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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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SPC Wellness Fair open to all employees

Beginning next week, the SPC Health and Wellness Fair will be held college-wide, offering employees an opportunity to meet with wellness professionals, get free wellness screenings, watch healthy food demonstrations and qualify for eight resort weekend giveaways.

Vendor expos

Employees can meet representatives from:

Free wellness screenings

Employees also can get free biometric wellness screenings:

  • Height and weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Full lipid panel (LDL, HDL, total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose)
  • Prostate screening antigen (PSA)
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

These screenings are excellent indications of your current state of health. Registered nurses will be onhand to administer the simple screenings and explain the results. These results could be an employee’s first step toward discovering unknown medical issues and finding ways to control them. Set your health screenings appointment today.

Healthy food demonstrations

At noon at each location, Bee Well Nutrition will give a healthy food demonstration on the preparation and nutritional benefits of the Quinoa Salad. This unique salad consists of organic whole grain quinoa, fresh cilantro, mint, cucumbers, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sea salt.

Weekend resort giveaways

The TradeWinds Island Resort and SPC have collaborated to give away eight one-weekend stays at the resort, one for each fair location. To qualify for the weekend raffles, employees must attend and participate in their campus Health and Wellness Fair (pdf) and visit with each expo vendor to qualify for their give-away entry.

The fair also counts for 15 Wellness Warrior Rewards Program points.

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Student Affairs staff learn ways to increase student success

Administrators and staff throughout the college attended the Staff & Professional Development Day for Student Affairs program March 10 at the Seminole Campus.

One presenter, Arlene Arnsparger from the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), talked about ways to ease the transition to college and to increase student success.

The development program, entitled "Enhancing the SPC Experience," included a number of skits and presentations.


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Ping-Tung Chang to speak at SPC

Ping-Tung Chang
Ping-Tung Chang

Ping-Tung Chang, Professor of Mathematics at Matanuska-Susitna College at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, will speak on behalf of the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning April 4-6.

Chang, named one of four national recipients for the 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will speak about his approach to effective teaching.

Based on the teaching method developed by Hungarian mathematician George Polya in the 1940s, Chang’s in-class, skill-based learning method encourages students to have a personal interest in their education, helping them gain the tools they need to figure out the most effective method of problem solving and how best to carry it out.

By allowing students to collaborate in small groups, Chang fosters student development of individualized problem-solving methods and learning new methods from each other. He encourages self-correction by using tests in his classes as indicators of student weaknesses in specific areas so he can help them master the material rather than for grade assessment.

Lunch will be served at his presentations on teaching with the problem-solving method:

Monday, April 4 12:30-2 p.m. Tarpon Springs Campus — FA 132
Tuesday, April 5 12:30-2 p.m. St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus — SA 114
Tuesday, April 5 6-8 p.m. Seminole Campus Digitorium
Wednesday, April 6 10:30-11:30 a.m.
12:30-2 p.m.

Clearwater Campus — CETL office — LI 211
Clearwater Campus — SS 125

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The SPC Student Leadership Retreat went to Tallahassee on March 10, bringing 62 SPC students and seven chaperones to observe the legislative process at work. Students sat in on the House of Representatives as HB 7005, a bill that shortens the state’s unemployment benefits, was passed. They also participated in a pizza party with state representatives and senators, giving students a chance to voice their opinions or ask questions. The trip was free and open to students throughout the college.  Students observe legislative process through leadership retreat

The SPC Student Leadership Retreat went to Tallahassee on March 10, bringing 62 SPC students and seven chaperones to observe the legislative process at work. Students sat in on the House of Representatives as HB 7005, a bill that shortens the state’s unemployment benefits, was passed. They also participated in a pizza party with state representatives and senators, giving students a chance to voice their opinions or ask questions. The trip was free and open to students throughout the college.

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Littlewood attends White House signing ceremony

From left: Chris Littlewood, Project Coordinator II, CPSI, and Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President
From left: Chris Littlewood, Project Coordinator II, CPSI, and Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President

Chris Littlewood, Project Coordinator II at the Allstate Center’s Center for Public Safety Innovation at the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, visited the White House March 3 to witness the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).

The agreement strengthens a partnership between the two groups to make sure the access and functional needs of people with disabilities are incorporated into all federal planning for disaster recovery programs.

Littlewood said the ceremony included advocates from the disability and emergency management community, as well as disaster survivors and President Obama’s national security and disability advisors.

“I witnessed the signing of the memo of understanding between DHS/FEMA and the National Disabilities Rights Network,” Littlewood said. “I have been involved in the access and functional needs community to provide emergency and disaster planning and training as a DHS/FEMA training partner and sub-contractor as part of my job here at St. Petersburg College.”

The signing, he said, demonstrated the administration’s commitment to planning for people with access and functional needs, including people with disabilities.

“My participation was an honor as a self-advocate for people with disabilities, and as a disaster cycle planner and trainer for inclusive emergency preparedness,” Littlewood said.

Littlewood, who himself is hearing-impaired, has a law enforcement background and has a strong interest in preparing people with disabilities for emergencies.

“What we learned from Katrina and other disasters is that people with disabilities are a more vulnerable population,” he said. “I have an interest in making sure those people are addressed in the emergency planning process.”

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Silverberg grant proposal deadline is March 25

The deadline by which to submit a proposal for the 2011-12 Silverberg Endowment grant is quickly approaching.

The grant, worth up to $5,000, has been awarded annually since 1982, and helps to support, enhance, enrich or develop programs of benefit to SPC and its students, as well as the local community.

All proposal submissions must include:

  • Title of activity
  • A brief description of the proposal, including goals and objectives, costs involved, project timeline, method of evaluation, statement of purpose and need
  • Campus and department submitting the proposal
  • Name(s) and campus addresses of proposal originator(s)

All submissions must be forwarded to your campus provost or campus executive officer for review and signed approval. After that, the submission must be sent to Frances Neu, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation.

Silverberg award winners are expected to be announced by April 29.

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Etu Nu chapter named PTK’s 2010 Most Distinguished Chapter

The Eta Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa was named the Most Distinguished Chapter for the second year in a row during the international honor society’s regional conference, March 4-6 in St. Petersburg.

Established in 1950, Eta Nu is one of five PTK chapters at SPC. Other chapters include the Alpha Omega Beta, Alpha Zeta Tau, Beta Theta Omega and Zeta Tau.

Alpha Zeta Tau (Tarpon Springs Campus)

  • Five Star Chapter Award (fourth year in a row)

Eta Nu (St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus)

  • The Best College Project Award was received for the chapter's celebration of National American Indian Heritage
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Award — Josh Ervin
  • Distinguished Chapter Member Award — Kathleen Sands
  • Best Musical Score Award — Justin Shea
  • Best Non-Fiction Short-Story Award — Susan Thornton
  • Honorable mention in the Distinguished Advisor category and an Advisor Recognition Award for 32 years of service to the chapter — Steve Meier, advisor
  • Honorable mention in the Paragon Award for New Advisors category — Jessica Magnani, co-advisor
This year, 79 chapters competed for PTK's regional awards, which recognize excellence in programs that promote scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

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Final two FAFSA Nights serves more than 130 family members and students

About 34 SPC faculty, staff and students volunteered their evening on March 8 for a FAFSA Night at Clearwater High School. Also volunteering at the event were Clearwater High School ROTC recruits, faculty, counselors and parents.  The federal financial aid outreach initiative volunteers helped Pinellas County students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2011-12. The Tuesday night event was the third of four FAFSA Nights offerings in the county. To volunteer for the final session, contact Todd Smith at 727-302-6800.

FAFSA Night at Tarpon Springs Campus

More than 120 family members and students were served by about 34 SPC faculty, staff and student volunteers at the March 8 FAFSA Night at Clearwater High School. More than 110 additional family members and students were served at the fourth and final FAFSA Night on March 15 at Tarpon Springs High School. The federal financial aid outreach initiative volunteers helped Pinellas County students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2011-12.

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Promotions and changes within the college

SPC congratulates faculty, staff and administrators on their recent promotions and transfers.

Ruby Beecham, former Fiscal and Business Analyst for Business Services in the Epi Services building, has accepted a position as Grant Accountant within that department.

Ashley Hendrickson, former Coordinator Assessment of the Baccalaureate Program for Academic Effectiveness and Assessment at the EpiCenter, has accepted a position as Coordinator of Accreditation and Baccalaureate Assessment within that department.

Amy Kelley, former OPS Instructional Assistant II in Communications at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, has accepted a position as Instructional Assistant III within the same department effective March 21.

Luanne Millard, former Staff Assistant in the Provost Office at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, has accepted a position as Executive Staff Assistant in the Provost Office at SPC Downtown/SPC Midtown.

Mary Ortiz, former Administrative Specialist I for Academic Effectiveness and Assessment in the Epi Services building, has accepted a position as Administrative Generalist in Human Resources at the same site effective March 21.

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Jimmy Crowley
Jimmy Crowley
Brendan Nolan
Brendan Nolan

Celebrate Irish heritage at the Palladium

Celebrate Irish heritage with Jimmy Crowley and Brendan Nolan at the Palladium at St. Petersburg College on Friday, March 25.

Crowley is a living legend in Irish music and his songs are steeped in the traditions of his native Cork. A number of his original songs like “My Love is a Tall Ship” and “Titanic” reflect his strong connection to the sea.

Nolan, originally from Dublin, has made his home in Tampa Bay. His songs, such as “The Curse of the Immigrant” and “Far From Their Home,” reflect his immigration experience. He'll also share several of the old and new songs from Dublin. Get your tickets early, as this show sold out last year. Tickets are available online.

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Graduation reminder to faculty and staff

Spring graduation is Saturday, May 7 at 5 p.m. at Tropicana Field. The deadline to order or rent graduation regalia has been extended to Friday, March 18.

Processional participation is mandatory for all full-time faculty members who did not participate in the previous summer or fall ceremonies, and for all administrative and professional staff. Adjuncts and percent-of-load faculty are not required but are welcome to participate. Required faculty and staff may seek to be excused by submitting an e-mailed request directly to President Bill Law by Friday, April 22, with the purpose clearly stated.

Regalia can be ordered from Follett’s Bookstore on any campus. Follett’s will need your name, height (with shoes), weight, cap size (or head measurement in inches), full title of your degree, the school which conferred your degree, it’s location (city and state) and a phone number at which you can be contacted. For your convenience, orders can be e-mailed:

Orders received after Friday, March 18 may incur late fees. Questions should be directed to your campus bookstore.

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Reminder: BOT agenda, presentations available online

The agenda, supporting materials, videos and highlights of all Board of Trustees meetings are available online. This includes presentations made at the board meetings.

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Meeting notices

Board of Trustees updates
SPC encourages open access to all Board of Trustees information. Organized by date, the BOT website serves as an ongoing record of all BOT meetings and decisions, and includes the most current information on:

  • Board meeting schedules, legal notices, agendas, rule development notices, supplemental board materials, meeting minutes and highlights
  • Official board rules
  • Board member profiles and terms of service

NEW- Meeting video for March 15, 2011 meeting
NEW- Meeting minutes for Feb. 22, 2011 meeting
Notice of meeting and rules hearing for March 15 meeting

The Board for the Alumni Association will meet on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the District Office Consular Corps College Conference Room 102.

The Development Committee for the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, April 13 at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Interactive Gallery to discuss general business.

The Finance Committee for the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the museum’s Interactive Gallery to discuss general business.

The Collection Committee for the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on April 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Registrar’s Office of the museum to discuss general business.

The Education and Outreach Committee of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, Room 132, to discuss general business.

The Governance Committee for the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Interactive Gallery to discuss general business.

The Annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Auditorium to discuss general business.

The Quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Auditorium to discuss general business.

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