Board Report from the Dec. 5, 2018, Meeting of the CF District Board of Trustees


  • Dr. Jim Henningsen provided a staff update and congratulated Sherri Hinkle on her promotion to executive administrative assistant to the president. Crystal Stone has been hired as executive administrative assistant.
  • Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Student Affairs, introduced Dr. Alton Austin, director of Enrollment Services/Registrar.


  • Approved budget priorities for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
  • Approved an agreement between PSI Services LLC and the College of Central Florida for online testing at the Ocala, Citrus and Levy campuses.
  • Approved an amendment to the ground lease with the Marion Players Inc., doing business as Ocala Civic Theater. The amendment removes a clause on construction of a new theatre and adds a clause on cost sharing for ground clearing/maintenance.
  • Approved recommendation for award for reroofing of Building 2 to Marion/Service Roofing & Sheet Metal Company.
  • Approved Board Policy 1.00 regarding the mission and vision of the college. The new vision is “Your first choice for quality higher education.” The new mission is “We transform lives and enrich our community by providing a supportive high quality learning environment that prepares individuals to excel in work and life.”
  • Acknowledged receipt of the Monthly Financial Summary Report and List of Warrants.
  • Received a Strategic Plan Update from Dr. Jillian Ramsammy, vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and College Relations, who reported on the progress made in implementing the college’s 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. Out of 58 indicators tracked over the last five years, 47 goals were met. Through an extensive process, President’s Staff and college stakeholders have worked to streamline and focus the new strategic plan.
  • Received an update from Cindi Morrison, director of the Appleton Museum of Art. Despite being closed for several months for HVAC repairs, the museum has had more than 25,000 visitors so far in 2018. By comparison, more than 28,000 people visited in 2017. Advocacy efforts with state legislators are proceeding and the college is hopeful for restoration of state funding for the Appleton.


  • Rusty Branson announced that a joint board meeting will be held with the CF Foundation on Jan. 17, 2019. This is in addition to the Jan. 23 regular board meeting.
  • Don Taylor shared that a Citrus County Economic Development Summit was held Nov. 15 at the CF Citrus Campus in Lecanto and he was very pleased with the turnout from college staff. In total, 85 community members attended the event.


  • The Florida College System Activities Association announced its 2017-2018 All-Academic Team, which recognizes students with a minimum GPA of 3.30.
  • Baseball recognitions included Hunter Bowling, Jack Hartman, Tanner May, Ricky Presno, Josh Harper, Brendan Kudlinski, Luis Medina and Austin Nickle.
  • Softball recognitions included Morgan Cushman, Kayla Jensen, Hannah Kelly, Takiya London, Elaina Lukas, Joanna Muldoon, Tiffany Steczo, Mariah Wick and Karli Woolington.
  • Women’s Basketball recognitions included Hannah King, Maloni Lewis, Shakarri Mack, Anna Clara Mogensen and Tiahna Sears.
  • The American Association of Community Colleges fall meetings were held Nov. 14-16 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Henningsen is an AACC board member, serves as chair of the Commission on Research, Data and Accountability, and is a member of the Policy and Government Relations Committee.
  • The Citrus Campus sponsored and hosted the Citrus County Economic Development Summit on Nov. 15. The summit was organized by the Economic Development Authority of Citrus County and welcomed 85 participants including Senator Wilton Simpson. The Levy and Citrus Campuses will hold open house events on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 respectively.
  • The college partnered with CareerSource, Ocala/Marion County CEP and Marion County Public Schools to host the “Stay Local” event to encourage current and potential CF students to consider local industries for careers in the Marion County area. The event highlighted the college’s Engineering Technology, Logistics and Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management programs, along with how high school students can earn college credits toward these programs. Local companies that participated include E-One, Custom Windows, Lockheed Martin and R&L Global Logistics. More than 200 people attended the event held at the Webber Center.
  • The CF Foundation received $336,623 in cash or in-kind donations benefiting scholarships, chairs and the Appleton Museum of Art. By the end of October, 67 percent ($13.3 million) of the $20 million Reaching Higher: Campaign for the College of Central Florida had been raised. The CF Family Campaign begins Jan. 7, 2019, with a goal of 100 percent participation of full-time employees. The Foundation’s annual board meeting dinner is scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, in the Webber Center. Taste at the Farm is March 2, 2019, at the Vintage Farm Campus.

Health Sciences news:

  • On Oct. 31, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education reaffirmed accreditation of the Physical Therapist Assistant program for 10 years. The program is directed by Professor Jean McCauley and Associate Professor Patti Hooker.
  • On Nov. 1, the Health Sciences Division and Criminal Justice Institute conducted a joint mass casualty training event involving 186 participants from Criminal Justice, EMS, Nursing, Radiography and Surgical Technology. Students learned the basics of managing a mass casualty incident and the importance of interdisciplinary coordination in such events.
  • On Nov.19, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs awarded continuing accreditation for 10 years to the Surgical Technology program based on a peer review conducted by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The Surgical Technology program is directed by Assistant Professor Uvonda Wilkerson.
  • CF’s Dental Assisting program hosted a continuing accreditation site visit Nov. 27-28. The program eagerly awaits the final decision from the Commission on Dental Accreditation which is expected in August 2019. The program is directed by Associate Professor Jerelyn Zacke.

Admissions continues to reach out to local high schools and the community. In November, staff:

  • Attended Hale Products Inc.’s Health & Wellness for Employees – 250 attendees
  • Attended the Marion Oaks Home & Family Living Expo – 100 attendees
  • Attended the CF Business and Technology Logistics Event – 148 attendees
  • CF hosted the Tricounty Guidance Counselors Meeting – 51 counselors from all three school districts and counties attended the daylong event at the Appleton
  • Hosted 35 students from Citrus Springs Middle School
  •  Set up a table at Turkey Trot Registration at the Ocala YMCA – 40 attendees
  • Visited five middle and high schools during lunches and application nights
  • Partnered with the Marketing Department to participate in “Light Up Ocala”


  • The college has disbursed $13,964,575 to 4,045 students for fall 2018. Patrick Hoffman, director of Financial Aid, attended the Federal Student Aid Training Conference Nov. 26-30 in Atlanta. Financial aid professionals from across the country gathered to discuss federal policy and procedural changes as well as learn best practices.
  • The CF Student Ambassadors participated in the Student Activities Board International Food Festival, greeted and escorted guidance counselors and administrators at the Tricounty Counselors meeting and also greeted, checked in guests and helped direct attendees at the Association of Florida Colleges Equity Conference.
  • Students participating in a co-op course through CF’s Associate in Science in Digital Media (Web Design) program partnered with a local nonprofit and service organization, The Haitian American Community Alliance. For their final project, students are building the organization’s first website.
  • Josh Strigle, director of E-Learning and Learning Support Centers and Chair of the Florida Virtual Campus’ Distance Learning Student Services Member Council, presented at the Online Learning Consortium Conference in Orlando, Nov. 13-16. His presentations included a preconference workshop on the Online Student Support Scorecard, a town hall discussion on future challenges in learner services and support and a concurrent session on the Online Student Support Scorecard. Strigle and co-presenter Victoria Brown from Florida Atlantic University won the Best In Track award for their concurrent session in the Learner Services and Support Track out of over 80 submissions.
  • Seven international students attended UCF’s International Direct Connect event. Forty students celebrated the International Education Week Parade of Flags (international student population represents 32 countries). They co-sponsored the 10th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner by Cross Pointe at the Webber Center with 46 international students attending.
  • CF Marketing and Public Relations earned 12 Awards of Excellence from the Association of Florida Colleges Communications and Marketing Commission: first place and third place for Magazine, first place for Display/Presentation Board, second place for College Annual Report, second place for Social Media (Unpaid), second place for Brochure for the Arts, second place for Single Sheet Flyer, second and third place for Print Advertising, third place for Social Media (Paid), third place for Foundation/Fundraising Piece and third place for Best Bang for the Buck. The awards were presented Nov. 8 in Orlando.
  • CF participated in the annual Light Up Ocala holiday event Dec. 17 on the Downtown Square. More than 1,500 individuals participated in a “spin the wheel” game to take home CF-branded merchandise and college information. Thanks to Marketing and Public Relations and Student Affairs team members for sharing CF information and holiday spirit.
  • The CF Learning Lab School hosted two community events. The annual Treats No Tricks event brought together students and families with CF staff to celebrate literacy, sweet treats and fall traditions. The Thanksgiving Feast provided a family-style meal for students, families and staff along with a performance by Learning Lab students.
  • The CF Music program has partnered with CF Athletics to provide a pep band for select men’s basketball games for the 2018-2019 season. Student Dominique Gandiongco won the Piccolo Masterclass Competition at the Florida Flute Association 2019 Convention, beating out students from all levels of higher education from around Florida. As the winner, Dominique will perform for Nan Raphael (piccoloist with the Capitol City Symphony and Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra) and for an audience of both student and professional musicians.
  • The Patriot PRIDE Rate-Us-Now survey results for the third quarter of 2018 show an overall student satisfaction rating of 92 percent, consistent with the same quarter last year. With over 1,500 responses, the year-to-date rating for 2018 stands at 93 percent student satisfaction. Professionalism was the highest-rated service standard at 96 percent.
  • Student Support Services hosted the statewide AFC Equity Conference at the Appleton Museum of Art. Disability Services represented the college system on a national level at the National College Testing Association Conference.
  • Four SAB members volunteered with Bonnie Hays, coordinator of Business and Technology, at the Logistics/Engineering Programs and Careers “Stay Local” event. SAB hosted the International Food Festival Nov. 14, where 14 clubs participated and a total of 183 students and staff checked in. Participants donated $145 and three bags of canned goods to Interfaith Emergency Services. SAB attended the Florida college System Student Government Association Leadership Conference at Palm Beach State College. Marjorie McGee, director of Student Life, begins her term as state president for AFC Jan. 1.
  • The Ocala Campus raised $10,251 for United Way of Marion County for 2019, a 31 percent increase over last year. The funds raised by 70 CF employees will help provide 783 services to Marion County residents. The Citrus Campus raised $1,000 for United Way of Citrus County. Special thanks to Jessica Kummerle for leading the Ocala Campus effort and Eileen McDonald and Mark Shapot at the Citrus Campus.
  • CF’s legislative priorities were presented at the Citrus and Levy County delegation meetings Nov. 30 and Dec. 3, respectively. The three priorities have not changed from the previous year. The college is seeking continued operational support to expand critical workforce programs and support services such as safety and security and student support, continued funding for the Health Sciences Technology Center and restoration of the Appleton Museum of Art funding. The Marion County Delegation meeting is Dec. 6 and CF is the lunch sponsor.


Athletics news:

  • Men’s basketball will host the Florida JUCO Shootout Dec. 8-9 at the Patriot Gym. CF will take on Broward College Dec. 8 followed by Pensacola State College Dec. 9.
  • Baseball Assistant Coach Zach Bove accepted a pitching coach position with the Minnesota Twins and will assume his new role in January. Bove played for Coach Marty Smith at CF, graduated in 2008, and has been on Smith’s staff for the past eight seasons.
  • Two baseball players signed scholarships during the early signing period. Infielder Ricky Presno will further his education and baseball career at the University of North Florida, while left-handed pitcher Brendan Knarr will join University of Tampa next fall.
  • Sophomore middle blocker Veronica Brod Farias signed with Virginia Commonwealth University to continue her education and volleyball career. She is a two-time Mid-Florida First Team All-Conference selection and National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American.


Appleton Museum of Art news:

  • Exhibits:
    • Through Dec. 30, the Urban Family Holiday Exhibition presents themed trees, nutcracker soldiers and other holiday décor from the collection of Dr. Paul and Joyce Urban. Eleven trees decorated by community businesses and organizations are on display in the second floor galleries.
    • Through Jan. 6, 2019, “Santa Classics” by Philadelphia artist Ed Wheeler, who dresses up as Santa Claus and inserts himself into famous paintings.
    • Through Jan. 20, “La Disapora: Keepers of Heritage” features the work of 12 contemporary Puerto Rican artists who are members of the Puerto Rican Arts Diaspora Orlando, an artist’s collective.
    • Through Jan. 13, “Flourish” exhibition features flower-like, sea anemone, earthenware forms by award-winning Florida artist Beth Garcia.
    • Through Jan. 27, “Myth, Mother, Muse: The Paintings of Matthew Bennett,” a Jacksonville artist, who uses saturated colors and loose brush strokes to emphasize emotional connections.


  • On Nov. 3, 32 people attended the First Saturday program in the ARTSpace.
  • On Nov. 15, 42 people attended the CF Tricounty Counselors Meeting at the Appleton. CF staff presented information on how to apply, financial aid, scholarships, etc. Attendees also enjoyed a hands-on art making activity in the ARTSpace and toured the museum.
  • On Nov. 16, Hollis Mutch, museum educator, spoke to more than 150 children on STEAM-spirations at Sunrise Elementary School in Marion Oaks.
  • On Nov. 20, Mutch and Docent Patricia Beil presented an Appleton-on-the-Go program to 30 students at the New Leaf Center.
  • Events:
    • On Oct. 14, 336 visitors enjoyed free admission in recognition of Arthur Appleton’s birth date.
    • On Nov. 9, 197 people enjoyed PRADO on the Patio, the Puerto Rican-themed event with food, music and salsa dancing.
    • On Nov. 13, more than 100 people enjoyed a Trips ’N’ Tours adventure to St. Petersburg sculptor Jon Hair’s studio and the historic Vinoy Hotel.
    • On Nov. 18, more than 85 people attended the Inspired Speaker Series event featuring Brooke King, U.S. Army veteran, professor, poet and author. She discussed the often unnoticed gallantry and courage of American women on the battlefield.

The next meeting of the District Board of Trustees will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the Ocala Campus.