Dr. Henningsen recognized Dr. Tom Ziesemer, Criminal Justice faculty who received the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Colleges, and Debbie 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. Neither team member was in attendance due to previous commitments.
Athletic Director Bob Zelinski shared highlights including that CF has hosted the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament for the fifth year, Volleyball won the seventh consecutive Mid-Florida Conference title, Men’s Basketball made its 13th consecutive trip to the state tournament, and Softball and Baseball also advanced to the state tournament this year. Softball coach Kevin Fagan introduced two of his outstanding student-athletes: Takiya London who he described as the “finest leader I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” and Katie Peters, who was named scholar-athlete of the year. Baseball coach Marty Smith, who has been part of CF for 30 years, introduced outstanding student-athletes Christian Smallwood and Josh Harper.
The Board of Trustees:
- Approved the 2017–2018 State Requirements for Educational Facilities Fire Safety, Sanitation and Casualty Inspection Report. The report, which documents the April 2018 inspection, found no deficiencies and acknowledged that the college is creating a plan for the Vintage Farm Campus.
- Approved a one-year extension of an agreement with Miami-Dade College to offer the Florida Basic Abilities Test testing services.
- Approved the renewal of an Indefinite Quantity Agreement with Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Development Board Inc., doing business as CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion.
- Received for first reading the Student and Mandatory Fees for 2018-2019, which have not changed since 2012. The fees are in line with other Florida colleges.
- Received the monthly financial summary report and list of warrants.
- Received the Appleton Cultural Center Inc. annual audit for the period ending Dec. 31, 2017. It was a clean audit with no findings.
- Received the 2018-2019 Technology Plan. Trustee Randy Ewers asked if CF’s technology is a priority to ensure that we are competitive with other colleges. Joe Mazur, vice president of Administration and Finance, shared examples of CF’s Health Sciences Simulation Center, blue tooth enabled projectors and virtual desktop technology.
- Registration for summer and fall semesters continues. As of May 23, summer Full-Time Equivalent enrollment is up 11 percent and student headcount is up 5.6 percent. Fall FTE enrollment is down 9.1 percent and student headcount is down 9.1 percent. We anticipate being down 1 percent for next year, so we are monitoring fall enrollment very closely. It is still early in the process.
- The college has not received information on state Performance Funding Model results for the year and there is not an estimated date from the Department of Education on when it will be available.
- Students Daniel Santiago and Mary Masucci won awards in the 2018 Student and Emerging Artist Competition hosted by the City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange. Their artwork will be on display at City Hall through July 26.
- CF has announced $1,000 Levy Promise scholarships, which are available to any Levy County graduating high school senior with a 2.5 GPA or higher who enrolls at CF for fall semester 2018. Scholarship recipients are required to take a portion of their coursework at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus.
- We have a Department of Corrections cohort of students beginning in July with a commitment for an additional cohort once they graduate.
- The first quarter NCLEX-RN licensure pass rate is 95.8 percent for first-time testers graduating from CF’s Associate Degree Nursing program.
- CF conferred 1,054 certificates and degrees for spring 2018, and 515 graduates participated in the ceremonies May 4. The commencement speaker was Tom Ziesemer, Criminal Justice faculty who received the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Colleges. David Scalf was the student speaker at the 3 p.m. ceremony and Micaela Studstill was the student speaker at the 6 p.m. ceremony. Luther Drummond, chairman/CEO of Drummond Banking Company and 1963 graduate, received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
- The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus will hold GED graduation at 6 p.m. May 24 in the Levy Conference Center. Twenty-five students completed the GED exam and received their high school equivalency diploma during spring semester 2018.
- In Foundation news, the Reaching Higher Campaign for the College of Central Florida has 64 percent of the goal committed (over $12.7 million). Staff and CF Foundation board members continue to build relationships and start conversations with prospective donors. The CF Foundation awarded the 29th Annual Gabor Awards May 4 to Judy Downer, professor of Equine Studies; Bill York, instructional assistant, Citrus Campus; and Keith Bracey, coordinator, Educational Opportunity Center, Ocala Campus. The Gabor Awards are given to outstanding employees by a peer-reviewed committee. These three and past winners exemplify the commitment and pride faculty and staff have in transforming the lives of our students.
- Mark Paugh, vice president of Academic Affairs, attended the Strong Families graduation ceremony at First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon May 21. The program was in conjunction with United Way of Marion County and Project Dunnellon. Seven families were recognized for completing 15 weeks of financial literacy and support education.
- Charles McIntosh, dean of the Criminal Justice Institute/Public Service, and Traci Mason, director of Development, graduated from Leadership Ocala/Marion Class XXXI May 15.
- Tania Meridith was recognized as Adjunct of the Year at the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony May 4. Meridith has been employed by the college for 15 years and works in the Nursing program.
- Associate Professor Tammy Martineau (RN-BSN program) is serving on the planning committee for a national conference on nursing accreditation hosted by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in July.
- Henningsen and Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president for Student Affairs, attended the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges. Reyes is serving a three-year term, 2017-2020, on AACC’s Commission on Global Education. The commission focuses on collaboration between U.S. community colleges and other countries interested in developing and/or expanding their current two-year systems. Henningsen is serving a three-year term, 2017-2020, on the AACC board and is co-chairing the Research and Accountability Commission.
- Joe Mazur has been reappointed for a third term on the National Association of College and University Business Officers Community Colleges Council as the southern region representative. The Constituent Council is an advisory body to the NACUBO president and staff.
- Mazur will also serve as immediate past chair of the Council of Business Affairs for 2018-2019. COBA reports to the Council of Presidents and is comprised of all 28 Florida College System chief business officers, human resource directors, procurement directors, finance directors and controllers, and budget directors.
- The Appleton Museum of Art hosted the Marion County Superintendent’s Art Show reception May 1 with 332 school board members, teachers, students and parents in attendance. The reception accompanied a one-week exhibition of student artwork. One work of art was chosen from each Marion County school to represent each school’s art program.
- On May 17, the Appleton Museum hosted its second Business After Hours, a monthly networking function held by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. More than 200 CEP partners enjoyed food by La Cuisine and a special preview of the exhibition “Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The GUITAR.”
- On May 19, the Appleton opened “Medieval To Metal,” which is on view through Sept. 2. This show explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument, from its history as an instrument of popular culture over the past 400 years to modern efforts to reinvent the guitar with different materials, shapes and approaches to design. The guitars are supplemented with dozens of photographs and illustrations that depict significant artists and instruments of the last century. In addition, several guitars were donated to the Appleton by Fender so visitors can try their hand at guitar playing.
- On May 21, the Appleton Museum honored its 35 active volunteers with a luncheon to celebrate their contributions and dedication to the museum and college. Volunteers have provided more than 1,350 hours of service this year.
- The CF Citrus Campus will host two countywide economic development events. In late June the campus will host a forum sponsored by the Florida Department of Economic Development and in November the campus will host a summit sponsored by the Economic Development Authority for Citrus County.
- CF hosted a successful Friday Talks Business Advancement Series workshop May 18 with more than 20 in attendance. The workshop, which was held in partnership with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership, focused on the “Value of Internships for Students and Employers.” Rob Wolf, dean of Business, Technology and Career and Technical Education, and Bonnie Hays, coordinator of Business and Technology, led the discussion on connecting students and employers. Wolf shared that 90 percent of Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organization Management students work in the tricounty area following graduation. CEP representative Dean Blinkhorn said that he is interested in continuing the internship conversation with additional community partners.
- A Shop Talk cancer awareness program on May 22 focused on “Fertility Preservation and Gynecologic Cancers.” The speakers were Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, associate professor of the Division of Reproduction, Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and Dr. Jacqueline Castagno, assistant professor and chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Approximately 120 community members were in attendance.
- The college will be represented at the inaugural African American Heritage Arts & Music Festival May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Recreation Complex in Ocala. (The festival was postponed to June 9.)
- CF will be the spotlight nonprofit at the July 20 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series event with Orchestra Fuego. The event will provide CF and the Appleton Museum of Art with an opportunity to share information on academic programs and services.
- In Appleton Museum of Art news:
- The “Folk Couture” exhibition, which closed April 29, drew 5,180 visitors to view the artwork and attend related events.
- Over 246 people visited the museum’s booth at the May First Friday ArtWalk.
- More than 30 people created art at the May First Saturday in the ARTSpace.
- The permanent collection galleries, except the African and pre-Columbian, are now open.
- Trips ’N’ Tours visited St. Petersburg in May and more than 30 participants toured the new Imagine Museum featuring an exhibition on the Studio Art Glass Movement and the Chihuly Collection in its new expanded facility.
- Florida circus star Corey Souza presented an Inspired Speaker talk May 6 with more than 30 people attending.
- The museum’s education department provided an art making activity for over 200 children at Fine Arts for Ocala’s Symphony Under the Stars event May 13.
The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.