Thursday, August 5, 2021
A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses
Graduating seniors from local high schools were invited to participate in the first Sum Up! Summer Math Academy, held on East, West and Downtown Campuses from Wednesday, June 30 – Friday, July 16, 2021. During the three-week program (Wednesdays through Fridays), the curriculum focused on improving math skills, and co-curricular activities introduced students to partners across the College.
On East Campus, Professor of Mathematics Steve Francis led the efforts and Administrative Assistant Dawn Chesire coordinated the activities, under the direction of Dean of Mathematics Keri Siler. Students were given the opportunity to increase their mathematical knowledge and learn about the many co-curricular opportunities at the College and Student Affairs processes and procedures.
“I enjoyed the hands-on learning experience and the different ways we were shown through this program regarding how math can affect your future and career path,” one student shared. “I also enjoyed that while we were on a relatively fast pace, it was very relaxing and at times, you could work at your own pace, asking for help from instructors and classmates alike.”
The nine students who participated in the East Campus program are graduates from Colonial, East River, Lake Nona and Timber Creek High Schools and plan to attend Valencia College this fall. Students appreciated the diverse schedule of activities.
“Besides sharpening our math skills, we were able to meet various leaders of the College and forge friendships with peers from different high schools,” shared another student.
There was a robust offering of co-curricular activities to engage the students over the three weeks. The camp was a huge success due to the involvement of Learning Support, Transitions Planning, Campus Security, Financial Aid and Veterans support, the dean of students, Science, Math and Arts and Entertainment departments, Math Lab supervisors, Biological Lab supervisors, Student Development, various faculty, instructional lab assistants, Math Club, computer lab assistants and campus operations. Click here for a detailed list of personnel who assisted with making this a rewarding camp. Thank you to all involved!
“It was an honor to be involved in the first year of the Summer Math Academy. Regardless of the student’s degree pathway, we were able to strengthen their math skills and help prepare them for fall entrance to college,” said Professor of Mathematics Steve Francis. Students who completed the program received a tuition waiver for one math course, a graphing calculator and Valencia swag to celebrate the completion of the program.