BOARD REPORT FROM THE APRIL 25, 2018, MEETING OF THE CF DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The meeting was held at the Citrus Campus.
■ Allan Danuff, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, introduced four of the five students who were named to the Florida College System’s 2018 All-Florida Academic Team. Danielle Bryan, Katelyn James, Crystal Palmer, Karma Pfeiffer and Jacob Ratcliffe were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement, leadership and service to the community. Each year, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the most outstanding students in the Florida College System by naming them to the All-Florida Academic Team. The students were also recognized at an awards ceremony April 6 at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
■ Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of Regional Campuses, introduced Sonya Warden, director of Student Affairs, who presented the Citrus Campus Student Activities Board and CF Ambassadors. Rebecka Carrico, Julia Brodmerkel, Stephen “Hunter” Spurlock, Alejandra Fernandez, Anthony Humenik, Shelby Willard, Shaine McDonald and Lauren Philipps shared their plans for the future.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
■ Heard a presentation titled “CF – First Choice for Quality Higher Education” from Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations. The presentation highlighted areas including accreditation, faculty experience, new programs, affordability, community impact and the college’s newest accolades.
■ Approved the Inter-Institutional License Agreement with SCORE for the Levy Campus.
■ Approved RFQ 17-11 Construction Management Services at Risk for the Health Science
Technology Education Center Recommendation for Award to Ausley Construction.
■ Approved the Annual Equity Report, an overview of college compliance in the areas of policy, student participation, gender equity in athletics and accountability in institutional employment.
■ Approved appointments to the Appleton Museum of Art Advisory Council. Judy Johnson, Ulli Munroe, Sonya Nasser, Elodie Perron and Susan Peters will serve for three years.
■ Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Received the Auditor General Report No. 2018-174 – Financial Audit.
■ Received the Auditor General Report No. 2018-189 – State of Florida Compliance and Internal
Controls over Financial Reporting and Federal Awards.
■ Received a federal legislative update from Jessica Kummerle, manager of Governmental Relations. President Trump signed a $1.3 billion total budget which funds the federal government until September and includes $70.9 billion for the Department of Education ($3.9 billion more than 2017). There were many increases for college programs: Perkins CTE State Grants increased by 6.7 percent to $1,193,000, Federal Work Study increased by 14.1 percent to $1,130,000, Strengthening Institutions increased by 14.3 percent to $99,000,000, Apprenticeship Grants increased by 53.6 percent to $145,000,000 and Pell Grants increased by $175 to $6,095 per grant. Funding for new programs includes $1 million for Cybersecurity Education, $5 million for an Open Textbook Pilot Program, more than $2.3 billion for school safety and $1 billion for opioid epidemic grants.
■ Received a Citrus Campus update from Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of Regional Campuses:
o Students recently released the 30th volume of the campus literary publication “In the Write Mind,” and the Student Activities Board held a Stress Busters event April 25 for students preparing for final exams.
o Conference Services has hosted many events, including the senior art show for Lecanto High School of the Arts, a Community Resource Fair with United Way and the annual Citrus Campus Family Night dinner. Upcoming events include the annual Golden Citrus Awards, Citrus Memorial Hospital Nursing recognition dinner, Lecanto High School International Baccalaureate banquet and Advanced Placement exams for high school students.
o Through a new initiative called the 2020 Dual Enrollment Cohort, Citrus County high school students are registering into a series of dual enrollment classes. For the first time, the Citrus Campus is guaranteeing 25 seats in each class for dual enrollment students. Next year, two cohorts of students on campus (juniors and seniors) will be enrolled in as many as 12-15 dedicated classes.
o The grant request for $120,000 to fund two patient simulators for the nursing program was denied for the second year by the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation.
■ Summer enrollment to date is up 8 percent in FTE and 0.3 percent in student headcount. An increase is expected as Pell Grants are now available for summer. FTE is up 9.9 percent and student headcount is up 9.8 percent for fall registration. It is early in the process and we are not expecting growth at this level to continue.
■ CF Criminal Justice Associate Professor Thomas Ziesemer will receive the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. Named in honor of former AACC President and CEO Dale P. Parnell, this designation recognizes faculty who support students inside and outside the classroom, participate in college committees and go above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors.
■ Deborah Becker, associate professor in the Nursing Program, was presented the Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in teaching, learning, and technology at the Association of Florida College’s International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Her innovative spirit and desire to create evidence-based learning activities were cited as contributing to the establishment of a state-of-the art simulation program at the College of Central Florida.
■ Student Activities Boards from Ocala and Citrus campuses attended the Florida College System Student Government Association year-end conference hosted by Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Students attended 30 educational sessions and had the opportunity to hear keynote speakers Casey Cornelius, the Founder/CEO of ForCollegeForLife, and Jullien Gordon, a featured TED Talk speaker. Three students completed their FCSSGA Leadership Training: Shamari Adams, Julia Brodmerkel and Anthony Humenik. Ocala SAB took first place and Citrus SAB secured third place in the Scrapbook Competition.
■ CF has been awarded $42,000 from Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. to continue the ShopTalk cancer awareness program. The 2018-2020 award will allow expansion of ShopTalk to include workshops specifically targeted to students. It has been offered to the college and community for 17 years. The program is coordinated by Lois Brauckmuller, director of Marketing and Public Relations, and Danielle Doty, manager of Community Relations.
■ The Foundation received a $100,000 gift for renovations/classrooms at Vintage Farm. Endowed Chair Faculty projects and New Initiative staff projects are under review for 2018-2019. CF Retirees and Associates dinner will be held May 17. Gabor Award recipients will be announced at Employee Recognition May 4.
■ Spring commencement ceremonies will be held May 4 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Ocala. The commencement speaker will be Tom Ziesemer, associate professor of Criminal Justice, and the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Luther Drummond.
■ Congressman Daniel Webster and two of his staff visited the Ocala Campus and Vintage Farm Campus April 5. Webster heard about recent college accolades and how CF is impacting the tricounty area by meeting workforce demand.
■ More than 40 people attended the legislative thank you reception April 19. Participants included state senators and representatives or their staff, county commissioners, Ocala City Council members and representation from local congressional offices.
■ CF has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for the ninth consecutive year for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship. Tree Campus USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation.
■ The Marketing and Public Relations team represented the college at Dunnellon’s Boomtown Days festival April 14. More than 400 community members received CF information.
■ The CF Wind Symphony, CF Patriot Singers and CF Patriot Blues Jazz Band toured in Louisiana in late February. They performed on a riverboat and at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
■ The CF Patriot Blues Jazz Band performed a concert at Del Webb Stone Creek for the community April 19. Students also enjoyed talking with members of the 55+ community. The audience collected and gave a financial gift to support the music program at CF.
■ Students in the CF Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Science program hosted a booth at the second annual Superintendent’s Literacy Festival in Ocala April 7. Dr. Henningsen was a story teller for children at the event.
■ In observance of National Library Week, the Ocala Campus Library and the Judith Kaplan Endowed Chair Grant fund sponsored a program April 11 on the desegregation of public libraries in the South featuring retired Florida State University Professor Wayne Wiegand, whose book on the subject recently published, and Lake County Library Board member John L. Johnson.
■ Fulbright Scholar Dr. Svitlana Sharkova presented “Ukraine’s Contribution to the Scientific and Cultural Heritage of the World” to students, faculty and staff April 11. Sharkova is from the National Metallurgical Academy of the Ukraine and is being hosted by Santa Fe College.
■ In Appleton Museum of Art news:
Rembrandt exhibits and events Jan. 20-March 18 were well attended with a total of 3,568 visitors.
More than 140 people attended the April After Hours April 5.
More than 260 people visited the museum’s booth at the April First Friday ArtWalk.
More than 30 people created art at April First Saturday in the ARTSpace.
On April 7, more than 290 people visited the museum’s booth at the Senior Life Show at On Top of the World.
The museum’s fourth annual Magical Night at the Museum was a huge success with more than 550 in attendance. Visitors enjoyed a magic show, unicorn carriage rides, a gnome or fairy home art activity, and art that came to life.
The Inspired Fashion Show April 21 was attended by more than 125 people. Seven designers from Florida used a piece from the museum’s collection as inspiration in creating their fashions. The inspired pieces will be on display at the museum for the next several months.
■ In Athletics news:
Recruiting is underway for Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. The Head Women’s Basketball Coach position is closed for applicants and candidates are being reviewed.
Baseball has secured the Mid-Florida Conference No. 2 spot with a thrilling 14-inning game at St. John.
The Mid-Florida Conference Champion Lady Patriots Softball team will advance to the State Tournament and meet St. Petersburg College May 3 at 7 p.m. in Sanford.
Volleyball spring scrimmages have ended with wins over Rollins College and Stetson University. Recruiting continues for the 2018-2019 season.
The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.