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A Publication of the florida association of colleges and universities volume lxxix, summer 2013

Association News


Dear Colleagues,

This year I am pleased to serve you, our FAC&U institutions and students, along with the members of the FAC&U Board and our support team from Florida Campus Compact. It is always a privilege to articulate and advocate for the rich history, diversity and quality of the colleges and universities that constitute the Florida higher education ecosystem. I like that term – ecosystem – having lived most of my life in South Florida surrounded by the dynamic community of living organisms that make up the incredibly beautiful and amazing Everglades. We know that ecosystems are controlled and challenged by internal and external factors – as are our institutions. Just as we respect and protect the natural environment, let us employ, whenever possible, the incredible power of a unified voice so that the vitality of Florida’s colleges and universities will thrive. The Board and I trust that we can count on you to support this coming year’s initiatives, especially our coming together in Tallahassee in early spring 2014. Warmest regards, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD President, Barry University FAC&U President 2013-2014

welcome new presidents! Bethune-Cookman University President Edison O. Jackson

Hodges University President Jeannette Brock

Florida Atlantic University Acting President Dennis J. Crudele

Jacksonville University President Tim Cost

South Florida State College President Thomas Leitzel

news from across the state florida association of colleges & universities Officers 2013-2014 President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD Barry University Vice- President John Delaney, JD University of North Florida Vice- President Elect Eileen Holden, EdD Polk State College Past President Katherine Johnson, EdD Pasco-Hernando Community College 2013-2014 Board Members Anthony Catanese, PhD, FAICP Florida Institute of Technology Mr. Andrew Corty Publisher, Florida Trend David Greenlaw, DD Adventist University of Health Sciences Eileen Holden, EdD Polk State College James Kerley, EdD Gulf Coast State College James Murdaugh, PhD Tallahassee Community College Donal O’Shea, ScD New College of Florida Mark Rosenberg, PhD Florida International University Ex-Officio Members Randy Hanna, JD Chancellor, Florida College System


Edwin Moore, PhD President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

nova southeastern university

NSU Offers Specialized Dental Treatment For Children With ASD Stephanie and Robert Coulombe are getting a special kind of dental care offered nowhere else in America. The 4-year-old twins are receiving dental treatment from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine that’s customized for children like themselves, who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The college is offering free dental services for students with ASD at NSU’s Baudhuin Preschool at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. “The NSU dentists are very personable with my children,” said the Coulombe children’s mother, Sylvie Trudeau. “My kids are happy to see the dentist because they get VIP service. When you have children with a disability, they cannot be treated the same way as other kids.” NSU dentists and behavior analysts at Mailman Segal have collaborated to develop a treatment plan tailor made for children with ASD by using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA modifies behavior for learning or treatment. The plan consists of using tools to help children with ASD feel more comfortable and prepared for dental treatment. One of these tools include iPad video. It’s used as video modeling to show children the treatment process and demonstrate desired behavior during treatment. Another tool- a task strip - is used to display the steps of treatment, from beginning to end, to show children that their dental care involves a routine which has an ending. During the actual treatment – which can be for cleanings, fillings, extractions, X-rays, etc. — the child is given breaks and allowed to play games on an iPad. After treatment, they get to choose a toy from the treasure chest. “The children like routines, so we provide that,” said Oscar Padilla, D.D.S., associate professor of clinical dentistry at NSU’s College of Dental Medicine’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “So far, 100 percent of the patients surveyed responded positively. Parents have said they appreciate us treating their children as people.” In addition, post-doctoral dental students who are doing their dental residency at NSU are also being trained to provide specialized care for children with ASD. The autism dental service is made possible by a $2.5 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. When the 5-year grant ends, the College can apply for a renewal, said Romer Ocanto, chair of the College’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry. This grant is important, Ocanto said, because our resident dentists and post-doctoral students are able to use behavioral analysis techniques while treating these children in the dental office at a location that the children are familiar with, like their school.

news from across the state TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

New Developmental Mathematics Program Gets Results Efforts to re-envision and reform developmental education are on the front burner for many two-year and four-year colleges. For some community college students, developmental mathematics courses in particular can be a roadblock to the completion of a degree. That’s why Tallahassee Community College partnered with the Carnegie Foundation and other colleges around the nation to develop, test and implement Statway™, an innovative pathway for teaching students who need developmental math classes. Preliminary results are in, and TCC is excited to announce significant increases in achievement for students taking the Statway path.

“Our success rate is at 50%, meaning half of the students who sign up for Statway earn three credit hours of college-level math in two semesters. That’s significantly higher than the success rate of students who go through a traditional developmental mathematics path,” said Dr. Frank Brown, dean of TCC’s Division of Science and Mathematics. “It’s great to see such promising results so early, and our goal is to help our students succeed at even higher levels.” Statway creates an alternative path that helps students move through transferable college statistics in one year. Traditionally, a student who is two

levels below transfer-level mathematics would complete a semester of elementary algebra and a semester of intermediate algebra and then complete his or her degree requirements in mathematics by taking a college-level course such as statistics or college algebra. This sequence of courses can take four or more semesters to complete. Statway accelerates this process by integrating developmental and college-level content into a two-semester statistics or quantitative reasoning course. The goal is to increase the proportion of students earning college-level math credit within one year of

enrollment, an essential milestone for students who must have that credit to continue to further academic study. Statway was launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. The first cohort of Statway students spanned 19 community colleges and two state universities across five states. In total, there were 50 faculty members teaching 55 sections of Statway, with 1,133 students enrolled. In Florida, other participating colleges include Valencia College and Miami Dade College. For information on the Statway program and other community college pathways, visit


Barry Names President’s Award and St. Catherine’s Medal Winner Barry University student Chelsea Baker recently earned two notable Barry University student awards. Baker was named the 2013 President’s Award winner and the 2013 St. Catherine’s Medal winner. Barry’s President’s Award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership through engagement in the life of

the university and in the wider community. Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Honor Society awards The St. Catherine Medal each year to a Barry student who has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership. Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work on

May 4 with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average. In four years at Barry, Baker volunteered with numerous philanthropic organizations including the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church and the Immokalee Farmworkers Coalition. On campus, Baker volunteered with the Alterna-

tive Spring Break Program, created Barry’s Praise and Worship Group, and was the co-founder of Barry’s Students for Justice. She is the Vice President of Barry’s Student Social Work Association, a member of the philosophy club, and Phi Gamma Mu Honor Society.


news from across the state chipola college Record-Setting Chipola Brain Bowl Team Recognized Chipola officials recognized the college Brain Bowl team’s accomplishments at a press conference that followed the championship round of Chipola’s annual High Brain Bowl tournament on May 2. The 2013 Chipola College Brain Bowl Team set a state record with sixth consecutive Florida College System Activities Association State Championships. The team also won the North Florida Sectional in January. Three separate Chipola teams qualified for the community college national championship with wins in the Sectional hosted by Chipola on Jan. 26. Paul Kelson, playing solo as Chipola Blue, earned the number one seed, posting an 8-0 record. He recorded more power buzzes than any player in history, and broke the points-per-game and points-per-bonus records. The trophies kept coming in March when Chipola won its third consecutive Community College National Championship at the National Academic Quiz Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. Following that performance, Chipola


was one of only six community colleges invited to compete in the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT). Chipola was ranked as the number five seed behind only Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Brown Universities. In the ICT in Chicago on April 12-13, Chipola became only the second community college in history to make the championship round. Chipola finished the initial round robin with a 6-1 record— including a 290-245 win over MIT—to qualify for the championship bracket with Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Illinois, Williams and MIT.

Only teams in the championship bracket were eligible to win the tournament. Chipola coach Stan Young, said, “The Chipola team finished the tournament seventh overall, but played valiantly in the bracket.” Chipola lost to Yale 350-315, on the last question of the match. Yale finished second overall. Chipola had a close match with Harvard, losing 385-310. Stanford went undefeated to win the championship. Chipola’s Paul Kelson was the top individual scorer in the ICT tournament and in nearly every tournament he

Chipola officials recognized the college Brain Bowl team’s accomplishments at a press conference that followed the championship round of Chipola’s annual High Brain Bowl tournament on May 2. Pictured from left, are: volunteer assistant Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, Blake Benton, Jamie McCoy, Faith Tice, Becca Delgado, Wesley Chevillot, Katelyn Miller, Bobby Gause, William Singleton, Paul Kelson, Coach Stan Young and Chipola Senior Vice President Dr. Sarah Clemmons.

has entered over the last two years. He averaged 114.55 per 20 tossups heard at the ICT. Kelson is only the third person in DII tournament history to average more than 100 point per 20 tossups heard. The other two individuals were Matt Jackson (Yale), and Neil Gurram (MIT). Chipola coach Stan Young said, “Paul Kelson will finish his career at Chipola as arguably the best community college player in the history of the game.” Coach Young, a Chipola math professor, and volunteer assistant Coach Dr. Robert Dunkle, a former Chipola humanities professor, lead the team in year-round practice sessions. That hard work has helped Chipola gain national acclaim in college quiz bowl circles. Brain Bowl team members include: Blake Benton, Wesley Chevillot, Becca Delgado, Bobby Gause, Paul Kelson, Jamie McCoy, Katelyn Miller, William Singleton and Faith Tice. Coach Young, said, “I would especially like to thank coach Dunkle and everyone at the college and in the community for supporting the Brain Bowl program.”

news from across the state florida institute of technology

Florida Tech Leads Moving Target Network Defense Research Under $1.9 Million Department of Defense Florida Institute of Technology leads a new security effort to design and implement a command and control framework for moving target defense management and coordination for computer networks. The threeyear project, in collaboration with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, is funded by a $1.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense. The effort is led by Marco Carvalho, associate professor of com-

puter sciences in the Florida Tech College of Engineering. It focuses on the design of a software agentbased solution, founded on recent research efforts of Carvalho and collaborators, on humanagent teamwork, systems behavior, attacker co-evolution modeling and cyberresilience. “The challenges are compounded by the fact that the system must remain observable and pre-

dictable to administrators and users while it undergoes dynamic changes,” said Carvalho, who is also the director of the Intelligent Communication and Information Systems (ICIS) Laboratory at Florida Tech. Most current computer network systems are configured to operate in relatively static configurations and structures. Once deployed, such systems are often observed, probed, and

carefully studied by attackers seeking potential vulnerabilities or entry points. The concept of Moving Target Defense (MTD) prescribes the design of advanced computer network systems that are capable of dynamically changing their configuration and structure in order to increase the uncertainty and cost to attackers, while maintaining their functionality and availability to legitimate users.

saint leo university

Saint Leo Graduate Online Degrees and New Center Attract Positive Attention Saint Leo University made several strides in offerings for adult learners in early 2013, especially in online graduate education. The university’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business has started accepting applications for the university’s first doctoral program, the doctor of business administration. The D.B.A. program is designed to appeal to mobile professionals who want to teach or consult. It combines online instruction with one-week seminar sessions at University Campus in Pasco County. The Donald R. Tapia School of Business at the

university also celebrated the news that its online M.B.A. with a specialization in sport business was again ranked as an international leader by the London-based publication Sport Business International. Separately, the Master of Social Work degree offered through Saint Leo’s School of Education and Social Services received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. The online program was launched in 2009, and alumni, as well

as new graduates will be considered graduates of an accredited program. The degree program accepts students who physically reside in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia, who study online, who participate in discussions and forums via webcam, and who complete internships during daytime hours. A weekly evening class is required, as is a weekend seminar at University Campus during the summer. Students have the option of completing the program in two or three years.

In central Florida, about 35 minutes southeast of University Campus, Saint Leo pledged to open an education center in Lakeland on the premises of the SYKES Enterprises Incorporated contact center. The center will offer undergraduate degree programs to SYKES employees, who work in telephone business support positions for industry clients of SYKES. Lakeland residents will also be able to enroll at the Saint Leo SYKES center. The contact center is near the heavily trafficked Interstate 4.


news from across the state indian river state college

Indian River State College Achieving Bigger Dreams Signifying a strong commitment to student success and college completion, Indian River State College is one of only 13 institutions nationwide - and the only Florida college – selected for the Achieving the Dream program, the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental network for student success in higher education history. IRSC will immediately begin the challenging work of identifying and implementing strategies for increasing student retention, persistence, and graduation rates. “Indian River State College is honored to participate in the national priority of closing achievement gaps and increasing success for every student. Through Achieving the Dream we will build upon our track record of creating a college environment that helps students achieve and graduate,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “21st Century jobs require higher level skills than ever, and it’s vitally important that students are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for career success. Helping students reach their educa-


tional goals, contributes significantly to their individual career prospects, but the benefits extend further to support the economic strength of our community and nation.” Following a rigorous application process, IRSC was selected based on the College’s commitment to student achievement, innovative approaches to teaching and advanced use of technology. “B e c o m ing an Achieving the Dream Institution takes courage, diligence, and an unrelenting institution-wide commitment to student success and equity,” said William Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Indian River State College should be applauded for doing its part in the student success movement.” A national nonprofit organization, Achieving the Dream provides tools, resources and support to selected colleges. Member colleges are focused on helping students, especially low-income and minority students, complete their education and obtain market-valued credentials. Data is used to evaluate students’

progress to degree completion. Intervention strategies assist students who need help and the steps taken are evaluated and adjusted for effectiveness. IRSC has maintained a record of increasingly large graduating classes for the past 11 years, with 3,200 students earning Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees during the 20122013 school year. Various innovative initiatives implemented by the College have contributed to this successful student performance. Guidance counselors carefully evaluate each student’s interests and past academic record to tailor a personalized program plan. Students taking college-preparatory courses also complete a course to develop their study, test-taking and time management skills. Students also benefit from Direct-Connect, an individualized tutoring program. Through mandatory New Student Orientation, students become familiar with all the College’s programs and services. Other successful IRSC programs include expansion of student in-

ternships and academic support workshops. Indian River State College participated in the 2013 Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute in Orlando, Florida June 17-20. The Institute provided a forum for IRSC to work with Leadership and Data Coaches. IRSC also received a sneak preview of the Interventions Showcase. This unique tool, newly-created by Achieving the Dream, provides colleges a platform to explore student success interventions and to find colleges that are implementing similar strategies. Using information from the Interventions Showcase, IRSC can connect with others within the network to exchange ideas, challenges, and findings as they relate to specific interventions.

“Indian River State College should be applauded for doing its part in the student success movement.” ~ William Trueheart, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream

news from across the state north florida community college

NFCC Awarded $40,000 From The Edward K. Roberts Fund North Florida Community College has been awarded $40,000 from the Edward K. Roberts Fund of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. to help NFCC students with their tuition needs through the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship account. This is the third consecutive year that NFCC was selected to receive this gift. Edward K.

Roberts Scholarships are available for application through fall 2013. Scholarship assistance will be given to students who may not qualify for other financial aid. Students applying for the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship must have graduated high school or earned a GED with a 3.0 GPA. Students

must be enrolled at NFCC and planning to register as full-time student seeking an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree or a vocational certificate. In the past, the Edward K. Roberts Scholarship has granted 96 students aid towards tuition expenses. Many thanks to the Community

Foundation of Sarasota County and a special recognition to Mr. Edward K. Roberts for the role each has played in the lives of many NFCC students. For more information about the Edward K. Scholarship at NFCC contact the NFCC Foundation office at 850-9739414 or foundation@nfcc. edu.

eastern florida state college Eastern Florida State College Era Underway

A new era in higher education began Monday when Eastern Florida State College opened its doors to provide four-year degrees to students in Brevard County and Central Florida. Formerly known as Brevard Community College, Eastern Florida is expanding its academic mission with Bachelor Degree programs in business, health care and information technologies. The first two degrees in General Business Administration and Health Care Administration will begin in August, with another eight Bachelor Degree tracks scheduled to start in August 2014. “Today is a historic moment for the college and our community,

both here in Brevard and throughout Central Florida,” said Eastern Florida President, Dr. Jim Richey. “Our new four-year programs will make an important difference in peoples’ lives, giving them the opportunity to advance their careers and giving business and industry the skilled employees they need to grow in the global economy. “The impact of the college’s transformation will resonate for generations to come, benefiting individuals, their families, and the state of Florida.” The change is the culmination of three years of work by college officials that saw them reach out to students, faculty, busi-

ness and community leaders, and elected officials to chart a new course for the college. The effort accelerated in January 2012 when Richey was named president. He immediately began launching new programs geared to the changing economy that would provide students with in-demand jobs upon graduation. The result is 20 new programs starting this year and in 2014. Besides the two four-year programs that begin in August, another eight Bachelor Degree tracks are planned to start in August 2014. The college is also starting new two-year Associate in Science Degrees

and certification programs. The new A.S. and certificate programs point to a key aspect of Eastern Florida’s mission: to remain committed to its community college roots, offering more than 100 two-year degree and certificate programs. Eastern Florida will also continue its DirectConnect program with the University of Central Florida, which guarantees Eastern Florida students who graduate with an A.A. or A.S. degree automatic entry into UCF. A similar agreement also will continue to provide two-year Eastern Florida graduates entry into Florida Tech.


news from across the state palm beach state college

PBSC prepares future first responders in new Public Safety Training Center Excellent public safety training goes beyond lectures and gives students experiences that mirror what real-life first responders face every day. This spring, Palm Beach State College put the finishing touches on its new Public Safety Training Center—the largest facility of its kind in Palm Beach County. Located on the Lake Worth campus, the center now teems with students enrolled in degree and certificate programs that prepare them to become firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police and correctional officers, crime scene investigators, 9-1-1 dispatchers, emergency managers and more.

“This center is designed for nonstop student interaction,” says Barbara Cipriano, associate dean for public safety programs. “With the national focus on the collaboration of all branches of public safety, our goal is to give our students authentic experiences and opportunities to work together as they will on the job.” Completed over six years, the $34.9 million, 43,000-square-foot facility is comprised of several structures, including a three-story classroom/ lab building, five-story fire training tower, 24-target indoor firing range,

4.5-acre defensive driving course (skidpad), a “livefire” burn building and tactical training gymnasium. Inside, the complex features a courtroom, a Sally Port, booking area and jail, a 9-1-1 dispatch center and flexible lab space for creating different crisis scenarios. S t u dents also learn with the latest professional equipment and a full array of emergency response and fire rescue vehicles. “We’re always looking at new technologies,” says Ed Kilian, lab technician for the College’s Emergency Medical Services

programs. “When our students get out there, I want to hear (from employers) ‘Wow, we just got a graduate of Palm Beach State and they already know how to use the power stretcher, the Lifepak® monitor (cardiac defibrillator), a GlideScope® (video intubator) and the Lucas® (CPR device).’” “I’ve always wanted to do this,” says PBSC student Joshua Santiago, whose goal is to become a firefighter. “The programs are really cool. All the instructors are the best. They teach you everything, but you’ve got to put all your effort into it. I can’t wait to get started.”

Palm Beach State EMT students prepare for a training exercise outside of the new classroom/lab building of the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus. From left: Cynthia Desrosier, Darren Stewart, program lab technician Ed Kilian, Michael Carraturo and Joshua Santiago. Photo: © Palm Beach State College


florida association of colleges and universities annual conference The Florida Association of Colleges and Universities gathered for its annual conference on June 5, 2013 at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando. This year’s conference marked the 80th anniversary of FAC&U. The 29 member presidents and other guests in attendance enjoyed a luncheon speaker, informative workshops, networking opportunities, and a dinner awards ceremony. Dr. Norman Stephens, president of South Florida State College, was honored as the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.


DeeDee Rasmussen and Dr. Katherine M. Johnson, 2012-2013 FAC&U President.

President Dennis P. Gallon and President Edwin R. Massey.

Dr. Katherine Johnson leading the Board of Directors meeting.

Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, presenting an afternoon program.

President William D. Law, Chancellor Randy Hanna, and Doug Myrback.

President Norman L. Stephens, President Eileen Holden, Mrs. Laurie Stephens and President Katherine M. Johnson.

President William T. Abare and Mrs. William T. Abare.

President Jonathan Gueverra and Kasonga Butler, Assistant Chancellor, Florida College System.

President Eileen Holden and David Steele, Associate Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Polk State College.

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, President Katherine M. Johnson and DeeDee Rasmussen.

This electronic newsletter is published quarterly. Member institutions should submit content for possible inclusion in the next issue by October 1, 2013. Articles should be 250-300 words in length and sent electronically to Photos and a current school logo are encouraged. FAC&U (850) 488-4845 P.O. Box 15587, Tallahassee, Florida 32317


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