23May/19

Alex Rich to Head Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

 

LAKELAND (May 22, 2019) – The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has appointed Dr. H. Alexander Rich to be the Executive Director and Chief Curator for the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Dr. Rich joined Florida Southern in August 2014 as assistant professor of art history, heading the art history program and directing the galleries and exhibitions. In June 2017, he assumed the additional role of curator and director of galleries and exhibitions for the Polk Museum of Art, as part of an affiliation agreement between the two organizations.

“It’s a great honor to be given the opportunity to lead a distinguished community and academic art museum,” Dr. Rich said. “The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College has long been a core contributor to the life and culture of Lakeland and Central Florida. Since its affiliation with Florida Southern, the Museum has begun to make new and important contributions as an academic museum, promoting diverse areas of scholarship and broader community education and outreach, among other initiatives.”

Dr. Rich looks forward to “continuing to enhance the Museum’s offerings and maintaining its integral relationship with the broader Lakeland community,” and building upon the strong legacy of excellence established by Claire Orologas, who has announced her retirement.

Dr. Rich earned his A.B. degree in English and Art History from Dartmouth College, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His museum experience began with a high school apprenticeship as a tour guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met, membership in the Exhibitions Committee at the Hood Museum of Art, and a research/writing fellowship in the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He also worked as assistant to the Head of Museum Interpretation in the Education Department of the Whitney Museum, and as an adjunct professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

“Dr. Rich has been a transformative leader as he has helped to guide the affiliation between Florida Southern College and the Polk Museum of Art,” said Museum Board Chair Lynda Buck. “He has worked to strengthen the Museum’s vital role in the local arts community while expertly directing its added mission of becoming a superior academic museum, bringing in world-class exhibitions that benefit the public and students alike.”

Founded in 1966 as the Imperial Youth Museum and renamed the Polk Public Museum in 1969 to better reflect its emphasis on art, history, and science, Lakeland’s premiere not-for-profit art museum doubled its exhibition and classroom facilities with the purchase of a vacant Publix Super Market building in 1970. Together with the School Board of Polk County, staff members worked to establish and sustain a curriculum-based art education program. The institution received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1983, and was renamed the Polk Museum of Art. Its current facility on Palmetto Street was formally dedicated in September 1988.

Claire Orologas, executive director and chief curator of the Polk Museum of Art since 2012, will become Executive Director Emerita. She ably led the Museum to national prominence. Ms. Orologas plans to continue a life-long role as an ambassador for the Museum and give presentations on various art topics. She will be relocating to a new home in Micanopy, Florida. In addition, Ms. Pal Powell will continue as Deputy Director. Ms. Powell has been in a leadership position at the Museum for more than twenty-seven years and is highly regarded.

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Dr. H. Alexander Rich,
appointed as Executive Director and Chief Curator
for the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

22May/19

Polk State College District Board of Trustees Considering Changes in Fees for 2019-20

 

Winter Haven, May 22, 2019 - The Polk State College District Board of Trustees (DBOT) will consider changes in lab fees for college credit and Educator Preparation Institute courses offered at the College at the June 24, 2019 Board Meeting. Each year the College evaluates all fees to ensure that charges accurately reflect any changes in the cost of instructional materials or supplemental items required for courses. Polk State has a total of 216 lab fees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, with 208 unchanged from 2018-2019. Four lab fees are decreasing due to the removal of the courses from the College catalog. Four fees are being added to serve new courses. Details of the fee changes are described below:

New Fees:

CET 2620C – Connecting Networks

2018-2019 Fee: $0

2019-2010 Fee (Proposed): $60.00

CET 2620C is a new course and the fourth class in the CCNA sequence.

CTS 1161C – Microsoft Windows 10 Operating Systems Technologies

2018-2019 Fee: $0

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $60.00

CTS 1161C is a new course and the latest update to Microsoft’s client operating systems.

CTS 2103C – Virtualization Concepts and Implementation

2018-2019 Fee: $0

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $60.00

CTS 2103C is a new course replacing CTS 2370C.

CTS 2664C – CCNA Security

2018-2019 Fee: $0

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $60.00

CTS 2664C is a new course replacing CTE 2665C.

Decreasing Fees:

CET 2665C – CCNA Security

2018-2019 Fee: $60.00

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $0

CET 2665C is being removed from the program.

CTS 2370C – Virtualizing the Datacenter I

2018-2019 Fee: $60.00

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $0

CTS 2370C is being removed from the program.

CTS 2391C – Administering Windows Server 2012

2018-2019 Fee: $60.00

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $0

CTS 2391C is being removed from the program.

CTS 2392C – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

2018-2019 Fee: $60.00

2019-2020 Fee (Proposed): $0

CTS 2392C is being removed from the program.

The DBOT meeting wherein these fee changes will be considered will be held Monday, June 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Polk State College, Winter Haven Campus, WST 126.

About Polk State College

Located in Winter Haven, Florida, and established in 1964, Polk State College is a multi-campus institution serving more than 16,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; and a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

22May/19

Florida Southern’s Department of Chemistry Earns American Chemical Society Accreditation

 

LAKELAND (May 21, 2019) – The American Chemical Society has recognized Florida Southern College’s Chemistry program as an ACS-approved chemistry degree offering the highest level of collegiate instruction. This premiere academic accreditation affirms to prospective students, institutions of higher learning, and potential employers that FSC’s Chemistry program meets the rigorous guidelines set by the ACS Committee on Professional Training, which approves only those programs that provide a broad-based, intellectually challenging experience in chemistry.

Dr. Carmen Gauthier, professor of Chemistry and department chair, said the ACS pre-application, application, and approval process had been underway for more than four years. Crucial aspects of the ACS evaluation guidelines include: the program’s depth and breadth; the qualifications of faculty members; the adequacy of facilities, instrumentation, and library holdings; and the opportunities for meaningful research.

Accreditation by the ACS has great significance to the College because “you get students who are really serious about being a chemist,” Dr. Gauthier said. “Our curriculum has to cover all the foundational courses in all five sub-disciplines of chemistry, and we need a faculty member with a degree specializing in each of the five fields. I’m grateful for all the hard work from our faculty members and for the unwavering support from FSC administration. It takes a lot of teamwork!”

The importance of this accreditation to FSC’s Chemistry students is both academic and career-oriented, Dr. Gauthier said. “Graduates will receive three years of free membership in the ACS, the largest professional organization in the world, which helps with job searches and networking, and to attend conferences at reduced prices. The industry is going to look for graduates from an ACS-certified program.”

FSC’s President Dr. Anne Kerr praised Dr. Gauthier and the Chemistry faculty for their efforts to earn accreditation. “By providing our students with the superior-quality chemistry education that defines an ACS-approved program, thereby preparing them to effectively pursue careers as scientific professionals, Florida Southern College continues to demonstrate its academic excellence.”

Additionally, Dr. Gauthier was selected in March as one of the first 20 faculty members nationwide to develop, test, and refine new classroom practices that can lead to better student learning in the field of inorganic chemistry. As a contributor to the groundbreaking project, conducted with support from the Undergraduate STEM Education program of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Gauthier has been named a VIPEr Fellow by the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC).

The project’s participants will study the effects of classroom changes on student learning, interest, and motivation using classroom observations, analysis of student work, student surveys and faculty interviews. The Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr) website (http://www.ionicviper.org) will be used as the project’s hub.

About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; named a Top Baccalaureate College by Washington Monthly; and included in The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.

21May/19

Learning Resource Center Presents 2019 Summer Lineup

POLK COUNTY, FLA. (May 21, 2019) – The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) unveils its lineup of 2019 summer enrichment programs for kindergarten through high school levels.

Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at Camp READY!, featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in an engaging format at ten Polk County locations. Camps will take place for four weeks during June 3-July 30, 2019. Dates and times vary by site. The cost is $25 for the entire month.

Elementary students have multiple options with Super Summer Success at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland, PEP Magical Reading Camp at the Public Education Partnership (PEP) Center in Winter Haven and PEP Super Summer Science Camp at the PEP Center, all beginning in June. Program dates, times and prices vary by site.

Middle school students will become more effective learners through time-tested strategies with Study Habits of Successful Students at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland on July 8-12, 2019 for $155.

High school students will gain effective study techniques, leadership skills and service opportunities with Get REAL! at the Learning Resource Center in July for $175.

High School students may also benefit from LRC’s summer test preparation courses designed to help students achieve confidence while earning their best possible score. ACT Summer Prep takes place July 15-19, 2019 and SAT Summer Prep July 22-26, 2019. GED Prep runs for five to eight weeks per subject with math launching June 18, 2019 and social studies on August 20, 2019. All will take place at the Learning Resource Center. The cost of each full ACT & SAT course is $575 and includes a book and a dining gift card. GED Prep costs $25 per subject.

LRC offers a Sliding Fee Scale based on gross family income with the assistance of United Way. For questions or to enroll, please visit the Learning Resource Center online at LRCPolk.com or call 863-688-9477.