Board Report: April 21

(Bradenton, Fla., April 21, 2010) —A year after State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) won approval to offer its first baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the SCF District Board of Trustees at a meeting on April 21 celebrated another milestone in the College’s progress: the recent approval of three new baccalaureate degrees.

SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner said, “While we are the same two-year college we have been for the past 53 years, the recent approval of these three new baccalaureate degrees strengthens our role as a college of the community.”

The Florida State Board of Education (SBE) at its March meeting approved SCF’s proposals to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education, and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in health services administration and public safety administration/homeland security. The new degree programs are scheduled to start in 2011.

The SBE described the proposal for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in energy technology as “visionary” and said it would be considered at the Board’s May or June meeting.

SCF’s workforce baccalaureate proposals were developed in response to requests from community and business leaders and professionals in the fields, said SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

“Gaining approval to offer these new workforce baccalaureate degrees supports our plan and vision for responding to the community. We will continue listening to business partners and community members who currently are requesting more baccalaureate degrees,” Hafner said.

Trustee Kelvin Lumpkin said he was pleased with Dr. Hafner’s vision and foresight to expand SCF’s mission.

“I’m excited to be a part of this school,” he said. “The direction Dr. Hafner is taking is helping us serve the community, and our best days are ahead.”

In official Board action, trustees approved:

• A recommendation from the Curriculum Development and Review Committee for New Programs to offer new courses including Introduction to Oceanography, First Year Experience and Study Skills for Academic Success as well as revise existing courses including Career Research, Intro to Computer Graphics, Typography, Communication Design, Desktop Publishing, Computer Image Making, Web Interactivity and Web Design and Professional Practices. Labs in French, German and Spanish were replaced with modern software programs for learning a foreign language; and

• A request to negotiate final terms and conditions with Canon Business Solutions for networked copiers and printers; and

• The 2009-2010 annual update of the Florida Educational Equity Act Report.

The Board welcomed former Sen. Lisa Carlton, for whom the Carlton Student Government Association (SGA) scholarship is named in honor of the retired legislator’s service in the Florida Senate and House. Carlton presented a donation to help fund the SGA scholarship and met with student leaders to discuss their future plans and goals.

“It’s an honor for me to support the great work you do at SCF,” Carlton told the Board. “Your students learn how to be community-minded citizens while they have an excellent academic experience,” said Carlton.

Thanking Carlton for her donation, Hafner said, “Your contribution has inspired the next generation of leaders and gives them another opportunity to succeed.”

The board also recognized the following:

• SCF Venice Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society achieved Five-Star Chapter Development status at the International Convention held in Orlando in April 7-10. Read full release.

• SCF Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club members excelled in the 2010 State Leadership Conference held in Tampa on March 18-20. Read full release.

• SCF Venice Math Olympics team placed first in the small college division in a statewide competition held in April at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. Read full release.

Retiring faculty members Dr. Gary Greene, Professor, Business and Technology, and Lorraine Livingston, Assistant Professor, Nursing, were honored with resolutions.

In comments, Dr. Hafner announced:

• Two SCF volleyball players won the Siesta Key collegiate beach volleyball challenge, defeating teams from prestigious colleges including Notre Dame, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, North Florida and University of Central Florida.

• SCF baseball and softball teams both won Suncoast Conference titles. SCF softball, ranked fifth in the state, and will begin playing in the state tournament in Auburndale on Friday, April 30, and SCF baseball, ranked third in the state and 13th in the nation, will open at the state tournament in Lakeland on Thursday, May 6.

Front row: Student Government Association officers, Rebecca Gutherz, Bradenton, secretary/treasurer; Ashley Cranston, Bradenton, ICC president; former Sen. Lisa Carlton; Rafael Ayala, Bradenton, vice president; Zaph Manigat, Venice, vice president; Ashley Darr, Venice, president.Back Row: SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, SCF Bradenton Student Life Adviser Tim Hill II; C.J. Hunnicut, Bradenton, president; Laura Shade, Bradenton, chief justice; Anthony Thompson, Venice, chief justice; SCF Venice Student Life Adviser Jeff Snyder; SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

 Dr. Gary Greene
SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, Business and Technology Professors Dr. Louis Okonkwo and Dr. Gary Greene, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, and SCF Bradenton Provost and Vice President of Baccalaureate Programs Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs.

Lorraine Livingston
SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, SCF Lakewood Ranch Provost and Dean of Nursing Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, Assistant Professor of Nursing Lorraine Livingston and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.


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