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Nursing and Caring Takes Center Stage at SFSC

Dr. Joanne Duffy delivers the keynote address at SFSC’s Conference on Caring.

On April 27, more than 150 nurses, some new, other not so new, and some aspiring ones too, got a lesson in caring at South Florida State College.

They had filled the seats of the SFSC University Center Auditorium to hear from Dr. Joanne Duffy, a nurse scholar widely known in health care circles for her work on quality care.

Dr. Duffy gave the keynote talk at SFSC’s first Conference on Caring, a daylong series of talks and panel discussions delving into the role nurses play providing quality care to their patients. Continue Reading

Dr. Gregory Recognized for Years of Service to SFSC

Photo of Dr. Leitzel, Dr. Gregory, and Derren Bryan
From left, SFSC President Thomas Leitzel, Dr. Bill Gregory, and District Board of Trustees Chair Derren Bryan.

During the April 26 District Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Bill Gregory was presented a resolution recognizing him for 30 years of service as a professor of biology and anatomy and physiology at SFSC. The trustees, upon the recommendation of the SFSC faculty, also honored Dr. Gregory with the title Professor Emeritus.

Grad’s Late Start Opens Doors to New Opportunities

On May 4, Steven Cullipher will graduate from South Florida State College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM) degree nearly 30 years after he finished high school. Cullipher will talk about what brought him to SFSC and why he opted for a business degree when he delivers the student Commencement… Continue Reading

Calendars for 2017-18 Academic Year Available

CalendarThe academic year calendars available.  Stop by Community Relations and Marketing Department in Building F, 8 -11:30 a.m., and 1:30 – 5 p.m., to pick up your calendar. Can’t make it? Call Rebecca at ext. 7250 to reserve your calendar.

Panther Action This Week

In athletic action this week, the Lady Panther Softball team swept a doubleheader from Polk State College on Tuesday, winning game one 2-1 and game two 3-2.  On Thursday, the Panthers hosted Florida Southwestern for the chance to qualify for the FCSAA State tournament. The visitors defeated the Panthers by scores of 8-0 in game one and 8-0 in game two. The Panthers finished the season 12-30 and 7-13.

In baseball action on Monday, the Panthers lost 8-0 to Hillsborough CC.  Wednesday the Panthers opened a three-game set with Polk State losing game one on Wednesday 5-1, and game two on Thursday 10-0.  The Panthers 20-27, 7-17 will travel to Winter Haven on Saturday to play game three of the series.  The Panthers will play their last two home games on Monday and Wednesday as they host Florida Southwestern for a 6 pm start both days.


Panther Athletic Wrap-up

In recent Panther athletic action, on March 31, the baseball team defeated State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 8-6. The next day, they defeated the Titans of St. Petersburg College, 12-8. The following day, they again defeated St. Petersburg College, 5-3. The Titans bounced back on April 3, defeating the Panthers, 5-4. The baseball team, 20-24 overall and 7-14 in conference play, will see action again April 7, when host Hillsborough Community College at 6 p.m.

The Lady Panther softball team lost a March 30 doubleheader to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, 9-1 and 8-1. They bounced back to defeat Polk State College in a April 3 doubleheader, 3-2 and 2-1.

The Lady Panthers, 10-24 on the season and 5-11 in conference play, go up against Florida Southwestern College at home on April 6 at 5 p.m.

Go Panthers!

April 24: Krista Schult
April 26: Rebecca McConniel
April 27: Charla Ellerker
April 27: April Ricker
April 28: Pam Vestal
April 28: Laura Wilder
April 30: Sharon Jones


Tuesday, April 25

  • Highlands Career Institute Open House, 5:30 p.m., G-101, Highlands Campus

Wednesday , April 26

  • Pokemon G Lure Drop, 7 p.m., SFSC Library, (Claire Miller), Highlands Campus
  • Dual Enrollment Orientation, 3 p.m., B-112, Highlands Campus

Thursday, April 27

  • Exam Week for second spring flex session
  • BSN Capstone Presentations and Conference on Caring, 9 a.m., SFSC University Center Auditorium, Highlands Campus
  • TRiO Awards Ceremony, H-110, 12:30 a.m., Highlands Campus
  • Medical Assisting Pinning, 6 p.m., G-101, Highlands Campus

Friday, April 28

  • GPS New Student Orientation, 9 a.m., Building B, Highlands Campus
  • Student Academic Awards Day, 10 a.m., SFSC University Center Auditorium, Highlands Campus
  • McCracken Farms Produce Cart, 11:30 – 1 p.m., Parking Lot D, Entrances 3 and 4, (SFSC Wellness Committee), Highlands Campus
  • Retirement Party for Sandy Turke, 2  – 5 p.m., Building I, HR Conference Room, Highlands Campus

Saturday, April 29

  • SFSC Foundation Spring Gala and Auction, 6 p.m., Island View Restaurant, 5223 Sun N’ Lake Blvd., Sebring

Monday, May 1

  • Athletic Awards Day and Reception, 5 p.m., SFSC University Center Auditorium, Highlands Campus
  • Young Peoples Theatre: The Song of Mulan, 9:30 / 11:30 a.m., Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts




Wednesday , April 26

  • District Board of Trustees Meeting, 1 p.m., F-102, Highlands Campus

Thursday, April 27

  • Travel and Study Abroad Informational Meeting, 6 p.m., B-112, Highlands Campus



Kelly’s Korner

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday: Garlic Chicken Breast, Au Gratin Potatoes, and Veggie
Tuesday: Baked Ziti w/Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread, and Salad
Wednesday: Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Veggie
Thursday: Cod Fish Sandwich, Tater Tots, and Salad
Friday: Off the Menu

Hotel Jacaranda Spring Menu

Hotel Jacaranda is open for lunch, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its soup and salad bar, sandwich platters, and daily specials.

The Grand Buffet is available Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., serving its hot bar, soup and salad bar, and dessert.

College employees get a 10 percent discount.


Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Offering: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. To place orders, call 453-5858.