March 2016 Kudos

Week of March 20 – 26, 2016

Respiratory Care Students Finish Strong at the National Sputum Bowl Competition


By Kimberlee Harvey, Professor, Respiratory Therapy, and Director of Clinical Education for the Respiratory Care Program

Valencia’s Respiratory Care students took second place in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) National Sputum Bowl Competition in Tampa in November 2015. The team consisted of four 2015 graduates: Jessica Koralewski, Mallorie Gaughran, Tiffany Aponte-Rivera and Jason Evans. They began their journey to the national competition by winning the state championship at the Sunshine Seminar in Daytona Beach in March 2015.

The national competition consisted of 23 Student Sputum Bowl teams from around the country. The students had to play a total of six games over a three-day period to get to the final round. Some challenges that the students experienced were finding time to practice, overcoming the anxiety of performing in front of their peers, challenging the judges on incorrect answers and taking time away from work, family and friends for the three-day competition.

Week of March 13 – 19, 2016

“Flipping in a Big Way” Named Innovation of the Year Competition Winner


Left to right: Keri Siler, Joel Berman and Alison Hammack

We are proud to congratulate the “Flipping in a Big Way” team on its selection as Valencia’s winner of the Innovation of the Year Awards Competition. Team members include East Campus professors of mathematics Joel Berman, Keri Siler and Alison Hammack.

“Flipping in a Big Way” is the catchy title for an innovative learning and teaching model that began at Valencia in fall 2014. Joel, Keri and Alison created a large-section college algebra course that consists of 75 students, one instructor and three instructional assistants. This class follows the flipped classroom model where students watch online instructional videos with lectures prior to class. During class, students work in small groups to complete assignments and activities related to the content viewed on the video.

Valencia’s innovative, flipped college algebra classes are student-centered versus teacher-centered, resulting in students being more engaged. During class, students work in groups and have the opportunity to “talk about math” with other students, enjoying the group’s diversity in ability and gender. They exchange ideas and hear multiple perspectives on problem solving. This group work helps them prepare for working with diverse people in the community.

More students can be accommodated with high-quality instruction and less operational costs with a smaller instructor-student ratio with four “leaders” in the class room. The teacher is removed from the center of attention and is now a guide working with groups and individuals. Outside of class, students gain control of their learning when watching the instructor-created videos. They have the power to pause, rewind and practice content that is graded immediately.

The program was selected by a representative group of peers, and it has been submitted to the League for Innovation in the Community College for national recognition. The recipients will have the opportunity to present at the 2017 Innovations Conference.

For more information about the Innovation of the Year Competition, click here.

Week of February 28 – March 5, 2016

Benjamin Ohwovoriole Awarded Doctorate Degree

A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses

Benjamin Ohwovoriole, adjunct professor, English, on the Winter Park Campus, was recently awarded his doctorate prof.-O-270wdegree in international relations from North West University, South Africa. Born in South Africa, Benjamin, or “Professor O” as his students call him, has taught composition classes at the Winter Park Campus since 2011, and his students speak admiringly of the energy and enthusiasm he brings to his classes.

Professor O’s dissertation is titled “Social Semiotics in African Films and its Effects on International Relations.” His work focuses on the politics of communication within the context of globalization. One member of his dissertation committee called his work “a strikingly original piece of interdisciplinary research, which emphasizes the powerful connection between the cultural and political dimensions of life, linking key themes in the study of international relations to a very deep textual study of film, using very sharp and well-informed semiotic analysis.”

Winter Park Campus students are fortunate to learn from an instructor of Dr. O’s intellect, accomplishment and concern for learning. Congratulations Benjamin on this great academic achievement.


  • Aaron Bergeson said:

    Congratulations, Jamin! Well done!!

    PMThu, 03 Mar 2016 17:10:14 +0000Thu, 03 Mar 2016 17:10:14 +0000pm16,5:10 pm

  • Lisa Potchen said:


    PMTue, 15 Mar 2016 22:42:36 +0000Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:42:36 +0000pm16,10:42 pm

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