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A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Greetings, East and Winter Park faculty and staff,
As we close out the first week of April, I am awestruck by what our faculty and staff have accomplished in response to the coronavirus, which has led to circumstances beyond what we could have ever imagined at the start of our spring 2020 term.
I sincerely thank all of our campus communities for the adaptability, courage, strength, innovation and thoughtful engagement they have demonstrated. We are all in this together. I appreciate how many of you have responded to the immediate needs of our students and have called them to see how they are doing. To date, we have spoken on the phone to more than 13,000 Valencia students. This is incredible!
Many of us are not only working from home but also doing so with other responsibilities — including the added layer of having our school-aged children at home with us. I absolutely loved this week’s Juice article, Creatively Thinking about Structuring Your Workday with Children regarding how to approach being home with our children and helping them with their learning while balancing our own work and sanity. Not to mention preserving precious time to be present with one another at home to connect, laugh, play and commune with nature.
Thanks to Director of Organization Design and Developent Katie Tagye’s recent article, my husband and I have incorporated more creativity within our daily schedule and are now using a whiteboard with a mix of kindergarten learning goals and other activities of my son’s choosing. I look forward to hearing about your success strategies as well.
Starting next week, I will begin hosting a series of virtual Town Hall meetings in Zoom to occur every few weeks. The first meeting will take place on Friday, April 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. (WP Town Hall Meeting) and at 12 p.m. (East Campus Town Hall Meeting). This will be an opportunity for us to connect regarding college updates, as well as a time to ask questions and check in with one another. A Zoom invite will be sent to your Valencia email next week with the meeting password. In the meantime, I would like to remind you all to refer to Valencia’s COVID-19 website for updated announcements and FAQs.
I sincerely want to thank our Academic Affairs and the Organizational Communications teams that help coordinate and write our Campus Concentrate. This month’s edition was written and edited prior to spring break, and we thought a lot about whether to publish our Concentrate as usual. My feeling is that the infinite accomplishments of our campus communities still need to be illuminated and shared and will only continue to fuel the innovation, creativity and dedication to learning that our faculty and staff radiate — even in our most challenging days.
Please continue to take good care of yourself and loved ones. I look forward to seeing you soon in forthcoming virtual meetings!