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AFC Board of Directors EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Dr. Gary Sligh, Lake-Sumter Community College President-Elect Byron Todd, Tallahassee Community College

Many Dreams, One Future By Dr. Gary Sligh, AFC President


all know that in the Florida College just can’t believe that we are System, we nurture those dreams already a couple of months into and help them find the reality that is 2012. It seems like just yesterday best for them. I am so proud to be that I stood before the assembled part of this great system. delegates and guests at the Annual And those of us who work in Convention in Naples and pledged the colleges and organizations myself to serve the Association this which support them have dreams year as President. I am humbled ourselves. Many of us are working and grateful for the trust that has on more advanced degrees, been given to me. striving to take on leadership The Association of Florida roles at our jobs, Colleges or finding new represents The Association of ways to address many life’s challenges. dreams. Our Florida Colleges I am proud to Association represents many say that AFC is exists to a key partner support the dreams. Our in leadership Florida College Association exists to development and System—the training in support Great 28. Our support the Florida of our colleges. staff and board College System— I can think of directors of three ways that establish the Great 28. we are working to programs and foster leadership resources this spring, and I hope each to help all of our chapters member will find a way to connect bring innovative programs into with one of these in the coming our colleges and supporting months. organizations. And that is where Throughout the months of dreams begin. March and April, each of our five When students enter our regions will be gathering for Region institutions, they are full of great Conferences. These take place dreams. Sometimes those dreams at various colleges throughout the take a bit of a battering as they enter classes and confront the ...Continued on page 4 realities of higher education, but we 2 I CURRENT February 2012


VP for Regions & Chapters Pat Barfield, Chipola College VP-Elect for Regions & Chapters Shelby Fiorentino, Valencia College VP for Commissions Joe Wallace, College of Central Florida VP-Elect for Commissions Christina Will, St. Johns River State College Immediate Past-President Evelyn Ward, Chipola College COMMISSION CHAIRS Administration Rhea Cemer, Indian River State College Adult & Continuing Education Daisy Vulovich, State College of Florida Career & Professional Employees Debi Jakubcin, Valencia College Communications and Marketing Lucy Miller, Pasco-Hernando Community College Equity Stan Stone, Valencia College Facilities Robert Flores, South Florida Community College Faculty Jim Lansing, Broward College Healthcare Education Alice Serey, Indian River State College Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Professional Development Rob Gregg, Pensacola State College Instructional Innovation Paul Cutlip, St. Petersburg College Learning Resources Daniel Hood, Indian River State College Occupational & Workforce Ed Eileen Storck, Indian River State College Retirees Joanne Hutton, Brevard Community College Rural Campuses TBD Student Development Joseph Sarrubbo, Valencia College Technology Paul Lefavi, Indian River State College Trustees Sean Alveshire, Broward College AFC • Making a Difference One Life at a Time

CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE 2 President’s Message



Dr. Gary Sligh


Executive Director/CEO Message

Michael Brawer


College Trustees Make Impact on the Capitol


Legislative Awareness Begins with Perception


2012 Leadership Conference


Magnificent 12 Wall Dedication


Register now for the Certified College Professional (CCP) Program

AFC members, community leaders and college professionals attend the unveiling of the Magnificent 12 Dedication Wall. Find out more about this impressive group of pioneers on page 10.


Call for Nominations: Professor of the Year



2012 Calendar of Events

Miami Dade College Chapter Inducts New Officers


Florida Gateway College Keeping Busy

Seminole State College


Updates From IRSC College of Central Florida


CCLA’s AFC Chapter Honors Retiring CEO; Participates in Community Service

Santa Fe Chapter Welcomes the C-Span Bus; Fundraises With a Carnation Sale


Daytona State College Installs New Officers

COMMISSION NEWS 16 An Invitation to Present at the AFC Student Development Commission Conference 18 Joint Commission Conference Information

REGION UPDATE 19 Region IV Region Spring Conference Schedule KUDOS CONGRATS 20 Congratulations AFC/ NOVA Scholar 2012 Recipients 21

Six Florida Community Colleges Join National Entreprenuership Forum


Padron Honored With Citizen Service Award

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state and are accessible to every member without a great deal of travel. Region Conferences are a great opportunity for a member who has never been outside of his or her local chapter to get a taste for the larger mission of AFC and how that person can grow and learn more. May is a good month for connecting with our commissions. Many of our commissions will be gathering in Tallahassee for our Joint Commission meeting on May 10th and 11th. Our Student Development Commission is gathering at Valencia College May 16th through 18th. And other commissions will be announcing their gathering in coming weeks. Finally, if you have not already received information on our Certified College Professionals program, please go to our website and check out this program. This is an opportunity for folks to receive additional leadership training with an eye to advancement and feeling more satisfaction in our jobs at the various institutions throughout the state. There are plenty of ways in 2012 to make our dreams come true through the collective strength of The Association of Florida Colleges – Many Dreams, One Future.

AFC Board of Directors (continued) REGION DIRECTORS Region I Kevin Peddie, Tallahassee Community College Region II Debi McElroy, Santa Fe College Region III Charlene Latimer, Daytona State College Region IV Sheryl Peterson, St. Petersburg College Region V Xiao Wang, Broward College COMMITTEE CHAIRS (Ex officio) Bylaws Bill Mullowney, Valencia College Certified College Professional Program Jeff Peters, Palm Beach State College Community Service TBD

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Finance, Human Resources & Retirement Issues Stanley Stone, Valencia College Legislative Jim Roy, St Johns River State College Member Services Juanita Scott, Pensacola State College Membership Development Alex Perez, Lake-Sumter Community College Planning and Development Tina Hart, Indian River State College Policy and Advocacy Joe Pickens, St Johns River State College Wellness Debi Jakubcin, Valencia College EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Chancellor, The Division of Florida Colleges Randy Hanna The Florida College System Council of Presidents Katherine Johnson, Pasco-Hernando Community College AFC Foundation Board Andre Hawkins, Indian River State College Parliamentarian Dan Rodkin, Santa Fe College

Florida delegation attending the ACCT National Legislative Summit this week meets with Sen Bill Nelson to discuss Pell grant funding and other federal community college programs impacting our system. Pictured (From L to R): Dr. Gary Sligh, Sean Alveshire, Tina Hart, Michael Brawer, Dr. Ed Massey, Werner Bols (IRSC trustee), US Senator Bill Nelson, Eugene Lamb (TCC trustee), and Dr. Norm Stephens 4 I CURRENT February 2012

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A Brief Lesson on Advocacy and Bringing About Change By Michael Brawer, AFC Executive Director/CEO


rogress does not happen without the main and constantly re-examine them based on what tool citizens use in our democracy to bring you see happening. An advocate also must convey about societal improvements. When the interest and empathy. You will get more information law isn’t addressing a problem, or public and a more accurate reading of what the powersresources aren’t adequate, legislative action may be that-be want if you can communicate that you are necessary, and advocacy will happen. Advocacy is Each advocacy situation is unique. The experienced problem solving used to protect rights or change advocate will gather facts, confer with others, analyze unfair treatment, improve the situation and determine the most effective services or gain eligibility strategies to bring about change. for services, or remove barriers which prevent access to full participation listening to their position. Good communication in society in general. Advocates must be careful not to let others skills are essential. define who they are and what they want. The words To help assure that your bias is not affecting your “advocate” and “advocacy group” can be seen by judgment, ask yourself the following questions: some as negative terms. President Obama was • Am I bothered by this situation more than the labeled a “community organizer” and was placed in a average person? bad light by his opposition because of his advocacy work for the poor. The reputation of advocacy, • Am I sensing motives or conspiracy theories and advocates, who work on behalf of the rights without evidence? of people, will suffer or improve depending on the advocacy approach. • Do I strongly believe, or disbelieve, what I’m being told by a legislator? What makes an advocate? An advocate listens and evaluates information Always ask the person(s) you are advocating to objectively. As an advocate, you must recognize what they think of your position and offer to work your own prejudices and tendencies because how with them. An advocate must be persistent, but not effective you are as an advocate will be determined overbearing. You must be determined and secure by the degree of objectivity you can bring to enough in your position to deal with pushbacks and presenting a situation. convoluted arguments, yet maintain energy for your We lobbyists must constantly adapt our issue over time. approach to advocacy. Every situation is different. Think about what your attitudes are toward the issue ...Continued on page 6 February 2012 CURRENT I 5


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You need to have a good working relationship with legislators or others you are advocating to. Advocates must understand what to ask for, whom to ask, and be able to exercise judgment about what is reasonable, and what isn’t. Most importantly though, an advocate respects the privacy and confidentiality of others, and respects the basic rules of ethical conduct, to be effective and to maintain credibility. Types of Advocacy Each advocacy situation is unique. The experienced advocate will gather facts, confer with others, analyze the situation and determine the most effective strategies to bring about change. Self-advocacy techniques allow individuals to bring about a resolution of their own concerns. Self-advocates gather advice and information and take action to resolve a particular issue. When self-advocates feel their efforts aren’t enough to resolve an issue, mediation may bring both parties to agreement. In many cases when advocating for issues on behalf of the AFC, we work closely with legislators and their staffs in this mode. Using the power of the press and electronic media allows advocates the chance to bring issues to the public. This may help rallying more individuals to become advocates for a specific cause. However, the media are independent, and may not share your perspective on an issue. Care must be taken to avoid unexpected, unfavorable publicity which is a risk of media involvement. Sometimes, protest calls attention to issues,

and places pressure on officials to make needed changes. Peaceful and orderly public protest is protected by the constitution. This approach should be carefully considered before being implemented. Tips to Being Effective Ask the opinion of others you trust to build consensus. Ask an objective person to review your approach. How does he or she see the situation? Try to confirm that your approach will work. Your strategy may change, but your focus should be clear and remain constant. Check periodically that your efforts are collaborative and everyone is in agreement with the approach. Choose your “Action” rationale carefully. When you decide to take a significant action, avoid doing it to “get” someone. Direct your strong feelings and action towards the issue, not a person. Be respectful. It’s alright to agree to disagree. Accusations and name-calling polarize discussions, and don’t lead to solutions. By showing respect for the other side, you give credence to your position and eliminate biases toward your issue. Often if you listen to what the “other side” is saying, you will find more common ground and discover that the “other side” is not all that bad. When you advocate strongly and encounter resistance, it is easy to fall back on the us-versus-them mentality. Those who have different views from yours may be the “them” you need on another day, with another issue. If your issue fails, you want to be able to have a relationship to re-address it or even a new issue in the future. Don’t burn bridges.

AFC Staff Executive Director/CEO • Michael Brawer • Associate Executive Director for Membership and Professional Development• Marsha Kiner • Director of Administration and Finance• Eileen Johnson • Executive Assistant/Publications Coordinator• Tina Ingramm • Membership Information & Database Manager• Adrienne Bryant • Staff Assistant• David Schrenk •

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he AFC conducted its annual Trustees Commission Legislative Summit on February 1 in Tallahassee. Over 140 college trustees, presidents, lobbyists, and other AFC members attended. The agenda included a trustee “orientation” lead by Dr. Chick Dassance, the former president of College of Central Florida. The orientation covered the role of the trustee in setting policy for a college and their role in fiduciary oversight. Steve Schroeder of PascoHernando Community College provided an excellent overview of the Florida Sunshine laws. Sean Alveshire, Trustee at Broward College and Chair of the AFC Trustees Commission, lead two panels as well. One panel included college presidents who discussed the issues around trustee and president relations. Dr. Bill Law (SPC), Joe Pickens (SJRSC) and David Armstrong (BC) participated in the discussion. Another panel included experienced trustees Nancy Watkins (HCC), Tami Cullen (SFCC), and Wendy Link (PBSC) who gave their perspectives on the trustee role. Following the conference, the AFC conducted a ceremony honoring the Magnificent 12: Florida’s Historically Black College Presidents. In the 1950’s, Governor Leroy Collins supported the development of 12 junior colleges designed to skirt segregation laws and allow blacks to attend college. The original 12 presidents of these colleges are memorialized now permanently with a Wall of Honor in the AFC Building. All of the 12 colleges eventually merged with our present day colleges by the mid-1960’s. The day was capped off with a reception at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Governor Rick Scott. The reception was co-sponsored by the AFC Foundation and the Florida College System Foundation. The next morning the Trustees Commission conducted a business meeting and fanned out across the Capitol to meet with their respective local legislators. February 2012 CURRENT I 7

Legislative Awareness Begins with Perception Stay up-to-date with all of the developments in Tallahassee that affect you! Perception is a weekly recap of legislative events distributed to AFC Members throughout the legislative session. Look for it in your inbox every Tuesday! Missing an issue of Perception? CLICK HERE to review the 2012 archive of issues.

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Leadership, Goal 10,000, and marketing the and how to be inspired to lead from where they professional development of the association were currently serve. Association officers reviewed the key topics of the 2012 Leadership Conference newly developed organizational strategic plan and early in February. Nearly 100 association leaders were encouraged to support the Burst the Balloon met in Howey-in-the-Hills to discuss the roles and Program sponsored by the AFC Foundation. Commission Chairs met with VP and VP-Elect responsibilities of each level of leadership in the for Commissions Dr. Joe Wallace and Association. Dr. Christina Will to review their duties AFC President, Dr. Gary and responsibilities for the upcoming Sligh, began the conference year as well as the marketing plan for with a discussion of his goals commissions. Region Directors and which included reaching Chapter Officers also met with VP 10,000 members, enhancing and VP-Elect Pat Barfield and Shelby the role of leadership and Fiorentino to discuss guidelines, goals, professional development and objectives for the year. through the new Certified The conference ended with an update College Professional on the current legislative session by Program (CCP) and creating AFC Executive Director, Michael Brawer, a strategic marketing plan AFC President Dr. Gary Sligh and AFC Legislative Committee Chair for commissions. Dr. Chuck Jim Roy. While this legislative session Mojock, Lake-Sumter Community College President and former FACC has been fairly quiet, the remaining weeks will President, greeted attendees and welcomed them continue to hold the attention of the association’s legislative committee as it tracks all issues regarding to the area. The luncheon speaker, Ms. Jackie Pierce, funding, possible changes to governance, and the provided an overview on Servant Leadership lengthening debate on tuition.

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President Garrett T. Wiggins Booker T. Washington Junior College

President James R. Greene Carver Junior College

President Perman E. Williams Johnson Junior College

President Brittion G. Sayles Roosevelt Junior College

President Calvin Washington Rosenwald Junior College


President John W. Rembert Gibbs Junior College

President James G. Gardener Suwannee River Junior College

President Albert Williams Collier-Blocker Junior College

President William H. Jackson Hampton Junior College

Florida A&M President Dr. Walter Smith noting the hard work and dedication he contributed to the research and development of the “Magnificent 12.”

he “Magnificent 12” were honored at family members of the former administration attended the event. a reception held by the Association for “This is something our foundation has Florida Colleges on Jan. 31. In 1949, under the leadership of Gov. worked on for 10 years now,” said Andre LeRoy Collins, Florida encouraged local Hawkins AFC Foundation Chair. “It was only school boards to create junior fitting that the AFC Foundation do colleges for African-Americans something about this in the month and the nation’s first was later of February for Black History Month opened in Pensacola, Fla. couldn’t be any better,” Hawkins said. In the mid-1960s, Florida Among the many that were in faced a period of desegregation attendance at the dedication was and under this plan the 12 junior Carmen Floyd, professor at Indian colleges were merged with the River State College and daughter of newly created Florida community/ Lincoln Junior College President Leroy President Jenyethel Merrit0 junior college system. Floyd. She described her personal Suwannee River The purpose of the wall reflection about how her life growing Junior College 1961-1967 dedication was to honor the up is being portrayed in the exhibit “It’s overwhelming. The pride history of the first 12 presidents that I feel is overwhelming,” said Floyd. who founded the first junior colleges in the “The gratitude of the recognition actually state of Florida. The event highlighted the role the happening is overwhelming. The opportunity colleges played in the formation of the Florida to not only be a part of this wall dedication College System. Current employees and but to witness the hard work that my father

put in is so amazing. This is something the presidents and students truly deserve.” There was also a moment of special recognition for former

Daytona State College representatives.

Lake-Sumter, pictured from L to R: Mr. Richard Scott, Vice President for Business Affairs, Ms. Emily Lee, Trustee, Ms. Chris Hamilton, Equity Consultant, Mrs. Marcia Butler, Trustee, Dr. Gary Sligh, AFC Board Chairman

Gulf Coast State College representatives.

President Leroy Floyd Lincoln Junior College

President William H. Harley Jackson Junior College

President J. Griffin Greene Volusia Junior College

“It is such a wonderful feeling to see all my hard work become the focal point of this event,” said Smith. “After coming home as a Korean [War] veteran I realized how important these black junior colleges were to Florida and most of all blacks.” The wall consists of photos and a brief bio about each president and is permanently placed on the fourth floor of the AFC building in Tallahassee. Source: Faline Moses; The Famuan Online Click Here to see the full story.

From L to R: Dr. Gary Sligh, AFC President, Mr. Michael Brawer, Chief Executive Officer, AFC, Dr. Walter L. Smith, Author, The Magnificent Twelve Florida’s Black Junior Colleges, Gerard Robinson, Commissioner of Education and Andre Hawkins, AFC Foundation Chair.

Pensacola, pictured from L to R: Herbert Woll, Deidre Young, Dr. Walter L. Smith, Dr. Ed Meadows, Edward Moore

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CHAPTER HEADLINES CCLA’S AFC CHAPTER HONORS RETIRING CEO; PARTICIPATES IN COMMUNITY SERVICE The College Center for Library Automation chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges honored its retiring CEO, Dr. Richard Madaus. Dr. Madaus has led CCLA for the past 21 years and was instrumental in the creation of our AFC chapter. We celebrated his dedication to the libraries in the Florida College System and his stewardship of CCLA by presenting a Kindle to an AFC member or family member currently enrolled in the Florida education system. Matt Fox, son of member Cindy Fox, and currently a freshman at Tallahassee Community College, was selected as the recipient. Matt is pursuing coursework for a career in physical therapy. CCLA is about providing services to our users whenever and wherever they may be. We hope that Matt Matt Fox with his Kindle. will use the Kindle to further his educational goals.

CCLA’s AFC chapter was busy the last months of 2011. Thanksgiving and Christmas brought opportunities to help our neighboring elementary school. The school was trying to prepare Thanksgiving baskets for several families that could use a helping hand. Of course, our chapter wanted to help! Our members brought in cans of corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese, tea, sugar, cake mix and many other items the school needed for the baskets. Thanksgiving is a special time for families to enjoy each other and a great meal. By working with the school, our chapter ensured that several families could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. In December, the school needed assistance with its Holiday Connection Store. The store has a variety of inexpensive gifts the children can purchase for their parents. All of the gifts needed to be wrapped; so, a chapter gift wrapping party was planned. Our members enjoyed holiday music, brownies, fudge and hot apple cider while wrapping. Several of our members volunteered to help in the store and provide assistance to students making a purchase. Giving back to our community was a great way to end 2011.


Never missing an opportunity to be political, our Chapter helped to welcome the C-SPAN bus on its “Road to the White House” Tour on Feb. 1. We served apple pie and conducted political awareness quizzes. We just finished our biggest fundraiser of the year – the annual Valentine’s Day Carnation Sale. Ordering 2200 carnations, we delivered to employees on campus and sold to students. It was a beautiful sight with so many colorful flowers that brought so many smiles! As always, we are diligently working on membership. Since the first of the year, we have had 12 employees sign up for AFC! Our first meeting of the year had an excellent turnout and we discussed many creative ideas from members about upcoming activities for the year. Our chapter will be hosting the Region II Spring Conference April 20. Lots of planning to do! 12 I CURRENT February 2012

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Daytona State College’s incoming AFC chapter president, Mercedes Clement (right) and college president, Dr. Carol Eaton (left).

Daytona State College’s incoming AFC chapter president, Mercedes Clement was installed by college president, Dr. Carol Eaton during the chapter’s inaugural meeting for 2012. New officers were installed, past chapter presidents were recognized, and goals and accomplishments shared with members who either attended in person or via Adobe Connect. With more than 30 years of combined membership, Mercedes Clement (chapter president), Dr. Ted Sofianos (treasurer), Diane Holmes Curtice (membership chair) and Kathleen Lazarus (secretary) bring experience and renewed enthusiasm for the DSC/AFC Chapter. Erin Williams (presidentelect), a recent hire at the college, recognized the benefits of this professional organization, became a member and volunteered to serve as a chapter officer the same day!


This year’s Induction Ceremony and Orientation was hosted by the Kendall Campus in room 5130 (Rock Museum). We were very pleased to have Dr. Gary Sligh, AFC President via phone. His words of encouragement were just what the group needed to ignite their creative juices with ideas that we can do as a College and on our individual campuses. We were also pleased that several of our administrators, Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez, Dr. Veronica Owles, Dr. Ana Maria Bradley-Hess and Mr. Bruce Smithley were able to attend and lend their support to AFC at Miami Dade College. Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez swore in Glory Winters, the Chapter President. Ms. Winters in turn swore in the other officers. After the induction ceremony, Ms. Winters conducted the orientation that highlighted advocacy, membership, and fundraising. Congratulations to our MDC AFC Officers. “Miami Dade College is proud to be a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). As the official voice for the 28 colleges and state colleges, AFC does a superb job of representing the interests of all of us who labor in support of higher education in Florida,” Dr. Padron said. “Whether you are part of the College’s Support Staff, Faculty or Administration, I urge you to join AFC and become involved in the work of this important professional association. As a member, you will have additional opportunities to network with colleagues from throughout the State and to pursue professional development goals through participation in the work of the various state commissions. Please join AFC and help to ensure a strong voice for our Florida College System,” Dr. Padron said. In addition to the advocacy that the Association of Florida Colleges does on behalf of the employees and students within the Florida College System, the Association of Florida Colleges strongly believes in giving back to our community through service. We fundraise, donate food, clothing, or anything else that the community hosting our event(s) needs. This is something that I am very proud of and proudly do as a member of AFC. Miami Dade College is one of our strongest supporters in this endeavor and has been for as long as I can remember. So when an AFC member comes knocking on your door, please know that it will be for a great cause and give what you can. “Thank you, Miami Dade College, for your continuous support of the Association of Florida Colleges,” Dr. Gary Sligh, AFC President said in conclusion.

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CHAPTER HEADLINES FLORIDA GATEWAY COLLEGE KEEPING BUSY Florida Gateway College (FGC) Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) chapter has been very busy over the past few months with various community service, fundraising, and social activities. Members attended the AFC Annual Convention in Naples in October. Attendees brought donations for the state sponsored community service project, the Burst the Balloon silent auction, as well as major and minor door prizes. FGC AFC received several honors at the convention including the Career and Professional Service Employee Commission exemplary practice, platinum chapter, and membership awards. Our Chapter was involved in local community service projects and fundraisers as well. Members collected grocery coupons for the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary to be distributed to military families serving overseas. The chapter was a sponsor of the Columbia County Great Strides Walk to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted at Florida Gateway College. FGC AFC raised $300 for the cause

and participated in the 6.2 mile walk around FGC’s campus. December is a time for giving and our chapter did just that by collecting $745 in donations to benefit our local Guardian Ad Litem program which provides advocate services for abandoned, abused, and neglected children. A special thanks to Saint Leo University for their generous donation. The donation helped provide Christmas gifts for children in the program. Also in December, members of our chapter provided desserts at our Annual Campus faculty and staff Christmas luncheon. FGC AFC is looking forward to 2012. The first event of the year is the induction of the chapter officers followed by a staff and faculty appreciation luncheon. During the luncheon, we will be recruiting new members, discussing upcoming events, and determining the issues of importance to the college. 2012 is going to be a great year to be associated with AFC.

Presenting a check to the local Guardian Ad Litem program. Holiday Luncheon dessert table.


In November and December, Seminole State AFC collected and delivered 78 pairs of eyeglasses for “One Sight, Giving the Gift of Sight.” One Sight and LensCrafters are able to re-purpose and distribute eyewear on Global Clinics to those who cannot otherwise afford it. In October, November and December, Seminole State AFC collected, then shipped, 12 used cellphones to Every phone donated will help increase the amount of talk time for our troops. From October to December, Seminole State AFC donated 341 Yoplait Lid Codes ($34.10) for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and 107 Dannon Lid Codes ($10.70) for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Seminole State AFC collected approximately 40 lbs. of toiletries for Safe House of Seminole County in November and December. On December 14, Seminole State inducted the 2012 officers. Seminole State College President E. Ann McGee swore in 2012 AFC President Randy Pawlowski. 14 I CURRENT February 2012

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CHAPTER HEADLINES UPDATES FROM IRSC 1. In December 2011, Professor Jon U. Bell, Hallstrom Planetarium Director, guided us on a journey to search for the star that may have guided the Magi over two thousand years ago.



2. L-R: Bert Ortiz, Berenise Medina, and Dan Hood sporting new IRSC AFC Chapter shirts purchased during the IRSC Chapter fall fundraiser.



3. IRSC AFC Chapter members volunteered at various service points during the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge U.S. Nationals held on Oct. 28-30, 2011, at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex on the IRSC Main Campus. 4. IRSC AFC Chapter members participated in SafeSpace’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event held at Digital Domain Stadium in Port St. Lucie on October 15, 2011. The Chapter also collected items for Safe Place and Rape Crisis Centers in support of AFC’s convention service project. L-R: Dan Hood and John Barbieri


5. In September 2011, the IRSC AFC Chapter continued its Pay It Forward for Freedom campaign with an ice cream social at the Okeechobee campus. L-R: Malcolm Rush and Janine Merriman 6. The IRSC AFC Chapter kicked off its holiday PIFFF Campaign during the “Veterans Panel: U.S. Veterans Overseas” held on Nov. 8, 2011.



7. On Nov. 9, 2011, the IRSC AFC Chapter hosted ExtravaCANza, a charitable canned food drive competition. Teams competed to build creative sculptures out of canned goods – all donated to the United Way. 8. In November and December 2011, the IRSC AFC Chapter partnered with The Love Doctors Charities for its annual toy drive. L-R: Sharon Lowe and Nancy Bredemeyer



9. In November 2011, IRSC AFC retirees donated tote bags filled with educational items made for young adults of the Children’s Home Society of Florida Youth Transition Center in Vero Beach. L-R: Nancy Bredemeyer and Jane Howard


To provide some holiday cheer to needy families of our partner in education, College Park Elementary, the College of Central Florida boxed and delivered the food items seen here.

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REGION UPDATE REGION IV After an already productive day attending the February leadership conference in Howey-in-the-Hills, representatives from Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando Community College and St. Petersburg College still found time to work on their region’s spring conference over dinner. This dedicated group is getting a head start on Region IV’s April meeting and discussed the theme, service project, and presenters.




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KUDOS CONGRATS CONGRATULATIONS AFC/NOVA SCHOLAR 2012 RECIPIENTS SUE BUNTIC AND WILMA HODGES SUE BUNTIC Sue Buntic graduated from Edison Community College, Collier Campus, in 2000. While attending Edison she was involved in clubs and organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA). Sue served as the SGA President from 1999 to 2000. After earning her Bachelor’s Sue Buntic Degree in Communications from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in 2003, she rejoined the Edison family as the Student Life Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates student leadership, student activities, clubs and organizations and serves as the SGA advisor and co-advisor to the Multicultural Club. Sue coordinates the Collier Project HOPE Scholarship Program. Sue received the Staff of the Year Award that is voted on by the student body for the past four years. She has also received several state awards including the prestigious Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award and the District One Advisor of the year Award in 2006, 2007,


Wilma Hodges received her bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Psychology, as well as her master’s degree in Technical Writing from the University of Central Florida. Currently, she is pursuing an Ed.D. with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Education at Nova Wilma Hodges Southeastern University, where she was recently appointed to the inaugural Abraham Fischler School of Education Graduate Student Government Association as the Vice President of Online Affairs. Ms. Hodges has worked in higher education for 20 I CURRENT February 2012

and 2009. Sue Buntic recently served as the State Advisor in the FCSSGA coordinating the Student Government Associations for the twenty-eight colleges in the Florida college system. Student leadership and development is a passion of hers. Sue was awarded her Masters of Professional Studies degree from Hodges University in 2011 and is looking forward to earning her doctorate degree. “It is especially rewarding to have rejoined the Edison family as a professional. If I had the option of earning my bachelors degree at Edison State I definitely would have. Working with the students is a dream come true. Every day is different and having the chance to make a difference in someone’s life is phenomenal. I really believe that at Edison we do change lives for the better. I know that mine was greatly impacted by the time I spent as an Edison student and am thankful I have the opportunity to give back,” Buntic said. “There really aren’t any words which can describe how rewarding it is to see how much students develop and learn from being involved in the Student Government Association and FJCCSGA. It is a priceless and invaluable experience. Being a part of that process is a gift.”

over 15 years in a variety of roles. She has worked as a technical writer on an NSF funded grant project in college physics, as a graduate teaching assistant teaching English composition, as an adjunct faculty member teaching Technical Writing both online and in the traditional classroom, as an Instructional Technology Specialist, and currently as the Manager of Distance Learning at Seminole State College. Ms. Hodges lives in the Orlando, FL area. An avid technophile, she enjoys learning about the latest technologies and how they can be used creatively in work, school, and personal life. As a professional working in the distance education field, as well as an online doctoral student herself, she has a strong interest in issues related to teaching and learning in online environments. AFC • Making a Difference One Life at a Time

KUDOS CONGRATS SIX FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGES JOIN NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that six Florida community colleges have joined its new Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum. Through the program, presidents of community colleges throughout the country commit to increase the focus on entrepreneurship at their institutions and the impact these colleges have on the economic well being of the communities they serve. The Forum is in response to the Startup America Partnership, a White House-led initiative to stimulate economic growth state by state by encouraging entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. NACCE is a founding affiliate of the Startup American Partnership, an alliance of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders. To date, over 100 community college presents have joined NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum, which is open to both NACCE and non-NACCE members. The Florida community college presidents who have joined the forum are: David Armstrong, Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale; James Kerley, Gulf Coast State College, Panama City; Edwin Massey, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce; Dennis Gallon, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth; Edward Meadows, Pensacola State College, Pensacola; and Lars Hafner, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Marcia Hardney, provost at Palm Beach State College, has also joined the forum. “At Pensacola State, we have partnered with the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to support entrepreneurship as a key strategy for

economic development in our region, and our business curriculum has added our first entrepreneur course,” said Pensacola State President Ed Meadows. “We are excited to be a member of NACCE and look forward to adopting best practices supporting entrepreneurship development,” Meadows said.

Ron Thomas, NACCE board chairman and president of Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., said: “As a national organization supporting entrepreneurship development, NACCE touches the lives of students and community members across the country. NACCE has an obligation to lead the way in providing assistance to entrepreneurship education programs, which are an essential part of the economic recovery at local, regional, national and global levels.” According to NACCE Executive Director Heather Van Sickle, the Presidents for Entrepreneurship Forum is a way for community colleges to advance entrepreneurship and create jobs across the country. The Forum was launched at the While House in January 2011 and works to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs. Community college presidents who join the Forum make five commitments: • Develop transparency of community college and community assets • Create internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship • Increase entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges • Engage in industry cluster development • Create broad exposure to their college’s commitment to entrepreneurship. “The five commitments were developed based on NACCE’s observations of what was working best on member campuses,” said Van Sickle. “After observing the entrepreneurship-related activities of our members over a period of years, we started to see commonalities among the more successful institutions,” she said. “One of the major things that clearly makes a difference is the commitment by leadership to entrepreneurship. So we want to put something in front of leadership that they can actually commit to. We want to create a national network of institutions sharing these commitments and see what impact that can have on communities.” February 2012 CURRENT I 21


Miami Dade College again basks in the national spotlight as we learn that Dr. Padrón has been honored with the Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service. Dr. Padrón is the first college president in the nation to receive this prestigious recognition, given annually to individuals who have invested in the civic health of our nation through support of national service. He will be honored along with Jon Bon Jovi at an awards reception in our nation’s capital next month, and he joins the distinguished ranks of notable leaders who have formerly received this award, including Caroline Kennedy and Jean Case of The Case Foundation. Dr. Padrón’s receipt of the Citizen Service Award underscores the important role civic engagement should play in higher Dr. Eduardo J. Padron education. He has been a leading advocate for academic learning strengthened by service. Also, MDC’s Center for Community Involvement is inspiring social responsibility and driving meaningful change in local communities, while helping students meet academic, social and civic learning goals.

2012 PRODUCTION SCHEDULE Current, the official publication of the Association of Florida Colleges, is published five times each year. The remaining publication dates for 2012 include: Post-Legislative (April 6) Membership (August 17) Pre-Convention (September 28) Post-Convention (December 7) If you have news to be included in Current, please send it to: Tina Ingramm 113 East College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.222.3222


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AFC Introduces a new opportunity for professional development

Certified College Professional Program The Certified College Professional (CCP) Program will provide AFC member with the opportunity to earn a designation related to their work as a college professional, and expose them to content and experience they may not be able to obtain elsewhere. The CCP program provides significant value-added benefits for membership in the AFC and enhances the AFC’s role as the primary professional development provider for the Florida College System.

“I can think of nothing more important to a college than investing in the professional development of our people. I am excited about the opportunities this program will give participants from our college to learn from colleagues at other colleges.” —Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President, Tallahassee Community College Application Criteria: • You have been a member of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) for at least one year • You have been employed full-time by a Florida College System institution for at least 3 years, and you have at least one year of experience in your current position at the college • You are committed to upholding the AFC Certified College Professional “Standards of Conduct” • Your college president will suport your effort to earn the CCP

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DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2012 EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY If you know of an outstanding professor, please email the nomination form, nomination letter, and teaching documents to Vice Chair Monica Franklin no later than March 1, 2012. Please email the files as Zip, PDF, or Word documents. The five judges (one from each region) will score the portfolios based on the following categories: Teaching Effectiveness, Teaching Style, Innovative Methods and Ideas, and Professional Development. Ten semifinalists will be notified by March 29, 2012 and asked to make a fifteen minute instructional presentation illustrating their expertise in the classroom at the Spring Conference (in Tallahassee, 5/10 - 5/11). The top three finalists will them be chosen to present again at the annual AFC Conference (in Innisbrook, Florida 10/31—11/2). The AFC Professor of the Year will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on the last night of the annual conference. Nominations can be made by any AFC member. For a complete list of criteria and the submission form, CLICK HERE. 24 I CURRENT February 2012

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