Florence Reynolds was hired as an English and Journalism faculty member in September 1967. Florence retired in June 1991 after 24 years of dedicated service. Upon retirement, she was granted Emeritus status.
Florence established the journalism program at Ohlone College with a student newspaper called the Saints Herald in the first year of classes (1967-68). The paper then became the Monitor, and Florence was the advisor to the weekly paper for her 24 years at Ohlone. She also established and coordinated the typesetting instructional program, and established and advised the student magazine until it was assigned to another instructor.
Florence spearheaded the Communication Arts program, annual Contemporary Communication Conference for high school journalism students, and the biannual Publicity Chairperson’s workshop. She was active and held offices in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and the Society of Professional Journalists. Florence helped establish the college’s International Studies Program and led summer class tours to Russia, Japan and China.
Florence was active in other leadership activities at the college, including services as Faculty Senate President. She also served as a Division Chair of Language Arts from January 1976 to August 1977.
Florence maintained excellent community and professional relationships with local newspaper and other media offices, and established and coordinated the campus Journalism and Typesetting Advisory Committee.
Faculty, staff and alumni remember Florence as a positive and energetic presence at Ohlone. Her legacy lives on in the Monitor newspaper, which has been published continuously during the Ohlone’s 50 years of existence.