FSCJ to Host Community Conversation Series

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) will host the first of a three-part Community Conversation Series in an effort to provide an open dialogue forum for the College’s internal and external community.

Following the success of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s (JSO) “Coffee with a Cop” program at FSCJ, the College aims to further assist in strengthening community relations with the introduction of this series.

The opening forum of the Community Conversation Series will explore the state of
relations between Jacksonville’s community and the law enforcement officers that
serve to protect it.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer solutions on topics ranging anywhere from legal implications to psychological and sociological impacts.

A panel of FSCJ faculty members will provide interdisciplinary perspectives. Faculty members include:

* Director of Security Gordon Bass
* Professor of Psychology Dr. Penny Devine
* Professor of Criminal Justice Kimberly Hall
* Professor of Legal Studies Dr. Nick Martino
* Professor of Sociology Dr. JR Woodward

FSCJ faculty will be joined on the panel by Assistant Chief T.K. Waters with the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office.

Students from the University of North Florida (UNF), Edward Waters College (EWC),
Jacksonville University (JU) as well as regional community members are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to RSVP no later than Monday, December 5, contact Barry Summers via email or by calling (904) 381-3436.

WHEN:
Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus-Room D-120
3939 Roosevelt Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32205

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display

December 1, 2016, you have the opportunity to join others and remember our brothers and sisters lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Ceremony and Display
12:00PM Event Is Free and open to the public
Atrium of Jacksonville City Hall
117 W Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Service of Remembrance and Hope
A nondenominational event to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and offer hope to those who live with HIV/AIDS in anticipation of a cure and the elimination of any new infections.
7:00PM Event is Free and open to the public
Arlington Congregational Church
431 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

For more information, please visit www.neflworldaidsday.org.

FSCJ Sponsors JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, the annual literary arts festival sponsored by Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), will re-introduce the city of Jacksonville to its own literary voice when it returns on November 12, 2016. The event features 25 local writers in 12 venues across Riverside to showcase the city’s own thriving writing scene.

Guests are invited to choose their own adventure at their leisure as they wander from venue to venue enjoying the works of local playwrights, poets and novelists, which include faculty and staff of FSCJ.

Writers participating in JaxbyJax 2016 include:
Jim Alabiso
Tricia Booker
RaeJeana Brooks
Fred Dale
Frances Driscoll
Bill Ectric
Katherine Espano
Joe Flowers
Sohrab Fracis
Liz Gibson
Tim Gilmore
Nan Kavanaugh
Grant Kittrell
Matt Lany
Johnny Masiulewicz
Emily K. Michael
Marcus Pactor
Ebony Payne-English
Heather Peters
Andres Rojas
Caleb Sarvis
Sean T. Smith
Mark Stewart
Marisella Veiga
Jeff Whipple

For more information on JaxbyJax, visit jaxbyjax.com or contact Tim Gilmore<mailto:tgilmore@fscj.edu>, FSCJ professor of English, at (904) 616-3884.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 2 – 9 p.m.
Student Showcase: 2 p.m.

Readings of featured writers: 3 – 6 p.m.
Beer:30
Flaire Celebrations
Il Desco Italian Restaurant
Jacksonville Magazine
Riverside Liquors
Silver Cow Watering Hole
Sunday Tattoo Gallery
The Mazer
True-Blue Hair Studio
Whiteway Conference Room

After Party and Book Signing ($10): 6:30 p.m.

TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit tedxfscj.com.

FSCJ Now Accepting Applications for 2016 JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites the local community of writers to submit applications to participate in the 2016 JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, literary arts festival on November 12, 2016.

JaxbyJax aims to showcase our community’s thriving writing scene by sharing with the city its own literary voice through local writers, including FSCJ faculty and staff.

Each application should include either a short writing sample or a link to a relevant audio or visual sample. Those interested in participating should email completed applications to Tim Gilmore, FSCJ professor of English, with “JaxbyJax application” in the subject line.

All applications should be submitted by September 9, 2016. The application form is available to download by using the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9sh2VU8SOYddGl1blpCU1ZLZHc/view?pref=2&pli=1.

As a sponsor this year, FSCJ will play a key role in coordinating speaker and venue selection. The event will take place across multiple venues in the King Street District in the heart of Riverside. Participants will present a variety of works such as poetry readings, short films and more.

WHEN: November 12, 2016, 3 – 6 p.m.
WHERE: King Street District, Riverside

FSCJ Hosts Color Me FSCJ Art Exhibition

Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) invites faculty, staff, students and members of the public to demonstrate their creativity at the #ColorMeFSCJ art exhibition. The goal is to transform a life-size coloring page into a collaborative masterpiece, which will serve as a welcoming mural for incoming students in the Fall Term.

Visitors are encouraged to help bring the Open Campus/Deerwood Center Gallery walls to life by using the exhibition as a blank canvas. Whether you are in search of an outlet, have a little extra time or simply possess the urge to express, everyone is welcome to add a touch of color and imagination to the exhibition.

Crayons will be provided. Visitors are asked to take photos of their contributions and share them using the hashtag #ColorMeFSCJ. Weekly favorites will be shared on social media.

WHEN: Now – September 24, 2016

WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville-Open Campus/Deerwood Center
Rotunda Gallery, 9911 Old Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

FSCJ Announces New Kent Campus President

FSCJ Announces New Kent Campus PresidentJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is pleased to announce Dr. Cedrick Gibson as the new Kent Campus/Cecil Center president and executive chair of the School of Business and Professional Studies. Dr. Gibson will begin his role in this capacity on November 16, 2015.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Gibson onboard to lead our Kent Campus faculty, staff and students and direct our newly developed School of Business and Professional Studies,” said FSCJ Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ian Neuhard. “Dr. Gibson brings a wealth of educational training and professional experience to this position that is sure to continue moving us forward in meeting the strategic direction of FSCJ.”

“It is with great honor and pleasure that I join the FSCJ community to serve the faculty, staff and students of this College,” said incoming president for FSCJ Kent Campus Dr. Gibson. “I look forward to combining my passion and expertise with the FSCJ leadership team to significantly impact the services and offerings of this institution.”

Dr. Gibson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, two master’s degrees in Aviation from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a doctorate in Business Administration from Northcentral University.

For the past five years, Dr. Gibson has served as the dean of Business Technology at Indian River State College and previously worked as a faculty member. He also serves as the regional director for the Small Business Development Center.

Prior to moving into higher education, Dr. Gibson worked in K-12 education as a faculty member, dean of students and assistant principal.

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