June 2017 Kudos

Week of May 28 – June 3, 2017

East Campus Endowed Chairs Recipients Celebrated

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

Academic scholarship and innovative learning practices were celebrated among some of Valencia’s East Campus professors, at an Endowed Chair dinner, on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The 2016-17 Endowed Chairs were recognized at the dinner and included Kristin Abel, professor, theater technology, who presented a summary of her Endowed Chair 3D and Puppet Project that incorporated learning how to use a 3D modeling program to create files to print. She ended her presentation with a discussion of the courses within the Entertainment Design and Technology program that will use the 3D software and 3D printer.

East Campus recipients included:

To read more about the 29 tenured faculty members who have been awarded a 2016-17 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership, click here.

Winter Park Librarian Named an Exemplary Reference Award Winner

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

Ben Mittag, librarian for the Winter Park Campus, was recently recognized for his outstanding reference service to students. Each month, representatives from the the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, administrators of the statewide Ask-A-Librarian service, review transcripts of reference requests and vote on the best chat.

Ben’s detailed chat session with a student in December 2016 was selected and earned him this great honor. Congratulations to Ben for his exemplary service.

Ask-A-Librarian provides Florida residents with virtual reference service via live chat, text messaging and email. Valencia is one of more than 100 libraries that participate in the service.

East Campus Assists A Boy Scout In Earning Eagle Scout Rank

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

Community service and engagement were achieved recently when Daniel Mestre, son of Cathy Mestre, professor, paralegal studies, finished his Eagle Scout project with the support and generosity of Valencia College’s East Campus Leadership and Operations team.

Daniel, using Valencia’s surplus equipment was able to provide storage lockers to the Devereux Residential Group Care Home, which serves adolescent boys between the ages of 12 and 17. Daniel’s Eagle Scout project focused on providing lockers to the residents who are in need of behavioral healthcare services in a residential setting, on a short-term basis.

Roger Corriveau, manager, campus operations, came up with the idea of turning old computer cabinets into storage lockers, as he knew classroom technology was being refreshed in many classrooms. The tall/short cabinets, formerly used to house computer equipment, were originally planned to go into surplus and would not be repurposed.

Daniel worked over the course of a month to raise money needed to convert the computer cabinets into lockers by fundraising and mowing lawns. He purchased padlocks, wood, paint and tools to modify 12 computer cabinets and then scheduled a work day with his fellow scouts to turn the cabinets into storage lockers. The cabinets were delivered to the group home on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

“When I delivered the lockers, the foster children were very happy to have some space they could call their own,” Daniel shared.

Special thanks goes to Roger, along with Zachary Hawk, campus manager, evening and weekend, and the East Campus Technology Services team for assisting Daniel with packing and moving the cabinets for transfer.

Book Nerds’ ‘Smackdown’ Wins Program of the Year Award

Banned books for the win!

Student Samantha Rivera and Librarian Courtney Moore

Banned Books Trivia Smackdown, organized by the Valencia East Campus Book Nerds Club, received Program of the Year at the Student Development Annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

This educational program highlighted the importance of books as students competed to answer questions for prizes. The Book Nerds Club worked collaboratively with the East Campus’ Library and Student Government Association to host the event.

“The trivia smackdown was a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the importance of books to our culture,” said Faculty Co-advisor and Librarian Courtney Moore. “I am thrilled that the Book Nerds Club was recognized for its efforts in contributing to this worthy cause.”

The student club, which meets monthly for book discussions, was honored by the recognition and is already hard at work planning this year’s upcoming trivia contest. For more information, email valenciaeastbooknerds@gmail.com.

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