May 2015 Kudos

Week of May 24 – 30, 2015

Falecia Williams Awarded Lifework Leadership Alumni of the Year Award

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Congratulations to West Campus President Falecia Williams, who was awarded the Lifework Leadership Alumni of the Year Award. Lifework Leadership began more than 20 years ago with a vision to transform the City of Orlando by transforming its emerging leaders. Each year, they honor remarkable leaders who serve as brilliant examples of Christian leadership excellence in our community.

The award was presented to Falecia on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Country Club of Orlando.

Lifework Leadership is a nonprofit leadership development organization with a mission of  building a generation of transformed business leaders who cross vocational, denominational and racial lines to transform homes, companies, churches and ultimately the city.

Three Scholarships Awarded to Law Enforcement Officer Recruits

leo-15-02-scholarships-groveCongratulations to Valencia law enforcement officer recruits Alberto Claudio, Felix Rivera and Angel Medina who received scholarships totaling $2,500 from members of the Zellwood Station Veterans Club.

The scholarships were presented by Zellwood Station Veterans Club President Frank Lowry and members Ronald Mest and John Bischof on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the School of Public Safety.

To receive the scholarship, recruits were required to be veterans or  dependents of veterans and complete an application, which included a 200-word statement.

“We considered their need and their ability to perform as a student in the program. The recruits were selected by our three-member scholarship committee,” said Ronald Mest. “We learned that a lot of people were applying to the program and could not afford it, so we sought to help. We are a veterans’ organization, and our sole purpose is to help other veterans.”

The club’s scholarship funds are raised through the organization’s annual golf tournament for individuals with physical handicaps.

“We hope to be able to do it again next year,” Ronald said.

Recruits may use the scholarships to offset costs for tuition and living expenses while in the program.

Week of May 17 – 23, 2015

Student Development Honors Winston Williams

A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus

winston-williams-recognition-groveFrom left to right: Norberto Rodriguez, custodial working supervisor; Winston Williams, custodian; Jason Dodge, assistant director, student development; and Melvin Scott, custodian services supervisor

Congratulations to Winston Williams, custodian, who was awarded the Student Activities People’s Choice Award by Jason Dodge, assistant director, student development, on Monday, April 27, 2015. This award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond within the past year to assist with the successful implementation of student activities and events on West Campus.

Winston is known for his amazing attitude toward students, faculty and staff and his excellent work day-to-day. His caring and congenial attitude and willingness to serve epitomizes what it means to be a Valencia employee. We are proud and privileged to call Winston our colleague.

Week of May 10 – 16, 2015

Keith Houck Named CCBO Leadership Academy Dean

Keith-Houck-260wCommunity College Business Officers (CCBO), the premier community college association serving current and future business officers, announced on Monday, April 20, 2015, that Keith Houck, vice president, operations and finance, has been named the new CCBO Leadership Academy Dean effective Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Keith will succeed Ronald L. Rhames, who will continue to serve as dean through this year’s graduation.

“Keith Houck has been an exceptional educator as well as leader within our organization,” says CCBO President Jami Van Ess. “He inspires emerging professionals to become engaged in professional development and to enhance their own leadership skills. We are confident he will follow in Dr. Rhames’ legacy and continue to build a prestigious leadership program for future business officers.”

CCBO is a nonprofit, higher education association committed to providing educational and professional support, networking opportunities, and other resources to help current and future business officers and other professionals better prepare for successful roles in the business, administrative and service enterprises of community colleges and community college system offices in the United States and Canada.

Week of May 3 – 9, 2015

Valencia PTK Honor Society Recognized for Excellence

ewp-ptk-groups-collage-groveA message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses

Valencia’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors students have been recognized for their exemplary achievements over the past year. Most recently, two East Campus student leaders, Rebecca Nash and Jarrett Fletcher, were recognized at the 2015 All-Florida Academic Team award ceremony in Tallahassee.

East and Winter Park Campus President, Stacey Johnson, commended the student leaders for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their communities.

Valencia PTK members joined fellow chapter members from other institutions at the Phi Theta Kappa “Nerd Nation” Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The event, which drew more than 4,000 guests, focused on scholastic development. The celebration included Grammy and Oscar-award winning musician, John Legend, who performed and provided an inspirational speech on excellence and community service.

Valencia’s PTK Chapter was recognized in 2015 for the following awards:

Regional Awards:

Distinguished Chapter
Distinguished Officer
Distinguished Member
5 Star Chapter Status

International Awards:

Distinguished Officer Team
Distinguished Member

1 Comment

  • Nicholle Trapp said:

    Congratulations Dr. Falecia Williams as you celebrate being awarded the Lifework Leadership Alumni of the Year Award. Such a well deserved honor!

    AMWed, 27 May 2015 08:39:29 +0000Wed, 27 May 2015 08:39:29 +0000am15,8:39 am

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