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Weekend of events honors campus makeover

Seminole State's Partnership Center dedication will be held on March 26 at 9:30 a.m.

To celebrate the $85 million transformation of Seminole State College of Florida’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, the College is sponsoring a weekend of events focused on music, theater, the planetarium, art and a 5K race.

“You’ve probably heard about all that’s going on at Seminole State, with our new name and major new construction,” said Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of the college.

“We’ve created an ‘Academic Village,’ with pedestrian walkways throughout the core of the campus, and driving and parking along the outer edges. The idea is to promote an environment conducive to walking, talking and learning. Now we’d like to invite the community to see it all firsthand, and to enjoy all that your new state college has to offer.”

On Friday, March 26, the community is invited to attend these free events:

  • Concerts by SeminoleSound and the College's Jazz Band, Concert Hall (building G): 7:30 p.m.
  • 10-minute play "Executive Dance" by Joe DiPietro, Concert Hall (building G): 8:10 p.m.
  • Debut of new planetarium show: "The Story of the Universe" (building B): 8:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit of portraits by Stafford Hiroshi Smith and Dennis Schmalstig in the Fine Arts Gallery (building G): 7-8:30 p.m.

Rounding out the weekend will be these events:

  • Saturday, March 27: Artworks created by Seminole State faculty and students will be on display at the Lake Mary Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The artworks will include paintings, prints, photography and ceramics, and many of the works will be for sale. The Farmers Market is at the corner of Lake Mary Boulevard and Fourth Street.
  • Sunday, March 28: The community is invited to take part in the inaugural Seminole State College 5K Run/Walk. The race starts at 8 a.m., with packet pickup and day-of registration beginning at 7 a.m. The 3.1-mile course will start and finish at the College's Partnership Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, and proceeds will benefit Seminole State athletic scholarships.

General race pricing is:

  • $20 through Saturday, March 20
  • $25 between Sunday, March 21, and Saturday, March 27
  • $30 day of race

Seminole State students, faculty and staff are eligible for a discounted registration price of $15 through Friday, March 19. For more information, call 407.708.2090.

To sign up at the regular rate, visit the Front Running Sports Web site.

The weekend celebration kicks off with the dedication of new Partnership Center at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 26. Officials from Seminole State and the University of Central Florida will attend, and members of the community are welcome as well.

In three years, Seminole State has completed an $85 million makeover of its first and largest campus. The makeover includes three new buildings, more than 2,000 new parking spaces, and a roundabout and roadway to connect the south side of campus.

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