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Featured Colleague: Scott Smith, The Man Behind the Camera

By Dani Moritz-Long He’s visited all 50 states and five continents. He’s produced and shot national TV programs, interviewed a Nobel Peace Prize winner, NFL hall-of-famers and Holocaust survivors. But, despite his star-studded resume, Multimedia Producer Scott Smith says he’s found a home at Valencia and, while it’s a far-cry from working in hot-shot studios, […]

Featured Colleague: Linda Herlocker Makes Her Mark at Val...

By Dani Moritz-Long She’s spent years in and around the water with Navy ships and aircraft, loves adventure and ARRG is commonplace in her Valencia vernacular. But, alas, this water-loving employee isn’t Valencia’s resident pirate (although she’s highly qualified if the position ever does open). Actually, Linda Herlocker is the assistant vice president of admissions and records and […]

Featured Colleague: Education is a Family Affair for...

By Dani Moritz-Long  In remembering our childhoods, most of us clearly recall go-to dinner table conversations. For some of us, it was grandma’s latest faux pas. For others, it was the day’s news or, perhaps, the neighborhood’s gossip. For Donna Matthews, now a math professor on East Campus, it was education. “I come from a highly […]

Featured Colleague: Brian Druckenmiller’s Journey...

By Dani Moritz-Long Few children who grow up aspiring to become professional wrestlers see their dreams realized (much to their parents’ relief). English Professor Brian Druckenmiller, however, came incredibly close. Having dreamed for years of donning a professional wrestler’s belt and finding himself under the professional spotlight, Brian began training with World of Hurt Wrestling […]

Featured Colleague: When One Door Closed, Susan Gosnell...

By Dani Moritz-Long When the University of Central Florida (UCF) decided to sunset its Radiologic Science program due to state budget cuts, it could have spelled disaster for Susan Gosnell, who then served UCF as the Radiologic Science program chair. Fortunately, however, as one door closed, another opened — this time at Valencia. Here, Susan, […]

Featured Colleague: Julie Corderman Finds Her Perfect...

By Dani Moritz-Long With 15 years of experience as a mental health counselor, Julie Corderman is aptly suited for her role today as the director of student services on Winter Park Campus. Drawing upon her experiences in mental health and her innate ability to problem solve, Julie — who previously served the College as an adjunct professor […]

Featured Colleague: Lorena Guardia Builds Bridges,...

By Dani Moritz-Long More often than not, most of us perceive interruption as an obstacle in our work. Assistant Director of Transitions Planning Lorena Guardia, on the other hand, often finds inspiration in it — like, for example, when an alumna and parent of a prospective student interrupted a community presentation to share her Valencia story. The […]

Featured Colleague: Vannia Ruiz Found a Home at...

By Dani Moritz-Long When Vannia Ruiz, administrative assistant, study abroad and global experiences (SAGE), moved to the U.S. from Ecuador to give her son (who is now a Valencia graduate) a better life, it wasn’t exactly the seamless transition she had hoped for. “At the beginning, things were really difficult for us to fit in […]

Featured Colleague: Joanne Kiriazes Promotes Learning by...

By Dani Moritz-Long A mother of five, Mathematics Professor Joanne Kiriazes’ maternal instincts play a prominent role in her work as a developmental math educator. Her personal experiences as a mother and intrinsic drive to help others deeply affect her desire to build relationships with students that can foster trust and confidence in their learning […]

Featured Colleague: Brenda Baralt Serves the Poinciana Co...

By Dani Moritz-Long It feels like just yesterday the Poinciana Campus opened its doors to students, but an entire academic year has gone by and there’s so much to celebrate. This is especially true for Poinciana Campus faculty and staff, like Executive Assistant Brenda Baralt, who have been an integral part of creating access to education in […]