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ACEcon Anime and Comics Enthusiasts Convention at Tarpon Springs Campus

ACEcon Anime and Comics Enthusiasts Convention

ACEconThe Palm Harbor Library and St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs Campus present their third annual ACEcon (Anime and Comics Enthusiast Convention). This two-day event will be held rain or shine:

  • Saturday, April 16 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Palm Harbor Library
  • Sunday, April 17 (12 – 5 p.m.) at the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus FA Building.

Workshops include origami, readers’ round table discussion (comics and anime) and how to self-publish your work, which will be presented by College of Business Academic Department Chair Dr. Jenice Armstead. Also scheduled is a presentation by Communications faculty member Fred Oppliger called “Subtle Cultural Influences in Anime.” For those who love gaming, a room will be designated for strategy board gaming and Dungeons and Dragons organizational play.

Outside, grab a bite to eat at our food trucks Engine 53 (pizza) or Lizzie Cakes (desserts and beverages). There will also be an air-conditioned mobile gaming trailer available from 2- 4:30 p.m. that seats 25 individuals and is equipped with the latest video games.

Dress up and participate in the costume contest! Participants will be judged in categories such as:

  • Best Anime
  • Best Comic Book
  • Best Thrift Store Costume
  • Best Original Costume
  • and more

Afterwards learn all about your favorite heroes during the Character Q&A Panel Discussion. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will also be on hand with a mask making booth.

‘I Am Malala’ seeks to unite St. Petersburg College

One-Book,-One-CollegeSt. Petersburg College’s One Book One College program is excited to present I Am Malala: Her Story in PowerPoint Images with Professor Kimberly Felos.

The One Book One College title selected this year is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.   Some of the themes of this book include global education, how education empowers women, and political extremism.

This event will take place on the Tarpon Springs Campus on Jan. 27 in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium from 12:30-1 p.m.  It is open to the public.

It will include photographs of the life of the Nobel Peace prize winner from her childhood in Swat Valley, Pakistan, to becoming an activist for education.

One Book, One College program

The main goal of the One Book, One College program is to unite the college and local community under the enriching umbrella of literature. It seeks to spark in the college community an appreciation for reading and provide a safe and constructive environment to springboard conversation and activities based around a unifying book.

St. Petersburg College libraries have multiple copies of the book available to check out.

Some past titles named in the program include “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and “Etched in Sand.”

Follow St. Petersburg College’s board One Book, One College on Pinterest.


Author Tim Dorsey at St. Petersburg/Gibbs, Tarpon Springs campuses Nov. 18

DorseySt. Petersburg College Learning Resources presents author Tim Dorsey, best-selling novelist and former Tampa Tribune journalist, who will discuss his Florida-based mystery novels at  both the St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs campuses on Nov. 18.

“In the Stacks with Florida Author Tim Dorsey” is FREE and open to the college community and the public.

These events are sponsored by the Tarpon Springs Campus Student Government Association, the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Student Life and Leadership and the Friends of the West St. Petersburg Community Library.

Events at both locations are set for  Wednesday, Nov. 18:

“Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach,” according to his biography. “He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.”

Dorsey has since published eighteen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango and Shark Skin Suite.