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SGA President Receives Distinguished Service Award

SGA President Brandi Jordan and classmates

Brandi Jordan, the Student Government Association (SGA) President of the St. Petersburg College Health Education Center, received the Florida College System Student Government Association Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award.

The award is named for the 38th Governor and U.S. Senator from Florida. It is given to a student who has worked to make their college a better place to learn. Jordan has been SGA President since December of last year, and she serves in the United States Air Force. She is also raising her child on her own while her husband, who also serves in the Air Force, is deployed. In her first year in SPC’s Dental Hygiene program, Jordan has been one of the most active students at HEC, attending nearly every campus event and volunteering in the community.

Her volunteer projects include assisting with oral surgery for the St. Pete Free Clinic, and provided mentoring for children with stress and grief management, and coping mechanisms with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). She also volunteered at the Ruskin Community Health Fair, educating approximately 100 people about oral health. These are just a few of the projects she volunteered on in addition to her work as SGA President.

As President, she lead and organized SPC Spirit Week, Dental Hygiene Month, and Welcome Titans. She serves on the Student Council of Presidents, and was a committee member for the first ever SPC/USF Good Vibes Only Art and Music Festival. Learn more about student life at St. Petersburg College.

“Brandi always has a smile on her face, and is so positive and upbeat towards all those she works with, whether it be patient, classmate, or faculty member,” said Amy Krueger, the Dental Hygiene Academic Chair. “She is always excited when the subject of community health is being discussed.”

SPC Vet Tech Adoption Event at Bark in the Park

Vet Tech Booth

St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technology students held an adoption event for animals from the school at Pinellas Park’s Sixth Annual Bark in the Park Pet Expo on April 23. Visitors to the booth had the opportunity to interact with animals and learn about the college’s Veterinary Technology program.

The booth featured dogs, a chicken, a ball python and two bearded dragon lizards, all who were looking for new homes. Animal lovers enjoyed spending time with these adorable creatures and talking with the students who were minding the booth. Students also took time to tour the expo with the dogs up for adoption.

SPC student chatted with representatives from animal-related services at the expo including veterinary clinics, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Pinellas Park Police Explorers. Their four-legged companions also had lots of opportunities to make new friends.

K9 Unit demonstration

One of the highlights of the day was a demonstration by the Pinellas Park Police K9 Unit.

An officer spoke to the crowd about the role of dogs in police work,and how K9 officers work together with their dogs to keep the community safe. He also explained to the audience how Pinellas Park Police dogs are trained to track suspects and missing persons, check for drugs, and protect their human partner. The audience was given a shock when, in the middle of the demonstration, a man snatched a woman’s purse. The police K9 dog instantly pursued him and brought him to the ground. The man was one of the Pinellas Park Police animal handlers demonstrating the K9 Unit’s ability to restrain a suspect without injuring him. After the demonstration was over, members of the public had the opportunity to meet the police dog and his handler and ask questions.

At the end of the day,  many Pinellas Park animal lovers learned about the animal adoption program at SPC and the programs available at the Veterinary Technology Center.

Veterinary Technology, pet adoption programs at SPC

Learn more about the Veterinary Technology degrees offered and about the campus’s animal adoption program on the Vet Tech Facebook Page.