SCF Board Report: January 29, 2013

(Bradenton, Fla., January 29, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) District Board of Trustees held its regular meeting on Jan. 29 at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The board approved entering into contract discussions with Harvard Jolly Architecture Inc. for architectural/engineering services for miscellaneous projects.

Alan Burr, facilities planning and budgeting manager at SCF, also presented the facilities condition assessment, which included an assessment of buildings on campus that require renovation or demolition.

SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld thanked Burr and Frank DeSantis, building code administrator, for their work in keeping campus facilities in good shape during a search for a new director of facilities. Probstfeld also introduced Chris Wellman, facilities director, who was attending his first board meeting.

In other board business, trustees approved:

  • the financial agenda including the monthly financial report, budget amendments, SCFCS financial statement, and gifts and grants;
  • the non-financial consent agenda including an amended schedule of noncredit Spring 2013 courses, human resources office personnel actions, the academic calendar for 2013-2014 and Traffic Safety Institute minutes;
  • Trustee Charlene Neal as the board liaison for the SACS reaccreditation initiative.

The board discussed draft procurement and construction project rules for action at a future meeting.

Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services, gave an update on open lab access, explaining there are five on the Bradenton campus, three at Venice and one at Lakewood Ranch. In addition, Bowman reported that SCF student veterans have worked with the SCF Foundation Inc. to establish emergency loan accounts to assist student veterans “bridge” the gap and be able to start classes while they wait for their GI funding certification.

“We extend ourselves in trying to accommodate veterans and help them adjust and get back in school,” Bowman said. SCF has about 500 veterans enrolled in classes this term.

Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs, reported that student enrollment in SCF’s baccalaureate programs has increased from 85 students in Spring 2011 to 412 students in Spring 2013. While the numbers exceed the college’s projected enrollment, Mears said the college will continue exploring efficiencies.

Probstfeld said that Mears and Gary Russell, vice president of academic quality and success, will meet with University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee officials to discuss potential bachelor degree collaborations.

In comments about college activities, Probstfeld noted that:

  • SCF hosted the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s STEMsmart Educators’ Summit on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at SCF Venice.
  • SCF’s athletics department inducted four new members into the SCF Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Jan.18.
  • SCF hosted a Brain Bowl tournament that included competition from Valencia College, College of Central Florida, Lake Sumter State College, Pasco-Hernando College, South Florida College, and Seminole State College on Saturday, Jan. 26.
  • SCF Literary Guild hosted an open mic and a food drive at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 24, on the second floor of the library at SCF Bradenton.
  • SCF Phi Beta Lambda-Business Club will host the 2013 Florida PBL District IV Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The board agreed to change the meeting time and location schedule of future meetings. The updated schedule will be posted on the SCF website on the Board of Trustees page.








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