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GT newsletter 2018

Join FSCJ to Celebrate #GivingTuesday

Join us on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. FSCJ students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to come together to help make a difference right here in our community. 

On this day of giving, students, employees and alumni will volunteer their time across Jacksonville. Volunteer locations include: Beaches Habitat for Humanity, Celestial Farms, Farm Share, Feeding Northeast Florida, Ronald McDonald House and Tiger Academy. 

Volunteer time slots are still available! Learn more and sign up here. Supervisor pre-approval is required for employee volunteers. Volunteer commitments are limited to two hours – 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-noon. Beaches Habitat for Humanity is limited to the 8-10 a.m. time slot only. Volunteers will receive a free #GivingTuesday t-shirt when they check in at their site.

No time to volunteer? You can still show your support for #GivingTuesday in several ways.

Donate nonperishable food items to the FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry to help students in need. Items of high need include drinks (water, sports drinks, powder mixes, etc.), canned/packaged fruit, peanut butter and breakfast items. Collection bins will be available from November 19-30. Bins can be found at the following locations:

  • Administrative Offices on the first floor in front of the elevators
  • Deerwood Center, G-1701
  • Downtown Campus, C-101
  • Kent Campus, G-149
  • North Campus, E-235
  • South Campus, U-202
  • Urban Resource Center on the first floor in front of the elevators

We will wrap up our #GivingTuesday efforts on Thursday, November 29 through the Fasting for Food Marathon at FSCJ’s South Campus. Help the FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry meet its goal of collecting 1,000 pounds of food to support our students in need.* From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., FSCJ faculty and staff will be fasting until the Food Pantry meets its 1,000-pound goal. Nonperishable food donations can be brought to South Campus on November 29 or dropped into the donation bins across our campuses from November 19-30. For questions, email

You can also make a financial contribution to the FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry. Your generosity will provide the funds necessary to help the pantry stock its shelves. All monetary donations will be matched by an anonymous donor. Donate here (scroll to the bottom of the page). 

Visit for full details.

* All food donations collected from November 19-30 will count toward the Food Pantry’s 1,000-pound goal.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Donation Helps Kick-Off the Food Drive

Employees from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch held their own drive during the month of September. The employees pulled together to collect nearly 150 pounds of food and personal items to support our students' needs. Their donation will provide almost 120 meals to students who need it most.

Let's keep the momentum going!



Join us for the TEDxFSCJWomen Salon: Showing Up


Women the world over are challenging the status quo—they’re rising up, breaking out, and pushing boundaries.

Join TEDxFSCJWomen on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at FSCJ's Downtown Campus for a simulcast event—featuring such luminaries as Tarana Burke and Dolores Huerta direct from the TEDWomen2018 conference in Palm Springs!  97.9 KISSFM’s Catalina Alers-Alers will emcee this simulcast event.

Then join Melissa Ross, host of WJCT’s First Coast Connect, as she moderates a local panel of experts, who will address the theme, “Speak out!,” and explore issues of fear, sexual violence, and survival.

Panelists include: 

  • Vicky Basra, Senior Vice President, Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
  • Robin Graber, Rape Recovery Team Programs Director, Women’s Center of Jacksonville
  • Kristin Keen, Founder and President, Rethreaded
  • Paige Mahogany Parks, Founder, T.A.P. Transgender Awareness Project
  • Emily Rokosch, Director of Operations, JASMYN

Tickets are free and the event is open to the public but all attendees must register.


3:30-4 p.m.: Check-in & Networking
4-5:30 p.m.: Simulcast – Showing up
5:30-6 p.m.: Refreshments & Networking
6-7:30 p.m.: Live local panel – Speak out!

Inside our welcome and registration atrium, speak with representatives from local nonprofits and women-centered organizations, including the Women’s Center of Jacksonville; Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center; Babes Who Hustle; FSCJ Student Engagement – Diversity & Social Change; Hubbard House; Jewish Family & Community Services; Sulzbacher Center; Women Empowering Women; and Women Writing for a Change.  

Arrive early so you can meet new people, share ideas, and sample our food and refreshments!

Learn more and register at: 



Don't Forget to Complete the Employee Engagement Survey

HR has once again partnered with North Carolina State University’s College of Education National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) to assist with measuring employee engagement and provide an opportunity to understand faculty and staff perspectives while continuing a comprehensive view toward student success.

You should have received an email from PACE Survey at with your individualized survey link. You have until Wednesday, November 21, 2018, before the link expires and the survey is closed. All employees are strongly encouraged to complete the survey to allow us to better evaluate the working environment at this institution.

Your feedback will be used to assess the current climate of the College against our baseline established last year, and identify areas of strength as well as areas where further efforts should be dedicated. Please give the survey your prompt attention as your voice is important.

Questions about the survey, including how collected data will be used, can be directed to Executive Director of Organizational Development Dr. Marc Boese at or (904) 633-5912.

All responses provided to NILIE will remain anonymous to the College, and reports will summarize the results and not identify individual answers. Any response rate of less than 5% of the total will be excluded from the data provided to FSCJ to protect the anonymity of respondents. Once the final report is received in early 2019, results will be shared Collegewide. 


FSCJ Supports the Fight Against Breast Cancer


Students from FSCJ’s health science programs showcased their creative talents as part of the Buddy Bra event hosted by the North Campus Art Gallery on October 15.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, more than $1,000 was raised to go toward the purchase of the BuddyBus, a mobile mammography unit project with First Coast News and Baptist/MD Anderson Cancer Center. The donations also helped purchase pink bras that students decorated to raise awareness about breast cancer screenings.

Participating programs included cardiovascular technology, physical therapy assistant, ophthalmic technician, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, histologic technology, radiation therapy, dental hygiene and the Deerwood Programming Board.

View the photo gallery and story on First Coast News.



Sign Up to Be a Mentor at the Student Research Conference

FSCJ SRC19 Logo (1)The 5th Annual Student Research Conference will be held on April 5, 2019. Each year, the conference gives our students a great opportunity to present their unique research, improve presentation skills and engage in thoughtful dialogue with faculty, fellow panelists and guests. Students can present their work on topics either in a paper presentation facilitated by faculty moderators or in a poster session. 

This year FSCJ faculty or staff are being invited to participate as a mentor. Visit the conference website for more info:



Join us for the Equity Town Hall Meeting

Connect with colleagues at the Achieve@FSCJ Equity Town Hall meeting on Friday, November 16, 2018.

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 we continue our work surrounding equity at FSCJ, this Town Hall is intended to help stakeholders begin and continue to identify and implement equity-minded policies, practices and behaviors to promote achievement.

We invite all FSCJ employees 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, November 16, 2018
10 a.m.-noon
Advanced Technology Center, Room T-140/141

Register via this link.

Please note: Your attendance counts for two non-credit hours of professional development toward the One Percent Salary Incentive.* Click here for directions on how to register through AFPD. This meeting is AFPD 5256, Class Number 6733.


  • Learn about current equity and access-focused initiatives at FSCJ, including the recently awarded $2 million U.S. DOE Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.
  • Engage in a collaborative group activity focused on student demographics and academic and student support services.
  • Learn the results of the FSCJ Student Equity Survey.

This meeting is part of FSCJ’s ATD efforts and is one of two Collegewide events that will be hosted in 2018-19.

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



FSCJ Holds Fall Career Fair

CareerFair720Students, alumni and community members alike convened at the Advanced Technology Center on November 1 in hopes of landing the perfect job at the Fall Career Fair.

Co-sponsored by CareerSource Northeast Florida, State Senator Audrey Gibson, District 6, and State Representative Tracie Davis, District 13, attendees had the opportunity to network with more than 100 employers and community resources such as Amazon, Baptist Health and the FBI to name a few.

Career development workshops covered topics including resume writing tips and interviewing skills, while Paycheck for Patriots sponsored workshops specially designed for Veterans, active duty military and their families.

To view photos from the event, click here.


FSCJ Invites the Public to a Presidential Search Community Forum

FSCJ is looking to employees and the community we serve to help identify our next College President. The Presidential Search Committee invites FSCJ employees and the public to a community forum on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m. at FSCJ Downtown Campus, ATC, Room T-141.

The forum will be led by representatives from FSCJ’s Presidential Search Committee who will invite input from attendees. Attendees will have the opportunity to openly discuss the ideal strengths, characteristics and qualifications of presidential candidates. The comments gathered will be used to build a presidential profile that will guide the selection and hiring process.




Get Your Tickets for the Donor Appreciation and Scholarship Event

POP - news_720x720FSCJ Foundation will host a donor appreciation and scholarship fundraising luncheon on December 10, 2018, presented by Florida Blue.

The event will highlight the impact of donors' support for FSCJ students and feature keynote speaker Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, Army Combat Veteran and best-selling author of "The Other Wes Moore."

For tickets and additional information, click here






FSCJ Professors Lend their Expertise to Election Discussions

ElectionnewsProfessor of Political Science Dr. Daniel Cronrath and Professor of Sociology Dr. JR Woodward recently sat down with Kent Justice on This Week in Jacksonville to discuss the amendments on the fall ballot, the implications of voting YES or NO on those amendments and the role of the Constitution Revision Commission in bundling unrelated amendments. Watch the videos.

Dr. Cronrath also appeared on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross on October 31 for an election preview. He also assisted with election night coverage on November 6.

The two are regular featured guests at speaking engagements and contributors to media stories regarding community relations, legal issues and governmental topics.




Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues - Chrystal Wickline

Wickline720The 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.

November's APC Spotlight shines on Chrystal Wickline, an eLearning Instructional Designer with the Center for eLearning (CeL). She has spent 18+ years with FSCJ in various roles. The first 14 years she served as a technology professional, beginning as project coordinator and working up to an Engineer IV. Chrystal gained experience with responsibilities including design, layout, technical manuals, strategic plan publications, project management, web design and content, publication artwork, packaging, ads, graphics interface, design for templates, printed communication pieces, program management, eBook creation, as well as workspace design.

After earning her MA in Instructional Design and Technology - eLearning from the University of Central Florida in 2012, Chrystal joined the Center for eLearning (CeL) team and now works collaboratively with faculty and content expert professionals to design and develop online programs, courses, and training. She has experience in technical writing, instructional design and curriculum creation. Chrystal has the pleasure of working with other exceptional instructional designers and talented multimedia professionals, as well as dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and deans who are as excited as she about providing quality and accessible education for FSCJ students. As she works to improve and customize her project management approach, her goal is to make the course development process run smoothly and efficiently. 

Chrystal is passionate about instructional strategies which incorporate research into best practices for diverse adult learners. She finds the intricacies of providing a robust, engaging and aligned online course to be exhilarating, challenging and rewarding. 

She believes teaching and learning is a living organism that grows better with challenges and continually fine-tuning the tools and methods of instruction leads to improved success. One of her favorite quotes is “While it is possible to change without improving, it is impossible to improve without changing.” (Carroll, 1994).

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's Culinary Program Featured in Sizzle Magazine

SizzlemagFSCJ Culinary Student Daniella Santos and Chef Rich Grigsby were recently included in an article titled, "The Juggling Act," in the fall issue of Sizzle Magazine, a publication from The American Culinary Federation for Students of Cooking.

In the article, the two discuss the importance of prioritization, planning and passion when it comes to working toward completing a culinary program of study while also juggling day-to-day demands.

Check out the publication and read the full article.





FSCJ's ASL Program Supports River City Pride

Instructors  Pride720In partnership with the University of North Florida, FSCJ's ASL/English Interpreting students, alumni and faculty came together to provide interpreting services for the River City Pride 2018 events. This year marked the 40th anniversary of Jacksonville's largest LGBTQIA+ celebration.

The experience provided the students with a great service-learning opportunity and also gave faculty the opportunity to give back to our community.

Pictured from left to right: James Pope (FSCJ), Dawn Wessling (UNF), Lori Cimino (FSCJ) and Theresa Bugler (FSCJ).





Students Participate in Eighth Annual Blocktoberfest


When FSCJ Professor Patrick Miko first had the idea for Blocktoberfest, he had no idea it would become an event that students and artists would look forward to - and expect - every year.

Now in its eighth consecutive year, Blocktoberfest has grown substantially since its inception. Each year it brings together art and design students from FSCJ and UNF in a three-day printmaking extravaganza.

The students produced around 40 large-scale block prints and, with the help of a steamroller, were able to complete their oversized works of art.

Check out the highlight video and the Flickr album.




Student Spotlight: Marcy Resendiz

By Dayontrese Boatwright, FSCJ Marketing and Communications Intern and Converged Communications Student 


Marcy Resendiz is a recent recipient of the Helios Education Foundation First-Generation Scholarship, which was established to provide a sustained source of funding for first-generation students attending Florida Community Colleges. The scholarship has allowed Marcy to concentrate more on her schooling and future career.

“Because of this scholarship, I can focus more on my studies than trying to figure out how I will be paying for tuition the following semester,” Marcy said. “Being able to afford higher education has opened many doors and will continue opening doors for me.”

She plans to continue her education at FSCJ to earn a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, going to occupational therapy school and becoming an occupational therapist. She feels compelled to work with children that are developmentally delayed or autistic and hopes to one day devote herself to working specifically with children who have special needs.

“Someone very close to me is developmentally delayed and it’s amazing what his therapist has taught him. I always knew I wanted to help children somehow and I strongly feel that this is my calling!”

Marcy added, “I will be forever thankful for the scholarship donors that made this possible for me. It is literally changing my life.”



Alumni Spotlight: Dental Hygienist Carrie Wind

Larroc1024We recently sat down with Carrie Wind to talk about how her experience at FSCJ prepared her for a career as a dental hygienist at Larroc Dental.  

Watch the full interview.





Save the Date for the 2019 Wellness Fair

HRW19_web_720x720Please save the date for the 2019 Wellness Fair. The event will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Downtown Campus. This event targets the Employee Wellness Program's five elements of health and wellness: Physical, Nutritional, Financial, Emotional/Social, and Spiritual and is open to all employees. Be on the lookout for additional information as we near 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.

Wanda Willis

FSCJ Foundation's Director of Development for Major Gifts Wanda Willis was awarded the Professional Minority Woman of the Year by the Jax Chamber Professional Women’s Council. Wanda received this recognition at the inaugural Women Connecting Women event on October 18 at the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center. The Jax Chamber Professional Women’s Council provides opportunities for networking, learning and sharing business ideas to women in the Jacksonville area.



Professor Daniel Powell's new book "Horror Culture in the New Millennium: Digital Dissonance and Technohorror," explores the myriad ways in which technology is altering the human experience as articulated in horrific storytelling. The book is being published by Lexington Books on December 15. Learn more.








Who's Retiring

The following employees have retired from FSCJ as of November 1, 2018:

  • Vernett Dubois – 32 years

  • Betty Jimmo – 7 years

  • Brenda Mills – 23 years

  • Leroy Smith – 29 years

  • Marcia Levine – 22 years (Effective December 1, 2018)



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. 

Paychecks for Patriots draws large crowd at Jacksonville hiring event
Published on on November 2, 2018. Learn more »

Breaking Down the Ballot, Going Green, TEDxFSCJ
Published on on November 1, 2018. Learn more »

He's 7 years old and starting college
Published on on October 31, 2018. Learn more »

Washington, D.C.-base AGB Search helping college find next leader, will visit school next month.
Published on on October 23, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ Fall Career Fair
Published on WJXT and WFOX on October 23, 2018. Learn more »

Jacksonville chef earns top prize in national cooking contest
Published on on October 19, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ donates to help women catch breast cancer early, you can too!
Published on on October 19, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ get $2 million to help more students graduate
Published on on October 16, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ Gets $2 Million Federal Grant to Help 'Under Represented' Students
Published on on October 16, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ awarded $2 million grant from Department of Education
Published on on October 16, 2018. Learn more »

FSCJ partners with local manufacturers to tackle workforce shortage
Published on on October 15, 2018. Learn more »




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

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Did you know we have a company directory within myFSCJ? Once you sign in, locate the Employee Quicklinks box on the right side and select Company Directory. You can search by employee name, job title, department or email. The directory also displays each person's supervisor, direct reports and peers, as well as their placement in the org chart. 



ClaraWhiteThe FSCJ International Club served breakfast at the Clara White Mission on October 26. Pictured from left to right are Sri Tummala, Hadiza Onyibe, Club Advisor Laura Pitois and Amir Abdolhosseinzadeh.



image016On November 10, FSCJ students and staff volunteered with Fill My Cup Book Ministries to distribute books to children from Gregory Cove Apartments in an effort to help promote children’s literacy. Approximately 50 students from the BlueWave Baseball team, Emerging Leaders Scholarship program and humanities classes participated to provide a combined total of 100 hours of service!





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Did you know that FSCJ's 20West Cafe is available to rent for events? Whether it's the full restaurant space for a holiday party or the Winston Room for smaller meetings, the staff is ready to help. Menus can be customized and space can accommodate up to 100 people.

Click here for more details.

Don't forget to stop by for breakfast or visit for lunch to try the new 20West Burger! 




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. When is the next Professional Development Day?
    1. March 1, 2019
    2. December 10, 2018
    3. December 11, 2018
    4. January 4, 2019

  1. How many employers and community resources participated in the Fall Career Fair?
    1. Nearly 100
    2. More than 100
    3. 100
    4. Approximately 100
  1. How many pounds of food and personal items did Bank of America/Merrill Lynch employees donate to FSCJ H.O.P.E. Food Pantry?
    1. Nearly 150
    2. Nearly 120
    3. 1,000
    4. 100
  1. How many years did the most recent River City Pride event celebrate? 
    1. 25
    2. 15
    3. 40
    4. 8
  1. Who is the keynote speaker for the upcoming Donor Appreciation Event?
    1. Robin Hood
    2. Wes Moore
    3. Donovin Darius
    4. Kevin Hyde