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December 2019

Join us on January 3 for Professional Development Day

This fourth annual day of constructive learning and growth will kick off with Valencia College's Director of Collaborative Design Center Gert Garman, who will deliver the keynote address, "Making Values Valuable." Different workshop sessions will then be offered throughout the day focusing on four tracks: FSCJ Values, Educational Technology, Institutional Effectiveness and Canvas Training.

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Business Speaker Series

The next Business Speaker Series event, "Reshaping Career Options: The Rise of the Gig Economy," will be held on January 30 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts. Vice President of Communications Candace Moody from CareerSource Northeast Florida will be joining us to present on the ways we work now and what may lie ahead in our future.

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FSCJ Author Series

The 2020 FSCJ Author Series will welcome Craig Grossi, the author of "Craig & Fred a Marine, a Stray Dog and How They Rescued Each Other" on March 4 and 5. Craig & Fred is an uplifting and unforgettable true story of hope, resilience and optimism with a timeless message of stubborn positivity. Stay tuned for information that will take place leading up to the author's visit.

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Community Wellness Summit

In partnership with the Northeast Florida Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (NEFCADA), FSCJ is hosting a Community Wellness Summit at Downtown Campus on January 31, 2020, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Community members, students, professionals and interested citizens are invited to learn about topics related to wellness, integrated health care, mental health, suicide prevention, trauma and other issues that affect our community.

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RSVP for Dr. Avendano's Inauguration Ceremony

If you have not already done so, don't forget to RSVP for the official inauguration of John Avendano, Ph.D., as FSCJ's sixth president. The program will be on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts and begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the formal Presidential Inauguration, immediately followed by a brunch reception.

Due to the space limitations of the Wilson Center, we are requesting that employees who would like to attend the program (but not participate in the inauguration procession) please first confirm plans with their immediate supervisor, and then RSVP by emailing their name and campus to no later than January 15, 2020.


Faculty and staff who would like to participate in the "full regalia" inauguration procession, which will begin the ceremony and is limited to 200 participants, need to RSVP their name and campus and indicate specifically in their email that they plan to walk in the procession to no later than this Friday, December 13, 2019. Inauguration procession participants will receive further information regarding the ceremony in the coming weeks. All individuals who plan to march in the procession must be outfitted in full academic regalia. For those who need to do so, regalia may be rented from the FSCJ Bookstore by calling their local bookstore no later than December 18. If you have any difficulty, please reach out to Bryan Stewart at (904) 633-5966.


Honors Symposium

FSCJ Honors held the Fall 2019 Symposium on December 6 to highlight the research the students conducted throughout Professor Le's IDH2001 course, which focused on the book, "Reclaiming Jacksonville." There were more than 60 people in attendance, including prospective honors program students, our provost and a panel of local historians including Dr. Tim Gilmore, Dr. Scott Matthews and Jennifer Grey. Keynote Speaker Mitch Hemann, head archivist of the Jacksonville Historical Society, rounded out the event as he spoke to Jacksonville's humble beginnings and presented on the future of interpreting the past.


Giving Tuesday Recap

On December 3, 120 students, faculty and staff volunteered at five different nonprofit organizations throughout the city: Celestial Farms, Farm Share, Feeding Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Humane Society and Tiger Academy. In addition, food and monetary donations were accepted to benefit FSCJ’s H.O.P.E. Food Pantry.

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Hanover Alumni Survey

In September and October 2019, FSCJ partnered with Hanover Research to conduct an alumni survey. The goals in conducting the survey were to:

1. Determine FSCJ’s influence on alumni’s career trajectory;

2. Understand alumni’s perceptions of the FSCJ educational experience;

3. Evaluate how FSCJ alumni prefer to remain engaged with the institution;

4. Determine alumni’s interest in additional programming; and

5. Assess which factors contribute to alumni’s donation decisions.


More than 600 alumni completed the survey, and based on responses, there were six key findings:

1. Alumni career trajectories vary substantially based on the degree or certificate they earn.


2. Most alumni feel FSCJ prepared them with the skills/knowledge that respondents identify as having been the most important for their career success.

3. Nearly all alumni rate FSCJ’s academic and overall experience as good or excellent.

4. The majority of alumni prefer receiving emails from the Alumni Association, and feel that the communication frequency is just right.

5. Over one-third of alumni are very or extremely interested in returning to FSCJ for more training.

6. Alumni are most likely to donate to support programs or events they are personally interested in, or those that ensure others have access to FSCJ through financial aid.


You can read the full report on the FSCJ Data Library.


Board Highlights

Review the highlights of the December 10, 2019, meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • The District Board of Trustees approved the Certificate of Final Inspection and authorized final payment of the Wilson Center Theatrical Lighting Upgrade Project - South Campus.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved revisions to 6Hx7-5.1 Purchasing.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved revisions to Board Rule 6Hx7-9.9 Adjunct Instructor Work Load and Instructional Responsibilities.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved fee changes for the following courses to be effective Spring Term 2019-20: Surgical Principles and Techniques Lab, Surgical Procedures I Lab, Surgical Technology Clinical I, and Surgical Procedures II Lab.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Biomedical Engineering Technology Associate in Science degree program effective at the end of Fall Term 2019.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the inactivation of the Paramedic Post-Secondary Adult Vocational certificate program effective at the end of Fall Term 2019.

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


FSCJ Represents Region II at AFC Conference

Kerri Burns, Romana Lopes, Bryan Stewart, Matt Wetzel and Jason Whittington represented the College at the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) 70th Annual Meeting and Conference. While there, Matt Wetzel accepted the Outstanding Region of the Year award for Region II.


December Recruitment Update

It's a busy time for the Office of Recruitment and Admissions as we near the end of the calendar year. Check out their recap that highlights some of the events and activities they've been involved with throughout our service area.

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Alumni Spotlight: Corey Dobridnia 


FSCJ Volleyball Alum Corey Dobridnia served as the emcee for this year's State Volleyball Awards Banquet, which was held before the beginning of the recent NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA State Volleyball Tournament.

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Get to Know Your A&P Colleagues 


December's Administrative & Professional Collaborative (APC) spotlight shines on eLearning Multimedia Designer Eric Zoller. He began working at the College seven years ago.


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BlueWave Athletics Supports I'm A Star Foundation

On December 7, the FSCJ Athletic Department was recognized by I'm A Star Foundation as a Partner in Health. BlueWave student athletes continue their dedication to the I'm A Star Foundation by volunteering with middle and high school students at the annual Let's Move Jacksonville event. This year, more than 50 student athletes volunteered at the event which aims to showcase the benefits of being active and to combat childhood obesity by helping young people adopt healthier lifestyles. Watch the news story on the event here.


Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

At the December District Board of Trustees meeting, President John Avendano, Ph.D., along with Director of Public Safety and Security Gordon Bass honored Kent Campus Senior Security Officer Sergeant Jesse Gines with the Lifesaving Award. He recently administered the Heimlich maneuver on an employee who was choking, and can be thanked for saving a life. He was presented with a certificate and a bar for his uniform to honor his swift action.

Sergeant Sam Bateh and Officer Sergio Faenza were also given special recognition for their role in preventing the possible loss of life. A visitor to Nassau Center left her infant unattended inside a parked, unlocked vehicle and, thanks to the attention and quick action of Sergeant Bateh and Officer Faenza, the baby was saved. They received a certificate of commendation for their service.


Comings and Goings


Who's New

This list includes those individuals who are filling the newly appointed Faculty full-time positions, full-time A&P positions and full-time Career Employee positions.


Faculty Full-Time

  • Kasey Anderson - Temporary Professor of Culinary Management
  • Lea Cason - Librarian
  • Bryce Wakefield - Professor of Mathematics


A&P Full-Time

  • Elizabeth Abbot - Interim Program Manager
  • Fletcher Basch - Interim Associate Director of Admissions
  • Elizabeth Brooks - Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Thomas Cason - Interim Department Chair
  • Laura Colomb - Instructional Program Manager
  • Kristin Douberly - Resource Development Officer
  • Allen Dunn - System Analyst-Integration and iHub
  • Jill Hagenberger - E-Learning Instructional Designer
  • Joseph Hale - Coach, Men's/Women's Cross Country
  • Amber Hare - Financial Aid Data Analyst
  • Catherine Herzog - Interim Department Chair
  • Alison Hicks - Interim Director of Honors Program
  • Daniel Hodges - Instructional Program Manager
  • Kristin Murray - Program Manager
  • Angela Nickel - Financial Aid Compliance Analyst
  • Joseph Pence - Assistant Director of Financial Aid
  • Barbara Schaefer - Program Manager
  • Talani Torres - Dean of Arts and Sciences
  • Deana Waite - Director of Institutional Research


Career Full-Time

  • Leanne Aston - Senior Support Specialist
  • Ashley Augustyniak - Events Coordinator
  • Elwood Ayers - Enrollment Services Coordinator
  • Oleksandra Bereguta - Accounts Receivable Specialist
  • Hector Blanco - Laboratory Manager
  • Dayontrese Boatwright - Integrated Communications Specialist
  • John Carpenter - Campus Security Officer in Charge
  • Devaris Chandler - Human Resources Coordinator
  • Jennifer Chester - Accountant IV
  • Amy Copeland - Interim Academic Tutor
  • Angela Davis-Thomas - Student Engagement Advisor II
  • Echo Delgado - Project Coordinator
  • Shirelle Dover-Jones - Clinical Liaison
  • Robert Dye - Administrative Specialist
  • Armin Dzanic - Armed Security Officer
  • Blake Ehlers - Interim Project Coordinator


  • Craig Evans - Armed Security Officer
  • Rashida Everett - Administration Support Manager
  • Germaine Fernandes - Plant Service Worker
  • Leticia Gallardo - Academic Department Coordinator
  • Mariessa Garrett - Artist Series Publicist
  • Johnathan Geake - Call Center Representative II
  • Cecilia Gines - Senior Plant Service Worker
  • Elise Horowitz - Academic Department Coordinator
  • Mary Jamieson Dee - Financial Aid Advisor II
  • Donna Johnson - Security Officer I
  • Vanlist Lee - Security Officer I
  • Renee Lewis - Academic and Career Advisor
  • Irene Luna - Enrollment Coach
  • Cheryl Manning-Glass - Retention Specialist
  • Timothy Martin - Library Assistant I
  • Johnny Mike - Security Supervisor in Charge
  • Paul Murray - Campus HVAC Facilities Manager
  • Shannon Oliver - Project Coordinator
  • Jennifer Ray - Assistant Call Center Manager
  • Luis Redondo - Tradesworker III
  • Lisa Reine - Interim Research and Reporting Project Coordinator
  • Eleanor Rhodes - Financial Aid Coordinator, Verification
  • Jose Rivera - Plant Service Worker
  • Randall Russ - Senior Support Specialist
  • Felicia Sampson - Distance Learning Assessment Specialist
  • Shelby Sares - Administrative Assistant II
  • Roger Sarria-Morano - Senior Support Specialist
  • George Solomon - Campus Security Officer in Charge
  • Maria Spies - Senior Plant Service Worker
  • Christine Spry - Simulation Lab Coordinator
  • Joleene Stahl - Library Assistant II
  • Seth Stevenson - Senior Plant Service Worker
  • Peter Sukalo - Financial Aid Advisor II
  • Barry Summers - Academic Department Coordinator
  • Thomas Tarver - Armed Security Officer
  • Dorian Velez - Administrative Assistant II
  • Christine Vint Griswold - Foundation Support Manager
  • Brandy Williams - Administration Support Manager, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Scott Yaun - Distance Learning Assessment Coordinator
  • Anthony Yertzell - Library Manager


Who's Retiring

The following employees have recently retired, or will soon be retiring, from FSCJ:

  • Kathryn Baum
  • Linda Martin
  • Wanda Porter

In the News


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 by clicking here.


Twisted Sisters Wicked defies gravity at the Times-Union Center

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The Magical Part of Playing Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked

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DIVE: Jacksonville's Duval County rated top spot for talent attraction

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SCOOBY-DOO! AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is Coming to Jacksonville's Times-Union Center

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Upcoming Events


FSCJ In Action

Professor Dustin Harewood's students participated in a service learning project with the Jacksonville Public Library - Main Library. Several of his students painted windows as part of the holiday window display. Stop by during the month of December to check out some of our students' holiday-themed masterpieces.

FSCJ's baseball team recently spent the day working on two houses for HabiJax (Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville). They put their skills to use by laying flooring, framing the sides of the homes and assembling scaffolding. Their hard work contributes to HabiJax's mission of eliminating substandard housing in Jacksonville.


BlueWave News Quiz

Test your knowledge. To ensure all faculty and staff have an opportunity to submit answers, the quiz winners will be selected at random from entries with all questions answered 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) Where can the report on the Hanover Research alumni survey be found?

    a. myFSCJ

    b. FSCJ Data Library

    c. Canvas

    d. Library Learning Commons


2) Which of the following is NOT one of the Professional Development Day workshop tracks?

    a. Educational Technology

    b. FSCJ Values

    c. Collaboration

    d. Institutional Effectiveness


3) FSCJ Athletics was recognized by the I'm A Star Foundation as a ____________.

    a. Partner in Health

    b. Partner in Fitness

    c. Partner in Wellness

    d. Partner in Philanthropy


4) When will the Community Wellness Summit be held?

    a. February 28

    b. January 3

    c. January 30

    d. January 31


5) What is the name of the author whose book will be featured throughout this year's Author Series?

    a. Candace Moody

    b. Craig Grossi

    c. Fred Grossi

    d. Corey Dobridnia


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