October 2016
Florida State College at Jacksonville BlueWave News

Hurricane Matthew Update

This time last week we were preparing for the potential of a category 4 storm just off our coast. We are fortunate and thankful for every wobble and turn the storm made, leaving us with a much weaker and less direct hit to our area, however one that left a lot of destruction in our community.

Maggy Dartiguenave, our student ombudsman, put together an overview report of FSCJ students who reside in the most affected zip codes throughout our area. This is not an all-inclusive list of all FSCJ students or all areas affected by the storm, but it does represent a large portion of how many of our students were drastically affected by Hurricane Matthew. If you know of students in need of assistance, please reach out to Maggy at ombuds@fscj.edu and she will provide as much assistance as possible.

The Department of Education has provided a website for institutions, students and parents to use as a resource for information regarding the affects of the natural disaster on student aid and assistance, https://ifap.ed.gov/ifap/disaster.jsp. We encourage you to share this information with your students as it may provide helpful information regarding their financial aid assistance.

We know a lot of you, like our students, are still recovering from the effects of the storm and working to pick up the pieces, literally and figuratively, but we are grateful that the damage and loss seems minimal in comparison to other areas.

We would like to acknowledge the support, coordination and efforts of everyone at FSCJ as we prepared for the worst in the face of Hurricane Matthew. We were honored to have many of our campuses serve as community staging areas for city, business and government institutions. As you see in the picture above, our Downtown Campus served as a command center for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, plus our Nassau Center provided accommodations for all of Florida Power & Light and Deerwood Center served as the back-up TV station for First Coast News.

When facing something so severe and catastrophic it takes everyone joining together to ensure the College, its employees, students and buildings were prepared. Thanks to all of our campus leadership, administrative services, security teams, faculty, student services and facilities teams for working feverishly to make sure FSCJ was ready and informed, and for helping the College get back to normal operating conditions as quickly as possible.

As the entire community continues to clean up the remnants of the storm, we encourage you to lend a hand when and if you are capable. You can find information on ways you can help by visiting HandsonJacksonville.org. HandsOn Jacksonville, the United Way of Northeast Florida and the American Red Cross are collaborating together on volunteer opportunities to help Jacksonville’s community and businesses recover from the storm. Every little bit you do makes a difference.

We would love to hear how the FSCJ community is helping in the wake of the storm. Please share your volunteer efforts with us! If you are organizing or participating in hurricane relief efforts, please email Mary Rose, director of service learning and civic engagement, by Monday, October 17, with your contact information and a brief description of what you are doing and how others can be involved. We will compile the information received and share the list next week.

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FSCJ’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program Expands to Downtown Campus

As the Jacksonville area reinforces its position as a tourism destination, the culinary arts and food service employment demands increase. To address workforce capacity while strengthening the career pipeline for high school students, FSCJ’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program has expanded into a fully renovated space at FSCJ Downtown Campus. The expansion increases relationship cultivation with regional high schools and service industry employers to provide career exploration and hands-on educational opportunities.

Housed in the area formerly occupied by the welding program, which has since moved to Building B, the fully renovated space includes a large, state-of-the-art kitchen and food preparation area, as well as a modern multipurpose area for instruction, dining, meeting and event hosting.

Students will prepare food for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and dinner will be available on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The rotating menu will feature cuisine from countries around the world including France, Germany and Italy, among others.

The program was awarded a $10,000 Workforce Development and Education Grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the culinary program expansion. Through the grant, Bank of America continues their investment in helping connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to employment and education opportunities.

“The new Culinary Arts and Hospitality program space will be a tremendous asset for our College, our students and the community,” said Instructional Program Manager Bob Mark. “We are extremely fortunate to have great support from community partners like Bank of America Charitable Foundation which will directly impact learning and instructional opportunities and will continue to elevate the program for the advancement of our community.

FSCJ Receives Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Grant in Support of Achieving the Dream Efforts

The College was awarded a three-year grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in support of the College’s Achieving the Dream (ATD) efforts. As one of more than 200 community colleges throughout the country to be selected for ATD, we have joined a national community college network dedicated to improving student success and giving them greater opportunity for economic success.

ATD’s capacity-building framework and companion self-assessment allow members to pinpoint areas of strength and opportunities for improvement across key institutional areas such as leadership and vision, teaching, learning and data and technology. Through the grant, FSCJ will work with the Community Foundation to identify, enhance and elevate the learning opportunities available for our community.

Now in its 52nd year, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. It works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community – helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofits serve the region effectively and helping people come together to make the community a better place. The Foundation has more than $312 million in assets and has made grants in excess of $332 million since 1964. 

Center for Civic Engagement Hosts JaxbyJax Sampler Reading Event

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) JaxbyJax Reading Series will kick off its reintroduction to Jacksonville with free JaxbyJax Sampler events featuring brief readings from a sampling of JaxbyJax 2016 authors. These events will serve as the precursor to a monthly JaxbyJax Reading Series set to begin in spring 2017.

For more information on JaxbyJax, visit jaxbyjax.com or contact Tim Gilmore, FSCJ professor of English, at (904) 616-3884.

The first event is scheduled for October 22, from 2-8 p.m. at Hogwild Hogwash at Folkfood, 219 North Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Featured writers will include:

  1. Dr. Tim Gilmore, an FSCJ English professor, the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival organizer, creator of jaxpsychogeo.com and author of books about such northeast Florida residents as the humanitarian leader Eartha White, the pseudo-serial killer Ottis Toole and the book magnate Ron Chamblin, will read from his newest book, “Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray's Unholy Trinity.”
  2. Caleb Sarvis, a fiction editor for Jacksonville's Bridge Eight Magazine, who will read from his locally set collection of short stories, “Broken Record Nostalgia.”
  3. Heather Peters, a three-time featured JaxbyJax writer and author of “Sinking in the Stillness,” a memoir of her travels in Provence, will read a new piece called “Superstitious.”
  4. Frances Driscoll, a second-time featured JaxbyJax writer, will read from her nationally acclaimed autobiographical poetry collection, “The Rape Poems.”
  5. Award-winning journalist Tricia Booker will read from her book, “A Place of Peace and Crickets: How Adoption, Heartache and Love Built a Family.”

For more information on Hogwild Hogwash, visit facebook.com/events/294599530922414/.

The second event is scheduled for October 28, from noon-1 p.m. at FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement, Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

Along with Dr. Gilmore, featured authors will include:

  1. Sohrab Fracis, who won the prestigious Iowa Short Fiction Award in 2001 for his short story collection, “Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America,” will read from his newly published novel, “Go Home.”
  2. Fred Dale, whose poetry has been published in numerous journals nationally, as well as in Jacksonville's Perversion Magazine and Bridge Eight, will read from his upcoming JaxbyJax presentation, “The Cockroach Talks to His Leg and Other Odd Perspectives.”
  3. Nan Kavanaugh, a seventh-generation northeast Floridian and editor of First Coast Magazine, will be reading from her novel which is based on a true story, “White Gloved.”

Don't forget – the JaxbyJax 2016 Literary Arts Festival will take place on November 12, 2016. Showcasing the best of Jacksonville’s thriving writing scene, the event will feature 25 local writers in 12 venues across Riverside. Visit jaxbyjax.com to learn more.

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Each month, this column will highlight the supporting initiatives that are intended to help FSCJ achieve the goals identified in our Strategic Plan.

Initiatives Supporting Goal #3:  Increase Retention and Completion

  • Clinton Foundation College Health Program Initiative

This emerging initiative is designed to promote physical, behavioral and sexual health programs at the College in an effort to create a sustainable culture of health at FSCJ. The Clinton Foundation is establishing these programs in areas that are disproportionately impacted by chronic disease and where health disparities exist; Jacksonville is the only area in the state of Florida that was targeted. 

As a result of being awarded this initiative, FSCJ students will be able to participate in regional learning communities. Additionally, the College will provide and improve student health programs, establish an interdisciplinary Collegewide student health task force and complete an assessment survey to determine our College’s priority health issue.  Participation in this initiative will increase students’ awareness and knowledge of important health issues.  Creating a sustainable culture of health will promote students’ achievement of their academic goals.

  • The Mental Health First Aid USA Initiative

Coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, this initiative provides, at no cost to the College, training for two FSCJ employees to become certified Mental Health First Aid instructors.  Following this training, these employees will host a minimum of five training sessions over the next three years with the goal of training 750 faculty, staff and community members.

The training should give employees the knowledge to support students who are experiencing mental health challenges, making students better able to continue their enrollment and complete their degree.

For more information about these initiatives, contact Academic Director of Health Sciences Monica Franklin.

Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues – Dawn Washington

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.

October’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Dawn Washington, Library and Learning Commons manager at Kent Campus.

Dawn began her career with the College four years ago as an academic science tutor in the Kent Campus Library and Learning Commons (LLC).  She was subsequently promoted to LLC advisor, Learning Commons manager and her current position, Library and Learning Commons manager. As the LLC manager, Dawn is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the LLC, including hiring, supervising, scheduling and budget oversight.  She also provides leadership in planning and implementing services to support the LLC and College initiatives.

Prior to working at FSCJ, Dawn was a middle school science teacher in the public school system for six years. During this time, Dawn discovered her passion for learning and education. Although she enjoyed her time as a public school teacher, she always felt a pull toward higher education.

Dawn has earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology as well as an MBA. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.

In her free time, Dawn enjoys time with family. She has four siblings including an identical twin sister.

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 our website, blogs.fscj.edu/apcollaborative.

program spotlight

Get to Know Your Fellow Career Employees – Glenda McBurnie

The Career Employees Council is the advisory body that represents the needs and promotes the welfare of career employees throughout the College. Career employees work side by side with our faculty and administration to support the needs of our students. Each month, we will spotlight the work of a career employee to highlight how they play an important role throughout the College. October’s career employee feature is Glenda McBurnie, military receivable specialist.

Glenda began working for FSCJ approximately 14 years ago as a student worker. She currently works in the Accounts Receivable department as the military receivable specialist. Glenda says the best part of being a military receivable specialist is having the opportunity to communicate with individuals from all branches of the military.

Glenda was just selected as a Career Employees Council Excellence Award winner. As the Excellence Award winner, Glenda has her sights set on attending one of two conferences: The Florida Association of Bursars and Student Accounting Administrators (FABSAA) conference or the VA annual Florida Association of Veterans Education Specialists (FAVES) conference. Attendance at either conference will allow Glenda the opportunity to share, network and discuss current topics, concerns and challenges that affect professionals in her field. This not only refines Glenda’s skill set, but it better equips FSCJ as Glenda will be better suited to identify and communicate opportunities that impact institutions of higher learning nationwide when related to accounts receivable, cashiering, collections, financial aid distribution and student accounting.

When Glenda is not fulfilling her duties at FSCJ she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, going to the movies and when time permits, traveling.

program spotlight

Paralegal Studies Program Propels Students Toward Successful Law Careers

Our Associate in Science (A.S.) and Advanced Technical Certificate (A.T.C.) in Paralegal Studies are for students who are looking to advance in the field of law. Students will be exposed to elements of the law such as tort, family, real estate, criminal probate and estate planning. Students will also gain real-world experience prior to graduating by participating in an internship.

FSCJ’s passionate and experienced faculty teach students the practical expertise to prepare them for a career as a paralegal or legal assistant. The faculty of the paralegal studies program aim to help their students know more than just the theories of law. They want students to walk out of their classrooms having the writing, critical thinking, ethics and legal research skills to succeed after graduation.

Alex Salter, an A.S. in Paralegal Studies student here at FSCJ, says that students will not only know the law but will also know how to implement it and practice it.

FSCJ’s paralegal studies program is the only approved program in North Florida to be approved by the American Bar Association.

The associate in science degree creates a solid foundation for students to expand on in their career in law. The advanced technical certificate option allows students who already have a bachelor’s degree to start a career in law. Both options will leave students workplace ready for a future in a variety of legal environments.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer, risk factors and screening importance. While breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States, early detection and treatment improvements are contributing to higher survival rates.

FSCJ’s own Beth Harvey recently observed the 20th year anniversary of the day she received her diagnosis with breast cancer. On October 4, 1996, as she was getting ready for work, Beth noticed a lump in her breast and feared the worst. She was able to get an emergency mammogram and within minutes, she received the news that would forever change her life. Beth, a young mother of two girls, had never sought breast cancer screenings because she had not yet reached the recommended age so the diagnosis came as a shock to her and her entire family. After her surgery just days later, the pathology reports showed that she had more than 10 cancers and underwent a radical mastectomy and immediately began chemotherapy.

Her case was so extreme and rare that she required subsequent monitoring for 15 years post-remission, which actually served as a source of comfort Beth admits. She continued to work at FSCJ throughout her treatment and embraced as much normalcy in her personal and professional life as possible. “It was important for me to have a purpose and to be able to focus my attention on things other than my cancer. My family and my work were my outlet.” While the journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery was traumatic, Beth believes she is a survivor because she embraced the news, gave herself a one-year timeframe of letting go of control so her physicians could do their jobs and faced her cancer head-on.

For those who are coping with a cancer diagnosis, Beth is a willing support, but only for those who seek her advice. “Everyone copes with a cancer diagnosis in their own unique way. In my opinion, it’s not a time to reflect but rather a time to be assertive and to set your sights on healing. I had to figure out what my goals for my life were and I took it one day at a time from there.”

Today, Beth is an advocate for various local breast cancer support organizations and enjoys spending time with her family and focusing on her health and fitness.

It’s important to note that breast cancer does not only affect women. According to the American Cancer Society’s report in 2012, about 2,140 cases were expected to occur among men, accounting for about one percent of all breast cancers.

Ask your physician about screening mammograms, which are fully covered by Medicare and insurance. To find a list of providers in your area, visit floridablue.com.

did you know

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.

  • Dean of Education Dr. Tiffany Hunter has been named one of 15 fellows selected to attend the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, held from October 23 – 28. Hosted this year in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Lakin Institute seeks African-American participants whose experience and credentials indicate they are ready to attain the highest academic positions. The program is an opportunity for open dialogue with chancellors, presidents and CEOs and covers all aspects of academic leadership.
in the news

FSCJ Joins Colleges and Universities at 2016 Jacksonville National College Fair
Published on fernandinaobserver.com on October 1, 2016. Learn more »

Highly Respected Nurse Heather Mahalaris, RN, BSN, will be Featured in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare
Published on prnewschannel.com on September 30, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ Artist Series to Welcome Celtic Woman Next Spring
Published on broadwayworld.com on September 30, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ Dedicates Lois D. Gibson Building
Published on searchamelia.com on September 29, 2016. Learn more »

Sociology professor breaks down racism in America
Published on news4jax.com on September 22, 2016. Learn more »

The Chat Thursday September 22: Brandi Bleak
Published on firstcoastnews.com on September 22, 2016. Learn more »

"Devil in the Baptist Church"
Published on firstcoastnews.com on September 19, 2016. Learn more »

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did you know

Did you know that the newest FSCJ logo has all caps? If you need to use the FSCJ logo, you can download our official logos from the College’s Brand and Style Guide here: fscj.edu/brandingguide. You can also find other helpful guidelines on the College’s branding procedures.

bluewave news quiz

Test your knowledge. To ensure all faculty and staff have an opportunity to submit answers, the quiz winners will now be selected at random from all entries that have all four questions correct. You have until 6 p.m. on the day the newsletter is distributed to email your answers to bluewavenews@fscj.edu. 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. The College’s Paralegal Studies program is the only approved program in North Florida to be approved by which association?
    1. National Federation of Paralegal Associations
    2. American Association of Paralegal Education
    3. American Bar Association
    4. Northeast Florida Paralegal Association
  1. The Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership is scheduled to take place later this month in what city?
    1. Jacksonville
    2. Las Vegas
    3. Atlanta
    4. St. Paul
  1. As our state’s oldest and largest community foundation, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida has worked to build a better community for how many years?
    1. 75
    2. 52
    3. 30
    4. 67
  1. The JaxbyJax 2016 Literary Arts Festival will take place on what date?
    1. November 1
    2. December
    3. November 12
    4. October 31
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