October Kudos

A Gift for Teaching Fundraising Drive at Osceola

A message from Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona

Once again, the Osceola Campus has demonstrated our amazing generosity and spirit of giving by donating $639 worth of supplies and $125 in cash to A Gift for Teaching.

A Gift for Teaching is a store for teachers in Osceola County to “shop” (at no charge) for supplies to be given to needy children in their classrooms. As part of the Education Foundation of Osceola County, their mission is to ensure that children and classrooms in our community have the basic tools for learning. Special thanks to Donna Sovern, administrative assistant in the math office, for organizing our campus fundraising drive for A Gift for Teaching!


Valencia Student a Kickboxing World Champion

Melanie Ortiz, daughter of Aggie Alfonso Martin, who is a clerk in the nursing department, has won three medals in the Kickboxing World Championships.

“You see Mel, would never write about herself, but me being the proud mom, I just had to let everyone know,” Aggie said.

Melanie, a student here at Valencia, has been training in Martial Arts for 12 years. On September 21 and September 29, Melanie represented Team USA, competed against 22 other countries, and won two bronze medals and one gold medal.

“I am a proud mom and loving every minute of my life,” Aggie shared. “Melanie is a great daughter, friend and person.” Congrats Melanie!


Intramural Sports College-Wide Tournament a Success

Valencia Intramural Sports has had a busy September, with the annual college-wide Basketball Tournament on September 13 and the first annual college-wide Volleyball Tournament on September 27. A total of 24 basketball and nine volleyball teams competed in each tournament.

The Plex from East Campus defeated Minority Report from West Campus and won the Basketball Tournament with a final score of 32-26. In volleyball, the Justice League from East Campus defeated Gloria’s from Osceola Campus with a final score of 21-16.

Winning teams walked away with pizza, medals and championship t-shirts. For more information about upcoming intramural sports events, please contact the student development office at your campus.


Two West Campus Security Officers Receive Grapevine Awards

On September 13, the Career Staff Association at West Campus presented two security officers, Gerald Pride and Jose Rodriguez, with Grapevine Awards for going “above and beyond” service to staff and students.

“A big ‘thank you’ to all the security officers for their constant watch at our campus,” said Jodi Criner, chair of the West Campus CSA.

Do you know a career staff employee going above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them for a Grapevine Award by completing the nomination form and submitting it to your campus CSA chair.


Three Osceola Students Awarded Dia Latino en ICE Scholarships
The Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Council awarded three Osceola Campus students with $1,000 scholarships each: Maria Melendez, Jazmine Figueroa, and Rossie Jimenez.  Funds for the scholarship are raised each year at the Gaylord Palms Dia Latino en ICE!  Mark your calendars now for Saturday, November 17 to attend this terrific show for a great cause.


Osceola Bookstore Celebrates National Student’s Day
The Bookstore celebrated the 2nd National Student’s Day on Thursday, October 4. There were tables set up inside the store with giveaways such as t-shirts, National Student’s Day wrist bands, pens, cookies, candies, and bottled water.  We also had a drawing for a computer, and our winner was student leader, Grace Martinez! Congratulations to Grace and thanks to the bookstore for celebrating our students!


CJI Donates Enough Blood to Save 45 Lives
From Dave Heffernan, Assistant Director of the Criminal Justice Institute

Thanks to everyone who supported the Blood Drive at the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI)! Your participation helps us support Valencia’s Strategic Goals of investing in each other and partnering with the community. The blood drive helps to accomplish our goals by supporting healthy lives and maintaining our partnership with the blood centers – thereby providing life-saving blood to community members. Jenica Fahey, donor coordinator at Florida Blood Centers, said that we collected a total of 15 units, which is enough blood to save up to 45 lives.

Mark your calendar to participate in the next blood drive at CJI on Thursday, November 29, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Congratulations to the 2011-12 Leadership Academy

On Thursday, September 13, 17 Valencia employees graduated from the 2011-12 Leadership Academy, and are moving forward in their personal and professional lives with more than just the traditional definition of what makes someone a leader. Read more…


Kathleen Plinske Named Indiana University’s Outstanding Young Alum

Kathleen Plinske, president of the Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses, is the 2012 recipient of the Indiana University (IU) College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Young Alumni Award. This year’s list of IU alumni who are being recognized also includes a former U.S. ambassador and a Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach.

Kathleen will be among the honorees at an October 5 banquet in Bloomington, Indiana. Read more on the IU News Room site.


Student Success Story: Valencia Alum Publishes Mobile App

Richard McQuiston, a student who graduated from Valencia in 2007 with an associate’s degree in general studies, recently published his first set of mobile applications (apps) in the Apple App Store.

His best-selling app to date is iScrap Metal Calculator, which is available on iTunes (click here to check it out). With this app, users can calculate the values of various scrap metals to determine how much money they will receive at a scrapyard.

“I could not have done this without the invaluable training that I received at Valencia College,” Richard said.

Richard earned several certificates at Valencia in computer programming and web design. If you wish to congratulate him on his great work, please do so by leaving a comment below.

1 Comment

  • Lisa Macon said:

    Well done Richard. 🙂

    PMThu, 11 Oct 2012 22:22:50 +0000Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:22:50 +0000pm12,10:22 pm

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