Board Report from the Sept. 26, 2018 Meeting of the CF District Board of Trustees


Dr. Henningsen shared that former CF Baseball standout Josh Harper was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Year. Harper is currently a pitcher at Liberty University. He joins volleyball star Vanessa Benke, who was recognized as Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2012-2013, and basketball star Ricardo Ratliff, who was recognized as Male Student-Athlete in 2010. CF is the only college in the country to have students recognized in all three categories.

Assistant Professor Julee McCammon presented on the First-Year Experience Course, which has 22 full-time faculty and staff members covering 30 classes this fall. The course encourages students to participate in events and become a “CF expert” on one thing and then share it with classmates. Students also receive study and test-taking tips, which help increase course completion and retention rates.

■ Approved the annual Textbook Affordability Report as presented by Dr. Mark Paugh, vice president of Academic Affairs. To ensure maximum affordability, all Florida College System institutions are required to report factors that influence textbook and instructional material selection. Dr. Paugh reviewed the selection process, policies and cost-reduction initiatives, which include having a textbook affordability committee and offering textbook rental at the bookstore.
■ Approved development and implementation of Bachelor of Science degrees in Elementary Education and Secondary Mathematics as presented by Dr. Jennifer Fryns, dean of Arts and Education, Dr. Renae Robinson, faculty in Teacher Education, and Allan Danuff, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Elementary Education program will replace Early Childhood Education, which only covered grades K-3. In 2016-2017, the Florida Department of Education identified Elementary Education as the top-ranked Critical Teacher Shortage Area, with Secondary Mathematics ranked third. After submitting the proposals to DOE and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 2019, the plan is to admit the first cohorts in January 2020, which would graduate in December 2021.
■ Approved a guaranteed maximum price of $352,181 for the Vintage Farm Campus building remodeling and construction project with Ausley Construction Company LLC.
■ Approved a new board policy regarding service animals on campus. The policy provides that students, visitors and employees with disabilities are permitted to bring service animals onto college property in accordance with Title I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Florida Statute 413.08. Service animal trainers are also permitted to bring service animals-in-training onto college property. Florida Statute 4.13.08 defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse that is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
■ Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
■ Acknowledged receipt of the Annual Financial Report.
■ Received a Performance Funding Model update from Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations. CF scored 33.25 out of a possible 40 points to achieve the Silver level. This included 10 points for Student Retention, 10 points for Completer Wages, 9.58 points for Job Placement and Continuing Education and 3.67 points for Student Completion.
■ Received an Enrollment update from Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Student Affairs, who shared that enrollment has declined since 2013-2014, but is now leveling out. Online headcount and baccalaureate enrollment has increased since 2013. Enrollment among females is consistent at 62 percent and minority student numbers have increased to a higher level than the local population. While Citrus and Levy enrollment is up this year, Marion is down. A combination of new digital advertising, social media and recruiting strategies may be contributing to a 13 percent increase in applications and 16 percent increase in admits for this fall.
■ Received a Hampton Center update from Rodney McGinnes, interim associate dean of Health Sciences, who shared a summary of the Dental Assisting and Physical Therapist Assistant programs, as well as programs offered by community partners at the facility.

■ President’s staff is working steadily and thoughtfully through a strategic planning process designed to assess where we are, build on our successes and chart our course for the future. We have gathered input from students, faculty, staff, community and alumni through an online SWOT analysis and conversations about our mission and vision, priorities, goals and objectives.
 The current mission statement is the “College of Central Florida provides access to high quality, high value baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, certificates and diplomas, and promotes the economic, social and cultural development of our community.”
 The proposed mission statement is “We transform lives and enrich our community by providing a high quality learning environment that prepares individuals to excel in work and life.”
 The current vision statement is “To be the first choice for quality higher education in our community.”
 The proposed vision statement is “To be your first choice for quality higher education.”
■ Nursing faculty attended the National League for Nursing Education Summit in Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 12-14. CF was represented by Dr. June Tickle, Registered Nurse to Bachelor Degree Nursing faculty, and Associate Degree Nursing Faculty members Cathy McDonough, Debbie Becker and Angela Martin. Dr. Stephanie Cortes, dean of Health Sciences, participated in the American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9-12. Associate Degree Nursing and Paramedic students will share their evidence-based practice poster presentations on Oct. 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the Klein Center.
■ Dr. Henningsen and board member Rusty Branson hosted Joe Johnson, the new CEO of Florida Hospital Ocala (formerly Munroe Regional Medical Center) for lunch and an overview of CF’s performance in workforce preparation and economic development. Dr. Stephanie Cortes and the Health Sciences team provided a tour of our state-of-the-art Health Sciences Simulation Center.
■ Dr. Henningsen and Jessica Kummerle, manager of Governmental Relations, held legislative meetings with Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings. Both are possible appropriation committee chairs in their respective chambers for the upcoming session. Discussion topics included funding needs for workforce program expansion, the Health Sciences building construction and the Appleton Museum of Art.
■ For the fall semester, Patrick Hoffman, director of Financial Aid, reported 4,961 students were awarded financial aid totaling $43,001,503. To date, $9,212,540 has been disbursed to 3,116 students.
■ The number of applications submitted for the fall semester increased by 11.7 percent. Dual Enrollment increased by 12.9 percent from 2017 to 2018. More than 2,000 visitors attended the Careers and Colleges Expo held Aug. 30 at the Ocala Campus. Nearly 400 visitors attended the Careers and Colleges Expo held Sept. 10 at the CF Citrus Learning and Conference Center. Both events attracted the largest turnouts in quite some time.
■ The Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Testing Center has been certified by the National College Testing Association. CF has added several new industry certifications, including Machining Training Solutions IHK CNC, the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators Board exam, and the American Public Works Association (Public Works, Storm water Manager, Fleet Professional) exams.
■ Domestic violence accounts for 26 percent of all students who receive professional counseling at CF. The number of students has steadily increased over the years, from 45 in 2016-2017, to 78 in 2017-2018, to 28 in the first three months of the current fiscal year. If this rate continues, we will surpass 100 students for 2018-2019. Monthly workshops are available for all staff including how to deal with disruptive and distressed students and how to handle, manage and communicate with autistic students in the classroom.
■ The Statewide Florida Equity Conference will be held on the Ocala campus Oct. 24-26.
■ Disability Services reports that the number of students registering with diagnosed seizure disorders and autism has increased from 383 in fall 2017 to 453 in fall 2018.
■ In September, the Ocala Campus featured motivational speaker Blake Fly and National Slam Poetry champions Neil Hilborn and Clayton Raithel, as part of Suicide Awareness Month activities. Students were provided QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.) suicide prevention training by four staff members who were recently certified as trainers.
■ At the Sept. 24 MEGA Monday, students met with their assigned academic advisor, learned about opportunities for early registration, met with a pathway faculty member, and learned more about MyCF and StartSmart. The Oct, 1 MEGA Monday will focus on Arts and the Gig Economy.
■ The Department of Corrections will sponsor another Corrections Academy in October with approximately 40 students. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor recruits who will attend this academy.
■ Fundraising for the 2018 Heart Walk is underway. The college sponsored a breakfast on Sept. 6 and other fundraising events are scheduled throughout the month. The walk will be Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. at the Baseline Road Trailhead. All are welcome to participate.
■ The CF Foundation reports that a $50,000 donation was secured for the Ocala Campus Learning Resources Center Café renovations. The Florida College System Foundation awarded more than $27,000 for pass through scholarships for students. Chris Knife, executive director of the Foundation, participated on a panel with Greg Harrell, general counsel for the Marion County Clerk of Court, and Donna Blaes, CPA at Duggan, Joiner & Company, for the Non-Profit Business Council’s discussion entitled “What Every Non-Profit Should Know.” In 2017, the Foundation provided $1,268,496 in scholarships and student success initiatives.
■ On Sept. 16, 10 faculty members performed for 125 attendees at the CF Visual Performing Arts Faculty Recital in the Dassance Fine Arts Center.
■ CF Marketing and Public Relations and the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research will host a Shop Talk wellness luncheon on Oct. 3 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion and is supported by Ocala Health.
■ The Higher Education Happenings radio show, coordinated by Marketing and Public Relations on 96.3 FM, was held Sept. 12. It focused on the growing field of business and IT. CF was represented by Dr. Rob Wolf, dean of Business, Technology and Career and Technical Education, and Cori Wiygul, coordinator of Career Pathways.
■ The Friday Talks Business Advancement Series on Sept. 28 will feature “Manufacturing Behind the Scenes: From Students to Employers.” The speakers are Rafferty McDougall, director of E-One Engineering; CF graduate and E-One employee Matt Dettman; and Sam Ajlani, program director for Engineering Technology, Business, Technology and Workforce at CF. The series is coordinated by the Marketing and Public Relations team.
■ The Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony will be held Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Klein Conference Center. More than 2,000 invitations for new members were sent to eligible students based on last spring and summer enrollment. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA and complete 12 credit hours to be eligible for membership. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest collegiate honor society in the world, celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Allan Danuff, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has successfully completed all five levels of the PTK Five Star Advisor Plan, a free self-guided, online curriculum to better support PTK participants. Danuff will receive a certificate and a pin in honor of this achievement at the PTK annual convention April 4-6, 2019, in Orlando.
■ In Athletics news, former CF baseball player Josh Harper (2017-2018), has been selected as the NJCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, also known as the Lea Plarski Award. The Patriots are ranked No. 6 in the state in women’s volleyball and will be seeking their eighth consecutive conference title. Mid-Florida Conference play began with a sweep of NJCAA No. 16 Daytona State College 25-22, 25-23, 25-23. The Patriots will host No. 15 Polk State College on Sept. 27. The top two teams from the conference will advance to the State/NJCAA District Tournament in Bradenton Nov. 2-4. Baseball and softball have begun fall scrimmage schedules. Men’s and women’s basketball begin practice Oct. 1 in preparation for the season start Nov. 1.
■ In Appleton Museum of Art news:
 More than 8,000 people attended the “Medieval to Metal: History of the Guitar” exhibition. Visitors enjoyed the opportunity to play guitars donated by Fender.
 “La Disapora: Keepers of Heritage,” an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 12 artists from Florida, Puerto Rico and New York, opened Sept. 14 with a reception attended by more than 270 people. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 20, 2019. More than 250 people attended the panel discussion on Sept. 14 featuring artists in the exhibition.
 “Shadow and Reflection: Visions of Florida’s Sacred Lands” exhibition continues through Sept. 30. It is an installation of photographic images and history of Native American burial mounds in Florida, and features the work of Florida artists Suzanne Williamson and John Capouya. On Sept. 9, 117 people attended a presentation by Williamson and Capouya about the media and inspiration in their exhibition.
 The “Flourish” exhibit runs through Jan. 13, 2019, and features flower-like, sea anemone earthen-ware forms by award-winning Florida artist Beth Garcia. The exhibit also includes a site specific installation resembling a reef.
 “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett” collection will run through Nov. 25. Bennett, a Jacksonville artist, uses saturated colors and loose brush strokes to emphasize emotional connections.
 On Aug. 30, more than 800 people attended the Ocala event for women, organized by the Ocala Star Banner.
 On Sept. 7, 300 people visited the museum’s booth at the First Friday Art Walk. The museum’s education area staff and volunteers provided information to visitors about the museum’s exhibitions and education programs and provided a hands-on art making opportunity.

The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.