Political science professor Mark Logas provides learning opportunities for students both in the classroom and throughout the community by purposefully sharing his political knowledge, which is facilitated by his prior broadcast and news experience. During his tenure at Valencia, Logas redesigned the State and Local Government course, created a Government and Media class and developed the Civic Leadership Internship Program.
A key component of the course work in the State and Local Government class requires students to attend City Council and County Commission meetings in person, as well as, observe traffic court sessions inside the Orange County Courthouse. In his Government and Media class, students also visit government chambers as well as local radio and television stations, where they interact with elected leaders and media professionals.
By sparking the fire for political involvement, the Civic Leadership Internship Program has produced civic leaders such as Adam Lovejoy, who served as chief-of-staff for a Florida State Representative, and Heather Coiro, who successfully convinced the Lake County School Board to return driver’s education to the curriculum.
By using his professional contacts in the community, Logas is able to bring community leaders to the classroom. Students benefited from hearing guest speakers Carole Nelson, the first female news anchor in Orlando; Greg Dawson, Orlando Sentinel columnist; and Congressman Lou Fry, to name a few. Logas also works to bring Valencia graduates such as Sgt. Kim Montes, of the Florida Highway Patrol, and community activist Dick Batchelor , back to the college to speak with students at East Campus forums.
Demonstrating Valencia’s commitment to get involved in service to our community, Mark recently guest lectured on education reform, the Affordable Care Act and the upcoming mid-term elections. Having faculty members share their discipline expertise is a key component in support of East and Winter Park’s Campus objective: To Establish Stronger Relationships and programs with the Campus Community.
Be sure to read the August issue of your East and Winter Park Campus Concentrate for a look into the life of a student in the field at local radio station.