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Recognition Overview

AFC sponsors numerous awards and recognitions throughout the year. These honors represent one of the most valuable benefits of membership since it is only through an organization like AFC that deservingcollege professionals in Florida are rewarded for their excellence. Some are individual awards, many are professional achievement recognitions and stillothers recognize association groups and members for their accomplishments. The criteria for each award are listed below.

2015 AFC Awards Committee Nominations

Criteria and forms can be found in the AFC Leadership Manual. If you do not have a printed copy of the manual, you can find it on the AFC Website in the My Member Toolbox.

Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award Commission End of the Year Report
Region End of the Year Report Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award
Honorary Life Membership Award Distinguished Service Member Award
AFC Membership Awards Individual Commission and Region Awards

Collaboration and Partnership for Growing Our Whole Network Award

Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award

Reporting Period is June 1, 2015- May 31, 2016. All nominations must be received by July 31, 2016.

The Chapter of the Year Award includes more than just one “Outstanding Chapter” Award. A range of points has been established by the Awards Committee for the awarding of “Platinum Chapter”, “Gold Chapter” and “Silver Chapter” distinctions. Each chapter submitting a nomination will be recognized for their efforts at the AFC Annual Convention. The Awards Committee will also determine an Outstanding Chapter of the Year from all the nominations. For more information on the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award, click here.

Commission End of the Year Report

Reporting Period is October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. All nominations must be received no later than two weeks prior to the AFC Conference.

The Commission End of the Year Report isused in the judging process for the Outstanding Commission of the Year.Each Commission is eligible for consideration of the Outstanding Commission of the Year Award. Reports should show evidence of significant and outstanding contributions consistent with the AFC mission and goals.For more information on the Outstanding Commission of the Year Award, click here.

Region End of the Year Report

Reporting Period is October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. All nominations must be received no later than two weeks prior to the AFC Conference.

The Region End of the Year Report is used in the judging process for the Outstanding Region of the Year.Each Region is eligible for consideration of the Outstanding Region of the Year Award. Reports should show evidence of significant and outstanding contributions consistent with the AFC mission and goals.For more information on the Outstanding Region of the Year Award,click here.

Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award

To recognize outstanding service and commitment to the AFC by a current member of the AFC Board of Directors. The current President bestows this award.

Honorary Life Membership Award

All nominations must be received by September 1, 2016.

The Honorary Life Membership Award is the highest honor that the Association of Florida Colleges can bestow on an individual. It is an award of appreciation for significant, long-term contribution to AFC and/or the state college system. It is the crowning achievement that recognizes long-term dedication to the AFC and the Florida College System.For more information on the Honorary Life Membership Award,click here.

Distinguished Service Member Award

All nominations must be received by September 1, 2016.

Distinguished Service Member Award is awarded to members of the Association of Florida Colleges for an exceptional achievement at the chapter, region, commission and/or state level. This award may be awarded more than once to any member for outstanding service or achievement.For more information on the Distinguished Service Member Award,click here.

Collaboration and Partnership for Growing Our Whole Network Award

The purpose of the Collaboration and Partnership for Growing Our Whole Network (CAP and GOWN) Award is to encourage innovative cross-functional initiatives by chapters, regions, and commissions that involve multiple entities (where multiple refers to at least three – a commission, a region and a chapter). 

CRITERIA

  • Project participants must be members for at least three months.
  • The collaboration/partnership project must meet the mission of the Association and at least two of its values:      

    Professional growth and development
    Advocacy
    Leadership
    Community
    Innovation
    Networking

  • Must include any combination of three or more commissions, regions, or chapters.
  • Must be innovative in design and/or implementation and effective
  • Must improve or establish a new operation/program/service for the chapters/regions/commissions involved
  • The project should build partnerships or leverage partnerships between the various groups 

PROCEDURE 

Each nomination must include: 

  • A completed nomination form
  • A brief (not to exceed 1,000 words) summary of the collaborative/partnership project, including information which supports the criteria
  •  Any supporting documentation showing AFC involvement

Nominations must be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair by September 15

The Awards Committee will select the most deserving project from the nominations received. 

The results will be announced at the AFC Annual Conference. 

All Nominations are to be submitted to:

Carol Quinn
Pensacola State College
1000 College Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32504
850-484-1363
cquinn@pensacolastate.edu


Membership Awards (Awarded by AFC State Office):
  • Greatest percent of employees as members
  • Greatest numerical increase in members over the previous year
  • Greatest percentage increase in members over the previous year
  • Fifty percent or more employees as members


Individual Commission and Region Awards:

Awarding Entity

Name of the Award

Reporting Period

Monetary Award

Deadline

Submit To

Region I Lifesaver Award NA NA NA Wendi Garrett
wgarrett@gulgcoast.edu
Region I Chapter Unsung Hero Award NA NA One month before the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference

Wendi Garrett
wgarrett@gulgcoast.edu
Region II Lifesaver Award NA NA NA Heather Jones
heatherjones@sjrstate.edu

Region II Chapter Unsung Hero Award

January 1-October 1 $40.00 Visa Gift Card One month before the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference

Heather Jones
heatherjones@sjrstate.edu
Region III Lifetime Achievement Award

NA $50.00 Visa Gift Card and Plaque 30 days before Region III Conference Michael Merrill
merrillm@lssc.edu
Region III Chapter Unsung Hero Award

January 1-October 1 $50.00 Visa Gift Card One month before the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference Michael Merrill
merrillm@lssc.edu
Region IV Chapter Unsung Hero Award Annual Conference to Annual Conference   One month before the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference Stephanie L. Campbell
stcampbell@polk.edu
Region V


Lifesaver Award NA Plaque NA Denise Rodriguez
drodrig@broward.edu

Region V

Chapter Unsung Hero Award

January-October

Plaque

One month before the AFC Annual Meeting and Conference

Denise Rodriguez
drodrig@broward.edu

Administration

Leadership Award

Open nominations
May 19-July 19

$500.00

August 31

Xiao Wang
xwang@broward.edu

Career and Professional Employee

Book Scholarship Award

January 1-October 1

$100.00

October 1

Kim Baker
kbaker17@hccfl.edu

Career and Professional Employee

Essay Writing Award

January 1-October 1

$100.00

October 1 Kim Baker
kbaker17@hccfl.edu

Career and Professional Employee

The Pat Barriteau Unsung Hero

January 1-October 1

$100.00

October 1 Kim Baker
kbaker17@hccfl.edu

Career and Professional Employee

Employee of the Year (Recognition of Excellence)

January 1-October 1

$250.00

October 1 Matt Metzel
mwetzel@fscj.edu

Career and Professional Employee

The Innovator Exemplary Practice Award

January 1-October 1

$700.00

September 1 Kim Baker
kbaker17@hccfl.edu

Communications and Marketing

Awards of Excellence (various categories)
including 2 Best in Show

August 1-July 31

$250.00

September 4 Teresa Morgenstern
tmorgenstern@fsw.edu

Communications and Marketing

LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards – Against the Odds; Hometown Hero; Life Achievement; Rising Star

NA

NA

July 1, 2015
(awarded on odd years)
Teresa Morgenstern
tmorgenstern@fsw.edu

Equity

Exemplary Practice Award

January-Deadline (May)

  May 22 Melissa Pinero
mpinero@gulfcoast.edu

Facilities

Sustainability Award

January 1-October 1

$200.00 and/or tickets to attend next year's conference

One month before AFC Annual Meeting and Conference jessica Vander Biezen
jessica.vanderbiezen@sfcollege.edu

Faculty

Professor of the Year

NA

$1,000.00 March 13 Charlene Latimer
latimec@daytonastate.edu

Faculty

Vivian M. Dellinger Award

on demand

  September 30 Charlene Latimer
latimec@daytonastate.edu

Healthcare Education

Exemplary Practice Award

12 months prior to submission

  March 31 Monica Franklin
monica.franklin@fscj.edu

Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Professional Development

Exemplary Practice Award

Annual

$250.00 April 18 Susan Taylor
taylors@nfcc.edu

Learning Resources

Exemplary Practice Award – Library Services

August-March

$500.00 April 1 Kendra Auberry
kauberry@irsc.edu

Learning Resources

Exemplary Practice Award – Learning Support Services

August-March

$500.00 April 1 Kendra Auberry
kauberry@irsc.edu

Workforce, Adult and Continuing Education

Exemplary Practice Award

January 1-September 1

$500.00 September 15 Ruth McKinon
rmckinon@pensacolastate.edu

Student Development

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award

NA

$300.00 Second Friday in April Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Student Development

Dr. Debra J. Hay Distinguished Award

Must have at least 10 years of documented participation in the commission

$300.00 Second Friday in April Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Student Development

Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Development Advancement Award

NA

$300.00 Second Friday in April Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Student Development

Student Leader Connection Award

NA

$300.00 Second Friday in April Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Student Development

Faculty Connection Award

NA

$300.00 Second Friday in April Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Student Development

Exemplary Practice Award

NA

$500.00 to Foundation varies in October Deanne Abrams
dabrams4@valenciacollege.edu

Technology

Excellence in Technology Award NA $500.00, $300.00, $100.00 April Josh Murdock
jmurdock3@valenciacollege.edu