Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 1
Haiti and City College
n January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude
earthquake struck Haiti and devastated
the Capital City of Port-Au-Prince. This
catastrophe affected millions of Haitians at
home and abroad. Many City College students
are from Haiti and most have family still residing
there. Some had the opportunity to visit their
families during the Winter Break and by January
12th, one of them had still not returned to class.
The last anyone at City College had heard from
business major Claudel Dessources, he was
excited about returning to school. But that was
before the earthquake. From left to right, standing- Dwayne Kuchar, Tom Carpenter, Ginger Ruback, Brenda Wan, Rosanna
Claudel traveled to the island to visit during Lewis; Latoya Morrison, Angel Dunn, Ingrid Germain, Dean Weaver, Melissa Serrano; kneeling-
the holidays. He was scheduled to return to John Camelo
Fort Lauderdale on January 11th, but before
departure he found that his passport was
missing. Unable to
leave the country The City College Family ran a Haiti Relief Fund for the first three weeks
without proper after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010.
identification, Claudel We delivered food, clothing, water, and much needed medical supplies to
arranged to visit the Embassy in Port-Au-Prince the Calvary Chapel.
to request replacement documents. He was at Our family and friends of Haiti will As a nation and
the embassy when the earthquake struck. continue to need help to meet both
Claudel had just stepped outside the building their immediate needs and fund the its people grieve
for a break when the ground heaved. long term effort to rebuild homes,
Tons of steel and concrete crashed down schools, hospitals and cities. We
as the Embassy collapsed, killing hundreds will continue our efforts to help our City College
trapped within. Claudel ran to open ground and family and friends in Haiti. Boxes
the relative safety of a nearby tree, where he will be set up in the Registrar’s remembers those
held on and worried about his family. Office and marked Haiti Relief Fund; touched by tragedy
The city continued to crumble as he ran in donations are urgently needed,
search of his mother and sister, both of whom he please donate what you can now.
found safe but shocked by what had happened. Haiti will continue to need donations
The family spent much of the following weeks on to ensure they have the resources to
the boat they use for their import-export trade. get food, medicine and supplies to
Claudel said they did what they could to serve the people that need them.
food and water to those in need. We can live in a world where
Claudel is back in Florida and back in class everyone has a roof over their head,
but several other City College students have enough food to eat and access to
family and friends still missing in Haiti. Students, clean drinking water. Unfortunately,
staff and faculty gathered food, clothing and despite some advances we’re far
money for aid that was delivered by a church from this vision. The City College
organization in late January. As a nation and Family does get this and are taking
its people grieve and rebuild, City College action. Thank you for opening up Dennis Espinoza, Angel Dunn and Jim Cirone
remembers those touched by tragedy. your heart in this time of need. help with the Haiti Relief Fund
Find this newsletter onlinewas selected by students on completion of the performances.
The winning poem at citycollege.edu
Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 2
my program was given to me. It took What are your comments about the
“Are You Ready?” real hard work, dedication and
persistence. My teachers equipped me
usefulness of the broadcasting club?
I think the club is useful in that it
Sindy Rosario graduated in December, 2009 with confidence and tenacity to want to creates an organization to belong to and
with an Associate of Science do things right and that’s needed in the be part of. It’s like a school family. We’re
Degree in Broadcasting. industry. The need to want to do more accountable not only for ourselves but
ell Sindy was. She was so and expect more was cultivated in for others. Whenever I saw a fellow
ready that she aced the this program. member/student in distress I felt
Broadcasting Program, and compelled to help in any way I could.
On a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being the lowest), Whether by sharing books or forming
now she’s willing to share her journey how rigorous was the program for you?
with others. We recently interviewed study groups before exams, the club
It’s hard to separate the rigor of the helped to form bonds. I also know it to
her about her experience as a program from everything else that’s go-
broadcasting student at City College. be a good networking tool. Students
ing on while you’re completing it. Many shared ideas and helped each other
Here are some excerpts from that of the students who attend have jobs
interview. with individual projects.
and families, but the program is do-able. Of course, we cannot forget those
What are your impressions of the If you’re committed to finishing on time, wonderful educational field trips!
broadcasting program? you will; no matter what obstacles get
I feel as though this program, which I in your way. After all, that kind of mind
have just completed, gave me enough frame is what will make you Staff Happenings
skills and tools to further my interest in a better worker in the long run. On a
whatever avenue I may be inclined to scale of 1 to 10, I’d have to request a City Spotlight is Shining On...
pursue. Broadcasting as a whole is very switch to sliding scale. Sometimes it’s a
‘broad’ but in this program I was able to 6, sometimes it’s a 10. Congratulations
dabble in different aspects. to our very own
If you had to speak to prospective
I came away more enthusiastic about Jacqueline
students about the program, what
what I would like to do in the future. Thomas who
would you say to them?
I feel like this program is a good received her
“Are you ready? Are you really ready?
stepping stone in a long road of major Bachelor Degree
Because there should be no going
life steps. Not only did it mold my in Business
back.” That’s what I’d say. Investing
character but it worked on my discipline Administration
your time and money is no joke. Making
and my commitment to my dreams. on November 11,
sure that you’re mentally prepared and
How much do you think it has that you have a strong support team
cum laude. Along
helped you for the real world of is crucial. If you have al the above
with her duties as Assistant Librarian,
broadcasting? covered then the only thing left would
Jackie wears several hats. She is
I definitely feel it has helped me be to congratulate them.
involved in student TABE testing,
enormously to prepare for the real It takes a courageous person to
assisting instructors with materials
world of broadcasting. Nothing I realize what he or she wants and go
among others things. She is now
accomplished during the course of through the steps of getting it.
pursuing her Master’s Degree at Everest
University and hopes to finish in two
years with her MBA – HR Master of
Find us on Facebook. Visit the City College
Business Administration in Human
Resources. We are so very proud of her
social media link at citycollege.edu/social accomplishments. Keep it going Jackie.
Never a Dull Moment! Antonio Moreira made it a double, winning both the poetry and
he excitement continues in the broadcasting department. short story contests in the evening. The winners were selected
Last term a new feature was introduced in our extra by their peers. A total of eleven students entered the contests.
curricula program, and already there is great anticipation On January 19th the various winners for the broadcasting
for the next go-around. department’s quarterly awards were announced. DeShawna
The Department held its first poetry and short story contests Scott (day) and Kenrick Brown (evening) won the Students of
for both day and evening students. Lorenza Blair captured the the Quarter awards. Other award recipients were Lauren
poetry contest in the day time, while Karen Melendez and Concepcion – Best Radio Presenter, Lathon Miller – Best Radio
Maria Vasquez were joint winners of the short story Producer, Dujuan Walker - Best Television Presenter and John
competition among the daytime students. Antoine – Best Television Producer.
(Continued on page 3)
Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 3
Dr. Alvan Lewis, Broadcasting Chair presents awards to (left to right): Lorenza Blair, winner of poetry contest (day) receives his award; DeShawna Scott, Student
of the Quarter (day); Maria Vasquez, joint winner of short story contest (day); and Karen Melendez, joint winner of short story contest (day).
(Continued from page 2) Antonio Moreira: Broadcasting Club 1st Place Winner,
The award for “Most Innovative Concept” was Poetry Contest [Evening Session]
shared by Laura Caiazza and Ruben Lanier. Jean “I Want Peace”
Samuel Jean-Louis Jr captured the attendance I want to see peace
achievement award for never missing any of his I do not want to see war and loneliness in the eyes of a child in El Salvador…
broadcasting classes and Kedeley Brevil (day) with his rifle in his hands.
and Orfa Duran (evening) were joint winners of The guerrilla with his sponsor educated and exported to Nicaragua.
the “Excellent Character” award. Winners for I do not want to see the Israeli nation and Palestinian people in pain…
all these awards are chosen at the end of the women of South Africa crying for their vanquished children.
each term. I do not want to see bodies like duplicates defenseless in Ethiopia
There are some exciting plans for the And revolt of the I.R.A. striving to free Belfast. This is not a lie!
department during the spring term. A group of I do not want to see the war and the loneliness in the eyes of the children
18 students, all of whom were top performers of Lebanon.
last term, will be taken on an educational field I want to see the world holding hands.
trip to visit some prominent broadcasting entities I want to see peace!
in Atlanta from April 21st to 24th. Read our report
The winning poem was selected by students on completion of the performances.
in the Summer issue.
The Broadcasting Dept. Karen Melendez: Joint 1st Place
announces the winners Short Story Winner [Day Session]
“Sunset to Sunrise”
of its first poetry and It was my first night at my new place. Even though it looked like a decent place, it
short story contests. was a scary thought to know that a 93-year-old lady had died not too long ago in this
apartment. The only thing that felt right was the five hundred dollars a month in a nice
Lorenza Blair: 1st Place Winner, That night after I brushed my teeth and combed my hair there was a heavy thunder
Poetry Contest [Day Session] and the lights went out. “A lightning must have hit the transformer” I thought to myself.
I jumped in bed and cuddled under the brand new sheets that my friend had given me
“LIFE” as a house warming present.
What is life without trials and tribulations Once under my covers I started hearing weird noises. Seeing shadows where I
Happiness and devastation knew they were none. All of a sudden a huge ‘bang’ exploded by my ear. I got so fright-
Peacefulness or frustration? ened that I pulled the covers over my head and closed my eyes as tightly as I could.
A nation’s ‘miseducation’ Then like music to my ears the thunderstorm ceased and I could hear the rain drops
Will have us facing unsure situations. on the roof. The air filled with the sweet scent of him. A warm feeling came over me
Start embracing stop erasing and I could feel his arms keeping me warm. I fell into the deepest sleep I’ve ever expe-
God is Love…hate is Satan – rienced.
Unification of all creation should be What seemed like seconds were actually hours. I opened one eye at first and a ray
our motivation of sunshine splashed into my room. I opened both eyes then and saw a beautiful red
To preserve our generation. rose with a card right next to it. I walked to it, opened it and read.
The winning poem was selected by students “You never looked more beautiful than you looked while sleeping in my arms; went for
on completion of the performances. coffee. Love you.”
Visit the City College student web portal at myportal.citycollege.edu
Miami Campus News • page 4
Miami Campus Student
tudent appreciation is a way for us to give
back to our students. City College-Miami
campus believes that in order for the
success and growth of our campus we must not
only tell the students we appreciate them, but also
show our students that we care. Here at the Miami
campus we dedicate a week to our Student
Appreciation. We order pizza, ice cream, cookies,
you name it, anything to show our students are
Medical Assistants Master Blood-Drawing
At City College we give our students
an in-depth and hands-on education.
Pictured here are some students
from our Medical Assistant program
practicing the important task of drawing
blood. Being able to draw blood is a very
important skill for students to master.
Being able to draw blood from a patient will
help medical facilities including, but not
limited to, doctor’s offices, hospitals and
various other locations. Students are given
the chance to practice this skill that will prepare them to become excellent
Medical Assistants in an ever-changing work environment.
Learn about City College’s
Pay It Forward rewards program:
Career Week Informs and citycollege.edu/rewards
Inspires PI Students
Mr. Robert Coppel, Lead Investigator for Paramedic Students Practice Advanced
the Public Defenders Office came to the City
College-Miami Campus to speak with the
Private Investigation and Legal students
during Career Week. He addressed issues
such as employment and positions available
at the Public Defenders Office. Mr. Coppel
also gave a presentation assuring the legal
students that law is all around them. He
specified the different aspects of law, and
gave pointers on how to assess one’s self to
know which field of law the students may be
interested in once they have completed their City College Paramedic/EMT students performed Cricothyrotomies using pig
program. He also discussed employment tracheas. A Cricothyrotomy is a very advanced skill that is used when all other
options available for private investigation options have been exhausted to secure a patient’s airway. A Cricothyrotomy
students, such as fingerprinting, court is performed by making an incision into the patient’s trachea and inserting a
testimonies, witness statements, surveillance endotracheal tube to help facilitate breathing for an unresponsive patient. This
or case investigations for particular cases is a skill that is very rarely performed, and being able to give students hands-on
assigned to public defender attorneys. training will help ensure that they will be excellent paramedics on the field, and
help save lives.
Miami Campus News • page 5
ity College-Miami PI students take
pride in their chosen field. Our
students are eager to help out with
almost anything that pertains to their
success. These students have teamed up to Legal/Private Investigation Department Chair
Janet Campos, left, and Miami Campus Director
support their program events through fund- Marcella Howard, right
raising. The money will help students who
can not afford to purchase the necessary
equipment needed to conduct surveillance.
The funds will also help them attend the 65th
Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational
Conference, August 15-18, 2010 in Orlando
Florida. Let’s all help support their cause!
Lets all help the Miami Campus
Private Investigation students meet
their fundraising goals Consuelo Riviera, left, and Linda Horta, at right
Gainesville Campus News
City College in Gainesville is Relocating to New Facility
City College in Gainesville will be moving lab, a blood-drawing lab, group study area, beautiful brand new building in order
its campus to a brand new location in time expanded library facility, and much more. to better serve our students and
for the spring start of classes. The construction was officially the employers of the north-central
The City College Gainesville campus completed on February 16, 2010. The Florida area,” said Steven A. Schwab,
opened its doors in 1988. For 23 years the College will be physically relocating on Executive Director for the Gainesville
College serves the surrounding community March 25th and ready for the spring campus.
by providing career-focused diplomas, quarter start on Monday, April 5th. The new campus is located at 7001
Associate and Bachelor’s degrees. A grand opening celebration is N.W. 4th Blvd., Gainesville, Florida.
The College will be relocating all of its scheduled for Friday, April 23rd commenc- Take Newberry Road exit west to
operations to a brand new custom-built ing at 5pm. Food, beverages, fun and Tower Road and then turn south. Go
campus just off of the Newberry Road exit. festivities are being served up and the one block and turn into the Tower
The new facility is twice the square footage general public is invited to stop in and Road complex. City College is located
of the old campus building and will house all join our celebration. at the east end of the pond and east
the current programs, but is designed with “We are thrilled to be relocating to the of the Home Depot.
expansion in mind.
The Grand Opening
is scheduled for
Friday, April 23rd,
commencing at 5pm
There are plans to roll out an Associate
Science Degree in Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) at the Gainesville campus.
The EMS degree is currently offered at
the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando
campuses. The College is also seeking
approval to launch an Associate’s degree
in Criminal Justice.
The new facility features a custom
designed medical lab, patient exam lab,
newly installed ambulance simulator,
student lounge area, student open-computer
Gainesville Campus News • page 6
City College Gainesville
Faculty Member Displays
eorge Jacob, is truly a renaissance man.
Jacob’s experience and interests span a
wide variety of subject areas, but the
center point to all of his ventures is the caring
and concern for the individual human.
Jacob’s caring and concern shine through in
the classroom where his passion for teaching his
students is evidenced. He has a gift for bringing
practical application to every detail of health
Jacobs introduced the utilization of pigs’ feet
for teaching about suture and staple removal.
He utilizes the pigs’ feet because their skin is
most similar to human, but most important in
this exercise is the realistic experience of
actual practice for the students.
When not in the classroom, Jacobs balances
his time working on his other hobbies and
interests. He currently operates a hydroponic
farm on his property that is powered by solar Dr. George Jacob has practiced as a physician in several countries. He also operates
radiation. He received a grant in 2009 to build a hydroponic farm on his property (above) that is powered by solar radiation. George
successfully grows herbs for sale locally, such as basil (below.)
the hydroponic facility and he now successfully
grows herbs for local sale. Jacobs holds patents in the area
Jacob’s expertise in Medical Herbalism is of natural products for the treatment
combined with an interest in Complementary of symptoms of several refractory
and Alternative Medicine. Jacob’s is realizing (treatment-resistant) diseases.
the fast approaching end point in the toxicity George Jacob, MD, D.Ortho, DMHS
of chemotherapeutic agents with his research served as Assistant Director of the
in Alternative Medicine leading to patents and Clinical Trials Office at the University
the discovery of unique natural products for of Florida Shands Cancer Center. He
the relief of symptoms for several refractory practiced as a physician in several
diseases. countries and also served a 10-year tour
as Physician Instructor, EMS and Staff
Physician, United States Army, Europe.
He was a member of the Shands Hospital
Cancer Committee at the University
of Florida and a Long Term Care
Ombudsman for the State of Florida.
Jacobs teaches exam room proce-
dures, clinical lab procedures, phar-
macology and other courses at the City
College campus in Gainesville. He has
been with City College for five years.
Learn about City College’s
Pay It Forward rewards program:
Casselberry Campus News • page 7
Above, left to right: Natalee Peter, Julius Furlow,
Ivy Foust, and Diansky Rouzard
Students Send Emergency
Relief to Haiti
In response to the devastating earthquake
in Haiti, the Ambassador Club teamed up
with Harvest Time International to start a
donation drive. Boxes were placed around
campus for the students and staff to donate
much needed items to the people of Haiti.
Within a matter of days, the boxes were
filled up. Common items donated were:
bottled water, basic medical supplies, blankets,
non-perishable foods, and small toys for Above, left to right: Ana Moreno, Holly Satterwhite, Samantha Gumble, Alana Wood, Denisa
children. The boxes were dropped off at the DiGiannamtoni, and Tammy Wilson enjoy their pizza break
Harvest Time International office and will
soon be on their way to Haiti. A big thanks to
all of the students and staff that donated.
Student Appreciation Week:
January 25-27, 2010
Below, left to right: Katherine Andrades, Pin Osaji, and
Jackie Martinez izza, cookies, and candy were served to the day and evening students.
The following students won the drawing of gifts and prizes. DVD players:
Jennifer Saunders, Denise Francavilla, Steve Vandenburg, Tumeeka Luc.
Gas cards: Sandra Bermudez, Michael Munday, Lasherie McKnight-Cecil,
Ana Moreno, Cheyenne Faluski, and Javier Morales. Congratulations!
Connect with City College, Casselberry
on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
New Medical Lab Opening
City College, Casselberry is in the process
of building a new medical lab for the Medical
SimMan Will Provide Advanced Training
Assisting and Medical Billing and Coding The City College, Casselberry EMT/ clinical functionality. SimMan provides
students. The new addition is a result of student Paramedic department has ordered a simulation-based education to challenge
growth over the past year. The new lab will be “SimMan”. We are very excited as it and test students’ clinical and
approximately 1,000 square feet. It is expected will be a great addition to our program. decision-making skills during realistic
to be finished by the spring start. We will also The SimMan will provide more hands patient care scenarios. SimMan
gain one new classroom. The old medical lab on training for the EMT/Paramedic includes well-proven software and
will be refurbished as a lecture classroom. students. What is a SimMan? an interactive technologically
We are excited about the creation of the new A SimMan is a portable and advanced advanced manikin allowing learners
lab. Watch for photos of our new lab in the patient simulator for team training. to practice the emergency treatment
next newsletter. SimMan has realistic anatomy and of patients.
Casselberry Campus News • page 8
Casselberry Team Travels to
Fort Lauderdale for Road Rally!
Clockwise from upper left:Carlos Vazquez, Belinda McSween, Latina Anderson, Jackie Carasas,
Time To Pay It Forward Ivette Cruz, Madrianne Vas, Eliot Lopez, David Jones, Arlene Willis, Pam Gordon and Enock Belony.
When someone does you a big favor, don’t
pay it back... pay it forward! Your desire to
help others succeed can inspire them to do
the same, making the world a better place. It
embers of the Admissions, Financial Aid, and Academics team went
down to the Ft. Lauderdale campus to attend the “Power of Teamwork”
workshop on February 12, 2010. During the workshop, everyone learned
about the strength and power of teamwork. Awards were given out to the mem-
bers of the City College, Casselberry team for their hard work. Ms. Arlene Willis
only takes a few minutes to get started.
won two awards: for the highest ARC percentage for Winter 2010 and for being
an outstanding leader for her Academic Affairs team. The Financial Aid
Department won an award for the most collections for accounts receivable
Your desire to help others for Summer 2009. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone on the City
succeed can inspire them College, Casselberry team for all their hard work and dedication. After the
to do the same, making the workshop, staff from all the City College campuses went out to eat at Taverna
Opa. A good time was had by all.
world a better place.
Refer your friends, relatives or acquaintances
to one of City College’s campuses using the
When your referral enrolls in one of City
College’s programs, your name is recorded
into our rewards database. When one of your
referrals starts school and completes their
first 30 days, you will automatically have your
choice of one of the rewards shown on our
Rewards page, www.citycollegeorlando.edu/
A City College associate will contact you
to notify you of your eligibility to receive
Get started paying it forward at citycollegeorlando.edu/rewards