April 2017 Kudos

Week of April 23 – 29, 2017

Valencia Graduate Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Any avid viewer of culinary TV series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” has likely considered dropping everything, loading the car and driving cross country to taste a culinary masterpiece featured on the Food Network TV show. This is good news for Orlando and, more specifically, for Valencia graduate Trina Gregory-Propst, who was recently served some Food Network fame via a spot on Guy’s show.

Trina’s Se7en Bites bakery, housed in Orlando’s Milk District, was recently featured in the tenth episode of the show’s 26th season. The episode, which featured an all-female lineup, was coined “Wonder Women” and aired on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The episode also featured The Meatball Stoppe, another family-run Orlando restaurant.

Click here to learn more about the episode, including a schedule of upcoming airings.

Week of April 9 – 15, 2017

Lake Nona Campus Celebrates Faculty Authors

Left to right, Debra Hollister, Brian Macon and Andrew Piercy

Our Lake Nona Campus faculty enjoyed their second annual “Publication Cake” on Thursday, April 13, 2017, to celebrate faculty who had published during the year. Congratulations to our faculty authors!

Brian Macon, professor, mathematics

Debra Hollister, professor, psychology

Andrew Piercy, professor, biology

Susan Ingersoll, professor, biotechnology

Michael Wheaton, professor, English

Dr. Shugart Named One of the Winners of the 2017 McGraw Prize in Education

Congratulations to Valencia College President Sandy Shugart, who was named the 2017 McGraw Prize in Education U.S. Higher Education winner for demonstrating a stellar model of community college change that is increasing graduation rates and helping large numbers of Hispanic students succeed. He will receive an award of $50,000 and an iconic McGraw Prize bronze sculpture.

The prize recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through new approaches. It is administered through an alliance between McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University (ASU), and began in 2015.

Three winners were recognized in one of three categories. Besides Dr. Shugart’s U.S. Higher Education prize, Christine Cunningham, founder and director of Engineering is Elementary at the Museum of Science in Boston won the U.S. K-12 Education prize, and Chris Anderson, curator of TED, the non-profit that produces TED Talks, is receiving the International Education Award.

“These three educational leaders are inspiring examples of how passion, hard work and an innovative spirit can combine to create tremendous results,” said Harold McGraw III, former chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies. “We’re proud to honor them as we have so many other illustrious McGraw Prize in Education winners over the years.”

The winners will be recognized during the 2017 ASU GSV Summit in Salt Lake City in May.

West Campus Model United Nations Honored at Conference

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses

Valencia’s West Campus Model United Nations (MUN) has received an award for an outstanding position paper, written from the perspective of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, at the Southern Regional Model UN conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, held Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1, 2017. The conference is highly competitive with many colleges and universities in attendance. Awards are given based on exceptional position papers and effective diplomatic skills.

Valencia students in attendance included Dylan Florencz, Alyssa Jaime, Kadijah Cormier, Malou Celander, Mohammad Haider and Club President JJ Merilan.

Besides the Kingdom of the Netherlands paper, the MUN students are applauded for their excellent research and writing on preventing gender-based sexual violence; promoting universal access for sustainable and modern energy; food security in economically impoverished areas; enhancing economic development with information and communication technologies; ending discrimination against children with disabilities; and protecting the rights of children during armed conflict.

MUN is an academic club on West, East and Osceola Campuses, focused on world issues, events and politics, simulating the actual operations of the United Nations. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to join, especially those who are interested in international law, health, human rights or business. MUN is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their skills in writing, public speaking and the art of diplomacy and mediation.

For more information, contact MUN Advisers Professors of Political Science Adrienne Mathews at amathews1@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 1008 or Tyler Branz at tbranz@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000 extension 1429.

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