welcome back

West Library - CropClasses start today so welcome back everybody! Here is a look at what is happening on some of our campuses this week:



 East Campus
Career Development Services Information Table
September 1 – 3, 1 to 2 p.m.
Great Hall, Building 5

West Campus
Photo Bookmarks
September 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop by the cafeteria and get a souvenir photo bookmark for Welcome Week

Nova Southeastern University
September 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Building 2 Breezeway
Providing information on their master’s degree programs

SGA General Meeting
September 2, 1 to 2 p.m.
Building 6-202
Meeting open for all students to attend

September 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SSB Patio
Fundraiser for “Light the Night” (The Luekemia and Lymphoma Society), sponsored by Valencia Volunteers

Welcome BBQ
September 3, 11:30 a.m.
SSB Patio

Instant Video Buttons
September 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop by the cafeteria and get a souvenir video button for Welcome Week

Winter Park Campus
Welcome Back Week
August 31 – September 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Portico and Student Lounge

Phi Theta Kappa Meeting
September 4, 5:30 p.m.

(Source: Valencia Events, Events and Announcements)


For more information on events and all campus locations, please visit http://valenciacc.edu/.

thanks sommelier sponsors

A Taste for Learning would not be possible without the generosity and support of our Sommelier sponsors.




Fry Hammond Barr


Join us for a night of gourmet cuisine, fun and fellowship…

October 17, 2009
7 – 10 p.m.
Rosen Shingle Creek

For more information, to become a sponsor or to buy tickets, visit www.valencia.org/taste.



class notes: our valencia graduates

Ron G. Sword III

Ron G. Sword III

RON G. SWORD III 2007, 2009

Ron is a member of The Institute for the Advancement of the Aural Arts (IAAA), an international visiting group of seven musicians and educators who present concerts, master classes and workshops based on the most
contemporary musical thinking on a worldwide basis. Ron’s company, Sword
Guitars, builds guitars in microtonal tunings. His second book, titled
“Tricesimoprial Scales for Guitar,” is available through IAAA Press.


Corina graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida in May 2009 with a degree from the College of Business Administration. She works as a financial coach in Tampa and is in the process of opening up her own family financial service business later this year.


David recently became a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He also recently graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is currently studying
for the Florida Bar exam.


Laura is currently working on her Master of Science degree in nursing administration through the Indiana University School of Nursing while working as the clinical manager for the Emergency Department at
Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, Ind. She has been happily married for 10 years and is the mother of three children ages 8, 6, and 4.


Nancy will graduate with a master’s degree in reading education from the University of Central Florida in August. She holds certifications in reading, elementary education and early childhood, and hopes to teach at Valencia in the future.

For information on how other Valencia graduates are doing pick up a copy of the Summer/Fall 2009 VITAE.

changes for some

Changes for some Florida colleges and universities in 2009-10 — OrlandoSentinel.com

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student speaks about community

F. Cabral is a Valencia graduating senior and 2008-09 Mayor Richard T. Crotty Valencia – UCF Two Plus Two recipient. He takes a moment to expresses his thoughts on community:

My philosophy regarding community service is: pride is the measure of perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of one’s character and desire to contribute to society.

The gratification I receive from helping another defines my identity and nurtures my virtues. When I help someone and see a small difference of change for the better, it inspires me to continue helping others. I have witnessed that taking the time to help someone, fosters their self-worth, and helped them become more eager and confident as individuals.

As a result, I was surrounded with content people and this improved my own quality of life.

-F. Cabral



chorus groups seek new members

Valencia Community College’s ensemble and chorus groups are looking for new members for the fall term. Opportunities are available to all students, staff, faculty and community members.

 There are three opportunities available:

 Voices of Valencia

Now in its 13th year, the Voices of Valencia is a musical group for singers of all levels. The group performs all over Central Florida, including at theme parks and convention centers, and every so often they record an album. This holiday season, the group will continue building its very own production, N.O.E.L. (Night of Everlasting Light) with music arranged by Derric Johnson (creator of Epcot Candlelight Processional and Voices of Liberty). Anyone can join Voices of Valencia and no auditions are required. 

 To be a part of this group, participants must register for the Valencia course MUN 1311, CRN # 11221. Members will receive one hour of college credit. The course costs $87.36. Seniors over age 59 and dual-enrollment students can join for free. The group will meet every Tuesday night, beginning Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. on Valencia’s East Campus, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

 West Campus Choir

Valencia’s West Campus now has a music ensemble of its own. The West Campus Choir (formerly known as the Valencia Chamber Chorus) offers its members a chance to be a part of some holiday shows in the Central Florida area, including the Epcot Candlelight Processional. No auditions are required.

 To join the chorus, participants must register for the Valencia course MUS 2930, CRN #14882. Members will receive one hour of college credit. The course costs $87.36. Seniors over age 59 and dual-enrollment students can join for free. The group will meet every Thursday night, beginning Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on Valencia’s West Campus, located at 1800 South Kirkman Road in Orlando.

 Valencia A Cappella Chorale

The Valencia A Cappella Chorale is seeking members for its premier a cappella group, Intone. Intone’s musical style is characterized by a unique variety of lush vocal harmonies and its high-energy patriotic and holiday numbers. Intone has been a regular in the local resorts (including Disney) convention centers, conferences and other venues over the years. 

 Those interested in joining must have music skills and a great work ethic. Auditions are required. For more information about this group or any other, please contact Mr. James Jones at 407-582-2340 or jjones2@valenciacc.edu

Source: Melissa Tchen, Marketing & Media Relations (407-582-1778; mpoorbaugh@atlas.valenciacc.edu), Valencia News and Information – August 13, 2009

tickets still available – oh, woman!

Oh, Woman! conference this weekend is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2009, at the Orange County Convention Center.   Tickets are now only available at the door however AEGIS Law Firm has 3 tickets available courtesy of Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier, Esq.

If you are interested in reserving a ticket, please call 407.539.3939 by 4:30 p.m. today and provide your name. Your ticket will then be placed at “Will Call” for pickup tomorrow. Please note: you must call and provide your name today.

For more information on the Oh, Woman! conference, including directions and speakers, please visit: http://www.wmfeorlando.com/ohwoman09/