The Legislature has approved and sent to Governor Crist a budget for 2008-09 that reduces overall funding for Florida's community colleges. SCC's state funding is down approximately four percent from last year. This budget also permits a six percent tuition increase. We are awaiting the Governor's signature on the proposed budget.
This week, the College began the summer four-day class and work weeks. Please refer to the attached document for work schedule guidelines and specific hours of operation for various areas of the College. Five-day work weeks will resume in August.
The 800-foot portion of Weldon Blvd. directly in front of the Gym closed permanently last Friday. The road closed on May 2 because we gave that date some weeks ago to emergency authorities, so they could change fire/police/ambulance routes. The actual demolition of the road and A Building parking lot will commence later in May or June. Until then, the A Building parking lot for faculty/staff and visitors will remain open. Please visit the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus' Web page for ongoing construction updates.
All SCC employees are invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new SCC-UCF University Partnership Center on the Sanford / Lake Mary Campus, on Wednesday morning, May 21, 2008. The ceremony will be held from 9-10 a.m. on the portion of Weldon Blvd. that has been closed - the actual site of the new four-story building. If your schedule permits, please stop by and witness an important moment in SCC's history.
A reorganization plan for SCC's Student Success Services (SSS) Division has been approved by the Executive Team and will be implemented July 1, 2008. This reorganization is based on best practices of and site visits to other multi-campus community colleges, as well as SCC student feedback and an array of student success research conducted over the past two years. This plan also reduces the SSS administration by one FTE and saves money. Our SSS leadership team is in the process of meeting with all of the organization's constituents to acquaint them with the new organizational structure. Once these meetings are complete, Jim Henningsen will communicate all of the particulars collegewide about our new SSS model, which will provide a more effective, student-centered approach in SCC's new four-campus operation. In the meantime, please continue to contact the same SCC constituents for student service and development-related questions and issues.
Three SCC faculty members have been awarded Endowed Teaching Chairs. Congratulations to professors Nana Robertson (Child Development), Trent Tomengo (Humanities) and Patti Yorti (Nursing) who have distinguished themselves with their excellence in teaching. They were recognized during last week's Spring Commencement Ceremony and will each receive an SCC Foundation $5000 Endowed Teaching Chair Award.
If you have not done so already, please sign up for SCC's emergency text messaging capability that can be utilized in an emergency situation to communicate with SCC students and employees, as well as interested community constituents. This text messaging is a subset of Seminole County's current text messaging alert system. To sign up:
Once you have finished, you should receive any requested emergency information from Seminole County and any emergency text messages from SCC.
Effective July 1, 2008, paper direct deposit statements will no longer be printed and distributed through inter-campus mail.
Applications are being accepted for the 2008-09 SCC Leadership Academy, which is comprised of 20-25 faculty and staff members who will participate in seven all-day leadership development sessions from September 2008 through March 2009. Click here for the 08-09 application form and a fact sheet. Applications will be accepted through May 27, so the next class may be announced by the end of Term IIIA.
Several Leadership Academy alumni at each SCC site have volunteered to be a resource for information or questions about the program. These alumni include:
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