Fourth annual golf tournament raises over $37,000
Golf enthusiasts and PHCC supporters teed up at the Fourth Annual Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) Foundation Golf Tournament, October 7, 2013. Players, led by presenting sponsors Borrell Electric Company and Skanska USA Building, enjoyed the links of the exclusive Black Diamond Quarry Course while raising funds for the PHCC Foundation.
Congratulations to the First Place Gross team from Tampa Electric Company, including Jimmy Adcock, Joe Cobb, Keith Martin and John Semeraro. First Place Net trophies were distributed to Daniel Abou-Jaoude, Ken Kunde, Daniel Middle and Greg Ritter representing Borrell Electric Company. Paul Gassen, Sunrise Landscaping, won the Putting Contest while Zach Maraicher of Cox Fire Protection and Debra Bauman from Skanska USA Building obtained the Closest to the Pin awards. PHCC’s President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., and Joe Cobb from Tampa Electric Company took home the prizes for the longest drive.
Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., PHCC’s president and William Shustowski, Jr., Ph.D., executive director of the PHCC Foundation and dean of institutional advancement, recognized presenting sponsors Skanska USA Building and Borrell Electric Company at the awards banquet immediately following play. Generous support from these and many more sponsors elevated the funds raised to over $37,000. All proceeds are dedicated to the advancement of student scholarships, academic and athletic programs, libraries and other needed college initiatives.
Workshop Prepares Parents and Students for High School
PHCC and the Hernando Youth Initiative Transition to Post-Secondary committee will host two free information workshops entitled, “Knowing your Options for High School and Beyond,” to prepare Hernando County parents and students for the first year in high school and the years that follow. The workshops will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3 at PHCC’s North Campus in Brooksville, building 4, room 104; and on Thursday, December 5 at PHCC’s Spring Hill Campus, building B, conference room.
Representatives from Nature Coast Technical High School, Springstead High School, Weeki Wachee High School and PHCC will provide information to explain the many options available to students entering the ninth grade, including advanced placement, dual enrollment, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and more.
Child care during the event is available for children three years and older. Please confirm your attendance and child care needs online. Reserve your spot soon as space is limited.
PHCC Chorus Performances
The PHCC Community Chorus, consisting of members of the community and PHCC students, is now in its third season. The chorus has scheduled two holiday programs that will include seasonal favorites along with American folk music and a medley from The Phantom of the Opera. The concerts are free and open to the public.
Sunday, November 24, 5 p.m.: Historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 37623 Magnolia Street, Dade City.
Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.: St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 7922 SR 52, Hudson.
Community members interested in joining the chorus can get more information by contacting James Urbanski at 727-847-2727, ext.6405 or by email.
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey.
A Celebration of Poetry
PHCC hosts an open-mike "Celebration of Poetry” event twice each year. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend or participate in the poetry readings.
Join us on Friday, November 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., in room B104, at the North Campus in Brooksville, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Professor Emeritus Richard Downing, Ph.D., and Professor of Language Arts Kay McKamy, Ph.D., are coordinating the event. PHCC faculty, staff and students, some of whom are published, will read samples of their work. PHCC’s North Campus Student Government Association and the newly formed Fine Arts Club will provide refreshments and door prizes.
Those interested in reading one or two poems may sign up at the door. For more information call Kay McKamy at 352-797-5109.
Möbius Past & Present Art Exhibit
Works from Möbius Past & Present are now being exhibited in the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery until December 11, 2013.
Gallery visitors will view a compilation of works that have been published in the student-produced Möbius Literature & Arts Magazine, which includes artwork complementary to poetry, prose, fiction and nonfiction materials.
The Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, located in the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library on the West Campus in New Port Richey, is open 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.
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.
PHCC Offers Two New Social Media Courses Online
Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking and Using Social Media in Business are two new noncredit, online courses available through PHCC’s partnership with Ed2Go, through our Corporate Training department.
In the Introduction to LinkedIn Career Networking course, students will learn how to use LinkedIn, the popular job search and career development tool, to expand their professional network and find the job of their dreams. They'll gain techniques for using LinkedIn's many powerful tools, including how to create a strong profile, develop business contacts, and join groups to extend their reach.
In the Using Social Media in Business course, students will learn how to use the five most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+—to grow and promote their businesses. They will also see how to build a social media team, automate social media activities, and measure and track social media success.
The PHCC Ed2Go program offers students flexibility to study at their own pace and 24/7 classroom access from anywhere with an Internet connection.
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.
PHCC Alumni Softball Game
The second annual Lady Quistas PHCC softball alumni game will take place on Saturday, October 5. Last year, approximately 30 alumni attended with their families and friends. Join us this year at the West Campus softball field for fun, food and team support!
9-10 a.m. Welcome back breakfast: coffee and danish
10-10:45 a.m. Pregame
10:45-11 a.m. Player introductions
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Game
1-3 p.m. Lunch