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The following was originally posted on the Valencia Foundation Blog

Posted on September 2, 2011 by Donna Marino

The video below highlights Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair and National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) award winners.

Congratulations to each Valencia College Faculty and Staff for above and beyond efforts to support and enhance the student experience at Valencia!

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 2011-12 Valencia Foundation Endowed Chair for Learning Leadership:

Category I

Rachel Allen: Patricia Havill Whalen Chair in Social Sciences

Deidre Holmes DuBois: Sue Luzadder Chair in Communications

Richard Gair: Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Chair in the Study of the Shoah

Claudia Genovese-Martinez: Lockheed Martin Chair in Mathematics Albert Groccia: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Chair in Mathematics

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

Deymond Hoyte: Bank of America Chair in Business Management

Richard Sansone: University Club of Orlando Chair in Humanities

Brenda Schumpert: Lester N. Mandell Chair in Natural and Physical Sciences

Patricia Smith: Lockheed Martin Chair in Science

Betty Wanielisat: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Allied Health Yasmeen Qadri: Wayne Densch Chair in Geriatrics

Category II

Colin Archibald: SunGard Endowed Teaching Chair in Computer Science

Mary Beck: Maguire Family Teacher Endowed Chair

Ralph Clemente: Walt Disney World Chair in Film Technology

Steven Cunningham: Tupperware Corporation Chair in Community Quality Corinne Fennessy: William C. Demetree Jr. Foundation Chair in Education for Special Needs

Debbie Hall: Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise

Kitty Harkleroad: Ira Vinson Henderson Chair in Nursing and Allied Health Jim Inglis: Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association Chair in Hospitality Management

Ilyse Kusnetz: Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Education for the Physically Challenged

James May: University Club of Orlando Chair in Advanced Computer Technology

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

Lana Powell: SunTrust Chair in Economic Development and Business Education

Suzanne Salapa: Universal Orlando Chair in Arts and Entertainment

Pam Sandy and Robin Poole: Chesley G. Magruder Foundation Chair in Health and Life Sciences

Michael Shugg: Jessie and Eugene Drey Endowment of the English-Speaking Union/Central Florida Branch Chair in English and Humanities

Nicole Spottke: Raymer F. Maguire Jr. Endowed Chair in Communications

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What a wonderful article! Of course, I am a bit biased given that it is about me… Anyway, I really appreciate all the hard work that the team at Valencia put into this. They did an amazing job, and it is really great to be recognized.

Link to the news post:  http://news.valenciacc.edu/

Link to the PDF Article: http://tinyurl.com/jmayvitae


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What an honor, I just read this list of ten published on the Valencia Foundation Site

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.

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2010 professor of the year

Professor May, FACC 2010 Professor of the Year

Valencia professor James May has been honored by the Florida Association of Community Colleges as their 2010 Professor of the Year. The FACC award recognizes the top community and state college professors for teaching effectiveness and style, innovative methods and ideas, and professional development.

Professor May, who teaches English as a second language at Valencia’s East Campus, was one of three state finalists who gave oral presentations at the FACC’s annual convention in Jacksonville last Thursday. May’s winning presentation titled, “Agreeing to Disagree: The Scarier Side of Subject Verb Agreement,” humorously illustrated the challenges of helping non-native speakers grasp the conflicting rules governing subject-verb agreement (he lives, but you live, for example).

“Dr. May proved to be the top choice for each judge,” said Heidi Marshall, vice chair for the FACC Faculty Commission and organizer of the competition. “His engaging presentation offered a fresh approach to teaching subject/verb agreement and demonstrated his expertise in his field.”

Rather than relying on students’ passive viewing of lectures and other materials, May has excelled at facilitating interactive information sharing and collaboration in his classrooms using everything from webcam and You Tube videos, to Google Docs, to content specifically formatted for cell phones and iPods.

Professor May even created a website (http://teachertricks.org) where he teaches other instructors how to incorporate new technologies into their classrooms.

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The following was posted on the Valencia Foundation Blog

2010-2011 endowed chair professors and scholars

Posted on June 16, 2010 by Donna Marino

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.

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