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NWF State College Hosts Community Open House Saturday, Feb. 4

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


1/30/2012 - In a first in more than 20 years, Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) will host a free Community Open House on the college's main campus in Niceville from noon to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 4. The Open House, which is part of a week of events centered on the grand opening of the college's new 75,000 square foot Student Services Center, will feature the entire campus and a host of free activities, tours, faculty seminars, program demonstrations, art exhibits, baseball games, a free-throw contest in the college's basketball Arena, and more. There will also be door prizes*, including a Blackberry Tablet and college gift-baskets, and free t-shirt giveaways to the first 300 members of the public who to register at the Student Services Center. The T-shirt give-away starts at 12 noon.

Some of the unique activities offered as part of the Open House include fire tower and vehicle burns with firefighting demonstrations by the college's Fire Science program; 20 intriguing faculty seminars on everything from fossils to philosophy and career change to climate change; free portrait photography by Graphic Design students for adults over age 17; demonstrations by Nursing students of the college's state-of-the art patient simulators – including a simulated live birth; and a Humanities lecture that includes screening portions of the film The Rape of Europa about the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during WWII.

The Open House extends to many areas of the 265-acre Niceville campus that are normally closed to the public; including public tours of the Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center, which moved to state-of-the-art facilities at NWFSC last year, the college's observatory, and more. College performing arts groups will present open rehearsals throughout the Open House at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center. These continuous "drop in" performances are on-going from noon to 3 p.m. and feature the Soundsations Show Choir, dance line, and more.

It is recommended the public enter the event at the main lobby of the new Student Services Center, located on west campus adjacent to the existing College Mall (Building K), to pick up an event schedule or register for door prizes. Door prize registration is also available at campus sites throughout the Open House. To make sure you don't miss a special event or seminar scheduled at a specific time, view the events schedule in advance on the college's website at

"The Open House celebrates not only the opening of our marvelous new Student Services Center, but also the entire main campus and all the rich variety of academic, cultural and community focused offerings the college provides our region," said Sandy Sims, Chair of the NWFSC Board of Trustees.

Most NWFSC academic programs, from GED to Bachelor's degrees, as well as labs for career programs such as Drafting, Computer Engineering, Dental Assisting, Radiography, Nursing, Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education and more will also be open for tours and information. College staff in Admissions, Financial Aid, Advising, Veteran's Affairs, the Women's Educational Resources Center, Career Center, PRIME Time Personal Enrichment program, Leadership Institute and more will also be on hand at the event. A lunch menu will be available for purchase in the college's new Food Services facility which is located on the ground floor the new Student Services Center.

In addition, NWFSC and Okaloosa Public Art are partnering to showcase outstanding art work from local artists on the third floor of the new Student Services Center. Okaloosa Public Arts is an organization of Okaloosa County artists and other citizens who are committed to providing exceptional and meaningful art in our public spaces through private donations. The group's initial project in the area was the selection and installation of art for the public spaces in the new Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex. The art exhibit at NWFSC includes pieces from 25 award winning artists. The artwork and artists featured will be periodically rotated to provide a changing tableau of local art in a premiere community location.

The Open House activities from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 are actually framed by two free Raiders baseball games, which begin at 11 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the college's athletics complex, and a ticketed concert at the Niceville campus Mattie Kelly Arts Center that begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the national touring concert "Simply Sinatra" starring popular Las Vegas crooner Steve Lippia and his 16-piece band in an evening of Frank Sinatra tunes. Contact the Box Office at 729-6000. During the open house, the public will be able to get a glimpse of the preparations for the evening's Sinatra show as crews prepare the Mainstage Theater.

For an Open House schedule, map and event times see the college website at The NWFSC Open House is continuous from 12 noon to 3:00 pm at the Niceville Campus, located at 100 College Boulevard in Niceville, located between Highways 85 and 285. Event Platinum and Gold sponsors include: Gulf Coast Office Products, Hon Showcase, Ajax Building Corporation and Office Depot.

Cristie Kedroski, NWFSC Foundation Executive Director, who chairs the planning committee, noted the Open House is part of a series of events centered on the new three-story glass encased Student Services Center. "There will be an event for NWFSC students and staff on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when our new college mascot Jimmy Raider will help the college president to inaugurate the facility," said Kedroski.

The student event will be followed by a formal Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, held the evening of February 2 at a Joint Chamber of Commerce After-Hours event held at the new Student Services Center. The chamber event focuses on the facility's new community conferencing capability and the NWFSC Leadership Institute, which is housed on the third floor, as well as the announcement of major donations to name the Leadership facility and its meeting rooms. The Saturday, February 4 Community Open House for the entire Niceville campus culminates the opening week celebrations.

Free Faculty Seminars/Presentations (Note: Some present at SSC rather than at departmental building):
"Mid Life Makeover – Finding Your Passion/Career Path" - Women's Resource Center (at Student Services Center)
"Resume Review" – Career Resource Center (at Student Services Center)
"Changing Careers – Surviving & Thriving in the Transition" – Leadership Institute (Student Services Center)
"Networking Niches for Relationship Riches" – Leadership Institute (Student Services Center)
"Leadership Styles" – Leadership Institute (Student Services Center)
"Income Tax Seminar" – Workforce Education (at Student Services Center)
"Everyday Economics" – Business Division (at Student Services Center)
"Periodontal Disease and Its Effects on the Heart" – Dental Assisting (Bldg. E)
"Can Diabetes Be Prevented?"– Nursing (Bldg. E)
Science/Social Science Seminars
"Mosasaurs – Sea Serpents from the Age of Dinosaurs" – (Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S)
"Monitoring Global Climate Change" – (Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S)
"Fossil Hominins: Ape or Human?" –Social Science Dept. (at Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S)
"Biological Science & The Human Body" (note: includes display of plasticized human cadavers) (at Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S)
"Doing Philosophy: Thinking for Yourself" – Humanities (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
"The Power of Film Language" - Humanities (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
"Imagining the World without Our Masterpieces – includes portion of film: The Rape of Europa" – Humanities (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
"Math Magic Show" – Mathematics Department (at Student Services Center)
"Online Math with Tegrity" – Mathematics Department (at Student Services Center)
"Wonders of Numbers in Nature, Art & Architecture" – Mathematics Department (at Student Services Center)
"English/Communications/Blackwater Review Literary Journal" – (at Student Services Center)

Free Demonstrations/Activities
Raiders Baseball Game vs. Jackson State (Free Admission) 11:00 a.m.
Raiders Baseball vs. East Georgia (Free Admission) 5:00 p.m.
Free Throw Contest –1:00 p.m. Basketball Arena
Portrait Photography – Pose for a Free Photo (adults age 18 and older) (Bldg. E)
Fire Science Fire Tower & Burn Demonstrations (West McCracken Way)
Nursing- Patient Simulator Demos including General Health Emergency & Live Birth - Nursing (Bldg. E)
Blood Pressure Screenings – Nursing (Bldg. E)
Defensive Tactics Demonstrations – Public Safety (Bldg. H)
Touch Tank – Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (at Student Services Center)
Interactive Sundial Demonstration – "Why Your Watch is Wrong" (exterior Science Bldg. S)
Art Exhibits – Art Galleries (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
Performing Arts Vocal & Instrument Open Rehearsals – (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
Tai Chi Demonstration – PRIME Time Personal Enrichment Program (at Student Services Center)

Open for Tours and/or Information
Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center Tours (Community Services Complex/Arena)
Student Services – Admissions, Financial Aid, VA, Advising (Student Services Center)
Arena & Wellness Center –Raider Club and Wellness Center Community Memberships Available (Arena)
Adult Education/GED/English-as-Second-Language (at Student Services Center)
Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management (at Leadership Institute)
Business & Computer Technology (at Leadership Institute)
Career Resource Center & Workforce Education (Bldg. C-2)
Collegiate High School (Bldg. D)
Computer Engineering – Microsoft IT Academy (Bldg. B)
Drafting – Architecture/Construction (Bldg. B)
Early Childhood Education & Mary Lou O’Connor Child Development Center (Bldg. M)
English/Communications/Blackwater Review Literary Journal (at Student Services Center)
Fine & Performing Arts – Art Exhibits, Dance Studio, Recitals, etc. (Mattie Kelly Arts Center)
Food Services & Facilities Rental/Conference Facilities (at Student Services Center)
Graphic Design & Photography (Bldg. E)
Healthcare Programs – Nursing, Dental, Radiography (Bldg. E)
Leadership Institute (at Student Services Center)
Learning Resources Center – Library (LRC)
Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute (Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S)
PRIME Time Personal Enrichment Program (at Student Services Center)
Public Safety – Fire Science, Paramedic, EMT, EMS, (West McCracken Way & Bldg. H)
Corrections & Law Enforcement Academies (Bldg. H)
Sciences – Biological, Physical, Observatory (Robert E. Greene Science Bldg. S & West McCracken Way)
Student Activities & Student Government (at Student Services Center)
Teacher Education – Elementary Ed, Middle School Math/Science (Bldg. Q)
Women's Educational Resource Center (at Student Services Center)

*College employees and event volunteers are not eligible for Open House door prizes. Need not be present to win. No purchase necessary.