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Presidential Report August 22, 2005
Welcome Back Ceremony
Many thanks to Verdell Pugh and Dr. Charles English for attending the Welcome Back Ceremony last Thursday. For those of you who missed it, it was a great way to kick-off our new year -- with the focus on the creativity of our faculty!
I am going to ask Dr. Jim Henningsen to report on our enrollment progress to date. Needless to say, we have had some very busy days. Today, we registered nearly 500 new students; however, we are still about 3.4% down from this time last year. We have a good chance of catching up with last year -- we hope.
Presidents' Club Breakfast
Wednesday morning is the Presidents' Club breakfast at the Tuscawilla Country Club at 8 a.m. Two of the Salzburg Institute students will be sharing their travel experiences with the group. This is guaranteed to brighten your day, the students will be fabulous!
SCC's Fine Artist
Hopefully, you saw last Monday's business section of the Orlando Sentinel. SCC's own Trent Tomengo, an SCC graduate and graduate of Stetson University, received some excellent coverage both for his art and for being a humanities teacher at SCC. The article mentioned that those who make a living by painting art can have a tough time financially. Trent said that he prefers not to be a full-time artist because of the challenges, but gets the best of both worlds by teaching and also doing his art. Congratulations, Trent!
SCC Student Visits South Africa
An SCC student, Ryan Guerrina, with sponsorship from the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP), attended the Delegation on Nursing this summer in South Africa. The objective of the program was to examine the health care delivery system and how nurses are able to uphold their commitment to their patients with limited resources. He reported that the experience was nothing short of amazing and has changed his life forever.
SCC Counselor Honored At National Conference
Mercedes Bermejo, an SCC counselor, attended an eWomenNetwork International Conference and Business Expo in Dallas, Texas. She arrived at the Dallas airport expecting to receive a simple certificate, or something similar, but was surprised to discover a limo waiting to transport her to the hotel where was one of the 18 recipients of the International Femtor Award for Emerging Leaders. The women were treated royally and spent an evening with the eWomenNetwork founder, Sandra Yancy. Ms. Yancy presented each woman with $200 in spending money, and the foundation paid their conference fees, lodging and travel expenses during their stay. Congratulations, Mercedes!
Our Title III Avenue to Success Program has produced its first newsletter, NewsFlash. The newsletter focuses on Peer mentoring, Senior Mentors, Supplemental Instruction, and the Academic Success Center as ways in which students can improve their success rate at SCC. A copy is available at your place.
SCC has been approved as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Training program and Paramedic Training program by the Florida Department of Health. The certifications are valid for two years, beginning on July 22, 2005, and expiring on July 22, 2007. Congratulations to Dean Angela Kersenbrock and all of those involved in these areas!
Just a reminder that ACCT will be held in Seattle on September 8-10. I will look forward to seeing Verdell, Charles and Sid on the other coast.
Congratulations to Dr. Carol Hawkins
As you may know, the top award given by Rotary International is the Paul Harris Fellow Award. I am pleased to report that Rotarian Carol Hawkins was awarded that distinctive honor by the local South Seminole Chapter. Congratulations, Carol!
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