February 2018 Kudos

Week of February 25 – March 3, 2018

Valencia Honors Graduate Receives Essay Scholarship

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

Congratulations to Valencia Graduate Maria Makar for receiving the University of Central Florida (UCF) Honors Transfer Essay Scholarship for her essay “Knowledge is Power.” Maria is a transfer student from the Honors program for undergraduate research at Valencia and is majoring in interdisciplinary studies at UCF, focusing on biomedical and physical sciences. She is also minoring in psychology and art.

Growing up, Maria experienced an education system that did not support her zest for learning. Since receiving an education at Valencia, she feels her desire for knowledge has been fulfilled. She uses the quote by Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian diplomat and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, as her mantra to live by: “Knowledge is power, information is liberating and education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”

Maria worked in the Applied Cognition and Aging Laboratory at UCF’s Psychology department, and her goal is to begin an Honors research project in the future. She is excited to continue her academic career with the Burnett Honors College, and her goal is to graduate with her MD-PhD dual degree, work on a residency program in internal medicine and become a physician scientist.

Receiving the Honors Transfer Essay Scholarship of $1,000 will allow Maria to focus more on research and less on tuition and the cost of books. “This scholarship will be an immense aid to enable me to follow my passion in education,” Mary shared. “It gives me confidence and reassures me that I am on the right track and there is hope in my dreams.”

College and Career Awareness Shared at AVID Program

Michelle Foster, East Campus Dean of Academic Affairs, presented in December 2017 and January 2018 to sections of the Innovation Middle School AVID Program. Teacher Joshua Agee hosted the speaker series focused on College and Career Awareness.

Week of February 4-10, 2018

Travis Rodgers Published in ‘Reason Papers’ Journal

Congratulations to Travis Rodgers, professor, humanities, who published a paper, “Wilt Chamberlain Redux: Thinking Clearly about Externalities and the Promises of Justice,” along with his brother Lamont in “Reason Papers,” a journal of interdisciplinary, normative studies.

“This article is essentially a defense of a historical view of distributive justice, according to which we cannot deem a particular holding (like property) as just or unjust until we ask how a person came to have that holding,” shared Travis. “We defend Robert Nozick and Eric Mack, two historical theorists, from some challenges by the philosopher Gordon Barnes.”

To read the paper, click here and go to page 90.

1 Comment

  • James Vrhovac said:

    Killing it, Rodgers, killing it! Good work as always, and I am very thankful to have you as friend and colleagie.

    PMThu, 08 Feb 2018 21:58:08 +0000Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:58:08 +0000pm18,9:58 pm

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