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Featured Colleague: Daniel ‘Chip’ Turner and...

By Dani Moritz-Long We all know that someone who breaks out the Christmas decor before the neighborhood ghouls and goblins are tucked in their bed on All Hallows’ Eve. It isn’t even especially abnormal to catch friends and family watching their favorite holiday flicks during Christmas in July. Heck, I’m guilty of blaring Christmas music […]

Featured Colleague: Brian Barilone Leads...

By Dani Moritz-Long As someone who is both a people person and statistically-driven, Director of Enrollment Services Brian Barilone has found himself in the perfect position at Valencia. Representing what he coins “the virtual mouthpiece of Student Affairs,” Brian and his team of 33 people are responsible for representing nearly all Student Affairs departments via […]

Featured Colleague: Michael O’Loughlin Keeps...

By Dani Moritz-Long The intricacies of a senior network administrator’s job description can be difficult to digest, particularly for those of us who cringe at the site of error codes and default to rebooting and crossing our fingers as a solution for every technological meltdown. Fortunately, Michael O’Loughlin has a simple way to explain his […]

Featured Colleague: Alumna Kimberly Taylor Gives Back...

At Valencia, we pride ourselves on designing innovative projects and solutions to foster student success. But, these robust and impactful programs, like the YouthBuild and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridges to Baccalaureate programs, come at a cost. That’s where professionals like Grants Development and Special Projects Manager Kimberly Taylor come in. As a Valencia alumna […]

Featured Colleague: On the Field and In the Classroom,...

By Dani Moritz-Long Great teachers are essential, failure and success are both fundamental and life continues to go on. These are the life lessons Professor of Property Management Eldon Warfield, who once played semi-professional baseball, learned from his days as on the field. “I learned you needed great teachers,” Eldon said. “I was blessed with six […]

Featured Colleague: Kayla Castaneda Saves the World One...

By Dani Moritz-Long When most people envision themselves among the ranks of Captain America and Iron Man, they picture themselves with super strength, super speed or, perhaps even, invisibility. But Kayla Castaneda, enrollment services advisor, knows what her superhero ability is and, while it might not exactly qualify her to join the Avengers, it does […]

Featured Colleague: Heather Ramsier Engages Students...

By Dani Moritz-Long At the grocery store, in the airport, at the mall — there’s no shortage of places we might run into Valencia students. No huge surprise, though, when you consider our 70,000-plus annual enrollment. What might surprise people, however, is how eager our Valencia faculty are to engage with students, whether they’re approached […]

Featured Colleague: Michelle Terrell Connects Students...

By Dani Moritz-Long The youngest of six children, Michelle Terrell, director, work-based learning, was the first of her family to receive a bachelor’s degree. This, Michelle explains, meant that while her family was immensely supportive of her educational goals, they weren’t able to offer much guidance. “I spent a lot of time trying to figure […]

Featured Colleague: Christopher Alvarez’s Career...

Pictured above, Christopher Alvarez stands next to the Peace Pole at Lake Nona Campus. The pole was created by Lake Nona Campus Student Development and the campus’ Gay-Straight Alliance. Both employees and students contributed to the artwork, and it was installed in memory of those who perished at Pulse.”It serves as a reminder to be […]

Featured Colleague: Kim Long Transcends the Role of...

By Dani Moritz-Long Hardened. Emotionless. Lost. Oddly enough, this is how Professor of Speech Kim Long describes one of her favorite Valencia graduates. “When she first sat in my class, I was almost frightened of her,” Kim recalled. “Then, one day she arrived at my office and asked to practice her speech. When she revealed […]