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14615810_1172040516191212_2060975790020734632_oLast year more than 250 brave souls experienced a spooky, ghoul time at St. Petersburg College Halloween Open House. This year’s third annual open house event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at SPC Allstate Campus, 3200 34th St. S., St. Petersburg.

Participants this year can expect a hauntingly good time. Each floor of the Allstate Center has Halloween activities for the entire family.

  • On the first floor, parents can bring their children for “safe” trick-or-treating. They’ll have the opportunity to trick-or-treat with a firefighter or police officer.
  • A haunted house will take place throughout the center’s entire second floor, featuring a jail cell, crime scene lab and courtroom!
  • Attendees will get to view the creative door decoration contest that takes place between students and staff.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about St. Petersburg College programs and local community vendors.

For more information about how you can sponsor or participate, please contact Rebecca Sarver at 727-341-4480 or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsTWmzBxL5k

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captureSt. Petersburg College will host a Fall STEM Festival from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at the SPC Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St.

The entire family can experience first-hand exploratory activities within the STEM field. Industry employers, alongside SPC career advisors, will be available to answer questions. Learn about Pinellas County Schools K-12 STEM academies and SPC’s degree and certification programs.

In addition, the festival will feature:

  • Food and music
  • Carnival of Majors
  • STEM career showcase
  • STEM 4 Kids activities
  • SPC STEM faculty and advisors
  • Touch-a-Truck activities
  • Veterinary Technology Adopt-a-Pet
  • Drone demonstration
  • Raffle and door prizes
  • Rock climbing challenge
  • Campus tours
  • Early College Application fee waivers

For more information, please call 727-398-8225.

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alex-heffner-headshotArt is a powerful medium of political expression – and has been since the beginnings of recorded history. But in a political arena saturated with terse, ephemeral electronic message, does art – especially public art in an urban environment – still have legitimacy in fostering civic consciousness and building social capital?

That is a question which a distinguished author and panel will attempt to answer in a forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. Titled Art of Politics: A Silent Message in a Tweeting World, the forum will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg. It is co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

Peter Kageyama, St. Petersburg author and community development consultant, will lead a discussion of the impact of art not just as a form of political expression but also as a statement about the urban landscape in which we live. He will be joined by local artist Derek Donnelly, who creates large scale murals with an alliance of artists and community leaders through Public Art Project Inc. Donnelly will create an original work during the program. Dr. Tara Newsom, associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Petersburg College, will moderate the program.

That art is a form of political expression cannot be denied. The earliest cave drawings are expressions about human supremacy over animals – or of one tribe’s dominance of another. Political art takes many forms – from dictators’ propaganda banners lining the streets to insurgents’ graffiti surreptitiously sprayed on outdoor walls to Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, a most powerful anti-war painting. Certainly much of Salvador Dali’s work in St. Petersburg’s Dali Museum is infused with political meaning.

But in the 2016 political arena, dominated by tweets, texts and instagrams, does public art have the same impact it once did to generate public emotion and influence political opinion? The panel will join in discussing the impact of art not just as a form of political expression but also as a statement about the urban landscape in which we live.

Admission is free, but advance registration is required at solutions.spcollege.edu/

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gmfslider-1St. Petersburg College is partnering with the Gasparilla Music Foundation to support music and education through the community outreach program, Recycled Tunes. Gently used instruments can be donated from Nov. 14-18 at SPC locations. The instruments will be refurbished by Recycled Tunes and then donated to Pinellas County Schools’ music programs.

The first 40 donors will receive a special music lover’s gift bag. All donors will receive:

  • A two-day ticket to the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival
  • A ticket to the SPC’s MIRA (Music Industry Recording Arts) Fall Showcase at the Palladium Theater on Nov. 28

The donation drop-off times include:

  • 1-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 and Wednesday, Nov. 16
  • 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 17
  • 9 a.m. – noon on Friday, Nov. 18

The SPC drop-off locations include:

  • SPC Clearwater Campus (ST 122), 2465 Drew St.
  • SPC Seminole Campus (UP 192), 9200 113th N
  • SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus (SS Building), 6605 5th N.
  • SPC Downtown Campus (DC 225), 244 2nd N., St. Petersburg
  • SPC Allstate Center (Main Entrance –Front Desk), 3200 34th S., St. Petersburg
  • SPC Tarpon Springs Campus (Mon., Wed., Fri. AG Building; and Tue. and Thur., FA Building, Library), 600 Klosterman Rd.

For more information, contact Rosaria Pipitone at 727-314-4722 or visit here.

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Online Colleges ranked St. Petersburg College number one out of 112 Florida peer institutions for Best Online College. The college received a 99.61 overall rating. Each year, more than 20,000 students take classes through SPC’s award-winning eCampus online learning program. More than 650 online courses and dozens of degrees can be taken completely online.

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img_0395-x2The United States Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, and so The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) honors Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day as part of Constitution Week.

From Sept. 12-24, 2016, more than 38,000 new citizens participated in 240 naturalization ceremonies across the nation, and at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus, 122 new American citizens took the oath of allegiance at their Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16.

The Hon. Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, United States District Judge of the Middle District of Florida, led the new American Citizens, representing 32 countries, through their Oath as family and friends proudly witnessed.

SPC student Pa Yang gave an emotional opening address, speaking about her family traveling from Laos to make the U.S. their new home.

“I know you’ve worked hard and accomplished so much to be here today,” said Yang. “I’m proud of all of you who are in front me today. I congratulate you all on behalf of St. Petersburg College and to you I say, ‘Welcome home!’”

img_0307-x2Brittany Anchor, President of the Student Veterans Association at the Clearwater Campus, led the Pledge of Allegiance and described the ceremony as a beautiful thing to witness.

“I work directly with veterans who fought for our freedom and understand the value of our liberties,” said Anchor. “I get to witness people who also had to go through a life-changing process and now can enjoy the same liberties we value. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Music Education student Kodey Beard sang the national anthem and “God Bless America”.

“I never thought I would witness this day, but I’m really glad I had the opportunity,” said Beard.

The 122 new citizens came from the following countries: Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Following the ceremony, Donald Jarrell, Community Relations Officer for the United States Citizenship Immigration Services, held an information session in the ES building about the process of becoming a United States Citizen.

View more pictures here.

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St. Petersburg College Foundation received $46,332 in scholarship funds from the Florida College System Foundation (FCSF). The funding presentation took place at the Board of Trustees’ meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20. FCSF awarded more than $893,000 in scholarship funds to Florida’s 28 colleges throughout the state. The scholarships are aimed at relieving the nursing shortage and helping students who are the first in their family to attend college.

SPC Foundation scholarships include:

  • Nursing and Allied Health scholarships:
    • $15,524 from Florida Blue
  • First Generation scholarships:
    • $25,680 from Helios Education Foundation
    • $5,128 from Bank of America

img_0446-lSPC student and Helios Education scholarship recipient Yadira Aguilar Rivera received $1,500 as a first-generation college student. She’s a sophomore working toward an Associate in Arts degree in General Education. She hopes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

“I had to work two jobs in order to pay for college because of my immigration status,” said Rivera. “This scholarship enables me to focus on what’s important for my education. It allows me to be one step closer to my goal without financial uncertainty.”

With more than 60 percent of SPC students relying on tuition assistance, the Foundation’s scholarships are increasingly important in helping these students achieve their academic and career goals.

The SPC Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships until Sept. 28 for the Spring 2017 term. All materials, including application and letter of recommendation, must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 28 to be eligible for Spring 2017 consideration. Applications for 2016-2017 Study Abroad Scholarships will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.

For more information about scholarships and to apply, visit the SPC Foundation website.

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