Week of August 7 – 13, 2016
A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses
During the recent Florida Engineering Society (FES)/Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Annual Summer Conference, held Thursday, August 4 – Saturday, August 6, 2016, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Valencia College chapter of the FES was presented two prestigious awards.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Valencia chapter was named the most active chapter among two-year engineering programs in Florida. The award signifies the chapter’s hard work increasing membership, executing quality events and achieving the highest standard of work in the engineering field.
The chapter’s advisor, Charles Davis, adjunct professor, math and engineering, was also recognized for his hard work. For the third consecutive year, Charles was named the Engineering Faculty Member of the Year. The award recognizes Charles’ dedication to educating future engineers through advising, teaching and serving on various boards. During the conference, he also graduated from the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute.
Valencia is proud of the chapter’s accomplishments and its continued commitment to raising the bar for engineering education across the state of Florida.
Week of July 31 – August 6, 2016
A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Veteran East Campus Business Professor Walter Martin received three outstanding Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) awards from The Heart of Florida United Way on Monday, June 27, 2016.
Among the awards that Walter received was the Tenure Award for The Volunteer with the Most Years of VITA Service as he initiated the VITA program on East Campus 14 years ago. This program provides practical experience for students and real-world taxpayer interactions, while helping our community with tax preparation services.
“I have only words of praise for all of my volunteer certified tax preparers who come back year after year to give back,” said Walter. “Each year, the program features newly certified tax preparers who make time in their busy college schedules to volunteer and give back to the community. So the award is not for me, but for the volunteers who make it possible.”
In addition to Walter’s award, Valencia also received two additional honors: an excellence award for the VITA site upholding the highest standard of excellence and an impact award for the VITA site with the most filed and accepted returns.
Carin Gordon, dean, business, information technology and public services, said, “Professor Walter Martin is an unsung hero for his VITA work — he has spent many Saturdays, trained many students and made a difference for so many in the community. These awards are well-deserved.”