Dr. Jim Henningsen thanked Joyce Brancato for her service as chair of the District Board of Trustees in 2015-2016.

The college community is collaborating on numerous and diverse projects to optimize enrollment.
Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Advancement and College Relations, and Dr. Saul Reyes, vice President of Student Affairs, shared projects by Marketing and Public Relations and Student Affairs teams. The projects include school visits, call centers, special events, a fresh look for recruiting materials, additional resources for digital marketing and more. Baccalaureate and online enrollment continue to grow, while overall enrollment has been declining at CF and across the Florida College System.


  • Authorized the board chair to sign a recommendation for award to Shine & Company for replacement of doors to the Appleton Museum of Art courtyard. The existing doors are original to the building and are no longer airtight, causing issues with insects and heating and air conditioning. The bid amount is $115,300.
  • Approved an agreement with Assessment Systems Testing Centers, which will pay CF fees based on a set rate schedule and determined by the number of tests administered.
  • Approved deductive change orders No. 1, 2 and 3 for owner direct purchases for the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Construction Project. The change orders will result in tax savings of $34,276.09.
  • Approved the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2017-2018 through 2021-2012. The CIP is submitted annually to the Division of Florida Colleges. CF’s highest priority for new facilities is the Health Science Technology Education Center at a cost of $30,212,726.
  • Received the Monthly Fiscal Status Report and List of Warrants.
  • Received the college’s Annual Financial Report for the period ending June 30. The report has been submitted to the Division of Florida Colleges.
  • Received Auditor General Report No. 2017-002, which is the statewide operational audit for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. There were no findings for CF.
  • Received an online learning fees update. CF has a $10 fee for online courses, which is significantly less than other Florida colleges. A financial analysis shows that fees do not cover direct cost of online instruction.

Director of Facilities Tommy Morelock shared images and information on major projects in 2015-2016, including the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Other projects include new space for Student Life in Building 11, creation of a centralized advising center in the Bryant Student Union, the new Talent Center in the Enterprise Center, and renovations of Learning Resources Center and Learning Support Center at the Citrus Campus.


  • The American Association of Community Colleges Presidents Academy Summer Institute was held in Coer d’Alene, Idaho, July 16-19. Topics included national updates from Dr. Walter Bumphus, AACC president; workshops on campus safety and best practices in managing campus incidents; change management; and institutional culture.
  • CF was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association in June. The college will receive recognition on the AHA website, at local events, and other communications. The AHA recognizes organizations that promote health in the workplace.
  • The Association of Community College Trustees will host its annual Leadership Congress convention in New Orleans Oct. 5-8. Dr. Henningsen will present at one of the sessions.
  • The college’s Emergency Medical Services program hosted an onsite reaccreditation visit team from the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions April 21-22. The onsite report stated that the program’s major strengths are the faculty and medical director, laboratory simulations, and college and community support. The team recommended adding a student to the program advisory board and some course resequencing. The program will formally respond to the report and a final determination for reaccreditation will be decided at CoAEMSP’s February 2017 meeting.
  • Congratulations to Matt Matthews, Christie Jergens, Norma Tellez and grant program directors for submitting and receiving grant awards totaling $1.1 million since July 1. These grants support 13 full-time and 11 part-time jobs at the college. U.S. Department of Education Employment Opportunity Centers grant, $354,048 per year for five years ($1,770,240); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Campus Suicide Prevention Grant, $98,310 per year for three years ($294,930); Florida Department of Education Adult General Education – Levy County, $98,079 for 2016-2017; Gilchrist County, $50,751 for 2016-2017; FLDOE Perkins Postsecondary, $479,413 for 2016-2017; FLDOE Perkins Rural & Sparsely, $26,924 for 2016-2017.
  • CF student and Phi Theta Kappa member Samantha Baxter was accepted for the onsite training portion of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program, which includes a team project mentored by a NASA engineer, briefings by engineers and scientists, tour of the facilities, and a Mars rover competition. NCAS is an interactive online learning opportunity highlighted by a three-day experience at NASA.
  • CF student and tutor Nicholas Munyan will attend the University of Maryland in the fall. Munyan was selected for the National Institute of Health scholarship, which is a four-year, $20,000 award with a paid research assistant position during the summer and guaranteed one year of employment after graduation.
  • The CF Foundation Announced Endowed Chairs and New Initiative Grants at Convocation Aug. 18. Excellence in Teaching and Learning Environment Endowed Chairs were awarded to Lori Witkowich, Academic Foundations, to establish mindfulness centers in Ocala, Citrus and Levy, and to Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Visual and Performing Arts, to create an experiential learning outreach program involving students in therapeutic use of music, theatre and dance. New initiative grants were awarded to Valerie Murphy and Josh Strigle, Learning Resources Center and E-Learning, to engage students through workshops and other activities early each semester in the many resources available. Jean Imes, assistant director for Financial Aid, will create a sustainable financial literacy program for students.
  • The CF Foundation secured a $300,000 gift from a longtime friend of the college to complete the nursing simulation lab with state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulation mannequins. This brings the total raised for that project to $420,000.
  • The STEPS to CF reception for 2016 recipients of Scholarships Taking Elementary Promising Students to CF will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Klein Center. By the end of the 2016 school year, 632 STEPS had been awarded to 47 participating schools in Citrus, Levy, and Marion and with the Marion County Boys and Girls Club. Because some schools have more than two scholarships established with it, the foundation now awards almost 100 STEPS. STEPS is a scholarship program for graduating fifth-graders who promise to continue to do academically and behaviorally well through high school. The program provides a $4,000 scholarship for the students to pursue their higher education at CF.
  • The CF Foundation received $25,000 from AT&T for 20 $1,250 scholarships for students nearing completion in our Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management program.
  • At the Appleton Museum of Art, the “Norman Rockwell: Man Behind the Canvas” exhibition was immensely popular. About 8,800 visitors viewed the exhibit and 28 guided tours were provided for more than 400 people. Over 2,200 people enjoyed Free Admission Museum Day in July. Art Camps were popular with 14 camps providing summer fun for more than 170 children. The “Drawing to Sculpture: Work by John Raimondi” exhibit opened Aug. 6. August is Members’ Appreciation Month.
  • In Athletics, recruiting is complete for 2016-2017 and 86 athletes have received scholarships. Orientation was held Aug. 22.

The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Hampton Center.