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Presidential Report December 19, 2006
Legislative Delegation Presentation
Many thanks to Chris Dorworth for doing an excellent job of presenting SCC's needs to our Legislative Delegation at the Open Hearing on December 11 at the Seminole County Commission Chambers. And many thanks to Dede Schaffner for joining us at that important meeting.
Many thanks to Verdell Horne for attending the GED Graduation last Thursday, where we awarded a diploma to 91 year-old Dorothy Millies.
Thank you to Dede Schaffner, Dr. Charles English, and Verdell Horne for attending the Commencement Exercises last Friday evening. The Honorable Judge Donna McIntosh was our speaker at Commencement and received the Outstanding Graduate award. On December 15, we graduated our largest class -- 1,865 students -- with approximately 193 actually marching. Among those who walked was a young man who had survived abuse at the hands of his mother who burned him when he was only five. He will be continuing his education at UCF on a scholarship where he plans to become a math/science teacher.
Driving Track Donation
The Seminole County Commission, at their meeting on December 12, voted to support our request for $200,000 to be used to complete the funding for Phase I of the Driving Track. We were joined in our request with support from Sheriff Don Eslinger and the local Police Chiefs. The County Commission requested some changes to the lease agreement for the Geneva property in exchange for their support. Joe Sarnovsky has been working with County Manager, Cindy Coto, to draft those changes. We will appear before a County Commission meeting in January with the expectation of getting the funds prior to January 31, so that they will be eligible for dollar-for-dollar match increasing the contribution to $400,000.
When you see Sheriff Don Eslinger, please thank him for making personal visits to each of the County Commissioners on behalf of this project.
It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Wharton-Smith has agreed to donate $250,000 to the SCC Foundation in support of our Construction Trades Program. In addition, they have agreed to work with the Foundation to raise the full $1.5 million that is needed to expand these programs. Wharton-Smith's gift is eligible for State match and will increase to approximately $500,000. Please thank George Smith when you see him!
SCC Foundation Board
At their December 12 meeting, the SCC Foundation Board voted Jim Greer, future head of the State's Republican Party, onto the Foundation Board. Mr. Greer ran the campaign for Governor-Elect Charlie Crist in the Central Florida area.
Faculty member, Regina Fontana, recently completed her doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern University. Congratulations, Dr. Fontana!
Professor Michael Hoover recently published several articles and received the "Outstanding Teaching in Political Science" award from the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Association. Congratulations, Michael!
Joe Meadows, a freshman instrumental music major, was recently nominated to participate in the International Association of Jazz Education Community College All-Star Band. Through his selection, Joe will perform and study with top musicians and clinicians from the United States and abroad. Congratulations, Joe!
ACCT Legislative Summit
ACCT is hosting the annual Legislative Summit in Washington, DC, on February 11-14. Dr. English and Verdell Horne have registered to attend on behalf of the Board.
FACC Trustee Workshop
The FACC Trustee Workshop will be held in Tallahassee on February 21-22. We traditionally have taken a van and travelled together to this session. Please reserve these dates and let Linda know if you can attend.
Please mark your calendar for the annual Heritage Jubilee on Friday, January 12, at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium. This is always an amazing evening!
CFADA Professional Automotive Training Facility Dedication
Please mark your calendars for the dedication of our newest building at 10 am on January 19. The Governor-Elect has been invited. Also, if the Board would like, we can hold the January 16 Board meeting in the facility's Show Room with a tour of the facility immediately preceding the Board meeting.
The College will be closed for Winter Break from December 21 through January 1. Students will still be able to register on-line during this time. Currently, we are about even with last year 's registration numbers. The College will re-open for business on January 2.
Kudos to DR. Carol Hawkins
Carol Hawkins was honored this month by the Seminole County Bar Association with the President's Award for her service as President of the Seminole County Legal Aid Society this year. She is the first non-attorney to have received this honor in the history of the Seminole County Bar Association. Congratulations Carol!
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