Full-time Employees Assigned Desktop Computers: Schedule a Technology Refresh


Monday, April 18, 2022

A Message from Jamie Rost, Managing Director, Campus Technology Services

I’m happy to announce that the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has received all the equipment necessary to provide full-time faculty and staff members who currently have a desktop computer with a laptop technology package, which includes a Dell Latitude 5420 laptop, two monitors, a docking station, a keyboard and a mouse.

If you are currently assigned a PC or Mac desktop computer, please schedule a time with Campus Technology Services for your technology refresh by clicking the button below, selecting your campus and then clicking “Computer Refresh.”

The refresh process may take between 30 minutes to two hours, depending on your needs.

All full-time employees currently assigned a desktop computer must upgrade to the new technology package by Friday, May 27, 2022. Thank you to the 400 full-time employees who have already worked with the OIT team to make this switch that better helps us support you.

If you have any questions, contact OIT at oitservicedesk@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-5555.

 

You’re Invited to a Free Advanced Screening of ‘The Northman’

Friday, April 15, 2022

You’re invited to a free advanced screening of the film, “The Northman.” From visionary director Robert Eggers, this film is an action-filled epic that follows a young viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder. The film features an all-star cast including Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk, and Willem Dafoe.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX, 541 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando

Have your pass ready to show at the door. To download your free passes to attend, click here. 

If you’re asked for a voucher code, please input SWLze85158.

For more information on the movie, visit www.focusfeatures.com/the-northman. 

Valencia Students Visit HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital

Friday, April 15, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

On Friday, March 25, 2022, the Poinciana Campus Administration team collaborated with HCA Florida Healthcare to provide a field trip opportunity for Valencia students to visit the HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital.

During the field trip, students had the opportunity to spend the day with and hear from a variety of medical and non-medical healthcare professionals about how they made their way into a healthcare career, what it is like to work in their field and opportunities they can take advantage of to find early success in pursuing a professional role in healthcare.

In addition to learning from and networking with active healthcare professionals, students also had the unique opportunity to tour the HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital. During the tour, students were able to see parts of the facility that are traditionally closed to the public, including the hospital’s main laboratory, patient vitals monitoring center and a main operating room equipped with the latest surgical robotics.

This opportunity was the first in-person field trip the Poinciana Campus Administration has been able to offer in partnership with HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital since 2019 due to the conditions presented earlier in the pandemic.

Special thank you to the entire team at HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital and to all of the Valencia College Poinciana Campus staff and faculty that made this opportunity possible.

Osceola Atlas Lab Hosts Registration Event

Friday, April 15, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, the Osceola Atlas Lab hosted a registration event. Nearly 50 students visited the Atlas Lab, participated in Atlas Lab trivia, registered for summer courses, and reviewed Financial Aid and residency info. Pizza and snacks were provided once students answered Atlas trivia.

Celebrate Our Interim Campus Presidents

Friday, April 15, 2022

You’re invited to celebrate our interim presidents of the Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses — Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed.

The event will include remarks from College President Kathleen Plinske, and light refreshments will be served. All members from the campus community are welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. 
Location: Osceola Campus, Building 4, Room 105

Please RSVP by clicking the button below.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have questions about the event, contact Maritza Goodman, executive assistant, senior, at mgoodman@valenciacollege.edu or call 321-682-4101.

Lake Nona Groups Collaborate to Talk about Financial Aid

Friday, April 15, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

The Lake Nona Campus Atlas, Financial Learning Ambassador Peer to Peer Program, and orientation student leaders and support specialists hosted an event to help students understand financial aid.

The Atlas Lab Spring 2022 workshop was themed “Let’s Talk About Financial Aid.” The purpose of the workshop was for the Atlas Lab to share information on Financial Aid.

Students were assisted with accessing the FAFSA website and other Financial Aid documents via their Atlas account, and they had the opportunity of speaking directly to an Answer Center Advisor for more specific questions. The Atlas Lab partnered with the Financial Learning Department, and its student ambassador, Amaris Ninah, shared how Financial Learning assists Valencia students.

Overall, the Atlas Lab Spring 2022 Financial Aid workshop was a success. Students were introduced to different Financial Aid resources and our Atlas Team was able to support each student with their questions.

Calin Apostol Popescu Art Show Is Now Open

Friday, April 15, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Date: Mondays and Wednesdays through April 29, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Building A, Art Gallery 

A solo art show of Calin Apostol Popescu is now on display in the Osceola Art Gallery.

Calin Popescu, also known as Calin Apostol Popescu was born in Transylvania, Romania. In 1991 and 1996, Popescu taught Drawing and Artforms at Valencia’s Osceola Campus. He currently lives and creates in Kissimmee. His work is bright, with abstract designs painted in oils.

To see more of his work, visit ArtLatitude.com.

For other times to view the artist’s work, contact Karen Owens, professor, humanities, at kowens5@valenciacollege.edu.

Valencia Voices: Stories of Immigration at the Osceola County History Center

Friday, April 15, 2022

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

The exhibit “Valencia Voices: Stories of Immigration in Central Florida” is now on display at the Osceola County History Center.

This interactive exhibit features stories of 10 Valencia College Osceola Campus students and staff who have recorded their stories of separation from their countries of origin and their arrival in the United States and Central Florida. Interpretive panels in Spanish and English and personal artifacts show immigration as an individual experience, a watershed moment for men, women and children that has enriched Osceola County as much as setting the trajectories of people’s lives.

Professors of Humanities Mark McMeley and Ernesto Hernandez Colon are the faculty leaders of the project, which is sponsored by a grant from Florida Humanities.

Landon Shephard, dean, learning support, recently visited the exhibit and shared some of his photos.

Congratulate Ron Holman on His Retirement


Thursday, April 14, 2022

A Message from Marie Vasquez-Brooks, Dean, School of Allied Health

Our beloved dentist, Ron Holman, part-time faculty, dental hygiene, who has served our Dental Hygiene program as the Dental Clinic’s licensed dentist for the past five years, is retiring on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

In addition to being an instructor in the clinic, he also taught local anesthesia labs and nitrous oxide labs. The nitrous labs he taught were not only to Valencia students; it was offered as continuing education to students from the Community Health Clinic in Winter Garden. These labs helped students to learn how to safely and properly use local anesthesia and nitrous oxide when treating patients for dental cleanings. He also taught students how to use the phase contrast microscope in the clinic to see how bacteria relates to periodontal disease and what methods can be used by the patients to control the condition(s).

Ron has a wealth of knowledge as he has been practicing dentistry for more than 5 decades.

Join the Dental team and congratulate Ron in person on the following day:

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2022
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Building, Room 124

Ron’s great passion for teaching and helping students learn critical skills in the dental field will be missed by many.

“It was always such a pleasure having you in clinic with us, and I will miss you dearly. I will miss your positive energy and your never ending knowledge that I will take with me throughout my career. Take care and enjoy your retirement.” —  Sophie Webb, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

“Dr. Holman, thank you for being a great professor and mentor for us to look up to. We all wish you the best. Enjoy your retirement.” —  Leena Horlick, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2023

“Thank you so much for being my teacher in the field of dental hygiene. You brought me so much laughter and knowledge. Hope you get to spend some time in Costa Rica.” — Ana Dejuk, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

“My buddy, I will miss you and your words of wisdom.” —  Jose Colón, professor, dental hygiene

“Thank you for being a joy to work with all these years.  Thank you for your dedication to the students and the program, I will miss you very much.” —  April Montallana, Administrative Assistant

“Dr. Holman is such an amazing, kind man. I learned so much from him every time I had him as an instructor and I will carry the knowledge I have gained from him throughout my professional career.” — Desiree Donaldson, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

“Dr. Holman sure knew how to brighten everyone’s day! I will always appreciate his kindness and patience throughout clinic.” — Kayla Caba, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

“It has been a pleasure to be one of your students this past year. Having you there really did make clinic days fun and silly at times. I will miss your ancient toothbrush of pinecones and sticks! Honestly, I hope you get to enjoy all the shrimps from around the world, because I know you’ll be enjoying retirement by traveling. You gave education a new meaning of fun and knowledge by guiding us into future hygienists. Thank you, and we appreciate all the years you dedicated to not only to us, but also Valencia Dental!” — Michelle Childs, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

“Dr. Holman   it’s Mel (your favorite student of course)! I wanted to say that even though I didn’t get to work with you for that long, I want you to know that you are my favorite dentist and that you taught me a lot. I hope retirement for you is fun and exciting!” — Melissa Alfonso, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2023

“I have been very blessed to have you as my instructor. Thank you for enriching my knowledge throughout my dental hygiene journey.” — Tania Ruiz, Valencia Dental Hygiene Class of 2022

You may also congratulate Ron in the comments below.

Celebrate Our Region’s Leader, Terri Graham

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

You’re invited to celebrate Terri Graham, interim president, West and Downtown Campuses, for her service and leadership of the region.

The event will include remarks from College President Kathleen Plinske, and light refreshments will be served. All members from the campus community are welcome to attend.

Date: Monday, April 25, 2022
Time: 3 – 4 p.m. 
Location: West Campus, Building 11, Room 106

Please RSVP by clicking the button below.

If you have questions about the event, contact Barbara Lopez, executive assistant, senior, at blopez32@valenciacollege.edu or call 407-582-1277.