Sen. Jack Latvala was named the first inductee to Pasco-Hernando State College’s Legislative Hall of Fame. The senator was honored at a brief ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at the College’s West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road.

Morris Porton, past chair of the PHSC District Board of Trustees, officiated over the ceremony, which included the unveiling of a plaque that will be displayed in perpetuity in the Legislative Hall of Fame. An identical plaque also was presented to Sen. Latvala.

PHSC President Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., recognized the senator’s efforts leading to the construction of several buildings on the college’s West Campus, for strengthening articulation agreements with the University of South Florida and preserving the integrity of the college’s local service areas.

The Legislative Hall of Fame establishes a new PHSC tradition that recognizes legislators for supporting the college and higher education opportunities for their constituents. 

Photo Caption (L-R): Morris Porton, past chair, PHSC District Board of Trustee; Sen. Jack Latvala; and Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., president, PHSC.

14 PHSC Student Athletes Awarded Academic Honors


Fourteen Pasco-Hernando State College student athletes were awarded NJCAA honors for academic achievement. Students were awarded in three categories: Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award, 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award, 3.60-3.79 GPA. The following PHSC student athletes received the honors:

Alexena Arnold—Volleyball II, Exemplary

Baylee Dushane—Softball II, Pinnacle

Danielle Christian—Volleyball II, Superior

Nicholas Donnell—Baseball II, Superior

Rachel Gardner—Softball II, Superior

Grant McDaniel—Baseball II, Exemplary

Thomas Moschner—Baseball II, Exemplary

Corey Mumaw—Baseball II, Exemplary

Emily Pelletier—Softball II, Exemplary

Alexander Reynolds—Baseball II, Exemplary

Katherine Shoulta—Softball II, Exemplary

Marffee Simbulan—Half Marathon/Cross Country I, Superior

Megan Taris—Volleyball II, Exemplary

Hannah Tucker—Volleyball II, Superior


BSN Program Receives Full Accreditation


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) ( recently granted the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at Pasco-Hernando State College a full five year accreditation without recommendations for improvement. The accreditation is retroactive to November 16, 2015.

CCNE is a specialized/professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. CCNE accredits nursing programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, including programs offering distance education. 

Read the full story here, and for detailed information about the BSN program visit here.

PHSC Presidential Inauguration Reflections


Pasco-Hernando State College’s Presidential Inauguration of Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., the college’s fourth president was held on May 6, 2016, with a theme of Defeating the Odds . . . Achieving the Dream. The Celebration Reception, held immediately after the inauguration ceremony, raised more than $100,000 for endowed scholarships and the President’s Fund for Excellence. Read the full story here, and enjoy the photo slide show of the events provided below.

PHSC Recognizes Student Leaders


Each spring, PHSC’s Student Activities department celebrates the accomplishments of the clubs and organizations that have been most active on campus and in the community. Additionally, students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership are presented with the Dr. Felisha R. Barker Outstanding Student Leader award. This year, 10 students were given this prestigious honor for their exemplary work ethic, versatility, and willingness to serve others. Getting involved in Student Activities, Student Government Association, the Citizen Scholar Program, or one of the many student clubs and organizations will allow you to hone your leadership skills and give you a professional edge in your chosen career. To view the list of recipients and a group photo, please click here.

Free Job-Seeker Workshops


PHSC's Career and Testing Services department has planned a series of free workshops designed to increase job-seeker skills. All of the workshops will be held at the West Campus in New Port Richey.

Résumé Writing – Thursday, May 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. in A205. Participants will learn how to format a résumé and use key words and phrases when writing a résumé to increase the likelihood of it being read by a hiring manager.

Job Search Strategies – Tuesday, May 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. in S208. Participants will learn about the current methods of planning a job search including several newer websites, creating virtual recruiters, and more.

Additional free career focused workshops are scheduled for the summer. To view the calendar of events please visit Career and Testing and for more specific information call 727-816-3334, or email Jacqueline Eden at

Gov. Rick Scott Congratulates Graduates


Florida Governor Rick Scott has addressed a letter of congratulations to Pasco-Hernando State College spring 2016 graduates. In the letter, Governor Scott provides links to the Employ Florida Marketplace where visitors can search nearly 300,000 job listings. To read the letter please click here.