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Pinellas college notebook: USFSP hosts Holocaust survivor, Stetson names three to Hall of Fame

Holocaust survivor to speak at screening OF documentary

Seventy years ago, while visiting her grandparents in Italy, Elsie Ragusin was accused of being a spy and sent to Auschwitz. On April 25, 1945, her life began anew. Liberated from the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, she and hundreds of other Holocaust survivors arrived in Sweden, their emotions captured on film by news teams. In the Swedish documentary Every Face Has a Name, Ragusin and other survivors view that film and reflect on the war, sometimes recognizing family and friends in the footage. The University of South Florida St. Petersburg hosts Ragusin and director Magnus Gertten for a viewing of the film, followed by a talk. Join the screening and discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Ballroom 3 at the USFSP University Student Center, 200 Sixth Ave. S.

Stetson Law inducts three into Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame at Stetson University College of Law recently inducted three new members, including a professor of 38 years, a Florida Supreme Court justice and a graduate of its 1987 class. In professor of law Robert D. Bickel's nearly four decades at Stetson, he has collected a number of awards and been elected to the American Law Institute, among other honors. He created the National Conference on Law and Education, now in its 37th year, and has championed education on civil rights and social justice advocacy. Justice Peggy A. Quince, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Stetson, has served on the law school's board of overseers for years. A member of the Florida Women's Hall of Fame with dozens of awards to her name, Quince is the first African-American woman to lead a branch of government in Florida, as well as to be appointed to the state Supreme Court and district courts of appeal. Matt Towery, J.D. '87, is also a longtime member of the board of overseers. In 2007, he was nominated for the John F. Kennedy "Profiles in Courage" award for his work to free a young African-American who had been imprisoned under an incorrect interpretation of a law Towery himself had written. He was the first Republican since Reconstruction to preside over the Georgia House of Representatives.

Trick-or-treat at SPC open house

Family-friendly Halloween options aren't always easy to come by, but St. Petersburg College is offering a double whammy: Come for the trick-or-treating, and learn about SPC programs along the way. Last year, the college's open house drew 250 guests. For its third year, there will be a haunted house on the entire second floor of the SPC Allstate Center, complete with a jail cell, courtroom and crime scene lab. Parents with kids in tow can go trick-or-treating on the first floor, with the option of being joined by a firefighter or police officer. This year's SPC Halloween open house goes from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For more information, call Rebecca Sarver at (727)-341-4480.

Entrepreneurship, religious pluralism talks

"Redefining entrepreneurship" is the topic Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Eckerd College. They're hosting keynote speaker Gary Schoeniger, a leader in the field of "entrepreneurial mindset education" and the founder of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative. Join him from 7 to 9 p.m. in Fox Hall. And as Election Day creeps closer, the college welcomes Eboo Patel, a national interfaith leader and founder of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core. Patel will give "an interactive presentation about what makes America exceptional — its commitment to pluralism and peaceful coexistence of differing faiths and ideologies." Patel, who is also a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, will speak from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Fox Hall.

Contact Claire McNeill at [email protected] or (727) 893-8321.

Pinellas college notebook: USFSP hosts Holocaust survivor, Stetson names three to Hall of Fame 10/25/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:53am]
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