Board Report from the Sept. 27, 2017, meeting of the CF District Board of Trustees

The meeting was held at the Hampton Center in Ocala.


  • Saul Reyes, vice president of Student Affairs, joined staff members to introduce student leaders to the board. Johnny Thompson, Admissions and School Relations, presented the 2017-2018 CF Ambassadors. Marjorie McGee, Student Life, presented the 2017-2018 Ocala Campus Student Activities Board leadership.

 In Other Business, the Board of Trustees:

  • Approved the Florida College System 2017 Textbook and Instructional Materials Affordability Report.
  • Approved the Child Care Food Program Delegation of Signing Authority.
  • Approved the Inter-Institutional Agreement between Florida Atlantic University Research Corporation and College of Central Florida.
  • Considered a request from the Marion County Commission to support its 2018 State Legislative Priorities. After a review and discussion, the board approved a CF letter of support for initial funding to build a State Veterans Nursing Home and funding to continue construction at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. These priorities are consistent with the college’s mission and will affect nursing and agribusiness programs.
  • Received the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
  • Received the Annual Financial Report.
  • Received a Fall 2017 Enrollment Update from Dr. Saul Reyes, who shared that overall enrollment is holding steady from last year. Enrollment is up 3.4 percent at the Citrus Campus, down 2.5 percent at the Hampton Center, up 7 percent at the Levy Campus, and down 4.3 percent at the Ocala Campus. Applications have increased 15.6 percent. Outbound call/email retention campaigns are being used to contact students who are eligible for financial aid or have registered for a previous term, but are not currently registered.
  • Received a Performance Funding Model Update from Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations. CF is currently at the bronze level and scored only 1.3 points away from the silver level. The college is doing very well in the areas of job placement and wages for graduates. Several stratgeies are being implemented to increase student retention, which is projected to improve based on historical data. Blackboard campaigns, Title III Grant Learning Commons areas, a case manager approach to academic advising, retention scholarships, and a new first-year experience course are pieces of the retention plan.
  • Received a Hampton Center Update from Deanna Stentiford, associate dean of Health Sciences. The Hampton Center houses the college’s Physical Therapist Assisting and Dental Assisting programs, along with the Marion County Health Department Dental Clinic. The community continues to be served by the Hampton Center, which frequently hosts events and meetings for a variety of organizations.

 President’s Report

  • Special thanks to the CF employees who came in during and after Hurricane Irma to protect the campus and prepare for reopening. Team members from Public Safety, Facilities, Information Technology, Student Affairs and the Business Office, as well as student athletes and others pitched in for cleanup and provided critical services such as systems checks, processing of student financial aid and payroll.
  • CF held a hurricane resources event Sept. 18 and provided students with information on hurricane recovery resources. Staff members spoke to students, encouraged them to share their experiences at a MEGA Monday event, and paused for a moment of reflection at the center of the Ocala Campus. The Veterans Club secured food items and has made them available to all students at the Veterans Lounge in Building 11 at the Ocala Campus. The Student Nurses Association is organizing a food and household supply drive to benefit those affected by Hurricane Irma. Donations will be accepted in Building 19 until Sept. 20 and will be delivered to Interfaith Emergency Services. A parent of two college students spoke to a staff member in their neighborhood and raved at how much they appreciated the college providing this information to students; they felt it demonstrated CF genuinely cares about our students and the community.
  • Joe Mazur is the featured chief business officer in Episode 41 of the CBO Speaks podcast series from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. CBO Speaks is an award-winning, interview-style podcast series where CBOs from top institutions around the country share stories of their journey as business officers and how the role of the CBO has evolved into a challenging and exciting position.
  • On Aug. 28, CF team members were given a tour and overview of the new World Equestrian Center being constructed by the Roberts family and Golden Ocala. The extensive facility is estimated, when completed, to be the largest of its type in the world. One of the goals of the tour was to better understand how CF can help its workforce needs, particularly with equine and business programs. Special thanks to Rusty Branson, Dr. Mark Paugh, Rob Wolf, and Dr. Judy Downer for participating in the tour.
  • Josh Strigle is chair-elect for Florida Virtual Campus for 2017-2018.
  • The college was recognized by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners with a proclamation acknowledging our 60th anniversary and opening of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Henningsen, Dr. Vernon Lawter, Lois Brauckmuller and Danielle Doty represented the college at the meeting Sept. 19 in Bronson.
  • The second quarter (April-June) National Council Licensure Examination pass rates for the Associate Degree in the Nursing program were 100 percent for the Citrus Campus and 96.55 percent for the Ocala Campus.
  • CF hosted the Community Foundation of Ocala/Marion County as fall 2017 Angelica Muns Scholarships were presented to 15 area nursing students. Nine of the 15 were CF students: Aleida Martinez, Luke Bishop, Patricia Goichchea, Martina Ortiz, Haley Robinson, Dora Tilton, Amy Pestow, Kristie Navarro and Kari Scovack. In addition, Shatoya Pierre will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship at the Black Nurses Rock National Convention in Orlando, Sept. 27- Oct. 1.
  • On Sept. 21, Health Sciences and Business and Technology hosted a high school articulation meeting in the Health Sciences Simulation Center. It was attended by 10 high school health academy teachers and district articulation coordinators representing Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. The event was organized by Cori Wiygul, Career Pathways coordinator, and Peggy Recanzone, Health Sciences recruiter/outreach specialist.
  • Elvie Tyler will begin as the CF Foundation Annual Giving and Alumni coordinator Oct. 1. The foundation hosted a reception for STEPS, Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students to CF, Oct. 20 in the Klein Center. More than 30 of the 104 Class of 2026 “STEPies” attended with parents and caregivers. All were welcomed as the latest class to the CF family. An endowed scholarship of $12,500 for Visual and Performing Arts students has been established and a pledge was made for $25,000 to renovate the Black Box Theatre in Dassance Performing Arts Center by two separate donors.


  • The volleyball team is off to a great start. Currently at 6-2 overall and 1-0 in Mid-Florida Conference play, the ladies have overcome not having a gym to practice in for six weeks, some set-back in travel and games due to the hurricane, and an unexpected power failure in the facility at their first conference game. They have worked hard to continue the proud tradition of CF volleyball. First home game is Thursday, Sept. 28, vs. Lake-Sumter State College at 7 p.m.
  • Men’s and women’s basketball programs have also had off-season practice session issues with the gym repairs and hurricane, but have continued to work hard on training and preparation. Regular season practice begins Oct. 1 with the season beginning Nov. 1. Coaches and players now have full access to the gym and will be ready to go.
  • Congratulations and much appreciation to baseball players who assisted with hurricane cleanup at Vintage Farm. Fall practice and games are underway.
  • Fall practice and games are also underway for softball players. The annual meet and greet with players, parents, coaches and staff was held Sept. 24 with a great turnout and a fun day for all involved.
  • Appleton Museum of Art
  • Attendance for August was 2,438 compared to 1,089 for the same time last year. The OzCala Women’s event, organized by the Ocala StarBanner, increased the number with more than 1,250 people attending.
  • Fall art classes for children and adults have begun, with a total of 126 participants to date. Hollis Mutch, museum educator, and Appleton education staff presented three informational sessions about museum education programs to Marion County educators. Patricia Tomlinson, curator of exhibitions, presented information to CF faculty on upcoming exhibitions. Several faculty members and their students have already visited the museum to develop exhibit-inspired classroom projects.
  • More than 300 deaccessioned items were delivered to Leslie Hindman Auction House for consignment. The items are being catalogued and will be included in several sales in the fall and early January.
  • The new LED lighting projects in the Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery and Education Wing have been completed.

The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. in the Founders Hall Board Room at the Ocala Campus.