State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, or SCF, is a state college with campuses located in Manatee and Sarasota county, Florida. Part of the Florida College System, it is designated a "state college" because it offers a greater number of four-year bachelor's degrees than traditional two-year community colleges.
|Manatee Junior College, Manatee Community College|
|Motto||"You can get anywhere from here!"|
|Established||September 17, 1957|
|Florida College System, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Colours||Green and Blue|
|Division I NJCAA Region VIII, FSCAA|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball|
|Mascot||Maverick the Manatee|
Founded in 1957 as Manatee Junior College, it was known as Manatee Community College from 1985 to 2009. Today, State College of Florida is the region's oldest and largest public college, operating three campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.
SCF's official colors are green and blue, and the college's intercollegiate sports teams are known as "The Manatees" and are represented by mascot Maverick the Manatee. The term maverick symbolizes the institutions vision to keep evolving.
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota was established on September 17, 1957, by the Florida Board of Education as Manatee Junior College (MJC). The college came into existence under a plan of the State Board of Education to provide accessible higher education to Florida's population.
In November of 1957 Dr. Samuel R. Neel, Jr became the college's first president and the first classes were held on September 2, 1958, in what was formerly a senior high school; enrollment in the first term was 502 students. The college began administering classes in its own facilities in 1959, where the Bradenton campus stands today. State College of Florida's 100 acres (400,000 m2) Bradenton campus is home to The SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS), The Family Heritage House Museum, SCF's Dental Hygiene Clinic, and the athletic facilities for The Manatees. The college's administrative offices are also located on the Bradenton campus.
The Venice center was opened in 1977 by MJC's Board of Trustees. During this period, the center's functions were funded by the donations of residents living in the surrounding communities which included Venice, North Port, and Englewood. It was not until 1983 that the college received an appropriation from the Florida legislature to expand the Venice center into what is now the full-service Venice campus. It was dedicated on March 30th 1985 and the college's name was changed that year to Manatee Community College (MCC). The Venice campus lake is named Lake Jervey and it is dedicated to Dr. Bill Jervey, Jr for his outstanding contributions to the college.
At the beginning of 2003, MCC opened the 5-acre (20,000 m2) Lakewood Ranch campus. The land appropriated for this was donated by the Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. The Lakewood Ranch campus offers credit and non-credit programs of study, as well as technical and workforce development courses. In 2007, the Schroeder-Manatee Ranch donated an additional 5 acres (20,000 m2) to the Lakewood Ranch campus. MCC obtained supplementary funding from the Florida legislature, which was allocated for the construction of the Medical Technology and Simulation Building.
In 2009, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a proposal by MCC to begin offering baccalaureate degrees. MCC then changed its name to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) to reflect its new status as a four-year state institution. The first bachelor's degree to be offered at the college was a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) which started in January of 2010. State College of Florida continues to add baccalaureate degree programs based on a combination of regional, state, and national need. Several other bachelor's degree programs are now offered at SCF.
State College of Florida has been awarded The Association of Florida College's Campus Sustainability Award. And In 2011, the college was awarded The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Gold certification for the construction of the Medical Technology & Simulation Center on its Lakewood Ranch campus. Maintaining sustainability remains a continuous effort at SCF by integrating environmental, social and economic goals through design, planning and operational organization to meet its current needs.
As a part of the Florida College System, State College of Florida falls under the purview of the State Board of Education. SCF is governed by the Florida Legislature and by a District Board of Trustees, consisting of eight members appointed by the Governor to oversee the college's operations.
The college's president is Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, who was inaugurated as the sixth president of the State College of Florida on November 8, 2013, after serving as the college's vice president of business and administrative services. Before coming to SCF, Dr. Probstfeld served as the vice president for finance and administration and the chief financial officer and treasurer for Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California, and Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, Ohio.
Dr. Probstfeld has been committed to building and nurturing relationships and focusing on enhancing the student experience. Under her leadership, the State College of Florida Foundation launched its first Capital Campaign in 2016 to provide facilities that enhance the student experience. The campaign financed $1 million in technological upgrades for the new Library and Learning Center that opened in February of 2018 and includes a $3.5 million Studio for the Performing Arts and a $9.5 million Health and Human Performance Center. Both of which will be built on the Bradenton campus.
Dr. Probstfeld has also led the college's efforts to boldly engage its students, faculty, staff, and community partners to achieve the goals of the college’s 2015-2020 Boldly Engaging strategic plan. In the plan’s first three years, SCF has purchased 74 acres (300,000 m2) of land for a new Parrish campus, added signature programs to its Venice campus, enacted multiple strategic enrollment initiatives, created a Leadership Development program to mentor its employees, and launched a comprehensive communications and marketing plan.
State College of Florida is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Noncredit education is offered under SCF's Corporate & Community Development programs. More than 50 percent of the college-bound high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties attend SCF each year, with a current enrollment of over 11,000 students. State College of Florida is among the top 100 producers of associate degrees in the United States.
SCF is one of the 25 colleges and universities nationwide to participate in Yale University's Small World Initiative, a project that engages students in real-world research by searching for and identifying antibiotic-producing bacteria in soil and other environments. State College of Florida is also a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute's "M-list," which recognizes schools for excellence in manufacturing education. The Manufacturing Institute is an organization that is dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States. SCF was one of eleven Florida College System institutions to be selected, helping Florida lead the nation with the most schools on the list.
State College of Florida's nursing program annually records one of the highest certification rates in the state of Florida and the physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, dental hygiene and radiography programs have a 100 percent licensure pass rate.
SCF's Venice campus is home to the Gator Engineering program, a collaboration with the University of Florida. Students can take their math and science prerequisites at SCF and upon successful completion will be granted admission to UF's Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
State College of Florida has over 50 registered student organizations including an active Student Government and intramural sports. SCF Students can participate in clubs such as Phi Theta Kappa, Model UN, Circle K International, and more. SCF encourages the participation and creation of student organizations that have an impact on the community and foster a sense of school spirit and pride.
The Bradenton and Venice campuses each have their own independent student government associations. State College of Florida's SGA is divided into two parts consisting of the Executive Board, and the General Council. The Executive Board is composed of the Student Body President, Student Body Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Inter-Club Council (ICC) President, and the Chief Justice. Executive Board elections are held during the spring semester, but General Council members can join as late as the beginning of the fall semester. Members of the SGA Executive Board also serve on the Student Activities Budget Review Committee (SABR) which manages and allocates funds to SCF'S 50+ clubs and organizations. General Council members can serve on the Campus Activities Board (CAB) which is responsible for planning and organizing campus activities throughout the semester such as the annual spring and fall festivals.
The Brain Bowl team at the State College of Florida has achieved state and national recognition for being one of the top quiz bowl programs in the country. In the 2014-2015 competition season, SCF's "Fire Team" compiled a record of 58-2 against other two-year schools, going on to win championships at tournaments such as the 2014 Delta Burke Invitational, 2015 FCSAA West Central Regional, 2015 FCSAA Brain Bowl State Championship, 2015 NAQT South Florida Community College Sectionals, and the 2015 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. The team was also invited to compete in NAQT's Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (DII) where the team placed 25th with a record of 7-6, notably defeating four-year schools such as UC Berkeley, Duke University, University of Alabama, and Claremont Colleges in the process.
State College of Florida's award-winning music program is home to over nine different musical ensembles. They include The Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic band, Chamber choir, Concert choir, Jazz ensemble, Jazz combo, Guitar ensemble, Keyboard studies, Presidential string quartet, Presidential jazz combo, and the Musical theatre ensemble. State College of Florida's music students perform in multiple concerts throughout the semester as well as numerous community and state events such as the FSCAA Winter Music Symposium. Auditions are open to the community and to students.
Studio 84 Productions, the student theatre and musical theatre company at the State College of Florida does a total of four to five productions per year. Auditions are open to students and to the community. Most theatre graduates have gone on to four-year universities to receive their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degrees in Theater and Performing Arts. SCF Theater alumni include American actor Dallas Roberts, various Broadway performers, and many more.
State College of Florida's Bradenton campus includes a weight room and a sand volleyball court. Most of the athletic fields, including the gymnasium, are open to students when not in use. The Venice campus includes a three-quarters of a mile-long fit trail and nature trail that surrounds the campus lake and includes 10 stations for balanced exercise routines. The State College of Florida Foundation is currently in the process of raising funds for a brand-new Health and Human Performance Center that will be built on SCF's Bradenton campus. The new 40,348 square-foot facility will feature a full-size gym, training facilities, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, team rooms for The Manatees and for away teams, classrooms, offices, and concession and vending areas.
State College of Florida launched its intercollegiate athletics program in 1957 and adopted the Lancers as their mascot. When MCC decided to change its name to SCF in 2009, the college adopted Maverick the Manatee as the college's new mascot, as well as changing the college's official colors from blue and yellow, to blue and green.
Currently, the State College of Florida host five intercollegiate sports teams. They include: Men's basketball, Baseball, Softball, Women's tennis, and Women's volleyball. State College of Florida's athletic teams are known today as "The Manatees" and are represented by mascot Maverick the Manatee. They compete in the Suncoast Conference of the Florida State College Activities Association (FSCAA) in Division I of the NJCAA Region VIII. The State College of Florida Manatees have won numerous regional, state and conference titles and have even made several national championship appearances.
The Family Heritage House MuseumEdit
The Bradenton campus is home to The Family Heritage House Museum, a gallery and research center for the study of African American history and achievements. Exhibits include a timeline of significant events in African American history, including slavery, fights for freedom, community building and education, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, Kwanzaa, and the modern era in South Africa. There are also displays about the Underground Railroad and a collection of African masks. Admission is free.
Neel Performing Arts CenterEdit
The Samuel R. Neel Performing Arts Center located on SCF's Bradenton campus is an 830-seat auditorium built in 1966. Since then, State College of Florida's Neel Performing Arts Center has been the cultural center of Manatee and Sarasota county and the home of SCF's award-winning music program. It has also served as the premier venue for many prestigious and notable people, including award winning authors John Grisham and Stephen King. The Elizabeth M. Eaton Memorial Pipe Organ, a 50-rank, 3-manual instrument built by master craftsman Charles McManis is situated on the stage of the performing arts center.
Howard Studio TheatreEdit
The David S. and Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre is a 116-seat performance center built in 2008 on State College of Florida's Bradenton campus. It is the home of Studio 84 Productions, the SCF student theatre company. The Howard Studio Theatre host a number of student performances throughout the semester as well as multiple performances by local and professional theatrical groups.
Fine Art GalleryEdit
The Fine Art Gallery on the SCF Bradenton campus features exhibits made by students and faculty, as well as various installations by local and professional artist. The galleries exhibits embrace critical issues and the connections between art, education, and culture.
State College of Florida alumni include authors, musicians, actors, artist, company founders, state representatives, screenwriters, producers, multiple athletes, and many more. Alumni status is open to all graduates of State College of Florida, MJC, MCC, and all former students of SCF who regularly matriculated and left SCF in good standing.
|Ryan Bodie||American film producer|
|Lance Carter||MLB player|
|Sean Chan||Inventor of the Uno Bolt|
|Alex Cole||MLB baseball player|
|Amanda Evora||U.S. Olympic figure skater|
|Bill Galvano||Member of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate|
|Nick Goody||MLB player|
|Matt Hudson||Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Mike Le||Screenwriter, producer|
|Josh Lucas||MLB Player|
|Rob McKittrick||American filmmaker, screenwriter|
|Dallas Roberts||American actor|
Many of the professors at SCF also publish and conduct research outside of their teaching duties. State College of Florida faculty members maintain an active presence in the community.
|Dr. Courtney Ruffner||Associate Professor of Literature||Author, poet, Associate Editor for the Italian American Studies Association|
|Dr. Pete Carney||Director of Jazz Studies||Author, Composer, Album artist|
|Dr. Philip Travis||Associate Professor of History||Historian, Writer, Host of METV's "Lectures in History"|
|Dr. Joni Pirnot||Associate Professor of Mathematics||Author of the first book that provided concrete evidence on Two Dimensional Automata|
|Kristen Zaborski||Associate Professor of Economics||National Economics Faculty Advisory Board member|
|Dr. Robyn Bell||Music program director
Director of Instrumental Studies
|Writer, Conductor and Music director for The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota|
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