valencia offers trio of december concerts

String Ensemble Concert on Dec. 3
The Valencia Community College String Ensemble performs an intimate concert set in the atrium of Building 3, featuring an array of soloists on violin, viola, cello, guitar and string bass. Selected works include “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Mozart, “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra in C Major” by Vivaldi featuring Vasily Yurin on guitar, “Church Sonata #6” by Mozart, and two baroque arias featuring soprano Rebekah Nath. The concert takes place on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Valencia’s East Campus, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Valencia Singers and String Ensemble Concert on Dec. 6
The Valencia Singers and String Ensemble will give a joint concert at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. The Valencia Singers program includes the following works: “Coronation Anthem #4” by Handel, “Estampie Natalis” by Nelhybel, “Lead Me Home” by Barnum, “Suo Gan” arranged by Morgan, “Quem Vidistis Pastores” by Deering, “Die Lotosblume” by Schumann, and two works by UCF composer David Brunner: “Song Of The Earth Spirit” and “Cantante Domino.” The String Ensemble program includes: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by  Mozart, “Concerto for Guitar” and “Orchestra in C Major” by Vivaldi featuring Vasily Yurin on guitar, “Church Sonata #6” by Mozart, and two baroque arias featuring soprano Rebekah Nath. The concert takes place on Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, located at 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive in Orlando.

Student Recital on Dec. 9
Valencia’s music majors perform solo works including vocal performances, piano solos and other instrumental works. The concert takes place on Dec. 9 at 1:00 p.m. in Valencia’s East Campus Performing Arts Center, located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 407-582-2900.

Source: Marketing and Media Relations, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1015
(News and Information, November 24, 2009)

new architecture program links valencia, ucf and uf

UCF will partner with Valencia Community College and the University of Florida to launch a new Bachelor of Design program in Architecture starting in fall 2010.

Approved Thursday by the UCF Board of Trustees, the program will prepare students for a variety of careers, including professional architecture, construction management and industrial design. The median annual salary for design professionals is about $72,000, according to Workforce Florida.

Students will take two years of classes as Valencia students and two years as UCF students. They then can move on to obtain their master’s degree, potentially by staying in Orlando and enrolling in a University of Florida College of Design program based in UCF’s Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando.

The Valencia and UCF classes will be taught at the new University Center building shared by the two schools at Valencia’s West Campus. The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects has worked closely with Valencia, UCF and UF to develop the program.

For more information, visit

Source: UCF Today, Thursday, November 19, 2009

commercial real estate

Valencia Foundation is proud to support CREW Orlando as it presents its
4th annual CREW CAREERS event!

Girls ages 16-18 interested in commercial real estate careers

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Check-in: 8:30 to  9 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

Law Office of Baker & Hostetler LLP
200 South Orange Avenue
SunTrust Towers Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801

The Orlando chapter of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) wants young women  to discover the many exciting careers in the commercial real estate industry through this FREE interactive program designed to introduce these young women to career opportunities such as environmental consultants, architects, surveyors, contractors, interior designers, attorneys, bankers, brokers and more! The program was developed by CREW Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CREW Network. Girls will join local leading businesswomen to learn the skills they will need to be successful in this dynamic industry and will have the opportunity to work within teams to create their own development project.

Free! Girls receive goodie bag and a delicious breakfast and lunch.

If you know someone who is interested in participating, it’s not too late. Please contact:

Anna Long

Jessica Parker

Valencia Foundation wishes CREW Orlando a successful event!!!

cfre designation


Orlando, FL – CFRE International has named Donna Marino, Valencia Foundation’s donor stewardship manager, a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Marino joins over 5,400 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation and has met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment of service to Valencia Foundation and Valencia Community College. CFRE candidates must pass an exam which tests the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive.

“The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner,” states Susan Davies Goepp, CFRE, chair of CFRE International. “Achievement of the Certified Fund Raising Executive credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Donna to herself and the profession as a whole.”

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, members must continue to demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment, fundraising results and continue with their professional education.

CFRE International is an independent organization whose sole mission is dedicated to the certification of fundraising executives by setting standards of philanthropy.

Valencia Foundation provides the margin of excellence for which Valencia Community College has long been known. The foundation is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS-approved 501(c)3 corporation chartered in 1974 with the objective of financially providing for the educational needs of students that cannot be met through state or federal assistance. Valencia Foundation’s mission is to enhance learning, workforce training and economic development in Central Florida through the support of scholarships, teaching chairs, programs and buildings for Valencia Community College.

For more information or to make a donation, please call (407)582-3150 or visit

a great valencia alumni blog

Please be sure to take a moment to check out this inspirational and insightful site:

Here, in her own words, Laura (Valencia alumna, 2006) shares why she started her blog and the important goal she hopes to accomplish:

I’ve decided to write a blog that will chronicle my search for a spokesperson for people with the condition that I have, spina bifida. It is the #1 cause of paralysis in children in America. It is also more common than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis combined.

But, why should you even care about this blog? Well, the fact of the matter is that while taking folic acid can help prevent having a child with spina bifida, there is no known cure for it, and my goal is to encourage people to get the conversation going about spina bifida, and how we can all help people through research and quality of life programs.

So, if you’re interested, please share this link with people you know. Spina bifida is a lot more common than you may think.

 Today Laura celebrates her 23rd birthday – Happy birthday and we all wish you the very best!

“this building is about dreams”

UniversityCenterRibb3CBFA41Valencia/UCF Partnership Greatly Expands College Opportunity in West Orange County

On October 29, Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida (UCF) hosted 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.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist welcomed a crowd of several hundred elected officials, dignitaries, college leaders and students, including Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal, Orlando City Council Commissioner Samuel Ings and former Florida senator Daniel Webster.

“This building is about dreams,” Governor Crist said. “It is about the dreams of future engineers, future nurses and future business leaders.”

Valencia President Sanford Shugart credited Senator Webster for having “authored the vision of what the two-plus-two partnership would mean back in the ’90s,” adding, “[he] aligned funding, support and the rationale for this kind of building.”

The $23 million, three-story, 100,000-square-foot building opened for classes in August, welcoming 775 UCF students to Valencia’s campus. The additional space 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 allows a smooth transfer to UCF and associate in science degrees in electronic engineering and computer engineering. The University Center is expected to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the gold level for its environmentally friendly design, construction and energy-saving features. “Green” features include rooftop solar panels along with energy saving lights, air conditioning and insulation that make the building 28 percent more efficient than a conventional building. C.T. Hsu + Associates was the architect for the project. PPI Construction Management Inc. was the builder.

“The opening of this new facility is an opportunity to celebrate a powerful and effective partnership, the long-standing partnership between UCF and Valencia Community College,” said UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Terry Hickey.

UCF has offered 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. It also provides familiar ground for Valencia students who transfer to UCF via DirectConnect to UCF, which guarantees Valencia graduates admission to UCF. Valencia students make up the largest number of UCF’s transfer students; one in five UCF graduates are Valencia transfers.

Reprinted from: Valencia Community College press release, Contact: Carol Traynor, Marketing & Media Relations, Orlando, FL, November 3, 2009.


and voices…JohnGorka-ArtistPhoto-Hres_000

Please join Valencia Community College for the first artist in the 2009/2010 Visions and Voices series.

John Gorka will be performing at 1 p.m. on November 18, 2009 in the East Campus Performing Arts Center.

John Gorka is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. His songs are multi-faceted – full of depth, beauty and emotion. John’s rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as “Gorka.”

His material is championed by many – to date more than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. His music video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John has also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN, and has been the subject of other national programming.

For more information please visit or contact Nichole McPherson at or 407-582-3121.