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IMAGINATION & LEARNING TAKE ROOT AT PENSACOLA BAYFRONT STADIUM THIS SPRING

Pensacola, Fla., March 14, 2013 — Pensacola State College and WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, are proud to partner with local philanthropists Quint and Rishy Studer in a new community-based educational project. Leveraging the vast array of educational resources from the college and its PBS TV station, Pensacola State College and WSRE are opening a fun, hands-on, interactive public educational facility at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium named the “Pensacola State College Learning Lab” and “WSRE Imagination Station.” The venue will officially open to the public on Wahoo’s opening day Thursday, April 4, 2013. Regular operating hours for the Learning Lab and Imagination Station initially will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and during every home game one-hour prior.

Pensacola State College’s Learning Lab will showcase offerings available to encourage lifelong learners in their quest for knowledge. The college plans to use the new venue to host a multitude of mission related activities that could include lectures, corporate professional development and classes. “This is the perfect occasion for our institutions to showcase the endless educational opportunities available to people of all ages in our community. With this highly visible location, we will be well positioned to effectively communicate the resources available to help serve the needs of our community,” stated Pensacola State College President Dr. Ed Meadows.

In the WSRE Imagination Station, children and parents will enjoy hands-on learning experiences utilizing the latest learning tools, programs and materials offered by WSRE and PBS, with a strong focus on early literacy and the use of educational digital technologies. The Imagination Station serves as a one-stop resource for all things WSRE and PBS Kids. Leveraging the success of the public TV station’s local historical documentary “Baseball in Pensacola,” there will also be an exhibit on display featuring baseball memorabilia from Pensacola’s past. The public is encouraged to visit this exhibit to reminisce about Pensacola’s favorite past time. “For WSRE, this is a natural extension to take learning beyond the screen,” said Sandy Cesaretti Ray, WSRE’s General Manager. “We want to use this new public space to bring technology into the hands of everyone regardless of background with a focus on early childhood learning. The Imagination Station and Learning Lab will be a fun place for children, families, educators, lifelong learners and history buffs alike,” she added.

Blue Wahoos owners Quint and Rishy Studer echoed those sentiments. “Over the years it has become evident that WSRE and Pensacola State make a great impact on improving educational opportunities for people of all ages,” said Quint Studer. “While working with WSRE on the baseball documentary last year, Rishy and I realized what a wonderful outreach opportunity it would be for WSRE and Pensacola State to use space at the stadium. We approached them with the opportunity and they agreed.”

“Thanks to great leadership from Pensacola State and WSRE, they have put together a venue and a community asset that has exceeded our expectations,” Studer continued. “It’s going to be fun to watch children, families, and adult students learn and grow at the stadium, and we are grateful to have WSRE and Pensacola State as partners in making the area a better place to learn.”

About Pensacola State College
Pensacola State College opened in 1948 as the area’s first institution of higher education. Today the college offers more than 100 programs and areas of concentration that lead to bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. About 1,200 faculty and staff work together to serve more than 27,000 students each year on three campuses and three centers.

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit wsre.org.

About Pensacola Blue Wahoos
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the Double-A affiliate of one of Major League Baseball's oldest ball clubs, the Cincinnati Reds. The newest member of the Southern League Division of Minor League Baseball, the Blue Wahoos played their inaugural game on April 5, 2012 at the newly constructed Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay.  For more information, visit the team online at BlueWahoos.com, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

CONTACTS:
Robin McArthur
WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
rmcarthur@wsre.org or (850) 484-1211

Sheila Nichols
Pensacola State College
snichols@pensacolastate.edu or (850) 484-1428

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