February 2016 Kudos

Week of February 28 – March 5, 2016

Paul Rooney Recognized for Standing Up for Victims in Our Community


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.

Congratulations Paul!

Week of February 14 – 20, 2016

Falecia Williams Receives Honor at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event


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.


  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams!!!

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  • Dana Scott said:

    Go Dr. Williams! That is an awesome honor!

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  • Jeff Nardo said:

    Congratulations, Dr. Williams!

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  • Jamy Chulak said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams. This is wonderful honor for you and Valencia College.

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  • Gwendolyn Noel said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams! Keep reaching out you are making a difference in the lives of others!

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  • Donna Deitrick said:

    Congrats Dr. Williams!

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  • Anonymous said:

    Dear Colleagues,

    Thank you very much for your congratulatory expressions! The award truly represents Valencia’s mission and passionate pursuit of betterment. I’m humbled and grateful to each of you.

    Falecia D. Williams

    PMWed, 17 Feb 2016 21:25:44 +0000Wed, 17 Feb 2016 21:25:44 +0000pm16,9:25 pm

  • Ruth Ridore said:


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  • April M. said:

    Wow, we have some awesome Valencia faculty and staff!!!!! Congrats Dr. Williams and thank you Daniel for your service, courage and bravery!

    AMWed, 24 Feb 2016 11:52:02 +0000Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:52:02 +0000am16,11:52 am

  • Mary Beth said:

    Congratulations Dr. Williams! Your service and leadership at the College and in the Community is remarkable and inspiring.

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  • Falecia Williams said:

    Greetings Colleagues,

    Thank you so much for your congratulatory words! I'm humbled by the recognition and grateful for your thoughtfulness.



    PMThu, 25 Feb 2016 22:45:21 +0000Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:45:21 +0000pm16,10:45 pm

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