Left to right: Whitly Charles, Ozelle Sabado, Craig Oberg, Darla Brown, Jennyfer Gutierrez Alfonso
“It all began with liquid paper, dictation machines and IBM Selectric typewriters in the late 70s,” says Becky Hopkins, office systems manager of the East Campus Word Processing Center. “The success of the Center has come a long way over the past four decades and has evolved into a cutting-edge design center serving all facets of the College,” she shared.
Becky has worked at Valencia for 30 years, 28 of them full-time, the first 22 of which were in Word Processing East Campus. Annually, the Center produces thousands of documents for classrooms, programs and events hosted on East Campus under Becky’s leadership.
The Word Processing Center team, which includes Becky, Darla Brown, Whitly Charles, Craig Oberg, Ozelle Sabado, and its newest member, Jennyfer Gutierrez Alfonso, focuses on designing posters, flyers, programs, invitations, booklets and various other items requested by faculty, staff and students.
Whitly Charles, senior word processing specialist, designs and creates materials for distribution and promotion, uses graphic design software to aid in the creation of materials and uses desktop publishing software to develop professional-looking documents.
“It is rewarding to help bring people’s ideas to life. It is also rewarding to see my design work around campus,” said Whitly, who celebrated her one-year work anniversary on August 18. This is her first job post college graduation.
Whitly attended the University of Indianapolis and majored in visual communication design. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.
Ozelle Sabado serves as a senior word processing specialist, where she designs, types and creates materials for the many projects the department produces. In addition, she assists faculty and staff who frequent the Center while answering queries regarding print or graphic design work.
“I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of others when viewing the final product of a project we’ve worked on overall,” said Ozelle, who graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in graphic design from Valencia and has worked at the College for one year.
Craig Oberg is the lead reprographics equipment operator. And he dares anyone to say his title 10 times fast! Craig handles the printing of all sorts of stuff for the College like books, programs, handouts and the like.
“If my day were an SNL skit, it would be that one about “Makin’ Copies,” said Craig.
A sense of humor makes his days fly by. To boot, he says he gets to spend his days with great people doing a job that contributes to the success of Valencia and its students. “Plus, I like pressing buttons, and copy machines have a lot of buttons,” he said. Employed at Valencia for two years, Craig completed an Associate in Arts degree at Valencia. In his spare time, he likes to “golf poorly – both in skill and green fees.”
Darla Brown works as a staff assistant II, where she logs printing and calculating charges, enters events on the Valencia Events Calendar and completes the department’s all-important monthly report.
“I like being able to help so many different people, and I enjoy the many different professional relationships I have built with faculty over the years,” she said.
Darla has worked in the department for eight years. Previously, she worked part-time for three years as a staff assistant in plant operations and in the math and social science departments. Darla has earned two certificates in office systems technology from Valencia.
Jennyfer Gutierrez Alfonso, a part-time staff assistant II, is the department’s newest addition, who joined the team just three days ago at the time of this writing. Jennyfer types documents and video transcriptions and makes copies of documents for staff while keeping files in order.
“Everyday is a new experience, and I look forward to meeting new colleagues and learning new computer skills,” Jennyfer said.
Jennyfer has an Associate in Arts degree in general studies from Valencia and is currently at work on a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.