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Presidential Report January 17, 2006
I would like to introduce the newest member of the administrative team, Lynn Rudd, Campus Dean for the new Altamonte Springs Campus. Lynn has taken over these responsibilities as of January 1, 2006.
Last Friday's Heritage Jubilee event was fabulous! Many thanks to Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright and Dr. Annye Refoe for their efforts in founding this outstanding event. Thanks, also, to the African American Cultural Forum, the Organization of Black Faculty and Staff, and the College Reach Out Program for coordinating the evening's festivities. The evening, in addition to honoring Sweet Harmony, Order of the Eastern Star #388, also featured the incredible talents of Maurice Terrell, Sr., a music faculty member at SCC, and his Order Sixty-Six Quintet. Plus, as an added treat, the Fine Arts Gallery showcased a collection of oil paintings by award-winning artist Trent Tomengo, a SCC faculty member. Hopefully, you have seen the great publicity that Trent's works have gotten in the Orlando Sentinel this past week. Trent tied together the poetry of Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright with paintings dedicated to him. Professor Samuel Gaustad then partnered them with music. What an incredible evening!
Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright will be honored at the Zora Neale Hurston Gala on January 28 for his work with the Eatonville community. Dr. Wright is certainly "going out in style" as he prepares for his official retirement later this year. Congratulations, Dr. Wright!
SCC's GM-ASEP program and instructors have been rated at the 100% mark once again by Raytheon Professional Services and General Motors. Our automotive program is listed as the top program in the Southeast Region. Congratulations to Jim Cox, Automotive Department Chair, and the committed faculty for their hard work.
SCC recently learned that we will be hosting the 2010 North American Council of Automotive Teachers Conference. This will be the first NACAT conference ever held in Florida. Congratulations are in order to Jim Cox who was recently appointed as the NACAT Executive Vice President for the conference. We are confident that Jim will represent SCC well.
And, if you haven't been near the Student Center, we are definitely moving dirt for the new CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center.
And speaking of CFADA, TIME magazine has selected Mike Collier, from Collier Jaguar, as one of the four top auto dealers in the United States. TIME was here last week and took some video footage and still photos for the presentation that will be made at the National Auto Dealers Association Convention on February 11. Great press for SCC and we definitely hope that Mike, one of our former students, captures the title as "TIME Magazine's Quality Dealer."
Presidents' Club Dinner
Last Thursday, we held the most successful Presidents' Club dinner yet! The speaker and noted author, Connie May Fowler, talked about the "kindness of strangers" and the important role that books, libraries and strangers played in her life. She thanked the audience for their support of SCC students through their kindness in contributing to the SCC Foundation. It is hard to convey how her words moved the audience. During the course of the evening, we also announced a $100,000 gift from Lisa and Chick Gregg, which will be matched by the State and is designated for scholarship support. Chick is a member of the Foundation Board and a former SCCF Board Chairman.
Altamonte Springs Campus Groundbreaking
March 1, 10 a.m., is the official date for the Altamonte Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony. Please mark your calendars.
January 25th, we leave bright and early for Tallahassee for the annual Trustee Legislative Conference. Linda will provide you with a complete agenda once it has been received from Tallahassee. The Dream Auction is February 11th at the Heathrow Marriott. The Board Retreat will be held on February 13, from noon to 6 p.m., in the Board Room. The primary topic will be a Ten-Year Financial Plan. Looks like we are going to be keeping you busy!
And tomorrow, we are hosting the statewide meeting of the Foundation for Florida's Future. They will be on-campus from 10 am to noon. Randy Berridge and I serve as Board members. Chancellor David Armstrong will also be attending.
If I look a little tired tonight, it is because I have just spent the past two days at South Seminole Hospital. It seems that my dear Mother lost 8 pints of blood - she keeps asking me where it went - and wasn't expected to make it through the night on Sunday. However, with "new and younger" blood, she is well on her way to recovery and will most likely go home tomorrow. I can't tell you how reassuring it is to have a nurse trained at SCC - a woman who had a 9 month old and 12 year old and decided at 40 and after 9/11 to come back to SCC to fulfill her dream of being a nurse -- taking care of your Mother in the Emergency Room. Our graduates were also present in Intensive Care and Progressive Patient Care. Plus, I would like to thank one of our nursing instructors, Patti Yorty, who was the supervisor on duty in the Emergency Room on Sunday for her extra-special treatment of my Mom. Thanks to Patti and our graduates, I knew this was going to have a happy ending.
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