April   2016
Florida State College at Jacksonville BlueWave News

2016 Commencement Ceremony: Things to Know

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

All faculty members are asked to participate in the formal procession leading in to the ceremony. Your involvement in the ceremony will require that you arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Follow this link to complete your registration for the procession: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fscjfaculty2016

Parking passes will be provided and we advise that you park in Lot Z, closest to the faculty and staff entrance on Duval Street. See map for specific parking lot location. To see a map of the entry location, follow this link.

General information about the 2016 Commencement Ceremony can be found at fscj.edu/commencement.

We are looking forward to honoring our dedicated graduates and recognizing this long-awaited accomplishment.

Leading up to and during the ceremony, feel free to use the hashtag #fscjgrad16 to promote the ceremony on social media.

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Upcoming Employee Health Assessment Dates

Don’t forget about the upcoming dates for your Personal Health Assessment (PHA) as part of the new FSCJ Employee Wellness Program. If you have 15 minutes to spare, be sure to stop by one of our campuses or schedule an appointment for one of the dates below.

North Campus Celebrates Grand Opening of the BlueWave Café North

North Campus now has a new place for faculty, staff and students to grab a bite to eat. The BlueWave Café North held its grand opening ceremony on March 28. Surrounded by an anxious gathering of students, staff, friends and community leaders, Dr. Sandy L. Robinson led the ribbon-cutting ceremony with SGA President Ted Darelus and SGA Vice President Wisdom Stamper.

Dr. Robinson congratulated student Antoine Jackson for coming up with a name for the newly renovated café. The campus president also thanked the architects, contractors, leadership from the Administrative Offices downtown and the North Campus leadership for their effective and successful teamwork.

Subway provided special meal deals for the students on opening day. Subway also houses a “Seattle’s Best” full-service coffee shop. Attendees shared an opening-day cake bearing the name of “BlueWave Café” as the group enjoyed the festivities.

Cosmetology Students Place First Runner-Up at Hair Show

A big congratulations to the students enrolled in our Cosmetology Workforce Certificate Program for their success in the First Annual Student Avant-Garde Hair Show. Out of four participating schools, our students placed first runner-up in the event held at the Orange Park Mall on March 13.

The following cosmetology students worked together to showcase unique hairpieces and wardrobes at the hair show:

  • Robert Money – hair, makeup, costume
  • Tilynn Scheller – makeup, hair, nails
  • Bri’Ona Foster – model, costume
  • Carla Lee - hair
  • Sierra Morrell – assistant

Student Bri’Ona Foster modeled an eye-catching style which consisted of braided hair in various colors. "The hairpiece was a retro idea, kind of a 1990s club scene meets Bangkok performers,” said Robert Money, who helped create the design. He defined avant-garde as being able to express one’s own creativity in a fashionable and artistic way.

Student cosmetologist Carla Lee also worked to create the unique hairpiece, and felt this event was a good experience which helped prepare her for future events and competitions. Professor Deborah Williams said she took pride in her students' team effort in this event and praised their hard work. Well done to these students for using their distinctive sense of style to represent our College in the community.

Criminal Justice Program Hosts Panel Event for Students

The criminal justice technology degree program hosted a guest panel event for one of its Introduction to Criminal Justice classes on Wednesday, March 16. Presenters included State Attorney Angela Corey, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Recruiter Officer Andy Latimer, Chief of Social Services for the City of Jacksonville Johnnetta Moore and Chief of Probation for the Department of Juvenile Justice Donna Webb. Professionals in the field provided students insight into criminal justice careers as well as current issues facing the criminal justice system today.

The criminal justice technology program also provided students the opportunity to attend organized class site visits throughout the Spring Term to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime lab, the Duval County Courthouse and the Goode Pretrial Detention Facility. Through the guest panel event and the class site visits, the criminal justice technology program is actively working with community criminal justice agencies to provide engaging learning experiences, valuable networking opportunities and holistic career guidance for students pursuing professions in criminal justice.

Students Present Winning Ideas in Social Enterprise Incubator Student Competition

On April 5, the Advanced Technology Center hosted the Social Enterprise Incubator Student Competition, in which students were judged based on their innovative business methods to solve problems. Social entrepreneurship uses these methods to create sustainable change for society on a local or global level.

Students were judged in the categories of societal impact, innovation, sustainability and presentation/other strengths. Participants submitted a white paper and presented their ideas to a panel of judges which included:

  • Martha Barrett, Bank of America Foundation and FSCJ Foundation Board member
  • Dr. Marie Gnage, Downtown Campus president and Campus Compact Board member
  • Dr. Chris Holland, vice president of student services
  • Dr. John Wall, acting provost/vice president for academic affairs

Elizabeth Hendrix was awarded the top prize of $1,500 for “Community Chews,” a community garden project with domestic violence survivors. Lenny Cobb’s “Afterhours Childcare Facility” presentation came in second place. His project is geared toward single mothers who work night and late shifts. Audience members awarded Savanna Ogilvie as the People’s Choice prize winner for “Shoes for the Soul” which would provide footwear to the homeless population.

The competition was made possible through funding from the Bank of America Foundation and support from the Provost’s Office to establish Dr. Penny Devine (Kent Campus) and Professor Rawlslyn Francis (South Campus) as 2015-16 Faculty Fellows in Social Entrepreneurship in the FSCJ Center for Civic Engagement.

College Hosts 27th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning

The 27th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL) was held April 4-7, 2016, at both FSCJ’s Downtown Campus and the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. This year’s theme was Building Bridges: Teaching Our Communities, Engaging the World. Participants nationally and internationally attended the conference to engage with other colleagues and share their ideas and research on various topics in teaching and learning.

There were more than 100 faculty presentations, two keynote speakers, an awards ceremony honoring faculty from all over for their work in higher education and a variety of social activities. Our two keynote speakers were Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist who specializes in the human personality, and Dr. Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist who explores how the brain works and studies the brains of highly successful people and accomplished musicians. The 28th ICCTL will be held April 3-6, 2017.

board highlights

Following are the highlights of the April 12, 2016 meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • The District Board of Trustees approved modifications to the College President's Contract of Employment as follows: The president is granted 10 days of study leave annually for the purpose of scholarly or research activities for the benefit of the College. The president's contract was extended an additional year through December 31, 2019. An arbitration provision approved by the College's General Counsel shall be added to Dr. Bioteau's contract.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a project budget for the culinary arts program remodeling project and its relocation to Downtown Campus, Building C for the approximate amount of $1,627,000.
  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and purchase estimated not to exceed $698,665 in Cisco equipment from Presidio Inc. for the purpose of replacing aging Collegewide network, wireless, phone and digital signage hardware.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved the settlement reached during mediation of a legal claim filed by former administrator Dr. Steven Wallace against the College for breach of contract.

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

Scheidel Scholarship Luncheon Recognizes Student Volunteers

We at FSCJ take tremendous pride in our students who dedicate their time to volunteering in the Jacksonville community. The Herbert W. Scheidel Community Leadership in Action Award was established to continue the legacy of Herbert W. Scheidel, by recognizing and encouraging these emerging leaders who go above and beyond to positively impact the lives of others.

Scholarships are awarded each year to currently enrolled students who volunteer and demonstrate advocacy in their community. This year’s recipients were honored at a luncheon held at the Epping Forest Yacht Club on March 31.

This year’s winner was Ramona Federico, who is working toward her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Logistics. Ramona has volunteered with a number of organizations in Jacksonville including the Gabriel House of Care and Best Buddies of Florida.

“I’ve always had a creative mind and a big mouth, so it was no surprise that at our meetings when I’d come up with an idea and share it, I’d soon find myself in charge of that project,” Ramona said.

Brian Davis was selected as one of two finalists for the award. The biomedical sciences student has volunteered more than 200 hours with the St. Francis Soup Kitchen, and said he believes it is “a moral obligation to be constructive contributors to society.”

Finalist Kathyrne Caprood dedicated time to working in the Person Centered Care Unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “I have learned countless lessons about life and leadership through my volunteering experience,” the nursing student said.

We are proud of the service leadership these students exhibit and congratulate them on this recognition.

Faculty-to-Faculty Spotlight

FSCJ has the best and brightest faculty who are committed to providing meaningful and rewarding educational experiences for our students.

This month’s column highlights the work of Mitch Velasco, Professor of Business and FSCJ alum.

Engaging with and supporting students:

  • A ballroom dancer, competitive bowler, frequent traveler, video game player, and pop culture enthusiast, Professor Velasco uses his varied interests as a way to connect with his students. On the first day of class, he and his students use a “topic ball” – a soccer ball with questions on each panel – to “break the ice” and promote camaraderie. He uses his students’ names and interests in the class activities he builds to reinforce that connection.
  • Professor Velasco makes it a point to get involved with his students and their interests outside of the classroom. He partnered with his SEED program students to demonstrate ballroom dancing during International Week.
  • Responding to a “Year Up” student request to learn more about investing, Mitch has created a workshop that will demonstrate how to buy stocks without using a broker.
  • Well-known for helping students, Professor Velasco often meets students off-campus when they are unable to make it to his office during office hours. He has held office hours on the weekends at McDonald’s and his local bowling alley.

Reimagining course assignments:

  • Professor Velasco includes an assignment that requires students to apply concepts learned in class to current events. Connecting to current events emphasizes the usefulness of the course and how its learning objectives relate to life outside of the classroom.
  • In a recent course, Mitch asked his students to build an investment portfolio that was socially responsible. Students were required to invest in companies that didn’t profit by promoting the vices of consumers.
  • In an effort to help students gain interest in understanding difficult topics, Professor Velasco incorporates humorous video clips or cartoons into his explanation of the supply chain, quality control, statistical concepts, and concepts related to finance.

Engaging with the College:

  • Center for Financial Education, Volunteer (2014 – present)
  • Center for Learning Enrichment, member (2015 – present)
  • Honors re-design task force, (2015 – present)
  • FSCJ First Coast Games participant (bowling team)

Engaging with the community:

  • Volunteer, Big Brothers / Big Sisters
  • Volunteer, Junior Achievement

*Tell us about the engaging activities in which you and your students are involved. Email angela.browning@fscj.edu with information about your class or a colleague’s.

Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues

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. April’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative spotlight shines on Dr. Nancy M. Sutton, interim associate dean of career education at Kent Campus.

With an undergraduate degree in history and a minor in secondary education, Nancy began her professional career as an eighth-grade social studies teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Nancy then pursued her childhood dream of attending law school, earning her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law in 2003.

With a passion to serve, Nancy accepted a position with Legal Service of Greater Miami, Inc. (LSGMI), in the Key West branch office. There, she served the indigent and elderly of Monroe County, representing clients in various civil matters. During her tenure at LSGMI, she quickly advanced to the role of directing attorney, supervising the branch office and its staff while maintaining a regular case load.

In July 2009, with the ambition of combining her careers in education and law, Nancy moved to Jacksonville, where she opened her own law practice while seeking employment in higher education. In fall 2009, Nancy joined FSCJ as an adjunct instructor teaching in the paralegal studies program. A year later, Nancy was blessed with the full-time teaching position. In January 2012, she advanced to the position of instructional program manager and she has continued to serve in that role while also assuming her current interim role in September 2015.

With the increasing administrative responsibilities, Nancy continues to focus on what is important – the students. Nancy thoroughly enjoys engaging and motivating her students to thrive for excellence, as she assists them from where they are to where they want to go. She is dedicated to providing students with the foundational knowledge and skills, as well as practical experiences. Similarly, she strives to support her faculty in doing the same.

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.

program spotlight

Accelerated College Program Propels Students Forward

For students aiming to complete their degree in as little as 18 months, FSCJ offers the Accelerated College program. The program is geared toward those who would like to graduate quickly for a number of reasons, including needing a degree for advancement in their current field. Accelerated College is available at all campuses. At Open Campus/Deerwood Center, students are also able to take these classes online.

By accelerating their studies, students follow an individual academic degree plan which outlines a sequence of courses for them to take each term. In addition to academic planning and accelerated curriculums, Accelerated College also allows students to gain college credit for what they’ve previously learned through a prior learning assessment (PLA). This could be from previous workforce training, military experience or scores from exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

“I would say it’s a great degree for working adults,” said Sheri Litt, dean of arts and sciences at Open Campus/Deerwood Center. “But it’s someone that’s going to be able to dedicate a lot of time because they’re taking four courses over a fall term, a spring term and so on and so forth.”

For students who do have the time to complete their degree in such a short time, the program is a financially appealing option, offering them the opportunity to earn their degree with less cost than by traditional methods.

Accelerated College Program Manager Keith Seagle said a student could potentially save $11,000 in room and board, transportation and personal expenses by completing their degree program a year earlier.

Because the Accelerated College program requires more coursework in less time than the traditional associate in arts (A.A.) degree, students interested in pursuing this option should be driven to complete their program in the 18-month period.

“It’s probably best for someone who is very motivated for whatever reason that may be, for advancement or perhaps they’re anxious to move on with baccalaureate studies, but they’re interested in accelerating because it makes sense for their work-life balance,” Litt said.

For more information on how Accelerated College works, click here.

FSCJ’s I-Tech Program Provides Valuable Job Training for the Unemployed

The College’s Information Technology Rapid Reemployment (I-Tech) program targets occupations that local companies have expressed as areas of need in the Computer Information Technology (CIT) industry in Jacksonville and across the region. The customized training program was developed in collaboration with local and regional employers. Students in the I-Tech program receive the skills and training they need to pursue careers as web testers, developers and programmers.

In 2014, FSCJ was awarded an Information Technology grant from the U.S. Department of Labor with the purpose of providing long-time unemployed workers with the individualized counseling, training and support they need to lead to employment in IT occupations and industries. The funds will be specifically focused on helping the veteran population due to the number of long-term unemployed or underemployed veterans in the area. In addition, the grant provides for paid internships with some of Northeast Florida’s leading companies, giving students on-the-job training and valuable work experience.

Of equal importance, FSCJ works closely with local businesses to identify high-demand positions that need to be filled in order to develop specialized training modules to prepare program participants for a successful future. One condition of the grant is that the Department of Labor requires students be trained in mid- to high-skill occupations along a career pathway which will lead them to industry credentials and employment. To satisfy this requirement, students will complete background checks, aptitude and IT assessments and specialized training to ensure they are workforce ready.

In a “bootcamp” format, the students’ first three weeks are spent in introductory modules in Database, Java and .NET. For the next eight weeks, they will select their own set of training modules which will lead them to their nine-week paid internship.

For a unique, hands-on training program like this one, the conditions for admission are just as important as the curriculum itself.

“We go through a vetting process to make sure we select students who are the right fit,” Case Manager Annie Abbott explains. “They complete multiple assessments, we review their academic transcripts, industry certifications and previous work experience, including their veteran job duty requirements and have face-to-face interviews to gain a better understanding of the applicants’ goals and priorities. We want to make sure nothing will hinder their internship placement and future employment. We want to see them succeed!”

By the Numbers:

First Cohort-August 2015

  • 17 participants
  • 11 received jobs
  • Two are nearing internship completion

Second Cohort-January 2016

  • 17 participants
  • Four received jobs
  • Six have accepted internships
  • Three in the interview process

Third Cohort-February 2016

  • 20 participants
  • Two received jobs
  • One accepted internship and will begin in March
  • Others will begin internship in May

FSCJ’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Establishes Track Record for Success

Accredited since 2010, the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at FSCJ has established an outstanding history of successful students and graduates. According to the most current data from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, the FSCJ occupational therapy assistant program has demonstrated a 100 percent pass rate for the graduating classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

According to program director Dr. Kimberly Fahlgren, the success on the certification exam is a direct result of the hard work and effort of the students; the student’s active engagement in service learning and volunteer opportunities throughout the program; the expertise and quality of faculty who have the real-world experience to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment; and the support of administration.

FSCJ’s OTA students can be found giving back to the community at many events including Club Arc, Special Olympics and Surfers for Autism. Service learning and volunteer opportunities enable the students to build on the knowledge and skills they are learning in the academic environment as well as provide network connections for future employment opportunities.

Bosnian War Survivor Delivers FSCJ Author Series Lectures

FSCJ was pleased to host Mr. Kenan Trebinčević, author of “The Bosnia List,” for its eighth annual Author Series learning community. Mr. Trebinčević visited three campuses and spoke to hundreds of students about his experience leaving Bosnia and coming to the United States as a refugee. He delivered lectures at both Kent and South campuses and participated in Open Campus/Deerwood Center’s “Escape Room” that featured recreated scenes from his memoir.

The faculty and students involved in the Author Series spent this academic year bringing attention to issues during the war in Bosnia such as genocide, human rights and refugees. Throughout the year, students participated in refugee simulation workshops, lectures from Lutheran Social Services on refugee awareness and film viewings on current human rights issues here in Jacksonville. In honor of “The Bosnia List,” all five FSCJ campuses permanently exhibited the United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” These spaces are dedicated to the human rights of all FSCJ students and employees.

Many thanks to the faculty and students for participating in one of the most successful Author Series learning communities yet. The FSCJ Author Series is open to any faculty member in any discipline, so stay tuned for next year’s topic and memoir. For more information, please contact Professor Rawlslyn Francis.

To view more images from the FSCJ Author Series events, visit the FSCJ flickr photostream.

It All Adds Up For Dedicated Radiography Student

Above all else, we want our students to strive for and achieve success. One of our students, Stephon Green-Monroe, has come a long way in his journey to excel in mathematics. From struggling to grasp the subject to progressing through several math classes and encouraging his peers, the radiography student has overcome a major academic hurdle during his time at the College.

Stephon says the math tutoring lab resources at Open Campus/Deerwood Center’s Library Learning Commons have been a big part of the equation. He credits the lab for helping him overcome this barrier. The free tutoring services offered at FSCJ are available to students needing extra help in their areas of study to get them on the right path.

“It just really helped me,” he said. “And now, I’m excelling further than I ever thought I could.”

Stephon is a familiar face in the math tutoring lab, visiting at least four days a week to stay on track. His tutors say he works extremely hard in his studies and consider his work ethic to be an inspiration to all students.

Stephon’s advice to his peers needing assistance with their classes is to take full advantage of the tutoring services available at the College.

“There’s no point in struggling in subjects that you don’t have to when you have people here getting paid to help you.”

To watch Stephon’s inspiring story, click here.

Antonio Puente, Ph.D., Class of 1972

In high school, Antonio “Tony” Puente was encouraged to pursue a vocational track after graduation by his counselor. He chose not to. Today, he serves as the 2017 president-elect of the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychologists in the world. He credits the opportunities he received at FSCJ for making his success possible.

Tony started college at FSCJ in 1970 on the San Diego Campus, which is now the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

“I did not have a great deal of financial support at the time,” he said. “My family and I are immigrants from Cuba and we were trying to settle into the U.S. At the time, one semester at FSCJ cost $100, which was an affordable investment for my parents.”

He helped by working at a 5 & 10 store while not in class. FSCJ became his pathway to a college education that was not otherwise possible under the circumstances.

“The College was made for people like me,” Tony said. “People who wanted to continue their education but did not have the resources available, or mentorship for that matter. FSCJ was manna from heaven. I did not have the resources to go to UF, I didn’t even know how to apply. But I went down to San Diego Campus, applied, they took me in, and the rest is history.”

Tony graduated in the spring of 1972 with an associate in arts degree. After being offered a presidential scholarship to continue at Florida State University, he decided that the psychology program at the University of Florida was stronger so Tony continued his education in Gainesville. He was accepted in August of 1972 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

After graduating from UF, Tony returned to Jacksonville where he worked for a year in a psychiatric hospital before being accepted to graduate school at the University of Georgia in 1974. He later graduated with his master’s degree and Ph.D. in 1978. Today, Tony teaches, does research and has his own clinical practice.

To read more about FSCJ’s impact on Tony’s professional endeavors, click here.

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 succeses.

  • On April 12, The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership hosted the Leadership Development Series. Professor of Supervision and Management Dr. Jose Lepervanche led a presentation on “Using Project and Change Management Skills to Execute Your Vision.

    The workshop was designed to show participants how to manage and achieve goals through personal SWOT analysis and SMART goals. Dr. Lepervanche’s presentation also provided an overview of how applying project management skills such as work breakdown structure, resources and scheduling can help bring a vision to an execution stage.

  • Rebecca Levy, FSCJ professor of dance, was recently recognized in First Coast Magazine for her work with the Jacksonville Dance Theatre. Professor Levy is one of three who founded Jacksonville Dance Theatre in 2012. To read more on JDT, follow this link.

Sophomore Marni Greenstein Named State Player of the Week

Congratulations to FSCJ sophomore Marni Greenstein, who has been named the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Player of the Week. Marni batted .471 (8-for-17) with six runs scored, one double, three home runs and 13 RBIs in six games during the voting period. She also led her team to five wins in six games last week!

Marni hit safely in five of six games and had four multi-RBI games. She went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Daytona State, 3-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs in doubleheader sweep of Baton Rouge. Marni is a Lake Worth, Florida, native and maintains a 4.0 GPA.


Comings and Goings

Who's New:

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

Faculty Full-Time
  • Maria Colavito was appointed to the position of Professor of English
  • Ryan Perkins was appointed to the position of Professor of Social Science
A&P Full-Time
  • William Allen was appointed to the position of Director of Development-Florida State College at Jacksonville Foundation
  • Stephanie Bernard was appointed to the position of Program Manager-Cosmetology, Massage, Facials, Pharmacy and Medical Assisting
  • Randi Brokvist was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Purchasing and Auxilliary Services
  • Jeremiah Cobb was appointed to the position of Campus Grant Manager
  • Daniel DeCoursey was appointed to the position of Program Manager-Workforce Education and Economic Development
  • Gary Killam was appointed to the position of Dean of Career Education, Downtown Campus
  • Billy Mims was appointed to the position of Program Coordinator-EPI
  • Diana Vargas was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Financial Aid
  • Scott Woodworth was appointed to the position of Director of Facilities Maintenance
Career Full-Time
  • Victor Arroyo was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Samantha Beilhart was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator-Open Campus Administration
  • Rhonda Blake was appointed to the position of Business Office Specialist I
  • Tyreise Bowens was appointed to the position of Security Officer I
  • Trina Buck was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant I
  • Michael Byrd was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Dionne Coubourne was appointed to the position of Business Officer Specialist II
  • Toyer Dorsey was appointed to the position of Senior Support Specialist
  • Alfonso Flores was appointed to the position of Plant Service Worker
  • Carlond Gray was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Susan Haley was appointed to the position of Project Coordinator - Kent Campus Administration
  • Earnestine Hall was appointed to the position of Library Assistant I
  • Tiffany Hill was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant
  • Brenda Houston was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Renae Ingram was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Anissa Jenkins was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor II
  • Helena Jenkins was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Allison Jennings was appointed to the position of Senior Research Analyst
  • Lee-Anna Jon was appointed to the position of Vocational Evaluator II
  • Lesley Anne Murrel was appointed to the position of Administrative Services Support Specialist
  • Danielle Navarro was appointed to the position of Library Assistant II
  • Angelica Novo was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor
  • Dennis Reid was appointed to the position of Campus HVAC Facilities Manager
  • Leslie Richart was appointed to the position of Artist Series Events Coordinator
  • Alexa Rosa was appointed to the position of Business Office Specialist II
  • Michelle Spagna was appointed to the position of Library Assistant I
  • Donna Speegle was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Ethel Still-Richardson was appointed to the position of Job Placement Specialist
  • Melinda Thomas was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Mindy Virgille was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Guana Walton was appointed to the position of Interim Case Manager
  • Melissa Watson was appointed to the position of Sr. Plant Service Worker
  • Dan Wendt II was appointed to the position of Tool Room Technician
  • Donald Whitford e was appointed to the position of Academic Tutor
  • Jason Whittington was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Vanessa Williams was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor II
  • Sarah Winning was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor

The following list includes FSCJ employees who left or are preparing to leave their positions with the College. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

    Employee Title
    Jason Tetlak Marketing Graphics Print Coordinator
    Wrenettia Devoe Human Resources Information Specialist
    Callie Williams Professor of Office Systems Technology
in the news

Survivor of Bosnia War To Speak at FSCJ
Published on news.wjct.org on March 30, 2016. Learn more »

Sexual assault awareness on college campuses discussed on April 11 at FSCJ’s Yulee campus
Published on jacksonville.com on March 30, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ approved for $2 million medical center
Published on bizjournals.com on March 21, 2016. Learn more »

Traders Hill Farm - Innovative farming from Hilliard to the urban core
Published on firstcoastmagazine.com on March 14, 2016. Learn more »

Aspen Prize Nominee: Florida State College at Jacksonville
Published on aacc21stcenturycenter.org on March 11, 2016. Learn more »

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did you know

The updated 2015-16 Fact Book is now available to view on our website. Click here to view it.

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. Which FSCJ student is credited with coming up with a name for the new BlueWave Café North?
    1. Antoine Jackson
    2. Marni Greenstein
    3. Kathyrne Caprood
    4. Bri’Ona Foster
  1. In what year was the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at FSCJ accredited?
    1. 2005
    2. 2015
    3. 2010
    4. 2016
  1. In the 1970s, one of FSCJ’s former campuses was known as the San Diego Campus. What is it now called today?
    1. Bishop Kenny High School
    2. Pathways Academy High School
    3. Mandarin High School
    4. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
  1. By what time are all faculty members planning to participate in the Commencement 2016 ceremony asked to arrive on May 5?
    1. 4 p.m.
    2. Noon
    3. 3:15 p.m.
    4. 2 p.m.
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