Category Archives: Announcements

18Nov/19

FSC Dedicates the Jean and Sal Campisi, Sr., Academic Center for Physical Therapy

LAKELAND (November 15, 2019) – Florida Southern College President Dr. Anne Kerr and the College’s Board of Trustees, joined by special guests including Jean and Sal Campisi, Sr., dedicated the new Campisi Academic Center for Physical Therapy during a noontime ceremony on Nov. 15.

Remarks by Dr. Kerr and other FSC dignitaries were followed by an official ribbon-cutting and tours of the facility, led by students from the School of Physical Therapy.

The new structure, which was designed by Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects, Inc., and built by Rodda Construction, is located in Lakeland’s Dixieland Historic District, less than a mile from FSC’s main campus. The striking look of the building was inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, incorporating distinctive elements such as colored-glass windows reminiscent of those Wright included in his designs for the FSC campus.

Dr. Nancy Nuzzo, program director and dean of the School of Physical Therapy, and seven committed faculty members are supported by state-of-the-art research and training technologies such as ceiling-mounted cameras and monitors in the study labs, “plastinated” cadaver specimens, portable ultrasound units, and cutting-edge balance and gait analysis systems.

Students currently enrolled as members of the School of Physical Therapy’s first class began their course work in the new facility at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

For more information about the new Doctor of Physical Therapy program at FSC, visit: flsouthern.edu/DPT

 

School of Physical Therapy Fact Sheet

  • Following an extensive assessment study that found an overwhelming regional need for highly trained physical therapists, Florida Southern’s Board of Trustees decided to expand the college’s graduate studies program by adding a School of Physical Therapy.
  • FSC held an official groundbreaking for its new physical therapy facility in October 2018. Plans called for the construction of a new building and the renovation of an existing structure.
  • In May 2019, FSC announced that the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) had granted Candidate for Accreditation status to FSC’s new School of Physical Therapy.
  • The Jean and Sal Campisi, Sr., Academic Center for Physical Therapy is located at
    820 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland’s Dixieland Historic District, less than a mile from FSC’s main campus.
  • Students currently enrolled as members of the School of Physical Therapy’s first class began their course work in the new facility at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. The first class will graduate in the fall semester of 2021.
  • Nancy A. Nuzzo, the founding program director and dean of the School of Physical Therapy, came to FSC after starting the physical therapy program at the University of Jamestown in Fargo, North Dakota. The program has seven faculty members.
  • The facility, which was designed by Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects, Inc., and built by Rodda Construction, was inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, reflecting distinctive touches such as windows that are reminiscent of the colored-glass “textile blocks” Wright incorporated into his building designs for the FSC campus.
  • The School’s innovative teaching methods are supported by cutting-edge research and training technologies, including ceiling-mounted classroom cameras and display monitors, donated human body parts preserved through the plastination process, portable ultrasound units, an advanced balance assessment system, and gait analysis technology. Story, please see: bitly.com/PhysicalTherapyFSC
  • Effective 5/15/19, Florida Southern College School of Physical Therapy has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863-680-5126 or email nnuzzo@flsouthern.edu. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

 

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, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 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 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; and is included in The Princeton Review’s 385 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.

18Nov/19

Florida Poly Capstone Team to Design Next-Generation Planetary Rover

Florida Polytechnic University students Edward Davis, left, Brandyn Langston, Skyler Batteiger, Gabe Gamet, and Purcell Anderson, and faculty members Dr. Younggil Park, Dr. Onur Toker, and Dr. Feng-Jen Yang visit Kennedy Space Center as part of a team collaborating on a capstone project designing a planetary rover for the Florida Space Institute.

poly students

LAKELAND, Fla. – A team of Florida Poly students is charging head-on into the design and construction of a real planetary rover that one day could traverse the terrain of Mars, collecting samples and providing a close-up look at places that have always been a mystery.

The 14-member team is developing the rover for the Florida Space Institute. The project is part of Florida Polytechnic University’s yearlong capstone design program, which pairs teams of seniors with corporate and research partners to tackle real-world engineering projects.

“You’re getting actual work experience and working with someone who is a professional in the field and really wants the project to work,” said mechanical engineering major Gabe Gamet. “I personally think this is absolutely amazing.”

Gamet is lead of the mechanical engineering portion of the team working on the planetary rover and was among five team members who visited Kennedy Space Center in mid-October to discuss their work with NASA engineers. Electrical engineering and computer science students make up the other two portions of the team.

“Talking to these engineers who work on all these crazy projects on a daily basis changes the way you think about a large-scale project like this,” said mechanical engineering senior Purcell Anderson. “They definitely opened our eyes to what we are capable of and how we can approach this challenge.

The students remain in communication with NASA engineers as they create the rugged, multi-purpose rover, which will be adaptable for many uses such as drilling, sample collection, observation, and more.

“Creating a rover takes all disciplines,” said mechanical engineering professor Dr. Younggil Park, one of the project’s faculty mentors. “It’s not going to be located on this planet, so students have to learn a lot to meet the requirements.”

As the design team works toward a solution, they are sifting through a number of parts from a different university that previously tackled the project. The Florida Poly students are now working to find ways to incorporate many of these components into their design.

For the most recent university news, visit Florida Poly News.

About Florida Polytechnic University: Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.

15Nov/19

Polk State Wins Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for First Year Experience and Guided Pathways

Friday, November 15, 2019 — For the second consecutive year, Polk State College received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida College System – this time for its First Year Experience and Guided Pathways programs focused on ensuring students persist on their paths to degrees and careers.

College representatives accepted the award Thursday in Palm Harbor alongside colleagues from State College of Florida, Eastern Florida State College, and Florida SouthWestern Sate College who were also recognized.

“The First Year Experience and Guided Pathways provide students with critical support early on, as well as resources they need along their college journeys to achieve their academic goals in a timely manner,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I could not be more proud of our faculty and staff, who continue to not only open doors of opportunities for our students, but who also guide them on their pathways to graduation and meaningful employment.”

The First Year Experience (FYE) launched in fall 2015 to improve retention and completion of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, and it has proven successful with a nearly 20 percent increase in fall-to-fall retention since the program’s inception.

FYE is a comprehensive onboarding program that includes First Flight Freshmen Welcome, the First Year Seminar, success coaching, peer mentoring, and more that allow students to connect to key resources and develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.

“FYE helps students acclimate to college, engage in success activities, develop a sense of belonging, and experience timely completion of their academic goals,” said Cate Igo, Director of Academic Success Initiatives. “A key element of FYE is the First Flight Freshmen Welcome, which is the official launch of the academic year where students are welcomed to campus and explore pathways with faculty experts.”

With the College’s implementation of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Guided Pathways Model in fall 2019, students now have the opportunity to also engage in Guided Pathways breakout sessions based on their majors or if they have not declared an area of study yet.

Students explore career opportunities and the pathways to them through program maps, which provide specific sequences of courses needed to complete programs of study from a student’s first term to graduation.

Polk State’s FYE and Guided Pathways received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for developing student-centered guided pathways – one of three focus areas defined this year in alignment with Governor Ron DeSantis’ goal to make Florida No. 1 in the nation in workforce education by 2030.

The College also received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award in 2018 for the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program.

“Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and I applaud all of our colleges for their commitment to continuous improvement,” Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda said in a press release. “This year’s awardees are excellent examples of how evidence-based strategies and strong workforce partnerships can accelerate success for all of our students.”

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.

15Nov/19

SR Construction Services Awarded East Point Towers Lobby and Common Area Remodel Project

East Point Towers condominium board selects SR Construction as
General Contractor for upcoming project.

 
Fort Lauderdale, November 15th, 2019 – SR Construction Services, a FL statewide
vertically integrated turnkey General Contractor, has been awarded the East Point
Towers upcoming remodel project that includes all common areas including lobbies in
both the north and south towers.
East Point Towers is a waterfront mid-rise condominium located at 1170 N. Federal
Highway in Fort Lauderdale, FL. EPT is location is in close proximity of several other
award winning SRCS projects.
“Conducting a large scale construction project in an occupied building where condo
owners live, work and play requires a General Contractor to possess an additional skill
set that must be developed over many years and multiple projects in living breathing
buildings.” said Rick Sabha, a SRCS project manager of 10 years.
Sabha continued, “We have created proprietary procedures that emphasize safety
through clear and constant communication with owners, guests and staff. This is in
addition to required statutory signage and dedicated pedestrian walk ways.”
About SR Construction Services
S.R. Construction is a ‘turn key’ vertically integrated statewide General Contractor where
our diversification in the industry allows us to provide true transparency in the
construction process along with the due diligence and value engineering services that
transcend the numbers. S.R. Construction is focused on long term relationships.
If your association has a upcoming project, please contact SR Construction directly at
Eric@S-R-Construction.com or (954) 358-3035 x 94 to assure you are getting the best in
the construction business.
“We Build Relationship”

15Nov/19

Polk State Wins Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for First Year Experience and Guided Pathways

Friday, November 15, 2019 — For the second consecutive year, Polk State College received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award from the Florida College System – this time for its First Year Experience and Guided Pathways programs focused on ensuring students persist on their paths to degrees and careers.

College representatives accepted the award Thursday in Palm Harbor alongside colleagues from State College of Florida, Eastern Florida State College, and Florida SouthWestern Sate College who were also recognized.

“The First Year Experience and Guided Pathways provide students with critical support early on, as well as resources they need along their college journeys to achieve their academic goals in a timely manner,” Polk State President Angela Garcia Falconetti said. “I could not be more proud of our faculty and staff, who continue to not only open doors of opportunities for our students, but who also guide them on their pathways to graduation and meaningful employment.”

The First Year Experience (FYE) launched in fall 2015 to improve retention and completion of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students, and it has proven successful with a nearly 20 percent increase in fall-to-fall retention since the program’s inception.

FYE is a comprehensive onboarding program that includes First Flight Freshmen Welcome, the First Year Seminar, success coaching, peer mentoring, and more that allow students to connect to key resources and develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.

“FYE helps students acclimate to college, engage in success activities, develop a sense of belonging, and experience timely completion of their academic goals,” said Cate Igo, Director of Academic Success Initiatives. “A key element of FYE is the First Flight Freshmen Welcome, which is the official launch of the academic year where students are welcomed to campus and explore pathways with faculty experts.”

With the College’s implementation of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Guided Pathways Model in fall 2019, students now have the opportunity to also engage in Guided Pathways breakout sessions based on their majors or if they have not declared an area of study yet.

Students explore career opportunities and the pathways to them through program maps, which provide specific sequences of courses needed to complete programs of study from a student’s first term to graduation.

Polk State’s FYE and Guided Pathways received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for developing student-centered guided pathways – one of three focus areas defined this year in alignment with Governor Ron DeSantis’ goal to make Florida No. 1 in the nation in workforce education by 2030.

The College also received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award in 2018 for the Establishing Leaders in Teacher Education (ELITE) Program.

“Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran and I applaud all of our colleges for their commitment to continuous improvement,” Florida College System Chancellor Kathy Hebda said in a press release. “This year’s awardees are excellent examples of how evidence-based strategies and strong workforce partnerships can accelerate success for all of our students.”

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.