February 2015 Kudos

Week of February 11 – 17, 2015

 Assessment Services Initiates “ValCup” Peer Recognition Award

valcup-collage-groveAndrew Becker and Erica Reese present Ana Solis with the first ValCup Award.

When Director of Standardized Testing Erica Reese and her department wanted to recognize fellow staff members who go above and beyond their daily responsibilities and give fellow co-workers an opportunity to recognize their peers, they created a special way to provide interdepartmental recognition.

It was out of this desire that the Valencia ValCup Award was created in a collaborative effort between the assessment department director, coordinators and staff assistant.

“We know that our staff are consistently providing excellent service to our Valencia students and wanted to create a way to acknowledge and appreciate all of their efforts,” said Erica.

Any assessment department staff member is eligible to receive the award for exceptional service rendered to students or internal customers.

“It can be something as simple as personally walking a student to the appropriate office or more involved like creating an organizational chart for departmental policies for staff to utilize,” Erica pointed out.

Each assessment department staff member is encouraged to nominate his or her fellow peers for the ValCup Award by sending email nominations to the staff assistant throughout the year. Each quarter, the nominations are voted on by the department’s director, coordinators and staff assistant.

What gives the award value is that its symbolic of the recipient’s hard work and the respect of his or her peers. The recipient displays the ValCup until it is passed on to the next winner on a quarterly basis. Inside the ValCup is a certificate and treats, and winners are recognized by their peers collegewide.

Ana Solis is the first ValCup winner. Ana, an assessment specialist at the Osceola Campus, was nominated for “thinking ahead of the curve to anticipate student and staff needs,” Erica said.

Other staff members receiving honorable mention were:

  • Yiovana Rivera, assessment specialist, East Campus
  • Danielle Danforth, assessment specialist, West Campus
  • Dino DeJesus Alvira, assessment specialist, Osceola Campus
  • Andrew Becker, coordinator, testing and assessment, Osceola Campus

Week of February 1 – 7, 2015

Janet Vivian Promoted to Procurement Manager

janet-vivian-groveA message from Rhonda Ulmer, Director of Procurement

We are pleased to announce that Janet Vivian has been promoted to procurement operations manager, a position that was recently vacated.

Janet began her career with the College in the Procurement Department as purchasing agent in 2009 and advanced to the position of P-Card administrative coordinator in 2012. She recently completed the PIVOT 180 Course in the fall 2014 and is working toward completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida.

In her new role, Janet will assist the director of procurement with the administration of procurement operations, including our contract management program, Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, policy and complex solicitations.

Please join us in congratulating Janet in her new role.


  • Ozella Knox said:

    Congratulations Janet! I'm so happy for you…well deserved!

    PMTue, 03 Feb 2015 15:08:44 +0000Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:08:44 +0000pm15,3:08 pm

  • Michele McArdle said:

    Good for you Janet!

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  • Teresa Aplin said:

    Most excellent, Janet! Very pleased you are being recognized for your superior service to the college!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 08:21:01 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:21:01 +0000am15,8:21 am

  • Liz Nigro said:

    Congratulations Janet!!!!!!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 08:31:06 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:31:06 +0000am15,8:31 am

  • Denise Ridener said:

    Congratulations! I'm very happy for you. This is well deserved. You worked hard for this.

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 08:31:38 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:31:38 +0000am15,8:31 am

  • Deborah Xavier said:

    Hi Janet,

    Congratulations on your achievement!!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 08:32:36 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:32:36 +0000am15,8:32 am

  • Vicki Fine said:

    Congratulations, Janet!! Well deserved–I'm happy for you.

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 08:40:55 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:40:55 +0000am15,8:40 am

  • Dana said:

    GO Janet GO! Big congrats on your promotion.

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 09:33:41 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:33:41 +0000am15,9:33 am

  • Jodi Criner said:

    Great news! You work so hard to help us—way to go! Congrats~~~~

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 09:44:07 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:44:07 +0000am15,9:44 am

  • Laura Crouse said:

    Congratulations Janet! Well deserved.

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 09:46:55 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:46:55 +0000am15,9:46 am

  • Sunni Prevatt said:

    Congratulations Janet!!!!!!!!!!!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 10:29:07 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:29:07 +0000am15,10:29 am

  • Eileen Lowe said:

    Congratulations Janet!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 10:30:17 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:30:17 +0000am15,10:30 am

  • Rachel Allen said:

    This is great news, Janet! Congratulations on your promotion!

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 11:13:02 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:13:02 +0000am15,11:13 am

  • Donna Deitrick said:

    You go girl! Congratulations you are very deserving.

    AMWed, 04 Feb 2015 11:25:50 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:25:50 +0000am15,11:25 am

  • Pauline Chang said:

    Congrats Janet!

    PMWed, 04 Feb 2015 12:15:27 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:15:27 +0000pm15,12:15 pm

  • Allie Yadav said:

    Congratulations on your promotion, Janet! Good luck in your new role!

    PMWed, 04 Feb 2015 15:25:52 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:25:52 +0000pm15,3:25 pm

  • Tanisha Castor said:

    Congratulations on your new position !!!

    PMWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:57:35 +0000Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:57:35 +0000pm15,4:57 pm

  • Ruth Ridore said:

    Congratulations Janet!!! I'm so happy for you!

    PMThu, 05 Feb 2015 12:28:26 +0000Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:28:26 +0000pm15,12:28 pm

  • Maryam Khan said:


    AMFri, 06 Feb 2015 07:47:06 +0000Fri, 06 Feb 2015 07:47:06 +0000am15,7:47 am

  • Jeanette Flores said:

    Congratulations, Janet!!! 🙂

    PMTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:31 +0000Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:31 +0000pm15,5:00 pm

  • Janet Vivian said:

    Thank you for all of the kind words and congratulatory messages. I am truly grateful and appreciate the support.

    AMWed, 25 Feb 2015 06:54:06 +0000Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:54:06 +0000am15,6:54 am

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