Board Report from The May 24, 2017, Meeting Of The CF District Board Of Trustees
The meeting was held at the Ocala Campus in the Founders Hall Board Room.
• The District Board of Trustees recognized Ken McAteer, Marion County Public Schools, for receiving the Florida College System Student Government Association’s Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award. McAteer previously served as West Port High School principal and has positively impacted the lives of numerous CF students. Current and former student leaders from the Ocala Campus Student Activities Board nominated McAteer for the award.
• Bob Zelinski, director of Athletics and Wellness, presented a 2016-2017 Athletic Summary to the board about CF’s programs: Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Softball and Women’s Volleyball. It included an overview of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, the many accolades received by CF student-athletes, and the great support CF receives from business sponsorships. Although many student-athletes achieved individual academic successes, the program will focus on improving overall GPA with increased study hall hours and grade monitoring.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
• Approved the 2016-2017 State Requirements for Educational Facilities Fire Safety, Sanitation and Casualty Inspection Report.
• Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the District Board of Trustees and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office. This will provide licensed facility usage to the sheriff’s office for administrative work and will ensure a law enforcement presence at an existing building on CF property.
• Ratified change orders for the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Construction Project.
• Approved appointments to the Appleton Museum of Art Advisory Council. Anthony Ortiz, Mariann McClary, Denise Robinson and Richard Schleicher will serve three-year terms beginning 2017-2018.
• Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
• Received the Appleton Cultural Center Inc. Annual Financial Audit Ending Dec. 31, 2016.
• Received the 2017-2018 Technology Plan.
• Received the proposed board calendar for 2017-2018 to be approved at the June meeting.
• Received a legislative update from Dr. Jim Henningsen and Rob Batsel, general counsel. After a difficult year for the Florida College System, CF ended up on the plus side and received first-year funding for the Health Sciences Center. Higher education was heavily discussed during the legislative session.
• Summer term FTE enrollment is down 2.6 percent collegewide, approximately 265 students from the previous summer. Upper division baccalaureate enrollment is up 21 percent. Online enrollment continues to grow, up seven percent. By academic division, there are increases in Arts and Sciences (+1.4 percent) and Education (+7.2 percent), but decreases in Health Sciences (-4.2 percent), Business, Technology and Workforce (-6.9 percent) and Academic Foundations (-18.3 percent). Fall enrollment is underway, but it is too early for an accurate read on year-to-year comparisons.
• The 28th Annual Gabor Awards and Employee Recognition were held May 5. Dr. Tammy Viviano-Broderick, dean for E-Learning and Learning Resources, has served CF for 12 years and was honored in the administrative/professional category. Liz Minnerly, professor and librarian, has served the college for 27 years and was honored in the faculty category. Selestine Poole, a recently retired Mathematics Laboratory instructional assistant, served CF for 31 years and was honored in the career service category. The awards were established by the Gabor Agency in 1990 and are bestowed in conjunction with the CF Foundation.
• Congratulations to trustee Joyce Brancato on her recent reappointment by Gov. Scott. Brancato is reappointed for a term beginning May 12, 2017, and ending May 31, 2018.
• CF has named Hospice of Marion County the 2017-2018 CF Community Arts Partner. CF and Hospice of Marion will work together to present a play that reflects the stories of nine cancer patients. The program selects one or two regional arts organizations each year to collaborate with and support.
• The Criminal Justice Club visited Coleman Federal Correctional Facility twice during April. The club also participated in a tour of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center, accompanied by instructor Chip Wildy. The recruits will participate in the Marion County Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony May 18.
• CF will host a ribbon cutting for the Hampton Center Dental Clinic on May 25. The newly renovated, state-of-the-art clinic and laboratory were made possible through the support of the Marion County Hospital District.
• The Marketing and Public Relations team hosted a successful Shop Talk Cancer Awareness program on May 15 with more than 130 in attendance. The program focused on Wellness for Cancer Prevention and Survival. Shop Talk programs are offered in partnership with the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. and Ocala Health.
• The CF Vintage Farm Campus was opened for faculty and staff on May 8 and May 18. Visitors toured the event barn, the restored 1942 home and demonstration gardens on the property. During the open house events, more than 125 faculty and staff visited the newest CF location, which will allow expansion of the Agribusiness and Equine Studies programs.
• The Patriot PRIDE Rate-Us-Now survey results for the first quarter of 2017 show a student satisfaction rating of 92 percent, the highest level of student satisfaction we have seen since the Patriot PRIDE initiative was implemented in 2013. The rating is five percentage points higher than the same quarter last year. Professionalism was the highest-rated service standard at 95 percent student satisfaction.
• CF was recognized by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 23 with an official proclamation honoring 60 years of service in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.
• In Appleton Museum news, the “Hallowed Absurdities” exhibit was extended until May 28. The “Diversity in Cultures Through African Insights” exhibit will be on display through June 11. More than 50 people attended Annelies Dykgraaf’s Printing with Clay workshop and lecture May 20. A new exhibit of Asian art and decorative objects from the permanent collection has been curated and installed. More than 530 people attended Magical Night at the Museum May 6. Attendees enjoyed unicorn carriage rides, artworks coming to life and mermaids thanks to the CF Theatre Department, 3-D art in the ARTSpace and magic shows. The event raised $6,700 to benefit the museum’s education program, $360 in Family Memberships and more than $500 in Appleton Store sales. In May, the museum’s Trips ’N’ Tours staff organized two successful trips for more than 100 people to a VIP behind-the-scenes tour of several regional horse farms. Registration is open for the Summer Art Camps.
The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 28, at 3 p.m. in the Founders Hall Board Room at the Ocala Campus.