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Selina Roman: A Liminal State

April 29-September 23

Leepa Rattner Museum of Art
600 E. Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs, FL

Seductive and mysterious, the characters in Selina Román’s photographs offer an intimate, yet unsettling glimpse into a transient world full of the colors and glittering textures of vintage Florida. Selina Román: A Liminal State explores the quickly vanishing glamour of old Florida and the temporary feeling of the artist’s native state. Román’s voyeuristic approach allows her models to experiment with props and costumes, who are often transformed into faceless alter egos. Featuring her Florida motel room series, Please Disturb, the exhibition includes some of Román’s props to immerse the visitor in her experiences and photographs from a collaboration she did with members of the LRMA community in July 2017.

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Embracing Our Changing Community: Brave Conversations

Friday, July 27 8:00AM-4:00PM

ES Building – Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew St., Clearwater, FL

Building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community is increasingly complicated in today’s world. Personal views, social media, national events and other elements often polarize our communities, our places of work and even our families. Having the ability to engage in effective and brave conversations about current and diverse topics is an essential first step towards achieving collective goals. At this conference, participants will learn about current impactful issues, remedies to address difference of opinions, and potential risks that could compromise opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and productivity, by having one conversation at a time.

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BUFFYFEST: The Florida Björkestra

September 29 at 8:00PM

The Palladium Theater
253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL

Experience full Buffydom mood and myth as the all-star Florida Björkestra presents Buffyfest at the Palladium! The performance will include music, visual and spoken word artists, stage and interior scenic, puppets and other iconic elements from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don’t miss this inspired multimedia event featuring your favorite American series!

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2018 SPC Night at the Trop

SPC alumni, students, staff and friends enjoyed a fun night at the ball game as the Tampa Bay Rays took on the Philadelphia Phillies on April 13, 2018. Brown & Brown Insurance generously sponsored 100 free tickets so that students could attend the game and cheer from our SPC section.

SPC Night at the Trop is a celebration of the strong partnership between the SPC Foundation and the Rays Baseball Foundation that supports first generation scholarships at SPC. The evening kicked off with a check presentation from the Rays.


19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

SPC Foundation donors, partners, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of more than $1.8 million in scholarships to over 2,400 students during the 2016-17 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on March 21, 2018.

More than 200 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron. SPC students Chelsea Echols and Malique Ferrette moved and inspired the audience with their stories of triumph and success. Malique Ferrette, said, “Words prove insufficient in expressing my gratitude for what you as donors have done for my life and for the lives of so many others. Yet still, I say on behalf of all SPC students…. thank you!”

Pictured:(L to R) Juanita O’Harra, Malique Ferrette, SPC President Tonjua Williams and Chelsea Echols

Silverberg Family Reception

St. Petersburg College Foundation Board of Directors, family and friends gathered at the new SPC Bay Pines STEM Center on November 16 to honor the Silverberg Family for their long-time support. Jane Silverberg designated $150,000 earlier this year to name the Community Center at the college’s newest facility.

Jane Silverberg and her late husband Donald have been ardent supporters of St. Petersburg College and created the Silverberg Endowment for Academic Excellence Award in 1982 to help support, enrich and develop programs that benefit SPC, its students, and the broader community. Over the years, the Silverberg family has taken great pride in providing funding for a broad range of projects that enhance the learning experience for students of St. Petersburg College.

Pictured: Jane Silverberg (seated) is joined by members of her family at the SPC Bay Pines STEM Center following a reception to honor Jane and recognize her contributions.

26th Annual Women on the Way Appreciation Breakfast

An “amazing support system”, “a sisterhood” and “the best part of coming back to college” are just a few of the ways WOW participants describe the program. As six-time sponsor of the Annual Women on the Way Appreciation Breakfast, Transamerica understands the impact WOW has on students, their families and the community. The annual event recognizes the dedicated supporters of WOW who have made it possible for the program to grow over the past three decades. During the program WOW participants shared their moving stories and demonstrated how WOW changes lives. WOW Coordinator, Shirley Crumbley thanked all those in attendance for their years of generous support.

Pictured: L to R: Aimee Tesoro Transamerica Senior Director, Sales Support & Customer Advocacy; Steven Shepard St. Petersburg College Foundation Board Member; Shirley Crumbley WOW Program Coordinator

President’s Roundtable Luncheon

The SPC Foundation Board of Directors convened over 30 Foundation donors at the President’s Roundtable Luncheon in June 2017 to welcome in-coming College President, Dr. Tonjua Williams. Dr. Williams provided a state-of-the-college address and shared her vision for ensuring the continued success of St. Petersburg College and its students.

The event also included a presentation of the President’s Circle Award in recognition of the generous support provided by five distinguished donors. Alfred May, Helen Gilbart and Helen Leslie were honored for the significant impact they have had on the lives of SPC students. Dr. Walter and Vivian Schafer were honored posthumously for their support of SPC’s Baccalaureate Nursing Program, with grandson Kurt Schafer accepting the award on their behalf.

Pictured L to R: Alfred May, SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, Helen Gilbart, Helen Leslie and Kurt Schafer

Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum Exhibition

Calyx Schenecker Scholarship recipients (L to R): Sarah Holmes, Gabrielle Cohen and Malik McCain

The first annual Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum Exhibit at SPC’s Crossroads Gallery opened with a well-attended reception and awards ceremony on May 17, 2017. Pinellas County public and private high school students proudly displayed works of art in all mediums. Gabrielle Cohen, East Lake High School; Malik McCain, Largo High; and Sarah Holmes, North East High, received first, second and third place prizes respectively. All three students were awarded SPC scholarships in recognition of their achievements in visual arts.






18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Event sponsor RBC Wealth Management representatives Clark Mason (far left), David Henwood and Miles Green (far right) with student speakers

SPC Foundation donors, partners, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of more than $1.7 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 18th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 30.

More than 250 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron. SPC students, Andrew Holness and Valerie Diaz, moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests.
Offering a donor’s perspective, Terry Brett co-founder of the Patrick Brett Foundation and former Chair of the College Board of Trustees, shared the heart-felt story behind the Foundation he created with wife Kim in memory of their son. The Patrick Brett Foundation funds scholarships for fresh-start students at SPC, giving them a second chance to succeed.

Diaz, who is graduating in May with an A.A., said, “I want to sincerely thank those who have made this all possible. All of the Foundation’s donors along with SPC’s dedicated faculty and staff have given me the opportunity to aim higher and achieve the unthinkable.”

SPC Night at the Trop 2017

SPC Foundation Board Members and friends (right) as well as an excited crowd of SPC students cheered on the Rays who won their first series of the season with a 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees on April 5th. We must be good luck!

The evening kicked off with a check presentation from the Rays Baseball Foundation to fund first generation scholarships at SPC.








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