Filtered by Awards and Recognition

Featured Colleague: For Carmen Laguer Diaz, Every Rock...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Listening to her grandfather’s stories in his garden in Puerto Rico, where every rock in it had a story attached to it, is how Carmen Laguer Diaz’s love of anthropology was born. And in many ways, that’s what Carmen, part-time faculty, anthropology, often does as an anthropologist today, […]

Featured Colleague: Nelson Manuel Placa Wants You to Be...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Nelson Manuel Placa, professor, hospitality management, wants you to be his guest. The instructor, known for being approachable and friendly, has a lifetime of experience in the industry. In addition, Nelson, who also serves as program director, has helped significantly grow the hospitality program on the Osceola Campus, […]

Featured Colleague: For Lauren Thomas, a Mathematician,...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Lauren Thomas, professor, mathematics, is a go-getter. And her resume proves it. Since starting her career at Valencia College as a full-time faculty member in 2016, Lauren was named a recipient of the Faculty Association Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Counseling and Librarianship — which recognizes faculty for […]

Student Wins Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 As a teenager growing up in New York City, Jennifer Tolliver became a chronic runaway, starting at the age of 13 — to escape an abusive father who she says was both physically and mentally dangerous. In high school, she became so desperate that she ran away and created a new identity, […]

Featured Colleague: For Melissa Alicea, Communication...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Melissa Alicea, assistant director, financial aid services, always admired Valencia College, but COVID-19 brought her admiration to a different level. “When this crisis happened, it all became real,” she said. “It really hit home when I saw the College under this crisis and they still held true to […]

Featured Colleague: Even in a Virtual Environment,...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Ashley Whitehead, staff assistant II, knows how to start anew. She did it when she decided to leave her native Long Island, New York, to begin a new life in Florida five years ago, and she did again right after Spring Break 2020, when Valencia College suddenly went […]

An Update on Career Anniversary Awards

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 A Message from Sam Dunham, Assistant Director, Employee Development Thank you for the work you continue to do to support our students and your team during this unique situation. It is because of your effort that the College is still able to do the work that drives our mission. As is the case with many of you, our team […]

Work-study Students Awarded for Outstanding Contributions

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Every year, Valencia College recognizes the contributions of our work-study students to the College through the work-study awards program. In order for work-study employees to be considered for the Outstanding Employee of the Year awards, supervisors submit their nomination based on their work and dedication over the past year. These awards […]

Featured Colleague: Dave Giordano, a Data-loving People P...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Over the years, Dave Giordano, director, recruiting/placement, Continuing Education, honed in his sales expertise and managed many complex health systems, retail chains and physician groups, among others. With his daily decisions requiring a firm grasp on data and strong people skills, Dave also had a high tolerance for […]

Shawn Le’Tang and Charles Ensminger Named Orlando Magic...

Left to right: Shawn Le’Tang and Charles Ensminger Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Two Valencia College employees were recently honored by the Orlando Magic with the Harris Hometown Hero recognition. Both gentlemen were scheduled to receive the recognition in March and April at a Magic game before the coronavirus outbreak caused the NBA to indefinitely postponed its season. The […]