December 2013 Kudos

Week of December 15th – 21st

 

Valencia Garners Honorable Mention in National Green Cleaning Award Program

green-cleaning-award-groveValencia received the Honorable Mention Award in the College/University category of the 2013 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities. This annual award is sponsored by The Green Cleaning Network, Healthy Schools Campaign and the American School & University magazine. Our program and other winning programs are profiled in the December issue of American School & University magazine, a K-12 and higher education industry publication that focuses on the management of educational facilities. To read the full article, click here.

Please note a correction in the article: The green cleaning program was shared with faculty and staff in Valencia College’s online weekly newsletter, “The Juice.”

Orlando Business Journal Ranks Valencia Central Florida’s Largest College/University

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The Orlando Business Journal ranked Valencia the largest college/university in Central Florida, based on our current enrollment of 69,422 students, beating the University of Central Florida and Seminole State College. The list appeared in the November 22-28, 2013, issue.

 

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For this editorial, Reporter Dany Son interviewed Dr. Sandy Shugart, where he discussed trends in higher education, expansion plans and other details. Click here for the full article.


Todd Hunt Earns CASP Certification

todd-hunt-groveCongratulations to Todd Hunt, director, college bookstores, for earning his Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) designation.

CASP is a four-year certification for aspiring auxiliary services professionals that demonstrates recipients have met a high standard of excellence, as defined by experts in the industry, and that they have the skills necessary to be a director of auxiliary services. CASP affirms the recipient’s expertise in management, leadership, marketing, student development and operations.

Funding for the program is provided by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) Education Foundation with the support of many individuals, the NACAS regions, Barnes & Noble College and American Campus Communities.

Congratulations PCard Holders and Approvers

A Message from Janet Vivian, Purchasing Card Administrative Coordinator, Procurement

Congratulations to all PCard holders and approvers. There were no failed funds for the December 11 PCard download. We appreciate your diligence and attention to checking your budgets.

Keep up the great work!

Week of December 8th – 14th

Valencia Honored at AFC Annual Convention

afc-awards-groveCongratulations to the following Valencia departments, organizations and employees for being honored at the Association of Florida Colleges 64th Annual Convention, held at the Caribe Royale on November 13 – 15, 2013:

  • The Association of Florida Colleges Valencia chapter for being named a Gold Chapter of the Year, an award given to top chapters for excellence in activities and management throughout the year, and winning the Membership Award for the greatest increase in percentage of employee members over the previous year;
  • The Department of Marketing and Strategic Communication for winning:

-Best in Show and First Place in the Magazine Category for Vitae magazine;
-First Place in the Outdoor Advertising Category for tuition billboards;
-Second Place in the Viewbook/Recruitment Piece Category for a career book;
-Second Place in the Brochure Category for a Collaborative Design Center brochure; and
-Third Place in the Viewbook/Recruitment Piece Category for a search book;

  • The Office of Sustainability for winning the Best Practices Award for its Energy Conservation program;
  • Professor Tanya Bizon, professor of English as a Second Language on East Campus, who was named one of two AFC Professors of the Year;
  • Belen Caba, assistant director, admissions/records for receiving a Region III Unsung Hero award; and
  • Rachel Luce-Hitt, who was named to the 2014 Association of Florida Colleges statewide board of directors as chair of the Equity Commission.

This year, more than 500 college professionals and industry partners convened for the 64th AFC Annual Convention. Their mission was to determine how the Florida College System could continue to meet student and community needs while maintaining excellence, access and student engagement during this critical time of transformation. Attendees were able to view the expansive exhibit hall, participate in a variety of education sessions and embrace networking opportunities.

Tonya Bizon is a 2013 AFC Professor of the Year!

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President of the East and Winter Park Campuses

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Tanya Bizon, professor of English as a Second Language [ESL] on the East Campus, was honored in November at the 2013 Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Conference as one of two AFC Professors of the Year.

This year more than 500 college professionals and industry partners convened for the 64th AFC Annual Convention at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando. Their mission was to determine how the Florida College System could continue to meet student and community needs while maintaining excellence, access and student engagement during this critical time of transformation. Attendees were able to view the expansive exhibit hall, participate in a variety of education sessions and embrace plenty of  networking opportunities.

To read more about Tanya’s journey that led to her being named 2013 AFC Professor of the Year, read “Tanya Bizon a Finalist for AFC Professor of the Year Award.”

Week of December 1st – 7th

Race for the Cure Team Still Going Strong

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Employees and students in the West Campus Bookstore show their support for Team Carol and their Halloween spirit. The undergarments on display in the background were specially designed for a contest to support fundraising activities. From left to right: Anssar Soussi-Tamli, president of the West Campus SGA; Carol Millenson; Maura LeCroy, assistant manager of the West Campus Bookstore.

Last month was breast cancer awareness month, but Carol Millenson’s Team Carol at Valencia, a fundraising group for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013, reports that donations are still crossing the finish line.

The group set out to raise $2,500 in October, and to date they have raised more than $3,700. Carol reported that Valencia’s bookstores, with the coordination of Gloria Hawayek, supplies specialist on West Campus, and bookstore staff on each campus, helped to raise more than one third of the contributions for Team Carol at Valencia.

“Since my personal diagnosis more than five years ago, I have experienced incredible support as I have sought ways to educate, support and raise funds to generate resources and fuel research for a cure.  There are so many worthy causes and I have been so blessed with family, friends, colleagues and students who have stepped up and made this effort a priority,” Carol shared.

Developing Effective International Education Offices in Myanmar

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Congratulations to Jennifer Robertson, director of study abroad and global experiences, who was chosen by the International Institute of Education (IIE) to serve as a mentor for a pilot course that will provide guidance and expert knowledge to representatives from higher education institutions and ministries in Myanmar (Burma). Representatives will learn the basics of establishing and managing an international education office from their mentors.

The course titled, “Connecting with the World: International Relations for Higher Education Institutions,” will last for 20 weeks, and requires a year-long commitment from each mentor.

To read more about this initiative, click here.

4 Comments

  • Bliss Thompson said:

    Jennifer–
    How exciting for you. They certainly chose the best person for mentoring, developing and creating processes and people.
    Congratulations!

    Blt

    PMTue, 03 Dec 2013 17:16:13 +0000Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:16:13 +0000pm13,5:16 pm

  • Robyn said:

    Congratulations Jennifer!

    AMWed, 04 Dec 2013 09:28:38 +0000Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:28:38 +0000am13,9:28 am

  • Nicole said:

    Congrats Jennifer! You are a rock star!

    PMThu, 05 Dec 2013 15:24:49 +0000Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:24:49 +0000pm13,3:24 pm

  • Grace said:

    Congrats! Very deserved !

    PMTue, 10 Dec 2013 20:56:34 +0000Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:56:34 +0000pm13,8:56 pm

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