PHSC Cheer Team Wins Silver
Congratulations to the PHSC cheer team who won Silver in the College Co-Ed Level 6 division at the American Championships at the Florida State Fair on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This marks the fifth consecutive year the PHSC cheer team has competed at the American Championships.
“The Team received a score of 85.7 overall and a score of 9.3 out of 10 for the creativity of the routine. The routine included a one-man full-up, co-ed full-ups, and two pyramids and for the first time, included a bird-front basket,” said Jennie Pell, Head Coach. Cheer team members include Ashley Brow, Ryan Guy, Ashley Hermann, Amanda Kahn, Patty Leas, Courtney Lyon, Matt Phillips, Amanda Prystupa, Haley Sandifer, Kimberly Smith, and Britney Younger. Choreography was provided by Sophia Haddad, who will take over as head coach next season.
PHSC Cheer Team Wins Silver at Florida State Championship Competition February 2014.
Cultural Learning at PHSC
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, all of today's Art & Culture Week events have been canceled.
During Art & Culture Week at PHSC (March 4 - 8), you will experience activities such as experiential painting, films, lectures and other engaging festivities at each of our campuses. You will hear music that transports you, lectures that inspire and demonstrations that ignite your creative potential.
Join us as we examine and celebrate the arts and cultural influences on modern society. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend all events and there is no charge for attendance. View our Art & Culture Week page for a schedule of events and an introduction to the talented performers and presenters we are proud to host.
Mini-Term IIB Registration Open until March 7
Term IIB is an express, mini-semester that allows students to complete courses in half the time of a regular semester. Term IIB classes begin March 17 and run through May 5. Registration is open until March 7.
Term IIB courses include English composition, psychology, health science, computers, math and humanities, to name a few. The courses being offered can be viewed in the online course schedule. Current PHSC students can register for classes and new students can complete a college admission application directly through the WISE system.
For additional information and assistance, please contact one of our Student Development offices.
Give Kids a Smile® Event Provides Free Services for Eligible Children
PHSC will provide free dental care to local children in celebration of the 11th year of the Give Kids A Smile® initiative. A team of local volunteer dentists, hygienists, students and graduates of PHSC’s dental program will host the annual Give Kids A Smile® event in our state-of-the-art dental clinic located on the West Campus.
Dental screenings, including exams, X-rays, cleanings and sealants are among the free services provided to eligible children on Friday, February 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow-up services such as fillings and extractions will be provided on Friday, February 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are being qualified by the school nurses in Pasco County schools. Families must meet income criteria and children must be ages 6 to 17.
National Children’s Dental Health Month focuses on providing oral health education and services to all children despite their economic status during February. PHSC’s Give Kids A Smile® event is sponsored by the American Dental Association, West Pasco Dental Association, Pasco-Hernando Dental Hygienists Association, Pasco County Health Department and Pasco-Hernando State College, with special assistance provided by the school nurses in Pasco County.
PHSC Named as One of Top 150
PHSC was recently named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program making it eligible to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years and PHSC was selected as a top college in 2012 as well.
“We are pleased to be among the 150 community colleges in the United States and one of the 15 institutions within the Florida College System chosen to compete for the Aspen prize fund,” said PHSC President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D. “I am extremely proud that PHSC is recognized for its continued demonstration of student success in the areas of persistence, completion and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
“I am proud that so many of our colleges are eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “The Aspen Prize spotlights the excellent work being done by our colleges to ensure every student receives a high quality education.”
Some seven million students—youth and adult learners—enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year.
The top 150 colleges will compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well its students learn, complete degrees and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at www.AspenCCPrize.org. Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.
For more information on the Aspen Institute, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
"History of African Americans in Opera"
JoAnne Stephenson, Ph.D., a University of Central Florida professor, has been selected as the keynote speaker for PHSC's 2014 Black History Month program. Stephenson’s presentation “History of African-Americans in Opera” offers the audience a performance of select classical compositions by African-Americans.
Four presentations are scheduled over a two-day period:
Wednesday, February 19
Thursday, February 20
PHSC’s Black History Month program includes other presentations, activities and exhibitions. David H. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., offers "Booker T. Washington Tour of Florida: March 1912" on Wednesday, February 3 at 1 p.m. on East Campus. Author and Professor, Walter L. Smith, Ph.D., presents "The Magnificent Twelve: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges" on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. on East Campus. "History of African Dance & Drums," presented by the Kuumba Dancers & Drummers, will be Wednesday, February 12 at 12:40 p.m. on West Campus. Soul Food Dinner prepared by Steph’s Southern Soul Restaurant will be held Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. on East Campus. Friday, February 28 at 12 p.m. on West Campus, Imani Asukile will facilitate "Revisiting Social Relevance of Soul Train."
Additionally, photo exhibitions will run throughout February. Lewis Plantation and Turpentine Still will be displayed from February 1 through 28 on the North and Spring Hill campuses. African American Southern Agrarian Life will be shown from February 1 through 28 on the East Campus and from February 14 through 28 on the West Campus.
These presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend. Schools and organizations are welcome. View the listing of activities, times, dates and locations.
Digital Photography Workshop Series
The Encore Academy at PHCC will offer a beginning digital photography five-week workshop series titled, Focus Your Talent. The series is a personalized journey designed to develop participant’s creative potential by developing a solid body of photographic work based on a single concept. Weekly image review will emphasize the unity of each individual project, deepen the exploration of personal aesthetics and enhance awareness of post-production techniques and presentation principles, including artist statements. Genres of photographic expression, technique, application and solutions to creative blocks also will be discussed.
The Focus Your Talent digital photography workshop series is held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning January 30 and ending February 27. All classes will be held at the East Campus in Dade City, room E-108. The cost is $12 per workshop or $60 for the five-week series.
All Encore Academy workshops are open to the community. Membership in the Encore Academy is not required. Registration deadlines are two days prior to workshop start date. To learn more about membership or Encore Academy workshops call 1-877-TRY-PHCC or visit the Encore Academy page.
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Gaelic Storm Sails into PHCC
The Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) Foundation presents Gaelic Storm on Saturday, January 25 at 8 p.m. in the West Campus Performing Arts Center.
Annual favorite, Gaelic Storm, returns for their eighth performance on the PHCC Stage. The Celtic rock band is back promoting their #1 Billboard World Album, “The Boathouse.” The recent album is the first release from Gaelic Storm’s “Small Batch Sessions,” a new series that offers exclusive releases only available for purchase on the band’s website and at their live shows.
With catalog sales of more than one million, the group has now had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart: 2008’s “What’s the Rumpus?,” 2010’s “Cabbage,” 2012’s “Chicken Boxer” and 2013’s “The Boathouse.” “The Boathouse” is the sixth album to be released on the Gaelic Storm’s own label, Lost Again Records, and showcases the incomparable songwriting and accomplished musicianship of a band that has made their mark bringing fans to their feet 200 days per year.
Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, seniors, season ticket holders and PHCC students, faculty and staff. Season tickets can be purchased online. The PHCC Box Office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PHCC College Store on the West Campus. The Box Office telephone number is 727-816-3707.
PHCC’s Performing Arts season is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital and True Oldies 106.3 FM. The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery feature exhibit Music of My Life by Marty Balin, will be open one hour prior to the performance and during intermission.
Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel to Open Jan. 13
PHCC will open the new Porter Campus the first day of spring term classes, January 13, 2014. The campus will increase access to higher education and workforce training opportunities in the rapidly growing region of southeast Pasco County.
Classes at the new campus will cover a number of disciplines such as business administration, nursing and information technology and those that lead to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree.
Students interested in taking classes on the Porter Campus can register at the Brooksville, Dade City, New Port Richey or Spring Hill campuses, or online if they are a current student. The spring course schedule is available online.
“This is an exciting time in PHCC’s history and we are making sure everything is ready for the doors of the new campus to open on schedule,” said Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Porter Campus Provost. “The opportunities and potential of our newest campus are truly limitless. We invite students and area residents to visit Porter Campus and to take advantage of all that we have to offer, from credit and noncredit courses to life-long learning programs.”
Porter Campus features a classroom building linked by a plaza to the library building, built above a three-story parking deck; it boasts four floors—two dedicated solely to health care programs. There are 10 classrooms, four computer labs, four science labs and eight health labs on the campus. A full-service library, Teaching-Learning Center and a Career and Testing Center also are housed on campus.
Located at 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, the multi-level campus is set on 60 acres of property adjacent to Wiregrass Ranch High School on the south side of State Road 56, approximately two miles east of Interstate 75.