student thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for accepting my application and reviewing my information. I am truly honored to
be chosen for the Ella B. Sadler scholarship.

I must say that being older does have its perks and for me that is the appreciation of education. I am 100% dedicated and motivated in making this process a success. As previously stated I think with the foundation’s guidance and education that Valencia provides, I will be able to continue to motivate and dedicate myself to accomplishing the goals I have set.

It’s a great pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Valencia Community College family.

Darryl P., Nursing
2009/10 Foundation Scholarship Recipient

giving opportunities: legacy society

If you have already included Valencia Foundation in your estate plan, please contact the foundation at (407) 582-3128 to become a part of the Valencia Legacy Society.

Valencia Legacy Society

There are other ways to support Valencia, create student scholarships, and enhance education in our community.  By naming Valencia Community College Foundation as a beneficiary through a will or amending a will with a codicil, you can make a commitment in support of education through your future donation!

If you would like more information on planned giving, sample bequest language, completing a legacy gift form or just have general scholarship questions please contact Donna Marino at 407.582.3128 or e-mail dmarino@valenciacc.edu.

Your generosity matters to students now and in the future. Consider the words of the Honorable Charles D. Gill “There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.”

If you have already included Valencia Foundation in your estate plan, please contact the foundation at (407) 582-3128 to become a part of the Valencia Legacy Society.

faculty attend institute on peace studies

Faculty from Valencia Community College attended the Kroc Institute's second annual Summer Institute, "Teaching Peace in the 21st Century."

 More than 60 faculty from 19 colleges/universities including Valencia Community College attended the Kroc Institute’s second annual Summer Institute for Faculty, “Teaching Peace in the 21st Century.”  

The weeklong institute was created in response to growing interest in peace studies at the college and university level. Participants come from institutions in the United States, Colombia, and Israel.  

Valencia Faculty stated the institute provided an opportunity to learn about Peace Studies and its 50 year history of credible contribution to academia.  Professor Rachel Allen noted: “The faculty at Kroc Institute were extremely generous with their time, meeting with our four faculty members to help design and develop our program.  Professors Yasmeen Qadri, Penny Villegas, and Paul Chapman will bring these teachings home to promote the Peace and Justice Initiative as well develop our own Peace Studies curriculum at the college.  We are very grateful to everyone at Kroc for providing such an awesome experience!” 

The Summer Institute was created to guide teams of faculty seeking to launch or expand peace studies programs. George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, led the Institute, along with about a dozen faculty and staff from the Kroc Institute.  

About 400 colleges and universities around the world offer peace studies programs at the undergraduate level. The Kroc Institute is unique in higher education for its combination of a substantive research agenda and degree programs at all levels — doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate. The Kroc Institute’s nearly 25 year history and faculty who are pioneers in the field position Kroc to help academic institutions with peace studies programs at every stage of development.  

source: http://kroc.nd.edu/newsevents/news/summer-institute-focuses-teaching-peace-707

student receives jack kent cooke scholarship

Mikhail Elliott, a 21-year-old student from Valencia’s West Campus, has been selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for up to $30,000 a year for three years.

The highly competitive scholarship is awarded to the nation’s top community college students who have financial need. It is intended to cover a significant share of educational expenses for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees.

Elliott is one of 40 scholars selected this year to receive the award, out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from 17 different states.

Elliott graduated from Valencia on May 8, receiving his Associate in Arts degree. He is still weighing his options about where to transfer, but is considering the University of Tampa. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a focus in labor economics so that he can one day help to curb the financial problems in his native country of Jamaica.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Source: Melissa Tchen, Marketing & Strategic Communications

valencia is top producer of associate degrees in nation

A report just published by Community College Week shows that Valencia Community College awards more associate degrees than any other two-year school in the nation. Valencia also leads the way in the number of associate degrees awarded to minorities, an 18 percent increase from the year before.

The report, published in June 2010, was compiled using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and focused on degrees conferred during the 2008-2009 academic year. In that year, Valencia awarded 5,128 associate degrees, including 1,956 earned by minority students.

“Valencia’s focus on improving student success, particularly in the critical first year of college, is paying off,” said Valencia president Sanford C. Shugart. “The rankings also underscore the role Valencia plays as the primary entry point to a college education in our region.”

Aside from overall associate degrees conferred, Valencia ranked high across a number of academic disciplines: first in the number of degrees awarded in general studies, 10th in nursing and 15th in engineering technology.

Valencia offers three types of degrees: the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The A.A. degree parallels the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree. In Florida, graduates with an A.A. degree are guaranteed acceptance as juniors into the state university system. Valencia also offers more than 100 A.S., A.A.S. and certificate programs, which lead to immediate entry into the workforce.

Today there are approximately 1,200 community colleges in the United States.

SOURCE:  Valencia News, June 18, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, 407-582-1015

one more week! one more week! i repeat, one more week…

…before the 21st Annual AIA Orlando Golf Tournament.

Don’t wait to sign up for an incredible day on the links. AIA’s annual golf outing continues to prove itself successful as an excellent opportunity for strengthening professional relationships within the architectural industry. Additionally, each year’s tournament promises to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute to the local community by raising scholarship funds for students in financial need. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Valencia Foundation’s American Institute of Architects Scholarship, the AIA has raised $139,500 in scholarships since 2002.

When: Friday, June 25, 2010

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837

Additional Info: 8:30 a.m. shotgun start – scramble format. Individual spots for AIA members are $150, non-members are $175. There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Feature your company by becoming a hole sponsor for only $600 or be recognized as a friend of AIA and Valencia for $300.

For additional information, contact Karen Jones with AIA Orlando at 407.898.7006 or karen@aiaorlando.com or Anissa Alvarez with Valencia Foundation at 407.582.3153 or aalvarez35@valenciacc.edu.

2010-2011 endowed chair professors and scholars

Valencia educators are encouraged to remain current and continually improve discipline knowledge. With these endowed chairs, our faculty are given the opportunity to examine the effectiveness of their teaching, counseling, librarianship and assessment techniques as they influence student learning.

Congratulations to the following Distinguished Professors and Scholars, who have been awarded a 2010-11 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership. 

Distinguished Professors

Fitzroy Farquharson:  Lockheed Martin Chair in Mathematics
Richard Gair:  Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah
Deymond Hoyte: 
Bank of America Chair in Business Management
Ilyse Kusnetz:  Sue Luzadder Chair in Communications
Yasmeen Qadri:  Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences
Richard Sansone:  Howard L. Palmer Chair in Foreign Languages
Russell Takashima:  Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Chair in Mathematics   
Rachel Waite:  University Club of Orlando Chair in Humanities 

Distinguished Scholars

Colin Archibald:  SunGard Endowed Teaching Chair in Computer Science
Ralph Clemente:  Walt Disney World Chair in Film Technology
Debbie Garrison / Susan Dauer:  Maguire Family Teacher Endowed Chair
Carin Gordon:  Cliff and Daisy Whitehill Chair in Legal Studies
Deidre Holmes DuBois:  Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Endowed Chair in Communications
Jim Inglis:  Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Chair in Hospitality Management
Lisa Macon:  Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Education in Free Enterprise
James May:  Jessie and Eugene Drey Endowment of the English-Speaking Union/Central Florida Branch Chair in English and Humanities
Robert McCaffrey:  University Club of Orlando Chair in Advanced Computer Technology  
Pierre Pilloud:  Central Florida Restaurant Association Chair in Restaurant and Food Management
Suzanne Salapa:  Universal Orlando Chair in Arts and Entertainment

Many thanks to the dedicated individual and corporate partners who have created and supported the endowed chair program. Valencia Community College and our students benefit from the kindness of philanthropic individuals, corporations and organizations that are deeply rooted in our community.

valencia’s juneteenth celebration

 

Valencia’s Juneteenth Celebration to Provide a Musical Journey Through African American History.

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 Valencia Community College will celebrate Juneteenth in conjunction with Black Music Month by hosting the musical event, From Spirituals to Soul, performed by the Jones High School Alumni Band.The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with food and a reception, followed by the musical program at 7 p.m. It will be held on Valencia’s West Campus, located at 1800 S. Kirkman Road in Orlando, in the Special Events Center (Building 8).

This narrated program will take listeners on a musical journey through African American history, starting with the spirituals from the times of slavery and moving through gospel, deep river, swing, jazz, rhythm and blues, and soul.

 Celebrating some of the greatest African American contributions to music, the program will include the works of legends such as Thomas Dorsey, W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Martha Williams at 407-582-8090 or

Source: Melissa Tchen, Marketing & Strategic Communications

recycled, wrapped and sewn

Big Fan, 2008, 40 in X 40 in, wire, string, cotton fabric

The Anita S. Wooten Gallery at Valencia Community College East Campus will host Recycled, Wrapped and Sewn, works by Courtney Puckett, an emerging artist from New York.

An opening reception will be held on June 18, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with an artist lecture at 7:30 p.m. This exhibit will run until July 30. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The gallery is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL 32825.

 For more information, please call 407-582-2268 or 407-582-2298, or visit http://www.valenciacc.edu/artsandentertainment/gallery/.

you only have two more weeks…

…before the 21st Annual AIA Orlando Golf Tournament.

Don’t wait to sign up for an incredible day on the links. AIA’s annual golf outing continues to prove itself successful as an excellent opportunity for strengthening professional relationships within the architectural industry. Additionally, each year’s tournament promises to provide all participants with an opportunity to contribute to the local community by raising scholarship funds for students in financial need. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Valencia Foundation’s American Institute of Architects Scholarship, the AIA has raised $139,500 in scholarships since 2002.

When: Friday, June 25, 2010

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32837

Additional Info: 8:30 a.m. shotgun start – scramble format. Individual spots for AIA members are $150, non-members are $175. There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Feature your company by becoming a hole sponsor for only $600 or be recognized as a friend of AIA and Valencia for $300.

For additional information, contact Karen Jones with AIA Orlando at 407.898.7006 or karen@aiaorlando.com or Anissa Alvarez with Valencia Foundation at 407.582.3153 or aalvarez35@valenciacc.edu.

Don’t miss out on the fun!!!

donor spotlight: Jess Bailes

Special thanks to Jess Bails for his continued philanthropy to Valencia and our community as a whole!

When Jess Bailes speaks, people listen – and emulate his philanthropy. A Valencia alumnus and active board member of the foundation since 1996, his family’s contributions to Valencia include endowments of more than $350,000 cash and $400,000 in in-kind donations to Valencia Foundation.

Jess is executive vice president of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and through his lead, ABC provides support for Valencia’s annual golf tournaments, fundraisers, The President’s Circle receptions, donor recognition galas and A Taste for Learning.

Currently, Jess serves as secretary for Valencia Foundation’s board of directors. Jess was a charter donor for The President’s Circle and he has served as treasurer and executive committee member for the foundation’s board of directors. In 2004, he was named board member of the year. And for service to Valencia and Valencia Foundation, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits was named “2005 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

At the helm of A Taste for Learning since the inception in 2005, Bailes and his team at ABC continue to make the event an unprecedented success. His idea of sponsorship is definitely a welcome extravagance – bringing together vintners and hundreds of bottles of wine, as well as donating silent auction items. Through his charge, ABC also supplies signage, promotional advertising and on-hand event support – all are given generously and in true commitment to the mission of the foundation.

Jess also leverages his corporate credibility and relationships to ensure that one hundred percent of every dollar given for tickets, auction items and sponsorships goes directly to scholarships. Through his leadership, more than $1.65 million has been generated for scholarships at all Taste events. More importantly, these events have brought the foundation new publicity, new partnerships, an expanded donor base and the opportunity for a college education for students in need.

Jess Bailes and the ABC staff are humble and matter-of-fact about their commitment to service and philanthropy. His servant leadership has earned him the respect of Valencia and our community.

Source:  Valencia Foundation Biennial Report Online

valencia builds “community” online with facebook

Visit the Valencia Foundation page online at: http://www.facebook.com/MyValenciaFoundation

It may be awhile before Valencia Community College’s Facebook page has a following like that of Texas A&M, the largest among universities with 169,857 people. But as everyone knows communication has moved into Facebook and Twitter and YouTube. Valencia has joined the stream in a big way. More than 16 official Facebook pages have recently launched, encouraging students and faculty to interact by interest areas such as academic majors or the college’s main Facebook page www.facebook.com/myvalencia.
 
Valencia has more than 60,000 students among five locations and will soon add a sixth near Lake Nona. With annual enrollment growing at approximately 10 percent, communication is an increasing challenge. Student Affairs provides an Answer Center on each campus and sends frequent e-mails and notices through the college’s Intranet portal, called Atlas, to keep students informed about key dates and information they must know. 

Valencia professors have adopted Facebook, Twitter and other social media as a natural extension of communication with students. Research shows that engagement with professors is a strong indicator of success in college—especially during the first year. Lisa Macon, President of the College-wide Faculty Association and Chair of the Faculty Council, is very active in social media. 

Dr. Macon maintains four Facebook pages, including a new one where she posts tips on current topics in information technology, a subject she teaches at Valencia. “Providing students with an open forum for asking questions will allow for a quicker response time by just the right person at Valencia, without the student’s email being forwarded through various offices,” she said. “We know that students prefer to learn about upcoming activities and events on campus via social media.”

Some of Valencia’s Facebook pages include:

www.facebook.com/myvalencia
www.facebook.com/MyValenciaFoundation
www.facebook.com/ValenciaArchitectureandEngineering
www.facebook.com/valenciaartsandentertainment
www.facebook.com/ValenciaBusiness
www.facebook.com/ValenciaCriminalJustice
www.facebook.com/ValenciaHealthSciences
www.facebook.com/ValenciaHorticultureandLandscape
www.facebook.com/ValenciaHospitalityandCulinary
www.facebook.com/ValenciaInformationTechnology
www.facebook.com/ValenciaHonors
www.facebook.com/ValenciaContinuingEducation
www.facebook.com/ValenciaAlumniAssociation

Source: Lucy Boudet, Marketing & Strategic Communications

aia orlando golf tournament – june 25

Make plans now to take part in the 21st annual AIA (American Institute of Architects) Orlando golf tournament on Friday, June 25 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes. Proceeds benefit AIA Orlando and Valencia Foundation.

For more information, click here to see the brochure.

How To Reverse Higher Ed Dropout Crisis?

Thought leaders from government, academia and business–including Valencia President Sandy Shugart– called for an improvement in college completion rates. At stake, they said, is Americans’ ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

conversation on higher education dropout crisis

Educators, officials and others discuss this worrisome trend.

Source:  NationalJournal.com; by Eliza Krigman; Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Thought leaders from the government, academia and business today called for an improvement in college completion rates. At stake, they said, is Americans’ ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

The statistics are grim: Only about 56 percent of students enrolling at four-year colleges in America today graduate within six years. For Hispanic students, that figure is 49 percent, and for black students, it’s 42 percent. At community colleges, fewer than 30 percent of those who start as full-time students graduate with an associate’s degree in three years.

“We need to do more in the area of college completion,” Robert Shireman, deputy undersecretary for the Education Department, said at a National Journal LIVE forum on Capitol Hill this morning. Shireman, a veteran of higher education, oversees the department’s effort to help Americans pay for college and develop strategies to increase college completion, among other initiatives.

Some critics argue that abysmal graduation rates are reflections of a system designed for mass production, not creating learned people. “There is no rationale for having lecture sections with a thousand people,” said Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla. Instead, Shugart argued, college leaders need to rethink the value of students. They’re “unique human beings,” not “raw material,” he said.

Another part of the problem is disagreement over the data. There is no consensus over how best to measure college completion rates. The most widely used formula in four-year colleges is the percentage of full-time students who graduate within six years. Higher education stakeholders, however, are vexed by how to capture difficult variables such as transfer students.

Still, “bad data is no excuse not to do better,” said Hilary Pennington, director of education, post-secondary success and special initiatives at the Gates Foundation. David Leonhardt, a business columnist for the New York Times, also posited that flawed measurements should not allow leaders to ignore the problem.

Kevin Carey, policy director at the Education Sector and an expert on higher education, argued that the urgency surrounding the college completion problem needs to be greater. Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about the high school dropout crisis all the time, Carey said, but the dropout crisis facing higher education doesn’t get the same attention.

Leaders of post-secondary institutions, nonprofits and the private sector are experimenting with ways to address the retention problem.

Early college credit is one approach. In several hundred high schools around the country, students have the opportunity to simultaneously complete high school and earn post-secondary credit; they can earn an associate’s degree or work two years toward a bachelor’s tuition-free.

Starfish Retention Solutions of Arlington, Va., sells software to help mitigate the dropout phenomenon. The software purports to help identify at-risk students in real time and connect those students to support resources by drawing information from an institution’s student management system.

One of the most powerful solutions, Shireman suggested, is very simple: paying attention. Colleges need to monitor whether students are coming back for the second semester, or the second year, and take follow-up action, he added.

However, Shireman won’t be leading the administration’s college completion initiatives much longer. He’ll be returning to California this summer, and James Kvaal, who currently works at the White House National Economic Council, will take his place.

When the administration announced on May 18 that Shireman would be leaving, Wall Street responded. Stocks of 10 publicly traded higher education companies rose between 1 percent and 13 percent, with analysts speculating that Shireman’s departure might be beneficial for the higher education’s private sector.

“I thought that leaving would help spur the economy,” joked Shireman.

Source:  NationalJournal.com; by Eliza Krigman; Wednesday, June 2, 2010 ekrigman@nationaljournal.com

 

end of season performance: Almost, Maine

Almost, Maine: performances June 10-13 & June 17-20, Thursdays - Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m.

The Valencia Character Company will present the John Cariani comedy, “Almost, Maine” as their final production of the season. Performances will be held June 10-13 and June 17-20, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m..

In the town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in very unexpected and often hilarious ways, and as the Northern Lights appear in the sky, magical happenings abound. The play has been produced hundreds of times in theaters all across the country, as well as internationally, and has had many sold-out runs along the way. Valencia Artistic Director Julia Gagne directs the cast of Valencia theater students.

All performances will be in the the Black Box Theater on Valencia’s East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Ticket prices are $8 general admission and $6 for students, seniors, Valencia staff and alumni. Seating is limited in the Black Box, and a number of performances this season have sold out, so advance ticket purchase is advised, and latecomers may not be seated until intermission. To purchase tickets and for further information, please call the box office at 407-582-2900; tickets are also available online at www.redchairproject.com

Source: Valencia Marketing & Strategic Communications