Boo Ehrsam
  • Eunice Fisher
  • Jim Kirkman
  • Savelli
  • Carole Shelton
  • Fred Spinks
  • Brandy Stark
  • Judy Vienneau
  • Yvonne Young

Exhibition hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

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The Gulf Coast Artists’ Alliance presents Back to School, a fall members’ exhibition, at St. Petersburg College Downtown, TBNweekly.com reported.

The exhibition runs until early October in the building’s second-floor foyer. A reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Sept. 5.

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