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Pinellas education news: USF campaigns for student veterans, and more

Published Nov. 15, 2016

campaign to benefit veterans at USF

As the nation honors veterans this month, the University of South Florida system is raising money to support its own student veterans. A crowdfunding campaign launched by the Office of Veteran Success aims to raise $10,000 for departmental programs such as vet-to-vet tutoring and career mentoring. It will also support sponsored extracurricular activities for student veterans where they can connect with peers and community members. The veterans office helps student veterans as they move from military life into civilian life, higher education and post-service careers. Donors can choose how much they want to give, from $20 for tutoring services, to $100 for professional development seminars. The campaign wraps up Nov. 30. To find out more, visit

Stetson rated as 'military friendly'

Rankings season continues, this time with "military-friendly" honors for Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport. Beginning in 2016-17, Stetson has awarded all eligible veterans scholarship money to help with the costs of law school. Victory Media praised the school for its efforts to help military students at Stetson and beyond.

Lecture puts spotlight on media, politics

How can the average person make a difference in media and politics? NPR TV critic and former Tampa Bay Times staff writer Eric Deggans will lecture on the topic at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Presented in part by the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Deggans' address will be free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow. Deggans is the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation and frequently appears on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. For more information, email Robin Warren at

Honors and awards

Kevin Ford, director of the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High and leader of the school's award-winning band program, has been selected to participate in the Yamaha Master Educator Program. He and 17 other top music educators from around the country will share their expertise with peers. … Doug Krieg, a health teacher at Osceola Middle School, has been selected School Health Educator of the Year by the Florida School Health Association. … Kelley Jones, a health and physical education teacher at Dixie Hollins High who also works as a coach at the school, has been named Health Teacher of the Year by the Florida Society of Health and Physical Educators. … Davida Wimbley has been named 2015-16 School Bus Driver of the Year by the Pinellas school system. … Sara Klug, a vocational education teacher at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School for nearly 35 years, was named the 2016 Marjorie Crick Teacher of the Year by the Florida Council for Exceptional Children. The council also gave Samantha Hernandez, a teacher at Nina Harris ESE Center, its Dr. Jack R. Lamb Rookie Teacher of the Year Award.