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Nominations for Annual Student Recognition Ceremonies Opens Soon

logo_StudSuc_lgIt's almost time to begin the selection process for commendation of deserving students at our annual student recognition and awards programs. This year, the program will be named Celebration of Student Success and, with student success as our strategic goal, it's important that we make it a priority to recognize our students' achievements.

In keeping with past tradition, all faculty and staff will soon be invited to select one to three students from their respective courses, academic programs, student organizations, or workplace who have excelled within any of the following categories:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Inspirational Achievement
  • Outstanding Student Worker
  • Outstanding Student Leadership

Students may be selected from the Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Terms. 

Be on the lookout for additional details about the recommendation process and ceremony schedule which will be made available soon.



Join Us for the Next Business Speaker Series Event on January 25

Biz Speaker SeriesOn January 25, 2018, join us at FSCJ South Campus for the second event in the Business Speaker Series, How Advanced Infrastructure Promotes Local Business and Economic Growth.

Panelists include:
Lake Ray, Executive Director, First Coast Manufacturers Association, Former State Representative
Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director, North Florida TPO
Greg Evans, District Two Secretary, FDOT
Aaron Bowman, Senior Vice President of Business Development, JAXUSA Partnership, Jacksonville City Council, District 3

When? Thursday, January 25, 2018
8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9-10:30 a.m. Panel Presentation

Where? FSCJ South Campus, Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246

Registration is required. Visit

The series was made possible by a $250,000 commitment from First Florida Credit Union to support initiatives that will help local students and community members become future business leaders. The funding helped launch the series and will bolster the College’s Financial Skills Academy over the span of five years. To see the full schedule of future events, visit



Students are Invited to Enter FSCJ Author Series Essay and Visual Art Contests

Author SeriesThis year, the annual FSCJ Author Series will feature Author Josh Hanagarne and his book, “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover’s Adventures,” which illuminates the mysteries of Tourette Syndrome as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries.

We are pleased to also offer two student contests related to the book:

Students are invited to participate in an essay contest where they can describe one subject that gives them strength in challenging times. Cash prizes will be offered for first through third place winners. The submission deadline is February 20, 2018, by midnight.

There will also be a visual art contest where students can illustrate a passage from their favorite book, celebrate reading or convey overcoming challenges to find strength in life. Entries will be featured in FSCJ's art galleries through April. Cash prizes will be offered for first through third place winners. The submission deadline is February 28, 2018.

View the rules, criteria and submission information for both contests at

The author will visit on March 13, 2018, at the following times/locations:

11 a.m.
FSCJ Kent Campus
Main Auditorium (F-128)
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

7 p.m.
FSCJ South Campus
Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts
11901 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Registration is not required. All seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, visit the FSCJ Author Series website.



Faculty and Staff Are Invited to Open Forum Events 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 Open Forum events are scheduled:

January 22
1-2 p.m.
North Campus, Room A-236

February 12
1-2 p.m.
Kent Campus, Room D-120

March 15
1-2 p.m.
Cecil Center, Auditorium, Room A-109

April 11
1-2 p.m.
Nassau Center, Room T-126



Faculty Are Invited to Register for Free DeafTEC Workshops

The DeafTEC program provides free training and resources for faculty to improve College access for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students and will enhance the student learning experience for all.

Project Access/Universal Design in Learning
Learn about the Universal Design in Learning theory and how to put it into practice for students. Whether teaching online, face-to-face or hybrid courses, this training will provide resources to make educational materials more accessible and engaging for all students — especially those who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Course Number: 5155

Thursday, January 18, 2018
1-3 p.m.
Advanced Technology Center, Room T112

Monday, January 22, 2018
9-11 a.m.
North Campus, Room D300F

Friday, February 9, 2018
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
South Campus, Room G201

Friday, April 6, 2018
1-3 p.m.
Deerwood Center, Room B1204

Writing in the Disciplines
Students need practice and a variety of experiences to become strong writers. This is especially important for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who often have limited writing experiences. Learn strategies for infusing writing in courses across disciplines. While this workshop is geared toward STEM instructors, strategies can be implemented by all faculty. Course Number: 5226

Friday, January 19, 2018
1:30-4 p.m.
Deerwood Center, Room G2730A

Thursday, January 25, 2018
10 a.m.-noon
Kent Campus, Room B202

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
1-3 p.m.
North Campus, Room D300F

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

Register at Contact or call (904) 361-6214 for more information.

This project is in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology. It is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers: DUE 1104229 and DUE 1501756.


Join Us for a Collegewide Spirit Day

SpiritDay_720x720-01Join us for FSCJ Spirit Day on Wednesday, January 24. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing FSCJ gear and attending activities at each campus/center to celebrate our pride in the College.

Each campus will host a Spirit Splash from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and enjoy food, games, photo booths and giveaways. The day will conclude with a tailgate at South Campus from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by the FSCJ BlueWave Women’s Basketball game at 6 p.m. and the Men’s Basketball game at 8 p.m.

Learn more.

For more information about student life events, follow FSCJ Student Life on Facebook.



FSCJ Pays Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mlk Jr. Social Media 1080X1080-01This month, the FSCJ community is paying tribute to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on changing social norms in our community through his vision and activism.

MLK Jr. Day of Service
On Monday, January 15, FSCJ Volunteer Services joined with United Way in a Day of Service to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students and staff collectively volunteered at Susie Tolbert Elementary School and Northwestern Middle School where they cleaned, painted, landscaped and built picnic tables to improve the space. The BlueWave Women’s Basketball team also volunteered their time throughout the community.

Below are some photos that highlight the day:



MLK Jr. Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony
On Tuesday, January 16, the FSCJ community marched through South Campus and held a ceremony featuring faculty and staff keynote speakers in tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. View photos from the event.

Martin and Malcom: Advocacy 101
On Wednesday, January 17, students, faculty and staff learned about effective advocacy through the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and how each of us has a role in advocating on behalf of ourselves and underrepresented communities.


Register for the Achieve@FSCJ Data Summit

ATD_header_700x150_hr (1)Connect with colleagues at the Achieve@FSCJ Data Summit on Friday, February 9, 2018, where we will engage in discussions reflecting on key measures of student success. 

Friday, February 9, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon
South Campus, Wilson Center, Lakeside Room

Please let us know of your attendance by February 6, 2018. Register here


  • Learn about how FSCJ is creating a culture of evidence. 
  • Find out more about who our students are by reviewing demographic data. 
  • Review Achieve2020@FSCJ, the College's Strategic Plan.
  • Engage in a discussion about retention, completion and job placement/transfer data.
  • Preview Collegewide dashboards on a number of student success indicators.

This meeting is part of FSCJ's Achieving the Dream (ATD) efforts and the second of two collegewide ATD events in 2017-18. 



Faculty and Staff Celebrate Together During Holiday Open House


On Thursday, December 14, 2017, faculty and staff convened at the Advanced Technology Center for holiday treats, tunes and collegiality.

During the celebration, two large bins of school supplies were collected which will be used to support our very own students. Thank you for your generosity!

View the photos.



Black History Month Events

In celebration of Black History Month, FSCJ students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in any of the events we have planned throughout the month of February. Below are just a few of the events taking place:

Black Culture Explosion
Join us for the opening of Black History Month as we celebrate the rich heritage of the Black and African American community at our Black Culture Explosion at South Campus on Thursday, February 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Experience dance, literature and music, as we honor the traditions and rituals of the community. The show will feature Kalimba Player Kevin Spears. Learn more.

Black History Month Quote Board
The History and Heritage student leaders are creating a series of posters to honor key figures in Black History. These will be displayed at all campuses and centers throughout the month of February. Learn more.

We Have Come Over a Way: A Photographic Exhibit of African American Life and History
Visit the Kent Campus Library and Learning Commons for a Black History Month photographic exhibit focused on African-American life and experiences in Jacksonville and surrounding areas beginning Monday, February 5 through Wednesday, February 28. Learn more.

Black History Month Jeopardy
How much do you know about Black History? Come watch students, faculty and clubs be tested on their Black History knowledge on Thursday, February 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Downtown Campus. Learn more.

Be sure to check the Collegewide calendar and search "Black History Month" for additional events that are scheduled throughout the month.



Nominations are Being Accepted for Community Leadership Scholarship

Scheidel landing page banner_720x720_FINAL2Do you know students with a heart for volunteerism and giving back to their community? Nominate them today for the Herbert W. Scheidel Community Leadership in Action Award Scholarship.

The Herbert W. Scheidel Community Leadership in Action Award was established in 2011 to provide students who demonstrate outstanding community service with the opportunity to obtain a workforce certificate, associate or bachelor's degree. 

Each year, this endowment grants one $5,000 and two $500 scholarships to students who show advocacy in their community. 

To be considered for the Leadership in Action Award, nominees must have been enrolled in FSCJ and be seeking a degree or certificate during the time in which the volunteer service was performed.

Application deadline is February 16, 2018. Learn more.




Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues - Ernie Friend

ErnieFriend photo pic (2)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.

January's Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Ernie Friend. As the instructional program manager for computer technology programs, Ernie provides Collegewide support for two bachelor's and three associate degrees in information technology. Working with his staff and faculty, he has used virtualization technologies to web-enable some of the most advanced technical hands-on academic curriculum.

As a board member of the National Convergence Technology Center, Ernie contributes significantly, in collaboration with international business interests, to the national dialogue defining skill sets required for emerging information technology occupations. He has led or participated in more than a dozen National Science Foundation and Department of Labor grants centered on creating new curriculum, faculty professional development and student engagement in high technology fields. He served on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) committee designing new standards for Cybersecurity, and the College’s computer networking program, which he leads, and recently submitted an application to the National Security Agency (NSA) for designation as a Center of Academic Excellence.

Ernie has worked at FSCJ for more than 25 years and holds a master's degree in Cybersecurity from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University. His foundations in information technology leadership were earned through 10 years of service in the United States Navy, providing technical support and instruction on the latest military aircraft.

In his spare time, Ernie enjoys spending time with family and close friends. He also likes helping others with projects and being outdoors, especially on the water. He is working on checking off several bucket list items, including his plans to live aboard a 34-foot catamaran sailboat.

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,



We Want to Hear Your Inspirational Student Stories

Do you have a powerful student story to share? We are seeking stories of our students' persistence, ambition and success so we may not only acknowledge their efforts but also use it to inspire others. These stories are often shared at College events, with the larger community and even as part of our ongoing marketing efforts.

Nominate your student story by completing this form.

If your nomination is selected for a potential spotlight, you may be contacted for additional information or asked to initiate the student contact for further details.



Student Spotlight: Adam Roberts

Roberts_weldingAdam Roberts talks about the quality training he's receiving in FSCJ's Welding Technology Workforce Certificate program. Watch the video.






Join Us for the YMCA First Coast Games

FCGames_rot720x720Sign up now to compete with Team FSCJ in the 2018 YMCA First Coast Games beginning in March. This year, FSCJ will participate in basketball, flag football, bowling, golf, a 5K run/walk and a brand new Healthy Living Challenge which is a two-month competition to improve key biometrics with additional support provided by the YMCA.

The YMCA's First Coast Games is an annual corporate challenge designed to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and build fellowship among employees outside the office. All events and activities encourage employees to get active through fun and competitive sports, games and activities.

Register now. Contact for more information.



Save the Date: FSCJ Wellness Fair Coming March 2

HR wellness_eblast_STD_v03Achieve Your Optimum Lifestyle: Wellness Fair 2018 will be March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center. 

This event will provide all faculty and staff with the opportunity to learn more about their own holistic health and identify ways to improve overall wellness. During the event, health, financial and wellness vendors will also demonstrate how their products and services can help you reach your goals.

Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.




FSCJ BlueWave Volleyball Player Receives National Recognition 

24796338_10155926701888210_7308285895061204191_nFSCJ BlueWave Athletics announced that Kaylon Cruickshank, sophomore middle blocker from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, was selected as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American First Team. 

Cruickshank was previously selected as Player of the Year for the Panhandle Conference in the state of Florida and an All-Region member for the NJCAA Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Region 8. She led the BlueWave team this season with a .341 hitting average and 2.71 kills per set. Cruickshank helped the BlueWave Volleyball Team to a Panhandle Conference Championship (7-1 record) and an overall 16-9 season record.  

“Kaylon has been such a great asset to our talented team this year and serves as an encouraging team player to her teammates,” said FSCJ Director of Athletics Ginny Alexander. “We are excited that her dedication and focus on the court is being recognized in this way.”



faculty-staff-achievementsFSCJ 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.

IMG_20141128_000757 (1)Professor Jeniah Jones was published in The Math Practitioner, a quarterly publication for the Adult Numeracy Network. Read the full article.







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 Glatthorn    Security Officer II
 Gerald Rolle  Sr Plant Ser Worker
 Wanda Montgomery  Prog Fac III
 Alicia Martin  RPT Career DSS
 Sheldon Reed  Dir Fire Academy of the South
 Justine Martin  Assoc Dir of Admissions/Record
 Benjamin Yung  Student Success Advisor II
 Lisa Lavado  Academic Tutor
 Hanxo You  Security Officer II
 Philip Gelormino  Academic Tutor
 John Carty  Test Examiner
 Donna McLane  Accountant IV
 Deborah Porter  Prog Fac III
 Lenora Stuckey  Admin Spec - Student Success


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 within the College.

Ways to save money on your family's dental care
Published on on January 17, 2018. Learn more »

For three generations, law a family tradition for Kent family
Published on on January 16, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ Artist Series presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2/16
Published on on January 9, 2018. Learn more »

Author to discuss 'Seven Myths of the Civil War' at Ponte Vedra Library
Published on on January 9, 2018. Learn more »

WJXT Channel 4: How to Escape a House Fire
Published on on December 20, 2017. Learn more »

WJXT Interviewed FSCJ Student Katerine Deras-Ramero About JTA Bus Use
Published on on December 15, 2017. Learn more »




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

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Did you know Commencement 2018 will be May 10, 2018, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena? Mark your calendars to celebrate our graduates and stay tuned for more information.

Did you also know Microsoft Office is available for free for FSCJ employees? To download it, log onto Office 365 online with your College log in and password. Click on your name at the top, right side of the page and select "My account." From there, locate "Install status" and click "Manage installs." You can install Office on up to five PCs or Macs, five tablets and five smartphones.

The second annual Professional Development Day was a tremendous success. In total, 1,100 faculty and staff registrants participated in the enriching workshops. Gloria Ladson-Billings was our dynamic keynote speaker and drew an audience of more than 200. View more event photos.


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. From which terms can nominations for the Celebration of Student Success be made?
    1. Summer 2017
    2. Fall 2017
    3. Spring 2018
    4. All of the above

  1. When is the FSCJ Wellness Fair?
    1. March 5
    2. March 2
    3. March 9
    4. March 12
  1. About how many faculty and staff registrants participated in the second annual Professional Development Day?
    1. 500
    2. 1,000
    3. 1,100
    4. 1,500
  1. When do the YMCA First Coast Games begin?
    1. March
    2. May
    3. April
    4. February
  1. What are the names of the two DeafTEC workshops?
    1. Project Access/Universal Design in Learning and Writing in the Disciplines
    2. Project Access/Universal Design in Writing and Thinking in the Disciplines
    3. Project Access/Universal Design in Thinking and Writing in Disciplines
    4. Project Management/Universal Design in Learning and Thinking in Disciplines