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College Notebook: Black Lives Matter leader to speak at Eckerd College, and more

Opal Tometi will speak at Eckerd on Feb. 29.
Opal Tometi will speak at Eckerd on Feb. 29.
Published Feb. 3, 2016

Black Lives Matter co-founder to speak at Eckerd this month

After a quiet January, the event schedule at Eckerd College picks up in February. Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, the loosely organized group that turned a protest rallying cry into a political movement is among the scheduled speakers. Tometi, who was a runnerup for Time's 2015 Person of the Year, also is executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. She will discuss the movement's origins and the effect of mass incarceration on the lives of black people. Tometi will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at Fox Hall on campus. Other coming events include a discussion of sea level rise by physicist and researcher Paul Carr at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory, and two films in Miller Auditorium: The Clean Bin Project, a lighthearted examination of the problem of waste, at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Mustang, an Oscar-nominated foreign film about women's roles, at 7 p.m. Friday. Info: or (727) 864-7979.

Duke Energy grant funds SPC scholarships

Duke Energy has donated $30,000 in scholarship support to St. Petersburg College for students who are the first in their families to pursue a college credential. The gift to the SPC Foundation will be earmarked for students attending SPC's Midtown or downtown campus. In August, the company gave $10,000 and provided a team of volunteers to support the grand opening of the college's Douglas L. Jamerson Midtown Campus. "Duke highly values this partnership with St. Petersburg College and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in St. Petersburg," said Melissa Seixas, Government and Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy Florida.

Discussion to explore USFSP history

A discussion series that is part of the 50th anniversary celebration at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg continues Wednesday with "USFSP by the Decades — Pursing a New Identity (1995-2005)." The dialogue will include students, faculty and staff from different eras. The discussion will be moderated by Jim Schnur and Sudsy Tschiderer. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Poynter Corner at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library on campus.