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FSCJ Joins Partnership to Help Former Offenders Find Employment

FSCJ has partnered with the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and Operation New Hope to help provide non-violent former offenders with the chance to re-enter the local workforce. The Jacksonville Port Academy program is designed to connect JAXPORT employers with potential employees and train participants in the rapidly expanding areas of transportation and logistics.

Operation New Hope has selected FSCJ’s proposed multi-session 40-hour soft skills program for its Ready4Work participants. While traditional FSCJ training programs can take up to 18 months to complete, the Jacksonville Port Academy program designed by the College can be completed in one week. The University of North Florida (UNF) will also provide curriculum.

FSCJ designed its non-credit program based on input from a focus group of 33 port tenants interested in hiring workers. The focus group revealed the employers’ need for emerging workers to possess more comprehensive soft skills in multiple areas.

The Jacksonville Port Academy held its kickoff event on March 7 and the first participants began receiving in-demand skills training with industry-specific curriculum on March 27. The training sessions will be held at Operation New Hope’s church location on Main Street in Downtown Jacksonville. So far, more than 10 companies doing business at JAXPORT have pledged participation in the hiring program.


2017 Commencement Reminders

CommencementThe 2017 Commencement Ceremony is fast approaching! We’d like to share a few reminders to help our faculty and staff prepare for the ceremony on Thursday, May 11, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Faculty, please be sure to register your attendance via our online registration system by filling out this brief form. Upon registering, you will receive information on obtaining a parking pass for the ceremony.

We ask that all faculty members participate in the formal procession leading in to the ceremony. The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will begin with our students leading a full processional, followed by faculty, staff and platform guests in full regalia.

Faculty and staff will be seated together in a reserved section this year. Your involvement will require that you arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Help us promote Commencement on social media by using the hashtag #fscjgrad2017 leading up to and during the ceremony. You can find general information about the 2017 Commencement Ceremony at Please email if you have additional questions. 

FSCJ to Host Student Research Conference

Student Research Conference On Friday, April 14, FSCJ will host the third annual Student Research Conference, providing students with an opportunity to share their passions for exploring, writing and living them out expressively.             

Students will present exclusive research to stimulate thought-provoking discussion among faculty, featured panelists and guests. Faculty moderators will facilitate scholarly research presentations that will be delivered in paper format or in a poster session.

Flagler College Professor of History Dr. Michael Butler will serve as the keynote speaker. He earned both his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi, where he specialized in 20th century Southern history with an emphasis on the civil rights movement.

Dr. Butler is a seasoned author with more than 40 publications credited to his name. He received the 2016 Florida Book Award Silver Medal in the non-fiction category for his latest book, “Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960-1980.”

The Student Research Conference will be held at Deerwood Center. We encourage our faculty and staff to attend and support these hardworking students. 

FSCJ Promise Information Sessions

FSCJ-Promise-Info-social-1080x1080As FSCJ Promise gains momentum on the First Coast, the College will be hosting information sessions in the month of April for recent graduates of Duval and Nassau counties and their parents.

The next information sessions will be held on April 18, 2017:
North Campus, 6-8 p.m. 
Deerwood Center, 6-8 p.m. 

College representatives will provide specific details about FSCJ Promise, including complete eligibility requirements, application information and additional benefits for soon-to-be college students.

A key benefit of FSCJ Promise, students will have no cost for tuition, fees or books for the first two year of higher education. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Duval or Nassau public school graduate (2014 or later)
  • Federal Pell Grant eligible
  • First time in College

FAFSA completion labs will also be open during each information session. Parents and students should bring the following:

1) Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card

2) 2015 IRS 1040 and W-2 statements

3) Federal Student Aid ID, which may be created at

FSCJ Author Series Hosts Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple GrandinOn March 14, FSCJ hosted the annual Author Series Learning Community Event featuring Dr. Temple Grandin, author of several books including “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism” and “The Autistic Brain.”

Dr. Grandin, considered the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, has been featured on National Public Radio as well as major television programs such as ABC's Primetime Live and 20/20.

Her fascinating story was also the subject of a 2010 film. In “Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism,” Dr. Grandin explores a variety of topics related to autism, including animal behavior, religion and visual thought, among others. FSCJ faculty adopted the book for use and discussion throughout their Spring Term classes.

Dr. Grandin’s presentation last month explored autism and learning differences. It highlighted the importance of creativity, collaborating with all kinds of minds and treating each person as an individual. Grandin began her presentation by profiling famous innovators such as Thomas Edison and Jane Goodall; her refrain was, “What would happen to this person in our current educational system today?” 

She emphasized the commonalities among these extraordinary minds: early exposure to career interests, questionable performance in formal academic environments and an indirect, through-the-back-door entry into their fields.

Dr. Grandin passionately insisted that autistic people should partake in meaningful work where they can learn to collaborate, be on time and complete routine tasks. To nearly every parent who approached her with a question, Dr. Grandin asked, “What does your child do? What do you do?” To help individuals on the spectrum, Dr. Grandin says she holds everyone accountable.Dr. Temple Grandin Author Series

Despite her work as an autism advocate, Dr. Grandin declared her desire to “break out of the autism box,” stating that her priority is her work with animals. “Dr. Grandin’s outspoken career ambitions remind us what we’re all advocating for: increased self-determination for all members of society, regardless of their medical labels,” said Adjunct Instructor Emily K. Michael, who attended the event.

Grandin left the audience with a few guiding principles, applicable to people on and off the autism spectrum: less screen time, more hands-on activities and greater exposure to different things.

To learn more about Dr. Grandin’s FSCJ Author Series presentation, please read Emily K. Michael’s blog post on the event. To view more photos, visit our Flickr photostream.

FSCJ Employees and Alumni Can Save on Tickets to THE PLAYERS Championship

BWN_players_358x208THE PLAYERS Championship will be May 9-14 at TPC Sawgrass and you can save up to $20 on Stadium Passes by using the Promo Code: TEE, now through April 30, 2017.

Visit to purchase your tickets. Click here for more information.




FSCJ Hosts Second Annual Frisch Institute for Senior Care Symposium

The second annual FSCJ Frisch Institute for Senior Care Symposium was held at Memorial Hospital on April 5 with more than 230 in attendance. The Frisch Institute for Senior Care was established at FSCJ thanks to a generous donation from the Beaver Street Foundation, Inc. and the Harry Frisch Family.

Their gift has allowed the development of this program which enhances the educational experiences of nursing, allied health and massage therapy students and prepares them to better serve the specialized needs of older adults. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from geriatric care professionals who shared their expertise and personal experiences throughout their years of service.DSC_0805 (1)

One attendee, FSCJ practical nursing student, Diamond Hall, was awarded the $1,000 Frisch Institute for Senior Care Scholarship. Diamond holds a 3.2 GPA and will be the first in her family to graduate from college right after high school. Currently working at UF Health as a certified nursing assistant and home health aide to elderly patients, she also completes her clinical work at St. Catherine’s Labour Manor. 




Dr. Ian Neuhard Selected as Outstanding Graduate Award Winner from the University of Florida

Neuhard_4The Institute of Higher Education (IHE) at the University of Florida selected Dr. Ian Neuhard, executive chair for the School of Liberal Arts, Communication, and Education as one of its Outstanding Graduate Award winners, a prestigious recognition that is only awarded every five years.

The program honors selected alumni professionals—all doctoral graduates of the UF College of Education’s Higher Education Administration program—for their effectiveness as community college administrators, participation in collegewide strategic planning, community involvement and professional activities at the state, regional and national levels.

“I am honored to have been selected for the University of Florida’s Institute of Higher Education Outstanding Graduate Award. The instructional and educational experiences I was afforded during my time as a UF doctoral student combined with the tremendous colleagues I’ve worked alongside throughout my career, especially here at FSCJ, have undoubtedly led me to the place I am today.”

The 10 honorees, chosen from among 30 nominees, were recognized at the IHE’s alumni reunion and awards banquet held concurrently with the annual meeting of the Community College Futures Assembly in Orlando.

To read the full press release from the University of Florida, click here.


Paralegal Studies Faculty and Students Visit the Capitol

Paralegal_DC2Professors Faith Litvack and Nick Martino from our Paralegal Studies program, traveled to Washington D.C. during Spring Break with 13 exceptional FSCJ students as part of the Legal Studies Association (LSA) student organization.

On their first day in D.C., students had the opportunity to tour the National Mall and experience the vastness of our great national monuments and Smithsonian Museums.

During their second day on the trip, they toured the U.S. Supreme Court and observed Supreme Court oral arguments, in addition to visiting the African American Museum—the newest Smithsonian Museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.

Day three of the trip included tours of the U.S. Capitol, the House/Senate Gallery, the Holocaust Museum, Library of Congress and Cherry Blossom Walk.



These students worked hard to earn their place on this trip. Due to their competitive work, they received a $2,500 scholarship from Student Life to assist with the costs of the trip.

We want to express our appreciation to these professors for their commitment to our students and ensuring they are exposed to real-world legal environments that will assist in driving them to be excellent legal professionals.




#iamfscj: Dr. Pamela Trotter

PamBlueChair2When Dr. Pam Trotter sees her students applying what they’ve learned in her psychology courses to their personal lives, that’s when she knows she’s made a difference.

To view Dr. Trotter's story, click here.






Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues - Naita Guine

Dr. Naita 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.

April’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Dr. Naita Guine, interim academic director, School of Business, Professional Studies, and Public Safety. Ms. Naita, as she’s known to students and colleagues, has over 20 years of education experience working with community youth organizations, and public and private (K-16) education programs. She joined FSCJ in 2004, working as the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for more than 10 years. During that time, she helped more than 500 high school students attain their high school diploma and associate of arts degree simultaneously. She has also worked as a K-12 classroom teacher, adjunct business and SLS instructor, student success advisor, interim associate dean and academic director. 

Always on the cutting edge of education innovation and customer service excellence, she received the 2013 Career Employee Council Excellence Award, she was a finalist for the 2015 Florida Student Development Commission – Exemplary Practice Award and she received the 2016 Innovation of the Year Award through the League of Innovation. In her role of interim academic director, Naita looks forward to increasing enrollment and creating more opportunities for student success and engagement within the School of Business, Professional Studies, and Public Safety.  

Dr. Guine is a dynamic presenter who specializes in helping students of all ages develop practical strategies that propel them to their full potential. She is the proud mother and stepmother of four. She enjoys family time, reading, traveling and volunteering at a local animal shelter and place of worship.

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,


BlueWave Basketball Players Honored for Achievements

AllConferenceNine of our talented BlueWave Men’s and Women’s Basketball players recently received end-of-the-year honors. Sophomore player Malaysia Robinson of Pahokee, Florida, and sophomore player Travis McConico of Jacksonville both earned All Mid-Florida Conference and All Region 8 Team honors.

Robinson was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Region 8 Player of the Week in December 2016. She scored 37 points against Florida Southwestern State College and 21 points against Indian River State College, averaging 29 points per game during week 6. McConico, who attended Sandalwood High School, broke the FSCJ all-time three-point career record with 126.

Freshman Men’s Basketball player Josh Scott of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and sophomore Women’s Basketball player Yolizma Cupidan of Ocoee, Florida, both received 1st Team All Mid-Florida Conference honors. 

D’John James (Palm Coast, Florida), Myron Dewar-Margate (Coral Springs, Florida) and James Harper (Orlando, Florida) earned 2nd Team All Mid-Florida Conference from the Men’s Basketball team. Ashanti Bailey of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Bianca Igwe of Tampa, Florida, earned 2nd Team All Mid-Florida Conference from the Women’s Basketball team. 

Congratulations to these players for their outstanding athletic accomplishments this year.


2017 Personal Health Assessments

Free Personal Health Assessment (PHA) opportunities are still going strong for all full-time employees. Walk-ins are welcome but you can also skip the lines by reserving your time here.

Thursday, April 13
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kent Campus, D-120

Tuesday, April 18
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
North Campus, A-236

Thursday, April 20
noon - 4 p.m.
Downtown Campus, A-1068

Turn your PHA into free spending money! Just for participating, full-time employees with the College health insurance will earn Blue Reward points that can be redeemed for gift cards valued at $25 or more to many of your favorite retailers, with even more points available depending on your PHA results. 

To learn more about how to earn points, check your balance, redeem them for gift cards or to sign up, visit

May Wellness Seminar

FSCJ’s Employee Wellness Program is offering free seminars on a variety of topics to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Seminars are open to all employees and may be considered work time with supervisor’s pre-approval.

Wednesday, May 17
noon - 1 p.m.
North Campus, A-171

In addition to learning about the benefits and components of strength training, this session will provide employees with a workout they can do while at their desk. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing as the facilitator will lead them through demonstrations of simple exercises. Click here to reserve your spot.

As a special bonus for employees with FSCJ’s health insurance, each seminar is worth 50 Blue Rewards points. 

FSCJ's Employee Wellness Program Receives International Recognition

FSCJ’s Employee Wellness Program, which seeks to bring healthy activities and events to all employees, recently received recognition from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

Last fall, the IFEBP reached out to its members in a call for wellness case studies to be featured on the organization’s website as part of an ongoing wellness initiative. FSCJ’s Employee Wellness Program, which is available to approximately 2,800 full- and part-time employees, was among five programs chosen by the IFEBP.

Although the program is only a year old, our wellness program has garnered widespread support and involvement from employees and partners. The College officially kicked off its wellness program in 2016, but the planning began in 2015 after joining the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium, a group of Florida colleges insured by Florida Blue.

To view the full article, click here.

YMCA First Coast Games

Join us for the 2017 First Coast Games. Once again, the College is putting together a group of up to 100 employees to participate in the First Coast Games. We are currently building teams for dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, bowling, tennis, flag football and soccer to compete against other local companies, all in the spirit of fun and sportsmanship.

To register and view the full schedule of events, visit


This is your chance to provide a glimpse into life at FSCJ! Each month for FSCJ In Action, we encourage our faculty and staff to share active and fun photos of your experiences at the College. This could include anything from working with students on unique classroom and lab activities to your everyday interactions with colleagues.

Be sure to keep an eye on this section to see if your photo is featured! You can send your submissions to


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.

  • Medieval Warfare Magazine takes a look at how historians are dealing with the challenges of writing about the crusades with Professor Andrew Holt. To listen to the full podcast, click here.

The following list includes FSCJ employees who have left, or are preparing to leave, their positions with the College. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

 Employee  Title
 Rosalie Abraham  Professor
 Teshler Augustin  Security Officer I
 Gregory Bing  Vision Rehab Training Specialist
 Tyreise Bowens  Security Officer I
 Randy Brooks  Plant Service Worker
 Adam Chalmers  Library Assistant I
 Claudine Cotton  Clerical Specialist
 Michael Davison  Campus Security Officer In Charge
 Margaret Fisher  Professor
 Laurence Greene  Associate Program Specialist
 Joseph Hamilton Jr.     Security Officer I
 Anthony Harmon  Library Assistant II
 Terri Herrera  HR Employment Coordinator
 Brandice Joseph  Test Proctor
 Susan Keen  Student Success Advisor II
 Alexas Kemp  Academic Tutor
 Theresa McAllister  Program Manager
 Dirlie McDonald  Associate Dean of Nursing
 Vijeta Mehra  Test Examiner
 Kendra Mervin  Program Manager
 Bonnie Mosley  Benefits Coordinator
 Chandra Myers  Student Success Advisor I
 Danielle Navarro  Library Assistant II
 Lisa Parker  Executive Assistant to the College President
 Michael Reed  Assistant Coach
 Stephanie Sokoni  Test Examiner
 Christine Sundberg  Finance Manager
 Christina Tamez  Patron Services Agent
 Alfven Uy  Security Officer I
 Wenddy White  Senior Support Specialist
 Ashley Williams  Multimedia Specialist
 Felita Wilson  Case Manager/Career Specialist


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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.

Broadway World: FSCJ Artist Series Presents the 17th Annual CAMP BROADWAY on 6/12-16, 2017!
Published on on April 10, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ Graduates Outpace UNF First-Year Incomes, Report Says
Published on on April 10, 2017. Learn more »

'Debt-Free' College Sessions at FSCJ
Published on on April 10, 2017. Learn more »

Gov. Scott Discusses Economic Impacts of EFT and VISIT FLORIDA with Education Leaders and Students in Jacksonville
Published on on April 4, 2017. Learn more »

6 North Florida college students named to 2017 All-Florida Academic Team
Published on on April 3, 2017. Learn more »

First responders train in use of drones
Published on on April 3, 2017. Learn more »

Legislature should keep hands off four-year college degrees 
Published on on March 27, 2017. Learn more »

Northeast Florida teachers go back to school to learn more about financial literacy
Published on on March 27, 2017. Learn more »

*For more news coverage on FSCJ Promise, visit


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To view all upcoming events, visit the Collegewide calendar of events.

Did you know that 1,422 students registered during the week-long Summer Enrollment Blitz for a total of 10,235 college credit hours?

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 answered all questions correctly. You have until 6 p.m. on the day the newsletter is distributed to email your answers to 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.

  1. What amount is the discount that FSCJ employees and alumni receive for the 2017 PLAYERS Championship?
    1. Up to $20 off select tickets
    2. Up to $5 off select tickets
    3. Up to $30 off select tickets
    4. Up to $10 off select tickets    

  1. When is Strategic Planning Day?
    1. April 18, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
    2. April 18, 2017, 2-5 p.m.
    3. April 28, 2017, 1-4 p.m.
    4. April 28, 2017, 2-5 p.m.
  1. Where will the Student Research Conference be held?
    1. South Campus
    2. Deerwood Center
    3. Downtown Campus
    4. Cecil Center
  1. How many BlueWave basketball players were honored for their achievements?
    1. Twelve players
    2. One player
    3. Six players
    4. Nine players
  1. Who did the employee wellness program receive international recognition from?
    1. International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
    2. International Foundation of Wellness Programs (IFWP)
    3. International Foundation of Employee Wellness (IFEW)
    4. International Employee Wellness Initiative (IEWI)