Winter Park Honors Jeffersonian Students Inspired by Community Leader

wp-crossman-groveA message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses

Pursuing your passion and being a global citizen were among the topics presented in a Winter Park Campus honors classroom. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, John Crossman, member of Valencia College’s District Board of Trustees and President of Crossman & Company, visited an Honors Jeffersonian Seminar class on the Winter Park Campus and left students with information on how they could achieve their educational and career goals.

According to Suzette Dohany, professor of speech, Winter Park Campus, “the discussion was lively, connected, impactful and fun!”

Student Deborah Green noted, “The pursue-your-passions part of his talk was really helpful to me. Mr. Crossman was right. Most people tell you to pursue your passions, but they don’t give you much else after that. For a very long time I was a little disturbed, because I didn’t really even know what I was passionate about.”

Crossman stressed to students that it’s important to be passionate about being a student. “Having and pursuing your passion means doing what you love and doing whatever it takes to get there,” he said.

Further, several students shared that they were challenged to be more reflective and were engaged in conversations regarding the role of charity. For example, Crossman discussed the difference between having relationships and being a charity. He explained that our relationships should be about giving and taking, unlike a charity, which is often just taking. Some students shared that they never thought of it this way, but it made sense to them that they were learning to be a global citizen.

And finally, Student Jennifer Holden eloquently summed up his visit by simply saying that, “We all would do a little better to follow his wonderful advice.”


  • John Crossman said:

    It was an honor to get to spend some time with these exceptional students. I hope all Valencia College students will see my as a resource. Happy Holidays!

    AMMon, 22 Dec 2014 06:54:24 +0000Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:54:24 +0000am14,6:54 am

  • Thomas Bolen said:

    Always good to see Crossman & Company active in the community! This is great – Valencia has some of the best college students I have seen. Have a great New Year!

    PMWed, 24 Dec 2014 12:45:52 +0000Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:45:52 +0000pm14,12:45 pm

  • Flavia Kanyago said:

    Such good advice from Mr.Crossman. It is wonderful to see Crossman and Company reaching out to students to help influence growth and success.

    AMFri, 26 Dec 2014 09:08:41 +0000Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:08:41 +0000am14,9:08 am

  • Nathan Burns said:

    Great to see Valencia creating such opportunities for its students. And it's encouraging to see a business leader like Crossman taking interest in our students!

    PMFri, 26 Dec 2014 12:37:23 +0000Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:37:23 +0000pm14,12:37 pm

  • Elizabeth Bunbury said:

    It is good to see the impact John is having on college students. I wish I had had a mentor like this when I was in school. I do think charities in the past have grown by the philosophy of asking for a hand out. It is important in this day and age that charities develop a strong business plan that supports their mission. Then they can build relationships with like minded businesses within their communities. That way the only hand out would be one giving to those in need. I look forward to watching this generation grow with mentors like John.

    PMSat, 27 Dec 2014 12:20:37 +0000Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:20:37 +0000pm14,12:20 pm

  • Tyler said:

    John's balance between his faith, family, the community, and Crossman & Company is inspiring and something I strive for in myself.

    AMMon, 29 Dec 2014 10:22:43 +0000Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:22:43 +0000am14,10:22 am

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