August Kudos

Orlando, Winter Park Declare August 27 “Valencia College Day”

August 27 is now “Valencia College Day” for the cities of Orlando and Winter Park. Both cities made proclamations to honor Valencia for its contributions to their communities.

Valencia College’s president, Sandy Shugart, accepted the proclamation from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer at this month’s Orlando City Council meeting.  In Winter Park, Stacey Johnson, president of the East and Winter Park campuses, accepted the proclamation from Winter Park Mayor Ken Bradley.


Dr. Kathleen Plinske Named 2012 Outstanding Female by Orlando Business Journal

Congratulations to Kathleen Plinske, president of the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses, for winning the 2012 Outstanding Female of the Year in the Orlando Business Journal’s (OBJ) 40 Under 40 competition.

Each year the OBJ recognizes 40 up-and-coming leaders in Central Florida who are under 40 years old. Individuals who are recognized have demonstrated their potential by taking up leadership roles that have helped shape and improve our community.

At age 30, Kathleen became one of the youngest college presidents in the country when she took the position of campus president in 2010, and has since made a tremendous impact on our mission of serving students.

Learn about all the 2012 40 Under 40 finalists by visiting the OBJ website. You can even get up close and personal with Kathleen and learn some fun facts about her, including what superpower she would like to have.

Read more about Kathleen’s career in this week’s featured colleague article.



“Top- Notch” Security Officer Receives Grapevine Award

On Tuesday, August 7, the Downtown Center Career Staff Association (CSA) was thrilled to present Darryl Pirmal, security officer at the Downtown Center, with a Grapevine Award.

Darryl was nominated by his supervisor, Marisa Zuniga, security manager on the West Campus, who said, “Due to various inconsistencies regarding protocol and procedures among our security officers, we utilized Darryl’s thorough training techniques to better enhance and unite our officers.”

Marisa explained that Darryl takes pride and ownership in all that he does. “[He] is a true ambassador to not only our department but also the entire college. If I could clone Mr. Pirmal, my life as a manager would be so easy.”

Congratulations Darryl!

Do you know a career-staff employee going above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them for a Grapevine Award by completing the nomination form and submitting it to your campus CSA chair.


Valencia Graduates 92 Nursing Students

Kudos to the 92 nursing students that graduated from Valencia on Thursday, August 2. The ceremony was held at Olympia High School.

Our Valencia nurses are now on their way to begin integral roles in the healthcare industry and in our community. Let’s wish them well as they begin their careers.

Valencia holds a Nursing Pinning ceremony three times each year in August, December, and May.


Downtown Center CSA Really Delivers!
During July 16-27, the Downtown Center Career Staff Association (CSA) held a supply drive for A Gift for Teaching – an organization that supports public education by collecting and redistributing unwanted or surplus supplies to the community’s highest-need schools. The Downtown CSA collected supplies to help teachers in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties stock their classrooms with much-needed supplies. On July 30, 13 boxes of supplies were delivered to the Orange County location.

Kudos to the Downtown CSA for their generosity!


Seneff Honors College Welcomes Inaugural Class

Welcome to the inaugural class of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College! About 127 students gathered at West Campus on Thursday, August 2, 2012 to celebrate – many receiving full scholarships.

Learn more about the new Seneff Honors College, including the various tracks offered on the East, West and Osceola Campuses, in Honors College to Launch in Fall.


  • Darryl Pirmal said:

    My 15 year old daughter Sunita Pirmal is one of the few that were inaugurated on August 2nd. I am so proud of her and to all the members of the Honors College. Keep up the Great work.

    AMWed, 08 Aug 2012 08:44:32 +0000Wed, 08 Aug 2012 08:44:32 +0000am12,8:44 am

  • Seher Awan said:

    Congratulations Darryl!!

    PMTue, 14 Aug 2012 14:53:33 +0000Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:53:33 +0000pm12,2:53 pm

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