decorative image of Innovation-Center-dedication-3 , Pensacola State College dedicates FPL Innovation Center at the Charter Academy 2023-01-26 09:24:49

Pensacola State College dedicates FPL Innovation Center at the Charter Academy

The new Florida Power and Light Company Innovation Center in the Pensacola State College Charter Academy can take a student from the middle of an African savanna where they are surrounded by zebras and elephants to inside the human body to learn up close about biology.

Those journeys are made on one of 10 virtual reality goggles that are part of the high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment in the Florida Power and Light Company Charter Academy Innovation Center that was dedicated Tuesday, Jan. 24.

decorative image of PSC-nursing-students-2 , PSC partners with HCA Florida West Hospital to launch Nurse Explorer Boot Camp and help grow nursing ranks 2023-01-26 08:40:12

PSC’s online RN to BSN Program ranked among best by U.S. News and World Report

Pensacola State College’s online RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Program continues to be ranked among the best in the Florida College System, the state and nation by U.S. News and World Report.

In the publication’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs 2023 Edition,” the program was ranked third among FCS institutions, 10th among all Florida colleges and universities and 74th in the United States.

Also, the online RN to BSN Program was ranked second in the FCS, seventh among all Florida colleges and universities and 43rd in the U.S. in the publication’s 2023 Best Online Bachelor’s Program for Veterans category.

decorative image of DSC_0962-SM , PSC partners with HCA Florida West Hospital to launch Nurse Explorer Boot Camp and help grow nursing ranks 2023-01-26 08:44:10

PSC partners with HCA Florida West Hospital to launch Nurse Explorer Boot Camp and help grow nursing ranks

Gabe Bullaro, CEO of HCA Florida West Hospital, knows what the lauded healthcare institution is investing in with its $50,000 grant to establish a Nurse Explorer Boot Camp at Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus.

It’s an investment in our community and the health of its citizens. It’s job growth investment which aims to bring more young talent to nursing and health-care-related fields and professions. It’s also an investment in PSC’s mission to educate and train nurses and ready them for immediate entry into the workforce.

decorative image of hurricane-review-SM , PSC English Department celebrates 20 years of Hurricane Review international literary anthology 2023-01-26 08:38:29

PSC English Department celebrates 20 years of Hurricane Review international literary anthology

If you know contemporary poetry, then you’ll recognize some of the writers in the 2023 literary anthology “Hurricane Review.”

An annual publication of the Pensacola State College English and Communications Department, the 20th edition of the “Hurricane Review” features 26 local, national and international writers whose works were chosen from numerous submissions.

decorative image of Bokyung-Byun-SQUARE , Guitarist Bokyung Byun to perform Feb. 18 at Pensacola State College 2023-01-26 08:36:02

Guitarist Bokyung Byun to perform Feb. 18 at Pensacola State College

The 2021 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition Grand Prize winner, Bokyung Byun will bring her refined musicianship to Pensacola State College next month.

Presented by the College’s Guitar Association, Byun’s performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.

Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and non-PSC students and $7 for PSC employees. The performance is free for current PSC students and Friends of the Performing Arts members.

decorative image of 115290-PSC-Guitar-Comp-Poster-sm , PSC Finger Style Acoustic Guitar Competition set for Feb. 18 2023-01-26 08:30:59

PSC Finger Style Acoustic Guitar Competition set for Feb. 18

The 2023 Pensacola State College Finger Style Acoustic Guitar Competition is set for 10 a.m.-noon  Saturday, Feb. 18, in Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium.
The competition is open to all acoustic guitarists who are 18 years old or younger on the date of the competition. Ashmore Auditorium is Building 8 on the Pensacola campus at 1000 College Blvd. There is no application fee. The first-place winner will receive a $600 cash prize. The second-place winner will be awarded $450. The third-place winner will receive $300.

decorative image of nurse-scaled , PSC partners with HCA Florida West Hospital to launch Nurse Explorer Boot Camp and help grow nursing ranks 2023-01-20 15:54:17

PSC partners with HCA Florida West Hospital to launch Nurse Explorer Boot Camp and help grow nursing ranks

Gabe Bullaro, CEO of HCA Florida West Hospital, knows what the lauded healthcare institution is investing in with its $50,000 grant to establish a Nurse Explorer Boot Camp at Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus. It’s an investment in our community and the health of its citizens. It’s job growth investment which aims to bring more…

decorative image of 2023-Multicultural-Job-Fair-2 , Pensacola State College to hold Multicultural Job Fair on Feb. 2 2023-01-19 11:47:59

Pensacola State College to hold Multicultural Job Fair on Feb. 2

More than 40 Northwest Florida employers are looking to hire at the Pensacola State College Multicultural Job Fair set for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 2.

Hosted by PSC, CareerSource ESCAROSA, the American Job Center Network and Employ Florida, the job fair will be held in the Delaino Student Center, Building 5, on the Pensacola campus. Building 5 faces Underwood Avenue.

decorative image of pirates-care-2 , PSC receives $832,000 grant to increase Pirates CARE services 2023-01-19 12:03:06

PSC receives $832,000 grant to increase Pirates CARE services

Despite the bumper sticker, life is not a beach. It can be hard. Nearly all Pensacola State College students – 96 percent – are worried about finances.

The PSC Pirates CARE team does all it can to help students overcome financial, physical and mental, emotional and intellectual problems and concerns.

Now, with a new three-year U.S. Department of Education Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Program grant, the Pirates CARE team can offer even more help to students in need.

decorative image of rox-edit-2-DSC_0883 , PSC retires jersey number of Carla Williams, one of the College’ greatest Pirates 2023-01-19 11:42:26

PSC retires jersey number of Carla Williams, one of the College’ greatest Pirates

“We’re honoring perhaps the best to ever wear a Pirates uniform,’’ said Pensacola State College Athletic Director Bryan Lewallyn.

Moments later, a large reproduction of Carla Williams “22” Pirate jersey was unspooled from the rafters in the Hartsell Arena.

“Her number will now hang inside Hartsell Arena forever,’’ Lewallyn said. “It will never be worn by another men’s or women’s basketball player again. It will always belong to Carla Williams.”

decorative image of outdoor-gallery-collage , PSC Outdoor Gallery adds even more vibrancy to Pensacola campus 2023-01-19 11:15:05

PSC Outdoor Gallery adds even more vibrancy to Pensacola campus

If you ever need to give directions to the Chadbourne Library, just tell folks to look for the three giant birds. They can’t miss them. They are nearly 23 feet high. That’s taller than a T-Rex!
The Pensacola State Visual Arts Department has added seven new art installations to the College’s Outdoor Gallery – including the three large reproductions of works from legendary artists/naturalist John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” series – “Brown Pelican,” 1832, “Red-headed Woodpecker,’’ 1828 and “American Flamingo,” 1838.

decorative image of Rameca-Vincent-Leary-sm , Dr. Rameca Vincent-Leary inducted into Marquis Who’s Who registry 2023-01-12 08:46:18

Dr. Rameca Vincent Leary inducted into Marquis Who’s Who registry

A journalist and award-winning educator, Leary is PSC coordinator of diversity initiatives

Dr. Rameca Vincent Leary has been inducted into Marquis Who’s Who.

As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

decorative image of rox-edit-spring-semester3 , Spring semester is here! There are still opportunities to attend classes 2023-01-12 08:47:27

Spring semester is here! There are still opportunities to attend classes

U.S. Navy veteran Tyler Martin started his first college semester on Monday. He wasn’t quite sure where to go and what to expect on his first day – he’s a Pensacola State College welding student hoping to earn a career certificate – so he attended an orientation session last week.

“This is my first time in college,’’ he said. “I’m excited. I want to be a welder and then get the commercial driver’s license. I want to learn it all.”

decorative image of Ketch-Secor-Lyceuem-Event_Social-Media1-02-2 , Grammy winner Ketch Secor kicks off PSC Spring Lyceum Series 2023-01-12 08:48:58

Grammy winner Ketch Secor kicks off PSC Spring Lyceum Series

If you’ve heard the song “Wagon Wheel” – and we know you have – you can credit iconic songwriter Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of the Grammy-winning band, Old Crow Medicine Show.

Who knows? Maybe Secor will even play the once-ubiquitous earworm when he performs on Friday, Jan. 27, in Pensacola State College’s Ashmore Auditorium, Building 8, on the Pensacola campus.

decorative image of KaydeeEmmalei-2.. , PSC Cross Country sent two to National Championship last month 2022-12-16 13:53:42

PSC Cross Country sent two to National Championship last month

The Pensacola State College 2022 season ended strongly with the Pirates sending two runners to the NJCAA 5K National Championship race in Tallahassee in November.

The team’s top two runners, Emmalei Miller and Kaydee Cook, finished the championship race with times of 23:34 and 25:37, respectively. Emmalei’s time was three minutes quicker than when she ran the same course in September. Kaydee’s 5K finishing time was a five-minute improvement from when she began the season.

decorative image of download , Pensacola State holds fall graduation on Dec. 11 2022-12-15 13:25:41

Pensacola State holds fall graduation on Dec. 11

Several Pensacola State College graduates were recognized at the Fall 2022 Commencement ceremony held Dec. 11 Sunday in the Pensacola Bay Center.

Susan N. Story, retired chief executive officer and chief financial officer of American Water Works Inc., delivered the keynote address to the summer and fall grads who earned Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees as well as Technical Certificates, Career Certificates, Advanced Technical Certificates and Advanced Technical Diplomas.

decorative image of 318781627_1299942150580257_8141334379286869101_n-scaled , Pensacola State nursing graduates pinned at ceremony 2022-12-15 12:27:52

Pensacola State nursing graduates pinned at ceremony

Just days before graduation, more than 50 Pensacola State College nursing students recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge and received nursing pins at the 2022 Fall Pinning Ceremony.

Nikki Francis was one of the students pinned at the Dec. 8 ceremony at First Pentecostal Church on Pensacola Boulevard. Ninety students earned their nursing pins, but not all attended the ceremony.

There were times during Nikki’s studies when she wasn’t sure if she would make it through. She would, but she would have to sacrifice so much – including signing over temporary guardianship of her 4-year-old son, Tyceon, in September to her mother who was going to Texas.

decorative image of pancake , PSC fills students up with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage for finals week 2022-12-08 13:39:14

PSC fills students up with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage for finals week

Pensacola State College student Jordan Caldwell had a plate of food, but it wasn’t too full.

“If I eat too much, I’ll get tired and pass out,’’ the computer science major said. “I want to do well. I’m so nervous.”

Caldwell was one of many PSC students who were treated to a pancake breakfast Monday morning ─ courtesy of the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership with assistance from the Culinary Department which helped prepare the food along with volunteers.

decorative image of laKrystal-and-husband-2 , Meet new TRIO-SSS advisor/counselor La’Krystal Neal-Williams 2022-12-08 12:25:34

Meet new TRIO-SSS advisor/counselor La’Krystal Neal-Williams

La’Krystal Neal-Williams knows the impact that the TRIO programs can have on a student and their future.

She was looking for the TRIO offices at the University of West Florida as a student when UWF TRIO representative David Williams walked her to another building to help her get some paperwork.

Neal-Williams ended up marrying David Williams.

Now, she is a Pensacola State College TRIO-Student Support Services’ Academic Advisor and Life Skills Coach. Student Support Services is one of five federally-funded TRIO programs available at PSC.

decorative image of DSC_0928-2 , Visual Arts students show professional-caliber work at Graphic Design Senior Exhibition 2022-12-08 12:02:14

Visual Arts students show professional-caliber work at Graphic Design Senior Exhibition

When you’re creating sparkling, top-shelf advertising campaigns that dazzle eyes and hold attention, you can expect some interest from the professionals.  

Pensacola State College graphic design instructor Mark Hopkins said that’s exactly what happened when representatives from local advertising firms showed up for the 2022 Dr. Marjan Mazza Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Management – Graphic Design Senior Exhibition Reception on Dec. 1 at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

decorative image of AFC-Community-Service-Project-1 , Pensacola State’s AFC chapter named a Platinum Chapter at 2022 conference 2022-12-08 11:39:16

Pensacola State’s AFC chapter named a Platinum Chapter at 2022 conference

The Pensacola State College Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges was recognized as a Platinum Chapter during the 73rd Annual AFC Annual Conference and Meeting.

Nine PSC representatives attended the conference held Nov. 15-18 in Panama City. That number included two retired members – Lynn Cade and Carol Quinn as well as well as two first-time attendees – John Woods and Michelle Maddrey.

Other PSC representatives were Jamie Beck, Tammy Henderson, Fred Holt, Obi Kalu and Mel Miner.

decorative image of Adult-Ed-graduation-turning-the-tassel-2 , PSC Adult High graduates ready for next chapter – for some that means college 2022-12-08 11:34:32

PSC Adult High graduates ready for next chapter – for some that means college

Twenty years after she would have graduated from high school, Denise Harris earned a GED and received her diploma.

Harris was one of 50 graduates honored at the 2022 Pensacola State College General Education Diploma Recognition Ceremony held Wednesday in Ashmore Auditorium on the Pensacola campus.

She’s not waiting that long for her next educational venture. Harris, a mother of seven children ages 13 to 23, starts classes at PSC in January.

decorative image of PSC-graduation2 , Pensacola State fall graduation  set for Dec. 11 at Bay Center 2022-12-08 11:26:29

Pensacola State fall graduation set for Dec. 11 at Bay Center

Nursing pinning ceremony to be held Dec. 8

Pensacola State College will hold nursing pinnings and fall commencement on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 11, respectively.

Summer and Fall Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Associate of Science degree in Nursing and Career Certificate in Practical Nursing graduates will be pinned during a 3 p.m. Thursday ceremony at First Pentecostal Church, 6485 Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola.

decorative image of esports2-3 , PSC sends 2 two-person teams to the NJCAAE playoffs ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ eSports competition 2022-11-29 09:41:21

PSC sends 2 two-person teams to the NJCAAE playoffs ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ eSports competition

A year ago, Pensacola State College didn’t even have an eSports Program. Now, the PSC eSports Program is sending two two-person teams to the NJCAAE playoffs to compete in “Call of Duty: Warzone.”

PSC Team 1 – Jackson Clyde and Joel Montoro ─ is ranked 11th in Warzone and will face off against 22nd ranked Southwest Illinois College at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

decorative image of scott-emerline-sm , Scott Emerline – from Peace Corps volunteer to PSC recruiter 2022-11-22 07:44:58

Scott Emerline – from Peace Corps volunteer to PSC recruiter

Don’t misunderstand. Scott Emerline really enjoys his new position as a Pensacola State College recruiter. But he would love to go back to the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar.

Emerline, a University of West Florida alumnus and English major, joined the PSC team in October. But for the first three months of 2020, Emerline lived in Myanmar working as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English to, mostly, children. He arrived at the beginning of the year but in March, well, COVID-19 happened.

decorative image of FPL-Nonprofit-Center-Dedication-photo , PSC dedicates Florida Power & Light Company Nonprofit Center Training Room to assist community nonprofits 2022-11-22 07:44:08

PSC dedicates Florida Power & Light Company Nonprofit Center Training Room to assist community nonprofits

Pensacola State College dedicated its new nonprofit training room to Florida Power & Light on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in appreciation of the company’s substantial support of the College.

The Florida Power & Light Company Nonprofit Center Training Room is located in the PSC Nonprofit Center Annex, Building 17, on the PSC Pensacola campus.

The Nonprofit Center for Excellence at Pensacola State College was established in December 2018 after the Gulf Power Foundation made a five-year, $150,000 commitment to help kickstart the Center and support students and nonprofit professionals attending workshops and professional training.

decorative image of art-exhibition-sm , PSC Graphic Design Senior Exhibition shows talent of students and impact of program 2022-11-22 07:43:12

PSC Graphic Design Senior Exhibition shows talent of students and impact of program

Mark Hopkins walked slowly through the Switzer Gallery taking in the exquisite design campaigns from 11 talented graphic design artists.

The exhibition is special to Hopkins, Pensacola State College graphic design instructor. The artists are his students and the exhibition is the culmination and sparkling evidence of all they have learned at PSC.

The 2022 Dr. Marjan Mazza Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Management – Graphic Design Senior Exhibition “How Design Makes Us Think, Feel, and Do Things” is on display through Dec. 9 at the Switzer Gallery at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts on the Pensacola campus. The Opening Reception for the exhibition is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1.

decorative image of VSSC-ribbon-cuttiing-2-3 , PSC Veterans Day leadup includes Veteran Student Success Center ribbon cutting, U.S. Marine Corps 247th birthday celebration 2022-11-10 13:58:25

PSC Veterans Day leadup includes Veteran Student Success Center ribbon cutting, U.S. Marine Corps 247th birthday celebration

There was birthday cake and a ribbon cutting. There was a cookout and patriotic music.

Pensacola State College is closed on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. So, a day earlier, PSC strengthened its commitment to student-veterans with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the PSC Veteran Student Success Center, which had its unofficial opening earlier this year.

decorative image of shaun-garner-sm , Retired U.S. Navy diver now leads PSC Carpentry program 2022-11-22 07:41:54

Retired U.S. Navy diver now leads PSC Carpentry program

Shaun Garner is a retired U.S. Navy Diving Medical Technician. He’s trained to come to the rescue in life and death situations.

Garner made a rescue at Pensacola State College in August, but it wasn’t of the life and death variety. It was pretty important though.

Garner is the new PSC Carpentry Program coordinator, replacing former Tony Grahame who left this summer to pursue an opportunity with his son.

decorative image of counselors-lunch-compilation2 , PSC hosts luncheons for Escambia, Santa Rosa school counselors 2022-11-10 14:24:42

PSC hosts luncheons for Escambia, Santa Rosa school counselors

Of the dozens of Santa Rosa School District high school counselors who visited the Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Center on Tuesday, Nov. 8, only a few had been on the campus.

But by the time they left, the counselors and school administrators knew plenty about not only the South Santa Rosa Center off Gulf Breeze Parkway, but all that PSC has to offer students.

decorative image of articulation-2 , New PSC/UWF articulation agreement expedites BAS to MBA admissions 2022-11-04 08:06:01

New PSC/UWF articulation agreement expedites BAS to MBA admissions

Pensacola State College business students who want to earn a master’s degree after earning a Bachelor of Applied Science degree now have an easier path to continue their education.

The College and the University of West Florida entered into a new PSC2UWF MBA Articulation agreement that will expedite admission of PSC students graduating with a BAS degree in Business Management into the Master of Business Administration program at the university.

The agreement was signed Thursday, Nov. 3, by PSC President Ed Meadows and UWF President Martha Saunders during a ceremony in the Dona and Milton Usry Board Room at the PSC Pensacola campus. 

decorative image of Cantonment-Rotary-15-2 , Cantonment Rotary continues support of PSC students through scholarships 2022-11-04 08:11:53

Cantonment Rotary continues support of PSC students through scholarships

Heather Harvill has kids of her own – young adults, actually – in college. She definitely wasn’t expecting a scholarship for herself.

Yet Harvill is one of two Pensacola State College Culinary Management students who are the latest recipients of scholarships provided by the Cantonment Rotary Club.

Harvill and fellow scholarship recipient Savannah Barwick met with members of the Cantonment Rotary Club at a luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Dining Room on the Pensacola campus.

decorative image of volleyball-wins , PSC volleyball heads to postseason with 14-game winning streak 2022-11-02 13:18:45

PSC volleyball heads to postseason with 14-game winning streak

The Pensacola State College volleyball teams didn’t lose a match in October and rides a 14-game winning streak into the postseason, which begins today for the Pirates squad.

Head Coach Patricia Gandolfo is thrilled with the team’s improvement and dominance as the season continues but realizes the NJCAA Region 8 Division II tournament is a season in itself.

“It was a great way to finish,’’ Gandolfo said. “You want to peak at the right time, but I don’t think we have yet. But right now, we haven’t won a postseason match. It’s 0-0. We haven’t won anything yet. It’s a clean slate and anything can happen in the postseason.”

decorative image of carla-williams-walk-compilation31 , Domestic Violence Awareness Week ends with walk that raises funds for Carla Williams Memorial Scholarship 2022-10-28 10:18:42

Domestic Violence Awareness Week ends with walk that raises funds for Carla Williams Memorial Scholarship

It was another reminder that their beloved Carla Williams was gone.

Still, the family of the Pensacola State College Pirate legend knew they had to walk through the pain. After all, they and so many others were walking to raise awareness about the trauma and tragedy of domestic violence and raise scholarship funds in Williams’ name.

decorative image of show-tell , PSC Visual Arts faculty “Show & Tell” exhibit runs through Friday 2022-10-28 09:19:10

PSC Visual Arts faculty ‘Show & Tell’ exhibit runs through Friday

You still have one more day to check out the awesome and inspiring art created by Pensacola State College Visual Arts department faculty members that is now on display at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Visual Arts on the Pensacola campus.

The exhibition, titled “Show & Tell” debuted Oct. 10. An opening reception and art lectures took place on Oct. 20.

“Show & Tell” features the artwork of 11 PSC Visual Arts Department faculty and adjunct faculty members, including Department Head Brian Weaver and Gallery Coordinator Jason Pinckard.

decorative image of On-The-Threshold-with-artist , PSC to host Foo Foo Fest int’l artist presentation on Nov. 2 2022-10-28 09:10:31

PSC to host Foo Foo Fest international artist presentation on Nov. 2

Pensacola State College will host an artist presentation by Lara Sophie Benjamin ─ the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Invited International Artist for 2022 ─ at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

A 2022 Foo Foo Festival event, Benjamin’s presentation will be held in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Building 15, Room 1513. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is set for Nov. 4-6 in Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

decorative image of cosmo-job-fair , PSC Cosmetology students meet prospective employers at job fair 2022-10-28 09:05:05

PSC Cosmetology students meet prospective employers at job fair

Dozens of Pensacola State College Cosmetology students filled a room in the Delaino Student Center and, well, their hair looked fantastic.
But of course, it would.
After all, the students wanted to look the best and show off their own fancy hairstyles when meeting prospective employers at the PSC Cosmetology Arts Program Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Fifteen area salons sent representatives to meet students and accept job applications.

decorative image of log-roll , Lumberjack Festival brings crowd to Milton campus – some to cut logs and throw axes, some to run through woods, others just to watch 2022-10-20 09:26:03

Lumberjack Festival brings crowd to Milton campus – some to cut logs and throw axes, some to run through woods, others just to watch

Beth and Will Stern just moved to Santa Rosa County from Wisconsin earlier this year.

“We heard about the Lumberjack Festival here and had to come out to see,’’ Beth Stern said as she and her husband walked the grounds of the Pensacola State College Milton campus on Saturday, Oct. 8, for the 33rd Annual Lumberjack Festival and Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave. “Where we’re from is real lumberjack territory.”

decorative image of acting-year-1 , PSC Theater Director Rodney Whatley writes textbook on acting 2022-10-20 08:50:31

PSC Theater Director Rodney Whatley writes textbook on acting

Pensacola State College Theater Director Rodney Whatley hadn’t been using a textbook for his Acting I class because they were all so expensive.

The less expensive ones were $75 to $150. One of the most favored and acclaimed acting textbooks cost close to $250.

What did Whatley do? He wrote his own.

Whatley’s recently released “Acting: Year One” is published by Waveland Press Inc.

“Mine is only 25 bucks,’’ Whatley said. Now, that’s the book he uses in the Acting I class. It is available through Amazon.

decorative image of rn-thumb , Christina Hamburg started PSC at 14. Now 19, she already has Associate of Arts degree and will soon earn RN Associate of Science degree 2022-10-20 10:07:06

Christina Hamburg started PSC at 14. Now 19, she already has Associate in Arts degree and will soon earn RN Associate of Science degree

Christina Hamburg just turned 19 in July, but she’s already earned an Associate in Arts – Psychology degree from Pensacola State College and will soon finish her Associate of Science RN degree.

Still, she doesn’t officially complete high school until December, even though she completed most of her high school courses by the time she was 13 years old. Or was it earlier?

“I got all my credits finished by the time I was 12 or 13,’’ Hamburg said of her high school requirements. “But I’m still technically a dual enrollment high school.”

decorative image of bbq2-sm , True Texan behind ‘Texan B’s BBQ’ is PSC Culinary Arts grad 2022-10-20 08:13:27

True Texan Behind ‘Texan B’s BBQ’ is PSC Culinary Arts Grad

Bill Davis’ brisket is so good he doesn’t fancy it up with much.
“Just salt and pepper” and then cook low and slow for about 13 hours.
Not everything that Davis serves in his Texan B’s BBQ food truck is so simple and minimalistic. His pork has a more involved rub.
His barbecue sauce? It’s a scrumptious blueberry chipotle sauce that he developed while a Pensacola State College Culinary Arts Program student about three years ago.

decorative image of little-rock-2 , ‘Little Rock Nine’ civil rights icon inspires audience at PSC 2022-10-07 09:54:31

‘Little Rock Nine’ civil rights icon inspires audience at PSC

Just one year after then-Sen. John. F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Profiles in Courage” was published, a true real-life profile in courage would emerge in the form of a teenage girl who faced violence and threats of death for just trying to go to school.

The photo of 15-year-old African American Elizabeth Eckford being yelled at and followed by a mob of angry white students on the first day of school at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 is shocking, uncomfortable and outrageous still.

decorative image of DSC_0357-2 , Pizza with the President brings students, administration together 2022-10-07 08:25:58

Pizza with the President brings students, administration together

Pensacola State College President Ed Meadows and a cadre of administrators barnstormed through the three PSC campuses – Warrington, Milton and Pensacola – to meet casually with students, answer questions and, most popular, share a pizza lunch with the students.
It was the fall 2022 Pizza with the President Week, with Meadows and administrators meeting with students at Warrington on (Monday, Oct. 3), Milton (Wednesday, Oct. 5) and Pensacola (Thursday, Oct. 6).

decorative image of DSC_0280-2 , PSC’s Molly McGuire scholarship principal surpasses $500,000 mark 2022-10-07 08:18:08

PSC’s Molly McGuire scholarship principal surpasses $500,000 mark

Legendary Pensacola restauranteur McGuire Martin wasn’t at Pensacola State College on Wednesday, Oct. 5, to hire anyone for his popular restaurants – McGuire’s Irish Pub, Flounders, Crabs. But how could he resist the three PSC culinary students he met?

 After all, they must be great students with promising culinary careers since they are attending the College on a scholarship honoring Martin’s late wife, Molly McGuire Martin, who died in August 2014.

“I want you want to know I offered all three (students) a job,’’ Martin told the crowd gathered in the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Dining Room to celebrate a scholarship landmark.

decorative image of lance-brannon-sm , Longtime theater presence Lance Brannon now PSC Performing Arts Technical Director 2022-10-07 08:30:39

Longtime theater presence Lance Brannon now PSC Performing Arts Technical Director

When Pensacola State College’s longtime Performing Arts Technical Director Bob Gandrup died just a month before the annual PSC Summer High School Onstage Workshop, the theater department had to mourn the loss of a valued and respected colleague and friend.

Yet, as Gandrup himself knew, the show must go on.

Though grieving, PSC Theatre Director Rodney Whatley still needed to find a person to complete Gandrup’s stage design for the late July performance of the Elvis-inspired jukebox musical, “All Shook Up.”

Longtime Pensacola theater and performance persona Lance Brannon was brought in and stayed true to Gandrup’s design.

decorative image of athletics-complex-game-plan-cover2-2 , PSC announces ambitious athletics  Game Plan athletics campaign at Pirate Experience 2022-09-30 14:22:26

PSC announces ambitious athletics Game Plan athletics campaign at Pirate Experience

The biggest takeaway from the awesome and exciting 2022 Pirate Experience, Pensacola State College’s annual athletics showcase?

Future Pirate Experiences are going to be even more awesome and exciting.

PSC President Ed Meadows and PSC Athletics Hall of Fame member Doug Bates announced the first Athletics Campaign in modern PSC history at the Pirate Experience on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Hartsell Arena.

The “Game Plan” capital campaign will feature three “buckets” targeting various goals and initiatives:

General Support
Facilities and new construction
Endowments

decorative image of Robinson-Honors-Program-Scholars-sm , PSC honors Student Ambassadors, Robinson Honors Scholars, Presidential Scholars 2022-09-30 10:15:17

PSC honors Student Ambassadors, Robinson Honors Scholars, Presidential Scholars

Cera Boyle arrived just moments before the ceremony was set to start – an event where she was one of the honorees.

But Boyle, a first-generation college student studying pre-med at Pensacola State College, has a lot on her plate.

The mother of three had to drop her oldest son off at choir practice before arriving at the event to recognize the College’s most-accomplished students – Presidential Scholars, Student Ambassadors and Robinson Honors Program officers.

The event was held Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Charles W. Lamar Studio in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts.

decorative image of Carla-E.-Williams-hall-of-fame-inductee_video-board-sm , Carla E. Williams inducted into 2022 PSC Athletics Hall of Fame 2022-09-30 09:16:42

Carla E. Williams inducted into 2022 PSC Athletics Hall of Fame

Pensacola State College Athletic Director Bryan Lewallyn said Carla E. Williams might be “the best ever Pirate to come through our halls.”

Now, the late Carla E. Williams is permanently enshrined in the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame. A gifted basketball player, coach, scholar, educator and mentor, Williams was the only Pirate inducted in the 2022 Hall of Fame class during a ceremony held following the Pirate Experience on Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Hartsell Arena where she enjoyed some of her greatest athletic moments.

decorative image of tra , Tra Bouscaren’s ‘Test Pattern’ exhibit opens in Charles W. Lamar Studio 2022-09-16 10:37:55

Tra Bouscaren’s ‘Test Pattern’ exhibit opens in Charles W. Lamar Studio

Tra Bouscaren’s “Test Pattern” art exhibition will look different the next time you see it. How could it not?

Though crafted from the remnants of the “waste culture” society has created as well as the tools of the ever-growing and maturing surveillance world, “Test Pattern” seems organic, and, in a sense it is.

The site-responsive multimedia installation fills all aspects of the spacious Charles W. Lamar Studio in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts on the Pensacola State College Pensacola campus.

decorative image of tlap-2 , ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ is Monday Remember, there’s more to Pirate lingo than “Arrr!” 2022-09-16 13:09:08

‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ is Monday Remember, there’s more to Pirate lingo than “Arrr!”

You call yourselves Pirates? Over the last few days I’ve been hitting up numerous PSC Pirates – students, staff, administrators – and asking them to spit out some gruff Pirate talk for a video to promote “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Monday, Sept. 19.

We need to step up our game, me mateys! Because though you’re all great Pirates and great Pirate ambassadors, your Pirate talk needs a bit of work.

decorative image of Alan-Margie-Moore-768x581-1 , Endowed scholarship helps Pace Center for Girls grads attend Pensacola State 2022-09-16 13:11:42

Endowed scholarship helps Pace Center for Girls grads attend Pensacola State

Kayla was 16 years old when she dropped out of high school during her junior year. 

“I was dealing with family issues at the time,’’ she said. “I didn’t have the best role models for parents. I had to guide myself.”

Kayla and her older brother hit the road – South Dakota, Arizona, Oklahoma – and the siblings tried to make it on their own.

decorative image of ascend , Ascend donates $50,000 to PSC endowment scholarship originally established by Monsanto, Solutia retirees 2022-09-16 10:43:03

Ascend donates $50,000 to PSC endowed scholarship originally established by Monsanto, Solutia retirees

Ascend Performance Materials’ Cantonment site presented Pensacola State College a $50,000 check for student scholarships on Monday, Sept. 12, at the company’s plant on Old Chemstrand Road.
The donation matches the $50,000 given by retired employees of Monsanto and Solutia in 2019 to establish an endowed scholarship. It also brings the endowment principal to $100,000.

decorative image of PensacolaComperFest-XVII-logo-2 , Composers from Ukraine and Georgia (the country, not the state) are featured alongside PSC musicians at Pensacola ComposerFest XVII 2022-09-16 09:38:38

Composers from Ukraine and Georgia (the country, not the state) are featured alongside PSC musicians at Pensacola ComposerFest XVII

Student composers will present original musical compositions alongside works from established regional and even European composers at Pensacola ComposerFest XVII.
Set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Ashmore Auditorium on Pensacola State College’s Pensacola campus, the event is free to attend.

decorative image of PLI-Class-of-2022-2023-2 , New PLI class will learn all aspects of PSC, Florida College System 2022-09-07 09:28:40

New PLI class will learn all aspects of PSC, Florida College System

Twenty-five Pensacola State administrative, faculty and staff members are on a nine-month journey to learn about the College and postsecondary education in Florida.

The 2022-2023 President’s Leadership Institute (PLI) class began in August with an organizational meeting, introductions and presentations on the history of community colleges in the United States, especially Florida.

decorative image of fall-sports , Volleyball and cross-country seasons begin, as do softball, baseball exhibition seasons 2022-09-07 09:13:43

Volleyball and cross-country seasons begin, as do softball, baseball exhibition seasons

The Pensacola State College volleyball team already has a handful of wins under its belt, but it won’t be the only Pirates team bringing home the victories this fall.

You’ll get plenty of opportunities to support your fall teams – volleyball, softball, baseball and cross-county – throughout the year.

The PSC cross-country team begins its fourth season on Friday, Sept. 2, while the Pirate baseball team kicks off its exhibition season at home with two games on Sept. 9 – at 10 a.m. against Northwest Florida State College and a 5:30 p.m. match-up against Gulf Coast State College.

decorative image of tra-bouscaren-2 , Upcoming PSC art exhibition will be an immersive, subversive, visually compelling multimedia experience 2022-09-07 08:56:54

Upcoming PSC art exhibition will be an immersive, subversive, visually compelling multimedia experience

If you’ve recently walked by the Charles W. Lamar Studio in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, you’ve probably noticed the doors to the studio gallery are shuttered and lights are usually off, though every once in a while you might see a dim flicker and realize that something is going on inside. 

Something hidden for now. But something that will captivate and stimulate once it is revealed on Monday, Sept. 12.

decorative image of suicide-prevention-2 , PSC observes Suicide Prevention Month with walk, panel discussions, mental health screenings, more 2022-08-26 10:23:00

PSC observes Suicide Prevention Month with walk, panel discussions, mental health screenings, more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts it bluntly:
“Suicide is a serious public health problem …and is a leading cause of death” in the United States.
How bad is it? There is a suicide in the United States every 11 minutes according to the CDC. For military veterans, the statistics are grimmer – veterans have an adjusted suicide rate that is 52 percent greater than the civilian population.

decorative image of CULL_Postcard-sm , Sue Havens shares inspirations, processes for ‘Cull+’ art exhibit 2022-08-26 10:17:32

Sue Havens shares inspirations, processes for ‘Cull+’ art exhibit

Pensacola State first-year photography student Davan Royster moved slowly through the College’s Switzer Gallery, taking in every bit of the compelling artwork of Sue Havens, whose “Cull+” exhibition is now on display.
And there was a lot to take in, especially as Royster studied a large “Brick & Mortar” design, a city-grid inspired piece of art that can be deceiving, depending on one’s perspective – almost a “forest for the trees” situation.

decorative image of mini-house-2-3 , Pensacola State-built mini house is ready, should last 200 years 2022-08-26 10:25:29

Pensacola State-built mini house is ready, should last 200 years

Some first-time homeowner is going to get an awesome home. So awesome that it could be the only home they’ll ever need to buy.

“This is a 200-year house with the proper maintenance and care,’’ said Tony Grahame, Pensacola State College Carpentry Program Coordinator, as he stood on the covered porch of the 600-square-foot mini-home on Tarragona Street. “It’s an exceptional example of good building-science practices and the students’ amazing work.”

decorative image of snake-rabbit-band-1 , PSC Welcomes New EOC Director Brett Patterson (and read about his cool side gig) 2022-08-18 14:08:31

PSC Welcomes New EOC Director Brett Patterson (and read about his cool side gig)

By day, Brett Patterson helps some of our community’s most vulnerable folks attend Pensacola State College. By night, Patterson jams with his wife Lee Patterson as the musical duo Snake and the Rabbit ─ a well-seasoned outfit that will likely find a way into regional music venues once the couple is a bit settled in Pensacola. Patterson is the new director of the PSC Eldon L. Norman Education Opportunity Center (EOC) and is only three weeks into the job. A TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the EOC assists low- and modest-income and/or first-generation college students enroll in a postsecondary institution or to return after a period away.

decorative image of Esports-flyer-final-2 , Attention gamers: PSC wants you for new esports team, club 2022-06-16 09:25:05

PSC game room on the way, as is College’s inaugural esports team

Pensacola State College is bringing a little old-school fun and a little new-school pizazz to the Pensacola campus this fall.

The inaugural PSC Pirates esports team will start competition in October and has already signed two student players with more expected to join in the coming weeks.

Also coming this fall is the PSC game room, which will have a pool table, air hockey, arcade games and foosball. The game room will be in the PSC Delaino Student Center – Building 5 and located in the large room that was formerly Academic Advising. A rear portion of the room is being remodeled to be the PSC esports arena where the esports team will compete.

decorative image of sue-havens-cull-dates , “Cull+,’’ an exhibition featuring the paintings, collages and ceramic sculptures of artist Sue Havens, opens Aug. 15 at Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts 2022-08-04 08:26:47

Sue Havens’ ‘Cull+’ exhibit opens Aug. 15 at Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts

The work of artist Sue Havens has been exhibited in New York City, Germany and Sweden, and featured in the pages of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and the New American Painting magazine.

Beginning Aug. 15, Havens’ work will be on display in the Switzer Gallery in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts on Pensacola State College’s Pensacola campus. The exhibition titled, “Cull+,” showcases Havens’ work in a variety of media from painting to sculpture and collage.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 23. An Opening Reception is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25, preceded by an Artist Lecture at 3 p.m.

decorative image of MiniHouseEdit-sm , Mini-home built by PSC students will go to first-time homebuyer 2022-07-28 13:47:06

Mini-home built by PSC students will go to first-time homebuyer

There was no ribbon.  Instead, Pensacola State College Carpentry Program Coordinator Tony Grahame cut a yellow stretch of construction site tape to mark the completion of a mini-home built by the program’s students.

“The students have built a high-performance home,’’ said Grahame, a Certified Master Builder, during the small ceremony held Thursday, July 21. “It’s energy efficient and built to last. It’s very resistant to storms and even hurricanes.”

Located on Tarragona Street in Pensacola, the 600-square-foot home was built in collaboration with the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority and its Urban Infill program, which targets development of vacant urban properties and construction of affordable homes to first-time homebuyers.

decorative image of DSC_0651-sm , 2 more Pirate Path New Student Orientation sessions attract big crowds 2022-07-28 13:46:14

Pirate Path New Student Orientation sessions attract big crowds

Scott Brumfeld isn’t a runway model by trade. But there he was on stage at a July 26 Pirate Path New Student Orientation in the Hagler Auditorium, performing a catwalk full turn to show off all angles of the flashy new Pensacola State College esports jerseys.

These orientation sessions aren’t just about making sure students are registered for classes and getting their schedules in hand – though that’s surely a big part of the sessions. No, they’re also about introducing new and prospective students to all aspects of the College and its culture, from clubs and organizations to athletics and intramurals and much more.

decorative image of 2022-AMBASSADORS , PSC welcomes 2022-2023 Student Ambassadors – public face of the student body 2022-07-28 13:39:42

PSC welcomes 2022-2023 Student Ambassadors – public face of the student body

Julie Olmedo had the club cart – oversized golf cart – in reverse and was ready to go.

The cart wasn’t ready to go though.

That’s when PSC student Connor Wooden reached inside and turned the ignition all the way to the start position. Olmedo didn’t have it turned all the way.

But Olmedo is an incoming Pensacola State College Student Ambassador. Wooden is a second-year Ambassador, so he knows the ropes. Olmedo is going to learn them too.

decorative image of DSC_0453 , PSC celebrates friends, donors at Garde Manger celebration showcasing food created by the Culinary Program 2022-07-21 11:53:42

PSC celebrates friends, donors at Garde Manger celebration showcasing food created by the Culinary Program

April Huffman has been a Pensacola State College Culinary Program student for three years. She’s received scholarships since her second semester. If she didn’t, Huffman admits she probably wouldn’t still be a student.

Huffman was one the talented PSC students who prepared scrumptious and elegantly designed small dishes for friends and supporters of the College at the annual Garde Manger Celebration held Wednesday, July 20, in the Pensacola campus Delaino Student Center.

Garde Manger is an annual celebration when the College gives thanks to those who help fund scholarships, support faculty professional development and contribute financial support and services for infrastructure.

decorative image of all-shook-up , Need more Elvis? Hear Presley’s music in the PSC Summer High School Onstage Workshop production ‘All Shook Up’ 2022-07-20 13:36:20

Need more Elvis? Hear Presley’s music in the PSC Summer High School Onstage Workshop production ‘All Shook Up’

The cultural flame lit by Elvis Presley has never been extinguished, even 45 years after his death. Still, that flame hasn’t burned this bright for years.

A new generation has discovered the music of the heralded “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” largely due to the new acclaimed Baz Luhrmann film, “Elvis.” Some talented members of this young generation will perform some of Presley’s best-known music in the jukebox musical “All Shook Up,’’ which is the 2022 PSC Summer High School Onstage Workshop Production, July 22-24 and July 29-31 in the Ashmore Auditorium on the Pensacola campus. 

decorative image of DSC_0339-sm , Students, prospective students come from across region for Pirate Open House at Warrington campus 2022-07-20 11:00:00

Students, prospective students come from across region for Pirate Open House at Warrington campus

It’s more than a five-hour drive from Huntsville, Alabama – Rocket City, USA – to Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus, a small but serene and welcoming site nestling the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve and Nature Trail.

But the drive was worth it for Huntsville resident Lily Berg and her mother, Cate Berg, who made the trip to attend the PSC Pirate Open House at the Warrington campus on Tuesday, July 19.  (Lily even won a swanky PSC beach towel for making the longest journey to attend the Open House).

decorative image of ROX_7602-alumni- , PSC instructor Michael Coleman finishes 1st in keyboard category at world competition 2022-07-20 10:49:00

PSC instructor Michael Coleman finishes 1st in keyboard category at world competition

Pensacola State College adjunct music instructor Michael Coleman wowed judges in Vienna with his piano composition “Room 857.”

But he might have put a little scare into a PSC public safety officer or two back in the day when he was composing the moody, sometimes jarring piece in Room 857 of Building 8 – Ashmore Fine Arts Center, a building which has a reputation of being a little spooky. There have been reports of apparitions. There have been eerie sounds heard late at night on occasion. (We don’t want to scare away potential students. It’s just stories. But…)

decorative image of 2-donors-2-SM , PSC receives financial gifts that will fund scholarship, training and conference center 2022-07-20 13:22:11

PSC receives financial gifts that will fund scholarship, training and conference center

Pensacola State College celebrated the generosity of two donors – the family of Sharen Siefert and the Highpointe Hotel Corp. ─ who contributed significantly to student scholarships and institutional growth at a press conference on Tuesday, July 19, in the Dona and Milton Usry Board Room on the Pensacola campus.
Tuesday’s event was attended by numerous PSC officials as well as members of the Siefert Family and Highpointe Hotel Corp. CEO/President Darryl Lapointe.