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Featured Colleague: For Larry Fox, Working Hard Has Paid Off

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Larry Fox, manager, courier services, learned the meaning of hard work in his native West Virginia, where his family members grew the very food they put on their table. “If we didn’t grow it, we didn’t eat,” he said. “But it was a great upbringing. You could run […]

Featured Colleague: First Impressions Matter. Just Ask...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira First impressions matter. Just ask April Montallana, administrative assistant, who provides support to the School of Allied Health’s Dental Hygiene program. “I am the first person a patient sees when they come for their dental hygiene cleaning appointment,” she said. “My goal is to make sure that the […]

Featured Colleague: For Carmen Laguer Diaz, Every Rock...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Listening to her grandfather’s stories in his garden in Puerto Rico, where every rock in it had a story attached to it, is how Carmen Laguer Diaz’s love of anthropology was born. And in many ways, that’s what Carmen, part-time faculty, anthropology, often does as an anthropologist today, […]

Featured Colleague: Nelson Manuel Placa Wants You to Be...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 By Claudia Zequeira Nelson Manuel Placa, professor, hospitality management, wants you to be his guest. The instructor, known for being approachable and friendly, has a lifetime of experience in the industry. In addition, Nelson, who also serves as program director, has helped significantly grow the hospitality program on the Osceola Campus, […]

Featured Colleague: Rose Tran Supports Faculty to...

By Wendy Jo Moyer Rose Tran is inspired by Valencia College’s Big Idea, “anyone can learn anything under the right conditions,” and this has carried throughout her career, first as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Malaysia, to her work today as a Valencia College faculty developer and instructional designer. “The idea that anyone can learn […]

Featured Colleague: Sharon Burns, Rescuer and Role Model

By Wendy Jo Moyer Whether it’s teaching, mentoring, being a role model or participating in a search and rescue organization, Sharon Burns, part-time faculty, English, demonstrates Valencia’s value of people. In fact, even her two giant schnauzers, Camo and Delta, join in on these efforts. For five years, Sharon, who is National Association for Search and […]

Featured Colleague: Laura D’Alessio, a Star in the ...

By Dani Moritz-Long At three years old, a young, ambitious and curious Laura D’Alessio imagined she was a teacher — her stuffed animals playing the role of her ever-attentive students. In preschool, she aspired to be a paleontologist and, in first grade, she was an eager member of the young astronauts club — always envisioning […]

Featured Colleague: Tanya Mahan Merges Creativity and...

By Dani Moritz-Long Growing up an only child, Tanya Mahan, organizational development HR analyst, says she filled her time with a peculiar hobby — one that very few (if any) of her peers shared with her. Long division. “I would sit down and do long division for the fun of it,” she recalled with a […]

Featured Colleague: Rachael Dailey-Mihalik Channels...

By Dani Moritz-Long Formerly a field biologist, a biological scientist and a Valencia College biology lab supervisor, Rachael Dailey-Mihalik’s daily work looks substantially different than it did during the beginning of her career. That’s because she recently traded hands-on scientific work for a new role at the College — one that builds pathways and opens […]

Recognize Your Colleagues in a Meaningful Way

Here’s your chance to publicly recognize a fellow employee who is doing exceptional work and making a difference in the workplace. The featured colleague column in The Juice — your weekly electronic newsletter emailed collegewide each Tuesday — is your chance to provide well-deserved, peer-to-peer recognition in a meaningful way. Consider these few questions: What Valencia Value (learning, people, diversity, access […]