Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte to speak at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach commencement
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will conduct a commencement ceremony for 411 students from its Daytona Beach campus at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte, a member of Embry-Riddle's Board of Trustees who serves on the Flight Safety & Education Committee and the Audit Committee.
Before his retirement in 2010, Gen. Lichte was commander of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. During the ceremony, Gen. Lichte will receive Embry-Riddle's Eagle of Aviation Award in recognition of his significant contributions to aviation.
Volusia School Board seeks input for budget reductions
The School District of Volusia County is in the process of gathering input for budget-saving ideas and suggestions. During the last five fiscal years, Volusia County Schools lost more than $80 million in state funding and made extensive budget reductions. The school district is now facing a minimum $25 million deficit for 2013-14.
As part of the budget process, the school district is inviting parents, students, employees and community members to send us their best ideas to save money. All responses will be provided to school board members and the superintendent for review in preparation for budget workshops, which will be scheduled in February after the election of the District 2 school board member.
To participate in the survey, visit the district's website at myvolusiaschools.org.
Volusia County Schools ranks first in state for excellence in risk management practices
Volusia County Schools received the Best Practices Award for "Excellence in Risk Management Practices" from the Florida Educational Risk Management Association.
The award was presented at the 67th Annual Joint Conference for school board members, superintendents, legislative liaisons, risk managers, school board attorneys and public information officers.
The main criterion for this award is a low modification factor which is set by the state of Florida annually and based on workers' compensation claims. Volusia had the lowest factor this year among the 66 other school districts in the state.
Director of News and Media Relations at Stetson University named
Janie Graziani has been named director of news and media relations for Stetson University.
Ms. Graziani will develop public relations, marketing and communications for the School of Business Administration and the natural and social sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.
She previously was social media manager for AAA Inc. and has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, social media and journalism.
Ms. Graziani earned a master's of journalism degree and an undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Daytona State launches barber course for licensed cosmetologists
Daytona State College has added a barber preparation course for any licensed cosmetologist interested in sitting for the barber state board exam.
The barber course launches in January/spring semester, along with a new part-time program for cosmetology certification. The new options are designed to address heightened interest in barbering and more access to affordable high-quality cosmetology training.
The barber course will run Monday through Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m., for 15 weeks, at a cost of $770.56, offered at the Daytona Beach Campus.
The part-time cosmetology option will run, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with four blocks to complete in 16 months. Full-time students (offered in day classes) complete the program in 12 months. The full- and part-time cosmetology options are offered at both Daytona Beach and Deltona campuses.
To inquire about services and hours, call (386) 506-3319/3460, Daytona Beach Campus, and (386) 789-7347, Deltona Campus.
For enrollment information, call admissions at (386) 506-3000.