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From Moscow to Florida, It’s All Science for New SFSC Instructor

Tatyana Brusentsova
Dr. Tatyana Brusentsova (far left) with students from her physics class preparing to conduct an outdoor experiment.

Dr. Tatyana Brusentsova, a physical sciences instructor at South Florida State College, made her first visit to the United States in 2002. Not for a vacation but to attend a scientific conference in Tallahassee, Fla.

“I remember saying to myself, ‘This state could be a very nice place to live,’” the Russian-born scientist recalled, as she gets ready to wrap up her first year with SFSC. Continue Reading

Take Stock in Children Gift Basket Challenge

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individuals, groups, businesses, clubs, and families to thematically design, decorate, and fill a gift basket for its Gift Basket Challenge. Each donated basket will be raffled off, and proceeds will go toward a scholarship for a deserving at-risk student.  The top three ranked baskets will be awarded the following gift card prizes: first place $100, second place $75, and third place $50.

The deadline to turn in your basket for the TSIC Gift Basket Challenge is Friday, March 10. The winners will be announced on Thursday, March. 23 on the Take Stock in Children’s Facebook page. To drop off your basket, contact Danielle Ochoa at 784-7341. Click on the links below for more information.

2017 Gift Basket Challenge

Gift Basket Challenge Registration Form

Register for Professional Development Day by Feb. 20

The SPD Committee is delighted to present Professional Development Day 2017 on Friday, Feb. 24. Our theme this year is “Reel ′em in,” part of the FiSH! philosophy. Check out the Professional Development Day Schedule, read the Professional Development Day Session Descriptions, and register online. Registration closes Feb. 20. Register as soon as possible before the break out sessions you’re interested… Continue Reading

Pie In The Face For AFC Donation Drive

new-afc-vectorlogow-keys-2-14-11It’s all in the spirit of fun! SFSC’s Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) chapter is having a Pie in the Face donation drive, now through Friday, Feb. 24. To make a donation, place it in the jar of the SFSC employee you would like to see receive a pie in the face. Jars are located at the Welcome Center, Building B, Highlands Campus, through Feb. 23 and will be at the SFSC University Center on Feb. 24, 8-10 a.m. The individual whose jar contains the largest amount of money will receive a pie in the face from the individual whose jar collected the least amount of money. Continue Reading

Florida Blue Better You February Newsletter

Florida Blue’s monthly wellness newsletter from Better You, can help develop alogo healthy lifestyle. February’s newsletter features tips for taking care of your heart by eating well, moving more, keeping calm, getting more sleep, and quitting smoking.  See attached newsletter here.

Weekend Baseball Wrap-up

In baseball action this weekend, the Panthers traveled to Daytona Beach where they bested Daytona State College 7-3. Next, the Panthers traveled to Miami where they lost 13-8 to Miami-Dade College. The Panthers (9-8) will open a three-game home stand on Monday when they host Daytona State College at 3 p.m.

Go Panthers!

Lady Panthers Split Doubleheader

In  softball action on Feb. 16, the Lady Panthers split a doubleheader with Pasco-Hernando State College.  The Lady Panthers lost the first game 9 to 8 but they bounced back to win bottom half of the doubleheader 7 to 4.  The Panthers ran their season record to 5-7 and will be back in action on the road this Saturday at Santa Fe College for a 1 p.m. start.  Reminder: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s next Tuesday/

Go Panthers!

Feb. 23: Jessica Collom
Feb. 24: Davida Austin
Feb. 26: Richard Merritt II
Feb. 26: Daniel O’Meara
Feb. 27: Cynthia Kinser
Feb. 27: Diane Lewis


Monday, Feb. 20

  • Soup Luncheon, 11 a.m., Building B Lobby by vending machines, (Campus Christian Club, Melanie Jackson), Highlands Campus
  • MOFAC: Stewards, Caretakers of Florida’s Wild Lands Exhibit: 1:30 p.m., Lower Lobby, Highlands Campus
  • Baseball vs. Daytona State College, 3 p.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus
  • Registration for Professional Development Day ends today

Tuesday, Feb. 21

  • Matinee Series: Shake, Rattle and Laugh, 1:30 p.m., Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday , Feb. 22

  • Baseball vs. Indian River State College, 5 p.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus
  • Pokemon G Lure Drop Event, 7 p.m., SFSC Library, (Claire Miller), Highlands Campus

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • Black History Month Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Building B Rotunda (African American Association and SGA), Highlands Campus

Friday, Feb. 24

  • Professional Development Day, 8 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
  • Baseball vs. Southeastern University, 6 p.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus

Saturday, Feb. 25

  • Trending Now Series: Beauty and the Beast Ballet, 7 p.m., Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts

Monday, Feb. 27

  • Exam Week for first flex session
  • Baseball vs. Webber International University, 6 p.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus




Monday, Feb. 20

  • Administrative Staff Meeting, 3 p.m., F-102, Highlands Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 21

  • Foundation Executive Committee Meeting, noon, Hotel Jacaranda Ward Room

Wednesday , Feb. 22

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



Friday, Feb. 24

  • Take Stock in Children Senior Financial Aid Workshop, 9 a.m., H-110 (Irene Castanon), Highlands Campus



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

Monday: Beef Tips over Rice, and Veggie
Tuesday: Spaghetti w/Meat Balls, Garlic Bread, and Salad
Wednesday: Mac n’ Cheese w/Smoked Sausage, Veggie, and Salad
Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie, Biscuit, and Salad
Friday: Off the Menu


Hotel Jacaranda Winter Menu

During the winter, the 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 dinner buffet is served Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday buffet includes hot bar, soup, salad bar, and dessert, and on Friday enjoy the seafood buffet including, soup, salad bar, and dessert.

The Grand Buffet is available on Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.