Volleyball Player Named Player of the Week
PHSC’s Melina Staengle is this week's NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Staengle, a sophomore from Sindelfingen, Germany, averaged 3.8 digs per set and 0.4 blocks per set over two matches, helping the Quistas to 3-1 wins over Indian River State and St. Petersburg. Staengle recorded double-double digs in each match, including 17 against St. Petersburg.
College Night Offered at Three Locations
PHSC will hold its annual College Night on Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10 for prospective students in the Pasco County area. PHSC will also participate in the College Night held at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville on Thursday, September 11 for prospective students in the Hernando County area.
PHSC’s two-night event will be held in the respective campus physical fitness center (gym) on Tuesday, September 9 at the Dade City campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus. College Night at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Representatives from PHSC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions, and the military participate in College Night to provide residents in PHSC’s two-county service area with a one-stop opportunity to get information about admissions, financial aid, and programs for post-secondary study. High school students, their parents, and prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend. College Night is free and open to the public.
For additional information about College Night call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
PHSC Offers Smoking Cessation Program
Pasco-Hernando State College is partnering with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (GNAHEC) to provide a free program to those interested in quitting tobacco use. The program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, aims to facilitate the process of quitting smoking using counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Participants are eligible to receive up to four weeks of free NRT products, including gum, patches and lozenges.
This program is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 5 – 7 p.m. in Building J, room 105 at the PHSC West Campus in New Port Richey.
There are no requirements for participation, just a willingness to quit smoking. To register, please call Jihane Ambroise at (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 or email. This program is offered at no charge and is open to the public.
Jacob Cannon Selected for Academic Team
Congratulations to Jacob Cannon, who was selected for the 2013-2014 Florida College System Activities Association Academic Team in men's basketball.
Jacob graduated from Land O' Lakes High School and was a freshman guard at PHSC last year.
Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery Announces 2014-15 Schedule
The 2014-15 Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery’s Elemental Grandeur exhibit line-up has been announced and opens with The Creative Works, presented by The Red Apple School, on August 21. This year’s fine art exhibits will provide gallery visitors the opportunity to experience art in its most simplistic form and art that influences the world and offers insight into human diversity. The exhibits will be displayed in PHSC's art gallery in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library building on the College's West Campus in New Port Richey. All exhibits are offered at no charge and open to the public.
Refer to the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery page for hours of operation and an exhibit schedule. For additional information, please call 727-816-3231.
Select a Major with New Career Advising System
PHSC recently added FOCUS 2, an online, interactive career advising system to improve the career development process for students. The free self-paced career guidance tool combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive program. Designed to help students explore their values, interests, personality and skills, the assessment tool meets new state legislative requirements for major/meta-major selection.
“FOCUS 2 facilitates goal setting, academic decision making and course selection to increase student commitment, motivation and the probability of retention,” said Jackie Eden, Assistant Director of Career and Testing Services. “Many freshmen are unsure of how to combine their interests and skills into selecting a major or determining a career path. FOCUS 2 can move students forward in planning suitable careers and provide results-oriented goals.”
FOCUS 2 is accessible to all students and alumni and available anytime online for most devices. As interests and skills expand, career assessment results may change so students are encouraged to reassess periodically. Individual FOCUS 2 results are saved in a digital career portfolio for future reference.
FOCUS 2 is ACSCI (Association for Computer-Based Systems for Career Information) certified and meets the standards and criteria established by the National Career Development Association and the U. S. Department of Labor.
For more information, please call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
Graduating Sophomores Moving On To Four-Year Programs
Head Coach Steve Winterling announced that seven sophomores will be taking their talents to four-year institutions. Tyler Ramsey (Delaware State University), Robby McCabe (East Tennessee State University) and Joel Rosario (Texas Southern University) have signed with NCAA Division I programs. Brennan Allen (Brevard College), Tyler Cooler (University of Tampa) and Chris Frosch (University of Tampa) will be playing NCAA Division II baseball and Jose Alonzo signed with NAIA member University of the Cumberlands. Each student-athlete played a major role in this year's fourth place finish at the College World Series.
Concept College Program Receives Grant
PHSC Foundation recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Rays Baseball Foundation Community Fund Grant Program. The funds will support PHSC’s Concept College outreach program that provides an opportunity for at-risk students to explore a variety of career pathways and encourages participants to attend college. PHSC’s Concept College serves disadvantaged Pasco and Hernando County students who are likely to drop out of school or have little expectation of enrolling or graduating from college.
The PHSC Foundation was one of twenty non-profit organizations to receive a grant through the Community Fund Grant Program. The Rays Foundation presented the award to PHSC Foundation Board Vice Chair, George “Skip” Miller and PHSC Director of Development, Maria Hixon at a banquet held at Tropicana Field on June 6.
For more information about the PHSC Foundation, please call 727-816-3410.
Cross Country Runner Wins Award
Sophomore Judith Young won the Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for having an excellent grade point average for all four semesters while competing for the cross country and half marathon team.
Judith’s overall GPA while at PHSC was a 3.7. Judith was an integral part of the 2012 and 2013 Cross Country teams. She was also on the half marathon team for the 2013 season. Judith plans to continue her academic and athletic endeavors at the University of South Florida this fall.
Volleyball Qualifies for Team Academic Award
The women's volleyball team qualified for the NJCAA All Academic Team Award with a 3.31 team GPA. The minimum GPA to qualify is a 3.0. The team ranked 41 out of 97 qualifying teams.
And, special recognition is given to Jessi Shapiro who qualified for an individual academic award—the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award. Athletes must have completed three full-time semesters and must have an overall GPA between a 3.60 and 3.76 to qualify.