endowed chairs for learning leadership at valencia

Valencia educators are encouraged to remain current and continually improve discipline knowledge. The endowed chair program at the Valencia Foundation, with support and resources from many community partners, provide Valencia faculty the opportunity to examine the effectiveness of their teaching, counseling, librarianship and assessment techniques as they influence student learning.

Valencia Foundation is honored to have the support of our dedicated individual and corporate partners. Valencia College and our students benefit from the kindness of philanthropic individuals, corporations and organizations that are deeply rooted in our community.

Endowed Chair Recipients (2012-2013)

Rachel Allen: Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences

Suzette Dohany: Sue Luzadder Chair in Communications

Yolanda Gonzalez: Howard Palmer Chair in Foreign Languages

Debra Hollister and Brian Macon: Freeda Louise Foreman Chair in Family Resource Development

Mabel Machin: John and Florence MacLeod Chair in Business

Julia Nudel: Lockheed Martin Chair in Math

Bonnie Oliver: Bank of America Chair in Business

Robin Poole: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Nursing & Allied Health

Marva Pryor: Bank of America Chair in Business Management

Richard Sansone: University Club Chair in Humanities

Brenda Schumpert: Lockheed Martin Chair in Science

Irina Struganova: Lester N. Mandell Chair in Natural and Physical Sciences

Elizabeth Wanielista: Wayne M. Densch Chair in Geriatrics

Joan Alexander: University Club Chair in Computers

Kenneth Bourgoin: HuntonBrady Architects Endowed Chair in Hospitality Management

Ralph Clemente: Walt Disney World Chair in Film Technology

Steven Cunningham: Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise

Kitty Harkleroad: Ira Vinson Henderson Chair in Nursing and Allied Health

Deymond Hoyte: SunTrust Teaching Chair in Economic Development and Business Education

Jim Inglis: Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Chair

Chris Klinger: Tupperware Worldwide Chair in Community Quality

Ilyse Kusnetz: Eugene & Jessie Drey Endowment of English Speaking Union

Pamela Lapinski: Harry J. and E. Mary Hobbs Teaching Chair in Nursing

Adrian Manley: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Endowed Chair in Communications

James May: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Teaching Chair

Pierre Pilloud: Central Florida Restaurant Association Chair in Restaurant & Food Management

Andrew Ray: Hubbard Construction Company Chair in Technical and Engineering

Suzanne Salapa: Universal Orlando Chair in Arts and Entertainment:

Pamela Sandy: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Health & Life Science

valencia film students shooting romantic comedy

Summer may be slow on campus, but Valencia’s film production technology students are busy filming a new movie.

“An Act of God” is the summer feature film project for Valencia students. A romantic comedy written and directed by Stewart Schill, the film has a budget of about $500,000.

Schill, who has worked as an editor on a number of TV shows, including “Dexter,” has experience with Valencia’s film students. In 2007, he teamed up with Valencia’s students to produce the 2007 short feature, “I Hate Musicals.”

“An Act of God” is about a man whose home has been destroyed by a tornado. When his insurance claim is denied because the storm was “an act of God,” he decides to sue, naming God, along with representatives of the world’s religions, as defendants. Eventually, however, he discovers that love requires a leap of faith.

The producers are filming scenes in Osceola County from June 26 through June 30, where filming will take place in and around the historic Osceola County Courthouse. Because the set is closed to the public, a portion of West Bryant Street in Kissimmee will be closed on Saturday, June 30 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The film also gives Osceola County a chance to show off.

“This film will showcase a significant historic landmark located in the heart of our community. Osceola County has much to offer the film industry with its fast track permitting process and rich history,” said County Commission Chair John Quinones.

Producers originally tried to film the courthouse scenes in Volusia County at the DeLand courthouse, but county officials there declined.

Volusia’s loss was Osceola’s gain, however.

Dirty Martini Productions and Valencia Motion Pictures estimate the film’s local economic impact is estimated at $20,000.

Orlando Film Commissioner Sheena Fowler said, “Osceola County has a long string of success with productions. Having Osceola County as part of our location base helps make Metro Orlando the popular filming destination that it’s become today.”

The following organizations worked with the producers to bring the production to fruition: the City of Kissimmee’s communications and public information office, Osceola County Economic Development Department and the Metro Orlando Film Commission (a division of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission).

Source: Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College; Valencia News; http://news.valenciacollege.edu

wanted: new, original plays by Florida playwrights

The Valencia College East Campus theater program is accepting plays from Florida playwrights for its annual Florida Playwrights Competition, which has been held annually since 1991.

Scripts must be original, previously unproduced, full-length plays that are at least 90 minutes long. Scripts that have received staged readings may be submitted. Collaborations are eligible, but children’s plays, musicals and adaptations are not eligible.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 15, 2012.

The winning play will be announced in early December and will be staged in April 2013, as part of Valencia’s regular theater season. The playwright will be invited to develop and workshop the play, beginning in January. The playwright will also receive a stipend to cover travel and other expenses related to the production.

Valencia requests that playwrights submit their manuscripts by email. Playwrights residing in Florida are invited to send the first 15 pages (of no more than two scripts per person) to Valencia’s artistic director, Julia Gagne at jgagne@valenciacollege.edu. For further submission information or a mailing address, call 407-582-2296.

Wanted: New, Original Plays by Florida Playwrights

new building earns recognition

The latest addition to West Campus — Building 10 — isn’t complete yet, but it’s already making headlines.

Designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, Building 10 was featured among eight international projects in the June 2012 issue of “Building Design + Construction” magazine.

The magazine’s three-page “On the Drawing Board” feature cited the $13.3 million, 59,511-square-foot facility’s high-tech “collaboratory,” a 12,000-square-foot space designed to promote creative discourse for groups ranging in size from three to 80 participants. The space is designed to provide a place for idea generation, strategic planning, and execution of ideas among students, faculty and even visiting members of the business community.

Currently under construction by McCree General Contractors, the three-story facility will house Valencia’s Continuing and International Education, and the college’s Office of Information Technology. (The Continuing and International Education offices are currently housed at the college’s Sand Lake facility, while OIT is now based in the Student Services Building on West Campus.)

Slated for completion in January 2013, Building 10 will also offer classrooms, a testing center, administrative offices and additional meeting rooms.

In addition, Valencia continues its commitment to green building with this project. Building 10 is slated to achieve a Level 2 Green Globes Certification. The Green Globes system is operated in the United States by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), and in 2005, GBI became the first green building organization to be accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute.

aia golf tournament

This past Friday, many of us were at Reunion Resort for the 23rd annual AIA Orlando Golf Tournament. Some of us played and some of us volunteered, but we all had a great time in support of AIA’s partnership with Valencia and the foundation. In total, AIA Orlando has generated $255,000 in scholarships.

Unique partnerships such as those with American Institute of Architects help us give students opportunities to learn and succeed and keep within our goal to provide access for every person in our community who wishes to attend college.

Here is a fun video by AIA Orlando golf committee member, Al Ramphal, that really captures the spirit of the event. Enjoy!


valencia president cited as a “change agent”

U.S. colleges and universities cannot continue doing things the same way they have for decades, argue Richard Skinner and Emily Miller in an essay for “Inside Higher Education.”  But to enact change, most need good leaders, the two say. One of those leaders willing to take risks and become a change agent is Valencia’s president, Dr. Sandy Shugart.

To read the article, click here.

scholarship recipient thank you

To start the week on a gracious note, here is a thank you from scholarship recipient and Valencia student, Yolande McKay.

Thank you for selecting me as the recipient of the Ella B. Sadler Scholarship. I am truly appreciative of the opportunity that this will give me.

I am currently a sophomore in the honors program at Valencia College and am working toward my associate degree in general studies. I hope to graduate in Fall of 2012 and transfer into the political science program at the University of Central Florida. My goal after that is to attend and graduate law school.

As a single parent of four, I am currently working full-time, while attending Valencia as a full-time student. At 38, I am the first in my family to attend college and so it brings me great joy to be a positive role model for my children. I am truly grateful of the financial assistance you have provided, as it is not always easy to manage family, school and work. This scholarship will help pay for my educational expenses, and give me some financial freedom that will enable me to concentrate more on my studies.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. This gift was a wonderful present to me, and I promise that I will continue to work hard to achieve my goals in the future.