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Sen. Bill Nelson announced as speaker at Eckerd 2011 commencement in May


Sen. Bill Nelson announced as speaker for Eckerd commencement in May

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be the speaker at Eckerd College's commencement in May. Nelson will speak to the college graduates at 8 a.m. May 22 at Eckerd's South Beach Field, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Previous Eckerd College commencement speakers include Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, civil rights icon John Hope Franklin, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Poynter Institute president Karen Brown Dunlap, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, businessman Steve Forbes and Gen. David Petraeus.

USFSP receives grant for student services

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg received a federal grant to fund services for low-income, first-generation college students.

Participating students will receive free services such as tutoring, financial literacy workshops and a mentoring program, starting this spring. Also, counselors will help these students develop individualized plans to help them through college.

To participate, students must be U.S. citizens from low-income families or attending USFSP as first-generation college students. Admission is based on students with the most need for academic assistance.

Interested students can visit the program's student support services office at TER302, or they call fill out an online application at For more information, contact a counselor by e-mail at

Stetson student recognized in IBM contest

A Stetson University student received recognition in the 2010 IBM Master the Mainframe competition. John Sherwood, a senior majoring in computer science, was one of the top 10 students out of 3,500 from 400 universities the United States and Canada who won honorable mention in the contest. The contest requires students to complete more than 20 complicated tasks related to mastering mainframe computing in three months. Sherwood was the only Florida student who received the recognition on IBM's Wall of Fame page, often used by employers searching for top computer programmers.

USFSP giving grants to nonprofits

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg's Student Philanthropy Boards are planning to give away grants of up to $5,000 to area nonprofits.

Stemming from student research on community needs, the grants are meant to help organizations dealing in issues ranging from vocational training for children in foster care to support for domestic violence victims.

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to respond to any or all of the Notices of Funding Opportunity. Organizations will be limited to one grant award winner per semester.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 25. For information, visit

Sylvia Lim, Times correspondent

Sen. Bill Nelson announced as speaker at Eckerd 2011 commencement in May 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 4:53pm]
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