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FSCJ Hosts Bridging the Divide Kick-Off Event

On Thursday, October 12, FSCJ hosted the kick-off event for the new Bridging the Divide initiative which was developed in partnership with the Rashean Mathis Foundation and Campus Compact's Fund for Positive Engagement.

To an audience of close to 200 students, staff and community members, Keynote Speaker Rashean Mathis presented his thoughts on the disparities that exist across Jacksonville and its four quadrants and empowered the attendees to initiate and participate in constructive conversations to identify creative solutions to build greater unity and prosperity.

The discussion panel, facilitated by Associate Director of Diversity and Social Change for Student Engagement Veleashia Byrd, was comprised of FSCJ Student and Veteran Katie Chorbak, FSCJ Professor Dr. Timothy Gilmore, Jean Ribault High School Student and Member of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Jordan Hills, Crime and Safety Expert for CBS 47/FOX 30 Action News Jax Ken Jefferson, and FSCJ Student and North Campus Student Government Association Chair Drew Patterson.

View the event highlight video here.

Be on the lookout for future opportunities to engage in this effort.

Learn more about Bridging the Divide.



FSCJ Named One of 150 Top U.S. Community Colleges Eligible to Compete for $1 Million Dollar Aspen Prize

AspenAwardFSCJ was named one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. This is the second time in the last three years FSCJ has been ranked in the top 10%.

FSCJ was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public, two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize.

“The selection as one of the most prestigious colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute is a testament to the dedicated work of both our faculty and students at FSCJ,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “Our leadership at every level within the College works diligently to provide exceptional academic opportunities for our students. This recognition is proof that we continue to improve outcomes for all students.”

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

FSCJ will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top 10 Aspen Prize finalists list. Top 10 finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.



Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held to Celebrate Donation from the Chartrand Family

37337474101_8de1551691_kOn Tuesday, September 26, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, along with members of our District Board of Trustees and the FSCJ Foundation Board of Trustees, gathered to honor the tremendous generosity of Nancy and Gary Chartrand. Their latest gift has made possible the upgrades and enhancements to many of the College's laboratory learning spaces.

To commemorate their partnership, one laboratory has been named the Chartrand Family Chemistry Lab. Located at FSCJ's North Campus, the lab will help students apply their chemistry, physics, radiography and respiratory care coursework.

Click here to view photos from the event.



Medical Simulation Lab Opens at North Campus

37378433060_eabe2bbdaa_kFSCJ hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of a new Medical Simulation Center, located at FSCJ North Campus, on Tuesday, October 10.

The Medical Simulation Center will allow students in health programs the ability to gain hands-on experience through realistic patient care scenarios. Through simulation experiences, students will benefit from the trial and error learning opportunities which will maximize their learning.

The new learning space was made possible through an appropriation of $2.2 million granted from the Florida legislature for fiscal year 2017 to address the state’s shortage of nursing professionals.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, attendees also toured the newly designed Virtual Reality Medical Laboratory, where they engaged with the interactive systems that provide students with comprehensive health-related training. 

View the event photos here.


Student Services Update

Student Advising has returned to the Deerwood Center. Students will be able to make appointments to see an advisor for degree planning, to explore majors, plan courses for upcoming terms, develop academic goals and various other support services. To make an appointment, students should email or call (904) 646-2300. They may also book an appointment at any advising center.

In addition, Advisors at Deerwood Center are now equipped for “virtual appointments,” live, computer-based appointments where FSCJ Online students can receive full service advising at their convenience. VISTA – virtual student advising — is in the pilot stage and will expand based on student demand.

Finally, FSCJ places a focus on helping students achieve their goals while providing appropriate support. Symplicity is a series of customized technology modules aimed at enhancing the student experience through areas like student engagement, a new early alert, self-service accommodation requests, digital case management, and career service and development tools, among others. Click here to watch an overview video.




Confronting the Monsters in our Midst: The FSCJ Honors Symposium Series

This year, FSCJ Honors students are reading Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. Guided by their faculty, the students are exploring timeless issues addressed throughout the text. The Honors Symposium series provides a vibrant intellectual format in which students, faculty, staff and the local community can come together to discuss these issues.

The Office of Academic Engagement cordially invites faculty and staff to attend the first in our exciting Honors Symposium series titled "Monsters" in Our Midst? Using the Arts to De-stigmatize Juveniles Who Commit Crimes" on Thursday, October 19, 7-8 p.m., at the Downtown Campus, Building A-1058.

Youthful offenders who commit violent crime have been labelled “super predators” and “monsters.” Labels are not just words. They have power to alter perception, shape policy and forestall rehabilitation. Yet artists working in various media are attempting to help youthful offenders recover their identity. The 2016 documentary They Call Us Monsters looks at producer Gabriel Cowan’s attempt to teach screenwriting to juveniles convicted of violent crimes in Los Angeles County. By helping these young men write scripts and see them performed on screen, Cowan hopes they can reclaim authorship of their own life narratives.   

Professor Cherry will lead a panel discussion of the promises of and the challenges to using the arts to erase labels and empower self-recovery among youthful offenders.



Faculty and Staff Are Invited to the Achieve@FSCJ Equity Town Hall

Connect with colleagues at the Achieve@FSCJ Equity Town Hall meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) believes “that access to a high-quality education in an inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and workforce.” As a result of last year’s self-assessment results, FSCJ has identified equity as a focus of its ATD work. This Town Hall is intended to help stakeholders begin and continue to identify and implement equity-minded policies, practices and behaviors to promote achievement.

All FSCJ employees are invited to join us to network and engage in discussions on how to best serve our students. Employees who work directly with students may find this meeting especially beneficial.

Friday, October 20, 2017
10 a.m.-noon
ATC, Room 141

Register here by October 17, 2017. Your attendance counts for two non-credit hours of professional development toward the One Percent Salary Incentive.


  • Learn about the role of equity in an open access institution. 
    Dr. Marie F. Gnage, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement
  • Engage in a collaborative group activity focused on student demographics, and academic and student support services. 
    All attendees
  • Hear more of the student outcomes and College data from the Graduate Student Survey results.
    Dr. Carrie E. Henderson, Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation
  • Review the Equity Subcommittee's draft of FSCJ's equity statement. 
    All attendees

This meeting is part of FSCJ's Achieving the Dream (ATD) efforts and one of two Collegewide ATD events that will be hosted in 2017-18. 

For more information regarding the One Percent Salary Incentive, please review APM 03-0911.


Faculty and Staff Are Invited to Open Forum Event with Dr. Cynthia Bioteau

Open forumYou are cordially invited to an open conversation with Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the College and current initiatives at FSCJ.

The following Fall Term Open Forum event is scheduled. Additional dates and locations for Spring Term events will be announced soon.

November 13
1-2 p.m.
Downtown Campus, Room A-1068



Enter the Florida Prepaid College Scholarship Contest


The Florida Prepaid College Foundation will award two free years of college to 10 Florida families, through the Florida Prepaid Scholarship Program. The annual scholarship program runs between September 25 and October 29, 2017. The program coincides with National College Savings Month and will conclude just after the mid-October launch of Open Enrollment, the annual period when families can purchase Florida Prepaid College Plans.

Participants can register to win at and will have opportunities to earn extra entries by participating in daily and weekly activities to learn more about saving for college.

The program educates families about the fact that there is a better way to save for college through tax-advantaged 529 College Savings Plans. 529 Plans were designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. The plans are named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that authorizes the plans. Both Florida Prepaid College Plans and Florida 529 Savings Plans are qualified 529 plans and provide easy ways to start saving for college today. 

Learn more.




Following are the highlights of the October 10, 2017, meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College Administration to enter into a construction contract with AEC Electrical Contracting, Inc. as the lowest responsive meeting the construction documents for the Power Distribution Replacement at Kent Campus.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the Certificate of Final Inspection and authorized final payment of the South Campus J Tower Restroom Renovation Project to E. Vaughan Rivers Inc. Construction Company.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Entrepreneurship Technical Certificate program, effective at the end of the Fall Term 2017.

You can find more information on the Board of Trustees meeting on our website.



Giving Tuesday 2017

2017 logo blockJoin FSCJ to celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 28, 2017. Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement through which millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and their communities. 

This year, FSCJ will participate in giving back to our own community while also kicking off our Annual Fund Drive. More details to come.




Associate Vice President of Facilities Jamey Huser

Huser1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found your way to FSCJ.
My background is in construction and engineering. I attended Georgia Tech for my undergraduate degree in civil engineering and received my MBA at the University of North Florida. After undergrad, I worked for a consulting engineer for a number of years before moving over the real estate and facility side. Prior to coming to FSCJ, I worked as VP of Global Real Estate for JPMorgan Chase. 

2. In your new role as Associate Vice President of Facilities, what does your average day look like?
I don’t think I have been able to come up with an average day yet. My first task each morning is typically an update on any issues that arose with the facilities overnight which require immediate action. The leaders and supervisors within the facilities department do an exceptional job of resolving issues. We have several Collegewide initiatives with the facilities that I am working to move forward, as well as the Downtown Immersion project at 20 W Adams St. The rest of my time is spent on the operations side of facilities. 

3. What has been the most exciting/interesting/challenging task you’ve been involved in since your arrival?
The most exciting and challenging task I have encountered at FSCJ thus far was dealing with Hurricane Irma just after my first month. Irma had a significant impact on northeast Florida, however through planning, preparation and clean-up efforts, the impact on the College was minimized. The team worked diligently over the week after Irma to ensure that all clean-up efforts were complete when students and faculty returned to campus so that we could provide an environment where things were returning to normal despite what they might be experiencing elsewhere.

4. What does “student success” mean to you?
I think of student success in the same way that I view success in general. Success is accomplishing the goals that you have established for yourself. I think in the case of student success, it's challenging them to establish goals that push their limits and experience. For me, facilities has the responsibility to provide the environment to support the students and faculty in that pursuit. 

5. How do you spend your downtime?
Most of my downtime is spent with my wife, Angela, and my daughters, Makena (11) and Jordan (9).  Whether participating in activities with them or training, I enjoy being active outside. I compete in Ironman triathlons as well as various ultramarathons.  




Presidential Fellow Jeff Mans Sits Down with Dr. Rebecca Reeder

We all had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Rebecca Reeder during the latest Convocation but, you can learn more about her and the interesting path that led her to FSCJ. Click on the links to the audio interview below.

1. Is there a specific time or motivation that made you make a conscious decision to overcome your fear? What are the positive reinforcements of taking a chance? Listen here.

2. A theme of this academic year is that everyone has a story. What is your personal story of how you came to FSCJ? Listen here.

3. What is something interesting or distinctive about yourself that you'd like to share? Listen here.

4. Do you have any experiences or eureka moments that helped you see the world the way you do now? Listen here.

5. Your Convocation presentation was very effective at transforming a statistic into a person. What motivated you to focus on students and how did you get the idea to present the data that way? Listen here.

6. If you could wave a magic wand and change some aspect of the educational landscape, what is something you would want to alter? Listen here.

7. What projects are you currently working on that you are excited about and you would like your colleagues to be excited about? Listen here.

8. Who are some faculty and staff members at FSCJ who you admire and respect? Listen here.


FSCJ Professors Tim Gilmore and Shep Shepard Team Up for "The Book of Isaiah"

bookofisaiahProfessor Tim Gilmore's latest novel, "The Book of Isaiah," is a historical book treatment piece on the founder of Jacksonville, Isaiah David Hart. The book is the first of Gilmore's works to also come with a soundtrack.

On Saturday, October 28, a reading and book signing event will be held at 8 p.m. at The Second Floor, 1037 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The event will also feature Professor Shep Shepard's illustrations and the music of Dead Shepard Sounds.

Admission tickets are $15 and include two drinks and an appetizer. $25 tickets include the book.

Learn more and purchase tickets.




College Choice Ranked FSCJ in 30 Best Online Community Colleges

Best-Online-Community-Colleges-300x265FSCJ was ranked #10 by College Choice on their list of the 30 Best Online Community Colleges for 2017. College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

To determine their list of the 30 best community colleges offering online associate degrees, College Choice correlates data from Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and individual community colleges. They consider several factors in developing the institutional performance score, including first year retention rates, three-year graduation rates, credentials awarded and other criteria.

They also factor percentage of non-traditional and minority students, percentage of Pell grants and minority graduation rates in order to create a diversity score. Finally they compare online tuition rates to give a sense of the financial investment students would need to make.

View the full list.



FSCJ's Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Receives National Ranking

Best-Online-Bachelors-in-Early-Childhood-EducationCongratulations to our Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program which was ranked #11 in the nation for the best online bachelor's degrees by Best Education Degrees.

View the full list.






Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues - Sheldon Reed

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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.

October’s APC Spotlight shines on Sheldon Reed. As the Director of the Fire Academy of the South, Sheldon provides leadership and academic guidance to the Fire Academy. The Academy maintains a strong relationship with industries and agencies across the state of Florida providing industry brigade training, aircraft fire fighting training and other employer specific fire training. In the course of his duties, Sheldon is also the liaison for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department (JFRD).  

During his nine year tenure, the Fire Academy has increased enrollment in the Fire Fighter II program, and instituted new programming including Marine firefighting, Aircraft firefighting, and the use of drones in public safety, and is currently developing a Liquefied Natural Gas prop, which will be one of only three in the United States. Chief Reed also implemented an EMT and paramedic program at the Fire Academy. The Fire Academy was named the Florida Fire Training Center of the Year in 2010 and in 2016 by the Florida Training Director's Association. 

Chief Reed retired from the City of Naples Fire Department after 25 years of service, and served the last seven years of his tenure as Chief of Department. Upon retirement from municipal service, he was the Fire Science Technology Coordinator for Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, where he developed the curriculum for their first bachelor's degree, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management. Chief Reed possesses a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He has also taken executive level courses at the National Fire Academy and is certified as a Florida Fire Instructor III.

Outside the College, Sheldon and his wife enjoy riding his Harley, spending time at their Smoky Mountain retreat and building their North Carolina forever home.

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 their website,



Three Generations of FSCJ Students


FSCJ has been serving the Jacksonville community for more than 50 years and it is always rewarding to hear how FSCJ has had an impact on multiple generations in one family. Connie Casteel recently graduated from our registered nursing program, following in the footsteps of her mother who graduated from our nursing program many years ago when the College was known as FCCJ.

Connie chose FSCJ's nursing program because of the flexibility FSCJ provided, allowing her to make a schedule that works best for her and her children. She also liked the idea of taking classes at a community college because of the smaller, more intimate class sizes. During her time at FSCJ, she enjoyed the one-on-one relationships that she was able to establish with her professors. She is passionate about nursing and loves taking care of people. Connie hopes to one-day work with children or in hospice.

One of her favorite memories from her time at FSCJ was during clinicals at Wolfson Children's Hospital. The experience made her realize how much she enjoyed working with children. She found that parents of children with chronic illnesses can’t always be at the bed side of their children, and she enjoyed being able to comfort and provide for those children.

While at FSCJ, Connie was Vice President of FSCJ's Student Nursing Association and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Delta Nu.

Now, to continue the tradition, Connie's daughter is currently taking FSCJ dual enrollment classes, completing prerequisites for the nursing program.

The photo at right features Connie's mother on the left with Connie and her sister at her mother’s graduation. On the right of the image shows Connie and her son and daughter at her nursing pinning ceremony. Fun fact, Connie's daughter and son are 12 years apart in age, and Connie and her sister are as well.





Susan Amburgey


Susan Amburgey began her pursuit of higher education after her high school graduation in 1980. Getting married and having children forced her to press pause on her dream of becoming a teacher multiple times. To earn a living, Susan became a paraeducator, coached a speech/drama team and also a technology leadership team, eventually taking both teams to become Kentucky State Champions in their respective competitions.

In 2007, Susan decided to put some much needed attention on herself and picked education back up again. Unfortunately, her father passed away soon after and she was left to become the primary caretaker of her mother who had been recently diagnosed with ALS, making class attendance and study time nearly impossible. After her mother passed away, she spent some time on the road with her boyfriend who was an owner/operator, all the while absorbing knowledge about the transportation. Interestingly enough, Susan had foundational logistics knowledge from the time she spent as a child helping her parents run their family-owned supermarket. As luck would have it, the couple moved to Florida where Susan accepted an office administrator position with Ryder and was quickly promoted to load planner, a position where her customer service, project management and communication skills were on full display.

Susan recalls that she felt she had finally found stability she needed but still held the strong desire to earn her degree to eventually become an educator. She officially became a resident of the state she now called “home” to enjoy in-state tuition because she was determined to complete her degree without creating for herself the burden of student loans. After much research, she decided FSCJ was her best option, based on the online/hybrid course availability that allowed her to be a full-time employee and a full-time student simultaneously, combined with the positive reviews and convenient locations throughout the city.

After earning her Associate in Arts in 2012, Susan was ready to begin her education studies but, thinking forward, worried how she would be able to afford the student teaching component that would most certainly conflict with her work schedule. Fate stepped in and FSCJ announced a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Logistics. Pulling together all of her life experiences and working knowledge, Susan knew it was the perfect solution to her problem. She immediately called the program manager to learn more and became the first official student to be accepted into the program.

As the contract position Susan had at a global logistics company expired, she set out to find a new job while completing her studies. She applied for five positions and was offered every single one. All of the hiring managers were incredibly impressed with Susan’s experience and, more specifically, with the Logistics and Transportation Specialist certification she received at FSCJ. Finding her way to RDL Logistics, where she is also currently employed, Susan began settling into her role and quickly worked her way up in the company.

Susan has since proudly accepted her Bachelor of Applied Science in Logistics degree and has risen to the RDL Logistics Safety Manager, a position that has never before in the history of the company been held by a female. While working full-time, she completed each of the technical certificates and actually earned all eight that were available through the LINCS Grant at FSCJ.

She credits FSCJ’s programming, professors, especially Dr. Johnny Bowman, and advising staff with helping her fulfill her dreams and “bust down doors on a male-dominated industry,” as she best puts it. But she isn’t stopping there.

Susan said, “Over my lifetime, I’ve attended five different colleges and universities. I can easily say that FSCJ’s professors, support staff and student-oriented mentality are second to none.”

Now serving as a member of FSCJ’s Logistics Advisory Council and a guest speaker for many of her former professors’ classes, Susan isn’t quite ready to fully let go of that teaching goal. Ultimately, she wants to earn her master’s degree and come back to FSCJ as an adjunct professor.

“I am so proud to be an FSCJ alumni,” said Susan. “My dream of earning a bachelor’s degree started 36 years ago and because of FSCJ, that dream has become a reality.”





Benefits Open Enrollment for Full-Time Employees

2018 Benefits Open Enrollment began Monday, October 16 and will continue through Friday, October 27. 

Join us for an enrollment session to learn more about your options! Benefit representatives will be on hand to provide details and answer your questions. Free flu shots will be available for employees and dependents covered by the College’s medical plans, and for employees who opt out of the College’s medical insurance coverage.

North Campus 
Tuesday, October 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Room C136
Flu shots in Room C140 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nassau Center
Wednesday, October 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room B110
(Flu shots not available at this location.)

Downtown Campus (DC, ATC, AO, URC)
Wednesday, October 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
ATC, Room T111
Flu shots in Room T111 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

South Campus
Thursday, October 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lakeside Room (Wilson Center)
Flu shots in the Woodside Room from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Deerwood Center
Friday, October 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Room A1104
Benefit vendors will be in Room B1204.
Flu shots in Room B1204 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cecil Center
Friday, October 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room A107
(Flu shots not available at this location.)

myFSCJ Online Enrollment
To access Benefits Open Enrollment online, log into myFSCJ, select My Benefits, and select Benefits
Enrollment. Once Open Enrollment begins on Monday, October 16 at 8 a.m., you should see an option
to select “Open Enrollment.”



Upcoming Wellness Seminars

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.

Clearing Up Carb Confusion
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
noon-1 p.m.
South Campus, Room G3010
With so much incorrect information out there, it’s hard to know the truth about carbohydrates. Some contribute essential fuel for our bodies, while others are low in nutritional value and make it difficult to manage weight. This presentation will help you understand the difference and learn how to enjoy carbohydrates in the amounts and proportions that support your health.

10 Healthy Habits for Busy Women
Thursday, November 30, 2017
noon-1 p.m.
Downtown Campus, Room T-112 
Especially for women who are busy balancing work and life, maintaining good health can be a challenge. This presentation will not only help you identify your risks for health conditions that affect women, but will provide best practices for preventing and treating those conditions. You’ll leave this session with an action plan for good health based on 10 important healthy habits.

To reserve your spot in one or both seminars, click here.

As a special bonus for employees with FSCJ’s health insurance, each seminar is worth 50 Blue Rewards points. Upon earning 100 points, you are eligible to receive a $25 gift card. For more information, contact or call (904) 633-5940. 




Cross Country Has Returned to FSCJ

FSCJ Team (1)Women's Cross Country has returned to FSCJ and recently competed against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and other four-year colleges. They placed nine out of 10 teams, putting them in second place. At the Mountain Dew Invitational at the University of Florida, they finished 28 out of 32 teams.

The schedule for the season can be found here.





BlueWave Volleyball Highlights

The BlueWave Volleyball Team moved up a notch in the Region 8 (State of Florida) poll to #6 after defeating previous #6 Hillsborough College 3-1. The BlueWave team was the only team at the tournament to take #1 (in the state and the nation) Miami Dade College to five sets, losing 7-15 in the final set.

Congratulations All-Tournament (1)

Cheryke Brian-Garmos and Kaylon Cruickshank (pictured at left) earned All-Tournament honors for their performance in the tournament. FSCJ tied for 2nd with a record of 3-1 during the two-day Tournament of Champions. The BlueWave team is 9-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.


Cruickshank is ranked #7 in the nation with a .413% hitting average and #44 in blocks per set with a 1.0 average. Brian-Garmos is #27 in the nation with an average of 8.13 assists per set.

The BlueWave Volleyball Team is #8 in the nation with an average of 18.29 digs per set and #17 in hitting percentage with a .269 average. They are also 20th in the nation with 61 block solos.





This is your chance to share a glimpse into life at FSCJ! We invite our faculty and staff to send active and fun photos of your experiences at the College and in the community. This could include anything from working with students on unique classroom and lab activities, everyday interactions with colleagues and your engagement efforts throughout the community. Be sure to keep an eye on this section to see if your photo is featured! You can send your submissions to

22221745_764648983659896_7552633217922078152_nStudents volunteered at the Club Arc which serves adults with disabilities here in Jacksonville. Volunteers helped the Club Arc celebrate its eight anniversary.





FSCJ faculty and staff volunteered throughout the community to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.




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

  • Jacob Abraham was appointed to the position of Professor of Speech
  • David Boutilier was appointed to the position of Professor of Welding
  • Robert Crognale was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Jaime Hamilton was appointed to the position of Professor of Speech
  • Betty Jimmo was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Hospitality
  • Grant Karvonen was appointed to the position of Professor of Automobile Collision and Repair
  • Marquiese Mervin was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Digital Media
  • Thomas Shapard was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Chorus

A&P Full-Time

  • Vonnell Baggett was appointed to the position of Interim Associate Director of Advising
  • Ixchel Baker-Tate was appointed to the position of Interim Director of Financial Aid
  • Ujjwal Chakraborty was appointed to the position of Interim Department Chair
  • Melanie Ferren was appointed to the position of Interim Program Manager
  • Naita Guine was appointed to the position of Interim Instructional Program Manager
  • Jenifer Kolb was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Title IX Coordination
  • Erica Mack was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Student Success
  • Helen March was appointed to the position of Finance Manager
  • Danielle Philipp-Edmonds was appointed to the position of E-Learning Multimedia Graphic Designer
  • Andrew Pierce was appointed to the position of Interim Certification-Assessment Center Manager
  • Susan Poole was appointed to the position of Interim Dean of Nursing
  • Billy Thomas was appointed to the position of Interim Department Chair

Career Full-Time

  • Michael Berkshire was appointed to the position of Student Engagement Advisor I
  • Randy Brooks was appointed to the position of Sr. Plant Service Worker
  • Kerri Burns was appointed to the position of Associate of Science Bachelor Program Specialist
  • Beatrix Dunn was appointed to the position of Interim Student Success Advisor I
  • Ciera Durden was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Christine Farrington was appointed to the position of Microcomputer Specialist
  • Michael Goddard was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Vanessa Gordon was appointed to the position of Interim Project Coordinator
  • Mark Harris was appointed to the position of Student Engagement Advisor I
  • Maurie Hartshorn was appointed to the position of Curriculum Services Specialist
  • Courtney Hatten was appointed to the position of Student Engagement Advisor I
  • Kenneth Hughes was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist-Student Success
  • Melinda Johnson was appointed to the position of Interim Administrative Assistant I
  • Shallyn Kenney was appointed to the position of Accounts Payable Supervisor
  • Jennifer Lindemann was appointed to the position of Laboratory Manager
  • Lois Lindsey was appointed to the position of Associate of Science Bachelor Program Specialist
  • Keira Martin was appointed to the position of Student Engagement Advisor II
  • Marshun Middleton was appointed to the position of Enrollment Development Coordinator
  • Aaron Murdoch was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Ferris Murillo was appointed to the position of Box Office and Patron Services Manager
  • Angelica Novo was appointed to the position of Associate of Science Bachelor Program Specialist
  • Kristen Olson was appointed to the position of Interim Student Success Advisor I
  • Allen Pritchard was appointed to the position of Painter
  • LuAnn Risoli was appointed to the position of Interim Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Denise Smith was appointed to the position of Student Engagement Advisor II
  • Cherry Stallworth was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
  • Deborah Stewart was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator-Faculty and Adjunct Processes
  • Igor Tavuzhnyanskiy was appointed to the position of Associate of Science Bachelor Program Specialist
  • Yaowei You Schilling was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist-Student Success
  • Susan Vossler was appointed to the position of Laboratory Assistant

Career Part-Time 

  • Tyler Cahill was appointed to the position of Security Officer I
  • Melody Gamber was appointed to the position of Academic Tutor
  • Youdeline Saint Elus was appointed to the position of Security Officer I

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
 Robert Brown  Project Coordinator
 Aaron Douglas  Plant Ser Worker
 John Jinker  Program Manager
 Gary Killam  Dean Career Education
 Karen Lowery  Library Asst II
 Morton Perry  Sr Supp Specialist
 Tonya Robinson  Security Officer I


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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.

One Man Show: "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy"
Published on on October 13, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ Qualifies To Compete for $1 Million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
Published on on October 13, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ Artist Series Ticket Sales Donations for Hurricane Irma
Published on on October 12, 2017. Learn more »

Rashean Mathis and 'Bridging the Divide'
Published on on October 11, 2017. Learn more »

FSCJ opens Medical Simulation Center to help combat nurse shortage
Published on on October 11, 2017. Learn more »

Big employers explain why they're choosing Jacksonville and what's holding the city back from landing even more
Published on on October 5, 2017. Learn more »

Thursday's Editorial: Downtown Vision's report card show good progress, some challenges
Published on on October 5, 2017. Learn more »

TEDxFSCJ to Look at How Youth Crime Impacts Community
Published on on August 27, 2017. Learn more »




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

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FSCJreadsDid you know there is a new academic initiative from FSCJ Library and Learning Commons? FSCJ Reads is a series of interviews with FSCJ administrators, faculty, staff and students about the books and authors that have meant something to them. Check out FSCJ Reads with Librarians Susan Mythen and Emily O'Neil.

Brand & Style Guide 2018



Did you also know we have released a new Brand and Style Guide? Click here to check it out. Pay special attention to the email signatures section on page 31. The correct logo format can be downloaded here.


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. How was the new Medical Simulation Center at North Campus funded?
    1. $2.2 million grant from the Florida legislature 
    2. $1 million grant from the Florida legislature
    3. An anonymous donation
    4. Go Fund Me
  1. Which of the topics below are included on the Achieve@FSCJ Equity Town Hall agenda?
    1. The role of equity in an open access institution
    2. Student outcomes and College data from the Graduate Student Survey results
    3. The Equity Subcommittee's draft of FSCJ's equity statement
    4. All of the above
  1. How was FSCJ ranked by College Choice on their list of 30 Best Online Community Colleges? 
    1. #5
    2. #10
    3. #7
    4. #30
  1. When is open enrollment for full-time employees?
    1. October 30 to November 5
    2. October 16 to 20
    3. October 16 to 27
    4. October 23 to 27
  1. When is Giving Tuesday?
    1. October 23
    2. November 28
    3. October 17
    4. November 14