1. Academic Affairs is Charging Forward in 2010
With Many New Initiatives and Plans
2009 was an exciting year in Academics for all City College campuses.
The College welcomed many new students who have joined us to
pursue their education. We are thrilled with all of our new and current students!
the advisory body for Academic Affairs
to review policy with regards to new and
current curriculums, textbooks and all
City College now boasts well over 1700 enrolled students. All of you should be proud matters that affect Academic policy and
of the decisions that you have made to change your lives! curriculum for students. The council is
Here are some of the exciting changes that have already occurred and those comprised of the Directors of
that are on the horizon: Education and one faculty member from
each campus. If students have ideas
which they would like to get to the
Moving and Shaking New Programs Council, they should contact their
The Gainesville and Miami campuses 2010 will also mark the emergence
Department Chair or Directors of
will occupy new space in 2010. The of both new and revised curriculums.
Miami campus will move from 15,508 Among our new program offerings will be
square feet to 24,228 square feet of space; Criminal Justice, an on-line PI diploma Special Academic Awards
increasing from 14 to 16 classrooms. Our program along with other exciting medical Dr. Jerilyn Rogers
Gainesville campus will move from 10,500 programs still to be unveiled in 2010. Make received the Educator
square feet to 21,242 square feet of space; sure to stay tuned as we roll out each new of the Year Award for
increasing from 11 to 18 classrooms. These program in the upcoming year. her outstanding years
moves will allow both these campuses to of service as the
not only accommodate more students but The Academic Council Director of Education
also embrace new majors. The Academic Council has been at the Gainesville
But, we aren’t stopping at just having revived and will be breathing new life into Campus.
new, shiny campuses; we are also adding Academic Affairs. The new charter was Ms Angel Miraglia, Chair
new programs and curriculums. The Miami ratified in November 2009; and, already of Business in Fort Lauderdale, received
campus will be recruiting for their there is a zip of excitement as the Council the Exceptional Service of the Year
Nursing program slated to start in has already begun the hard work of examining Award for her service and dedication to
Summer 2010 and Gainesville will be and reviewing academic policies for City College, its faculty, staff and students.
happily recruiting EMS students for needed changes, improvements and If you see Dr. Rogers or Ms Miraglia give
Spring/Summer start. enhancements. The Council will serve as them a high five for a job well done!
The EMS program will also be Let’s welcome 2010 with gusto!
enhanced by the addition of Ambulance
I look forward to sharing with each and every
Simulator and new Sim Man simulator
mannequins. The new additions will one of you as you enjoy all the new changes the
allow our students to simulate real life
New Year will bring.
emergencies and get even more
hands-on experience. _ Suzanne Morrison-Williams, VP of Academic Affairs
2. Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 1
City College Ft. Lauderdale
Hosts Book Fair
The holiday season seemed to have come
early for FTL faculty as they wandered among
stacks of newly-printed textbooks, workbooks,
manuals and software – all delivered for them.
City College FTL conducted their first
Academic Book Fair on Friday, November
6, compliments of Pearson Publishing. The
Broadcasting Chair, Alvan Lewis presents awards to (left to right): Luis Garcia – Best Television
publisher shipped over forty cases of books to Producer ; Ruben Lanier – Excellent Character; and Jamillah Faruk – Best Television Presenter
the campus for review. FTL instructors and staff
chose freely those books for consideration as
primary and supplemental texts for courses Broadcasting Students Get
beginning with the Spring 2010 term. Among
the titles were new editions for anatomy and
physiology, nursing and medical assisting s broadcasting students, we have grown accustomed to a lot of
manuals, first responder study guides, entry- excitement in this department. At the end of each term, we wait with
level legal assisting primers, and a very wide ‘bated breath’ to know the winners of the coveted Broadcasting awards.
assortment for all business disciplines.
The awards are distributed during the terrific car wash on November 14th. This
“This is our way of
second week of each term when the year’s destination has not yet been disclosed,
engaging the instructor who
students (day and evening) have their
stands in the classroom Where else does school work
quarterly meetings with the Department
teaching the course,”said seem so enjoyable? It’s a
Chair. Six awards are up for grabs. The
Meredith Chandler, area satisfying experience to
pinnacle prize is the Best Character
representative of Pearson be a part of the
award. Last term’s winners were
Publishing. “It is their opinion Broadcasting Program.
Weekenson Louima (day) and Ruben
that counts most on which
book meets the needs of
Other prestigious awards were also but anticipation is high to know where
both the course and the
presented. Latasha Joseph won for Best we’re headed. The competition is
Radio Presenter; Cameron Grissett- Best fierce, as the Department Chair has
Ms. Chandler worked with instructors to select
Radio Producer, Jameelah Faruk- Best indicated that only 20 students will be
the most appropriate titles. In some cases, she
Television Presenter, Luis Garcia- Best chosen based on GPA performance for
was able to locate and order additional texts
Television Producer and Zachory the fall term. There are 86 students in
that met specific needs for City College students.
Johnson- Most Innovative Concept. the broadcasting program. That’s a tall
FTL DOE Thomas Carpenter made it clear that
During Student Appreciation week, order! Last April fifteen students were
enabling instructors to deliver the best quality
Jasmina Greene (day) and Rodrigo selected to attend the National Asso-
education in the classroom is key component of
Estrada (night) were revealed as the ciation of Broadcasters Convention in
the City College Academic plan.
top students, winning the Student of the Las Vegas and ten travelled to Tampa
“We want to remove every possible obstacle
Quarter Awards which are for overall in August to visit media houses.
to learning,” Mr. Carpenter shared with the
outstanding performance. It’s so much fun. Where else does
assembly. “Combine the best instructors with
We understand there are plans to school work seem so enjoyable? It’s a
the best resources and place them with students
introduce another broadcasting award satisfying experience to be a part of the
eager to learn to create the best educational
next term. Broadcasting Program at City College.
Currently as students we are engaged It’s a bitter-sweet feeling for those of us
The Book Fair concluded with Pearson
in rigorous fundraising for one of our who are graduating soon. We have to
Publishing contributing over one hundred new
usual broadcasting club field trips move on, but we don’t want to leave.
books to the FTL City College library.
outside of South Florida. We had another We’ll miss it!
3. Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 2
Tis The Season for Giving
City College is once again giving back.
Each year the staff chooses a charity to
donate to for the Holiday. The month of
November City College is contributing to The
Broward Outreach Center. This organization
provides food, shelter, clothing and job
training for the homeless of Broward County.
We have had wonderful “Jean Fridays”
(pay $5.00 for the opportunity to wear jeans to
work). The staff has opened their hearts and
donated over and over again to give hope
to others less fortunate. With the Holidays
quickly approaching we are reminded that
sharing our blessings with those in need is EMS/EMT Day Inspires and Informs
very important and City College will continue
to open their hearts. n campus Miami-Dade Fire succeed in their future. Our future
Rescue were delighted to graduates were very excited to find
spend the day with our future out how crucial it is for them to use
fire fighters! The captain and three their critical thinking skills! They were
other firefighters/paramedics gave so happy to have been given this
demonstrations of the truck and the opportunity to ask questions, observe
materials used daily to complete their and touch instruments that they to will
task and save lives. The students be using in the future. This day has
were able to ask questions about the encouraged the students to continue
multiple instruments used on calls. to persevere through school. Thanks
The students were given valuable Miami-Dade Fire Rescue!
information that will help them
Broward Outreach Center was the beneficiary of Fort
Lauderdale Campus’ November “$5 Jean Friday”
English Dept. Captures
City College Theme
Haiku is a Japanese form of intense poetry
that carefully crafts a powerful message into
a few rigidly structured lines. City College’s
English Department recently developed their
own haiku statement. The Spotlight is proud to
feature that haiku in its first public appearance:
City College stands
at the corner of two roads
pick a direction
4. Fort Lauderdale Campus News • page 3
City College Instructor Chosen for National Recognition
The University of Wisconsin recently honored a City Writers.” Her undergraduate
College adjunct instructor with a distinction reserved for and masters degrees, both in
only a few educators. Dr. Louisa Rogers is one of twelve British Literature, are from
specialists chosen nationwide to review, revise, and become Hunter College, and she has
certified to train educators in the new English as Second completed post-doctoral work at
Language (ESL) standards currently in use in twenty-three Florida International University,
states. These new standards re-define the way ESL texts will where she received Faculty Merit
be written as well as reform the methodologies employed in Recognition. Dr. Rogers is the author of two books, two
ESL training at all levels. writing components of an online ESL program, and several
Dr. Rogers earned her Ed.D in English Education (now a Ph.D standard-print articles and curricula focused on writing and
in Rhetoric and Composition) from Rutgers University with her English skills. She currently teaches College English and
dissertation, “The Composing Acts of College Freshman English Composition 1 at City College in Fort Lauderdale.
Miami Campus News
Miami Campus Tricks and Treats
iami Spartans are always up to having fun we believe that Halloween
gives us a chance to bring out our creative sides and participate in the
student’s activities that’s why this year we incorporated student
appreciation week together during Halloween. On campus we created a murder
mystery theme as well as gave the students the opportunity to dress up in their
best costumes for prizes.
Dress for Success– Miami Co-Founder Sony Jacobson
(left) with Miami Campus Executive Director Mrs. Maricela
Howard (right) during an educational presentation on how
to dress for success for specific job industries
Dress for Success Delivers
Everyone at the Miami campus is always The Miami Spartans are always in Stylish Advice to Students
after the money man the spirit for some fun
Sonya Jacobson, the co-founder of Dress
for Success– Miami visited the Miami campus
to give a presentation on dressing for success.
She gave different examples of how appearance
can send mixed signals to employers. She also
explained to the students that eye contact and
a firm hand shake are important. Sonya
demonstrated with the students how an actual
hand shake should be conducted.
She presented an informative PowerPoint
slide presentation with images of clothing to
demonstrate how specific colors, styles,
Our managers are always the first to City College Admissions Representative,
encourage a positive attitude and joyful Teresa Brewton, gets in the spirit during
and size can make, and ultimately, the outcome
experience at school Student Appreciation Week of the job interview.
5. Miami Campus News • page 4
EMS/EMT Students Get
Fired Up During Career Week
D uring Career Week the EMS/EMT students
were able to meet with the Miami- Dade
Fire Department. The captain and three others
from their department gave tours of the
equipment and a fire truck demonstration. The
Miami Spartans were very excited about this
opportunity. They stated they can’t wait to obtain
their degrees and foresee becoming a part of
Miami-Dade Fire Department.
Gainesville Campus News
City College Professor Goes
Where Eagles Dare
he warm, moist air of the rainforest carries the smells
of the tropical jungle up above the tree canopy where it
looks like rolling, green fields in each direction on out
to hilly horizons. It is easy to forget that the ground lays
another 100 plus feet below.
Only Harpy eagles dare to rest at this height, but a few
brave and adventurous scientists dedicated to studying the
interesting predators briefly visit the Harpy living quarters.
Dr. Eduardo Alvarez-Cordero, a professor for City College in
Gainesville, Florida is just one of the few venturous scientists
who will climb above the tree canopies to study, capture and
His love for the raptors is just as important as his love for
the people who live in and near the rain forests.
“Working with local people to solve large conservation
problems motivates me,” said Alvarez.
(continued on page 5) Dr. Eduardo Alvarez wearing his transportation system at the
6. Gainesville Campus News • page 5
Don’t Rain On My family members decorated and rode the float in the parade. Professor Bill
Avery donated the use of his truck to transport the inflatable gator and pig.
City College Parade! The planning and decorating began early on Friday morning, October 16.
The rain was pouring down on the float decorating crew as they finished the
inflation of the gator and balloons.
he homecoming parade in Gainesville, City College student ambassadors Michelle Rigli and Brenda Wynn-Wood
Florida is an event that brings out the pitched in to put the finishing touches on the truck bed where the inflatable
crowds which include cheering, waving gator made its traditional appearance.
City College students, friends and alumni. By the time the parade started at noon, the rain stopped and the muggy trip
Dean of Education, Dr. Jerilyn Rogers and through the streets of Gainesville commenced.
Director of Career Services, Gerald “Zag” “It was great to see the graduates and students enthusiasm in the crowds,”
Zagaiski spearheaded the Gainesville tradition of said Rogers.
entering the University of Florida’s homecoming The float was driven by Zag, who demonstrated unusual restraint in that he
parade. probably averaged speeds only in the single digits!
The parade is an event that draws all
Gainesville and Alachua county residents to the
streets to cheer on their favorite football team
and show community support.
Professor Goes Where Eagles Dare (from page 4)
Businesses and institutions from all over the Alvarez has been climbing the rain
Alachua county area turn out to participate in forest tree tops of Venezuela since the
and observe the grand parade as the lead up to late 80’s in an effort to advance the
the homecoming football game. understanding of the largest flying
Two student ambassadors, faculty and their raptors that earth has to offer.
His interest in the natural world
began in kindergarten where he would
assist in the harvesting of tree bark
for making bitters to be used as a
medicinal remedy in his home town of
Harpy eagles, native to the tropical
areas of Central and South America
are Alvarez’s favorite raptor of study.
The name “harpies” is connected ecology and conservation from the
to Ancient Greek mythological wind University of Florida. Alvarez
spirits that would transport the dead launched the Peregrine Fund’s
to Hades. The wind spirits were said Harpy Eagle Conservation Program.
to have bodies like an eagle with the In 1998 he started a non-profit
face of a woman. organization, Earthmatters.org to
Gerald “Zag” Zagaiski, student ambassadors and City locate and coordinate protection for
The Harpy Eagle is the most powerful
winged predator. It can crush a monkey Harpy Eagles in their natural habitat.
skull in its talons and lift almost twice Alvarez teaches earth science,
of its body weight. biology and professional
Alvarez launched the Peregrine Fund’s Harpy
Eagle Conservation Program. In 1998 he
started a non-profit organization, Earthmatters.
org to locate and coordinate protection for harpy
eagles in their natural habitat.
The Harpy eagle is the largest raptor development courses online and
native to the Americas. It typically at the City College campus in
nests in tropical lowland rainforests Gainesville. He has been with City
and emergent trees above the canopy. College for seven years.
Dr. Jerilyn Rogers, student ambassadors and City College Alvarez received his Ph.D. in wildlife