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Daytona State continues among top 100
Community College Week, one of the nation’s leading publications focusing on higher education institutions that offer two-year associate degrees, has named Daytona State College among its list of top 100 associate-degree producers.

Daytona State ranked 35th nationally in awarding the two-year associate degree, for the second consecutive year, among some 5,000 public and private institutions. In addition, the college ranked 41st in the awarding of the Associate Degree in Nursing, 22nd in liberal arts and science degree awards, and 73rd in the awarding of one-year college and vocational credit certificates.

“Rankings such as these serve to remind us that teaching and learning are not static, that we must continually evaluate results and strive to advance student success,” said Daytona State President Carol W. Eaton. “Our faculty and staff recognize this and are committed to excellence and best practices. The rankings validate our work, providing a snapshot of our institutional effectiveness in terms of student success and outcomes.”

The rankings are based on an analysis of data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year. The analysis included data from more than 5,000 public and private community colleges, state colleges and universities nationwide that award the two-year associate degree and one-year certificate.

The listing was published in the Aug. 18 issue of Community College Week.

Emerging Artists reception Oct. 24
The City of Daytona Beach is presenting an artist reception for the Emerging Artists exhibition on Oct. 24 at the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center (YSG) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 1000 Vine St. Live entertainment and refreshments will be served. The exhibition will run through Nov. 7.

Women’s Day celebration at Tubman-King
Sisters United Fellowship of Tubman-King Community Church will observe its annual Women’s Day celebration during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Oct. 12. The church is at 1090 George W. Engram Blvd.

The theme is “Saved to Serve. Lord, Order Our Steps.” Zaneta Simpson Whipple, a Bethune-Cookman graduate, Turie T. Small Elementary teacher and noted gospel singer, will deliver the morning message.

Special music will be provided by the Women’s Fellowship Choir. The Harriett Tubman Woman of the Year award will be announced at the close of the service.

Democrats to meet Oct. 14
The regular monthly meeting of the Democratic Club of North East Volusia County (DCNEVC) will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 14 in the private room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Volusia Mall.

Those interested in joining for a light, no-host, supper before the meeting should be at the cafeteria by 6 p.m.

Election Day assignments will be discussed during this meeting. All Democrats, including visitors are invited to join with us.

More information: 386-265-5084.

Mega job fair set for Tuesday
Looking for a new career? Attend the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Mega job fair sponsored by Daytona State College Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. DSC News-Journal Center, Grand Lobby. 221 N. Beach St.

More information:

College to host ‘STEMinar’ on Oct. 15
Debopam Chakrabarti of the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida will host “STEMinar: In search of the next generation antimalarials.”

“The seminars are designed to raise awareness of STEM and how these areas affect daily life; everyone is welcome,” said DSC professor Dr. Gajendra Tulsian. The free seminar will be held Oct. 15, 5 p.m., on the Daytona Beach Campus, Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200), Madorsky Theater 1200 W. Int’l. Speedway Blvd.

More information: 386-506-3779.

Marine Science Center seeks volunteers
The Marine Science Center is seeking volunteers for its turtle hospital and education programs.

Volunteers can assist staff at the sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, help maintain live animal exhibits, welcome visitors, assist with summer camps, educate adults, and help with special events such as Bird Fest and Turtle Day.

Orientation is offered 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday each month. To sign up, call 386-304-5545. 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet.

Visit for more information.

Mosquito Control targets West Nile virus
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County recently reported a second confirmed human case of West Nile virus.

Volusia County’s Mosquito Control Division is taking action against the types of mosquitoes that carry West Nile and other diseases.

Based on positive tests from sentinel chickens, Mosquito Control was alerted in July to the presence of West Nile Virus and transmission.

Staff has been treating areas throughout Volusia County ever since. Volusia County has been under a mosquito-borne illness advisory since June 19; the advisory was re-issued Sept. 19.

Mosquito Control staff has also gone door-to-door speaking with more than 400 residents about mosquito prevention and alerts.

Mosquito Control urges the public to take action to protect themselves:
• Drain all standing water in yards every few days.
• Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• When outside, always use a repellent with the active ingredient DEET.
• Wear clothing that covers skin to avoid potential bites.
• “Tip and toss” standing water in your yard.

For more information on Mosquito Control spray operations or to request service in your area, visit

Parkinson’s Association plans roundtable discussion
The Parkinson’s Association of Greater Daytona Beach will host a “trick or treat” roundtable discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Participants will learn the latest tricks of living a good life while dealing with the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. They’ll alsoreceive treats provided by Hershey’s Ice Cream of Ormond Beach.

The discussion is part of the monthlong “Get Healthy @ Your Library” series sponsored by the Volusia County Public Library system. For a complete list of programs, visit

Reservations are required; call 386-676-6375 by Oct. 20.



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