June 2018 Kudos

Week of June 10 – 16, 2018

Manny Ramos Selected for $2,000 Scholarship

Congratulations to Professor of Nursing Manny Ramos on receiving a $2,000 Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) Scholarship Award. The award will enable Manny to continue pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice in educational leadership through American Sentinel University. His Doctor of Nursing Practice project centers on student success with a focus on student retention to decrease attrition in the associate degree in nursing program.

Manny received a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of the Philippines in Manila.

He has more than 25 years of nursing experience in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, adult critical care, long-term care, rehabilitation and nursing administration.

Manny will be recognized at the 39th PNAA Annual Convention on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Week of June 3 – 9, 2018

East Campus VITA Program Contributes to Another Successful Tax Season

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

With tax season behind us, it’s time to thank those who contributed to Valencia’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Many thanks not only to Professor of Business Walter Martin, but also to the VITA program student and faculty volunteers. Once again, hundreds of community residents were provided free assistance in preparing their taxes from February through April on various campuses. As always, preference was given to senior citizens, the disabled and low-income individuals.

Stability Initiatives Manager for Heart of United Way David Foote said, “Valencia East’s VITA tax season was another big success. Valencia was again the number one free tax preparation site in Central Florida. Walter Martin and his team do so much for the community and the smiles on clients’ faces were priceless.” 

Student Wins Student Leader Connection Award

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

East Campus student Giorgi Beruashvili won the Student Leader Connection award at the Association of Florida Colleges Student Development Commission Annual Conference at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. This award is given annually to a Florida College System student who has contributed to the work of student development activities on his or her campus. Giorgi was awarded a certificate and received a check for $300.

Join me in congratulating Giorgi by commenting below. 

Daniel Barkowitz Earns Top Influencer Award

Kudos to Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Daniel Barkowitz on earning the Top Influencer Award from the Florida College Access Network (FCAN), an organization dedicated to improving educational achievement for all Florida residents.

Daniel was presented the award, which recognizes his social savvy and contributions to expanding the summit’s reach and attendance, during the annual FCAN summit, held Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, 2018.

Commenting on why Daniel received the award, FCAN Assistant Director for Network Partnerships Kathy McDonald explained, “Our summit is only as strong as the people we attract who bring their talents and experience in service to helping each of us learn and grow. No one of us have this all figured out. Together, we can make amazing things happen. That’s why Daniel’s contribution … in helping us spread the word not only about the summit, but about the work and those leaders who are blazing new trails, is so important.”

Daniel also served as a speaker during the conference.

Congratulate Daniel in the comments below.


  • Rachel Allen said:

    Congratulations, Daniel! Your leadership makes a difference!

    PMTue, 05 Jun 2018 16:07:40 +0000Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:07:40 +0000pm18,4:07 pm

  • Allie Yadav said:

    Congrats, Daniel, on receiving this well-deserved honor!

    PMWed, 06 Jun 2018 13:18:10 +0000Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:18:10 +0000pm18,1:18 pm

  • Jennifer Keefe said:

    Congratulations, Daniel! Well-deserved!

    PMFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:21:57 +0000Fri, 08 Jun 2018 15:21:57 +0000pm18,3:21 pm

  • April Montallana said:

    Thanks for all that you do Walter! Also, huge Congrats to Manny!!!

    AMFri, 15 Jun 2018 09:50:56 +0000Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:50:56 +0000am18,9:50 am

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