Monthly Archives: August 2022

September 11 Remembrance Events — 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Please note that this post will be updated as information about other campus events become available.

Join us as we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, recognize all who survived, and honor the sacrifices of the first responders and recovery workers through the following Valencia College events:


Student Development will release a 9/11 remembrance video that will honor those that were impacted by the tragic events that took place that day in 2001. This video will be released on the Student Development YouTube page on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 9 a.m.

East Campus

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 12 – 2 p.m. 
Location: East Campus, Mall Area (the lawn between buildings 3, 4 and 5)

Students will be provided with a blank paper as a canvas. On this paper, students will be able to write one word or a small sentence that describes how they feel as they reflect on the tragedy.

Osceola Campus

Date: Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time: All day
Location: Osceola Campus, Building A and Building 2 Atrium

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, forever changed the lives of ordinary people in the United States and worldwide. On that Tuesday morning, three thousand people lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C. and aboard an airliner that crashed in Pennsylvania. First responders worked in rescue efforts among toxic debris that imperiled their health and others joined in the American military operation in Afghanistan. Others protested the American wars in South Asia and the Middle East — conflicts that eventually led to America’s longest war and tens of thousands of more deaths. Religious minorities in America suffered harassment and sometimes violence. Few people were unaffected by the events of that day or the consequences that played out in the months and years ahead.

Valencia College’s Osceola Campus will reflect on the anniversary of September 2001 with a special exhibit that includes interpretive panels created by the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York. The exhibit also features the local reaction by Valencia students and staff, documented by the Humanities department at Osceola, on how September 11 impacted the lives of people at our College and in our community.

For more information, contact Mark McMeley, professor, humanities, at

Monthly Archives: August 2022

You’re Invited to an Advance Screening of ‘The Woman King’

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Valencia College faculty, staff and your families are invited to attend an advance screening of “The Woman King.

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Regal Winter Park, 510 N Orlando Ave., Winter Park 

Releasing in theaters everywhere on Friday, September 16, 2022, “The Woman King” is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen. Inspired by true events, “The Woman King” follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca (Oscar-winner Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. “Some things are worth fighting for…”

Click here to claim your tickets while supplies last.

If needed, input code: TWKVALENCIA

Please remember to arrive early. Seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.

Watch a trailer for the movie below:

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Culinary and Hospitality Hosts Fall 2022 Open House for New Students

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Culinary and Hospitality department kicked off the new academic year with an Open House for new students and their families on Friday, August 19, 2022, at the Walt Disney World Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.

Professor of Culinary Management and Program Chair of the School of Culinary and Pastry Management Ken Bourgoin provided an exclusive tour of the culinary and baking kitchen labs. Career Program Advisors Rita Maldonado and Jen Bhagirath provided all new students overviews of the program curriculum and term-by-term course planning.

To learn more about these programs, visit the Hospitality and Culinary website.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Now Showing Our Puma Pride on Campus

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

You can now tell we’re #PumaProud on our campuses! Over the past month, Valencia College’s Marketing team has been busy rolling out a series of Puma flags, building banners and lamppost signs across our campuses, so they’d be in place to welcome students on the first day of classes.

That’s seven flags, nine building banners and 177 lamppost signs to be exact on our East, Osceola, Lake Nona, Poinciana, West and Winter Park Campuses, as well as the School of Public Safety. And if you’re located at the Downtown Campus, yours are coming soon.

So go ahead and share a selfie with our new Puma signage, and be sure to tag it #PumaProud.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Embrace the Bold With the 2022-2023 Arts Season

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

This season, the Valencia College School of Arts and Entertainment presents a varied and exciting slate of performances and events to showcase the emerging talents of our students, as well as those of faculty and guest artists.

Highlights of the lineup include our Theatre department’s performances of “Young Frankenstein,” “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika,” “Peter and the Star Catcher” and “Sharknami: The Musical.”

Our student and faculty musicians have some spooky music planned for their Symphonic/Jazz Band Halloween Concert, as well as some holiday jingles in the Winter Choral Concert and Music Department Holiday Show.

Check out our dance students’ choreography during the Choreographers’ Showcase as well as their always high-energy performances in the Valencia Spring Dance Concert.

East Campus’ Anita S. Wooten Gallery has five exhibits planned, such as “Affliction: Photographs by Natalie Diienno and Nika De Carlo,” as well as our faculty and student exhibits, “Selected Fine Arts Faculty” and “Annual Juried Student Exhibition.”

And mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Film Celebration that will take place this spring.

As a Valencia College employee, you receive discounted tickets on all theatre, dance and film events. For the best deal on theatre and dance performances, purchase a four-pack or eight-pack Flex Pass. For ticket prices and Flex Pass details, click here. All music performances and exhibits at the Anita S. Wooten Gallery are free.

View the full season lineup in the 2022-2023 Arts Season Brochure.

To purchase tickets, click here, or call the Valencia College Box Office at 407-582-2900.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Visit the Anita S. Wooten Gallery Collection of Photographs: Affliction

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The East Campus’ Anita S. Wooten Gallery will display “Affliction,” a collection of photographs by Natalie Diienno and Nika De Carlo — brought to Valencia College by guest curator Jacob Rodriguez at Faith Arts Village Orlando.

The photographs in the exhibit showcase the body by exploring its medicalization and surgical intervention as well as addiction and all that goes along with it, including loss, pain, but also love.

“Both Natalie and Nika create work that is equally intimate, but they’re not portraits in the way that one expects. And yet they are. In some ways, they’re self-portraits,” said Carlye Frank, professor, art, and gallery curator. “They’re telling stories; they’re ambiguous, they’re confrontational and they’re very challenging — each in their own separate ways. And I love the lighting in Nika’s work. It’s like 1970s Renaissance style. It’s wonderful.”

The exhibit will open on Thursday, September 8 and will run through Friday, October 14, 2022, and the exhibition can be viewed during regular gallery hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.

To celebrate the artists’ work, Valencia will hold an opening reception. The event is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The artists’ talk will start at 7 p.m. 
Location: East Campus, Anita S. Wooten Gallery, Building 3, Room 112

For questions, contact Carlye at or 407-582-2178.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Cybersecurity: How to Create Strong Passwords

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

A Message from Patrick Criss, Director, Information Security 

The most important first step to your online security is to have strong passwords. Make sure you are creating distinct passwords for each account and not falling into the bad habit of using the same login credentials for multiple accounts.

The longer the password, the harder it is to crack. Using two-factor or multi-factor authentication (MFA) with a strong password is a good practice. MFA is a security system that verifies a user’s identity with a second credential beyond a user’s password.

Additionally, we recommend using a password manager that you may download to personal devices to securely save, remember and auto-fill your passwords.

Click here for tips for creating strong passwords and information on password managers.

If you have questions on strong passwords, contact the Office of Information Technology help desk to learn about the available options. Submit a request for the OIT Service Desk online, via email at or by phone at 407-582-5555.

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Ask Nurse Jessica: Where Do I Go When Every Doctor Has a Wait List?

Monday, August 29, 2022

A Message from Jessica Johnson, UnitedHealthcare Nurse Liaison 

Since joining Valencia College as your full-time UnitedHealthcare (UHC) nurse liaison, I’ve received numerous questions about how I can help you and your family make better healthcare decisions, provide support and clarification on UHC benefits; demonstrate how to navigate UHC tools and resources; refer you to appropriate wellness programs and services; provide support for chronic illnesses. 

This column is designed to answer those questions. If you would like to ask a question, simply email me with “Ask Nurse Jessica” in the subject line. Submissions will be anonymous in The Juice and The Grove and will be addressed as they are received. 

As more people are starting to reschedule routine care that was postponed during the COVID-19 crisis, patients are finding it difficult to make new patient appointments in popular primary care and specialty offices. As a result, here’s a question that I’m now being asked regularly:

I can’t get in to see a doctor as a new patient for a month or more. They all have a long wait. Do you have any suggestions?

The good thing is that the healthcare industry is constantly growing, and there are many different options for receiving accurate and cost-effective care without long wait times. Some of the options I recommend to members who call me asking for assistance in finding a new provider without the wait is to utilize medical groups and telehealth services, and be open to being seen by physician assistants/nurse practitioners. Let’s look at these further so you have a full understanding of how beneficial these care providers can be.

First, let me explain the differences between a private practice and a medical group.

Private Practice

In private practice, a physician practices alone without any partners, or only a couple of partners, and typically with minimal support staff. Physicians who are a part of an independent practice have more freedom than doctors in a specific medical group because they’re independent and most likely own the practice themselves. This means you may get more personal service unique to your needs. Doctors can prescribe any medication and refer you to any other doctor. The downfall to independent practitioners is that their practices are often very busy with long wait times for appointments or they may not even be accepting new patients.

Group Practice

An alternate option is to be a patient in a group practice. A group practice involves two or more physicians providing medical care within the same facility. They utilize the same personnel and may consist of providers from a single specialty or multiple specialties. Benefits of selecting a group practice for your healthcare may include:

  • Health care professionals working together to get a better understanding of the patient’s health. This can lead to improved patient experiences and health outcomes.
  • Ready access to medical imaging facilities and labs that solo practice physicians do not.
  • Many locations, so you are likely to be able to find an office convenient to you.
  • All of the doctors in the group use the same records across the system, so patients don’t have to wait for access.
  • A provider is always available to see you. It can be difficult to see a solo practice physician if they are booked up, away, or for some other reason, unavailable. You have more options, however, when your doctor is part of a group practice. If your doctor is busy, away, or unavailable, there are other healthcare professionals that you can see in the meantime.
  • Usually have relationships and privileges in the local hospitals, so if you are ever hospitalized, the medical group physicians can come and see you while admitted. If a physician does not have privileges at a hospital that you are admitted to, then you are assigned a hospital physician to lead in your care while you are there.

A few of the many group practices located throughout the Orlando area that are in network with Valencia College’s health care plan are:

You can log in to and search for “Medical Groups” for additional options or contact me and I can assist further.

Another advantage of choosing a medical group practice for your care is that most offices hire physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners (NP) to assist in caring for their patients, which decreases long wait times to be seen in the office. These providers are qualified and legally empowered to see patients needing medical care. They possess extensive training and expertise. And you can usually secure an appointment with a qualified, capable PA or NP much sooner than you can with a doctor.

PAs and NPs can conduct physical examinations, treat illnesses, order and analyze laboratory tests, educate and counsel patients, make rounds in hospitals and so much more. In most states, they are allowed to prescribe medications if their supervising physician approves them to do so.

Most doctors have staggering patient caseloads. They’re booked solid and are under pressure to provide the best patient care — in the least amount of time — so they can fit in all the patients they’re scheduled to see in a day. When you see a PA or NP, you’ll often find that they are less rushed and more willing to spend time answering your questions and discussing your concerns. You’ll typically be able to secure an appointment much sooner than with a doctor. And because a doctor oversees the PA and NP, you’ll have the benefit of two highly trained medical professionals evaluating your care.

When you or a family member needs medical attention sooner rather than later, making an appointment with a PA or NP is often a smart way to proceed.

Telehealth/Virtual Visits

The next option I want to mention is telehealth or as we refer to them at UHC, “Virtual Visits.” While this isn’t really a type of healthcare facility, it is worth mentioning as an excellent option for receiving convenient care. Telehealth refers to the use of electronic communication technology to facilitate long-distance health care and health education. Many people lack easy access to physicians and specialty clinics. Whether through long wait times, their physical location, physical ability, living situation or transportation choices, many patients have a hard time getting to a medical practitioner face to face, making virtual visits an ideal option even for patients.

When you log into a virtual visit, the doctor or nurse practitioner can prescribe medications, suggest home care strategies or recommend additional medical care. You can also use virtual care for many types of visits like common urgent care needs, primary care needs, behavioral health appointments and even specialty care. You can read more about the different types of virtual visits and how to access them here.

A few other options when seeking care without a long wait can be to visit the following:


The definition of a clinic is “a facility for diagnosis and treatment of outpatients.” There are many healthcare facilities that fit that definition across a wide variety of treatment specialties. Many people go to a clinic for routine doctor’s appointments and checkups. The goal of these clinics is to give people preventative care and important diagnoses with as much convenience as possible. That goal has also led to “walk-in” clinics becoming situated in grocery and convenience stores, malls and even airports. These clinics allow patients to get a flu shot or receive a prescription without making an appointment at their physician’s office. While many medical providers believe that a continued relationship with a provider is better for patients’ long-term health, the speed, convenience and sometimes lower cost of a walk-in clinic can be ideal for a quick need.

Imaging and Radiology Centers

These facilities, much like their hospital counterparts, offer diagnostic imaging services to patients. Diagnostic imaging includes CT scans, ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs and more. While hospitals and clinics have imaging centers, outpatient facilities help lower costs and allow more convenient scheduling for patients.

Orthopedic Centers

Orthopedic medicine deals with muscles and bones. They typically offer evaluation and diagnosis of the problem, as well as prevention, treatment and rehabilitation work involving bone, tendon, ligament, muscle and joint conditions. They usually have radiology capabilities in their facilities, can set and cast broken bones and much more. Many have walk-in clinics and weekend options as well.

Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a private independent practitioner as your primary care physician, if you are having trouble getting an appointment within a reasonable time frame and are looking for other options, all of the above mentioned options provide accurate, safe and convenient care while allowing you to choose an option that works best for you and your family.

If you have any more questions or would like further assistance in finding a healthcare provider, group, specialty or virtual care information, please contact me at or 407- 866-8134.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

You’re Invited To Participate in the Suicide Awareness Walk/Run/Roll

Monday, August 29, 2022

Every 11 minutes, one person dies by suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and Valencia College counselors are hosting a virtual Suicide Awareness Walk/Run/Roll to complete any time in September at your own pace. Although this is a heavy topic, it is more important than ever to shine a light on suicide prevention. Suicide is a national health problem that currently ranks as the second leading cause of death for college students. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation.

This virtual event is to help spread awareness on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. Throughout the entire month of September, Valencia College employees and their families are encouraged to join in this opportunity to complete a 5k, 10k or half-marathon run/walk/roll initiative at their own pace. No payment is required to participate.

For more information, including registration information, click this link for the event flyer.

If you participate in the event, please share to social media with #ValenciaRunsForAPurpose and #RunsForAPurpose. There’s even a Facebook group that you can join with other Valencians who are also completing this walk/run/roll.

For more information and resources supporting mental health, click here.

Monthly Archives: August 2022

Old Sneakers? Donate Them to the VHS Sneaker Donation Drive

Monday, August 29, 2022

A Message from Rita Maldonado, Coordinator, Career Program Advisor 

Do you have extra sneakers laying around? Donate them to Downtown Campus Valencia Hospitality Society (VHS) Sneaker Donation Drive.

In partnership with the organization, Got Sneakers, which aims to reduce waste in landfills and repurpose shoes, through Saturday, October 15, 2022, VHS is collecting gently used sneakers that will be exchanged in a fundraising effort for club activities.

Where to Donate
Drop off your sneakers in the collection box on the Downtown Campus in UnionWest, on the fourth floor, in Room 414. Or, interoffice your pairs to Rita Maldonado, coordinator, career program advisor, at mail code: DTC-2.

What Kinds of Shoes?
We’re seeking sneakers, cleats (rubber only), and running, basketball, gym, training, lifestyle, casual and hiking shoes. Please note that shoes must be a minimum 4 ½ inches from heel to toe. Please do not send any non-athletic footwear including but not limited to dress shoes, heels, rain boots, sandals, slip-ons, water socks, wedges or work boots.

Accepted Brands
We’re seeking sneakers from the following brands: Adidas, Altra, APL, Asics, Brooks, Columbia, Converse All-Stars, Fila, Hoka One One, Jordan, Keen, Merrell, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, On, Reebok, Salomon, SAS, Saucony, Skechers, Under Armour, Vans and Puma (although we understand if you don’t want to give up your Pumas).

For a flyer to post in your area, click here. 

For questions, contact Rita at or 407-582-5270.