■ Dr. Jim Henningsen recognized newly appointed trustees Avis Marie Craig and Dr. Robert Winsler representing Citrus County.
■ Dr. Henningsen recognized Marjorie McGee, director of Student Life, as the newly elected statewide president for the Association of Florida Colleges.
Tommy Morelock, director of Facilities, presented details on the planning process and site plan for the new Health Science Technology Center. Dr. Stephanie Cortes, dean of Health Sciences, discussed the eight health science programs located on all four campuses. Community needs are prompting the expansion of opportunities for dental hygiene, sonography, respiratory therapy and cardiovascular technologist programs. Additionally, a corresponding increase is needed in the building square footage, the addition of a fourth floor renovation, transformation of the existing Nursing Building, and the long-term vision of a Hampton Center for Dental Studies.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
■ Approved the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, which was developed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community over the course of more than a year. Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations, shared details of the plan, which is focused on student success and includes three priorities: investing in our students, investing in our community and investing in our team.
■ Ratified approval of a professional services agreement between Moore Solutions Inc. and the college for Perkins Professional Development Institute training workshops and revision of the PDI website.
■ Approved a Consent to Sublease by the City of Ocala for the Airport Facility Driving Pad to allow the Marion County School Board temporary use of the driving pad at the Ocala International Airport Facility for their commercial truck driving training program through Marion Technical College.
■ Approved an Agreement to Sublease the Airport Facility Driving Pad to the Marion County School Board to allow temporary use of the driving pad at the Ocala International Airport Facility for their commercial truck driving training program through MTC. The sublease is from January-May 2019.
■ Approved an agreement between FANUC America Corporation and CF that will make the college a FANUC Authorized Satellite Training center and allow Corporate College to offer FANUC courses and certifications.
■ Approved a 2019 Financial Memoranda of Understanding between the College of Central Florida and the CF Foundation documenting the Foundation’s anticipated use of college resources including the employee positions providing personal services, the office space and related buildings and property used by both parties, and the estimated value of both the college’s and Foundation’s resources.
■ Approved a sponsorship agreement between CAMPUS USA Credit Union and the College of Central Florida. CAMPUS USA will provide CF with $50,000 annually for five years, be recognized as the exclusive financial institution partner of the college, and be afforded certain sponsorships opportunities.
■ Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Received a Spring Enrollment Update from Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Student Affairs, who shared that spring enrollment is down .3 percent overall with full-time enrollment down 1.4 percent. The demographic ratio is 60/40 female-to-male with 18-24 being the largest age group. Dual enrollment is up 8.1 percent and comprises 13.8 percent of the student body. Health Sciences is up by 13.3 percent. A new customer relationship management system is being implemented in February and the results will be presented at a future board meeting.
■ Received a legislative update from Jessica Kummerle, manager of Governmental Relations, who provided an overview on state governance, leadership, committee assignments and structure. She also discussed the college’s priorities including the Health Science Technology Center, restoring funding to the Appleton Museum of Art and operational support.
■ On Jan. 17, the Citrus Campus hosted Galaxy of Stars, the annual teacher and staff recognition event for Citrus County schools. On Jan. 18, the Citrus Campus hosted the fourth annual Leadership Summit for Citrus County, where county commissioners, school board members and elected city leaders discuss issues of mutual significance.
■ For the fifth year, CF Criminal Justice held a holiday food drive for education partner, College Park Elementary School. Forty-two families received food. The Marion County Public Education Foundation recognized the college in December as business partner of the month.
■ On Dec. 18, Board Chair Rusty Branson and Dr. Henningsen met with Kevin Sheilley, CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, to discuss how CF and CEP can enhance our relationship and impact talent development in the region.
■ Faculty Professional Development Days kicked off the beginning of the semester, Jan. 2-4. New faculty participated in college orientation and joined returning faculty for professional development workshops and presentations. Multiple G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas For Teaching Students) workshops were presented by current faculty. Workshops included, “Stop the Bleed: Responding to Emergencies,” “Writing and Winning a Mini-Grant,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” and “Do You have ESP?” The highlight of the program on Jan. 3 involved concurrent faculty group sessions facilitated by college instructional staff. Groups of 10 to 12 faculty discussed and brainstormed best practices for student retention and completion. Faculty then reconvened in the Klein for a debriefing. Information is being synthesized to be evaluated for appropriate implementation for college student retention and completion strategies.
■ The Vintage Farm Classroom Remodeling project, to convert the former barn vehicle storage area into an ADA and Life Safety compliant instructional classroom, has been completed. The total cost for this remodeling was $350,000 comprised of state PECO funds and $100,000 in private donor funds. The remodeled classroom and addition was 2,298 square feet, total remodeled ADA and life-safety was 9,653 square feet, and a fire alarm system and site lighting were added under the project. For the initial spring semester, there are five courses scheduled in the equine and agribusiness programs that serve approximately 75 students. The number of course offerings and students served will increase in future semesters. Future expansion and remodeling includes the move of the greenhouse from the Ocala Campus to the Vintage Farm Campus, pervious vehicle parking, additional safety and security site lighting, fencing enhancements, and a covered teaching arena with stadium-style bleacher seating, once funding is secured.
■ Jessica Kummerle, manager of Governmental Relations, and Dr. Henningsen attended the Council of Presidents meeting in Tallahassee Jan. 10-11. Association of Florida Colleges lobbyists and the COP Policy and Advocacy Committee provided legislative updates. Discussions continue to sound favorable for additional funding support for the Florida College System this session.
■ As a member of the Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee for the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Henningsen participated in a national conference call Jan. 18 to discuss updates from Washington, D.C., including reviewing new congressional committee members and policies.
■ Twelve alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program have been named Rookie of the Year in Marion County Public Schools and will be honored at the Golden Apple Gala on Jan. 25. Recipients include Christy Benway (Belleview Middle), Jessy Nasworth (College Park Elementary), Brittany Danielson (Dunnellon Elementary), Estela Melendez (Emerald Shores Elementary), Zarah Turner (Evergreen Elementary), David Scalf (Maplewood Elementary), Lenisha Harris (Marion Oaks Elementary), Monira Zaman (Romeo Elementary), Tiffani Mckeown (South Ocala Elementary), Maritza Hernandez (Sparr Elementary), and Adam VanDerbeck (Sunrise Elementary).
■ Patrick Hoffman, director of Financial Aid, reported that 5,611 students were awarded financial aid totaling $44,372,059 in 2018-2019. This includes all prospective students that apply and submit the financial aid application and supporting documents to the college. In fall 2018, a total of $14,340,291 was disbursed to 4,161 students.
■ The Foundation fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2018. Unaudited numbers show a strong fundraising year with more than $2.1 million in development revenue. In 2018, more than $1.2 million in student support, $1.9 million in Appleton Museum of Art support, and $4.1 million in academic and institutional support were provided to the college. The CF Reaching Higher campaign currently stands with 70 percent ($14 million) of the $20 million goal committed. Total assets are estimated to be $100,205,468, of which 97 percent of endowments are restricted.
■ Dr. Alton Austin, registrar, reported 915 diplomas and certificates were awarded in December 2018.
■ The college participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Park on Jan. 21. Representatives of Marketing and Public Relations and Enrollment Services provided information about the college, upcoming Preview Night and Shop Talk Cancer Awareness programs to hundreds of community members.
■ In the newly released 2019 annual report on Florida Teacher Preparation, CF students ranked second in the state in pass rates for the subtest in both Language Arts and Reading and Social Science categories out of 76 ranked programs.
■ On Dec. 11, 2018, the college received official notification that our national application for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement was approved. We were approved by the state of Florida on Oct. 31, 2018, which allowed us to pursue the national SARA approval. As a SARA institution, we may serve students who are out of state through our extensive online course and program offerings.
■ Admissions news:
Dec. 3 – We hosted 25 students from Dunnellon Middle School’s AVID program.
Dec. 4 – 50 Liberty Middle School students received a campus tour and information.
Dec. 5 – We had 60 participants in our Spring Open House.
Dec. 6 – North Marion presentation.
Dec. 7 – 10 members of Marion Youth Academy received a campus tour.
Dec. 12-13 – West Port High School brought 35 students to campus for a tour; they completed applications and had application fees waived.
Jan. 24 – Lake Weir Round-Up
Jan. 29 – Vanguard Round-Up
Jan. 31 – College and Career Expo at The Villages High School
We currently manage 89 international students, representing 36 different countries.
■ Ocala Campus Student Life hosted Welcome Stations Jan. 7-8 with more than 50 volunteers. Back again this year was “Rides with the President” with Dr. Henningsen escorting students by golf cart to class. On Jan. 16, Student Life and SAB hosted the Welcome Back & Club Rush with 247 students checking in. Five community supporters, 34 groups and 29 clubs participated in the event, which featured a creative lunch of Walking Tacos and a laptop giveaway.
■ The 2018 CF Trains at the Holidays exhibit at the Webber Gallery enjoyed approximately 2,500 visitors in just two weeks.
■ Appleton Museum of Art news:
“Elements of Art,” an exhibit of artwork by children attending Marion County independent and private schools, through Jan. 27.
“Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett.” Bennett, a Jacksonville artist, uses saturated colors and loose brush strokes to emphasize emotional connections, through Jan. 27.
“Art on the Move,” license plate artwork by students in Marion School District, through Feb. 4.
“America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher” opens Feb. 2. This exhibition of large format black and white photographs spans three decades and captures the rugged and remote beauty of the Everglades.
A painting from the museum’s Orientalist Collection, “Odalisque” by Jean-Léon Gérôme, will be featured as part of a major exhibition, “L’Orient des peintres, du rêve á la lumière” (Orientalist Painters: From Dream to Light), from March 1-July 21 at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. The show will feature 60 masterpieces from the most important public and private collections in Europe and the U.S., such as Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The exhibition aims to reveal a new look at Orientalist painting and the birth of modern art.
On Jan. 5, 44 people attended the First Saturday program in the ARTSpace.
On Jan 8, more than 35 parents and children participated in the Museum & Me Program for Pre-K. The new addition to our educational offerings has proved to be popular.
On Jan. 18, Museum Educator Hollis Mutch and Docent Patricia Beil presented an Appleton-on-the-Go program to 32 students at the New Leaf Center.
Dec. 1 was the Urban Family Holiday Exhibit Free Day. More than 2,000 people attended the annual event and enjoyed making art in the ARTSpace, carriage rides, art films and photos with Santa.
On Dec. 6, more than 130 CF employees attended the annual Holiday Reception.
On Dec. 13, the After Hours event, featuring music by the Marion Civic Chorale, was attended by more than 250 people.
On Jan. 12, more than 230 people attended a reception for “Elements of Art.”
On Jan. 26, more than 500 people attended the reception and awards ceremony for “Art on the Move.”
The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus.