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St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) Student Government Associations are excited to announce the second annual Good Vibes Only: Art and Music Festival.

Last year was the first time ever that SPC and USFSP Student Government Associations collaborated and brought the festival to life. Several months of planning and preparation has led to this spirited multi-school event filled with students, families, locals and young rising talent.

Livia Rosales, USFSP Student and Good Vibes Only 2020 USFSP co-chair, said the collaboration is very rewarding.

“It was so great to stand back and see the impact of our two schools colliding student talent and the support of the community.”

Without giving too much away, the two SGA’s are working hard to prepare for the 2020 event, which will be held on April 25, 2020 from 3 – 7 p.m. At this time, we are looking to showcase some of our very talented SPC and USFSP student bands, performers and artists.

Good Vibes Only highlights talented students from both institution and brings the College and University together as one. For this event, selected student bands and musicians perform and student artists line Williams Park in Downtown St. Petersburg. Last year’s student participants were honored and excited to be able to participate, as they had a unique opportunity to showcase their talent and skills to their peers, family members, friends, and the community, as well as provide fun family activities for those who attended.

Tiffany Albritton, SPC Student and Good Vibes Only 2020 SPC co-chair, said this year’s Good Vibes Only Festival is going to be even better than the last.

“There will be lots of art and music for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

To learn more about this event or to apply to participate as a band or artist, please visit: www.spc.edu/vibes or visit our Facebook page.

We are looking forward to showing St. Pete our amazing and talented students, who are the next generation of innovation.

Check out the event details from last year here!

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While continuing to provide students with free busing through the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, wellness services with BayCare and on-site food pantries, this year student government leaders at St. Petersburg College put a bigger emphasis on mental health and wellness.

Every year at SPC, the Student Government Association groups receive a portion of student activities funds to help support enriching activities and initiatives for their locations and students.

SGA leaders from the individual chapters presented plans for those funds for the upcoming year to SPC officials, including President Dr. Tonjua Williams, on Friday, September 27. Using five pillars to guide them—student success, health and wellness, leadership development, diversity and service—the SGA leaders put together well thought out and unique presentations that were well received.

All locations expressed how important they felt Project HEAL—a collaborative infrastructure at SPC targeting suicide prevention and mental health and substance abuse awareness—is and plan on adding events to help with mental health and wellness. The SGA for the Caruth Health Education Center plans to include self-care initiatives while student leaders for the Clearwater Campus want to add more events that incorporate meditation and yoga. Clearwater SGA leaders agreed that if you “feel well, you will do well,” and they want to support the mental and physical well-being of their peers across campus.

“I had the chance to talk to a student who was using the food pantry [at Seminole] and it was so encouraging,” said Dr. Williams, commending the SGA students for their continued dedication to supporting everyone at their campuses.

Student Success

Student success was also a very important initiative for the SGA leaders. While all SPC locations find it highly beneficial for students to have access to tutors, a few campuses came up with other innovative ways to help increase student success.

The Midtown and Downtown centers have found it valuable to host “Meet Your Professor” events and plan to continue hosting them throughout the 2019–2020 academic year. Several SGA chapters will also host student award ceremonies to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their fellow SPC students.

Diversity and Community Service

In addition to enhancing student success, diversity and community service projects were big topics from all locations.  Each SGA chapter is very proud of the diversity on their campuses and plan on hosting events for Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, International Education week, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Women’s History Month, Pride and Greek Independence Day.

Each campus had several different community services that they support including the Habitat for Humanity, RCS Food Bank, Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Some campuses have service events that are unique to their campus, including Honeymoon Island beach clean-ups and Holiday Blessings, which are food baskets that the Midtown Center puts together.

Budget Allocation

The SGA budget is split among the locations based on student semester hours at each campus. The Downtown Center received an increase in their funds and their SGA leaders are very pleased to be able to further ensure success for students. Student groups and clubs can also request funds for their events through SGA by explaining the budget and providing quotes either online or in-person to a member of the SGA. Campuses have allocated funds for new clubs throughout the 2019–2020 academic year.

Budget Breakdown:

  • Allstate: $77,887.09
  • Clearwater: $195,820.31
  • Downtown: $46,653.45
  • Health Education Center: $124,284.00
  • Midtown: $46,653.45
  • Seminole: $142,053.00
  • St. Pete/Gibbs: $169,896.00
  • Tarpon Springs: $150,250.17

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