Filtered by Awards and Recognition

Featured Colleague: For Mark Hughes, Working With His...

Monday, August 3, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira For Mark Hughes, administrative manager, continuing and professional education, working with his hands has been a constant in life. As a child, his grandfather passed on a love of woodworking. Later, that love would translate into a successful career in trades, which ranged from repairing weapons while in […]

Featured Colleague: Ronald Graham Believes Mentoring is...

Monday, July 27, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Ronald Graham, academic advisor, knows all too well how important his role is to the College. And that’s because, oftentimes, his students tell him so themselves. “My position is a front-line position that’s very important because we are some of the first people the student meets,’ he said. […]

Featured Colleague: Brandon McKelvey Ties Data to...

Monday, July 20, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira  As vice president of analytics and planning, Brandon McKelvey spends his days sifting through data to help drive Valencia College’s mission. But he considers himself more of a navigator than an analyst. “In our team, we are mainly technical people; we’re statisticians, or computer scientists … but we’re […]

Featured Colleague: As Brandon Rosado Searched for a...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira When Brandon Rosado, coordinator, testing and assessment, finished his Associate in Arts with an engineering pathway, and an Associate in Science in drafting and design technology at Valencia, he transferred to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, only to find that engineering […]

Daryl Davis Named One of the Top 100 UCF Knights Male...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Congratulations to our very own Daryl Davis, assistant vice president, analytics and reporting, for being named one of the Top 100 University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights Male Athletes of All Time. Daryl was a four-year basketball starter at UCF from 1991-1995, scoring 1,540 career points, which ranks 9th all-time at the University […]

Featured Colleague: Aixa Rosario Aspires to Inspire

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira For Aixa Rosario, coordinator, college transitions/immersive experience for Transitions Planning, “aspiring to inspire” is her daily affirmation. After all, she is tasked with the very important challenge of enticing prospective students to attend college and to believe that it is possible. “Our goal is to immerse our prospective […]

Featured Colleague: Meet Kari Makepeace, the Air Traffic...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Kari Makepeace considers herself a bit of a “jack of all trades.” As executive assistant, senior, and governance support, Kari has her hands full. Not only does she work directly for Kathleen Plinske, executive vice president and provost, and president of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses, she […]

Congratulations to the Tenure Class of 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020 Despite COVID-19 and social distancing, Valencia College celebrated our newly tenured faculty via Zoom on Thursday, April 16, 2020. It was a well-attended virtual celebration, featuring our campus presidents and deans speaking on behalf of each candidate and his or her contributions to the College. “When we return to normalcy, it is our hope […]

Featured Colleague: Carlos Rivera Delivers Packages and...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Carlos Rivera, delivery courier, spends his days delivering and shipping parcels and other items, a role he describes as “crucially discreet.” Over the years, Carlos has assisted delivering mail and items for graduation. He has also picked up books donated by law offices to grow and enhance Valencia’s […]

Operations Team Completes Nearly 930 Training Sessions...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Congratulations to the 112 Operations team members who completed nearly 930 training sessions since Spring Break. Due to our campus closure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the team took advantage of extra time in their workdays to continue to grow in their careers and to improve their service to the Valencia community. “I’m […]