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Men 12 to 50-plus attended the 5th Annual Keys to Manhood – A Seminar for Men at the St. Petersburg College Allstate Center on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Keys to Manhood2017 - Louis Murphy Jr

The seminar is an inspiring program to prepare men to go from college to successful career.

This year’s event featured breakout sessions on overcoming legal obstacles, athletics as a road to college, a financial literacy clinic, the inspiring story of SPC student Ernest Gant and a career workshop. The event was sponsored by TransAmerica and GTE Financial. Professional football player and noted philanthropist Louis Murphy Jr. provided the keynote address.

During his speech, Murphy touched on many of the challenges in his own life.

In high school, he ranked 32nd among wide receivers, and the coach told Murphy that he would never play. That prompted Murphy to try harder. He looked for football camps and sent out letters and highlight tapes of his plays. He cut yards to pay for college application fees. He talked about the shame of losing his scholarship and the challenge of working his way through college and holding down a job.

“No matter where you are in life, don’t let anyone or anything deter you from your dreams,” Murphy said.

There has never been a more important time to support young men and help them achieve their dreams.

Since 1995, the rate at which men are graduating college is in decline. Men’s participation in the labor force and in the professions are also in decline. According to a 2016 study by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, “prime-age male labor force participation has been falling for more than a century,” and that “men between the ages of 25 and 54 are increasingly disconnected from the labor market.” As low-wage, low-skill jobs disappear to automation and baby boomers move into the retirement, the decline could become a crash. Unemployed men are more likely to suffer from poverty, adverse health and legal difficulties. In contrast, the unemployment rate for college graduates is less than half that of those with only a high school diploma. They will make an average of twice as much in their first weekly check and are more likely to be in a career track job. A strong, supportive community of mentors and peers is key to male academic and professional success.

The connections made at this year’s Keys to Manhood pave the way for a better life. Thanks to the members of Men Achieving Excellence club, college staff and the community, young men who attended Saturday’s event get a chance to start out on the right foot.

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St. Petersburg College will host two community forums to discuss the college’s search for a new president. The public is invited to attend to give input into the attributes and qualifications they wish to see in presidential candidates.

The forums will be held:

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Tarpon Springs Campus, Room FA 132, 600 Klosterman Rd.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Midtown Center, 1300 22nd S, St. Petersburg.

The forums are intended to inform the work of the Board of Trustees (BOT) as it finalizes the job description for a new president. SPC is seeking applicants for its seventh president after current president Bill Law announced his retirement – effective July 1 – in November. Law previously served as president of Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill., and was the founding president of Montgomery College in suburban Houston.

In December, at a special Board of Trustees meeting, the BOT created a 13-member Presidential Search Committee that includes current and former trustees, community members, students, faculty and staff. Former BOT Chair Terry Brett is chairing the search committee, and the nationwide search is being led by Dr. Jeff Hockaday, the college’s search consultant.

Once the forums are held and feedback is received, the BOT will finalize the job description and advertise the position. Brett, Hockaday and Faculty Governance Organization (FGO) President Dr. Rich Mercadante will review all of the applications before narrowing a list to about 20 candidates for examination by the search committee. In the next phase, committee members will narrow the list to about 10 candidates, who will all be asked to submit an 8-minute video responding to questions posed by the committee.

The committee will review the videos and present the BOT with a list of 4-6 finalists. Each finalist will come to SPC for a two-day visit, in which they will visit with a variety of stakeholders. Committee members will make final recommendations and Trustees will vote on the final selection.

Please visit the college’s presidential search website for updates.

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newsite-newsblogWe are excited to announce that our new public website for prospective students and the community will launch Monday, Feb. 20! This is the first of a three-part project aimed at tailoring our online information to three distinct audiences:

  1. Prospective students and the community
  2. Current students (student portal)
  3. SPC employees (intranet site)

The new site has an intuitive, mobile-friendly design so you can find what you need to know from any device.

Why Choose SPC?

The new site was designed to provide prospective students with timely, relevant information about what they need to know as they are exploring and applying to SPC including:

  • Why thousands choose SPC to build their dreams
  • Details on our more than 100 industry-based degrees and training programs
  • How to apply to SPC
  • How to apply for financial aid

Connecting with our friends and partners

The site will also have information that is pertinent to our community friends and partners like:

  • How to hire an SPC intern or graduate
  • Giving to, and partnering with, the SPC Foundation
  • Sharing your expertise through our advisory committees
  • Volunteering at SPC
  • SPC’s leadership and history
  • High school and summer programs

Starting Feb. 20, the new site will be located at www.spcollege.edu. Current students, faculty and staff will be able to access information pertinent to them through other channels, including the student portal, MySPC, and other web pages reserved for their usage.

Students, faculty and staff are receiving email communications regarding the changes, as well as information posted on appropriate platforms.

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Picture attached: From left are Mrs. Colleen Trout, Florida ESGR Committee representative, Brad Clark, Alisha Vitale, and LTC Roger Trout (USAR-Ret).

Alisha Vitale, Director of Pre-Admissions at St. Petersburg College, has been awarded the Department of Defense Patriot Award by Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program.

James Dicks, Chairman of Florida Committee for Employer Support, awarded Vitale for her “exceptional support of the members of the Guard and Reserve that are employed by the organization.”

United States Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant Brad Clark nominated Vitale for the award.

“St Petersburg College is continually recognized as a veteran-friendly school. It was ranked in the top 30 this year nationwide. It has been a pleasure to work with my Pre-Admissions Team, led by Alisha Vitale,” Clark said in the nomination.

“They have picked up the slack in my absence and they make every homecoming from orders – no matter how short – a happy and effortless experience. My co-workers must do extra work in my absence, and Alisha has to coordinate additional employee documentation on my behalf, but they are always supportive and understanding,” Clark said.

The award was presented to Ms. Vitale on behalf of the DOD by LTC Roger Trout (USAR-Ret) and Mrs. Colleen Trout of the Florida ESGR Committee.

“I am proud to work for an organization that actively supports service member employees,” Vitale said. “I accepted the award for my team, each of whom has a healthy respect for Brad as a wonderful person, coworker, and service member. We can’t be thankful enough for what Mr. Clark and others like him do for us. The team and I are very happy to show our due support and admiration for Mr. Clark and are honored with this recognition.”

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. As the 35 thousand members of the National Guard and Reserve in Florida and Nationally 1.3 million members continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at Floridaesgr.com, or by calling Roger Trout of the Florida ESGR Committee, at (571)275-8980

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The threat to First Amendment rights posed by overzealous political correctness will be debated at a public forum at St. Petersburg College on Jan. 19. The event, part of the SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions’ Dinner Series, is titled You Can’t Say That: Free Speech and the Social Sensitivity Movement.

free-speechThe forum will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Conference Center at SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. Advance registration is required. Admission is $20 for students and educators and $25 for the general public. The dinner is co-sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and WEDU Television.

The free-speech-suppression movement is a 180-degree shift from the college protest scene of the 1960s. In their day, members of the Baby Boom generation staged mass rallies to protest free-speech suppression. Today’s Millennial generation stages mass rallies to block fellow students and faculty members from expressing views they find offensive.

But it isn’t just on college campuses that free speech is under attack. During the presidential election campaign, dissenters were jeered, even pummeled, at political rallies even as candidates denounced “political correctness.” News reporters were ridiculed for doing their job. And post-election, there is a push to have protest rallies labeled as acts of terrorism if they cause “economic disruption.”

Where is the balance? When does free speech become hate speech? Is the First Amendment’s guarantee absolute? A distinguished panel will explore the implications for academic and political freedom from this movement and engage with the audience in a frank exploration of the First Amendment’s protections – and its limitations.

Opening speaker will be Susan Kruth, Program Officer for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education of Philadelphia. She will be joined by Dr. David Liebert, Professor and Academic Department Chair for Social and Behavioral Sciences at St. Petersburg College. Moderator will be David Klement, Executive Director of the Institute.

Advance registration is required at http://solutions.spcollege.edu. For more information: 727-394-6942

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captureSt. Petersburg College and The St. Petersburg (FL) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated will host a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Festival from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the SPC St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, 6605 5th Ave. N. The festival is in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County Urban League.

This FREE, family-friendly event will feature hands-on learning and interactive experiences geared toward exposing K-12 students to the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

In addition, the festival will feature:

  • Special appearance by Tampa Bay Rays Street Team
  • Great Explorations Children’s Museum
  • SPC Planetarium Shows
  • Busch Gardens – Live Animal Exhibits
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Performances and studio tours of MIRA (Music Industry/Recording Arts)
  • Drone and Rover Demonstrations
  • 3D Designs
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Lifeline
  • Emergency Truck Exhibits
  • Life Size Chess Games
  • Petersburg Fire Department

Register online at:  http://web.spcollege.edu/survey/22967.  For more information, please call 727-791-2636.  This event was partially funded by the MLK Day of Service Award.

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The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board in collaboration with St. Petersburg College has awarded approximately $200,000 to local organizations for service activities scheduled in connection with the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday on Jan. 16, 2017.  With the help of State Representative, Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, this is the fifth year St. Petersburg College has received funds from the Florida Legislature for the St. Petersburg MLK Day of Service.  These projects will involve nearly 70 nonprofits, organizations and public agencies as part of the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board’s annual effort to transform the holiday into “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”


The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board provides opportunities for groups, businesses, and people of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities through a variety of one day and long term initiatives.  Working with nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and local agencies, the MLK Day of Service Advisory Board engages neighbors in meeting critical needs in education, health, the environment, public safety, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization and other areas.

The organizations and projects receiving funds are:

5000 Role Models of Gibbs High School and Melrose Elementary “Brother 2 Brother” Mentoring
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter St. Vincent de Paul South Pinellas (SVDPSP) Center of Hope Family Shelter – Family Room Transformation
Anointed Word Fellowship Transformed: Community Unity Day
Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Salvation Army Sallie House Refresh
Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church Young Lions and Daughters of Imani Multi-Generational Health Fair
Caring For Girls Academy Inc. Shakers and Movers Conference
CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse, Inc.) “May Your Days be Full of Promise and Your Nights Full of Peace”
Christ Gospel Church of St. Petersburg, Inc. Virginia M. Leonard Community Education Center (VMLCEC) Beautification
Churches United for a Healthy Congregation – A program of the James B. Sanderlin NFC Health Visionaries Making a Difference
Community EFX, Inc. Interfaith Bus Tour
Cross and Anvil Human Services, Inc. Cross and Anvil Helping the Homeless
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter) Historical Presentation: Hidden Figures Movie Premiere
Dyvine Appointments Salon and Hair Loss Clinic Targeting the World of Hair Loss-Alopecia Awareness Conference and Hair Show
Eta Rho Educational Services / Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Midtown Neighborhood Family Support Care Packages
Everyday Hero Project 3rd Annual Restocking Food Pantries Project
Excellerated Youth Care for Veterans
Faith House Florida, Inc. “Entrepreneurial Start-up for Homeless Veterans and Others”
Florida A&M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences The Biggest Loser
Florida Dream Center, Inc Adopt-a-Block MLK Days
Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Bridge: Pro-Bono Program
Garden Florida Harvest Tools
Girlfriends and 5000 Role Models of Pinellas Park Middle School This Is Our Dream Youth Conference
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Habitat’s MLK Day of Service
Hair By Ahsile LLC Giving Back to the Needy
Happy Worker’s Learning Center Inc. Happy Worker’s Wellness Office
Healthy Start at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Healthy Start Infant Academy
HIV/AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE HIV/AIDS Awareness Project & Educational Seminars
Inspirational Ties Girls Inspired Seminar
K-H Edutainment Take A Stand! Show Some Love! Spread the Peace!
Lakewood Elementary School Bullying Awareness Week
Lawson Funeral Home- COLORS C.O.L.O.R.S. – Public Safety Workshop
Love the Golden Rule, Inc. Community Health and Wellness Fair
Melrose Elementary School Girlfriends & 5000 Role Models Hands on Melrose, Neighborhood Project
Meraki Beauti Helping Hands, Feeding Homeless Project
Mercy Keepers, Inc. Knapsacks of Nourishment
Midtown Celebrity Club, Inc. Realizing the American Dream, Home Ownership Workshop
Mt. Moriah Christian Fundamental Academy Neighborhood  Enhancement Project
Mt. Zion Human Services program, Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer It’s A Family Affair Wellness Festival
My Daughter’s Keeper of Tampa Bay, Inc. Rally 4 Hope – Serving with Dignity, Humanity & Love
New Direction Career Services, Inc Cultivating Future Leaders through Service
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Hope for The Homeless
Parent Support for Education Council, Inc S.T.E.M. Dream Box
Phoenix UPLIFT (Uplifting People Living in Fire Tragedy) Fire Safety Education
Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc. Chore Services – Yard Work for the Elderly
SCLC OF PINELLAS Bring a Smile to Homeless
Sistahs of Compassion Supporting Cancer Survivors Inc. Caring for Cancer Survivors
Sofia Forte’s Catering Wholesome People (Health education)
Sparkly Clean Services, Inc. 2017 MLK Day of Service – Making our Neighborhood Sparkly Clean!
Spirit of Tampa Bay Community Choir Song Festival and Support for Displace Families
St. Petersburg Police Athletic League “Law and You” Hot Shot Contest
St. Petersburg Pregnancy Center /The Next STEPP Center Keeping Displaced Babies Safe Project
Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Sow, Read and Grow Repository Project
Swiyyah Productions Inc. Live your dreams despite your disability
Tampa Bay Living Green/ Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) Urban Food Resilience Gardening Project
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Teen Achievers Service Project
The Clinic at 721, Inc. The Clinic at 721 teaching garden
The Deuces Live, Inc. Movies at the Royal and Family Fun Day
The Gathering of Women , Inc. The Dream Through Our Eyes media production
The Links, Incorporated,  St. Petersburg (FL) Chapter STEAM Festival
The Local Food Project/Local Food Park, Inc. R.A.I.N. – Reaping Abundance to Invigorate Next Generation/Nutrition
The Red Tent Women’s Initiative The Red Tent Women’s Initiative Garden Revitalization
Triumph Learning Center, LLC Gardening With A Mentor
Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg-UU’s Helping People Homeless Ministry UU Interfaith Picnic for People in Need
Venture House, a program of Bright Community Trust Inc Venture House: Neighborhoods History Project
WestCare GulfCoast Florida, Inc. WestCare – MLK Day Health & Wellness Fair
Williams Park Partnership All Rise! Criminal Justice Education
Workforce Solutions of Tampa Bay, Inc. Employability Skills Seminar
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated- Zeta Gamma Zeta Chapter Success Party, Care Packages for Needy


These projects include delivering meals to the needy, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, health education, promoting nonviolence, and more. The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to unite our community. The MLK Day of Service provides each of us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen our communities.


Go to www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice to find out how to get involved with service projects on MLK Day and learn more about the MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg.



The MLK Day of Service Advisory Board is a local group of citizens, community leaders and business professionals that leads the annual MLK Day of Service in St. Petersburg, in collaboration with St. Petersburg College. For more information or to sign up to volunteer visit our website: www.spcollege.edu/mlkservice or contact Dr. Shameka Jones, MLK Day of Service, Project Manager, at 727-341-4601 or jones.shameka@spcollege.edu

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