wine sampling to benefit valencia and ucf students

Visit for tickets and event information. If you wish to turn the evening into a sparkling weekend, reserve your room with a special Taste for Learning rate.

A Taste for Learning, April 2, 2011 at Rosen Shingle Creek is our second  joint philanthropic event between Valencia Community College and University of Central Florida. 

Vintners from around the around the globe bring their finest wines and spirits, local donor chefs fire up the grills to provide their best cuisine, and hundreds of supporters gather for an evening of fellowship and shopping for gifts, trips and experiences. The formula unites partners who donate every product for the event, including the venue, media, décor, food, wine and auction items.

The result? 100 percent of all sponsorships, tickets and auction receipts 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.

Please join us by inviting friends and colleagues, sponsoring a table and contributing auction items.

Become a Sponsor    
Become  a Service-In-Kind Sponsor   
Become a Silent Auction Gift-In-Kind Sponsor

Tickets are now on sale! Check out or call 407.582.3128 for more details.

facc – hall of fame

Victor Collazo is serving in his 16th year as the Student Development Coordinator and Student Government Advisor at Valencia Community College West Campus. As a community college graduate (Daytona Beach) he understands the importance of co-curricular activities on the lives of students. Victor contributes to the development and education of the students through his workshops at the local, district and state wide meetings. The students know him as a presenter who will never bore them and they always leave having learned something they can use in life. Some of his workshops are: “The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus”, “The FISH! Philosophy”, “Eat that Frog” and “The Fred Factor”.

Victor is actively involved in leadership positions at the District and State level of the Florida Junior/Community College Student Government Association and the Florida Association of Community Colleges especially the Student Development Commission. He has also served his alma mater, University of Central Florida on several alumni boards. Victor is the recipient of many special honors and achievements such as:

  • Dr. Debra Hay Distinguished Service Award for the FACC Student Development Commission
  • A scholarship has been endowed in his name through the Valencia Community College Foundation.
  • Named an Honorary member of the Chi Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Outstanding Service Award

Victor truly exemplifies a Servant Leader and is providing extraordinary leadership for the Valencia Volunteers. He is one of the first on board whenever a crisis happens, be it local or worldwide such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian Earthquake. “Victor has a servant’s heart from which he contributes to others every day” according to Dr. Joyce Romano, Vice President for Student Affairs at Valencia.

James “Jay” Galbraith, Vice President of State and Industry Affairs for Sea World Parks and Entertainment, discovered his passion for politics and respect for democratic engagement while earning his AA degree from Indian River Community College in 1988.

Jay’s involvement in the Campus Coalition Government as the Athletic representative caused him to change his chosen path from professional golf to politics. Once involved at the campus level, Jay quickly became involved at the District and State levels being elected the District V Coordinator and assuming his role on the Florida Junior Colleges Student Government Association (FJCSGA) State Executive Board. Jay proposed FJCSGA have a conference to deal with legislative issues. The proposal was put on the shelf for a number of years. Jay was ahead of his time in that his idea was eventually adopted by FJCCSGA (yes another C for Community was added) changing their conference format and now holds the November Presidents Assembly and Legislative Conference. Jay continues to give back to the Student Government division presenting workshops through the years. In April 2010, Jay was the keynote speaker for the “Rally in Tally”.

 After graduating from Indian River, Jay enrolled at Florida State University where he became involved in the Student Government Association and the College Republicans. While at FSU, he was involved in a number of political campaigns. After graduation from FSU, he spent time working for Congressman Michael Bilirakis of Clearwater.

 Professionally Jay has worked in government, education and for non-profit organizations. He lives in Orlando with his wife Carrie and their four children: Denny, Sara, Faith and Josiah. He continues to have the community colleges at heart serving on the Valencia Community College Foundation Board. He is actively involved in his community giving back thorough his church, the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Visit Florida Government Affairs Committee, and others.

Jay is a creative visionary with a heart to serve.

valencia and garden theatre present susan werner

The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden welcomes celebrated singer/songwriter Susan Werner for a live performance on January 25 at 8 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by Valencia Community College under its Visions & Voices distinguished artists series.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Seating is general admission.

Susan Werner made her public debut at age five, playing guitar and singing at church. She began playing piano when she was 11, and after earning a degree in voice from the University of Iowa, she completed her graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she performed in recitals and operas.

Werner launched her recording career with the self-released “Midwestern Saturday Night” in 1992, which was followed by “Live at Tin Angel” in 1993. The second album impressed executives at Private Music/BMG, which released her major label debut “Last of the Good Straight Girls” in 1995. She also received critical accolades for her subsequent recordings, “Time Between Trains” (VelVel, 1998) and “New Non-Fiction” (Indie, 2001). She has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thomson, Keb Mo and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul and Mary PBS television special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters.

From her folk/pop beginnings, to the songbook flavored “I Can’t Be New” and now “Susan Werner: Classics,” Werner relishes the challenges of being a creative free spirit. Her new CD, “Kicking the Beehive,” will be released on March 1, 2011 (

For tickets and information, visit or call 407-877-4736. The Garden Theatre is located at 160 West Plant St. in Winter Garden.

Source: Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College; Valencia News;

q & a: valencia foundation

Wonder how Valencia Foundation supports Valencia Community College?  Below are frequently asked questions and answers.

Have a question about the Valencia Foundation not answered here?   Please feel free to reach out:
Donna Marino, Valencia Foundation
407-582-3128 or 407-582-3150

the search for a nonviolent future: author michael nagler to speak at valencia

How can we foster peace in our families and our world?

Michael M. Nagler, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and internationally recognized scholar on the subject of nonviolence, will offer some suggestions during a free lecture at Valencia Community College’s East Campus on January 25 at 1 p.m.

In light of recent events in Arizona, where violence marred the lives of so many, the topic is a particularly timely one.

Prior to the lecture, the college will host a reception in the atrium of Bldg. 3, followed by a book signing. The East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando.

Nagler’s book, “The Search for a Nonviolent Future,” which received a 2002 American Book Award, explores the history of nonviolence and attempts to offer alternatives to confronting violence—both for individuals and societies as a whole.

The event is being presented by the University Club of Orlando Endowed Chair, the East Campus Humanities Speakers Series, and the Peace and Justice Initiative.

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Source: Carol Traynor, Marketing & Strategic Communications

free event: duality-paintings of Chris Kahler

Examples of Chris Kahler paintings, biography and exhibitions from

Examples of Chris Kahler paintings, biography and exhibitions from

Students, friends, community members, alumni and family are invited to view the paintings of Chris Kahler and share in a lecture by the artists.  The exhibition, Duality, is housed at Valenica’s Anita S. Wooten East Campus Gallery.  The reception is free and open to the public on January 21, 6:30-8:30pm.

Valencia is pleased to bring the paintings of Chris Kahler, Professor of Painting and Drawing at Eastern Illinois University.   A review of his work was featured in the magazine Art in America.   

If unable to make the Gallery opening please consider visiting the exhibit from Jan. 21 – March 11, 2011.   

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el osceola star features provost kathleen plinske


The bilingual newspaper El Osceola Star interviewed Osceola Campus Provost Kathleen Plinske in their current issue that introduces four new community leaders in education, health care and government.  Read the article, available both in Spanish and English, in this week’s  El Osceola Star.

ten for 2010

What were the highlights for Valencia in 2010? While there were many things accomplished, these would certainly qualify for the short list.

1.  Professor James May was chosen Florida Association of Community College’s Professor of the Year.

2.  We added bachelor’s degrees for the first time.

3.  We broke through to #1 in most associate degrees awarded in the country.

4.  We smashed records in financial aid, awarding $156,064,210, up almost a million dollars from ’09.

5.  We had our first Jack Kent Cooke scholar, Mikhail Elliott, who scored a $90,000 scholarship.

6.  Our new classroom building jointly used by UCF opened.

7.  Two of our students (Charnee Ball and Kathryn McCormick) were chosen from 200 contestants to appear in a video series called, “Take America to College.”

8.  Kathleen Plinske, Pepperdine grad and one of 24 Emerging Leaders in the world according to Phi Delta Kappa International, was named to head the Osceola Campus and Valencia at Lake Nona High School.

9.  We launched a new joint Valencia/UCF architecture degree in the fall.

10.  Valencia went greener than ever thanks in part to custodial supervisor Jerry Cochran. Valencia’s recycling program has reduced its carbon footprint by saving 5,931 trees, 132,744 gallons of oil, 1047 cubic yards of landfill space, 1,395,520 kilowatts of energy, and 2.44 million gallons of water.

Source: Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College; Valencia News;

help with free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)

For current or potential students, this workshop is an opportunity to receive expert help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Please see below for registration and what you’ll need to bring.

East Campus click here to register
January 21, 2011, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bldg. 4, Room 122 – Driving Directions

West Campus
click here to register
January 21, 2011, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., SSB, Room 142 – Driving Directions

Osceola Campus click here to register
Feburary 18, 2011, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bldg. 2, Room 115 – Driving Directions

What to do prior to coming:

  • Students and Parents need to sign up for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at

What you need to bring with you:

  • 2010 Income Information (taxable and untaxed income)
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Alien Registration Card (eligible non-citizens)
  • Your Parent’s information for 1,2 & 3 (if you are dependent)

Online Dependency Status Worksheet

The Dependency Status Worksheet helps students determine if they need to provide parental information on the FAFSA.

Why Attend?

  • You must submit a FAFSA every year to receive financial aid.
  • Applying early every year can increase your financial aid award.
  • Valencia’s financial aid experts will assist you with the process
  • Help is available for first-time applicants and those updating their information (renewal).
  • High school is out that day anyway (Jan. 21, Orange County and Feb. 18, Osceola County)

Financial Aid Resources:

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