Members are, from left, Isaac Railing, Israel Railing, Laws Savage, Peg Barrett, Dawson Calugar, Sienna Hudak, Patrick Kinnell, Connor Bond and Rory Swanson. Pensacola State College will present the Pensacola Guitar Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Joe Stallings, in its 40th Anniversary Spring Recital on Saturday, April 1. The recital is set for 7:30…
Two nontraditional Pensacola State students helped bring back a long-gone tradition at the College.
Nursing students Jocelyn Gebhard and Derek Olford were crowned 2023 Homecoming Queen and King by PSC President Ed Meadows during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Northwest Florida State College on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Eighteen Pensacola State College graphic design and photography students won a total of 69 ADDY Awards at the 2023 Pensacola American Advertising Federation Awards Gala held Feb. 10 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.
The students won 26 gold and 42 silver awards. Casey DeLong won one of three Judges Awards along with two gold and six silver ADDYs. Jennifer Manare won 10 ADDYs ─ five gold and five silver awards.
Children are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. But sadly, only some of us end up working in the profession we envisioned as kids.
Well, Chris Gustin did.
“In sixth grade, we were asked what we wanted to be when we grew up,” Gustin said. “I wrote ‘pottery man.”’
Vote now for your favorite photograph in PSC’s annual Sunset Photography Contest – all photos are featured online and at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille
There’s still time to vote for your favorite photograph in the annual Pensacola State College Sunset Photography Contest. Five PSC students have submitted 13 photos that are now on display at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille, which sponsors the contest and is a longtime supporter of the PSC Photography program.
Four Pensacola State College employees – Stephanie Denmark, Mikenzie Francis, Obi Kalu and Hailey Lotz ─ were selected InWeekly 2023 Rising Stars. Denmark is the Registrar.
Montessori School of Pensacola eighth-grader Liam Nelson recently spent four days interning in various Pensacola State College departments.
Liam, 14, worked in Institutional Research, Workday Solutions, Enterprise Solutions and the Marketing Department’s Web Team.
The Feb. 6-9 internship was part of a Montessori School program where students enter the local workforce for a few days.
Get free, expert help applying, registering, and paying for college at Pensacola State College’s Financial Aid Day from1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Student Center, Building 5, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd.
Ask questions, use the Computer Lab for online forms, and receive one-on-one assistance. Academic and Financial Aid counselors will be available to help new and returning students and their parents through the admissions and registration steps.
There were calls to tradition and ancestors. But there were also poignant calls for action to forge an even better future.
It was all part of the Pensacola State College Black History Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Delaino Student Center on the Pensacola campus. The event was hosted by the PSC African-American Student Association (AASA).
“We’re here to celebrate Black culture and Black History,’’ said Dr. Tonie Anderson-Steele, PSA AASA Faculty Advisor. Moments later, she led the crowd in a traditional libations ceremony, where gatherers called out to the spirits of ancestors. The others offered the ancestral response, “Asé,’’ which is a word of affirmation in the Yoruba language, which originated in Nigeria.
They have personalities. They have skills and talent. What they need and want, though, is your vote.
Twenty-five Pensacola State College students have self-nominated for the 2023 Homecoming Court, a vital feature of the first PSC Homecoming celebration since the 1970s. The nominees include 22 women Pirates. The top five vote-getters will make up the 2023 Homecoming Court. Only three men are self-nominated, so all will be members of the Court.
Voting ends at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. To cast your ballot, go to https://www.pensacolastate.edu/homecoming/. The poll is open to everyone, whether they’re affiliated with the College or not.
Why not a Pensacola State College Homecoming? Why did we ever stop?
The College is bringing back some old Pirate swagger with a Homecoming 2023 celebration complete with tailgate parties, sporting events, a Homecoming Court and the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen.
It will be the College’s first Homecoming since the 1970s when the institution was Pensacola Junior College. It became Pensacola State College in 2010.
“It’s the first time in decades, so we’re excited,’’ said Jon Stephenson, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. “Homecoming can be an impactful event for our students to be engaged with the College and have a voice on campus. It’s to bring a little more school spirit to PSC.”
The highlight of Homecoming 2023 will be the introduction of the Pirate Homecoming Court and the coronation of the king and queen during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Northwest Florida State College on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
All active duty U.S. service members and veterans will be honored during Military Appreciation Night at Pensacola State College men and women’s basketball games against Chipola College on Feb. 15 at the Hartsell Arena on the Pensacola campus.
These athletic aerialists have wowed and thrilled audiences in China, South America and Africa.
They’ve performed halftime shows at NBA All-Star games, NCAA Final Four games and on Feb. 22 the Air Elite Dunkers will fly high in Pensacola State College’s Hartsell Arena.
The Georgia-based troupe will perform at halftime of the PSC men’s basketball homecoming basketball games against Northwest Florida State College. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m. while the men’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
There’s little doubt that the most active student organization on campus is the Pensacola State College Student Veterans Association (SVA).
You’ll see them at nearly every PSC event – from hosting tailgate cookouts at sporting events to helping organize events such as January’s Welcome Back Bash. Seriously, the College’s SVA always answers the call to duty.
Now the SVA is launching the Veteran Coffee Project to raise funds to attend the 2024 SVA NATCON Conference in Nashville Tennessee.
Moving from military life back into the civilian world can be tough for many U.S. service members.
Now, a new program at Pensacola State College will help transitioning military members – as well as veterans – learn valuable workforce skills at no cost.
The College has partnered with LIFT, a Detroit-based U.S. Department of Defense-funded national manufacturing innovation institute, to provide free training in welding and CNC – Computer Numeric Control – to transitioning military members, veterans, spouses and dependents.
Thirteen fundraising and business professionals will share their secrets for success during Pensacola State College’s 2023 Nonprofit Summit set for Friday, Feb. 10.
Hosted by the PSC Nonprofit Center for Excellence and Philanthropy, the summit’s theme is “Step Out of Your Comfort Zone into Greatness” and is set for 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Room 1704, Building 17, on the Pensacola campus.
Just because you’re a nursing student with mad skills doesn’t mean you have all the skills needed to enter the workforce. Do you know how to develop a resume? And that beach selfie isn’t going to work as a professional headshot.
That’s why Pensacola State College is hosting numerous events in February to develop soft job skills for Career and Technical Education Training students who are learning those hard skills at the College.
February is national Career and Technical Education Month. CTE students are those working toward an Associate in Science degree, a vocational certificate or college credit certificate. This spring, 23 percent of PSC students are CTE students.
Get free, expert help applying, registering, and paying for college at Pensacola State College’s Financial Aid Day from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Student Center, Building 5, on the Pensacola campus, 1000 College Blvd.
Ask questions, use the Computer Lab for online forms, and receive one-on-one assistance. Academic and Financial Aid counselors will be available to help new and returning students and their parents through the admissions and registration steps.
Joe Diamond is very familiar with the Pensacola State College classroom that is now named for his mother – Dr. Marie M. Diamond.
He used to teach in the room. In fact, Diamond ─ the program director for Pensacola State College from 1980 to 2009 ─ taught his mother in Room 3702, now known as the Dr. Marie M. Diamond EMT and Paramedic Classroom, located in Building 3700 on the Warrington campus.
“She would talk a lot,’’ Joe Diamond said of the experience of teaching his own mother. “Please be quiet, Mrs. Diamond. Please be quiet, Mrs. Diamond. Mother, be quiet!”
In the 1930s, New York artist, explorer and adventurer Rockwell Kent sailed to Greenland and lived there for several years, documenting the majestic landscape and the strong, industrious Inuit people who lived there.
In 2016, New York artist Denis Defibaugh spent more than a year in Greenland, visiting the same coastal communities that Kent did more than 80 years earlier.
Defibaugh’s celebrated photographic exhibition of the journey, “North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent,” is now on display in the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts on Pensacola State College’s Pensacola campus.
The exhibition runs through March 10. An artist lecture and reception were held on Jan. 26.
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.
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.
PSC partners with HCA Healthcare Foundation 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.
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.
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.
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.
PSC partners with HCA Healthcare Foundation 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…
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Sure, the “official” forecast right now is low temperatures in the high 50s in Pensacola on Friday, Jan. 20.
But at Pensacola State College, we’re expecting snow and ice skating that day when the “Winter Wonderland”-themed 2023 PSC Welcome Back Bash takes place in the Pensacola campus track and field area.
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.
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.”
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.
Construction of the Bear, Jones, Moore, and Reeves Advanced Technology Building should be completed by the end of summer with the first classes expected in the new facility in spring 2024.
Site work for the $23 million to $24 million project began in January 2022. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held last June.
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.
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.
We’re Pirates, but we’re no plunderers. In fact, the students, staff, faculty and administration at Pensacola State College have a tradition of helping others in need of cheer, comfort or compassion.
This year is no different as various PSC groups have worked to help others during the holiday season:
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.
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.
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.
Former Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson IV walked to Audrey Stemen’s poster exhibit and stared quizzically at the topic – “Structure Elucidation of a Copper (I) Thiolate and its Water-Soluble Complex”.
“So, what is this?” Robinson asked, requesting Aubrey explain the topic a bit.
She did ─ extensively and confidently.
Pensacola State College and Pensacola-based contractor, the Morette Company, held a “Topping Off” ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate the placement of the final structural beam on the Bear, Jones, Moore, and Reeves Advanced Technology Building.
The facility (estimated to cost $22 million to $25 million) is scheduled for completion in December 2023.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pensacola State announced proposed fee increases for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification tests for students enrolled in the College’s EKG and Phlebotomy programs.
The application fees for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) Exam and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam may increase to $125 each.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pensacola State supporter and advocate Mary Hoxeng was bestowed an honorary Bachelor of Arts in Humane Letters degree from the College in October.
The College’s District Board Trustees Chairman Dr. Troy Tippett and President Ed Meadows presented Hoxeng with the honorary degree and a proclamation during the Oct. 18, board meeting on the Warrington campus.
The Pensacola State College Outdoor Gallery has four new – new to the College, at least – masterpieces for all to see.
Large vinyl reproductions produced by Lamar Advertising of acclaimed artworks now adorn the exteriors of buildings on the Pensacola campus.
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.
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.
Two returning students win iPads just for registering ! Make sure to register for spring 2023 term today!
Congrats to Pensacola State College students Madeleine Graybeal and Alexandra Kasel.
They’re the winners of the PSC Priority Registration iPad giveaway. The two students were selected randomly from more than 3,000 Pirates who registered for the spring term.
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.”
Check out November’s events presented by Pensacola State College Visual Arts, Pensacola State College Performing Arts Department, the Lyceum Series Committee, The Choral Society of Pensacola, and Pensacola Civic Band.
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.
You don’t have to be a Pensacola State College math major to know that 50 percent off any price equals big savings.
The third annual PSC/J.C. Penney “Suit-Up” event will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the JC Penney in University Town Plaza at 7171 N. Davis Highway.
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.
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.
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.
A half million dollars is a bunch of money. And at Pensacola State College, one of the consistently affordable colleges in the nation, that $500,000 goes a long way.
Pensacola business icon Sandy Sansing has donated over $500,000 in scholarships to more than 1,100 PSC students since starting a scholarship at the College in 2002.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Check out October’s events presented by Pensacola State College Visual Arts, Pensacola State College Performing Arts Department, the Lyceum Series Committee, The Choral Society of Pensacola, and Pensacola Civic Band.
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).
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.
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.
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:
Facilities and new construction
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.
Pensacola State College along with Harvesters Credit Union and HCA Florida Healthcare were sponsors of the 2022 Salute to First Responders luncheon held Sept. 21 at the Pensacola Bay Center.
PSC President Ed Meadows, Dr. Mark Stavros with HCA Florida West Hospital and Keith Golden of Harvesters Credit Union saluted the 13 award recipients at the event.
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.
Pensacola State College officially cut the ribbon on its newest site – the Truck Driver Training Facility – on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Located at 5957 Jeff Ates Road in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East in Milton, the $7.8 million Truck Driver Training Facility will be home to the College’s Commercial Vehicle Driver Vocational Certificate…
PSC alumna Kristian Breeze During spring break 2018, Kristian Breeze and her partner took a road trip to New Mexico. One of the must-see stops for Breeze, a Pensacola State College graphic design student at the time, was the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. The museum celebrates one of the country’s most significant artists,…
Let’s just hope that by Oct. 8, it feels like lumberjack weather. Because that’s when the Lumberjack Festival returns to the Milton campus for a day of outdoor fun and competition. The 33rd annual Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave Lumberjack Festival takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. near the track on Pensacola State College’s Milton campus.…
More American women die because of domestic violence than from breast cancer. This was only one of the facts that Marsha Travis with FavorHouse of Northwest Florida shared with the Lady Pirates basketball team on Friday, Sept. 16. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Travis mentioned both to the team…
A CareerSource ESCAROSA representative speaks to an attendee at a 2020 job fair. More than 30 Northwest Florida employers will be at Pensacola State Fall Job Fair set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21 in the College’s Student Center. More than 30 Northwest Florida employers are looking to hire at the Pensacola State College Fall…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two things will happen at the Pensacola State College Hartsell Arena on Sept. 27. First, the newest Pirate student-athletes will be introduced and celebrated at the annual Pirate Experience event. Then, Carla Williams, one of PSC’s greatest student-athletes and coaches, will be inducted into the Pensacola State College Athletics Hall of Fame. Williams’ is the…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Administrator was Career Pathways Counselor for PSC Adult Education Department
Sparkie Harrison is the new director of the Pensacola State College Century Center in the most northern part of Escambia County.
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.”