June 2013 Kudos

June 23rd – 29th

Bill White Wins OBJ CIO in Government/Education Award


Congratulations to Bill White, chief information officer (CIO), who was awarded the Orlando Business Journal’s (OBJ) C-Level Award in the CIO, Government/Education category! Bill was presented with the award at a special luncheon hosted by the OBJ on Friday, June 21, 2013.

OBJ C-Level Awards recognize Central Florida’s top chief financial officers, chief information officers and chief operating officers for their premier efforts. The context of the recognition focuses on four areas within their organization: the nominees’ strategic initiatives, innovations, growth (both in number of employees and net profits) and community involvement.

Bill was nominated by the vice president of operations and finance, Keith Houck, and considers it a “great honor.” OBJ highlights Bill’s leadership in increasing Valencia’s online education efforts and saving the college millions of dollars by bringing an outsourced computer service model back home to our office for information technology (OIT).

While Bill is honored to receive the award, he is quick to share the recognition with his team and colleagues. He explains that he sees the award as a, “much deserved recognition of the great team of OIT and college individuals who work every day to ensure Valencia’s technology systems are reliable and support the main mission and objectives of the college.”

Congratulations to the “Oscenona” Academy for Learning Leadership Graduates


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

Eight outstanding employees from the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses (Oscenona!) completed Valencia’s Academy for Learning Leadership this week: Debra Hollister, Brian Macon, Denise Ross, Adriene Tribble, Adam Talbot, Cristy Hardin, Liz Washington, and Landon Shephard. We are so proud of this group of outstanding academic leaders who participated in a year-long program covering topics such as state and national issues in higher education, collaborative governance, curriculum development, planning and assessment. Congratulations!

June 16th – 22nd

Bob Gessner Wins Femmes de Coeur Dance Fundraiser

Bob-Gessner-dancing-border-270wKudos to the debonair Bob Gessner, dean of science on the West Campus, and his professional dance partner, who won the annual Femmes de Coeur (women of Heart) dance fundraiser on June 2, 2013. Thanks to their supporters, they raised more money for nursing scholarships than any of the competing schools.

You may also read Top 10 Reasons to See Bob Gessner Dance for Femmes de Coeur, which was posted prior to the event.

Grenka Fletcher and Leah Mitchell Enjoy Tour of Heritage Center

heritage-center-270wFriday, May 17, 2013, was an exciting day for two Winter Park staff members, as they were recognized for their exceptional hard work. Grenka Fletcher, library specialist, and Leah Mitchell, part-time librarian, were honored with a special walking tour of Hannibal Square, which is only a few blocks away from the campus and has strong roots in Winter Park.

Barbara Chandler, manager of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, facilitated the 40-minute tour, during which time Grenka and Leah had an opportunity to ask questions and learn about past, present and future happenings at the Heritage Center.

When Grenka and Leah returned to campus, they were surprised with a Valencia stainless steel bottle as a form of gratitude for the tremendous work they have done during the spring semester.


  • valenciaorgcom said:

    Correction: All Winter Park staff members were recognized on May 17, 2013 for their exceptional hard work, and were honored with a special walking tour of Hannibal Square. -The Grove Team

    AMMon, 17 Jun 2013 07:50:49 +0000Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:50:49 +0000am13,7:50 am

  • Robert McCaffrey said:

    Congratulations, Bob! Great moves for a great cause.

    PMThu, 20 Jun 2013 23:49:03 +0000Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:49:03 +0000pm13,11:49 pm

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