Creating partnerships that change lives                                                 March 2017


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In This Issue
March Madness Comes to SPC!
SPC Night at the Trop
Fifth Annual Keys to Manhood Seminar
SPC Honors Students Recognized
Innovation Grant Spotlight
SPC Alum Starts Small Business
Create a Legacy That Gives an Education
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SPC Foundation
Board of Directors
Beth A. Horner

Joseph G. Blanton
R. Michael Carroll
Kenneth P. Cherven
Stephen O. Cole
Paul Demirdjian
Deveron M. Gibbons  
Robert L. Hilton
Amy Lockhart*
William D. Law*
Bill McCloud
Angela McCourt
Frances Neu*
Steven Shepard
Shan Shikarpuri
Richard B. Winning
David Zillig

Directors Emeriti
Helen K. Leslie
Alfred T. May
Henry B. Sayler

Honorary Director
Wendell R. Ware

* Ex officio members

I am pleased to share that the Foundation's Annual Report is now available . The report highlights our work over the past year
and features stories about our students, faculty and sponsoring  partners. You may access the report electronically HERE
If you would like to request  a hard copy, please contact us at (727) 341-3319.

Spring is in the air and with spring comes Major League Baseball.
This year, the Foundation is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays
for SPC Night at the Trop. On April 5, SPC students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, family and  friends will come together to cheer on the Rays as they take on the New York Yankees in the
season-opening series. Information on the Rays special ticketing price for this event is below.  I hope to see you there!

Frances Neu
VP of Institutional Advancement &
Foundation Executive Director, St. Petersburg College
March Madness Comes to SPC!
SPC Men's Basketball Wins in First Round of National Championship

SPC's Jason Burnell (22) takes a shot over Highland's Nate Bethel (24) during the first half of their NJCAA tournament
opening round game
This month the Titan Men's Basketball team headed to the NJCAA 2017 National Tournament in Hutchinson,
Kansas for the first time in 15 years. 

The Titans took Region VIII by storm in post season play and picked up an impressive 70-53 win over Highland Community College in the first round of the NJCAA tournament.

Sadly, the Titans saw their magical season come to an end in a close game against the No. 4 seed and hometown team Hutchinson College.

Led by sophomores Jason Burnell, Cezanne Carson, and Tristan Owens, and under the coaching prowess of Coach Ernest Crumbley, the Titans can be proud of their hard work and amazing season. Congratulations Titans!

Through its partnership with SPC Foundation, 
the Tampa Bay Rays are offering a special ticket discount to  SPC donors, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

Ticket Options
Lower Box Seats + Tampa Bay Rays Hat = $45/ ticket
Outfield Seats = $27/ ticket

Groups of 10 or more receive a greater discount 
bringing the ticket prices to $35/$22 per ticket. 
Call or email Ryan Sullivan at (727)825-3205 or to purchase group tickets.

Deadline to purchase tickets is 
Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. 

Through their partnership with the SPC Foundation, the Rays Baseball Foundation is making dreams come true for SPC students who will be the first in their families to earn a college credential. The Rays will present a check to the Foundation on April 5th, we hope to see you there!
Fifth Annual Keys to Manhood Seminar

Transamerica Manager Bill Hull (center right) poses with Keys to Manhood Summit attendees and presenters
Approximately, 200 local high school and college students, along with parents and mentors, attended the fifth annual Keys to Manhood Summit at SPC's Allstate Center in February.

Sponsored by Transamerica, the seminar included an impressive range of workshops focused on helping students succeed including, becoming financially fit, going from dropout to knockout, overcoming legal obstacles, and exploring career opportunities. 

GTE Financial's Shawn Lanier engages students as she leads "10 Steps to Financial Fitness" workshop
The highly interactive day included a luncheon sponsored by GTE Financial and a keynote address by NFL player, philanthropist and St. Petersburg native Louis Murphy, Jr.  During his speech, Murphy touched on many of the challenges in his own life and encouraged attendees to persevere. "No matter where you are in life, don't let anyone or anything deter you from your dreams," he said.
SPC Honors Students Recognized

SPC student Bridget Thoni presents her research project titled "Does our Body have the Ability to Change our Mind?"
The 10th Annual Honors Program Collegiate Research Conference hosted 100+ students, faculty, staff, administrators and guests at the Seminole campus earlier this year. The event featured over 40 student presentations, covering topics such as Quantum Physics, Psychology, Politics, Science, Nutrition, Permaculture, Organ Transplants and Solar Energy. This year the SPC Honors Program sent 10 students on to the State Conference in Jacksonville and six students to the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Asheville, N.C., where SPC Honors student Brenna Garcia received a partial research scholarship to attend an Ivy League University upon graduation from SPC.
Innovation Grant Spotlight

SPC Professor Dr. Monica Lara leads students through Lionfish dissection
SPC Foundation Innovation Grant recipient Dr. Monica Lara is dramatically expanding learning opportunities for her biology students by providing a broad range of research opportunities outside the classroom. During a recent project researching mangrove and seagrass environments, Dr. Lara's students honed critical thinking skills while collecting and recording data, problem solving, maintaining scientific equipment and designing research protocols. Through this process, they gained the experience and training that will prepare them for future jobs in laboratories, consulting companies, government agencies and teaching environments.

SPC's biology department is one of the few local undergraduate programs that is providing research opportunities for students. Thanks to the generous donors who support the Innovation Grant Initiative, students are able to study our local marine ecosystems while building practical skills that will prepare them for the workplace or graduate studies.
SPC Alum Starts Small Business

St. Petersburg College alumna Sheree Clark credits SPC for giving her the tools she needed to become a successful entrepreneur.

Armed with a Baccalaureate degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from SPC, Sheree launched Words by Design LLC, a highly successful photographic art startup in 2014 and has not looked back.

Sheree said that the SPC faculty and the program's specific focus on entrepreneurship gave her the knowledge and the confidence to succeed. "I learned what it takes to start a business; the skills, the practices and policies to make it successful and become a leader in my community and in my life," Sheree said.

"I believe one of the most important skills I learned from SPC is that there's no single formula, but rather to think creatively and independently. Because of SPC, I'm now running my own company." 

Create a Legacy That Gives an Education

Bequests, charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, IRAs, and gifts of property are some of the ways you can provide significant and lasting support to SPC.  To learn how your planned gift can meet your financial objectives while supporting the work of the College and the aspirations of students, call us at 727-341-3302.  Change a life today!
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