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Sample ASPEC during the summer in St Petersburg

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) is offering a chance to sample its offerings, hoping the sample will whet your appetite to join the organization. ASPEC is a group of interesting people who share their broad life experiences and continue to share and learn with each other. From current events to opera, from computers to foreign languages, from tai chi to building a dragon boat, from bridge to chess, from visual arts to drama and writing workshops, there’s a broad variety of interest groups. Monthly restaurant visits, holiday parties by the water and weekly socials are other opportunities to meet each other and have fun.

People have moved to St Pete just to participate in ASPEC (some famous, some not). The summer offerings are fewer than in the busy winter season, but the smaller number of attendees gives you a better change to get to know them.

You can “sample” two weeks at ASPEC for only $100. Call (727) 864-8834 for more information and be sure to tell them that Sharon Simms sent you!

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ASPEC attracts residents to St Petersburg

 ASPEC attracts residents to St Petersburg. The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College offers involvement, community, continuous learning and fun. Many members come because they know other people here, some have read about it, some just happen on it. 

ASPEC has over 40 different interest groups, most of which meet weekly. Topics cover the arts, literature, business, science, languages, politics, performing arts, photography, computers, culture and lifestyle. These groups are led by members and everyone contributes. 

ASPEC has lots of fun, too, from weekly social hours to monthly dinners out, from lunches to trips to area museums and theater presentations, from card games to waterfront sailing, from foreign films to holiday events. Some ASPEC members are famous, others are not. The common denominator to me is that these are interesting people who have led interesting lives and they are willing to share. 

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Higher education in St Petersburg Florida

 Having a thriving higher education community in St Petersburg Florida contributes to its vibrancy, liveability and quality of life.  Look what St Petersburg has to offer:

Eckerd College was nominated one of the 10 most innovative colleges in the country, has a renowned Marine Sciences program and a unique International Business program. It has 1,817 residential students and 1,000 students in the PEL program for experienced learners. Its EC-SAR waterfront program is very unique. Eckerd attracts students from many countries. 

St Petersburg College  has 10 locations throughout Pinellas County. More than 64,000 students are enrolled annually. The downtown St Petersburg campus serves over 3,000 students per semester.

University of South Florida St Petersburg is located on Bayboro Harbor in downtown St Petersburg. Once a “commuter school” it has built some dormitories in downtown. It has varous undergraduate and graduate programs.

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport is very much a part of the St Petersburg community. Stetson has earned a national reputation for excellence in trial advocacy.

ASPEC is the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. This is a community of interesting individuals who have excelled in many careers. They share knowledge through dozens of interest groups and have social events as well. 

College of Marine Science Univerity of South Florida is a renowned graduate research program that has been very involved in real solutions all around the world. It is an integral part of creating and sustaining The Ocean Team.

The Poynter Institute is a school for journalists that attracts participants from all over the world.

St Pete has some unique institutions and some unique programs. Come to St Pete and get involved.

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What’s going on in St Pete?

ASPEC has many activities going on at their Eckerd  College Campus. One of the dozens of activity groups is Applied Technology – a favorite for the men who gave up their workshops when they moved to Florida.  The Island Reporter has a good article on page 3 about this ASPEC group in their current edition. They built an airplane and a boat  and are now doing projects for some of the nonprofits.

Page 5 has an interesting article about Dr. Prem Shah and Bristol Court, a state of the art assisted living facility that caters to people with Alzheimer’s disease – that has an unusual asset in Dr. Shah and his involvement.

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