April 2013 Kudos

Rock ‘n Roll Benefit Concert Raises Funds to Fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease

rogue-scholars-border-270wAt their spring Rock ‘n Roll Benefit Concert on April 12, the Rogue Scholars raised $1,200 in honor of the parent of a Phi Theta Kappa officer who recently passed away after a battle with Amyotrophic Later Sclerosis (ALS) – often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Proceeds will go to the ALS Association.

This was the last Rogue Scholars’ Rock ‘n Roll Benefit Concert on Osceola Campus, and the band wishes to thank the college for continued support. You can find out more about the Rogue Scholars on the band’s Facebook page.

Amanda Kern Awarded Scholarship at Photoshop World Conference and Expo

Amanda Kern Dean Award_GroveOn April 17, Amanda Kern, professor of graphics technology, was awarded the Dean Collins Photoshop World Educational Scholarship, which is a special educational photography scholarship that is only open for nominations as part of the East Coast Photoshop World Conference.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one high school or college educator nominated by his or her students. It not only provides the recipient with the opportunity to attend Photoshop World and learn the latest cutting-edge Photoshop techniques, but also a chance to discover effective, new teaching methods from the greatest Photoshop and digital graphics educators in the world.

Kudos, Amanda!

Spring Break 2013 Energy Shutdown Competition Winners

Five departments participated in this year’s Spring Break energy shut down competition for a chance to win a pizza party. “Each department did such a fabulous job (i.e. unplugging equipment, blinds closed, computers off, refrigerators cleaned out, unplugged and left open) that each was recognized as a winner,” said Patti Riva, operations manager of the Energy Education program.

The winning departments are:

  • East Campus Math Department
  • East Campus Answer Center
  • Lake Nona Campus Staff
  • West Campus Department of Architecture, Engineering and Technology
  • CJI Human Resources Employee Records

“We appreciate everyone’s participation whenever the college has an extended break,” Patti expressed. “It is everyone’s efforts that allow us to continue capturing savings, totaling $1,300,000 since the program began in 2011.”

Elisha Gonzalez-Bonnewitz Recognized by Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association

Elisha (right) with Lizett Valarino, a former board president for HAPBWA

On March 27, 2013 Elisha Gonzalez-Bonnewitz, executive director of Valencia’s Take Stock in Children Program, was recognized by the Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association, and received the Community Support Award for extraordinary commitment and service to our community.

Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association (HAPBWA) was founded in 1997 as a nonprofit  organization dedicated to helping promote career driven women to market themselves better in today’s world. Congratulations, Elisha!

Katy Moore Recognized for Best Teaching Chat

Katy Moore, learning resources director for the Winter Park Campus, was recently recognized by Ask-A-Librarian, a statewide library service that provides reference assistance for students from colleges statewide, in the category of “Best Teaching Chat” for September 2012.

Katy was nominated by her colleagues for this award, which is disseminated monthly by Ask-A-Librarian in the categories of: Best Brief Chat, Best Detailed Chat, and Best Teaching Chat.

Read the excerpt below from the award review panel about Katy’s performance:

Katherine was a superstar! She found articles for the patron, then walked her through how to get them for herself. When they experienced a hiccup in the log-in Katherine gave contact info to have it fixed and waited until the patron returned so they could continue the search. In the end Katherine decided to email her resulting articles to the patron directly to avoid that research burn-out that comes from frustrating access issues. This was one of the best teaching chats I’ve had the pleasure to read.

West Campus CSA Presents Grapevine Award to Donald Dupree

Donald DuPree (left) with his supervisor, Carmine La Pietra (right)

Donald DuPree, audio visual specialist, was recently presented with the Career Staff Association (CSA) Grapevine Award for his outstanding service in the audio/visual department on West Campus.

Donald was nominated by his colleague Aaron Powell, professor of English as a second language (ESL), because of his “great help” assisting with classroom technology over the years. Whenever there is a projection failure or camera issue, Donald has come to the aid quickly, and always with great kindness.  Donald’s numerous contributions have allowed for Aaron’s classes to run smoothly when they would otherwise have hit a major snag.

The West Campus CSA was proud to present the Grapevine Award to Donald for his outstanding performance and representing our organization admirably.


  • Jorge Soto said:

    Donald: Well Done! Congratulations!! ~Jorge

    PMTue, 02 Apr 2013 18:57:45 +0000Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:57:45 +0000pm13,6:57 pm

  • Rachel Gibson said:

    I just had Donald help me with a classroom task the other day. Such a pleasent person, so glad to he is recognized for his good work.

    AMWed, 03 Apr 2013 09:37:15 +0000Wed, 03 Apr 2013 09:37:15 +0000am13,9:37 am

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