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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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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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Regina Calcaterra, New York Times best-selling author of this year’s One Book, One College selection Etched in Sand, spoke to a packed room of more than 150 people at the Clearwater Campus on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

“It’s an honor for me to be here, as it would be for any author,” Calcaterra said.

Calcaterra appeared at four SPC campuses Jan. 28-29 to discuss her memoir, participate in Q&As and sign copies of her book.

SPC student Nan Jeong, 38, speaks with Calcaterra during her book signing.

SPC student Nan Jeong, 38, speaks with Calcaterra during her book signing.

Etched in Sand follows Calcaterra and her four siblings through their tumultuous childhood framed by an alcoholic, abusive, and often absentee mother. The inspiring coming-of-age story, with themes of tenacity, hope, resilience and unconditional love among siblings, spent many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

An engaging speaker, Calcaterra elicited gasps, tears and applause as she discussed how she and her siblings “survived on the fringes of society” and “broke the cycle of abuse” in one generation.

Calcaterra spoke about the teachers and professors who helped her lift herself from a life of poverty, homelessness and abuse to become a strong, accomplished woman. Those mentors repeatedly told her, “The only way out of poverty is through education,” Calcaterra said.

Calcaterra, an attorney for the state of New York, served as Executive Director of two New York State commissions, and is a former Chief Deputy to the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Executive.

Through a survey, college employees chose Calcaterra’s book as the featured title of SPC’s common reading program. The goal of the program is to get everyone at the college reading and discussing the same selection. Past books on the reading list have included Water for Elephants, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Last Lecture.

See more photos on the college’s Facebook page.

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New York Times best-selling author Regina Calcaterra will appear at four St. Petersburg College campuses Jan. 28-29 for a reading, Q&A and book-signing event. Calcaterra is the author of Etched in the Sand, SPC’s One Book, One College selection this year.

Regina Calcaterra will appear:

  • Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., Tarpon Springs
  • Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Clearwater
  • Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, Downtown
  • Jan. 29, from 1-3 p.m., St. Pete/Gibbs

Through a survey, college employees chose Calcaterra’s book as the featured title of its common reading program. The goal of the program is to get everyone at SPC reading and discussing the same selection. Past books on the reading list have included Water for Elephants, The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Last Lecture.

Etched in Sand is Calcaterra’s memoir and an inspiring coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. Read more about the book on Amazon.

When Calcaterra was informed her book was chosen, she contacted SPC and said she was honored, then added to her bio a shout out to St. Petersburg College on Amazon.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Men Achieving Excellence, the African-American and Latino Male initiative in partnership with Student Life and Leadership hosted the Student vs. Staff Basketball game at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

This event consisted of faculty and staff members from various campuses taking on the students in a friendly game of basketball. This event allowed students and faculty and staff members to come together in an informal session and have a fun.

The event kicked off with a ceremonial jump ball with Provost Karen Kaufman-White. At the end, the faculty/staff team limped away with a 45-37 win.

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Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times award-winning reporter, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of the New York Times bestseller, “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail” will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus in room LA 106.

Ben will share his insight and wisdom into the art of writing and how he came to write his book.

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Help spread the word and make a difference by joining St. Petersburg College and the local movement of people who will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19, 2015 with a Day of Service.

This annual event draws hundreds of groups that volunteer their time and resources to make a difference in their local community. This is the third year SPC has received funds from the Florida Legislature for the event.

As part of the MLK Day of Service, you can:

  • Plan a service project and apply for a 2015 MLK Day of Service Award of up to $5,000 to fund the project
  • Serve as a volunteer in another organization or group’s service project on the MLK Day of Service
  • Organize a service project and have the project posted on this website
  • Become a donor or sponsor

To apply for a service award, applicants are strongly advised to attend an info session:

SPC Allstate Campus
3200 34th Street S., St. Petersburg, Desoto Room #103

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
6605 5th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, AD 180

  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-Noon

For more information visit www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice or contact James Robinson at Robinson.james@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-4121.

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