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Presidential Report for July 17, 2007
Phi Beta Lambda National Results
Once again, we are very proud of our SCC students who competed in nine different events and placed in eight of them at the Phi Beta Lambda National Convention in Chicago on June 24-26. There were over 1,600 students in attendance representing 33 states. Congratulations to our students and faculty members Tom Walker, Wendi Kappers and Sherry Jenkins for their work with these students!
I'm sure you all heard about the tragic plane crash in Sanford. The firefighter who rushed in to save the victims was Ryan Cooper, a 1996 SCC Fire Fighting graduate and a 1997 EMT graduate. Congratulations to Ryan for his heroic response to this tragedy!
Against All Odds!
Lalita Booth, our Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, has distinguished herself again by being selected for the "Against the Odds Award," to be given at the Florida Association of Community Colleges State Convention on Thursday, November 15, in Orlando. It was our honor to nominate Lalita and we are thrilled that she will be recognized as one of three award winners at the FACC's President's Banquet.
Shawna Comeau, a SCC student, is among 400 recipients nationwide to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Congratulations, Shawna!
Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and a 1969 SCC graduate, died July 10 in a single-car crash in Holly Springs, Miss. He was 57 and returning from his father's funeral at the time of his death. Mr. Marlette had been a cartoonist for the Sanford Herald, the Orlando Sentinel and Tallahassee Democrat.
Christy King, director of SCC's Career Development Center, recently received the John T. Brownlee Leadership Award at the 2007 Florida Career Professionals Association (FCPA) Annual Conference in June. Each year, the prestigious award is given to an individual, voted to exemplify leadership and career opportunities to students and employers throughout the state. Awardees have ranged from well-known national figures, as well as, representatives from the State University System. Christy's feat marks the first time that a community college person has ever received this award! Congratulations, Christy!
SCC math professor Martha Goshaw recently published her first book - Concepts of Calculus with Applications. Congratulations, Martha!
Adult Education professor Joven (J.C.) Carandang recently defended his thesis and will be completing his Master's Degree at UCF this August. Congratulations, J.C.!
AAA Welcome To The Neighborhood Reception
AAA is hosting a reception to welcome us to the neighborhood at Heathrow. The reception will be held at the AAA National Office, Tuesday, August 7, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the AAA Blue Room. AAA President Bob Darbelnet will be on hand to personally welcome SCC! You will be receiving your invitations in the mail directly from AAA.
As I am sure you have read, Florida has a $1 billion problem due to declining revenues. While the State University System has gotten much press thanks to the Board of Governors and the University Chancellor, community colleges have not been on the radar screen because we don't have a Chancellor (David Armstrong assumed his position as president of Broward Community College on July 9) and we are not under the Board of Governors.
The Board was given the communique that we received from the State indicating that we should expect a budget reduction of 4-10 percent during 2007-08 with further cuts anticipated in 2008-09. The Executive Team, deans and others have begun meeting to determine how to make those cuts following the recent 5 percent cut. We are in the process of adopting Core Principles and looking at all areas of the College. The extent of the cuts will not be known until after the August 1 Revenue Estimating Conference. At that time, we expect the State to issue a directive to all state agencies indicating the impact of the revenue shortfall.
Joint Meeting with County Commission
There will be a Joint meeting with Seminole Community College and the Seminole County Commission on Tuesday, August 28, at 4 p.m., at the Seminole County Services Building, 1101 East First Street, in the Commission Board Room.
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