Archive for April, 2009

Pressure Wash the House

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Pressure Wash the House

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

8:00 to 9:30 AM

The personnel from a local pressure washing company came to our residence this morning and started the work of pressure washing the sides, grills, and the stone structures. They used water from our house and mixed with bleach using their equipment went around the house left-side, right-side, back-side and front-side and pressure cleaned them.

After about 1 hour and 30 minutes of work the sides and the bricks looked really bright. Good job.

Photos of before and after will be posted soon.

Check Please first show

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

First Show of “Check Please”

Betton Hills 7-8th Grade Show

BHPS Field

Tallahassee, FL 32308

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7-8:15 PM

The first show of Check Please, the 7-8th grade show was staged under “The Tent” in “The Field” at Betton Hills Preparatory School.

Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009



FSU Town Hall Meeting

Askew Student Life Center Auditorium
942 Learning Way

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

3:30 – 5:30 PM

Tallahassee, FL 32306


Today there was a town hall style meeting about Budget Crisis at FSU at the Askew Student Life Center Building where the President, Provost, Faculty Senate President and Vice-President of Florida State University were present. First the President gave a talk about the situation, explaining the hole FSU is in. He also showed graphically how the general revenues have declined over the last three years and told that even the optimistic projection for the next two years don’t even fill the hole fully.  Then both members of the Faculty Senate addressed the audience alternating with each other. Once they presented their talks, the question and answer session began.

 There were five general area of questions and the first one pertained to Panama City Campus. Then the rest of the questions pertained to Deadman School of Hospitality and Golf Management. Later questions were about how will the students be able to complete the courses they were already registered. The answers to these questions were that no final decision has yet been made about closures and students already enrolled will be allowed to complete their courses.

 Once the on-line and e-mail questions were done, the audience questions were heard. The general theme was what was the reasoning behind selecting 21 programs that were targeted for closure. The Provost said there were no single criteria for their selection. He said that there were three proposals one of the proposal was what was published.

Both the President and Provost stressed that no final decision about closing any of the programs have been finalized. They asked everyone to concentrate on the political process rather than worry about the program cuts. But again and again the questions were raised why for example Russian languagae program has been targeted while the cost of running the program is minimal.

They asked people to call their Senators, Representatives, and the Governor first to reduce the cuts. Then they said we can worry about the program cuts. However, they stressed that FSU will be very different from now than it was 4-5 years ago.


Archived webcast can be seen at this link: (You need to have Internet Explorer or install Microsoft Silverlight to see the webcast).



Proposed cuts a surprise

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Proposed cuts a surprise

Tallahassee, FL 32317


The proposed cuts to programs in FSU came as a surprise to many. The extent of the cut rather than whether there will be cuts in the program was the biggest surprise. Everyone at FSU knew there will be furloughs or pay-cuts but no one was expecting such a large and deep cuts across the school affecting 21 programs (elimination) 15 programs for restructuring.

FSU Proposes to close 21 Programs

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

FSU Proposes to close 21 Programs
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tallahassee, FL 32317

In today’s morning news both in print (Tallahassee Democrat) and radio (WFSU) everyone in Tallahassee learned about the proposed closure are about 21 programs at Florida State University. The proposal has been put forward by the FSU budget committee based on the expected reduction (not finalized yet) in funding for higher education from Florida legislature.

The news was a big shock to many since there were no indication that the cuts this deep were in the planning.

More links:

Tallahassee Democrat article Proposal
Tallahassee Democrat article Department Response