Steve Meier

Steve Meier

Steve Meier will receive the Phi Theta Kappa Lifetime Achievement Award for his 32 years of service and leadership as advisor for the honor society’s Eta Nu chapter at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. The award will be presented during the 2012 Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. April 12-14.

This marks the first year the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented, and Meier is one of two individuals chosen to receive the honor. The award, which recognizes exceptional dedication to the mission and programs of PTK and efforts to support student success over an extended period of time, is not expected to be presented annually.

Meier, who retired June 30 after serving as an SPC faculty member for 35 years, was honored and surprised to receive a letter from Rod A. Risley, PTK’s Executive Director, recognizing his service.

In his letter, Risley credits him with the overwhelming success of what has become one of the most engaged chapters in the organization’s history.

“Because of your leadership, the Eta Nu Chapter not only holds many records for awards and honors, but also pioneered the concept of student success through engagement in projects to support and sustain the college and local community,” Risley wrote.

“I was speechless,” Meier said. “I never expected anything like this. I am deeply touched and honored.

“What is special to me is that this is a first-time award and I’m one of the ones they’ve selected,” said Meier, who attended every international convention during his 32 years as chapter advisor. “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this type of award given, especially for an advisor. This really is quite an honor.”

Since 1982, the Eta Nu chapter has ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida 21 times. The chapter also has ranked No. 1 internationally five times since 1986 and has received numerous awards throughout its 62-year history.

In October 2011, Meier received the 2011 Southern Regional Faculty Member Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.

Lisa Borzewski

Lisa Borzewski

Lisa Borzewski, Academic Chair of Mathematics at the Seminole Campus, is one of 15 educators nationwide named a 2012 Distinguished Educator by the Instructional Technology Council.

The ITC is an organization that advances distance education through leadership, professional development and advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices and potential in learning technologies. Borzewski was nominated to receive the Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award and was chosen by SPC as an exemplary member of its learning community.

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“Jannus: American Aviator,” a historical documentary produced by St. Petersburg College Videographer Jeremy Peplow and his class of Advanced Videography students, is one of six historical documentaries nominated for a 2011 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award..

Robin Wilber

Robin Wilber

College of Business professors Robin Wilber and Tom Philippe have been inducted as Master Professors in The Business Strategy Game Hall of Fame.

Of the more than 6,200 registered BSG instructors, they are two of 205 to achieve that status by having one or more Grand Champion teams in the Best-Strategy Invitational competition in August 2011. They are the only St. Petersburg College faculty members named to the BSG Hall of Fame.

But neither College of Business professor will take credit for the honor. They credit the spring team’s students, Ashley Kobe, Heather Schmeck and Zoltan Kocsis for their success in the SPC capstone course competition, and Kocsis’ ultimate solo victory in the August 2011 BSI international business competition.

Tom Philippe

Tom Philippe

“It’s more about the students than about us,” said Philippe, a Professor in the College of Business who teaches international business courses. “They did a really fantastic job and they put a lot of time into it; they deserve all the credit for everything that was done.”

“Our students have earned the award for us,” said Wilber, a Professor of Finance for the College of Business. “Since this is their capstone course, we give them the basic framework but do not really go beyond that.”

“We take a very hands-off approach in teaching this course,” Wilber said. “They are doing this on their own.”

“It really shows that the department is on the right track and that all the work that my colleagues and I have done is paying off,” Philippe said. “So it’s really a validation of all that we are doing.”

An estimated 650 faculty and staff attended SPC’s Fall Faculty event Aug 18, 2011 at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. The keynote address was delivered by President Bill Law. (The question and answer session is not included in this video because of technical difficulties.)

Some of SPC’s 1,020 Spring 2011 graduates personally thank professors and the college for helping them succeed.

SPC’s Music Industry/Recording Arts students recently produced a hip-hop video thanking MIRA faculty for inspiring them.