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Featured Colleague: Committed to Giving, Marci Dial...

By Dani Moritz-Long Professor of Nursing Marci Dial’s name comes with a series of designations — DNP, MSN, BSN, ARNP, NP-C, RN-BC, LNC, CHSE. Each acronym depicts a unique accomplishment and milestone in her nursing career. Viewed collectively, however, the alphabetical array symbolizes something deeper than her professional resume; it illustrates the core of who […]

Featured Colleague: Mildred Morales, One of...

By Dani Moritz-Long Described by New Student Orientation Coordinator Lorie Bellot as “the true gem of Valencia” and a friendly, smiling face, Mildred Morales, staff assistant II, has earned a reputation for her kindness. Of course, for Mildred, a 15-year veteran of Valencia, originally from Puerto Rico, kindness comes naturally. “My positive attitude and outlook […]

Leadership Quotes for Leaders by Leaders: Kathleen Plinske

By Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses “Freely ye received, freely give.” — Pepperdine University motto When I was in middle school, I announced to my mom that I wanted to go to college. She replied, “If you want to go to college, you had better find a scholarship.” A few years […]

Featured Colleague: A Natural Problem-Solver, Claire...

By Dani Moritz-Long For some, problem-solving — particularly in the classroom setting — is cognitive overload. And reasonably so. There are new technologies, various learning styles, challenging content and personal student experiences to consider … and the list goes on. But for Faculty Developer/Instructional Designer Claire Yates, these are exactly the situations that excite her. […]

February 2017 Kudos

Week of February 26 – March 4, 2017 Standing Ovation for Opera Theatre Workshop Students at Valencia Foundation Board Retreat Dinner East Campus Opera Theatre Workshop students performed a variety of songs from Hamilton, an American Musical, at the Valencia Foundation Board Retreat dinner on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee. […]

Featured Colleague — Mona Liza Colon

By Dani Moritz-Long Growing up with her dad in the Air Force, Mona Liza Colon, compliance inspector, spent most of her youth in Europe hopping from country to country. As she traveled to places like Germany, Holland and Italy, she gained exposure to unique cultures and peoples — both of which ultimately helped define her […]

WMFE’s Three Wise Guys Feature Academic Advisor...

Five months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, Chris Cuevas, academic advisor, continues to feel loss — not only for those who perished, but also for his community, who lost a place where they truly felt safe. During a recent interview with the Three Wise Guys on 90.7 WMFE’s radio talk show “Friends Talking Faith,” Chris Cuevas, academic […]

Born to Dance: The Orlando Sentinel Features a Valencia...

Valencia dance student Matthew-Tyler Nelson hasn’t led an easy life. With an absentee father, he became the man of the house early on and his dreams of becoming a professional dancer were met with contempt from his mother, who firmly believed in the family’s Jamaican tradition of conforming to strict gender roles. But, as Valencia […]

East and Winter Park Campus Employees Give to the Pulse...

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses It’s been more than five months since terror struck our community during the Pulse tragedy — which took the lives of 49 people and seven of Valencia’s own — and yet, for so many of us, it feels like only yesterday that the City […]

Building 4 Spotlight: Testing and Assessment Center

A message from Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona Located in 4-248, Osceola’s new Testing and Assessment Center houses two large testing rooms that provide 100 seats for electronic and paper-based testing. The new facility, which will be jointly used with UCF, provides space for current students to make up exams and […]