SPC plans video, gaming contests

Published April 1, 2007

SEMINOLE - Leaders at St. Petersburg College's Seminole Campus have spent the past several years working hard to develop a reputation as the place for students who want to learn about digital media.

This month, kids interested in digital media and video gaming have three chances to take advantage of the college's expertise.

They can compete for film awards in the fourth annual SEmmys. They can play in a video tournament. And high-schoolers can earn college credit by applying for admission to a new summer program designed especially for them.

The Seminole campus has its Digital Media Program, while the St. Petersburg campus is known for its music programs and the Pinellas Park campus will house a school of orthotics and prosthetics, campus provost Jim Olliver said..

The campus does not limit the program to its students. Others, especially high school students, have an opportunity to sample the program's offerings in an effort to help lure top students to enroll.

The SEmmy Video and Web Awards are an example. They are open both to SPC students and kids from Pinellas County high schools. The awards honor "anything in video," said Delynda Keefe, the head of the college's Digital Media department.

The entries are judged by a panel of SPC professors. Categories include Best Convergent Technology, Best Direction and Best Video Production.

High-schoolers need not worry that they'll be outdone by their college-level competition. Last year's winners included at least one high school student.

Kids, and others, who are more into games than making videos can compete in the college's April 12 video game tournament. Players 18 and older can play Gears of War or Super Smash Brothers Melee. Those who want to play both will have a chance, because there is more than one session.

Only one game can be played per session. Those in high school 13 and older will have access only to Super Smash Brothers Melee.

SPC's newest digital media offering is the Digital Media Academy. The academy includes three courses that allow students to explore and experience SPC's Digital Media program. Each student will take Introduction to Multimedia, then have the option of choosing another course - either Survey of Digital Video or Survey of Game Development. Some of the classes are offered both online and in the classroom.

Some students can get both high school and college credit for the courses.

Fast Facts:


The SEmmys

SPC's 2007 SEmmy Video and Web Awards will be at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Digitorium at the Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N, Seminole. Deadline for entries is 4 p.m. April 9. For information or an application, e-mail the Provost's Office at se_info@spcollege.edu or call 394-6111.

Video game tourney

SPC is hosting a video game tournament from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 12 at the Seminole Campus in Portables 603 and 604. The competition is open to anyone ages 13 and older. The deadline for entry is Thursday.

Summer Academy

SPC's Digital Media Summer Academy is open to all high school students. The college will hold a special orientation for the academy at 6:30 p.m. April 24. The academy runs from June 11 through July 18. Information about the academy is available at www.spcollege.edu/se/Digital_Media/, or call Delynda Keefe, 394-6127, or e-mail her at keefe.delynda@spcollege edu. Keefe also has information about the video game tournament. For information about the dual credit program, call Larry Webster, coordinator, 341-3181.