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Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch


The new Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel will open on January 13, 2014, the first day of spring term classes. This campus will increase access to higher education and workforce training opportunities in the rapidly growing region of southeast Pasco County.

Classes at Porter 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 at Wiregrass Ranch 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. Open registration for all new, returning, credit or noncredit students begins November 12, 2013.

“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.

Peace Week—Transformation Begins October 7


Four keynote speakers will be presenting during our Peace Week celebrations this year, scheduled October 7–11 at each of our four campuses. This year’s Peace Week theme, Transformation, is reflected in each keynote presentation.

Keynote speaker Daniel Caron will discuss "Leadership and Peace", by bringing the concept and practice of Original Play® to existing leadership models. 

Ida Manning, daughter of Holocaust survivors and advocate for the disenfranchised, will present "Shifting the Conversation on Immigration".

Keynote speaker, Bob Hall, former board member of New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, will present "Nonviolent Sexuality: Making Peace with Passion". Hall will discuss conflict resolution, human interaction and the bottom line—that force is never acceptable and communication is always respectable.

Ben Hewitt, freelance journalist and author, will present "Peace and Carrots: cultivating local food economies in the 21st century". Hewitt and his family set the example of how to live in a way that truly connects with nature and leaves no carbon footprint.  He will share practical ways to take action in your life now.

In addition to the keynote presentations, Peace Week will also offer guest and faculty lecturers, a sand mandala, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals and musical performances. The sand mandala is a symbolic structure, with many layers of meaning, created from colored sand. Watch the mandala creation live from our North Campus. Upon completion, Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche will offer a Sand Mandala teaching, followed by a dissolution ceremony.

Visit the Peace Week page for a daily agenda of activities, times, campus and room locations.  For more information, call 1-877-TRY-PHCC. Peace Week 2013–Transformation, is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, PHCC’s Peace and Social Justice Institute and the Student Activities department. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community.

Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco Exhibit


The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery will be exhibiting photos of local foster children ready for forever families in The Heart Gallery presented by the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco. The exhibit runs from October 3 – 31, 2013.

An opening reception, sponsored by the PHCC Student Government Association, will be held in the gallery on Thursday, October 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Tiffany Faykus, Executive Director of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, will present an overview of the organization at 6 p.m. Also, an adoptive parent will share an adoption journey story with guests during the presentation, and local favorite John Hughes will play the clarinet.

Each year, hundreds of foster children in Pinellas and Pasco counties risk reaching adulthood without finding permanent adoptive homes. The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is an independent, charitable organization that provides an emotionally safe way to promote local adoptions of older children in the community. Last year, 20 children were adopted through the efforts of the Heart Gallery and 10 more children have been adopted in the first quarter of 2013.

The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery is located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the West Campus in New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. For more information about exhibits at the art gallery, call 727-816-3231.

Audition for the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent Competition


Are you a singer, dancer, magician or actor? Do you have a talent that others can appreciate? Sign up to participate in the 2013 Hernando/Pasco Has Talent competition!

There is still time to apply for the auditions which will take place on October 5. Participants will be judged on originality, stage presence and overall talent. Competition finalists (15) will be announced on October 14. The Grand Finale, emceed by Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times Movie Critic, will take place on October 19. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Visit the Hernando/Pasco Has Talent page for official rules, entry forms; important dates, times and locations; and to purchase audition and Grand Finale tickets. Audition entry deadline is September 26.

Hernando/Pasco Has Talent is produced by the Pasco-Hernando Community College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges with presenting sponsor, Tampa Bay Times. Star sponsors include Sun Toyota of New Port Richey and Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers. Supporting cast sponsors include: Ms. Barbara Craig, George’s Wholesale Tires, Publix and Stassi’s Italian Grill.

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College Night Planned for Prospective Students


PHCC will hold its annual College Night on Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 for prospective college students in the Pasco County area. For prospective students in the Hernando County area, PHCC will be present at the College Night held at Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville on Thursday, September 12.

Representatives from PHCC and many public and private colleges, universities, other educational institutions and the military participate in College Night to provide prospective students in PHCC’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.

Location: PHCC East Campus in Dade City, Physical Fitness Center
Date/time: Tuesday, September 10, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey, Physical Fitness Center
Date/time: Wednesday, September 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

Location: Nature Coast Technical High School in Brooksville, gymnasium
Date/time: Thursday, September 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

For additional information on College Night call 1-877-TRY-PHCC.

Lifetime Learning at PHCC


The Encore Academy at PHCC offers lifetime learning workshops in multiple subject areas, at all campus locations. Whether you are interested in establishing a new hobby such as photography, drawing, or painting or you are looking for personal enrichment opportunities, the Encore Academy has a variety of classes to enhance your knowledge base.

PHCC students and the community are eligible to attend these low fee workshops, which generally cost $6 per workshop hour. The Encore Academy offers membership options to adults over the age of 50 from only $125 per academic year, defined as August through April. Winter or part-time residents may consider the $99 single term option a better choice. Twenty hours of workshops are included with membership. 

See the information section of the Encore Academy page for workshop schedules and contact information.

Meet our new head basketball coach


Micheal Jones was recently named as PHCC's head basketball coach. Jones previously served as assistant coach here from 2010 to 2012.

Jones began his career coaching middle school basketball at Challenger K8 in Spring Hill (2005-07) and at West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville (2010-12). He held the assistant junior varsity high school basketball coach position for Florida State University School in Tallahassee from 2007 to 2009. Jones served as athletic director at Fox Chapel Middle School (2012-13) in Spring Hill.

“My priority is to teach the student athletes how to become successful in all areas of their lives by developing a solid foundation of basketball and sports knowledge that they can carry with them through their life-journey,” said Coach Jones.

Jones has not only coached at PHCC, but also played two seasons at the college and helped lead the Conquistadors to the Suncoast Conference championship in 2000. He appeared twice in the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) State Tournament and represented PHCC in the 2000 state all-star game.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in sports psychology through the University of the Rockies, Colo.

For more information on the PHCC basketball program or to view the 2013-14 season schedule, visit the athletics page.

Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery Exhibit


Beyond the Proof Sheet, an exhibit by Michael Conway, begins Thursday, August 22 and runs through September 26.  Whether it's a negative on a proof sheet or thumbnail from a digital collection, it all starts with the frame and a long inquiring gaze. Mixed-media materials allow Conway to expand the meaning of an image that opens a whole new world for the viewer to interpret. 

Join us at the opening reception August 22, 5–7p.m., in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the PHCC West Campus. The reception is sponsored by PHCC Student Activities.

Seeking Experienced Singers


PHCC is seeking experienced singers to join its College/Community Chorus program. The chorus is beginning its third season under the direction of James Urbanski, who currently serves as director of the Thursday Musicale, the Nature Coast Festival Singers and the Dade City Symphony.

Students and community members wishing to expand their talents beyond their church or school organizations are welcome to join the chorus. Various musical styles will be performed at concerts in late November in Dade City and Spring Hill.

Chorus rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning August 20. The chorus meets in room H-107, located in the Performing Arts Center building on the PHCC West Campus in New Port Richey. Tuition fee for the chorus is $29 for the fall semester and includes music. The chorus is offered through the College’s Continuing Education department and is funded in part by the PHCC Foundation through a grant from the Mary Ellen Grodrian Fund.

For more information call 877-TRY-PHCC or email.

New Roles for Coach Winterling and Coach Whitney


Head Baseball Coach, Steve Winterling was recently named athletic director, and Head Volleyball Coach, Kim Whitney was named Assistant Athletic Director.

As PHCC’s Athletic Director, Winterling will oversee the men’s basketball and baseball teams, and the women’s volleyball, cross country and softball teams. Winterling remains in his current role and 23rd season as head coach for men’s baseball at PHCC. He surpassed the 500 win mark in 2012 and led his team to a 33-22 season in 2013.

“Our first priority is to hire a head basketball coach. We are interviewing final candidates and hope to have a coach in place very soon. Also, I plan for staff to be fully prepared for the student-athletes returning this fall. Other priorities include immersing myself into the administrative end of scholarships, eligibility and new National Junior College Athletic Association rules and regulations,” said Coach Winterling.

Winterling started PHCC’s first intercollegiate baseball team in March 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 took PHCC to the first FCCAA State Tournament in 1994, where they finished state runner-up. In 1995, the program won the Suncoast Conference. In 1998, the team finished 31-12 and led the state with .361 team batting average. The team appeared in the NJCAA Division II regional tournament the past three seasons, finishing fourth in 2013.

Winterling has built the PHCC baseball program— well-respected in the state of Florida—by recruiting quality student-athletes to play against top competition throughout the state. More than 30 players have signed professional contracts and many others have gone on to four-year institutions during Winterling’s 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.

Kim Whitney, entering her 10th year as head volleyball coach at the College, will take on the duties of assistant athletic director. “I am thrilled to be working with Steve Winterling and assisting in the management of our athletic programs,” said Whitney. “We have great coaches and an excellent staff and I look forward to working together on a new level.”

In nine seasons, Whitney holds a record of 252-100. She has led the Conquistadors to three Suncoast Conference championships, nine regional tournament appearances, four NJCAA national tournament appearances, and won the NJCAA DII National Championship in 2010. Whitney was named the District H Volleyball Division I Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005; The Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007; The regional Coach of the Year by the AVCA Two-Year College for the Northeast-Southeast Region in 2006, 2010 and 2011; The District P Volleyball Division II Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011; and the Coach of the Tournament at the National Tournament in 2010.
A native of Dunedin, Fla., Whitney is a graduate of Kansas State University (KSU) where she still holds the records for most games played, most double-doubles and is a top record keeper for games played, double grand/career (kills/digs), and digs.

Her outstanding performance at KSU earned a spot on the USA Women’s National Team in 2001. She played indoor volleyball professionally in Gijon, Spain; Barcelona, Spain and for the United States Professional Volleyball League’s Grand Rapid Force; and played outdoor “sand” volleyball professionally for the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP), Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), and other local tours. She completed her master’s degree at Nova Southeastern in 2008.