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

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.  


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 or Anissa Alvarez with Valencia Foundation at 407.582.3153 or

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.