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Join us for Convocation 2018

FSCJ's 2018 Convocation will be Thursday, August 30 at the South Campus Gymnasium. All faculty and staff are encouraged to join us 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 encouraged 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.




FSCJ Hosts Bridging the Divide Community Luncheon

42875101892_7fff472d34_kOn Wednesday, June 20, FSCJ partnered with the Rashean Mathis Foundation to hold the Bridging the Divide Community Luncheon. More than 150 FSCJ students, staff and community stakeholders gathered to break bread and participate in critical conversations around solutions to strengthen and unite Jacksonville.

This event built on the important discussions that began at the kick-off event in fall 2017. The conversations continued as small groups, led by trained facilitators, which discussed the need to focus on enhancing our local education system and getting youth involved in these conversations to create change.

Here at FSCJ, we encouraged students to get involved by engaging in research to examine the health, education, criminal justice and socioeconomic disparities faced by Jacksonville’s four quadrants – Northside, Southside, Eastside and Westside. Some of their findings were shared on posters at the event.

The Bridging the Divide initiative is sponsored by Campus Compact’s Fund for Positive Engagement.

View photos from the event.


FSCJ Transitions to Canvas

canvas+at+fscjInformation Technology Services, in conjunction with the Educational Technology team, recently announced a transition of our learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas.

In order to ensure a successful transition, a preliminary structure has been established that will be key in ensuring that the implementation process goes smoothly. 


Due to current contract constraints with Blackboard, the following implementation timeline has been established. As the project progresses and input is received from stakeholders, this timeline may change and become more detailed. Updates will be made available at

Major Milestones

  • Summer 2018: Build the Canvas environment and its integrations into PeopleSoft. 
  • Fall 2018/Spring 2019: Transition Team begins documenting best practices for LMS. Targeted training for trainers, transition team, early adopters, then open to all faculty/staff. Blackboard course content migration process underway.
  • Fall 2019/Spring 2020: Faculty begin teaching in Canvas.  
  • May 2020: All classes live in Canvas. Blackboard contract ends and is no longer available.


As is true with any major change, communication will be the key to success. Therefore, a site has been created that will provide updated information as it relates to the project. The site will include information about the project’s progress, as well as opportunities for faculty and staff to raise concerns and ask questions that they have about the implementation process and outcomes. 

To visit the Canvas Transition site, visit

Transition Team

With a project such as this there are many moving pieces; therefore, it is in the best interest of the College to create a transition team that will be representative of the many groups that use the LMS in their work daily. This team will be responsible for communicating the needs and concerns of the group that they represent, as well as setting policies for the use of the new LMS. This team will meet monthly, or as necessary throughout the process. 

We anticipate a smooth transition as we move forward with this critical project but if you have any questions, contact



FSCJ Author Series Announces New Book


The book for the 2018-19 Author Series will be "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine," by Dr. Damon Tweedy. Dr. Tweedy is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System. 

In "Black Man in a White Coat," Dr. Tweedy describes the many barriers minorities face for access to quality health care and higher education. The book is one of Time Magazine’s top 10 non-fiction books of the year and a New York Times best seller. The text brings several important social issues including the racial inequities of medicine and higher education.

This March, Dr. Tweedy will visit to discuss his memoir. Learn more about the author.

Professor of Speech Melissa Boyd will serve as the faculty lead this year. If you would you like to be involved, you may email her at

Books will be distributed to Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty in July through intercampus mail. If you would like a book mailed to your home or summer residence, please email Elena Smith at

More details on the 2018-19 Author Series will be announced soon.

Get Prepared for Hurricane Season

The 2018 hurricane season began on June 1 and runs through November 30 and now is the time to get ready. Don't wait until the threat of a storm to start your preparations.

Please review the information on our Emergency Information webpage and the National Weather Service website for Hurricane Preparedness. The American Red Cross and local television stations continue to be good sources of information as well. 

Be sure to enroll in our Emergency Alert System through myFSCJ to ensure you will receive related weather alerts. Check the Quicklinks section for the Emergency Notifications link.

If you haven't already done so, you should also assemble a new Hurricane Supply Kit for your family. You can find useful information for preparing your kit and evacuation plans on our website and on the NWS website. New recommendations and checklists stress that you prepare for a minimum of five days’ supply of water, non-perishable food supplies and other necessities. Some may have experienced more than five days without power as a result of damage caused by one of the recent storms and can very well relate to the need for having additional supplies on hand. 



FSCJ to Host Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnership Summit

FSCJ is collaborating with the Office of Mayor Lenny Curry on the Mayor’s Youth at Work Partnership (MYAWP). Through this community-wide initiative, approximately 400 16-to-21 year olds are currently working in summer jobs with area business, education and non-profit organizations. The goal of the partnership is “to build the talent pipeline for our local economy by connecting young adults with education and employment career pathways that prepare them to meet the skill demands of employers while leading them to workforce success.”

On Friday, July 27, FSCJ will serve as the host site for the MYAWP Summit at the Downtown Campus.  At this time, approximately 475 attendees, including nearly 400 youths, are expected to be in attendance. Representatives from Recruitment and FSCJ's academic programs will be on hand to speak to the attendees about all the College has to offer.

To learn more about the MYAWP, visit the City of Jacksonville’s website.

If you are interested in participating in the event, email Dr. Kathleen Ciez-Volz and Maxine Phillips to learn more.




Professor of Biomedical Sciences Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay Leads STEM Workshops for Women in Central Asia

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As an invited speaker for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs, FSCJ Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay recently lead workshops in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. These sessions were aimed at fostering a culture of innovation and promoting women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The initiative was designed to bolster U.S. Embassy cooperation between U.S. colleges and universities and institutions in these Central Asian nations––especially in student exchange and collaborative research programs.

For three weeks in June, Dr. Norman-McKay spoke to students and faculty members at universities and technical colleges about applying lessons from STEM fields to all sectors as a means of promoting a culture of innovation. She also spoke with education leaders about possible areas of cooperation between Tajik and Uzbek institutions and FSCJ.

Meetings are now underway to identify opportunities for connecting the endeavor to promote international education and FSCJ’s English Language Institute. Additionally, TEDxFSCJ will offer a collaborative program in the fall related to global contemporary STEM topics with an emphasis on women in STEM.

“We have some tangible opportunities here to help our students better understand this supremely misunderstood part of the world,” Dr. Norman-McKay said. “The Tajik and Uzbek people are hungry to join the global conversation and our government also has this as a policy priority. I hope that, in collaboration with a variety of Department of State initiatives, we can help them open that door.”

Through her experience, Dr. Norman-McKay met with the Deputy Minister of Education and Sciences, spoke before members of the National Academy of Sciences and shared her insights on innovation and a growth mindset with more than 500 students and teachers in four different cities across Tajikistan––including Dushanbe, Bokhtar, Khujand and Isfara. In Uzbekistan, her efforts were primarily concentrated in Tashkent, where she met with stakeholders from the Tashkent Medical Academy, the Institute of the Chemistry of Plant Substances, the Ministry of Innovative Development, the National Center for Advanced Technology, the National University of Uzbekistan and the Development Strategy Center.

U.S. Embassy Dushanbe Cultural Affairs Officer Todd Hughes said, “Many audience participants were young women, who were encouraged to see a female scientist successful in her field and expanding her opportunities through the very growth mindset that Lourdes advocated.”

While there, Dr. Norman-McKay also appeared on Oriat FM Radio Uzbekistan and the TV program “Point of View” hosted by Uzbekistan 24. View the segment here.




Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues - Beth Harvey

BethThe 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.

July’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Beth Harvey, director of the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts. Beth joined the College in 1995 as an administrative assistant for the new Wilson Center, which was still under construction at the time. Before coming to FSCJ, she worked at Theatre Jacksonville and often collaborated with the College in an academic-community theatre partnership. She became the Operations Manager in 1999 and was later named Director of the Wilson Center in 2005. Beth was also a founding member of the Administrative & Professional Collaborative, helping develop the by-laws and later serving as secretary.

Through her tenure, Beth has had the pleasure of hosting many professional artists in theatre, music and dance through the relationship with FSCJ Artist Series. She contracts professional artists through an initiative from the College, to work with the students to enhance their artistic talents. Recently, the program has expanded to include academic experts in other fields like math, history and human rights education.

With support from the FSCJ Artist Series, Beth founded the High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience (SMTE), a summer program for high school student actors, in 2005. SMTE is now celebrating its 13th summer with "Young Frankenstein." Over the years, the program has called on the entertainment and technology program under John Pettegrew to build, paint, light and provide sound for the program of high school performers. The summer ends with a fully developed production that draws record crowds.

She loves what she does and continues to look for new ways to stimulate whole learning for the students. She believes you must go big or go home, and if you ever end up inside the office of the Wilson Center, you get a sense of that. The show doesn’t stop.

Beth has a BA in Spanish with a minor in Technical Theatre from Wesleyan College. She earned her MA in Organizational Management many years later.

Beth loves to travel, mostly by cruise ship, and has plans to get back to Alaska in the spring.

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 Business Solutions Helps Johnson & Johnson Vision Employees Earn Degrees 


FSCJ Business Solutions recently helped 42 Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc. employees work toward an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Advanced Manufacturing. Employees participated in training courses that can articulate to an A.S. and provide more opportunities to move up in their careers.


FSCJ's partnership with Johnson & Johnson Vision is just one example of how Business Solutions is helping advance our local workforce. By working with industry experts, FSCJ is able to offer specialized, flexible training programs that address the specific business needs of our community. As a one-stop shop, Business Solutions provides employers access to professional development, entrepreneurship and small business classes, technology solutions, authorized Prometric test centers and more.

Business Solutions works with organizations from a variety of industries, including advanced manufacturing, construction, local government, health care, logistics and transportation, and Jacksonville nonprofits. New partnerships are always in the works to serve more and more employees. 

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Website Features FSCJ's Design Team Approach

FSCJ is committed to reducing the cost of course materials for students by offering classes that use free Open Educational Resources (OER) or low-cost digital materials that are accessible to all. This is made possible by the Achieving the Dream OER Degree Pathways grant.

FSCJ's OER initiative was recently featured on the Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources' (CCCOER) website as a case study. The focus was on our design team approach, which included the library in the course development process.

Read the full case study.




New Student Murals are on Display at Downtown Campus


Professor Dustin Harewood’s students have been hard at work this summer creating large scale murals at FSCJ’s Downtown Campus.

Check out the Flickr album that shows the progression of the murals that they created.




Navy College Students Participate in Graduation Ceremony


On June 29 at NAS Jacksonville, the Navy College held a graduation ceremony for more than 80 students who had earned their degrees from colleges and universities on base.

FSCJ awarded diplomas to 12 students who earned their Associate in Arts degree.

We thank each of these students for their service and welcome the graduates to the FSCJ alumni family! 

View the Flickr album to see photos from the event.





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.

Professor of Accounting Dr. Shawna Coram was recently praised for her work by Cornell University Professor Emeritus of Accounting Dr. Thomas Dyckman.

Dr. Dyckman wrote to Dr. Coram to say, "I was tutoring one of your summer students who received an A in your Management Accounting course. I wanted to compliment you on your teaching job. You were exceptionally clear and organized with excellent graphics and the ability to extend his learning well beyond just being able to do the homework. Your delivery was at the ideal pace, easily followed and sprinkled with little gems that I hope he remembers once out in the world."

Dr. Dyckman's email went on to say, "I should also commend you on the grading scheme, which I believe added to the learning retention. This includes in particular how you arranged the homework assignment and quizzes. Learning versus memorizing was emphasized. Excellent job."




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.

FSCJ, Edward Waters College partner to change lives
Published on on July 11, 2018. Learn more »

Students interested in cyber security get to work with FBI
Published on on June 14, 2018. Learn more »





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



Did you know the most recent 2018-19 Operating Calendar is posted on View the calendar.


Did you know applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year? Students should apply at  







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 Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc. employees participated in training courses through FSCJ Business Solutions?
    1. 14
    2. 24
    3. 42
    4. 12

  1. When does the 2018 hurricane season end?
    1. June 1
    2. November 30
    3. August 30
    4. November 1
  1. What is the name of author of the featured book for the 2018-19 Author Series?
    1. Dr. Damon Tweedy
    2. "Black Man in a White Coat"
    3. Professor Melissa Boyd
    4. "The World's Strongest Librarian"
  1. What time does the Convocation 2018 program begin?
    1. 8:30 a.m.
    2. 8:45 a.m.
    3. 9:30 a.m.
    4. 9:45 a.m.
  1. Where did Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay lead STEM workshops?
    1. Uzbekistan
    2. Tajikistan
    3. Kazakhstan
    4. Both a and b