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Featured Colleague: Dori Haggerty is Grateful to Call...

By Dani Moritz-Long Unexpectedly homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, West Campus Director of Faculty and Instructional Development Dori Haggerty knows all too well the power of perseverance and the support of others. “It has been 12 years since the storm,” she said, “and I am grateful to call Orlando and Valencia College home.” […]

Featured Colleague: From Homeless Student to Valencia...

By Dani Moritz-Long In the eyes of Faculty and Instructional Support Specialist and Valencia Alumna Erica Diaz-Ramos, Valencia is a great many things. But, above all, it’s “a bridge to success.” “No matter the intended plan,” she said, “Valencia can fit into those plans and create a bridge to the next steps.” She would know. […]

Featured Colleague: From Archaeology to Graphic Design,...

By Dani Moritz-Long Today a graphic designer for Public Affairs and Marketing, Jennifer Pelham didn’t exactly plan to pursue a career in design. On the contrary, the third-generation Floridian initially planned to travel the world as an archaeologist. But, upon graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, she […]

Featured Colleague: Isabel Falquez on the Power of an Edu...

By Dani Moritz-Long To Enrollment Services Coordinator Isabel Falquez, Valencia signifies growth. “I think we represent growth, change and opportunity,” she said. “Valencia’s steady growth demonstrates to our community the career opportunities open to them. Valencia reveals that growth brings changes and this results in different opportunities.” This kind of development and change, however, can […]

Featured Colleague: Luz Montanez Overcomes Language...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Custodial Working Supervisor Luz Montanez thinks about Valencia, she thinks about the College’s slogan, “A Great Place to Start.” And while the slogan clearly applies to our students, who enjoy an open-access, hands-on education at Valencia, Luz knows from personal experience the catchy tagline also applies to the Valencia employee experience. […]

Featured Colleague: Ian Infante Tranforms Lives as a...

By Dani Moritz-Long Improving people’s lives is an essential part of Student Services Advisor Ian Infante’s life. Whether he’s helping athletes improve their tennis game, encouraging people to meet their fitness goals at the gym or transforming Valencia students’ lives, he finds happiness and fulfillment in the betterment of others. At Valencia, Ian’s accomplished this […]

Featured Colleague: Milena Zaleckaite Moved from...

By Dani Moritz-Long Growing up in Russian-occupied Lithuania, Milena Zaleckaite, adjunct professor, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), grew up without the kinds of childhood luxuries most of us take for granted. Sweet treats and toys, for example, were far and few in-between in her war-torn home. But, while her childhood was rife with hardship, Milena is […]

Featured Colleague: Dean of Learning Support Landon...

By Dani Moritz-Long A 17-year staff member at Valencia College, Campus Dean of Learning Support Landon Shephard began his Valencia career in 2000 as a part-time academic advisor and never looked back. The reason, Landon says, is simple. “Valencia is an amazing place with incredible people,” he said. “It’s very fulfilling to be able to come to […]

Featured Colleague: Amy Matson, Custodial Services...

By Dani Mortitz-Long Things aren’t always as they appear. This is something Amy Matson, custodial services supervisor, learned from a young age, thanks to people’s false assumptions about her heritage. “I was born in Wisconsin, and my father was a full-blooded Norwegian,” she said. “I have more of my mother’s features though, and she is […]

Featured Colleague: Laura Browning, Library Services...

By Dani Moritz-Long Two years ago when Laura Browning, library services supervisor, began her Valencia journey, she found herself becoming reflective after crossing the finish line of her first 5K last in her age bracket at Valencia’s Annual Run/Walk for Heroes at Osceola Campus. She was thrilled to have walked alongside her coworkers to support the funding […]