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Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

pumpkin contest winner Halloween Fun Fall Fest

Thursday, Oct. 29 faculty, staff and students gathered on the Seminole Campus for an afternoon of spooky antics including costume contests, a pie eating contest and a pumpkin decorating contest. Pictured here, this year's top pumpkin art was created by the Seminole Student Government Association.

inside this issue

» Two key dates announced for search committee

» UPC sponsors information sessions

» Professional Development Day at two sites

» SPC and partners release ads on human trafficking

» Subway spokesman Jared Fogel to speak at Clearwater Campus

» Lifelong Learning to host Boater Safety course

» Celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 15-19

» Lunch with a Genius at Allstate Center

» SPC reaches out to Haiti

Weekly Columns
» Focus on Training
» Good 4 You
» Onward & Upward
» Cultural Corner
» Wellness at SPC
» Sustainability
» SPC This Week

  Calendar notes
» SPC Events Calendar
» Meeting notices
» November birthdays and anniversaries (pdf)
» November Visual Calendar (pdf)

Pauline Salzman
Marco Polo... from Venice to China, 2004,
39 x 52, Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Gallant
Sew-It's Art!, Best of Pinellas County Quilts

Stunning quilts exhibited at the
Florida International Museum

Nov. 6, 2009 - Jan. 10, 2010

Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College presents two major exhibitions that explore the art and traditions in contemporary quiltmaking, featuring more than 100 nationally recognized artists and a selection of the best of Pinellas County quilts.

Visit the FIM Web site for a preview »

Two key dates announced for search committee

At its Nov. 17 meeting, the Board of Trustees plans to finalize the 13-member search committee that will assist in finding a replacement for retiring President Carl M. Kuttler Jr. The committee will meet for the first time on Dec. 10 for an orientation session with search consultant Jeff Hockaday.

The search committee will include board members Ken Burke and Richard Johnston. Each of the four board members participating in the search will name a person from the community to serve on the committee. (BOT member Deveron Gibbons has recused himself from the selection.) The committee also will include a student representative and a Foundation representative.

At the Nov. 17 meeting, the board will select the remaining five members:

  • Three faculty representatives from the six nominated by the Faculty Governance Organization.
  • One Career Service employee.
  • One Administrative and Professional employee.

Board Chairman Terry Brett and Hockaday will review the self-nominations by Administrative and Professional and Career Services employees and select two in each category to bring to the board. The trustees will make the final selection in each category. Get the latest information on the Presidential Search Web site.

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UPC sponsors information sessions

The University Partnership Center will host an information session Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 to 7 p.m., to describe the more than 100 degree programs it offers together with 16 accredited colleges and universities.

The session will be in the lobby of the University Partnership Center building on the Seminole Campus. Program advisors will be on hand to answer questions.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the UPC will host another information session, this one with Barry University, to discuss details of graduate degrees offered by Barry in the health care field.  That session will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in Room HE142 at the Caruth Health Education Center, 7200 66th Street North, Pinellas Park. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Denise Dean at 305-899-3541.

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Professional Development Day at two sites

SPC faculty members Richard Musgrave, Academic Chair, Physical Science, SP/G, Bev Grundset, Academic Chair, Biological Science and Wellness, SP/G and Jim Wallis, Academic Chair, Natural Science, SE, took a few moments to converse during the event.   Sheryl Mundorff, Baccalaureate Program Specialist, ran into the Digitorium to the tune of “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme to the movie “Rocky,” as student services departments were saluted for helping to enroll nearly 30,000 students for Term I.

Two professional development events were held on Oct. 23. Faculty attended "Making a Difference" on the Clearwater Campus, while Student Services professionals participated in "Real Services for Real Students" on the Seminole Campus.

The events featured a variety of presentations on numerous topics: faculty learned more about subjects such as international education, interactive instruction and critical thinking, while student services professionals focused on topics including social networking, keeping cool in difficult situations, and generational differences.

Both events kicked off with a series of skits that spoofed the challenges of front-line student services.

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SPC and partners to release ads on human trafficking

The college, the Clearwater Police Department, the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking and their partners have released public service announcements to increase public awareness about human trafficking. The announcements are in English and Spanish.

The theme of the campaign is Learn, Look and Report. Many people are in disbelief that human trafficking is present in the Tampa Bay Area  “If you don’t know what to look for, you won’t see it,” said Clearwater Police Lt. George Koder, who heads the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking. “Law enforcement needs the public’s help because victims don’t self-report. They are usually in fear for their lives or the lives of their loved ones.”

Human trafficking is the exploitation by force, fraud or coercion of vulnerable people - often immigrants – for forced labor, domestic servitude or commercial sex operations. Human trafficking is a $9-billion per year industry, and Florida is one of the top three destination states for women and children trafficked into this country.

To learn more about human trafficking, visit www.clearwaterpolice.org or www.HumanTraffickingFlorida.org.
This project is funded by federal grants from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and St. Petersburg College.

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Subway spokesman Jared Fogel to speak at Clearwater Campus

Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds within a year by eating two Subway sandwiches a day (and exercising), will speak about wellness at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Teaching Auditorium on the Clearwater Campus. Fogle, who is on his “Tour de Pants,” will be in the area for the local American Heart Walk. The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

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Lifelong Learning to host Boater Safety course

Lifelong Learning will hold a state of Florida-approved Boater Safety Class on Nov. 14 at the Seminole Campus, in portable building 604.

This one-day, eight-hour classroom and hands-on course meets the requirements for certification of youthful operators of a vessel with 10 HP motors or larger and is a mandatory education class for boating violators.  This course also is a great refresher for any boater and may be used for a boater insurance discount credit.

Topics include boat types, safety equipment, navigation rules, local charts, waterway markings, knot tying and personal watercraft operation.

The course includes an exam and a certificate of completion, which allows the boating violator's immediate resumption of their water activities.

Tuition for the class is $35, which includes classroom instruction, hands-on experience, text, certificate of completion, registration with the state of Florida, and a boater ID card.

For information or to register, call SPC’s Lifelong Learning department at 727-341-3184.

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International Education Week

Celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 15-19

Mark your calendar now for the great events on your campus during International Education Week. Join in the fun now bu testing your knowledge with a Geographic Economy Quiz .

International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.

Keep up with the college’s growing list of international programs by reading SPC International, our new e-newsletter.

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Lunch with a Genius at Allstate CenterAllstate Center Lunch with a Genius

Allstate Center faculty gave friends of the college an overview about the Southeastern Public Safety Institute (SEPSI) on Oct. 23 during Lunch with a Genius, sponsored by the St. Petersburg College Foundation.

Attendees learned about the programs offered at the center and about the rigorous training standards to which graduates are held.

J.C. Brock, John Dressback, Terry Byrd, Brian Frank and Todd Kirchgraber gave presentations on the Law Enforcement, Corrections and Fire Academies, as well as current grants and initiatives.

Those who participated were treated to a tour of the state-of-the-art facility, which includes classroom and lab spaces, a mock apartment used for crime scene training, mock jail cells used to teach effective management of inmates, and the simulated courtroom where students learn to give credible testimony. Participants also witnessed a shooting range demonstration.

For more information about upcoming Lunch with a Genius events, please contact the Foundation at Ext. 3302.

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SPC reaches out to Haiti

SPC recently donated used computers to the new computer education center in St. Suzanne, one of the poorest regions in Haiti. These computers are being used to teach Haitian children and adults basic computer skills.

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Meeting notices

On Nov. 4, the St. Petersburg College Foundation Inc. will hold a Finance & Investment Committee Meeting at 10:30 a.m. and a Board of Directors Meeting at noon. Both meetings will be at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. These meetings will consider routine Foundation business.

The St. Petersburg College Foundation Inc. will have a Planned Giving Committee Meeting at noon on Nov. 17 at the District Office, 6021 142nd Ave. N, Largo.  This meeting also will consider routine business.

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Focus on TrainingSPC’s Staff and Professional Development has expanded the available training opportunities for college employees. Each month, the Blue & White will feature a different training opportunity.

EDUCAUSE Conference Online

The Best Thinking in Higher Education IT, Nov. 4-6

This online conference will cover a wealth of information technology that is relevant to higher education.  Topics include:

  • Teaching and learning with Web 2.0 tools
  • Sustainability and IT
  • Legal and compliance issues
  • Incident management     
  • Learning management technologies                                       

Important information regarding this event:

  • No registration is required. Capacity for each session is 50 people, filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • You can attend any portion or session
  • Please refer to the schedule for a list of offerings
  • All sessions are offered at one central location, DO-143TR

Staff and Professional Development (SPD) has covered the cost of the conference and is offering it free to full-time, budgeted SPC employees. To participate, see your supervisor, who will need to approve your request.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

11:15 – 12:45

Collaboration Is Strategy

1:30 – 2:20

Cloud Computing: Hype or Hope?

2:40 – 3:30

Disrespectful and Time-Wasting, or Engaged and Transformative? The Mile-High Twitter Debate

3:45 – 4:15

Incident Management

4:30 – 5:00

Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 Tools

5:15 – 6:05

Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai

Thursday, Nov. 5

11:10 – 12:00

Mix, Mash, and Share: Empowering 21st-Century Research with Maps

12:30 – 2:00

It Is About Time: Getting Our Values Around Copyright Right

2:15 – 2:40

Intellectual Property

2:45 – 3:35

Social Networks for Teaching and Learning: Implementation and Assessment

3:45 – 4:15

Legal and Compliance Issues

4:30 – 5:00

Green IT

5:20 – 6:10

Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good?

Friday, Nov. 6

11:10 – 12:00

Creating a Global Community: Knowledge Given, Knowledge Gained Online

12:30 – 1:20

Cloud Computing: Services, Economics, and Impacts

1:30 – 2:30

Dancing with History: A Cautionary Tale

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Stewart at Ext. 3116 or  stewart.matthew@spcollege.edu.

Good 4 You

Adopt a pet for free

Looking for a special way to celebrate the upcoming holidays? How about adding a new member to your family? Through SPC’s Veterinary Technology program, you can adopt a pet at no cost.

Trixie Duncan
Trixie Duncan

The first step is to set up an appointment to visit the kennel. During your visit, you’ll get a chance to determine what pet is best for your family. Next, you’ll fill out an adoption form. Depending on the time period, you can either take your pet home immediately or you might have to wait until the end of the term.

Pets available for adoption are cats or dogs. All animals have been vaccinated, de-wormed, are on heartworm prevention medications, and have been spayed or neutered. In addition, they have had their teeth cleaned, have been socialized (students have interacted with them between classes), and have had a microchip inserted into their necks, which can be scanned to determine the owner if the pet is lost.

For further information, call Ext. 3689.

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Onward & Upward: Sen. Dennis L. Jones recognized as public education champion

Florida State Sen. Dennis L. Jones, who oversees Economic Development & Innovative Projects at SPC, received the Champion for Public Education Award from the Florida Education Association Oct. 16, during its Delegate Assembly in Orlando.

This award is presented to individuals who have greatly distinguished themselves by their extraordinary efforts on behalf of public education, public schools, public school employees and students.  To be eligible for the Champion Award, Jones had to be a previous recipient of FEA’s Friend of Public Education Award, which he received in 2005.

The Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association (PCTA) and the Pinellas Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA) are the local affiliates of the Florida Education Association.

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SPC Wellness

More health information is available on our Wellness blog.

Keeping your ZZZZZs at the top of your list

Are you are getting enough “Z’s”?  Did you know that you need seven to nine hours of sleep a night?  Yes, you really should spend one-third of each day in bed.
sleepy guySo much sleeping - which equates to one-third of your entire life - may sound strange, but it is a central part of being a healthy person. 

The advantages of spending so much time sleeping are more than just some sweet dreams.  Rewards of enough sleep include a better ability to concentrate, more energy and just being in a better mood.

The nightmares of not enough sleep will show up everywhere - from your appearance to your personality. Too little sleep also affects work performance, can lead to weight gain and can actually put you at risk (think about how dangerous it is to drive or operate machinery while feeling sleepy).

The 2002 National Sleep Foundation poll, Sleep in America, found that 74 percent of American adults experience a sleeping problem a few nights a week; 39 percent get less than seven hours of sleep each night; and 37 percent are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities.

These are alarming numbers, but they can be reversed. Here are some tips for getting more rest:

  • Stay consistent with bedtime and wake-up times throughout the week.
  • As much as possible, use the bedroom only for sleep (no television, computer use or reading).
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol within four hours of bedtime.

For more information on the health effects of sleep, try these links:

Have other suggestions? Share them with your colleagues on the Wellness Challenge blog.

Healthy Happenings

Smoking Cessation
Smoking Cessation is a free, weekly lunch-time program offered at each campus. Smoking Cesation support groups will begin registration in January 2010. Make it your New Year’s Resolution!

Weight Watchers at Work
Weight Watchers will combine the convenience of a workplace meeting location with the benefits of daily motivation from your co-workers. Already, some of your co-workers have been slimming down; the team at the EpiCenter lost 144 pounds in six weeks!

There is a cost for the meetings, which are held on:

  • Mondays – EpiCenter (Pre-registrations are currently being accepted for the next session that will begin on Monday, Nov. 16. )
  • Tuesdays - Clearwater (Payments are still being accepted for the current session that began Tuesday, Oct. 28.)

St. Petersburg College will reimburse 50% of one registration fee per fiscal year for employees reaching a specific goal and attending 75% of the scheduled meetings.

There will be Weight Watchers at each campus this spring.

Please e-mail Steve Malla, Wellness Coordinator, or call Ext. 3083 for further information about these programs.

Follow team totals online »

Wellness Coordinator
Steven Malla
Human Resources
Epi Services, Room 148

Explore the SPC Wellness blog for additional wellness articles.

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Sustainability banner

Making meetings sustainable

The issue
Environmentally sound meeting practices can translate into saved time, money, energy and decreased waste.

Be part of the solution
To make meetings more sustainable, you can:

  • Reduce bottled water usage by using glasses and pitchers of water.
  • Add recycling bins to the meeting.
  • Go paperless: in advance of meetings, distribute meeting documents via e-mail; hand out hard-copy documents only by request; and print information on both sides of the paper.
  • Use technology such as an overhead projector instead of printed posters for presentations.
  • Instead of a buffet, serve the meal as plated entrees; this reduces the amount of wasted food.  Also, try using real plates, silverware and cloth napkins and stay away from disposable paper plates and utensils and napkins.  If you must use disposable plates, buy plates that are biodegradable. In fact, some disposable plates are made from corn, potato and sugar-cane pulp.
  • Give away untouched food, rather than throwing it away.
  • Try to meet in offices/conference rooms with natural lighting.
  • Drive to meetings in groups, or if the meeting location is close, walk.
  • Instead of bringing meeting members to one location, schedule the meeting as a video- or tele-conference call.  Contact the SPC Collaborative Labs at www.spcollege.edu/central/collaborative or 727-341-3139 for more information.
  • Send meeting minutes/pre-meeting information as an e-mail rather than a printed copy via inter-campus mail or USPS.
  • If you must travel for your meeting, carpool and stay at a hotel designated as a Florida Green Lodging property by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/lodges.htm for more information.

Sustainability Coordinator
Jason Green
Epi Services, Room 258

Explore our Sustainability Web site or our Sustainability blog for additional articles.

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This week on SPC-TV

Here is the broadcast schedule for the original cultural programs recorded by SPC for broadcast on the college station. SPC-TV can be seen on Bright House 620, Knology 19 and Verizon 47 in Pinellas County.

NEW – The Madrigal in Autumn - WATCH THE VIDEO: (29 mins)

Sunday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at noon.
For details on other Department of Music events, visit the Department of Music Web site.

» The Music Center Presents :  Faculty Recital 
Sunday at  3:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
For details on other Department of Music events, visit the Department of Music Web site. 

» The Music Center Presents: SPC Summer Chorus
Sunday at 4 p.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 8 p.m.
For details on other Department of Music events, visit the Department of Music Web site. 

» A Night at the Palladium: La Traviata Opera
Sunday at 11 a.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
For details on other Palladium events, visit the Palladium Web site.

» The Music Center Presents: Rebecca Penneys
Monday at 9 p.m.
For details on other Department of Music events, visit the Department of Music Web site.

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