winter break

The Valencia Foundation and Valencia Community College will be closed December 23, 2009 – January 3, 2010 for Winter Break.

Students are invited to check Atlas for answers to many of their questions during the winter break.  Atlas is Valencia’s online system that allows students to receive e–mail and check information in student records using a secure personal identification number.

This season is a special time of year, one when we focus on friends and family and express generosity and love to those we care about. If you are considering extending your generosity to make a difference in the lives of others this year, please consider a donation to Valencia Foundation

Our student’s lives are impacted tremendously by the kindness of our donors. Without foundation scholarships, many would not be able to attend college. If you wish to make a donation please visit our secure donation site online at and click on Give Now: Make a Donation or you may also send your contribution to Valencia Foundation 190 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.

I trust that you will give as generously as you can to provide the opportunity for a genuine learning experience for our Valencia students. I thank you in advance for committing to make a remarkable difference.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and blessed new year.


a quick reminder

It’s the season of giving and what better way to support Valencia then to save your corks. With the holiday parties and get togethers on their way, this is the perfect opportunity to save a special collection of corks for the Save the Corks! campaign.

Now through the end of December, we will receive two cents for every cork recycled through the Save the Corks! campaign. Matching funds will add another two cents per cork.  So, when you have enough saved in those ziploc bags, tupperware and/or boxes run by one of your local ABC stores to find a collection container.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

a peek at new lifemap campaign

These photos, showing the installation of graphics/messages at the Winter Park campus, give a sneak peek of Valencia’s new LifeMap campaign. This college-wide project is the result of hard work and efforts from many departments including marketing and media relations, student affairs, facilities and Valencia’s office of information technology. Also instrumental were provosts, deans, campus teams, faculty leaders and facilities leaders on each campus

 Great job everyone and stay tuned for the unveiling of the new Web site ( – coming in January 2010.

$388,000 in scholarships for valencia and ucf students

$388,000 in scholarships created for Valencia and UCF students in financial need.


 Over 800 people came together on Oct. 17 for ‘A Taste for Learning,’ which generated $388,000 for scholarships, including matching funds. 

Valencia Foundation and UCF Foundation partnered this year to present the international wine sampling and auction at Rosen Shingle Creek. 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts from A Taste for Learning will 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, doubling a donor’s investment. 

In 2005, Valencia Foundation board member Jess Bailes and his team at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits first brought the concept of A Taste for Learning to Valencia Foundation. The unique event formula unites partners who donate every product for the event including the venue, décor, media, food, wine and auction items. In all, Taste events have raised more than $1.65 million for students in financial need. 

This year’s event marked an important beginning in joint philanthropy efforts between Valencia and the University of Central Florida (UCF), and will benefit 2+2 scholarships for DirectConnect, a proactive initiative that assures Valencia students access to UCF. Since 2006, UCF has guaranteed admission to all Valencia graduates through DirectConnect to UCF, the most productive community college/university partnership in the nation. Nearly 38,000 Valencia students have enrolled in DirectConnect to UCF since 2006, when the program first began.

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Rosen Shingle Creek, Fry Hammond Barr and McCree General Contractors and Architects Inc. were among the lead sponsors. Other sponsors included Baker Hostetler LLP, BB&T, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Clancy & Theys Construction Company, Collier Jaguar, C.T. Hsu + Associates PA, Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services of Orlando Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Freeman, Paul and Mary Ann Kinser, LarsonAllen LLP, Orlando Event Photographers, Orlando Health, Orlando Magic, PPI Construction Management Inc., Progress Energy Florida, Progressive Communications, Schoolfield Properties Inc. – Wayne and Dianne Schoolfield, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, Siemens, Skanska USA Building Inc., Terra Firma Construction Management, UCF Regional Campuses, Universal Orlando Resort, Valencia Community College, Walt Disney World Co. and Kay Walters – Second Chance Fund. 

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits invited wineries from around the world to donate hundreds of bottles of their finest wines for tasting and auction. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and sample entrée selections from B.B. King Blues Club, Cala Bella – Rosen Shingle Creek, Kouzzina by Cat Cora™ at Disney’s BoardWalk and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, among others, were served during the event.

Funds are still being raised to support A Taste for Learning through ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and the Save the Corks! campaign. Now through the end of December, corks can be dropped off at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC will donate two cents per cork for scholarships. Matching funds will add another two cents per cork. For more information on Save the Corks!, visit

The University of Central Florida Foundation Inc. is the official fund-raising and gift beneficiary for the University of Central Florida. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the university’s primary partner in securing philanthropic resources. The foundation enhances relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and community partners. The foundation secures and manages charitable resources for the university and always acts with integrity and honesty. 

Valencia Community College Foundation Inc. 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

house passed tax extenders bill

On December 9, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the Tax Extenders Act of 2009. The $31 billion bill will extend over 40 tax provisions from 2009 to the end of 2010. Major tax provisions include extension of the research and development credit, the teachers’ supplies deduction and seven charitable provisions.

There are seven charitable provisions in the extenders bill. These are as follows:

  1. IRA Charitable Rollover — Distributions will be permitted up to $100,000 per year for IRA owners directly from the IRA to charity.
  2. Food Inventory Gifts — Businesses may give food inventory to charity and receive an enhanced deduction for gifts of apparently wholesome food.
  3. Computer Equipment — Corporations may receive an enhanced deduction for gifts of computers to educational organizations.
  4. Book Inventory — Corporations may receive enhanced deductions for gifts of books to elementary and secondary schools.
  5. Subchapter S Corporations — A Subchapter S corporation may gift appreciated property and the shareholder benefits from the full deduction.
  6. Conservation Property — Gifts of conservation property qualify for expanded deductions and longer carry-forwards.
  7. Rent Payments to Parent Charities — Fair value rent payments by subsidiaries will not be unrelated taxable income to the parent charity.

Editors Note: This list of tax extenders is nearly certain to be passed by both House and Senate. However, because the Senate has in the past objected to these revenue-raising provisions, it may be 2010 before the final extenders bill is passed.

For more information please visit Valencia Planned Giving website.

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best in show

Valencia’s Vitae alumni magazine won “Best in Show” at the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) Institutional Advancement Awards in the “colleges with more than 10,000 FTE” category.

 This magazine is truly a team effort. Congratulations to everyone who works so hard to create this very special publication!

 Click here to see this award winning magazine. The next issue of Vitae is due out mid-January.

 Valencia’s other publications also received awards with a first place tie in the brochure category for its internship and placement brochure (combined FTE) and a second place tie for the Skillshops class schedule (more than 10,000 FTE).

 All the awards were presented at the FACC’s 60th anniversary convention in November.

 Members of Valencia’s faculty and staff also received awards:

Region 3 – Unsung Hero Award: Joe Nunes

Cameron Hall Practitioner Award 2009: Dr. Joyce C. Romano

2009 Learning Support Exemplary Award: Joshua Murdock, manager of learning support services (West Campus); presentation title: Learning Summit

Career and Professional Employees Commission Exemplary Practice Award finalists: Phil Graves and Josh Murdock; program: Universal Design: Blending Accessibility with Availability in Assistive Technology


a little friendly competition…

….in the name of scholarships never hurt anyone! 

Thank you to our nursing students and faculty – they helped collect 11,911 corks for the Save the Corks! campaign!

In the words of our nursing department: 

The competition was fierce and sometimes very close. Nursing IV grilled Nursing I for information, Nursing I held out until the bitter end. Nursing II & III were the silent ones (we truly were afraid). When all is said and done, however, we know that ultimately, all of our efforts are going to help students in need.

Final totals:

Nursing 1         4937
Nursing II         1178
Nursing III        2588
Nursing IV       3208
     Total:        11,911.00

Now that’s some friendly competition!

5k run, walk and roll

Run, Walk & Roll for Education!

Whatever your reason for participating, there’s one great benefit—helping someone go to college. Join in as those of all ages and physical abilities come together for the Alumni Association’s annual Run,Walk and Roll to raise scholarship funds for Valencia students. Participants and guests can also enjoy refreshments, children’s arts & crafts.

5K (3.1 mile) course through Valencia’s West Campus, located at 1800 South Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL 32811 Driving Directions

Click here for event details and registration.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Valencia’s Community Relations office at
407-582-2946 or

student art sale today

Valencia Student Art Sale: Wed, Dec 9, 10am–5pm East Campus, Bldg 4

Please consider stopping by Valencia’s East Campus for our Annual Student Art Sale

Find great holiday gifts and help support Valencia’s Art Department with your purchase of pottery, ceramics, jewelry, fine art prints and more!

Stop by today, December 9 from 11am –4pm
Valencia Community College
East Campus (outside of Library, Building 4)


From left to right: Rich Maladecki, President CFHLA, Jim Inglis, Program Director, Hospitality & Tourism and Restaurant Management and Donna Marino, Manager Valencia Foundation.

Congratulations to Professor Jim Inglis and the hospitality students on receiving $8,500 from CFHLA for the Hospitality Program. This marks the 10th year in a row that CFHLA has donated substantial funds to the program with a portion going towards supporting the Front Desk Lab on West campus, a hotel-style lab that features front desk guest software.

In addition to the grants, each semester the CFHLA recruits several current Valencia Hospitality students to intern at the corporate office of the association. This intership provides an opportunity for students to network with industry professionals and to participate in numerous industry and community events.

Source: The Bulletin, Monday, December 7, 2009

save your corks this holiday season

As you raise a glass in cheer and celebration this holiday season, please remember to save your corks. Funds are still being raised to support scholarships through ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and the Save the Corks! campaign. Now through the end of December, corks can be dropped off at participating ABC Fine Wine and Spirits locations. Through a partnership with Nomacorc and Terracycle, ABC will donate two cents per cork for scholarships. Matching funds will add another two cents per cork.

 For more information on Save the Corks!, visit

holiday decorations anyone?!

With the holiday season upon us, we may drive along Central Florida roads, walk into malls and stores and visit with friends and family and continually notice the same trend — decorations of all types!

So in the spirit of the holiday season, we ask…

valencia magic night

Join us as Orlando Magic battle the Toronto Raptors on Wed, Dec. 16 @t 7:00 pm

Valencia Alumni & FACC gather to watch Orlando Magic battle the Toronto Raptors on Wed, Dec. 16 @ 7:00 pm

Valencia friends, alumni, staff, family and students are invited to take part in Valencia Night with the Orlando Magic!  Don’t miss your chance to see the 2009 Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic battle the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. at the Amway Arena. 

Ticket info is online with details on an optional Valencia pre-game reception that will take place in the suite level overlooking downtown Orlando. After the game, a group picture will be taken on the court.

See you at Valencia Night with the Orlando Magic!

dance (and a trio of concerts all in one month)???!!!

Dance Concert Showcases Students’ Most Outstanding Work

The choreography and dance skills of Valencia Community College’s dance majors can be seen in an upcoming performance.

The 11th annual Choreographers’ Showcase takes place on December 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the college’s East Campus, located at 701 North Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Ticket prices are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors and Valencia students. For more information and tickets, please call the Valencia Box Office at 407-582-2900 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For additional information on the trio of concerts , please see the below post or visit and look under News and Information.

Source: Marketing & Media Relations, Valencia Community College,  407-582-1015 (November 19, 2009)