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President`s Report April 16, 2002
As the preliminaries to tonight's Board meeting suggests, our emphasis is on students and their many successes?
Brain Bowl Tournament
Congratulations to Bonnie Tensen and our Brain Bowl Team. You have met the students this evening and learned firsthand of their recent victories. Thanks, also, to Lisa Valentino, for her many hours dedicated as the State Brain Bowl Advisor.
Interior Design Student Awards
On Saturday, April 6, our Interior Design students competed in the ASID Career Day held in Orlando. SCC student Tess Rehder won the Prestigious Lacey-Champion Award ($750 for portfolio and verbal presentation skills). Tess is a Lake Mary mom with two children, who attends Seminole Community College as a part-time student. This is the second year SCC won over the 4-year universities. Another SCC student, Barbara McCann, won the $500 ASID Scholarship Award.
On April 7, it was announced that the College's Interior Design Department won the second place People's Choice Award at the Orlando Opera Guild Designer Show House.
Best Student Government in 2002
SCC's Student Government Association was chosen as runner-up for the Best Student Government for community colleges by Florida Leader magazine. This was our first appearance in the "best of" category. Congratulations to Anthony Lewis, SGA president, and all the students who have contributed to making our SGA a force for our students.
The Scribe at Seminole Community College was also runner-up in the "Best College Newspaper" category.
Music Department Honors
Five SCC students were accepted into the Music Departments at the following universities.
Emily Enlow, soprano - University of Miami
PBL State Winners
SCC set a phenomenal record for the entire state by having 36 students compete in the PBL State Competition this past weekend. Thirty-one of them won in their events, and fifteen qualified to compete nationally. Our students won 49 awards and 1 chapter award. UCF won 20; FSU, 3; Webber International University, 7; Johnson and Wales University, 3. Congratulations to Sherry Jenkins, PBL Advisor. And Sherry is taking contributions to send the students to nationals in Nashville! Also, many congratulations to Sherry Jenkins who received an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award.
Men's Baseball and Women's Softball
The men are in 2nd place in the Mid-Florida Conference (12-8), while the women are 3rd in the conference and 40-14. We have also qualified for the State Tournament in May and are ranked 6th in the state.
Yesterday we were visited by representatives from the Florida Community College Athletic Association who conducted a review of our women's athletic issue. They were supportive of the action that the College took and will be issuing a report in the next few weeks. We anticipate that SCC will probably lose two scholarships for the next season.
I want to comment on my statements at the last Board meeting. My comments were not meant to indicate that I considered this offense to be insignificant. Rather, I felt that the College had taken immediate and appropriate action to protect the students and to discipline those involved. This was a very unfortunate incident that is still having repercussions. However, the good that has occurred is that Dr. Hank Hurley has conducted a total review of our athletic program and we expect to make changes that will be effective for the fall.
Board Thank You's
Thank you to Dr. Charles English for his participation in last Friday's Student Leadership Retreat. Thank you to Verdell Pugh, Sid Miller and Dede Schaffner for supporting the Foundation's recent golf classic.
SCC's Image Brochure
Thanks to the creative work of Gilbert and Manjura, SCC's Image brochure won a Silver ADDY(Local) and a Gold ADDY (Regionally) and has gone on to national competition for four-color collateral. The ADDY's are judged by creative professionals in the advertising industry. In addition, the radio spot (Insufficient Funds) won a local Silver ADDY as well.
Summer Enrollment Report
Last week, in the first two days of registration, we enrolled 772 students--a record for us. 58% of the students are completing their registrations entirely on the web. Thank you, SPASS, Dr. Travis Spaulding and our registration staff.
Robert Lynn, Director of Financial Aid, is to be congratulated. Seminole Community College has been notified that we are one of six schools receiving an additional allocation of FSAG funds -- $309,000 - that were returned by other schools and that we intend to put to good use. Thank you, Robert!
Letter to the Editor
In our advocacy efforts, we have asked our students to write our legislators telling them what SCC means to them. I know that you all saw the letter in the Orlando Sentinel, authored by Diane Abbott, which praised Seminole Community College and our faculty: "From the moment that I started in my first class, I was astonished at the quality of my professors and their dedication to educational ideals. If there is money being wasted, I cannot see it." Diane stated our case well and ended with, "I hope our legislators do not let us down." Well, the jury is still out on that wish.
Surplus Sale Results
District Board of Trustee Scholarships
Many thanks for agreeing to present the District Board of Trustee Awards at the area high schools. Linda has prepared a memo with the date of your presentation and has provided you with a brief bio of the student, the award letter and a short script. If you have any questions, please let us know.
It is the season of SCC graduations, beginning on May 1 with GED Graduation, and continuing May 2 with the Adult High School Graduation and May 3 with our College Graduation. Please let Linda know which ones you will be attending.
University of Central Florida
I am pleased to report that UCF will begin offering complete baccalaureate programs at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus this fall. Initially, they will offer five bachelor's programs, Elementary Education, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Psychology and Liberal Studies. Also, web-based degree programs in Nursing, Vocational Education and Health Services Administration will be available.
You must agree that it has been a very interesting Legislative Session and we get to do it ?again. The material that I am distributing is what we are handing to our legislators in face-to-face meetings this week. There are four issues that are very important to community colleges: (1) restoring the funding cuts; (2) restoring the PECO allocations and using the Division of Community Colleges' recommended list; (3) merging the workforce allocation with the Community College Program Fund; and (4) funding the newly-required CLEP tests for Bright Futures recipients.
I am going to ask Paul Hull, our Legislative Liaison, to walk you through these issues and then we need to have a discussion of our PECO priorities.
Air War College
Colonel Frances Martin, an SCC "distinguished graduate," nominated me for the Air War College. I am pleased to report that I was accepted for this one-week program beginning on Memorial Day and will join 130 other civilians in Alabama for the final week of training by our military at their year-long Air War College experience. Following on the heels of 9/11, this should be an incredible look at national and world security.
Relay For Life
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard on the American Cancer Society Relay For Life held at Colonial Properties on April 5 and 6. The College was the Honorary Chair and also had pledged to raise $15,000. So far, our total has exceeded $16,500 and counting!
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