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IT students win second in Innovation Challenge

A Daytona State College duo of Information Technology bachelor’s degree students used their ingenuity, technical expertise and a bit of chutzpah to land second in the annual Cairns Innovation Challenge at DSC’s Advanced Technology College.

The April 5 event was a prestigious competition where students from Central Florida-area colleges and universities vied for top honors and a chance to bring commercially viable inventions and products to market. In this year’s finals, two DSC teams went up against five finalist teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, with top honors going to an ERAU team that developed a prototype for a full-range orthotic knee brace.

Never underestimate the power of an idea or a single individual,” said James Cairns in setting the stage for the event. “The Innovation Challenge is based on two principles. First, we want to identify bright and energetic students who have interesting projects for potential commercialization. Second, we want to start a movement to drag the technology out of these institutions of higher learning and into public use, with the hopes of creating jobs and revenue for our area.”

For the second-place win, Brendan Tackney and Sheldon Pasciak earned $5,000 in seed money, plus one year of enrollment support at the UCF Volusia County Business Incubator. The two will graduate this spring with their bachelor’s degrees and an advanced technical certificate in Web Applications Development.

Their Smart Sign software system allows users to remotely customize and control content on digital signs from their mobile devices. The technology can be applied in retail, education, banking, hospitality and heath care settings, to name a few.

Alumni Association puts out call for nominees

This year’s Daytona State’s Alumni and Friends Association Awards will be presented during a breakfast celebration on Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Conference Center, Bldg. 640, on the Daytona Beach Campus. The awards program recognizes the professional accomplishments and community achievements of alumni and friends of the college and the DSC Foundation.

Awards include:

Alumni of the Year – to recognize and honor alumni who represent the best of Daytona State College by bringing positive change to their community, state, nation or the world.

Distinguished Faculty/Staff Alumni – to recognize current or former faculty or staff of Daytona State who have demonstrated consistent dedication and superior service at the college.

Young Alumni Excellence Award – to recognize the exceptional professional achievements of a young alumnus and/or alumna of Daytona State who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community.

Deadline to submit: May 31, 2017. Call 506-3014 for information or nomination forms.

Institutional Resources office has new interim director

Dr. Andrea Gibson has been named interim director of Institutional Resources, following the resignation of executive director Dr. Bob Wilkinson.

Gibson’s background is as a faulty member who teaches mathematics and statistics. She joined DSC in 2006 as an associate professor in the School of Mathematics, later also taking on the roles of Honors College chair and Online Studies chair. Over the year, she has been involved in many college activities, including Faculty Senate and the Retention Committee and, according to her supervisors, has shown collaborative leadership skills, a strong penchant to get the job done and a dedication to higher education. She holds a Ph. D. in operations research from Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied statistics from Bowling Green and a B.S. in mathematics from John Carroll University.

Annual Campus Safety Report now available

The Daytona State College annual security report and Campus Safety Guide is now available. DSC prepares the Annual Security Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.

Prepared in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the college’s main campus and five satellite sites, the report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the college. Content addresses college policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. These include, for example, response to emergencies and information on rights and assistance available to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The report also outlines how to obtain information on sexual offenders and predators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement via telephone and on the FDLE website. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

The full text of this document is available on DSC’s Campus Safety web site:

Printed copies may also be obtained at Campus Safety offices.