News Briefs – August/September 2017

October Homecoming will rock DSC

Falcon spirit will be in full effect as Daytona State alumni, friends and students flocked to the Daytona Beach Campus in October for the college’s second annual gala homecoming festival…

2016 Mr. and Ms. DSC, Jeremiah Marroquin and Alyssa Gage.
2016 Mr. and Ms. DSC, Jeremiah Marroquin and Alyssa Gage.

Scheduled Oct. 18-21, it will feature innumerable events to celebrate Falcon Pride throughout the Volusia County community, including the Mr. & Ms. Daytona State College Pageant, alumni awards recognition, 5K walk/run, a car, truck and motorcycle show, tailgate party and athletic team home games.

Throughout that week all are encouraged to show Falcon Pride by wearing DBJC, DBCC and DSC apparel. Be sure to tag photos and share on social media with #DSCHC2017.

Among the events will be the kickoff celebration, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18, Abilities Awareness Day in ECHO Plaza on the Daytona Beach Campus. That day, there also will be a golf outing with the Women’s Golf team plus alumni members. Call Coach Brown at 506-3282 for information.

That evening, at 6 p.m. in the Hosseini Center Ballroom, Bldg. 1200, will be the second Mr. & Ms. Daytona State 2017 Pageant, presented by the Student Government Association. Those students attending the event can register to win a $250 scholarship donated by the DSC Bookstore, but you must be present to win! This year’s theme will be an Old Fashioned Sock Hop!
Auditions for the pageant are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Lenholt Student Center (Bldg. 130), SGA Conference Center, rm. 154. Rehearsals will be held Oct. 16-17, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Contact the SGA Office at 506-3877 for information and applications.

Oct. 19 there will be an 8:30 a.m. breakfast with the President, by invitation-only, which will present alumni with distinguished service awards. The next day, Friday, will be a Student Club Wars contest at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. will be the official christening of the newly refurbished Goddard Center for Music and Dance will be at 5 p.m. in Bld. 230. Throughout the day on Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a symposium on “Florida: The State of the Humanities” will be hosted by the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, and will feature photo program alumni.

Other Homecoming activities will include golf, volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball alumni and regular team competitions, alumni award presentations and a 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 Tailgate Party and Cookout at the new DSC Soccer Stadium. RSVPs are required. At the latter, there will be a Corn Hole Tournament, food and more. The family-friendly event will offer activities for kids, including face painting by students and faculty from the School of Cosmetology, as well as rock-wall, bounce-house and DJ. A chance to win a $250 scholarship will also be offered.

For a full list of events, go to

World Languages gives students new options

The School of World Languages and Speech is launching a new program this semester aimed at helping students with limited English skills in areas such as reading, writing and vocabulary, whether they are native English speakers or newcomers to the United States.

The intensive reading and writing courses taught in the English for Academic Purposes, also known as EAP, help develop the ability to comprehend and interpret college-level texts by applying innovative reading strategies. Offered on the Daytona Beach campus, EAP1620 is heavy on vocabulary and helps with accent reduction as well. Academic Writing, EAP1640, develops students’ ability to write academic essays and basic research papers, with an emphasis on accuracy, clarity and cohesiveness. Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m., beginning Monday, Aug. 28.
Both EAP1620 and EAP1640 are the college’s highest academic language courses for improving English skills. It is expected that students registering for both or either of these classes have a strong foundation in English.

To apply, complete a DSC admission application online; take the appropriate assessment test; see an academic advisor, and then register for the class.  For in-state residents, a valid Florida high school diploma or completion of the highest adult ESOL level, and/or permission of chairperson is required. Out-of-state students may be required to take a standardized placement test. For F-1 Visa students, placement level is determined by a standardized or in-house assessment, provided students meet the criteria as outlines at in the online DSC catalogue.

For information about EAP, contact Holly Hollins at 506-3716 or

Center for Women & Men gets grant

The Center for Women and Men at Daytona State College received a $5,000 community grant from Bank of America over the summer to support its programs and services, notably the Fresh Start program.

“We’re grateful for this generous grant that will allow graduates from the Fresh Start program to take the next step and pursue their educational goals,” said CFWM Director Erin LeDuc.

The center serves hundreds of Volusia and Flagler county residents each year. Bank of America’s Cynthia Politis presented the check to DSC in June.

Each year over 150 Volusia and Flagler county residents change their lives by completing the Fresh Start program, said LeDuc. The free, four-week course assists men and women in obtaining skills to join the workforce and move toward economic self-sufficiency. Fresh Start graduates, however, often face an immediate challenge: They have new skills and momentum, but lack financial means to take the next step. Graduates are often unable to pursue their education because they cannot afford the necessary tools to do so.

The grant will support the Tools for Success Program and allow 36 Fresh Start graduates to enroll in post-secondary education. Funds will assist with tuition and books to move their lives forward and achieve financial stability.