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Annual Convocation celebrates achievements

The Mathematics Department received the departmental Pathfinder Award.

Seminole State College of Florida held its seventh annual Collegewide Convocation on Sept. 25, celebrating a year of continued enrollment growth and student success.

In her annual “State of the College” address, Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee noted the College’s success in boosting student completion rates by 26 percent between 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 2011-12, Seminole State awarded a record 4,688 degrees, certificates and diplomas.

“Students are recognizing that Seminole State College cares about their success,” she said.

Another achievement the College can be proud of is the growing diversity of its student population, McGee said.

“At the Altamonte Springs Campus, the minority student population is 62 percent,” she said, “and within the next few years, Seminole State will serve a majority-minority student body.”

Employees with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service were recognized, along with the following employees who reached 30- or 35-year milestones.

  • Richard Beary, Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice Non-Academy: 30 years
  • Kevin Brewer, Offset Printing Technician, Print Shop: 30 years
  • Joann Campo, Administrative Assistant III, Academic Services: 30 years
  • Cielo Carrizosa, Clinical Lab Assistant, Nursing A.S.: 30 years
  • Phyllis Gardner, Research Specialist, Institutional Effectiveness and Research:  35 years
  • Dorothy Holtgrefe, Professor, Mathematics: 30 years
  • Sandra Keith, Custodial Supervisor: 30 years
  • Kenna Noone-Kirkpatrick, Adjunct Professor, Psychology: 30 years
  • Alice Thompson, Library Technical Assistant: 30 years
Dr. McGee with Simoni Gannon, winner of the Career Service Excellence Award.

The 2012 Career Service Excellence Award was presented to Simoni Gannon, executive assistant in Computing and Telecommunication Services at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Gannon received a $1,250 check from the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida for “exemplary service to the College, for consistent demonstration of excellence, and for contributions to colleagues, students and our community."

The 2012 Pathfinder Awards were presented, along with a $2,000 monetary awarded provided by the Foundation, to an outstanding employee and department. The employee award was given to Les Lusk, Web development coordinator. The departmental award went to the Mathematics Department.

This year’s Community Pathfinder Award was presented to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. Linda Landman-Gonzalez, vice president of Community Relations/Government Affairs for the Orlando Magic, accepted the award.

In addition to the formal program, Convocation 2012 featured a daylong Employee Development Conference with 51 workshops on a variety of topics. Most of the workshops were conducted by Seminole State faculty and staff.

Guests included Cynthia L. Drago, Board of Trustees vice-chair; Trustee Jonathan “Alex” Setzer; Ben Newman, chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors; Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor, who is also associate vice president of UCF’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus; and Gerry Weldon, widow of Seminole State’s first president, Dr. Earl Weldon.

Seminole State College of Florida, with more than 1,500 employees on six sites, is the third largest employer in Seminole County. For information on employment opportunities, please visit the Human Resources jobs page.

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