Organization Matters – Student Affairs

Before students attend their first day of class at Valencia, they get to know the college through our top-notch student affairs team. The vice president for student affairs, Dr. Joyce Romano, and her team are responsible for ensuring that all processes, systems, and one-on-one support necessary for a student to enroll and register are in place and running smoothly. This article is the sixth in a series called “Organization Matters” in which we will share information about changes in college and campus leadership.

Our student affairs team is known across the country as an innovator in delivering personalized student services, ensuring compliance with ever-changing federal and state regulations, and helping students find connection, direction, and a pathway to their future. The student affairs team develops and implements systems and programs on every campus – including Lake Nona, thanks to Michelle Paswaters, student services counselor; Jonathan Hernandez, student services specialist; Kelsey San Antonio, coordinator of student development’s advising and activities; and their student leaders – while demonstrating a deep commitment to students and to our college mission.

One area of student affairs that has been instrumental in helping students reach their educational goals is financial aid. According to Brad Honious, director of financial aid, the college awarded over $192 million in aid to more than 31,000 students in the 2010-2011 academic year. This is up from $43 million to over 12,000 students in the 2006-2007 academic year, despite the difficult economic circumstances across the county.

Check out the yearly report showing how the college has continuously increased financial aid opportunities since 2006. The increase in financial aid has made it possible for more students to stay in class and work toward degree completion. This is just one more testament to the great work of our colleagues in student affairs.

Let’s all take time to thank the hard-working individuals who help our students through their Valencia College experience.

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