BOARD REPORT FROM THE JAN. 24, 2018, 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 introduced Jessica Throckmorton, manager of Governmental Relations.
■ Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations, introduced Dr. Tristan Jiang, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.
■ Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Student Affairs, introduced Maureen Anderson, dean of Enrollment Management, and Dr. Raphel Robinson, director of Admissions and Student Recruitment.
■ Dr. Vernon Lawter, vice president of Regional Campuses, introduced Holly McGlashan, provost of the Levy Campus.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
■ Held a public hearing for Revised Policy 3.20 – Campus Environment.
■ Approved the Recommendation of Acceptance for Vintage Farm Campus.
■ Approved the purchase of Appleton Museum frontage land from the CF Foundation Inc.
■ Approved change orders for additional services for the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Construction Project.
■ Approved Resolution 2018-01 Providing Additional Signature Authority for the Execution of
Deductive Change Orders.
■ Approved the president’s evaluation instrument.
■ Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Ocala and the Sheriff of Marion County to investigate the possible shared usage and document each party’s current intent regarding land, buildings and infrastructure at the Ocala International Airport Facility.
■ Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Received a CF Foundation update from Chris Knife, executive director. The foundation has inititated a comprehensive $20 million capital campaign over 10 years to benefit student scholarships, Health Sciences, Equine and Agribusiness programs, and the Appleton Museum of Art. The annual Taste of Ocala fundraising event will be held at the Ocala Campus on March 3.
■ Received an Enrollment update from Dr. Saul Reyes, who shared that full-time enrollment is down .5 percent from the same time a year ago. Face-to-face enrollment is up 15 percent at the Levy Campus. New enrollment strategies include understanding prospects better, focusing on Citrus and Levy counties and high schools, and streamlining recruitment efforts. The Enrollment and Marketing and Public Relations departments have begun to meet monthly to coordinate recruiting and outreach as well as messaging shared with potential students.
■ Received a legislative update from Jessica Throckmorton, who shared CF’s legislative priorities for funding the Health Sciences Technology Center and Appleton Museum. She also reviewed bills related to performance funding and the Florida Constitution Revision Commission that affect the Florida College System.
■ CF was awarded a grant of $300,000 from the Marion County Hospital District to develop curriculum for a shift-friendly Paramedic to Associate Degree in Nursing Bridge Program to keep up with the ongoing demand for Registered Nurses. Funds will be used for the renovation of existing space to create a 10-bed simulation lab.
■ Eleven CF nursing students were awarded the Angelica G. Muns scholarship by the Community Foundation of Ocala/Marion County. In total, $22,000 in scholarship money was awarded to CF nursing students. The scholarship presentation was held in the Health Sciences Simulation Center on Jan. 18.
■ Katelynn Thibos from the College of Central Florida Forensics Team was chosen as the Florida College System Activities Association student of the month for December. Katelynn is also involved in the music program and the Community of Scholars.
■ On Jan. 24, CF students Dakota Brown, Stephanie Nottke and Marcus Chandler were presented Student Arts Advocacy Awards while attending Arts and Culture Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Presenters included Sandy Shaughnessy, Division of Cultural Affairs, and Ken Detzner, Florida Secretary of Education.
■ Eleven course sections will be offered onsite at the Citrus Campus for dual enrollment students beginning fall 2018-2019. CF is guaranteeing 25 dual enrollment seats in these sections to improve access to higher education.
■ The Levy Campus hosted GED graduation Dec. 6 with 26 graduates.
■ The Health Sciences Simulation Center celebrated one year of operation on Jan. 19 with a birthday party. Simulation Coordinator Debbie Becker stated more than 2,000 students have rotated through the Simulation Center for clinical experiences since last year’s ribbon cutting.
■ The Teaching, Learning and Engagement Institute hosted Professional Development Days for faculty Jan. 3-5. Guest speaker was Nance Guilmartin, author of “The Power of Pause: How to be More Effective in a Demanding, 24/7 World.”
■ More than 50 CF faculty, staff and students participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March in Ocala Jan. 15. In addition, representatives of Marketing and Public Relations and Student Affairs represented CF at the Day in the Park event following the march.
■ CF staff and students from Health Sciences programs represented the college at the Ocala Christmas Parade Dec. 9. The CF EMS recreation vehicle, which is used for student training, showcased our health programs.
■ J. J. Zacke, associate professor in the Dental Assisting program, was recently appointed to serve as a site visitor for the Commission on Dental Assisting.
■ The CF Visual and Performing Arts department hosted more than 800 students and their families from seven school districts Dec. 7-9 for the District XII Thespian Festival. Part of 31 similar educational theatre festivals held around the country, the three-day festival includes competitions in acting, improvisation, public speaking, technical theatre and musical theatre.
■ CF Teacher Education hosted the second annual Teacher Education Career Summit in December, with 75 prospective education students from Marion and Citrus counties.
■ Dr. Jillian Ramsammy has been appointed to the board of the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission. The commission provides leadership for city government in supporting the cultural arts and recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community.
■ Dr. Vernon Lawter has been reappointed to the Board of Trustees for Citrus Memorial Hospital and will serve a term that runs from 2018-2020. Lawter has also been appointed to the board of the Nature Coast Business Development Council of Levy County.
■ Holly McGlashan has been appointed to the Levy County Restore Act Advisory Committee.
■ In Appleton Museum of Art news:
The “Mysteries of the Amazon” exhibition wrapped up Jan. 14 with more than 4,800 people attending the exhibition or exhibit-related events.
Fifty-two CF Spanish class students visited the museum Jan. 3 and used imagery from “Mysteries of the Amazon” as inspiration for discussing the Spanish language and creating their own artwork.
More than 80 people attended the January First Saturday in the ARTSpace.
Three new exhibits opened Jan. 16: “On the Edge of the Florida Frontier: Perspectives from Life at Fort King,” “Elements of Art,” and “Art on the Move.”
The museum’s heating, veltilation and air-conditioning project continues to move forward. It is expected that the main part of the museum will reopen to the public in March.
■ In Athletics news:
Men’s Basketball has an overall record of 19-3 and a conference record of 4-0. They are currently ranked No. 3 in the state and No 16 nationally. The men have played to full houses at the Patriots gym for their conference games, and guard Van Turner Jr. leads the state in 3-point field goals. He set a Fiesta Bowl Basketball Tournament record in Mesa, Arizona, with 10 3-point field goals in a game.
Women’s Basketball continues to have a difficult year, standing at 4-16 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
Baseball season opens Friday at Palm Beach State College. The team will play a 46-game schedule over the next few months with 24 conference games to determine their opportunity to advance to the state tournament in Lakeland in May.
Softball season opens Friday. The team will travel to Clearwater for the JUCO Kickoff Classic, facing Northwest Florida State College, Polk State, Tallahassee Community and Pasco-Hernando over the weekend. Conference play starts in March with the fight for a state tournament berth at a new location this year in Sanford in late April.
Volleyball is in the off-season and the search for a head coach is underway.
The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Levy Campus.