thank yous to go around …

With a successful Taste for Learning event behind us, we now have the arduous task of remembering all those who made a difference (big or small) every step of the way in the planning process to give our thanks. And though we use the word arduous, we simply mean that it’s difficult not to thank everyone we encountered along the way … and we mean everyone and so we will!!!

It’s because of every conversation, every email, every comment, every thought, every task, every wish and every word of advice that we sit here and say, “Wow, what a great event that was!”

And so to all those smiling faces in our office doors, at the end of the phone and across email cyberspace and beyond, we smile back while blogging and say thank you for all you did and continue to do – you know who you are!

governor keynotes ucf-valencia building dedication

Governor Attends UCF-Valencia Building Dedication – Central Florida News 13 Video.

ValCristORLANDO — Gov. Charlie Crist helped dedicate the University Center at Valencia Community College Thursday morning.

The three-story, 100,000 square foot building is a joint project of Valencia and the University of Central Florida.

It has more than forty classrooms, computer labs, and a cafe.

UCF and Valencia have a long-running relationship, and graduates of Valencia are guaranteed admission to UCF.

Crist noted the project came in “On time, and under budget.”

Valencia and UCF have applied for gold Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDs) certification for the new University Center. Recycled materials were used extensively, there are solar panels on the roof, and even the counter in the cafe is made from shredded aluminum cans.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:31:27 PM

university center update

Gov. Crist lauds Valencia/UCF shared classroom building

Gov. Charlie Crist was among a host of elected officials and leaders in higher education at today’s ribbon-cutting for the $23 million University Center, a classroom building shared by UCF and Valencia Community College on Valencia’s West Campus.

Through partnerships like the one shared by UCF and Valencia, the state wants to give students “every possible avenue of opportunity to acheive what they want to achieve,” Crist told a crowd of more than 100.

The 100,000-square foot building is the largest on campus. UCF and Valencia split the cost.

UCF offers a variety of degree programs that students can complete in their entirety at the University Center. That eliminates the need for students who live and work in west Orange County to make the trek to UCF’s main campus in east Orlando.

Source: posted by Luis Zaragoza on Oct 29, 2009 11:19:29 AM

dedication ceremony for the university center

Please join
Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida
in a dedication ceremony for
The University Center

Thursday, October 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Building Tours

Valencia Community College
West Campus – University Center, Building 11 Atrium
1800 South Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
Parking available in Lots F and G

Business Attire

Source: The Bulletin, Monday, October 26

NISOD award nominations

For our fellow Valencia colleagues: Please consider nominating a worthy co-worker for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Learning Leadership Award.

The purpose of the NISOD awards program at Valencia is to recognize full-time members of the faculty, staff and administration for outstanding accomplishments in improving student learning. Recipients should have demonstrated meritorious learning leadership, as outlined in the award guidelines.

To request a nomination form and guidelines, please contact College and Community Relations (ext. 3126). Please note the submission deadline is Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

For more information about NISOD and this year’s conference (May 30 – June 2, 2010), visit

Source: The Bulletin, Monday, October 26

making strides at urban flats

You are cordially invited to attend a happy hour full of free flowing wine and food, all the while benefiting a great cause:  American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

acsPlease join Valencia Community College and the Valencia Volunteers at Urban Flats in downtown Orlando from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday October 29th

Everyone is welcome to enjoy Urban Flat’s normal Happy Hour OR purchase a $20 ticket at the door which includes the following:

–  all you care to drink wine or non-alcoholic beverages
–  all you can eat food: flat breads, salad, dessert

$15 from every ticket goes to American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

Wait, there’s more:
* Advance ticket purchases will receive a free drink/cocktail coupon (yes, wine is free).  Contact Becca Shevlin at or 407-582-5567.
*  Free parking in the Plaza Parking Garage: Urban Flats will validate
* Drawing for Orlando Magic basketball signed by the 2009 team and  $100 gift card to Club 23, Back Room, or Mako’s with drawing at the end of the night.

in memory of tina collyer

tina2Scholarship in memory of Valencia student Christine “Tina” Collyer: Tina’s Heart

Christine “Tina” Collyer’s lifelong dream of becoming a fire fighter was ignited by an AS degree in Fire Officer Technology, an AS in Emergency Medical Service Technology and a certificate in Paramedic Technology from Valencia Community College. In January of 1996 she joined the Orlando Fire Department and also served as Paramedic and instructor for the department and citizens of Orlando.

Tina was the Explorer Advisor for many years and proudly served on the Honor Guard. Her contributions to the Orlando community extended as a volunteer with Burn Camp, Dream Flight, and the Winnie Palmer Secret Santa.

Friends and family are honoring Tina’s commitment to learning and her giving spirit with a scholarship in her honor.  The family wanted to create hope with Tina’s Heart marking one year since Tina’s passing in October 2008. 

If you wish to make a donation to the Tina Collyer Memorial Scholarship, Tina’s Heart please visit and click on Make a Donation.