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In Brief: Seminole State advisor honored for military service

Cynthia Marie Rolley receives the Governor’s Veterans Service Award from Governor Rick Scott.

Educational Advisor Cynthia Marie Rolley was among 364 veterans honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott at a recognition ceremony in DeLand on Jan. 19. Rolley served six active years in the U.S. Marine Corps and six years in the Reserve from 1977-1990 and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. As thanks for her service, she received a medal representing the Governor’s Veterans Service Award.

In her spare time, Rolley is an active member of the Central Florida veteran community, volunteering extensively with many different veterans’ organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), AMVETS, Honor Flight and Veterans’ Outreach.

Rolley, who has worked at Seminole State for 10 years, is one of about 40 veterans employed at the College. Recently named a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year, Seminole State also serves nearly 1,000 student-veterans and military personnel each academic year.

English professor garners national attention for creative essay

Webb Harris, professor of English at Seminole State, has won Auburn University’s Theodore C. Hoepfner Prize, awarded to the best essay published in the Southern Humanities Review during 2015. The essay also has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, an award recognizing creative works published by small presses nationwide.

Harris describes the essay, titled “Long Time Comin’: The Education of Brother Webb,” as “a reminiscence of growing up in the extremely conservative Churches of Christ … and my seemingly inevitable awakening to a larger world, during my 30s.”

Harris has taught full-time at Seminole State for about 13 years, and he spent about five years as an adjunct professor before that. He has published short stories and creative nonfiction in more than 20 literary journals, and he won the Thomas Burnett Swann Poetry Prize in 2011. He also serves as the host of Seminole State’s Tuesday Voices, a once-per-month open-mic poetry forum. You can learn more about the series at the Tuesday Voices page.

Professor named consultant for statewide nursing association

Seminole State Nursing Professor Randy Jackson has been appointed as one of four consultants to the Florida Nursing Students’ Association (FNSA), a constituent of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). The FNSA serves as a resource to help nursing students train and prepare for future careers in healthcare.

In his role as the consultant, Jackson will provide educational and professional counseling for the officers and members of the association at the local, state and national levels. He also will serve as a liaison and help foster collaboration between various nursing- and health-related organizations and their constituents.

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