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Featured Colleague: William Guevara and His Passion for V...

By Dani Moritz-Long William Guevara, maintenance technician, describes his role with two simple objectives: “Maintain my assigned buildings, making certain that they remain in good condition” and “assist others when required.” Without doubt, he accomplishes that — but William, known by many as Willy — does so much more. Willy’s positive outlook and enthusiasm for […]

Featured Colleague: Sedrick Brinson’s Creating...

By Dani Moritz-Long It’s all too easy to envision a financial aid specialist as an analytical machine knee-deep in paperwork, armed with a red “loan approved” or “loan rejected” stamp. But, while Financial Aid Specialist Sedrick Brinson is responsible for processing student loans, his goal is to help as many students as he possibly can […]

Featured Colleague: Brian-Marc Whittaker Inspires the...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Brian-Marc Whittaker, now an adjunct digital media professor, graduated high school in 2005 as an aspiring artist, he wasn’t exactly feeling Florida’s famous pixie dust. Once inspired by the state’s robust film industry — which was in part driven by Walt Disney Studio’s Orlando base (which produced animated features like Lilo […]

Featured Colleague: Angelica Vagle Jumps Into Action to...

By Dani Moritz-Long Puerto Rican native and Chemistry Professor Angelica Vagle was horror-struck as Hurricane Maria ravaged the place she once called home. Unfortunately, as she made contact with friends and family after the storm, her fears worsened. While some of her loved ones had been rescued by the National Guard, others, whose homes began […]

Featured Colleague: Susan Howard, a Natural Nurturer

By Dani Moritz-Long “I am happiest when the people around me are happy.” This simple, but genuine statement perfectly illustrates the persona of Coordinator of Academic Affairs Susan Howard. A nurturer by nature, Susan has tirelessly devoted her career and education to empowering others, always finding opportunities to build connections and lift up the people […]

Featured Colleague: Cristina Balan Follows Her Heart to A...

By Dani Moritz-Long Born and raised in rural Romania — which was under the rule of the authoritarian, communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu until the uprising in 1989 — Student Services Advisor Cristina Balan remembers her childhood as something marked with fear, stagnation and hopelessness. But, she says, it wasn’t without light. Despite her grim surroundings, Cristina says her relationship […]

Featured Colleague: Linda Beaty, a Jack of all Trades...

By Dani Moritz-Long A conversation about “happy little trees” with the famed, PBS painting guru Bob Ross, a mysterious write-up about a Jane Doe who didn’t want to be found, a ride in a blimp over downtown Orlando — it’s all par for the course for Assistant Director of Public Relations Linda Beaty. With more than 30 years as […]

Featured Colleague: Tom Keller Loves Orlando

By Dani Moritz-Long Born and raised in Missouri, Director of Total Rewards Tom Keller yearned for a fresh start somewhere new — preferably somewhere in the sunny, palm tree-filled paradise of Florida, where he had vacationed most of his life. Ironically, the one Florida hot spot he didn’t plan on moving to is exactly where […]

Featured Colleague: Jay Galbraith’s Journey to the...

By Dani Moritz-Long Born on a military base in Georgia, Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing Jay Galbraith moved to Florida when his dad accepted a role with a then-little-known, young company called Red Lobster. He grew up on the west side of Orlando and aspired to become a professional golfer, opting to accept a golf […]

Featured Colleague: Sam Kellogg’s Secret to...

By Dani Moritz-Long Mornings don’t come easily for most of us — at least not without a stop at our favorite coffee shop. Mornings for Human Resources Specialist Sam Kellogg, however, are an entirely different story. Each work day, you’ll find Sam happily stationed at the front desk of the Organizational Development and Human Resources […]