September President’s Update

Careers and Colleges Expo at the Ocala Campus brought more than 1,300 attendees to the Ocala Campus and about 240 to the Citrus Campus. The events, which are held in partnership with school districts, are just one way that we are reaching potential students and their advocates to reinforce the value of a quality education at CF.

Good afternoon, CF Family,

We officially started fall last week, yet the temperature still feels like summer. My 12 year old daughter (Juliana) is taking Earth / Space Science at Osceola Middle School this year and learned about the Autumnal Equinox and official start of fall (September 23). It is so wonderful to see learning in action! Juliana and my wife Jeanne also joined our CF team this past Saturday at the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. The group photo was taken a bit earlier than scheduled, and there were many more who walked in support of heart health. Thank you to everyone for coming out early on a Saturday morning and showing your CF Pride! A special thank you to the students and staff from Citrus Campus who left their campus at 5:45 a.m. to make the walk. That is true dedication and community commitment!!

Thank you to all who completed the collegewide budget survey. Your recommendations to increase revenue and decrease expenses are in the process of being reviewed and categorized for further discussion by our governance groups and departments across the college. As we start budget planning in January, the results of our discussions will help influence our investment in students, team and community in the next budget year. I know these are difficult conversations and am confident that, together, we will chart a course for continued success in delivering a high quality learning environment for our communities.

I encourage you to take advantage of our annual health fair, which is one way that we are investing in our CF team. The Ocala Campus Health Fair will take place Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Bryant Student Union Patriot Place (formerly the Cyber Cafe), and Citrus Campus Health Fair will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Building 1, Room 102. Learn tips on health related topics, have your questions answered and be eligible for prize drawings. Click the links (Ocala Campus Health Fair, Citrus Campus Health Fair) for more information and to schedule a screening.

It has become increasingly important that we protect ourselves from cyberattacks. You may have heard of the recent data thefts occurring in cities, counties and colleges around the country. We also have critical student, personal and financial information that hackers and email spammers want. If we are attacked it would severely disrupt critical I.T. processes. To protect ourselves, the college will be expanding two-factor authentication to include on-campus computer logins and also increasing the minimum login password length from 8 to 15 characters. A broadcast with detailed instructions to set up two-factor authentication and the new password length policy will be sent out the first week of October. The cost to recover from a cyberattack is prohibitive. We are depending on you to be a critical part of our first line of defense. Please take immediate action when the communication is sent.

Thank you for all that you do for our students, our team and our community! Together we are transforming lives. We are CF!