endowed scholarship update

The following is an open copy of the letter sent to Valencia Foundation endowed scholarship donors and scholarship contacts. 

Thank you for your continuing support of our mission to expand college access. We appreciate the difference you make in the lives of students through your endowed scholarship.

Because of that generosity, Valencia Foundation provided more than $3.4 million to Valencia when the most severe recession in recent memory was running full throttle. That’s about $130,000 more than the previous fiscal year.

We face tough economic challenges in serving students and managing scarce resources, but we have been able to maintain our foundation support this year because of donor loyalty and commitment.

You may have read in the newspaper about multi-billion-dollar university endowments suffering losses so significant that all spending has been suspended. As we balance the needs of our students with legal and fiscal accountability, I wanted to share with you the measures our board has taken to preserve your endowment. Because of their careful vigilance, we find only a handful of funds currently below their original corpus value as of Dec. 31, 2009. However, once spring disbursements have been recorded and our fiscal yearend figures examined by independent auditors, we shall evaluate each and every one of our 500 accounts, including yours.

We can’t predict what the next 18 months will bring economically, and we wish to be certain that we do not find ourselves in the position of other institutions which have had to freeze all disbursements from their endowments for several years.

So what does this mean?

  • First, we’ll be calculating each account individually to determine its value above corpus, your original gift plus any matching dollars. I will be able to share those numbers by mid-May, which is several weeks later than usual.
  • Second, in order to compensate for a potential “double dip” in market performance, we’ll be projecting your disbursement for two academic years (2010/11 and 2011/12) to ensure sustainability. Should the market continue to rebound, we’ll be able to expand disbursement in the second year.
  • Third, if we discover that your fund is below its corpus value, we’ll communicate with you personally to review our options.

The bottom line is that we want to honor our covenant to steward your investment, our legal fiduciary responsibility to manage contributions – and the urgent needs of students. In partnership with the college, student financial aid has increased threefold during this recession to a total of $90.4 million. Student enrollment has grown by one-third, at the same time the state’s allocation dropped by 12 percent.

We’re dedicated to working hand in hand with the college to do more with less – and to serve our community.

We won’t let you down.

Should you have any questions, please contact me or our donor stewardship manager, Donna Marino, at (407) 582-3128 or dmarino@valenciacc.edu. To learn more about Valencia Foundation, visit us at www.valencia.org.

Geraldine Gallagher, CFRE
President and CEO
Valencia Foundation

take stock in children golf tournament

Make your plans now to attend the Take Stock in Children Golf Tournament on Monday, April 26, 2010 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.

Individual spots are $400 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $700. For more information, or to register online, please visit http://www.valenciacc.edu/tsic/golf/.

100 percent of proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children.

Take Stock in Children of Orange County is administered by Valencia Community College, in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools. It is part of a statewide program that provides underserved children with a college scholarship and a mentor in the effort to help them stay in school, earn a high school diploma, graduate from college and enter the workforce.

seeking new singers

Valencia Community College’s chorus groups are looking for new members for the summer term. Opportunities are available to anyone with an interest in singing, regardless of previous musical training.

Participants must enroll at Valencia and will receive one hour of college credit for each group/course they join. The course fee is $87.36. Seniors over age 59 and dual-enrollment students can join for free.

There are two opportunities available:

Voices of Valencia’s “The A Cappella Experiment”

Voices of Valencia is a nonprofessional community/student choral ensemble. This summer, the group will explore the various genres of mixed men’s and ladies’ a cappella singing. Anyone who is interested in learning more about a cappella music is invited to join. No auditions are required.

To be a part of this group, participants must register for the Valencia course MUN 1311, CRN # 31073 and show up the first night. The group will meet every Tuesday night, beginning May 11, at 7 p.m. on Valencia’s East Campus. 

Valencia A Cappella Chorale

The Valencia A Cappella Chorale performs the same scores as Epcot’s Voices of Liberty. Derric Johnson, writer/director/producer for the Voices of Liberty, serves as a mentor for the Valencia A Cappella Chorale and James Jones is the director. Mr. Jones has trained alongside Danny Murray, the director of the Voices of Lee, who were recently featured on NBC’s “Sing Off.”

Auditions are required. Those who audition must be prepared to sing 16 bars of an up-tempo piece, as well as a ballad. To be a part of the group, participants must register for the Valencia course MUS 2930, CRN # 31075. The group will meet every Monday night, beginning May 10, at 7 p.m. on Valencia’s East Campus. 

Audition dates:

Friday, April 9, 2010 
7 – 9:45 p.m.
Valencia’s East Campus
Building 3, room 124

Friday, April 23, 2010 
7 – 9:45 p.m.
Valencia’s West Campus
Building 5, room 111

Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. The West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road in Orlando.

For more information about either of these groups, please contact Mr. James Jones at jjones2@atlas.valenciacc.edu.

Source: Marketing & Strategic Communication, 407-582-1778

teaching & rocking for students

There are ways to give other than money.  A collection of musically talented faculty, staff, and friends–-fondly called The Rogue Scholars–-have found a way to utilize their talent and time raising funds for student scholarships. 

As the video below illustrates, these faculty members are combining their love of rock-n-roll with a passion to help others.   

Another scholar, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, once said “Give what you have; to someone it may be better than you dare to think”.  To our Rogue Scholar friends I say: thank you for what you have – both your time and your talents are appreciated!

women’s history month event

 The Valencia Alumni Association & League of Women Voters of Orange County invite you to a free community program in celebration of Women’s History Month.   Please join use on Saturday, March 27, 2010 for a viewing of  the historical film “Iron Jawed Angels” followed by an open discussion. 

This event will provide a chance for you to experience Katja von Garnier’s “Iron Jawed Angels”.  Share in the remarkable but little-known story of a group of passionate and dynamic young women, led by Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and her friend Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor), who put their lives on the line to fight for American women’s right to vote.

Date:                                     Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time:                                   12:30 p.m. registration; 1:00 viewing
Who should attend:          Women and men of all ages
Fee:                                       FREE
Location:                             Valencia’s West Campus Build 8 Special Events Ctr
                                               1800 South KirkmanRoad, Orlando, FL 32811

RSVP’s encouraged to alumni@valenciacc.edu or call 407-582-2946

valencia to host forum on cyber security and digital forensics on april 9


Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Natalie Ferenc at 407-582-3126.

Valencia Community College is hosting a forum titled “High-Tech Security in the Digital Age: A Forum on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics” on Friday, April 9 at its West Campus. The event targets business and government leaders and others interested in national safety and business security issues. Senior administrators with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will address the group, including Pete Fonash, Chief Technology Officer with the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications; Richard Smith, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with the Transportation Security Administration; and John Daly, Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration. Also speaking are Lew Temares, Vice President of Information Technology/CIO for the University of Miami; Bob Rohrlack, President/CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce; and Richard Crotty, Orange County Mayor. 

College leaders will also announce details of a new Valencia program to train specialists in this growing field, with curriculum developed through a grant from the National Science Foundation.  

The event is part of Valencia’s Economic Development Forum Series, spearheaded by Gaby Hawat, Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Executive Dean for Economic Development. The series is one of the many ways the college fulfills its commitment to align its programs with workforce needs. 

It is presented in partnership with the Florida High Tech Corridor, The University of Central Florida, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Orange County, Orlando, Inc. (Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce), Osceola County Economic Development Department, Transportation Security Agency, USF Polytechnic, and Workforce Central Florida, among others.  

The free forum takes place at Valencia’s Special Events Center, West Campus, Building 8, Friday, April 9, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Natalie Ferenc at 407-582-3126.   

Source: Lucy Boudet, Marketing & Strategic Communications

third brazilian film festival to be held at valencia

The Third Valencia Brazilian Film Festival runs Thursday, March 25 – Thursday, April 1 with screenings at three of the college’s campuses.  The festival will showcase Brazilian films “My Name Isn’t Johnny,” “Life is What You Make it: An Urban Odyssey,” “In Therapy,” and “A Gastronomic Story.”  

The free film series was launched by Richard Sansone, professor of Portuguese and English as a Second Language at Valencia Community College. “Films are an incredibly effective vehicle for learning a language and gaining insight about a culture,” explains Sansone, who initiated the Portuguese language curriculum at Valencia. “It’s important when choosing the films to portray a balanced image of a society as well.”

Helping to choose this year’s films were recognized filmmakers Elisa Tolomelli and Malu de Martino who also will present each film and participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings.
 “My Name Isn’t Johnny”
7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, West Campus Building 3 Auditorium, (Rating: 14 and older)
The film narrates the true story of João Guilherme Estrella, the restless middle-class adolescent that rose to become the head of Rio’s cocaine traffic in the late 1980s and early 1990s. João Estrella’s edgy story of excess and foreboding is brilliantly portrayed by Selton Mello under the careful direction of Mauro Lima who likewise elicits the best from his star-studded cast.

“Life is What You Make it: An Urban Odyssey”
7 p.m., Monday, March 29, Osceola Campus, Building 2 Auditorium, (Rating: 16 and older)
Directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas provide viewers with a blinding contemporary snapshot of urban survival in São Paulo through the lives of four brothers who are being raised by their single mother. The resulting film is tangibly desperate yet resiliently hopeful and always in motion.  The vicious cycle of urban poverty, the challenges of single-parent families, the questions of race and identity, the struggle for survival and success are carefully blended into a powerful cinematic cocktail that leaves the viewer dizzy for its speed as we ponder the voyage it has taken us on.

 “In Therapy”
7 p.m., Wednesday, March 31, East Campus, Performing Arts Center, (Rating: 14 and older)
Psychoanalysis that starts as a curiosity turns into an intense process of self-discovery for both Mercedes and the film’s audience that she keeps with her every minute of this quick witted comedy at midlife crisis. Lilia Cabral starred in the long-running play and now the award winning film version of this voyage of self actualization of an uncommon woman living a common life to its wake up call through therapy.

 “A Gastronomic Story”  
7 p.m., Thursday, April, West Campus Building 3 Auditorium, (Rating: 16 and older)
A robust celebration of food and the female posterior, Estômago is a movie filled to the brim with passion.  The film’s good-natured humor turns darkly comic as the story evolves, and João Miguel as Nonato, has just the right amount of crooked grin charm to immerse you in his story completely.  A delight to the senses, this nimble comic fable provides a smartly constructed gastronomic allegory for ambition and survival.

All films are in Portuguese with English subtitles and are free to the public.  To see promotional trailers for each film, visit http://bit.ly/vccbrfilmfest.

 Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 South Kirkman Road in Orlando, The Osceola Campus is located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee, and the East Campus Performing Arts Center is at  701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

The festival is presented with the support of the Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce.  For more information contact Professor Richard Sansone at Valencia, 407-582-1383.

 Source: News and Information, March 18, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1016