Posts Tagged ‘SPC’

The Tampa Bay Times covered the return of SPC’s theater program.

The Suncoast News covered the 10th anniversary of the Leepa-Rattner Museum.

The Seminole Beacon noted that Dennis Jones was named 2012 Mr. Seminole by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce.

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           The St. Petersburg College softball team has again qualified for the state tournament ,and the baseball team  appears headed for a second-place finish in the Suncoast Conference and will have to play its way into the state tournament.

          The tennis team is participating in the state tournament this weekend at Hillsborough Community College.  A top three finish will send it to the national tournament May 3-8 in Tucson, Ariz.

          The softball team is one of four from the conference to advance to the state tournament, which begins April 30 in Auburndale.  The team lost a key doubleheader with State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota two weeks ago to just about end any hopes of winning the conference. The team is 32-13-1 overall and finished 13-5 in the conference, one game behind State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota.  

          The baseball team trails State College of Florida, Manatee/Sarasota after losing a two-game series. SPC is two games behind with three games to go. The regular season ends Monday and the playoffs will begin later in the week. If it finishes second it will meet the fifth-place finisher in the conference. The winner will then take on the survivor of the game between the third and fourth-place teams in a best-of-three series.  The winner moves to the state tournament, which begins May 6 in Lakeland.

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Astronaut Nicole Stott, who spent four months on the International Space Station last year, has accepted St. Petersburg College’s invitation to deliver the commencement address at graduation ceremonies at Tropicana Field on May 8.

 “We are absolutely thrilled that Nicole Stott has agreed to speak at our spring commencement exercises, and we are looking forward to her visit with great anticipation,” said Acting President Tom Furlong. “We will be presenting her with an honorary degree at that time.”

 Stott’s employer, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), also had to approve her appearance, which they did last week. Since Stott is already in training for another Space Shuttle mission, that approval was not a sure thing.

 A former SPC student, Stott was enthusiastic about visiting the college and made her desires known to NASA.

 “I would be honored to do it,” Stott said in an e-mail to the college in January after the invitation was offered by Furlong.

 Stott grew up in Clearwater and graduated from Clearwater High School. She attended SPC (then SPJC) in the early 1980s because she wanted to learn how to fly and the college offered an aviation program that interested her.

 “When I got out of high school I knew I wanted to do something connected to flying, but I really didn’t know exactly what,” she said in an interview for last summer’s issue of SPC Today, the magazine of SPC’s alumni association. “At Clearwater High they had an introduction to aviation course, and through that I learned about the degree program at SPJC.”

 Although Stott went on to earn an engineering degree at Embry Riddle and didn’t graduate from SPJC, she has remained enthusiastic about the college and remembers her time here with fondness. She even offered to carry an SPC banner on her space mission, which she did. She photographed the banner over a Space Station porthole and e-mailed the photo to SPC after her return.

 She is expected to present the banner to SPC during her visit.

 Details of her daylong visit are now being negotiated.

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St. Petersburg College has agreed to hire 73 new temporary workers in affiliation with WorkNet Pinellas and the Florida Back to Work program

Florida Back to Work is funded with $61 million in federal stimulus funds. Jobs offered under the program in Pinellas County are funded by WorkNet Pinellas, one of 23 such organizations throughout the state. WorkNet Pinellas got $21 million from Florida back to Work.

The subsidy pays for up to 95 percent of the workers’ pay. Employers pay the rest.

WorkNet Pinellas was to make its funding available at the beginning of February, but it didn’t actually happen until mid-March. meanwhile, WorkNet Pinellas has been busy lining up employers that would agree to take part in the program, and agree to put up some matching dollars to pay for the temporary workers.

One of them was St. Petersburg College, which agreed to accept $1.42 million for its part of the jobs program. Nearly 20 Pinellas County employers are participating — together, they are providing almost 1,000 new temporary jobs. Statewide, the stimulus funds are expected to pay for jobs for 25,000 unemployed people.

The jobs are to extend through the end of September, although employers are being encouraged to keep the workers on beyond that deadline.

To qualify, the temporary workers must have household incomes of 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less. Or, they must have a child/dependent under the age of 18 and receive cash assistance from the state Department of Children and Families.

SPC has already begun the process of hiring the temporary workers.

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Nina Stauffer is a St. Petersburg College student and a Tampa Bay Buccanneers cheerleader. Her rookie season was 2009, but all cheerleaders have to try out a new every year, and the Tampa Tribune had a story late last week about Nina’s tryout. Here’s the link:


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St. Petersburg College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthotics & Prosthetics program, and Michael Carroll is one of the program’s students. He writes about his experiences for a blog called The O & P Edge. Here is his latest column. If you look around the site, you’ll find a number of other columns he has written over the past two years.


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Ourania Stephanides
St. Petersburg College

             TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2010) – St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs campus will host a number of activities during the second day of the two-day 15th annual Forum/Conference of The American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture (AFGLC), planned for Feb. 19 – 20 in Tampa and Tarpon Springs.

  • All activities of the first day (Friday, Feb. 19) will take place in Room 2708, Marshall Center, University of South Florida. Tampa, Fla., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; a reception will follow at 6 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 37 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa.
  • The activities of the second day (Saturday, Feb. 20) will take place in Room 156, Lyceum, St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs campus, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; they will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Spanos-Pappas Community Center, 348 North Pinellas Ave., Tarpon  Springs. Pianist and composer George Skaroulis will present a recital that will include his newest composition on Tarpon Springs’ Epiphany celebration. Admission of $15 will benefit the Dr. D. Halkias Lecture Series on Faith. Tickets are available online and may be purchased by calling: 404-816-6372 or 813-789-4134; or on-line at: www.evzonemusic.com).

            All events are free and open to the public.

            The Annual Forum/Conference benefits the AFGLC membership, the faculty and students of the hosting university, and society at large. Scholars present papers and lead discussions on topics relating to nearly 2,000 years of Hellenic thought.

            AFGLC (www.afglc.com) is a non-profit organization dedicated to Hellenism and the Hellenic spirit. Members believe America’s future leaders must have the same level of knowledge of the forces that shaped today’s world as did the founders of the U.S. AFGLC and its parent, the International Foundation for Greek Language and Culture (IFGLC), are dedicated to passing the torch of knowledge to today’s young in appropriate academic settings through Interdisciplinary Centers of Hellenic Studies (ICHS) at selected universities.

            Each ICHS consists of five professorships, each bearing the name of the benefactor whose donated funds helped establish it. Professorships are endowed and cover all aspects of Hellenic culture: Language and Literature; Philosophy; History; Culture; and Byzantine History & Orthodox Religion.

            ICHS model centers now exist at the University of South Florida and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. These centers are supported by the AFGLC chapters in Tampa Bay and Tri-State, respectively. AFGLC also has chapters in St. Louis; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Bogota, Colombia; and, most recently, in New York state, in partnership with Stony Brook University.

            AFGLC is greatly assisted in its mission by its chapter in Greece, the IFGLC Athens Center, which serves as an indispensable link with Greece.


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