SCF Honors Pioneering Professor Pam Stewart at Sept. 20 Dedication

(Bradenton, Fla., October 4, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) honored pioneering professor Pam Stewart at a plaque dedication reception on Friday, Sept. 20, at SCF Bradenton in the lobby of building 10, Art and Design.

Stewart, who recently retired as professor of art, design, humanities after teaching at SCF for 55 years, was recognized at the reception by SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, fourth president of SCF, then Manatee Community College (MCC).

Dr. Probstfeld reflected on many of Pam’s accomplishments, particularly her role in establishing the first art history and photography courses at SCF.

“Pam Stewart is a remarkable woman who influenced generations of successful students who count her as a friend and a mentor. SCF is a better place because she was one of our first female pioneers,” said Probstfeld.

SCF Human Resources Executive Director Peg Beck read letters from Dr. Stephen Korcheck, third president of SCF, and Stewart’s alma mater, the University of Iowa, where she serves on the advisory committee to the dean of liberal arts and sciences.

At the plaque dedication, Stewart enjoyed the momentous occasion surrounded by her former students and colleagues.

SCF Art, Design and Humanities Department Chair Drew Webster, one of Stewart’s former students, shared his perspective of Pam as his professor and now a colleague. He credits Stewart with inspiring his interest in a higher education career.

Pam also was joined by former students, including one who she taught when he was the second grade and Tom Bender, an award-winning photographer from the Sarasota-Herald-Tribune.

Stewart remembers when the college, established in 1957, conducted its first classes with 502 students in 1958 in a downtown Bradenton former high school while the new Manatee Junior College took shape on the present site of the Bradenton campus.

She taught art appreciation as a substitute teacher when she first came to then-Manatee Junior College in 1958 after serving as a teacher and coordinator of art programs for Manatee County's elementary schools.

The new opportunity allowed Stewart to focus on teaching college students the subject that she loves most: art history. She thrived as a college-level instructor, and later as a full-time faculty member, in what was then a male-dominated field, as she expanded the program to include additional courses that her male colleagues were not credentialed to teach.

Stewart graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor's degree. She earned a certificate in commercial photography from New York City's School of Modern Photography, a master's degree from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.S. from Florida Atlantic University.  


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