February 2017

Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce Honors SPC

SPC President Bill Law accepts the Economic Advancement Award at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 95th Annual Meeting in January from Alan Bomstein, President & CEO of Creative Contractors and Chamber President Carol Hague. Executive Director of SPC’s Collaborative Labs Andrea Henning and Clearwater Campus Provost Stan Vittetoe joined Dr. Law on stage.

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January 2017

20th Century African American Art Exhibit

The Beauty of Truth and Freedom: African American Art in the 20th Century Highlights from the Stewart-Sheffield Collection

February 4 – March 4, 2017
St. Pete/ Gibbs Campus Music Center
6605 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg

This extraordinary exhibition centers around the themes of civil rights, education, family and music. Throughout the 20th
century, many African American artists responded to the struggle for freedom and civil rights, and the need to preserve African American family life and culture, by producing works that spoke to these issues, often challenging the social and political order. An opening reception will be held on Sat., Feb. 4 from 1 to 5pm with art collectors, Drs. James Stewart and Caryl Sheffield, leading a discussion beginning at 2pm. A $10 donation benefiting the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH) is suggested.

Pictured: New Generation by Elizabeth Catlett

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December 2017

Rothman Family Promotes Early Literacy

The Rothman Family Foundation’s commitment to improving student success, particularly among learners with the fewest resources, was the impetus for their partnership with the SPC Foundation. As part of this partnership, SPC students completing coursework in Early Childhood development were recently presented sets of books encased in toddler-sized SPC book bags. The students, each of whom is currently employed in a licensed childcare center or home care environment, will share and/or distribute the books to pre-school learners.

The Rothman Family also recognized childcare employers who encourage their employees to expand their teaching skills. As students earned a Preschool Specialization Certificate, each childcare provider was presented a set of classroom literacy materials including an expanded assortment of books, manipulatives and interactive teaching tools.

Working together to improve literacy among our community’s youngest learners, as exemplified through the efforts of the Rothman family, will help close the achievement gap, promote early success and build a strong foundation for life-long learning.

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October 2016

Duke Energy Provides Scholarships for Veterans

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the St. Petersburg College Foundation $7,500 for its Veterans Bridge Fund initiative.

Duke, through its “Victories for Veterans” program and in partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays, is awarding over $90,000 to
veteran-related charities in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The funding represents $1,000 for every Rays win this season.

“Serving our communities is an integral part of Duke Energy’s culture and we are especially honored to help support our veterans
through employee volunteer events, by actively hiring veterans — we employ nearly 2,000 veterans at Duke Energy — and through initiatives like this,” said Alex Glenn, State President of Duke Energy — Florida. “The organizations that are benefiting from the
‘Victories for Veterans’ program offer invaluable services to local veterans and we are proud to invest in them.”

Student veterans, including SPC’s Student Veteran Association President Brittany Achor
attended the Rays’ last home game to accept the check and thank Duke Energy.

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September 2016

Second Annual Distinguished Speaker Event

Nationally acclaimed political and social analyst David Brooks drew two standing ovations from a crowd of almost 800 at the Foundation’s Second Annual Distinguished Speaker event at the Palladium Theater on September 21.

Kicking off the program were SPC student and Presidential Scholar Alexis Deveaux who served as the evening’s poised and charming MC, and SPC graduate Sane Haidara who impressed the audience with his inspirational story about the importance of SPC Foundation scholarships.

Before Mr. Brooks took the stage, Foundation Board Chair Beth Horner and College President Bill Law shared highlights about the Foundation and the College.

Within moments of taking the stage, Mr. Brooks captivated guests with his humor and poignant observations. His comments focused on the development of character and creating a balance between the “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues” described in his best-selling book The Road to Character. His comments were illuminated with references to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders. Mr. Brooks concluded his presentation with a Q & A session which was followed by a book signing.

Prior to the program, VIP guests and event sponsors attended a private reception with Mr. Brooks in the Palladium’s Side Door Theater. All proceeds from the evening’s event help underwrite student scholarships at SPC.

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