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DeSoto Student Gets New Wheels

Ed Kelly (left) with Jackson Jones.

SFSC DeSoto Campus student Jackson Jones got a new set of wheels this week thanks to Ed Kelly, an instructional aide in the Automotive Service Technology program.

Jones, a DeSoto County High School graduate who just started his first term at SFSC’s campus in Arcadia, had been making the daily trip to class using his grandmother’s rickety three-wheel bicycle. What Kelly saw was a student eager to get to class so that he could learn the skills that would propel him to a rewarding career. Continue Reading

Department of Education Awards SFSC $5 Million STEM Grant

Amatrol 870 Mechatronics and 85-MT5 Motor Control Learning Systems, an example of the equipment SFSC may use in its mechatronics lab
Amatrol 870 Mechatronics and 85-MT5 Motor Control Learning Systems, an example of the equipment SFSC may use in its mechatronics lab

SFSC was awarded a nearly $5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a postsecondary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) project called “Re-Engineering Our Future.” This project will create educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students in the college’s service district of Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties.

“SFSC is thrilled and honored to have been awarded this grant,” said Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, SFSC president. “It is imperative to the economic health of our service district that we prepare our students for an increasingly high-tech world. A STEM education is critical as new and emerging jobs require expertise in these disciplines. This grant has given us the means to strengthen our efforts in providing workforce skills that are essential in attracting advanced manufacturing industries to locate in the tri-county region.” Continue Reading

Open Enrollment for Employee Benefits Ends Oct. 28

Just a reminder that open enrollment for employee benefits is going on now and ends Friday, Oct. 28. 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… Continue Reading

Biggest Loser Contest Update

bigloser1The Wellness Committee’s contest, “The Biggest Loser,” weigh-out date has changed to Monday, Oct. 31.  Employees can weigh in the Dean of Students Services Office suite, Highlands Campus, Room B-274. If you are unable to make it, contact Lott at lotta@southflorida.edu for alternative arrangements.


Free Entries for Florida Hospital Bill Jarrett Ford 5K Run/Walk and 10K

5k-72As in the past, Florida Hospital has given SFSC 16 free entries for college employees to participate in the 22nd annual Bill Jarrett Ford 5K Run/Walk and 10K that takes place Sunday, Nov. 13 at Florida Hospital Sebring, behind the Emergency Department. The hospital will offer the 10K run again this year for those enthusiastic runners who have a passion to go the extra few miles!

All 5K/10K registration forms are to be filled out online.

Please go to  Bill Jarrett Ford Run.

Your access code is:                       SFSC2016

You will have to fill out a form online for each participant.  Please make sure to have your access code available when you do this to ensure you are not charged any additional fees.  You will only be able to input the total number of entries that comes with your sponsorship. Only the first 400 registrants will receive a shirt, so make sure your participants entries are turned in before Oct. 30.

Please contact Ashley Bennett at ext. 7111 or Ashley.bennett@southflorida.edu, if you have any questions.

Brain Bowl Team Back from Ocala Competition

The SFSC Brain Bowl team traveled to Ocala last weekend to compete in the 4th Annual Erik Korray Open. They faced 13 teams, including teams from a local high school.

From left: Mathew Daniel, David Zoerb (coach), George Perez, Melissa Garcia, Saul Medina, Rubi Barajas.
From left: Mathew Daniel, David Zoerb (coach), George Perez, Melissa Garcia, Saul Medina, and Rubi Barajas.

The team maintained a 5-5 record, and placed 8th overall. They won the first round and last round of the round-robin play and went on to win all three playoff rounds. Continue Reading

Yesterday’s Volleyball Results and Cross Country on Saturday

In volleyball action last night, the Lady Panther volleyball team lost to State College of Florida in straight sets,  25-21, 25-18, 25-21. The Panthers 9-15 (1-5) will travel on Saturday for a tri-match with St. Petersburg College and Pasco-Hernando State College.

The Lady Panther cross country team will be in action Saturday when they take part in in the Smoak 5K Run in Lake Placid.

Go Panthers!

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
Oct. 31: Linda Dobson-Hacker


Monday, Oct. 24

  • Intramural Basketball, 11 a.m., Panther Gym, Highlands Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 25

  • Last day to withdraw with a grade of W for Fall Term 
  • SFSC Blood Drive, 10 a.m., on the Circle, Highlands Campus

Wednesday , Oct. 26

  • SFSC Blood Drive, 10 a.m., on the Circle, Highlands Campus
  • Flag Football, 11 a.m., Intramural Field, Highlands Campus 
  • Dual Enrollment Orientation, 3 p.m., B-208, 210, and 112, Highlands Campus

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • Intramural Basketball, 11 a.m., Panther Gym, Highlands Campus
  • Fall Fest, 6 p.m., Building D/PAC, (Andy Polk), Highlands Campus

Friday, Oct. 28

  • Priority registration begins for students with over 40 hours for Spring and Summer 2017 Term
  • Baseball vs. IMG College, 1 p.m., Panther Field, Highlands Campus

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Intramural Basketball, 11 a.m., Panther Gym, Highlands Campus


Monday, Oct. 24

  • Enrollment Management Meeting, 2 p.m., F-118, Highlands Campus

Wednesday , Oct. 26

  • District Board of Trustees Meeting, 1 p.m., Board Room, Highlands Campus 

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Enrollment Management Meeting, 1:30 p.m., F-118, Highlands Campus



Click Professional Development for the complete fall calendar.

Monday, Oct. 24

  • Persistence of Poetry Workshop, 6 p.m., SFSC Library (Claire Miller), Highlands Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 25

  • AVID-TPI Training: Metacognition, 9 a.m., G-102, (Dr. Maday Leon), Highlands Campus
  • AVID-TPI Training: Socratic Seminar, 1 p.m., G-102, (Dr. Maday Leon), Highlands Campus
  • eLearning Tips and Tricks: Online Grade Books, 2:30 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Teaching Efficiently: Online Rubrics, 4 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Importing Book Publisher Content and using Respondus, D2L Calendar, 4:30 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Introduction to Online Quizzing Options and Testing Center Information, 4:45 p.m., G-103 (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • GPS TEI: Copyright Tips and Guidelines, 5 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Student Progress Tracking and Group Feature in D2L, 6 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Communication Online best Practices, 7 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus
  • Showcase of Technology Institute Final Projects, 7:30 p.m., G-103, (eLearning), Highlands Campus

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • Advanced D2L File Management and Course Design, 4 p.m., Y-111, (eLearning), Highlands Campus

Monday, Oct. 31

  • Persistence of Poetry, 6 p.m., SFSC Library, (Claire Miller), Highlands Campus



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

Monday:  Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Veggie
Tuesday:  Spaghetti w/Meatballs, Garlic Bread, and Salad
Wednesday:  Pepper Steak, Rice, and Veggie
Thursday:  Chicken or Steak Sliders, Mac’n Cheese, and Salad
Friday: Off the Menu


Hotel Jacaranda Summer Menu

During the summer, the 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.

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.