Fifth Annual Keys to Manhood Seminar
Approximately, 200 local high school and college students, along with parents and mentors, attended the fifth annual Keys to Manhood Summit at SPC’s Allstate Center in February 2017.
Sponsored by Transamerica, the seminar included an impressive range of workshops focused on helping students succeed including, becoming financially fit, going from dropout to knockout, overcoming legal obstacles, and exploring career opportunities.
The highly interactive day included a luncheon sponsored by GTE Financial and a keynote address by NFL player, philanthropist and St. Petersburg native Louis Murphy, Jr. During his speech, Murphy touched on many of the challenges in his own life and encouraged attendees to persevere. “No matter where you are in life, don’t let anyone or anything deter you from your dreams,” he said.
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 presented sets of books encased in toddler-sized SPC book bags in December 2016. 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.
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, 2016.
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.
Women on the Way 35th Anniversary
St. Petersburg College launched its Women on the Way (WOW) program in 1981 as a resource and support center for women who were entering college in larger numbers than ever before in the history of the United States. The goal was to provide women – many of them the first in their families to attend college – with the skills and resources to be successful in an academic setting.
The effort was spearheaded by Dr. Vilma Zalupski, the college’s first female Provost (Clearwater Campus); Bobbie Hinson, Career Center Director; Helen Gilbart Program Director for Humanities, Fine Arts and Communications; and Maria Edmonds, a psychology instructor who later became an Associate Provost. Edmonds was WOW’s first coordinator.
Since the Summer of 2015, WOW has opened two centers at the Seminole and St. Petersburg/ Gibbs campuses. The Tarpon Springs campus will host the program starting in Spring of 2017. Today, more than 300 women college-wide participate in WOW programs.
17th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon
Donors, students and college leadership celebrated the awarding of over $2 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students during the 2015-16 academic year at the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s 17th Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon on March 31, 2016.
More than 230 guests attended the event, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and Emceed by Bay News 9’s Veronica Cintron with SPC student Marissa Allen. SPC students Brenda Vargas, Timora Works and Courtney Kent moved the audience as they shared their educational journeys with guests. Kent who is obtaining his A.A. in science and education, said, “For the donors who have in the past year alone, shared over a million and a half acts of kindness with St. Petersburg College students, thank you all.”
Luncheon guests also enjoyed performances by two students from the SPC Music Department: Daniel Baillie and Alex Bonyata.