Three Weeks to Go!

The Last Day of Class
The Last Day of Class

Can you believe that it is Week 8 with only three weeks left to the end of the Spring Quarter?

By this time you should be preparing for your exams and final projects. Please remember to access all available resources including working with your classmates to help get you through the final push.

In many classes your major weights in grades happen in these last three weeks, so please be sure to stay in good contact with your instructors.

Open Weekends

The College is now open Saturday and Sundays from Noon-6 for students to work on projects and or to use the library to help get you through these final weeks.

Maybe you need a place for group meetings or just a quiet place to work?

Students Racine Patterson and Arsenith Sintos are your weekend facilitators and are here to help. Security is here on weekends too!

Midterm Progress Report

How did you do?
How did you do?

By this time all students should have a written copy of a midterm progress report hand delivered by your instructor or emailed to you.

This report should tell you briefly how you are doing in the class, what improvements you need to make ( if any) between now and the end of the quarter and the number of days you were absent.

If you do not have your report in hand please contact your instructor right away so that you can be on target for the best possible grade by the end of the quarter.

Spring Quarter Tuition

Quarter Tuition Bills Due
Quarter Tuition Bills Due

Please remember to go see Lisa in the Business Office. Your Spring Quarter tuition bills are now due.

All students are required to pay their outstanding balances on or before Week 10 of the Quarter.

Remember, paying your tuition in-full and on-time helps the College provide you with the resources you need to be successful.

Board of Trustees Update

Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees

The College’s Board of Trustees met for its quarterly meeting Saturday, May 24. To see photos from Saturday’s meeting, please click this link.

Among the Action Items:

– The Board approved members of the Student Council to attend the Board meeting to provide a report about student concerns and to ask the Board questions about the College’s operations.

Melissa Smith Admissions Director
Melissa Smith
Admissions Director

-Melissa Smith has been approved as the College’s new Director of Admissions. Melissa is an alumna of ICCI earning both an associate’s and Bachelor of Science. She is pursing a master’s degree. She currently works as an account administrator for the Seventh day Adventist Conference in Cayman.

Expect to see her full-time here in three weeks.

-Two other appointments were approved by the Board for Director of Student Services and Academic Dean. Those will be announced after the candidates have completed final processing.

The Members of the Board of Trustees are:

April Cummings, Chair
Andy Adapa
Heather D. Bodden
Dan Charleston
Dr. Elsa M. Cummings
Woodward DaCosta
Cathy Frazier
Amy Gage
Michael Mannisto
Wayne McManus
Dorothy Scott
Rebecca Smith
Lucille Seymour
Lonnie Tibbetts
Brian Williams
Ormond Williams

Trustees Emeriti
George McCarthy
Carlyle McLaughlin
Audrey Ebanks

Take our latest poll!

Spring Quarter 2014 Updates

Midterm Check-In

Midterms are here!
Midterms are here!

This week marks the midterm period of the Spring 2014 Quarter.

This quarter faculty members are being asked to provide students with a written update delivered to you this week.

This update should include what your grade is to date, how that grade was calculated per the syllabus, your attendance to date, and any suggestions on how to improve performance between now and the end of the quarter.

The midterm check-in is part of the College’s retention and student support services process, designed to boost course success by the end of the term.

Be sure to ask your instructor this week about your written midterm grade report!

Weekend Library and Lab Hours

Come study on Saturdays and Sundays
Come study on Saturdays and Sundays

In an effort to provide you with more academic support, starting this Saturday and Sunday and every weekend in the Spring Quarter, the College will be open from Noon-6.

It is hoped that these additional hours will serve as a tool to boost your course success by having a quiet place to work and having access to College resources in order to strengthen your studies. Perhaps you can meet with your classmates to plan group assignments?

We are hoping as it gets closer to the final exam period that we will have faculty and tutors join us on those days as well.

If you are a student in good standing and are interested in a work study position that would help us staff these weekend hours, please bring your resume to Ms. Lisa.

Every hour that a work study student works, will be applied to reducing their tuition bill.

We will need applications by Wednesday 5/14.

By the way, the College is open on Fridays from 9-3. You are always welcomed to come in you need us for anything.

Attendance Update

This semester we have asked faculty to put in syllabus statements requiring students to attend at least 85% of their classes to earn a grade. The policy statement is going before the Board of Trustees for discussion to adoption institutionally.

Exceeding Semester Attendance Target!
Exceeding Semester Attendance Target!

This week the College is exceeding the semester attendance target. Please keep up the great work.

ACICS Update

Our Accrediting Body
Our Accrediting Body

As you know, in February 2014 an evaluation team from ACICS http://www.acics.org/ visited the campus for two days to determine the extent to which the College was in compliance with accreditation criteria during the past two-year evaluation cycle from May 2012 – February 2014.

ACICS determined that there are a number of areas in which the College needs to demonstrate stronger evidence of compliance.

The College has until June 15 to satisfy these requests. There are copies of the report in the library for your review.

The Student Council and the faculty have already been briefed on the report.

In the coming days, you will notice some activities to better position the College to demonstrate compliance:

– Some faculty may be reassigned to provide a better match between what they are teaching and the academic degrees that they have earned.

– The College will be putting a lot more emphasis on career planning and placement. There will be a number of resume workshops and interviewing skills coming up.

ACICS says that its member institutions have an obligation not only to provide academic training for degrees, but also to help students find jobs in their area of study.

Our thanks to Simone Clifford Ebanks who is coordinating this effort. She will be moving into the role of Career Coach in the coming weeks.

Come catch these exciting workshops!
Come catch these exciting workshops!

– You will also notice the Job Board that was put up over the weekend near the Dr. Hugh Cummings Classroom.

Be on the look-out for jobs and internships specific to your major. Our thanks to Lisa Wood who is coordinating this project.

New Job Board
New Job Board

– Additionally, the College is now contracted with the Focus 2 Career Exploration system. https://www.focuscareer2.com

The Career Planning Tool
The Career Planning Tool

This instrument will allow you to conduct career assessment online. This free Focus 2 service should be up and running in a week for ICCI students and alums.

ICCI Gives Back

Savannah Primary Check Presentation
Savannah Primary Check Presentation

Students are doing their part to help children develop a love for reading. This academic quarter students collected $600.00 as part of a service project designed to give back to the Cayman community.

The contributions are directly benefiting three schools: Savannah Primary, George Town Primary, and Bodden Town Primary based on a student vote.

Each school will receive a check for $200.00 to assist their respective library buy new books.

To see photos from the Savannah Primary visit click this link.

The visit to Bodden Town Primary is scheduled for this week.

The President Emerita

President Emerita Dr. Elsa Cummings
President Emerita Dr. Elsa Cummings

President Emerita Dr. Elsa Cummings is doing her part to promote the community service tradition of ICCI.

Click this link to see The President Emerita in a mentoring sessions with young girls at George Town Primary.

The National Gallery Trip

ICCI students at the National Gallery
ICCI students at the National Gallery

Friday, Hylton Grace took his Humanities class to the National Gallery as part of an out-of-the classroom learning assignment.

Students got to see the new Jamaican exhibit as well as the National Collection of Caymanian Art.

To see photos from the class visit to the National Gallery, click here!

Student News

Congratulations to ICCI graduate Tiasha Williams has who passed the final part of the CPA exam. So now it’s Tiasha Williams, CPA!

Have a great week!

Best,

Dave

Welcome Week! Spring Quarter 2014

Dear Students:

Now that our official rosters are set, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Spring Quarter 2014!

I am hoping that this will be a time filled with challenging classes, thought provoking discussions, and a period of measurable growth as you march even closer to graduation and “enhancing” your careers.

We also salute our exceptional faculty who will be your partners in success!

I trust that you will dedicate yourself to do your very best and come to the end of the quarter knowing that you have really grown in your area of study.

We are here to support your academic journey and to provide you with the highest level of excellence in teaching and learning.

To celebrate the start of the quarter, we are launching Welcome Week!

Each day there will be a different activity
to wish you well:

Monday 4/14 “It’s in the Bag”

It's in the bag!
It’s in the bag!

Join us for some chips and drinks in the Canteen.

While there, pick up a flyer on some study skills that actually work!

Tuesday 4/15 “Slice Day”

Slice Day!
Slice Day!

Stop by for Pizza! While there, do you know the top three websites that can help you with APA Writing Style?

We will tell you!

Wednesday 4/16 “Give Back Wednesday”

Support Bodden Town Kids!
Support Bodden Town Kids!
Support Savannah Kids!
Support Savannah Kids!

Your turn!

An ICCI education always involves service and giving back to the community.

Please bring a dollar so that we can donate books to support literacy at Bodden Town Primary School and Savannah Primary School.

The College will match the student contributions.

Thursday 4/17 “The Easter Egg Hunt”

What's in your egg?
What’s in your egg?

The lawn between Friends Hall and McLaughlin Hall will be dotted with colorful eggs.

In some of the eggs there will be: a dollar or two?, an ICCI dollar (good for drinks), a coupon for free books for the quarter, payment for one class, payment for two classes or no prize at all. 😦

Each student will be allowed on the lawn from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to pick an egg. Only one pick per student.

This event is open to currently enrolled and cleared students only.

Good luck!

Also during Welcome Week, take the poll below. Check the results during the week.

Please accept my best wishes for a great quarter.

I wish you every success in your studies.

If there is anything that we can do to help along the way, please let us know!

Best to all,

Dave

Weekly Update from the President 3.9.14

Dear Students and Faculty:

Each week, I will be providing you with an update about important happenings at the College as a way of keeping you up to date.

Usually this will be done on Saturday or Sunday. Today launches the first update by the President!

This Week’s Update:

1. Accreditation

ACICS
ACICS

Our accrediting body Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) has communicated with us about the visit from last month.

The Council has some additional questions for us which we will answer this week. We will submit a report and then get additional feedback in April 2014 which we anticipate will be favorable.

Yes, accreditation is a very thorough process and it should be! We will keep you up to date as we go along. No worries, ICCI remains fully accredited.

2. The Survey about the future of ICCI

ICCI
ICCI

We have nearly 100 surveys but we still need to hear from you!

Click here to fill out the survey!!! It will only take you 6 minutes and it will help ICCI improve!

Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to participate. You are appreciated!

3. Student Activities

Here come the clubs!
Here come the clubs!

We are on the verge of launching some new clubs at ICCI to get more students involved in the life of the College.

Would you like to start a student club at ICCI? Please let me know. Email me at: drmarshall@myicci.com

4. President Emerita

President Emerita
President Emerita

Get ready to see more of our President Emerita, Dr. Elsa Cummings. She now has a full office at ICCI and will be working on a special project soon. She just might need your help! Stop in and say hello!

5. The Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees

The ICCI Board of Trustees met this weekend to discuss our current budget and ways that we can improve the student academic and overall experience. Stay tuned.

We have some exciting things planned starting in the Spring Quarter and beyond! We think you will be pleased.

6. Daybreak

Daybreak 3.7.14
Daybreak 3.7.14

Friday, I was an invited guest on Cayman 27’s Daybreak. I am making the rounds around the Island to brag about your accomplishments.

Click here to see my appearance on Daybreak!


7. Social Media!

Connect on Twitter
Connect on Twitter

Click here to read my Twitter Feed!

Keep me posted!

Got news to share? Please send along exciting news about your classes, your internships, your projects and other interesting activities here at ICCI.

Email me at drmarshall@icci.com

Agriculture Show 3.5.14

Today I visited the Agriculture Show where I had the opportunity to meet more than 150 people and tell them the outstanding things going on at ICCI. In addition, I had a chance to speak to a ICCI Trustee, an MLA, The Governor and The Premier!

The Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin
The Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin
Her Excellency The Governor: Mrs Helen Kilpatrick CB
Her Excellency The Governor: Mrs Helen Kilpatrick CB
ICCI Trustee Brian Williams
ICCI Trustee Brian Williams
MLA Bernie Bush
MLA Bernie Bush