Monthly Archives: October 2021

Event Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, October 1, 2021

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

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, between Building 4 and the Clock Tower

Student Development will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an event on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held on the Osceola Campus, between Building 4 and the Clock Tower.

Featuring dancers and activities, with music by DJ Orlando, the event will offer an opportunity to learn about Hispanic heritage and culture.

FUN FACT: Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: How much do you know about Hispanic heritage and culture? Take this Washington Post quiz, and let us know in the comments what you learned.

Monthly Archives: October 2021

LGBTQ+ Activist to Speak on Lessons from Pulse, 5 Years Later

Friday, October 1, 2021

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

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Brandon Wolf, an activist on issues of LGBTQ+ equality, gun safety and progressive politics, will speak next week, in a virtual event hosted by Mark McMeley, professor, humanities.

A survivor of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Brandon has committed his life to honoring victims of injustice with action. He is a frequent face on MSNBC and CNN and a featured voice in CNN digital, Newsweek, USA Today and others.

Brandon Wolf is a nationally recognized advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and gun violence prevention. In this talk, he explores his passion for social change following the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in 2016.

He has been recognized as one of Huffington Post’s 30 LGBTQ Influencers under 30, Business Equality Magazine’s 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40, and a Monette-Horwitz Trust Awardee. Brandon was a national surrogate for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Campaign and an advisory committee member for President Biden’s General Election bid. He is a co-founder, board member, and current vice president of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces in schools for LGBTQ youth, provides college funding and enables champions in the fight for equality.

Monthly Archives: October 2021

SAT, ACT Testing Dates Are Coming Up for High School, Dual Enrollment Students

Friday, October 1, 2021

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

Orange County Public Schools and the School District of Osceola County will be hosting SAT and ACT tests on their high school sites for 11th- and 12th-grade students on Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Faculty are encouraged to work with students who might need to miss class to partake in these test days. For many of our students, it is the only opportunity to test at no cost.

For questions, contact Mike Bosley, executive dean, Lake Nona Campus, and interim director dual enrollment.

Monthly Archives: October 2021

Art Show Highlights Student and Faculty Work

Friday, October 1, 2021

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

The Osceola Art Gallery is hosting the “Welcome Back! Student and Faculty Art Show.” This art show focuses on welcoming back students and faculty, with art created by students and faculty from the Osceola Campus.

The art show will be available for viewing in person from Monday, October 11 through Monday, December 13, 2021, in the Osceola Art Gallery, Osceola Campus in Building A. Virtual access is also available through this link.

For more information contact Karen Owens, professor, humanities, or call the Humanities Department at 407-582-4108 or 407-582-4904.

Visit the Humanities Digital Venue for additional opportunities.

Monthly Archives: October 2021

It’s Time to Nominate a Colleague for the League Excellence Awards

Friday, October 1, 2021

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the League for Innovation in the Community College established the League Excellence Awards — formerly the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards — in 2012. These awards are open to League Alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. Recipients are recognized in a series of activities and promotions and honored at special events at the League’s Innovations conference each spring.

All full-time employees of the College, including full-time faculty (i.e. annually appointed faculty, tenure-track and tenured) and staff, are eligible to be nominated for this honor, provided they have not received the award in the last five years.

Each president has established the following criteria for nominations:

East and Winter Park Campuses’ Criteria:

  • Contributes to the advancement of innovation and creativity on East and Winter Park Campuses.
  • Provides leadership through participation in divisional, campus and collegewide initiatives.
  • Exhibits expertise/scholarship in his/her specific field/discipline and work.
  • Demonstrates outstanding contributions to campus and college learning communities.

Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses’ Criteria:

  • Exhibits spirit of innovation that goes “above and beyond” what’s expected.
  • Recognizes that our students are amazing and demonstrates a commitment to helping them reach their full potential.
  • Makes a significant contribution to creating the right conditions to support learning on campus.

West and Downtown Campuses’ Criteria:

  • Demonstrates innovation and creativity for improving learning at the West and Downtown Campuses.
  • Advances expertise or the scholarship of teaching and learning in their field/discipline or area of work.
  • Contributes significantly to achieving remarkable outcomes for a division, campus or collegewide initiative.
  • Strengthens partnerships with external organizations and agencies to improve student access, retention, and completion.

Please consider nominating a worthy colleague before Friday, October 22, 2021.

For details about eligibility, selection, nomination and recognition, click here.

For additional information, call your campus president’s office:

  • East and Winter Park Campuses: 407-582-2216
  • Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses: 321-682-4101
  • West and Downtown Campuses: 407-582-5588