Board Report: Nov. 30, 2011
Tennis Legend Nick Bollettieri Attends Meeting for Naming of Court
(Bradenton, Fla., November 30, 2011) —Legendary tennis coach and international celebrity Nick Bollettieri greeted the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees following the Board's unanimous vote to name SCF tennis courts in honor of Bollettieri and other tennis greats.
To SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, Bollettieri said, "Your College has a great name and we're hoping that tennis will attract people who will help you go further," Bollettieri said. "It is indeed a big honor for me to have my name associated here."
Referring to the simultaneous growth of IMG Academies and SCF's Bradenton campus across the street, Bollettieri said, "We keep going and so do you. Remember: A brand never stops. A brand keeps reloading. And that's what makes you special because when a brand becomes complacent, the competition will pass you by."
SCF Foundation Executive Director Peg Lowery introduced the proposal, which the board approved, naming tennis courts in honor of Bollettieri, who founded the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy; Penelope "Nip" Anderson McBride, former National Girl's Doubles Champion for girls 18 and under; Betsy Nagelsen McCormack, SCF women's tennis coach and former Grand Slam and Wimbledon doubles champion; and her brother, Jim Nagelsen, former tennis coach for IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
McCormack, in her comments to the board, said, "It's truly an honor for me to be at State College of Florida. I have such great respect for Dr. Hafner and I really admire his integrity and vision," McCormack said. "My goal was to get a good team, get tennis courts built, and win nationals. We accomplished the first two and are working on the third."
Under her leadership, the SCF tennis program had a strong start. In its first year, SCF's tennis team was one point short of claiming the state tournament and placed 16 out of 32 teams nationally.
Lowery cited SCF Trustee Jennifer Saslaw and SCF Foundation Board of Director Nelda Thompson for their efforts in bringing together donors for the tennis courts.
Trustees gave a standing ovation to Bollettieri and McCormack. SCF Board Chair Carlos Beruff said, "We really appreciate what you've done, not only for State College of Florida, but for the area. You have put us on the map."
Trustees also approved Lowery's request to name the rotunda in the Stephen J. Korcheck Student Services Center at SCF Bradenton the Joseph P. Vona Rotunda. A former teacher, Vona has been a supporter of the college since 2003 and has endowed several scholarships.
The board also approved:
- A $7,000 grant sub-award from the Manatee County Emergency Management, State of Florida Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Grant Program, to work with Manatee County Emergency Management and its Special Needs Committee to produce public service announcements addressing disaster preparedness for people with disabilities. The announcements will air on the Manatee Government Access Channel and Manatee Educational Channel; will be available for SCF and Manatee County Web pages; and will be used for preparedness presentations.
- A $68,525 grant proposal to continue operating the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SCF. In its eleventh year, SCF's SBDC offers counseling services and assists small business owners in Manatee and Sarasota counties with starting up and expanding their companies and training employees. SBDC collaborates with regional organizations to provide economic development to create and retain jobs and strengthen small businesses.
Hafner announced that SCF Collegiate School received accreditation from the AdvancedED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation, which is SCF's highest priority, validates the College as a credible institution, Hafner said. Since he came to SCF in 2008, the College has achieved several important accreditations including SACS' five-year reaccreditation; Level II SACS accreditation for baccalaureate degrees; and nursing, radiography and dental hygiene accreditations.
SCFCS Head of School Kelly Monod gave a monthly update to the board and presented a wellness policy for SCFCS, which was approved by the board.
Wellness is a top initiative at SCF, which aims to provide opportunities and incentives for employees and students to improve their health, said Hafner, announcing that SCF was recognized a second time as a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association.
The Board also approved:
- The monthly financial report and budget amendments.
- SCFCS Annual Financial Report and financial statements.
- Articulation agreements with The Achievement Center, The Learning Preparatory Academy and Sea|Mester.
- Reduced fees for the following courses, Intro to Dental Hygiene, Nursing Process I, Nursing Transition, Community/Public Health Practicum, Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology and Intro to Radiologic Technology.
SCF Board Chairman Carlos Beruff thanked trustees for their service on Board subcommittees, which he said were established to help new trustees quickly become more informed about college policies that require the board's approval.
The Dec. 14 regular Board meeting was canceled. The next budget subcommittee meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at SCF Lakewood Ranch. The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. at SCF Bradenton.