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Commencement 2017

FSCJ’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony is just around the corner, scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 11, at 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This year, the ceremony will begin with a full processional, starting with our students first, followed by faculty/staff and platform guests in full regalia. Faculty/staff will be seated together in a reserved section this year instead of at the end of rows with students.

All faculty members are asked to participate in the formal procession leading in to the ceremony. Your involvement will require that you arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Like last year, we have an online registration system for Commencement.

Faculty/Staff Registration:

Please be sure to register your attendance at Commencement by April 26 by filling out this brief form.

Once you have registered, you will receive information about how to obtain a parking pass for the ceremony. If you need to rent regalia, you must reserve your regalia between March 1 and March 31 at your campus bookstore.

Student Registration:

Students must register online by April 12 for their name to be included in the Commencement program. The online registration system is now available on Please assist in informing students of this important deadline. Students who have questions regarding their eligibility to participate in Commencement should speak with an advisor.

General information about the 2017 Commencement Ceremony can be found at If you have additional questions, please email

Leading up to and during the ceremony, feel free to use the hashtag #fscjgrad2017 to promote the ceremony on social media.


PeopleSoft Update: Campus Solutions is Live


As the next implementation phase of PeopleSoft progresses, the ERP team announced that Campus Solutions (CS) is now live as of January 30, 2017. 

A strategic release structure was developed to provide a seamless, user-friendly experience for not only our students, but also our faculty and staff. Once fully in place, CS will consist of the following modules: Recruiting and Admissions, Enrollment and Student Records, Academic Advising, Financial Aid and Student Financials. Additionally, a student, faculty and staff "self-service" function will be available.

Mirroring a student's journey, the first part of CS that is available is admissions application processing. You can view the training video by clicking here. Selected user groups may also be contacted individually for extensive training. In the meantime, you may continue to use Artemis and myFSCJ as you are already doing.

First-time students applying for the 2017 Fall Term will soon be automatically processed through PeopleSoft. Launching the portal in this fashion allows IT and the ERP team to focus on any necessary modifications that may impact usability and subsequent modules.

Be on the lookout for additional information as the remaining modules are released in the coming months.



African-American History Month 2017 at FSCJ

FSCJ is celebrating the month of February by honoring the accomplishments of African-Americans through art, music, film and dialogue. This is a great opportunity to come out and commemorate all of the wonderful achievements made by such an impactful culture. Click here to see the events we have planned this month.

Here's a preview of FSCJ's Women's History Month events scheduled for March: 

  • Opening Event: “Hidden Figures” Movie Screening
    • March 1, 2017, Deerwood Center, G-1709
      Dinner: 6 - 6:30 p.m.
      Screening: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    • March 2, 2017, Downtown Campus Auditorium, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Women’s Health Day
    • March 7, 2017, Deerwood Center, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • Women’s History Month Networking Mixer
    • March 8, 2017, Advanced Technology Center, T-140/141, 6 - 8 p.m. 
  • Service Project: Women’s Center of Jacksonville
    • March 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - noon 
  • Women’s Self-Defense
    • March 10, 2017, Kent Campus, C-202, noon - 2 p.m. 
  • FSCJ Author Series: "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism"
    • March 14, 2017
      • Kent Campus, F-128, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
      • South Campus, Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Closing Event: Panel Discussion
    • March 29, 2017, North Campus
    • Discussion: Auditorium, 11 a.m. - noon 
    • Reception: Center for Holistic Engagement, C-122, noon - 12:30 p.m.

FSCJ Author Series Events Announced

Throughout the 2017 Spring Term, FSCJ's annual Author SeriesFSCJ Author Series Learning Community will center around Dr. Temple Grandin’s book, "Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism." This learning community will feature academic discussion and events that relate to celebrating and supporting the unique talents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

FSCJ faculty, staff, students and members of the public are encouraged to take part in events based on the memoir to promote academic discourse and leave a lasting positive impact upon our College and community.

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 has also been 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. In addition to participating in FSCJ Author Series events, we encourage our faculty to adopt the book for use and discussion during Spring Term classes.

Dr. Grandin will visit FSCJ on March 14. She is scheduled to speak at both Kent and South Campuses. Her presentation will help increase awareness and understanding of autism. The events are free and open to the public. Visit our FSCJ Author Series webpage to view all events scheduled this spring. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Lee Cunill at (904) 701-7967.

TEDxFSCJ to Host “Lift as We Climb: Women, Race & Politics” Salon

TedxFSCJ Salon: Lift as We ClimbTonight, TEDxFSCJ will host a salon exploring how race and gender intersect along the path to elected political office. “Lift as We Climb: Women, Race & Politics” will feature a panel discussion with women of color who will share their first-hand experiences working within the political process.

Speakers will include:

• Jennifer Carroll, former Florida lieutenant governor
• Mia L. Jones, CEO of AGAPE Community Health Center Inc.
• Ju’Coby Pittman, CEO and president of the Clara White Mission
• An elected representative at the state or local level, as legislative schedules permit

The panelists will address how others may enter the political arena, what it takes to run a campaign and the challenges and triumphs of a life lived in public service. Rounding out the evening will be the viewing of select TED talks and opportunities for audience participation. The event will take place at the Downtown Campus Auditorium from 6 - 8 p.m. Those interested in attending can register at Eventbrite by clicking here.

FSCJ Hosts Jacksonville Science Festival

FSCJ is hosting the fifth annual Jacksonville Science Festival, a free three-day community-wide eventJacksonville Science Festival promoting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education in Jacksonville. Presented by FSCJ and the Foundation Academy, the festival, which takes place from February 23 - 25, aims to promote educational equity and justice in education.

The Jacksonville Science Festival serves as an opportunity for students, educators, experts, organizations, local businesses and community partners to come together to celebrate education with our community and surrounding regions.

Activities will include interactive booth presentations, food trucks, vendors, STEAM talks, live performances and plenty of fun, family-friendly activities. On February 23 and 24, the event will take place at South Campus from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. On February 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Metropolitan Park will host the event.

For more information, visit

Save the Date: SLS Conference

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Fire Academy of the South Earns Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year Award

FSCJ’s Fire Academy of the South has been named the 2016 Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year. The honor marks the second time the Fire Academy has earned the award, having also won in 2010.

Of the 40 training centers in Florida, the Fire Academy of the South was among the four that received nominations. Only one other training center has won this award more than once. Selection was based upon faculty and staff credentials and resumes, success of the Fire Fighter I/II program and innovative programming.

Key elements of the nomination were recognition of Director Sheldon Reed as a member of the National Fire Protection Technical Committee on Fire Training Center Design and the implementation of the Public Safety drone program.

The award is presented annually at the January Florida Fire Training Directors Association (FFTDA) meeting held in conjunction with the annual Florida Fire Chief’s Conference in Daytona Beach. A formal recognition ceremony will be held in Tallahassee during a Governor’s Cabinet meeting during the upcoming legislative session, where a proclamation will also be issued.

FSCJ’s Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center Receives Five-Year Accreditation

FSCJ’s Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center (VERC) has received a full five-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) Inc. The accreditation is a significant milestone in the VERC’s ongoing process of employing best practices and delivering services that focus on positive outcomes for consumers with blindness and low vision.  

The VERC has maintained its NAC accreditation since 2011. Annually, it serves more than 350 adult and adolescent students with blindness and low vision. Services include training in assistive technology, orientation and mobility, activities of daily living, counseling and job readiness. Consumers can participate in this training at no cost through funding provided by the State of Florida Division of Blind Services and FSCJ.

NAC is the only accrediting body that focuses solely on organizations serving blind and low-vision consumers. Accreditation involves a recognized process of accessing organizational structure, process and outcome. Structure encompasses the setting in which services are delivered. Process encompasses the delivery of services. Outcome denotes changes in the consumer’s behavior, knowledge and function. NAC accreditation embraces structure, process and outcome by engaging the subject organization in a detailed self-assessment using NAC-developed, evidence-informed standards as well as an on-site peer review.

For more information about the Vision Education & Rehabilitation Center, contact Patricia Marshall at (904) 633-8220 or visit

FSCJ Hosts Mathematics Council Mini-Conference

Math Mini ConferenceOn January 20, FSCJ's mathematics faculty came together at the Mathematics Council Mini-Conference. The event, which was organized by FSCJ mathematics faculty for mathematics faculty, featured a broad range of workshops from Exploring Business Calculus and Statistics to Safe Space Training as it relates to the LGBTQ community.

Local business NLP Logix also shared the soft skills that FSCJ’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students need to be successful as business professionals. There was a large turnout at the mini-conference, with two-thirds of our mathematics faculty participating.

The Council hopes to continue to foster and support professional development at the College. The faculty attendees also enjoyed the academic discourse that these types of events encourage. “We hope to continue to engage our local businesses and understand the modern mathematical skills and demands our students need when they leave FSCJ,” said Professor Paula Risko.

FSCJ Celebrates Florida Arbor Day

On Friday, January 20, students and employees from across the College came together to celebrateArbor Day Florida Arbor Day. Our state has celebrated Arbor Day since 1886 and has one of the first Arbor Day celebrations in the nation, held on the third Friday in January. Jack Hernandez of the Florida Forest Service gave a brief presentation on the history of Arbor Day in Florida and the United States.

In cooperation with Greenscape of Jacksonville, the Florida Forest Service and the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), 20 student, faculty and staff interdisciplinary teams planted 50 trees on North Campus. The trees were donated by Greenscape of Jacksonville. JEA provided guidance and their employees during the planting. To view more photos from the Arbor Day Celebration, click here to visit our Flickr photostream.



FSCJ Event Raises Awareness for Human Trafficking Crimes

January was National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and to promote awareness, the Northeast Florida chapter held its third annual gathering to shed some light on this hidden crime. It was a time for local community associations, service providers, volunteers and law enforcement to come together and support the fight against human trafficking.

The gathering was held at FSCJ South Campus and was the highest attended event yet, with a turnout of more than 200 people. Marjorie Phillips, executive committee member and coordinator of the event, stated, “Holding the event this year helped us draw more people attending from law enforcement and social service agencies as well as the general public.” 

It was a night of conversation including a Q&A discussion panel of local experts covering topics of prevention, awareness and support for those affected by human trafficking.

“One of the most inspirational elements to the event was that it provided information on how ordinary citizens can be a part of the solution by recognizing situations and being on the alert when things may be ‘out of the ordinary’ and knowing how to react,” said Tameiko Grant, FSCJ academic director of professional studies and public safety.

“Human trafficking preys upon the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Lt. Kevin Goff from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. “If we do not protect those most vulnerable, what do we say about ourselves as people and as a society?”

It was also a time to celebrate the life of Eileen Jacobs, a retired FBI agent who dedicated her career to protecting children and fighting human trafficking. After a long 13-year battle with cancer, Ms. Jacobs passed away in August 2016.

Human trafficking is a crime that can be very difficult to recognize without the resources of accurate education regarding its existence. The most important goal of the Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition is to continue to build greater awareness through annual events just like this and community partnerships like FSCJ.

30 Mental Health First Aiders Train at FSCJ

FSCJ offered its first Mental Health First Aid training course onMental Health First Aid Monday, January 30. The course, held at North Campus, was facilitated by Academic Director of Health Sciences Dr. Monica Franklin and Julie Seals, federal and wellness program manager for Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center.

Mental Health First Aid teaches attendees how to assess and support individuals who may be experiencing various mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorders. With this Collegewide initiative, FSCJ is committed to training at least 100 mental health first aiders annually over the next three years. People who enroll in the Mental Health First Aid courses learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.  

Similar to traditional first aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid provides help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool. It improves the public's knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with appropriate care for these issues. All training sessions offered at the College are free and open to faculty, staff, students and the community.

FSCJ Hosts Quarterly Health Series on the Patient Safety Movement

Quarterly Health Series

Many packed into the Zeke Bryant Auditorium to hear Mr. Edward Salazar share the heart-wrenching story of his 27-year-old son's death. The focus of the presentation, held on February 6, was patient safety. Mr. Salazar reminded health care providers and students in attendance that patients are not "just patients," but also wives, husbands, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters.  

His story demonstrated that it can be deadly when a health care provider does not recognize when there is a problem with a patient or when they recognize a problem but do not act. Mr. Salazar shocked many attendees by stating that medical errors are the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Mr. Salazar is an active member of the Patient Safety Movement. The movement’s mission includes unifying the health care ecosystem (hospitals, health care technology companies, government, patient advocates, clinicians, engineers, etc.); identifying the challenges that are killing patients to create actionable solutions; and asking hospitals to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions.  

The Patient Safety Movement’s goal is zero preventable patient deaths by 2020.  

The School of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences hosts quarterly presentations on pertinent health topics to provide students with opportunities to collaborate and engage with each other, faculty and the community.


Following are the highlights of the February 14, 2017, meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College Administration to enter into a satisfactory construction contract in the amount of $832,187 with Marand Builders Inc. as the responsive low bidder meeting the construction documents for the Medical and Nursing Simulation Center at North Campus. 
  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and enter into resultant contract(s) for grant proposal number A17014, "Advanced Manufacturing Job-Driven Program."
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the Academic Calendar for 2017-18. The approved calendar can be found on the February agenda here.

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 #2: Enhance Rigorous and Relevant Learning Opportunities

  • Reimagining of the North Campus Art Gallery

In this initiative, North Campus administration, faculty and staff worked with Lynn Lewis, FSCJ’s art gallery coordinator, to update and remodel the gallery to increase its functionality. As a result, the gallery is now offering a full slate of art exhibits. In addition, the gallery is now a place that can host events, lectures, receptions and meditation sessions. The gallery is now considered a Holistic Engagement Center, and it is being staffed part-time by an FSCJ student.  

As a result of this initiative, the gallery is more functional and better able to host and support relevant learning opportunities for our students. 

For more information about this initiative, contact Dr. Dana White at (904) 766-6601. 


#iamfscj: Steven Hernandez

The latest installment of our #iamfscj video series features FSCJ student Steven Hernandez.Steven Hernandez Steven has worked very hard to complete his prerequisites and is currently enrolled in the Associate in Science (A.S.) in American Sign Language/English Interpreting program.

It is an uplifting story that exhibits how a desire to help others can shine through into our day-to-day lives. To view Steven’s story, click here.



Forensics Team Places at Regional Speech Competitions

During Fall Term, FSCJ’s forensics team had the opportunity to participate in two speech and debate tournaments and also hosted one of their own. The team earned the Quality Award and placed third overall in two out of three regional speech tournaments hosted by Berry College, University of West Florida (UWF) and FSCJ. At each tournament, the team bested competitors from some of the top universities in the country, including University of Florida, Florida State University, Texas Southern University and Tennessee State University, among others.

While competing at Berry College, two FSCJ participants earned the following placings:

  • Adonis Lane placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking
  • Madeline Windsor placed fifth in Poetry Interpretation

FSCJ earned the overall Quality Award during their competition at UWF and earned the following placings:

  • Adonis Lane placed first in After Dinner Speaking, second in Prose Interpretation and fourth in Impromptu Speaking
  • Weston Funcheon placed second in After Dinner Speaking
  • Nicki Ercolino placed third in Prose Interpretation and fourth in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ashley Blanding placed sixth in Poetry Interpretation

FSCJ hosted the Star Invitational where the team achieved third best overall with multiple placings:

  • Adonis Lane placed first in After Dinner Speaking and second in Prose Interpretation
  • Samantha Radomski placed third in Dramatic Interpretation and fifth in Prose Interpretation
  • Madeline Windsor placed third in Poetry Interpretation and fourth in Prose Interpretation
  • Chris Carlson placed fifth in After Dinner Speaking
  • Nicki Ercolino placed fifth in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ashley Blanding earned Top Novice in Dramatic Interpretation

The team is set to compete in both the Florida State Championships and the University of North Florida Invitational later this spring.


Workforce Education Volunteers Participate in Literacy Week Event

FSCJ’s Workforce Education division volunteered at Hogan Spring Glen Elementary on January 25, as part of the school’s Literacy Week activities. Volunteers read to kindergarten, first- and second-grade students. We’d like to thank the following volunteers for their efforts: Issac George, Sara Wollitz, Cheryl Duff, Toni Southerland, Marcus Smothers, Carissa Gardner, Schevell Golden, Lorne Richardson and Kyri Backman.

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Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues – Therese Ditto

Therese DittoThe 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.

February’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Dean of Nursing Dr. Therese Ditto. She oversees the day-to-day operations, faculty and staff of the College’s nursing programs. Born in Key West and raised in Alton, Illinois, Therese started in the health care field as a home health aide. She then became a licensed practical nurse and worked for seven years before earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Therese also served as a medical-surgical nurse for 10 years and a trauma/emergency room nurse for five years. Since 1986, she has been in nursing education, teaching Medical-Surgical, Fundamentals, Obstetrics and Pediatric Nursing.

Therese’s B.S.N. and Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) were completed at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois, and she earned her Ph.D. in Nursing Education from Capella University in April 2014.

She enjoys teaching and guiding nursing students to what she believes is the most rewarding career they will ever have.

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,

Dr. Greg Michalski Wins Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) recently announced Director of Institutional AnalyticsGreg Michalski and Research (IAR) Dr. Greg V. Michalski as a recipient of the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award. This prized award celebrates the scholarly papers presented at the Annual AIR Forum. It specifically seeks out those papers that best exemplify the standards of excellence established by the award's namesake and that make significant contributions to the field of Institutional Research (IR). 

Co-written with John Zilvinskis of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, their paper, titled “Mining text data: Making sense of what students tell us,” is being published in the AIR Professional File, which features journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models or share practical applications related to IR.

Established in 1966, AIR is the world’s largest professional association for institutional researchers. Designed to help education professionals in various institutional research-related fields, AIR offers educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities to utilize institutional research effectively.

“It’s a true honor to be selected for this award,” said Dr. Michalski. "As institutional researchers, we are always focused on developing, sharing and using research to assist decision-making and continuously improve our institutions to benefit our students, community and society at large. The field of text analytics is a promising area with the potential to assist in developing new practices to even more completely serve our students and the College."


Pedro Gutierrez, B.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Our students come to FSCJ from various backgrounds and circumstances, but one thing they all havePedro Gutierrez in common is the desire to improve their lives with a quality education.

We’d like to highlight one of our alumni, Pedro Gutierrez, who was one of the first students to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Sciences from FSCJ. Pedro says his experiences studying in the Biomedical Sciences program helped turn his life around. When he began his studies, he had just lost his job and filed for bankruptcy with three small children and a wife to support. Facing financial uncertainty and with no formal training or degree, Pedro strongly felt that FSCJ was the place for him to succeed.

On his 30th birthday, Pedro made the first pivotal step in changing his future by attending his first day of classes at the College. He credits his professors with nurturing his academic journey every step of the way.

“It is because of the foundation that your institution gave me that I am now able to make my dream a reality,” Pedro says. “I have experienced firsthand how an education can completely change a person’s destiny.”

After earning his degree from FSCJ, Pedro went on to obtain his Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant degree. He has now opened his own local medical clinic, Health Pro Medical, to help others in need.

We’re extremely proud of Pedro and the tremendous professional progress he has made after his time at FSCJ. Alumni like him are a shining example of what can be achieved with a strong determination to reach your goals.

“’Feed a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime,’” Pedro says. “Thank you for the fishing pole.”

Hear Pedro share his journey as he speaks to the Board at the Florida Capitol.


Student Athletes Celebrate Outstanding Academic Achievement 

Student AthletesFSCJ’s BlueWave student athletes excel both in uniform and in the classroom. Fifty-seven athletes celebrated their academic successes at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts on January 20. The athletes were commended for earning between a 3.0 and 4.0 GPA during Fall Term.

The athletes were joined at the event by Executive Chair for the School of Liberal Arts, Communication, and Education/South Campus President Dr. Ian Neuhard, Executive Chair for the School of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences/North Campus President Dr. Sandy Robinson, Director of Outcomes Assessment and Strategic Planning Dr. Angela Browning, Professor Rawlslyn Francis, Director of Student Engagement Dr. Heather Kenney, Director of Admissions and Records Sherry David and members of the Student Government Association (SGA). Congratulations to our stellar student athletes on their hard work!  



FSCJ is dedicated to the provision of a safe working and learning environment for all of our employees and students. This column will feature essential safety and security advice to keep in mind while on campus, as well as other important reminders and information from College Security.

  • See something, say something

    It is more important now than ever to report observations which appear to be “out of the ordinary.” Allow your Security team and/or the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) to investigate the observation and take any necessary actions. It is important to note that reporting must be made in a timely manner. There has been an increase in awareness that incidents need to be reported; however, Security has received reports often days, sometimes months, after an incident or suspicious observations have occurred. Timeliness is extremely important when dealing with safety and security issues.

  • Daylight Saving Time and parking lot safety

    With the sunlight fading earlier this time of year, our parking lots quickly become darker. When possible, use the buddy system and walk out with a friend. By 5 p.m. it is becoming dark outside and by 6 p.m., you will rely on exterior lighting. There is safety in numbers. Remember the FSCJ Safe mobile safety app and the benefits it can afford for these situations (e.g., friend walk, virtual walk home, mobile blue light and safety tool box).

  • A.L.I.C.E. Training for faculty, staff and students

    Training will be offered Tuesday, February 21, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the Criminal Justice Center, North Campus, in Room P242. Plan to attend this informative, life-saving training on the sensitive topic of active shooter response and survival strategies. The presentation will cover the A.L.I.C.E. implementation and case studies, what to expect during an active shooter event, counter measures and many other informative strategies.

    Faculty, staff and student responsibilities will be discussed followed by Q&A. After the discussion, participants will proceed to the CJC Search House for interactive scenarios. Please wear pants and a long sleeve shirt for this portion of the training. This course counts for three non-credit hours of professional development toward the One Step Incentive. For more information regarding One Step Salary Incentive, please review APM 03-0911. To register for this professional development opportunity, log into ARTEMIS and select the COLLEGE tab. To the left, click on REGISTER. Add the reference number 451708 and click ADD CLASSES. For more information, contact Chief T. Mitchell at (904) 766-6611. This training is also available to students.

  • Parking and vehicle reminders
    All employees and students are required to register their vehicles and have a current, newly designed decal attached. If you have not registered your vehicle, please visit the Public Safety and Security webpage to complete the registration.  In the left margin of the webpage, select the ONLINE PARKING REGISTRATION tab. You will need your driver’s license and vehicle registration to complete the process. Once you have completed the online form, please print a copy and proceed to a Security Office closest to you. A new parking decal will be issued along with instructions of where to place the decal on your vehicle.

    Campus Security will soon be issuing parking citations for various parking-related violations.  Please keep in mind that vehicles are subject to being towed on the third citation or violation, per APM 06-1004.

February is American Heart Month

The leading cause of death for men and women in the United States is heart disease, which is why February is an excellent time to evaluate your lifestyle and make small changes that can make a big impact on your heart health.

Heart Disease by the Numbers:

  • In the United States, one in three deaths is caused by heart disease or stroke.
  • Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event.
  • This year, 785,000 people will have their first heart attack.

Below are some simple steps you can take to improve your heart health:

  • Keeping regular preventative check-ups can help you take charge of your health. Schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health. Partner with your doctor and health care team to set goals for improving your heart health. Ask questions and follow their advice.
  • Exercise should become a part of your daily routine. Walking as little as 15 minutes each day can significantly improve your health. Start slow and gradually increase the time and distance you exercise.
  • Prepare more heart-healthy meals at home at least three times each week. Lower sodium wherever possible by substituting herbs and spices.
  • Stop smoking. Among many other benefits, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Take medication as prescribed.

National Wear Red Day

February 3, 2017, marked the 15th anniversary of National Wear Red Day. This annual observance was designed to raise awareness of women’s heart health. FSCJ faculty, staff and students banded together to show our support.

You can view the photos on our Facebook album here

Who's New: 

This list includes those individuals who are filling the newly appointed Faculty full-time positions, A&P positions and full-time Career Employee positions.

Faculty Full-Time

  • Gary Davidson was appointed to the position of Professor of Aviation Coating
  • Regis Fredrick was appointed to the position of Professor of Computer Information Technology
  • Donna Hamilton was appointed to the position of Professor of Nursing
  • Shedrick Hollaway II was appointed to the position of Professor of Computer Information Technology
  • Christopher Lee was appointed to the position of Professor of Computer Information Technology
  • Debra Losicki was appointed to the position of Professor of Nursing
  • Susan Mythen was appointed to the position of Librarian
  • Melisia Robinson was appointed to the position of Professor of Nursing
  • Alan Zube was appointed to the position of Professor of Manufacturing

A&P Full-Time

  • Mamdouh Babi was appointed to the position of Dean of Career Education 
  • Heather Beasley was appointed to the position of Payroll Supervisor
  • Deborah Brabham was appointed to the position of Instructional Program Manager
  • Allan Case was appointed to the position of Director of Student Onboarding
  • Tameiko Grant was appointed to the position of Academic Director
  • Karen Howard was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Advising
  • Vanessa Howard was appointed to the position of Instructional Program Manager
  • Susan Keen was appointed to the position of Interim Associate Director of Advising
  • Jana Kooi was appointed to the position of Vice President for Online and Workforce Education 
  • Patricia McConnell was appointed to the position of Interim Director of Advising
  • Kendra Mervin was appointed to the position of Program Manager
  • Rich Turner was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Julissa Valdes was appointed to the position of Academic Director of Financial Aid
  • Terence Wright was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Student Onboarding

Career Full-Time

  • Phil Arroyo was appointed to the position of Library Assistant I
  • Stephanie Castro was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Donna Cobis was appointed to the position of Academic Tutor - ESOL
  • Lauren Finch was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I 
  • Gauge Gilio was appointed to the position of Plant Service Worker
  • Phillip Gusman was appointed to the position of Library Assistant I
  • Lindsey Haeusler was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Christie Hall was appointed to the position of Legal Office Administrative Assistant
  • Mairelis Hildebrand was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Lithesha Holloman was appointed to the position of Human Resources Project Coordinator
  • Joyce Jones was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Renee Lewis was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I 
  • Claude Maynard was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • William Meece was appointed to the position of Senior Plant Service Worker
  • Emily Michaud was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I 
  • Thomas Morris was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor II
  • Dekendrick Murray was appointed to the position of Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Brandi Nieves was appointed to the position of Student Support Coordinator
  • Kara Pineiro-Gerbase was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Readis Riley was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Manuela Roberts was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Kierstan Snyder was appointed to the position of Human Resources Specialist
  • Amber Strickland was appointed to the position of Library Assistant I
  • Igor Tavuzhnyanskiy was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Christopher Taylor was appointed to the position of Senior Support Specialist
  • Jacquelyn Tolbert was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist - Student Success
  • Tanisha Williams was appointed to the position of Interim Project Coordinator

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
 Jean Compere  Administrative Assistant II
 Cynthia Dufresne  RPT Career DSS
 Ian Dwyer  Security Officer I
 Bettina Elmore  Administrative Assistant II
 Ernesto Fragoso Perez   Security Officer I
 Jordan Gibson  Director of Alumni Relations
 Esmeralda Hill  Security Officer II
 Kimberly Jackson  Clerical Specialist
 Clara Lanei  Test Examiner
 Anne Poole  Program Coordinator
 John Ray  Supervisor - PSW
 Dawn Sanford  Program Facilitator III
 Angie Shrowder  Clerical Specialist
 Valarie Stratton  Administrative Assistant II
 Jennifer Whitman  Budget Analyst
 Randy Woodcock  Senior Security Officer


RPT Career DSS

RPT Career DSS

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.

The Morning Show with Dr. Mary Rose
Published on on February 10, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ Fire Academy Wins Award
Published on on February 1, 2017. Learn more »

Thousands training in Jacksonville to spot signs of mental illness
Published on on January 30, 2017. Learn more »

State College Legislation Could Limit Expansion of 4-Year Degree Programs
Published on on January 30, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ Artist Series Presents KINKY BOOTS 5/2-7, 2017
Published on on January 30, 2017. Learn more »

Action News Jax Sunday: Jan. 22, 2017 – Romney Smith
Published on on January 26, 2017. Learn more »

Review - ‘Book of Mormon’ still funny, still irreverent and still filthy
Published on on January 19, 2017. Learn more »

Sandalwood students to earn a diploma, degree, cyber job by senior year
Published on on January 19, 2017. Learn more »

Permit issued for downtown dorms for FSCJ
Published on on January 16, 2017. Learn more »

Hillwood, Florida State College at Jacksonville projects approved at $21 million
Published on on January 16, 2017. Learn more »

Community-police dialogue is a win-win for all
Published on on January 11, 2017. Learn more »


Presidents' Day 2017

Did you know that FSCJ has been named one of OnlineU’s 2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges? The College was recognized in the areas of human services, information technology and business, among others. These rankings represent educational institutions that make an effort to provide economical options for students seeking online degrees. Click here to learn more.


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

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 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. FSCJ faculty and staff are asked to register their attendance at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony by what deadline?
     a. March 1
     b. Faculty and staff are not required to register
     c. April 26
     d. April 3

2. The Northeast Florida Human Trafficking Coalition held its annual gathering last month at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). At which FSCJ campus did the gathering take place?
     a. North Campus
     b. Kent Campus
     c. South Campus
     d. Downtown Campus

3. How many times has FSCJ’s Fire Academy of the South been named the Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year?
     a. Once
     b. Four 
     c. Twice
     d. Never

4. After his time at FSCJ, Pedro Gutierrez went on to open his own clinic in Jacksonville to help those in need of medical care. What is the name of his clinic?
     a. Baymeadows Healthcare
     b. Health Pro Medical
     c. Gutierrez Family Care
     d. North Florida Medical Center