May 2016 Kudos

Week of May 8 – 14, 2016

Marie Trone’s Research Published


A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

A recent article published by BBC Earth mentions research conducted by Marie Trone, professor, biology, Osceola Campus. Marie has studied dolphins, called botos, that live in the Amazon River and the sounds that they use to communicate.

Congratulations, Professor Trone, on such interesting research.

Elizabeth Coleman Receives Tenure

A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Valencia celebrated Elizabeth Coleman, professor, nursing on West Campus, who successfully completed the pre-tenure process and submitted her final teaching/learning portfolio through the Teaching/Learning Academy.

To celebrate Elizabeth’s upcoming transition to fully tenured faculty, a reception was held at Seasons 52. The reception was the culmination of a rigorous three-year, pre-tenure process focused on the development and refinement of professional practices in teaching.

Elizabeth is the last faculty member to be awarded tenure under the three-year tenure model, which in 2013 evolved into a five-year process.

At the conclusion of the event, Elizabeth received a Valencia College medallion, engraved with her name and the year, that she wore with her academic regalia at commencement. Her name will be presented for approval to the District Board of Trustees on June 22, 2016.

Week of May 1 – 7, 2016

Stacey Johnson Selected to Join United Art’s Large Budget Panel


Stacey Johnson, president, East and Winter Park Campuses, has been selected by the United Arts of Central Florida Council to serve on the Large Budget Category Panel for the upcoming United Arts grant cycle in 2016. She currently serves as one of United Arts’ board of directors.

As one of the Large Budget Category Panel members, Stacey will be reviewing 15 grant requests from the largest art organizations in Orange County, such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orlando Ballet and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Other panel members include local leaders, such as Diane O’Dell, vice president, community relations, Universal Orlando Resort; Richard Sandler, MD, Nemours Children’s Hospital; and Kate Wilson, vice president, community affairs officer, Wells Fargo, Central Florida.

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