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Coach Steve Winterling Awarded Regional Coach of the Year


Steve Winterling, PHSC Athletic Director and Head Men’s Baseball Coach, was honored as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Diamond Sports Company, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Regional Coach of the Year in January 2015. Now in his 24th year as the head coach at PHSC, Winterling led his team to its first-ever NJCAA Division II College World Series and fourth place finish in 2014 season.

Coach Winterling started PHSC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in 1991. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at Florida State University (FSU) for six years under Mike Martin—a tenure that included three College World Series and a national runner-up finish in 1986. He coached several professional athletes, including Deion Sanders, Paul Sorrento, Luis Alicea, Eduardo Perez and Orestes Destrade.

Winterling built the PHSC baseball program by grooming quality student athletes to compete against the best teams in the state. More than 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to four-year institutions during his tenure.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Winterling played two years of baseball at Florida College before transferring to the University of South Florida (USF), where he received his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1981. He completed his master’s degree from FSU in 1986. Winterling has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 35 years.

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.

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.

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.

"Downton Abbey" Season 5 Premiere


Pasco-Hernando State College will host a preview screening of the Downton Abbey, Season 5 premiere on Monday, December 8 at 8 p.m. The event will be held at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel in the conference center, building B. Presented by WEDU, Downton Abbey will return for an epic fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate—an entertaining formula that has made it the highest-rated drama in PBS history.

Dennis Feltwell, Ph.D., PHSC Humanities Instructor, will briefly discuss 1920’s England as it relates to Downton Abbey prior to the screening.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for general admission seating. The screening event is free and open to the public, however seats are limited and registration is required. Downton Abbey, Season 5, airs Sundays, January 4 through March 1, 2015 on Masterpiece on WEDU PBS.

C-SPAN Bus to Visit West Campus in Partnership with Bright House


C-SPAN’s award-winning, 45-foot customized bus, in partnership with Bright House Networks, will visit PHSC on Thursday, December 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. outside of the Conference Center and S-building on the college's West Campus.

The bus, now in its 22nd year on the road, partners with local cable providers to visit schools and community events across the country to inform students, teachers and area residents about the public affairs network’s programs and resources, including its in-depth coverage of the U.S. Congress, White House, federal courts and the American political process. Through interactive exhibits, bus visitors will also learn how to access and utilize C-SPAN’s comprehensive online educational resources and services.

The bus is an interactive, multi-media learning center where visitors can experience: touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government; mobile devices demonstrating C-SPAN use on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio and mobile apps; and HD cameras and production equipment capable of producing onboard public affairs programming.

C-SPAN, created by the cable TV industry, is available in nearly 100 million households, offering three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C-SPAN Radio, heard in Washington, D.C., and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video-rich website that hosts live and archived video at The public can access this extensive online collection—more than 200,000 hours of political and governmental footage —for free, and share user-generated video clips by email and social media.

PHSC Foundation Announces Performing Arts Series Schedule


PHSC Foundation and sponsor, Tampa Bay Times, announce the 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series schedule. Five shows will be presented from December 2014 through March 2015 at the Performing Arts Center at the college's West Campus in New Port Richey. Tickets are $30 and $25. Show times are 7 p.m. The adjacent Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will be open to patrons one hour before each show and during intermissions.

The season opens Saturday, December 6, featuring returning favorites, Phil Dirt and the Dozers, with a Holiday Show. Fans of all ages can enjoy a stroll through classic rock and roll along with the band’s holiday favorites. Saturday, January 24, Sounds of Soul celebrates the music of Motown and beyond. Sunday, February 8, last season’s hit The Rave On Band returns with Yesterday and Today, an interactive Beatles experience. ABBA Girlz takes the PHSC stage on Saturday, February 21, performing the legendary hits of ABBA. The PHSC Performing Arts Series concludes on Saturday, March 21 with Beginnings, a tribute to the legendary rock band, Chicago.

Discounts are available for groups of ten or more, seniors, season ticket holders and PHSC students and staff. Tickets may be purchased in person through the ticket office when the campus is open, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PHSC College Store in New Port Richey, at 727-816-3707 or online.

Volleyball Team Wins Regional Championship and Advances


The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) women’s volleyball team, with a season record of 38-5, became National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X/District P champions after defeating Catawba Valley Community College in four sets on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Conquistadors, as regional champions, continue on to the 2014 NJCAA Division II National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 20–22.

The Lady Conquistadors, having defeated Catawba Valley Community College in two intense matches during regular season game play, faced off in the final match of the tournament. The Conquistadors struck quickly and accurately in game one, defeating the Red Hawks 25-10. Picking up momentum, Catawba Valley went on a serving run in game two and ultimately defeated the Conquistadors by four points, 21-25. Game three proved to be a tight match, as the teams went point for point, but ended in the Conquistador’s favor with a final score of 26-24. Continuing the pace, the Conquistadors battled to win the fourth game, finishing at 25-16.

Sophomore Logan Miller, opposite hitter, recorded a team-high of 15 kills and sophomore Toni Imbimbo, libero, notched 31 digs. Freshman setter Teddi Wright also showcased an impressive performance, tallying 50 of the team’s 52 total assists. The Conquistadors finished the night with 95 digs and hit a .223 as a team.

All-tournament team selections were sophomore outside hitter Jordan Bickett and freshman setter Teddi Wright. Additionally, sophomore opposite hitter Logan Miller was honored as the tournament’s most valuable player.

In the regional championship match, the Lady Conquistadors defeated Surry Community College in three straight sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-10) and Wake Tech Community College in three straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-16).

For more information about the Lady Conquistadors follow the team on Twitter at @PHSCVolleyball and on Facebook at PHSC Volleyball. The national tournament will be broadcast by NJCAA TV.