Friday, Aug 26, 2016
Subscribe to our News RSS

Featured Story

College bans tobacco use on all campuses

Starting Aug. 26, tobacco use will be banned on all Seminole State College campuses.

Seminole State College of Florida will become tobacco-free beginning Aug. 26.

The College’s District Board of Trustees voted unanimously April 15 to ban tobacco use on all campuses beginning with the start of the 2013 Fall Term.

“It’s a cultural shift,” says Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Seminole State. “But it’s a trend across the country. More and more businesses, colleges and universities are moving in this direction.”

Nationwide, at least 783 colleges and universities have instituted tobacco-free policies, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.

As a result of the board’s vote to approve the tobacco-free college policy, the College’s Tobacco-Free Committee will begin developing implementation policies.

“The intent is not to penalize but to educate,” says Dr. Claudia Salvano, director of Policy and Labor Relations and chair of the committee. “Seminole State is committed to the health and wellness of our faculty, staff and students.”

Forums were held this semester on all four Seminole State campuses, and there was broad consensus that the move to a tobacco-free policy was the right one, Salvano says. “The main concern of some students and staff members was whether the College is going to offer resources to help them quit smoking, and the answer is yes.”

Salvano says her committee will draft a procedure this summer that addresses enforcement of the policy, with an emphasis on advising, counseling and educating. The committee also will explore possible collaboration with a wellness group to provide information and tools related to tobacco-cessation. 

The policy change comes as the College moves forward with plans to convert building H on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus into a Wellness Center for students, faculty and staff.

“Ideally, we can use this new policy as an opportunity to help people adopt a healthier lifestyle,” Salvano says.

The College’s previous policy, which was adopted in 2006, banned smoking except in designated areas.

More: The new policy is available on Seminole State's website.

Campus Announcements »

Student-athletes recognized for academic achievements

Student-athletes recognized for academic achievementsThe students have been recognized by the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) for their academic achievements and named to the 2015-16 FCSAA All-Academic Team. In order to be selected, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.Read More »

Campus Announcements »

Two Law Enforcement Academy graduates honored with Officer Robert German Endowed Memorial Award

Two Law Enforcement Academy graduates honored with Officer Robert German Endowed Memorial AwardTwo Seminole State College Florida Law Enforcement Academy graduates were honored Thursday, August 18 with the Officer Robert German Endowed Memorial Award.Read More »

Campus Announcements »

Seminole State announces 2016-17 Speaker Series

Seminole State announces 2016-17 Speaker SeriesSeminole State College’s 2016-17 Speaker Series will include two nationally known presenters, Van Jones and Sandra Cisneros. The series kicks off in September at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.Read More »

Our Social Media
 

Featured Video

View All Videos »

Submit a News Story

Do you have a story that you would like us to cover? Send us the info and, if available, a related photo.

Submit story and/or photo Submit story
and/or photo

Media Relations »