CF will be going for gold in 2016-2017. At convocation Aug. 18, President Henningsen congratulated faculty and staff on a job well done in 2015-2016 and asked the CF family to continue serving students to the best of our abilities.
“All of us have a role in helping students succeed,” said Henningsen. “From our facilities folks who make the grounds beautiful and classrooms first class, to the student services folks who provide exceptional customer service as students navigate the business process of getting in class. To our faculty who inspire and help our students learn, to the support teams in all of the other departments who help keep the wheels turning in support of our faculty and staff on the front line. It takes a team to win, and we have that team!”
Henningsen reviewed the Florida College System Performance Funding model and highlighted changes that helped CF achieve bronze status. Proactive strategies are in place to improve the following performance funding metrics – student retention, completion and job placement. The new academic advising center in the Bryant Student Union will help keep students on track in their degree programs and TalentCenter in the Enterprise Center will help students find employment while meeting our business community’s need for highly trained employees.
Also at convocation, faculty and staff hired in the past year were introduced along with new doctoral graduates, and the CF Foundation announced New Initiative Grant and Endowed Chair recipients.
Congratulations to the new doctors in the family: Dr. Stephanie Cortes and Dr. June Tickle, Health Sciences; Dr. Sandra Davis, Business and Technology, Dr. Hingrid Kujawinski, Visual and Performing Arts; and Dr. Lisa Smith, Student Support Services.
A New Initiative Grant was given to Valerie Murphy and Josh Strigle for “Activate your GPS for success,” a project to introduce students to support available in the Learning Support Center. A Collegewide New Initiative Grant was given to Jean Imes to create a sustainable financial literacy program.
The Sarala Ramkrishna Karve Endowed Chair was given to Lori Witkowich, Academic Foundations. Witkowich will create a Center for Mindfulness at the Ocala, Citrus and Levy campuses. The centers will offer meditation workshops and yoga classes.
The Gladys M. Webber Memorial Endowed Chair was given to Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Visual and Performing Arts. Satterfield will conduct a community outreach program with music, theatre and dance students.
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