Every Gift Has a Story and Leaves a Lasting Legacy!
At Pensacola State College, the Foundation manages 271 scholarships that have been privately funded as a legacy that over 258 donors have helped create. Through these scholarships, 188 that are endowed, donors have supported the passions and interests of students who apply for financial assistance.
In 2019, the impact these donors created was felt by the 764 students who were helped with 1,117 awards that total $508,231.
Pensacola State College President Ed Meadows was in his office on the Pensacola campus, where he has been during much of the COVID-19 pandemic, steadying the Pirate ship amid a sea of worldwide turmoil.
The campus is closed – as are all PSC campuses and centers ─ to students and the public through the end of the spring term. However, Meadows said much of the staff, faculty and administration have worked throughout the crisis to ensure the College’s stability, and, its success in the future when the nation emerges from COVID-19.
“I think our leadership has responded very well,’’ Meadows said. “Dr. (Erin) Spicer and the department heads worked through the College’s spring break to get us moving forward as quickly and effectively as possible.”
Pensacola State music major Hanna Hammac played a few simple exercises on the euphonium while Pensacola State College Performing Arts Department Head and instructor Don Snowden played along on his trombone.
She’s a member of the College’s wind ensemble, even though she had no desire to play in a band when she first enrolled in PSC.
“I was an incoming music major, but I didn’t want to be in band,’’ Hammac recalled. “He (Snowden) told me ‘I know you hated band in high school, but you can get through it.’ He made me like band again.’’
In fact, Snowden has been such a major influence on Hammac’s life that when she had to write an essay for a scholarship application, she wrote about Snowden.
“He means everything to the College and all the Performing Arts students,’’ she said, prompting a smile from Snowden. “I actually wrote my essay on him because he’s such an important figure in my life.”
“I didn’t know that,’’ Snowden said of the essay.
The new state-of-the-art Pensacola State College STEM building will be open and ready for students when fall classes begin on Aug. 17.
The 23,389-square-foot, $15 million facility will be home to programs including mathematics, cybersecurity, computer science and other high-tech fields of study.
“We’re all excited to move over there,” said Robert Pratten, PSC Cybersecurity instructor. “Who wouldn’t be interested in moving into something new? It’s going to give us more space and more room in one centralized location.”
Pensacola State College President Ed Meadows has been named the 2020 recipient of the Grover III Robinson Award by the Rotary Club of Pensacola. The award goes to the Rotary member who best exemplifies the Rotary Club’s motto of “Service Above Self”.
The award is named for Grover Robinson III, father of Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson IV. Grover Robinson III was an Army veteran who fought in the Vietnam War and earned a Bronze Star. He also served in the Florida House of Representatives for 14 years and was a former Rotary Club of Pensacola president. Robinson III, along with his wife Sandra Robinson, died in a helicopter crash in New Zealand in 2000. The Pensacola Rotary also gives an award named for Sandra Robinson.
“It’s a humbling experience to receive this award,” said Meadows, who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Pensacola for 12 years. He has been a member of four Rotary Clubs, including Rotary Club of Pensacola, over a 30-year period. “Rotary has the motto of ‘Service Above Self’ and has done a lot of great things in the world, including the almost complete eradication of polio.” Polio eradication has been a goal of Rotary International since launching its “Polio Plus” project in 1985. The project has contributed nearly $1 billion to worldwide polio eradication efforts.
Walk the halls on any Pensacola State College campus, and you’ll see everyone masked up and keeping their distance. Walk into any office and you’ll find hand-sanitizer and more masks. And the disinfectant wipes for each office are on their way.
Pensacola State’s Covid-19 Response Plan gives details on how the College will work to keep PSC students and employees healthy and virus-free.
“The purpose of the plan is let all College employees and students know about the required protective actions the College is putting in place to fight Covid-19 and keep everyone safe and healthy,’’ said Tom Gilliam, PSC Vice President of General Counsel.
The 16-page plan details everything from cleaning and safety supplies that will be provided for employees and students, as well as guidelines for steps to be taken if someone is exposed to the virus.
Manna Food Pantries is once again helping Pensacola State College students in need.
Beginning Aug. 1, Manna Food Pantries will provide 200 bags of food every two weeks to the College. Each bag contains five days of nutritional meals, and a student can receive up to six bags every two weeks to feed other members of their household. PSC Career Service employees can receive food.
“We’re very grateful to Manna Food Pantries and appreciate this partnership,” said Andrea Krieger, executive director of Institutional Development. “Manna has always assisted the College when we needed help, but this partnership will ensure that our students and their family members are taken care of when it comes to food resources.”
Each food bag is valued at $25, which means Manna is supporting the College with $10,000 worth of food each month.