Board Report: April 20, 2011

Board Approves Moving Forward with DEAL

(Bradenton, Fla., April 20, 2011) - State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees at the April meeting unanimously approved the first official steps to authorize the College administration to move forward with plans for the proposed Design & Economic Acceleration Lab (DEAL) at Lakewood Ranch.

Trustees approved a resolution to affirm its intention to use bond funding for the DEAL project. The board also approved amendments to include The DEAL in the Educational Plant Five Year Survey Report, the Capital Improvement Program and the revised priority project list.

“We all want to be good stewards of taxpayers’ money. I think the idea is fantastic and I support it,” said Trustee Joe Miller.

SCF board Chair Ron Allen agreed. “With the passing of the bonding resolution, we look forward to hearing more information from the administration before deciding on a contract,” Allen said.

Allen informed the board that he had reviewed Hafner’s annual evaluation, on which everyone rated him excellent, and he proposed that the Board consider extending Hafner’s current three-year contract to a five-year rolling contract.

“As board chair, I feel that providing for continuity of leadership is our responsibility and I want to ensure that we have our captain at the helm while some of these important initiatives that have been started come to fruition,” Allen said, adding, “It's important that he is here for the first graduating class of the SCF Collegiate School.”

Trustees discussed the proposal. Miller commended Hafner on his leadership and described the SCF president as “tireless, always out there at ball games, on campus and in the community.”

Trustee Jennifer Saslaw said, “I support this proposal wholeheartedly and I believe an extended contract will help him stay focused on our goals.”

Harner said, “We all knew our College was a great institution and with Dr. Hafner’s leadership, the community now knows what a big impact SCF has in the region.”

Trustee Susan Miller Kelly made the motion and it was seconded by Miller and passed unanimously.

The board also approved the Curriculum Development and Review Committee’s recommendations for new programs and courses including SCF’s new baccalaureate programs in early childhood education, health services administration, homeland security and public safety administration. The recommendation included adding a new course to the new Associate in Science Biotechnology Program.

In other board action, trustees approved:

• The 2010 Annual Update to the Florida Educational Equity Act Report.

• Work relating to the library temporary facilities project.

• SCF Tennis facilities improvements.

• A proposal for a Quick Response Training grant to train employees of Tropicana Products, Inc.

In announcements, Hafner thanked:

• SCF Board Vice Chair Steve Harner for hosting the annual scholarship fundraiser for SCF’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges at his Crow’s Nest restaurant in Venice.

• Peg Lowery, executive director of The SCF Foundation, Inc., for the successful “Evening Under the Stars” event and the Employee Campaign.

• Dr. Margie Robertson for her leadership with the Faculty Senate on important legislative issues.

Other announcements included:

• SCF has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Chester in the United Kingdom to provide exchange programs for students and faculty and has started talks with universities in China.

• SCF Manatees Baseball and Softball teams have advanced to state tournaments and SCF’s tennis team was runner up in the region and will compete in national tournament in Arizona on May 7. Click here to read more.

• SCF dual-enrolled student Leonardo Leal has been accepted into prestigious institutions including Harvard and Stanford.

• New statistics show that SCF’s library usage far exceeds that of other colleges of similar size.

The board also recognized:

• SCF student Jodi Johnson for receiving a $1,500 scholarship and special medallion for being named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Johnson, a North Port resident, was one of 50 college students nationwide to be recognized as a Gold Scholar. Her name was listed with all Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars in the April 11 issue of USA TODAY. Click here to read the press release.

• SCF’s Model United Nations team for receiving Honorable Mention and Best Position Paper in the 2010 Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference held in Atlanta. Students were Chloe-Ann Marshman, Matthew Corkery, Lori Dann, Robin Readle, and Nadia Kashitskaya. Danny Fuerstman, SCF social and behavioral sciences instructor, was the delegation’s adviser. Click here to read to the press release.

• SCF Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society members for being named to the PTK All-Florida Academic Team. SCF students were Johnson, first team, SCF Venice; Paul Cajka, second team, SCF Bradenton; and Chloe-Ann Marshman, second team, SCF Bradenton. Stephanie Cook, SCF business and technology professor, was the adviser of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of PTK at SCF Venice and John Paul, SCF social and behavioral sciences instructor, was adviser of the Nu Zeta chapter of PTK at SCF Bradenton. Click here to read the press release.

The next regular meeting of the SCF Board of Trustees is scheduled for May 18.

Jodi Johnson Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
SCF Chair Ron Allen, SCF student Jodi Johnson, SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, and
Stephanie Cook, SCF professor, business and technology.

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