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Faculty Profile

South Shore dean of Academic Affairs Judy Nolasco speaks out.

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February 2010

Volume 33 Issue 4

STAY IN TOUCH Hillsborough Community College

Get your rear in gear - graduation is near TRACI STEVENS


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Semester after semester, class after class, test after test, it is all incessantly done so students can ultimately graduate with an associate degree. For some of you graduation is finally just around the corner. I am presenting a graduation checklist to those who have applied for graduation for Spring 2010. Graduation day is now scheduled for Friday, April 30 according to school officials. It will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Checkin starts at 1 p.m. and graduates must be in the robing area to be lined up for the processional by 1:30 p.m. The processional will start promptly at 2 p.m. A professional photographer will also be present to take a complimentary picture of each student as they receive their degree; the photographs and diplomas will be printed and mailed for no charge approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the end of the semester. “I am so excited to walk across the stage and receive my diploma,” said fellow graduating student Kari Johnson, 23, an elementary education major. This spring semester will also be my last one here at HCC. It was a wonderful experience


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of learning and growth. Now I am well on my way to the next stage of my education, transferring to a university to acquire my bachelor’s degree. I am exceptionally thrilled yet at the same time, nervous. For those of you who may feel nervous about the day like I am, here is a graduation checklist. These tips may help in relieving the pressure. All of you should have already applied for your degree by now, the deadline was this past Jan 22. If you forgot to do so make sure you apply for summer graduation, the deadline is March 13 if you want your name in the commencement. The first thing a student should do in preparing for graduation is to speak with an academic adviser. Advisers can verify that all general education requirements as well as specified elective requirements have been met or you can check the progress of degree on the web adviser at the HCC website. If you are transferring next fall to a university and have not applied yet, you must do so before the deadline. Find out what the deadlines are for each university at


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Emergency call boxes improve student safety TREVOR WOOD STAFF WRITER

Strange blue cylinders have begun to appear in HCC’s parking lots on all the campuses, but what are they? Monoliths similar to those seen in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” or some new

form of parking lot decoration? No, they are the new emergency posts put in to help better ensure the safety of students. “This is kind of our on-going safety initiative,” said Steve Shields, HCC’s Director of Risk Management, Safety and Auxiliary Services. According to Shields, the purpose of the

emergency posts is “to improve safety on campus, to assist students, faculty and staff if there is an emergency situation that is occurring out in the parking lot.” Shields went on to say that the posts are very easy to use. “You just go up there, there is a red button on it,” Shields

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explained. “You press the red button and release it and the machine takes over.” Shields explained that the machine will automatically dial the service that is most likely to provide you assistance, and it’ll go to, say, dispatch center number one, and they will be notified of which call box that

made the call so public safety will know where you are calling from.

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Student Life>>

Make it to the Olympics without leaving campus

Aiyana Lucas

Contributing Writer

You don’t have to have the swift arms of Michael Phelps to join these Olympics or have the powerful legs of Usain Bolt to win. The Second Annual HCC Olympics will take place March 3 in the Ybor campus courtyard from noon to 4 p.m. The games are created so that they’re not athletically challenging, giving anyone and everyone an opportunity to get involved. Events include a pie eating contest, dizzy bat race, Nerf archery, Putt-Putt, pong, ping-pong, beach ball volleyball, cup, saucer race, neck relay, and water balloon toss. The Olympics are expected to be a “completely fun-

filled event, last year’s was incredible,” said Ybor Business Instructor Katen Amin. He said that the best parts about last year’s event were the 15 teams who competed and the large crowd who watched and cheered them on. This year, Amin wishes for a greater attendance and for everyone to get a chance to meet new people. Students who are interested in competing are asked to create a team of no more than 10 people. All teammates do not have to play in every event. A team can register online by sending an email to kamin@ Registration forms are also available throughout campus and can be returned to SGA or to room YPST 148. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Photo by Jameshia Jefferson

“A Celebration of Black Musicians and Composers” In conjunction with Haiti Relief efforts

Daniel Aros and Michael Antoine sing as Kevin Spunde plays the bass.

Criminal justice majors get Washington, D.C. invite Trevor Wood Staff Writer

It’s rare that fun and education are used in the same sentence, but this is the case with a select group of HCC students. Politics, fun and monuments collide this spring break, March 27-31, when several criminal justice majors will be going on a trip. Their destination is the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. “The purpose of the trip is for us to become more knowledgeable about all the aspects of criminal justice,” said Bonnie Barnes, student and vice-president of the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA). These students are afforded this opportunity through the CJSA. However, not every member of the club’s estimated 140 members will be able to go. Only the most deserving, 15 to be exact, are being rewarded with this opportunity. The students who were selected were required to meet certain criteria. “The way that you are able to go is that you have to do

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two SGA events, which we do with SGA, and two fundraising events,” said Barnes. “They have to actually be active. Actively be working in the club.” Some students are highly motivated and willing to participate whenever they can in order to go on the trip. “To go on the trip to Washington D.C., for CJSA, I have been participating in events that aid the club in getting their name out to the students of HCC,” said Kendra Velasco, student and member of the CJSA club. “Such as, the welcome back event put on by the SGA, the fashion show, the club carnival day, and fundraisers.” If Velasco’s dedication is any indication, then this trip means a lot to the students who will be able to go. “As criminal justice students that is the ultimate goal,” said Dr. Melynda Neal, criminal justice instructor and academic advisor to the CJSA. “Not only can you see the FBI and that sort of thing, but if you are interested in law they’re going to the Supreme Court. They’re

going to be able to talk with the previous Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It really is a great trip for a student of criminal justice to be able to take.” The students will also be able to tour numerous monuments including the White House. Not only will they get to see it, but they will be privy to a private tour of a portion of the house. In order to be able to do this the students and faculty going had to undergo a background check months in advance. “It’s an opportunity to see the internal workings of the government,” said Velasco. “I’m excited about gaining a learning experience of the inner workings of the United States government.” While it is too late for anybody else to go on the trip, it is not too late to join the CJSA. In order to do this, students need to fill out an application. An application can be pickedup at any CJSA table during SGA events or from room 225 in the public service building at the Ybor campus. The filled out application then needs to be turned in to any of the club’s board members or advisers.

New dean at South Shore

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Former Ybor English professor shares insight about her new job as dean BROOKS BREWER STAFF WRITER

After being a teacher for 20 years, a new dean takes a seat at HCC’s newest campus. Former professor Judy Nolasco has taken on the job as dean of Academic Affairs at the South Shore campus. Nolasco had been a part of the Ybor campus since 2000. So what is the new dean really like? Nolasco acquired her education through multiple institutions, including the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida. She has B.A. degrees in English and Education. From there, she went on to receive her M.A. in English and has almost completed her Ed.D. in High Education Administration. Nolasco started as a high school teacher, and then gradually moved to the college level through dual enrollment

classes. Nolasco then went to work for dean of Associate of Science, Jack Evans, as his assistant. Nolasco’s new job helped ignite her passion for administration. The classroom still being her true calling, Nolasco began teaching English composition classes at the Ybor campus until this year when she took on her current position at South Shore. “I was lucky, I had experience in both areas to prepare me for this job,” said Nolasco. Nolasco described her job as both a new challenge and extremely diverse. “Administration duties entail a lot of meetings,” she said with a laugh, “a lot of policy and procedure,” she said. Her daily duties can include anything from budget meetings and meetings with students for various reasons, to working at her desk answering emails and returning phone

calls. Her passion has always been student interaction, and, although her new office is very different from a classroom, Nolasco is extremely glad that she still has time for the student body. Nolasco has plans for the South Shore campus that she hopes to incorporate in the near future. Nolasco would eventually like to start teaching night classes again, as well as expanding the programs offered at the South Shore campus. She would like to see more education certificate programs being implemented for those who would like to get a trade certificate. “Our primary purpose here is teaching and learning together. And I hope to continue that,” said Nolasco. As South Shore treads the waters to find its identity, Dean Nolasco pledges to help both students and professors alike find their paths through the school system.

Photo by Jameshia Jefferson

Dean Judy Nolasco makes South Shore her new home, as the former teacher of 20 years transitions to her new role.

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Student Life>>

Photo by Will Trentman

Dr. Kelly Callahan rearranges her students’ chairs to practice speech tactics for an upcoming assignment.

Not your average adjunct

Professor uses non-conventional tactics to break down student barriers Ali Klos

Staff Writer



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If you think writing papers, doing research and reading the required text for your courses is complicated, try being graded on how well you remember each of your classmates’ names. “It is social networking,” said Professor Dr. Kelly Callahan, a public speaking professor on the Dale Mabry campus. Born in Traverse City, Mich., Callahan holds a Master’s in Communications from USF and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Seattle. Having worked at the University of Redlands in Southern California and Seattle University in Washington, Callahan has had her fair share of teaching and traveling. “I think you meet terrific people everywhere you go, especially at universities because they are so international and global, I think that’s the excitement,” said Callahan. Callahan is not just well traveled in the United States. She has also traversed the globe, visiting countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, London, Morocco, South America, Costa Rica, and China. “I firmly believe that we’re global citizens increasingly, and that travel abroad is one of the best things that you can do,” said Callahan. Tired of being a tourist, Callahan decided to settle overseas when she was offered a teaching position at an American University in Thailand. After selling most of her things and giving the rest to Goodwill, her dream of teaching abroad collapsed when her mom was diagnosed with cancer. Callahan decided to stay in Tampa to be a fulltime caregiver and began teaching at HCC. “Teaching was great because I could teach in the classroom and I could go and do my grading and do my lesson

planning while I was in the hospital with her,” said Callahan. Soon after, Callahan got offered a job at UT and now teaches communication, speech for business professionals, and is the university’s study abroad program assistant. In addition she still teaches public speaking as an adjunct at HCC. “I like how she has everyone working together and that her activities are very hands on. It makes me not want to miss a single class,” said Tiffany Creter, 19. Callahan bases her teaching style on her experience in leadership development, and her background in student affairs and counseling. She uses team-building exercises such as creating commercials, fairy-tales and imitation games in order to break down barriers to bring students closer. “I feel the more people are invested in a learning community the more likely they are to come(to class),” said Callahan. She also uses positive energy and inspirational sayings to reach her students. “Everybody has a wisdom, and I want my students to know themselves and their power. I learn too, every day especially when I teach, so that is really cool,” said Callahan. Believing that each of her students is unique no matter where they are from or how much money they have, Callahan begins each new class addressing her students as “scholars.” “Scholar is a term of respect,” she said. “I know it is silly but you are not just students going to HCC, you are scholars.” Ten years from now she still sees herself where she is today, but with bigger dreams. “I am a lifelong learner so I would love to be a full-time professor,” said Callahan. “I love Dale Mabry and my students here at HCC, and also I would like to start my own nonprofit organization.”









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Entertainment >>

Eggs Benedict beats cereal any day Ali Klos

Staff Writer

Do not pour another bowl of cereal until you try this warm delectable alternative. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I am giving you a delicious recipe for Eggs Benedict, a step up from your typical bowl of cereal. My family has always made this for special occasions, and I hope you take the time to do the same. Your hands may be tired, but your taste buds and stomach will be pleased. This is my personal guarantee! Eggs Benedict Servings: 8 Prep time: 1 hour 4 English muffins 8 eggs, poached 1 package Canadian bacon (10 count) 1 package of Hollandaise sauce mix 1/2 stick of butter 1 cup milk Pinch of paprika (optional)

Photo by Will Trentman

Delicious Eggs Benedict, a combination of eggs, english muffin and Canadian bacon, will satisfy any early morning breakfast cravings.

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Take the English muffins and cut in half. Toast muffins in the toaster

Blue Angels to headline Navy airshow Noelle Chew A&E Editor

For MacDill students and anyone else interested in a closer look at the jobs of the men and women who protect America, Tampa will be filled with military for Navy Week. The 2010 Tampa Bay Navy Week will be rolling in March 13-21 at MacDill Air Force Base where the highlight of the week is a performance by the Blue Angels, a highly skilled aviation group known to deliver impressive performances. They will perform March 20-21; times to be announced. Check out photos of the Blue Angels and past

events to get a glimpse of what’s in store for this year’s show. Navy Week will also feature demonstrations from the Leapfrog Parachute Team, music from Navy rock and ceremonial bands, and speeches from flag officers. Navy admirals will serve as key speakers. The purpose of the air show, according to an official press release for the event, is to concentrate “a variety of outreach assets in a single city for the week, sharing the Navy story.” For more information on the 2010 Tampa Bay Navy week, please visit

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for two minutes, and butter. Wrap in aluminum foil and store in heated oven to keep warm. Begin to melt a half a stick of

butter in a small pot. Pour in 1 cup of milk and add Hollandaise sauce mix. Let boil; stir; and remove from burner once consistency becomes thick.

Fill a large skillet with 2 inches of water. Crack eggs in a separate bowl, making sure the yolk is not broken. When water is boiling, bring down to a simmer, and gently pour in the egg. Start off with one, but do no more than three at a time. The white should begin to cook immediately. Using a spatula, fold over the whites toward to center yolk. Use a spoon to continuously pour water over top of the egg yolk. When ready, it should have a thin white layer around the yolk, and the white surrounding will be cooked thoroughly. Spoon out and ensure all water is drained.While egg is cooking, place a skillet on the stovetop on low heat. Heat a piece of Canadian bacon for one minute on each side. Now the layering begins. Take a warm English muffin from the oven, remove the aluminum foil and place the Canadian bacon on top of the muffin. Next, place the poached egg on top of the bacon, and finally pour on a hearty helping of Hollandaise sauce. You can sprinkle paprika on top for color. Serve with a glass of orange juice, a smile, and enjoy!

Columns & News

HAWKEYE STAFF Editor in Chief Will Trentman Online/Copy Editor Brianna Brokaw Opinion Editor Traci Stevens A&E Editor Noelle Chew Design Editor Monique Turley Sports Editor Curtis Roberts Staff Writer Ali Klos Staff Writer Trevor Wood Staff Writer Brooks Brewer Staff Writer Aiyana Lucas Staff Writer Neida Mitchell Staff Photographer Jameshia Jefferson

Faculty Adviser

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Are we carb crazy? Staff Editorial

Whether we want to or not, at some time during our HCC experience we are forced to ease our stomach cravings at our campus cantinas. But is this really a good idea, even if it is a last resort? If you love carbohydrates and big thighs then we presume you see no problem with the school’s offerings. But the truth, our fellow scholarly comrades, is that there is a problem, and it may be bigger than you and your expanding waistline. When Sodexo bought out HCC’s previous food supplier, Lackmann, students expected changes to come, and they did. But instead of offering new fit-friendly fare for students, Sodexo upgraded the carb count and gave us a menu that is bread’s best friend. At the Ybor campus, for example, more than 52 individual items are available for purchase and yet only six of those are bread-free. For those who aren’t good with math, that is roughly 88 percent of the food offered – and this is one of our smaller cantinas. Of course, you can purchase a yogurt for $1.06 and there is no shame in that--unless you have recently visited a grocery store and

noticed that you can buy 10 of them for $5. It is not that the school is ripping us off, because they offer some fairly competitive prices for those looking to save a few bucks, but let’s be honest with ourselves. Who is going to pay $1.06 for a yogurt when you can get a pizza or wrap for only a few more dollars? There are so many ways for us to gain the Freshman 15; we don’t need our school helping us out. And although we are young and invincible (or so we think) unhealthy eating affects our bodies in more ways than just gaining a few pounds. Knee and joint problems are the least of your concerns. Obesity welcomes a litany of hearthating complications and bodily dilemmas: early-age heart attacks, strokes, other cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes to name a few. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the obesity rate for college students has doubled over the past decade. That’s huge, no pun intended. One of their goals for 2010 is reduce obesity among adults to less than 15 percent. We are adults aren’t we? So what can we do? Revolt? Overthrow the cantinas? How about using that college education you’re working on and write a letter to your local campus big-wigs. Stress your concerns and tell them what’s on your mind, or write to the real source

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of the problem, Sodexo. Another simple alternative to all this mess is packing your own lunch and avoid the problem all together. We know you’re all saying, Pack my

own lunch? What are you, crazy? Maybe we are, but it sure beats feeling guilty after eating a slice of greasy pizza or a puffy Panini. Your waistline might thank you.

Graduation is near continued from pg. 1

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The third item is to purchase a cap and gown. The cost is $25, and they are available at any campus bookstore. To make sure your diploma and graduation picture from the photographer get delivered to you, make sure the college has your correct mailing address on file. Lastly, make sure you pass all of your classes this semester. Go out with a bang and shoot for all A’s. I wish all of you the best in your future to come. For those of you not graduating this semester keep studying hard, and your time will come sooner than

you think. Any student can find this information on the HCC website. Go to the main page, click on “Current Students.” Under the Academics heading, click on “Graduation Information.” Also feel free to contact your campus admissions office if you have any additional questions. To those of you who are in my shoes, congratulations! We did it. The graduation ceremony will be an exhilarating and important milestone in our lives. I hope these tips help you in preparation for the big day.

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