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Presidential Report November 15, 2004
Athletics - Off To A Great Start!
The Lady Raiders traveled to Tampa, November 9, to play against the Hillsborough Community College Lady Hawks. The Raiders won 108-106 in triple overtime. Our men's basketball team is also doing well with a 3-1 record.
Michael Hoover has several publications and presentations to showcase this year. "Turn Your Radio On: Brailey Odham's 1952 - Talkathon - Campaign for Florida Governor" The Historian 64.4 (Dec. 2004): 701-729.
"$500 and a Case of Scotch: The 1947 Florida Legislature Bribery Scandal" Proceedings of the Florida Conference of Historians (forthcoming Spring 2005).
"Youth Voting Behavior: Why Rock the Vote Won't Rock the Boat" (co-author) Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, November 11-13, 2004, Savannah, Georgia.
Yesterday, SCC was the staging ground for the first annual HARK - Help Art Reach Kids -- motorcycle ride from SCC to the Orlando Harley Davidson dealership on I-4. 506 bikers participating - Under the leadership of Anne and Steve Deli, owners of the dealership, and United Arts, the goal is to raise $100,000 to benefit the arts in Seminole and Orange Counties. SCC will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Tobacco Awareness Programs
SCC's senior nursing students will present three programs on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus focusing on the health consequences of tobacco use. These educational sessions are designed to raise the awareness of both smokers and non-smokers about the effects of tobacco. The sessions will be held on November 17, and December 1, from 1-2pm, in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.
The Scribe Scores
The Scribe's feature section editor, Kalene McCort, was recognized for outstanding writing by the Florida Community College Press Association at the recent FCCPA Convention. Kalene was a winner in the Division "A" Feature Story category. Congratulations, Kalene! And congratulations to advisor, Betty Porter.
Matt Hodge has had a great first month! SCC graduate, Kevin Spolski, has pledged $25,000 for engineering and architecture scholarships; Sun Trust presented us with a $25,000 check at the automotive groundbreaking; and the daughter of former employee, Myrna Deal, just made a $25,000 scholarship gift in honor of her Mother, a former teacher in our Adult Education Program.
Many thanks to Christy King and her staff for hosting the November 9 Career Fair. We had approximately 95 employers on campus to "talk jobs" with our students.
As a former PTK student and great believer in this program, I was pleased to be asked by the Florida Department of Education to serve as the 2005 PTK Ambassador. In this role, I will emcee the program when the All-Florida Academic Team is honored on March 30 in Tallahassee. I consider this quite an honor and am really looking forward to the event.
FACC Trustee Commission Meeting
The FACC Trustee Commission meeting will be Thursday, November 18, in Tampa. The details are at your seat. Thanks to Dr. English, Mr. Miller, Mrs. Pugh and Mrs. Schaffner for attending this event. I will not be in Tampa with you since Dr. John Hitt and I will be in Tallahassee lobbying for funding for our Joint Use facility.
Orange County Commissioner's Meeting
On December 20, Don Payton and I are scheduled to present to the Orange County Commission Delegation on the SCC/UCF Joint Use Facility. We believe this will be a great opportunity to reinforce our message with our "extended" delegation.
Seminole County Delegation Hearing
Our Legislative Delegation will be holding their annual constituent meeting on Monday, December 6, at 3 p.m., in the County Commission Chambers. At that time, we will thank our delegation and present our "wish list" for 2005. All are invited to attend.
The GED Graduation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Health Building. Please let Linda know if you plan to attend.
We will be hosting the traditional Graduation Reception/Dinner on Wednesday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Student Center Multipurpose Room. Please RSVP to Linda. Commencement will be held that evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Health Building. Ms. Laurie Mooney, Battalion Chief for the City of Longwood Fire and Rescue, will be our featured speaker.
We are planning a holiday dinner prior to the December 21 Board meeting at 6:00 p.m., in A202. Please let Linda know if you can attend. Also, our college-wide holiday party, sponsored by FACC and the Career Professional Employees Commission, will take place on Wednesday, December 8, from 6-9 p.m. It will be a potluck dinner that is open to all of our employees and their families. And, of course, we would love to have the Board join us.
Meeting with Governor Bush
Last Monday, Governor Bush was the keynote speaker at an Information Technology conference held in Tampa which featured 1800 community college representatives from 43 states and 10 foreign countries. He spent an hour touting the virtues of community colleges, particularly Florida's system, and indicated that he is "shameless" in his promotion of our system. After that meeting, the Governor held a private meeting with Florida's community college presidents and pledged to help us with hurricane relief both in terms of our $10 million liability as a system and also with financial aid issues as related to students who have had to leave college because of the impact of the hurricanes. We also discussed the upcoming special Legislative session and asked him to "fix" PECO prior to the time that he leaves office. It was a great afternoon spent with someone who really understands the good that we do.
Strategic Horizon Focus Groups
As you know, our consultants, Pat Carter and Dick Alfred from the Community College Development Consortium, based at the University of Michigan, are with us tonight to conduct a focus group for the Board that will help us to set our goals as an institution. Pat and Dick are conducting approximately 43 focus sessions this week for members of our internal and external family. During this evening's focus group, you will have the opportunity to share your candid opinions and perceptions about SCC and our future - our capabilities, our value to students and our community, and our current and future opportunities. Many thanks to Dick and Pat for "adopting" Seminole Community College.
Oviedo Campus Gets "Lynx'd" Up
Neal Graham just announced that it has finally happened! After years of discussing, lobbying, negotiating and pleading, the covers have come off the Lynx signs and the Oviedo Campus has bus service. The first bus arrives at 5:42 AM and the last one departs at 5:42 PM. This service provides a loop from UCF. Students not living on the loop will be required to travel to UCF, then transfer to the local bus...but still, this is a great improvement over no bus service at all.
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