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Open House Events Scheduled

06/24/2015

PHSC is hosting open houses at three of its campuses in July. Attendees will learn about higher education opportunities, including the variety of certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs offered through the College. The events will also provide opportunities for campus tours and offer information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships and the more than 50 clubs and organizations available. Open house dates and locations include:

West Campus in New Port Richey; Tuesday, July 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in R151.

East Campus in Dade City;  Wednesday, July 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in A240.

North Campus in Brooksville; Thursday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in B104/105.

For more information call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
 

Encore Academy Offers Art Hisory Series

06/15/2015

The PHSC Encore Academy will offer four art history workshops on the North Campus in Brooksville, on Tuesdays, July 7 – 28, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Learn why Greek and Roman art owes its lasting influence in art and architecture to its simplicity, humanity and sheer beauty in The Classicism of Greek & Roman Art on Tuesday, July 7.

In The Grandeur of Renaissance Art on Tuesday, July 14, find out why the Renaissance was a time of beautiful things, including homes, gardens, paintings and sculpture, fine books, and lavish theatre.

Gain a better understanding of dynamic and undisciplined artistic creativity of the 17th century that earned it the name “Baroque” in Baroque & Rococo Styles of Art on Tuesday, July 21.

Decipher characteristics of 19th and early 20th century art and learn about Impressionism and Other Isms on Tuesday, July 28.

All workshops will be held on the PHSC North Campus and led by PHSC art instructor Charlene Jones. Each session in the series is $12 and may be taken independently. Workshops are open to adults of all ages. Membership in the Encore Academy is not required. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop start date.

The Encore Academy is a service of PHSC that provides educational opportunities to adults over the age of 50. Workshops, including painting, computers, Microsoft Office, and digital photography, are offered throughout the year. 

Encore Academy Offers Art History Series

06/15/2015

The PHSC Encore Academy will offer four art history workshops on the North Campus in Brooksville, on Tuesdays, July 7 – 28, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Learn why Greek and Roman art owes its lasting influence in art and architecture to its simplicity, humanity and sheer beauty in The Classicism of Greek & Roman Art on Tuesday, July 7.

In The Grandeur of Renaissance Art on Tuesday, July 14, find out why the Renaissance was a time of beautiful things, including homes, gardens, paintings and sculpture, fine books, and lavish theatre.

Gain a better understanding of dynamic and undisciplined artistic creativity of the 17th century that earned it the name “Baroque” in Baroque & Rococo Styles of Art on Tuesday, July 21.

Decipher characteristics of 19th and early 20th century art and learn about Impressionism and Other Isms on Tuesday, July 28.

All workshops will be held on the PHSC North Campus and led by PHSC art instructor Charlene Jones. Each session in the series is $12 and may be taken independently. Workshops are open to adults of all ages. Membership in the Encore Academy is not required. Registration deadline is three days prior to workshop start date.

The Encore Academy is a service of PHSC that provides educational opportunities to adults over the age of 50. Workshops, including painting, computers, Microsoft Office, and digital photography, are offered throughout the year. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Information Session

06/03/2015

PHSC will host an information session on its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on Monday, June 15 at the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room R151B. The online BSN program provides additional management, leadership, theory and research training to licensed RNs.

“The program provides flexibility and convenience to current registered nurses, providing them increased opportunities for advancement,” said Daryle Wane, Ph.D., Professor, BS Nursing Program; RN to BSN Coordinator.

Advisors and program faculty will provide details about admission requirements and prerequisite courses available at all five PHSC campuses. The event is free, with limited seating; Please RSVP online. Interested students must apply for admission no later than July 24, 2015 to be considered for the August 2015 BSN class. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at PHSC.

 

Encore Academy Hosts Alzheimer’s Disease Seminars

05/28/2015

The Encore Academy at PHSC will host Alzheimer’s informational seminars in June on the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. These seminars are presented by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and are open to the community. Adults of all ages are welcome.

Making the Placement Decision – Wednesday, June 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Many families are challenged with the care demands of an Alzheimer’s patient. Participants will learn how to plan before a crisis occurs and hear tips on how to find a long-term facility.

Legal Issues – Wednesday, June 24 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Legal plans are especially important for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. The seminar will outline legal considerations and discuss financial programs available to help pay for extended care placement.

The seminars are open to the public at no cost. Registration through PHSC Encore Academy is required. To register, please call 727-816-3439.

The Encore Academy is a service of PHSC that provides educational opportunities to adults over the age of 50. Workshops, including painting, computers, Microsoft Office and digital photography, are offered throughout the year.

Spring Hill Campus

Provost Giannet Elected as Distinguished Scholar and Fellow

05/21/2015

Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Provost, Pasco-Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel was recently elected to the Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice and the Psychology Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow.

Distinguished scholars and fellows are elected by their peers for their outstanding achievements and significant and enduring contributions to their profession. The National Academies of Practice scholars and fellows work together to advise governmental bodies on matters of healthcare; to influence national health policy and legislation; and to promote quality healthcare through cooperative advocacy, practice, education and research.

Giannet was provost of PHSC’s North Campus prior to his appointment as provost of PHSC’s fifth full-service campus, Porter Campus which opened in January, 2014. Giannet has worked at the college since 1992 serving as dean of arts and sciences, full-time psychology faculty and an adjunct instructor.

Giannet earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Regents College, University of the State of New York, Albany, N.Y., and a Master of Psychology degree from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru. He earned his 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 resources 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.”

Summer Career Camps

05/13/2015

PHSC is offering academic career themed summer camps designed for middle and early high school students (those entering sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades). The sessions will provide an opportunity for students to explore popular career programs offered at PHSC. Each camp will run for four half days, Monday through Thursday.

East Campus, Dade City Camps

Fine Arts Career Camp—June 22–25; 9 a.m. to noon. Campers will explore two- and three-dimensional art forms using various media and as a group, will design and create a mural for display at the end of the camp. Camp fee: $110

STEAM Career Camp—July 13–16; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hands-on learning activities with special emphasis placed on the STEAM curriculum (areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) will provide campers with engaging, unique learning experiences. Camp fee: $110

Fire Science Career Camp—July 27–30; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The camp combines instruction with intense, hands-on applications where campers will perform many of the skills required of firefighters and paramedics in their careers. Camp fee: $110

West Campus, New Port Richey Camps

Health Career Camp (Session 1)—June 15–18; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Campers will participate in a radiography career day, be trained in the American Heart Association HeartSaver automated external defibrillation (AED) and CPR procedures, learn about safety procedures in a medical environment, visit the PHSC state-of-the-art dental clinic to discover what it takes to be a dental hygienist, and more. Camp fee: $100

Business and Industry Career Camp—June 22–25; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers will prepare for and participate in a mock trial from the viewpoint of a paralegal, learn drafting and design software to build a home, and participate in a session similar to the popular TV show, Shark Tank, and more. Camp fee: $90

Video Production Camp—June 22–25; 1 to 4:30 p.m. Campers will learn video production from A – Z by creating scripts, preparing storyboards, role playing, filming, editing, and critiquing produced camp videos. Camp fee: $110

Photography (Digital) Camp—June 29–July 2; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers will experience an intensive exploration of photography in the digital age, be immersed in the art and craft of still photography and introduced to the tools necessary to capture and refine great images. (Participants must bring their own digital camera to this camp.) Camp fee: $110

Health Career Camp (Session 2)—July 20–23; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campers will participate in a nursing career day, be trained in the American Heart Association HeartSaver automated external defibrillation (AED) and CPR procedures, learn about safety procedures in a medical environment, visit the PHSC state-of-the-art dental clinic and discover what it takes to be a dental hygienist, and more. Camp fee: $100

Each camp session is limited to the first 15 students to register. To learn more about the camps and to register, visit the Summer Career Camp page or call Continuing Education at 727-816-3256.

Health and Human Services Seminars

05/04/2015

PHSC announces its Community Awareness Series for the summer term. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to learn about health and human services programs provided by local agencies in Pasco County. All sessions will be held at PHSC Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel, in the Conference Center, Building B.

Deanna Krautner, Health Education Program Manager, Florida Department of Health in Pasco County, will present the first seminar in the summer series on Thursday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Additional seminars include presentations by Grace Maselli, President, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Pasco County on June 11; and Sheri Lawrence, Vice President, Pasco Mental Health Foundation, Inc., on July 9.

The Health and Human Services seminars meet a critical need for the community to better understand the availability of social services programs and resources. Offered at no cost, the seminars will provide the college community with access to a number of agencies and organizations designed to assist the residents of Pasco County.

All summer term sessions will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run approximately 60 minutes. For more information call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.

Grads Celebrate Achievements at Spring Commencement

04/28/2015

PHSC will host spring commencement on Wednesday, May 6, in the Physical Fitness Center at West Campus. Two commencement ceremonies will accommodate the growing number of graduates earning their Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Applied Technology diploma or certificate. The morning ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon commencement will begin at 4 p.m. The events will stream live online at http://phsc.edu/news/webcast-live.

This year’s spring graduates include many ambitious students and some who have encountered adversity in pursuit of a higher education.

Skyler Brake, 20, of Wesley Chapel, speaker for the morning commencement, will receive his AA degree. Brake is a student ambassador and member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). “My life changed drastically as a student leader,” said Brake. He is passionate about employing scientific principles to better our future and enjoys hydroponic gardening. He plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of South Florida and hopes to work in the agricultural industry.

Diana M. Shanks, 18, of New Port Richey, student speaker for the afternoon ceremony, is a dual enrollment student (Ridgewood High School) and will graduate from PHSC with an AA degree. Shanks took martial arts, ran track, and participated in drama club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school. At PHSC, Shanks served as president of the Campus Crusade for Christ, as senator and vice president of the West Campus Student Government Association (SGA) and PTK member. She will attend Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla., and major in strategic communications with a double minor in English and pre-law.

B.J. Reynolds, 63, of Tarpon Springs, will receive an AA. “Graduating from college has always been on my bucket list, but I didn’t think it would take this long!” said Reynolds. Marriage, children and a career intervened but when her son graduated with a full scholarship in 1992, she capitalized on the savings. “I’ve enjoyed college immensely; it used to be I was the same age as most of the students—now, I’m usually the oldest and often older than the professors,” said Reynolds. “But, it never seemed to matter; I always fit right in.” Reynolds plans to retire and travel the world in 2017 with her husband. She will pursue her bachelor’s online, one course at a time.

Joseph Conte, 20, of Spring Hill, is an SGA member and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Spring Hill chapter president—a position that “heightened my communications and public speaking skills and my understanding of business,” said Conte. He was elected incoming District IV vice president for the PBL association. “I want to make an impact by creating strong business leaders,” said Conte who receives his AA degree with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in supervision and management at PHSC.

Julie Doyle, 45, of Tampa, served as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class where she met her husband, now a retired U.S. Marine, while stationed in Beaufort, S.C. The couple transferred to Okinawa, Japan, where Doyle received an honorable discharge. The financial burden, late-night study sessions, and guilty feelings resulting from spending less time with her four daughters and husband, made returning to school difficult. Doyle is receiving an AS in nursing and plans to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing. She hopes to work on the Bone Marrow Transplant inpatient unit at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Mitchell Krempa, 22, of Port Richey, will receive an AS in drafting and design and a certificate in AutoCAD (computer-aided design software). “I enjoy assisting others with designs,” said Krempa. The Florida TRADE Grant program helped Krempa secure a paid internship position at Earth Tech where he designs construction maps. Krempa may pursue advanced degrees in architectural design after gaining real-world experience.

Diana Aurelio, 43, of Spring Hill, PTK Spring Hill chapter vice president, will earn an AA. Aurelio is chapter president of Psi Beta (psychology) honor society and a member of Legal Eagles and PBL. Aurelio, a wife and mother, put her career on hold to raise two sons. Aurelio recently spent a week in Italy studying humanities through the study abroad program. “The art and architecture are truly breathtaking. It was rewarding to experience another culture in person, which is so different than seeing it on a slide in a classroom,” said Aurelio. Currently a paralegal, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Saint Leo University.

Kathy MacLenna, 48, of New Port Richey, will receive an AA with honors. MacLenna gained management experience in her 27 years at the Pasco County Tax Collector office. In 2013, with the support of Tony, her husband of 28 years, MacLenna resigned her position to become a full-time student. “I thought I was too old, but with my family’s support I decided it was time to further my education.” MacLenna works as a student development assistant at PHSC and, in her spare time, runs three to four 5Ks each year. MacLenna plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. “As I watch my mother suffer with dementia, I want to keep my mind active. Being a student has allowed me to do that,” said MacLenna.

Amanda Rust, 26, of Land O’ Lakes, a first generation college graduate, earns her AA. Rust is a wife to an active duty United States Coast Guard aviation maintenance technician and mother to a 6-year old daughter. Also, she is in the midst of adopting her seven year old nephew. Rust is a member of PTK and the Pasco-Hernando American Sign Language Association (PASLA), and volunteers for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and A.F.I.R.E. of Pasco County, a day training program for developmentally disabled adults where her sister attends. Rust plans to pursue an AS degree in radiation therapy—a decision made after her step-father, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, received a new form of radiation therapy. 

Sarah Ruggieri, 31, of Brooksville, graduates with an AS in paralegal studies. Ruggieri, a single mother, juggled her two daughters’ busy schedules along with her own classes while working as a PHSC student-assistant and, at times, holding a second job. Ruggieri also received her AA in May 2012. She is actively involved in Girl Scouts, serving as a “Cookie Mom” for four consecutive years. Ruggieri, a member of the PHSC Legal Eagles club, hopes to find a job in family law.

Alyssa Pawlik, 21, of Wesley Chapel, will receive an AA degree. She is a PHSC student ambassador, and a member of PTK and SGA. Pawlik also is a volunteer for the past six years for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. “My volunteer experience has provided a great support system with my dad’s recent stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnoses,” said Pawlik. She plans to attend USF to major in elementary education.

Joshua Pellot, 24, of Spring Hill, is a member of PTK and earns his AA degree with honors. “Almost everything I’ve achieved thus far would have never happened. From middle school to high school, I was the target of bullies,” said Pellot. “I endured harassment nearly every day, until I finally snapped and tried to end my own life. The abuse caused so much damage that my parents pulled me out of school,” said Pellot. Eight years later, he found a safe haven—PHSC. Pellot discovered his passion for math when he became a tutor at PHSC’s Teaching-Learning Center. “Everything from math’s structure and form to its philosophy fascinates me. I can see the artistic beauty in math, and it has me hooked.” Pellot, the first in his family to pursue a bachelor’s degree, is accepted in the mathematics program at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Caitlin Machado, 19, of Spring Hill will receive her AA degree. Machado said, “Creativity is where I live and breathe. I’ve always loved movies and TV and it’s been my dream to direct and produce life changing shows and films for the world.” She will major in film production and directing at UCF while building her film portfolio as a university student.

Graduation speakers include: District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Morris Porton in the morning ceremony, District Board of Trustees Chair Leonard Johnson in the afternoon ceremony; Regina Mirabella, Professor, Nursing (ADN) and Faculty Senate President;Reflections speaker Cheryl O’Berry, Professor of Business Administration and Office Administration; and student speakers Skyler Brake (morning) and Diana Shanks (afternoon). Approximately 334 degrees and certificates will be conferred at the ceremonies. An estimated 728 spring graduates are eligible to participate.

Register Now for Summer Athletic Camps

04/20/2015

PHSC is offering several summer athletic camps:  basketball, baseball, fastpitch softball and volleyball. All athletic camps will be held at the West Campus in New Port Richey

The camps are directed by PHSC head coaches with assistant coaches and college athletes. Sessions include fundamental skills, individual player development and team competitions. Fees include registration, camp T-shirts and instruction.

Boys and Girls Basketball Camp (Directed by PHSC Head Basketball Coach Micheal Jones)

  • General Session: June 8–10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 7–17; $75
  • Skills Session: June 8–10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ages 7–17; $50
  • Both camps: $120

Boys Baseball Camp (Directed by PHSC Head Baseball Coach Steve Winterling)

  • June 8–10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ages: 7–13; $75

Girls Fastpitch Softball Camp (Directed by PHSC Head Softball Coach Tom Ryan)

  • June 8–11 from 9 a.m.to noon. Ages: 8–17; $65, team discount available.

Girls Volleyball Camps (Directed by PHSC Head Volleyball Coach Kim Whitney)

  • Individual Skills Session: June 15–17 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Ages: 8–1; $100
  • Specialty Session: June 15–17 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Ages 12–18; $100
  • Both camps: $175

The summer athletic camps are open to the public. For registration forms and more information, visit the sports camps page.

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