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.

our thanks!

As Jill mentioned below we had a wonderful event this past Saturday. I wanted to send a personal thank you to our generous food sponsors. Our guests were captivated by signature food items that were provided for Taste 4!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with these fantastic  chefs and restaurants, and I look forward to working with each of them in the future. With the support of the these food vendors, ever single dollar raised goes directly to 2+2 scholarships for DirectConnect.

We would like to offer our special thanks for the gourmet food that was provided for this year’s event!

Fiorella’s Cucina Toscana – The Westin Imagine Orlando
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que
Cala Bella, Rosen Shingle Creek
Executive Pastry Chef David Ramirez, Rosen Shingle Creek
Kouzzina by Cat Cora™ at Disney’s BoardWalk
Cabin Creek Food Services
B.B. King Blues Club
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

valencia grad to be published in literary anthology

Jared Silvia, a Valencia Community College graduate from the Winter Park Campus, has been selected to have his creative writing published in Phi Theta Kappa’s 2009 edition of “Nota Bene,” the society’s literary honors anthology.

 Silvia was one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa members nationally to have his work chosen for publication. Two of his short stories, “Uncle Benny” and “The Boxer,” will be published. For “Uncle Benny,” Silvia will be awarded a $500 Reynolds Scholarship. He is one of four students nationally to win the scholarship this year.

 Silvia graduated from Valencia in spring 2009. He is now attending Rollins College and is majoring in English with a minor in creative writing. His work has also been published in “Mosaic,” the literary journal of Valencia’s Winter Park Campus.

 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the honor society of two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and throughout the world.

 “Nota Bene,” recognizes outstanding writing of Phi Theta Kappa members and demonstrates to the literary public the academic excellence and commitment to scholarship found at two-year colleges.

 SOURCE: Marketing & Media Relations; Valencia Community College; 407-582-1778;

an amazing taste

Saturday was amazing – another successful A Taste for Learning! The final numbers are being tallied, so be sure and check back to see how much was raised in support of Valencia and UCF 2+2 DirectConnect scholarships.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, attendees and volunteers – we appreciate your support! And remember, 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts go directly to scholarships and is eligible to earn dollar-for-dollar match through the state of Florida First Generation in College matching grant program.

It definitely was a great time for a great cause!

valencia/ucf partnership

University Center

University Center

Valencia/UCF Partnership Greatly Expands College Opportunity in West Orange County

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will host a public ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for their new shared facility, the University Center, located on Valencia’s West Campus on South Kirkman Road.

The event will be held in the University Center (Building 11) atrium. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a ribbon cutting and guided tours of the building.

UCF has offered select courses on Valencia’s West Campus since 2000 and on Valencia’s Osceola Campus since 2001. The new building allows UCF to further expand its offerings on the west side of Orlando, opening up opportunity for many who may not be able to attend classes at the university’s main campus. The new building also provides familiar ground for Valencia students who transfer to UCF via the DirectConnect to UCF program, which guarantees Valencia graduates admission to UCF.

Nearly 27,000 Valencia students are enrolled in DirectConnect. Valencia students make up the largest number of UCF’s transfer students; one in five UCF graduates are Valencia transfers.

The $23 million, three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility accommodates classes offered by both institutions with more than 40 classrooms, a state-of-the-art testing center, computer labs, study rooms, faculty and staff offices and a café.

The University Center opened for classes in August, welcoming 775 UCF students to Valencia’s campus. This facility enables UCF to offer complete bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Electrical Engineering, Applied Science, Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology on Valencia’s West Campus. Valencia’s engineering programs are also housed in the building, including an associate in arts pre-major degree that is articulated with UCF and associate in science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Kavin Choe, a second-year Valencia student who is enrolled in the associate in arts engineering pre-major, plans to transfer to UCF to study mechanical engineering. He says that he hopes the university will continue to add courses on Valencia’s West Campus.

“I like the class sizes here, and I like the people,” Choe said. “It’s a much nicer building. We have new equipment, and it’s convenient for me. If every one of my classes were offered on this campus, I’d be all for it.” 

The University Center is expected to receive LEED certification at the gold level for its environmentally friendly design, construction and energy-saving features. C.T. Hsu + Associates was the architectural firm for the project. PPI Construction Management Inc. was the builder.


Source: Marketing & Media Relations

musical farce at valencia

AEThe Valencia Character Company will present the musical farce “Lucky Stiff,” with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, as the opening production for its 2009-2010 theater season.

The musical opens on Friday, Oct. 23, with additional performances on Oct. 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

All performances take place at the Performing Arts Center on Valencia Community College’s East Campus, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and Valencia students, staff and alumni. For reservations and further information, please call the Box Office at 407-582-2900. Advanced reservations may also be made at

A musical comedy meets murder-mystery, “Lucky Stiff” revolves around a hapless British shoe salesman who inherits $6 million in diamonds from an uncle he never knew he had. There’s just one catch: to collect, he must first take his uncle’s corpse on one last great adventure vacation to Monte Carlo.

When it turns out that a group of mafia members and a charity are also after the money, mayhem ensues, with all kinds of zany characters getting caught up in the action. Finally though, disguises fall away, the truth is revealed, and maybe even love is born.

Based on the book, “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” by Michael Butterworth, “Lucky Stiff” is created by the same collaborative team that wrote “Ragtime,” “Once on the Island” and “Seussical.”

For more information on Valencia’s theater season, go to

October 08, 2009
Source: Valencia Marketing & Media Relations
Contact: 407-582-1778;

valencia student featured on cnn special

 RSVPValencia Student to be Featured on CNN Special, “Latino in America”

Orlando, FL – Valencia Community College student Carlos Robles will be featured in the documentary, “Latino in America,” which will debut Oct. 21 and 22 on CNN and CNN en Español. Robles’ story will air on the 22nd.

The two-night, four-hour documentary, hosted by correspondent Soledad O’Brien, examines the growing diversity of America, exploring Latino-American culture through personal stories. Several U.S. communities, including the Puerto Rican community in Orlando, are featured.

Robles, who was a police officer in Puerto Rico, aims to become a sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. However, he is worried that his struggles with English may keep him from his dream. To work on his language skills, he is enrolled in Conversational English courses through the Center for Global Languages at Valencia Enterprises, the continuing education division of Valencia Community College. CNN followed his progress for eight weeks, documenting his class work and gaining insight into his life in Orlando.

Students from Puerto Rico make up nearly 10 percent of the Conversational English courses at the Center for Global Languages.

Valencia’s service to the Hispanic community is also noteworthy in the following ways:

• Hispanics account for almost 27 percent of the 50,000 degree-seeking students at Valencia.

• Because enrollment exceeds 25 percent Hispanic, with at least half coming from lower-income families, Valencia is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

• Valencia ranks 3rd among the nation’s two-year institutions for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanics (up from 5th in 2008).

“CNN Presents: Latino in America,” reported by Soledad O’Brien, premieres Oct. 21 and 22 at 9 p.m. (EST) on CNN and on CNN en Español. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Marketing & Media Relations; Valencia Community College
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dedication ceremony

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

the university club of orlando

thanks1I would most graciously like to take the time to thank you for your outstanding contribution. It was a pleasant surprise to see that The University Club of Orlando saw fit to assist me in my educational pursuits. While researching your organization I must say I was highly impressed with the phenomenal support you all have shown the Central Florida area for over the past 80 years. I am truly flattered to be supported by such an awesome organization, it definitely says a lot when professionals and pillars of the community take a stand to give back and uplift the surrounding communities wherever you may see a need.

Again, it sincerely means the world to me that your organization has taken an interest in support of my college endeavors. As a veteran of the U.S. Army I cannot honestly express in words the appreciation one feels when our fellow countrymen/women decide to step up and show that “you all do care.” I do hope one day to be a part of your wonderful organization and assist you all in your efforts of continuing to build this amazing community.

D. Cooper
2009-10 The University Club of Orlando
Scholarship Recipient

the foundation for orange county public schools teach-in 2009

Each November, in celebration of American Education Week, the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools brings business and civic leaders into the classrooms – in a fun and engaging way – to talk with students about academics, careers and the future.

Teach-In 2009 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18. For more information, please visit:

in case you missed it …

Valencia Foundation got a plug in the New York Times’ online edition this week:

jack mitchell exhibit

The Famous Faces of Photographer Jack Mitchell on Exhibit at Valencia

 The Anita S. Wooten Gallery at Valencia Community College will host an exhibition titled, “The Photographs of Jack Mitchell,” beginning Friday October 2, with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mitchell’s photos will be on exhibit through November 6.

johnlennonMitchell’s photographs of famous personalities in the arts, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Alfred Hitchcock and Agnes de Mille, serve to map American popular culture during the second half of the twentieth century. He worked for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section from 1960 to 1995. In addition to the Times, his work has appeared in People, Newsweek, Vogue, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines, as well as in several books. The collection is on loan from the Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts at St. Johns River Community College.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Anita S. Wooten Gallery is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail on Valencia’s East Campus. Call 407-582-2298 or 407-582-2268 for more information. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.


September 30, 2009
Source: Marketing & Media Relations