Foundation Spring 2008
FloRida Community College
RepoRt to the Community
Florida Community College
Board of Trustees
N. Wyman Winbush II
Vice Chair, Duval County
Thomas R. McGehee, Jr.
Vice Chair, Nassau County
Suanne Z. Thamm
Linda H. Asay, J.D.
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN (Ret.)
James E. McCollum
Emily B. Smith
Michael B. Weinstein
Gwendolyn C. Yates
Foundation Mission Statement
Our mission is to sustain and enhance the Foundation’s
reputation as a respected, trusted and highly recognized
organization among Northeast Florida residents, business
and community leaders, students and alumni; and to
secure sufficient financial resources for Florida Community
College to provide access to an extraordinary educational
experience and respond effectively to the most important
needs of the community.
The Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. This means all donations are eligible for tax deductions depending on the donor’s financial situation.
A Foundation for Students
Between the lines in our annual report, there is something called heart. All of the positive
news, impressive facts and figures are generated by people who care about students, their
future and the quality of life in our community. Each contributor to the FCCJ Foundation
gives so that another student might have an opportunity for a college education and a
proud, fulfilling career.
We acknowledge each and every donor, and offer this message of deep appreciation on
behalf of all Florida Community College students –– thousands each year who will have
a better life because of this generous outpouring of support.
We also wish to recognize and thank our dedicated Foundation Board of Directors for
their exceptional service to the College. They are compassionate citizens who volunteer a
great deal of time and energy while balancing their own successful, busy lives; all for the
wonderful cause of student success.
It is truly an honor and privilege to work with the Board, the excellent faculty and
everyone associated with this incredible College. Again, for the students of FCCJ, thank
you so very much for your continuing support. Every gift to the Foundation makes a
difference in the lives of students and in our great community.
James F. Marlier, Jr. Dr. Susan K. Chappell
Chair Executive Director
FCCJ Foundation Board of Directors FCCJ Foundation, Inc.
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FCCJ FOUNDATION A Word From the
Board of Directors Foundation President
2008 Since its inception, Florida Community College has balanced its dual mission
of university transfer and career related education within the context of a tuition
structure that is affordable for most, but not all students. Our Foundation exists to
Chair fill this gap by providing scholarships to those who otherwise could not achieve
Mr. James F. Marlier, Jr. their goals of earning a college degree.
At the same time, the College is
First Vice Chair renowned for being responsive to
Mr. James H. Winston the community’s ever-changing
needs. Most recently, the addition of
Second Vice Chair baccalaureate degrees in specific high
Mr. Edward S. Grenadier demand areas have been developed
to increase opportunities for training
Secretary in fire science management, computer
Ms. Marsha Myers networking, nursing and business. The
Foundation is dedicated to supporting
Treasurer Florida Community College and elevating
Mr. Donald D. Zell the quality of life for all citizens on the
Immediate Past Chair
Mr. Charles “Bucky” A. Clarkson
Ms. Martha E. Barrett
Mr. Carl N. Cannon
Mr. Robert P. Cook
Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN (Ret.) Dr. William ndation
Mr. John “Jack” J. Diamond President,
Mr. Robert Helms
Mr. Michael R. Hightower
Mr. John Hirabayashi
Ms. Teala A. Milton
Mr. Michael R. Munz
Mr. Edward A. Nimnicht II A scholarship endowment that
Mr. Alan W. Rossiter
Mr. Timothy Tresca will extend the promise of higher
Dr. Steven R. Wallace education to hundreds of capable low-
Mr. Cleve E. Warren
Ms. Lisa Weatherby income students each year is the best
Senator Stephen R. Wise
Dr. Timothy A. Woodward immediate and sustainable means
of increasing economic opportunity,
Honorary Board Member
Mrs. Betty P. Cook quality of life and per-capita income in
Student Representative our community.
Mr. Mark Musielak
Dr. Steven Wallace
President, Florida Community College
2 FCCJ Foundation
Doubling the Dollars, Landwirth established a
scholarship fund and in the
Doubling the Difference first year 15 students were
Henri Landwirth knows better than most people what it At the end of the 2008 school
feels like to have no control of your own destiny. At 13, he year, 40 to 50 Landwirth
was shipped to the first of many concentration camps where Scholars will be earning their
he would spend the next five years. degrees. Like all scholarship
Following World War II, Landwirth came to America. gifts, Landwirth’s is eligible
He served in the military and attended college on the G.I. for a dollar-for-dollar state
bill. He then embarked on a successful career in the hotel match, doubling its impact.
business. But through it all, he was left with a feeling that Landwirth speaks to student
things should be different and this motivated him to make groups at the College and
things better. educates young students on
He founded several foundations, along the way receiving the dangers of hate.
an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Landwirth said, “I get
University of Cincinnati. Through his work in Jacksonville, inspired by the students. I get inspired by them asking
Landwirth met Florida Community College President good questions. I can’t wait to come here.”
Steven Wallace and learned that the College helps students
transform their lives. Find out how you can make a difference by visiting the
Foundation Web site at www.fccj.edu/foundation.
Keeping Families Together
Students at the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Career What we had in mind
Center already have the lifelong opportunity for professional for the scholarship was
training. Thanks to Robert and Winette Odom, Nassau
County students attending classes at the Bean Center will to give it to married
also have help paying for college.
people who were
Winette, a fifth-generation Floridian and longtime
community volunteer, said they support programs that displaced in their jobs.
benefit children and families.
Maybe this will help
“That’s where our heart is,” she said. “We have been so
blessed. We always try to put back.” keep a family together.
Rayonier Foundation Establishes First-Generation Scholarship
A scholarship for first generation college students has been “We’re hoping our money will help people with limited financial
established by the Jacksonville-based Rayonier Foundation. resources or less opportunities,” he said. “It’s what students need
Formed in 1952 by the international forest products company in order to take that next step to success.”
whose core businesses are timber, real estate and performance Partnering with Florida Community College was an easy decision,
fibers, the Rayonier Foundation has long supported education, he added.
according to Vice President of Corporate Relations and President “It wasn’t a stretch for us to say, here’s an organization we know
of the Rayonier Foundation, Jay Fredericksen. does a great job and provides a lot of opportunity to people who
In targeting students whose guardian parents do not have need it.” As with all contributions to scholarships, Rayonier’s will
bachelor’s degrees, Fredericksen said Rayonier felt it could be matched by the state.
maximize its investment in the community with this scholarship.
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The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching
The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Community Colleges
provides the community college system with the opportunity to receive and match
The matching program continues to attract donors who want to see the
effectiveness of their gifts maximized. Eligible donations that support scholarships
are awarded one dollar of state funds for every one dollar of private funds. Program
funds are matched 2:3 by the state. To learn how you can take advantage of this
wonderful program, call the Foundation at (904) 632-3237.
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Watching Your Investment Grow!
The work of the FCCJ Foundation enables students to pursue on the First Coast. The state of Florida fully matches scholarship
college and rewarding careers by lessening their financial burdens. contributions (100 percent) in total; program contributions are
Student success is positive for employers, the local economy and matched at the 66 percent level.
all of Northeast Florida.
Below are the significant financial achievements of the Florida
Contributions to the Foundation help to fund student scholarships, Community College Foundation. Resources are used for student
education programs, new and upgraded facilities and technologies. scholarships, program development and other educational
Support from corporate, individual and organization partners is opportunities for thousands of students. To learn how you can
helping Florida Community College maintain its position as the contribute, call the FCCJ Foundation at (904) 632-3237.
leading provider of higher education and career-skills training
FCCJ Foundation, Inc. Cash Contributions FCCJ Foundation, Inc. Net Assets
2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
Scholarship Awards by FCCJ Foundation, Inc. Investment Rate of Return on Assets
Annual Return %
$750,000 9 9.3
2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
FCCJ Foundation Rate of Return
National Average Colleges With Endowments Less Than $25 Million
2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07
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I’m one of ten children. In 2002, one
of my own children was born with birth
defects. The scholarship has allowed
me to focus on school and to achieve
the goal of educating my children
on the importance of following your
Jeralene Marshall, Nursing
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Bachelor of Science in
Nursing Fills Need
In response to the community’s continuing need for well-
trained nurses in a variety of specialties, FCCJ has been
approved to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
with a focus in critical patient care. The new B.S.N. program
targets nursing positions for which a four-year degree with
an area of specialization is desired by hospital CEOs and
chief nurse executives. The proposed degree will increase
access for student populations who, in most cases, would
not otherwise be able to participate in baccalaureate-level
education in nursing, and will respond to significant needs
identified by area employers, addressing educational and I’m really proud of
career advancement needs of incumbent and future workers
in nursing. The proposed degree program would affirm North myself now. I went
Florida’s response to the nursing shortage and provide highly
skilled critical care nurses. through some things that
made me mature and
grow and I realize that
everyone doesn’t have
LandMar Gift the opportunity to get
Recognizes Potential an education. You never
The LandMar Group, a developer of residential communities,
is known for recognizing potential. Since its founding in
know who you’ll meet
1987, the company excelled at identifying emerging areas that
would one day be “winners.”
that will help you get to
the next level, or open
The recently established LandMar Group Endowed
Scholarship at Florida Community College also recognizes a door that wouldn’t be
potential. It looks not at just where students stand today, but
where they can be headed with a little help. open to you. The main
“By supporting the College, we are able to help improve thing is to try to do
workforce readiness by assisting young people to improve
their skills and training,” said Jim Doyle, Vice President of something. Give me the
Marketing and Sales. “This in turn makes Jacksonville and
Northeast Florida a better place to live and a more attractive chance and I’ll make the
place for businesses considering relocation.”
most of it.
The gift was eligible for a dollar-for-dollar state match, and
supports students who are enrolled either full- or part-time at
the College in any degree-awarding program. Willie Brown III
Health Administration Major
and 2006-07 Foundation Board Student Liaison
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TSIC Partnership Means
Success Begins Early in
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and a
program affiliation that began at the Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
in 2006 proved the point. Take Stock in Children (TSIC) identifies
financially-challenged students in middle school and offers them
the opportunity to earn four years of college tuition.
The teens, all Nassau County public school students, sign an
agreement to keep their grades up and stay out of trouble. Each
is matched with an adult mentor who meets with them once a
week to listen, encourage and offer guidance. When the students
successfully graduate high school, most attend Florida Community
College for the first two years, then transfer to a state university.
Program Director Jody Mackle said the first year at the Cook
I enjoy coming to Center was ideal. “It’s kind of a natural place for us to be because
it’s the center of the county,” she said. “Being here helps us keep in
school. Most of my closer touch with our students. It’s been terrific.”
The program is funded by grants and private donations and
teachers go out of their managed by the College, with contributions to TSIC flowing
through the Foundation. The Florida Pre-Paid Plan provides
way to help a student matching funds for tuition.
out. They have good
One Seed Grows a Big Crop
office hours if I need
at the Women’s Center
to talk to them and
Sometimes all it takes is one person or group to act, and the deed
they really check their flourishes into much more. The “Bridging the Digital Divide for
Displaced Homemakers” program at the College’s Rosanne R.
e-mail. I’m excited Hartwell Women’s Center was made possible through such
about the scholarship Members of the Women’s Giving Alliance pool their individual
annual contributions for community grants. Their initial gift to
because it allows me to fund this program was matched by the state and then re-funded for
not put extra stress on The merits of the program itself helped draw the funding. Through
my mother. the Challenge Program for Displaced Homemakers, a three-
week class provides employment skills and career counseling to
women whose former roles changed due to divorce, separation or
a spouse’s death. The grant from the Women’s Giving Alliance
Kelsey Carroll enables these women to enroll in basic computer classes and
Scholarship Recipient and become computer literate. At the end of three weeks, they are
Criminal Justice Major prepared to either re-enter the workforce or go back to college.
The Florida Association of Community Colleges this year
recognized the program with the Innovators’ Exemplary Practice
Award, and 115 women were put on the path to self-sufficiency.
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Pathways to Success Virtual Cruise
Located at Florida Community College’s Downtown In only its second year, the Set Sail to Achieve the Dream
Campus, Pathways Academy Charter High School opened Virtual Cruise established itself as a successful fundraiser for
its doors in August of 2006. Although charter high schools the FCCJ Foundation — and one of Jacksonville’s up-and-
affiliated with community colleges are not uncommon in the coming events!
United States, Pathways is unique in its focus on students
who have dropped out or who are at high risk of dropping The night began in the specially transformed Deerwood
out of traditional high schools. Center with a bon voyage reception hosted by co-chairs James
and Mary Winston and FCCJ President Steven Wallace.
The Pathways model, designed to provide students with the From there, the evening showcased some of the College’s
opportunity to complete a traditional high school diploma many programs, including visual and performing arts. The
in addition to completing college course work, continues to Caribbean marketplace offered wares and wonders of the
evolve to meet the unique needs of its student population. virtual islands featuring items made by FCCJ students
This innovative partnership, which serves students who do and faculty.
not ordinarily have the opportunity to be located on a
college campus while attending high school, is a true At the Lucky $$ Casino, passengers played for chances to
innovation that is changing the lives of young people win prizes donated by area businesses and by programs at the
who may not have otherwise pursued their educational College, such as a gourmet meal in the North Campus Mallard
opportunities. Room or tickets for Artist Series performances. Guests also
watched as talented FCCJ students and faculty members
Brittany Barnhart, a Pathways student who, at one time, created beautiful paintings, had a picture taken in the photo
lived in a domestic violence shelter with her mother and gallery, and tried to choose from the plentiful array of desserts
siblings and who did not see college as a possibility, was prepared by Culinary Arts students.
invited to give the keynote address at the Jobs for America’s
Graduates National Student Leadership Conference in The event raised in excess of $60,000, of which $36,000
Washington D.C. in December, 2007. Last semester, was submitted for a matching grant, resulting in over
Brittany successfully completed her high school graduation $90,000 raised to support first-generation college students.
requirements and 12 credit hours through dual enrollment at Jacksonville-based Rayonier Foundation was the event’s title
Pathways and Florida Community College. She is currently sponsor and established the Rayonier Foundation Scholarship
enrolled full-time at the College and is on her way to to benefit first-generation college students.
fulfilling her dream of becoming a physician assistant.
Make plans now to join us as we set sail
for Venice during our 2009 virtual cruise
scheduled for March 7, 2009, at the College’s
ays Studen Center.
rnh art, Pathw
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FCCJ Golf Classic Raises
More Than $20,000 for
The April 2007 Golf Classic, held at St. Johns County’s
Palencia Golf Club, raised $20,660 for scholarships. That
money will be effectively doubled by the Dr. Philip Benjamin
Matching Grant program.
The course was packed with 104 eager golfers, including
25 student-athletes. Another 20 volunteers made the event a
success through their gifts of time and labor. Results of the 2008
FCCJ Golf Classic will be announced soon.
10 FCCJ Foundation
First Coast Community all over the area. Jim Winston, one of our supporters, came
to College President Steve Wallace, and now, here we are.”
Music School After its first year ended in July 2007, the school had
200 students, 160 summer camp participants and 37
Before the opening of the First Coast Community Music
School (FCCMS), most residents were unaware of how
much better things could be with a place where people
FCCMS’s first location was at South Campus, since the
from all backgrounds, ages and financial abilities could learn
College’s own performing arts programs are based there. To
achieve one of its original goals of increasing diversity, the
Community Music School has now opened its second site at
Jane Condon knew. As the first principal of arts magnets, the College’s North Campus.
La Villa Middle School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts, she knew that Florida schools had shifted “All people need music. It just makes you have a better
away from the arts. soul,” Condon said with a smile. “Until now, there has not
been a place in Jacksonville for that to happen. People are
She also knew there were more than 300 community music happy we’re here.”
schools across the country, and that Jacksonville was likely
the largest city still without such a resource. There was only
For more information on how you can
“It became clear to me that Jacksonville was not in a position support the First Coast Community Music
to build, fund and run, from the ground up, such a facility,” School, contact the FCCJ Foundation at
Condon said. “But Florida Community College has programs (904) 632-3237.
The FCCJ Artist Series grossed over $11.4 million in revenue during Fiscal
Year 2007, its best year ever. The Series presented 72 productions for
303 performances or services and was anchored by several long-running