Filtered by Awards and Recognition

Celebrating Educational Advancements — Summer 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Valencia College’s recognition program is robust — spanning from career anniversary awards to appreciation badges to the Educational Advancement program. In the Educational Advancement program, which celebrates non-instructional employees who have been employed in a full-time position for a minimum of six months and who have earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution, the College awards […]

Featured Colleague: Kathryn Wells Writes Her Own Success...

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe Every Valencian has a story, and Kathryn “Kat” Wells, professor, English, is no different. Hers, however, has all the twists and turns of a tale filled with international intrigue and a thirst for exploration. Kat came to Valencia College in 2017. Like many before her, she began her […]

Featured Colleague: Nicole Marconi’s Support Helps...

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe Nicole Marconi is on a mission. This senior instructional lab assistant’s goal is to visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. So far, she’s made it to nine of them. “I love Major League Baseball, and I’m obsessed with the New York Yankees,” she says. Growing up on […]

Valencia College Recognized During National Conference

Left to right: Lisa Eli, assistant vice president, global and continuing education; Talia Popovski, senior director, international student services; Arun Venkataraman, assistant secretary of commerce for global markets and director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service; and Mindi Hertzog, senior international trade specialist Tuesday, June 14, 2022 Congratulations to our International Student Services […]

Featured Colleague: Kristeen Gammon Turns Dollars and...

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe Many Valencians committed to some new things to stay busy during the height of the pandemic, from learning to cook or sew to exercising more. Kristeen Gammon decided to make the ultimate commitment by getting married. More on that in a minute … Not sure who Kris is? She serves […]

Featured Colleague: Amy Novak Brings Compassion to Her Work

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 Helping others to understand everything from complex social relationships to changes in the way whole societies think is a way of life for Amy Novak, part-time faculty, sociology at the Lake Nona Campus. Before Amy came to Valencia College in 2011, she honed her craft by working for 10 years in […]

Featured Colleague: Ken Bourgoin Folds Experience and...

Monday, May 23, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe What do Disney stars Kevin and Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus have in common with actress Florence Henderson and baseball great Joe DiMaggio? They’ve all had the pleasure of being cooked for by Valencia College’s own Kenneth Bourgoin, professor, culinary management and program chair of the School of […]

Featured Colleague: Olympia Kelly Helps Everyone Make...

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe For a long time, Olympia Kelly, executive assistant at the Lake Nona Campus, never saw herself even getting a college degree, much less becoming an integral part of the daily operations of a college campus. But when she took her first job in higher education as a staff […]

Featured Colleague: Arqaam Gaffoor’s Minimalist Approach...

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe For Arqaam Gaffoor, every day at work is a test. It’s because he’s the West Campus assessment coordinator, a position he’s held since 2019. Arqaam came to Valencia College in 2013 as a staff assistant for admissions and records. He’s also served as an admissions specialist and a […]

Featured Colleague: Brooke Samlaska Works Efficiently...

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 By Jennifer Keefe If you’re looking for someone to help you get organized, look no further than Brooke Samlaska. Brooke serves as a coordinator for the Horizon Scholars Program, a partnership between Valencia College and Take Stock in Children, which offers a scholarship and college readiness program for at-risk Orange County high school […]