Week of February 28 – March 5, 2016
Left to right: Lui Damiani, executive director at the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, and Paul Rooney
The Victim Service Center of Central Florida (VSC) recognized Paul Rooney, assistant vice president, operations, at its Men’s Violence Prevention Breakfast on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, for being a leader, role model and advocate of the VSC.
Paul has been supporting the VSC since he was the chief of police with the Orlando Police Department. Almost immediately after retiring from the City and joing Valencia, he continued to support the VSC and victims in Central Florida. Additionally, he has ensured active representation at the Center’s Sexual Assault Response Team meetings.
Paul brought the VSC to Valencia to train all security employees, members of the Behavior Assessment team and other faculty and staff, so they know how to best support victims of crime. The Center has also provided resources such as handouts and business cards with contact information for students.
Week of February 14 – 20, 2016
Congratulations to Falecia Williams, president, West Campus, who on Friday, January 15, 2016, was awarded the Drum Major Award for Civic Affairs at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon. Named after Martin Luther King’s famous Drum Major speech, this award is given by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in recognition of service and leadership in the community. In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Williams referenced King’s words from his Drum Major sermon, that he “tried to love and serve humanity” and that he wanted to “leave a committed life behind” to be remembered for his works. She entreated the audience to find happiness in good, being mindful of leaving a longstanding legacy.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Luncheon is an annual event held in honor and remembrance of Dr. King and features guest speakers and city and county leaders. This year’s theme was “Remember, Celebrate, Act: King’s Legacy for Freedom for our World,” and Joseph Maddison, a human rights activist and radio host of “The Black Eagle” SiriusXM’s Urban View was the keynote speaker. In his speech, he addressed looking at history with proper perspective and touted higher education as a key component to remaining relevant in a global economy. The event is organized by the City of Orlando in partnership with a cross-section of civic leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors.