Support education when renewing Florida auto tags
Drivers can "play tag" and help send a deserving, low-income student to college.
When Florida drivers renew their license tags and registration, they now have the option of making a voluntary contribution to Take Stock in Children.
Take Stock in Children is one of 24 voluntary statewide contribution options and the only choice for educating low-income students in Volusia County.
Drivers can contribute as little or as much as they choose. Voluntary contributions remain in Volusia.
ERAU leader awarded
Adam Marks, chair of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide management and technology department, was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award's Beyond the Course.
The award honors those who have made an impact at their institution through the innovative use of Community Engagement, Content Management or Outcomes Assessment modules within the Blackboard Learning management system.
Embry-Riddle Worldwide honored by BbWorld
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide was named a winner of six Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Exemplary Course Program.
Instructional designers Helen Anderson, Shannon Field and Monica Surrency joined faculty members Merrill Douglas, Jay Hines and Todd Smith for the awards presentation during BbWorld, Blackboard's annual user conference in Las Vegas.
They developed course programs in Human Factors and Ergonomics, Small Business Management, Applied Regression Analysis, Globalization and World Politics and Marriage and Family for ERAU's Worldwide Campus.
Also recognized were center director Wendi Kappers and faculty development instructor Sara Ombres from the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence for their faculty-training course, Making the Blend. Instructional designer Jan Neal and faculty members Jim Jurewicz and Bobby McMasters were recognized but did not attend the conference.
Volusia County presents $10,000 check to WDSC
Continuing its long-held designation as Volusia County's official public television station for emergency information, WDSC-TV 15 welcomed officials on July 10 for the annual check presentation of $10,000 to Daytona State College President Carol W. Eaton.
This year, Volusia County Council Chair Jason P. Davis presented the check to Dr. Eaton, joined by James A. Judge II, Volusia County Emergency Management director.
Daytona State's WDSC-TV has served the county in this capacity for more than 10 years.
For more information about WDSC, call (386) 506-4415 or visit wdsctv.org.
Stetson staffer and student honored
The Florida Career Professionals Association honored a staff member of and student of Stetson University during its annual conference in Orlando.
Robin Kazmarek, associate director of Career Development, was presented the 2013 Brownlee Leadership Award for her support of the association, and Mark Marcus was honored with the Student of the Year Award.
Ms. Kazmarek's recognition marks the first time in the 26-year history of the award that a member of Stetson's staff has won.
Mr. Marcus, a junior accounting student at Stetson, was nominated by John Sheehy, coordinator of Career Development.
Mr. Marcus is participating in the Siemens Energy 2013 Accounting Internship Program and plans to graduate in 2014.
Stetson professor named Fulbright scholar
Stetson University English professor Jamil Khader, Ph.D., will explore facets of the deep, multi-layered Palestinian society to promote greater comprehension of the universal human condition and social justice during a year-long Fulbright fellowship.
His project, "The Part of No Part: Marginality in Palestinian Literature," ties into his work on postcolonial turbulence and restrictive social orders in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Americas.
Teaching at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah is part of the Fulbright fellowship.
Keiser University sets open house
Keiser University will host a Summerfest open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1800 Business Park Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Join faculty, staff and students of Keiser for refreshments, games, campus tours and prizes.
This family-friendly open house will feature exhibits and hands on activities for healthcare, business, technology and legal programs.
Keiser offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees. It assists in making a college education manageable for busy individuals. Semesters feature one class at a time for one month at a time courses. This system fosters a healthy balance between life, work and study.
For more information, visit KUopenhouse.com or call (888) 844-8404.
Parents of children with disabilities invited to 'Awareness Day'
The Central FL Parent Center is hosting an "Awareness Day" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Oceanfront, 3301 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores.
The event is for parents whose child has a disability or is struggling in school (from a suspected disability).
Central Florida Parent Center is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to parents of children with disabilities/special education needs. Central FL Parent Center receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs for its AWARE project.
For more information, call (727)789-2400 or visit
Fresh start course offered
A Fresh Start for Men Course will be from 1:30 to 3:30 Aug. 5-28 at Daytona State College, Wetherell Center, Room 219
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Sponsored by DSC's Center for Women and Men, the free four-week program assists men who desire to make a successful transition into career and technical training programs at the college.
Students will explore career options, examine educational opportunities, and establish personal and career goals.
They will also learn interview and job-readiness skills and how to create a resume for successful entrance into the workforce. Participants must have a high school diploma/GED or be willing to pursue a GED at the Daytona State College School of Adult Education.
Classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
For more information, call (386) 506-3068.