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Presidential Report: June 25, 2012
Congratulations to our Student Affairs Division for winning the Exemplary Practice Award at the Association of Florida College’s 45th Annual Student Development Commission meeting. Seminole State won for our “First Time in College Group Advising/Parent Orientation” program. Accepting the award were Deborah Lynch, director of counseling and advising; Denise Richardson, student success specialist; and Alvin Mitchell, educational advisor. Congratulations to the presenters, Dr. Marcia Roman and the entire Student Affairs Division.
Congratulations are also in order to Marcia since she was elected by her peers to serve as the Region III Representative for the Council of Student Affairs. Region III includes Brevard, Central Florida, Daytona State, Lake-Sumter, Valencia and Seminole State.
Congratulations to our newest doctor! Dr. Nana Robertson’s dissertation, entitled “An Exploratory Case Study on Active Play in Childcare Centers,” was approved in May. Nana has had a very busy and productive few months between getting the UCF Articulation Agreement finalized, achieving NAEYC accreditation and now an Ed.D. in higher education leadership! Congratulations, Nana!
Nursing Professor Maureen Tremel has been named a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. Maureen will be inducted into the group in September where she will join 117 fellows representing nursing schools and programs throughout the United States. This induction is a huge honor for both Maureen and the College. Congratulations, Maureen, on this distinguished accomplishment!
Congratulations to Christine Banta and Marilyn Wells! Both Christine and Marilyn are our newest CNE (Certified Nurse Educator) certification recipients. This prestigious certification is awarded by the National League for Nursing in recognition of excellence in nursing education. Congratulations, Chris and Marilyn!
Congratulations to Karen Kaufmann, campus librarian; Jeanne Larsen, librarian of research and instruction; and Dean Pat DeSalvo. They have authored an article entitled “Discovering the Discovery Tool: The Introduction and Impact on Research and Instruction at Seminole State College of Florida.” The article was accepted for publication in College & Undergraduate Libraries. Congratulations to Karen, Jeanne and Pat!
Congratulations to Dr. Carol Clayton, professor/program manager in our physical therapist assistant program. Carol was awarded the F.A. Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Annual National Meeting in Tampa. This is the highest national award that the APTA can give to a physical therapist who is training student physical therapist assistants. Carol has been with Seminole State since the program was established in 1990, and the majority of her classes have had a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensure examination on their first attempt! Unfortunately, we will be losing Carol to retirement in December. She will be sorely missed!
The Foundation for Seminole State College’s Board of Directors recently announced its spring 2012 Mini-Grant awards, which will fund 22 faculty and staff projects totaling $22,845. The Foundation’s Mini-Grant program was founded in 2006 to provide funding to full-time faculty and staff for projects not supported by their regular department budgets. Congratulations to all the awardees and best wishes for success with your projects!
Jason Gaschel, a professor in our Automotive Program, recently spoke at the 2012 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Training Session in California. The ACT Expo is the largest clean vehicle and alternative fuel show of the year attracting more than 3,000 participants. Thank you, Jason, for showing the transportation world what Seminole State has to offer!
We held our fifth Leadership Academy graduation in May. We now have more than 100 employees who have been through this yearlong program. During their graduation ceremony, they were asked to mention the most valuable part of the program. Nearly all of them talked about the bonding that occurs across the college campuses through this program. They started as strangers and are now friends. Congratulations to our graduates, to Michael Garlich, and to everyone who participated in the program this past year.
Our 2011 Endowed Teaching Chair Finalists enjoyed a long Memorial Day weekend at a NISOD (the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) meeting. Professors Paul Luby, Jordan Camenker, Carol Perezluha, and Marge Thompson, and Interim CAO Laura Ross attended the conference in Austin, Texas. The faculty were honored as recipients of the 2012 NISOD Excellence Award and were featured in the conference video. The conference included hundreds of breakout sessions on topics such as teaching and learning, student success, educational technology, and diversity and inclusion.
We held two graduation events this month. The Fire Academy held their Certificate Ceremony on June 4. Thirty-seven students received their certificates after completing a five-month program. Also, on June 18, a class of 83 nurses received their pins. You can be very proud of the graduates that we are turning out!
Also, please mark your calendars for our first graduation at UCF – Sunday, December 16.
The Lady Raider’s Softball Team was recognized as the Academic Team of the Year in the State of Florida for women’s sports with a GPA of 3.39. You may remember that they just competed in Utah and placed ninth in the nation. As a side note, the other Florida team that competed in nationals was the State College of Florida, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. When their president saw me at our recent presidents meeting, he made it a point to tell me how great our Lady Raiders were in supporting his team and cheering for them. He said that our Lady Raiders set the mark for sportsmanship at nationals! Congratulations, Lady Raiders and Coach Courtney Miller, we are very proud of you for your accomplishments, both inside and outside of the classroom!
As I mentioned at the Board Workshop, we lost Art Grindle on June 10. Art was a former Florida legislator and a longtime benefactor of Seminole State. Art will be remembered for so many things, but our students will remember him because he made their futures possible. John Gyllin and I are working with the Grindle family to plan a memorial service for Art at the College. The tentative date is Friday, July 20. Seminole State will sorely miss Art and all he did for the College and our students.
Seminole State also lost a valued employee in May. Ira Malask, budget analyst, passed away after struggling with cancer over the past several months. Ira was a dedicated employee in our Financial Services department, and he will be greatly missed.
Just a reminder that there will not be a Board meeting in July. Our next meeting is Monday, August 20, at 9:30 a.m., at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
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