Photographer Joseph Gamble "Moments in Place" Exhibit
PHSC's Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will exhibit Moments in Place by photographer Joseph Gamble from March 17 through April 16, 2015. The community is invited to an opening reception sponsored by the PHSC Student Government Association, on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery located on PHSC’s West Campus in New Port Richey.
Gamble grasps a moment in time and portrays it with great depth and truth through his architectural perspective of places and people stateside and abroad. Gamble will discuss his work in a special presentation, followed by a Q&A on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Conference Center on 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. Art gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Art exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information about exhibits at the gallery, call 727-816-3231.
Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Walter Smith
PHSC has selected Walter L. Smith, Ph.D., recipient of the National Human and Civil Rights Award and author of The Magnificent Twelve: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges, as keynote speaker in recognition of Black History Month.
Four presentations on Smith’s book, The Magnificent Twelve: Florida’s Black Junior Colleges, are scheduled over a two-day period:
Tuesday, February 24
- 10 a.m. – Room B105, Spring Hill Campus
- 6 p.m. – Room B303, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel
Wednesday, February 25
- 9:45 a.m. – Room R151, West Campus, New Port Richey
- 2 p.m. – Room B104/105, North Campus, Brooksville
A high school dropout who received his GED, Smith went on to attend and graduate from one of the Magnificent Twelve: Gibbs Junior College in St. Petersburg. Smith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida A&M University and his doctorate in higher education at Florida State University. He was president of FAMU from 1977-1985. Smith was named International Team Leader for Education in the Republic of South Africa. While in South Africa, Smith helped establish the first American-style, community college. Since 2002, Smith founded the Dr. Walter L. Smith Library to serve the community and provide students a place to learn.
Other Black History Month activities include a panel discussion featuring PHSC African-American alumni to be held on Wednesday, February 25, 6 p.m. at East Campus, Dade City, Building A-240.
These presentations are offered at no charge and the public is invited to attend. Schools and organizations are welcome. The schedule of activities, times, dates and locations can be found on the PHSC event calendar.
PHSC Trustees Select Presidential Finalists
Pasco-Hernando State College’s presidential search continued this week with two consecutive days of video conferencing interviews of the top 12 candidates. Following the interviews, PHSC’s District Board of Trustees met Wednesday evening, February 11, 2015 to discuss and select the four finalists for the position of PHSC president.
“All 12 candidates are qualified, impressive leaders in higher education,” said Len Johnson, Chair of the District Board of Trustees. “Choosing the finalists among such an accomplished slate of candidates was a difficult task indeed—especially to succeed Dr. Katherine Johnson, who has served PHSC as an exemplary president for more than a decade.”
After careful deliberation, the board selected Timothy Beard, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management, Pasco-Hernando State College, New Port Richey, Fla.; Roberto Gutierrez, President, Klamath Community College, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Rhonda Tracy, Interim President/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, W.Va.; and Tonjua Williams, Senior Vice President,Student Services, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Fla.
The four finalists will advance to on-campus interviews, to be scheduled through March. The board hopes to announce the fourth president of PHSC later this spring.
Katherine Johnson, Ed.D, will retire on June 30, 2015 and the new president is expected to take office on July 1.
PHSC Offers Health and Human Services Seminars
PHSC has developed a new Community Awareness Series in the spring term 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 public benefit, nutrition and pregnancy services.
Alice Delgardo, Manager of Community Outreach, United Way of Pasco County, will present the first seminar in the series on Friday, February 6 at 10 a.m.
Additional seminars include: Big Brother, Big Sisters on February 27; Pasco County Community Services, Elderly Nutrition Division, on March 6; Department of Health in Pasco County, Nutrition Services, on March 27; Oasis Pregnancy Care Center on April 3; and Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco County on April 24.
The Health and Human Services seminars meet the critical need for the community to better understand social service programs and services available to them. The seminars are offered at no cost 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,in Wesley Chapel and will begin at 10 a.m. and run approximately 90 minutes. For more information call 1.855.NOW.PHSC, or visit the College's event calendar.
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.