Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Expanding industry collaboration, building a new IT solution, celebrating milestones – a college on the move

With so many Daytona State milestones occurring this fall, I’m reminded again of the positive impact and vast reach of our institution in the region and beyond. For a start, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our renowned School of Photography, hand in hand with the 35th year of our internationally acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography. Our list of accomplished photography alumni is amazing – from a multiple Pulitzer Prize winner to magazine founders – they all got their start here.

Speaking of getting started, we’re launching a new college-wide IT infrastructure that will form the backbone to a cutting-edge portal for comprehensive student and employee services. Our provider develops robust solutions for colleges and businesses around the nation – we’re very excited to soon have this technology at our fingertips to better serve students.

In this issue of Communiqué you’ll also get an update on results from our Workforce Summit, and read about the college receiving a $4.2 million behest – our largest single gift to date. The DSC Foundation gives nearly $1 million in scholarships each year – and that’s only 30 percent of the applicants.

In the Notables section, we’re happy once again to share our standing among the nation’s top 100 associate degree producers – for the second consecutive year – among some 5,000 public and private institutions.

Finally, our service to veterans has earned us the coveted designation of a Military Friendly School. Some 1,300 vets are enrolled at DSC – we look forward to each and every one of them reaching their goals in civilian life.

Please enjoy this latest Communiqué as we embrace the excitement and challenges of the new academic year.

Carol W. Eaton, President
Daytona State College

DSC to celebrate 50 years as one of nation’s top photography schools

Daytona State celebrates the 50th anniversary of its School of Photography and the 35th anniversary of its acclaimed Southeast Museum of Photography (SMP) with an alumni reunion, as well as a series of lectures and exhibitions scheduled on Oct. 20 and 21 that are free and open to the public.

Solange Under the Willows, 1938 by Yosuf Karsh
The SMP is already offering a prelude to the celebration with “The Growth of a Collection: 1981 – 2001,” an exhibition highlighting the first 20 years of the museum’s collection. The free exhibition runs through Dec. 14.

A reception for photography program alumni, as well as current photo students and community members who have supported the program and museum, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Other programs and exhibitions are scheduled throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

Among the highlights are:

• A reception honoring the late Bruce Moyer and David Martin, both DSC alumni, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with the photographers’ families, friends and former teachers in attendance. The exhibition, “A Photographic Tribute to Bruce Moyer and David Martin,” will be on display in Gallery 202 of the Photography Building through Oct. 30.

Moyer was the deputy director of photography at the Tampa Bay Times and was named National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Picture Editor of the Year four times throughout his career. He also won numerous awards in the annual Pictures of the Year International Competition, NPPA Best of Photojournalism and Society of News Design contests.  

Martin, a longtime Associated Press photographer, is said to have covered nearly every major news event in the southern U.S. over the past 30 years. He also traveled the world for the AP, covering sporting events, political conventions and military conflicts.

• Two other distinguished DSC alumni who have earned worldwide acclaim also will share their insights on Tuesday during the L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series presented by the college’s Small Business Development Center. During the event, Mr. Lemerand will award four $1,000 scholarships to current and incoming DSC students.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Stephen Crowley and Lawrence Cumbo, producer, writer and owner of the iconic Opera House LIVE in Shepherdstown, W.Va., together will be featured in two entrepreneurial-focused sessions – 10 a.m. at Daytona State’s News-Journal Center at 221 N. Beach St. in downtown Daytona Beach and again at 6 p.m. in the Mori Hosseini Center on the college’s main campus at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Since its inception, Daytona State’s photography program has attracted an accomplished faculty and students from throughout the world. Its alumni have distinguished themselves in virtually every field of photography, earning the college a national reputation as a leader in photographic education.

In 2007, Daytona State’s School of Photography, the University of Central Florida-Daytona Photography Program and SMP formed a partnership under the umbrella of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. That same year, the museum moved to its present location in the Hosseini Center, expanding its exhibit space ten-fold. Today, it is one of six museums in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to photography, Florida’s most comprehensive museum of photography and the largest in the southeastern U.S.

For more information, contact Dan Biferie, photography program chair, (386) 506-3581 or

Daytona State focuses on excellence as performance funding begins

As the state advances toward a performance-based funding model for the Florida College System (FCS), Daytona State officials are embracing the pending new budget paradigm as an opportunity to explore and expand upon strategies that foster student success.

Underway is a comprehensive effort that largely focuses on two broad institutional objectives: helping struggling DSC students overcome barriers to staying in school and accelerating those who are doing well toward completion of their academic programs.

“Performance funding is something we welcome institution-wide,” said President Carol W. Eaton. “Daytona State College is always set on a path toward continuous quality improvement and enhancing the overall college experience for our students. No matter how good we are as an institution, there are always opportunities to do better.”

Thirty states have already implemented varying performance funding models, including Florida, which piloted an initiative for the State University System last year. Under a typical model, institutions are awarded additional funds, or in some cases penalized, based upon how well they do in terms of various metrics, which differ from state to state and system to system.

For Florida’s 28 state colleges, millions of dollars are at stake; however, just how much and exactly when performance funding will be fully implemented are yet to be finalized by state leaders.

The FCS has been charged with developing up to 10 performance measures along with appropriate benchmarks and submitting them to the state by Dec. 31 this year for consideration during the spring legislative session. At minimum the measures must include graduation and retention rates, cost per degree and graduate job placement rates. In addition, each institution’s current performance and rates of improvement must be included. Other measures under consideration are associate-of-arts degree transfer rates, time to degree and wages for graduates.

Daytona State is taking a proactive, multi-layered approach to the performance challenge, developing new and revised courses and class materials, more prescriptive advising strategies and renewing its focus on customer service.

A college Retention Committee chaired by Vice President of Academic Affairs Amy Locklear also is researching new ideas and best practices. Among the items being explored or further developed are:

• Creating a two-credit hour course for first-year students that would help them become more comfortable with the college experience, covering such topics as basic computing skills, navigating around the student portal, understanding financial aid and budgeting for college.

• Providing students balanced, prescribed program schedules during the initial stages of their academic experience, complemented by more frequent advising intervention.

• Encouraging students to take full course loads each semester with the assistance of academic advisors. (Research shows students who attend college full time tend to be more successful.)

• Developing an online knowledgebase where faculty and staff can find answers to the most common questions students ask regarding DSC programs and services.

• Providing enhanced customer service and supervisory training to college employees.

• Exploring incentives for students to complete their programs of study successfully and on time.

The college had somewhat of a head start by virtue of having recently earned a 10-year reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. One component of the reaccreditation process requires that institutions develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a well-defined and focused action plan on a topic or issue related to enhancing student success. Daytona State’s QEP resulted in the creation of a one-credit hour course, College Resources (SLS1101), in which at-risk students learn how to avail themselves of the Academic Support Center, DSC-UCF Writing Center and the library, which research shows increases their chances of passing gateway courses and achieving overall academic success. Piloted last spring semester, initial results have been positive.

Legislation last year that made developmental courses optional for most students also resulted in the college creating new English and math courses that include modular-based labs and a college-credit math course for liberal arts majors.

Retention Committee members also are reviewing course surveys and other data provided by students who have withdrawn from classes to pinpoint common barriers.

The Insider View: Workforce Summit brings skills-training needs into focus

by Mary Bruno, associate vice president, College of Workforce and Continuing Education

On May 28 this year, the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees hosted “A Call to Action: Workforce Summit” attended by 79 leaders representing a diverse array of area business and industry. Chief among the discussions was the effects of the skills gap on their ability to meet their current and future employment needs.

Among the major findings and recommendations, the College of Workforce and Continuing Education, working with Volusia and Flagler county schools, has identified career pathways from high school to Daytona State that grant advanced-standing credit for qualified high school students. The advanced credits come through eight statewide articulation agreements that match specific high school programs to DSC programs and by faculty concurrence through curriculum or industry certification matches. To date, we have identified 25 possible opportunities. Pathways drafted so far are in computer science and engineering. Other articulation meetings in the works this fall are in criminal justice, business and culinary.

An Aug. 12 focus group attended by representatives of the Volusia and Flagler home builders associations, as well as builders and sub-contractors, revealed an immediate need for employees with basic or core construction skills such as safety, blueprint reading, construction math and basic building concepts and skills. Plans are being made to offer this program as non-credit during summer 2015.

Nationally and locally, the skills gap is prevalent in the manufacturing industry. This year, Daytona State began a fast-track training program with a focus on advanced manufacturing. Through a Florida TRADE grant, 75 people have received training in machining, providing the opportunity to earn two industry certifications and complete an internship. Thus far, 76 are employed and 48 have earned industry certifications. In a recent site visit by the Department of Labor, it was recommended that our employment record and focus on student success be submitted as a best practice.

A second area addressed by manufacturers was a machine maintenance program, often referred to as mechatronics. Daytona State is developing non-credit training opportunities while we further study the need for a new certificate program in this area. Notably, our Machining Certificate program has received accreditation by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, which gave the program above-average ratings in all areas of evaluation.

A further focus group is planned later this fall to address other specific needs in manufacturing, including the possibility of adding employability and soft skills training in multiple curriculum areas.

The college also will work with industry partners to determine if additional skills training or new programs should be added in the health and computer science fields.

New ERP an investment in student success

A new enterprise resource planning system (ERP) in the early stages of implementation at Daytona State College will significantly streamline institutional business processes. But perhaps more substantial is how it ultimately will help enhance the learning landscape for students.

This summer, the District Board of Trustees approved Oracle's PeopleSoft as the software solution to replace Daytona State’s existing ERP system, a move that President Carol W. Eaton called “one of the most significant investments we can make to promote student success.”

Ciber Inc. is the vendor guiding the $12 million system’s three-phase deployment for the institution, starting with a Human Capital Management (HCM) component that includes such areas as human resources, benefits and payroll. This first phase is expected to be deployed in January 2015. A Financial Management System (FMS) that includes purchasing, accounting and asset management modules is planned to go live by July next year.

The Ciber project manager charged with overseeing the DSC installation, Jose Peres, said deployment of the new ERP initiative, dubbed RISE (Resources Implemented for Student Engagement), presents a platform for continuous quality improvement in areas that will be heavy users of the PeopleSoft product. “One of the things Dr. Eaton has emphasized to us is that she sees this as an opportunity to review institutional practices, for example, in areas such as advising, enrollment, financial aid and student accounting, as we move forward with the system rollout,” he said.

The HCM and FMS will be virtually invisible to DSC students; however, a third Campus Solutions component slated to go live in spring 2016, will offer students a powerful new experience designed to help them stay on track as they navigate toward completion of their academic programs.

“Campus Solutions includes a lot of features that we don’t have right now, essentially standardizing and centralizing the student experience when combined with the new portal,” said DSC Project Manager Jane Davis. “It will provide students with more tools and help them make informed decisions.”

Discovery sessions to define much of the Campus Solutions details have yet to take place; however, broadly speaking, features will include such things as more efficient admissions and registration processes, detailed advising data and alerts, student account balances, holds and online payments, real-time financial aid information, schedules and academic program check downs, and other self-service instruments students will be able to access either themselves or while consulting with an academic advisor.

“A lot of what the students will notice most is in the student portal, which sits on top of the Campus Solutions module, and all the other pieces that go into it,” Davis said. “We’ve already started talking to students and getting their feedback. We want to include them in the process to ensure we are delivering a product that best fits their needs.”

Details and updates about the RISE rollout can be found at

Alumni Association seeks to connect with former students

If you’ve ever attended Daytona State College, the Alumni Association wants you to stay in touch.

Also known as Alumni & Friends, the association this year has ramped up its efforts to draw new members, inviting former students to join at no cost. In addition to being open to anyone who has earned a degree or certificate from the college, membership also is open to those who have taken at least one course, as well as transfer students, non-credit and continuing education students.

In addition to a variety of long-held benefits afforded to members, the association also is offering new professional development opportunities throughout the year, such as a recent job preparation workshop where participants learned tips on writing effective resumes and cover letters, as well as interview pointers.

Networking opportunities, particularly for new graduates who can benefit from alumni who have attended Daytona State before them and gone on to successful careers, also are in the works. Among them is a special alumni-only pre-performance reception on Thursday, Dec. 4, starting at 6:15 p.m., prior to Daytona State’s free “Musical Gift to the Community” holiday concert. The annual event takes place at the college’s News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., in downtown Daytona Beach.

Then again, there are activities scheduled simply for fun’s sake, like the Alumni Cookout slated for Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. just prior to tip-off between the Falcons and Polk State College in men’s basketball. The event in the Daytona Beach Campus Lemerand Center will feature free hot dogs, chips and bottled water to the first 100 alumni.

To learn more about the association and other benefits available to former DSC students, visit or follow them on Facebook.

Lady Falcons Volleyball conference contenders

Two years is not a lot of time to build a contending team in any sport. But Daytona State College Volleyball Coach Laura Stegall has done just that, gathering a group of talented athletes and shaping them into a close-knit unit both on and off the court.

For Stegall, volleyball is as much a learning experience and journey to self-discovery as it is competition and athleticism. Take her “Mental Mondays,” for instance, where the team comes together to watch motivational videos or discuss excerpts from books such as “The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive” by noted sports psychologist Dr. Jim Afremow.

“We spend a lot of time not just on the court focusing on the game of volleyball, but also mentoring our student athletes to become great people, to develop a mental toughness that can be applied to their lives as well as their sport, and to nurture their relationships so that come match time, they’re playing for each other.”

The Falcons had a great September, winning 13 matches in a row and earning a top 10 NJCAA Division I national poll before hitting a rough stretch after leading hitter Alica Kandler of Germany was downed with a leg injury. The team is 20-9 going into the conference-heavy final weeks of regular season.

With four conference matches to go, the Falcons, 3-3 in the Mid-Florida Conference, are one win behind Santa Fe (4-2) for the conference’s final regional tournament spot, slated Nov. 6-8 at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

“We have a rough road ahead of us,” Stegall noted of the team’s chances of making the tournament. “Our conference is extremely tough and we have to win going forward. But we are very fortunate that we have brought in some great kids who are committed to the program and to each other.”

Catch all Falcons Volleyball home matches online via video stream at

Daytona State’s fall arts scene in full color

The fall arts scene is in full swing at Daytona State, with an eclectic variety of cultural performances and shows that continues into December. All programs will take place at the college’s News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., along the banks of the picturesque Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach.

Musical performances include works by the 75-piece Daytona State College Symphonic Band on Sunday, Oct. 19, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Faculty members Tammara Phillips and Kristie Born will present a recital of music for flute and piano on Thursday, Oct. 30. Also slated is a Nov. 13 jazz concert and a Nov. 25 guitar ensemble performance performed by Daytona State students. Enjoy an evening of patriotic works by the United States Air Force Band Airman of Note on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 

The student adaptation of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play by David Auburn, Proof, is slated for five performances beginning on Sunday, Nov. 14, and Daytona State’s annual Musical Gift to the Community, when the entire Cultural Arts Department comes together for a holiday extravaganza of music, dance and theater, is set for two performances on Dec. 4 and 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The College Dance Theatre will perform “Works in Progress” on Monday, Dec. 8.

The fall arts season will peak with Daytona State’s ever-popular Yuletide Feast Dec. 8-11 at 6:30 p.m. Join the Lords and Ladies of the Royal Court for an evening of feasting, singing and merriment, accompanied by the Halifax Consort’s Early Music Ensemble and the Daytona State College Brass. This annual event is always a sellout, so get your tickets now.

For details on these and other performances, download our Fall Arts program, or visit

DSC coursework leads to promotion for IT grad

Mark Lane, left, is the first to complete DSC's new Advanced Technical
Certificate in Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics. Here, he poses with his
professor, Dr. Philip Craiger.

Mark Lane is an excellent example of the opportunities that can open for working adults

through the Florida College System’s workforce baccalaureate degrees. Add in the fact that he is among the first to earn Daytona State’s newly created Advanced Technical Certificate in Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics along with his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and Lane will tell you the effort has been one of his best personal investments.

Lane, 42, is a senior engineer for CenturyLink, the third-largest telecommunications company in the U.S.  Locally, the company provides data, voice, cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions throughout the West Volusia and Metro-Orlando areas.

He worked a variety of technology jobs after earning his Associate of Science in Computer Engineering Technology from DSC in 1993. But finances made continuing his education prohibitive. “I wanted to continue my education, but I ran out of money, so I had to go into the workforce instead,” he said.

It wasn’t until 2011 when Lane learned that DSC had launched its Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree. At the time, he was working full time as a customer technician for CenturyLink, installing lines and setting up residential Internet services. “I was able to plug away at it, taking two, sometimes three classes a semester,” he said. “The fact that so much of the program was online made it very convenient.”

While enrolled in his bachelor’s degree classes, Lane took advantage of the college’s newly launched Advanced Technical Certificate in Cybersecurity and Cyberforensics program with classes  that blended well with his bachelor’s degree. At the same time, a senior engineer position became available at CenturyLink. Since Lane was the only applicant pursuing a bachelor’s degree that matched the skill set required for the position, he was promoted.

“The fact that I was pursuing the degree and the certificate was the deciding factor,” he said.

Today, Lane works primarily with IPTV networks, using skills he acquired in his cybersecurity coursework to troubleshoot and monitor network traffic. “IPTV is all about networking,” he said. “We have to monitor where data is coming from and where it’s going within the network, and spot any potential threats such as malware or spyware.”

He said he’s happy to be in the spot he’s in at this stage of his career. “Right now, I’m finding my current position very satisfying on a personal level,” he said. “One day, I would like to get more into network planning, but right now I think I’m in a good spot.”

Daytona State’s Advanced Technical Certificate in Cyberforensics and Cybersecurity focuses on the protection and analysis of computer and network systems. The program incorporates innovative, tested methods of instruction with hands-on lab work. It’s open to students who have an associate of science, associate of applied science, associate of arts or previous bachelor of science degree.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for cybersecurity professionals will increase by 37 percent over the next eight years, with median pay for experienced professionals averaging near $86,000 annually. Cybersecurity jobs are found in business, industry, military, law enforcement, government, academia and the intelligence community.

Daytona State is the lead institution in a consortium whose goal is to advance cyberforensic education in the southeastern United States. The consortium is comprised of nine colleges from Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas operating as the Advanced Cyberforensics Education Consortium (ACE). Its work is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of more than $1.8 million over four years.


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DSC’s largest gift conveyed - $ 4.2M endowment for scholarships
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Annual gala honors Dr. Schildecker and the Bert Fish Foundation
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