Board Report: Sept. 16

(Bradenton, Fla., September 16, 2009) - State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) celebrated record growth this fall reaching a new high in enrollment of 12,000 students.

SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner recognized the College's milestone as the second fastest-growing college in the 28-member Florida College System at the SCF District Board of Trustees' meeting held Sept. 16. 

Hafner also presented highlights of the College's accomplishments in the academic year 2008-09 noting the College's expanded mission, implementation of new technology, sustainability achievements, reorganization, enhanced productivity, and recognitions of student, staff and administrative awards and honors.

"It's important to recognize all the people who are on the front lines working with the students and all the people who make the College a success," Hafner said.

In board action, the board approved SCF's 2008-09 financial report and acceleration and enrichment program articulation agreements, also known as dual enrollment, with the Manatee County School Board, Sarasota County School Board and Sarasota Military Academy for the academic year 2009-10.

The board applauded the 2008-09 athletic report showing SCF student-athletes' academic achievement.

"I enjoyed seeing the recap of the accomplishments of the athletes," Trustee Beverly Beall said, noting that the cumulative grade point average of 3.07 was up over the previous year.

SCF athletes benefit from the programs at the College because they have opportunities to excel both athletically and academically, said Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services.

"Their talent on the court or the field gives them an opportunity in the classroom, and we don't ever want to lose sight of the importance of education," Bowman said.

SCF trustees discussed a proposal for a women's tennis team, an opportunity expected to attract more local athletes to SCF. Eight scholarships would be provided with costs for the proposed team to be covered by a combination of donations and the student-directed Student Activity Budget.

"Athletic programs in a college setting are very important. I think we have the opportunity to move forward with a program that is very visible, very marketable," said Trustee Joe Miller.

For a low-budget program that is likely to have local appeal given the area's prominent tennis teams and players, the program would be a good fit at SCF, said Trustee Ron Allen.

"As we continue to grow at this college with four-year degrees and a charter school, one of the things that we need to do is continue to offer students a well-rounded experience," he said.

The board requested more information and decided to consider the tennis team proposal at the October meeting.

The board also approved a motion to send a letter to the family of deceased Jack Meyerhoff, a former board member for the SCF Foundation.

Trustee Christine Robinson requested that a letter be sent from the board thanking Meyerhoff's family for his contributions to SCF. Robinson said Meyerhoff was the first person to approach her when she was a new appointee to the board and he frequently reminded her of the immense responsibility of serving the College.

"This was a real loss for our community and State College of Florida," Robinson said. "He was truly there in every sense of the word for our school."

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is 8:30 a.m., Oct. 21, at SCF Venice.

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