Presidential Report July 20, 2004
Congratulations -- Phi Beta Lambda
The SCC-PBL slogan, "You can be more in 2004!" came true at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Denver as 18 of 20 students won in their competitive events. At least 30 states were represented by 1,400 students. Our SCC students captured 15 of the 33 awards won by Florida teams, setting another record for SCC. We were also the only Florida school to receive recognition as a Gold Seal Chapter. Congratulations to PBL advisor, Sherry Jenkins, and our students!
Bill Weber, automotive faculty member, has been selected as a reviewer and technical expert for "Manual Transmissions," authored by Jack Erjavec and published by Thomson Delmar Learning. Congratulations, Bill!
Mark Davis, Automotive faculty member, has achieved the status of General Motors World Class Master Technician. Only seven instructors in the nation have achieved this honor. Only 283 of 83,000 GM Technicians can claim this status. Congratulations, Mark!
Interior Design Department
SCC has once again been granted re-endorsement for our Interior Design Kitchen and Bath Program from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. This recognition is for a three-year period beginning January 2004. Congratulations to Jill Smith and the other Interior Design faculty!
Welcome Back Celebrations
It doesn't seem possible, but it is time to think about the start of school this fall. This year, the "Welcome Back" Celebrations will begin on Monday, August 23, at 7:45 a.m., in the Fine Arts Building. We hope that you will be able to join our SCC family for some of these activities.
Monday, August 23
7:45 - 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast for all College employees and the Collegewide "Welcome Back" Celebration...Fine Arts S/LM campus
Tuesday, August 24
11:30-12:30 p.m. "Welcome Back" Luncheon for All College Employees sponsored by FACC - Student Center, S/LM Campus
The Faculty Compensation Committee has been working hard on finalizing their proposal to the Board which would include a compensation plan within budget for all College employees. Since the last Board meeting, we have carefully scrutinized a plan that has been adopted by Valencia Community College's District Board of Trustees following a two-year study by VCC that included the use of both external consultants and internal representatives. The VCC plan is a multi-year plan that would help to make VCC salaries competitive and equitable. These are issues that we are of concern to us all. Plus, it re-establishes a 30-year leveling plan that our faculty have always found to be attractive and becoming more common among our cohorts.
I had told the Committee that in my comments tonight, I would set the stage for their presentation next month by giving the Board a heads-up concerning what we will be proposing at the August Board meeting:
- A multi-year plan that would address internal and external inequities.
- A 30-year leveling system which seeks to immediately and systematically rectify internal inequities.
- A long-term goal of addressing external inequities over time - requiring the committee to continue their meetings during the next year.
- A performance-based process and strategy with a definitive timeframe.
- A plan that would include every employee in the compensation adjustments and that is within budget.
The presentation next month will be a joint presentation, which we hope will address everyone's concerns. If you have any comments concerning your requirements for the compensation plan, please either share them now with the Board or contact me individually. I am confident that we will be able to reach a conclusion that will accomplish the Board's objectives coupled with the College's objectives and enable us to start the new academic year in a positive and strong posture.
Board Workshop on Strategic Plan
As you know, we are joining the Consortium for Community College Development as a Strategic Horizon College. The consultants will be here from the University of Michigan the week of September 13-17. They would like to schedule about 90 minutes toward the beginning of the week with the Board for a "focus group" discussion. Assuming the Board is willing to participate, what timeframe would best fit your schedules?
Vice President for Educational Programs
Tonight is Dave Harrison's last evening with Seminole Community College. He is certainly going out in a blaze of glory ...having made an incredible impact on this institution in just a short period of time. While I want Dave to comment ...I also want you to know that we received a call from UCF last week and they are committed to a joint-use facility with SCC and will be pushing for approximately $7.3 million as their share of this new facility. It will be nice to have Dave on the inside working for us.