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For SFSC, Year Ends with Joy, Cheer

Submitted by on December 17, 2012 – 11:00 amNo Comment

 On Friday, South Florida State College employees celebrated the end of 2012 with the annual holiday potluck luncheon in the Joseph E. Johnston Student Center. This year’s celebration was especially poignant for employees and for Dr. Norm Stephens, who remarked that “149 of 150 people” in attendance had pointed out to him that this was his last holiday luncheon as president of SFSC. Following the presentation of the 2012 President’s Awards, Dr. Leana Revell and Glenn Little surprised Dr. Stephens with a special Employee Choice Award – for “Best President Ever” – in recognition of his service to the college since 2002. Once again, SFSC’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) decorated the cafeteria and coordinated a raffle of over 60 prizes. Among them was a flat-screen television donated by the SFSC District Board of Trustees and won by Bea Ramirez.


Dr. Brian Deery drops his ticket into a gift bag representing the prize he hopes to win in the annual holiday raffle coordinated by SFSC’s chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC).

Melody Stricklin tries her luck at winning a prize in AFC’s holiday raffle. Each year, raffle proceeds benefit scholarships the AFC chapter provides to SFSC employees and their families.


Sporting a festive hat that would make Santa proud, Ricardo Pantoja proves he’s no Scrooge when it comes to celebrating the holidays.

Amy Dow samples some of the favorite home-cooked dishes SFSC employees share with their co-workers each year at the holiday luncheon.

Dr. Norm Stephens passes for one Santa’s helpers with his holiday hat, complete with large elf ears and flashing red and green lights.

 Laurie Stephens (left) joins trustees Kris Rider and Tami Cullens in singing “The 12 Days of Christmas.”


As Doug Andrews (left) leads SFSC employees in singing “We Three Kings,” Dr. Norm Stephens provides special accompaniment on his flute.


Following the presentation of the annual President’s Awards, Dr. Leana Revell presents Dr. Norm Stephens with a special Employee Choice Award – for “Best President Ever” – in anticipation of his retirement on June 30, 2013. AFC also recognized Dr. Stephens with a photo retrospective of his life.

 Colleen Rafatti is the winner of a woodblock print donated by artist Mollie Doctrow, curator, Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC).

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