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SFCC Hosts AFC Region IV Spring Conference

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“Change, change, rearrange, the only thing for sure is change,” said Dr. Judith Bilsky, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education, in her keynote presentation to attendees of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Region IV Spring Conference. The conference, “Shaping the Future: It Starts Now,” was hosted by South Florida Community College (SFCC) on Friday, April 8, on its Highlands Campus.  Dr. Bilsky presented the challenges that people must deal with in both their personal and professional lives when faced with change, tips to take control of changes, and a challenge to start changing college student’s lives.

Dr. Robert Flores, SFCC’s director of remodeling, renovation, and maintenance, shares his thoughts about motiving employees in his presentation titled, “Motivating Others: A Good Supervisor’s Toolbox.”

The conference’s opening session kicked off in the SFCC University Center Auditorium, with a warm welcome by Dr. Norm Stephens, SFCC president, and Dr. Robert Flores, AFC Region IV director, and SFCC’s director of remodeling, renovation, and maintenance, followed by Dr. Bilsky’s keynote presentation. Several concurrent break-out sessions were held immediately following the keynote presentation and featured topics such as, “More with Less People,” “Integrating Math into Introductory Science Classes,” “Motivating Others- A Good Supervisor’s Toolbox,” “New Employees are Special People,” “Search and Ye Shall Find: College and Statewide Online Library Sources,” “Serving Those Who Serve: From Solider to Student,” “Pediatric Simulations: Making it Real,” “Smarthinking Implementation and Training for Online Tutoring,” “Stress Management,” Taking Educational Operations from Good to Great,” “The Millennial Student,” and “You + Video= YouTube: Making the Most of an Underutilized Educational Resource.”

The conference provided AFC members a legislative update by Traci Steen, lobbyist, associate vice president, Facilities Management and Government Relations, State College of Florida. “Personality changes in this year’s legislative session have made the process very interesting,” said Steen. Her presentation briefly highlighted bills that currently impact the Florida College System including tenure, funding, governance, and retirement and benefits.  “It is hard to comment on what bills will survive at this point in the legislative session,” said Steen. “We have an idea on the outcome of some, but with the session only at its halfway point anything could happen.” 

The conference concluded with closing remarks from guest speaker Tom Cain, Cain and Company, whose topic was “Learn How to Treat Others the Way They Need to be Treated.” Cain’s speech centered on a book, “Five Love Languages,” by Gary Chapman. “This book focuses on how to learn to use five key categories, or five love languages, that have proved to be universal and comprehensive when learning how to treat others the way they need to be treated,” said Cain.

Several SFCC employees were lucky door prize winners during the conference. They were June Weywauch, Joel Boydston, Cindy Rose, Michele Heston, Sandy Turke, and Susan Cartwright.

AFC is the professional Association for Florida’s 28 public community colleges, their boards, employees, retirees, and associates. The association actively promotes, democratically represents, supports, and serves the individual members and institutions in their endeavors to provide their students and the citizens of Florida with the best possible comprehensive community college educational system.  For more information about AFC, visit www.myafchome.org


Dr. Judith Bilsky, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education, was the keynote speaker.

Laura White, SFCC’s associate dean of enrollment management and university relations, speaks to AFC members about the unique needs and characteristics of millennial generation college students in her presentation titled, “The Millennial Student.”

Lena Phelps, SFCC librarian, encourages AFC members to “go beyond Google” when tracking down information by experimenting the ever-changing wealth of search engines available on the Internet in her presentation titled, “Search and Ye Shall Find: College and Statewide Online Library Sources.”

Adam Martin, SFCC’s coordinator of criminal justice training, speaks about the unique needs of military personnel who are returning to college in his presentation titled, “Serving Those Who Serve: From Soldier to Student.”

Susan Cornett, communications instructor for St. Petersburg College, with Dr. Norman L. Stephens Jr., president, South Florida Community College.

Anna Goree, academic advisor for the Southeastern Public Safety Institute of St. Petersburg College, Susan Livingston, librarian, South Florida Community College, and Audra Liswith, curriculum support specialist for St. Petersburg College.

AFC members enjoy the lunch buffet during the AFC Region 8 Spring Conference at South Florida Community College.

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