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Join us for Convocation 2018

We hope to see you at FSCJ's 2018 Convocation on Thursday, August 30 at the South Campus Gymnasium. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend as we celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

Convocation will begin with breakfast at the South Campus Cafeteria from 8:30-9:30 a.m. At 9:45, the program will start in the Gymnasium. Click here to add the event to your calendar.

All employees are also asked to participate in our food drive for the FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry by bringing nonperishable food items with you to donate. High need items include: tuna, canned pasta meals, grab-and-go snacks such as granola bars, peanut butter or cheese crackers, cereal, Ramen noodles, jelly in plastic containers, pasta, pasta sauce in plastic containers, coffee/tea packets, dry beans, macaroni and cheese meal kits, and shelf-stable canned/boxed milk and rice. All donations will be distributed among our two locations at the South and Downtown campuses.

Learn more about FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry here.




Join us for September's Business Speaker Series Event

fscjBusinessSS_logo_color (1)Join us on Thursday, September 13, 2018, for the next event in the Business Speaker Series, The Changing Military: Its Economic Impact on Northeast Florida.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Jacksonville City Council President Aaron Bowman. Bowman is also senior vice president of business development for the JAXUSA Partnership. Panelists include Retired Commander for the United States Navy and City of Jacksonville Director of Military Affairs & Veterans Department Bill Spann, Retired Captain for the United States Navy Reserves and IBM Summit Program Manager Wyman Winbush, and United States Navy Rear Admiral Patricia Wolfe.

When? Thursday, September 13, 2018
8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9-10:30 a.m. Presentation

Where? FSCJ Kent Campus Auditorium
3939 Roosevelt Blvd., F128, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Registration is required. Visit for more information.




FSCJ Hosts Nassau County School District Principals Breakfast

More than 30 representatives from FSCJ and Nassau County School District (NCSD) came together on July 25 to discuss district priorities for the upcoming academic year, as well as opportunities for continued partnerships.

Principals, assistant principals, district staff and guidance counselors were in attendance and heard presentations from various areas of FSCJ including recruitment, student engagement and financial aid. Roundtable discussions gave both organizations an opportunity to share feedback as well as an opportunity to present ideas on strengthening the pathways from high school to college.



Celebrate Diversity Awareness Month

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FSCJ Student Engagement is hosting a variety of events across the College to celebrate diversity among our students, faculty and staff. 

Click here to view the full list of events continuing throughout the month of September.

Share Your Expertise

The Marketing and Communications department is looking for faculty/staff who are interested in sharing their expertise. There are two opportunities available to help share your passion.

  1. We are looking for faculty and staff “subject matter experts” who would be interested in participating in media opportunities including interviews and appearances with local TV, radio, print and online media outlets. If you are interested and willing to be an expert on those occasions when media reach out for comments/stories, please email Jill Johnson at with the areas you would be comfortable speaking on.
  2. We would like to build our video library and are interested in visiting your classrooms to record you teaching to your students. We are open to any and every type of classroom environment. If you know you have a special lesson planned on a particular day that you are excited about, we want to know about it. Please email if you are interested in having our video production team visit your class during the Fall Term. We will work with you on the best day and time that works for you.



Academic Technology Announces Blackboard Upgrades

On August 25, a Blackboard upgrade will bring new features that will benefit our students and faculty:

  • Drag and drop assignment submission
  • Assignment submission receipts

Please note: There will be a small window of downtime on Saturday, August 25, beginning at 8 p.m through Sunday, August 26 at 8 a.m.

Click here to read the full Academic Technology update.




Following are the highlights of the August 14, 2018, meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • Karen Bowling was re-elected as Board chair. Additionally, Candace Holloway was selected to continue as vice chair for Nassau County and T.R. “Mac” McGehee Jr. will also remain in his role as vice chair for Duval County.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the new Aviation Airframe Mechanics and Aviation Powerplant Mechanics Technical Certificates, effective Fall Term 2018.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing I Workforce Certificate, effective at the end of Summer Term 2018.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Aircraft Coating and Corrosion Control Technology Workforce Certificate, effective at the end of Summer Term 2018.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Aviation Operations Associate in Science, effective at the end of Summer Term 2018.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Digital Media/Multimedia Video Production and Digital Media/Multimedia Production (Motion Graphics 3-D) Technical Certificates, effective at the end of Summer Term 2019.

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


Student Services

Student Services Update

As you all know, Student Services has recently gone through a realignment and we'd like to share updates with you on new and changing positions. The following staff changes have occurred:

Campus Directors
Karen Howard, North Campus
Terrence Wright, Kent Campus
Heather Kenney, South Campus
Vonnell Baggett, Downtown Campus

Associate Directors of Admissions
Elise Horowitz, Downtown Campus and Kent Campus
Lisa DeSanctis, South Campus and Deerwood Center

Associate Directors of Advising Services
Herschel Finch, South Campus
Beatrix Dunn, Downtown Campus

Ashli Archer will begin in the role of International Student Coordinator on September 4.

The following positions will be filled soon:

  • Interviews will occur the week of August 20 for the Associate Registrar/Associate Director of Registration and Student Records. 
  • The Associate Director of Housing position will be posted August 16.
  • An offer has been extended for the Associate Director of Athletics position.
  • Final interviews for the Ombudsman will be conducted on August 17.
  • Final interviews for the Associate Director of Student Conduct will be conducted on August 17.
  • Interviews will be conducted August 16 for the Functional Analyst position.
  • The positions for Site Financial Aid Advisors will be posted soon.
  • Offers will be made August 17 for Site Admission Advisors. 

Fall enrollment will continue to be managed the way it currently is through the beginning of Fall Term. The new advisors/leaders will be at the campuses helping out during peak times to learn and get better acquainted with their teams.  

In September, department meetings will begin to update and document processes for the current operation. Once processes are documented and agreed to, training will start with all departments that are impacted.

Our goal is that students will be able to visit any campus and be served with admissions, orientation, testing/assessment, academic advising, retention (re-admits, drops, at-risk) and student records (graduation audits, transcripts or holds). We will be working closely with our academic partners to ensure students thrive in our campus environments. 

Future plans:

  • Eliminate the ticketing system once we have processes in place and are current with issues that have been submitted.
  • Decrease calls that are currently being taken by Pro-Ed by having student workers and first-line advisors in place to answer calls.
  • Increase resources in our International Student Office.
  • Move the Military and Veterans Service Center (MVSC) to the Urban Resource Center to better suit their needs.

 Additionally, we will establish “best practice” processes for our student experience where we will:

  • Document processes and share through SharePoint;
  • Ensure the website and catalog are accurate; and
  • Send Collegewide communications monthly to provide recent updates.

Be on the lookout for more information after Fall Term begins. Thank you all for your patience and support throughout this realignment.




Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues -Tina Harp-Thackney

TinaThe 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.

August’s APC Spotlight shines on Tina Tharp-Hackney. Tina works as an Engineer II on the IT Network Team where she helps provide support for Collegewide infrastructure. Her main role is working as a digital signage system engineer; she also assists in supporting the C-Cure access control system and the Milestone Security Camera System. She started working in the Information Technology department in 2012 as the project coordinator for the Vice President of Technology & Chief Information Officer.

Tina holds a B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of North Florida. Additionally, she has completed professional development courses in beginning, intermediate and advanced project management.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children, gardening and traveling.

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,




FSCJ Cosmetology Program Serves Local Veterans


On August 2, 55 students and seven faculty from the FSCJ Cosmetology program volunteered their time and talents to provide haircuts and manicures to more than 300 local Veterans at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.

“The City’s annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down event was a huge success. This event meant a lot to our students; many of the students within the cosmetology department have a connection to the military and they saw this event as a way they could give back to those that have served," said Stephanie Bernard, program manager. "This was a great event for us to not only give back to the community, but also for the students to practice their skill set."

Watch the highlight video.




FSCJ Student Partners with Local Artist on Book Project 

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Darick Taylor, an FSCJ Converged Communications student, publishing company co-owner and emerging photographer, partnered with local artist Margete Griffin on a two-book project called, "Ode to the Underground." The duo recently hosted an event where they presented "Ode to the Underground Vol. 1: Brave Hearts" and "Ode to the Underground Vol. 2: Kit'nface Speaks," as well as a series of photographic prints from the books, to a crowd of nearly 200 people, which included FSCJ faculty and employees, local artists and musicians.

"Brave Hearts" combines graphic design and photographs to pay tribute to Jacksonville’s hardworking musicians and the venues that support them. The book also contains QR codes and URLs to take its patrons directly to sites where they can experience and support the bands depicted on its pages. "Kit’nface Speaks" sees legendary street-art character, Kit’nface, addressing the importance of supporting local culture while resisting forces that might cause Jacksonville’s communities harm.

They also sold framed photographs and mounted wheat paste art in addition to the books. Smaller, collectible prints were also available, as well as copies of Artificial Gravity’s recently released comic book anthology, "Quantum Echo."

Margete is a screen printer, painter and the owner of Griff House. She has exhibited her work at galleries all over Jacksonville while running a successful printing business for decades. Darick is a soon-to-be FSCJ graduate and co-owns Artificial Gravity, a publisher of comic books, art books and speculative fiction. He is currently in the planning stages of upcoming solo and group exhibitions.


FSCJ Student Named The Florida College System Student of the Month


In their monthly newsletter, The Florida College System named FSCJ's Zoya Thomas their Student of the Month. Ms. Thomas is pursuing an Associate in Science in Early Childhood Education Management and expects to graduate after the Fall Term.

The newsletter says, "Thomas serves as the vice president of the FSCJ Early Childhood Education Club where she has been present in all club activities, including building the website and participating in various community services. She has been looked up to as a role model by her peers while serving as club vice president. Apart from being an excellent leader in her community, Thomas excels academically, submitting her assignments in a timely manner and going above and beyond what is requested by her professors. Thomas connects content produced for her assignments to the field of early childhood education in a scholarly level, representing the knowledge she has obtained throughout her postsecondary education experience that will help her excel in the workforce."




Former Dual Enrollment Student Receives State Recognition


Caleb Fahlgren, a past dual enrollment student and recent graduate from West Nassau High School, was named the Outstanding Secondary Career Education Student by the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE). He is the first Nassau County student to receive the award.

Caleb took advantage of FSCJ's programming and began working toward the Digital Forensics Technical Certificate and took a Drafting/AutoCAD course while still in high school. He is now attending Auburn University.

Caleb's award and high school career was recently spotlighted by the Fernandina Observer. Read the full article.





Save the Date: Fall Wellness Seminars


Recipe Revamp/Quick and Easy Meals
Wednesday, September 26, noon-1 p.m.
Downtown Campus, A-112

There are many simple things you do to make a recipe healthier. In this presentation, we will review how to revamp recipes through simple substitution swaps without sacrificing taste. We will also discuss quick and easy meal ideas. Bring your own recipe for an opportunity to revise it during this session.

Deskercise II: Fast Track Yoga Basics at Your Desk 
Tuesday, October 26, noon-1 p.m.
Deerwood Center, A-1108

Not flexible? This presentation is made with you in mind. We’ll review basic yoga principles and discuss why yoga is more than just a form of exercise and practice a variety of poses to increase your flexibility and reduce tension. You’ll leave with the skills and tools that you can practice at your desk in a short amount of time. Wear comfortable work clothes!

Wednesday, November 28, noon-1 p.m.
South Campus, E-211

Looking for more energy? Get some sleep! Many of us do not get a good night’s sleep and our health and productivity suffer because of it. This presentation covers the purpose of sleep, how much sleep is enough and how to improve the quality of your sleep with strategies, tips and helpful resources.

The registration link for all seminars will be available soon!



FSCJ BlueWave Athletics Adds Men’s Cross Country to its Offerings

FSCJ BlueWave Athletics has added Men’s Cross Country to its 2018-19 athletic offerings. The sport is growing in popularity and there are currently 116 Men’s Cross Country teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The addition of Men’s Cross Country furthers FSCJ’s ability to focus recruitment efforts on local athletes and support their academic pursuit through scholarships.

“We are excited to add Men’s Cross Country to our athletic department and are confident the popularity of the sport in Jacksonville will help boost the program,” said FSCJ Director of Athletics Ginny Alexander.

The team will be led by Coach Joseph (Jody) Hale, who joined the College in 2017 to help relaunch the Women’s Cross Country program. Any current or incoming male students interested in learning more about the Men’s Cross Country team should contact Coach Hale at (904) 646-2214 or

The FSCJ Athletic Department currently has seven athletic programs: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country.


FSCJ BlueWave Athletics Welcomes New Softball Coach

Sikes720FSCJ BlueWave Athletics has selected Jan Sikes for the softball team’s head coaching position. Coach Sikes previously served as the assistant coach in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.

She is a graduate of Paxon High School and played collegiately at Lake City Community College (now Gateway College) for the legendary Jean Williams, earning All-State honors both years before continuing her softball career at Florida State University. While at FSU, she led the Seminoles in back-to-back National Championships (‘81 and ’82) by posting the most hits with batting averages of .477 and .471 respectively. She earned All-American, AIAW All-Regional and All-State Honors ('81 and '82) and was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2008.

Prior to joining the BlueWave softball team, Coach Sikes was the head softball coach at Bishop John Snyder High School (2015-17) and was the director of softball development with North Florida Pride (USSSA). Prior to her stint at Bishop John Snyder, she coached at the Bolles School.

Coach Sikes graduated from FSU with a degree in criminology and supports women’s athletics at the university through an endowed softball scholarship. She currently sits on the Board of Directors as the chairman of the Florida State Varsity Club and is one of only two women to hold this position.

“We are thrilled to have Coach Sikes step into her new role as head coach of our softball team,” said FSCJ Director of Athletics Ginny Alexander. “Her experience and passion for the game is incomparable and we look forward to what is sure to be a great season ahead.”

For additional information on FSCJ BlueWave Athletics, visit  




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.


Dr. Jose Lepervanche was featured on Buzz TV's "Making a Difference," segment. The interview focused on Dr. Lepervanche's experience in Scouting. He said, "The values I learned and the role models I followed were fundamental to do the same. Leading by example is my commitment to Scouting as a person, professional and professor. Scouting is the best outdoors experiential educational method to form the leaders of tomorrow.” Watch the full segment.


Student Success Advisor I Renee Lewis was praised by a parent for her role in helping her child gain acceptance into the Tian Jin University in China. In fact, the student was the only American to be accepted on a list of 200 other international students. The parent wrote, "YOU were the catalyst in setting this journey into motion. Your level of expertise, experience and attention to detail identified issues with my daughter's academic direction and you provided an alternate route."


SteveTraining and Development Coordinator Steve Beard placed first in his age group at the Red, White & Brew 5K in Downtown Jacksonville.





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

  • Alexandra Ion was appointed to the position of Professor of Building Construction
  • Anthony Reid was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of HVAC

A&P Full-Time

  • Joan Boyd was appointed to the position of Associate Dean of Nursing
  • Alicia Brandon was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Financial Aid
  • Douglas Brauer was appointed to the position of Dean of Engineering, Technology and Industry
  • Frank Burnell was appointed to the position of Coach - Men's Basketball
  • Michael Carpenter was appointed to the position of Assistant Director, Fire Academy of the South
  • Ryan Foxworthy was appointed to the position of Functional Analyst, Financial Aid Systems
  • John Foyt was appointed to the position of Building and HVAC Controls Manager
  • Alison Hicks was appointed to the position of Program Manager
  • Edmund Janota was appointed to the position of Instructional Program Manager
  • John Jinker was appointed to the position of Program Manager
  • Piti Kanjanapongpaisal was appointed to the position of Director of Creative Learning Services
  • Whitney Lafond was appointed to the position of Department Chair
  • Shirley Learn was appointed to the position of Instructional Program Manager
  • Thomas Lewis was appointed to the position of Educational Technology Specialist
  • Gaurav Mandal was appointed to the position of Engineer V - Software
  • Martha McNulty was appointed to the position of Director of Online Academic Strategy
  • Steven Miller was appointed to the position of Instructional Program Manager
  • Barbara Moyer was appointed to the position of Training and Development Coordinator
  • Danielle Ray was appointed to the position of Director of Campus Operations
  • Robyn Reese was appointed to the position of Engineer II - Multimedia
  • Janis Sikes was appointed to the position of Coach - Women's Softball
  • Doreen Sterling was appointed to the position of Department Chair
  • Eddy Stringer was appointed to the position of Interim Department Chair
  • Talani Torres was appointed to the position of Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Nancy Webster was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Articulations

Career Full-Time

  • Sam Bateh was appointed to the position of Senior Security Officer
  • Samuel Bell was appointed to the position of Maintenance Site Manager
  • Kyle Brown was appointed to the position of Plant Service Worker
  • Jalaine Buford was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Kumari Clark was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
  • Diana Crigger was appointed to the position of Compensation, Classification and Benefits Analyst
  • Benjamin Cutler was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Jean Dealmeida was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator
  • Kim Deer was appointed to the position of Digital Communications Specialist
  • Cheryl Duff was appointed to the position of Interim Program Coordinator
  • Blake Ehlers was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Kimberley Fair was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • David Fairbairn was appointed to the position of Tradesworker III
  • Carissa Gardner was appointed to the position of Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Harry Hardwick was appointed to the position of Lead Integrated Systems Specialist
  • Clair Hart was appointed to the position of Laboratory Manager
  • Lynna Im was appointed to the position of Student Records Analyst I
  • Tracy James was appointed to the position of Financial Services Specialist
  • Amy Johnson was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • Rohelia Kelly was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Brandon Lampley was appointed to the position of Security Officer II 
  • Carol Michael was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • Sally Newton was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Polina Paliy was appointed to the position of Veteran Affairs Enrollment Services Processor
  • Wanda Porter was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Terrence Reed was appointed to the position of Senior Security Officer
  • Lisa Reinertson was appointed to the position of Construction Electrical and Mechanical Inspector II
  • Antonio Rivera was appointed to the position of Assistant Supervisor of Plant Service Workers
  • Michael Robinson was appointed to the position of Student Recruiter
  • Candace Solomon was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • George Solomon was appointed to the position of Senior Security Officer
  • Stephens Spates was appointed to the position of Security Supervisor in Charge
  • Lisa Standard was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Godfrey Story was appointed to the position of Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Mary Thomas was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Kendra Thompson was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • Nicole Tomlinson was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • Lisa Vanzwoll was appointed to the position of Academic Tutor
  • Wendell Webster was appointed to the position of Interim Case Manager/Career Specialist
  • James Weiss was appointed to the position of Academic Tutor
  • Carolyn Wiltse was appointed to the position of Vision Rehabilitation Training Specialist III
  • Leila Youssef was appointed to the position of Student Records Analyst I




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

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Did you know the College is using a new web-based class and room scheduling program called 25Live? The program enabled event planners and academic schedulers to search dates and locations for all campuses and centers in one central location. At this time, it's best to schedule your meetings and events in both Outlook and 25Live. Beginning September 1, you can schedule locations solely through 25Live. 

Online training courses are available through Training and Organizational Development through August 21. Additional training opportunities will be scheduled throughout the Fall Term. Register in myFSCJ.

AFPD 1192 – 25Live Training for Requesters
Class Number: 4698

AFPD 1193 – 25Live Training for Users
Class Number: 4674




FSCJ students and staff recently volunteered their time with the Salvation Army for the back-to-school supply drive that was held on August 3. The volunteers helped families complete applications to be eligible to receive the supplies. They also worked in the warehouse to organize the donations in preparation for the giveaway event.

All participants agreed it was a rewarding experience and enjoyed the opportunity to better apply their coursework to real-life situations.



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Check out the latest 20West Cafe menu and follow them on Facebook for the latest on specials and events.

Don't forget, faculty and staff get 20% off the purchase price of a meal by presenting their official FSCJ ID.





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 many local Veterans did FSCJ's students and faculty serve at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event?
    1. 55
    2. 300
    3. More than 300
    4. 200

  1. Where will the next Wellness Seminar be held?
    1. Deerwood Center
    2. Downtown Campus
    3. South Campus
    4. Nassau Center
  1. Which of the following athletic programs does FSCJ NOT have?
    1. Men's Cross Country
    2. Softball
    3. Women's Basketball
    4. Men's Volleyball
  1. Where will the next Business Speaker Series event be held?
    1. Kent Campus
    2. Downtown Campus
    3. South Campus
    4. Deerwood Center
  1. What is the name of the publishing company co-owned by Darick Taylor?
    1. Griff House
    2. Quantum Echo
    3. Artificial Gravity
    4. Brave Hearts