Run with the Quistas a Big Success
The 10th annual Run with the Quistas 5k event was a huge success. Over 120 runners participated in the 5k event. There were many alumni that came back to participate in the race. Tyler Mattera won the race in a time of 17:30. For the females, alumni Courtney McAuliffe took the title in 20:17. The first runner for the lady Quista cross country team was Elise Cedre in a time of 20:22. The next seven places were members from the team with sophomore Sammi Martinez setting a new personal best in 20:31 to take third female overall. Angela Cruz (20:44), Melody Yero (20:47) and Roxanna Caballero (20:58) rounded out the top five. This is the first time all season the top five runners have all been under the 21-minute mark.
The race also had a faculty division with 10 members of the PHSC faculty and staff participating in the race. Timothy Moore won the faculty division with Bobby Yancy and Steve Winterling taking second and third respectively.
The ladies were back into the top 25 rankings this week and will not have another 5k until the national meet held on November 8 in Texas.
Volleyball Team Raises Over $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness
On October 7 the women’s volleyball team hosted Elizabethtown College (Pa.) at a Dig Pink event to raise money for the Sideout Foundation. The Lady Quistas won the match 3-1.
Both teams and fans wore pink to the match to show their support for breast cancer awareness. Donations were made by students, faculty, staff, and fans. “The support we received from so many people made the event very special”, said Coach Kim Whitney.” The event raised over $1,000 for the Sideout Foundation.
The Sideout Foundation awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing patient services to breast cancer patients and their families. Direct donations to the Sideout Foundation are open online until the end of October.
PHSC Athletes Participate in Coastal Clean Up
PHSC basketball players and cheerleaders recently teamed up to participate in Coastal Clean Up at the Palms Preserve in Pasco County.
“Each year our athletic teams commit to doing at least one community service and this year we chose Coastal Clean Up. Our athletes take take pride in keeping the community clean, safe and healthy for the citizens of Pasco County,” said Micheal Jones, Head Basketball Coach.
The PHSC athletes pulled 35 car tires out of the Gulf waters in addition to other trash in the Palms Preserve area.
Learn more about PHSC athletics programs and game schedules.
Cross Country Competes in Disney Race
This past weekend the women’s cross country team finally faced some junior college competition when they raced at Disney’s Wide World of Sports for their Invitational. The ladies stepped it up a notch by placing eighth among 29 two- and four-year schools.
If you turned away for too long, you could have missed the top five runners as they finished within 28 seconds of each other. Leading the way was freshman Elise Cedre in a time of 20:55. She was followed closely by freshman Roxanna Caballero (21:02) and sophomore Melody Yero (21:04). Not too far behind were the Quistas' number four and five runners with Angela Cruz finishing in 21:08 and sophomore Kristen Dunlap in 21:23. The team ran an outstanding race.
15 Basketball Alum Return for Game
The men's basketball team hosted 15 former players at their recent alumni game. The former players defeated the 2014-15 squad 96-86. The successful reunion for former athletes and former coach Bobby Bowman took place on October 11 at the West Campus.
Top PHSC players were: Shane Temara with 22 points nd nine rebounds; Taylor Breck with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists; and Je Quan DeLugo with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Cross Country Places Eighth at FLRunners.com Race
It has been three weeks since the PHSC women’s cross country team competed due to a bye week and the canceled flight to Chicago on September 26, so they were ready to race at the flrunners.com Invitational on October 3. Humid temperatures and a soggy course left the times a little slower than planned but they edged out Florida International University by one point to place eighth out of 14 teams.
Leading the way, freshman Roxanna Caballero in 21:44 but followed closely behind by sophomore Kristen Dunlap in 21:46. Alyssa DeLigio ran a smart race to place third for the Quista runners in 21:53. Rounding out the scoring were freshman Angela Cruz (22:10) and Elise Cedre (22:34).
The next meet for the ladies will be October 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. This is the first meet all season where the team will face some other junior college competition.
For full results please see www.flrunners.com.
Provost Giannet Named Business Leader of the Year
Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Provost, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, was awarded the prestigious honor of Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor at the 2014 Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Celebrating Excellence in Business Banquet.
“We congratulate Dr. Giannet as the 2014-2015 Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor as he deservedly represents the Wesley Chapel business community. In this role, he will represent our chamber by being intimately involved in business expansion planning in Wesley Chapel,” said Hope Allen, President, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.
Giannet was dean of arts and sciences, then provost at PHSC’s North Campus prior to taking on the role of provost at PHSC’s fifth full-service campus, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel, which opened in January 2014.
Additionally, Giannet began as an adjunct instructor in 1992, transitioning to full-time psychology faculty in 1997. Giannet earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Regents College, University of the State of NY, Albany, N.Y., and a Master of Psychology from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn., and completed post-doctoral training in psycho-immunology at University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where he also held an affiliate assistant professor post.
Giannet holds a graduate certificate in theology from the Australian Catholic University, professional certificates in human resource management and information systems management from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a certificate in executive leadership from Cornell University. Also, Giannet is the published author of “Love is Stronger Than Death: Encountering Our Struggle with Grief,” and “The Dysfunctional Relationship Manual: A Checklist and Workbook.”
Each year the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of local community members, businesses and organizations. The Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor is awarded to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies generosity in giving for community benefit.
Seventh Annual Peace Week Celebration
PHSC will host keynote speakers, guest lecturers, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals, and musical performances for the seventh annual Peace Week, October 6–9. Peace Week events will be held on PHSC’s West Campus in New Port Richey, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Spring Hill Campus, and Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel.
The opening ceremony will feature a musical performance by Lorri Hafer at the West Campus. Hafer is best known as lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers—most famous for their recording of the ‘Coca-Cola Song,’ “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”
Keynote presentations include a variety of topics:
Finding Peace in Nature by Daniel Caron, creator of Original Play®
Our Water, Our Future by John Moran, nature photographer
Sustenance, Sovereignty, and the Sacred by Dell deChant, Master Instructor, Department of Religious Studies at University of South Florida and William Schanbacher, Instructor and Undergraduate Director at the University of South Florida
Environmental Citizen Activism by Scott Camil, political activist, Vietnam veteran
When my Husband Became my Wife by Linda and Karen Schrader, transgender couple
Building Your Community—Lessons from Africa by Steve Turner, drum circle leader
Wellness Techniques for Resilience by Erin Senack-Daum, CEO and founder, Productive Visions
Climate Change as a National Security Threat by Gene Jones, founding member and current president of Florida Veterans for Common Sense and John E. Darovec, Jr., retired Air Force physician assistant and biologist
In addition to keynote speakers, a variety of guest lecturers and faculty presenters will host sessions throughout Peace Week. At the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. Tibetans refer to the mandala as the “architecture of enlightenment” with meanings on many spiritual and artistic levels.
Resilience and Peace on Earth festivals, with drum circles, exhibits and displays, will be held at each campus. Those interested in expressing ideas about peace may enjoy creating scarf art, tie dye and sand art.
See the Peace Week page for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the various campus locations or call 1-855-NOW-PHSC for more information. Peace Week 2014–Resilience is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and PHSC’s Student Activities department. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community.
Volleyball Team to Host Dig Pink Event
The women's volleyball team will host a Dig Pink match against Elizabethtown College (Pa.) on Tuesday, October 7 at the West Campus.
Dig Pink T-shirts will be sold by PHSC’s volleyball team members through the month of October and at the game for $10 each. Raffle tickets will also be sold for prize baskets at the event for $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds from T-shirt sales and raffle ticket sales will go to the Sideout Foundation. This foundation awards grants to medical research organizations and entities dedicated to providing patient services to breast cancer patients and their families.
For information on the Dig Pink event or purchasing Dig Pink T-shirts or raffle tickets, call Coach Kim Whitney at 727-816-3341 or email email@example.com.
Lady Quistas Qualify for the District P/Region 8,10 Tournament
The Lady Quistas went 3-1 at the South Florida State Volleyball Tournament this past weekend. They defeated Webber university JV, St. John's River State College and Clearwater Christian College and lost to Indian River State College.
The Quistas were led by captain Jordan Bickett who recorded 60 kills with a .315 hitting efficiency, four aces and 38 digs. The team's overall record of 20-4 has officially qualified them for the District P/Region 8,10 tournament which will be held in Wilmington, N.C. at Cape Fear Community College.
This week the team hosts a home match on Tuesday against Florida College and travels this weekend to North Carolina to Catawba Valley Community College's Tournament.