Pasco-Hernando State College Volume XIV, Issue II Fall 2020 | Page 24

COLLEGE UPDATE EMPOWERED WOMEN’S CONFERENCE The first ever PHSC Empowered Women in Education Conference: Ignite the Trail, held at the West Campus in March was a huge success. More than 150 attendees participated in the conference and were empowered through various workshops and presentations. From left: Melissa Harts, Ed.D., Senior Vice President of Technology and Distance Education/Chief Information Officer and Empowered Conference Committee Chair; Tonjua Williams; and Timothy Beard. “We take this time to commemorate the spirit and courage of history’s heroes in remembrance of this year’s 100 th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” said Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., PHSC President. “They, similar to women educators today, held firm to the belief that women needed to be heard and deservedly have the same rights as men. Their courage and fortitude paved the way for women of diverse ages and backgrounds to be included and taken seriously in all areas including the boardrooms, courtrooms and classrooms.” Tonjua Williams, Ph.D., President, St. Petersburg College, provided an inspirational keynote address, which was followed by workshops, a Trailblazer Award luncheon, and a panel discussion from women champions who have supported education. The Trailblazers in Education Awards were presented to several women whose work impacted education development in the Pasco-Hernando and Tampa Bay region. The honorees were Susan Duval, Heather Fiorentino, Katherine Johnson, Ed.D., Carol Morsani, Madeline Pumariega and Tonjua Williams. Susan Duval is the board chair of the Hernando County School Board. Heather Fiorentino is the former superintendent of Pasco County Schools. Katherine Johnson is president emerita of Pasco- Hernando State College. Carol Morsani is the director of the Frank and Carol Morsani Foundation, Inc., and a philanthropist and community leader in the Tampa Bay area. Madeline Pumariega is the executive vice president and provost of Tallahassee Community College and former chancellor of the Florida College System. Tonjua Williams is the president of St. Petersburg College. The Empowered conference offered attendees striving to make a difference in education with an opportunity to be appreciated, inspired and re-energized. PHSC STUDENTS NAMED TO ALL-FLORIDA ACADEMIC TEAM From left: Empowered panelists and trailblazers in education with PHSC president: Heather Fiorentino, Katherine Johnson, Madeline Pumariega, Timothy L. Beard, Carol Morsani, Tonjua Williams, and Jennifer Wells China, Ph.D., South Campus president, Hillsborough Community College. Not pictured: Carol Duval, board chair, Hernando County School Board. Ten PHSC students were named to the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. PHSC’s student honorees were Keyel Jones from East Campus; Hannah Caldi and Stephanie 22 PHSC