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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.

Veterans Symposium at PHSC


PHSC and the Pasco-Hernando Veterans Services Committee will host the third annual Veterans Symposium on Monday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel. Representatives from the college and other service organizations will provide information on benefits for vets and their families including re-employment, VA home loans and mortgages, education, insurance and more.

Brian Anderson, a former Green Beret, 10-year Army veteran and director of the Stand Down program will discuss his experience with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) at the University of South Florida— a quick, effective and safe treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“ART changed my life,” Anderson said. “This brief therapy took the bad memories that constantly resurfaced and put them in the proper order or long-term storage; it was almost like I was thinking about a time in history.”

The Wiregrass Ranch High School band will provide music and students in the high school’s culinary arts program will prepare and serve refreshments. PHSC Law Enforcement Academy cadets will present colors and the Saint Leo University ROTC will recognize veterans.

The Veterans Symposium welcomes veterans and their families, and is open to the public. Sponsors include the Vet Center, CareerSource Pasco/Hernando, Pasco County Veterans Services, PHSC Student Government Association at Porter Campus and PHSC Veterans Club at West Campus. Call 1-855-NOW-PHSC for more information.

PHSC Athletes Participate in Coastal Clean Up


PHSC basketball players and cheerleaders recently teamed up to participate in Coastal Clean Up at the Palms Preserve in Pasco County.

“Each year our athletic teams commit to doing at least one community service and this year we chose Coastal Clean Up. Our athletes take take pride in keeping the community clean, safe and healthy for the citizens of Pasco County,” said Micheal Jones, Head Basketball Coach.

The PHSC athletes pulled 35 car tires out of the Gulf waters in addition to other trash in the Palms Preserve area.

Learn more about PHSC athletics programs and game schedules.

PHSC Honors Patriots


PHSC will host Honor Our Patriots Events (HOPE) in November to pay tribute to veterans and offer students the opportunity to learn about military life. Events will be held on November 12 and 13 on the Spring Hill Campus.

HOPE in the Courtyard—Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine corps will be on hand to talk about military life and veteran resource groups will display and provide information. Participants will have an opportunity to complete a military-themed obstacle course located on the north lawn of Building D. Refreshments will be provided.

Veterans Panel Discussion—Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in building B. Veterans offer personal reflections about the realities, challenges and rewards of military service.

Student Veterans Panel Discussion—Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 12 to 1 p.m. in building B. A panel of veterans, also currently enrolled students, will relay their first hand experiences of life in the military.

HOPE is hosted by PHSC Student Activities, Veterans Club and Student Government Association. All HOPE events are free and open to the public.

Provost Giannet Named Business Leader of the Year


Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Provost, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, was awarded the prestigious honor of Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor at the 2014 Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Celebrating Excellence in Business Banquet.

“We congratulate Dr. Giannet as the 2014-2015 Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor as he deservedly represents the Wesley Chapel business community. In this role, he will represent our chamber by being intimately involved in business expansion planning in Wesley Chapel,” said Hope Allen, President, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.

Giannet was dean of arts and sciences, then provost at PHSC’s North Campus prior to taking on the role of provost at PHSC’s fifth full-service campus, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, in Wesley Chapel, which opened in January 2014.

Additionally, Giannet began as an adjunct instructor in 1992, transitioning to full-time psychology faculty in 1997. Giannet earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Regents College, University of the State of NY, Albany, N.Y., and a Master of Psychology from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima, Peru. He holds a 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 resource 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.”

Each year the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of local community members, businesses and organizations. The Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor is awarded to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies generosity in giving for community benefit.