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Brain Bowl Results Oct. 20-22

Over the weekend, two Brain Bowl teams traveled to the College of Central Florida in Ocala to compete in the 5th Annual Erik Korray Open against one high school and nine state colleges—22 teams and 79 players altogether. Both teams included three returning members and four new members.

South Florida Orange were 8-3, ranked 6th overall and 4th in their division.  The team comprised of Matt Daniels (#22), Josh Gurll (#67), Juan Perez (#37), and Blaine Wallace (#20). They lost their first three rounds and didn’t look back winning the remaining eight. They outscored their opponents 2625 points to 1350 points.

South Florida Black were 3-8, ranked 17th overall and 8th in their division. The team comprised of Rubi Barajas (#46), Emily Beard (#29), and Brandon Brignoni (#66). One of their wins was the last round which they won 170-25.

They really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to their competition at Valencia College-West for the 21st Delta Burke Tournament on November 10 and 11. If you get a chance, please recognize these scholars, along with other team members who could not attend this past weekend – Caroline Bowden, Joshua Clayton, Petyon Dodd, Anthony Hernandez, Annette Mondragon, and Hayley Thompson.

Go Panthers!


Make a Pledge to United Way: Win a Prize

SFSC is near its $10,000 goal. We hope to raise another $600 by Friday, Oct. 27. “On behalf of the United Way, I’d like to thank all SFSC employees for their contributions,” said Cindy Garren. “It truly makes a significant impact right here in Avon Park, Lake Placid, Sebring, and Wauchula.”

Consider a payroll deduction. A one-time donation or recurring donation can be made by completing the pledge form that was sent to all full-time employees. Contact Robin Southwell in Human Resources at ext. 7248 for additional pledge forms.
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Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

SFSC inducted 89 students into its Tau Epsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society on Oct. 19. With families and fellow students looking on, the students recited an oath of membership, joining the honor society that recognizes distinguished academic achievement by students enrolled in two-year academic programs. Michelle Macbeth, SFSC instructor, Foreign… Continue Reading

Submit Your Nominations for Meritorious Service Awards 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Now is the time to submit nominations for the 2017 SFSC Meritorious Service Awards.  I request your assistance in identifying SFSC team members and others whose service has been exemplary in demonstrating excellence and commitment to the college, to our students, and to the communities we serve.  Please send your nominations to me by noon, Friday, Nov.3.

By using this submission form send your nominations to me including a brief statement explaining why the person is worthy of consideration.  There should be a separate form for each person you wish to nominate, and you may send your nominations by email, drop them off at my office, or have them delivered to the President’s Office through the college mail service.  If you are not sure which award an employee is eligible to receive, just write the nomination focusing on the noteworthy qualities of the nominee and send it to me.   I’ll determine the most appropriate award(s) for which that person is eligible.  For your convenience, this list of all employees  shows their respective employment categories. Continue Reading

Open Enrollment For 2018 Going On Now

October means open enrollment for employee benefits. Each October, SFSC employees choose their benefits provided by the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (FCSRMC). This year, just as last year, employees select their benefits online, through the FBMC website. Other voluntary benefits are also available during open enrollment.

Any changes made during the open enrollment period will take effect on  Jan. 1, 2018.  It is incumbent on employees to choose their plans by going online to the FBMC website.  Follow the steps below to select your benefits.

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Volleyball Action Update


Panthers VolleyballIn Volleyball action Thursday, Oct. 19, the Lady Panthers lost a hard-fought five-set match to visiting State College of Florida by scores of 25-22, 18-25, 27-25, 20-25, and 12-15.

The Lady Panther sophomores were recognized with their families who were in attendance prior to the start of the match.  It was the final match of the year for the Lady Panthers in front of a tremendous crowd (133) including the annual visit from the Highlands County Special Stars. The Panthers finish the season 3-14 overall, and 0-6 in Suncoast Conference play.

A special thank you to all the loyal Panther fans who came out all season long to support the Lady Panthers, and for those who gave support in many areas throughout the season at each match.

Thank you for your support, Go Panthers!


Oct. 23: Minerva Ortiz
Oct. 25: Greg Edwards
Oct. 25: Dr. Fu
Oct. 25: Melanie Jackson
Oct. 25: Glenn Little
Oct. 25: Joseph Lucia
Oct. 25: Dee Etta Rawlings
Oct. 26: Wynnie Jaurigue-Danta
Oct. 26: Go Ramnarain
Oct. 26: Renee Smalley
Oct. 27: Charles Benn
Oct. 29: Cathy Lewis

Monday, Oct. 23

  • Intramural Basketball, 11 a.m., SFSC Panther Gym, (Andy Polk), Highlands Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • LegalShield Business Solutions Representative, Frankie Prima III, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Building I, Conference Room, (HR), Highlands Campus

Wednesday , Oct. 25

  • Custom Benefits Advisor, Tom Watson, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Building I, Conference Room, (HR), Highlands Campus
  • Baseball vs. Inspiration Academy, 4 p.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus

 Thursday, Oct. 26

  • Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Jennifer Lewis-Gravelle, 10 a.m.-noon, Building I, Conference Room, (HR), Highlands Campus
  • AFC Chili Cook-Off, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Building B, Rotunda, (Eddie Cuencas), Highlands Campus

Saturday, Oct. 28

  • Softball vs. Warner University, 11 a.m., SFSC Panther Field, Highlands Campus

Monday, Oct. 30

  • Intramural Basketball, 11 a.m., SFSC Panther Gym, (Andy Polk), Highlands Campus
  • International Games Day, noon-9 p.m., SFSC Library, (Claire Miller), Highlands Campus 

Wednesday , Oct. 25

  • MOFAC, Advisory Committee Meeting, noon, A-110, Green Room, Highlands Campus

Follow the links below to download specific training schedules:

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • Adjunt Instructional Technology Workshop, 4 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Introduction to the Technology Institute Workshop Series, 4 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Panther Den Online, eLearning and D2L Course Management Introduction, 4:15, G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • GPS TEI: Effective Course Development Using Online Resources, 4:45, G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • eLearning and D2L: Best Practices and Resources, 6:15 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • GPS TEI: Copyright Tips and Guidelines, 6:30 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Additional Help Resources Online, eLearning and IT, 7:30 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Smarthinking Online Tutoring Overview, 7:40 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Online Gradebook and Online Quizzing Introduction, 7:50 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus

Wednesday , Oct. 25

  • Starting Your Own Business Workshop, 2-4 p.m., H-110, (Corporate and Community Education), Highlands Campus

Friday, Oct. 27

  • GPS TEI: Advanced Evaluation and Assessment in Online Learning, 10 a.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus

Kelly’s Korner

Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a. m-2 p.m.

Monday: Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Veggie
Tuesday: Baked Ziti w/Meat Sauce, Garlic Bread, and Salad
Wednesday: Hot or Barbecue Boneless Wings, Tater Tots, and Salad
Thursday: Chicken or Steak Flat Bread, Seasoned Rice, and Veggie
Friday: Order off the Menu

Hotel Jacaranda Summer Menu

Hotel Jacaranda is open for lunch, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its soup and salad bar, sandwich platters, and daily specials.

The Grand Buffet is available on Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving its hot bar, soup and salad bar, and dessert.

College employees get a 10 percent discount.




Hours are Monday Through Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Offering Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. To place orders, call 453-5858