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Presidential Report April 19, 2001
Adam Harpstreit, one of our Honors graduates, will be spending the fall semester at Oxford University in England next year. He is currently a student at the University of Tampa, who is sponsoring him for the Oxford program.
Robert Neustifter, one of our second year students, was named the Outstanding PTA Student for the state by the Florida Physical Therapy Association.
Amy Bynum received word last week that she has not only been accepted to Harvard's JD/MD program, but will receive a $150,000 scholarship.
Additionally, Dr. Chris Robbins presented the Phi Theta Kappa students who were selected for the USA TODAY All Florida 1st and 2nd Teams. Jennifer Hawes made the First Team and will be interning at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, this summer. James Threadgill made the Second Team. Brian North has been accepted for an internship at Georgetown University this summer. Dr. Robbins also informed the Board that our PTK Chapter was recently honored at the International PTK Convention in Denver and awarded one of the "30 Most Distinguished Chapters Internationally." Congratulations to Chris and the students for all their hard work!
PBL State Results
Once again, SCC students did us proud at the State Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity competitions held in Tampa on March 22-24. Seven of them qualified to compete at the national conference in July. Our students also won the most awards and competed against BCC, IRCC, VCC, Rollins, Embry-Riddle, UF, FSU and UCF, to name a few schools that participated.
SCC brought home 10 First Place awards and 7 Second Place awards and several other Third, Fourth and Fifth Place Awards.
The SCC Mathematics Olympics team brought home the third place trophy from the Mathematics Olympics held at the University of North Florida on April 14th. Even though SCC has not recently participated in this event, they placed ahead of several strong mathematics competitors including Indian River and Santa Fe. Miami-Dade finished first. The students were wonderful ambassadors for our school; they received thunderous applause from the other schools and coaches when their third place finish was announced. You would all have been extremely proud of these four young men! Special thanks go to faculty members, Bonnie Tensen and Jeri Rogers.
SCC's Lady Raiders basketball team completed their regular season ranking 19th in the nation and first in the Mid-Florida Conference (8-0). With only four sophomores, the team recorded a stellar 24-7 season before being eliminated in the Region VIII Championship. Four students made All-Conference, while Gabrielle Blankenfeld also made All-State and was selected "Freshman Player of the Year." Head Coach, Ken Patrick was honored as Mid-Florida Conference "Coach of the Year."
SCC's Women's Softball team has been ranked 10th in the nation, in the first Top Twenty poll of the 2001 season. The Raiders are 44-8 overall and are currently in second place in the Mid-Florida Conference. They recently beat the number one team in the nation, Lake City Community College. This was Lake City's only loss for the season.
Budget Workshop for the Board
Last year we had a budget workshop for the Board prior to our yearly submission of the college's budget to the Division. We would like to schedule a workshop this year on May 15 and June 19, just prior to the next two Board meetings, 5-7 p.m. Dinner will be served.
5:00 - 7:00PM Accountability Workshop
High Tech Announcement
Friday, April 20 at Church Street Station
No movement. Surprisingly, the House did not take up the Senate Appropriations bill. But, rather adjourned for Easter. Community colleges are doing better than other segments of education. Currently, we would gain $1.4 million under the Senate budget and $1.2 million under the House budget. However, some of those funds are tuition increases or retirement savings. Our high tech facility is still surviving. A need-based financial aid bill aimed at part-time students is also doing well. Next week will really start the budgeting balancing act in Tallahassee. I will be spending most of next week in Tallahassee, lobbying for SCC.
Donna McIntosh, our newest judge, and a former SCC student, will hold her investiture at SCC on June 1 from 4-7 p.m.
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