September 2016
Florida State College at Jacksonville BlueWave News

FSCJ receives Multi-Year Talent Search grants from the U.S. Department of Education

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) was recently awarded two $1.2 million, five-year Talent Search grants from the U.S. Department of Education to promote postsecondary education access and equity for low-income, first-generation college students.

The first grant is a renewal for FSCJ’s South Campus Talent Search program which has been in operation since 2007 to benefit students at Englewood, Terry Parker and Samuel W. Wolfson high schools, and Alfred I. DuPont, Fort Caroline and Southside middle schools. Each year, the program has served 500 students with the expressed potential to succeed in higher education. From 2013-15, 73 percent of the Talent Search graduates enrolled in a program of postsecondary education.

Karen Zelaya, a 2013 FSCJ graduate and participant in the Talent Search program as an Englewood High School student, said, "As the first person in my family to attend college, I didn't have access to anyone with experience who could give me their insights and advice as I applied to college. The Talent Search program provided me with a view from 'inside,' helped me learn what opportunities and resources were available and allowed me to develop valuable skills that simplified the entire process."

The second grant allows FSCJ to build on the program’s success and multiply its impact for inner city students from Andrew Jackson, William M. Raines, A. Philip Randolph and Jean Ribault high schools. FSCJ’s Downtown Campus will now have the resources to provide support for students in an area of Jacksonville where the poverty rates are highest and educational attainment rates are lowest.

“Students in Jacksonville’s Urban Core are in need of support to help change their circumstances and the trajectory of their future,” said Downtown Campus President Dr. Marie Gnage. “We have seen such tremendous results for students on Jacksonville’s Southside since the program was implemented there, and we are eager to see similar impact for students living in downtown Jacksonville.”

Talent Search’s range of services provides students with a customized and comprehensive menu of options based on their changing and individualized needs. Resources designed to remove barriers to success include tutoring and study skills, student-specific success plans, an online peer-to-peer support network, group workshops for college and career exploration, time management skills, test taking strategies and college entrance exam preparation, financial aid assistance, scholarship identification support, financial literacy for both the students and their families, academic advising, college tours, admission application support and various other social and cultural activities.

The project aims to meet the following objectives:

  • Increase the percentage of non-senior participants who complete the current academic year and continue their education at the next grade level.
  • Increase the percentage of seniors served who graduate within the standard number of years.
  • Increase the percentage of students who graduate within the standard number of years from a rigorous secondary school program of study.
  • Increase the percentage of students who enroll in an institution of higher education by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
  • Increase the percentage of students who complete a postsecondary education program within six years of graduation from high school.

“The Talent Search program will bolster our efforts to increase both academic and school culture measures for students in poverty stricken areas of Jacksonville,” said Assistant Superintendent over the Duval Transformation Region of Duval County Public Schools Iranetta Wright. “I am encouraged by the opportunity and support the program promises to deliver for our community’s future.”

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FSCJ Dedicates Dr. Lois D. Gibson Building

The College recently named North Campus Building A the Dr. Lois D. Gibson Building after longtime nursing professional, educator and philanthropist. At the September 13 District Board of Trustees meeting, the decision was made to embed Dr. Lois Davis Gibson’s legacy within FSCJ in perpetuity by renaming the building in her honor.

Dedicating more than 40 years of her life to nursing, Dr. Gibson began her career as a staff and operating room nurse at Duval Medical Center in Jacksonville. In 1968, Dr. Gibson joined Florida Junior College, which is now known as FSCJ, as a nursing instructor and coordinator and was later named Director of Nursing in 1976. She also served as the Dean of Health Services from 1986 until her retirement three years later.

Among her many contributions, Dr. Gibson led the processes resulting in accreditation of FSCJ’s associate in nursing degree by the National League for Nursing and a $3 million grant to construct the nursing building on North Campus.

Prior to her passing in 2015, she established the Dr. Lois Gibson Book Scholarship fund which is awarded annually to an African-American student in the associate in nursing program with demonstrated financial need and the drive to succeed in their future in nursing.

“We are eternally grateful to Dr. Gibson for her personal and professional contributions to FSCJ and the nursing profession,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. “We are delighted to honor her through naming the allied health building that will produce future professionals in health care.”

FSCJ Promotes Collegewide Political Engagement

Florida State College at Jacksonville is committed to encouraging and stimulating Collegewide political involvement during the current election season. The recently released National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) conducted by Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life found that in the 2012 Presidential Election, 60% of FSCJ’s student population voted, and 31% participated in the 2014 Midterm Election. While the data shows that our students demonstrated more engagement than most of the other institutions with the Carnegie classification, there is still room for growth.

To increase voter registration, representatives from the Supervisor of Elections’ office are regularly visiting each campus to promote and facilitate registration among not only our students, but also our faculty and staff. Representatives from different political parties have been invited to share information at each of the campuses as well. In addition to these site visits, FSCJ is also promoting, which is an online resource for voter registration and updates, election reminders and absentee ballot application.

Prior to the August 30 primaries, our Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a Republican Primary Debate for Florida’s 4th Congressional District in which five of the candidates discussed topics that directly affect the College, our students and the community. Based on the engagement and positive feedback, FSCJ is pursuing the opportunity to host a debate for the general election as well.

Vice President of Student Services Dr. Chris Holland, Director of Government and Community Engagement Jen Silva and FSCJ’s General Counsel Colin Mailloux, along with select faculty members, are working to connect members of the SGA with the 2017-18 Florida Constitution Review Commission to provide their insights, specifically in areas as they pertain to higher education.

On September 14, Circuit Judge for the 4th Judicial Circuit Adrian G. Soud hosted the 8th Annual Constitution Awareness Day at South Campus. Judge Soud guided students, faculty, staff and interested participants from the community through the U.S. Constitution and its interpretation in today’s judicial system.

“In the spirit of creating an atmosphere of comprehensive, bipartisan educational experiences and opportunities, it is our responsibility as an institution of higher learning to provide access to objective information and resources,” said Director of Government and Community Engagement Jen Silva. “It is our goal that these efforts will prepare our College community as they head to the polls and make decisions that will directly impact their future.”

Students to Receive New ID Badges and Decals

By now, faculty and staff should have received your new identification badges and vehicle decals. These new changes are part of our efforts to elevate the College’s safety, security and functional operations and to better identify College constituents on our campuses and centers.

We are now beginning the implementation process for our students. Please remind your students that they will be able to visit any campus/center during the following dates to receive their new student ID badge and vehicle decal. We are currently at North Campus for the remainder of this week.

Downtown Campus
October 17-20, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Room A 3040
October 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Room A 3040

Cecil Center
October 26-27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room A 112

Kent Campus
October 10-13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Room C 117
October 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Room C 117

Nassau Center
October 24-25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Room B 103

North Campus
September 19-22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Room D 300
September 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Room D 300

Deerwood Center
September 26-29, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Room G 2700
September 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Room G 2700

South Campus
October 3-6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Room G 300
October 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Room G 300

Also, be sure to remind students that they will need to bring with them the items below in order to complete the process.

To receive an ID badge:

  • Current FSCJ ID badge
  • Government-issued photo identification card (driver’s license, state ID card) if the student does not have their FSCJ ID badge

To receive a vehicle decal:

We appreciate your help in spreading the word to our students!


A new video spotlight series will be launching called #iamfscj. We’ll showcase stories of people who have made and continue to make FSCJ an amazing part of our community. Through their own words, you’ll get a glimpse into what sparks their creativity, motivates them to do more and drives them to continue mastering their craft. From students to faculty, staff and donors, we’re excited to share their stories with you. To kick off the series, check out the first video with Dr. Sam Ertenberg.

Inaugural Student Rotaract Club Meeting

The first FSCJ Rotaract meeting will be held at North Campus this Thursday, September 22 at 4 p.m. in Building E, Room 235. Please share this information with your students. Rotaract brings together adults to take action in their communities, develop leadership and professional skills and to have fun. The FSCJ Rotarct Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of North Jacksonville. Being a member of this club will allow students to take advantage of all that Rotary has to offer. This includes scholarships and peace fellowships, RYLA events and friendship exchanges or vocational training teams.

For additional information, please contact club sponsor Dr. Monica Franklin at

board highlights

Following are the highlights of the September 13, 2016 meeting of the FSCJ District Board of Trustees:

  • The District Board of Trustees approved the successor Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the College and the United Faculty of Florida-Florida State College at Jacksonville ("Union") effective August 16, 2016 through August 15, 2019, as ratified by the faculty.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved a 2% salary increase calculated on base salaray as of May 1, 2016 for all eligible full-time non-faculty employees. Employees serving in a full time position as of May 1, 2016 and continuing in a full time position since that date are eligible for the increase, to be effective September 16, 2016.
  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and enter into resultant contract(s) for grant proposal number A17001, Carl D. Perkins, Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Programs, Section 132. The purpose of this program is to more fully develop the academic and career and technical skills of postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and enter into resultant contract(s) for grant proposal number A17003, Adult General Education. Under this grant the College is able to assist adults in completing high school or the equivalent by providing educational services including Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult High School (AHS), High School Equivalency (HSE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs.
  • The District Board of Trustees authorized College administration to negotiate and enter into resultant contract(s) for grant proposal number Q16001, Quick Response Training: Digital Risk LLC. The Quick Response Training (QRT) grant consists of state funds provided by Workforce Florida Inc. for customized training to new or expanding companies in the state of Florida.
  • The District Board of Trustees approved insurance benefit premiums, continuation of current contracts with Florida Blue, Delta Dental for dental insurance, continuation of vision insurance with Humana/CompBenefits, and The Hartford for life insurance for the period of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 (Plan Year).

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

2016-17 Faculty Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the four faculty award winners for the 2016-17 academic year. For the first time, student evaluators were included in the selection process, as they served alongside faculty in selecting the following honorees:

Shawna Coram, M.A. (Professor of Business and Accounting; School of Business, Professional Studies and Public Safety) has been recognized with the Innovative Faculty Technology Award. Her pedagogy stands out for the variety of tech tools she has integrated into her teaching, including Blendspace lessons, Kahoot, Poll Everywhere,, Jing, SnagIt, YouTube, Educreations, iMovie, Kaltura and commercially produced shows (CNBC’s The Profit) that add an applied dimension to course content. Student support for her work stands out not only for their praise of her class structure, but because of the personal touch that underlies her approach.

Rebecca Levy, M.F.A. (Professor of Dance; School of Liberal Arts, Communication and Education) has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award. Highlights of her nomination included strong relationships she builds with her students, with an emphasis on transition to life beyond FSCJ, including her work in co-founding the Jacksonville Dance Theatre in response to the absence of professional opportunities for local dancers. Professor Levy is also the director of danceWORKS, FSCJ’s repertoire company, which, in addition to performing at FSCJ throughout the year, performs locally at a variety of community outlets.

Lourdes Norman, Ph. D. (Professor of Biological Sciences; School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award. Highlights of her nomination included evidence of her ability to meaningfully engage and inspire students in rigorous science classes connected to career pathways, her emphasis on hands-on, technology-enhanced learning in which students can see and interact with subjects about which they are learning, as well as a number of achievements in curriculum and external funding.

Susan Reilly, Ph. D. (Professor of Economics; School of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences) has been recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award. Highlights of her nomination included her strong leadership of the Social and Behavioral Science Council, her work in establishing and maintaining FSCJ’s Center for Economic and Financial Education and her strong connection with students both in and beyond the classroom, including her active Twitter presence.

Awardees will be formally congratulated at an October luncheon hosted by Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. In the meantime, please offer your congratulations and appreciation to our colleagues for their outstanding work!

Dr. Tim Gilmore Introduces Latest Book with Reading and Signing Event

On September 22, English professor Dr. Tim Gilmore will present his recently released book, “Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity,” with an interactive reading and signing event.

Faculty, staff and employees are invited to attend the event, which takes place at 7 p.m. at the University of North Florida Art Gallery, Founders Hall, Building Two, Room 1001.

His 14th published book highlights the Reverend Robert Gray’s life as builder of Jacksonville’s “first megachurch,” the allegations made against him during his time as its leader and the power dynamics that allowed it to continue.

Dr. Gilmore has been an FSCJ faculty member for nine years. He received his associate in arts from Florida Community College at Jacksonville, his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of North Florida and his doctorate from the University of Florida.

Get to Know Your Fellow A&P Colleagues – Jeremiah Cobb

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.

September’s Administrative and Professional Collaborative (APC) Spotlight shines on Jeremiah Cobb, campus grants manager for Downtown Campus.

Jeremiah began his journey with FSCJ in March of 2016. His position is unique to the College in the sense that only Downtown Campus has a grants manager due to the high volume of grants initiated and managed on that campus. Jeremiah works extremely close with the Resource Development Office as a liaison between the College and external funding agencies ensuring grants are in compliance and deliverables are met.

With 11 years of experience in grants management, contract administration and regulatory compliance, Jeremiah is well versed in program development and implementation. He has extensive experience in programmatic and fiscal management and was influential in developing grant management processes for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, City of Jacksonville and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Jeremiah is a graduate of Iowa State University with a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and business management. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with academic honors from Webster University. He was raised both in Long Beach, California, and on Chicago’s Southside, but has called Florida home since 2004. He serves on the board of Priority Love & Care Inc. and is owner of a local bespoke clothier/image consultant company, The Bello Mo Group.

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,

program spotlight

Get to Know Your Fellow Career Employees– Gary George

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.

September’s career employee feature is Gary George, integrated systems specialist.

Gary has worked for the College since 1992, first as a Microcomputer Specialist I at Downtown Campus, then in 1996 moved to a Microcomputer Specialist II at Kent Campus, and now serves as an integrated systems specialist under Robbie Peeples.

Gary helps to manage, maintain and support Information Technology Service resources at Kent Campus and other locations throughout the College as needed to assist students, faculty and staff with their technology needs. Also at Kent, Gary assists with audio and visual technical support and coordinates yoga fitness sessions twice a week.

Gary is a lifelong Jacksonville resident and graduated with an associate degree in Electronics Technology from Florida State College at Jacksonville. He has achieved A+ certifications and Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist 10.X certifications. Gary served nearly eight years in the United States Air Force where he attended Administrative Management training along with Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training. He is a lifelong member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.

Outside of work, Gary sings in a choir at St. Pius V Catholic Church on Saturdays and currently serves as the vice president and treasurer of the Magnolia Gardens North Neighborhood Association. For more than 10 years Gary has also served at the Sulzbacher Center helping serve the evening meal.

Gary enjoys Marvel comic books and movies and Star Wars and Star Trek media.

program spotlight

FSCJ's Engineering Technology (Advanced Manufacturing) Associate in Science

FSCJ offers this hands-on Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Engineering Technology (Advanced Manufacturing) for students interested in pursuing careers involving installation, repair and maintenance of industrial and manufacturing environments. It is designed to respond to the needs of industrial and regional businesses and equips our students with manufacturing-related technical skills for the industry. As of today, 98 FSCJ graduates have secured manufacturing jobs upon completing the program.

Students enrolled in the program learn about robotics, hydraulics, welding, advanced machining and more. For the 2016-17 academic year, 146 students have applied to study in our A.S. in Engineering Technology program.

In addition to earning an A.S. degree, students are able to earn four technical certificates including:

  • CNC Machinist/Fabricator
  • Engineering Technology Support Specialist
  • Pneumatics, Hydraulics and Motors for Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics

Through industry partnerships with companies such as Johnson & Johnson Vision (Vistakon), Gerdau Ameristeel and Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC, students are able to gain internship experience to supplement their studies. Currently, FSCJ is working with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast to build a technical certificate that incorporates 30 credit hours of classes needed for our students to obtain jobs with its company.

The Engineering Technology program is not only working to ensure graduates are prepared to enter the workforce, but also offers high school students the chance to get a head start on their degree. This Fall Term, the program is working with Englewood High School to begin dual enrollment opportunities for interested students. The program will also offer a summer camp for other high schools in our service area to introduce students to the fast-growing engineering industry.

Visit our website to learn more about our A.S. in Engineering Technology program.

FSCJ Ranks in Top 10 Florida Colleges and Universities for Online Learning

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) has been ranked seventh in the state on’s list of top colleges in 2016. More than 100 Florida colleges were ranked. Other Top 10 institutions include the University of Florida and Daytona State College.

Additionally, FSCJ ranked 105 out of more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities across the country. These institutions were ranked based on factors such as affordability, online program availability and student services.

FSCJ Online offers students the convenience of earning their degrees in a flexible, high-quality format that also meets their individual education and scheduling needs. Visit our FSCJ Online web page to learn more about the College’s affordable and accessible online learning opportunities. To view’s complete ranking of Florida colleges and universities, click here.

BlueWave Athletics Highlights

The FSCJ BlueWave Volleyball team defeated State College of Florida (Manatee) in four sets to win their first state match of the season. The volleyball team will host state competition this Saturday, September 24 with a tri-match. The first match versus Indian River State College is at noon followed by a match at 4 p.m. against Gulf Coast State College.

The FSCJ BlueWave Women’s Basketball Team, Men’s Basketball Team and Baseball Team participated in the American Heart Association Walk this past Saturday. The annual walk raised more than $1.2 million for the First Coast. To see more, click here.

Class of ’15 Alum Designs Her Dream Career

Dawn Henderson graduated from our interior design program in 2015. While here, she served as vice president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter and is still active with ASID today. Currently, she serves as the design community coordinator for Jacksonville.

When the Jacksonville native isn’t engaged in the design process, she enjoys traveling, visiting local galleries and museums, supporting local businesses and restaurants, as well as keeping a photo diary of her adventures.

Dawn has wanted to be an interior designer her entire life. After completing an internship, Dawn was offered a position at Just B Interiors, a San Marco-based residential firm. Under the mentorship of Bianca Beattie, Dawn has learned a great deal about the design industry and has gained a greater appreciation of what interior design really entails. Dawn is also employed part time with Chain Source Inc., where she has taken an interest in contract furnishings.

Dawn finds her go-to style to be transitional and draws inspiration from travel, architecture and nature. Her experiences thus far have allowed her to understand the significant impact of design on our environments. She believes that a well-designed space, whether commercial or residential, should always be made a priority. Dawn aspires to work in hospitality design and construction management. She also plans to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the future.

2017 Benefits Open Enrollment is Coming Soon

Open enrollment for 2017 benefits is scheduled for October 17-28. New this year, with the implementation of myFSCJ, enrollment will be hosted only online at There you will be able to select insurance plans, add or update dependent and beneficiary information and more. If you require no changes from your 2016 elections, your current benefits will automatically roll over to the 2017 year, even for Flexible Spending Accounts which is a significant change from the past. All changes will be effective January 1, 2017.

The Benefits Team will be visiting each campus the week of October 17-21 along with our insurance provider representatives.

We eagerly anticipate this new process and ask you to be on the lookout for additional information as we approach Open Enrollment.

Complimentary Flu Shots

Complimentary flu shots for all full-time employees – including those who opt out of health insurance coverage – will be offered at each campus during the week of October 17-21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Location information will be made available in October.

Flu shots earn 10 Blue Reward points for full-time employees covered under the College health insurance as part of our wellness incentive program. To see Blue Reward points, visit, log in as a Member, click under Health and Wellness, then Discounts and Rewards.

Healthy Snack Options

As Dr. Bioteau detailed the importance of providing better access to healthy snacks that support the overall wellness of our employees and students in a previous President’s Message, the Wellness Committee is excited for the new snack and beverage options available in FSCJ vending machines.

The new snack options fall into at least one of the categories defined below:

  • Low in calories, fat grams, sodium and sugar content. Examples include: Baked Lay’s Chips, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Fiber One Bars, Snackwell’s Cookies and Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
  • Being organic, kosher, non-GMO, gluten free, having no artificial preservatives/colors/ingredients. Examples include: Cliff Bars, Wonderful Pistachios, Snyder’s Pretzels, Terra Chips and Think Thin products

Additionally, the beverage machines will now offer juice, energy drinks and new Dasani Sparkling Water in both raspberry and lemon flavors.

We know you will enjoy the new offerings and are happy to support you in your pursuit for wellness.

Upcoming Employee Wellness Seminars

We’d like to remind you of FSCJ’s Employee Wellness Program. The College is offering free seminars on a variety of topics to help all employees reach their health and wellness goals. Attending these seminars may be considered work time with supervisor’s pre-approval.

The following seminars are scheduled to take place:

Date Time Location Topic
Wednesday, September 28 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deerwood Center - B-1204 Master Your Motivation: Seven Strategies to Keep You Inspired
Tuesday, October 4 3 – 4 p.m. South Campus – Lakeside Room Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget
Wednesday, October 12 3 – 4 p.m. Kent Campus – D-120 Healthy Dining Choices

As a special bonus for employees with FSCJ’s health insurance, each seminar is worth 50 Blue Rewards points. Once you earn 100 points, you are eligible to receive a $25 gift card.

For more information, contact or call (904) 633-5940. Click here to learn more about all of the upcoming seminar topics.

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.

  • FSCJ Project Coordinator Rachel Rippey was among those honored on September 15 as one of First Coasts 2016 American Graduate Champions. These individuals actively commit their time, skills and resources to improving educational outcomes for all students.

  • Click here to watch Rachel discuss her work with the VERTICAL training program, which provides employment readiness instruction to students with disabilities enrolled in vocational workforce certificate programs at FSCJ.

  • Mark Creegan, assistant professor of drawing and design at FSCJ, recently sat down with Folio Weekly to talk about his approaches to teaching art and how art education has changed since his time as an art student at FCCJ. Click here to read the full article on

  • English professor Tim Gilmore was recently featured in First Coast Magazine’s article on Jacksonville’s writing community. The article, titled “Stories Run Deep in the River City,” highlighted the literary contributions of Professor Gilmore and three other local writers. Professor Gilmore discussed his involvement in Jacksonville’s literary scene, including organizing the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival in Riverside. Click here to read the full article.

  • Three members of FSCJ’s arts faculty were featured in Arbus Magazine’s September/October issue. Jacksonville Dance Theatre, co-founded by Professor of Dance Rebecca Levy, was highlighted as the city’s only fully professional dance company.

  • Professor of Digital Media Julia DeArriba-Montgomery and Professor of Sculpture Michael Cottrell were featured for their teachings in 3D printing as part of Continuing Education. Click here to read Arbus Magazine’s latest issue.

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
  • Robert Briggs was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Electricity
  • Kimberly Fahlgren was appointed to the position of Professor of Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Russell Flint was appointed to the position of Professor of English
  • Holly Holmes was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Reading
  • Curtis Loftis was appointed to the position of Professor of Digital Media
  • Webster Skelton was appointed to the position of Temporary Professor of Welding
A&P Full-Time
  • Ashli Archer was appointed to the position of Academic Director
  • Marc Boese was appointed to the position of Interim Executive Director of Organizational Development
  • John Jinkner was appointed to the position of Interim Program Manager
  • Mary Kester was appointed to the position of Interim IPM - Early Childhood Education
  • Debbie Monnseratt was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Risk Management
  • Doreen Sterling was appointed to the position of Academic Director (Natural Sciences)
  • Barvenia Wooten was appointed to the position of Coach - Women's Basketball
Career Full-Time
  • Sherron Brown was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Stanley Brown was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Michael Franklin was appointed to the position of Simulation Lab Coordinator
  • Chiffon Guest was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Katherine Martin was appointed to the position of Multimedia Specialist
  • May Mason was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Patricia McClellan was appointed to the position of Administrative Assistant II
  • Jorge Meade-Arauz, Jr. was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • April Montooth was appointed to the position of Administrative Specialist
  • Ira Orr was appointed to the position of Security Officer I
  • Doralynn Owens was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Robert Paige was appointed to the position of Security Officer II
  • Tameica Robbs was appointed to the position of Information Specialist
  • Crisdiandris Rojas was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Chandra Shuler was appointed to the position of Student Success Advisor I
  • Takesha Williams was appointed to the position of Lead Business Office Specialist

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
    Sean Ancrum Microcomputer Support Tech I
    Raymond Biery Student Success Advisor I
    William Johnson Plant Service Worker
    Eric Davidson Campus Security Officer In Charge
    Sarah Garrett Student Success Advisor I
    Francesco Salomoni Security Officer II
    Bettye Clayton Purchasing Agent II
    Rhoda Jost Professor
    Trevayne Myers Plant Service Worker
    Meghan Carlin Marketing Communications Manager
    Stephanie Jackson Student Success Advisor I
    Jennifer Matheny Multimedia Specialist
    Marilou Kuo Mail Clerk
    Megan Shields Student Success Advisor II
    Anthony Sutton Library Assistant I
    Pamela Avent Professor
    Nataliya Brant Professor
    Tanya Bush Professor
    Byron Caplan Professor
    Patricia Cipriano Professor
    Kimberly Conner Professor
    Donald Furr Professor
    Arron Hoffer Professor
    Douglas Kuberski Professor
    Joseph Langat Professor
    Richard Lee Professor
    Robert Pollard Professor
    Denis Pra Professor
    Thomas Russo Professor
    Adrienne Sachse Professor
    Rachelle Settambrino Professor
    Charles Taylor Professor
    Lisa Maldonado Director Annual Fund/Stewardship
    David Schuessler Professor
    Loreen Atkinson Student Success Advisor I
    Steve Bludsworth Press Operator
    Linda Foley Accounting Specialist I
    Tiffany Hill Administrative Assistant I
    Cedric Johnson Advisor II
    Laurence Snell Chief Business Affairs Officer
    Doris Vancamp Lead Business Office Specialist
    Robin Cole BAS WLU FT/RPT
    Katherine Haft Administrative Services Support Specialist
    Merrill Landgrebe Student Success Advisor II
    Barbara Salvage Librarian Level 1
    William Ganza Director of Training & Development
in the news

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FSCJ gets multi-year grant from U.S. Department of Education
Published on on September 9, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ’s New App Aims to Make Campus Safer
Published on on August 31, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ Safe on-campus smartphone app allows users to contact school security and find out what to do in emergencies
Published on on August 30, 2016. Learn more »

FSCJ talks new projects, goals for this school year
Published on on August 22, 2016. Learn more »

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did you know

For National Campus Safety Awareness Month, the College will collaborate with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) for its “Coffee with a Cop” on-campus initiative during the week of September 26?

This will be an opportunity for faculty and students to get to know the local law enforcement officers and informally interact with them one-on-one over a cup of coffee. Click here for more information.

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 9 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. FSCJ ranked 105 out of more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities across the country according to what website’s list?
  1. Next month, at which FSCJ campuses/centers will students be able to receive their new ID badges and vehicle decals?
    1. Downtown Campus, Kent Campus and Nassau Center
    2. Cecil Center, Deerwood Center and Kent Campus
    3. South Campus, Deerwood Center and Downtown Campus
    4. All FSCJ campuses/centers
  1. Which Faculty Award winner is known for connecting with students through her active Twitter presence?
    1. Susan Reilly
    2. Lourdes Norman
    3. Rebecca Levy
    4. Shawna Coram
  1. Campus Grant Manager Jeremiah Cobb has how many years of experience in grants management, contract administration and regulatory compliance?
    1. 20
    2. 15
    3. 11
    4. 4
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