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Presidential Report July 20, 2009
Thank You !!!
It was a “banner” week for SCC with visits from both the Governor and our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Altamonte Campus Accrediting Team. Plus, we received our “official” SACS letter indicating that we are now a Level II institution!
I am not sure that I know the names of everyone who have been involved in these efforts, so I would just like to thank each member of our SCC Family for their efforts! I know that the SACS team was incredibly impressed with out thoroughness and teamwork. I will ask Lisa Greer to comment on the Governor’s visit.
Many thanks to Lisa Greer, Dede Schaffner and Scott Howat for attending the Banner Center meeting with the Governor on July 13th. Mrs. Greer spoke on behalf of the Board and did her usual outstanding job on our behalf. Special thanks also goes to Dean Angela Kersenbrock and her team for making SCC shine! I understand that Angela found several opportunities to let the Governor know how important SCC's role is in the banner center and the community.
And, just a short report on the SACS Team Visit to Altamonte. While we don’t yet have a written report, during the verbal exit interview last Thursday, the SACS Team complimented us on our “enthusiasm, dedication, thoroughness, teamwork, cooperative spirit,” etc. We received only one Recommendation related to the documentation of adjunct faculty credentials. We are very pleased! Many congratulations to Dr. Christine Robinson, Dean Lynn Colon, Christine Broeker and all who helped to make this visit so smooth and such a success for SCC!
SCC athlete, Owen Dew, has been selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft. Dew recently completed his sophomore season with SCC and is expected to decline the draft and continue his education at UCF.
There was also a great article in yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times indicating that Lalita and her husband, Ben, packed their truck last week and moved to Boston. Bill Maxwell, the St. Pete reporter who is also a Hechinger Fellow covering our math remediation program, plans to follow her career.
Disability Support Services
SCC’s Disability Support Services received a $6,000 grant from the Harper Family Charitable Foundation based in Mt. Dora. The $6,000 grant will be used to provide vision-impaired students with a portable magnification system and a keyboard Braille display. SCC’s Disability Support Services provides academic accommodations for more than 550 students each term on all four campuses.
Congratulations to Dr. Angela Albert and her staff. Special thanks go to our Disability Services Coordinator, Dottie Paishon. Dottie and Matt Hodge made the trip to the Mt. Dora-based charity to make the appeal after we were connected with the charity by Department Head Barbara Hunnicut. It was Dottie’s first “ask” and she was noticeably nervous. However, when the check arrived, there was a post-it attached which said that SCC was receiving the money only because of Dottie and her passionate appeal. Congratulations, Dottie, you are now officially a fundraiser! And doesn’t it feel good!!!
SCC in the Community College Week
Community College Week has released its Top 100 list of community colleges that have awarded the highest number of degrees and certificates this past year. SCC ranked as follows:
SCC was among eighteen (18) of Florida’s community colleges to make the annual list.
With the announcement this past week of President Obama’s attempt to provide even more money to community colleges, the spotlight is going to be on the nation’s community colleges to increase their degree production even more to help with the future of our country. As you can see, SCC is well-positioned to do our part.
And on Saturday, July 11, I was pleased to represent SCC College and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as one of the closing panelists at the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in San Francisco. I was on a panel which included the Chancellor of UCLA, Gene Block, and the former twice Governor of Ohio, now President of Colorado College, Richard Celeste. Our topic was the continuing economic crisis and the stress it is creating for educational institutions. I am pleased to report that the 90-minute discussion turned into a “love-fest” of sorts for community colleges. With all the national attention that we are receiving, it was refreshing to hear the UCLA Chancellor strongly support community colleges and indicate that 40% of his juniors are transfer students and to hear the former Governor, who is now President of a $50,000/year private college, extol the virtues of community colleges. It was a proud moment!
Congratulations are in order for Pat DeSalvo, Dean of Libraries and Learning Technology, for her appointment to the Executive Committee of the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) Advisory Board for a two-year term. This group provides oversight of the shared electronic resources portfolio, which is becoming more important to SCC with the opening of our new library and our enhanced UCF partnership. Congratulations, Pat!
Council of Local Governments in Seminole County (CALNO)
SCC will host the CALNO meeting on September 2, in the Board Room at 6:30 p.m. Please feel free to join us and let Linda know if you will be attending.
Board Events Calendar
Linda has provided you with the most recent Events Calendar to help with your planning. We really appreciate your dedication of time and talent to SCC!
Representative to the SCC Foundation Board
Each July, the SCC Foundation requests that the District Board of Trustees appoint a representative to serve on their Board of Directors. Dede Schaffner is your current representative. So, we would ask that the Board either re-confirm Dede or provide a new name. This appointment requires that the individual give $1000 per year to the Foundation and attend 3 of 4 meetings.
August Board Meeting
Since I know that many of you have travel plans for August, staff is recommending that the August Board meeting be cancelled. This will require a vote of the Board. Our next meeting would be Monday, September 21, if the Board continues the third Monday schedule.
And Fall Classes Begin on August 26!
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