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Susan Kessler
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NEWS AND EVENTS

SJR State students inducted into Hall of Fame
Ten St. Johns River State College students were recently inducted into SJR State’s 2020 Hall of Fame. Each year, this award is presented to a select number of students recommended by faculty for academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

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.

2020 distinguished, outstanding faculty, staff named
St. Johns River State College recently presented its annual faculty and staff awards during the College’s Annual Professional Development Day.

Live from New York… FloArts alum presents a Zoom "master class"
Florida School of the Arts alum, Monet, along with actor, singer and theatrical producer Brandon Victor Dixon, who received a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway performance in "The Color Purple," recently engaged FloArts students, alumni, faculty and staff via a live Zoom master class, "Live From New York City."

SJR State salutes Collegiate High School inaugural graduating class
Among this year’s Clay and Putnam County high school graduates includes a unique group of seniors who have earned an additional milestone to celebrate. They are the first to graduate from St. Johns River State College’s Collegiate High School — a four-year academic journey that concluded with a college degree in addition to their high school diploma.

A message from the President — we care, we are listening
The events of the past week have been a tragic reminder of the racial and social injustices that continue to exist in our nation. As President of St. Johns River State College, I stand in support of peaceful protests and in opposition to both racism and violence.

SJR State announces student athletes of the year
St. Johns River State College baseball player Chase Malloy and volleyball player Dariana Luna were recently announced as the College's Student Athletes of the Year.

SJR STATE IS HERE FOR YOU!
Don’t let the pandemic stop you from achieving your academic and career goals. Have your current college plans changed?
Do you need a few courses to keep your momentum going?
Has this experience given you a new perspective on career goals?
During this time of uncertainty, be assured that SJR State is here for you, delivering what matters most.

Coronavirus update (May 5, 2:00 PM)
The spring commencement originally set for May 8 has been rescheduled for July 23 at 10:00 a.m. A traditional, in-person format or a virtual ceremony is to bedetermined. The application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant is available. Visit the CARES Act web page for details and to access the application: http://sjrstate.edu/caresactgrant.html
SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time. Employees will continue to primarily work remotely until further notice. Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and otherstudent services via the College website. Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

Coronavirus update (April 30, 6:00 PM)
Following Governor DeSantis’ press conference on reopening the state, "Phase 1" does not substantially alter how the College operates. SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time. Employees will continue to primarily work remotely until further notice. Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and other student services via the College website.

Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

College officials will provide further updates upon the Governor’s announcement of "Phase 2." The application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant will be available on the College website on May 4.

The College anticipates an announcement next week regarding the spring commencement.

Need Wi–Fi? Hot spots have been installed in three designated campus parking lots on all campuses.

SJR State to receive CARES Act (student aid) funds
St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens announces the anticipation of emergency cash grants through the CoronavirusAid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds (up to $500) are intended to aid currently enrolled students whose education has been affected by theCOVID-19 pandemic.

While the criteria and procedures for applying for the grant are under review, President Pickens confirms that one requirement includes completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). “Applying for the FAFSA is a crucial step, as this certifies a student’s information,” Pickens said. “Students who have not completed the FAFSA are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.”

Staying Connected
Have you been able to maintain a sense of community during this time of social distancing? In the second article in this series, nursing professor Patricia McAnnally mentioned the importance of staying connected and suggested video calling as a tool for doing so if you do not have good opportunities for social interaction at home. McAnnally said, "We need face-to-face interactions, since that is what we are used to.

Coronavirus update (April 2, 3:00 PM)
Wi-Fi hot spots are being installed in three designated campus parking lots, beginning April 4 for SAC and April 7 for OPC and PAC. In an effort to maintain social distancing, STUDENTS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES. Online instruction will continue through all summer terms. Students who have registered for on-campus summer classes will NOT be automatically moved to online classes.

Tips for Forging Ahead
With the spring semester ending on May 1, do you have a plan in place for staying on track? Jon Drummond, a member of the Student Government Association (SGA), encourages you to also follow your dreams. "If you have a goal in mind, keep on striving to that goal," he says. "Never quit - no matter what obstacles you face."

Tips for Staying Motivated
SJR State students, now that you are entering your third week of online classes, how are you feeling? Have you found a rhythm or routine that is keeping you motivated to stay on top of your classwork?

Self-care tips for staying well during unwell times
Adopting self-care practices, even in the best of times, is important. However, if there were ever a time for us to be mindful of our wellness habits, it is NOW!

Tips for Online Classroom Success - Advice from your SJR State professors
Today marks the day that many of you will be entering the online classroom for the first time. We realize that you may be feeling nervous and confused about this unexpected shift in your academic journey during these uncertain times. However, we remain dedicated to helping you achieve classroom success, moving you one step closer to your degree and career goals.

A Letter from SJR State's President in re COVID-19
As we have all followed the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world and into our state and community, the administration of St. Johns River State College has worked to respond to the changing circumstances to ensure our campuses are safe environments for our students, faculty, and staff. The health, safety, and welfare of SJR State’s entire community continues to be our top priority and guides our decision-making.

Coronavirus update from the Florida Department of Education (Feb. 28)

FloArts presents exhibit by Arthur C. Danto
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) presents the visual arts exhibition “The Critic as Artist: Images from the Mediterranean” by world-renowned art critic and visual artist Arthur C. Danto.

Partnership offers Clay drug court grads second chance
A new partnership designed to offer second-chance educational opportunities for Clay County residents completing Adult Drug Court and Veterans Court graduations is in the works between St. Johns River State College, the Clay County school district, and the Fourth Judicial Circuit Problem-Solving Courts.

Malloy named 2020 Tindall Scholarship recipient
St. Johns River State College infielder Chase Malloy was named the 2020 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship.

SJR State welcomes new Vice President for Workforce Development
St. Johns River State College (SJR State) is pleased to announce David Campbell as Vice President for Workforce Development. Campbell assumes the responsibility and leadership for all of SJR State’s workforce and career and technical education programs.

FloArts presents “Company,” a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim
“To marry or not to marry?” is the question addressed in "Company," a groundbreaking musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim coming to the main stage at the Florida School of the Arts located on the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College. The show runs 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 23. Tickets are $5.

FloArts presents painting exhibit “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion”
The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the exhibition “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion,” paintings by Gainesville-based artists Logan Marconi, and Charles Hedrick and Benjamin Ingle, who studied under Marconi. According to FloArts gallery coordinator Sarah Alexander, “This show is interesting in that the artists were in the classroom setting together.

SJR State holds spring FAFSA Frenzy events
St. Johns River State College will present “FASFA Frenzy,” at three locations this spring, beginning with its Palatka campus on March 9. The event will provide free assistance to families applying for college financial aid.

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.

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 56 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 19, honoring the students who earned their associates and bachelor’s degrees or college certificates.

SJR State holds nursing pinning ceremony
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. The ceremony, which symbolizes the rite of passage into the nursing profession and the care and devotion nurses provide, is a continued tradition of Florence Nightingale’s extended honor to her most outstanding nurses.

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.

Seven Vikings sign NCAA National Letters of Intent
Seven student-athletes from St. Johns River State College recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent, advancing their academic and baseball careers to the university level.

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