March Kudos!

Week of March 26th–30th

Valencia Exceeds Goal for United Way Campaign
We are honored to announce that the Valencia College community raised a total of $13,004 for the 2012 United Way campaign, surpassing last year’s total of $10,286 by $2,718.

A big thank you goes out to all of you who generously donated and helped us exceed our goal. To find out more about this year’s United Way campaign, please click here. To learn more about the Heart of Florida United Way, click here.

Debi Jakubcin, wellness program coordinator, pictured with Michael McLaughlin, account executive at Heart of Florida United Way.

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 Week of March 19th-23rd 

Valencia Retiree Receives Award at Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities!
On Saturday, March 17, the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) held its national conference in Jacksonville, FL. At the conference, retired West Campus Student Coordinator Victor Collazo received the APCA Lifetime Achievement award.

APCA is a national campus activities organization that was founded in 1994 and services the needs of campus activities programming departments throughout the United States. Congratulations, Victor!

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Valencia East and West – Winners at PTK Regionals
Congratulations to the East Campus Alpha Gamma Omega group on winning a regional award for honors in action and poetry, and for being named one of the top 10 distinguished chapters in Florida at the Phi Theta Kappa Florida Regional Convention in Jacksonville on Saturday, March 3.

West Campus’ Chi Epsilon was also named as one of the top 10 distinguished chapters.

Kudos to our students on such outstanding achievements!

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Week of March 12th-16th

Valencia Brain Bowl Takes 2nd and 3rd in Nation
Our Valencia Brain Bowl teams took second and third place at the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Community College Championship Tournament (NAQT CCCT) held this year at Gulf Coast College in Panama City, Florida.

Teams from 24 community colleges out of nine states competed, all having qualified through their own tournaments. Our friendly rivals from Chipola College took first and gave the only losses to our Red team, which finished second. Our Black team lost only to Chipola and our Red team.

Our Red and Black teams now get to move on to the NAQT Intercollegiate Tournament in Chicago, where they will play against university teams.

Say congrats to any of the students named below if you know them; they’ve put in eight hours a week in preparation for this tournament.

Valencia Red: Virginia Ruiz, Kaitlyn Johnston, Jihye Shin, CJ Brown

Valencia Black: Julio Gonzalez-Zuluaga, Brady Harris, Levar Burton, Brian Cofer, Rynaldo Deshauters

And, a special kudos goes out to Chanda Torres, director of student development, Jeffrey Stuckey, staff assistant, and Nancy Meza, student activity accounting specialist for their support.

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