By Lilia Mickenzie
It was an emotional ceremony for many students, volunteers, and faculty members that have been involved with the student support center over the years. The Student Support Center Celebration was held in the TL building Patio on April 21st from 12:30- 2:30PM at the Seminole Campus. This upcoming Fall of 2016-2017 school year, they will no longer be in operation. Evelyn Madera gave a heart felt speech regarding all the wonderful moments she has shared with her fellow faculty members and students and how she will greatly miss seeing everybody and wished that in years to come she will hear of everyone’s success somehow, whether it’s in a magazine, in a book, or on television. She truly wished everyone the best of luck with everything life brings their way. With strong emotions, she expressed her appreciation to those who attended the celebration and said a final goodbye.
Quite a few students are displeased that St.Petersburg College will not keep the Student Support Center; one student commented, “The Student Support Center was the only place you could go to that you didn’t have to qualify to participate, file a bunch of paperwork, or wait to receive services.” Many other students feel the urge to start a petition to keep the Student Support Center, whether it’s in the portables or somewhere else on campus. The Student Support Center wouldn’t have been able to provide a wonderful experience for it’s students if it wasn’t for Bridgette Thompson, Carol Hill, Joey Weatherford, Chrissie Javier, and Eddie Mcgeehen persistently working and volunteering to answer phones, scheduling events, making appointments, and helping with the textbook lending program. Evelyn Madera was the outreach specialist with the student support center and would go to great lengths to help her students in any way she could. In the fall she will become an academic adviser in the UP building.