Board Report from The Aug. 23, 2017, Meeting Of The CF District Board Of Trustees

The meeting was held at the Ocala Campus in the Founders Hall Board Room.


  • President Jim Henningsen presented Trustee Bobby Durrance with a plaque in recognition of his service as chair during the past year.


  • Tommy Morelock, director of Facilities, and Katie Hunt, manager of Facilities Operations and Construction Projects, provided a college facilities update to the board. They discussed many improvements throughout the college, including the new gym roof and floor, landscaping, Science Lab renovation, new Radiography Lab, Smart Areas and Learning Resources Center Academic Commons. In the fall, new baseball/softball scoreboards will be installed and a new Appleton Museum heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will be completed.

 In Other Business, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the agreement between Iso-Quality Testing Inc. and the college.
  • Approved the Capital Improvement Program – Fiscal Year 2018-2019 through Fiscal Year 2022-2023.
  • Approved the F-BAT Agreement Renewal with Miami Dade College.
  • Approved the Newton Perry Aquatic Center Lease Agreement Amendment extending the lease with Ocala Aquatics by three months through Dec. 31, 2017, to accommodate the fall swim season for Marion County Public Schools.
  • Approved the Appleton Museum Phase II-HVAC Project.
  • Approved the Balmar Realty Corporation Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement.
  • Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
  • Received information on the 2018 Legislative Priorities from Dr. Henningsen, who has been meeting with CF advocates and local elected officials. The college is focusing on construction funding for the Health Sciences Technology Center and restoration of funds for the Appleton Museum. Committee meetings begin in September and the legislative session begins early in January.

President’s Report

  • As of Aug. 23, fall enrollment is up 1.0 percent in full-time equivalent and 1.7 percent in student headcount. Baccalaureate enrollment is up 10 percent and online enrollment is up 6.9 percent. Applications grew 16.5 percent with new student enrollment increasing by 7.8 percent.
  • The Board of Commissioners of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has affirmed continuing accreditation to the CF Associate Degree Nursing program, including the implementation of a revised curriculum. The next onsite accreditation review is fall 2020.
  • About 175 people attended the ribbon-cutting for the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Aug. 11. Thank you to our trustees who could attend.
  • The college hosted Fall 2017 Convocation Aug. 16. Faculty and staff enjoyed a look back at favorite memories and shared what they are looking forward to through video. Dr. Henningsen shared college highlights on budget, performance funding, enrollment and more. Special thanks to Trustee Ron Ewers for attending the festivities.
  • CF student-athletes and Brain Bowl team members had an excellent year in the classroom in 2016-2017; 27 were named to the Florida College System Activities Association Academic Team. Selected students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3. Congratulations to these students:
  • Baseball: Vincent Addona, Hunter Bowling, Josh Harper, Trent Massaro, Nate Pearson, Fletcher Simmons, Christian Smallwood, Caleb Southey
  • Brain Bowl: Levi Cooper, Shawn Jarrard, Andrew Weatherly, Cristopher Shelton
  • Men’s Basketball: Ivan Gandia-Rosa
  • Softball: Taylor Cruce, Claudia Jones, Hannah Kelly, Karly Krueg, Destinee Lizzmore, Caeley Nix, Karli Woolington
  • Volleyball: Chelsea Chavers, Buse Ene, Licie Leite, Ivona Vojvodic
  • Women’s Basketball: Shakarri Mack, Nicola Mathews, Amanda Meloksky, Maria Midagalia de Leon
  • Commander D. Brisbane of the U.S. Navy at Jacksonville provided a commendation letter acknowledging our excellent service and support through our testing center under Dr. Henri Benlolo. The testing center provides entrance tests for U.S. military personnel.
  • Henningsen attended new board member orientation of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors in Washington, D.C., Aug. 7-12. The board had an in-depth conversation with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta on workforce issues and how community colleges can help promote the jobs agenda of the Trump administration.
  • Henningsen has begun meeting with legislative delegation members individually on legislative priorities in preparation for fall committee meetings. In recent weeks, he has met with Senators Dennis Baxley, Rob Bradley and Keith Perry, and Representatives Charlie Stone and Don Hahnfeldt. In addition, he attended the Aug. 22 Marion County Commission meeting to request support for CF projects, which they approved.
  • StartSmart Fellows will be in full swing in the fall semester, offering office hours, hosting workshops, and collaborating with the First-Year Success Team. SMART (Study, Mingle, Achieve, Recharge, Think) areas were opened in Building 8 and the Ewers Century Center. They include collaborative learning and technology, comfortable seating, ample recharging stations, as well as tutoring and faculty drop-in times. All Academic Pathways are in place and are being introduced to First Time In College and Meta Major students. All advisors and full-time faculty received training on the revised Early Support Program technology, as well as philosophy and techniques for connecting students to support systems on campus.
  • The Dental Assisting program submitted a grant report to the Marion County Hospital District Trustees. In the last six months, The CF Hampton Center dental program and Marion County Health Department served 3,513 patient visits offering 14,970 services. Services will expand next year with the guidance of the dental community and the Health Department.
  • CF is sponsoring Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership Friday Talks for 2017-2018. The business-focused sessions will feature CF faculty, staff and guest speakers the last Friday of each month at the CF Hampton Center beginning Aug. 25.
  • The Office of Student Support Services hosted 56 Project Eagle Summer Bridge participants June 5-29. That is the highest number of participants to ever complete the program. The program focuses on helping incoming students to become college-ready, both academically and socially. The students’ first week consisted of motivational speakers and exposure to college resources. Students also completed a noncognitive assessment and Career Coach assessment. The next two weeks focused on increasing math and English skills to become college-ready. English and math scores improved by more than 50 percent on the post-test. Participants ended the program by taking an educational field trip to Kennedy Space Center.
  • Henningsen attended August board meetings for United Way, American Heart Association, and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Ecomonic Partnership.
  • The CF Foundation received a partial disbursement of an estate in the amount of $180,000 for the benefit of the Appleton Museum of Art. The President’s Community Council was held Aug. 17 at the Appleton, and the reception for Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students to CF will be Sept. 20 in the Klein Center. The 20-year commitment for the Federal Endowment Challenge was completed this year and has created six new Endowed Chairs of Excellence and eight new endowed scholarships. Thanks to staff and board member predecessors for their hard work 20 years ago in raising the challenge dollars and tending to the program over the years.
  • Students and staff have benefitted with the ongoing partnership of CF and College Park Elementary School. Events and support include an annual Read-In, Positive Behavior Support volunteers, Teacher Appreciation gifts, school supply drive, CF Jazz Band performance, and a CF-hosted College Park kindergarten graduation ceremony.
  • In Appleton Museum of Art news:
  • 1,500 people attended the July Museum Day, with 500 visiting the ARTSpace to create art.
  • The “Bandits & Heroes Poets & Saints, Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil” exhibition has been popular with more than 4,450 visitors to date.
  • Educational programs inspired by the “Bandits & Heroes” exhibition included Brazilian Musical Extravaganza attended by 170 people; Festival Braziliero event, with Samba/Reggae music, art making in the ARTSpace and a Capoeira Demonstration, attended by more than 320 people; and “Forged from Fire,” a lecture by CF Humanities Professor Richard Kirk, with 48 in attendance.
  • Some 178 children, ages 4-17, enjoyed their summer at Appleton Art Camps. Ten children received scholarships to attend one of the camps.
  • Several temporary exhibitions from September to December have been rescheduled due to a heating and cooling equipment project. “Coveted Delights” and “Con-Text: the Word Based Images of Tyrus Clutter” have been extended until Sept. 10. During renovations, guests will enter through the rotunda to view the “Mysteries of the Amazon” exhibition in the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and to create art in the ARTSpace and art classrooms.
  • In Athletics, orientation for student-athletes will take place Aug. 23 with information on Academic Requirements, Buckley Amendment Release for media information, Code of Conduct for Student-Athletes, releases for drug testing, housing regulations, registration, financial aid, and the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX.
  • The Men’s Basketball fundraising golf tournament was held at the Ocala Municipal Golf Course Aug. 19, and 120 golfers participated. Many community business and organizations contributed to the event.
  • Volleyball season is underway with scrimmages having taken place at Palm Beach State College, Rollins College and Saint Leo University. First-year interim head coach Angel Gonzalez and the team will open the regular season at South Florida State College Aug. 24.
  • All student-athletes for 2017-2018 have arrived and have had physicals, provided at no cost by Joe Locker of Orthopedic Associates.

The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Center.