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Celebrating Educational Advancements — Fall 2019

Valencia’s recognition program is robust — spanning from career anniversary celebrations 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 employees a one-time, lump-sum payment, […]

Featured Colleague: Laura D’Alessio, a Star in the ...

By Dani Moritz-Long At three years old, a young, ambitious and curious Laura D’Alessio imagined she was a teacher — her stuffed animals playing the role of her ever-attentive students. In preschool, she aspired to be a paleontologist and, in first grade, she was an eager member of the young astronauts club — always envisioning […]

Featured Colleague: Eliana Drupiewski Embraces Proactive...

By Dani Moritz-Long Signaling the College’s journey toward proactive, personal advising, the implementation of LifeMap 2.0 was a significant milestone for Valencia College. It was also a prominent career milestone for Eliana Drupiewski, one of 18 advisors selected as part of the inaugural cohort of program advisors. During the application and interview process, Eliana, coordinator, program advisor, […]

Valencia’s Ultrasound Technician Program Ranked...

A Message from Falecia Williams, President, West and Downtown Campuses Congratulations to our School of Allied Health team. Valencia College’s ultrasound technician program was ranked first in Florida for 2019-2020 by The ranking was established after evaluating all of the ultrasound technician programs across the state for admissions rate, graduation rate, full-time retention rate, enrollment […]

2021-2022 Sabbatical Leave Application is Now Open

A Message from Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice President, Teaching and Learning The application process for Sabbatical Leave for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open. The purpose of Sabbatical Leave is to provide professional renewal for eligible faculty. A sabbatical should provide the individual with a significant opportunity for new, or renewed, achievement and growth through activities […]

Featured Colleague: Tanya Mahan Merges Creativity and...

By Dani Moritz-Long Growing up an only child, Tanya Mahan, organizational development HR analyst, says she filled her time with a peculiar hobby — one that very few (if any) of her peers shared with her. Long division. “I would sit down and do long division for the fun of it,” she recalled with a […]

Now Accepting 2020-2021 Education and Professional...

Applications for Education and Professional Development Leave for the 2020-2021 academic year are now being accepted. The purpose of Education and Professional Development Leave is to provide an educational and professional opportunity for staff to enhance their individual and professional effectiveness. The types of activities that may warrant this leave include experiences such as job shadowing in […]

Nominate a Colleague for the League Excellence Awards

In recognition of the long tradition of excellence in community college teaching and leadership, the League for Innovation in the Community College established the League Excellence Awards — formerly the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards — in 2012. These awards are open to League Alliance member institutions to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and […]

Featured Colleague: Rachael Dailey-Mihalik Channels...

By Dani Moritz-Long Formerly a field biologist, a biological scientist and a Valencia College biology lab supervisor, Rachael Dailey-Mihalik’s daily work looks substantially different than it did during the beginning of her career. That’s because she recently traded hands-on scientific work for a new role at the College — one that builds pathways and opens […]

Featured Colleague: Rebecca Newman a Valencia Superhero

By Dani Moritz-Long Many people would describe Valencia College as a beacon of light. Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism Rebecca Newman takes the metaphor a step further — comparing Valencia’s light to that of the bat signal. “The signal calls people from all walks of life and accepts them, treats them well and provides tremendous opportunities for […]