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Pinellas college notebook: SPC spring registration, 'joyful givers' at USFSP, and more

Ellen Cotton, left, and life partner Kate Tiedemann were honored for their generosity to USFSP.

SCOTT KEELER | Times (2016)

Ellen Cotton, left, and life partner Kate Tiedemann were honored for their generosity to USFSP.

Spring registration open at SPC

Registration for the spring term at St. Petersburg College has begun. Students can register for an online course in the regular session up to Jan. 8, one day before the term begins on Jan. 9. The spring express term starts Feb. 6. Once a class is posted, it will not be canceled. Learn more at

USFSP honors philanthropists

Major donors to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg have been jointly recognized as "philanthropist of the year" for their contributions to the school's college of business. Kate Tiedemann, whose name adorns the school, and Ellen Cotton were honored at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Suncoast National Philanthropy Day 2016 luncheon. The two have donated $11 million to the business school. "These two women are the quintessential philanthropists," said USFSP Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, who nominated them. "The depth and breadth of their giving has inspired a philanthropic culture at USFSP. They epitomize the term 'joyful givers,' and they are role models for others to follow."

Emerging artists showcase at Palladium

Last year's SPC emerging artists showcase was sold out, but you can still get tickets for this year's concert at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 28. The college will feature students from its Music Industry Recording Arts program, who will play original music and covers that span Marvin Gaye to Paramore to Hiatus Kaiyote. SPC students, faculty and staff attend free. General admission is $5. The show goes on at 7 p.m. For information, contact the box office at (727) 822-3590.

Stetson law students take home national trial advocacy honors

In each of the past three years, Stetson University College of Law students have won one of the premier national trial advocacy competitions. This year was no exception, with a student trial team going undefeated Nov. 20 in the National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles. "These victories validate the Stetson approach to teaching simulated experiential learning, and reflect the immense value of the Stetson advocacy experience for future Stetson lawyers," said Charles Rose, professor of trial advocacy and director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy. The team of Colby Connell, Kaitlyn Dugas, Anna Pardun and Joseph Sise bested 15 other teams to bring home the honor.

Story of Japanese artist told in film

Eckerd College continues its International Cinema Series with a screening of Miss Hokusai on Dec. 2. The animated film, released last year, tells the story of the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai through the eyes of his daughter. Catch the screening (with English subtitles) at 7 p.m. in the Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium.

Claire McNeill, Times staff writer

Pinellas college notebook: SPC spring registration, 'joyful givers' at USFSP, and more 11/22/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:07pm]
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