Creating partnerships that change lives                                                   January 2016

 

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In This Issue
Celebrating 150,000 Graduates
Duke Energizes Local Workforce
Tech Data Launches $10,000 Scholarship Initiative
Faculty and Staff Receive $55,000 for Innovation Grants Project Funding
SPC Model UN Students Receive Honors
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SPC Foundation
Board of Directors
Bill McCloud
Chairman

Angela Beltz
Joseph G. Blanton
R. Michael Carroll
Kenneth P. Cherven
Stephen O. Cole
Paul Demirdjian
John W. Dosher  
Theresa K. Furnas
Robert L. Hilton
Beth A. Horner
William D. Law*
Frances Neu*
Steven Shepard
Shan Shikarpuri
Richard B. Winning
David Zillig

Directors Emeriti
Dan Carlisle
Leon R. Hammock
Helen K. Leslie
Alfred T. May
Henry B. Sayler

Honorary Director
Wendell R. Ware

* Ex officio members



Corporate giants Duke Energy and Tech Data have each established scholarships through the St. Petersburg College Foundation to support hardworking students pursuing a college credential.  The far-reaching partnerships with these two community leaders are featured in this issue.  

We are also pleased to highlight the accomplishments of SPC students participating in the Model UN program at both the state and national levels. Through their participation, these student leaders are gaining invaluable experience in civic engagement and global responsibility.  

And finally, we are happy to announce the recipients of this year's Innovation Grants Initiative. The program provides financial support to SPC faculty to implement projects that enhance the learning experience and promote student success.

We hope you will enjoy reading these stories and we welcome your feedback.  If you are so inclined you can comment here: foundation@spcollege.edu.

Sincerely,     
Frances Neu
VP of Institutional Advancement &
Foundation Executive Director
St. Petersburg College
 

SPC Graduates Its 150,000th Student      

St. Petersburg College marked an impressive milestone at its 129th commencement on December 12.  SPC graduated its 150,000th student in two fall commencement ceremonies at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.

"Our first graduating class, in 1929, had a total of 48 graduates," said St. Petersburg College President William D. Law Jr., in addressing the graduates. "Today, we celebrate the momentous occasion of our 150,000th graduate. This is a milestone that will not soon be forgotten."

Duke Energizes Local Workforce  

Duke Energy is helping to develop our area's workforce by providing $30,000 in scholarship support to St. Petersburg College students.

The gift to the SPC Foundation will benefit students who are the first in their family to pursue a college credential and will be specifically earmarked for students attending SPC's Midtown or Downtown campuses.

Melissa Seixas, Government and Community Relations Manager, Duke Energy Florida, said, "Duke highly values this partnership with St. Petersburg College and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in St. Petersburg."

In August, Duke provided $10,000 and a team of volunteers to help support the grand opening of the College's 49,000-square-foot, state-of-the art Douglas L. Jamerson Midtown Campus.  

"We appreciate all Duke does for St. Petersburg College and for the entire community," said College Trustee Deveron Gibbons.

 
L to R:  Bill McCloud, Chairman, St. Petersburg College Foundation; Gregory Wright, Community Affairs Manager, Duke Energy Foundation, Florida; Melissa Seixas, Government/Community Relations Manager, Duke Energy Florida; Beth Horner, Vice Chair SPC Foundation 
 
Tech Data Launches $10,000 Scholarship Initiative   
   
Angie Beltz, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data

Tech Data Corp will award $10,000 in scholarships to SPC students pursuing bachelor's degrees in Technology Development and Management.  The scholarships will help cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books.

"Tech Data is excited to partner with SPC to provide students with the opportunity to learn and thrive in technology careers through this scholarship program," said Angie Beltz, vice president, Cisco Solutions Group at Tech Data and a member of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. "SPC's Technology Development and Management program provides students with the skills they need to work in today's evolving IT landscape."

"Tech Data, through the leadership of Bob Dutkowsky and Angie Beltz, is a trailblazer in helping area students gain the high-demand skills that will help ensure the success of our workforce and the continued prosperity of the Tampa Bay area," said Frances Neu, VP of Advancement for SPC. "We are proud to have their partnership." 
 
Forward-Thinking Faculty and Staff Receive $55,000 in Foundation Funding     

Twenty proposals designed to promote students success will be funded through the SPC Foundation's Innovation Grants Initiative.  Grant recipients will receive awards of up to $3,500 to implement projects that broaden traditional curricula and enrich the learning experience for SPC students.  In total, over $55,250 will be awarded this year.

A committee comprised of college and community representatives reviewed and evaluated the proposals.  "The grants represent the enormous talent of SPC faculty and staff who design and implement the projects," said Beth Horner, Vice Chair of the SPC Foundation Board of Directors. The Innovation Grants Initiative was launched in 2011 to support the college's efforts to improve student success.  The Foundation has awarded over $300,000 since the inception of the initiative.  

This year's grant recipients are:

James Angle, Support for Online Testing Fire and Public Safety Training Center
Gabrielle Bain, PT Obstacle Props
Brittany Baldwin, Educational Ecosystem Development Fund
Marie Biggs and Meg Delgato, Girl Power: Building Science Content Literacy for Girls K-5
Susan Blanchard, Reaching Out - Disabilities in the Community
Meg Delgato, STEM on Wheels: A Portable Approach to Science Inquiry in the Classroom
Meg Delgato, Instrumental Change, The Sequel: Using the Art of Drum Making to Investigate the Science of Sound
Ethan Hart and Paula Knipp, SteamWorks
Jonathan Helms, Vocation Vacation
Stephanie Henningsen and Mary Gerst, The SPC Student Leadership Academy
David Manson, 2016 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival
Ray Menard, There's More to Meat than Meets the Eye
Marilyn Michael, 2016 Summer Vocal Institute
Natavia Middleton, Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader
Kari Morrel, Midtown Library Technology Enhancement
Shirley Oakley and Anthony Valentine, Persuasion and Performance: Connecting Students with Professionals in the Media Field
Julia Rawa-White, Jessica Magnani and Orlando Pizana, Rise & Shine: Student Success through Interdisciplinary Research & Scholarly Publication
Lara Sharp and Greg Lewis, Off to the Races--Summer Camp Program: Building Robotic Cars
Katherine Siegler, Biotech Botanicals
Carol Weideman, Expanding the Teaching Toolkit to Enhance Student Engagement

SPC Model United Nations Students Receive Honors  
 
Model UN team members in photo, from left to right. Front row: Julie Ann Gilson; Martha Kamara; Julianna Cherinka; Kayla Li; Rebekka Sauer; Dragana Mitric; Aaron Paige. Back row: Reynald Feldt; Talon Easterling; Christopher Duggan; Mason Kerr

Florida Model United Nations - Gainesville

A team of 11 students competed in the Florida Model UN simulation held Oct. 16-17 at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Four students represented France, three represented Albania, two represented Cuba, and two represented Botswana. The France group received Outstanding Delegation Award, and the Albania and Cuba groups received Honorable Mention Delegation Awards. Rebekka Sauer received Best Delegated Award for General Assembly. A total of 17 colleges and universities participated in simulation.  Members of the Gainesville team:  Julianna Cherinka, Mason Kerr, Kayla Li, Christopher Duggan, Dragana Mitric, Aaron Paige, Talon Easterling, Reynald Feldt, Rebekka Sauer, Julie Ann Chorgo-Gilson, Martha Kamara

Members of the Czech Republic team: standing, left to right: Armando Pellot; Lewis Morgan; Alexis Deveaux; Amy Bhatt; Alexander Haydon; Alliyah Edwards. Front: Amy Currotto and Jonathan Corrao.

National Model United Nations - Czech Republic
Eight SPC students received international honors at the Collegiate Model United Nations Conference held Nov. 24-27 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The team competed in the simulation with more than 300 American and international students. Students prepare for the conference by researching committee topics, writing position papers, and practicing diplomatic simulations. "Our students do a wonderful job in representing the college," said Roy Slater, political science instructor, who along with social science academic chair Douglas Rivero traveled with the team. The SPC team received the Honorable Mention Delegation award. Two SPC students, Lewis Morgan and Armando Pellot, also were awarded the Outstanding Position Paper award in the General Assembly Plenary committee. The team represented China.  
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SPC Alumni Says It's Never Too Late to Get a Great Education       


James E. Chambers recently earned his certification in Food & Beverage Management from the Seminole campus. Shortly after receiving his certificate, Chambers was hired by the Loews Don CeSar Hotel and enjoys his position. He feels that he made many excuses as to why he could not attend college, from financial aid to not having enough time in his busy schedule. But after eight years of soul searching, Chambers returned to school at the age of 54. The road hasn't been easy for him. Chambers lost his job unexpectedly, his 22 year old son passed away and he was divorced within the same year. "To anyone that may have second thoughts on how, what, or where, don't forget the why. It's never too early or too late to earn an education. Enjoy your journey." Chamber says.

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