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Presidential Report January 18, 2005
Pan Coffman, Vicki Nanos and Marianna Ross's works of art were selected for the 55th Annual Ridge Art Association Juried Exhibition in Winter Haven. Only 70 of 169 submissions were accepted. Marianna Ross won the Caroline Ives Award for her figure drawing, "Mist." Congratulations to all!
Strategic Planning Update
The University of Michigan consultants will meet with the Board on January 25, at 4 p.m., in A202, to discuss their preliminary findings. Dinner will be served.
The latest report shows that it is very likely that we will end up between 3% and 6% down in fee paying students for spring 2005. The high probability area is between 4% and 5%. As of this afternoon we have 14,214 total unduplicated students in all programs.
It is difficult to get an exact apples and apples comparison at this point in time since we are still processing registrations due to the delays during the first week of January. We won't know the exact number until we get the spring 2005 preliminary student database finalized over the next few weeks.
Driving Track Update
So far, we are having great success in getting the cities and the County Commission to commit to the $250,000 needed for the driving track match. Stay tuned as January 31 is the magic date for the contributions to be received by the Foundation.
Many thanks to each of you for your membership in the Presidents' Club. Our goal was 150. We reached past that, thanks to the leadership of Dr. Kay Delk and Darryl Perry, and actually raised $170,000 for a membership of 155. Many, many thanks are extended to our College employees who "stretched" and joined the ranks of the Presidents' Club!
SCC is the sponsor for the Oviedo Chamber State of the Cities Luncheon this Thursday, January 20, at 11:45 a.m., at the Tuscawilla Country Club.
We are also one of the sponsors of The Zora Neale Hurston Festival Awards Gala which will be held at the Wyndham Palace Resort in Lake Buena Vista on January 29, at 8:00 p.m. Please let Linda know if you wish to attend these events.
Congratulations and Thanks
Congratulations are in order for our African American Cultural Forum and the Black Faculty and Staff Association for their sponsorship of the Heritage Jubilee last Friday. It was an incredibly motivational and inspirational event. The College honored two community leaders, Marva Hawkins and James Weldon "Chief" Wilson, for their dedication to our community.
SCC Dream Auction
The SCC Dream Auction will be held February 12, at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary. I am pleased to report that the event, the start of our 40th Anniversary Celebration, is sold out. Reception at 5:30 pm; dinner at 6:30 p.m.
FACC Trustee Legislative Meeting
The Florida Association of Community Colleges will be hosting the Trustee Legislative Meetings in Tallahassee on February 23-24, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Tallahassee Community College. We are planning our usual dinner with Lake-Sumter and Valencia Community Colleges and our Legislative delegation on Wednesday, February 23.
Don Payton reported that Governor Bush has unveiled his proposed FY 2005-2006 budget, with an increase for community colleges of $82.8 million (a $60.9 million increase in state funding and $21.9 million in new student fees.) Community college tuition would rise by 5% under the Governor's proposal.
Under the Governor's budget SCC would receive approximately $1.3 million to complete the Heathrow Center, $2 million for general renovations and remodeling (including $1 million for construction of the driving track at Geneva), and $1.1 million for the remodeling of Building K. No money is included at this time for the SCC/UCF joint use facility. Both SCC and UCF are pursuing funding for this project as a (legislative) member initiative.
A major concern is the Governor's proposed major overhaul of the state's matching grants programs -- essentially proposing that state matching funds would not be guaranteed, the amount to be matched would be limited by annual forward-funded appropriations, and that there could be no "roll-over" of unmatched local donations into a subsequent fiscal year. While the Legislature is sympathetic to the notion of controlling spending on matching programs, a variety of ways to do this have been discussed.
Remember, this is the Governor's starting point for legislative discussions about the budget, and the final budget product may be quite different than what was first proposed. Governor Bush has provided an excellent starting point for the budget debates, but we can expect changes in the budget as it moves through the legislative process.
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