May 2014 Kudos

Central Florida Clean Air Team Awards Valencia “Clean Air Honorable Mention”


Andy Ray, professor, building construction technology, and Resham Shirsat, director, sustainability accept Valencia’s “Clean Air Honorable Mention” for the college’s approaches to cleaner air and education campaigns.

Valencia College received a “Clean Air Honorable Mention” from the 2014 Clean Air Board on Friday, May 16, 2014, during a Valencia Sustainability Committee meeting. The College was cited for its Climate Action Commitment to cut automobile emissions and provide multi-pronged approaches to contribute to cleaner air, along with its education campaigns to raise awareness of environmental concerns associated with clean air.

Central Florida Clean Air Team is a partnership of government, business organizations and individuals all working together to improve air quality in our community. The team is a partnership of MetroPlan Orlando, the region’s transportation planning organization. For more information, visit the MetroPlan Orlando Clean Air Web page.

 Model United Nations Recognized at Regional Conference

wc-model-un-groveBy Adrienne Mathews, Professor, Political Science

The Valencia College West Campus Model United Nations was awarded an “honorable mention” for its work at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, last month.

Model United Nations is an academic club in which students participate in simulations of the actual United Nations. At this conference, West Campus students represented the country of France and worked on resolutions to worldwide issues such as advancing human rights through comprehensive sex education, preventing the illicit trade and circulation of small arms to deter violence and protecting the human rights of children in areas of armed conflict and extreme poverty.

Awards are given to delegations that collectively demonstrate leadership and effective diplomacy with other nations and who remain in the character of their assigned country throughout the formal conference sessions. Though students are not able to solve the world’s problems in a three-day conference, they do gain insight into politics of the international community.

Model United Nations has an active chapter at on West, East and Osceola campuses. Students from all majors are encouraged to join, especially those who are interested in international law or business. Model United Nations is an excellent opportunity for students to develop skills such as writing, public speaking and the art of effective diplomacy.

For more information, contact Adrienne Mathews, professor, political science at or extension 1008.

Lisa Macon Featured in STEM Spotlight

lisa-macon-270wCongratulations to Lisa Macon, dean, engineering, computer programming, & technology, who was profiled as the April 2014, “STEM Spotlight” on the website of Pamela McCauley Bush, a nationally recognized speaker, UCF professor and STEM advocate.

In the profile, Lisa shares that she values helping Valencia students have “successful, high-tech, high-wage careers” and recounts how she was actually dissuaded from pursuing a career in computer science by a teacher while in high school because he thought “it wasn’t a good field for women.”

The feature also highlights Lisa’s strategies for success, barriers that she’s overcome and innovative strategies that she’s working on to inspire young girls to consider STEM careers.

Lisa Macon and Pamela McCauley Bush met while attending the ZORA! STEM Conference in January 2014, an annual community event that is part of the annual ZORA! Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville.

To read the full profile, visit Spotlight: A Monthly Dose of Inspiration: Lisa Macon, Ph.D.

Training and Education Partnership Article Accepted for Publication in Criminal Justice Journal

pr-cji-logos-270wOn Wednesday, April 23, 2014, an article authored by Jeff Goltz, director, public safety, that discusses the criminal justice training and education partnership between Valencia and the Ana G. Méndez University System in Puerto Rico, was accepted for publication in the May 2014 issue of the “Western Journal of Criminal Justice.” The article is titled “A Training and Education Partnership for the Transformation and Sustainable Reform of Law Enforcement in Puerto Rico: Theory and Practice.

Since September 2013, in partnership with the Continuing Education Department, the Criminal Justice Institute has sent instructors to Puerto Rico for law enforcement vehicle operations and defensive tactics instructor training at Méndez University. In May 2014, instructors will conduct firearms instructor training.

As of January 2014, 319 students have graduated from Méndez University’s associate degree in penal justice, which is modeled after Valencia’s criminal justice training and academic programs, and 353 students are currently enrolled. Of these graduates 180 are municipal police officers from 12 cities in Puerto Rico: Bayamon, Caguas, Cidra, Gurabo, Jayuya, Juncos, Las Piedras, Mayagüez, Moca, Ponce, San Lorenzo and Yabucoa.

For more information about the partnership, contact Jeff Goltz at or extension 8265.

Richard Sansone Recognized by Brazilian Press Association

sansone-award2-270wOn Friday, May 3, 2014, Richard Sansone, professor of Portuguese and EAP, at the West Campus, was recognized at the 17th Annual Brazilian International Press Awards USA. Richard was honored with the Mérito & Excelência (Merit and Excellence) Award for his contributions in spreading Brazilian culture outside the country of Brazil.

The event, sponsored by the Brazilian International Press Association, was held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Event founder, Carlos Borges convenes independent Brazilian press outlets from all over the United States for this once a year multi-day event. Citing Richard’s founding of the Brazilian Film Festival and his promotion of the Portuguese language, Borges said, “I believe there are no limitations for his outreach to make Americans more aware of Portuguese-rooted culture in Latin America, the U.S. and worldwide.”

Upon presenting the award to Richard, Paulo Correa of Radio Brazil Orlando, stated, “This recognition is 20 years in the making. It is a recognition of Richard’s incredible support and promotion of Brazilian culture in the U.S. His work in this matter is especially relevant, because it represents a high degree of diversity, integration and multiculturalism.”

Richard was nominated for the award by the Brazilian International Press Association board of directors comprised of members worldwide.

Later this summer, Richard, along with Steve Cunningham, professor, English as a Second Language, will present a pro bono, intensive English program for graduate students at Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (UFVJM), the federal university in Diamantina, Brazil.

Relations with officials at the UFVJM have been nurtured since professors Sansone and Cunningham first traveled there with endowed chair assistance three years ago.

Amy Bosley Named Director Emerita of Valencia Foundation

amy-bosley-fc-groveCongratulations to Amy Bosley, vice president of organizational development and human resources, who was named “Director Emerita” of the Valencia College Foundation at the foundation’s second annual scholarship celebration on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Directors emeriti represent the highest honor given to a retiring foundation board member. The award is made for service, creating a legacy, philanthropy and making a significant difference as a volunteer leader. Of the hundreds of board members who have been part of Valencia Foundation since 1974, only a tiny percentage have earned this distinction.

1 Comment

  • Karen Murray said:

    BIG KUDOS to Richard Sansone for his tireless work and passion to develop and enhance cultural exchange. His achievements are so important for our college, our local community, and the global community. Thank you, Richard.

    PMWed, 07 May 2014 17:32:59 +0000Wed, 07 May 2014 17:32:59 +0000pm14,5:32 pm

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