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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
“We got a lot accomplished that day,” said Jeff Thomas, treasurer of the SVA at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. A group of nine students from the two clubs and MAX’s club advisor volunteered their time to clean the kitchen and spray for bugs at the Pinellas Hope Catholic Charities homeless shelter.
“It was hard manual labor, but we worked as a team and got it done,” Thomas said. “Overall, it was a very successful event.”
Student veteran Christopher Clark said he found the experience initially very shocking.
“When we first got there, we found out how many homeless veterans we have in the area who are living in tents and in some limited facilities,” said Clarke, President of the SVA at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. “While they didn’t have much, they were giving everything they could to help support us.”
“They were so very appreciative for the help we gave them,” Thomas said. One of the student veterans brought his son with him to volunteer, putting him to work taking out loads of trash.
“I was very proud of our SVA at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus for the way they stepped into the community service role,” said Jeff Cavanagh, Director of Veterans Services at SPC. “They continue to shine for St. Petersburg College in that aspect.”