Inaugural Class of the Seneff Honors College Leadership Track

A message from Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona

I am delighted to announce that this fall we will welcome more than 40 students at the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses into the first Leadership track of the Seneff Honors College.

Photo taken on August 2 at an event to welcome the Seneff Honors College Inaugural Class.

This fall, many students in the Leadership track will enroll in honors sections of ENC1101H (Composition I) and SPC1608H (Fundamentals of Speech), and all students in the program will enroll in a special section of SLS 2940H (Service Learning).  As part of the Service Learning course, taught by Christie Pickeral, professor of English as a second language, and Celeste Henry, counselor, students will explore why only 40 percent of high school graduates in Osceola County pursue higher education and will examine ways to encourage students in Osceola County schools to consider that college is possible.

In collaboration with Nelson Sepulveda, coordinator of college transitions, students in our honors program will visit our local high schools and talk with students about what it’s like to be at Valencia and encourage them to consider that college is possible.

In addition to these outstanding course opportunities, students will participate in a number of co-curricular activities, including discussing excerpts from the campus’s common read “Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat.”  Please be on the lookout for opportunities this fall to participate in many of these co-curricular experiences with our students!

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