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Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery Exhibit Opening


The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will display the Heritage Vessel Collection in Keeping a Legacy Alive in Clay, an exhibit by artist David Mack from February 5 through March 5, 2015. An opening reception, sponsored by the PHSC Student Government Association, will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Heritage Vessel Collection combines wheel-thrown functional vessels with sculptural forms of historical people of color: inventors, engineers, scientists, educators, athletes,and civil rights activists. Visitors will view artistic depictions of Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix, Justice Thurgood Marshall, President Barack Obama and more.

Also, David Mack will speak in a special presentation to be held on Thursday, February 12 at 6 p.m. in R-151 on PHSC’s West Campus.

The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery is located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the West Campus in New Port Richey. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Art exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information about exhibits at the gallery, call 727-816-3231.

PHSC Named a Finalist for AACC Exemplary CEO/Board Award


PHSC was named a finalist for the 2015 Awards of Excellence by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in the Exemplary CEO/Board Award category. This award recognizes a community college whose CEO/Board of Trustees collaboration and working relationship are exemplary in promoting effectiveness in community college governance.

“We are honored to be selected as a finalist for the AACC Award of Excellence,” said Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., President, PHSC. “This nomination is a testament to the strong, yet resilient bond between administration and our trustees, keeping college operations running smoothly while laying the groundwork for progress. I am grateful to PHSC’s board members for their continued efforts that demonstrate and exemplify PHSC’s core values of excellence, integrity, success, community, safety and stewardship.”

Leonard Johnson, Chair, PHSC District Board of Trustees said, “In the last decade, the College’s graduation rate increased by 43 percent, faculty and staff positions expanded by 56 percent, the operating budget grew by 102 percent and the college established two new campuses. This phenomenal growth is sustained by a mutually respectful, positive and collaborative trustee-CEO relationship. We are so proud that PHSC has been designated as a finalist for this prestigious award.”

The winners of each 2015 Awards of Excellence category will be announced at the annual AACC convention scheduled for April 18-21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Quistas Beat Oxford at Home


The Quistas defeated Oxford College of Emory University, 86 to 70, on Friday. Top scorers include Yamil Marrero 11 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks; Taylor Breck 15 points and eight rebounds;  and Daemon Ashley with 16 points.

The team is now 5-12.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series


Pasco-Hernando State College’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series will feature professor, speaker, author, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Calvin Mackie, who will discuss “From Remedial to Outstanding.”

Five presentations are scheduled over a two-day period:

Wednesday, January 21

  • 10 a.m. – Room B-303, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel, 2727 Mansfield Blvd.
  • 6 p.m. – Room B-104/105, North Campus, Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Thursday, January 22

  • 9:45 a.m. – Room A-240, East Campus, 36727 Blanton Rd., via Web telecast
  • 9:45 a.m. – Performing Arts Center, West Campus, New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road
  • 7 p.m. – Room B-105, Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court

These presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend.

Mackie holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and is an award-winning mentor, an internationally renowned motivational speaker and a successful entrepreneur. His message as a mentor, speaker and entrepreneur continues to transcend race, gender, ethnicity, religion and time. Mackie is the author of Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom and A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business and also the founder of the Channel ZerO, an educational and motivational consulting company.

“Calvin is a dynamic lecturer who speaks with wisdom and honesty about winning personally and professionally,” said Imani Asukile, PHSC’s Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Equity Services.

School and organization groups are welcome. For more information, contact PHSC’s Information Center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC.

Two Volleyball Players Named All-Americans


The NJCAA released their 2014-15 Div II All-Americans. Sophomore Jordan Bickett, outside hitter, was named second team All-American and sophomore Logan Miller, opposite hitter, was named Honorable Mention All-American.

Jordan recorded 470 kills, .236 hitting efficiency, 19 aces, 418 digs, and 73 blocks for the season and Logan recorded 502 kills, averaging 3.32 kills per set, .268 hitting efficiency and 68 blocks for the season.

NJCAA All-Americans

The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher Comes to PHSC


The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will exhibit Visions of Florida: The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher from January 8–29, 2015. This exhibit is part of the Museum of Florida History’s Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program. The community is invited to an opening reception sponsored by the PHSC Student Government Association, on Thursday, January 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery located on our West Campus.

Butcher is famous for his large scale black-and-white landscape photography of the untouched Florida Everglades that highlights the exquisite beauty of the natural environment. Butcher will discuss his work in a special presentation, followed by a Q&A and book signing, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on West Campus.

Art gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Art exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information about exhibits at the gallery, call 727-816-3231.

Winter Commencement Ceremonies - Live Stream


PHSC campuses will close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16 due to winter commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies are being held in the Physical Education Center (gym) at the West Campus in New Port Richey.

Two ceremonies will accommodate the growing number of graduates earning their Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree, Applied Technology diploma, certificate or GED. The morning ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon commencement will begin at 4 p.m. The events will be streamed live online.

Among this year’s winter graduates are many students who have endured remarkable adversity in pursuit of a higher education.

Graduation speakers will include: District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Morris Porton in the morning session, District Board of Trustees Chair Leonard Johnson in the afternoon session; Regina Mirabella, Professor, Nursing (ADN) and Faculty Senate President; Reflections speaker, Randall Stovall, Ph.D, Provost, East Campus; and student speakers Nicole Beverley (afternoon session) and Joseph LaValle (morning session). Approximately 391 degrees and certificates will be conferred at the ceremonies. An estimated total of 1275 summer and winter graduates are eligible to participate.

Basketball Endures Loss to Manatee-Sarasota


On Tuesday November 25, the Quistas competed against State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and lost:  PHSC 84, SCF 98.  Top scorers of the game were, Terrance Briggs with 16 points and five rebounds;  Daemon Ashley with 15 points and four assists;   and Victor Davila with 13 points and 11 assists. 

The Quistas will face Santa Fe College at home on December 3 at 7 p.m.  The team's current record is now 4-8.

Basketball Overcome by Gulf State


On Friday, November 11, the Quistas played tough against Gulf Coast State College, but lost, PHSC 57, Gulf Coast 72.  Top scorers of the game were Taylor Breck 18 points and Daemon Ashley 19 points.

The team will play Northwest Florida State College tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Northwest Florida State College. NWFSC is one of the top NJCAA basketball schools in the country. The Quista's record is now 4-6.

PHSC Splits Matches On Opening Day of National Tournament


Fourth seeded Pasco-Hernando State College (39-5) defeated Waubonsee Community College 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-22) in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. on Thursday afternoon. The win moved the team into a winners bracket game against No. 5 Columbus State Community College of Ohio on Thursday night.

PHSC (39-6) came out strong winning the first set 25-22, but fell in the final three sets 12-25, 23-25 and 12-25. The loss moved the team into a match with Des Moines Area Community College at 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday. The winner of that match will advance to the finals for fifth place on Saturday. The loser will be play for seventh place. You can watch the tournament at