■ Bob Zelinski, director of Athletics and Wellness Education, introduced new Women’s Basketball Coach Andrea Mize. She played college basketball at Indiana University and has served as an assistant coach for the past three years at Martin Methodist College, where she helped lead the Red Hawks to their first-ever regular season conference title and three consecutive National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament appearances.
■ Dr. Henningsen recognized Dr. Jennifer Fryns, dean of Arts and Education, for being chosen to attend the American Association of Community Colleges John E. Roueche Future Leaders Institute. The four-day seminar was held in Washington, D.C., June 24-27 and helped participants hone leadership skills in areas such as change management, strategic planning and budgeting, shared governance and accountability, and understanding the rewards and challenges of senior-level administrative positions. Dr. Fryns was one of only four to receive a scholarship.
Tommy Morelock, director of Facilities, and Katie Hunt, manager of Facilities Operations and Construction Projects, provided a 2018-2019 project update. Ocala Campus projects include roof replacements, the Learning Resources Center Academic Commons remodel, Health Sciences site work, demolition of existing buildings, relocation of programs that will be displaced and a proposed central utility plant for the west campus. At the Vintage Farm Campus, site lighting, equipment barn electric service and lighting, and fiber optic communication to all buildings are complete. The main barn renovations will begin in October and be completed in December.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
■ Approved the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management Accounting Specialization after hearing a presentation from Dr. Rob Wolf, dean of Business, Technology and Career and Technical Education, and Connie Hardgrove, associate professor and program manager for Accounting. A feasibility study was conducted after receiving input from the community and the advisory council. The specialization will build off of the Associate in Science in Accounting Technology and students will complete the QuickBooks Certified User certification test. While completing 15 credit hours in upper division accounting, students can look forward to job opportunities and rewarding careers. According to CareerSource, accountants ranked No. 5 in high-skill, high-wage jobs in the tricounty area with an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent. The 2018-2019 year will include curriculum development and approval, staffing and student recruitment. The program will begin in Fall 2019.
■ Approved Amendment 1 to the General Fund Operating Budget for 2018-2019.
■ Approved a second nonrecurring, one-time payment for CF employees: 1.5 percent of base annual salary to each current full-time college employee that was employed as of Dec. 31, 2017. The payment will be reflected on the end of September paychecks.
■ Approved an agreement between Red Bird Resources Inc. and the College of Central Florida.
■ Approved the Study Abroad Proposed Trips for 2018-2019 to Costa Rica, London and Paris.
■ Reviewed the first reading of a new board policy regarding service animals on campus.
■ Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Received a legislative update from Jessica Kummerle, manager of Governmental Relations, who shared a summary of the Council of Presidents’ legislative budget request. The total request was $292.2 million, which includes $125 million for workforce funding, $87 million for student success, $20.2 million for industry certification and $60 million for performance funding. CF has done well in these areas and has raised its performance funding score from the bronze level in 2016-2017 to the silver level in 2017-2018.
■ As of Aug. 22, summer full-time enrollment ended up 12.5 percent and student headcount up 6.9 percent to 3,865 students. The major factor was the availability of summer federal Pell financial aid. Fall semester began Aug. 20 with full-time enrollment down 2.9 percent and student headcount down 3.3 percent to 6,831 students.
■ Patrick Hoffman, director of Financial Aid, reported summer Pell Awards contributed significantly to higher summer enrollment. The college disbursed an additional $1,354,946 in Pell Awards this summer compared to last year.
■ CF kicked off the 2018-2019 academic year with fall convocation on the Ocala Campus Aug. 16. Our theme this year is “We Are CF” as we create more advocates to tell our story and great return on investment throughout our region. Dr. Henningsen presented an update on college performance and community impact that was similar to an update he presented to the business community at the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.
■ Dr. Henningsen attended the AACC Board of Directors annual retreat in Washington Aug. 7-12. He heard presentations from the Department of Education and Department of Labor regarding apprenticeship grant opportunities for the community college sector. The first round is for $150 million with an additional $300 million later. Colleges across the country still report declining enrollment as the economy is still growing. The board and staff have been working on updating AACC’s Competencies for Community College Leaders that should be ready by the end of the year. Henningsen has been selected to chair AACC’s Commission on Research, Data and Accountability nationally and will serve on the Public Policy and Government Relations committee for the board of directors for the coming year.
■ The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, CF’s accrediting organization, has accepted notification for the CF Vintage Farm Campus, as an off-campus site, to offer Associate in Science in Agribusiness Management, Associate in Science in Equine Studies, and Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management, Agribusiness Management Specialization programs. Notification is required when initiating off-campus sites where students can obtain 25-49 percent of credits toward a program.
■ The college and CF Foundation were recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education with a 2018 Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award for the Public Two-Year College category, an honor given each year to “superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.” Selection is based on a panel of judges’ analysis of three years of data submitted through the annual Voluntary Support of Education survey. CF is recognized in both categories of Overall Performance and Overall Improvement.
■ The college and Appleton Museum of Art were the featured nonprofits at the City of Ocala’s Levitt Amp Music Series on July 20. Students from the CF Salsa Club performed a dance during the intermission and a CF information booth was staffed by representatives from Marketing and Public Relations, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Student Life and Visual and Performing Arts. Thanks to the team members who attended.
■ Eighty-two Citrus County high school students have enrolled in the first Citrus County dual enrollment cohort at the CF Citrus Campus. Fall semester cohort classes include Composition Skills I, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra and First Year Seminar.
■ The Criminal Justice and Public Service department started a 50-student cohort on July 17 sponsored by the Department of Corrections. Dr. Charles McIntosh, dean of Criminal Justice and Public Service, was elected chair of the Florida Criminal Justice Educators Association (Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission).
■ In July, CF Visual and Performing Arts partnered with (F)Actor Theatre Company to perform “The Laramie Project” in the Black Box Theatre. (F)Actor Theatre Company provides an opportunity for local high school theatre faculty to perform, stay active in the field and perfect their craft.
■ The CF Summer Digital Media Program, made possible in part by Duke Energy, culminated in August with 16 students earning six credit hours in two classes intended to jump start their college careers in a STEM field. The program was aimed at increasing interest in STEM careers for female and minority students in the CF service region.
■ On Aug. 1, Maureen Anderson, dean of Enrollment Management, and Dr. Raphel Robinson, director of Admissions and Student Recruitment, hosted a CF Open House in the Ewers Century Center. More than 100 students completed their application. Numerous CF departments were on hand to provide information and campus tours were available.
■ In April, Mark Ross, manager of Testing and Assessment, was elected to the Governing Board for the National College Testing Association. He will serve as chair for the NCTA Growth and Outreach Committee and Division Head for Membership Engagement.
■ Debbie Bowe, dean of Student Success, represented CF Advising on the Higher Education radio show on WOCA The Source Aug. 2. She was joined by CF Professor Julee McCammon, Crystal Flynn from University of Central Florida and Mike Fallon from Webster University. The topic was college readiness.
■ Student Activities Board members and Ambassadors from the Ocala and Citrus campuses attended a Leadership Retreat in August. They participated in a ROPES Course that included team building activities. They learned about their personalities and the academic performance benefits of mindfulness and meditation with Professor Julee McCammon and Dr. Henningsen. The students also had a legislative update, Campus Safety training, Suicide Prevention training and updates from Marketing and Public Relations.
■ Student Support Services hosted 60 Project EAGLE Summer Bridge Program participants in June. This is the highest number of participants to ever complete the program, which helps students to become college-ready, both academically and socially. Participants also strengthened their math and English skills so that they can be successful in their college-level courses.
■ Fall 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the Associate Degree Nursing program at CF.
■ Summer graduates of the Surgical Technologist program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination.
■ The second-quarter NCLEX-RN pass rate report revealed that 100 percent of May graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program passed the state licensure exam on the first attempt.
■ Jerelyn Zacke was appointed as program manager for the Dental Assisting program.
■ Rodney McGinnes was appointed as Interim Associate Dean for Health Sciences. He will continue as the program manager for the Emergency Medical Services program.
■ Dr. Tammy Martineau, associate professor for the RN-BSN program, completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at American Sentinel University.
■ Dr. Henningsen was featured on the Florida College System website https://youtu.be/hmppwwJg9gg.
■ The CF Foundation received $51,200 for the Albert O. and Alice W. Waldron Endowed Scholarship, $60,000 (first distribution of two) of the Walter Dittman Trust to establish the Dittman Endowed Chair for Music Education that allows instrumental and vocal faculty resources to help students and the program have a margin of excellence, $12,500 from the Ocala Human Resource Management Association to create an endowed scholarship for business students pursuing careers in organizational management and human resources, $13,000 from the Florida Society of Registered Nurses Retired Inc., Citrus and Marion chapters, to add to the CF Foundation Nursing Challenge Endowed Scholarship, final gift to make the Edith R. Nozik Endowed Scholarship, a nursing scholarship, operational, and an in-kind gift of a pristine baby grand for the music department.
■ In Athletics news:
Recruiting for the 2018-2019 season has been underway all summer with many talented student-athletes coming to the college this year. The welcome back for all student-athletes was held Aug. 19 with events to socialize the students with each other, the coaching staff and athletic administration. The formal orientation that includes academic expectations, athletic expectations, behavior rules, housing rules and the signing of all pertinent documents for participation was held for all student-athletes Aug. 20.
Under new head coach Israel Delgado, the volleyball team has played in three scrimmages to prepare for the season and will look to secure their eighth straight conference championship. The season opens at Hillsborough Community College Aug. 24, with matches against defending national champion Miami-Dade and Pasco-Hernando. The first home match is Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. versus Lake-Sumter.
■ In Appleton Museum of Art news:
On July 7, 1,217 people attended the annual Free Museum Day, which featured a museum Education Department Open House. Visitors enjoyed art films, a scavenger hunt and creating art in the Art Space, Art Lab and Clay Lab.
More than 160 people attended a presentation on guitar sounds and how they are made by Howard Paul on July 29. Paul is a gifted musician, business leader, and CEO of Benedetto Guitars. This program is part of the Medieval to Metal Exhibit.
On Aug. 12, more than 100 people attended the Inspired Speakers Series presentation by Jim Abernathy, an award-winning author, photographer and conservationist who pioneered shark encounters without a cage.
“Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Lands” is on exhibit through Sept. 30. The exhibit features an installation of images and the history of Native American burial mounds in Florida.
“The Flourish” is on exhibit through Jan. 13, 2019. It features flower-like, sea anemone earthenware forms by award-winning Florida artist Beth Garcia.
“Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett” is on exhibit through Nov. 25. Bennett, a Jacksonville artist, uses saturated colors and loose brush strokes to emphasize emotional connections.
At the close of the 2018 Summer Art Camp, the museum offered 19 camps with a total attendance of 239 children. In 2017, 14 camps were offered and 178 children attended.
The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Center in Ocala.