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Featured Colleague: Kim Long Transcends the Role of...

By Dani Moritz-Long Hardened. Emotionless. Lost. Oddly enough, this is how Professor of Speech Kim Long describes one of her favorite Valencia graduates. “When she first sat in my class, I was almost frightened of her,” Kim recalled. “Then, one day she arrived at my office and asked to practice her speech. When she revealed […]

July 2018 Kudos

Week of July 22 – 28 , 2018 John DiDonna Earns Seminole County Artist of the Year Award Kudos to John DiDonna, professor of theater and program chair/artistic director of Valencia College Theater, for being named Seminole County’s artist of the year by county commissioners. In an Orlando Sentinel article, John said, “This was a surprise […]

Campus Construction: Get the 411

The Valencia College Downtown Campus, a shared campus with the University of Central Florida, will be in the heart of our great city. Check out these latest aerial photos that show just how the campus will fit into Orlando’s skyline and how convenient it will be to Lake Eola, the Amway Center and all of downtown’s […]

Celebrating Educational Advancements — July 2018

Valencia’s recognition program is robust — spanning from career anniversaries 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, barring […]

A Legislative Roundup: Moving the Needle on Public Safety

In this series, we bring to you updates about Valencia’s legislative work — whether that manifests as our leaders building relationships with legislative officials or collaborating with those officials on issues important to our educational community. On the heels of April’s public safety summit, work continues to secure funding for a unified collaborative center designed to […]

Thank you for Sharing the Love

Congratulations to the Valencia employees who won a Charge HR Fitbit Smartwatch through the Share the Love socials. A Message from Barbara Shell, Senior Engagement/Special Gifts Officer Thank you! The Valencia College Foundation deeply appreciates the generous donations of more than 280 Valencia colleagues who supported our students during this fiscal year, Saturday, July 1, 2017, through Saturday, June […]

Reflections on SEED from College President Sandy Shugart

Applications for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 Valencia SEED cohorts are being accepted until Friday, July 13, 2018. SEED, an acronym for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, is an international project that utilizes a cohort-based, monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multiculturally equitable and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. For a reflection on SEED […]

PJI Journal Now Available

This just in! The latest Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) publication has dropped — with a redesigned format and a brand new name. Now coined the Peace and Justice Institute Journal, the bi-annual magazine features reflective and inspiring stories, captures impactful community events and showcases PJI’s commitment to and research in fostering peace and justice […]

Featured Colleague: Brian Druckenmiller’s Journey...

By Dani Moritz-Long Few children who grow up aspiring to become professional wrestlers see their dreams realized (much to their parents’ relief). English Professor Brian Druckenmiller, however, came incredibly close. Having dreamed for years of donning a professional wrestler’s belt and finding himself under the professional spotlight, Brian began training with World of Hurt Wrestling […]

Featured Colleague: When One Door Closed, Susan Gosnell...

By Dani Moritz-Long When the University of Central Florida (UCF) decided to sunset its Radiologic Science program due to state budget cuts, it could have spelled disaster for Susan Gosnell, who then served UCF as the Radiologic Science program chair. Fortunately, however, as one door closed, another opened — this time at Valencia. Here, Susan, […]