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February 2011 THE OFFICIAL NEWS SOURCE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA COLLEGES Volume 44, Issue 1 President’s Message, Page 2

Kudos/Congrats, Page 16

Calendar...Page 22

The search for a new look to match our new name is over. The Association of Florida Colleges has an official new logo. See page 21.

INSIDE: The Legacy of Sen. Clark Maxwell Page 12.

2011 Florida College System Legislative Preview Page 8.

2011 Leadership Conference Develops Skills Page 20. February 2011 CURRENT I 1



If It Isn’t Broken, Break It! By Evelyn Ward, AFC President

President Evelyn Ward, Chipola College President-Elect Gary Sligh, Lake-Sumter Community College VP for Regions & Chapters Mary DiTaranto, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota VP-Elect for Regions & Chapters Pat Barfield, Chipola College VP for Commissions Juanita Scott, Pensacola State College VP-Elect for Commissions Joe Wallace, College of Central Florida Immediate Past-President Martha Williams, Valencia Community College COMMISSION CHAIRS


am indeed honored to serve you this year as the first president of the Association of Florida Colleges. I look forward to spending the next year working with each of you to determine the best way to lead our new Association of Florida Colleges into this next decade. Robert Kriegel wrote in his book, “If it ain’t broke, break it”: When things are going well, conventional wisdom warns us, “leave well enough alone.” “If it ain’t broke”, the advice goes, “don’t fix it.” But how well does this advice hold up in today’s world? Most organizations don’t change until they have to. They wait until things are going poorly and then desperately try to find a quick fix, changing strategies and services—anything to try to catch up. Innovative thinking and the resulting quality and service so necessary today doesn’t come from a struggling organization that has to make changes fast to keep its head above water. The best time to change is when you don’t have to! As I shared in my inaugural address in Jacksonville, I have a passion

for leadership and for building new leaders; for giving people the tools they need to move up in their current status, whether it be leadership and service or occupational. My first goal for our Association this year is to offer more professional development and leadership training. AFC is striving to add even more professional development seminars and guest speakers to all of our conference programs this year to offer you vital information that will help you in your current position and workforce advancement. Our Joint Commission Conference in St. Augustine in May will be a showcase of specialized professional development seminars hosted by our commissions. It is an excellent time to social network with your peers across the state and to learn about best practices being developed at other institutions. We are developing a new Certified College Professional Program. The goal of this program is to offer pertinent leadership training for members to use in both their roles as AFC leaders and to take back to their campuses ...Continued on page 4

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Administration Wanda Curtiss, Miami Dade College Adult & Continuing Education Isabel Medina, Mami Dade College Career & Professional Employees Shelby Fiorentino, Valencia Community College Communications and Marketing Susan Kessler, St. Johns River State College Equity Adrienne Jefferson, Indian River State College Facilities Erik Anderson, Santa Fe College Faculty Margie Robertson, State College of Florida, Manatee- Sarasota Healthcare Education Carolyn Lytle, Tallahassee Community College Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Professional Development Peter Usinger, Polk State College Instructional Innovation Jeannine Burgess, Palm Beach State College Learning Resources Christina Will, St. Johns River Community College Occupational & Workforce Ed Eileen Storck, Indian River State College Retirees Vivianne Bonsall, Brevard Community College Rural Campuses TBD Student Development Dan Rodkin, Santa Fe College Technology Paul Lefavi, Indian River State College Trustees David Talley, Palm Beach State College Global Initiatives (Provisional) TBD AFC • Making a Difference One Life at a Time




President’s Message

Evelyn Ward


Executive Director/CEO Message

Michael Brawer


Legislative Preview


Proposed Retirement Benefit Changes


AFC Trustees Commission in Washington


Sen. Clark Maxwell Leaves a Lasting Legacy


AFC Scholars Program


Conference Tackles Community College Legal Issues


2011 Leadership Conference


AFC Calendar


Save The Date



Palm Beach State Chapter of AFC Unveils New Chapter Award

Seminole State Hosts 27th Annual Dream Gala

IRSC Meetings Feature Guest Speakers IRSC Kicks Off Food Drive

15 COMMISSION NEWS 14 Administration Commission’s Exemplary Practice Award Submission

Broward College Chapter of AFC Sponsors Holiday Service Project for the Women in Distress


Seminole State College Attends AFC Leadership Conference


SFCC Professor Selected As National Open Textbook Advocate

Newest AFC Member Earns Highest Awards


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as college employees who are better prepared for leadership advancement. It is my hope that we will unveil this program in Naples at Convention 2011. My second goal is, of course, membership! With the monumental

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passionate people together working toward a common goal, you have success! You have the Association of Florida Colleges! My charge to you all as AFC members is simple: find your passion! What do you have a passion for at AFC? Is it membership development, community service, professional development, legislative issues, or social networking? Find your passion and then go back to your chapters, to your regions, and to your commissions and get busy! Break your old ways of doing things into little pieces, and look at them differently. Change and improve the things that need to be improved. Keep the activities that are successful. Recruit our new leaders of tomorrow while sharing the wisdom of our veteran leaders. Together all of us with sustained involvement and commitment make AFC stronger. I am indeed honored and proud to be a part of this great Association. Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your 2011 President. I encourage all of you to get involved in AFC and remember: “if it isn’t broken, break it!”

FACC was not broken. By becoming the new Association of Florida Colleges we are stepping forward, breaking the old association apart and re-designing it to better fit the needs of our members.


success of last year’s “Membership is Goal One” program, we added over 1,500 new members to our ranks. That makes 10,000 members finally a reachable goal for 2011. This year, our membership team hopes to give you even more exciting technology tools to use in reaching potential members, especially on large campuses and across multiple campuses. You will not want to miss our Membership Conference in July at Lido Beach. No matter what your role in AFC there will be something new there for you to learn! FACC was not broken. By becoming the new Association of Florida Colleges we are stepping forward, breaking the old association apart and re-designing it to better fit the needs of our members. I believe that if you put

REGION DIRECTORS Region I Ron Penton, Sr., Gulf Coast Community College Region II Frances Ash, Florida Gateway College Region III Patti Weasel, Lake-Sumter Community College Region IV Robert Flores, South Florida Community College Region V Michael Pelitera, Indian River State College COMMITTEE CHAIRS (Ex officio) Bylaws Bill Mullowney, Valencia Community College Certified College Professional Program Co-Chairs Jeff Peters, Palm Beach State College Jeff Allbritten, Edison State College Community Service Mary DiTaranto, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Finance, Human Resources & Retirement Issues Stanley Stone, Valencia Community College Legislative Steve Schroeder, Pasco-Hernando Community College Member Services Robin Robinson, Polk State College Membership Development Co-Chairs Jeannine Burgess, Palm Beach State College Paul Sanchez, Indian River State College Planning and Development Tina Hart, Indian River State College Policy and Advocacy Katherine Johnson, Pasco-Hernando Community College Wellness Debi Jakubcin, Valencia Community College EX OFFICIO MEMBERS The Division of Florida Colleges Willis Holcombe, Chancellor Council of Community College Presidents Eileen Holden, Polk State College AFC Foundation Board Andre Hawkins, Indian River State College Parliamentarian Matt White, Chipola College

Evelyn Ward AFC President

Association of Florida Colleges Michael Brawer, CEO

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It’s Not Law Until the Bitter End By Michael Brawer, AFC Executive Director/CEO


t’s not law until the bitter end. This is the mantra I keep repeating when I discuss legislative activity with AFC members. Just because a topic is discussed in a legislative committee meeting and then voted on does not make it a law. But, judging from the emails and calls I get daily regarding the current Florida Retirement System reforms being discussed (SB1130) and the proposed “gun law” (SB 234) to allow concealed weapons to be carried on our campuses, it is apparent that a quick primer on how an idea becomes law is in order. Members contact me all the time after hearing or reading something about what is going on in the Legislature and justifiably become alarmed thinking a law has already been put in place. Even watching the process on public television can easily convince one that a done deal has been made! If you don’t do this work everyday like I do and one hears the way bills are described in the media or how they are summarized in various public records, it is quite understandable how a lay person could interpret issues as being a done deal

which begins the process of an idea becoming law. Either chamber, the House of Representatives or the Senate, may originate any type of legislation; however the processes may differ slightly between them. First, a citizen or legislator will conceive an idea to solve a problem of statewide impact. A legislator along with other sponsors will then file a “bill.” The bill contains all language and tenets of the idea that need to be written or changed in an existing law, or to implement a new one. The filed bill usually has the prior approval of the Senate President or House Speaker. The approval may be very light or very strong. In these days of partisan politics, no bill will grow “legs” and move through the process without the strong support of leadership. Second, a bill is then “referred” to one or more committees related to the bill’s subject. The committee process begins in the fall, and continues through the weeks prior to legislative session and during legislative session. Some bills have five to six committee stops. These bills are the least likely to get passed, and may not even make it to the floor for a full vote. This will happen with a bill filed by an unpopular legislator or a bill that is not very popular conceptually. Other bills get only two to three references and are more likely to make it to the end. Each referred committee studies the bill and decides if it should be amended, passed, or failed. When passed, the bill moves to the other committees of reference or to the full chamber for vote. Next, once a bill passes in one chamber, such as the House, it is then placed in “messages” for the Senate to pick up. A bill goes through a very similar process in the second chamber as it did in the first. If the second chamber amends or changes the bill in any way, the bill will go back and forth between the

Just because a topic is discussed in a legislative committee meeting and then voted on does not make it law.


in law. In fact, any idea that becomes a bill and is thus promulgated as such through the legislative system has only about a 15-20% chance of becoming law. In any given year, there can be as many as 1,500 to 2,000 bills filed, but only 300 to 400 or so may see the light of day, and eventually make it to the Governor’s desk. Among the myriad of legislative issues that we monitor annually there are numerous “bills” drafted 6 I CURRENT February 2011

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House and Senate until a consensus is reached and the versions from each chamber are identical. Finally, once the bill is voted favorably in both chambers, it is enrolled and sent to the Governor for signature or veto. The Governor has 15 days from the date of receipt to either sign a bill into law or veto it. A bill may become law without the Governor’s signature after 15 days if no action is taken. A bill becomes law as of the date certain contained therein and upon the Governor’s signature, despite it not making its way into the text of Florida Statutes for several months. Bills vetoed by the Governor could end up back with the legislature for a re-write and to start the process over if time permits, or an attempt to override the veto. Presently, the Republicans in both chambers hold vetoproof majorities and could override any veto by the Governor. This allows the House Speaker and Senate President significant power in getting bills placed into law. Although most bills are voted up toward the end of the annual legislative session during the last few weeks, some are put forth early, passed, and sent to the Governor prior to the end of legislative session. Usually bills of high public interest and/or bills with

major budget impact are handled early. In 2010, the now infamous SB 6 (teacher merit pay) grew big train wheels and just rolled down the track to approval in both chambers within the first couple weeks of legislative session. However, then Governor Crist vetoed it. That bill did not roll back around then but it has resurfaced, new and improved, in the current legislation session. Similarly, the concepts contained in several bills regarding Florida Retirement System reform were successfully beaten back last year by AFC and other organizations. Yet, many of those reform concepts have resurfaced new and improved this year. This makes our battle much more difficult when combined with the new legislators, and the hard-core budget cutting philosophy permeating both chambers and the governor’s office as a result of the November election. So keep in mind all these steps to the legislative process. If you want to know the real status of a bill, you can monitor bills by their number; Senate bills have even numbers and House bills have odd numbers. The public web site at keeps daily score. If you need help comprehending the bill, give me a call and I will do my best to help you.

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The AFC Legislative Committee update on the latest legislation under review in Tallahassee.


he AFC Legislative Committee has been hard at that purpose. The second will allow college with unmet work in Tallahassee since mid-January working facilities needs to charge an enhanced fee for a period with legislators, staff and attending committee of 5 years. The proceeds will not be bondable and the meetings. At present, there is little information authority to charge the fee must be approved by the on the budget outlook other than that the State faces Department of Education based on specific authority. a roughly $3.6 billion revenue shortfall from last year’s budget. All indications are that there will be cuts in Continuing Workforce Education (CWE) – this is a state funding for all of state government. The Florida “glitch bill” that will clarify several issues that evolved College System message this year, “Your Working from legislation passed last year which requires that Solution,” focuses our budget message on the role of all CWE be self supporting and not counted as part of our system in providing the trained workforce that will the system’s funded FTE. This bill will clarify several drive Florida’s economic issues, including local recovery. The message authority to determine and The Florida College System has resonated with the charge fees. legislature as evidenced message this year, “Your by questions asked of Fire Safety/Inspection Bill – Working Solution,” focuses the Governor’s staff this legislation is intended to during presentations of reduce duplication of efforts our budget message on the Governor’s proposed relating to inspection for fire the role of our system budget. Many members safety standards and clarify are questioning the licensing standards for local in providing the trained wisdom of his proposed inspectors. workforce that will drive 11% cut to the system Credit Card Convenience with no authority to Fee – a bill passed last Florida’s economic recovery. increase tuition or fees. year authorized Colleges It is too early to tell to charge a fee to students what the legislature may be considering. Stay tuned. using a credit card to pay tuition and fees. The intent The legislature will convene its 2011 legislative session was to cover the costs associated with processing such on Tuesday, March 8. In addition to the budget and payments. Unfortunately, the legislation only applied to retirement issues (see page 9) the legislative committee college credit students. This year, the intent is to allow is working the following substantive issues, identified as charging the fee to all students. system priorities. Name Change Bill – When a local Board of Trustees Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) – our elects to change the name of the institution, it is efforts to put this back into statute with definitions and required to seek legislative approval in the next regular scope of authority are being received favorably and session. This year, four colleges are seeking that will likely be part of committee bills relating to postapproval – St. Johns River Community College (to St. secondary education. This has been a long time goal Johns River State College); Pensacola Junior College for several legislators. This will help solidify the ACC’s (to Pensacola State College); Gulf Coast Community role in relation to the K-20 education system, the Board College (to Gulf Coast State College) and Valencia of Education, Board of Governors and the Higher Community College (Valencia College). Education Coordinating Council. The above list is not intended to be all inclusive as Capital Improvement Fee (CIF) – There are two at present, the legislative committee is tracking and separate issues here. The first will allow the use of the working approximately 120 bills that impact or may bonded proceeds from the current statutory fees to be impact our system. We continue to watch for bills used for acquisition of improved real estate. Current relating to Governance, College Baccalaureate degrees, law does not allow the bonded proceeds to be used for personnel and benefits.


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Below is a side-by-side comparison of retirement benefit changes proposed by the Governor’s office and Senate Bill 1130. Defined Benefit (Pension) GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Eliminates defined benefit for all new employees hired July 1, 2011 or after


Health Insurance Subsidy (H.I.S.) Five Dollars ($5.00) a month x years of service up to 30 years GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Phases out H.I.S. beginning July1, 2011 for employees hired on or prior to June 30, 2011. e.g. Employee has 15 years in system on June 30, 2011. That employee works 15 more years. Fifteen years will earn H.I.S. That employee will be 15 years x $5.00 = $75.00 a month.

SENATE BILL 1130 No changes for current employees (vested or not) employed on or prior to June 30, 2011. No effect on current retirees. Continues H.I.S. as is for new employees hired after July 1, 2011.

Three percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Phases out COLA beginning July 1, 2011, for employees hired on or prior to June 30, 2011. e.g. Employee has 15 years in the system on June 30, 2011. That employee works 15 more years after June 30, 2011. Only the first 15 years will be earn COLA. That employee’s COLA will be 3% divided by 2 = 1.5%

SENATE BILL 1130 No change for current employees (vested or not) employed on or prior to June 30, 2011. No effect on current retirees.

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Eliminates DROP effective July 1, 2011. No effect on current participants.

SENATE BILL 1130 Eliminates DROP effective July1, 2011 for new employees. No effect on current participants or current employees. Participation changes from age 62 with six years or more service to age 65 with six years or more service.


Employee Retirement. (Retirement Contribution) Participation GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Requires 5% contribution by employees effective July1, 2011.

SENATE BILL 1130 Sets up the mechanism for employee contributions. Does not specify a percentage. The percentage will be decided in the Appropriation Committee.

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Community Colleges Optional Retirement Program. (CCORP) GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Eliminates. Phases CCORP participants into defined contribution program effective July1, 2011

SENATE BILL 1130 Continues as currently available.

Defined Contribution GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Establishes Defined Contribution as the Florida Retirement Plan for all new employees effective July 1, 2011. It appears to only have one class.

SENATE BILL 1130 Establishes Defined Contribution as the Florida Retirement Plan for all new employees effective July 1, 2011. Provides for multiple classes at current contribution rates: Regular Special Risk Senior Management Elected Judicial

Vesting GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Appears to be unchanged for current employees. New employees hired after July 1, 2011 go into Defined Contribution. Vesting is unclear.

SENATE BILL 1130 Unchanged for current and new employees hired on or before June 30,2011 Employees hired on or after July 1, 2011 go into Defined Contribution Vesting as follows: Prior to 3 years employment – Employee receives only their contribution three months after termination. 3 years employment – Employee receives 100% of employee and 40% of employer contributions plus earnings. 4 years employment – Employee receives 100% of employee and 80% of employer contributions plus earnings. 5 or more years of employment - Employee receives 100% of employee and employer contributions plus earnings.

Defined Benefit: Average Final Compensation GOVERNOR’S BUDGET Appears to be unchanged for current and new employees hired on or prior to June 30, 2011

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Retirement - Age 62 or five years. SENATE BILL 1130 Eliminating overtime and Annual Leave for average final compensation for current and new employees hired on or prior to June 30, 2011. Unclear as to overloads. AFC • Making a Difference One Life at a Time


The following amendments to Senate Bill 1130 have been proposed. (goes on chart at Senate Bill 1130) No action has taken place. 1. Amendment by Senator Latvala Requires employees hired at a salary of $75,000 or higher are enrolled in a Defined Contributions. Employees hired at a salary of less than $75,000 can select between the Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Plans. 2. Amendment by Senator Fasano Requires judges at all levels to be part of the regular class for retirement purposes. The judges retirement accrual rate would go from 3.3% per year of service to 1.6% per year of service. 3. Amendment by Senator Fasano A FRS retiree may not be employed by another FRS employee ever.

4. Amendment by Senator Latvala Change implementation date of SB 1130 from June 30, 2011 to July 1, 2011. 5. Amendment by Senator Latvala Change vesting for retirement purposes from six (6) years to eight (8) years. 6. Amendment by Senator Latvala Establishes the amount of employee contribution to 2%. 7. Amendment by Senator Latvala Mandates that contributions by employees can only be used to pay down the unfounded actuarial liability.

AFC TRUSTEES COMMISSION IN WASHINGTON Over 35 Florida college trustees, presidents, and executive staff attended the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National Legislative Summit in Washington DC on February 13-16 at the Marriott Wardman Hotel. The conference is also co-hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The purpose of the NLS is to provide education and awareness on federal-level issues that impact community colleges in all 50 states. The trustees attend Liz Baldwin (FSCJ) chats with retired numerous workshops US Representative Gus Bilarakis. and training sessions with their presidents covering topics including Pell Grants, the Dream Act, President Obama’s Completion Initiative, Training Assistance Act (TAA), the Perkins Act, and other federal programs. Keynote speakers included David Wessel, Economics Editor for the Wall Street Journal, David Gregory, Host of Meet The Press, and US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Participants

are provided talking points and information needed for them to successfully meet and discuss these issues with Florida’s congressional delegation. The AFC Trustees Commission hosted a meeting and reception for all Florida attendees on February 14. AFC CEO Michael Brawer and 2011 President Evelyn Ward (Chipola College), along with Trustees Commission Chair David Talley (PBSC) and Chairelect Rod Jurado (HCC) provided welcomes. Trustees and executive staff from Florida State College at Jacksonville, Palm Beach State College, Hillsborough Community College, South Florida Community College, St. Petersburg College, Broward College, Polk State College, Indian River State College, and Miami-Dade College were in attendance.

Senator Max Baucus is recognized by the ACCT.

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he Florida College System is an international appreciate the Senator’s intelligence, authenticity and model of performance, innovation and access by commitment to all of Florida’s community colleges. students and it embodies the vision of one of its “He believed that all of the colleges were important. “founding fathers,” Senator Clark Maxwell, who From the very rural counties where there are far more believed in a system of individual colleges working trees than people to the larger, urban counties. Each together toward a common goal. has its own unique function,” Holcombe said. Maxwell began his life-long commitment to public That core belief could have been what spurred service and education in 1965 as a Brevard County Maxwell into drafting legislation in 1983 establishing School Board member, where he served seven years the State Board of Community Colleges as a way to as chairman. A decade later, he further the unified mission of was elected to the Florida House community college education of Representatives (1974) and while at the same time ensuring then the Florida Senate (1978). that each college maintained Once in the senate, Maxwell local autonomy. Maxwell was appointed to the Senate was unanimously selected by Appropriations Committee largely the new board to serve as its because of his knowledge of Executive Director, which also education funding through his allowed him to properly carryexperience on the school board. out his original vision. The 70s and 80s were “He was a champion of — DR. WILLIS HOLCOMBE, CHANCELLOR local control,” Dr. T.K. Wetherell a period of rapid growth for Florida’s colleges, and Sen. said. “He was a strong Maxwell recognized the need for expansion of the advocate for the comprehensive community college college system. At every opportunity he advocated for system, especially workforce education and vocational increased funding, enhanced programs and supportive training.” legislation that would aide schools in their efforts to Dr. Wetherell, president emeritus of Tallahassee reach more students. Community College and president emeritus of Florida “He recognized we didn’t have the visibility of State University, knew Maxwell both professionally and the university or K-12 system in Tallahassee,” Dr. personally for over 40 years. He fondly remembers Willis Holcombe, the current chancellor for Florida’s fishing and hunting with Maxwell as well as attending State College System, said. Holcombe was the vice events such as FACC conventions. As a former president of Brevard Community College when he Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, was introduced to Maxwell and was “scared to death” Wetherell says Maxwell was a forerunner of the “people to meet him. Maxwell’s “down-to-earth” personality power” movement and continually worked hard on soon eased his intimidation and Holcombe was able to behalf of his constituents.


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“He is going to be missed for a long time. There aren’t many Clark Maxwell’s in this world who will leave the impact he left on the system and the community,” Wetherell said. Dr. Robert McSpadden, President Emeritus of Gulf Coast Community College, looked to Maxwell as a mentor of sorts. McSpadden and Maxwell became close friends early on in his career at Gulf Coast when he says — DR. T.K. WETHERELL he was “very naïve in the matter of politics” in the system. Maxwell taught McSpadden, and many others, how to work within the system, but not above it. “He used to tell us ‘pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered,” McSpadden said. “That was the best advice I had ever heard.” Former President of Brevard Community College Dr. Maxwell King had the opportunity to work with Maxwell on a few BCC projects such as the building of the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts and the Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida on BCC’s Cocoa campus. He also offered advice and guidance on the colleges 2+2 program, which prepared students for the transition to a four-year university. “I’m sure all the 28 colleges each have a different story about Clark Maxwell, but he was always so helpful in what we were trying to do. Clark had a hand in the whole development of the community college system in Florida,” King said. “Senator Maxwell was admired and respected by all. For those of us who had the privilege of working with him years ago, we are grateful for what he has left as a legacy,” Dr. Eduardo Padrón, chancellor and districtwide president for Miami/Dade College said. “He built a sound foundation for our community colleges that has enhanced the lives of millions of students across Florida. We are proud of his accomplishments as a statesman, a leader and a friend.” “He was a very good politician and state senator,” Dr. Robert Judson, president emeritus, Pasco-Hernando Community College said. “He was instrumental in securing funding for the college system and keeping the system moving as one unit toward the same goal.” Even after his retirement from the State Board in 1997, Maxwell stayed involved in higher education issues. He hosted a weekly television program, produced at Daytona State College, called Eyes on Education where he interviewed high-level guests and politicians about higher education topics. Maxwell’s legacy will be forever felt in the Florida College System. According to his wife of 26 years, Margo, he would often ask waiters and other service workers if they were in school and if they were not he would try to help them. Proof that his commitment to furthering the availability of education was more than just a job, but a mission he spent over 45 years working at. Upon Maxwell’s passing last month, students and educators at community and state colleges honored him by flying their flags at half-staff in his honor.


AFC SCHOLARS PROGRAM Eligibility AFC Scholars will be selected through an application process. An applicant must: • Be an active member in good standing of AFC • Be currently enrolled or applying to a Master’s or Doctoral program offered at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services • Hold at least a bachelors or master’s degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher learning • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA to apply for the masters program and 3.0 GPA for the doctoral program • Be currently employed at a Florida college with at least two years experience. Criteria and Application Information To apply for the Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services and Association of Florida Colleges Scholars program, complete the application form and submit the following materials: • Provide a 3-5 page (masters program) or 5-10 page (doctoral program) essay demonstrating evidence of participation and/or implementation of an innovative program or practice. • Two letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the applicant’s performance and leadership abilities The application deadline is April 8, 2011. Please submit a completed application packet postmarked no later than April 8, 2011 to: Association of Florida Colleges Attn: AFC/NOVA Scholars Program 113 East College Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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CHAPTER HEADLINES PALM BEACH STATE CHAPTER OF AFC UNVEILS NEW CHAPTER AWARD The Palm Beach State Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges has rolled out the Annual Supervisor/Administrator Award application. The award recognizes a supervisor or administrator who demonstrates support for the AFC through their continuing valid membership and support for staff members’ participation in activities. To find out more information about the award, go to the chapter’s webpage:

IRSC MEETINGS FEATURE GUEST SPEAKERS The Indian River State College AFC Chapter invites a variety of guests to its monthly luncheon meetings. In January, Ray Carpenter, a professor with the College’s Business Administration and Marketing Management Department, presented a session on Keeping the Green in your Wallet! Debt Consolidation Tips.


IRSC Retirees Joan Cade and Janis Brown show off one of the flourishing plants sold at the Alumni/Retirees Committee scholarship fundraiser.


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The Administration Commission of the Association of Florida Colleges announces its 2011 Exemplary Practice Award. The award enables you to share and to highlight an exemplary leadership practice in your department, area, division, or college. To be considered, download a submission package at Entries must be postmarked or emailed by March 11. The presentations for the exemplary practice will Associa tion of Florida take place at the Spring Colleges Conference on April 15Administration Commission 16. The winner will be Exemplary Pra ctice Award 2011 announced at the Annual AFC Convention. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Wanda Curtiss Demonstratin g Excellence at 305.237.8969 or at AFC • Making a Difference One Life at a Time

CHAPTER HEADLINES IRSC KICKS OFF FOOD DRIVE The Chapter kicked off a semester-long food drive benefiting the Treasure Coast Food Bank. With collection boxes located on every campus, the membership quickly collected a wide variety of grocery products. According to the Food Bank, approximately 42,000 people each week seek assistance. Members of the IRSC Chapter stock the first cart of grocery products collected for a collegewide food drive for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.


AFC Leadership Conference, Bay Point Marriott, Panama City, Thurs Feb 9, 2011 Great Ideas!, Make A Plan!, Enjoy your Year!! Attended by AFC Chapter Membership Chair, Molly Dykes & Chapter Publications Rep, Lee Patrizzi

BROWARD COLLEGE CHAPTER OF AFC SPONSORS HOLIDAY SERVICE PROJECT FOR WOMEN IN DISTRESS In December 2010, Broward College’s Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) sponsored a holiday service project for the Women in Distress (WID) of Broward County. Chapter members collected holiday items including food, gift cards, and children’s gifts. All four campuses had drop-off areas where students and employees could donate items. Lori Abrizio at south campus collected a large box of used cell phones. The WID program collects cell phones to be recycled for cash donations or to be given to participants in case of an emergency. This is a really great (and easy!) way to support Women in Distress. North campus’s Claudia Forero had several large donations of gifts for the children from her campus. The van load of donations was delivered to the local area shelter by Anne Berman, Daniela Circonciso, and Rick Leffel. They were greeted with many thanks by Courtney Holshouser, Events and Partnerships Manager for Women in Distress. All donations are critical to the sustainability of the agency and allow WID to continue to provide services to their participants as they build a new life for themselves and their families. Broward Colleges’ chapter of AFC is considering creating an on-going drive for the Women in Distress at each campus with drop boxes for used cell phones and other items needed year round. Broward College also participates in the Women In Distress 5K Walk/ Run. The chapter members thought this was a great way to make a difference in the lives of many in their own community! Daniela Circonciso (Broward College AFC Chapter Publications Secretary), Anne Berman (Broward College AFC Chapter Vice President) and Courtney Holshouser, Events and Partnerships Manager for Women in Distress of Broward County

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KUDOS CONGRATS SFCC PROFESSOR SELECTED AS NATIONAL OPEN TEXTBOOK ADVOCATE South Florida Community College physics professor and AFC member, Erik Christensen, was recently selected as one of the top six nationwide Outstanding Open Textbook Advocate/Trainers by College Open Textbooks. He received the recognition for his use of open textbooks in his classes, advocating for their use in other classes, and peer-reviewing other open textbooks. Open textbooks are non-published textbooks that are written by instructors and made available on repositories to download for free. The books can be modified by other instructors when needed to add additional information or explanations for their specific classes. Open textbooks can be printed out by college bookstore companies for a significantly reduced cost or can be downloaded for free on the Internet by students. Christensen began using open textbooks after he found that one of his students could not afford to purchase the newest edition of a textbook and asked Christensen to loan an older version for the class. “Current physics textbooks cost an average of $200,” said Christensen. “The two open textbooks I use for my classes cost $4.50 and $8.50 in the SFCC Panther Bookstore.” “I pay $500 per term for my textbooks,” said SFCC student Samantha Cochran. “I’m lucky my grants help cover the cost, or else I would not be able to afford them. By using open textbooks, Professor

Christensen puts his students first and shows he’s willing to accept change and the future of technology.” SFCC student Chris Jennings likes the textbooks not only for their low cost but for their adaptability as well. “Many times instructors will require a textbook but then will not use all of the book. With the open textbooks, instructors can edit out the information that won’t be covered, so students don’t feel like they are paying a lot of money for something they are not using.” “Professor Christensen is a faculty leader and innovator,” said Kimberly Batty-Herbert, dean, SFCC Arts and Sciences. “He continually leads the way in assisting students in their learning. This is a significant cost reduction for students and in these tough economic times is an important factor for all of us in education to consider.” “It’s nice to receive the recognition, but the real winners here are my students,” Christensen said, “as this has been able to reduce the cost of their textbook by 90 percent.”

NEWEST AFC MEMBER EARNS HIGHEST AWARDS… Automotive Program Coordinator and Instructor Walt Hazelton recently joined the Brevard Chapter of the AFC, making our Industrial Building on the Cocoa Campus, 100 percent AFC members. And to coincide with his membership, Walt has just received two outstanding commendations. One from Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) and one from Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT). Our Brevard Chapter automotive instructor now holds the distinction of being one of only 11 individuals in the world to hold all ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications AND one of only 4 individuals in the world to hold all EVT (Emergency Vehicle Technician) certifications! We are proud to have Mr. Walt Hazelton as an instructor on the Cocoa Campus, and as a member of the Brevard Chapter of the AFC. His dedication and commitment to excellence is appreciated and applauded. 16 I CURRENT February 2011

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KUDOS CONGRATS NFCC STANDS OUT AS LEADER IN STUDENT LEARNING MEASURES NFCC recognized for providing students with high quality teaching and learning opportunities North Florida Community College was among eleven colleges in The Florida College System (FCS) and more than 650 community colleges nationwide to participate in the 2010 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a national student survey used to measure institutional practices and student behaviors that are closely related to student learning and retention. On the national level, NFCC’s CCSSE scores landed NFCC a spot as one of the nation’s “Top 50 Community Colleges” in the September/October issue of Washington Monthly magazine. Just as impressive, NFCC emerged as the leader of the eleven Florida colleges who participated from the FCS. “Findings indicate that many Florida colleges are at or above the national average for the CCSSE cohorts in active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interactions, and support for learners. However, one college stood out. North Florida Community College scored well above the average on every measure,” stated FCS in its December 2010 edition of Zoom: CCSSE Highlights. Among its fellow Florida colleges, NFCC scored the highest in each of the five benchmarks that CCSSE uses to evaluate effective education practices – active and collaborative learning; student effort; academic challenge; student-faculty interactions; and support for learners – proving that students feel comfortable at NFCC, that they feel actively involved on campus and challenged to learn and be creative; that they can easily communicate with NFCC instructors; and

that they have the support they need to succeed. NFCC President John Grosskopf is not surprised that NFCC did so well on the CCSSE survey. “We constantly hear positive feedback from our students,” said Grosskopf. “They enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our campus while knowing that NFCC provides them with the highest quality educational opportunities equal to or beyond that of larger schools.” According to the 2010 CCSSE (www., “Community colleges must respond to increasing expectations for quality, performance, and accountability from state and federal governments, governing boards, accrediting organizations, and the public. Across the nation, community colleges are being expected to emphasize assessment and improvement of student retention and student learning.” NFCC’s high CCSSE scores and positive student assessment are proof that NFCC is fulfilling its mission to provide quality teaching and learning opportunities while responding to these ever increasing expectations. “I am continually impressed with the quality of instruction and learning that takes place at NFCC,” said Michael R. Williams, Chairman of the NFCC Board of Trustees. “For that quality to be recognized on a national level and being compared to much larger schools is outstanding. I applaud our administration, faculty, staff, and students for this accomplishment.”

Connect With Us and “Like” Our New Facebook Page The Palm Beach State College chapter of AFC encourages you to “like” us on Facebook. See what we are up to, start discussions with us, keep in touch and connect with members. The new AFC page reflects the name change from FACC to AFC.

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Conference Tackles Community College Legal Issues Valencia Community College hosts three-day forum for college legal officers, administrators By Luis Zaragoza


he constant crush of new regulatory requirements, looming budget worries and student mental health concerns are just some of the pressing issues keeping community college legal officers awake at night. To get some advice on how to navigate the everchanging legal landscape, dozens of college lawyers, administrators and faculty and staff members from 34 states and the District of Columbia gathered in Orlando recently for the sixth annual Community College Conference on Legal Issues. Legal experts in risk management, labor, academic freedom, student affairs and civil rights offered their views on best practices while encouraging participants to share their own knowledge and experience. The conference was organized by Valencia Community College in cooperation with sponsors that included the Association of Florida Colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, The College Board and the American Council on Education.

Special attention was paid to legal issues connected to emerging technology, including electronic communication and social media. Case in point: Beth Cate’s keynote talk titled, “All Atwitter About Facebook: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Networking by College Employees.” Cate is associate general counsel at Indiana University and an expert in intellectual property law and the law and ethics connected to research and information technology use. Her advice to college employees: Avoid blending your personal and professional lives in social media such as Facebook. “Friending” work colleagues can lead to misunderstandings and tension, she added. More importantly, employees should be careful about what they post about themselves online , Cate said. Personal information and photos that can be viewed by anyone can result in embarrassment and conflict, she added. When it comes to institutional pages aimed at students and the public that sometimes become forums for complaints: “We need to relax and get over ourselves a bit,” Cate said. “If people criticize us, try dealing with the issue offline. “You’ll never silence all your critics,” she said. “And you’ll generate more critics by trying to control debates too much.” Cate offered links to policies and guidelines developed by other schools and organizations: University of Michigan DePaul University socialmedia.aspx Listing of guidelines from non-profit, government and business organizations

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ith a new name, a new logo, a focus on professional development, and a few added surprises, AFC’s Leadership Conference kicked off in Panama City on February 10-11. President Evelyn Ward unveiled the new Association logo and congratulated its designer, Dr. Joe Wallace, College of Central Florida, with designing a logo representative of AFC’s new direction. AFC Executive Director Michael Brawer provided an overview of the Association, its bylaws and officers. Brawer also introduced the new Certified College Professional Program (CCP) which the Association has begun to develop. The CCP will be a professional certification program which shall be recognized by the Florida College System. The program will add to an individual’s resume and enhance his/her opportunity for advancement. Past Presidents Jeff Peters and Dr. Jeff Allbritton are chairing the Committee developing the curriculum and other criteria for the program. It is anticipated to be rolled out at the 2011 Convention in Naples and

the first class will begin at the 2012 Leadership Conference. Leadership and the development of leadership skills will be the primary focus for 2011. President Ward invited Dr. Sandra Halvorson, Professional Communication Advisor at Florida State University’s Panama City Campus to lead attendees through two workshops on communications and leadership. Dr. Halvorson told attendees that your body language speaks volumes! Often, it’s not what you say, but how

you say it. Leaders know how to use many tools to get their points across. Commission Chairs met with VP and VPElect for Commissions Juanita Scott and Dr. Joe Wallace to review their duties and responsibilities for the upcoming year. Region Directors and Chapter Officers also met with VP and VP-Elect Mary Di’Taranto and Pat Barfield to discuss guidelines, goals, and objectives for the year. The Awards Committee presented the deadlines, criteria, and procedures for

With a new look and a new name the Association of Florida Colleges focuses on developing leadership skills.

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the Chapter, Region, and Commission of the Year Awards. Past President Carol Quinn, Awards Chair, provided information on each award and how to prepare a winning submission. Executive Director Michael Brawer provided information on the AFC Foundation’s Burst the Balloon Campaign. All chapters, regions, and commission are being asked to assist in fundraising to help pay down the mortgage. There are several recommendations that have been shared with chapter officers, region

leaders, and commission officers. Brawer also shared information on the AFC Strategic Plan developed by the Planning & Development Committee. The Committee has made several recommendations for changes that are now being reviewed by the Association’s Bylaw’s Committee. Any and all changes will be presented for a vote to the Assembly of Delegates at the October Convention. After being on information overload for a day and half, attendees

were presented with an “Entertaining Surprise” on Friday morning. Past President Sandra Harrell and 50 members of the Grand Ridge School Chorus showed up and showed off during three musical selections. President Ward said she knew this would be a huge surprise to everyone. “When Sandra left to go work at Grand Ridge, and everyone found out that she works for my husband, they were pretty upset with me. I continue to be asked how is Sandra and what is she doing now? So,

I thought what better way to show them, than by having Sandra and her choir join us at Leadership!” The conference ended with an update on the upcoming legislative session by ED Michael Brawer. The AFC is tracking all issues regarding the possible changes to the Florida Retirement System and the potential impact on our college system employees. The AFC will be providing regular updates and resources to the membership to assist with this important advocacy effort.

Our New Look: Dr. Joe Wallace is the winner and artist behind AFC’s official new logo. The logo was unveiled at the 2011 Leadership Conference.

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Council of Presidents May Phone Conference 5/5/11 Facilities Commission Spring Conference 5/11/11-5/12/11 AFC Joint Commission Spring Conference 5/12/11-5/13/11 Current Published 5/16/11 Student Development Commission Spring Conference 5/18/11-5/20/11

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Council of Presidents June Annual Meeting Region V Spring Conference Board of Directors Meeting Membership Development Conference Current Article Submission Deadline

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Current Published 8/15/11 Current Article Submission Deadline 9/2/11 Board of Directors Meeting 9/7/11 Current Published 9/23/11

October November December Board of Directors Meeting 62nd Annual AFC Convention

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