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Presidential Report August 17, 2004
Many thanks to all of our GREAT SCC employees who have been working so hard to get the College back to normal after the visit from Charley. Our crews were on hand starting early Saturday morning and they have worked miracles!!! Thanks to all who are going that extra mile and beyond, I am sure that they have probably neglected their own families to help their SCC Family!
Also, please note that we housed about 25 in our Fine Arts Building over the weekend and that we are a staging site for the ice and water distribution which is being orchestrated by the County. They are storing supplies in our parking lots and then distributing them to semi-trucks which take them to designated distribution centers throughout the County.
Welcome To Our New Personnel
Please join me in welcoming new employees to the SCC family, Adie Price is the new Director of Facilities and Planning. This is definitely a much-needed position with all of our growth and renovation needs! Adie has over 12 years of facilities experience at community colleges in Florida and 20 years of experience in the industry. She comes to us from FCCJ where she was most recently the Facilities Planning and Resource Manager. Prior to that role, Adie was a Facilities Planning Specialist at St. Petersburg College. She has also advised the Facilities Department staff at Florida's Department of Education in Tallahassee. She is respected as a leader among her peers in the State. Adie will be responsible for all aspects of facilities at SCC including construction, maintenance and physical plant services. And Adie has already proven that she is a true professional. She had contractors lined up even before Charley hit!
A new employee in the President's Office is Kimberly Eddins. Kimberly is a recent graduate of Stetson University's Business Management Program and a founding member of Stetson University's Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association. We are honored to have Kim as an alumnus of SCC College. She graduated in 2001 with Honors in our Legal Studies Program. Kim was active in our Honor's Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Kim also worked part-time in the Counseling and Educational Planning Department as a Peer Partner and Secretary while she was a student at SCC.
And, in a surprise move, Dr. James D. Henningsen is rejoining us as the Vice President for Student Success Services. Jim was one of approximately 100 applicants for this position. We are proud to welcome him back. He will be reporting for duty around September 13. Just in time for the Strategic Horizon College Focus Groups!
Congratulations to faculty member, Jack Griggs, who created the July 2004 cover of Orlando Magazine. You may remember that was the "powerful people" edition.
The SCC Foundation received word that our nominee, the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, has been selected to receive the "Award for Outstanding Community Service" from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Central Florida at their National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast in November. This is further recognition of their $2.5 million gift to SCC.
While we are not sure exactly how we compare to this time last year because of the PeopleSoft conversion, we do know that our conversion of applications to actually enrolled students has increased by 18% over this time last year.
Business and Technology Incubator
One of SCC's clients of the Small Business Development Center, Blake, Inc., is set to debut its first product - the Shower Buddie - on the nation's major shopping channels. The product has gained the attention of both QVC and the Home Shopping Network. It is a low-cost device that enables physically challenged, overweight and elderly people to bathe themselves properly. Blake, Inc., officials expect the success of the device to create 50 more jobs over the next 18 months at its Lake Mary plant. The Shower Buddie is an important example of the diverse role business and technology incubators play in stimulating regional economic development.
UCF and Community Colleges
Recently, Dr. John Hitt hosted a meeting for the regional community college presidents and our chief academic affairs officers to talk about UCF/Community College relationships. He termed it - Partnerships in Action.
Dr. Hitt presented statistics that indicated: UCF has grown from 19,224 undergraduates in 1993 to 36,005 in 2004.
For 2004, 30% of their student population will be community college transfers.
75% of their students are full-time.
The average SAT score is 1187. Average high school GPA is 3.84.
UCF enrolls 26.3% of the community college transfer students for the entire State University System. The order of enrollment -- in terms of numbers -- is UCF, USF, UF, FIU, FAU, FSU, UNF, UWF, FGCU, FAMU, NCF. UCF accepted 3,084 transfer students in the Fall of 2003-04 and 1,616 in the Spring of 2003-04.
71% of all AA Graduates transfer to the State University System.
SCC is the 4th largest feeder school to UCF behind VCC, Brevard CC, and DBCC. We are nearly tied with DBCC and they have a joint-use facility.
49% of the Education and 45% of the Health Professions degrees awarded at UCF are to CC transfers.
With all this said, it is time to "go after" a joint-use facility. Dr. Hitt has asked us to work with them to formulate a plan for this legislative session.
Welcome Back Ceremony
Just a reminder that our Welcome Back Ceremony will be held on August 23, at 8:30 a.m., in the Fine Arts Building. If you haven't already done so, please RSVP to Linda.
Focus Group Workshop
We have scheduled the Strategic Horizons Focus Group Workshop on September 14, from 6:00-7:30 PM, here in the Board Room. The regular Board meeting will follow at 7:30 PM.
In a news release issued today, John Winn has been named as the new Commissioner of Education replacing Jim Horne. John has served as Frank Brogan's Education Policy Director and was integral to Florida's charter school authorizing legislation. After serving four years with then-Commissioner Brogan, Mr. Winn joined Governor Bush as his Education Policy Coordinator where he was responsible for drafting and directing the Governor's education budget recommendations and legislative initiatives for all sectors. He has been instrumental with the A+ Plan, One Florida, FCAT implementation, K-20 education system and charter district legislation. John has 30 years experience in education and has been integral to the changes that have taken place in Florida's seamless K-20 system.
One Final Note
The August 8-14 issue of "American Profile" features a cover story on "Community Colleges: The Core of Higher Education." Imagine my surprise when I opened the magazine, which is distributed on the western coast of the United States, and saw a feature on our Center for Building Construction with a quote from Suzanne Tesinsky. Way to go, Suzanne! Yes, we are definitely becoming famous!
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