SFCC Shines at FACC State Convention
South Florida Community College garnered an array of awards and recognition during the 61st Annual Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) Convention in Jacksonville, Nov. 17-19.
SFCC received four Communications and Marketing Commission Awards of Excellence for informational and promotional material. The college’s Community Relations and Marketing Department received second place in the Newsletter – Electronic category for Panther Tales, the college employee newsletter. The department garnered second place in the Brochure category for a printed piece promoting enrollment in the SFCC Summer Bridge Program. A second place award in the Newsletter – Print category went to the SFCC Cultural Programs’ newsletter, Artist Applause. A photograph of two SFCC students in the Bungee Run competition during the 2009 Community College Week won second place in the Best Photography in a Published Piece category.
SFCC’s FACC chapter received a membership award for having 50 percent or more of employees as members and was designated a Region IV Gold Chapter based on points it earned for such factors as membership, participation in state and regional commissions, education and social activities, and fundraising. Melanie Jackson received a Region IV Unsung Hero Award for her work in raising money for the scholarship fund through the annual SFCC Holiday Luncheon.
Several SFCC employees were elected to commission boards. Dr. Robert Flores became the director of Region IV and the Facilities Commission, while Cheryl Arpasi remains secretary/treasurer of that commission. Tami Cullens was elected secretary of the Trustees Commission. Melanie Jackson will serve as past-chair of the Technology Commission and on the Bylaws Committee. Courtney Green was elected treasurer and Susan Cartwright was elected secretary of the Occupational Workforce Commission. Lena Phelps was elected treasurer of the Learning Resources Commission, and Jennifer Young was elected treasurer of the Communications and Marketing Commission.
SFCC’s attendees proved once again to be a lucky group as many walked away with an assortment of small door prizes and silent auction items. Cathy Lewis won a fall harvest basket, a Mary Kay basket, and a gardener’s basket while Phelps won an FSU basket, an Indian River Press basket, and a Miami International Book Fair basket from the silent auction. The biggest prize went to Keith Loweke who won a two-night stay at the Wyndham Hotel-West Shore in Tampa.
The 61st annual convention also proved to be a historical one as convention delegates voted to approve a health care plan for part-time employees and to officially change the name of FACC to the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). SFCC’s delegates to the convention were Arpasi, Cartwright, Eddie Cuencas, Dr. Flores, Green, Callie Johnson, Lewis, Loweke, Lindsay Lynch, Phelps, Laura Wade, and Young. Also attending were Jackson, Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president, and members of the SFCC District Board of Trustees Tim Backer, Cullens, and Gary Delatorre.