Melanie Storms in charge ‘worldwide’
William J. Lennox Jr., president of Saint Leo University, appointed Melanie Storms as vice president of the newly created Saint Leo University Worldwide Division, which is committed to providing convenient classes to students whenever and whenever needed. Storms has served in a leadership capacity in higher education for 15 years, and most recently served as vice president of the College of Health Sciences for Walden University. She also has extensive experience in both programmatic and regional accreditations.
Sunrise hosts leadership institute
The Sunrise Domestic & Sexual Violence Center hosted its third annual Summer Youth Leadership Institute at Saint Leo University. The institute’s goal is to develop student leaders to work with peers to visualize and create a community where all people are valued, honored and respected.
Students also received a holistic introduction to the college experience and had the opportunity to tour Saint Leo University, work with members of the university’s community, and stay in student dorms.
Participants in the Summer Youth Leadership Institute front row from left: Natravia Hunter, Ali Smith, Brionna Dupree and Alexis Watson. Second row from left: Aubrey Hall, Shannon Keim, Isabella Olsen, Francesca Corradini, Gary Lopez-Perea and Amanda Markeiwicz. Back row from left: Elisabeth Bolt, Terri O’ Brien, Megan West, Endora Ankrah and Mihail Kaburis.
Charter school ‘Scoopie’ night
Countryside Montessori Charter School and Culver’s are partnering for “Scoopie Night” on Aug. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stop in at Culver’s, 2303 Sun Vista Drive in Lutz, and 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to the school.
For information, call (813) 996-0991.
Pancake breakfast benefit
Beef O’ Brady’s, 7040 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., at Wilderness Lakes in Land O’ Lakes, will host a pancake breakfast to benefit the Land O’ Lakes High School Lady Gators softball team, on Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $5.
For information, call Mitch Wilkins at (813) 431-8261.
Win school supplies
The Dixie Belle Paint Company is sponsoring a contest to win $500 for school supplies. Those interested can paint a favorite piece of furniture (no smaller than a stepstool) in your school’s colors with Dixie Belle paint.
Photos can be submitted to Facebook.com/DixieBellePaint along with these two hashtags: #DixieBellePaint and #PaintYourFutureBrightDBP. Submissions (limit three per person) must state the school colors used.
The deadline is Aug. 31. The winner will be announced on Sept. 15.
For information, call (813) 909-1962.
Donate school supplies
Great Clips at Arbor Square, 7818 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, will collect back-to-school items, such as pencils, notebooks and erasers, through August. All donors will receive $1 off any haircut at Great Clips. Supplies will be donated to Land O’ Lakes schools.
For information, call (813) 693-4247.
Rasmussen College gives back
Rasmussen College gave back to its local communities during the eighth annual Community Service Day. Approximately 1,200 employees and students from its 23 campuses and three central office participated in the event.
Forty employees and students from the college’s New Port Richey/West Pasco and Land O’ Lakes/East Pasco campuses volunteered at several Gulfside Hospice thrift shops. Ten volunteers helped paint the Zephyrhills location, which is being remodeled. The remaining volunteers helped in other thrift shops by putting away clothes, sorting merchandise and cleaning.
Another 15 employees and students from the New Port Richey/West Pasco campus helped build a West Pasco Habitat for Humanity home in Holiday, in support of one of the college’s longtime employees and student Crystal Arnold.
Pasco Education Foundation receives $8,000
The Concourse Council Inc., made an $8,000 donation to the Pasco Education Foundation. The Concourse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of educational, recreational, cultural and entertainment services for the residents of Pasco County, the Nature Coast, Tampa Bay and visitors to Florida.
The Concourse also is host to Pasco Safety Town, a realistic six-acre, child-sized town, designed to provide hands-on safety education for school children ages 5 to 8.
The donation will be used for future scholarships for eight Pasco County High School graduates.
Future business leaders
Students of the Pasco-Hernando State College Phi Beta Lambda business organization competed in the Future Business Leaders of America PBL National Leadership Competition conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joy Jordan, West Campus, placed ninth in the nation in the personal finance category.
Other West Campus students: Tayler Carlson, Michael Finucane, Marcella Thurman and Norman Widamen Jr., of the parliamentary procedures category team; and, Leslie Barnwell of the job interview category competed in the semifinals in the national competition.
Also participating were Manuel Cuzco, Spring Hill Campus, in human resource management; and, Leslie Barnwell, West Campus, in administrative technology.
At the State Leadership Conference, students compete in events testing business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference.