A new wave of Daytona State College Falcon Victory Flag recipients was announced on Friday, March 1, during flag-raising ceremonies conducted simultaneously on each campus. President Carol W. Eaton, who announced the awards on the DeLand Campus, was joined by presenters on each campus. Collectively, they thanked the spring semester winners, noting that achievements such as these are gaining local, state and even national recognition for Daytona State. The quarterly award recognizes accomplishments by college departments, groups or teams whose efforts have had a positive college-wide influence.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Programs
Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management Program
Institutional Research Office
Instructional Resources Team
School of Engineering Technology, Dr. Phillip Craiger and Mark Pollitt
Human Patient Simulator Laboratory, Kimberly Martin and Aggie Garrison
College of Business Administration
Spring Victory Flag recipients included several departments for their combined effort in bringing the college national recognition through prestigious rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine last month ranked the college’s online baccalaureate degrees in Engineering Technology and Supervision and Management No. 2 in the nation in terms of quality, including graduation rates, class size and faculty qualifications. “This recognition brings an unprecedented level of prestige to our institution,” said Mike Vitale, senior vice president for academic affairs, who announced the awards on the Daytona Beach Campus. He noted that the offices of Institutional Research and Instructional Resources will share the Victory Flag award along with the two academic departments.
The School of Engineering Technology and faculty Dr. Phillip Craiger and Mark Pollitt received a Victory Flag award for securing a four-year $1.83 million National Science Foundation grant that designates Daytona State as the lead institution in a nine-college consortium dedicated to advancing cyber-forensics and cyber-security education in the southeastern United States. The consortium will develop course materials and train students in digital forensics.
The Human Patient Simulator Lab and allied health instructors Kimberly Beechler and Aggie Garrison also earned a Victory Flag. In late January, the lab hosted a tour of the lab for attendees of the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare conference in Orlando. Conference participants were bussed to Daytona State and toured five simulation labs, including: Emergency Medical Services, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Respiratory Care, Health Services and Nursing. Thirty-six volunteer faculty, staff and students assisted with the tours. “Being selected to host this tour was a true honor for the college,” Vitale said.
Another Victory Flag champion is the College of Business Administration for its Retention and Completers Project.
Patricia Mon, team leader, Anne Thrower, Morgan Hathaway and Marsha Santos headed this initiative which reviewed more than 8,000 student files in 26 programs, determining that 421 students were eligible to receive certificates (some multiple certificates) in addition to their associate of science degrees upon graduation. Many students were unaware that they were eligible for them. As a result, 556 additional degrees and certificates will now be conferred, resulting in a 7 percent increase in completers within the division. “Further, extra efforts were made to ensure that certificates are embedded within 18 of the business-related AS degrees so that students who declare those degrees will automatically be eligible for one or more possible certificates,” Vitale said, adding it ultimately will affect 57.7 percent of all programs college-wide.
Each campus displays the Falcon Victory Flag quarterly for five days to celebrate the accomplishments of the respective award recipients. Winners receive a certificate to commemorate the honor, and are presented a Falcon Victory Flag facsimile to post for a period of time.
For more information about the award, contact Courtney Burton, 506-3496, firstname.lastname@example.org, or download a Victory Flag nomination form.
(March 1, 2013)
Photos by Lance Rothwell
(March 6, 2013)