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Featured Colleague: Building Downtown — A Profile of...

By Dani Moritz-Long When asked about the unique opportunities and challenges of collaboratively building and operating a campus with the University of Central Florida (UCF), Eugene Jones, executive dean, Downtown Campus, laughs and refers to an analogy coined by College President Sandy Shugart. “Working with UCF and Valencia is like teaching two elephants to dance. You’re […]

Featured Colleague: A Portrait of Steven Sobel

By Dani Moritz-Long He tried; he failed. He tried; he failed. For a time, Photographer and Videographer Steven Sobel was lost. After several unsuccessful attempts, he had finally earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Florida with dreams of transitioning to law school, but his ambitious plans to become a lawyer […]

Featured Colleague: Troy Gifford’s Evolution From...

By Dani Moritz-Long Professor of Music Troy Gifford’s introduction to music wasn’t unlike many of our own. He doesn’t claim to have mastered his toddler-sized xylophone by the time he could walk; nor does he boast composing classical masterpieces by age five. This virtuoso, in contrast, more humbly recalls the start of his musical career […]

Featured Colleague: Judy Morillo Embraces Service as an...

By Dani Moritz-Long One of the faces of Organizational Development and Human Resources (ODHR) in the Osceola Region, ODHR Navigator Judy Morillo is committed to service. Describing herself as a small piece of the Valencia College puzzle, she plays a crucial role in supporting Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campus employees, so that they can, in turn, […]

Featured Colleague: Student and Staff, Samantha Pabon...

By Dani Moritz-Long Known around East Campus as the student whisperer, Samantha Pabon, administrative assistant, academic affairs, takes pride in her work supporting students — even when that means answering disgruntled students’ calls. Without doubt, Samantha’s uncanny ability to handle these sometimes trying situations can be attributed to her compassionate and empathetic nature, as well […]

Featured Colleague: Kimberly Williams Embraces Her...

By Dani Moritz-Long Many students aspire to execute a perfectly linear academic and career plan — complete with precisely planned professional achievements and equally precise personal milestones. Few students, however, accomplish such a feat because, while planning is essential, life often unfolds in unexpected ways. Kimberly Williams, career advisor, knows this from personal experience, making […]

Featured Colleague: Lorri Saldivar Embraces Her Passions...

By Dani Moritz-Long A faux window opening up to a serene day at the beach is beside a chaotically organized inventory of high-tech equipment and the various inner workings of the machines most of us take for granted. Technical Support Specialist Lorri Saldivar’s office may seem a peculiar juxtaposition — this meeting of our inorganic […]

Featured Colleague: Kevin West Musters Strength With the...

By Dani Moritz-Long For Kevin West, trades and maintenance supervisor, his wife and three daughters are the center of his universe, but that universe nearly collapsed. Just six months ago, Kevin’s wife, Mary, faced a seemingly impossible journey. Diagnosed with Stage I Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer, the doctors gave her and her and her […]

Featured Colleague: Ben Taylor Embraces His Strengths to...

By Dani Moritz-Long Five years ago, Ben Taylor, assistant director, equal opportunity and employee relations, and his wife were relocating from Texas, where Ben previously served at the University of North Texas as a residence hall director. Energized by the opportunity to start anew, he was open to just about anything — especially under the vast […]

Featured Colleague: From Administration to Teaching,...

By Dani Moritz-Long Nicole Marsh, professor, speech, spent most of her career happily employed as an administrator in education. She was naturally suited for the kind of servant leadership it required, and it was the ideal use for her educational background, which includes a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication, two master’s degrees, one in communication […]