City of Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and City Manager Norton Bonaparte brought City Hall to a Seminole State College of Florida classroom on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and engaged students with a guest lecture on local government, policymaking, the politics of community development and local elections.
Seminole State student Rebecca Borchers, of Sanford, said the lecture meant a lot to her.
“Before today, I was never told or never understood what we could do to be proactive citizens instead of just reactive,” Borchers said. “It’s great they came here to make the connection with us.”
Tracy Harbin, director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and political science professor, coordinated the event.
“To have city officials right from within our service area on hand discussing real-life policymaking and issues today really makes the connection between classroom theory and application,” Harbin said.
“Local government is government closest to the people,” said Mayor Triplett. “This lecture provides a great opportunity to reach out to college students to heighten their awareness about the services the City of Sanford provides and how city government works in the community to enhance the quality of life in Sanford. This is also a great opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the City of Sanford and Seminole State College and to encourage citizen engagement among students and faculty.”
To accommodate distance-learning students and faculty and staff who were unable to attend, the guest lecture was live-streamed online. Additionally, the lecture was recorded and is available on Sakai, the College’s virtual learning environment and course management system.