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Featured Colleague: Abigail Waters, a Designer of...

By Dani Moritz-Long Each day Senior Graphic Designer Abigail Waters fires up her Mac computer, she finds herself working on something new and exciting — designing a piece that could be seen by hundreds, even thousands, of people. Sometimes, she’s crafting artful covers of VITAE magazine, drawing readers’ interest with stunning photography. Other days, she might be carefully […]

Featured Colleague: Mireya Willems Offers Holistic...

By Dani Moritz-Long Business Office Coordinator Mireya Willems’ official job description is as follows: “responsible for the staffing, training, collection and disbursement of College assets, policy interpretation and enforcement, and operation of the campus Business Office in coordination with other peer managers.” What that description doesn’t cover, however, is her role as an ambassador to […]

Featured Colleague: Mia Pierre-Wall Designs Brighter...

By Dani Moritz-Long It isn’t uncommon for signs to manifest in our lives — symbolic motifs or favorite sayings that might reassure us in our journeys. At least, this was the case for New Student Experience (NSE) Faculty Mia Pierre-Wall who, as promised by her dean, was greeted on her first day of class by a […]

Featured Colleague: Paz Palacios Rodriguez, a Welcoming...

By Dani Moritz-Long A timid high school senior considering becoming the first in his family to attend college. A young woman interested in an Accelerated Skills Training (AST) program — determined to create a better life for herself and her family. No matter their reason for walking through the front doors of the Poinciana Campus, […]

Featured Colleague: Army Veteran Mike Kepner Continues...

By Dani Moritz-Long After 23 years of service in the U.S. Army, Mike Kepner was offered a position with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and he fully intended to start a new chapter of civilian service at its Washington D.C. field office. That is until he came face-to-face with the reality of six-lane D.C. traffic. Less-than […]

Featured Colleague: Inspired by Valencia’s Values,...

By Dani Moritz-Long Learning. People. Diversity. Access. Integrity. These aren’t just words carelessly strewn around campus to strategically elevate Valencia College’s public image. Much to the contrary, they’re deep-set ideologies that Valencia — as an institution and a collection of distinct and passionate individuals — live by. They’re the pillars that drive our work, our […]

Featured Colleague: The Daughter of a Political...

By Dani Moritz-Long Nothing about Yari Breff’s childhood was easy. Raised in Cuba under the authority of Fidel Castro, her family fled as refugees after her father served four years in a political prison. At 11 years old, Yari found herself in a new land — surrounded by people who spoke a different language and […]

Featured Colleague: Yonitha Berryhill Finds Her Passion...

By Dani Moritz-Long “I’m going to work at Valencia. I’m working to work at Valencia. I’m going to work at Valencia.” This was Coordinator of International Students Yonitha Berryhill’s way of putting her aspirations into the universe, in the hopes that dreams could become reality. Empowered by her own community college experience and inspired by […]

Featured Colleague: A Lifelong Nurturer, Chanda Postell...

By Dani Moritz-Long College is one of the biggest transitions in many of our lives and, for Chanda Postell, assistant director, equal opportunity and employee relations, it wasn’t an easy one. Driven by her compassion for others and proclivity for nurturing professions, she long planned on channeling her innate gifts into a career in healthcare. […]

Featured Colleague: Joshua Austin, a Product of...

By Dani Moritz-Long It can be a daunting task to choose just one word to describe Valencia College, but for Joshua Austin, assistant director, student development, the answer is simple: “opportunity.” “Valencia signifies opportunity for students’ self-exploration through a student-centered learning environment,” Joshua explained, “opportunity for students to improve their personal and professional trajectories and […]