May 2017 Kudos

Week of May 14 – 20, 2017

Three Valencia Leaders Named Aspen Presidential Fellows

Congratulations to Kathleen Plinske, president, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, and Kim Sepich, vice president, student affairs, who have completed the inaugural Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. Kathleen and Kim were two of only 40 selected into this program for extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

The fellowship is a highly selective year-long program to prepare leaders aspiring, or recently appointed, to the community college presidency. Fellows participated in a series of innovative seminars and are participating in ongoing mentorship focused on a new vision for leadership, delivered in collaboration with Stanford University faculty and top community college leaders.

Also, kudos to Falecia Williams, president, West and Downtown Campuses, who has been selected to participate in the second cohort.

To read more about the fellowship, click here.

Week of April 30 – May 6, 2017

East and Winter Park Campus President Stacey Johnson Inducted into Hall of Fame

Congratulations to East and Winter Park Campus President Stacey Johnson for her induction into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

Established in 1988, the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame recognized former Academic All-Americas who received a college degree at least 10 years ago, have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes.

Stacey is slated for the class of 2017 as an honorary inductee; her official induction will occur in June 2017.

The honorary designation is awarded to a former distinguished scholar-athlete whose collegiate career pre-dated the Academic All-America program in his or her particular sport. One of the most decorated fencers in United States collegiate and national history, Stacey competed for San Jose State from 1976 to 1979. Named an All-American every season, she also was a two-time National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association champion and led the Spartans to two team national championships.

As part of the United States national fencing program, Stacey was a three-time United States national team champion, and she competed in the 1977 and 1979 World University Games and was a 1980 U.S. Olympian.

She continued her service to the Olympics by serving on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Board of Directors from 1996 to 2004 and was elected to the USOC Executive Committee for 2003-2004.

In addition, Stacey served as president of the U.S. Fencing Association from 2000 to 2004 and was the first woman in the organization’s 125-year history to serve four terms as president.

She will receive her latest award during the induction ceremony, hosted by ESPN’s Rece Davis along with special guest Dick Enberg, on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The ceremony will be available for viewing on the CoSIDA website.

Join us in congratulating her for this achievement by commenting below.

Internship and Workforce Services Spring 2017 Job Fair a Success

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Internship and Workforce Services (IWS) hosted the spring 2017 annual job fair in partnership with the Career Centers, which, thanks to the hard work of our Valencia team, was a huge success. More than 150 students attended, and Valencia employees did a wonderful job engaging and assisting students.

The annual job fair gives employers the opportunity to engage with outstanding Valencia students and alumni seeking full-time or part-time employment. The event was held in the Special Events Center on West Campus, and a total of 86 employers representing 40 companies across multiple disciplines participated. Companies paid a registration fee of $75, and sponsorships were available. The funds from fees and sponsorships were used to support marketing and purchase promotional items and food (continental breakfast, lunch and snacks catered by TooJay’s) for the employers.

For the first time, students were required to dress professionally to attend the fair. In an effort to assist students with professional dress, prior to the event, the IWS and the Career Centers hosted a professional attire clothing drive in which faculty and staff across the College donated clothing items and accessories for students to wear. The clothing drive was a huge success as nearly 500 items were donated. Many of the donations were distributed to students before the job fair, and several items were on hand during the event for students who required a wardrobe change to attend the event.

Overall, both students and employers were thrilled with the job fair, and employers were very impressed by the students’ appearance, professionalism and preparedness. Employers also requested more opportunities to connect with our students through participation in a job or internship fair.

Kudos to everyone who participated in this fair to help our students develop and grow. Your work is appreciated!


  • Falecia Williams said:

    Congratulations, Stacey! You continue to be exceptional!

    PMTue, 02 May 2017 21:34:51 +0000Tue, 02 May 2017 21:34:51 +0000pm17,9:34 pm

    • Stacey Johnson said:

      Thanks Falecia – it is wonderful to now have you as a teammate!

      PMWed, 03 May 2017 15:12:23 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 15:12:23 +0000pm17,3:12 pm

  • Dr. Yasmeen Qadri said:

    This is great news! Congratulations Dr. Johnson, so happy for you:)

    PMTue, 02 May 2017 23:19:20 +0000Tue, 02 May 2017 23:19:20 +0000pm17,11:19 pm

    • Stacey J. said:

      Thank you Dr. Qadri!

      PMWed, 03 May 2017 15:12:51 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 15:12:51 +0000pm17,3:12 pm

  • Solange F. del Pino said:


    AMWed, 03 May 2017 09:07:14 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 09:07:14 +0000am17,9:07 am

  • Stephen Chancey said:

    Congratulations Dr. Johnson for your induction into CoSIDA. Remind me to never get into a fencing match with you!

    AMWed, 03 May 2017 09:13:18 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 09:13:18 +0000am17,9:13 am

  • Terri Daniels said:

    Way to go Dr. Johnson!

    PMWed, 03 May 2017 13:51:03 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 13:51:03 +0000pm17,1:51 pm

    • Stacey J. said:

      Touche Stephen!

      PMWed, 03 May 2017 15:13:31 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 15:13:31 +0000pm17,3:13 pm

    • Stacey J. said:

      Thanks Terri!

      PMWed, 03 May 2017 15:14:05 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 15:14:05 +0000pm17,3:14 pm

  • Rhonda Ulmer said:

    Congratulations, what an honor!

    PMWed, 03 May 2017 14:16:54 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 14:16:54 +0000pm17,2:16 pm

  • Stacey J. said:

    Thanks Rhonda – I do feel honored and humbled.

    PMWed, 03 May 2017 15:15:02 +0000Wed, 03 May 2017 15:15:02 +0000pm17,3:15 pm

  • Ruth Ridore said:

    Congratulations Stacey! This is awesome!

    AMThu, 04 May 2017 11:11:15 +0000Thu, 04 May 2017 11:11:15 +0000am17,11:11 am

  • Alison Hammack said:

    Congratulations Dr. Johnson! It is a pleasure to work for you.

    PMThu, 04 May 2017 21:29:41 +0000Thu, 04 May 2017 21:29:41 +0000pm17,9:29 pm

    • Stacey J. said:

      Thanks Alison for your kind note 🙂 Stacey

      AMFri, 05 May 2017 09:33:26 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 09:33:26 +0000am17,9:33 am

  • Lauren Zanders said:

    Congratulations and job well done! I am having a fan-girl moment realizing that I work for an Olympian!

    AMFri, 05 May 2017 07:08:38 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 07:08:38 +0000am17,7:08 am

  • Stacey J. said:

    Thanks Lauren!

    AMFri, 05 May 2017 09:35:47 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 09:35:47 +0000am17,9:35 am

  • Bonnie Osgood said:

    Wow….I am so impressed and inspired by your energy and accomplishments! A million thanks for your feminist courage and paving another road for women!

    AMFri, 05 May 2017 10:21:41 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 10:21:41 +0000am17,10:21 am

  • Bonnie Osgood said:

    ps…when I posted this comment a weird picture of a young man popped up by my name??!!!

    AMFri, 05 May 2017 10:22:52 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 10:22:52 +0000am17,10:22 am

    • Stacey J. said:

      Hi Bonnie

      Thanks for your note Bonnie. Please know I get energy from working with incredible faculty and staff at Valencia. Appreciate your support.

      AMFri, 05 May 2017 11:18:50 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 11:18:50 +0000am17,11:18 am

  • Maria Pichardo said:

    Congratulations! Makes me so proud to work for Valencia.

    AMFri, 05 May 2017 10:31:07 +0000Fri, 05 May 2017 10:31:07 +0000am17,10:31 am

    • Stacey J. said:

      Thank you Maria!

      PMTue, 09 May 2017 12:15:41 +0000Tue, 09 May 2017 12:15:41 +0000pm17,12:15 pm

  • Linda Goddard said:

    Dr. Johnson,
    Such a great accomplishment! I am delighted for you and so glad to work at a college whose president is an inspiration for me.

    Best regards

    PMMon, 08 May 2017 17:27:17 +0000Mon, 08 May 2017 17:27:17 +0000pm17,5:27 pm

    • Stacey J. said:

      Thank you Linda. Appreciate your note very much!

      PMTue, 09 May 2017 12:15:20 +0000Tue, 09 May 2017 12:15:20 +0000pm17,12:15 pm

  • Rene Rivera said:

    Wow. I would have never guessed. You are truly inspiring. Congratulations…

    PMMon, 15 May 2017 18:45:55 +0000Mon, 15 May 2017 18:45:55 +0000pm17,6:45 pm

    • Stacey said:

      Thanks so much Rene!

      AMTue, 16 May 2017 08:36:10 +0000Tue, 16 May 2017 08:36:10 +0000am17,8:36 am

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