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SFSC Garners Awards at AFC Convention

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South Florida State College garnered an array of awards and recognition for their commitment to furthering the community college system and its students during the 63rd Annual Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Convention in Palm Harbor, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

SFSC received five Communications and Marketing Commission Awards of Excellence for informational and promotional material. The article Cracker: Florida’s Enduring Cowboy about Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jon Kral and his work photographing Florida’s legendary cowboys received second place in the Article/Story Pitch Resulting in Publication category. The article was written by Jennifer Young, coordinator, Public Relations, SFSC Community Relations and Marketing. The newly branded SFSC website received second place for website design. The SFSC website was produced by Richard Merritt, webmaster; Sharon Jones, coordinator, Community Relations; and Deborah Latter, director, Community Relations and Marketing. The SFSC Museum of Florida Art and Culture’s (SFSC MOFAC) 2011-12 season brochure received second place for Brochure-The Arts. The brochure was produced by Mollie Doctrow, curator, SFSC MOFAC. SFSC MOFAC also received first place for its Wildflower Wayside Shrine website. The website was produced by Doctrow and the design company Clark/Nikdel/Powell, Inc. with photographs by David Woods and additional illustration by SFSC alumnus Max Gooding. The SFSC Cultural Programs Department received second place for its 2011-12 Cultural Series brochure, produced by graphic designer Michael Bartels.

SFSC’s AFC chapter received a membership award for having 50 percent or more of its employees as members, an award for having the greatest percent increase in members and was designated a Region IV Platinum Chapter based on points it earned for such factors as membership, participation in state and regional commissions, education and social activities, and fundraising. Cathy Lewis, administrative assistant, Arts and Sciences, received a Region IV Unsung Hero Award for volunteering her time to SFSC’s AFC chapter. Kimberly Batty-Herbert, dean, Arts and Sciences, received a Region IV Lifesaver award for going beyond her duties as SFSC’s AFC chair by serving as treasurer to the Region IV director.

SFSC employees were elected to new positions and others will continue their terms serving on commission boards. Debbie Gutierrez was elected newsletter editor for the Career and Professional Employees Commission. Dr. Robert Flores was elected membership of the Facilities Commission, while Cheryl Arpasi remains treasurer of that commission. SFSC District Board of Trustees member Tami Cullens remains chair-elect of the Trustees Commission. Susan Cartwright continues as secretary of the Occupational Workforce Commission, and Dr. Kimberly Batty-Herbert continues as the treasurer of the Administration Commission.   

SFSC’s attendees proved once again to be a lucky group as many walked away with an assortment of door prizes and silent auction items. Lewis won a 50/50 cash prize and a coffee gift basket and Gutierrez won a movie basket. Lena Phelps won a book gift basket and a Bowden Football and Cartwright won a Skip Holtz USF Helmet from the silent auction. Eddie Cuencas, Tami Cullens, Callie Maddox, and Nelson Torres also won a variety of small door prizes.

SFSC’s delegates to the convention were Arpasi, Cartwright, Cuencas, Dr. Flores, Gutierrez, Lewis, Melanie Jackson, Maddox, Keith Loweke, Phelps, Go Ramnarain, Torres, and Young. Also attending were Dr. Batty-Herbert, Dr. Norm Stephens, SFSC president, and SFSC District Board of Trustees members Cullens, Kenneth Lambert, Lana Puckorius, and Kris Rider.


(From left) Amanda Farmer, staff assistant, TLC, and Sandy Urmann, administrative assistant, Student Support Services, collect SFSC’s donations for the AFC Convention’s service project, Ready for Life Pinellas, an organization that assists youth who are aging out of the foster care system. The donations were delivered during the AFC Convention held in Palm Harbor, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Cathy Lewis accepts her Unsung Hero award from Eddie Cuencas.


Dean Kimberly Batty-Herbert accepts her Lifesaver Award from Cathy Lewis and Region IV chair Sheryl Peterson.

Who is that man…or woman…behind the mask at the AFC Halloween Party?

Susan Cartwright (left), Keith Loweke, and Debbie Gutierrez do the YMCA during the AFC Halloween party.

On the second night of the convention, SFSC shed the costumes and wore their finest to the Presidential Gala.

Eddie Cuencas accepts SFSC’s Membership award from AFC President Gary Sligh.

Lena Phelps accepts the Region IV Platinum Chapter award from AFC President Gary Sligh (left) and AFC CEO Michael Brawer.

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