Shannon McQuaig, Associate Professor of Natural Science at St. Petersburg College, is the host of the new WEDU television series 'QUEST.'

Shannon McQuaig, Associate Professor of Natural Science at St. Petersburg College, is the host of the new WEDU television series ‘QUEST.’

St. Petersburg College microbiology professor Shannon McQuaig is the new face of QUEST, a new monthly television series on WEDU.

The series showcases the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and education. As host, McQuaig explores innovative techniques educators are using in their classrooms and provides viewers with an up-close look at emerging technologies.

The first episode aired Oct. 15 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS. Watch the first episode online.


St. Petersburg College, the oldest state college in Florida, is being hailed as a model for other colleges regarding its interim accreditation report.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges wants to display St. Petersburg College’s Fifth-Year Interim Report at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

“We would like to allow institutions that are beginning the process to view your materials as an example,” Carol S. Hollins, Director of Institutional Support at the SACS Commission on Colleges, said in an email to the college.

The college’s accreditation is in effect through 2018. However, SACS-COC now requires an extensive review at the midpoint to ensure that colleges remain committed to their standards of excellence throughout the 10-year accreditation cycle.

Made up of 51 members, the SACSCOC Working Group at St. Petersburg College began meeting in April 2010 to develop a work plan and share progress on each section of the Fifth-Year Interim Report.

Each group, represented by both faculty champions and administrative staff, collaboratively researched, gathered evidence, drafted and revised a particular section of the overall report. In 2012, a smaller group edited and completed the final revisions for submission in September of 2013.

“SPC was well represented in its report, which received the highest level of approval of no follow up reporting needed during the SACSCOC Annual Meeting in December 2013,” said Sabrina Crawford, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the EpiCenter.

Though the committee has taken some time off, it plans to reconvene soon to begin planning for the re-affirmation in 2018. At that time, the college will submit the accreditation report as well as the next Quality Enhancement Plan.

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Jimmy Chang
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Doug Duncan
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Richard Flora
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Jim Waechter
Jim Wallis
Vicki Westergard
Carol Weideman
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Kimberly Myers

Kimberly Myers

Kimberly Myers, an adjunct mathematics professor, has been named one of the Top 25 2013-2014 Junior and Community College Professors by RateMyProfessors.com.

Each year, RateMyProfessors.com compiles a list of the top professors based on feedback from students. The site is the largest online destination for professor ratings with more than 7,000 schools and 15 million ratings.

Myers received an overall, average rating of 5.0, the highest rating possible. She came in 21st in the nation in the junior and community college category.

“Prof. Myers really makes sure her students are successful in moving on to the next math course. Great, great teacher,” one student said.


When Sheila Cowley saw a need for quality, student-created content for MYRA – Make Your Radio Active – the student radio station at St. Petersburg College, the adjunct instructor jumped in head first.

Cowley began her first semester at SPC in the fall by teaching an Audio for Broadcast course in the Music Industry/Recording Arts program at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Now students are creating content for the station.

“Our aim is to fill the MIRA station with new original content that constantly reflects what’s happening at SPC,” said Cowley, who worked at WMNF radio for nearly 25 years. As operations manager, she oversaw the equipment, facility, training, FCC compliance and engineers.

For the MYRA radio station, she wants to produce announcements, feature interviews, live broadcasts and public service announcements. Students in her class have already produced station IDs and promotional spots for the Palladium Theater and are crafting features about the Music Industry/Recording Arts program to draw prospects to the workforce program.

“All the work in the class is practical and hands on, since radio’s a skill you only develop by doing,” Cowley said. “There’s no sitting around. While there are some really good written references, really everything we do is listening and working.”

In September, SPC students toured WMNF to see the transmission process – an experience that will help prepare them for the Society of Broadcast Engineers’ exam so they can earn certified radio operator credentials in the future.

“The skills you learn for radio – writing for broadcast, broadcast production standards, editing for length and content – those are skills that serve you well in many fields, including film and video,” Cowley said.


St. Petersburg College will celebrate the academic success of Latino students who have a grade point average of 3.0 and higher during the Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Awards ceremony. The ceremony will be:

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
Arts Auditorium
Clearwater Campus

About 150 high school students from Tarpon Springs and Clearwater are expected to attend the event, which honors Fernandez-Zalupski, the first woman in Florida to serve as a community college provost. A native of Ybor City, she worked as provost of the Clearwater Campus for 16 years before retiring in 1995.

As provost, Fernandez-Zalupski helped develop the first International Center and Women on the Way, a program that guides women through the college experience. The Tampa Hispanic Heritage Foundation for outstanding service to education has honored her.

The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Robin Gomez, auditor and Hispanic-Latino Liaison for the City of Clearwater. Saby E. Guidicelli, Workforce Manager/Human Resources, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will give the keynote address.