November 2017

Silverberg Family Honored at SPC Bay Pines STEM Center

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.

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October 2017

JPMorgan Chase Partners with SPC to Develop Regional Tech Talent Pipeline

JPMorgan Chase has awarded a grant of $250,000 to develop a new program that will help local residents land jobs in Tampa Bay’s growing technology industry, while meeting the industry’s demand for skilled workers in this space.

In partnership with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, SPC will provide classroom and online training for students looking for careers in technology, create a database of support tools and develop a website that links students and educators directly to local employers looking to fill open positions.

“This project is an example of how education, industry and workforce can come together to address the critical challenge most industries face – finding and retaining top talent,” said SPC President Tonjua Williams. “We are grateful to JPMorgan Chase for their investment.

Pictured: L-R: SPC Board Member Deveron Gibbons, JPMorgan Chase VP State Government Relations Rick Mahler, SPC President Tonjua Williams, JPMorgan Chase Executive Director of Banking Technology Clayton Schnelker, JPMorgan Chase VP Commercial Banking Kyle Thomas and SPC Board members Katherine Cole and Bill Foster

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September 2017

SPC Prepares and Recovers from 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.”

Pictured: SPC Facilities Specialist Tom McNaughton removes debris at Seminole Campus after Hurricane Irma

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August 2017

President Williams Kicks off Academic Year, Welcomes Back Faculty

“You are. We are. I am SPC” was this year’s theme at the annual Fall Faculty welcome back event held at the St. Petersburg Coliseum earlier this month. Dr. Tonjua Williams and members of the College leadership team highlighted the collaboration between faculty and staff and the institution’s focus on student success. Dr. Williams used an interactive poll to help illustrate SPC’s impact on its students, College employees and the larger community. She stressed the importance of advancing culture, communication, collaboration and creativity to meet the challenges ahead.

The program also included updates from the Faculty Governance Organization, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Academic Pathways and the SACS/Quality Enhancement Plan. As part of the festivities, the College named eight Professors Emeriti in recognition of their tireless dedication to helping generations of SPC students succeed:

• John Chapin, Ph. D., Natural Science (deceased)
• Sandra Cohen, M.A., Mathematics
• Thomas Derzypolski, M.S., Ethics
• Beverly Grundset, D.P.M., Natural Science
• Leslie Honig, M.S.N., Health Sciences
• Mark Lulek, D.O.M., Fine Arts & Humanities
• Maria Osterhoudt, M.S., Business Technologies (deceased)
• Vernon Taranto, D.M.A., Choral Music

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July 2017

SPC dedicates Dr. John M. Chapin Science Lab at Bay Pines STEM Center

Family, friends, community members, faculty and staff gathered at SPC’s new Bay Pines STEM Center on June 28 to dedicate the science labs in honor of the late Dr. John M. Chapin, the former Dean of Natural Science. Dr. Chapin was the founding science faculty member on the Tarpon Springs Campus in the late 1970s. Before passing away in February, Dr. Chapin left behind perhaps his largest legacy at SPC, the Bay Pines STEM Center, a hands-on science learning complex adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County.

At the dedication ceremony, Chapin’s daughter Kristen Johnson recalled growing up in science labs alongside her father and discussed his passion for students and science. “He was more than a science guy,” said Johnson. “He was a believer in people. This center is the embodiment of his beliefs.”

The new 7,600-square-foot state-of-the-art center will serve as a community resource to increase awareness of STEM-related subjects and issues. The center will open for classes for the Fall 2017 term.

Dr. Natavia Middleton, Dean of Natural Science and Engineering, said, “I like to think of the future of STEM here as really a public service to our community,we hope that every experience will allow the community to engage with science.”

Pictured: Dr. Chapin’s daughter Kristen Johnson (left) and wife Marcia Chapin with the science lab dedication plaque

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