Woof App wins Best Overall award

Annual Hackahton Prepares Students for Jobs in Information Technology

Over the past few years, technology and especially network security has taken center stage in the news cycle. From the infamous Sony hacking in 2014 to the Russian collusion controversy, concerns in privacy and data security are at an all-time high.

The Information Technology field is increasing emphasis on new jobs focusing on network and

information security, cloud computing, and big data collection and storage. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth of 13 percent through 2026, which translates into over half a million new jobs in the field.

To meet the high demand, and give students the upper hand, Broward College has hosted an annual Hackathon for the past four years. The objective is to teach students how to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with teammates.

The Hackathon – What does it entail?

The Hackathon serves as a practice ground for students to experience the real-life work environment. Through the help of mentors actively working in the field, students can gain insight into the way the field works and what employers expect. Participants have to work in teams of at least four people to develop new software from start to finish in 24 hours or less. All team members are required to participate in the final presentation to the panel of judges.

The winners

Woof App wins Best Overall awardThis year, there was a record number of participants compared to previous events. There were 96 students from Broward College, Florida International University, and Dillard High School. The winners in each category are as follows:

  • Best Overall: Woof (FIU)
  • Code for a Cause: FaceDetect (BC)
  • Most Innovative Idea: PTPC (Dillard High)
  • Best Presentation: LOCOL (BC & Private HS)
  • Crowd Favorite: Woof

The winner for Best Overall, Woof, is a mobile app that allows users looking for rescue dogs at locations near their homes.

Mentors, judges and sponsors

This year’s mentors represented prestigious companies including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ultimate Software, Synechron, Synistosa Technologies, Cendyn, and Cre8tive Dev. Software. Several mentors were also Broward College alumni, currently employed in the field.   

The panel of judges was comprised of Denise Mendez from Magic Leap, Tamecka McKay from Broward County Public Schools and alumnus, Brent Lewis from Microsoft also an alumnus, and Tony Casciotta, CIO & VP of Information Technology for Broward College.

Without the help of sponsors and partners such as Broward College Student Life, Ultimate Software, Cengage Unlimited, CSPi Technology Solutions, Magic Leap, Code Explorers, CrowdForge, Laspadas, and John the Baker, the annual BC Hackathon could not have been possible.

Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to all participants!

Interested in a career in Information Technology? Learn more here.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! – The Evolution of the Holiday Over the Years

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We’ve come a long way since the first official national Thanksgiving, proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The tradition has evolved over the years, but one thing has remained - families and friends come together to celebrate.

The origins

Happy ThanksgivingDespite becoming a national federal holiday in 1863, Thanksgiving celebrations have taken place since at least 1621. The Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians are credited with the first Thanksgiving celebration, for their autumn harvest feast. This three-day feast was meant to give thanks for the first successful corn harvest by the Pilgrims in America, and religion played a big role in the holiday.

The tradition

While the religious focus of the celebrations has decreased, Thanksgiving is still heavily oriented towards family gatherings. The main activity is a generous dinner which features turkey as the main dish, accompanied by mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pies.

Some other traditional Thanksgiving activities are football games, volunteering, and parades; the Macy’s New York Thanksgiving parade being the most famous.

One of the best traditions many people use to show they are thankful is giving back to the community. Some outreach activities involve special dinners for the less fortunate.  Learn about volunteering opportunities in Broward County this Thanksgiving here.

Broward College has a strong tradition of service even beyond Thanksgiving, learn about volunteering opportunities through BC Cares.

Howl-o-ween party

Have a Spooktacular Halloween at Broward College

You don’t have to wait until you get home to enjoy the thrill of Halloween. Come out with your friends to one of the many Student Life activities planned across the College’s main campuses. Display your scariest costume, and win a prize or two!

Hugh Adams Central Campus - Halloween Costume & Karaoke Party

Halloween 2018 Costume & Karaoke PartyCentral Campus Student Life will be collecting non-perishable items as the entry fee for this Fangtastic party. Clubs can participate and win in the categories of highest attendance, donating the most non-perishable items, and club advisor with the funniest costume. All students (whether you participate with a club, or not) are eligible to win prizes for the most original costume, funniest costume, and scariest costume. Join the party in Building 19, room 106, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Judson a. Samuels South Campus - Howl-o-ween Spectacular

South Campus invites all students to have horrific fun at their Halloween bash from 12 to 2 p.m. in Building 68, room 191. Enjoy spooky food, drinks, and music with your peers. Feel free to wear your scariest costume!

North Campus - Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest

What is Halloween without a good, old-fashioned pumpkin carving contest? North Campus Student Life will host not one, but two competitions. Clubs will participate in the pumpkin carving for a chance to win a pizza party and students can enter the costume contest for a chance to win bookstore vouchers. The prize for first place is $100, second place $75, and third place $50. Voting for the costume contest will be done through Facebook and Instagram @NorthBC. Contests will take place at Building 46, Student Life, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SKD Literary Authors and Book Character Costume Contest

Pumkin Carving and Costume ContestAre you a fan of literature? This costume contest encourages you to embrace your bookworm side by dressing up as your favorite author. You will be judged by a panel of your peers and the top three costumes will win special prizes. This competition will take place on North Campus at the Coffee House in Building 46, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

We wish you all an eerie, spooky, hair-raising Halloween!

Virginia Tech survivor Lisa Hamp

Virginia Tech survivor Lisa Hamp shares story of recovery

Eleven years after the Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 people dead, survivor Lisa Hamp is sharing her long journey to recovery. It took her almost ten years to realize that she had not dealt with the trauma of that horrifying day.

And while her real journey to recovery started only two years ago, today Lisa is a married and a mother of two young girls. She speaks about her experience at workplace violence prevention training events, conferences, and schools.

 Recently, she was a guest speaker at Broward College during Campus Safety Awareness Month in September.

An uninjured survivor

Virginia Tech survivor Lisa HampOn April 16, 2007, Lisa Hamp was in classroom 205 of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech with eight other students and a teaching assistant. While that room was targeted by the shooter, no one was physically hurt because they managed to successfully block him from entering.

Although there were resources available to them as survivors, they soon realized they would not be treated the same. According to Lisa, the university didn't acknowledge their traumatic experience because they were not physically hurt. When the school organized a ceremony to mark the tenth-year anniversary of the shooting, Lisa learned that they would only accommodate injured survivors at the event. She penned an open letter to the school hoping they would change their position but that didn't work.

From finding financial solutions for her and other classmates in 205 who wanted to attend the event, Lisa soon became an advocate for uninjured survivors. She shares her ordeal of masking the pain and how the experience changed the way she saw the world. For her and many others, the emotional consequences of the event are as harmful as physical injuries.

 How can we prepare ourselves?

Lisa says communities, schools, and workplaces should have a comprehensive plan that includes training, education, and infrastructure in the event of an active shooter. She explains that when the shooting at Virginia Tech happened, there was no plan of action to deal with the emergency or its aftermath. The classrooms had no locks, there was no emergency plan or any additional measure that could have helped victims. A few years after the incident, in 2011, the university was fined by the U.S. Department of Education for failing to issue a prompt emergency warning after the first shooting in the apartment building.

But, the institution’s preparedness is one thing, Lisa believes every person should also have a plan of action.

“As individuals, the best way to prepare ourselves in case of an emergency is when you’re getting safety training in any situation, whether it be on a plane, at school, that you are aware and pay attention to what they are teaching you,” says Lisa.

Journey to recovery

Lisa Hamp poses with Broward College Campus Safety team and Central Campus President Sunem Beaton-GarciaAfter almost a decade of denial and three different counselors, Lisa realized that she needed to deal with the emotional scars of the shooting to be able to begin her healing process.

Talking from her own experience she shares that “if there’s a little voice inside your head or somewhere deep down in your gut that is telling you ‘something is wrong’ or ‘I should talk to someone’, listen to it because the sooner, the better.”

“Injured or not, recognize that you need resources and you were impacted by what happened to you, that it was traumatic, don’t minimize it,” she adds.

Broward College will conduct a self-led drill for the college community to practice how to shelter in place on October 15 at 11 a.m.

Read more about preparedness training and what to do in case of an active shooter situation here.

4th of July fireworks

Five curious facts you didn’t know about the 4th of July

Every 4th of July we celebrate America’s Independence, but what else do we know about this historic day?

4th of July fireworksAs we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the 4th of July here are five things you should probably know about America’s most patriotic day.

The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776

The actual signage of the Declaration of Independence didn’t take place until August 2, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared Independence on July 2, 1776, and two days later, after several edits, they agreed on the final draft of the document hence the reason Independence Day is celebrated every 4th of July.

One of the Founding Fathers disagreed with the 4th of July

In John Adams’ point of view, a more fitting day to celebrate America’s Independence would be indeed the second Day of July, as he pointed out in a letter to his wife that read “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

It is said that he would refuse invitations to celebrations of the 4th of July as a protest.

It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870

Even though celebration of 4th of July has always been recognized with parades, concerts and bonfires as a tradition from the very beginning, these didn’t become really popular and widespread until after the War of 1812, when America took on Great Britain.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress finally declared the 4th of July as a Federal holiday and in 1941, expanded the provision to include for it to be a paid holiday for federal employees.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary

In a perhaps interesting twist of fate, both Jefferson and Adams died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50h anniversary of the patriotic day. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence mostly all by himself.

James Monroe, who served as the fifth president, also died on July 4, but five years later, in 1831.

The day of the hot dog?

As traditions have evolved over time, Independence Day has become a day of family gatherings and barbecues. TIME magazine revealed that Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs during the 4th of July celebrations alone.

Additionally, Americans also consume an approximate $92 million of chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beets.

As you celebrate 4th of July, don’t forget to share these facts about what makes our nation so great with friends and family. By the way, if you’re still looking for ways to celebrate 4th of July, there are lots of things to do in South Florida. Check out this list.

Broward College students

New Student Service Website Provides Fast and Easy Support

Broward College is always looking for ways to offer the best quality of service and experience to its students. On June 28, the College rolls out new and improved customer services to support students and applicants.  The upgrades mean less wait time and assistance from representatives who can provide the most up-to-date information possible without transferring you to another department.

 New Customer Service Website

Broward College studentsThe College now offers a Student Help Center at www.ican.broward.edu.

It’s a “one-stop-shop” for students to get all their questions answered.

It features general Broward College information, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section and allows you to submit requests to admissions, advising, or the cashier. You can also check on the status of your requests in real-time. 

If you have urgent questions that need clarifications or help with an approaching deadline? The Student Help Center offers a chat option with representatives 24/7. 

Improved Call Center and Help Desk

If you prefer to talk to someone, the upgraded call center is also open 24/7. Call the general telephone number at 954-201-7350 to speak with a representative.

And, that’s not all. The College Information Technology Help Desk service has also been upgraded. When you call 954-201-7521, specialists will readily assist you with your network problems and questions

Whichever way you prefer, either online or by phone, Broward College offers customer service to help you anywhere and anytime.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Drone view of aquaglide at Tigertail

Are you up for the Aqua Obstacle challenge? Tigertail Lake Center Offers a new course!

Are you looking for some summer fun? Come experience the new Aqua Challenge obstacle course at the Broward College Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, in Dania Beach. This new water course is the first in South Florida, launching at the perfect time for those looking to cool off during summer break. 

Drone view of aquaglide at TigertailThe Aqua Challenge obstacle course, at 8,000 square-foot, includes a climbing wall, trampoline, jungle gym, gigantic bouncing dome, and endless hours of fun! Each feature allows you to test your endurance, strength, balance, and concentration. The 17-foot wide water bouncer is designed for superior performance springing you high into the air. Added to the that is the by freefall slide which offers a spectacular drop into the lake; the 12-foot wide Universal Thunderdome connects the Runway and Swimstep of the course; a 25-foot impressive bouncing dome allows you to climb, jump, or splash; and the Ultimate Catapult, a 16-foot swing, launches you into the cool, refreshing water.

Other activities at Tigertail

Drone view of Ropes Course at TigertailThe water obstacle course is just the latest addition to Tigertail Lake Center. Tigertail offers many services and its facilities can be rented out for corporate or school special events.

Tigertail is an all-encompassing complex that features scuba diving and lifeguarding courses, water sports (kayak, canoe, paddleboard) rentals, rope courses, teambuilding opportunities, conference room rentals, and other outdoor activities that include adventure trips.

Additionally, during the summer, Tigertail offers watersport classes for kids and teens on Fridays starting June 22 through August 3. Check out this brochure for more details on the summer program.

Certifications at Tigertail

Besides being a hub of entertainment and outdoor adventure, Tigertail offers certification and training courses for open water SCUBA diving, First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding.

Students giving CPR to mannequinThe SCUBA diving instructors and courses are PADI certified, which recognizes that these courses meet the safety standards of the sport. After completing the course, students will become PADI certified divers. The Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, and AED courses are all certified by the American Red Cross. They are available as blended, e-learning and instructor-led and students have scheduling flexibility.


Cost for activities start at just $20 per hour and varies according to the activity, length of time and number of participants. Broward College students with a valid student ID enter for free.

Are you ready to accept the challenge? Visit Tigertail’s website to schedule your next outdoor adventure today!

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Robert Jackson

Minority Male Initiative Holds Future Leaders Conference for Students’ Success

As part of the Minority Male Initiative (MMI), Broward College will host the first annual Future Leaders Student Success Conference (FLSSC) on Saturday, April 14, which seeks to bring together minority male students striving for success in their education and professional goals.

The 2018 FLSSC will take place at the Junior Achievement World Huizenga Center on North Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature keynote speakers Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (via skype) and Robert Jackson.

Future Leaders Student Success Conference

2018 Future Leaders Conference flyerThe FLSSC is a free event organized by Broward College’s Minority Male Initiative. The objective is to inspire minority male students to overcome the obstacles they may face as they work towards their educational and professional goals. This motivational learning experience is designed to bring together everyone in the community, including students, parents, educators, and community leaders to engage in a conversation on opportunities for minority males in the community. The conference is divided into three morning sessions followed by the keynote speakers session at 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill – Career and Activism

Dr. Hill is an award-winning journalist, political contributor for CNN, and host of BET News. He is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Dr. Hill has been an activist for social justice since his youth and has been named as one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders by Ebony magazine. As part of his activism, Dr. Hill is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. He is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond”.

Robert Jackson - Inspiring the youth

A nationally renowned speaker, educator, and author of several books, Jackson is dedicated to helping and inspiring the minority youth to achieve greatness. His workshops mostly focus on education, effective communication among different cultures, parenting, among others. He has developed this workshops as a way to bring closer parents, students, and educators and improve their quality of life. Jackson is the owner of Lavelle Publishing and Robert Jackson Consulting.

Minority Male Initiative

The Minority Male Initiative is a program focused on providing tools and resources that would help increase retention and completion within the minority male students at Broward College.

The initiative offers an ongoing mentorship program via different opportunities that include the Ignite Luncheon Series, Peer Academic Leader (PAL) program, and other networking opportunities.

in addition to the FLSSC, the MMI will host a Pre-College Summer Leadership Institute for high school students from July 9-27. For more information, you can contact Dr. Thomas Walker, chair of the MMI at MMI@broward.edu.

Register Now

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. People planning on attending must RSVP through the Future Leaders Student Success Conference 2018 Eventbrite page.

Red and white flyer reads Love Fest: Celebrate the day of love with friends! February 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate Valentine's Day at Broward College

The day of love and friendship is here and we know you will be looking for something romantic to do or just a place to hang out with friends. The Broward College Student Life Department has events scheduled on each of its main campuses and partnership centers for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few that may interest you.


Red and white flyer reads Love Fest: Celebrate the day of love with friends! February 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Love Fest

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Hugh Adams Central Campus, building 19 (Patio)

Enjoy Valentine’s Day festivities with your friends and family. The Love Fest will feature a photo booth, a cookie decorating station, arts & crafts, and games.


Be Our Valentine’s

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Willis Holcombe Center, building 33, room 120 (Student Activity Center)

Miramar West Center, building 3101, Café

In the mood for some free Valentine’s Day cupcakes, cookies, and maybe some flowers? Then you should pass by any of these two events.


The Relationship Game & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 14, 12:30 p.m.

Judson A. Samuels South Campus, building 68B, PCAT

What is love? The Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services and Education Pathways presents a fantastic panel discussion about love and relationships.


Valentine’s Under the Stars

Wednesday, February 14, 7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

A Hugh Adams Central Campus, building 18 (Observatory)

What can be more romantic than watching the stars? The Observatory will be open on Valentine’s Day.  Spend the night stargazing with your other half.


Valentine’s Dance

Friday, February 16, 6 - 10:30 p.m.

North Campus, building 62, room 154

Celebrate with your other half and friends during the annual Valentine's dance. Enjoy a romantic dance date with music from DJ Afrimix and guest appearances from Nu-Life-Kompa and Surprise Dance. Dress code: Semi-formal.

Flyer for movie reads Selma in big, bold red letters with subtitle that reads one dream can change the world

Broward College Celebrates Black History Month

Broward College is proud to host a number of events to commemorate Black History Month with exciting speakers, films, exhibits and presentations spotlighting events, people, and contemporary issues, important to African Americans. From a group art exhibit exploring the foundations of African American diversity to informative discussions and a screening of the 2014 film Selma, there are many ways highlight the contributions African Americans have made in South Florida and beyond.

Community Events

Art Exhibit: “An Evolution in Colors…The Roots of Our Diversity”

February 9, from 6 pm - 9 pm

Bailey Hall

  1. Hugh Adams Central Campus

3501 SW Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

This group art exhibit kicks off with an opening reception. RSVP for the opening reception:  Call 954-201-6259 or e-mail mstanbur@broward.edu.


Mohammed Soriano-Bilal Performance

February 21, 5 pm - 6 pm

Judson A. Samuels South Campus

7200 Pines Boulevard

Performing Cultural Arts Theater - 68B

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Soriano-Bilal is probably best known as the voice of reason on MTV's Real World San Francisco. His talk is unique in that he infuses elements of spoken word poetry and rap into his dialogue about the important topics of diversity and inclusion. Soriano-Bilal is a hip-hop writer/artist, and an award-winning producer of both music and film. It is free for Broward College students and employees, and $10 for the public.

Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mohammed-bilal-at-broward-college-tickets-42687409190.


Student Events


Black Miami in the 20th Century

February 7 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Bldg. 19 Activity Center

  1. Hugh Adams Central Campus

3501 SW Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

Marvin Dunn, author of Black Miami in the 20th Century describes the history and significance of African Americans in South Florida.


Black History Month Film Screening: Selma

February 8, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Bldg. 19 Activity Center

  1. Hugh Adams Central Campus

3501 SW Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

This 2014 drama directed by focuses on the 1965 voting rights marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Bevel, Hosea Williams and John Lewis.


Struggles and Accomplishments, Speaker: Tony Nathan

February 21, 11am – 2pm

Bldg. 19 Activity Center

  1. Hugh Adams Central Campus

3501 SW Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

Former Miami Dolphin and the University of Alabama running back Tony Nathan discusses the highs and lows of his football career. Nathan was one of the first black football players at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. In his four seasons with the Crimson Tide, Nathan rushed for 1,997 yards, with 29 touchdowns. Nathan was also the Dolphins' starting running back in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX. He is currently the Bailiff for former teammate Judge Edward Newman in Miami-Dade County court and is the subject of the 2015 feature film, Woodlawn.


MLK vs. Malcolm X: A Panel Discussion

February 21, 11am – 1pm

Judson A. Samuels South Campus

7200 Pines Boulevard

Performing Cultural Arts Theater - 68B

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

This discussion examines the life and legacies of two civil rights icons. Professor Rudy Jean Bart, African American History Class, and the ASU host it.


Journey Through the Drums

February 27, 12pm – 2pm

Bldg. 19 Patio

Bldg. 19 Activity Center

  1. Hugh Adams Central Campus

3501 SW Davie Road Davie, FL 33314

During this artwork of music through drums, attendees can learn about how drums were traditionally used and how they relate to the modern rhythms heard today.


A Discussion of Felon Voting Rights

February 28, 2pm – 3:15pm

Building 66, Room 240

Judson A. Samuels South Campus

7200 Pines Boulevard

Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

This timely discussion examines the constitutional rights of those who have been convicted of a felony. The Political Science Club presents the talk.


For more information on student events, contact the Student Life Department.