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Seminole State celebrates 2013 Collegewide Convocation

Faculty and staff enjoy the opening program at the Collegewide Convocation on Sept. 17. View photos of the event on Seminole State's official Flickr page.

Seminole State College of Florida held its eighth annual Collegewide Convocation on Sept. 17 with a day of activities and learning for faculty and staff.

President Dr. E. Ann McGee presents her "State of the College" address.

Convocation opened with Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee's annual “State of the College” address,

During her address, McGee noted the importance of taking time "to celebrate the successes."

A record 6,060 degrees and certificates were awarded in 2012-13.

"We're not just enrolling students, but graduating them in record numbers," she said. "This is your accomplishment as much as our students' because you are the ones who helped them cross the finish line." 

She also highlighted these successes: 

  • Enrollment growth: The College has had the second largest increase in growth among the 28 Florida College System institutions over the past six years. 
  • Foundation support: The Foundation donated a record $1.5 million to help students, faculty and staff in 2012-13.
  • Grants support: The Grants Department brought in $3 million for the first time.
  • Dual Enrollment: Enrollments by high school students are up 50 percent this fall versus Fall Term 2012, despite recent state law changes.

Employees with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service were recognized, along with the following employees who reached 30- and 40-year milestones.

  • Michael Barkley, electrician, maintenance: 30 years
  • Bobbie Bell, professor, humanities: 30 years
  • Lisa Stokes, professor, humanities: 30 years
  • Gus Beckstrom, program manager and professor, criminal justice: 40 years
  • Alex Dickison, professor, physical science: 40 years
  • Dan Gilmartin, professor, history: 40 years
  • Suzanne Tesinsky: Career Pathways facilitator, 40 years
  • Pat Tillman, apprenticeship coordinator: 40 years

Career Service Excellence Awards were presented to Derek Demeter, planetarium manager; and Leona Jones, coordinator, library circulation services. Both employees 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 2013 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 Jacquelyn Thompson, director of student success services. The departmental award went to the Grants Department.

This year’s Community Pathfinder Award was presented to the City of Altamonte Springs. Altamonte Springs Mayor Patricia Bates and City Manager Frank Martz accepted the award.

Also during the program, Board of Trustees Chair Scott Howat was recognized for winning the 2013 Florida Trustee of the Year Award. 

In addition to the formal program, Convocation 2013 featured a daylong Employee Development Conference with 30 workshops on a variety of topics. Most of the workshops were conducted by Seminole State faculty and staff.

This will be the last Convocation held in the Seminole State gym. The facility, which first opened in 1974, will go offline for the development of a wellness center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

Guests also included Alex Setzer, Board of Trustees vice-chair; Rob Baker and Rebecca Rhoden, members 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, "the first lady of Seminole State" and widow of founding president, Dr. Earl Weldon.

Check Seminole State's website for a list of faculty and staff accomplishments ("Applause, Applause") as well as a memorial to those who passed away during the last academic year on Seminole State's website.  

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 employment page.


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