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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