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/

to those who support taste…

…we are grateful!

A Taste for Learning – it’s right around the corner –

Thank you to our generous supporters…

Rosen Shingle Creek
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits

McCree General Contractors and Architects

Orlando Event Photographers 
Orlando Magic
Orlando Health
UCF Regional Campuses 
Valencia Community College
Walt Disney World Co.

Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association
Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services of Orlando Inc. 
LarsonAllen LLP
Progress Energy Florida

Baker Hostetler 
CT Hsu + Associates PA 
Paul and Mary Ann Kinser
PPI Construction Management Inc.
Progressive Communications
Schoolfield Properties Inc. – Wayne and Dianne Schoolfield
SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove
Second Chance Fund – Kay Walters

Join us for a night of fine wines and gourmet cuisine with good friends all for a great cause…UCF and Valencia students!!!

 See you there!


community by Dr. Sanford Shugart
President, Valencia Community College
 Vitae, Summer/Fall ’09

Many of you have been reading about community colleges in Florida adding bachelor’s degrees to their programs, changing their names to “college” or “state college,” and other issues swirling around the future of our system. In the last issue of Vitae, I promised an update on these issues with a focus on Valencia’s direction.


First, it is important to note that Florida is, in fact, under-built for undergraduate education. As far into the future as I can see, the metropolitan areas in central and south Florida will have significantly more demand for freshmen seats than supply. This is a result of improving school performance over the past decade leading to more graduates and an even larger percentage of high school graduates prepared for and seeking admission to college. In addition, the burgeoning regional universities (UCF, USF, FIU) that were nearly open door a decade ago are filled to undergraduate capacity and managing demand as they always have, by raising admissions standards. Thus at UCF, where more than 70 percent of applicants were accepted for admission just 10 years ago, only 45 percent are today. This situation has created very real access challenges in these several metropolitan areas, challenges not seen in the rural areas of North Florida, the Panhandle, or even Southeast Florida.

Meanwhile, the number of Florida community colleges offering a few bachelor’s degrees in occupational areas such as teaching, nursing, and applied technologies has steadily grown since 2000. These programs were intended to meet very specific needs that were unlikely to be met by universities, not to signal a break from the traditional mission and programs of the best community college system in the country; many, however, including me, considered these programs to have been the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent, a “slippery slope” on which “mission drift” would be difficult to manage, a conclusion now hard to avoid.

By last spring, some 14 colleges out of the 28 had either added one or more bachelor’s degrees or signaled their intention to do so, while strange new names were appearing – Daytona State College, Northwest Florida State College, etc. Then, pretty much out of the blue and without consultation with the State Board of Education or the community colleges’ Council of Presidents, a bill appeared in the legislature attempting to break up the system into two tiers comprising 20 or more community colleges and some three to nine “state colleges.”

The bill was full of special interest, some of which you have read in the press, and was deeply divisive within our college system. In the end, some of the worst thinking in the bill was blunted and two task forces were created to recommend further details on the new Florida College System. They met through the year and presented their findings to the legislature at just about the time the issues surrounding the now resigned speaker of the house, the bill’s sponsor, were unraveling.

At present, a bill has been introduced in both the House and the Senate to round out the details of the new system. It is my hope that it will retain the character of our system – one college system, not two; serious governance and oversight of limited bachelor’s degrees by the State Board of Education; one funding formula with bachelor’s degrees funded at no advantage over associate degrees; and serious limits on the percentage of one’s enrollment that can come from the upper-division programming, a way of guarding the core mission of the community college. The next few weeks will tell if the state’s policy leaders can get us back on track.

“The college is what the students experience, no more and no less.”

Valencia’s Future Regarding Bachelor’s Degrees

So what may be in Valencia’s future with regard to bachelor’s degrees? As I have often said to my colleagues around the state and country, “The college is what the students experience, no more and no less.” So we always ask, “What do we want our students to experience?” As access to the freshman class at UCF began to be seriously constrained, especially for place-bound local students, we asked just this question. Our answer was that our first preference for our students was unfettered access to the whole range of established degrees at UCF.  You see, offering degrees of our own would consume all of our discretionary resources for years to come, and even after 10 years might provide only 15 or 20 degree options.

So we opted to push our relationship with UCF, signing an agreement guaranteeing all Valencia graduates with an A.A. degree admission to UCF and calling for UCF to bring dozens of new degree programs to our campuses. We call this program “Direct Connect” and will celebrate a milestone in this partnership this fall by opening a 100,000-square-foot university center on our West Campus to serve upward of 5,000 upper-division and graduate students.

Is this working? Frankly, this may be the most powerful partnership of its kind in the world. Valencia currently has more than 27,000 students in Direct Connect (compared to 2,700 statewide in community college bachelor’s degrees) with rapidly expanding options for bachelor’s degrees in business, accounting, education, nursing, and engineering. In Fall 2010, the upper division of the region’s first architectural design degree will be added exclusively at Valencia in partnership with UCF. And for the first time, Valencia and UCF are working together to generate major philanthropic support to 2+2 scholarships.

Will Valencia ever add its own bachelor’s degrees and change its name? Ever is a long time, and actually our agreement with UCF permits the offering of bachelor’s degrees should a clear need arise. I hope, however, that this would be a very rare occurrence and that any such decision would be made together in the spirit of our deep partnership. Should the state’s naming conventions change, I suppose we’d study the matter to determine, again, what is in the best interest of our students, but personally I’d hate to lose the word “community.”  It says so much about who we are — all of us, including you, our alumni.

(Reprinted from CommunitySummer/Fall 2009 VITAE Magazine Issue 4)


tickets available: oh, women!

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 the Valencia Foundation has 2 pair of tickets available to the first calls to 407/582-3150

Interested callers who are confirmed will be asked to pick up tickets at Valencia’s Downtown Center front desk at 190 S. Orange Avenue by 6:00 p.m. Friday night. 

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

paying for college

Orlando Sentinel article for Florida students:  “your school’s financial-aid office should be your first stop. Here’s where to find information on them and other resources:  How to get help paying for college — OrlandoSentinel.com

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thankful words


K. Vazquez, a 2008-2009 scholarship recipient, expressed her gratitude to the foundation:

I would like to thank you for your donation that has allowed me to continue my education at Valencia Community College. I know that I am blessed and you have provided a sense of security and self-worth with your donation. I am so grateful that I am in a position that will help me in my future. You have enabled me to continue striving, and I promise to do so.

I wish that I could find the sophisticated words that would describe what I am feeling, even as I type this letter, my heart is full of well wishes and my eyes try to fight back the tears. But all I can say is ‘thank you’. I hope that this letter makes you feel a great deal of satisfaction and happiness that you have given me.

I remember when I checked my e-mail and I saw the good news, my mother started dancing in the kitchen as I read her the letter, she looked as if a burden was taken off her shoulders, and I knew that it had been. Thank you for making my mom dance and jump around; that was the second gift you gave. You don’t know how much seeing that means to me. Thank you.

-K. Vazquez

martin and gracia andersen foundation

Valencia Foundation has been helping students reach their educational goals since 1974. According to a recent statistic from discovernursing.com, by the year 2020 there will be an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses. Our partnership with the Martin and Gracia Andersen Trust genuinely reflects our mission to enhance learning in Central Florida. Our donors clearly see the vision and need within our community.

Due to the generosity of the foundation we were able to award ten (10) students nursing scholarships. These fine men and women all exemplified financial need and a passion for their current field of study.  Gary Wright writes, “I am a 44 year old African American male, I am married with four children. Pursuing my degree has been financially strenuous for my family and me.” Although Gary has applied for financial assistance, he was denied. Often, we hear from students just like this that have reached out for additional help and are unable to obtain the financial means to continue their education. It’s reported that we are currently meeting only about half of the documented need for financial support within our community. Only through scholarship opportunities like these are we able to truly make a difference in the lives of students who might not otherwise be able to afford an education.   

As one of our students writes, “I am grateful for the opportunity to personally thank you for your generosity. Were it not for scholarship patrons like you, many students such as myself would not be able to pursue their life-long goals.” 

We are forever grateful for your support!

proof it!

I have been doing a lot of proofreading lately, and so I decided to compile my very own top five list of proofing tips:

1. Speak out! – Read text out loud, sort of like giving a speech.

2. Walk the line! – Fold over a piece of paper, maybe using a light color to draw the eye, but white works just as well, and proof the piece line by line.

3. Be kind, rewind! – This one comes from my mom, a teacher: start at the bottom of the piece and proof from end to beginning, it works well for spelling.

4. Add it up! – This one is for grants or reports with numerical lists: check your numbers to make sure they add up and all the data is there. I once heard a grant reviewer say the first thing she does is take a calculator to check an application and sometimes those rounded decimals, especially in percentages, need an extra check.

5. Make a friend request! – Get a second, third, fourth set of eyes on the piece to make sure everything looks good. Sometimes I will ask someone from a different department to get a completely fresh review because it is amazing what your eye can miss when you’ve read something 17 times! Other times, usually with design pieces, I will ask different people to look for different things, so one person will do spelling/grammar and another will look for style/spacing.


Feel free to add your own tips in the comments section, I would love to learn some new tricks!

facebook and twitter

facebook friends:  the wall is now open on the official Valencia Alumni Association page!

twitter friends:  follow us @valenciagiving




Valencia Foundation group

Valencia Foundation group




and the green movement continues …

Valencia’s Green Cleaning Initiative
Beginning in 2008, the custodial department began looking into ways of creating a healthier environment for our students, staff and faculty at Valencia. Several different ways were investigated to achieve this goal: (1) The methods currently being used to clean, and (2) the cleaning chemicals being used. Questions like, “What kind or brands of green certified chemicals could help us maintain a clean environment?” or “How do we change our work methods to ensure the health of our customers?” were considered. Through hard work and numerous consultations, the custodial services supervisors, coupled with support from procurement, have upgraded to what is now Valencia’s Green Cleaning Initiative. With close consideration and testing of products, the chemicals now in use are safe and environmentally responsible. So far, the custodial department has converted 80 percent of its cleaning products to those that are environmentally safe, and plans to increase that number.

(Reprinted from Changing Our WaysSummer/Fall 2009 VITAE Magazine)

Way to go Valencia!!!

green savings

The inception of Valencia’s recycling program, which began in February 2007, included only the collection of mixed paper. Since that time there has been a remarkable and steady reduction of our carbon footprint.

Recycle bins at Valencia's downtown center

Recycle bins at Valencia's downtown center

In October 2008, the program expanded to include mixed paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Valencia receives a per-pound rebate from collected recyclables from the college’s recycling company. So far, more than 43 tons of recyclables have been processed, which converts to a savings of $3,529.50 to the college.

Bottom Line: Each ton (2,000 pounds) of recycled paper/cardboard converts to a savings of approximately 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water.

(Reprinted from Valencia Recycling Facts and StatisticsSummer/Fall 2009 VITAE Magazine)

Go Valencia!

scholarship committee rocks!

scholarshipcommitteeIt’s wonderful to witness a group of individuals so dedicated to our students.

This past Friday seven faculty, staff and foundation team members joined together to award scholarship dollars for deserving students. During one of the busiest times of the school year, our fellow committee members spent a half day to serve one purpose: awarding scholarships.

Busy as bees, the committee sifted through a healthy pile of applications and essays in search of the perfect fit.  The committee shared stories of college days, spent a few moments reading excerpts of student essays that touched our hearts, and laughed at individual’s outbursts.

Pat Lee, Career Staff representative writes “I just wanted to say how much fun I had this morning. Not only was it fun, but it’s a really rewarding experience being able to award scholarships.”

What a rewarding experience. (I hear you, Pat!) To be able to shape the future of someone that you don’t know; to believe in an individual so much that you are willing to invest in their future without hesitation or expectation. This is what makes my day bright…all I can say is the scholarship committee ROCKS!

she’s betting on valencia

Geraldine Gallagher, CFRE, sits down with Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier. Helen Von Dolteren-Fournier, JD, CFP, President of AEGIS Law Firm PL, is the chair of Valencia Foundation’s board of directors.


Q: What influences in your life have encouraged you to be philanthropic and community-minded?

According to my mother, Helen Calafut-Von Dolteren, it doesn’t take much to be a nice person – a kind word, holding a door open for someone or sharing a bowl of homemade soup. Combine kindness with God’s word, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and you naturally wind up with philanthropy in my world.


Q: Tell us about your law firm.

AEGIS Law Firm PL focuses on personalized estate planning. The company was founded upon the principle that it is our mission to help our clients fully understand complicated issues through education and personal attention.


Q: There are many charities and causes you could support, and you do. But you clearly have prioritized your time, talents and resources. Why is Valencia one of your priorities?

Public education and the arts are my dual missions, and Valencia allows me to support both. I care about this college because anyone can begin anew at Valencia, whether it’s to sharpen their work skills or tool for a new career. I have heard the college described as the Ellis Island of higher education, and it is true. Valencia’s students come in all shapes, sizes and ages, and from diverse income levels, families and backgrounds. The college’s programs provide opportunities in just about any field you could imagine. How much easier could it be to support an institution that does so much for everyone in every corner of our community?


Q: Why do you think that philanthropy matters?

As a society and as individuals, I believe we have a moral obligation to give and to give back, to protect and keep safe those who need a hand up, and to provide everyone with the opportunity to learn and succeed. This is our American dream. I also believe that giving when no one is looking and telling not a soul is a cornerstone of philanthropy and service.


Q: What are your priority initiatives for your term as foundation board chair?

I would like to build upon the previous good works of the foundation board chairs who walked before me and ensure that the college and all of Central Florida come to know, appreciate, love and support Valencia Foundation. Each of us as board members, donors, students, alumni, retirees, faculty and staff can make it our mission to tell Valencia’s stories in the community. We have to raise the profile of the college and our foundation so that when donors are planning their philanthropy, they understand the vital role the college plays in this community. For our donors, not one penny of your donation is spent on anything other than your intended use, be it scholarships, teaching chairs or programs.


Q: What do you hope your life legacy will be?

When I die, I want people to realize that they have the power to change the world – it’s just going to take awhile and through a lot of small actions. Whether it’s through a hot meal, scholarship or educational workshop, it can be done. We can leave the world a better place than we found it. Mother Teresa once said, “Do no great things. Do small things with great love.”She's betting on Valencia!


Q: What is your fondest hope for Valencia?I would like to win the PowerBall for $200 million so we can build all the campuses and facilities and fund an enormous educational endowment to assist students and the college. But it is my fondest hope that I see the day when any deserving student in our community is able to attend college, and money doesn’t stand in the way. That will take an endowment many times the size of our current one, which is the largest among 1,200 community colleges, as recorded by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Our student need has never been greater, and I’d like to work with my fellow board members, alumni and community partners to ensure we have the resources to keep the doors open for community college students in financial need.


(Reprinted from In the Mix, Volunteer Spotlight, Spring 2009 VITAE Magazine)

She’s betting on Valencia!

bequest for students with a spark

"That "spark" I've seen is the determination and focus of an individual who KNOWS the value of an education and hopes for more."

"That "spark" I've seen is the determination and focus of an individual who KNOWS the value of an education and hopes for more."

Patti Riva, a Valencia employee, chose to make a willed bequest leaving a portion of her estate to the Valencia Foundation. When asked to share why she became a Legacy Society member, Patti reflected on the joy she’s known from being a spectator to the actions of determined students:

“In my position at Valencia, I have witnessed a spark in certain students; the spark of determination. These students have a burning need to be and experience more for themselves. To provide more for their family, give more to their community, and grow more within a career. Those same determined students have financial need as they attempt to balance the fiscal responsibilities that all of us share coupled with tuition, books, and lab fees.

It is when this spark of determination is ignited with financial aid through a scholarship that I’ve seen amazing results. I hope to be a resource in providing other students with an opportunity to fulfill their burning desire to succeed. That “spark” I’ve seen is the determination and focus of an individual who KNOWS the value of an education and hopes for more.

Whether it’s from a Valencia staff member or faculty member providing encouragement and support or scholarships from the Foundation to lighten their financial obligations, many an individual has surpassed their scholastic expectations.

I want to ignite other students by providing more students with the value of education as my legacy. My legacy gift will continue the possibilities of more incredible opportunities provided through an education at Valencia.”

say green!!!

I suppose Valencia Community College knows a little something about going green.

Valencia is Building Green

As part of the college’s commitment to go green, Valencia has pledged that all new building construction and renovations will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) criteria. LEED is an internationally recognized classification system created by the United States Green Building Council that determines which buildings are green and how green they are. So far, three new buildings on West Campus have been registered to be LEED-certified at silver level or higher.


Allied Health & Sciences Building (AHS)
This is Valencia’s first LEED-certified green building. At three-stories and 80,000 square-feet, it houses Valencia’s dental hygiene, radiology, sonography, respiratory therapy, polysomnography and cardiovascular technology programs, as well as dedicated biology and chemistry lab classrooms. Baker Barrios & Associates was the architectural firm for the project and Welbro Building Corp. served as general contractor.

Special Events Center
This 17,000-square foot building provides a space for conferences, meetings and events for both Valencia and the community. It can seat up to 320 people for formal banquets or 400 people theater-style. The facility also contains a commercial-sized instructional kitchen for Valencia’s culinary program and a studio for the architecture program. Welbro Building Corp. served as general contractor for the building and Hunton Brady Architects were the designers.

Valencia/UCF Joint-Use Facility
This three-story, 100,000-square-foot building, which is still under construction, will be shared by both VaIencia and the University of Central Florida. It will house full baccalaureate and graduate degree programs from UCF, including nursing, electrical engineering and a professional MBA program, along with Valencia’s two-year engineering program and shared student services. C.T. Hsu + Associates is the architectural firm for the project. PPI Construction Management Inc. is the builder.

(Reprinted from Changing Our WaysSummer/Fall 2009 VITAE Magazine)

Say green!!!

endowed chair 2009-2010

Congratulations to the following Valencia distinguished professors and scholars, who have been awarded a 2009-10 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership.  Our thanks to the community partners who continue to offer this opportunity to our faculty!

Category I

Mary Beck:  Lockheed Martin Chair in Science ($3,600)
Joel Berman:  Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Endowed Chair in Mathematics ($3,200)
Julie Gagne:  University Club of Orlando Chair in Humanities ($4,700) 
Richard Gair:  Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah ($3,400)
Deymond Hoyte:  Bank of America Chair in Business Management ($3,700)
Scott Krise:  Lockheed Martin Chair in Mathematics ($4,900)
Bonnie Oliver:  Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences ($7,000)
Susan Stone:  Wayne Densch Chair in Geriatrics ($5,600)
Jane Wiese:  John and Florence MacLeod Chair in Business ($3,400) 

Category II

Colin Archibald:  SunGard Endowed Teaching Chair in Computer Science ($2,200)
Anthony Beninati:  Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise ($5,400)
Kenneth Bourgoin:  HuntonBrady Architects Endowed Chair in Hospitality Management ($2,000)
Ralph Clemente:  Walt Disney World Chair in Film Technology ($5,300)
Corinne Fennessy: William C. Demetree Jr. Foundation Chair in Education for Special Needs ($3,700)
Jim Inglis:  Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Chair in Hospitality Management ($3,800)
James May:  Maguire Family Teacher Endowed Chair ($20,800)
Robert McCaffrey:  University Club of Orlando Chair in Advanced Computer Technology ($4,900)
Lana Powell:  SunTrust Chair in Economic Development and Business Education ($3,600)
Suzanne Salapa:  Universal Orlando Chair in Arts and Entertainment ($2,800)

in memory of justin harvey


Justin Harvey was a dedicated Alumni Association Board member and founder of the inaugural Valencia Annual Run, Walk & Roll on Feb. 26, 2006. He was also a student at UCF at that time and worked tirelessly to coordinate his fellow UCF Student Athletic Trainers Organization members as 5K partners. Justin was well-known and admired as one to always make things happen, especially if it was something new. UCF SATO has been a valued 5K partner each year since then. The Valencia Alumni Relations office received this note earlier this year:

“Three years ago on March 6th, my son Justin Harvey passed away. At the time he was hospitalized, he tried to continue his work on the 5K Run for Valencia Alumni. I will also be grateful to VCC Alumni and PTK for continuing his memory each year through the 5K and the PTK Justin Harvey Scholarship. -Sincerely, Sharon Skoloski (Justin’s Mom)”

Justin Harvey is loved and missed by his many, many friends.

(Article courtesy of the Summer/Fall 2009 VITAE)

fine wine and spirits


A Taste for Learning would not be possible without the generosity and support of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

Through the sponsorship and support of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, vintners from around the world will be pouring their finest wines. Join us on October 17 and speak and mingle with international winemakers and vintners throughout the evening. The ABC leadership team works with us for six to eight months ahead of each event on planning and implementation, leveraging their professional relationships and bringing huge inkind sponsors to the table. The day before and day of the event, they unleash 75 or more logistics staff to unload product and set up the entire configuration. This represents an enormous commitment of time and talent, which is only a portion of ABC’s annual contribution to Valencia.

ABC, we appreciate you!
Thank you for all you continue to do for Valencia.