January Kudos

Jaddie Foggie Mentors Students at Timber Lakes Elementary School

When Jaddie Foggie, security guard on the East Campus, is not on campus keeping us safe, he is mentoring at Timber Lakes Elementary School where he works with students in the Junior Achievement Program.

His objective is to inspire the minds and hearts of students to become future entrepreneurs. The students gain real world experiences from local businesses where they are exposed to natural, capital and human resources.

Jaddie hopes the photo above with his 21 students inspires you as much as it did him. He is a strong believer that the joy of working with students and making a difference in his community is priceless.

Jaddie is also currently a student at the University of Central Florida where he is pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a minor in mass culture and collective behavior.

Three Employees Earn Human Resources Certifications

Congratulations to Nichole McPherson and Rachel Luce-Hitt, who successfully obtained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, and to Joe Livingston who obtained Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

The PHR certification, awarded by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that individuals possess the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination, demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field. The SPHR certification is awarded to individuals who design and plan HR policy and who have ultimate accountability in their HR department.

Congratulations Nichole, Rachel and Joe!

Shauna Anstey Finishes the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim

Congratulations to Shauna Anstey, operations manager for conferencing and college events, for completing a 5,000 meter swim across Tampa Bay on January 13. The Frogman Swim is a fundraiser for the Navy Seal Foundation “to provide injury assistance for families who have lost a loved one in training or combat.” This was Shauna’s second time completing the race across Tampa Bay. Kudos Shauna!

Congratulations to the 2014/15 Sabbatical Leave Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the eight Valencia employees who have been selected as the 2014/15 sabbatical leave recipients:

  • Melody Boeringer-Hartnup, Professor of Chemistry, Osceola
  • Karen Borglum, Assistant Vice President of Curriculum Development & Articulation, Downtown Center
  • Marie Brady, Manager of Campus Operations, Osceola
  • Geraldine Gallagher, Foundation President and CEO, Downtown Center
  • Al Groccia, Professor of Mathematics, Osceola
  • Joe Menig, Professor of Spanish, West
  • Karen Murray, ESL Professor, West
  • Jennifer Taylor, Professor of Humanities, East

Sabbatical leave provides employees with a significant opportunity to enhance teaching and/or professional effectiveness  through new, or renewed, achievement and growth through activities such as study, research, writing, creative work and travel.  Sabbatical leave recipients are selected through an application process by a group of faculty, professional and administrative staff.

For more information, visit the sabbatical leave webpage.

Dr. Sandy Shugart & Valencia Receive Notable Coverage in Local Papers

The Orlando Sentinel ranked Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia, as the 11th most powerful person in Central Florida, up from 25th last year. The Sentinel cited his involvement with a variety of nonprofit boards, and Valencia’s recognition for being one of “the best community colleges in America.”  The Florida Trend Magazine also touted Valencia’s number one ranking from the Aspen Institute in 2011, and how Valencia graduates “get jobs at a higher rate than almost any other school in the nation, even in an Orlando economy with unemployment rates higher than the national average.”

Kristiann Dougherty Elected to Board of In Need Of Diagnosis

Kristiann Dougherty, biology professor at the Lake Nona Campus, was elected to the board of In Need of Diagnosis, Inc. (INOD) a national nonprofit based in Orlando. INOD “advocates for increased accuracy and timeliness of diagnoses and is a resource center for those who suffer with illnesses that have eluded diagnosis.” Congratulations Kris!


  • Gloria said:

    Way to go Dr. S!!!

    AMWed, 16 Jan 2013 10:52:32 +0000Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:52:32 +0000am13,10:52 am

  • Mike Bosley said:

    Congratulations Kris! Thanks for representing Valencia so well!

    AMThu, 24 Jan 2013 10:08:02 +0000Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:08:02 +0000am13,10:08 am

  • Michelle said:

    Congratulations Kris!!! So proud of you!

    PMTue, 29 Jan 2013 15:36:36 +0000Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:36:36 +0000pm13,3:36 pm

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