Board Report: May 19

Athletic Teams and Students Lauded at Board Meeting

(Bradenton, Fla., May 19, 2010) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees embraced a futuristic approach to enhancing learning opportunities for students at a regular board meeting on May 19.

Carol Probstfeld , SCF vice president of business and administrative services, presented the Strategic Plan that outlines the College goals for the next five years.

Designed to be a living document that will enable the College to revise its goals as needs change, the plan involved collegewide participation as well as reaching outside the college community to include The SCF Foundation board, donors, community leaders, business partners and friends of the College.

Probstfeld noted that it was important to create a succinct plan about the primary purpose of education that could be effectively communicated to the community.

“Of utmost importance is the idea that a learning environment isn’t limited to academic pursuits but also includes students’ personal and career pursuits,” Probstfeld said.

Trustee Ron Allen agreed. “As we’re building the College, we’re building a community of whole people,” he said.

The board will have an opportunity to review the detailed document and vote on the strategic plan at the next board meeting.

In other board action, the board approved the master plans for Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch campuses and the inspection certificate for the Medical Technology and Simulation Center at SCF Lakewood Ranch. The new Lakewood Ranch building is on schedule to open for the Fall term.

The board also approved the following:

• SCF’s application for a Southwest Florida Water Management District grant for $7,930 to fund 50 percent of the cost for a rain harvesting system at SCF Venice. If funded, the proposed project will capture rain water from the greenhouse roof and store the water in above-ground storage tanks until it is used for irrigation and cleaning at the greenhouse. The project will reduce the amount of potable water used by the College, enhance the College’s current greenhouse, and serve as an educational display to demonstrate rain harvesting as a sustainability practice.

• SCF’s application for a $25,000 grant from the Deerbrook Charitable Trust/Civic Ventures Community College Encore Career Project. If awarded, the funding will allow SCF’s Corporate and Community Development division to operate a program for registered nurses ages 50 and older who no longer are working in the field but would like to reenter the nursing workforce. The program will include orientation workshops and training, relevant technological literacy and an extensive nursing practice review.

At the meeting, Peg Lowery, executive director of The State College of Florida Foundation Inc., presented the year-to-date foundation report.

Board Chair Steve Harner presented outgoing Trustee Christine Robinson with a resolution for her four years of service on the board. It was the final board meeting for Robinson, whose term ends in May, after she announced she would not seek reappointment due to career and family demands. Read the full release.

In comments, Dr. Hafner noted the success of SCF health professions programs:

• One hundred percent of the 2010 SCF Dental Hygiene Program graduating class passed the Dental Hygiene National Board Examination. Click here to read the press release.

• SCF nursing graduates’ pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for the first quarter of the year is 98.04 percent, compared to the national average of 89.91 and the state average of 90.66 percent.

The following faculty, staff and students were recognized:

• Gary Russell, program chair and professor, language and literature, gave a presentation on “Why I Love Teaching at State College of Florida.” He received the 2009 Vice President’s Academic Excellence Award for exemplifying teaching excellence, engaging in collegewide activities and having an extensive history of service to and profound impact on the college. Russell joined the faculty in 1983 as an English instructor and became a professor in 1996. He has served in many leadership positions including department chair of language and literature. Russell was division chair for arts and letters in 1990 to 1992 and for part of 1995. He was Faculty Senate president in 1999 and from 2001 to 2005. In 2003, Gary chaired the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee, an important part of SACS reaccreditation.

• Baseball Head Coach Tim Hill and SCF Manatees baseball team members were present. The team won the Conference Championship and FCCAA/NJCAA Gulf District State Tournament. SCF Manatees will advance to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, on May 29-June 5. The team’s overall record is 37-13. Click here to read the press release.

• SCF Manatees softball team members and Head Coach Meredith Headings attended. The team won the Suncoast Conference Championship and placed second in the FCCAA/NJCCAA Gulf District State Tournament. The team’s overall record is 33-24-1. Click here to read the press release.

• Volleyball players Emily Strack and Aurora Newgard won the Siesta Key Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge held on Saturday, April 17. Click here to read the press release.

• Studio 84 Productions won group and individual awards for theatre productions performed in the academic year 2009-10 including an Innovation Award for its performance of an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” set in a hurricane shelter and a “superior” rating from FCCAA for its performance of “Dracula.” Click here to read the press release.

• SCF’s Phi Beta Lambda business club excelled at the 2010 State Leadership Conference held in Tampa on March 18-20. Click here to read the press release.

• SCF Bradenton Nu Zeta 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. Click here to read the press release.

• EarthFest 2010 held on Earth Day in April was a huge success in raising awareness about recycling and setting a new Guinness World Record, the College’s first world record. The event was organized by SCF student Shane Henry and Earth Club advisers Don Hall and Jeff Laborda. Click here to read more.

• Carmine Garofalo, the new head volleyball coach, was introduced. Click here to read the press release.

Prior to the board meeting, SCF Vice President Dr. Carol Probstfeld conducted a workshop for the board describing the College’s budget process.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 23 at SCF Bradenton. A special board meeting was announced for May 25 at SCF Bradenton.

EarthFest recognition
SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, Elaine Virgo, David Virgo,
Sophia Johnson, SCF student and EarthFest organizer Shane Henry,
SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, Jeff Laborda, assistant professor,
natural sciences and Don Hall, professor, natural sciences.

volleyball players
SCF Board Chairman Steve Harner, SCF volleyball players
Emily Strack and Aurora Newgard and SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

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