Creating partnerships that change lives                                                   March 2016


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In This Issue
Students and Donors Celebrate at Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Schafer Family Dedication
Save the Date: 2016 Distinguished Speaker Series with David Brooks
Give Day Tampa Bay
SPC Students Named Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars
SPC Professor Honored at Local Girls Club
Alumni Class Notes
Create a Legacy that Gives an Education
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SPC Foundation
Board of Directors
Bill McCloud

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
Leon R. Hammock
Helen K. Leslie
Alfred T. May
Henry B. Sayler

Honorary Director
Wendell R. Ware

* Ex officio members

The Aspen Institute has announced that Dr. Tonjua Williams, SVP Student Services, and Dr. Jesse Coraggio, VP Institutional Effectiveness, have been selected to join its inaugural class of Presidential Fellows. 
Selected for their leadership, drive and capacity to "transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success," Drs. Williams and Coraggio will join 38 other fellows in an intensive, yearlong, leadership program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.  Based in Washington, DC, The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization focused on fostering leadership based on enduring values.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Williams and Dr. Coraggio!

Frances Neu
VP of Institutional Advancement &
Foundation Executive Director
St. Petersburg College
Students and Donors Celebrate at Annual Luncheon
Student speakers (from left to right) Timora Works, Courtney Kent, Marissa Allen and Brenda Vargas pose with Bay News 9's Veronica Citron (center).
Donors, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation's 17th Annual Scholarship  Appreciation Luncheon on March 31st.
More than 230 guests attended the event,  sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9's Veronica Cintron with SPC student Marissa Allen.
SPC students Brenda Vargas, Timora Works and Courtney Kent moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests.  Kent who is obtaining his A.A. in science and education, said, "For the donors who have in the p ast year alone, shared over a million and a half acts of kindness with St. Petersburg College students, thank you all."
Luncheon guests also enjoyed performances by two students from the SPC Music Department: Daniel Baillie and Alex  Bonyata.
(Left) SPC Foundation Board Member Paul 
Demirdjian, Prima Demirdjan and  Janet Carroll. (Right) 
SPC Foundation Board Members Beth Horner and Stephen Cole pose with Student Speaker Courtney Kent.
From left to right SPC Board of Trustees Member Nathan Stonecipher, Board of Trustees Chair Dale Oliver, Dr. Bill Law and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Lauralee Westine
Schafer Family Dedication
Dr. Walter and Vivian Schafer's sons Lee (left) and Judge Walter Schafer, Jr. (far right) and daughter Janet (right) pose with their spouses in front of the plaque dedicated to their parents at the  Health Education Center.
College President Bill Law recognized the contributions of Walter Schafer, M.D. and Vivian Schafer, R.N. to St. Petersburg College at a recent ceremony held at the Health Education Center.  In a heartfelt tribute to the Schafer's support, Dr. Law announced the naming of the SPC Baccalaureate Nursing program in their honor. Family members  were on hand to hear from Campus Provost Dr. Eric Carver, Dean of Nursing Dr. Susan Baker and Nursing student Rebecca Thieme .  Dr. Law expressed his gratitude for the Schafer's long-time and unwavering commitment to ensuring that SPC students received the highest quality education.  
St. Petersburg College Foundation board members, Beth Horner (left) and Stephen Cole (right) present a service award to Judge Schafer (center).

St. Petersburg College Foundation Board of Directors Vice Chair Beth Horner and Board Member Steve Cole honored Judge Walter "Skip" Schafer for his service on the Foundation Board.  They presented Judge Schafer with plague commemorating his 15 years on the Foundation Board, during which time scholarship awards rose from $370,000 in 2000 to over $2 million in 2015.
Save the Date: 2016 Distinguised Speaker Series with David Brooks

Give Day Tampa Bay
SPC Foundation is proud to participate in the third annual Give Day Tampa Bay on May 3, 2016.  The event provides Tampa Bay residents an opportunity to help promote students success through scholarship support at SPC.
Give Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour, online giving event, designed to increase philanthropy in the Tampa Bay area and raise awareness of the amazing work local nonprofits do in this community.  This is the third year of the event, which raised $1.75 million for 550 Tampa Bay area nonprofits last year.
And it's simple!  Just visit on May 3rd and find St. Petersburg College Foundation in the list of participating organizations.  All donations made are tax-deductible and will be put to work to improve our community.
SPC Students Named Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars 
Silver Scholars Courtney Kent (left) and Mahir Abdella (right)

SPC students Mahir Abdella and Courtney Kent have been selected as the 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars. Abdella and Kent were selected based on their scores in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1,900 applications were received this year.
SPC Professor Honored by Local Girls Club

Dr. Meg Delgato receives award from Girls Inc. of Pinellas 
SPC's Dr. Meg Delgato was honored for her work with Girls Inc. of Pinellas at their annual Fire and Ice Gala on March 4th. Delgato serves as Academic Chair in the College of Education, where she oversees the Office of School Partnerships and the science education program.  She also serves as one of the lead faculty for SPC's Civic Learning & Community Engagement Center.
SPC Alumni Class Notes
SPC Alumnus Amanda Cummings

Calss of 2015: Amanda Cummings, B.S. in Business Administration.  "Because of St. Petersburg College I now have the opportunity to go wherever it is I want to go."
Class of 2010: Tyler M. Heston , A.A. in Education. Tyler received his PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Linguistics at the age of 21.  He says this success was made possible by the Dual Enrollment program at SPC.
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Create a Legacy that Gives an Education

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