votes are pouring in for valencia’s student video contest

Voting is under way in Valencia College’s Student Video Contest and already more than 12,000 votes have been cast.

So what are you waiting for? Get on your Facebook account (or join Facebook and set up an account) and vote for your favorite student videos.

The video contest — which is open to current students and those who have attended Valencia within the past five years — will reward five winners with up to 60 credit hours of free tuition.

Over the past month, 103 students submitted videos in the contest — based on the theme “Why College? Why Valencia?”  Now the public – along with Valencia students, faculty and staff — can help decide the winners by voting for their favorite videos on Valencia’s Facebook page (

Voting began on Oct. 24 and will continue through Nov. 4. 

Already, the video contest has created a buzz on Valencia’s campuses.  “I started looking at these videos and some are so great,” said Jade Lewis, Valencia’s computer labs manager. “A few have been my students and it actually choked me up….The college is on the right path with this idea!”

Five winners will be selected from the 10 videos that collect the most votes. A team of judges will then sort through the top 10 vote-getters to select the winners.  Judges will be focusing on originality, creativity and the best use of the theme: challenges that students have overcome to pursue an education.

The winners will be announced Nov. 15.

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

looking to the future

When economic prospects look dismal it’s natural to focus on short-term, rather than long-term, goals. Our foundation board is committed to keeping both horizons in our line of sight so that we can serve today’s deserving student and prepare for tomorrow’s generations. 

We imagine a community in which family finances
never stand in the way of earning a college education. 

As you plan for your family’s future, I invite you to use our web site tools at, which may spark some creative thinking about how to maintain your legacy forever. 

  • Make a bequest pledge that costs you nothing during your life.
  • Give a contribution that provides you lifetime income.
  • Preserve your estate for your heirs and provide years of income to Valencia.
  • Convert surplus life insurance coverage into an endowment.
  • Donate appreciated securities and realize larger tax savings than if you had used cash.

We welcome your feedback on our new online resources, designed to help you chart your charitable intentions, which can be found at If you would prefer, our foundation team would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your philanthropic objectives and to explore how you and your family can benefit.

Geraldine Gallagher, CFRE
President and CEO

P.S. If you have already made Valencia Foundation a planned giving priority please let us know so that you can become a founding member of our new Legacy Society. Feel free to contact Donna Marino at (407) 582-3128 to learn more.

reading by poet Paul Guest canceled

Sadly, our poet Paul Guest had to cancel – his caregiver has a family emergency and is unable to travel with him to Orlando this weekend, and Paul was unable to find a suitable replacement.  We are attempting to find a good date to reschedule this event in the spring.

We will let you know when the event has been rescheduled.

author, paul guest, will be reading on october 28

Paul Guest, author of the memoir One More Theory About Happiness and four award-winning poetry collections, will be reading on Friday October 28th at 7pm at the Winter Park Campus of Valencia College in Rooms 224-226. 

 At age 12, Guest was paralyzed from the neck down from a biking accident.  He has triumphed over extreme physical challenges to become an acclaimed writer and teacher.  Currently, Guest is a professor at the University of Virginia and continues to write about his experiences. 

 from One More Theory About Happiness:

 “It was terrifying to no longer be a patient. To no longer be inrehabilitation. In recovery. Unspoken, but quietly feared, was the assessment, by doctors, by nurses, and therapists, that you had reached an endpoint in this process. That your rehabilitation had come to its expiration date. That nothing more could be done. What awaited was the rest of your life.”

This event is made possible by funding from the Dr. P. Phillips Chair in Education for the Physically Challenged.  For further information, please contact Dr. Ilyse Kusnetz at or at extension x6937.

dia latino en ICE! on saturday, november 19

dia latino en ICE!

This year the Gaylord Palms ICE! is hosting a whole day scholarship fundraising event called Dia Latino en ICE! on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Gaylord Plams’ is offering a 47% discount off general admission. The price for an adult is $12.00 and $8.99 for children. Half of the discounted ticketed price will be donated to the Hispanic Business Council Scholarship fund to support Valencia students!

For donations to be made to the Hispanic Business Council and to get your discounted rate, please purchase your tickets online and use the discount code SENOL

The ICE sculptures are new and the hotel has other activities to make it a fun day.  Even thought it is a Latin day promotion, all the shows are in English, same as a regular day.     

The chamber is also working on having a “meet the chamber” event from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. where they will have free hot chocolate and coffee. All groups are welcome!

Dia Latino en ICE!

a toad that rolls down hills to escape foes is among the discoveries of visiting biologist

Learn about the unusual creatures of the South American rainforest discovered by Dr. Bruce Means, when he lectures at Valencia College’s East Campus on Tuesday, November 1 from 1-2 p.m.

Means’ presentation, titled “Wild, Wild Lost Worlds of South America: Exploration, Discoveries, Secrets,” will include the discovery of a biodiversity hotspot on previously unexplored mesas called “tepuis” in Venezuela and Guyana. These table-top mountains are where Means has found numerous frogs, giant earthworms (named Andiorrhinus meansi after Means), and terrestrial crabs new to science, including the tumbling pebble toad that curls into a ball and hurtles itself down the side of a mountain to escape its predators.

To scientists, though, Means’ most exciting discovery is an entirely new family of frogs that occupies a critical link between those frogs that lay aquatic eggs that hatch into gilled larvae (tadpoles) and the several families of frogs that lay eggs that develop directly into froglets.

Means has published four books and 270 scientific research papers, and has authored articles that have appeared in Natural History, National Geographic, International Wildlife, National Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, South American Explorer and other natural history magazines. He co-produced and starred in eight documentary films for National Geographic Explorer, BBC Television and PBS. He is currently executive director of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy based in Florida and an adjunct professor at Florida State University.

Following the free presentation, Means will hold a book signing with copies of his “Stalking the Plumed Serpent and Other Adventures in Herpetology,” “Priceless Florida” and “Florida Magnificent Wilderness: State Lands, Parks and Natural Areas” available for sale.

The event, sponsored by Student Development, will take place in the Performing Arts Center on the college’s East Campus, which is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail in Orlando. For more information, please call Steve Myers, Valencia professor of biology, at (407)582-2205.

The tumbling pebble toad can be seen in this feature story from BBC-Earth News:

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

etch your name in someone’s future

You are invited to create a memory! Click here to purchase your engraved brick and etch your name in Valencia's legacy.

Help lay the foundation for a student’s future!

The sale of personalized engraved bricks are available to anyone who wishes to create a lasting memory. 

These bricks will be embedded in the entry courtyard of the newest Valencia Osceola Campus building 4 once construction is complete.

The cost of a personalized memory brick is $100.  The proceeds from these courtyard-bound bricks will used to support scholarships for Osceola Campus students of Valencia College.

For more details or to place your order, please visit