Friday, May 11, 2012

Notables. . .

Daytona State President Carol Eaton was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Florida Council of Presidents, a standing body of the Association of Florida Colleges that deals with policy and governance issues as well as with issues that affect the association’s daily operations. 

More than 600 people attended the most recent Sunset Music and Jazz Concert held in late April at Daytona State’s Flagler/Palm Coast Campus. The third in a series of shows held in the campus’ amphitheater, the concert featured the music of Linda Cole and Saxman Pat D’Aguanno & the Sho-Nuf Band. The Palm Coast Campus Veteran’s Club served snacks and refreshments during the concert (donated by Palm Coast Ford) to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Campaign. The next concert is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, from 6 – 8 p.m. and will feature the sounds of an 18-piece big band.

Dr. Debra Woodall, assistant chair of Daytona State’s Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies, was recently asked by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to prepare a paper regarding the challenges and opportunities related to developing a marine science program at two-year colleges. Daytona State established its marine institute about two years ago and currently has more than 200 students enrolled in its marine science, ocean engineering, marine biology  and enivronmental science associate of arts university transfer tracks. The institute has established articulation agreements that offer students seamless transfer to the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Stetson University and the University of Central Florida. The institute also offers a two-year Associate of Science in Environmental Science Technology degree. Look for updates on her article in coming issues of In Brief.

Sheldon Thrift, an engine builder and Daytona State College automotive instructor, cranks up a Chevrolet motor that has been modified to 850 horsepower during this month’s Art of the Automobile event in downtown Daytona Beach. He and lead faculty Robert Cothran, in the background wearing the blue shirt, gave the demonstration during the event to promote the college’s Performance Engine Technology certificate program. The advanced automotive program prepares students to become high-performance engine builders, emphasizing safety, precision machining, print reading, tuning, electronics, fuel and ignition, and prepares students to find work in the motor sports industry.

Dr. Nancy Tattner from Daytona State’s College of Education was a recent presenter at the 7th biennial M. Jean Greenlaw Children’s Literature Conference held at Stetson University. The theme of the conference was “Read and be World Wise” and dealt with exploring ways to create classroom environments that encourage students to want to read.  Dr. Tattner’s presentation was entitled “From a Reluctant Reader to an Eager Reader.”

Six of 27 first-year Volusia County teachers nominated for the system’s New Teacher of the Year award are graduates of the College of Education’s bachelor’s degree programs or Educator Preparation Institute. They are: Sophia Walker, Cypress Creek Elementary School; Kayla Glienke, Enterprise Elementary School; Jayne Prochaska, Friendship Elementary School; Brejoya Perry, Deltona High School; Deone Campion, Pine Ridge High School; and Tai Presley, Southwestern Middle School. The nominees were recognized at this week’s meeting of the Volusia County School Board and a final winner will be announced in June. Good luck to all our graduate teachers!

Also from the College of Education, students in the Education Club joined more than 300 other participants in the Port Orange March for Babies annual 5K Run/Walk. The students, led by club advisor, Dr. Joy Lewis, and faculty member, Dr. Amy Ringue, raised more than $600 for the cause.