Do you have students who are looking for the opportunity to present unique research or improve on their presentation skills? We ask that faculty and staff please inform students of the third annual FSCJ Student Research Conference on Friday, April 14, 2017. The conference will highlight the diversity of student work from all disciplines across the College as many of our students showcase posters, papers and presentations.
The FSCJ Student Research Conference is open to current FSCJ students and serves as a chance to work with a faculty mentor from the appropriate discipline to enhance their research and presentation skills as well as their resumes.
Suggested panel topics include:
- Religious Communities in Literature, Film, and Popular Media
- Romanticism and the Monster
- Politics and the Evil Other
- Class, Race, Media
- Gender and Sexuality in Film and Media
- Human Rights, Civic Engagement, & Public Policy
- Net Neutrality
- Julian Assange & Wiki-Leaks: Is the Evil Hacker Now a Hero?
- Xenophobia in America
- Resettled Refugee Communities in America
- Evidence-Based Practices in Healthcare
We encourage you to let students know that the panel topics are recommendations to give them a target for their writing, but submissions that fit into other topics will also be accepted. Students are able to send their submissions at the link provided here. Please remind students that the submission deadline is January 17, 2017.
For more information about the event, contact John A. Woodward at (904) 997-2703.
All faculty and staff are invited to participate in Professional Development Day on Friday, January 6, 2017. Enhance your knowledge and skills to better perform in your career, both individually and as a team.
The in-person learning opportunities are approved for the One Step Salary Incentive and are being offered simultaneously at two different locations: North Campus, A-236 and South Campus, Lakeside Room.
See below for details of Professional Development Day courses:
- 9-10:15 a.m. - AFPD5151 Personality Collaboration
North Campus – 451805
South Campus – 451806
Discovering your personality style is essential in learning your talents and strengths. By understanding personality type, one can effectively work with others and improve communication. The workshop provides an overview of personality types, a short self-assessment and activities that help to discover the valuable traits that each person has to offer. Participants will discover their unique personality type, strengths and skills useful in the workplace and share findings about their personality and using these skills to their advantage.
Competencies Met: Professionalism and Collaboration
One Step Approved (1.25 Hours)
- 10:30 a.m.-noon - AFPD5152 Team Building for Creative Collaboration
North Campus – 451807
South Campus – 451808
Inevitably, the workplace is filled with different personality types, all of whom are trying to work together to achieve a common goal. By learning how to effectively team build, coworkers can tap into the creativity of the group and increase productivity. This degree of collaboration is achieved through effective and open communication, respect, support and leadership. Maintaining and enhancing the self-esteem of each person is an integral part of an effective team. As a result, the entire team is able to achieve more. Participants can expect to gain tools that they can use to maximize the strengths of each individual and communicate effectively within the team given the differences in personalities and team member roles.
Competencies Met: Collaboration and Communication
One Step Approved (1.5 Hours)
- 2-3 p.m. - AFPD5153 SharePoint - Online Webinar*
Reference Number: 451706
Webinar Address: live.fscj.edu
Find out how to establish a SharePoint site for your department. Share announcements, documents, files and much more! Check out this “cloud-based” tool and see how you can communicate and share resources with your colleagues. Participants will learn Sharepoint tools, differences in access types and the various uses of this web-based option.
Competency Met: Technology
*Not One Step Approved
For more information regarding the One Step Salary Incentive, please review APM 03-0911. To register, log into Artemis, select the “College” tab and click “Register.” To learn more, contact email@example.com.
FSCJ administration, faculty, staff and students were joined by government representatives, community leaders and the family of Dr. Lois D. Gibson at the memorable dedication ceremony of the Allied Health Building on FSCJ North Campus. FSCJ recognized Dr. Gibson’s dedication to the nursing profession and her commitment to its future by naming Building A, which houses both traditional classrooms and educational laboratories for students in allied health and various other programs, in her honor.
FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau spoke on the exceptional contributions Dr. Gibson made to FSCJ and helping to develop our nursing program into what it is today. Dr. Bioteau was joined by FSCJ Foundation Board Chair Jeff Edwards as they unveiled the ceremonial plaque and building name in honor of Dr. Gibson.
Senator Audrey Gibson, daughter of Dr. Lois Gibson, and her father accepted the dedication on behalf of Dr. Gibson.
Dr. Gibson dedicated more than 40 years of her life to providing compassionate nursing care. She began her career as a staff and operating room nurse at Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville and then served as a charge nurse at John A. Andrew Hospital while studying at Tuskegee Institute. Upon returning to Jacksonville in 1955, she began teaching at Brewster School of Nursing and Stanton Vocational High School.
In 1968, Dr. Gibson joined Florida Junior College (now known as FSCJ) as a nursing instructor and coordinator and was named Director of Nursing in 1976. She later served as the Dean of Health Services from 1986 until her retirement three years later. Among her many contributions, she led the processes resulting in accreditation of our associate in nursing degree by the National League for Nursing and a $3 million grant to construct Building C to house the nursing program, a 300-seat auditorium, 12 classrooms, four nursing skills labs, labs for microbiology, anatomy and physiology, as well as administrative offices.
Prior to her passing in 2015, she established the Dr. Lois Gibson Book Scholarship fund, which is awarded annually to an African-American student in the associate in nursing program with demonstrated financial need and the drive to succeed in their future in nursing.
Watch a brief video on the dedication ceremony here.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) welcomed members of the community and FSCJ students, faculty and staff to the first of a three-part Community Conversation Series on December 8. The forum, moderated by Executive Chair for the School of Business, Professional Studies and Public Safety Dr. Cedrick Gibson, encouraged open dialogue and explored the state of relations between Jacksonville’s community and its hardworking law enforcement officers.
Dr. Gibson described the forum as “the first step together to discover ways in which to strengthen our community and our relations for a better tomorrow.” The panel of forum leaders consisted of Director of Security Gordon Bass, Professor of Psychology Dr. Penny Devine, Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Hall, Professor of Legal Studies Dr. Nick Martino, Professor of Sociology Dr. JR Woodward and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief T.K. Waters.
Each provided attendees with interdisciplinary perspectives on pertinent issues including the effectiveness of community policing, establishing trust between community members and law enforcement officers, lack of respect from today’s youth toward police, de-escalation training among police and how implicit racial biases influence our behavior, among others.
Some topics were particularly sensitive, including Dr. Devine’s discussion on the dehumanization of African-Americans and its relation to the use of force by police as well as Dr. Woodward’s revelation that “26 percent of all people that are killed by police are African-American, and 33 percent of all unarmed people killed by the police are African-American.”
Gordon Bass expressed the need to build better relationships with the community in order to break down barriers. “We have to recognize our different cultures, our own biases and prejudices, put them aside and realize we’re all in this together,” he said.
Following roundtable discussions among attendees, the panelists were given a more in-depth look into the perceptions of the community regarding our local police. Many agreed that the media plays a crucial role in how police are portrayed to the public and that showing officers in a mostly negative light often leads to misunderstandings and unfavorable views of police. Some felt that officers should do more to strengthen their bond with the community by spending more time getting to know its diverse people.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. John Wall and Dr. Gibson thanked panelists, attendees and the planning committee for their participation in such an important event within our community. The second forum in the Community Conversation Series is expected to take place during the 2017 Spring Term.
FSCJ celebrated Intercultural Awareness during the month of November. Students, faculty and staff took part in several events that recognized and celebrated the various cultures that make up the diverse fabric of the College.
The month-long campaign culminated with an Oxfam Hunger Banquet that exposed worldwide poverty and hunger issues to more than 100 participants. Cindy Funkhouser, president and CEO of Sulzbacher Center, was a guest speaker and helped to facilitate interactive dialogue and discussions.
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet also served as the opening event for Human Rights Month. Several great events are planned during December and January to help bring awareness to the importance of human rights for all mankind.
Do you know a student who has a passion for helping better the community? We ask that you remind your student volunteers to apply for the Herbert W. Scheidel Leadership in Action Award by February 8, 2017.
The award continues Mr. Scheidel’s legacy by recognizing emerging leaders within our community who go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of others. Students who contribute to their communities by taking action to help less fortunate individuals at a nonprofit organization are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be currently enrolled and must demonstrate a significant impact on an organization or agency and the outlying community. Two finalists will receive a one-time $500 tuition scholarship and the winner will receive a $5,000 award to help benefit their goal of higher education.
For more information, students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 633-8352. Students can apply using the application form found here.
If you’re interested in welcoming an international high school student into your home for the week of January 31 – February 7, 2017, we invite you to apply as a host family with the Central American Youth Ambassador (CAYA) Program.
The U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. By opening your home to an international student, you’re playing a key role in introducing them to U.S. culture, values, belief and customs.
Anyone interested in hosting a student can contact Anna Marie Siegel at (904) 632-3248 for more information.
This month and through January, FSCJ will recognize Human Rights awareness. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which identifies a common standard of achievements for people of all nations. The Declaration outlines fundamental human rights that deserve to be protected. We acknowledge the importance of this milestone document by placing the Declaration of Human Rights throughout the walls of FSCJ. This flier features all of the Human Rights Awareness events we have planned for our faculty, staff and students.
Following are the highlights of the December 13, 2016 meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:
- The District Board of Trustees approved the fee for the following courses to be effective Spring Term 2016-2017, pursuant to Board Rule 6Hx7- 4.19.
|| Occupational Therapy Supervised Practice II (Level JIB Fieldwork)
|| Commercial Vehicle Driving I
|| Commercial Vehicle Driving II
- The District Board of Trustees approved the Certificate of Final Inspection and authorize final payment of the Downtown Campus Culinary Arts Program Relocation Project to Warden Construction Corporation.
- The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and enter into resultant contract(s) for grant proposal number S16008, "The Florida East Coast TechHire Consortium. This is a new project from the U.S. Department of Labor involving Florida State College at Jacksonville, Eastern Florida State College, and Daytona State College, along with more than 35 employer partners and CareerSource Northeast Florida, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, and CareerSource Brevard. Florida East Coast TechHire will prepare individuals ages 17-29 for job opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology.
You can find more information on the Board of Trustees meeting on our website.
Each month, this column will highlight the supporting initiatives that are intended to help FSCJ achieve the goals identified in our Strategic Plan.
Initiative Supporting Strategic Plan Goal #1: Increase Access and Equity
FSCJ’s enrollment management team re-calculated the cost of attendance at FSCJ. The net effect was that students did not need as much financial aid. When the cost of attendance was lowered, the potential amount students could borrow was also lowered. Previously, many students accepted as much federal financial aid as was available to them, without considering whether that amount was needed to pay for their classes.
As a result of this initiative, the potential debt that students can incur when applying for student loans has been reduced.
For more information about this initiative, contact Rich Turner, (904) 632-5112 or email@example.com.
#iamfscj: Sophie Valade
Meet Sophie Valade, an international student who missed her flight home to France while vacationing in Florida and decided to stay. She is continuing her education at FSCJ in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Converged Communications program. The dedicated student strives to make FSCJ the best it can be by playing an active role in our College community as a TEDxFSCJ intern and student worker. See more of her story here: https://vimeo.com/194069324
The Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) is the representative voice for the Administrative & Professional employees of FSCJ. In an effort to build cohesiveness, awareness and collegiality, each month we put a “spotlight” on one of our members.
December’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Heather Kenney, director of student engagement.
As FSCJ’s Director of Student Engagement, Heather leads Student Life & Leadership, the Downtown Immersion Project and Diversity & Social Change. Student Engagement provides the co-curricular programs on each campus along with History & Heritage months, student organizations, volunteerism and the Student Government Association (SGA).
Heather joined Student Success in July of 2016 after working at the University of North Florida (UNF) for the past seven years. She has spent 16 years in higher education, specifically working in Residence Life and Housing, Student Activities and Academic Advising.
She earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University (FSU) in 2002 and her doctorate (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership from UNF in 2012. Heather grew up in the borough of Media, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Florida since 1999.
Our spotlight shines on each campus/center at least once a year. Nominations for the spotlight may be directed to your campus representative or any officer. Learn more about APC on our website, blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative.
In celebration of National and Florida Apprenticeship Week, FSCJ hosted the first annual Apprenticeship Open House on November 17. Organized by the Florida Apprenticeship Grant Team, the event’s purpose was to introduce potential employers to the value of registered apprenticeships for their industries.
Executive Chair for the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics/Downtown Campus President Dr. Marie Gnage and Associate Vice President of Workforce Education and Economic Development Linda Woodard welcomed 55 representatives from area union and non-union employers representing the healthcare, IT and manufacturing industries.
Distinguished guests from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Education also attended. Al Herndon of the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Education Foundation, Inc. led a presentation regarding the creation of new apprenticeships.
In addition, Miller Electric’s Tim Hinson shared his experience of utilizing FSCJ’s articulation agreement with the Jacksonville International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to grant credits toward the Associate in Science (A.S.) in Industrial Management Technology.
After a question-and-answer forum facilitated by the guest speakers, attendees were given interactive tours of the manufacturing and IT labs. Following the open house, several employers in attendance have contacted the grant team to explore possibilities of establishing apprenticeships.
Florida State College at Jacksonville hosted 130 attendees at their first Diversity Matters Symposium on November 16.
Speakers at the event included:
- Dr. Veronica Scott-Fulton, vice president of patient services and operations at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, who related her journey from childhood to boardroom and all the challenges along the way
- Jacksonville native Tony Jenkins, market president of Florida Blue’s Central Florida region, who shared the importance of communication and having to set goals
- Samantha Orr, RN, SCRN, stroke program coordinator at Memorial Hospital, who outlined the symptoms of strokes, the role health disparity plays and the demographics in Duval County as compared to the state of Florida
- Chef Viola Senior, 1992 FSCJ culinary program graduate, who provided attendees with a delicious array of Italian, Chinese, American, African and Hispanic dishes
This symposium was sponsored in partnership with FSCJ and the United States Department of Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant. The grant supports 36 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) students through scholarships until June 2017. The students participate in monthly workshops and community events to support the initiative to increase the number of B.S.N. nurses from underrepresented and disadvantage backgrounds working in health administration by 2020.
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) BlueWave women’s basketball player Malaysia Robinson, a sophomore from Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida, was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8 Player of the Week. Robinson scored 37 points against Florida Southwestern State College and 21 points against Indian River State College, averaging 29 points per game. Robinson is fifth in the region in points per game following teammate Yolizma Cupidan in third, with 18.1 points per game.
The FSCJ BlueWave women’s basketball team has also moved up in the NJCAA Region 8 rankings to number eight, went 2-0 this week sweeping Indian River 90-49 and Florida Southwestern 83-45 and are 6-3 overall. The team is led by Coach Barvenia Wooten who joined FSCJ in August after most recently developing the Jacksonville franchise of the Women’s American Basketball League (WABL-Hoops).
Sign Up for FSCJ’s Weight Watchers at Work Series
The Weight Watchers at Work Meeting Series is coming to FSCJ for all employees. Through this series, employees can learn how to eat healthier, live happier and lose weight.
Join us for a free information session at noon on Thursday, January 19, at Downtown Campus to learn more. Information session participants will also agree upon a preferred meeting time and location. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20 for more information and to RSVP for the information session. Please note: FSCJ needs a minimum of 15 faculty and staff members to commit in order to establish the program at each meeting site.
Weekly meetings will begin in January and will last for 12 weeks. Each meeting will be 45 minutes long, with a 15-minute confidential weigh-in and 30 minutes reserved for the meeting and open discussion.
Through the meetings, you’ll receive the personal encouragement to get started on achieving your weight loss goals and stay on track, as well as:
- Guidance from a trained leader who has been in your shoes
- In-person motivation from members who are on the same path as you
- Access to Weight Watchers’ full suite of digital tools
- Convenience and flexibility
We’re also seeking a site captain who will work closely with the Weight Watchers leader on site logistics and enjoy a 50-percent discount on their program fee. Fill out this form to apply for the site captain role.
The program cost has been reduced to $132.60 per person and registration is free. Members can pay with cash, check or credit/debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method. We hope you’ll join us on the path to a healthier lifestyle!
FSCJ faculty and staff are leaders, not only within the College, but outside the College as well. We are proud to recognize and honor their achievements and successes.
The Digital Media Production studio recently welcomed magnet TV Production students from Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology to talk about their futures, FSCJ's program offerings, and possible careers. Check out the blog for more information.
On December 7, Professor of History Dr. Wesley Moody served as guest speaker at the Navy League of the United States, Jacksonville Council, to discuss lessons learned from the historical legacy of Pearl Harbor. At the WWII Commemorative Luncheon, Dr. Moody provided a historian’s perspective of what we can learn today from the attacks that took thousands of lives 75 years ago.
Professor of History Dr. Andrew Holt and co-editor Florin Curta’s three-volume encyclopedia, “Great Events in Religion: An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History,” was recently published after two-and-a-half years in the making. It includes more than 450 essays by many leading scholars, including contributions from FSCJ professors. To purchase a copy, click here.
This list includes those individuals who are filling the newly appointed Faculty full-time positions, A&P positions and full-time Career Employee positions.
- Mae Cannon was appointed to the position of Professor of Practical Nursing
- Daniel Cronrath was appointed to the position of Professor of Political Science
- Militza Garrillo was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of English for Academic Purposes
- Virginie Lorang-Woodward was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of French
- Cindy Polite-Popejoy was appointed to the position of Professor of Political Science
- Sandra Webb was appointed to the position of Professor of Nursing (ADN)
- Collin Bardakjy was appointed to the position of Client Services Specialist
- Ruth Houser was appointed to the position of Director of Finance, Accounting and Compliance
- Jyoti Rai was appointed to the position of Director of Financial Systems
- Robyn Reese was appointed to the position of Educational Technology Specialist
- Anthony Robinson was appointed to the position of Director of Program Development
- Ivee Rosario was appointed to the position of E-Learning Junior Instructional Designer
- Roy Barker was appointed to the position of Campus Dual Enrollment Coordinator
- Robert Brown was appointed to the position of Interim Project Coordinator
- John Caudill was appointed to the position of Assessment Coordinator
- Cynthia Cichoski was appointed to the position of Accountant IV
- Dionne Cobourne was appointed to the position of Accounting Specialist I
- Matthew Colee was appointed to the position of Advisor I-ESOL
- Frantz Damas was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
- Michael Davison was appointed to the position of Campus Security Officer in Charge
- Tanica Devaughn was appointed to the position of Assessment and Certification Specialist
- Christine Dumars was appointed to the position of Interim Program Coordinator
- Ian Dwyer was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
- Stephanie Fisher was appointed to the position of Interim Accountant IV
- Terri Golden was appointed to the position of Veteran Affairs Enrollment Services Processor
- Shelly Hammack was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
- Clair Hart was appointed to the position of Laboratory Specialist
- Amy Holliman was appointed to the position of Interim Project Coordinator
- Virginia Holmes was appointed to the position of Microcomputer Support Technician II
- Chelsea Hunt was appointed to the position of Case Manager/Career Specialist
- Anthony Leonard was appointed to the position of Lead Business Office Specialist
- Karen Lowery was appointed to the position of Library Assistant II
- Vickie Meeks was appointed to the position of Administrative Services Support Specialist
- Joe Pence was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor II
- Pam Phelps was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
- Julie Phillips was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant I
- Andrew Pierce was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
- Florence Rando was appointed to the position of Senior Support Specialist
- Vanessa Reid-Williams was appointed to the position of Case Manager/Career Specialist
- Rachel Rippey was appointed to the position of Interim Project Manager
- Kathleen Robertson was appointed to the position of Accountant IV
- Ryan Schnippert was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
- Ilinka Stjepanovic was appointed to the position of Plant Service Worker
- Joseph Tucker was appointed to the position of Interim Student Success Advisor
- Hellitz Villegas was appointed to the position of Interim Campus Dual Enrollment Coordinator
- Linda Webb was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
- Brandy Williams was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
- Tiffany Williams was appointed to the position of Advisor II
- Yuan Xu was appointed to the position of Library Assistant II
- Katherine Zeray was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
The following list includes FSCJ employees who left or are preparing to leave their positions with the College. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!
||Library Assistant I
|Flor De Maria Goldston
||Professor Level 2
|Harvey Monroe Jr.
||Senior Plant Service Worker
|William Rios Mercado
||Law Enforcement Training Coordinator
||Library Assistant I
|Joshua Stacker Jr.
||Security Officer II
||Business Office Specialist II
FSCJ's faculty, staff, students, programs and leadership are often highlighted by local and regional media outlets-online, on-air and in print. Read all of the recent articles regarding important activities happening with the College.
Professor Dustin Harewood Talks about the local art scene
Published on news4jax.com on December 8, 2016. Learn more »
First-ever drone pilot class to begin
Published on news4jax.com on December 8, 2016. Learn more »
Colleges, universities renew focus on ‘2+2’
Published on jacksonville.com on December 4, 2016. Learn more »
Packed agenda for Duval Delegation meeting Wednesday
Published on floridapolitics.com on November 28, 2016. Learn more »
Cheers - A Grant For FSCJ
Published on jacksonville.com on November 25, 2016. Learn more »
Did you know that FSCJ will be open for extended advising hours when we return for the 2017 Spring Term? If you are contacted by your past or future students, please be sure to remind them that during the week of January 4-7, they will be able to speak with an advisor during the times specified below:
Test your knowledge. To ensure all faculty and staff have an opportunity to submit answers, the quiz winners will be selected at random from all entries that have all four questions correct. You have until 6 p.m. on the day the newsletter is distributed to email your answers to email@example.com. The three winners will receive a BlueWave promo pack!
Please note: Previous quiz promo prize pack winners, while eligible to submit answers, are not eligible for additional prizes for six months.
- The United States Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded this year to FSCJ will help provide 36 scholarships until June 2017 for students from which degree program?
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Services
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
- Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Public Safety Management
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Sciences
- Director of Student Engagement Heather Kenney joined us at FSCJ after spending seven years working at which educational institution?
- University of Florida
- University of Southern California
- University of North Florida
- University of Miami
- Mark your calendars! All FSCJ faculty and staff are invited to participate in Professional Development Day on which upcoming date?
- February 6, 2017
- April 14, 2017
- January 6, 2017
- January 16, 2017
- FSCJ’s Weight Watchers at Work Meeting Series, which begins next month, is scheduled to take place over the course of ___ weeks.