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Presidential Report October 20, 2008
Our SCC students, under the leadership of Phi Theta Kappa, SGA -- and in conjunction with FACC and SCC's Career Professional Employees Commission (CPEC) -- hosted an outstanding Candidate Forum on October 14. Moderated by a PTK student, it was broadcast to our other sites and also covered by the media. The students definitely made us proud! Many thanks to Scott Howat for joining us and to Don Payton for assisting with the organization of the event.
Students Win Leadership Scholarships
Scott Johnson and Marieliz Camara won $1,000 in leadership scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Only 400 students were selected nationwide. Congratulations to Scott and Marieliz!
Balfour Beatty Construction and Hunton Brady Architects received the Association of Builders and Contractors 2008 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award for SCC's Altamonte Springs Campus.
Nursing Students Shine
Our Nursing students continue to shine with their success on the state licensure exam. Practical Nurses: SCC. 94%; State average.82%; national average. 87%. Registered Nurses: SCC. 89%; State average.86%; national average. 87%. Congratulations not only to the students, but also to our outstanding faculty and staff for their dedication and expertise!
Interior Design State Committee
As a result of our high number of Interior Design graduates and our recent work with the State on the Bachelor's Degree application, Dean Michael Staley has been asked by the Division of Community Colleges to co-chair the State's Interior Design Sub-Committee of the Common Course Numbering Pre-Requisite Project. Mike will co-chair along with a representative from the State University System. Congratulations, Mike!
Rotary International Program
Faculty member, Marisabel Irizarry, has been selected by the Central Florida District of Rotary International to participate as part of a Group Study Exchange to India. The purpose of this Rotary Program is to foster world peace by improving the understanding of people and cultures around the world. In January, Marisabel will travel throughout rural India for 6 weeks, staying in Rotarian's homes and visiting schools, government agencies, businesses and Rotary clubs. Marisabel's experience will surely enrich her teaching and in turn her students' learning. SCC has hosted Rotary Group Study Exchange teams from Russia, Brazil and the Philippines over the past several years. Congratulations, Marisabel!
Ellen Orr, Office Systems faculty member, was recently selected to be a Lead Teacher for Cengage Technology's Cengage NOW accounting program. She will act as a technology resource to other educators in the area. Congratulations, Ellen!
SCC's Women Golf Coach
Christa Teno was named the Southeast Coach of the Year by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional membership. Teno led SCC's Women's Golf Team to a #4 national ranking last year. As a sectional winner, Teno will now be eligible for the National Coach of the Year Award. Congratulations, Christa!
Women's Softball Attains National Ranking
Our Women's Fastpitch Softball Team earned a #15 ranking on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association list of All-Academic Teams. The Lady Raiders are the only Florida community college team to make the list. Four members of last year's team were also named Academic All-Americans. Congratulations to the Lady Raiders and their coach, Courtney Miller!
Florida Banner Center
SCC's new Employ Florida Banner Center for Digital Media will share in a prestigious international award which will be announced during the annual conference of the International Economic Development Council in Atlanta tomorrow evening. Florida's Employ Florida Banner Centers will receive a 2008 Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions.
SCC Graduate Featured in EBONY Magazine
The November issue of EBONY magazine has a feature article on SCC graduate, Norm Lewis, who is currently performing on Broadway in Disney's hit The Little Mermaid. Entitled "Our Faces on Broadway," the article speaks to the colorblind casting that was accomplished in The Little Mermaid and its relationship to what the play is trying to teach. Lewis plays King Triton, father to the Caucasian Ariel and her six sisters all of different shapes, sizes and ethnicities. As stated in the article, "The multicultural cast of The Little Mermaid brings a new promise to Broadway. How ironic that a story about learning to accept one's differences features a cast so different from the other productions on Broadway right now."
November Board Meeting
With the Board's permission, we would like to plan a tour of the Fire Simulation Building, at 3:00 p.m., prior to the November 17th Board meeting. In other words, we are ready to start burning!!!
One of the fixtures at our meetings has been our attorney, Ken McIntosh. Last week, I received a letter from Mr. McIntosh indicating that he was "transitioning from the full-time practice of law." Ken has served SCC well as our attorney from 1980-1995 and from 2007 to the present. It is Ken's desire that this be his last meeting and that Sandy Ambrose assume his chair with the November meeting. Ken, many thanks for ALL of your incredible dedication to SCC!
Purchasing Professional Member of the Year Award
Scott Roche has been selected as Member of the Year by the Florida Council of Purchasing Professionals which represents the 28 community colleges. Congratulations, Scott!
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