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SSEM Update

Spring 2015 Edition

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Vice President's Message 

Ken Ray

As we move into the Summer Semester, let me take the opportunity to thank our faculty for all their hard work this year.  I appreciate your focus on student success and helping students be their best in and out of your courses. For the faculty who will be away from the college this summer as well as those who continue to teach this summer, have a great summer! 
I am happy to report that many of the changes that the college made as a result of the CLARUS Report and the Blueprint for Improving the Student Experience are showing benefits to students. This year the Registrar’s office has been primarily focused on improving the incoming student experience and meeting compliance regulations. After the college centralized the Veterans Affairs staff and Registrar's staffing the students have experienced on average: 

  • Completed VA certifications within the required 30-day window
  • Reduced admissions application processing from up to 8 weeks to an average of 3 days
  • Reduced transcript processing time from as much as 2 weeks to 2 days
  • Reduces transcript evaluation time from as much as 18 months to 45 days

We recognized the need to drastically reduce the transcript evaluation time to help transfer students receive more timely and accurate advising upon entering HCC.  I am so impressed with our Registrar, Jennifer Young, her staff and the staff throughout the college on enhancing these services within one year after centralizing these processes.
Kudos also goes to the Financial Aid Department that continues to make enhancements and improvements to the student experience.  This year this department:

  • Decreased wait times in offices by 48%
  • Acquired an additional $240,000 in Florida Student Assistance Grant funding so they could award more deserving students with this opportunity
  • Began awarding Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year two months earlier

We are also proud of the improvements in Financial Aid audits.  The department received no audit criticisms during the latest audit.  Much of this is due to changes in processing and college procedures. 

Thank you again for your hard work and I hope you all find time for some well-deserved rest and rejuvenation this summer. ~ Dr. Ken Ray, Jr.

Awards & Recognition 

Dr. Carlos Soto - Awarded the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award from PTK.  This award is presented to retiring college presidents and chief executive officers based on outstanding support to Phi Theta Kappa over many years.
Dr. Ken Ray - Awarded the Distinguished College Administrator Award.  Presented to college administrators for their outstanding support of Phi Theta KHelene Altappa.
Dr. Earl Paul - Selected by the Florida College System Student Government Association as the 2014-15 State Advisor of the Year for District III.

HCC student Helene Alt is one of 20 students named to USA TODAY’s twenty-fifth annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, honoring her for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership.  Read more...

Commencement Update 

Congratulations to Damon Arnold, the Student Speaker for HCC's 46th Annual Commencementmortar board to be held on Friday, May 1, 2015.  Mr. Arnold has served at HCC in a variety of organizations, including Collegiate 100, Trio, Theatre Club, Broadcasting Club, the Honors Institute, and as the President of the Ybor SGA.  Mr. Arnold will attend Florida A&M University where he has been accepted in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
We thank Mr. Darryl Lyons, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Dale Mabry graduate for leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Student Assistance Program 

The Student Assistance Program offers free, professional and confidential counseling to HCC students.  April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and HCC is aware of the dangers associated with alcohol and substance abuse.  We encourage students to be aware of the warning signs and take advantage of the services provided through this program.  The SAP webpage offers more information and directions on how to access online services.  

Athletics Update

The Athletic Department hosted their Annual Student Athletic Banquet on Tuesday, April 14 toCalhoun blur honor outstanding student athletes for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Over 150 students, family and staff attended the event.  Highlights of the night included team and individual honors.  Female Student Athlete of the Year went to Shannon Bell from the Softball team and Male Athlete of the Year was Chase Ingram from the Baseball team.  There were 3 academic scholar awards this year.  Mr. Drago Popovic from the Men’s Basketball team was honored for having a 3.81 GPA and both Ms. Nikki Brinegar and Alison Holiday from Women’s Softball have a 3.91 GPA.  The men’s Baseball team also honored their Coach, Mr. Gary Calhoun, who will retire this year after 28 years of service to HCC.  Congratulations Coach Calhoun!  

College Reach Out and Middleton College Bound Initiative 

The HCC College Reach-Out Program is entering its thirty-second year at HCC and currently serves 200 high school and middle school students.  The primary objective of the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is to increase the number of low-income educationally disadvantaged students in grades 6 through 12 who, upon high school graduation, are admitted to and successfully complete postsecondary education. 100% of this year's program graduates have applied and been accepted to post-secondary institutions in Florida - we are proud of our graduates!

The Middleton College Bound Initiative provides students with on-site services (i.e. application completion, financial aid completion, registration for classes) in an effort to eliminate any barriers they may encounter with the admissions process. The program is three years old and has resulted in significant benefits for students as well as the College.  Over the last two years 44% of the graduating class has enrolled at Hillsborough Community College!  More information...

Financial Aid Update 

We would like to welcome Ana Bencosme and  Jeremy Carroll to the Financial Aid Team!   Ana is a part-time financial aid technician at the Collaboration Studio and Jeremy is a financial aid technician at the Dale Mabry campus. 
We have begun the process of awarding for the Fall 2015 semester and have awarded 6,091 students thus far.
Reminder -The Fall 2015 financial aid priority due date is June 1, 2015

Collegiate 100 & HOPE Scholars

The Annual Collegiate 100 and HOPE Scholars Award Dinner is on April 28, 2015.   Collegiate 100 (C-100) is an auxiliary organization of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. International Brand.  Male and female students who are in academic good standing and have a passion to mentor and deliver community service are eligible to become members.  This year, Collegiate 100 will graduate 19 members, bringing the total number of graduates to 45 since 2012.  More information...


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