News – Polk State College

News – Polk State College


Latest Episodes

POLKcast: Flying through the First Year Experience with Cate Igo
September 06, 2019

Polk State’s First Year Experience (FYE) Program helps students transition to college and figure out what they are called to do academically and professionally. In this episode of POLKcast, Director of Academic Success Initiatives Cate…

POLKcast: President Falconetti kicks off season 2
August 16, 2019

Season 2 of POLKcast aims to highlight the different services and resources available to students at Polk State College, from scholarships and career services to campus food pantries and disability services. In this “presidential” episode…

POLKcast: Larry Pakowski shares his True Colors
December 28, 2018

When Dean of Student Services Larry Pakowski isn’t assisting students with navigating their college journeys, he’s helping others determine their “true colors” through the personality-identification system used by educational institutions, businesses,

POLKcast: Mark Lillquist uses the force for good
December 14, 2018

Director of Purchasing Mark Lillquist joins POLKcast to talk about Star Wars and how he uses his interest in the epic space opera media franchise for good. As part of Star Wars costuming group 501st…

POLKcast: Jet-setting with Annette Hutcherson
November 30, 2018

Dr. Annette Hutcherson, Director of Polk State’s Nursing Program, takes listeners on a world tour in this episode of POLKcast. While many know Dr. Hutcherson for her expertise in Nursing education, some may not be…

POLKcast: John Fynn’s fabulous fascinators
November 16, 2018

At Polk State, John Fynn is known for his passion for mentoring and motivating students, but many may not know that outside of the College he is popular for his hat- and fascinator-making skills. Inspired…

POLKcast: Shark tagging with Joey Maier
November 01, 2018

A man of many hobbies, Polk State Biology Professor Joey Maier joins POLKcast to talk about shark tagging and how students can get their feet wet in Guadeloupe this spring break on a study abroad…

POLKcast: Madness, Murder & Murals with Holly Scoggins
October 19, 2018

The work of Polk State Professor of Art Holly Scoggins is described as a Southern Gothic memoir that leaves viewers with something “beautifully haunted.” In this Halloween-inspired episode, POLKcast delves into the creepy, thought-provoking experiences…

POLKcast: Melvin Thompson’s totally tubular toy collection
October 05, 2018

Melvin Thompson may be the POLKcast guest that students know best. Thompson serves as the Director of the Student Activities and Leadership Office (SALO),  but some may not know that he is an avid 80s…

POLKcast: Peter Preston & Zen Fuse Box
September 21, 2018

Dive into POLKcast with Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School Guidance Counselor Peter Preston, lead singer of rock band Zen Fuse Box, credited with POLKcast’s catchy theme music. Read the transcript.    …