Sep
23
Posted on 09-23-2014
Filed Under (News: The Scoop) by Jessica Klipa

Attend the 2014 SCF Benefits Fair to receive a free biometric health screening and find out information about benefits at SCF.

Following the biometric health screening, you will be invited to complete an online Health Risk Assessment based on the results of your screening and information you provide about your health lifestyle choices.

Here are the perks for completing the biometric screenings and Health Risk Assessment:
• A Blue Rewards gift card
• $360 Annual Wellness Incentive for completing the Health Risk Assessment. The incentive may be used to lower health insurance premiums or contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
• A free chair massage after your appointment (10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Venice and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Bradenton).

Click here to view directions on scheduling an appointment at SCF Bradenton, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 26, Building 14, Rooms 147/148.

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Sep
23
Posted on 09-23-2014
Filed Under (SACS:What's Happening?) by Jessica Klipa

State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
SACS FAQ – Vol. 2 What is a QEP?

A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a SACS Commission on Colleges requirement for reaffirmation of accreditation. The purpose of a QEP is to engage the academic community and address one or more issues that relate to enhancing student learning. During the week of October 20, 2014, an on-site committee of professional peers will review the QEP and make suggestions for its improvement and/or implementation.

What is SCF’s QEP?
Our five-year, three-part plan is named QEP R3: right place, right time, right person, which focuses on improving student engagement and success by changing the learning environment at SCF.

• CREATE A FACULTY MENTOR PROGRAM: First-time-in-college (FTIC) students who are enrolled in gateway mathematics and English courses will be paired with Faculty Mentors for the fall and spring semesters of their first year. FTIC students are defined as students who have not previously been enrolled in college credit classes; dual-enrolled students are excluded from this definition.

• CREATE AN EARLY ALERT SYSTEM: The performance of FTIC students in select gateway mathematics and English courses will be monitored and reported by faculty teaching those courses. If students demonstrate deficiencies or lack of progress in the first half of the term, faculty will notify the student, Faculty Mentor and Student Success Coordinator, who can intervene, offer assistance and/or refer them to the proper resource or service.

• INCREASE AWARENESS AND ACCESS TO RESOURCES: Through both the Faculty Mentor program and Early Alert system, FTIC students will be connected to learning support resources and student support services available to them at SCF. In addition, the plan will create customized learning modules to help students improve skills necessary for success in gateway courses and enhance their college experience.

Who will be involved?
The plan will require the participation of administration, staff, faculty and students across SCF. The first year will be devoted to establishing the necessary infrastructure for the plan, which will involve the creation of a QEP Implementation Team and four sub-teams:

• Assessment
• Faculty Mentor Professional Training
• Early Alert Development
• Resources/Academic Achievement (REACH) Student Support

How can I be part of the QEP?
If you would like to know more about the QEP or be part of one of the development and implementation teams, contact Robin Rogers at rogersr@scf.edu or 941-752-5475. To see the QEP website or read the QEP report, visit www.scf.edu/QEP.

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An advertorial column, which highlighted SCF’s 57th anniversary and featured Karen Armstrong for her 39 years of service to SCF, ran in the September issue of West Coast Woman. Her retirement party will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the lobby of the Korcheck Building at SCF Bradenton. A short program is scheduled for 3 p.m.

SCF’s Karen Armstrong Honored to Have Served Her Alma Mater for 39 Years

For 57 years, since the State Board of Education established State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) as Manatee Junior College (MJC) on Sept. 17, 1957, SCF has continued its rich multigenerational tradition of providing the community access to affordable and quality education.

More than 43,000 students have graduated from SCF, the region’s first and largest public college, with support from dedicated faculty and staff who have cemented the College’s longstanding reputation in the community for making an indelible mark on students.

Karen Armstrong, educational records coordinator at SCF, is among a handful of employees who have worked under all six College presidents during her 39 years of service to SCF. Armstrong cherishes celebrating the accomplishments of generations of students who have walked the stage at graduation to receive their diplomas from MJC, Manatee Community College and SCF.

During her career, she has played a vital role in 53 graduations, working behind the scenes to process final grades, graduation applications and transcripts or serving on the front lines to make graduation a memorable experience for every student.

“Graduation is a happy event because it’s a culmination of students’ hard work. It’s also an emotional moment for many of our students who have overcome heartbreaking hardships to earn their college degree,” she said. “What’s most rewarding at graduation is knowing that our students achieved their dreams because of support and inspiration from our excellent faculty and staff.”

Her dedication is a testament to her love for SCF. Armstrong, an SCF alumna, is proud to be one of five SCF alumni in her family, including her father, sister, husband and daughter.

One year after she graduated, she began working in admissions and records at SCF in 1975. Her former instructor encouraged her to apply for the job, where she has shown true dedication to the College’s mission by serving in key roles to implement necessary changes to best serve students.

Throughout the years, she represented SCF at state, regional and national meetings for the Association of Florida Colleges, Florida College Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association of Foreign Student Advisors and Ellucian Live.

In 2009, she became responsible for admitting international students, which required her to learn the federal regulations and laws for documentation and electronic reporting. Her life has been enriched by the students she has met from all over the world who have chosen to study at SCF.

Armstrong is honored to have spent most of her life serving students alongside College employees in her SCF family.

“I feel like I’ve grown up here. This college captured my heart a long time ago, and I fell in love with the students and the people. Because of that love, I’ve always wanted to do my best for them,” Armstrong said. “While I’ll feel sad when I leave, my heart will carry my love for MJC, MCC and SCF forever.”

Throughout the years, Karen Armstrong has been recognized for her service to SCF as a two-time winner of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award and as a recipient of the 2014 Vice President’s Excellence Award. SCF honored her as the macebearer at Spring 2014 graduation, her final commencement ceremony before she retires at the end of September.

Historical Milestones and College Facts

• The College began its first classes on Sept. 2, 1958, in a former downtown Bradenton high school with 502 students.
• In 1959, the first classes were held at SCF Bradenton with a full-fledged sophomore class and a large freshman class enrolled in university-parallel courses.
• In 1973, the College expanded its course offerings to residents of south Sarasota County. Classes were held at Venice High School. The current full-service campus in Venice was dedicated on March 30, 1985.
• The College’s name was changed to Manatee Community College in 1985.
• In January 2003, SCF opened the Center for Innovation and Technology at Lakewood Ranch Corporate Park on 5 acres of land donated by Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. In 2007, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch donated an additional 5 acres, and the Medical Technology and Simulation Center opened in 2010.
• The College won approval in 2009 from the State Board of Education to deliver its first baccalaureate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. That July, the College’s name changed to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
• SCF serves 25,000 college credit students annually and an additional 14,000 noncredit participants at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and online.
• SCF offers the Associate in Arts (university transfer) degree; 20-plus Associate in Science (career track) degrees; and eight baccalaureate degrees.

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Sep
18

Check out the photo gallery below to get a sneak peek of the “Art of the Wedding Costume: Ritual and Romance” exhibit in the Fine Art Gallery. Join Joe Loccisano, SCF Fine Art Gallery manager, and Ken Erickson, SCF Theatre Program director, at the opening reception 6 -8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune video

“Art of the Wedding Costume” is a retrospective look at wedding costumes through the decades. The exhibit will include a display of men’s and women’s traditional, nontraditional and cultural wedding attire from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Presented from the perspective of the wedding ceremony as a theatrical performance, the exhibit features more than 50 wedding costumes from the 1850s to 2014 that reflect the personalities of the men and women who contributed their wedding attire. The exhibit weaves their stories through a narrative that chronicles the evolution of historical, cultural, artistic and social issues related to wedding costume styles and customs during that time period.
Below are former and present college employees and alumni who are participating:
• Adjunct Instructor Victoria Weaver’s mother, 1940;
• Human Resources Acting Director Jennifer LaHurd’s mother and father, 1944;
• Music Program Director Melodie Dickerson’s mother, 1947;
• Associate Vice President Brad Davis’ mother, 1952;
• SCF Fine Art Gallery Manager Joe Loccisano’s mother, 1956;
• Retired SCF Theatre Professor John W. James John James’ wife, Joyce, 1957;
• Accounting Clerk III Kristen Bryant’s mother-in-law, 1973;
• SCF Theatre Program Director Ken Erickson and his wife, Meri, admissions office assistant, 1977;
• Jennifer LaHurd, 1979;
• Learning Specialist Laurel Ash, 1980;
• Facilities Project Coordinator Tami Wash, 1981;
• Customer Service Specialist Norma Fender, 1985;
• Todd Jonsef and his wife, 1996;
• SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and William Murphy, 1999;
• Employment/Equity Manager Gloria Tracy, 2000;
• Kristen Bryant, 2002.
Alumni
• Amanda Beihl Corbett, 1991;
• Erin Erickson Saladino, 2005;
• Elizabeth Oostveen Raymond, 2006.
Erickson and Loccisano selected items for the exhibition from local community members, Retro Rosie’s Vintage Clothing, Asolo Repertory Theatre, South Florida Museum and other organizations.

SCF is presenting the exhibit after hosting a successful Art of the Costume “Reinvented” exhibit at the start of 2013-14 season.

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Congratulations to the SCF Bradenton facilities department for being selected as the first winner of Thanks-A-Latte, a collegewide initiative designed to recognize departments that have gone above and beyond with day-to-day duties. Facilities worked hard to get the campus ready for the start of the Fall 2014 semester. To show appreciation, SCF’s Pride in Excellence Team surprised the department with donuts and coffee on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Stay tuned to find out the new winner of Thanks-A-Latte next semester. Department selection will rotate campuses each semester.

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Sep
17

Committee Chair
Dr. Virginia Carson, President
South Georgia State College

Dr. O. Max Burns, President
Gordon State College

Ms. Jennifer K. Krieger, Director of Budgets
Kentucky Community and Technical College System

Dr. Mark A. Cunningham, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, Dean, Academic Technology/First-Year Experience Center for Teaching & Learning
Athens Technical College

Dr. Cathy J. Hakes, Director of Accreditation /Certification Activities and Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Georgia Gwinnett College

Dr. Amelia J. Harris, Academic Dean
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Dr. Alan Nichols, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Georgia Highlands College

Col. Donald H. Samdahl, Head Librarian
Virginia Military Institute

QEP Evaluator
Dr. Monica Varner, Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and Associate Professor of Sociology
Arkansas Tech University

Observer
Dr. John Sanders Huguenin, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Staff Representative
Dr. Marsal P. Stoll, Vice President
Commission on Colleges

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Sep
11
Posted on 09-11-2014
Filed Under (News: The Scoop, SACS:What's Happening?) by Jessica Klipa

At the Parley with the President meetings last week, I mentioned I would be sending out information about the upcoming visit in October…thank you for helping all of us to be ready. Remember to practice smiling so it does not feel so weird when late October arrives. :)

What is SACS?

• The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. You may visit the SACS home page at http:/www.sacs.org/ for more information.

What does SACS do?
• SACS accredits educational institutions at all levels from early childhood centers through universities. The Commission on Colleges is the SACS unit responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, senior colleges and two-year colleges.

What does the term reaffirmation mean?
• All institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges are required to undergo a review for reaffirmation of accreditation every ten years. The Commission reaffirms the accreditation of an institution as a totality. This accreditation extends beyond the parent campus to include all centers, branches, campuses, or other sites at which postsecondary degree or non-degree work is offered as well as all work offered through distance learning and correspondence education. The institution must include the review of all its operations in its Compliance Certification and the Commission will review them during the institution’s reaffirmation.

What will the visiting committee do?
• An eleven member team, plus a SACS vice president who is the liaison to SCF, will visit October 20-23, 2014. This group will interview faculty, students, staff, and administrators. They will review college documents particularly related to principles noted by off-site review committee. The report of this committee and our subsequent response will be reviewed by the Commission on Colleges with final action taking place in July 2015.

Note that the visiting committee is going back on Thursday, so we can all wear our Hawaiian shirts on Friday as usual.

Where will the meetings for this visit take place?
• Most of the meetings will be held on the Bradenton campus. Four members of the committee plan to also tour and hold meetings at Venice and Lakewood Ranch during the visit to SCF (right now those visits are on Monday afternoon, October 20, after 3:00 pm). The final committee schedule will be developed in the weeks leading up to the visit.

How can additional information be obtained?
• Information about the reaffirmation process can be obtained from Eileen Jones jonese@scf.edu.

Next, in Volume 2, what we all need to know about our QEP.

Have a good day!

Dr. Michael J. Mears
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

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Sep
11
Posted on 09-11-2014
Filed Under (News: The Scoop) by Jessica Klipa

In commemoration of 9/11, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) hosted ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at SCF Bradenton and SCF Venice.

The ceremony at SCF Bradenton began at the flagpole at the 26th Street West entrance with a welcome and prayer from Chris Wardman, advisor of the SCF Bradenton chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Randy Kennedy, U.S. Army veteran and member of the SCF Bradenton chapter of the SVA, addressed participants at the ceremony. A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. SCF music student Chris Leiper played taps.

Amber Putnam, who will become the first woman to command the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2015, addressed participants at the end of the ceremony. Putnam has served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years, including 21 years in active duty. She is an administration officer for Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

The Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue crew had trucks positioned with emergency lights to recognize fallen 9/11 fire rescue workers. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Navy Marine Recruiters also participated in the ceremony.

The ceremony at SCF Venice began at the main flagpole at the entrance of the campus. Donald Humphrey, president of the SCF Venice chapter of the SVA, was the keynote speaker. A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m.
Members of the Venice High School chorus performed the national anthem, and the North Port High School (NPHS) chorus sang “Amazing Grace.” NPHS student Denae Rabinette also played taps on the trumpet.

SCF Venice Public Safety Sgt. Robert Masucci and Roger Mussone, trades worker for SCF Venice facilities and retired Rhode Island commissioner, passed the United States flag, which was raised by first responders from Sarasota County Fire Rescue/Emergency Medical Services Station No. 26.

Community members were presented with certificates of appreciation by SCF Venice Campus Executive Officer Darlene Wedler-Johnson. SCF Venice Student Government Association President Matthew D. Ruch concluded the ceremony with brief remarks. SCF information technology, student life and facilities departments also participated in and assisted in coordination of the ceremony.

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Mark your calendars for the opening reception of the “Art of the Wedding Costume: Ritual and Romance” in the Fine Art Gallery 6 -8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

Hosted by Joe Loccisano, SCF Fine Art Gallery manager, and Ken Erickson, SCF Theatre Program director, “Art of the Wedding Costume” is a retrospective look at wedding costumes through the decades. The exhibit will include a display of men’s and women’s traditional, nontraditional and cultural wedding attire from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Presented from the perspective of the wedding ceremony as a theatrical performance, the exhibit features more than 50 wedding costumes from the 1850s to 2014 that reflect the personalities of the men and women who contributed their wedding attire. The exhibit weaves their stories through a narrative that chronicles the evolution of historical, cultural, artistic and social issues related to wedding costume styles and customs during that time period.

Below are former and present college employees and alumni who are participating:

• Adjunct Instructor Victoria Weaver’s mother, 1940;
• Human Resources Acting Director Jennifer LaHurd’s mother and father, 1944;
• Music Program Director Melodie Dickerson’s mother, 1947;
• Associate Vice President Brad Davis’ mother, 1952;
• SCF Fine Art Gallery Manager Joe Loccisano’s mother, 1956;
• Retired SCF Theatre Professor John W. James John James’ wife, Joyce, 1957;
• Accounting Clerk III Kristen Bryant’s mother-in-law, 1973;
• SCF Theatre Program Director Ken Erickson and his wife, Meri, admissions office assistant, 1977;
• Jennifer LaHurd, 1979;
• Learning Specialist Laurel Ash, 1980;
• Facilities Project Coordinator Tami Wash, 1981;
• Customer Service Specialist Norma Fender, 1985;
• Todd Jonsef and his wife, 1996;
• SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld and William Murphy, 1999;
• Employment/Equity Manager Gloria Tracy, 2000;
• Kristen Bryant, 2002.

Alumni
• Amanda Beihl Corbett, 1991;
• Erin Erickson Saladino, 2005;
• Elizabeth Oostveen Raymond, 2006.

Erickson and Loccisano selected items for the exhibition from local community members, Retro Rosie’s Vintage Clothing, Asolo Repertory Theatre, South Florida Museum and other organizations.

SCF is presenting the exhibit after hosting a successful Art of the Costume “Reinvented” exhibit at the start of 2013-14 season.

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Sep
05

Monica Kalosis, senior accountant, and Allicia Gould, early college coordinator, will take SCF’s Family Feud to a new level when their roller derby teams, Sarasota Rolling Renegades and Bradentucky Bombers, compete in the Shove Thy Neighbor Roller Derby Bout at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Stardust Skate Center, 12th Street, Sarasota. Doors open at 6 p.m.

It will be the first time Gould and Kalosis face off in a competition since they realized two years ago that they are both members of roller derby leagues in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The bout will benefit the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 5K/Walk hosted by the Pride in Wellness Program at SCF on Nov. 8.

For Gould, her Sarasota Rolling Renegades team’s donation to the ADA is a way of giving back to SCF’s Pride in Wellness Program. After she broke her leg in a derby scrimmage in Fall 2013, Gould benefited from coaching provided by SCF Wellness Coordinator Kristi Bracewell.

“She just doesn’t coach based on exercise, nutrition and overall wellness. She helped me overcome fear of re-injury,” Gould said.

Gould joined the Sarasota Rolling Renegades, formerly known as the Suncoast Quad Squad, almost three years ago as a way to relieve stress, get exercise and earn SCF Wellness points. She has relied on her roller derby team to keep her accountable in her exercise routine, which includes regular practices and bouts.

“There are no excuses in derby. Even if you are in a wheelchair, they will push you around with their skates,” Gould said.
Kalosis also benefits from the social aspects of roller derby.  She found it was the perfect way to get to know new people since she moved to the area from Punta Gorda with her son almost three years ago.

She decided to join the Bradentucky Bombers after learning that a high school friend from California had taken up the sport. Even though Kalosis hadn’t been on skates for 19 years, she completed the three-month beginner training and joined the league.

Kalosis and Gould have formed a strong friendship through roller derby. You would never know that in their free time, they are such fierce competitors.

“We smash each other on the track, but even though it looks hostile, we’re all hugs afterward, and we have a chance to bond through roller derby,” she said.

Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance. SCF faculty, staff and students with an employee identification card can buy tickets for $10 at the door.

To purchase tickets to the bout, contact Gould at ext. 65422.

 

 

Kalosis’ derby name Sarbanes Foxie was inspired by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and her number is 404 from the section of the act that addresses management assessment of internal controls. Allicia Gould, aka Rockabilly Red, chose her derby name because she wishes she had lived in the 1940s in the swing era.

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