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. McGeh...
A Foundation for Students
Between the lines in our annual report, there is something called heart. All of the positive
FCCJ FOUNDATION                             A Word From the
Board of Directors                          Foundation Preside...
Doubling the Dollars,                                             Landwirth established a
Financial Highlights

The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching
Grant Program
The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for...
Watching Your Investment Grow!
The work of the FCCJ Foundation enables students to pursue            on the First Coast. T...
I’m one of ten children. In 2002, one
         of my own children was born with birth
         defects. The scholarship ha...
Bachelor of Science in
Nursing Fills Need
In response to the community’s continuing need for well-
trained nurses in a var...
TSIC Partnership Means
                                  Success Begins Early in
                                  Nassau ...
Pathways to Success                                             Virtual Cruise
Located at Florida Community College’s Down...
Community Enrichment

 FCCJ Golf Classic Raises
 More Than $20,000 for
 Athletic Scholarships
 The April 2007 Golf Clas...
First Coast Community                                                     all over the area. Jim Winston, one of our suppo...
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  1. 1. Foundation Spring 2008 FloRida Community College RepoRt to the Community
  2. 2. Florida Community College Board of Trustees 2008 Chair 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.
  3. 3. 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. Report to the Community 1
  4. 4. 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 First Coast. Immediate Past Chair Mr. Charles “Bucky” A. Clarkson Ms. Martha E. Barrett Mr. Carl N. Cannon Mr. Robert P. Cook Mason Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN (Ret.) Dr. William ndation FCCJ Fou 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
  5. 5. Doubling the Dollars, Landwirth established a scholarship fund and in the Doubling the Difference first year 15 students were served. 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 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. Robert agreed. 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. Report to the Community 3
  6. 6. Financial Highlights The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program The Dr. Philip Benjamin Matching Grant Program for Community Colleges provides the community college system with the opportunity to receive and match challenge grants. 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. 4 FCCJ Foundation
  7. 7. 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 $2,000,000 $30,000,000 $25,000,000 $1,500,000 $20,000,000 $1,000,000 $15,000,000 $10,000,000 $500,000 $5,000,000 $0 $0 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 18 $1,250,000 17.5 15 $1,000,000 12.4 12 Annual Return % 9.3 $750,000 9 9.3 7.8 6.9 6 $500,000 3.5 3 3.1 $250,000 0 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 FCCJ Foundation Rate of Return $0 National Average Colleges With Endowments Less Than $25 Million 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 Report to the Community 5
  8. 8. 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 dreams. Jeralene Marshall, Nursing Programs 6 FCCJ Foundation
  9. 9. 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 Scholarship Recipient, Health Administration Major and 2006-07 Foundation Board Student Liaison Report to the Community 7
  10. 10. TSIC Partnership Means Success Begins Early in Nassau County 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 a strategy. 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 next year. 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. 8 FCCJ Foundation
  11. 11. 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 Deerwood Center. “Set Sail to Achieve the Dream” Virtual Cruise at FCCJ’s Deerwood t ays Studen Center. rnh art, Pathw Britany Ba Report to the Community 9
  12. 12. Community Enrichment FCCJ Golf Classic Raises More Than $20,000 for Athletic Scholarships 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
  13. 13. 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 faculty members. 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 music. 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 one problem. 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. Artist Series 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 produc