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 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 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 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 gulnaz2 , PSC Foundation welcomes Gulnaz Okumus to team 2022-08-12 09:55:39

PSC Foundation welcomes Gulnaz Okumus to team

Gulnaz Okumus speaks Turkish, English, Russian and Tatar. If numbers are a language, she speaks that too.

Okumus, a native of Turkey, is an accounting specialist for the Pensacola State College Foundation, joining the Foundation team in June. She only arrived in the United States a year ago, but said she feels that her new hometown is “a piece of heaven.”

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.

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Spanish instructor Scott Schackmann becomes PSC Humanities and Social Sciences Department Head

Pensacola State College Spanish instructor Scott Schackmann will still teach after becoming head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department on Tuesday, July 5.

Not as much as before, but it was crucial to Schackmann to still have time to do what he loves – teaching and impacting students in the classroom.

“That was really important to me,’’ he said about being able to teach even after taking up the department reins. “It’s the job I started in and it’s one of the areas where you can have the greatest impact on students.”

decorative image of Pirate-Path-orientation-Copy2 , Pirate Path New Student Orientation draws full house 2022-07-13 11:47:29

Pirate Path New Student Orientation draws full house

They came from far and they came from near, but it was a full house as Pensacola State College kicked off its Pirate Path New Student Orientation on Thursday, July 7, on the Pensacola campus.

Marnia Thomas was among the nearly 70 new students to attend the two-hour orientation session which began in Building 2, Room 251.

“I’m here because I want to learn about the College and not be stumbling around trying to find everything on my first day,” said Thomas, a Booker T. Washington High School graduate who plans to pursue a sonography degree.

decorative image of colab2 , PSC partners with Co:Lab to help area entrepreneurs and small businesses 2022-07-13 10:58:28

PSC partners with Co:Lab to help area entrepreneurs and small businesses

It’s “Taco Thursday” at Pensacola Co:Lab and workers from more than a dozen different companies are sitting in a common area munching on tacos, and between bites, talking about their businesses.

Company leaders from each of the small businesses get up and offer updates on how things are going – their recent “wins,” their “needs” and other aspects of the business.

decorative image of christine-o , Auto Draft 2022-06-30 09:57:09

PSC English and Communications Department has new Assistant Department Head – Christine O’Donnell

It’s almost as if Christine O’Donnell’s vocation was written for her. Of course, whatever was written, O’Donnell would have been happy to identify all the parts of speech and diagram the sentences.

“I was the student who enjoyed diagramming sentences,’’ she said, chuckling. “I’ve always been interested in English, even in high school.”

Today, O’Donnell is Assistant Department Head of the PSC English and Communications Department, a job she was promoted to in May. O’Donnell has been at PSC since January 2000, serving as adjunct instructor, Reading and Writing Lab supervisor and as Associate Professor.

decorative image of Brian_Weaver_2022-2 , PSC welcomes new Visual Arts Department director Brian Weaver 2022-06-30 07:49:00

PSC welcomes new Visual Arts Department director Brian Weaver

Brian Weaver considers himself fortunate that he found Pensacola State College.  He wasn’t really aware of PSC – he’s from Oil City, Pennsylvania after all – until applying for the position of Visual Arts Department head.

Now that he’s here in the Department head position, Weaver wants to help ensure that more people find out about PSC and particularly the Visual Arts Department, which, he said, is one of the finest he’s ever been affiliated with.

decorative image of tyra-henderson-sm , New Student Services Adviser Tyra Henderson is a PSC alumna who knows the challenges students face 2022-06-29 09:22:45

New Student Services Adviser Tyra Henderson is a PSC alumna who knows the challenges students face

Tyra Henderson started out at Pensacola State College as an EKG student, earning her certificate in the health care field in 2016.

She worked in health care for a few years, but when the pandemic hit, she said she just “couldn’t take it anymore.” 

“I was steered into health care because of the job market,’’ Henderson said. “But it wasn’t for me. I always wanted to be in academics.”

decorative image of ROX_3596-Enhanced20220627-rox-edit , James Reeves named a PSC Foundation Fellow for his unwavering support of the College 2022-06-27 15:22:32

James Reeves named a PSC Foundation Fellow for his unwavering support of the College

James Reeves was named a Pensacola State College Foundation Fellow on Monday in honor and appreciation of his significant and steadfast support of the College.

There have only been nine Foundation Fellows named since the College’s inception in 1948.  A portrait of Reeves was unveiled and is now enshrined along with portraits of the other Foundation Fellows in the PSC Hall of Honor outside the Milton and Dona Usry Board Room in Building 7. The Usrys were named Foundation Fellows in 2019.

A PSC Foundation Fellow is an honorary title bestowed on individuals and families who have worked to strengthen PSC through their influence and significant financial contributions.

decorative image of junteenth-headliners , Civil rights activist, renowned journalist to headline PSC Juneteenth celebration 2022-06-16 10:06:52

Civil rights activist, renowned journalist to headline PSC Juneteenth celebration

Two civil rights pioneers ─ Lynda Blackmon Lowery, a Bloody Sunday marcher, and Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter ─ will headline Pensacola State College’s Juneteenth celebration this year.
Set for 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, on the Pensacola campus, the event commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans in Texas also will include music, storytelling, poetry, folk dances, food and more.
“This is our second year to hold a Juneteenth celebration at the College. Last year’s event started off with severe storms, but the day turned out to be beautiful with a great turnout from the College and Pensacola communities,” said Tonie Anderson-Steele, a PSC professor and event organizer.

decorative image of henry-box-brown , ‘Henry Box Brown: A Musical Journey’ comes to WSRE Amos Studio June 17-18 2022-06-16 09:38:54

‘Henry Box Brown: A Musical Journey’ comes to WSRE Amos Studio June 17-18

The critically-acclaimed musical, “Henry Box Brown: A Musical Journey,” is coming to the WSRE Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio thanks to a grant awarded to Equity Project Alliance through The Hive social responsibility program of Innisfree Hotels.
Sponsored in part by WSRE PBS, performances are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 17–18. Tickets are $40 plus fee and for sale at henryboxbrownthemusical.com.

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

Attention gamers: PSC wants you for new esports team, club

OK gamers. Haven’t you been sitting in your bedroom playing “Call of Duty” long enough?

Maybe it’s time to come to Pensacola State College instead. Don’t worry, you can still play “Call of Duty” and maybe even compete on a true college team.

Pensacola State is launching a competitive esports team this fall, and the College is currently accepting applications for the PSC Pirates esports team. PSC also will launch an “Esports Club.”

decorative image of daa-2022 , PSC Distinguished Alumni Association Awards Gala honors 5 who helped College, communities 2022-06-16 09:19:34

PSC Distinguished Alumni Association Awards Gala honors 5 who helped College, communities

The five honorees recognized at the Pensacola State College Distinguished Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday, June 11, have not only made the College better. They have improved their communities as well.

“This event celebrated the achievement of outstanding individuals,” said Hailey Lotz, PSC Executive Director or Development, Alumni and Athletics.  “It was about our heritage and history. We gathered to recognize greatness and honor individuals who have shown dedication to a higher purpose.”

decorative image of in-memoriam-gandrup , College mourns death of Performing Arts Technical Director Robert ‘Bob’ Gandrup 2022-06-16 09:12:10

College mourns death of Performing Arts Technical Director Robert ‘Bob’ Gandrup

Tragedy and heartbreak have come again to Pensacola State College.
Longtime PSC adjunct instructor and Performing Arts Technical Director Robert Gandrup died unexpectedly Monday, June 13, from cardiac arrest. He was 58 years old.
“For over 20 years, Bob designed, built, and painted sets, and designed lighting and sound, not only for the Performing Arts Department but also for special events at the College,’’ said PSC President Ed Meadows.

decorative image of carla-williams-232 , PSC remembers Carla Williams as a beloved professor, coach, mentor, friend to all 2022-06-09 12:07:51

PSC remembers Carla Williams as a beloved professor, coach, mentor, friend to all

There were tears, laughter and sweet memories shared during a memorial service to honor Carla E. Williams on Wednesday in Hartsell Arena.            
“You raised someone who was very special and there is no one in this room who does not know that. And if there is anyone here who came because, you didn’t really know Carla but came because you wanted to celebrate her life, you know it now that she was a very special person,” Pensacola State College President Ed Meadows told Williams’ parents, James B. and Clara Mae Williams, and siblings, Ben Williams and Pam Williams, at the memorial service.                
Williams, a former PSC women’s basketball player, assistant basketball coach and math professor, died on May 24 due to domestic violence. Described as a leader, a friend, a teacher, a mentor, Williams’ death has left quite a void at the College and in the community.

decorative image of Bear-Jones-Moore-and-Reeves-Center3 , Ground officially broken on  PSC’s Bear, Jones, Moore and Reeves Center 2022-06-09 15:30:47

Ground officially broken on PSC’s Bear, Jones, Moore and Reeves Center

Ground was broken Wednesday, June 8, on Phase II of Pensacola State College’s STEM facility ─ the Bear, Jones, Moore, and Reeves Center for Math and Advanced Technology.
Site work on the 46,133-square-foot facility ─ estimated to cost between $22 million to $25 million ─ began in January. The building is tentatively scheduled for completion by December 2023.
“The long-awaited groundbreaking for Phase II has finally arrived,’’ said PSC President Ed Meadows. “This facility will not only provide instructional space for our math department but will also allow us to expand our facilities for cybersecurity.”

decorative image of faculty-spotlight-portrait-helfert , Retired Marine is a Veterans Upward Bound success story – and now a Veterans Upward Bound recruiter 2022-06-09 08:59:37

Retired Marine is a Veterans Upward Bound success story – and now a Veterans Upward Bound recruiter

Retired Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Kent Helfert spent 20 years in the military, including three tours of Iraq and saw combat in Fallujah, where some of the deadliest fighting of the Iraq War took place.
Helfert, as a senior enlisted non-commissioned officer, trained Marines and led Marines to battle. Yet, when the disabled veteran went to the Veterans Administration for help in planning his future, he was told his military experience did match with one civilian profession.
“I was told I match up as a human resources type of guy,’’ Helfert said. “I said ‘Huh, I never thought about that’.”

decorative image of Jon-Photo-1-2 , Jon Stephenson brings track record and a commitment to students to new job as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs 2022-06-20 10:04:33

Jon Stephenson brings track record and a commitment to students to new job as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs

Jon Stephenson is just a few days into his job as Pensacola State College Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, but he’s already admitted to being a few moments late for a meeting or two because he was helping students find where they needed to go.
He’s still learning the Pensacola campus, but Stephenson already has his priorities in order.
“I think everything depends on student services and having a student-first philosophy,’’ he said. “If you’re not displaying customer service and putting the student first, you’re not going to be successful.”

decorative image of marcia-williams , Former Warrington campus provost Marcia Williams remembered for ‘bubbly spirit’ and innovative ways 2022-06-06 13:01:48

Former Warrington campus provost Marcia Williams remembered for ‘bubbly spirit’ and innovative ways

Just because you’re a serious worker doing serious work doesn’t mean that you have to be dry, boring or reserved.
Because Dr. Marcia Williams, former Provost of the Warrington campus, could be either the “life or the party,’’ as she was described in her obituary, or the lifeblood of a department, program or campus.
Williams passed away unexpectedly on May 25 after suffering a stroke. She was 71.

decorative image of tree-planting , WSRE’s Jill Hubbs plants tree with President and First Lady on White House Lawn on Memorial Day 2022-06-09 08:30:01

WSRE’s Jill Hubbs plants tree with President and First Lady on White House Lawn on Memorial Day

Just outside the White House Oval Office on Memorial Day, WSRE-TV General Manager Jill Hubbs joined President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and members of three other Gold Star families to plant a magnolia tree on the South Lawn.
The sapling ─ grown from a seed of a magnolia tree planted at the White House by President Andrew Jackson in 1835 ─ is a memorial to Gold Star families

decorative image of karen-young2 , PSC says farewell to nursing instructor, retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Karen Young 2022-05-25 11:55:57

PSC says farewell to nursing instructor, retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Karen Young

Karen Young already had more than 10 years of nursing experience when she joined the U.S. Navy Reserve as a commissioned officer in 1994.
By the time Young joined Pensacola State College’s nursing faculty in 2007, she had already served in numerous leadership positions in the Navy Reserve. Still, her greatest professional achievements wouldn’t come until she was well-entrenched at PSC.

decorative image of thead4 , Faculty Spotlight: Robert Thead, Humanities and Social Sciences 2022-05-25 10:54:34

Faculty Spotlight: Robert Thead, Humanities and Social Sciences

What’s the most important number in existence? Some will default to Pi, others to Euler’s number and maybe a few might even go with 137, a number some smart folks have theorized could help physicists unravel the grail-like grand unified theory long sought.
(And, of course, there’s 42 for all the fans of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”)
Pensacola State College political science instructor Robert Thead goes in a different direction. But don’t doubt his alternative, because Thead is one of the smart folks too.

decorative image of memorial-day , PSC’s Rob Gregg is emcee of Memorial Day Observance at Barrancas National Cemetery 2022-05-25 11:49:09

PSC’s Rob Gregg is emcee of Memorial Day Observance at Barrancas National Cemetery

You might be barbecuing. You might be beaching, golfing or just chillaxing at home.
Just please take a minute at 3 p.m. to pause and focus on the price of freedom and those who paid that price. It truly is the very least we can do for those sacrificed their lives in war.
Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day. Pensacola State College is closed for the federal holiday which honors those military service members who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

decorative image of vet-tech2 , 11 students earn Veterinary Technology Vocational Pins 2022-05-19 07:47:27

11 students earn Veterinary Technology Vocational Pins

The Pensacola State College Veterinary Technology Program has sent another 11 graduates out into the workforce. They’ll help care for our pets and animals in communities for years to come.
The students earned their Veterinary Technology Vocational Pins at a ceremony on May 5 and graduated with Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degrees during PSC’s commencement ceremony on May 8.

decorative image of workday-student , Workday Student hits stride in registration, financial aid process 2022-05-18 13:15:54

Workday Student hits stride in registration, financial aid process

Workday Student is doing just what its name suggests. The new enterprise resource planning system is making registration easier, streamlining financial aid processes and ensuring that every student gets an academic adviser before classes even begin.
More than 800 students have already used Workday Student to register for the fall semester, said Michael Johnston, PSC Associate Vice President Research and Management.

decorative image of pirate-softball , Lady Pirates Softball team  wins 2, loses 2 at state tourney 2022-05-11 14:59:21

Lady Pirates Softball team wins 2, loses 2 at state tourney

The Pensacola State College softball team’s season ended Sunday, May 8, when it lost 3-2 to Florida Southwestern State College in the Division I FCSAA State/NJCAA South Atlantic District Tournament in Longwood.

Pensacola State won two games and lost two in the double-elimination tournament. The College of Central Florida, the team that would eventually win the state tournament, handed the Lady Pirates their first loss, beating PSC 6-1 on May 7.

The tournament was held May 6-9.

decorative image of nurse-pinning-22-2 , PSC nursing pinning ceremony was bittersweet for one family 2022-05-17 16:27:37

PSC nursing pinning ceremony was bittersweet for one family

There were supposed to be 95 Pensacola State College students walking up to have their nursing pins pinned upon them at the Thursday, May 5, ceremony.
Yet in the seat where Jessica Cornelius should have been, there was only her framed portrait. When during his remarks, PSC President Ed Meadows told the students to look back toward their family and friends in the audience who had supported them during their academic journey, there was no sweet face that smiled and waved in gratitude to Jessica’s family.

decorative image of athletic-signing-2 , Sixteen PSC student-athletes will continue studies, athletic careers at colleges and universities from South Florida to Massachusetts 2022-05-05 10:17:09

Sixteen PSC student-athletes will continue studies, athletic careers at colleges and universities from South Florida to Massachusetts

This is the way it’s supposed to be. This is the grand plan fulfilled.
Sixteen Pensacola State College student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent on Friday, April 29, committing to play and study at colleges and universities that range from NAIA schools to Division 1 programs.
The signing ceremony was held in a packed Donn Peery Room at Hartsell Arena on the Pensacola campus, attended by teammates, family members, PSC coaches and coaches and representatives from the various schools the student-athletes will attend.