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Friday, September 17, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Equity-minded Practitioner

Begin the journey of becoming an equity-minded practitioner by registering for INDV3265: Preparing to be an Equity-minded Practitioner. As you examine and reflect on your professional and personal experiences using a lens of equity, you will create an Equity-minded Practitioner Plan that includes exploring your personal definition of equity, identifying inequities in your teaching practices and crafting a plan of action demonstrating your commitment to becoming an equity-minded practitioner. The next session of this 16 PD hour mixed-mode course starts Monday, September 20, 2021. For additional information about PD courses, certifications, instructional design and more, please reach out to a member of the Faculty and Instructional Development team.

Active Learning Certificate

Get started with your Active Learning Certificate with the LCTS3290: Foundations of Active Learning course. Throughout the course, participants will be introduced to the theories and principles of Active Learning, as well as gain an introduction to the Capstone portfolio assessment at the end of the certification process. Specific emphasis will be placed on integrating and sharing active learning strategies in the classroom. The next session of this 10 PD hour mixed-mode course starts Thursday, September 23, 2021. For additional information about PD courses, certifications, instructional design, and more, please reach out to a member of the Faculty and Instructional Development team.

In Memory of David Rogers

Friday, September 17, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

David Rogers, retired professor of English at the Osceola Campus, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021, in Hoosick Falls, New York.

“I so admired David for his varied passions in life and his crafty approach to nearly any situation,” said Jenni Campbell, dean, communication and languages, who was David’s most recent supervisor. “From rescuing countless pups and brewing his own beer to teaching thousands of students the craft of writing, David poured his heart into everything he did. He will be missed greatly.”

David joined the Osceola Campus in 1995 and was the first instructor to teach in a computer-based classroom. He worked closely with faculty development on the LifeMap Curriculum Development team and played a key role in the development of the Learning College through his work on the Learning Leadership team and as special assistant for the Learning Centered Initiative. While he taught all of the course offerings in English over the years, his favorite classes to teach were science fiction and creative writing.

Prior to his retirement in the fall of 2019, David taught thousands of students the “power of the pen” during his more than 20 years at Valencia College.

His wife, Judy, asked that anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory do so to the Alzheimer’s Association or Free Tibet.

Osceola Region Professors Awarded Endowed Chairs

Friday, September 17, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Osceola Region professors were chosen as Valencia College Foundation Endowed Chairs for Learning Leadership Endowed Chair Distinguished Scholars for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

  • Steven Cunningham, professor, English for Academic Purposes, was awarded the Sue Luzadder Chair in Communications — $4,000
  • Lisa Gray, professor, accounting on the Osceola Campus, was awarded the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise — $7,000
  • Mark Guillette, professor, sociology at the Osceola Campus, was awarded the Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences — $8,800
  • Eunice Laurent,  professor, biology at the Poinciana Campus, was awarded the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Health & Life Science — $2,000.
  • Jonathan Lair, professor, political science at the Lake Nona Campus, was awarded the Cliff & Daisy Whitehill Chair in Legal Studies — $4,600.
  • Nelson M. Placa, professor, hospitality management on the Osceola Campus, was awarded the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association Chair in Hospitality Management — $4,700

To view a past article with additional Osceola Region Endowed Chair honorees, click here. To read about all 2021-2022 Endowed Chair recipients collegewide, as well as about their projects, click here.  

The Endowed Chairs for Learning Leadership program has been established to recognize and promote academic excellence at Valencia College. The program honors outstanding members of the Valencia teaching faculty and provides resources needed for advancement of instruction at Valencia.

Learning Leadership Chairs have been established in two categories. Category I awards are awarded to faculty to fund a proposed learning experience that supports the mission, vision and values of Valencia College and has a connection to student learning. Category II awards provide funding for projects that enhance learning-centered activities and/or foster professional development departmentally, collegewide, within a discipline, or within the Central Florida community.

Valencia Voices Immigration Stories Project Receives Funding Through Grant

Friday, September 17, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Valencia College has been awarded a $4,200 Florida Humanities grant to support the Valencia Voices Project.

Valencia Voices: Oral Histories of Immigration in Osceola County–Archive, Exhibits and Forums will be under the direction of Mark McMeley, professor, humanities, and Ernesto Hernandez Colon, professor, humanities. The project builds on existing work of interviewing faculty, staff and students about their immigration experiences. This will bring the narratives to life through exhibits and forums to open lines of communication within the community, build understanding of the immigrant story and celebrate cultural diversity.

In 2018, Valencia initiated an oral history project, “Valencia Voices,” to record and preserve audio histories of Valencia students, faculty and staff who are immigrants to the United States. Students in humanities and history courses conduct these 30-minute interviews. Interviewees share personal stories about their families’ decisions to leave their home countries, the challenges and sometimes the trauma of emigration, and how they and their families manage cultural, occupational, linguistic and financial challenges of life in the United States and Osceola County. By recording and preserving these stories, the recent and unique period of foreign immigration into Kissimmee and the surrounding area is documented. It also constructs a permanent base on which to engage our community on issues of immigration, cultural diversity and assimilation. Recent interviews address the impact of the global pandemic on families in Osceola County. So far, Valencia students have conducted 100 interviews of their classmates, staff and faculty from Puerto Rico and 20 foreign nations.

Students in Valencia’s graphic arts programs will design the interpretive panels for the exhibit as part of their course work. The physical exhibit will launch at the Gallery of the Osceola Campus in January 2022, and then transfer to the Welcome Center at Osceola High School in February.

Managing Smart: A Toolkit for Returning to Campus

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve provided numerous articles to help guide you through many COVID-related challenges, like transitioning your team to a virtual environment, COVID reporting-protocols, where to get vaccinated and many, many more just-in-time topics. Our latest focus is returning to campus and all that goes along with that such as health and safety, where to get a vaccination, mental health resources, campus basics like getting a new parking pass, and transitioning to a hybrid work environment.

Here are our up-to-date, return-to-campus, as well as hybrid, resources that you can use to guide your team members with this latest transition.

Health and Safety at Valencia College


Mental Health

Campus Information

Hybrid and Remote Work

General Supervision 

For questions, contact Organizational Development and Human Resources at HR4U@valenciacollege.edu, or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

How the COVID-19 Case Management Team Determines a Quarantine

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Now that many of us have returned to campus, two of the top questions received by our COVID-19 case management team are, “what does close contact mean?” and “how do you determine who will be quarantined?” Learn the answers from COVID Case Manager Tanya Mahan below.

“After the COVID-19 case management team learns of a person who is COVID-19 positive or presumed positive (a combination of known exposure and symptoms), our team conducts an interview with the individual to determine their infectious period. The infectious period starts 48 hours before symptoms start,” Tanya explained. “During the interview, we also ask the person for any close contacts from the start of their infectious period to the last time they were on campus. Close contacts are anyone who was in that person’s six-foot bubble for a total of more than 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.”

After the COVID-19 case management team has a list of close contacts, the team members call those on the list to advise them of their exposure and identification as a close contact. Then, the case management team provides the following guidance based on the close contact’s vaccination status:

  • Close contacts who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine but must wear a mask for 14 days after the day of exposure and monitor for symptoms. If they have any symptoms, they should stay home and contact the COVID-19 case management team at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu.
  • Close contacts who are not vaccinated must quarantine for 14 days (with some early release options, pending testing).

Additionally, the case management team sends the supervisor of the COVID-19-positive or presumed-positive employee an FYI notification email template to share with anyone on the team who may have had brief contact (not close contact) with the individual. The case management team also sends this FYI notification template to faculty members to send to students in a class where an individual is COVD-19 positive or presumed positive.

If you find yourself feeling unwell and suspect you might be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. The College has continued to make available Emergency Paid Sick Leave, which provides up to two weeks of pay to employees for reasons related to COVID-19, including illness of self or care for a family member in the home who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Any student or employee who has a positive COVID diagnosis, has COVID-like symptoms, or has been in contact with someone who has a positive COVID diagnosis should contact Valencia’s COVID-19 case management team at COVIDillness@valenciacollege.edu for guidance before returning to campus.

Faculty and instructors, please encourage students who are feeling ill to stay home. View our Illness Reporting Protocol for Faculty When a Student Becomes Ill.

MyDevelopment Plan Is Here to Help You Support Your Employees’ Professional Growth

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A crucial part of your role as a supervisor is developing your team. To assist you and your employees with planning for development, the Employee Development team has created a new tool — MyDevelopment Plan.

MyDevelopment Plan is intended to help Valencia College employees identify and outline their knowledge, skills, abilities and short- and long-term professional goals. It is an intentional plan of action, acting as a roadmap for employees to support their career and professional development.

MyDevelopment Plan aids in aligning professional development efforts with the College’s mission, vision and objectives. Through MyDevelopment Plan, employees are offered a structured path to self-reflect, identify professional strengths and opportunities for development, develop goals and create a plan of action to achieve those goals.

Check out this article from July to learn more about how you can support yourself and your team members in their development journey.

MyDevelopment Plan is in the prototype phase, and the Employee Development Team is asking for any feedback or roadblocks you might experience while engaging with the plan. If you have any questions or would like support with MyDevelopment Plan, reach out to the Employee Development Team at employeedevelopment@valenciacollege.edu.

Take a Look at the Fall 2021 Employee Development Schedule

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Employee Development Team has partnered with colleagues across the College to curate a robust offering of both live and on-demand personal and professional development opportunities for supervisors and all Valencia College employees.

Supervisors, take a moment to register for the Fall Supervisor Series: Conversations on Equity and Inclusion. These conversations will be facilitated by the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) and promise to offer valuable insights into leading through an equity lens.

We also encourage you to sign up for the new session, Working with Hybrid Teams, where you can learn new ways to support your employees through the challenges that hybrid teams and dynamic environments can bring to the workplace. There will also be a session for employees to learn how to mitigate the stress associated with these challenges.

Have you missed any of the previous semester’s sessions? We have live offerings of some favorites like Workplace Harmony and Managing Change, as well as recordings from this year’s Summer Series. To register for these and many other sessions, click on the link below.

Please note that courses and learning sessions on the Employee Development Schedule are not eligible for Faculty Professional Development (PD) credit.

To view the full fall 2021 Employee Development Schedule with descriptions, along with links to register or launch courses and sessions, click the button below.

For assistance with the registration process or launching a course, please email the Employee Development team at orgdevelopment@valenciacollege.edu or call the HR4U helpline at 407-299-5000, extension HR4U (4748).

Formal Recognition Opportunities Available This Fall

Thursday, September 16, 2021 

A Message from Sam Dunham, Interim Director, Employee Development

As we continue to serve our students, institution and community, it is clear that we work with extraordinary colleagues at the College. Though it is great to identify employees’ superb work, supervisors can take even more proactive steps to ensure that our colleagues are recognized.

As you think about ways to recognize your team members this semester, I wanted to share the four formal recognition opportunities that will be available this fall. Please feel free to encourage your team members to nominate others and apply for these recognition opportunities themselves.

Education and Professional Development Leave (EPDL)

The purpose of this program is to provide an educational and professional opportunity for staff members to enhance their individual and professional effectiveness. Full-time, exempt and non-exempt staff and administrators with at least five years of continuous full-time, qualifying Valencia service and who are not in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) are eligible to apply for Education and Professional Development Leave.

For questions about EPDL, contact Natasha McIllmurray, coordinator, employee development, at nmcilmurray@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 1819.

Sabbatical Leave

The purpose of this program is to provide professional renewal for eligible faculty. Full-time, tenured faculty who have at least five years of continuous, qualifying Valencia service and who are not in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) are eligible to apply for Sabbatical Leave but must complete seven years of continuous, qualifying service before a Sabbatical Leave can commence.

For questions about Sabbatical, contact Jaclyn Taylor, coordinator, employee development, at jtaylor230@valenciacollege.edu, or 407-299-5000, extension 5567.

League Excellence Awards

The purpose of this award is to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Valencia College is proud to be able to participate in this recognition program. All nominees must be full-time employees of the College during the academic year for which they are nominated and must not have received the award within the last five years. Annually appointed faculty and tenure-track/tenured faculty are eligible. More information will be shared in The Juice and on The Grove.

  • Nomination Process Opens – Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Nomination Process Closes – Friday, October 22, 2021

For questions about the League Excellence Awards, contact Natasha McIllmurray, coordinator, employee development, at nmcilmurray@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 1819.

Innovation of the Year

The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty, staff and administrators who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies and activities that improve Valencia’s ability to serve students and the community. All nominees who designed and implemented the innovation program, practice, partnership, policy or activity must be full- or part-time employees of the college during the academic year for which they are nominated. More information will be shared in in The Juice and on The Grove.

  • Nomination Process Opens – Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Nomination Process Closes – Friday, January 14, 2022

For questions about the Innovation of the Year Award, please contact Jaclyn Taylor, coordinator, employee development, at jtaylor230@valenciacollege.edu, or 407-299-5000, extension 5567.

Supervisor Summit – Join Us Tomorrow

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Zoom

Supervisors, you’re invited to tomorrow’s Supervisor Summit, focused on Burn-out and Compassion Fatigue. Join Samuel Dunham, interim director, employee development, as he discusses how to get out of the stress cycle and what resources you have available.

A portion of the event will focus on timely updates, including information on the minimum wage increase plan and the Fall Supervisor Series.

To prime your thinking for the session, check out the LinkedIn Learning course, Well-being in the Workplace.

Also, to make the most of your Summit experience, be sure to update your Zoom. To update within the Zoom application, click on your photo or initials in the top right corner. Then, click “Check for Updates.” Updates will be completed automatically.

All Valencia College supervisors have received a meeting request in Microsoft Outlook. If you haven’t received the invitation, email Employee Development at employeedevelopment@valenciacollege.edu.