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Seminole State's top stories of 2010

Seminole State and UCF students help Presidents Dr. E. Ann McGee and Dr. John Hitt cut the ribbon on the Partnership Center. (March 26, 2010)

2010 was another year of historic growth and changes at Seminole State College of Florida. Here is a look at some of the top stories of the year.

Becoming Seminole State: Just a few weeks after the Board of Trustees voted to become Seminole State, the College unveiled a new logo. This modernized version of a shield uses blue and gold, the College’s traditional colors since its founding in 1965. In January, the College launched a new website to reflect its recent name change. Leading up to the conversion, more than 750,000 references to the former name were changed. The Florida Legislature made the name change official on July 1.

Record growth: Seminole State continued to rank among the fastest-growing colleges in the nation, with 10 straight terms of double-digit credit enrollment growth. In response, Seminole State in February reported adding more than 40 faculty positions.

New bachelor’s degrees: In January, President Dr. E. Ann McGee welcomed the College’s first group of bachelor’s degree students. In September, the state Department of Education approved four additional bachelor’s degrees. Seminole State will begin offering Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Architectural Engineering Technology, Business Information Management, Construction, and Information Systems Technology in August 2011.

Sanford/Lake Mary facelift: Officials from Seminole State and the University of Central Florida kicked off a weekend of celebrations with the dedication of the $32 million Partnership Center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus on March 26. The four-story, 106,000-square-foot center houses an innovative library, plus 29 classrooms and labs for Seminole State and UCF students. Since 2007, Seminole State has opened three key new buildings, parking lots adding more than 2,000 parking spaces and a new loop road at the campus. In August, renovation work began on building L, the oldest and largest classroom building on campus. The first phase of this project should be completed before the start of Fall Term 2011 classes.

Altamonte Springs Campus Expansion: Seminole State College is tripling the size of its Altamonte Springs Campus with the acquisition of 25.4 acres. In March, the Board of Trustees agreed to purchase four parcels of land adjacent to the campus. The College took control of the first parcel on July 31 and will gain full occupancy of all buildings and land parcels on Jan. 1, 2013.

Record graduating classes: More than 2,600 degrees and certificates were issued during 2010, a record. In addition, a record 191 registered nursing students graduated during Seminole State's 30th Nurses' Pinning Ceremony on June 21.

Business Partnerships: In 2010, the Nursing Program received gifts and commitments of $250,000 each from Florida Hospital Altamonte and South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. Those donations follow gifts of $750,000 made in 2005 by those hospitals and Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford. With state matching funds, the region's three largest hospitals have contributed $2.5 million to the College's Nursing Program in the last 10 years.

Student achievements: Honors Institute student Tatiana Viecco became the College's fifth consecutive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholar. Seminole State is the only college in the nation to have five consecutive winners of the $30,000 scholarship. Seminole State students also won the College’s first Hispanic Heritage awards and studied at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Also, softball standout Hope Bitzer was named a First-Team All-American.

Faculty achievements: Seminole State faculty continue to excel inside and outside the classroom. In May, three faculty were chosen for NEH workshops. In January, Dr. Michael Hoover, along with two of his students, appeared on Central Florida News 13 to offer commentary on President Obama’s State of the Union address. History Professor Dr. Vincent Intondi and English Professor Janelle Wells took students to Japan as part of the American University summer program. Also, Laura Dickinson was named state Communications Teacher of the Year.

For a look at the top photos from 2010, visit Seminole State’s official Facebook page.

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