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Presidential Report: April 18, 2011
Events and Kudos
We are extremely proud of two of our students, Daniel Leon and Juan Robayo, who have both been selected as 2011 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars. Daniel was named a Gold Scholar ($1,500 scholarship) and Juan was named a Silver Scholar ($1,000 scholarship). Selection was based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition in a field of 1,600 applicants nationwide. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Daniel, Juan and Seminole State College were mentioned in the April 11 edition of USA Today. Congratulations, Daniel and Juan!
And the Lady Raider golfers, who will be part of this afternoon's Foundation Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament, finished in third place at the Embry-Riddle Bash at the Beach. For the third year in a row, the team has qualified — as of this past weekend — for nationals! Congratulations to the team and to Coach Christa Teno!
Brandy Bartol, Seminole State's grant project director, was recently one of 27 panelists asked to serve as a Peer Reviewer for Civic Justice Corps Grants serving juvenile offenders. In this role, Brandy will help determine the recipients of $20 million in federal funding. Congratulations, Brandy!
Four of our professors have been invited to attend National Endowment for the Humanities Workshops this summer. This is a national competition and involves $1,200 stipend awards. Rachel Braaten and Debbie Socci were selected for "Concord, Massachusetts: Transcendentalism and Social Reform in Antebellum America." Bobbie Bell and John Sunvold were selected to attend "The American Lyceum and Public Culture: The Oratory of Idealism, Opportunity, and Abolition." Both workshops will be held in Boston. Congratulations Bobbie, Rachel, Debbie and John!
The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) has awarded a national Paragon Award silver medal to Seminole State for an interactive recruitment video used to recruit Seminole County high school seniors via a mailed invitation and personal Web address. Staff from our College Relations and Marketing (CRM), Computing and Telecommunications Services (CTS) and Admissions departments all collaborated on this award-winning project. Congratulations to all who worked on this outstanding and creative project!
Seminole State College has been designated as an Eligible Institution for Title III and Title V Programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965. This designation provides us with regulatory relief from a required match on federal financial aid programs. Without this designation, we were required to provide a matching dollar amount for work study and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG) recipients. It will help free up staff time for financial aid and business office representatives, who have spent many hours making sure we are meeting the federal requirements. This designation is good for the next five years and translates into a minimum relief of $1,049,770. Congratulations to Dr. Angela Albert, Concetta Duren, Tamika Bivens, Bob Lynn and others who worked so hard to attain this designation!
As you know, things continue to be "interesting" in Tallahassee. I've tried to provide everyone at the College with the most recent update on the budget and bills being considered by the legislature in the weekly Wednesday Updates. I really don't have anything to add that is new, but recent news reports would indicate that the session may not end on time. Scott, since you spend nearly every week in Tallahassee, would you like to comment?
Next month, it will be time for the annual Budget Workshop. As I mentioned to you, we think that this will take about two hours and will include our Advance 2016 initiative that is being chaired by Dr. Mark Morgan. The May 16 board meeting is at our Altamonte Springs Campus, and I am seeking your input as to the timing of the workshop and board meeting.
Also, I would like to mention that we will begin our four-day work week schedule on May 13. We will return to a regular five-day work week on Aug. 1.
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