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In Brief: Winner named in DSS poster competition

Seminole State student Kathryn Mineer accepts her award from Disability Support Services after being voted the winner of the Disability Awareness Month poster design contest.
The winning entry in the Disability Awareness Month poster design contest.

Seminole State College fine arts student Kathryn Mineer designed the winning entry in the Disability Awareness Month poster design competition sponsored by Disability Support Services (DSS).

Students were invited to design a poster to promote Disability Awareness Month in October. A jury of three faculty and staff members – representing fine arts, digital media and DSS – chose Mineer’s design from 13 submissions.

In addition to having her poster prominently featured around campus in October, Mineer earned a $50 scholarship.

McGee named one of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful

Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College, earned a slot on Orlando Magazine’s 12th annual “50 Most Powerful” list, which highlights the contributions of Orlando-area politicians, business leaders, educators and philanthropists.

McGee is No. 41 on the list.

Since she arrived as Seminole State’s second president in 1996, McGee has overseen significant growth at the College, which now comprises four campuses and serves more than 30,000 students. She is one of 12 individuals featured on the inaugural list in 2004 and also the 2015 list, according to Orlando Magazine.

Career Development Center recognized by OUT for Work program

The Career Development Center (CDC) has received certification from the LGBTQ Career Center Certification from the OUT for Work program.

The Career Center Certification Program (CCCP) evaluates college career centers based on their ability to assist and provide guidance for LGBTQ students. The assessment takes into consideration the quality, quantity and availability of materials that help LGBTQ students succeed.

The CDC will be listed on this year’s certification report.

Athletics, intramurals relocate during Wellness Center construction

With the upcoming development of the Wellness Center, Seminole State’s Athletics and Intramural offices and training facilities are being temporarily relocated.

The Athletics Department offices and facilities have been relocated to building D on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus:

  • Athletics Offices: D-128
  • Training Room: D-126
  • Weight Room: D-124

The Intramural and Recreational Sports Office now serves students from two locations on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus:

  • Michael Husted, coordinator: A-100
  • Nicholas Bullocks, assistant coordinator: C-105

Once completed, the new Wellness Center will serve as a state-of-the-art home for Raider Athletics and Seminole State intramural sports. The proposed 44,000-square-foot facility will provide health and wellness resources to Seminole State students, faculty and staff, as well as the community at large.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016. The Wellness Center will replace building H.

Ceremonial mace featured in museum tribute

Seminole State’s ceremonial mace, currently featured at the Museum of Seminole County History in an exhibit celebrating The Senator.

Seminole State’s ceremonial mace, used at commencement ceremonies and important College events since its introduction in December 2012, is on display at the Museum of Seminole County History.

The six-foot mace was crafted from a branch of “The Senator,” a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree that was the largest in Florida and one of the oldest in the world until it was burned down in January 2012. It is one of several pieces created from the historic tree that are featured in the exhibit, titled “The Senator’s Sculptures: Ancient Wood Reborn.” The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. You can learn more about the exhibit at Seminole County’s website.

High school students build STEM skills at Seminole State

The third annual Advanced Technological Education (ATE) 2015 Summer Program ran June 1-5 at Seminole State, allowing 115 local high school students to gain valuable experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields while earning college credit.

The program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focused on solar energy and eco-friendly housing. Students also toured vendor booths showing applications of STEM-related technology, including a Tesla Model S electric car, a “tiny house,” a 3-D printer and a mobile solar energy lab sponsored by Duke Energy.

Business student finishes third at PBL national conference

At this year’s Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Seminole State senior Mary Grace Parker took home third place nationally in the financial concepts category. The business student was one of three students representing Seminole State at the conference.

The event attracted more than 1,600 students from two- and four-year colleges nationwide. More than $81,000 in cash prizes was awarded as participants competed in about 55 business-related competitive events.

Parker was selected to represent Seminole State in the national competition after finishing in the top three in a state-level contest. This was her second consecutive top-three finish at a PBL national conference. Students Fabiola Fernandez and John Machaffie also attended the conference.

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