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Presidential Report October 21, 2003
I am pleased to report that we have submitted a request to Chancellor Armstrong for the Oviedo Center to be designated as a Campus. The Oviedo Center now meets the state requirements for campus status - 1000 FTE.
SCC has been awarded a $699,997 Tech Prep Demonstration grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help increase the number of Adult High School completers/graduates who transition into A.S. degree and career/vocational certificate college credit programs. The five-year program will serve approximately 400 students, who will complete the program with a high school diploma and college credits toward an associate degree or certificate in Nursing, Public Safety and Emergency Management, or Business and Information Technology. Deans Angela Kersenbrock and Elnora Gilchrist will co-direct this project.
Congratulations to Bonnie Tensen who just published "Research Strategies For a Digital Age." Congratulations, Bonnie!!
"The Scribe" brought home three awards from the Florida Community College Press Association's 43rd Annual Student Publications Convention. SCC's newspaper received awards for Best General Column, Best Sports Column and Best Sports Writing for our division.
Michael Hoover presented a paper entitled "Be Careful and Watch What You Say: Brailey Odham and the Politics of Race in Mid-Twentieth Century Florida Gubernatorial Elections' at the 25th Annual Mid-America History Conference, September 18-20, at the University of Memphis.
Congratulations are in order for our Women's Softball Team. We were just notified that they placed eighth in the nation - not for their athletic ability - but for their academic ability. This recognition for our scholar/athletes is from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Meetings with Public Officials
Over the past few months, Don Payton and I have been meeting individually with each of the County Commissioners. I am pleased to report that they appear to be pleased with the progress that the College is making and want us to get even more involved in the community and the County's economic development efforts.
We are now in the process of scheduling individual meetings with our Legislative Delegation. Each of you will be invited to join in specific meetings. Students will also be accompanying us.
On Monday, October 27, Senator Kenneth Pruitt will be on campus to meet with students and faculty to discuss Bright Futures and community college issues. This meeting will take place in the Board Room from 12:30-2:00 pm and is open to the public. We plan to have Sid Miller represent the Board with a few remarks and also have students speak to Senator Pruitt about the value of their community college education. Senator Pruitt is a friend of community colleges and was one of our champions during the recent legislative session.
As you all know, SCC has initiated campuswide diversity training. It was requested that the Board also participate in this training. We have scheduled a Diversity Training session with Michael Freeman, Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), for the Board on Monday, November 3, from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m., at the Oviedo Campus.
FACC and Statewide Trustee Meeting
The FACC Annual Convention will be held on October 29-31 in Orlando at the Airport Hyatt. Statewide trustee meetings will be held on Thursday, October 30. If you haven't already indicated your desire to attend, please let Linda know.
On a Sad Note
Last night, we lost one of our longtime faculty members, Jeanne Reinhold. Jeanne, a faculty member in the ESOL area, lost her six year battle with cancer.
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