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Seminole State College
Did you know...Seminole Junior College was founded on July 1, 1965. The name was changed to Seminole State College of Florida on Sept. 21, 2009.
Presidential Report June 17, 2003
Harriet Little was awarded the Commissioner's Crystal Apple Award today by the Florida Board of Education. The Commissioner of Education, Jim Horne, made the presentation during the Florida Board of Education meeting in recognition of Harriet's exemplary leadership, innovation, and service in the Adult Basic Education and GED programs. Congratulations, Harriet!
We have just been notified that Martha T. Goshaw will be awarded the 2003 Teaching Excellence Southeast Regional Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges! This award honors educators who have made outstanding contributions to mathematics or mathematics education in the first two years of college mathematics. This honor will be bestowed on Professor Goshaw on November 13 at the Opening General Session of the AMATYC Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Congratulations, Martha!
Michael Hoover has been selected to participate in a forum entitled "America's Hidden Presence: Socioeconomic Class" to be held June 12-14 at the State University of New York at Stoney Brook's Manhattan Center. The program is conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, the Council of Chautauqua Field Center Directors and the Regional Centers and is supported by the National Science Foundation. Congratulations, Michael!
As you all know, the SCC Raiders did not win the national baseball championship. However, we are STATE CHAMPS for the first time in 37 years! Our men did us proud in Colorado. They won the first game against Southern Nevada and gave that team their only loss in the national tournament. Yes, the Raiders beat the team that eventually won the World Series! We had nearly 80 players, parents and supporters who made the trip to Grand Junction. It was a great experience for all of us!
Donnie Burkhalter was recently named Second Team All-American and Zack McCarnie was listed as Honorable Mention. Congratulations, again, to our coach, Mike Nicholson, for a job well-done.
Lacy Swarthout was named Second Team All-American. We had ten players selected for the Mid-Florida Academic All-Conference and ten selected for Academic All-State. Overall, the team had a GPA of 3.23.
ACCT Regional Convention
Thanks to Dr. English, Ms. Schaffner, Mrs. Pugh and Mr. Miller for attending the ACCT Regional Conference scheduled to begin tomorrow in Tampa. You have been given a folder with pertinent information. I'll see you all in Tampa on Wednesday evening.
SCC Foundation Board Retreat
The SCC Foundation Board held their annual retreat this past weekend. Many thanks to Sid Miller and Verdell Pugh for attending Friday night's dinner and to Dede Schaffner for attending the work session on Saturday. The Foundation is intent on completing the $10 million capital campaign. Stay tuned for their very active fundraising efforts which began on Saturday with the announcement of a $50,000 gift from Greater Construction Company, Bob Mandell and Chick Gregg, chairman of the Foundation.
Congratulations and thanks to all of our personnel who are working so hard on our PeopleSoft implementation. We "go live" on July 1 with Finance and Human Resources. We are confident that we will be successful.
While this was not a particularly good session for anyone, community colleges were spared the cuts that the universities and other state agencies received. Our goals related primarily to: more operating dollars for the system; restoration of our PECO funds; and matching dollars for scholarships, endowed teaching chairs and the automotive facility.
In terms of operating dollars, we were not cut like the universities. However, our system is not forward funded for enrollment. So, if the state's growth projections hold true, community colleges will have 50,000 unfunded FTEs at the end of 2003-2004.
We were successful in getting the PECO funding restored and did receive the $10.5 million for the Altamonte Campus. The matching funds were caught in a crossfire between the House and the Senate. The Senate ruled and decided to award the funds not according to how much a college had raised, but according to the college's share of the state budget. This is vastly different from how the awards have been made in the past. It meant that our $2.5 million donated by the automotive dealers was not matched and that we got $825,000 as our share of the matching pool. It will be up to the College and the Foundation to determine how these funds will be spent.
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