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Featured Colleague: Joanne Kiriazes Promotes Learning by...

By Dani Moritz-Long A mother of five, Mathematics Professor Joanne Kiriazes’ maternal instincts play a prominent role in her work as a developmental math educator. Her personal experiences as a mother and intrinsic drive to help others deeply affect her desire to build relationships with students that can foster trust and confidence in their learning […]

May 2018 Kudos

Week of May 20 – 26, 2018 East Campus Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Earns International Acclaim No. This isn’t déjà vu. The Alpha Gamma Omega chapter (AGO) of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) has earned more recognition for the chapter’s remarkable success and community service efforts — this time on an international scale. Following the chapter’s […]

Featured Colleague: Brenda Baralt Serves the Poinciana Co...

By Dani Moritz-Long It feels like just yesterday the Poinciana Campus opened its doors to students, but an entire academic year has gone by and there’s so much to celebrate. This is especially true for Poinciana Campus faculty and staff, like Executive Assistant Brenda Baralt, who have been an integral part of creating access to education in […]

Featured Colleague: Carla DelVillaggio Valencia’s...

By Dani Moritz-Long Music is life for musical theater extraordinaire Carla DelVillaggio. An adjunct professor of music at Valencia, the critically-acclaimed lyric soprano has enjoyed years of showstopping performances with appearances all around the U.S. and abroad. Appearing in a myriad of productions, with a special interest in operettas, Carla has assumed key roles in productions like La […]

Featured Colleague: Jennifer Keefe Goes Above and Beyond...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Jennifer Keefe, Title V project director for Osceola Campus, contemplates her role at Valencia, her daily to-do list isn’t what first comes to mind. Sure, she’s responsible for developing new career and technical programs, implementing the Ad Astra building scheduling software, and finding new ways to offer classes through innovative technology. But, her real role goes […]

Valencia College is Honored with Two Sustainability Awards

Left to right: Robert Hickman, operations manager, energy efficiency; Bareaa Darkhabani, director, facilities; and Estevan Baza, operations manager, energy conservation As the world creates more sustainable ways of life, Valencia constantly looks for ways to reduce its carbon footprint and integrate sustainable practices into our institution — and those efforts were recently recognized by two […]

Valencia Alumni Win Tech Hackathon With Dating App

A team of Valencia alumni, who direct-connected to the University of Central Florida (UCF), won a local coding competition by dreaming up and developing an innovative dating app — a process that often takes weeks or months — in less than 24 hours. Senior Steffen Camarato, along with teammates Nicolas Jaramillo, Bruno Harger Alves and […]

Featured Colleague: Sonia Casablanca Brings Practical...

By Dani Moritz-Long With more than 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, insurance and mortgages, and a successful real estate business owner to boot, Professor of Business Sonia Casablanca is passionate about bringing real-life experience to the classroom. Doing so, she explains, is a vital part of facilitating learning, identifying opportunities and expanding […]

April 2018 Kudos

Week of April 22-28, 2018 Congratulations to the Innovation of the Year Award Winning Team Congratulations to the 2018 Innovation of the Year Award winning team for its work on the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Computer Equipment Program. Team members include: Gerald Hensel, professor computer programming analysis; Heith Hennel, professor, information technology; […]

Featured Colleague: To Katie Pedone, Valencia is Home,...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Katie Pedone, coordinator, program advisor, calls Valencia home, it isn’t just because she has a metaphorical attachment to the College; it’s also because she grew up in the Osceola Campus community, and even attended Valencia as a dual enrollment and undergraduate student. “Working here I feel as though I am doing a […]