September 2017
SPC Prepares and Recovers from Hurricane Irma
SPC Facilities Specialist Tom McNaughton removes debris at Seminole Campus after Hurricane Irma
SPC leadership moved quickly and decisively as it became apparent that Irma would move through Pinellas. Students, faculty and staff received timely notification about the college closing and regular updates regarding class schedules and reopening plans. 

Once the storm passed, SPC students and staff checked on neighbors, family and friends as the recovery process began. While dealing with damage and power outages at their own homes, crews of SPC staff sprang into action to clean campus buildings and grounds, restore internet connectivity, answer students calls, and much more. Power was restored to all campuses by Friday evening and the college reopened on September 18. In a college-wide email, President Williams said, "Despite the challenges we faced in the wake of Hurricane Irma, we have come through it even stronger than before. Thank you all for your patience and kindness to one another during the storm. At SPC, we are a family."
The Earth Moves as SPC Breaks Ground on New Student Success Center
L to R: Senator Darryl Rouson, FL Representative Kathleen Peters, St. Pete/Gibbs Provost Jamelle Conner, SPC President Tonjua Wiliams, SPC Trustees Nathan Stonecipher, Bill Foster, 
Deveron Gibbons, Katie Cole and Dillion Stafford, 
representing  U.S. Representative Charlie Crist
Over 60 people gathered at the St. Pete/Gibbs Campus to witness the groundbreaking for the new Student Success Center. College President Williams welcomed faculty, students and guests saying, "It is a distinct honor and privilege to celebrate the groundbreaking of our new St. Petersburg Gibbs Student Success Center. At St. Petersburg College, student success is our purpose."

SPC Board of Trustee's Chair Nathan Stonecipher led local dignitaries in the ceremonial dig commenting that the day had special significance for him as an SPC alum.

The 48,000 square-foot center will replace the 80-year-old administration building and provide students with easy "one-stop" access to critical support services such as registration, admissions, financial aid, advising and more. A handsome, state-of-the-art Conference Center will provide opportunities for the community at large. Several naming opportunities will be available through the Center. For more information, please contact the SPC Foundation at (727) 341-3302.
Donating Stock is a Win-Win!
One of the most cost-efficient ways to support St. Petersburg College students, faculty and programs is through a gift of stock. Making a gift of appreciated securities is simple and may offer a number of valuable financial benefits:

* You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds
* The total value of the stock is tax-deductible upon transfer
* There is no obligation to pay capital gains taxes on the appreciation

Please contact your financial planner for individualized guidance. And let us know of your intentions by calling us at (727) 341-3319. Many of our donors say this is the smart way to give.

SPC's Online RN to BSN Program Among Top 50 in US 
College Choice, an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, recently named St. Petersburg College in its list of Best Online RN to BSN Degrees. SPC is working to meet the growing need for qualified nurses in the Tampa Bay area and across the country. The Institute of Medicine recommends that by 2020, 80% of nurses should have a bachelor's degree to meet the expanding health care needs of Americans. SPC's online RN to BSN program's curriculum focuses on leadership, management, theory, research as well as community and public health. Designed to be flexible, SPC provides students the ability to complete practicum hours at approved agencies within their own communities.
Meet SPC's First Female Certified Ethical Hacker
SPC Cybersecurity student Amber Stone
As the news of large-scale internet hacks and cyber security breaches increases at an alarming rate, it is reassuring to know that talented students are being trained to hack for non-malicious purposes. A specialization in cybersecurity, a white hat - or ethical hacker - is a hacker who tests an organization's computer systems for vulnerabilities and recommends methods to minimize threats before systems are jeopardized. 

Amber Stone was SPC's first female student to become a Certified Ethical Hacker. She describes her chosen field as dynamic and challenging, saying, "This is not a field that you can sit back and learn at leisure. There's always a new threat waiting to be discovered. It's exciting to be in the forefront of this field and empowering to know that you can take action to protect people from unseen dangers." Congratulations Amber and thank you for making the cyber world safer!
Upcoming Events
12 Angry Jurors
October 11-14 at 7:30pm and Oct. 14-15 at 2pm
SPC Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium
2465 Drew St, Clearwater

Twelve people walk into a room to decide the life or death of a teen on trial for murder. With twists and turns, the jury feels the weight of the arguments. The final conclusion is anyone's guess. Director Scott Cooper refreshes the classic play 12 Angry Men with exciting casting and staging changes including arena staging that will create a more intense and intimate setting for the audience. SPC students, faculty, staff, and high school students free with ID. General admission $10.

Fall STEM Festival
October 21 at 10am-2pm
SPC Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St, Clearwater

The entire family can experience first-hand exploratory activities within the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Industry partners and SPC career advisors, will be available to answer questions. The event is FREE, open to the public and will feature entertainment, food, demonstrations, themed exhibits and prizes!

The Shift Age: A Futurist's View of Life in 2040
November 1 at 6:00-8:15pm
SPC Seminole Conference Center
9200 113th Street N., Seminole

Futurist David Houle projects a period of economic, cultural and geopolitical disruption that most Americans can scarcely imagine. Find out what life will be like in 2040 as this internationally known futurist describes a brave new world that will be both unsettling and enriching. Register HERE.