April 2018 Kudos

Week of April 22-28, 2018

Congratulations to the Innovation of the Year Award Winning Team

Congratulations to the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award winning team for its work on the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Computer Equipment Program. Team members include:

  • Gerald Hensel, professor computer programming analysis;
  • Heith Hennel, professor, information technology;
  • Dennis Hunchuck, professor computer programming and analysis;
  • Carin Gordon, dean, business, information technology and public service;
  • John Slot, vice president, information technology and chief information officer;
  • Eda Davis-Lowe, programs director, STEM;
  • Jackie Lasch, assistant vice president, financial services;
  • Keith Hill, director, campus technology services; and
  • Melvin Moodie, information technology manager.

Two years ago, student and Technology Club member Richard Haynes asked if if was possible to take Valencia’s obsolete computers and refurbish them for students who need a computer and can’t afford to purchase one. At the time, however, the project did not move forward. A year later, our award-winning team met with representatives from the Office of Information Technology, Legal, Finance, LSAMP and the Valencia Tech Club, and, collaboratively, these teams developed the program. Now, selected LSAMP students can enjoy increased flexibility as they complete their coursework on their own laptops, while technology students receive hands-on experience working with computer hardware and software.

Technology students complete a rigorous assignment, called Build Your Dream Computer, to learn the foundations of troubleshooting before they may participate in the refurbishment program. For this assignment, students must research prices for a computer part, compatibility and how the part works. This leads to having quality student technicians that fully understand the computer repair field and enables them to refurbish old computers and ensure that they will be useful to the students who will receive them.

To qualify for a computer, LSAMP students are required to complete an application that demonstrates their participation in the LSAMP program, whether they have access to a computer at home, their financial need and if they have military service. The application is then scored on each of these areas, as well as the quality of the application.

During the first six months of this program, the Technology Club refurbished and donated 50 computers. For more information on the LSAMP Computer Equipment Program, click here.

The LSAMP Computer Equipment Program was selected as Valencia’s Innovation of the Year Award winner by a representative group of peers, and it has been submitted to the League for Innovation for national recognition. The recipients will have the opportunity to present at the 2019 Innovations Conference. For more information about the Innovation of the Year Awards, click here.

Please join us in congratulating the award winners in the comments below.

Lake Nona’s Annual Publication Celebration

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

The Lake Nona Campus celebrates faculty and staff who have works published during the year.

This year, the campus celebrated Michael Wheaton, professor, English, who published “ Two Shootings” in Sinkhole Magazine, on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Way to go, Micheal.


Week of April 15-21, 2018

Falecia Williams One of 35 College Presidents to Receive PTK Award

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will recognize West and Downtown Campus President Falecia Williams with a Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction during its annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri, Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21, 2018. She is one of only 35 college presidents to receive the award.

The award honors college presidents who have demonstrated outstanding effort toward promoting the goals of PTK, and is named in honor of the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, longtime chair of the PTK Board of Directors and president emeritus of Highline College in Washington.

For a list of all 2018 award recipients, visit the PTK website.


Week of April 1- 7, 2018

Shara Lee Selected as a Facilitator for the Experiential Education Academy

Congratulations to Shara Lee, director, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana faculty and instructional development, by the National Society for Experiential Education to facilitate Experiential Education Academy(EEA) courses across the country.

The EEA is an academy dedicated to empowering faculty to transform student lives through an experiential learning curriculum. As an EEA instructor, Shara will facilitate courses, such Fundamentals of Experiential Education and Principles of Ethical and Best Practices, at institutions across the country. Already, she has facilitated sessions at Robert Morris University in Chicago, and she looks forward to presenting at more universities and colleges in the coming months.

Shara graduated from the EEA in 2013 and earned the 2013 NSEE Dissertation of the Year award.

Join us in congratulating Shara on this accomplishment via the comments section below.


  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations Shara!

    AMWed, 04 Apr 2018 08:28:17 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:28:17 +0000am18,8:28 am

  • Resham Shirsat said:

    Congratulations Shara 🙂

    AMWed, 04 Apr 2018 08:58:35 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:58:35 +0000am18,8:58 am

  • Allie Yadav said:

    Congrats, Shara!

    AMWed, 04 Apr 2018 09:23:00 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:23:00 +0000am18,9:23 am

  • Alexander Rivera said:

    Way to go Shara!

    AMWed, 04 Apr 2018 09:32:38 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:32:38 +0000am18,9:32 am

  • Jocelyn M. said:


    PMWed, 04 Apr 2018 12:55:05 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:55:05 +0000pm18,12:55 pm

  • Lisa Gray said:

    Congratulations Shara!!!!!!!!!!!

    PMWed, 04 Apr 2018 14:35:55 +0000Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:35:55 +0000pm18,2:35 pm

  • Sally Leslie said:

    many congratulations, Shara! You are such an inspirational and energetic presence – I am so glad to hear you have been chosen for this important work!

    AMTue, 17 Apr 2018 09:58:45 +0000Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:58:45 +0000am18,9:58 am

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams!!! What a well deserved honor from PTK!!

    PMTue, 17 Apr 2018 17:18:41 +0000Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:18:41 +0000pm18,5:18 pm

  • Janice Callaway said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams!!! A well deserved honor!

    AMWed, 18 Apr 2018 10:28:26 +0000Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:28:26 +0000am18,10:28 am

  • Warda said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams and Shara! So wonderful to read about their achievements!

    AMWed, 18 Apr 2018 10:56:43 +0000Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:56:43 +0000am18,10:56 am

  • Kelly Moore said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams and Shara!
    Truly outstanding, way to go!

    PMWed, 18 Apr 2018 17:23:49 +0000Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:23:49 +0000pm18,5:23 pm

  • Stanton said:

    Awesome job! Congrats. ?

    PMTue, 24 Apr 2018 20:21:45 +0000Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:21:45 +0000pm18,8:21 pm

  • Jocelyn M. said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams and Shara!

    PMThu, 26 Apr 2018 14:45:34 +0000Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:45:34 +0000pm18,2:45 pm

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