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PHSC Presents the Seventh Annual Peace Week Celebration

09/30/2014

Pasco-Hernando State College will host keynote speakers, guest lecturers, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals, and musical performances for the seventh annual Peace Week, October 6–9. Peace Week events will be held on PHSC’s West Campus in New Port Richey, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Spring Hill Campus, and Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel.

The opening ceremony will feature a musical performance by Lorri Hafer at the West Campus. Hafer is best known as lead vocalist with The Hillside Singers—most famous for their recording of the ‘Coca-Cola Song,’ “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Keynote presentations include a variety of topics:

Finding Peace in Nature by Daniel Caron, creator of Original Play®

Our Water, Our Future by John Moran, nature photographer

Sustenance, Sovereignty, and the Sacred by Dell deChant, Master Instructor, Department of Religious Studies at University of South Florida and William Schanbacher, Instructor and Undergraduate Director at the University of South Florida

Environmental Citizen Activism by Scott Camil, political activist, Vietnam veteran

When my Husband Became my Wife by Linda and Karen Schrader, transgender couple

Building Your Community—Lessons from Africa by Steve Turner, drum circle leader

Wellness Techniques for Resilience by Erin Senack-Daum, CEO and founder, Productive Visions

Climate Change as a National Security Threat by Gene Jones, founding member and current president of Florida Veterans for Common Sense and John E. Darovec, Jr., retired Air Force physician assistant and biologist   

In addition to keynote speakers, a variety of guest lecturers and faculty presenters will host sessions throughout Peace Week. At the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel, Buddhist monks will create a sand mandala, a circular mural created from colored sand. Tibetans refer to the mandala as the “architecture of enlightenment” with meanings on many spiritual and artistic levels.

Resilience and Peace on Earth festivals, with drum circles, exhibits and displays, will be held at each campus. Those interested in expressing ideas about peace may enjoy creating scarf art, tie dye and sand art.

Visit www.phcc.edu/peace for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the various campus locations or call 1-855-NOW-PHSC for more information. Peace Week 2014–Resilience is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and PHSC’s Student Activities department. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community.

Governor Scott Congratulates Freshmen

09/25/2014

In a letter directed to PHSC freshmen, Governor Rick Scott offers congratulations and encouraging words for a bright future filled with opportunity. Please read the letter from the Governor.

5K Run with the Quistas

09/16/2014

PHSC will host the 10th Annual 5K Run with the Quistas on Sunday, October 19 at its West Campus in New Port Richey. Race start is 8 a.m. with a Fun Run for children starting at 8:50 a.m. Community members as well as faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in the 10th annual family centered 5K event. All proceeds will benefit the nationally ranked PHSC Women’s Cross Country team.

Award presentation will begin at 9:15 a.m. on race day with overall prizes to be awarded to top male/female finishers and master male/female. Top finishers in each age group also will receive awards. Post-race festivities will include refreshments, games, goodie bags, photos and more.

Registration fee is $25 through October 15 and $30 on race day. Event registration is available online. Use the keyword ‘PHSC.’ Race Day registration will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Online, Noncredit Courses Offered to Community

09/10/2014

PHSC Corporate Training in partnership with Ed2Go offers hundreds of instructor-led, noncredit, online courses to the community. Ed2Go courses allow students to study at their own pace with 24/7 online classroom access, well-crafted lessons, expert instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

The following six-week courses begin on September 17:

Writing Effective Grant Proposals – Participants will learn how to prepare successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations.

Teaching Math (Grades 4-6) – Teachers will learn how to reinvent math instruction for grades 4–6 by bringing hands-on learning and real-world connections into the classroom.

Introduction to Natural Health and Healing – Individuals will learn the various stages of health and illness and will discover why true health means wholeness of the mind, body and spirit. Students will evaluate their own health by keeping a journal of daily habits over a period of time.

The fee for each six-week course is $104. Visit the PHSC ed2go site to view a complete list of courses or to register. To learn more, please call 727-816-3123 or email Corporate Training.

Pasco County Community Awareness Series

09/03/2014

PHSC has developed a Community Awareness Series for students, faculty, staff and the community to learn about services provided by local agencies. The sessions highlight health and human services programs available in Pasco County, including social, child welfare and health services offered by local agencies.

The first seminar will be presented by Natasha Martin, Human Services Manager, Pasco County Community Services, and will be held on Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m.

Additional seminar presentations include Florida Department of Health in Pasco County on September 19, Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center on October 10, American Cancer Society Florida Division on October 24, Pasco County Community Services Veteran Services on November 14, and Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County on November 21.

There is a critical need for the community to better understand social service programs and services available in Pasco County. These seminars are offered at no charge and will provide the College community with access to a number of agencies and organizations designed to assist the residents of Pasco County.

All sessions will be held at PHSC Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Conference Center, Building B, and will begin at 10 a.m. and run approximately 90 minutes.

PHSC and Pasco Sheriff's Office Reach Academy Agreement

08/27/2014

PHSC and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office have reached an agreement relating to the operations of PHSC’s law enforcement program.

The Interlocal Agreement was approved by a vote of PHSC’s District Board of Trustees at a special meeting held on August 26 at the College’s West Campus in New Port Richey. The agreement had been previously signed on August 18 by Sheriff Chris Nocco.

“While it took time to work through details, we feel this agreement is in the best interests of everyone concerned.” said PHSC Board Chair Len Johnson. “With this understanding in place, we can continue PHSC’s long tradition of educating cadets who are prepared to meet the demands of employment in law enforcement and advancing the education of those members of the community currently serving in law enforcement.”  Chair Johnson continued, “I would like to thank Speaker Will Weatherford, Sheriff Chris Nocco and PHSC President Kathy Johnson for the time each contributed to reach this successful conclusion.”

The academy will continue to operate in conformance with College policies and procedures and the applicable Rules and Standards established by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

The new agreement provides for the appointment of a director employed by the PCSO, providing the sheriff with an enhanced role in the selection process of law enforcement instructors. Under the agreement, the PHSC Law Enforcement programs will continue to meet the needs of all law enforcement agencies in Pasco County through advanced and specialized training and provide an avenue for members of the community to receive training to become law enforcement officers.

“We are pleased to have forged a clear and mutually beneficial agreement with the Pasco County Sheriff,” said Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., PHSC President.  “The college and the sheriff’s office have enjoyed a positive and collaborative relationship for decades. With this agreement in place, we look forward to continuing and enhancing our relationships with the sheriff’s office and all the other law enforcement agencies PHSC serves.”

College Night Offered at Three Locations

08/21/2014

PHSC will hold its annual College Night on Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10 for prospective students in the Pasco County area. PHSC will also participate in the College Night held at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville on Thursday, September 11 for prospective students in the Hernando County area.

PHSC’s two-night event will be held in the respective campus physical fitness center (gym) on Tuesday, September 9 at the Dade City campus from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Port Richey campus. College Night at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from PHSC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions, and the military participate in College Night to provide residents in PHSC’s two-county service area with a one-stop opportunity to get information about admissions, financial aid, and programs for post-secondary study. High school students, their parents, and prospective students of all ages are encouraged to attend. College Night is free and open to the public.

For additional information about College Night call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.

PHSC Offers Smoking Cessation Program

08/14/2014

Pasco-Hernando State College is partnering with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (GNAHEC) to provide a free program to those interested in quitting tobacco use. The program, sponsored by the Florida Department of Health, aims to facilitate the process of quitting smoking using counseling and optional nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Participants are eligible to receive up to four weeks of free NRT products, including gum, patches and lozenges.

This program is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 5 – 7 p.m. in Building J, room 105 at the PHSC West Campus in New Port Richey.

There are no requirements for participation, just a willingness to quit smoking. To register, please call Jihane Ambroise at (813) 929-1000, ext. 213 or email.  This program is offered at no charge and is open to the public.

Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery Announces 2014-15 Schedule

08/04/2014

The 2014-15 Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery’s Elemental Grandeur exhibit line-up has been announced and opens with The Creative Works, presented by The Red Apple School, on August 21. This year’s fine art exhibits will provide gallery visitors the opportunity to experience art in its most simplistic form and art that influences the world and offers insight into human diversity. The exhibits will be displayed in PHSC's art gallery in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library building on the College's West Campus in New Port Richey. All exhibits are offered at no charge and open to the public.

Refer to the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery page for hours of operation and an exhibit schedule. For additional information, please call 727-816-3231.

Select a Major with New Career Advising System

07/29/2014

PHSC recently added FOCUS 2, an online, interactive career advising system to improve the career development process for students. The free self-paced career guidance tool combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one comprehensive program. Designed to help students explore their values, interests, personality and skills, the assessment tool meets new state legislative requirements for major/meta-major selection.

FOCUS 2 facilitates goal setting, academic decision making and course selection to increase student commitment, motivation and the probability of retention,” said Jackie Eden, Assistant Director of Career and Testing Services.  “Many freshmen are unsure of how to combine their interests and skills into selecting a major or determining a career path. FOCUS 2 can move students forward in planning suitable careers and provide results-oriented goals.”

FOCUS 2 is accessible to all students and alumni and available anytime online for most devices. As interests and skills expand, career assessment results may change so students are encouraged to reassess periodically. Individual FOCUS 2 results are saved in a digital career portfolio for future reference.

FOCUS 2 is ACSCI (Association for Computer-Based Systems for Career Information) certified and meets the standards and criteria established by the National Career Development Association and the U. S. Department of Labor.

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

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