Featured Colleague — Lee Lucia

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By Wendy Jo Moyer

One of Valencia’s strengths, shared Lee Lucia, faculty developer and instructional designer in the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation, is “that we identify what people do the best and we let them do it.”

Lee remembers the first time he used one of his strengths on the job, even though it wasn’t part of his official job description. When he was hired at Valencia in 2004 as an instructional technology services technical supervisor at the Winter Park Campus, the library staff transported AV equipment carts to many classrooms, as the they were not yet furnished with equipment. Lee conducted a campus-wide equipment inventory for each Winter Park classroom.

“I determined that with the addition of only a few items, we could equip almost every classroom with its own AV set up, thus eliminating the need for carts and scheduling delivery and pick up all together,” he said. Lee appreciated that he could utilize his nearly 24 years of audio/video expertise (34 years now) to make recommendations that were eventually adopted by the College. And it doesn’t stop there.

“Because of my previous work experience before I came to the College, I was asked to redesign various workspaces including the Winter Park Campus Library, the Winter Park Testing and Assessment Center, the Winter Park Communications Student Support Center, student computer labs and the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation.” These efforts were also above and beyond his job description, all rewarding experiences as he could offer his skills to benefit the College and students.

Since joining Valencia, Lee, named the 2006 Outstanding Employee of the Year, has served in five Valencia positions. After three years in his role as the instructional technology services technical supervisor, where he launched the first-ever audio visual department on the Winter Park Campus, he was promoted to computer services coordinator/lab manager liaison. In this role he saved the campus thousands of dollars by piloting Computers on Demand, a program in which he analyzed computer usage in the labs and then recommended that lab team members only power on enough computers to accommodate the average number of users for that time of day.

After this position, Lee was promoted to the manager of the Learning Technology Center, followed by a stint as the manager of faculty and instructional development.

In his current role as faculty developer and instructional designer in the West Campus Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation, he provides consultation and support for faculty in the design and development of technology-enhanced courses and materials, including interactive and multimedia components. He really enjoys his work, which provides him the opportunity to assist others, make friends and improve himself professionally.

“I am blessed to have a job that allows me to work directly with faculty and staff,” he shared. “Our folks all have diverse backgrounds and lots of professional teaching and life experiences. In addition to helping them with their classes, I also get to be a ‘sideline learner’ who learns a bit about their disciplines, but more importantly, I get to learn about them. I get to know about their hopes and dreams, their children, their pets, and I’m grateful that they allow me to share a bit of their personal lives. It’s one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had.”

Amy Downs, senior instructional assistant, nominated Lee as a featured colleague because of his positive attitude and expertise in helping faculty and staff members. “Lee is an asset to all of us,” she shared. “He combines enthusiasm, knowledge and a spirit of support to every project. He has the ability to turn technical ‘chores and challenges’ into success stories for all faculty and staff who are fortunate to interact with him on projects.”

Dori Haggerty, campus director, faculty and instructional development and Lee’s supervisor, agrees with Amy. “Lee is a dedicated team member eager to assist faculty in any way he can,” Dori said. Anyone who has met Lee would describe him as a thoughtful communicator and great listener. He is a true asset to the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation.”

Lee appreciates what the College offers the community. “In addition to providing affordable quality education, Valencia serves as a catalyst of knowledge to help transform people’s lives. When that happens, the standard of living in the community goes up, which enhances the quality of life for everyone who lives here,” he concludes.

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In his spare time, Lee enjoys digital and traditional painting, 2D and 3D animation and creating cartoons and comic books. Check out his works above. He and his wife also enjoy gardening and are members of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Know of someone doing great work at the College, who has been an employee for one year or more? Send the colleague’s name to us at The_Grove@valenciacollege.edu so he or he can be one of our featured colleagues.

 

15 Comments

  • Erin O'Brien said:

    Lee is super awesome! I've been lucky to work with him over the years. I always appreciate his fresh perspective and listening ear.

    PMTue, 23 Sep 2014 17:31:40 +0000Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:31:40 +0000pm14,5:31 pm

  • Karen Cowden said:

    Lee makes our campus run smother and sweeter.

    PMTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:03:12 +0000Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:03:12 +0000pm14,6:03 pm

  • Shara Lee said:

    Thanks for always being an engaged thought partner and consultant for the faculty served by the Center and to your colleagues – we appreciate you!

    PMTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:18:02 +0000Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:18:02 +0000pm14,6:18 pm

  • Karen Rivera said:

    Lee is the "Heart and Soul" of the CTLI West Campus! He's always smiling and willing to help everyone! He has a plethora of technology knowledge whether it's Blackboard, Corner Stone, Soft Chalk etc. If he doesn't know he will find out and learn himself. He is an asset to Valencia College! We all love him!! It's a privilege and pleasure to work with you every day! 🙂 You Are Awesome! Thanks for all you do Lee! 🙂

    PMTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:58:01 +0000Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:58:01 +0000pm14,6:58 pm

  • Andrew Ray said:

    Lee is a rock star of technology, and one of the most helpful people you will ever meet. As others have said, for anyone having problems with Atlas, BlackBoard, or just about any software/hardware issue, he's the man to see. And he's one more reason working on West Campus is a real pleasure.

    PMTue, 23 Sep 2014 21:53:56 +0000Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:53:56 +0000pm14,9:53 pm

  • Patti Riva said:

    From his service at the Winter Park Campus to the present, Mr. Lucia remains dedicated and focused to providing quality service. In addition, as Professor Ray indicates above, he IS one of the most helpful people you will ever meet. He also has a very gentle and kind soul. Valencia is fortunate having him as an employee. Thank you, Lee!

    AMWed, 24 Sep 2014 07:53:47 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:53:47 +0000am14,7:53 am

  • Regina Seguin said:

    So glad to have Lee right across the hall! Echoing all that has been said, he is a great person to work with!

    AMWed, 24 Sep 2014 08:13:46 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:13:46 +0000am14,8:13 am

  • Michele McArdle said:

    Wonderful to see your smiling face in the photo for the featured colleague. Thanks for all you have done to assist the Winter Park Campus community and to assist faculty with their professional development. All the best to you, Lee.

    AMWed, 24 Sep 2014 08:18:12 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 08:18:12 +0000am14,8:18 am

  • R LaPlante said:

    Lee, you made every year count! A huge congrats from the Osceola campus!

    AMWed, 24 Sep 2014 09:20:06 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:20:06 +0000am14,9:20 am

  • Michael Maguire said:

    Congrats, Lee. It's truly awesome to see your great deeds and enduring contributions recognized.

    PMWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:48:48 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:48:48 +0000pm14,3:48 pm

  • @SimEdTech said:

    Winter Parks loss was West's gain. I can't imagine the 6th floor without you. Great job.

    PMWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:31:25 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:31:25 +0000pm14,4:31 pm

  • Aaron said:

    I know of no finer gentleman than Lee Lucia!

    Congratulations Dad!

    PMWed, 24 Sep 2014 18:50:12 +0000Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:50:12 +0000pm14,6:50 pm

  • Amy E. said:

    I am so lucky to work on the same team as Lee! He is not only amazing at what he does at Valencia, he is an AMAZING person and puts me in a great mood every time I get to work around him 🙂

    PMThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:39:51 +0000Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:39:51 +0000pm14,2:39 pm

  • Crystal Smith said:

    Thank goodness for Lync, Lee, because I miss you every single day here on East campus. There's no one to call me "Miss Crystal" or remind me that all of my technical ideas don't have to happen immediately but that doesn't mean they aren't possible. I'm blessed as a person that you've become not just my coworker but also my friend. Thank you for helping me realize so many of my dreams and visions for my classroom come true. Valencia is beyond blessed to have you on our team.

    PMFri, 03 Oct 2014 12:58:53 +0000Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:58:53 +0000pm14,12:58 pm

  • Lee Lucia said:

    Thank you everyone for your kind words!

    PMFri, 03 Oct 2014 13:41:20 +0000Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:41:20 +0000pm14,1:41 pm

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