Food Pantries Transition to Harvest Time
As of Nov. 1, Seminole State has transitioned our food pantry services to Harvest Time International – a nonprofit based in Sanford – to provide a much greater array of services for those needing a hand. Through this new partnership, Harvest Time will be able to provide a warehouse of food, along with clothes and furniture. Plus, uninsured students will be able to apply for free medical and dental care there. Students will also be able to meet with Harvest Time caseworkers for assistance with AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) and Medicaid applications.
Changes in Seminole State Athletics
As of Nov. 1, there has been a change in reporting and organizational structure for our student programs related to Athletics. Student Intramurals remains in our Student Affairs division, reporting to Dr. Marcia Roman, as the Intramurals programs continue to evolve to offer greater engagement opportunities available to all 32,000 Seminole State students. Seminole State’s three NJCAA Athletics programs – men’s baseball, women’s softball, and women’s golf – have become part of a new Athletics & Wellness department, reporting to Executive Vice President Dr. Joe Sarnovsky. This new model is one utilized by many higher education institutions, so that a college or university’s athletics program becomes more self-sufficient via greater revenue generation. In addition to the 3 athletics programs, the new Athletics & Wellness department will oversee all College facilities related to wellness such as weight rooms, cardio rooms and the developing of the Wellness Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. This area will also be responsible for renting College fields and facilities for use by outside constituents – thus generating new revenues to support the three Athletics programs. John Scarpino will direct the new Athletics & Wellness area reporting to Joe Sarnovsky, and Mike Nicholson will continue to direct the Student Intramurals area reporting to Marcia Roman.
Last Call for Foundation Mini-Grants Fall Awards
All full-time College faculty and staff are invited to apply for the annual Mini-Grant Program of the Foundation for Seminole State College. The maximum award for an individual grant is $2,000. Grants are awarded by a committee composed of members of the Foundation Board of Directors. The deadline for grant submission has been extended until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, because Sanford/Lake Mary Campus mail will not be delivered on Friday, Nov. 9. Attached is the information to apply for the Fall 2012 Mini-Grant Awards. Note: The application form has changed; please review it carefully before applying. For additional information, please contact the Foundation at 407-708-2429.
Veterans Day Ceremony This Friday
At 11 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 9, the Seminole State Student Veterans Association will host a one-hour Veterans Day Ceremony in the Concert Hall on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. During this ceremony, the students will be acknowledging and thanking fellow students and employees who have served in U.S. military branches. Some elected officials will be in attendance, and military colors and music will also be presented. All Seminole State students and employees are invited to attend.
Emergency Response Exercise Held At Heathrow Campus
On Friday, Oct. 19, Seminole State’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) participated in a simulated campus evacuation in a collaborative effort with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Seminole County Department of Public Safety. Staff from the Seminole County Office of Emergency Management created and directed the exercise, which was not announced in advance. The exercise simulated how Seminole State administration/staff and Seminole County first responders would be notified of an emergency and how quickly they would respond. It included an evacuation drill and a building search at our Heathrow Campus. After the exercise concluded, participants debriefed to discuss the response and to suggest improvements. Future exercises using different scenarios are being planned by the ERT for other Seminole State campuses to better prepare the College for emergencies of all kinds on any site.
College Advisory Council Recap
On Oct. 16, the College Advisory Council (CAC) met for the monthly exchange of information and ideas between the Executive Team and leaders from the Faculty Senate, the Career Service Employees Council (CSEC), the Professional Employee Council (PEC), the SGA, and other areas of the College. Here is a brief recap of the discussion regarding each agenda item from the October meeting:
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