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St. Johns River State College was established in 1958 as a public institution serving Putnam, Clay and St. Johns counties

St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College

The events of the past week have been a tragic reminder of the racial and social injustices that continue to exist in our nation. As President of St. Johns River State College, I stand in support of peaceful protests and in opposition to both racism and violence.

Although the senseless killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and so many others did not happen on SJR State’s campus, they have nevertheless greatly impacted both our nation and local community. It is my vow to you that as an institution of higher learning, SJR State will continue its work to fight racial, social, and economic injustices and to make a positive impact on our local community. It is my hope that SJR State’s commitment in that regard has been evident long before the events of the past week.

I encourage everyone within our College community to support and take care of one another. I also challenge each one of you to not remain silent and to speak out against racism and bias. Change requires willing and deliberate effort from each one of us. A threat to any one of us is a threat to us all, and we must listen to the voices that have for too long gone unheard. That’s right, we must listen.

Many of us may find ourselves greatly impacted by the stress of recent events, and it is important to remember that support and counseling services are available. Students, if you need someone to talk to, reach out to SJR State’s Advising Office at [email protected].

SJR State employees have access to resources for managing both anxiety and stress in addition to mental health services through the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through the HR Department.

We have no tolerance for racism or discrimination against any person at St. Johns River State College, and today we grieve and condemn the senseless killing of George Floyd and others throughout our country. Colleges have long been great catalysts for social change, and as I reflect on the recent protests and all of the work that is yet to be done, I am proud of the work that we have already accomplished and committed to continuing together our efforts on diversity and inclusion at SJR State.

If you believe in something that the SJR State community can do, or do better, to be a voice of inclusion and peaceful, impactful change, speak up! We are listening.


Joe H. Pickens, J.D.

St. Johns River State College
St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from achieving your academic and career goals. Have your current college plans changed?
Do you need a few courses to keep your momentum going?
Has this experience given you a new perspective on career goals?

During this time of uncertainty, be assured that SJR State is here for you, delivering what matters most:

• Convenience – Three campuses are closer than you think!*

• Affordable tuition

• Countless careers begin with the A.A. (transfer) degree

• Technical degree/certificate programs provide skills to enter the workforce in two years or less

• We fit YOUR schedule. Attend fulltime, part time or online with many programs

• A smaller, more attentive college environment, and

• SJR State feels like home, because it is home!

Explore our programs in health care, criminal justice, computer science, and more at

Questions? Talk with an advisor. Visit and click “Schedule Advising Appointment” to meet virtually with one of SJR State’s advisors.

Summer B application deadline is June 15. Classes begin June 29.

Applications for fall are now being accepted. Classes begin August 24.

*Please note: SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time. Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and other student services via the College website at

St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College

The spring commencement originally set for May 8 has been rescheduled for July 23 at 10:00 a.m.
A decision to hold the ceremony in a traditional, in-person format or a virtual ceremony is still being determined and will be contingent upon when pandemic restrictions are lifted.

The application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant is now available. Visit for details.

Following Governor DeSantis’ press conference on reopening the state, "Phase 1" does not substantially alter how the College operates. SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time.

Employees will continue to primarily work remotely until further notice.

Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and other student services via the College website.

Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

College officials will provide further updates upon the Governor’s announcement of "Phase 2."

The College anticipates an announcement next week regarding the spring commencement.

Need Wi–Fi? Hot spots have been installed in three designated campus parking lots on all campuses.


St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College

Now that you are entering your third week of online classes, have you found a rhythm or routine that is keeping you motivated to stay on top of your classwork?

In SJR State's first set of tips in the "Surviving COVID-19" series, your professors provided great advice to help you achieve online success. This time, we are excited to share tips from your peers. Below, they share their best strategies and suggestions for pressing on through the ups and downs of online learning.

Florida School of the Arts student Johnny Chiovaro knows that he doesn't stay focused when working on his classes in his bedroom or on the living room couch. He, therefore, turned his garage into his "workstation," which has been his best solution for staying focused. "I've made my garage my workstation so that my brain associates the garage with only work," Johnny explains. "If I study and do classwork in my bedroom or on my living room couch, my brain will be in vacation mode, and I can't get anything done."

Rachael Carroll, OPC Academic Support Center tutor and president of the Phi Theta Kappa Society, agrees with Johnny and encourages you to remove all distractions from your workspace. "Make a study space free of distractions and treat it like the classroom," she says. "You wouldn’t have your phone out, eat full meals, or take naps in the classroom, so put your phone away, refrain from eating full meals, and get out of bed while you are working. This way, when you enter your school space, your mind can focus completely on being successful in school."

Focusing on smaller goals within the bigger picture helps to keep Johnny focused and less stressed. "Transferring to online classes hasn't been the smoothest transition, but something I've always done to stay motivated has been to not overwhelm myself," he says. "If I look, too many times, at all the work I have that week, I will stress myself out, but when I set little goals throughout the week, it's not so bad. It can be the smallest goal ever, as long as I'm further along than I was yesterday."

When setting those smaller goals, Orange Park campus student and Nature Club president Jasmin Muslimani says, "Create a doable list of items that you would like to complete throughout your day. Then, manage your time during the day to achieve that." Jasmin adds that spacing assignments and deadlines out evenly throughout the week is key. "It has actually been shown that breaking up tasks throughout your week, rather than cramming, engages your brain more, and you can grasp the subjects more easily," she says. "Brain reinforcement!"

For Jasmin, working on each subject a little bit every day - and remembering to take breaks in between her study sessions - helps her to better understand the topic being studied. When writing her daily schedule, Jasmin even records her breaks in her planner.

Additionally, to get a deeper grasp of her study topics, Jasmin creates study guides that summarize the important points, and then she puts all of the content together.

Considering that you more than likely have other responsibilities in addition to your classwork, Rachel says that when planning out your day, "don’t forget to also account for your other responsibilities so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Maybe set some alarms to keep yourself on track," she suggests.

OPC Student Government Association (SGA) president Sabrian Edwards prefers to dedicate specific days for specific classes. "What has helped me stay motivated to keep up with my classes is designating different days for different courses," he says. "Having multiple courses online can be overwhelming if you don't plan accordingly. Working it out to where I can focus 100 percent on one or two courses a day, instead of six, can relieve a lot of stress."

Maria Manzo, a student at the Palatka campus, loves to draw and write; however, she completely refrains from those activities until she has completed her assigned work. "I won't allow myself to draw or write until my work is done," she says. With more time at home these days, Maria has also been watching more movies than usual, but her motto remains - work first!

Joseph (Joe) Akin, a student at the St. Augustine campus, agrees with Maria's approach and suggests that you also find what specifically motivates you. "Find a way to motivate yourself," he says. "Maybe you can reward yourself after completing an assignment by watching an episode of your favorite show, playing a level in a new video game, or enjoying a snack after each assignment."

Not only does Joe believe it's important to find what motivates you to get the job done, but he also understands the value of taking breaks. "If you notice that you're stuck on an assignment, take a break from it," he says. "Take five to 10 minutes to focus on something else. I've found that after I come back to an assignment from a break, I see where my problem was. Also, it's a good idea to take a break after looking at a computer screen for long periods of time to give your eyes a rest."

Just as the computer screen can get blurry after a while, these days of social distancing can, too. "During this outbreak, you may notice that the days keep blurring together," says Joe. "Try keeping yourself on a schedule, because this could help to prevent you from missing assignments and help transition you back to a normal lifestyle."

OPC student Jacob says that reading his Bible, taking walks throughout the day, and listening to his favorite music are some of his motivational tools for staying clear about his assignments. He adds that he enjoys a cup of coffee, too.

If, like Jacob, you have a lighter class load this semester, perhaps this is an ideal time to work on certain skills. Jacob has ordered tutorial books on hardware programming for electronics projects. "I'm hoping to work on a skill while I have all of this free time indoors," says Jacob.

Jasmin reminds you to not overlook your "number one resource" - your teachers - and encourages you to take advantage of the Academic Support Center, your textbooks and credible YouTube videos.

Rachael, who also serves as the OPC SGA secretary, checks her e-mail and Canvas announcements every day to stay updated. If she has questions, she doesn't hesitate to reach out to her professors. She also believes that keeping in touch with classmates is important. Whomever you may be communicating with, Rachael says to "remember to be respectful, as if you were communicating face to face with someone."

"This is a transition nobody expected, and it is a learning curve for everyone," says Rachael. "It is perfectly okay if you are struggling to adjust or don’t get everything perfect the first time. Just don’t give up!" she emphasizes. "It is easy to get caught up in the frustration of 'right now,' but you started college for a reason. Maybe you are in college to get to your dream career; to help your family; or to better yourself. Whatever the reason, whatever the goal, don't lose sight of it."

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St. Johns River State College Library

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St. Johns River State College

St. Johns River State College

Adopting self-care practices, even in the best of times, is important. However, if there were ever a time for us to be mindful of our wellness habits, it is NOW!

By Penny Powell

Has the unimaginable shock of the COVID-19 pandemic caused you to take a closer look at your self-care?
Have you been assessing what you do on a daily basis to strengthen your immune system, so it can fight well for you during this time of heightened illness?

Pause! Let's take inventory of what we're truly doing to stay well.

Ask yourself...

What am I feeding my body on a daily basis to be nourished? Am I exercising to keep my body, including my lungs, strong? How healthy are my thoughts?
Yes, negative thoughts have the potential to eat away at our health and weaken the immune system. I have never forgotten this quote I heard years ago when attending the Healthy Lifestyle course at the Living Foods Institute: "Disease begins in the mind and colon."

SJR State students and employees, now that classes have resumed and stress levels are higher, the door for emotional eating and lack of exercising just opened even wider. However, the better we fuel with food and fitness - and faith practices for many (me included) - the better chance we have of tackling our obstacles with less stress.

Let's, therefore, make a pact to do our personal best for not only ourselves but also for each other. Let's work on getting healthy and/or healthier TOGETHER! We're in this pandemic battle together, so let's win it together!

In an effort to help us do just that, SJR State nursing faculty Patricia McAnnally and I teamed up to share some of our personal self-care favorites. McAnnally has already been sharing some of these tips below with her students.

We understand that times are more stressful than ever right now, but it's important to pay careful attention to what you have control over and what you don't. Do not take on, mentally or physically, more than you have to! Set boundaries! Commit to your assignments/work, but also take time to do your favorite activities that help you unwind.

"Set specific limits for school time," McAnnally advises. "We all have a tendency to feel guilty about not being at school, so we overdo school at home. If you have kids, you need to spend time in play with them."

And if you don't have kids, remember to still make space in your day for whatever it is that feeds your soul. For instance, writing this article is feeding mine.

Making time to exercise in some shape, size or form is another key self-care practice to embrace. Fortunately, exercising is my hobby, but if it's not yours, just remember that moving daily supports our health significantly. Life has slowed down a great deal lately, which allows more time for exercise, so why not take advantage of it?

McAnnally has been walking to stay well, admitting that she has her newly adopted 8-month-old puppy, Molly, to thank for "forcing" her to be outside and active. "We should be getting in our five miles or 10,000 steps every day," McAnnally says. "We can break that up into little bites, but get in the steps."

If walking outdoors is not your best option right now, use a treadmill, if possible, or think outside the box and create a fun walking 'trail' of sorts indoors. If you happen to have stairs in your home, carefully use those as a way to fit in some steps. Or, simply turn up the volume to your favorite songs and dance. Just move!

Some fitness companies are offering free virtual classes as a gift of support. Camp Gladiator offered a complimentary fitness camp on the Orange Park campus last April and is now offering a free virtual class to help with the effects of COVID-19 stress and social distancing. If interested, contact Terie Wanger at [email protected].

Understanding the value of combining deep breathing with stretching for relieving stress, McAnnally arranged a campus yoga class for the College's Student Nurses Association back in October. One student shared that the class helped her relieve stress she didn't even realize she was holding on to.

McAnnally is also using yoga as a self-care tool during this pandemic. "Boy am I glad no one is watching," she said with a laugh. Know that even five minutes of yoga/stretching, filled with deep breathing, does the body, mind and spirit good. There are many free options on YouTube.

If you're like me, and love to blend your Christian faith with stretching, you may be interested in the "Stretch, Strengthen and Relax" videos I have begun "unprofessionally" recording for my class participants. If you'd like to have the link I share with my group, please contact me at [email protected].

Although we must adhere to the current statewide stay-at-home order, we can still step outside to the yard or near the front door (keeping at least six feet way from neighbors) to breathe in fresh air and feel the sunshine.

"We should all be getting at least 20 minutes of sunlight every day," says McAnnally. "The vitamin D we synthesize with the aid of the sun will help to build our immunity."

Personally, being out in the sun, praying, reading, journaling or just 'being' is relaxing for me. If the sun is not as much of a 'friend' to you, simply find a shady spot to enhance your health with fresh air and the sounds of nature.

McAnnally says, "Eating a good diet helps. I am using a meal service, which makes me cook every couple of days, but it ensures that I eat a well-balanced diet."

Be mindful of what you're snacking on, and understand the body's need for vitamin C - especially now, since it helps the immune system to protect us from disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), nearly 100 percent of the daily-recommended intake of 75 milligrams of vitamin C for women can be met by eating only two clementines. Men need 90 milligrams of vitamin C per day.

Other good sources of vitamin C include broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, red and green peppers, strawberries and more. Visit NIH for additional information.

In addition to drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush toxins out of the body, also consume lemon to help prevent the buildup of toxins. It's fun to infuse water with lemon slices and/or drink hot lemon tea.

Place at least three slices of lemon in a cup of hot water, and sip after about five to 10 minutes. Or, put the juice of half a fresh lemon into eight ounces of hot/warm water. I also enjoy mixing honey with the juice of a lemon. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the juice of one lemon provides about 18.6 milligrams of vitamin C.

Typically, we are way too busy to fully experience our healthiest life balance. However, today's crisis forces us to slow down. And, believe it or not, it's actually healthy for us to NOT always have something to do. Give yourself permission to do nothing at times. Allow your body to relax!

"Make sure you are going to bed at your regular time and getting up at your regular time," says McAnnally. "Get dressed, brush your teeth and hair. Make yourself presentable. It is good for us mentally."

Listening to calming music and/or doing a brief yoga/stretching session right before bed can help prepare you for a good night's sleep. Relaxing with an eye-pillow is also soothing.

If you do not have good opportunities at home for social interaction, McAnnally suggests talking to someone via a video call, which she does every day. "We need face-to-face interactions, since that is what we are used to," she says. "Some people are suggesting playing games with your friends using Zoom. I think that is a great idea."

In addition to staying connected, McAnnally adds, "Stay healthy, and wash your hands. And with the newest recommendation from the CDC, if you must go into public, consider wearing a mask. Lots of people are making very cute ones that are washable and have filters. Do not take those that are required for our frontline heroes."

"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." -Zig Ziglar

When times feel like they're at their worst (or not), pause, take the deepest breath you can, reflect on your blessings (we all have them - regardless of what we're going through), and then say, sing or write: "I am grateful for (fill in the blank)." Do this as many times as needed to feel gratitude in the core of your being.

Be grateful and be well, students/team! Remember, we're all in this together, and I am grateful we are not alone!

Penny Powell is the communications specialist in the Office of Public Relations at SJR State and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) with additional training in the field.


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