SFSC Instructors Recognized on Awards Day
April 17, 2014 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

South Florida State College instructors were honored during the college’s recent annual Awards Day ceremony in the SFSC University Center, Highlands Campus.  Each year, students and faculty are honored for exhibiting exemplary quality that goes …

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Spring Comes to SFSC
April 23, 2014 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

Spring is an exciting time of year, no matter where you live.  It brings a refreshing atmosphere, new hope, and a lively spirit of renewal.  I don’t know that I can explain it — it’s just there.

For us as SFSC, we celebrate spring in various ways.  We precede our annual spring break with College Week, a time of special out-of-classroom activities for our students.  Special events are planned, and we all share a feeling of excitement.  Spring break week allows a time for catch-up and a respite.  It reminds us that we need to get ready for the exciting times that lie ahead.

More celebrations follow, prompting more excitement.  Some of those events are Student Awards Day and the upcoming annual Athletic Awards Banquet where we honor our student athletes.  Then comes the end of the academic term.    Final exams and final projects are, indeed, excitement-producing activities.

Following these events come other celebrations — the SFSC Foundation’s 30th Annual Spring Gala and Annual Auction Gala in April and Cultural Programs’ Appreciation Dinner in May.  These events help us reflect on success that occurs through creativity and generosity.

The big event in the life of an academic institution is Commencement.  It is the ultimate celebration of what we are called to do – the essence of our existence.    It comes in May, following the grueling period of final exams.  Commencement is a tradition in higher education in which we formally celebrate the accomplishment of completing a program of study through a formal recognition and the awarding of a credential.

The point of this writing is that, whether one can explain it or not, spring is an exciting time for everyone, and we should strive to enjoy the splendor of the season with a reflective mindset that suggests to us the importance of our combined efforts in producing favorable outcomes, all stemming from the privilege of belonging to and working in a learning community.  What an awesome privilege.   Nothing is more important than knowledge acquisition in its various forms.  We derive joy and excitement from observing the delivery of that knowledge through one’s work and the breakthrough potential opportunities learning affords for all of us, students, staff, and faculty alike.  For me, it’s a daily celebration, no matter what the season.  Truly, hope springs eternal.


3-D Design Students Create “Wildflower Obelisk”
April 22, 2014 – 3:26 pm | No Comment
3-D Design Students Create “Wildflower Obelisk”

South Florida State College’s 3-D Design students created a sculpture inspired by the college’s Wildflower Shrine Trail that celebrates Earth Day, April 22, and the beauty of the Florida Heartland.
SFSC students Mason Belcher, Ashley Bennett, …

Dean Harvey Throws Out First Pitch
April 22, 2014 – 8:57 am | No Comment
Dean Harvey Throws Out First Pitch

 Dean Annie Alexander-Harvey opened the Panther baseball game last night by throwing the first pitch to Panther catcher Jorge Flores. Dean Harvey was presented 17 roses for her years of service at South Florida State …

Hotel Jacaranda and SFSC Receive Three News-Sun Best Awards
April 16, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment
Hotel Jacaranda and SFSC Receive Three News-Sun Best Awards

The Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park was recently recognized for having the “Best Brunch,” the “Best Hotel,” and SFSC received the “Best Tennis Court” in Highlands County for 2014. The award recipients are chosen by …

SFSC Receives Appreciation Awards From United Way
April 11, 2014 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

The United Way of Central Florida’s (UWCF) Highlands County division recently celebrated the contributions of their donors and volunteers for the 2013 fundraising campaign at their Annual Meeting on April 4.
South Florida State College (SFSC) …

SFSC Celebrates National Poetry Month
April 11, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the South Florida State College (SFSC) Library and South Florida State College Foundation, Inc. will host a week of events to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members in …

News From Human Resources
April 8, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
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AFC Holds Canned Food Drive
April 3, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
AFC Holds Canned Food Drive

The South Florida State College chapter of AFC held a spring food drive and collected over 100 food items for Feeding America Tampa Bay and a local food bank that serves DeSoto County. The food …

FASTeam Defeats Student Brain Bowl Team
March 26, 2014 – 10:56 am | No Comment
FASTeam Defeats Student Brain Bowl Team

Members of the SFSC FASTeam (faculty, administration, and staff) claim the trophy after defeating the SFSC student Brain Bowl team 605 to 275 points at the annual College Week Brain Bowl match on March 12. …