January 2016 Kudos

Week of January 17 – 23, 2016

Shara Lee and Jenny Charriez’s Article on Leadership Development is Published


Left to right: Shara Lee and Jenny Charriez

Congratulations to Shara Lee, Osceola and Lake Nona Campus director of faculty instructional development, and Jenny Charriez, director of employee development, whose co-written article, “Community College Leadership Development: A Recipe for Institutional Success,” was published in the Ferris State University publication, Perspectives, in October 2015. The article highlights the role of leadership development in an organization’s culture. To view the article, click here.

Valencia’s commitment to employee development is central to its mission. And its online learning sliceopportunities via the Valencia EDGE, and homegrown leadership development programs, PIVOT, (PIVOT 1, PIVOT 5, PIVOT 180 and PIVOT 360), encourage employees at all levels to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen existing skills and development new ones.

To learn more about PIVOT, click here. The next introductory workshop for the PIVOT 5 program, Supervisory Skills: Strategies for Success, will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, on West Campus. Supervisors may register through the Valencia EDGE for this workshop.

Week of January 10 – 16, 2016

First Continuing Education Basic Construction Cohort Graduates

Valencia College’s Professional and Continuing Education department would like to congratulate the nine students who graduated from the first Basic Construction Program cohort on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.


Larry Black, Brian Combs, Howard Hatmaker, Shatoya Lane, Jerry McNeely, Aaron Dwayne Person, Tommy Pollard, Samantha Novela Rogers and Dylan Turner worked hard, remained engaged and focused and stayed dedicated to the five-week short-term training program.

In this hands-on program, these students learned a variety of basic construction skills that are required for many entry-level positions in the field of building construction and graduated as the first class in this new program.

Week of January 3 – 9, 2016

Physics and Religion Collide In Novel,”Three,” by William Oelfke  

A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses

After 50 years of teaching physics and astronomy, and writing research papers about gravity and precision measurements, William Oelfke, former West Campus dean of science and current adjunct professor of astronomy at the Winter Park Campus, just published a new novel, “Three.”

William drew from many years of experiences in academia, science, art, music and religion to create interesting stories dealing with man’s attempts to understand both the physical and spiritual universe and the conflicts that can grow out of misunderstanding.

Once William began to develop the details of places, events and characters, his story began to write itself.

“I find that I am much more critical of writing styles and techniques now that I have tried my hand at it,” he shared.

You can find Oelfke’s novel, “Three,” on Amazon.com now.

The National Audubon Society Selects Jack Rogers’ Photo for Invitation


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

Kudos to East Campus Professor of Geology Jack Rogers, whose photo was selected by the National Audubon Society for the front cover of its winter gala invitation.

Jack originally submitted the Roseate Spoonbill photo, taken at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, to the local Orange Audubon Society nature photography photo contest three years ago, and it received a second-place prize. When the National Audubon Society was seeking an image for its gala with a Roseate Spoonbill theme, it purchased the photo for the invitation cover and invited Jack to attend the gala in New York City. He declined due to a previous engagement.

Jack has previously earned standout recognition in Nature’s Best Photography magazine and in the Orange Audubon Society’s Kit and Sidney Chertok Nature Photography Contest.

Leonard Bass Recognized by the Association of Florida Colleges

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

Congratulations to Leonard Bass, campus dean, learning support, East Campus, who is one of three 2016 Exemplary Practice Finalists, sponsored by the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). His work with the innovative S.E.E. UCF (Successful Early Exploration of UCF) program has earned him a finalist position, and he will be presenting at the 49th Annual Student Development Spring Conference at Valencia from Tuesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 19, 2016.

The purpose of the S.E.E. UCF program is to bring students to the University of Central Florida and make an early and strong connection to explore and learn about the university’s majors, resources, campus culture and faculty and student expectations required. The program seeks to help transferring students avoid the “transfer shock” that students might experience upon transfer.

Jeff Goltz Published in Community College Journal of Research and Practice


The School of Public Safety recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. In an effort to tell our story about the development of the School, Jeff Goltz, executive dean at the School of Public Safety, wrote an article that was published in the November edition of the Community College Journal of Research and jeff-goltz-270wPractice.

The article titled, “The School of Public Safety at Valencia College: Implementation of a College-Wide Distributive and Collaborative Program Model for the Central Florida Community,” discusses the development of the College’s School of Public Safety from a creative problem-solving and theoretical approach.

The article also describes the four-phased approach outlined by Valencia College President Sandy Shugart in October 2013, for the initial development of the School and its future:

1. Integration of the Criminal Justice Institute and the Fire Rescue Institute
2. Expansion of the vision
3. Expansion of the programs
4. Expansion of facilities

To view the article abstract, click here. If you wish to receive a copy of the full article, email Jeff at jgoltz@valenciacollege.edu.

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