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Presidential Report: July 18, 2011
$2 Million Gift from the Wayne M. Densch Charitable Trust
As the lead gift in the Foundation's "Campaign for Student Success," I am very pleased to ask the Board to allow the naming of the Partnership Center in exchange for a $2 million gift from the Wayne M. Densch Charitable Trust. The donation would begin in August as an annual $200,000 per year gift for a period of 10 years. The funds would be dedicated to scholarships and program support, with preference given to students who are first generation college students. We have many people to thank for their assistance with this gift, but most importantly Leonard and John Williams, who represent the Densch Charitable Trust. John is also a member of our Foundation Board and knows first hand the good work that we accomplish at Seminole State. This gift will hopefully be only the first of many gifts from our community to support the "Campaign for Student Success."
Kudos to Our Students, Faculty and Staff
Phi Beta Lambda
Seminole State students scored another outstanding performance at the 2011 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando in late June. Fourteen students competed against 1,800 students from more than 30 states. Eleven Seminole State students took home 14 awards and $2,750 from business sponsors.
NASA has selected the Planetarium at Seminole State College to create an interactive video presentation that will be paired with a science curriculum available to teachers nationwide. Planetarium Director Derek Demeter just recently returned from a weeklong internship at the Goddard Space Center in Maryland. He is partnering with a science lab teacher at Wekiva Elementary School to create a curriculum for the state's new fifth-grade science standard related to the water cycle.
Athletics - Baseball
Todd Hankins, a sophomore infielder from Oviedo, was named the Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) Player of the Year, an honor given to the top overall performer in the conference. Todd was also named to the Florida College System Athletic Association's (FCSAA) All-State and MFC All-Conference First Teams.
Students and Faculty Travel the Globe with Seminole State College
Seminole State College study trips took members of the College and our community to destinations around the world this summer as part of the College's 2011 Travel Study programs.
More than 100 registered nurses graduated during our Pinning Ceremony on Monday, June 20, and 80 more will graduate on Aug. 3. Sherrie Sitarik, President and CEO of Orlando Health, addressed the graduates, which included her own daughter Stacey Sitarik.
Good News from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
On July 11, we received the news that we were waiting for from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "The Commission on Colleges continued accreditation following review of membership at Level II offering the Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design." What this means is that — after much hard work — we have received continued accreditation for our Level II status and the opportunity to expand our baccalaureate offerings. Many thanks to all who have spent so many hours, days, weeks and months working on this!
Although it doesn't seem possible, fall classes will begin on Aug. 22, just five weeks away.
There does not appear to be a need for an August Board meeting; therefore the Board may vote to cancel that meeting. In September, we would request that the Board meeting be moved from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, with an accompanying Executive Session. Also, we will be alternating the sites of the 2011-12 Board meetings to accommodate the Board's desire to visit all of our campuses.
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