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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
DR FLOYD F. KOCH
HONORS COLLEGE
2009-2010
9/1/2010
Snapshot of the Honors College
The Honors College Annual Report is designed as an overview of data
collected throughout the academic year of activities in the Honors College.
DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS
COLLEGE 2009-2010
SNAPSHOT OF THE HONORS COLLEGE – PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome and Mission....................................................................................................................................... 1
Demographics .................................................................................................................................................... 2
Scholarships ........................................................................................................................................................ 3
Community Involvement .................................................................................................................................... 5
Learning............................................................................................................................................................... 7
Graduation ......................................................................................................................................................... 9
Conclusion......................................................................................................................................................... 10
Attachments...................................................................................................................................................... 12
Produced by:
Palm Beach State College
Academic Affairs
Prepared by: Marcella Montesinos, M.S, Manager – Honors College
DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
FROM THE HONORS COLLEGE MANAGER
Dear Friends of the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College:
I am pleased to present this annual report highlighting the changes and successes of the newly named Dr.
Floyd. F. Koch Honors College. In March 2010, the Honors College was named in honor of Dr. Koch as a
tribute to his generous contribution to the Honors College. His support has allowed us to establish an endowed
scholarship fund for honors students. In just the first year, we have awarded over $32,000 to 12 students
through Dr. Koch’s gift.
Our Honors College continues to attract some of the best and brightest students. The Honors College has
experienced a 9% enrollment growth, which demonstrates that our students are willing to take their education
further in experiencing our honors courses to receive Honors Distinction at graduation. Our honors students go
on to attend other prestigious institutions in the country. For instance, Yusnier Sonora-Lopez, received a
$52,000 scholarship from Cornell University, and Alejandra Pozzo received a $30,000 scholarship from the
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which allowed her to attend the University of Miami.
As the Honors College Manager, I have been able to attend honors events in all four campuses to see many of
our incredible honors students. It is apparent that these students do not only aspire to enrich themselves in the
classroom, but also seek to serve the College and community. Two of our honors students have had the distinct
honor of serving as the voice of Palm Beach State students, including Eli Kinberg, who served as the 20092010 student trustee, and our newly appointed student trustee Faith Proper, who has been with the Honors
College since she began taking honor classes as a dual enrollment student. There are many who have served
the surrounding community, and combined they have completed over 2,000 hours of service during the year!
This is such an exciting time to be part of the Dr. Floyd. F. Koch Honors College. I hope that you enjoy reading
the great things that are happening and look forward to the upcoming year to continue providing excellence
in our academics.
Sincerely,
Marcella A. Montesinos
Mission of the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College
In keeping with the mission of Palm Beach State College the purpose of the Honors College is to
provide a challenging and supportive academic environment in which students are encouraged to
think critically, demonstrate leadership, and develop ethical standards. Honors pursues an
interactive learning experience where students acquire a creative and comprehensive
understanding of concepts in an interdisciplinary and global context. Palm Beach State Honors
students and faculty share a commitment and civic responsibility that extends beyond the classroom
to local, national, and international communities.
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
DEMOGRAPHICS
Honors Enrollment
Since August 2009, Honors enrollment has continued to grow from 959 students to
1,044 students (as of August 2010), an increase of 9 %. The enrollment of Honors
students is expected to increase as more general education courses in Honors are
offered and as marketing efforts are boosted. In spring, the Honors Advisory
Board approved the development of Honors Biology II with lab. The Honors
College continues to seek faculty who are interested in developing and adding
courses to the Honors curriculum.
Table 1- Demographics
CURRENT STUDENTS
1,044: Students enrolled in the Honors College
21: The median age of students’ college-wide in the Honors College
3.7: Average Honors student GPA
9: Average class size of Honors courses
RACE AND ETHNICITY COLLEGEWIDE OF HONORS STUDENTS
Honors Student/ Race and Ethnicity
College Wide Fall 2009
Not reported
4%
White
54%
Hispanic or
Latino
21%
Asian
4%
Black or
African
American
16%
American
Indian
1%
Hawaiian
Pacific
Islander
0%
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
Not
reported
4%
Honors Students/ Race and Ethnicity
College Wide Spring 2010
Asian
4%
White
54%
Black or African
American
16%
Hispanic or
Latino
21%
American Indian
1%
Hawaiian
Pacific Islander
0%
SCHOLARSHIPS
The Honors College awarded 42 Honors students scholarships totaling $43,000 in
the 2009-2010 academic year. There are currently three types of scholarships
offered to Honors students: Palm Beach State College Honors scholarship,
Presidential Scholar/Honors Book Stipend scholarship, and the Dr. Floyd F. Koch
Honors College scholarship. Honors scholarships are offered in the Fall and Spring
semesters.
All honors students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships throughout the
year. Table 2 lists the names of those students awarded scholarships in 20092010.
Table 2 – Scholarships Awarded in 2009-2010
A.
Palm Beach State College Honors Scholarships
I.
FALL RECIPIENTS: ($180.50 each)
Derek Black
Anne Devine
Jearny Ductan
Christopher Henson
Cher Jedrey
Jean Serge Joseph
Muriel Lizarraga
Jason Major
Yronel Merilien
Nicole Mingola
Darling Nelcy
Janina Rivera
James Rowland
Michaela Santiago
Newman Souza
Amanda Stratemeyer
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
II.
SPRING RECIPIENTS ($295.46 each)
Christopher Henson
Natalia Justin
Garrett Kramer
Laura Lobe
Juliza Monterroso
Jo Quinlan
B.
Barbara Ramos
James Rowland
Michael Schulz
Kathleen Sheets
Tiffany Sheridan
Honors Book Stipend
I.
FALL RECIPIENTS: ($150 each)
Stephanie Gonzalez
Natala Justin
Samantha Kriews
Ikea McCoy
Tiffany Sheridan
Courtney Whelan
III.
SPRING RECIPIENTS ($570 each)
Chantel Bent
Ikea Mccoy
James Gom
Jillian Rhein
Samantha Kriews
C.
Dr. Floyd F. Koch Annual Scholarship
I.
SRING RECIPIENTS (Top 4 Honors Graduates awarded $14,090 in total )
1.Joseph Mulvey
2.Betsy Unger
3.Yusnier Sonora Lopez
4.Derek Black
II.
FALL 2009-SPRING 2010 (First Year College/Honors Students awarded $7,000 in total)
Calvin Marshall
Julie Ouahba
Romana Cronin
Caitlin Siciliano
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
During the 2009-2010, the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College provided 2,855 hours of service to the Palm
Beach County community. This past spring we asked those who sought the Honors certificate to provide at
least five hours of service. The Honors Advisory Board and Honors Student Advisory Council felt that all
Honors student should be involved in some way of service.
Table 3 lists the hours donated to the community as well as Palm Beach State College.
Table 3- Hononrs Points/Service Hours Donated by Honors Students
Community Partner
Hours Donated
Palm Beach State College, Honors College
634
Palm Beach State College, Human Services
500
King's Academy Marching Lions
258
Boca Glades Baptist Church
254
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
240
Palm Beach State College, Crossroads
140
Palm Beach State College
111
Suncoast High School Marching Band
54
JFK Medical Center
49
Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control
45
St. Juliana Church
40
March of Dimes
30
Office of the Attorney General
30
Palm Beach State College, LLRC
30
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
25
Boca Helping Hands
24
Civil Air Patrol
24
Oasis Compassion Agency
23
Universal Rehab Group
23
Palm Beach State College, PTK
23
Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps
21
Phi Beta Lambda
21
Gulfstream Goodwill Academies, Inc.
20
Seagull Industries for the Disabled, Inc.
18
Little Smiles Car Wash
17
Department of Environmental Resources Management
16
El Sol
16
Golden Z Club of Boca Raton
13
Royal Palm Beach High School Cheer Clinic
12
Palm Beach State College, Paint Your Heart Out
12
City Hall in the Mall
10
Palm Beach Medical Society
10
Palm Beach State College, Rotaract
10
Home Safe/YWCA
9
International Coastal Clean-Up Drive
8
Friends of Jupiter Beach
8
Palm Beach State College, Career Center
7
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
LEARNING
The Honors College currently provides students with an option to either take an
Honors course or obtain Honors credit by adding an additional component to
their honors class. The Honors Project is designed to go above and beyond the
classroom, with professors mentoring Honors students throughout the semester. In
2009-2010 92 Honors Project were completed and 88 Honors classes with 800
students enrolled between the fall, spring and summer terms at Palm Beach State
College.
Table 4 provides the list of the professors/mentors who guided Honor students in
obtaining Honors credit. Beside their name is the number of Honors Projects they
mentored throughout the academic year.
Table 4 – Honors Projects/Mentors
Alessandra Gieffers
1
Karen Brown Grattozzi
1
Ricky Ascher
1
Angelo DiPierro
2
Kenny Rampersad
1
Roberta Proctor
2
Anita Kirchen
2
Kimberly Pavlik
1
Rodney Dillon
1
Anthony Piccolino
1
Laurence Miller
3
Roger Rolison
1
Asf Raza
1
LaVaughn Starks
1
Roxanna Anderson
1
Astrid Whidden
5
Lee Liang
2
Roy Boulware
8
Barbara Goldman
1
Leonie Escoffery
2
Sallie Middleton
1
Barbara Pryzby
2
Lilian Jordan
1
Samantha Cooper
1
Bonnie Manley
2
Lori Crane
1
Sandra Didner
2
Bradley Johnson
1
Lori Crane/Joe Millas
3
Sean Smith
2
Brian Edgecomb
2
Louise Aurelien
1
Sharonda Burks-McGee
1
Brian Findley
1
Lystra Seenath
2
Shauna Ramos
1
Charlie Ray
2
Marcie Pachter
2
Sherry Stephens
1
Christine Bush
1
Marg Chauvin
1
Shirley Naranjo
1
Christine Bush/Joe Millas
3
Maria Garcia-Landry
1
Stephanie Harris
1
Colleen Fawcett
4
Marie Grasso
1
Steven Stemle
1
David Childers
1
Marisol Ballester
1
Susan Aguila
1
David Levine
2
Mary Galvin
2
Terry Randolph
1
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
David Nixon
1
Mary Vitrano
1
Thomas Lower
2
Diane Baird
1
Melissa Stonecipher
1
Thomas Magill
5
Dianne Van Treeck
1
Michael Marzelli
3
Traci Klass
1
Edward Brecker
3
Michael Miles
1
Trinna Frever
1
Edwin Peck
4
Nancy Bustani
2
Vicki Scheurer
1
Eileen Robinson
1
Nancy McDonald
1
Victor Aikhionbare
1
Emily Oliver
1
Nazare Feliciano
2
Victor Slesinger
1
Erika Locke-Williams
1
Noel Smith
1
Wayne Stephens
1
Francisco Medrano
2
Pamela Pannozzo
1
Wendy Mendez-Hasselman
1
Gisela Diaz
4
Patricia Betancourt
3
Idell McLaughlin
1
Patrick Stefanovic
1
Ira Rosenthal
1
Patrick Tierney
2
Jacqueline Kern
1
Paul Friedman
1
Jane Montonen
1
Paulette Moore
2
Jessica Pena-Lopez
2
Pearl Saunders
2
Joe Millas/Lori Crane
8
Phil Light
1
Joel Duberstein
1
Phillip Mancusi
1
Joseph Pick
2
Regina Dilgen
1
Julia Chinnis
1
Ricahrd Ehrlich
2
Richard Hill
1
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
GRADUATION
Types of Tracks to Receive Honors Distinction:
There are two tracks students can pursue to graduate with Honors
Distinction: Honors Certificate or Honors Diploma. There are different
guidelines and requirements for each track.
Honors Certificate:
•
•
•
•
Complete 12 credit hours honors work (any combination of honors classes or honors project contracts);
Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5;
Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class.
Earn at least 20 points in the Honors Point System.
Honors Diploma:
•
•
•
•
Complete 21 total credit hours of honors work, of which
1. 3 credit hours must be IDH2105, “Knowledge Through the Ages”;
2. No more that 6 credit hours can be in honors projects;
Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5;
Earn at least a B in each honors class or honorized class;
Earn at least 40 points in the Honors Point System.
The Honors College has a separate graduation application so that we can verify that the student has
met all requirements to be noted on their transcript. Table 6 demonstrates the number of honors
graduates.
Table 5– Honors Graduates
Fall 2009 Honors Graduates = 12
Certificates
=
9
Diplomas
=
3
Spring 2010 Honors Graduates = 30
Certificates
= 19
Diplomas
= 11
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
CONCLUSION
The Honors College is grateful to receive financial support from the
College through Academic Services and Student Services. In 2009-2010,
the total budget for the Academic year totaled $51,986.80. These funds
provided the opportunity to send students and faculty to the Florida
Collegiate Honors Conference and the National Collegiate Honors
Council in Washington D.C. Funds were used to create network settings
for Honors students throughout the year. The students enjoyed
opportunities to meet during lunches and movie night events sponsored
by the Honors College. Honors graduates in spring were invited to
attend for the first time an off-campus Honors Graduation Luncheon at Atlantis Country Club in Atlantis,
Florida. Students were awarded the newly designed Honors Medallion, which now bears Dr. Koch’s name.
The Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College continues to seek improvements by working alongside our Student
Honors Advisory Council and our faculty and staff-led Student Advisory Board.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT A GLANCE
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Learning Outcomes were developed to better assess the Honors College’s two track program of
Diploma and Certificate,
In spring 2010, an honors course was developed by Professor Tod Fairbanks (BSC 1025) and will be
presented for approval in October 2010 to go to the Curriculum Committee.
46 Presidential Scholars were accepted into the Honors College for the 2010-2011 Academic year.
Research presentations were made at the Florida Collegiate Honors College and National Collegiate
Honors Council by Honors students.
Closer working relationships were developed with Student Services in the departments of Advising,
Career Center, and Testing.
Internship opportunities began for students to develop skills in their prospective major
A mandatory meeting was created for incoming Honors students in fall and spring to better acquaint
them to the Dr. Floyd. F. Honors College.
Three faculty members were identified to be Honors Liaisons for the upcoming 2010-2011Academic
year: Professor Nancy McDonald (Palm Beach Gardens), Professor Terry Randolph (Boca Raton), and
Professor Steve Brahlek (Lake Worth).
The Honors Advisory Board moved forward with adding 20 Honors points for those Honors students
seeking an Honors Certificate.
Sabiduría published its third student peer review publication in spring 2010.
College Relations and Marketing began development of new brochures, folder, and postcards that
will be distributed at all campuses to continue better promotion of the Honors College.
All forms were recreated to display the new Honors college logo and changes in policies.
A new database for the Honors College to begin in late fall 2010 was discussed to ensure accuracy
of student information.
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
MAJOR GOALS FOR 2010-2011
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Continued development of Honors Curriculum with a focus in Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Begin a Bachelors of Applied Science Honors Model.
Improvement of Policies and Procedures to better the Honors College.
Seek innovative ways to promote the Honors College.
Develop a peer mentoring program for first year students in college initiated by Honors students
Create Internship opportunities for Honors students to begin exploring their future major.
Collaborate with two nonprofit organizations so that Honors students may volunteer their services.
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
ATTACHMENTS:
Palm Beach State College
Demographics of Honors Students
Fall 2009 students with HS honors designator
Term home campus
Lake Worth
Palm Beach
Gardens
Total students
484
264
Race/ethnicity
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
American Indian
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
White
Not reported
17 3.5%
90 18.6%
124 25.6%
4 0.8%
0 0.0%
234 48.3%
15 3.1%
12 4.5%
30 11.4%
40 15.2%
2 0.8%
0 0.0%
173 65.5%
7 2.7%
0
0.0%
5 41.7%
3 25.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.0%
3 25.0%
1
8.3%
10 5.6%
22 12.4%
41 23.0%
2 1.1%
0 0.0%
90 50.6%
13 7.3%
39 4.2%
147 15.7%
208 22.2%
8 0.9%
0 0.0%
500 53.3%
36 3.8%
Sex
Female
Male
Not reported
321 66.3%
155 32.0%
8 1.7%
162 61.4%
99 37.5%
3 1.1%
7 58.3%
5 41.7%
0
0.0%
115 64.6%
62 34.8%
1 0.6%
605 64.5%
321 34.2%
12 1.3%
Age (as of 8/20/09)
Under 17
17 to 21
22 to 24
25 to 29
30 to 34
35 to 39
40 to 49
50 or over
Average age
Median age
2 0.4%
2 0.8%
0
0.0%
2 1.1%
6 0.6%
269 55.6% 149 56.4%
9 75.0%
91 51.1% 518 55.2%
49 10.1%
29 11.0%
1
8.3%
31 17.4% 110 11.7%
61 12.6%
31 11.7%
1 8.3%
22 12.4% 115 12.3%
29 6.0%
11 4.2%
1
8.3%
10 5.6%
51 5.4%
19 3.9%
13 4.9%
0
0.0%
11 6.2%
43 4.6%
46 9.5%
17 6.4%
0
0.0%
8 4.5%
71 7.6%
9 1.9%
12 4.5%
0 0.0%
3 1.7%
24 2.6%
25.5
25.9
21.6
24.9
25.4
21.0
20.7
19.6
21.9
21.1
Country of citizenship
United States
Other countries
352 72.7%
132 27.3%
226 85.6%
38 14.4%
9 75.0%
3 25.0%
122 68.5%
56 31.5%
709 75.6%
229 24.4%
Status
Full-time
Part-time
Not registered or non-credit
253 52.3%
142 29.3%
89 18.4%
129 48.9%
67 25.4%
68 25.8%
7 58.3%
3 25.0%
2 16.7%
81 45.5%
58 32.6%
39 21.9%
470 50.1%
270 28.8%
198 21.1%
Belle Glade
12
Boca Raton
Collegewide
178
938
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DR FLOYD F. KOCH HONORS COLLEGE 2009-2010
Palm Beach State College
Demographics of Honors Students
Spring 2010 students with HS honors designator
Term home campus
Lake Worth
Palm Beach
Gardens
Race/ethnicity
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
American Indian
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
White
Not reported
21 3.8%
104 19.0%
133 24.4%
4 0.7%
2 0.4%
265 48.5%
17 3.1%
12 4.1%
31 10.5%
46 15.6%
2 0.7%
0 0.0%
194 65.8%
10 3.4%
Sex
Female
Male
Not reported
371 67.9%
167 30.6%
8 1.5%
181 61.4%
111 37.6%
3 1.0%
Age (as of 1/6/10)
Under 17
17 to 21
22 to 24
25 to 29
30 to 34
35 to 39
40 to 49
50 or over
Average age
Median age
2 0.4%
1 0.3%
0 0.0%
0
0.0%
3 0.3%
285 52.2% 161 54.6%
12 70.6% 103 45.8% 561 51.8%
62 11.4%
34 11.5%
1 5.9%
45 20.0% 142 13.1%
72 13.2%
36 12.2%
1 5.9%
32 14.2% 141 13.0%
37 6.8%
17 5.8%
3 17.6%
19
8.4%
76 7.0%
30 5.5%
12 4.1%
0 0.0%
11
4.9%
53 4.9%
46 8.4%
22 7.5%
0 0.0%
10
4.4%
78 7.2%
12 2.2%
12 4.1%
0 0.0%
5
2.2%
29 2.7%
25.9
26.1
22.5
25.5
25.8
21.7
21.3
20.1
22.4
21.7
Country of citizenship
United States
Other countries
397 72.7%
149 27.3%
255 86.4%
40 13.6%
12 70.6%
5 29.4%
155 68.9%
70 31.1%
819 75.6%
264 24.4%
Status
Full-time
Part-time
Not registered or non-credit
245 44.9%
169 31.0%
132 24.2%
138 46.8%
74 25.1%
83 28.1%
12 70.6%
3 17.6%
2 11.8%
82 36.4%
85 37.8%
58 25.8%
477 44.0%
331 30.6%
275 25.4%
Belle Glade
Boca Raton
Collegewide
0 0.0%
9 52.9%
3 17.6%
0 0.0%
0 0.0%
4 23.5%
1 5.9%
11
4.9%
26 11.6%
49 21.8%
2
0.9%
0
0.0%
123 54.7%
14
6.2%
44 4.1%
170 15.7%
231 21.3%
8 0.7%
2 0.2%
586 54.1%
42 3.9%
11 64.7%
6 35.3%
0 0.0%
148 65.8%
76 33.8%
1
0.4%
711 65.7%
360 33.2%
12 1.1%
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