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NEWS AND EVENTS

Aspen Institute Names St. Johns River State College as a Top 150 U.S. Community College Eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2019 — The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named St. Johns River State College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges.

Study Abroad in Ireland – May 2020
Study Abroad in Ireland – May 2020. Students must register for at least one of the following courses during Summer A: GEB 2350 Introduction to International Business, LIT 2182 Modern Irish Literature, or CRW 2001 Creative Writing.

Kendrick homer helps Nats to first title
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Former St. Johns star puts Washington ahead to stay in Game 7 of World Series.

Volleyball - Intensity evident as Vikings prepare for conference tournament
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Title, national berth would be first for a St. Johns women’s team

SJR State conducts community stakeholder survey
St. Johns River State College is reaching out to community members, business leaders and the local industry to provide feedback on how the College can better meet the educational needs of Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

SJR State golf classic raises funds to benefit athletic programs
The St. Johns River State College Athletic Association recently hosted its annual golf classic at the Palatka Municipal Golf Course.

FloArts presents The Musical Theatre Project: “Broadway Inside Out”
Students from the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) are putting a twist on songs they will perform during their Musical Theatre Project: “Broadway Inside Out.” This limited-seating cabaret style show, which includes a variety of musical theater numbers consisting of solos, duets, trios and group numbers, will be held at FloArts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

FloArts prepares for annual Empty Bowls project
Florida School of the Arts students are preparing for this year’s Empty Bowls project, an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Members of the Florida Club of the Arts will host the event on Friday, October 18, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Beef O’ Brady’s, 201 North 1st Street, Palatka.

SJR State golf classic to benefit athletic programs
The St. Johns River State College Athletic Association will present its annual golf classic on Saturday, October 26 at the Palatka Municipal Golf Course. Funds raised will benefit SJR State’s three athletic programs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.

SJR State honors distinguished alumni
“The truest measure of a college fulfilling its mission can be seen in the accomplishments of its alumni” – a defining statement that commenced the St. Johns River State College 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Florida Highwaymen exhibit, “The Road Well Traveled,” coming to FloArts
“The Road Well Traveled,” an exhibit featuring paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught African American artists, will be on display at the Florida School of the Arts located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The exhibit opens with a gallery reception at 7:00 p.m. on October 17 and includes remarks by Gary Monroe, a leading authority on the Florida Highwaymen. The event is free and open to the public.

Florida School of the Arts presents “Silent Sky”
The play “Silent Sky,” by Lauren Gunderson, tells the story of this scientist, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, whose research significantly impacted measurements of the universe. “All of the work that came later was built off Swan Leavitt’s findings,” said play director Patricia Crotty.

SJR State kicks off Vikings Days of Service
More than 150 St. Johns River State College students and employees gathered September 13 to launch a new community service project, “Vikings Days of Service.” Teams participated in 19 different projects across the College’s service district in locations from Crescent City to Middleburg to Anastasia Island.

SJR State nominates Sheriff DeLoach for LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award
As a lifelong resident of Putnam County, it has always been important to Sheriff Gator DeLoach to establish personal and professional roots within the community. He credits his local community college for strengthening those roots, as well as enabling him to pursue his dream to serve and protect.

SJR State to present distinguished alumni awards
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) will present the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards on Thursday, October 3.
This year’s ceremony will be held at The River House in St. Augustine, honoring six alumni from St. Johns County who have made an impact on their respective industries and communities.

FloArts presents photography exhibit “Idioms” by Rebecca Sexton Larson
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the photography exhibition “Idioms” by Tampa-based studio artist Rebecca Sexton Larson, who was commissioned by the City of Tampa in 2005 as Photographer Laureate for a year.

Florida Highwaymen exhibit: OPC 8/22 – 9/12; SAC 9/19 – 10/9; PAC 10/17 – 11/21
Florida Highwaymen exhibit, “The Road Well Traveled,” an exhibit featuring paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught African American artists, will be on display at all three campuses of St. Johns River State College (SJR State) from August until November. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Florida School of the Arts announces 2019-20 season
Florida School of the Arts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College, announces a variety of performing and visual arts events to enlighten and entertain with its 2019-20 season.

SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN), and Practical Nursing (PN) programs. The pinning ceremony, which is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses, symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide.

SJR State holds respiratory care pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony honoring respiratory care students. The students were presented with a special pin during the ceremony before faculty, family and friends, recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the program and becoming eligible to pursue a career in respiratory care.

SJR State and Fleet Readiness Center Southeast celebrate apprenticeship signing day
Clay High School graduate Christian Sweat, 19, has been accepted into an apprenticeship program that combines 18 credit hours of free college courses at SJR State and paid on-the-job training with Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE), the largest industrial employer in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Pace Center for Girls participates in College Girl Boot Camp at SJR State
The thought of being a college student was unimaginable for many girls at the Pace Center for Girls; however, their vision shifted during the four-day College Girl Boot Camp they recently attended at St. Johns River State College (SJR State).

SJR State honors adult education graduates; family of four among the recipients
Beyond the family cheers, tears and selfies, the annual adult education graduation at St. Johns River State College represented more than just the passing of an exam - it represented countless individual achievements, struggles and challenges that are the very fabric of every GED diploma.

Florida School of the Arts honors graduates
Florida School of the Arts recently bid farewell to graduates now on their way to pursue careers in art galleries, on stage or behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. Many will continue their education at universities before finding their niche in the arts.

SJR State nursing students exceed national, state ranking
The St. Johns River State College nursing department has an excellent start for the first quarter of 2019. For an eighth consecutive year, nursing students have surpassed the state and national passing rates for the RN licensure exam; this spring it was with a 94.44% passing rate.

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the College’s Orange Park campus.

FloArts visual arts program granted national accreditation
After five years of preparation, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design recently voted to grant the Florida School of the Arts membership. The School’s Associate in Science Degree in Visual Arts, with specializations in graphic design/new media, photography and studio art, will now be included in NASAD’s prestigious degree listing, along with more than 300 other exemplary art and design colleges located throughout the United States.

FloArts graduates showcase visual arts work
Art created by graduating visual arts students from the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) is being showcased in the main gallery at FloArts located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.


FloArts presents “The Man Who Killed Time”

Stop the clock, relax, play and de-stress!
“The Man Who Killed Time,” a fun, lighthearted fantasy by Arthur Fauquez, is coming to the black box theater at the Florida School of the Arts located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. Admission is free. Seats are limited; reservations are recommended by calling 386-312-4300.

SJR State announces student athletes of the year
St. Johns River State College recently announced Brooklynn Basile, softball utility player, and Darin Kilfoyl, baseball pitcher, as the College’s Student Athletes of the Year.

SJR State honors graduates
St. Johns River State College celebrated its Spring Commencement on May 3, honoring the students who earned their associates and bachelor’s degrees or college credit certificates. The achievements of the 500+ graduates represent generations of dreams realized, career changes, and stories of personal growth and perseverance. The diverse class of graduates included 32 dually-enrolled high school seniors.

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the College’s Orange Park campus.

SJR State holds radiology pinning ceremony
St. Johns River State College faculty, administration and staff recently held a pinning ceremony to honor Radiologic Technology students. The students were each presented with a special pin during the ceremony before family and friends, recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the program and becoming eligible to join the profession of radiologic technologists.

Students honored at annual awards ceremonies:
Palatka
Orange Park
St. Augustine

SJR State to honor graduates May 3
St. Johns River State College will celebrate its spring commencement on May 3. The College will acknowledge the associate and baccalaureate degree candidates, as well as its certificate candidates, from the Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine campuses.

Info sessions set for new Medical Assisting program
St. Johns River State College will hold information sessions for its latest program – Medical Assisting. The program length is 3 semesters with 1,300 hours of medical assisting courses. Classes will begin in August in Palatka. Clinical experiences will be selected within and around the tri-county service areas of SJR State.

Florida School of the Arts presents Musical Theatre Vocal Company concert
The Florida School of the Arts will present one showing of its Musical Theatre Vocal Company (MTVC) concert on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the School’s main stage located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

FloArts students present visual arts exhibition
Graduating visual arts students from the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will showcase their capstone work in the main gallery at FloArts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The exhibition will open with a gallery reception at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, and the art will remain on display through May 16, 2019. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

FloArts presents “An Evening of Dance: Surfaces”
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will host “An Evening of Dance,” an annual concert providing the School’s dance majors with the opportunity to experience the dance rehearsal and choreographic process in preparation for a career with a professional dance company.

SJR State students named to 2019 All-Florida Academic Team
St. Johns River State College students Dante Downie, Steven Middlebrook, James Price and Andrew Vaughn have been named to the Florida College System’s 2019 All-Florida Academic Team.

SJR State begins medical assisting program, applications available May 1
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) will introduce a Medical Assisting career and technical certificate program this fall.

FloArts students present The Actors’ Project: “The Servant of Two Masters,” a comic masterpiece
Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) students have tapped into their acting creativity, as FloArts students do, and come up with their version of “The Servant of Two Masters," originally written by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni in 1746 and revised in 1753.

SJR State Academy, local law enforcement observe African-American commemoration with advice to recruits, diversity awareness
“In this field, prejudice can either make you or break you,” said correctional probation supervisor Weldene Vaneps to a room full of criminal justice recruits.

Baseball - Provitt named 2019 Tindall Scholarship recipient
St. Johns River State College outfielder Langston Provitt was named the 2019 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship.

FloArts presents “The Faces to Remember Project” by Agnes Lopez
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the gallery exhibition “The Faces to Remember Project,” portraits of Filipino World War II veterans, Holocaust survivors and a pioneer in Duval County education by Florida-based editorial and commercial photographer Agnes Lopez, who is the staff photographer for “Jacksonville Magazine.”

45 Hour Post-License Real Estate Class
Classes begin March 16

FloArts presents “Gypsy,” the mother of all musicals
The mother of all musicals, “Gypsy,” is coming to the main stage of the Florida School of the Arts. Gypsy runs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 through Saturday, February 23, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24. Tickets are $5.

SJR State Hosts the 2019 Palatka Arbor Day Celebration
The Palatka Campus of SJR State hosted the 2019 Palatka Arbor Day Celebration in conjunction with the City of Palatka and the Florida Forest Service on Friday, January 18.

Science Café presents “The Smog of the Sea” film, discussion
St. Johns River State College’s Science Café lectures continue this spring with a film and discussion on plastic pollution. Florida Sea Grant agent Dr. Maia McGuire will present the film “The Smog of the Sea” on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the Orange Park campus (Room D14).

SJR State partners with Fleet Readiness Center to train new generation of engineers

SJR State participates in “2019 Commemoration of 400 Years of African American History”
In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619, St. Johns River State College (SJR State) is participating in the “2019 Commemoration of 400 Years of African American History."

An SJR State holiday tradition continues through Project PRAISE
St. Johns River State College employees were able to help make Christmas a little brighter for 51 children with donations of toys, clothing and other goodies to the Project PRAISE organization.

SJR State honors graduates
St. Johns River State College celebrated its Fall Commencement on December 13, honoring the students who earned associates and bachelor’s degrees or college credit certificates for the 2018 summer and fall terms.

SJR State law enforcement and corrections cadets recognized
St. Johns River State College criminal justice academy cadets were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Cadets representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and other counties received their certificates of completion for the Florida Law Enforcement Academy and Florida Corrections Officer Academy basic recruit programs

Inaugural practical nursing, LPN bridge graduates honored
St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony to recognize nursing students completing the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Bridge to Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) program as well as students completing the College’s inaugural practical nursing program, which was introduced in January.

SJR State to honor graduates December 13
St. Johns River State College will celebrate its spring commencement on December 13. SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., has announced former legislator Tony Hill as the commencement speaker.

Gov. Scott appoints three to SJR State Board
St. Johns River State College welcomes its newest members of the District Board of Trustees. Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Leslie Dougher, James Reid, and Reverend Bobby Crum and the reappointment of Board Chairman, Sam Garrison.

Florida School of the Arts presents Juried Student Exhibition
The Florida School of the Arts recently opened the Juried Student Exhibition in the School’s main gallery located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The exhibition will be on display through January 10, 2019.

Florida School of the Arts presents Musical Theatre Vocal Company and FloTunes Concert
Florida School of the Arts will present its Musical Theatre Vocal Company Concert on Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m. on the School’s main stage at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

SJR State hosts Clay County Career Day
Over 200 Clay County high school students recently visited the Orange Park campus of St. Johns River State College to participate in Career Day and learn about the College’s career and technical programs.

FloArts presents Dance Choreography Gala
The Dance Choreography Gala, filled with collaborative dance artistry, will be coming to the Florida School of the Arts located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 p.m.

The Florida Association of Independent Agents presents $5,000 to SJR State
The Florida Association of Independent Agents recently presented a $5,000 check to St. Johns River State College to support the College’s Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) scholarship fund for students.

Project Management Professional PMP® Exam Prep courses now available through Course LLC!

Palatka Mayor delivers first-hand knowledge at Boys Can, Too PALATKA DAILY NEWS

SJR State students, employees help to Feed the Need
St. Johns River State College hosted a Feed the Need packing event on October 25. The mission of Feed the Need is to end weekend food insecurity in Putnam County’s school-aged children by providing nutritious meals over the weekends.

Thrasher-Horne Center welcomes new executive director
St. Johns River State College has named Anna Zirbel as the new executive director of the Thrasher-Horne Center.

SJR State hosts engineering, manufacturing information sessions
St. Johns River State College will hold information sessions for its new program in engineering technology and advanced manufacturing.

Study Abroad! Ireland June 20 - July 1, 2019
The trip includes airfare, ground transportation, double occupancy accommodations, and many excursions to such places as Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Sligo, Westport, Galway, Inishmore, Doolin, and Dingle.

FloArts presents Musical Theatre Project, “Ragtime the Musical” in Concert
A sweeping portrait of early 20th century America, including three families in pursuit of the American dream, is coming to the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) by way of the School’s Musical Theatre Project: “Ragtime the Musical” in Concert" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, October 20, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 21.

SJR State and Doral College sign articulation agreement
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) has partnered with Doral College to provide students from Doral College with a seamless transition to SJR State programs through defined plans of study.

Florida School of the Arts presents local artist Jason John
The works of local artist Jason John will be displayed in an exhibit titled “Within the Transient Self” at the Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) Fine Arts Gallery, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will open with a reception on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Fall Leisure Courses
St. Johns River State College will offer an art history leisure courses this fall on the St. Augustine campus. St. Johns River State College will also offer two non-credit Yoga classes on its St. Augustine campus.

Science Café focuses on microscopic organisms
The St. Johns River State College Science Café lecture series continues in October with microbiologist Earl Larson, Ph.D. The lecture will be held Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. with a discussion on how microscopic organisms that live in our intestines can have positive and negative effects on our health.

SJR State to host FAFSA Frenzy
St. Johns River State College will host “FAFSA Frenzy,” an annual event to provide free assistance to families applying for college financial aid.

Real estate pre-licensing course begins October 23
The St. Johns River State College and First Coast School of Real Estate partnership continues to provide a 63-hour pre-licensing course that is open to all members of the community. The course will be offered on SJR State’s Orange Park campus.

Florida School of the Arts presents the folk tale “Rashomon”
“Rashomon,” a folk tale about mystery, deception and one man’s search for the truth by Fay and Michael Kanin, is coming to the main stage of Florida School of the Arts, located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College.

SJR State celebrates 60 years with Diamond Jubilee Gala
In celebration of 60 years of service to the community, St. Johns River State College recently held a Diamond Jubilee Gala at the Thrasher-Horne Center in Orange Park. Approximately 220 guests were in attendance.

SJR State kicks off speaker series with Clay County’s Emergency Management Director John Ward
The Bachelor of Applied Science program and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at St. Johns River State College’s Orange Park campus will host Clay County’s Emergency Management Director John Ward on Monday, September 24 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

SJR State students conduct public opinion research on local issues
In partnership with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, students enrolled in St. Johns River State College’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Organizational Management program will conduct public opinion research on local issues in Putnam County.

Workforce Development names faculty of the year
St. Johns River State College recently presented its Workforce Faculty of the Year awards for 2018.

SJR State to host Risk Management and Insurance Career Expo
St. Johns River State College will host a Risk Management and Insurance Career Expo at the Thrasher-Horne Center located on the Orange Park campus on Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will inform attendees about job opportunities in the risk management and insurance (RMI) industry.

Deputy Ben Zirbel Memorial Scholarship established at SJR State
St. Johns River State College has established the Deputy Ben Zirbel Memorial Scholarship to remember and honor the SJR State alumnus who lost his life while serving in the line of duty.

2018 distinguished, outstanding faculty named
St. Johns River State College recently presented its annual faculty awards during the fall Faculty Convocation held at the Thrasher-Horne Center.

Florida School of the Arts presents French artist Beate Renner
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present a gallery exhibition featuring paintings by French artist Beate Renner. With Renner present, the exhibit, titled “Inside Out,” will open with a reception on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery.


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