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A MESSAGE FROM THE INTERIM VICE PROVOST Anticipating the end of the spring semester and the academic year provides a time to reflect on Regional Campuses’ accomplishments over the past several months. There have been many, thanks to the efforts of everyone. UCF Valencia Osceola staff started the spring semester in the new Osceola Building 4. The new facility opened with five new staff and five new faculty members and the semester started without a hitch. Plans are to continue adding to the staffing and faculty over the next few months as budget allows. I want to extend appreciation to everyone who played a role in getting UCF’s portion of the building prepared for students within a short period of time. Advising and Student Services were effectively merged at the beginning of the spring semester. A search was initiated for an Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and Student Services and interviews will be occurring soon. AVP’s, directors, advisors and student service personnel all made significant contributions to the merging process and that initiative is well underway.
The College Access Summit was held this past week, with a focus on advising integration. It was wonderful to see the large number attending this year, with broad representation of individual colleges, K-12, and our partnering community and state colleges. Productive discussions occurred within various STEM and other majors, focusing on student success in completion of their educational pathways. The search interviews for the Vice Provost for Regional Campuses have been completed, and we anticipate an announcement as to the new appointment sometime soon. Due to the efforts of many, the new Vice Provost will inherit a Regional Campuses system with a well-defined vision, mission, goals, and initiatives. On a personal note, as we anticipate the arrival of a new Vice Provost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your ongoing commitment and dedication to Regional Campuses and to the numerous contributions you make on a daily basis. I consider myself so very fortunate to have had the pleasure and opportunity of working with you over the past three years, and I look forward to continuing a working relationship with you in the future. - Joyce
O F F I C E O F A C A D E M I C I N I T I AT I V E S As the spring semester for 2013 comes to a close, we all have a lot to be thankful for. First, the revenue lost as a result of last year’s budget cuts is being restored. Second, the drastic cuts to our summer schedule have dissipated. In addition, we have done a lot of research over the past six months and have assessed every line and program at each campus. It should be noted that not once did we consider eliminating lines as a means of meeting our budget goals. I think this stands as a testament to all you do. The College of Education did propose the discontinuance of the “early childhood” program at three locations and at the main campus. However, no one at the Regional Campuses will lose his/her job. Working closely with the College of Education and their administrative core, our faculty members will be able to retain their positions: one faculty member will be assigned to UCF Seminole, spearheading the new track in early childhood education, and the other two will be joining the faculty at their respective campuses.
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The State of Florida appears to be heading toward a new model for online education, a project that has been under study for the past year. The University of Florida has been selected to head up this new endeavor. While details have not been completely worked out, we are told that existing web-based programs will not be affected and will continue to operate automously at their host institutions. As a result, two of our largest programs are now set to announce that students will be able to complete a baccalaureate degree online in both psychology and criminal justice. Over the last three months, we have been involved in the search for a new viceprovost for Regional Campuses. Cece Rivers and I are privileged to be serving on the search committee. Two finalists have been brought back to campus for a followup visit. While we don’t know which candidate will be chosen, we feel certain that both are accomplished administrators who can step in right away and not miss a beat.
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And, finally, we are beginning to place the finishing touches on faculty hires at Valencia-Osceola. This fall we will be adding positions in biomedical sciences, criminal justice and religious studies. We are very excited about completing these faculty staffing obligations at our new location. I know we don’t say this often enough but we, at Regional Campuses Headquarters, want to thank the faculty and staff for everything they do that makes UCF one of the best places in the country to work. I don’t think I have ever been around a more dedicated group of people who truly put the students at the center of everything they do. For this— and the opportunity to work with you— my sincere thanks. - Stephen Holmes
ENROLLMENT SERVICES The ES team hosted Admiral Al Harms, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing, Communication and Admissions, during our monthly meeting. Staff members from both the Valencia West and Osceola campuses attended the inspiring and thoughtprovoking discussion on leadership. Admiral Harms shared personal experiences and his thoughts on how character and values impact leadership style and success—Learn Educate Advocate Direct. ES staff attended site visits at University of North Florida, Flagler College, and Santa Fe Community College as they prepare for certification as Registered Enrollment Management Professionals. This certification is provided through the Florida Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (FACRAO) and the Florida Institute of Strategic Enrollment Management (FISEM) program. Nick Pantloni, Kathy Butler, Shellie Thomas, Thomas Silarek, Jessica Houts, Jessica Matos, and Kia Anderson visited a university, a public state college and a private college, all four-year institutions. Certificates will be awarded during the Higher Education Summit in June. Pam Williams and Sheri Newble completed their final site visit and will earn their FISEM certificate as well. WELCOME • Nicole Hampton joined the Enrollment Services team as the Program Assistant at the UCF Valencia West campus. Nicole is not new to the campus—she attended as a student and worked in the UCF office as an OPS employee. • Lisa Leininger is our new ES Program Assistant at the Cocoa campus. Lisa comes to UCF with more than six years of experience in higher education from University of Illinois where she previously served as an Office Manager for the Department of BioEngineering. CONGRATULATIONS!! • Christy Pasnisin, Assistant Director— UCF South Lake, Leesburg and Ocala, completed her first half-marathon in November 2012, a long-time personal goal. She and almost 15,000 others ran half and full marathon at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon. • Pam Williams is now the Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary and UCF Daytona Beach campuses. Pam has been with UCF for more than 14 years and served most recently as the ES Coordinator at the Sanford/Lake Mary location. Congrats on your promotion and new responsibilities! • Kia Anderson is the Coordinator of Enrollment Services for the UCF Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. A UCF graduate, Kia has been with ES/Regional Campuses for almost a year and a half.
EVENTS: Degree Expos at UCF Valencia West and Osceola—Faculty and staff held two degree expos to provide students with information about UCF majors. Over 500 students attended the events. Architecture Information Session— Kathy Butler attended and assisted students with admission and application questions. Santa Fe College Transfer Fair—Thomas Silarek, Robin Tinsley, and Jeanne Battersby presented at the event in February. They met with about 200 students during the event. Open Houses held at UCF South Lake and UCF Ocala in February. Pig on the Pond, a spring festival in Clermont, took place in March. Tanya Armstrong, Christy Pasnisin, Thomas Silarek, Jeff Biddle, Junie Albers-Biddle, and Bethany Larson were present at the event. Citrus County College of Central Florida College Preview Night—Christy Pasnisin and Crystal Flynn will participate in this event to provide prospective students with information regarding programs and services available at the UCF Ocala campus.
TRAINING COMPLETED: • Nick Pantloni, Assistant Director Cocoa/Palm Bay campuses, completed Supervisory Skills workshop. • Nick Pantloni and Jessica Houts completed several USA Funds professional development Financial Assistance Webinars. LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS: • Christy Pasnisin, Assistant Director—South Lake/Leesburg/Ocala campuses, is participating in the Leadership West Orange program. • Rosalyn Santana, Program Assistant—Daytona Beach campus, is participating in Leadership Daytona Beach • Nick Pantloni and Jessica Houts of the Cocoa campus both attended the 19th Annual Joseph C. Andrews Mentoring Breakfast. iPod winner Melanie Radliff R E G I O N A L
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COLLEGE ACCESS SUMMIT April 1, 2013 Joyce Dorner, UCF Vice Provost, welcomed the 130 attendees to the 7th annual College Access Summit. The theme of the day was implementation and integration of advising for completion; hereafter to be referenced as Advising Alignment. Joyce introduced Ann McGee, President of Seminole State College, who shared with the audience the importance of DirectConnect to UCF to the community, the state and to the nation as a model for partnership. Dr. McGee is the only president who has attended all seven of the College Access Summits. To begin discussions on the future of higher education, Deborah Bradford, UCF Regional Campuses, introduced Professor Rosa Cintron, who pulled out her crystal ball and actively engaged the audience in discussing “the good, the bad and the ugly” as possibilities regarding the future of higher education. Building on the big picture of higher education, the future work environment was addressed by C. Mike Newton, CEO & Founder of CYBERfacturing. Mike shared the brave new world of integrating both creative and technical learning as the next step in producing a viable work force. “Baseline data STEM data from admission through completion” was presented by Sandra Archer, UCF UAPS. Balancing out the use of data for informed decision-making, Joyce Romano, VP Valencia, addressed a quantitative focus group study on how students at various steps in their pathways are experiencing their college and UCF experience. Moving from the big picture to data, the audience was asked to begin their work by addressing integration of academic advising at each step in the student’s pathway. The work groups were divided into general academic discipline areas determined by the data presented on the most popular academic areas. Ten areas reported out by answering four basic questions. Integration of advising models will be addressed through another work group under the DirectConnect to UCF umbrella. Three additional work groups were facilitated during the afternoon sessions using questions to guide their work and reports. The Johnson Scholarship Foundation “Scholars” program, the Resource Working Group, and the FL DOE/FCS 30-hour plan designed basic precepts for developing the next steps. Ange Peterson, UCF facilitator, led the round table report-outs. The College Access Summit information is available at www.collegeaccess.ucf.edu Joyce Dorner, Vice Provost, UCF Regional Campuses, closed the Summit with a round of thanks to participants and added an additional P=Prediction: “We need to lead rather than follow.”
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ADMINISTRATION Updates CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 21, 2013 70 instructors, faculty and administrators from K-12, partner colleges and UCF attended the 6th annual CA (Curriculum Alignment) conference. Angé Peterson, UCF Regional Campuses, welcomed the attendees and offered a brief history of CA work since its inception. Mike Hampton, UCF Interdisciplinary Studies, introduced the purpose of the conference and presented a brief outline of the day’s event. Morning speakers were as follows: Karol Yeatts, Director of Math and Science, FL DOE; Cassandra Brown, Coordinator of Post-secondary Readiness, Florida College System; and Sandra Archer, UCF UAPS The luncheon speaker was C. Mike Newton, CEO & Founder, Newton CYBERfacturing, who spoke about the next industrial revolution based on 3D manufacturing/ printing – a hybrid of both engineering and creative thinking. Following lunch, each of the six disciplines– math, biology, physics, engineering, computer programming and chemistry— discussed evaluation of the current status of implementation of the alignments and provided a report at the end of the conference. Each discipline is scheduled to meet in April/May with the next CA conference to be held in fall of 2013.
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Agenda Central Florida Regional Curriculum Alignment Conference 2013 Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. UCF Orlando • Live Oak Event Center
A College Access & Success Initiative
Mike Hampton: Welcome, Overview and Purpose Director, Interdisciplinary Studies, UCF Angé Peterson Associate Vice.President, UCF Regional Campuses Karol Yeatts Director, Office of Mathematics and Science Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction Florida Department of Education Cassandra Brown Coordinator of Postsecondary Readiness Division of Florida Colleges Florida Department of Education
The Curriculum Alignment Conference summary can be found at www.curriculumalignment.ucf.edu
Board of Governors Representative (To Be Announced) Sandra Archer - Baseline UCF STEM data Director, UCF University Analysis and Planning Support(UAPS) Open Discussion Break 12:00 noon
Lunch C. Mike Newton CEO Newton Cyberfacturing 3D – Transforming manufacturing and the creative application of STEM
Break-out sessions by discipline
Report out by discipline (6 groups – 10 minutes each) Synopsis and 3 Implementation/ Evaluation Strategies
CENTRAL FLORIDA DISTRICT SCHOOLS UCF Regional Campuses • 12201 Research Parkway • Suite 101 Orlando, Florida 32816-0060
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STUDENT SERVICES and ADVISING Student Services and Advising professionals continue teaming together to engage our students and create experiences for their success and retention. The “can do” attitude of all concerned to provide access, service and coaching for prospective students and current students is evident with the flexibility of scheduling programs, activities and appointments. In the ongoing transition of integrating the two areas, the staff have taken leadership roles and shifted work areas to compensate for needed coverage. It has been a dynamic year of change and the vision for this unit within Regional Campuses and UCF is getting brighter. WELCOME TO THE RECENTLY APPOINTED COORDINATORS OF ACADEMIC ADVISING:
• Patricia Terrill, Southern Region • Crystal Flynn, Western Region • Robin Tinsley, Western Region • Kim Martinez, Central Region Special congratulations to Lisa Cruz, Assistant Director of Advising, for her new role in Central Region as she leads her team of advisors. NOTABLE HAPPENINGS
• NASPA held its national conference at the World Marriott Convention Center in March. Attendees from Regional Campuses included Angie Jones, Sheryl Schagen, Raphel Robinson, Darryl Greely, Pam Brady, Tanya Armstrong, Melissa Hanbery, Jim Smith, Carol Black, Ashley Squillante, Sean Armstrong, and Pam Cavanaugh. • Patricia Terril was recognized at AEP (Academic Enhancement Program) for completion of the Advising Fundamentals courses through CANVAS. • Angel Edgecombe and Angie Jones graduated from Supervisory Skills Series. • Pam Cavanaugh published “Florida Forges K-20 Access and Success” in AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) Fall 2012 Ramping Up for STEM Success: Pathways for Student Transfer. • Regional Campuses and Transfer and Transition Services hosted a NACADA-sponsored webinar, Advising Transfer Students: Strategies for Today’s Realities and Tomorrow’s Challenges, based on the newly edited monograph by the same name for advising colleagues on campus.
• Pam Cavanaugh and Chanda Torres, Assistant Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services, will co-chair the Transfer Success Committee, established to define transfer issues facing our students and to develop a plan to promote transfer success, progress, and graduation. SERVING SPECIAL POPULATIONS IN THE REGION
Student Services has worked diligently on new systems and processes with Student Disability Services (SDS) to provide more effective and efficient accommodations for students in need. Regional Campuses has partnered very closely with the SDS on integrating these systems. We have also worked closely with VARC in reaching out to our veterans. Dr. Bryan Batien has coordinated visits with the mobile veterans unit and hosted meetings with faculty and staff to orient them to the special needs of our veterans. We are grateful for our collaborative working relationship with VARC to enhance programming and services for our veterans. Regional Campuses staff and other VARC collaborators recently viewed “Serving Student Veterans in Higher Education.” DIVERSITY PROGRAMMING
Regional Campuses has championed diversity programming for its campuses through student programming and professional development for its staff. As part of the Diversity Initiatives team, we find ways to integrate their work with our plans. Barbara Thompson has the passion and commitment to assist us through personal visits to our campuses or by virtue of broadcasting the Diversity breakfast and Diversi-Tea sessions. Most recently, the broadcast of “Conversations about Africa” was exceptional and well received on our campuses. ACADEMIC SUPPORT
KnightsPrep, an academic support and pre-orientation advising program initially launched in the Central Region, has now been adopted by all the regions for use as a primer for students to get acquainted with online courses and other academic support information prior to meeting with an advisor and attending Orientation.
LI BRA RY NEWS Michael Furlong will begin work as the UCF Regional Librarian in Daytona Beach on April 27, 2012. He has worked at Valencia West and Indian River Colleges, has a second master’s degree in literature criticism and theory, and has published in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Michael has been a featured guest writer at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts.
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Peggy Gunnell moved from UCF adjunct status to full time UCF Regional Librarian in Sanford on March 30, 2012. Peggy previously worked at Valencia College, Osceola campus. She managed the Altamonte Springs city-wide bookmobile for 10 years before getting her degree and then gained experience in both public and academic settings. Peggy is active in Florida Library Association.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY With the merger of Regional Campuses and Division of Continuing Education, it became apparent the skill sets of the respective IT teams were highly complementary and there were synergies to be realized by blending the two teams and infrastructure together to better support the entire organization. Many of the accomplishments you’ll see below are the direct result of the incredible enthusiasm demonstrated by members of all RC-DCE IT working together as a team.
DCE IT DCE IT has been busy supporting CE initiatives and upgrading their unit specific capacities. Martin, Marcos, Christine, Ricardo, and Daniel began spring semester by putting the finishing touches on the new DCE facility, completing the transition that started in October when DCE moved from its former location to the new facility in the Innovation Center.
TECHNOLOGY FEE SUCCESSES REGIONAL CAMPUSES WEBSITES It was a very good year for RC Technology In December, Regional Campuses Fee requests. All UCF students pay a and Division of Continuing Education technology fee of $5.16 per SCH. Proposals (RC-DCE) proudly announced the are submitted for funding from these DCE IT has continued to work closely launch of the new RC website. Working fees, based on certain criteria: to enhance with our Corporate Education Master’s as an integrated unit our RC-DCE IT and improve instructional technology programs, developing and refreshing team successfully transitioned the new resources for students and faculty; to program specific marketing materials and Regional Campuses websites to RC-DCE provide student facing (computer labs, websites. They have also been asked by servers, assuming full ownership and computer classrooms, testing labs, CECS and COHPA to develop program and responsibility for the maintenance of multi-media classrooms) or instructional discipline specific websites for students in the sites. This transition is graduate programs, graduates part of an effort to insource from those programs, and selected services back to working professionals to post, Regional Campuses, specifically blog, and interact. the Regional Campuses web site(s), website development During this semester the and maintenance in support of DCE-IT team also undertook specific academic and corporate a complete upgrade to the education programs. security and reliability of all This collaborative effort involved websites, implemented a Regional Campuses Web/ function to allow customers to Marketing, RC IT, Division of pay fee and tuition balances Continuing Education IT, and RC-DCE IT RETREAT online, developed and released UCF IT Services. The architecture This spring members of the RC-DCE IT teams spent two Ver 2.0 of the DCE mobile of the new site allows greater memorable days together in retreat. The leadership and application which allows online responsiveness to requested team-building activities were held in the UCF Partnership payment transactions, and changes, enhanced ease in 3 building. A number of exercises and interactions were upgraded the Exchange, Adobe conducting ongoing updates by facilitated by Patty Farris and Beth Scheitzach, both from Connect, and Flash Media our own team members, and the UCF HR Organization Development & Training, and Bill Blank, servers. end of reliance on other university Director, UCF Career Services. units for support. Additionally, Special thanks go out to the teams are collaborating on server team, particularly Martin and modernization to establish a more robust delivery infrastructure; and to evaluate Marcos, for the support they provided platform. benefit to students. RC received funding Deborah Bradford in the development of OSCEOLA TEAMWORK This spring, Regional Campuses opened the new UCF Osceola Building 4 facility on time and fully operational. With the aggressive construction schedule and delivery delays, this was only possible by the team efforts of RC IT team members. On multiple days they came from across the regions to Osceola to assist in the loading and setup of over 200 computers in two computer classrooms, two 50-seat testing labs, and faculty and administrative suites.
of over $l,000,000 which will be used for a complete network upgrade at Cocoa and Palm Bay facilities, network and cabling upgrades at Daytona, along with testing lab upgrades on multiple campuses and computer replacement labs across the regions. Also funded were the proposals submitted by Cynthia Kisby, (regional libraries) and Stephen Spencer (photography) for enhanced technology availability and technology platform upgrades, respectively.
RC’s online Virtual Orientation. FACES BEHIND RCA FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING The faces behind Regional Campuses business and finance operations are Joe Schofield, Director Budget and Finance; Sonia Ugran, Coordinator of Accounting; and Sharon Littleton, Accountant. Among the three of them, virtually every expenditure throughout the RC’s is reviewed.
RC BROADCAST TEAM RC IT broadcasts events from the Orlando campus to all regions for the benefit of students, staff, and faculty. For the majority of these broadcasts the “man behind the curtain” is Eric Nielson. He has hauled broadcast equipment all over central Florida this year, at times on short notice, to ensure the regions have real time on-line access to the events occurring in Orlando or other regional locations. This year Eric takes home RC Best Producer, Director, Audio Engineering, Roadie, and best makeup/special effects awards for his work on multiple productions.
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social media 28-day snapshot Facebook @ UCF Regional Campuses
Female 66.8% Male 33.2%
18-24 34.3% 25-34 31.3% 35-44 19.4% 45-54 11.9% 55-64 1.9% 65+ 1.2%
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Christina Udell: The friendly staff all around.
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Brandon Palermo: They offer the classes we need to complete our course of study at a convenient location!
Sandy Goldcross: The sOs team.
Claire Mitchell: They offer an incredible Photography program & all the faculty and staff are wonderful! Rania Leckie: smaller class sizes!
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Tina Campos: it is a closer drive than Orlando.
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WEB AND MARKETING WEBSITE TRANSITION On Friday, December 14, we transitioned to the new Regional Campuses website. This transition is part of an effort to insource selected services back to Regional Campuses, specifically the Regional Campuses website(s). This collaborative effort involved Regional Campuses Web/Marketing, Continuing Education, UCF IT Services and Regional Campuses IT Services. It was a great team effort by all involved. So it is with great pleasure that we announce our new and improved website www.RegionalCampuses.ucf.edu.
RC NEW MEDIA TEAM SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE Members of Regional Campuses New Media Team attended an all-day conference on the use of social media. Those attending the Skillpath professional development conference were treated to a plethora of information on the implementation and various uses of social media within an organization. Those attending the conference were Anthony Recascino, Minesh Patel, Angelia Jones and Tanya Armstrong. The use of social media continues to grow at the Regional Campuses as an expanding service to our faculty, staff and students.application in the computer lab. Staff from Seminole State College were in attendance and are exploring the use of an on-line application.
We have introduced new features and improved navigation to the site, specifically newly organized navigation drop-down menus on each of the various location homepage. As you recall, this information was provided by AVPâ€™s and Directors over the summer of this year. Our improved user-friendly site will still offer quick access to the latest news and events, as well as helpful information regarding Regional Campuses resources. We thank you for your continued support in our endeavor to provide our faculty, staff and students access greater online information regarding Regional Campuses. RC NEW MEDIA TEAM MEETING The Regional Campuses New Media Team met at RCHQ in January. Those attending included AngĂŠ Peterson, Anthony Recascino, Minesh Patel, Marylou Wade, Kathy Butler, Angelia Jones, Tanya Armstrong, Raphel Robinson, Christina Udell, Claire Mitchell, Melissa Hanbery, Jessica Matos, Angel Edgecombe, and Jessica Houts. Issues raised and discussed were the need for additional social media networking applications appearing on the Regional Campuses website and on the various location home pages. YouTube playlists, Pinterest, and Twitter icons may be showing up on these site(s) in the very near future. All very exciting for the Regional Campuses.
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Office News CE staff members will be participating in Orlando’s largest office party: the IOA Corporate 5k held in Downtown Orlando on Lake Eola. The Insurance Office of America (IOA) sponsored event will be held April 18, with over 15,000 runners and walkers from over 700 companies, nonprofit organizations and 200+ CEOs. It is the 19th year of the event. You can watch the IOA Corporate 5K on these Bright House stations: Central Florida News 13, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. Please vote for our t-shirt design at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1015152931647 3874&set=a.10151529314928874.1073741827.6844981387 3&type=3&theater
Continuing Education held a retreat at the Stoneybrooke Country Club on March 5. Our facilitator was Mark Tooms, a CE instructor and corporate trainer with Training Edge. We spent the day learning about communication and team building. We will hold a wrap up with Mark this month to review our DiSC assessments and each other’s communication styles.
HALF MARATHON AT WALT DISNEY WORLD Members of the CE staff also volunteered for the Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. Chris Rose, who has been participating for 5 years, was joined by several other staff members. They volunteer as a subgroup under the Fiserv Team that was started back in 2007. Their shift started at 3:30am— yes, that is AM! The group was responsible for the water/ PowerAde stop for all the runners that morning—setting up tables, stacking cups, making the PowerAde and distributing to runners, and disposing of trash and recycled items. This year there were 27,000 runners for the event. Plans are underway to initiate a separate UCF team next year, if we have at least 10 participants.
Our group this year consisted of the following: Louise Conine, Austin and Ashlee Companion, Amanda McCarthy, Kourtney Dinkins, Tobias King, Chris Rose, Kayla Rose (Chris’ daughter) and Monica Butcher.
Bunnie McPeek, administrative assistant, has retired after 16 years of service to UCF. We celebrated with a staff luncheon at a local restaurant where we presented Bunnie with a Kindle Fire and an album of photographs taken over the years. We will miss Bunnie, but she promises to visit often! R E G I O N A L
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CONTINUING EDUCATION Updates CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE OFFERINGS
UCF TEST PREP - PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION REVIEW PROGRAM OFFERINGS TO EXPAND UCF Test Prep has recently added two new professional certification review programs—the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) & Certified Management Accountant (CMA), with plans to add Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the near future. Each review program aims to assist professionals in receiving quality educational resources and instruction to pass their respective certification exams. Instructor Tom Mock Expert. Local. Affordable. is our local expert who serves as the Certification Chairperson for the IIA Central Florida Chapter. www.testprep.ucf.edu/CIA
UCF ROPES PROGRAM: Help your team build trust and develop better communication skills with the UCF Ropes Challenge Course - a fun and interactive way for groups to form cohesiveness and to strengthen self-esteem, build confidence and awareness in LD individuals. Each challenge iveness within your group. course experience is carefully designed to accommodate the PERIENCE group’s specific needs and goals. nging activities. Contact Chris Rose or Austin Companion for more information. ENGTHEN www.ce.ucf.edu/ROPES dence.
FLORIDA RMA SCHOOL OF COMMERCIAL LENDING After 12 years with UCF Executive Development Center, the Risk Management Association’s School of Commercial Lending will shift to its new partner, UCF Division of Continuing Education. Focusing on Fundamentals will be offered May 6-10 to commercial bankers and will include networking opportunities to top financial and banking professionals in Central Florida. Contact Chris Rose or Kim Malac for more information about the program. www.ce.ucf.edu/RMA UCF TEST PREP SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION UCF Test Prep Facebook page has had a big increase in fans, thanks in part to our effective social media marketing campaign. The Facebook page was launched in September 2011, starting out with eight “likes.” On April first we reached our 350th fan. Every new fan that “likes” our page receives a special discount code to use for a live GRE, GMAT, SAT, or ACT review course. We plan to provide additional resources, including exam questions of the day, asking fans and students for their feedback, adding more success testimonials, and offering textbook discounts from CB&S Bookstore and coupons from our local partners, including Tropical Smoothie, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, and First Watch. Advertising has appeared in 21 local high school newspapers and on five high school banners. Other print ads have appeared in Central Florida Future and the Seminole Chronicle. We have also developed billboard campaigns and campus bus shelter displays. Our partnerships with UCF College of Graduate Studies as well as the various colleges on campus has allowed us to spread our word and the brand awareness of UCF Test Prep as we continue to grow and expand our offerings. www.facebook.com/UCFTestPrep
These additional Professional Certification review courses will complement our existing programs for the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) allowing UCF Test Prep to become the leader in examination preparation and review. We are…Expert, Local, and Affordable. PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PMP) CERTIFICATION COURSE AND EXAMS In partnership with Seminole State College, UCF Continuing Education continues to provide project management professionals with the highest level of training and preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification course and exams. Participants receive instruction, materials and a personalized study plan in the courses and pass rates for first-time takers is above 90%! The PMP exam will be changing in August 2013 and CE’s Summer and Fall courses will incorporate these exam changes. Interested participants can choose from a comprehensive 25-week program or an intensive 10-week program, both utilizing the newest PMP “body of knowledge” and curriculum. Cohorts are offered in East Orlando and Cocoa with weeknight sessions for working professionals. For more information on the programs, upcoming dates, and the certification exams, please visit www.ce.ucf.edu/pm or call 407-882-0237. For information regarding the certification exam and eligibility requirements, visit www.pmi.org.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING “Mimi, you truly have a gift when it comes to preparing future law school students for the LSAT. The most beneficial part of your course, for me, was the importance you placed on teaching all of us that we CAN conquer this test. You eliminated so much of the fear that I previously had over this test, because you took the time to not only hammer in the practice, but to guide us on the psychology of the test. I know that I would not have been given that extra guidance at any other prep course.” (LSAT - The Law School Admissions Test Review Program)
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Faculty and Staff Shelley Park (philosophy) presented “Where are All the Cyborg Mothers? Reflections on the Posthuman Maternal Body” at Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy (C-SWIP), and “One and Only One Mother? Resisting the Politics of Monomaternalism” at the Florida Philosophical Association. Leandra Preston-Sidler (women’s studies) was keynote speaker for University of South Florida’s Service-Learning Day with the topic: “Making It Work: Service-Learning Dos, Don’ts, and Lessons from the Trenches.” Adam Pritchard (sociology) presented “Safety Concerns, Fear, and Precautionary Behavior among College Women: An Exploratory Examination of Two Measures of Residency,” co-authored by Carol E. Jordan and Pamela Wilcox, at the MidSouth Sociological Association. Denise Young, Diane Chase, Tace Crouse and Heidi Watt presented a paper, “Key Ingredients to a Healthy Fifth-Year Report: How to Avoid Ending Up in the Stew,” at the 2012 SACS-COC Annual Meeting.
CAMPUS NEWS The BCC-UCF Writing Center has tripled its Facebook Likes and Friends this month. Respondents can also take the short optional survey on Writing Center use. The Center hosted a visit from the Daytona State College (DSC) Writing Center, Library, and Academic Support Center. The DSC group toured the joint use library and exchanged information on best practices. The BCC-UCF Joint-Use Library in Cocoa participated in the 3rd Annual Florida Library Association Snapshot Day with over 780 visitors.
Welcome to our new staff members: Lisa Leininger is the new Program Assistant for Cocoa Enrollment Services and Patricia Terrill is an Academic Advisor. Angelia Jones and Sheryl Schagen attended the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Annual Conference in Orlando. Angel Edgecombe, Angie Jones, Gerald Deveau, and Nick Pantloni completed the Supervisory Skills workshop series. Lauren Miller represented UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay at LEAD Brevard’s Leadership Awards event. During the award presentation, James Richey, President of BCC, highlighted the Direct Connect program and the long-standing relationship between our two institutions.
STUDENTS Shloe Kerness, faculty sponsor for the Florida Future Educator Association Club in Cocoa, attended the annual FFEA state conference with student members Tina Ballou (president), Jesse Watts (treasurer), and Brittany Weza. The group met the National Teacher of the Year and the Florida Teacher of the Year.
Charlie Viggiano’s (business) Cornerstone students—Jason Palmer, Amber Kent, Adrianna Morris, Carmela Van Hemert and David Burns—not only reached the monetary goal which will allow Central Brevard Sharing Center to assist an additional school for Backpacks
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UCF Palm Bay Psychology HIM students Raina Leckie (“Religiosity and Negative Bias towards Atheists”) and RoseAnn Swiden-Wick (“Honesty – Humility and Workplace Arrogance” ) will present their theses at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence. Both are advised by Karen Mottarella.
Incivility in the Workplace to Increase the Retention of New Graduate Nurses,” was directed by Diane Andrews. The Speech Team, Stephen Sherbin II, Mairim Perez, Estella Gong, and Qasim Shirazi (sponsored and coached by Jerry Sublette, communications) competed at the Florida Southern Child of the Sun Tournament, the Capital City Classic at Tallahassee Community College, and the Star Classic at Florida State College in Jacksonville. The UCF team has continued to expand, also competing at Marks Invitational, FIFA State Championships, Gator Swing, Novice Nationals, Hurricane Debate Scrimmage, and NFA Nationals.
Amanda D’Ambra (nursing) is the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences runner up for Honors in the Major Awards for Outstanding Thesis. Her thesis, “Minimizing R E G I O N A L
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CAMPUS NEWS Mark Soskin (economics) co-authored article with Heather Squires of Enterprise Florida, Inc. in the Journal of Environmental Economics re: homeowners and rooftop solar electricity generation. Vicky Cardullo successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Eighth-Grade Students Reading Nonfiction Literature on the iPad: An Exploratory Case Study.” Sue Mahan has published “Restoring Justice in Colombia: Conciliation in Equity.” Julia Buckey was recognized as Social Work Educator of the Year and Sheila Cook was named Social Work Student of the Year. Two psychology students placed in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) forum: Kaylin Ratner took 1st place and Dylan Martin won honorable mention for his project. Graduating photography seniors exhibited their work—‘F8’—at the downtown Orlando Gallery 500. May 9 is Family Portfolio Night featuring the work of all A.S. and B.S. students. Steven Berman and 14 graduate students attended the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual convention in Atlanta. Presenters included: Kaylin Ratner, Estefany Bologna, Dorey Chaffee, Edward Fouty, Jr., Jessica Fuoss, Hanny Sanchez, Lisa Heath. Rachel Wiley (clinical psychology) has had her master’s thesis—”Adolescent identity development and distress in a clinical sample”—accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Psychology with Steven Berman. Berman has also co-authored an article in Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research.
Rosalyn Santana, (enrollment services) participated in the 2013 Leadership class sponsored by the Daytona Beach Regional Chamber. Darryl Greely has initiated a Lunch and Learn series based on John Maxwell’s book, Success 101. Darryl, Bonnie March and Ruthann Griggers attended the Leadership Institute in Orlando. Darryl Greeley, Pam Gruen, Ginny LaRue, Claire Mitchell, and Waheeda Illasarie represented UCF at STEM Symposium sponsored by Daytona State. Bonnie Marsh attended the Annual PACE Breakfast for girls. UCF was a sponsor and will provide mentors. Michael Lanford, Learning Specialist with the DSC-UCF Writing Center, hosted a Lunch & Learn potluck and shared his experiences in China.
Michael Furlong, librarian, staged a reading of his play, “Brides of Cthulhu,”at the 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando.
STUDENTS In sponsorship with SOS, the Fall Welcome Back was held with a 60’s theme to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of UCF. There was food; old school music, dance, games and a tie dye station for attendees to enjoy.
SOS held their Annual Health and Fitness Fair. Demonstrations included Zumba, yoga, and kettleball workouts. There were games, hoola hoops, healthy tips and snacks for attendees.
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Alumnus Jason S. Boldt was just accepted into the University of Southern California’s Master of Fine Arts in Film & Television Production degree program, one of the foremost film programs in the country. In March, staff, faculty and students participated in Community Clean-Up at Turie T. Small Elementary School.
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Effective Fall 2013, the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program will be offered at UCF Sanford/Lake Mary. On March 1, the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program Open House Interview Day was held for candidates interested in the new program and was very successful. UCF’s Professional MBA program will be held on the S/LM campus beginning August 2013. The RC Library at the S/LM campus is now open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Peggy Nuhn, (librarian) welcomes opportunities to provide students with courseor assignment-specific classroom instruction in utilizing library data bases and making use of other online library resources
Kerry Purmensky co-authored a book due out May 2013: An Integrated Approach to Language Course Design: A Guide to Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of the Contemporary Language Classroom.
The S/LM campus held a book drive fundraiser for the 2013 Faculty & Staff Believe Campaign. The entire team came together to participate and a total of $525.00 was raised! CELEBRATING UCF’S 50TH In order to extend UCF’s 50th Anniversary celebration out to the Sanford/Lake Mary campus, RC librarian, Peggy Nuhn, borrowed materials from the university archives to create a display in the Regional Campuses library. The display includes photographs as well as memorabilia showcasing UCF’s growth. YOUNG INVESTORS CLUB AT UCF WINS $5,000 IN NATIONAL COMPETITION In March, the Young Investors Club at UCF won the Motely Fool Campus Challenge securing the $5,000 grand prize. The website, Motley Fool, sponsored a nation-wide contest among university investing clubs. For three months, clubs analyzed and blogged about different investment opportunities. They submitted the analyses for syndication on various websites such as Yahoo Finance and Google Finance. Points were awarded based on criteria such as the number of analyses submitted, the insightfulness of the analysis, and the popularity of each analysis. Under the direction of President
Stefanie Mayfield-Garfield won the CBA Excellence Award for Excellence in UG Teaching. Her dossier was forwarded to the university for consideration for a University Excellence Award.
Craig Bolz, the club’s Chief Investment Officer, Joey Solitro, led the UCF team to an overwhelming victory earning 267 points. The University of Texas came in second with 88 points. Other universities participating included LSU, Notre Dame and Georgetown. The club held a ceremony on March 28 at which Mr. Solitro signed the contract securing the $5,000 first place prize. The club’s faculty advisor, Ray Sturm, was on hand to oversee the signing and to congratulate the club on behalf of the College of Business Administration at UCF.
STUDENTS The Sanford/Lake Mary Student Outreach Services Office has been busy providing lots of fun activities and treats for our students and still have events planned before the end of the semester: • A free Health Fair—blood pressure, glucose and BMI checked. A raffle was held for a teeth whitening treatment. • February 28 was Nursing Appreciation Day on the Altamonte Springs campus. The nursing students were provided with Nurse Appreciation pins, UCF water bottles, band aid-shaped stress balls, and vegan cupcakes provided by Raphsodic Bakery.
Pamela Williams-Gruen, along with several of her colleagues, will be presenting at the 2013 Annual Meeting of AACRAO in San Francisco in April. The theme is “Bridges to the Future: Collaborating Towards a Global Community.” Their presentation is: “Partnership from East to West: Collaborating Across the Miles.” Lisa Brooks (School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership) and Peggy Nuhn (RC librarian) are coordinating Faculty Forum meetings at Sanford/ Lake Mary. These are typically informal “brown bag” lunch meetings to provide an opportunity to share information, and are generally held once per semester. Sean Armstrong, Debbie Copertino, Valerie Brackman, Jacqueline WestLee, Pamela Williams-Gruen, and Kia Anderson attended the Black Faculty and Staff Association Mentoring Breakfast. The Honorable Penny Brown Reynolds was the speaker. Congratulations to Pamela WilliamsGruen, recently promoted to Assistant Director, Academic Support Services.
• Movie Knight on the S/LM campus featured “The Hobbit” and was free to UCF and Seminole State students, their families and friends. • April 24–30 is Cram for the Exam week. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided, with a massage therapist on site and promotional items such as pencils and ear buds.
Congratulations to Kia Anderson, recently promoted to Coordinator, Academic Support Services.
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CAMPUS NEWS Tanya Armstrong presented on “Direct Connect to UCF” at the Lake Sumter State College’s Annual High School Counselor Breakfast. CeCe Rivers recently attended the launch of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership and met with the new CEO to discuss partnership opportunities. CeCe Rivers presented at the Stamats Adult Student Marketing Conference in Palm Springs, CA—“DirectConnect: Half the Effort, Twice the Results.” Beth Larson and CeCe Rivers participated in Leadership Lake’s Education Day on Leesburg campus.
Faculty and Staff STAFF SPOTLIGHT Carol Sanfratello, Thomas Silarek and Christy Pasnisin, helped provide a seamless transition for a myriad of students from our partner community/ state colleges by assisting them through the Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Immunization and Registrar related processes. Kudos to each of them for their outstanding service to prospective students.
As participating sponsors at the Scholarship Partner level, SL staff attended the 15th Annual Pig on the Pond-Community Foundation Event on March 9. Over 24,000 people from the South Lake community came to support this event located at Waterfront Park in Clermont.
UCF Ocala’s newest team member, Crystal Flynn, is the full-time Coordinator for Academic Support Services.
STUDENTS “SHINING KNIGHT SPOTLIGHT” Kendra Bartel has been selected as the region’s “Shining Knight” for this edition of the RC Newsletter. Kendra (SL) is currently pursuing her degree in psychology and will graduate with honors. Moreover, she has been awarded a Burnett Research Scholars grant. She will begin the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at FIT in the fall. In addition to her scholastic honors, Kendra has been an active participant in student life; she currently serves as secretary of the WR Psychology Club and is an RA in the MM lab. Congratulations to Michelle Craske (SL) who is Student Caucus Rep for the Association for Psychological Sciences at UCF. Nathan Wilson (Ocala) has been accepted into the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program at UCF.
Junie Albers-Biddle, Cynthia Walters, Stephanie Luke and Christine Walsh, were selected to participated in the Gates Foundation Grant involving the College of Education TeachLivE virtual lab. Chrysalis Wright will be publishing two articles this spring: “Parental Absence, Academic Competence, and Expectations in Latino Immigrant Youth,” Journal of Family Issues; and “Family Structure and Music as a Model of Dyadic Behavior,” Marriage & Family Review. UCF Western Region staff displayed their support for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women/National Wear Red Day.”
Several Western Region students presented at the SURE conference in April. These include Kendra Bartel, Jessica Brandt, Vera Harvey, Carolin Prior Sarah Dierking, Najee DeVore, Carolin Prior, Abigail Bueno, Heather Lopez and Amy Siercks. Psychology majors Sarah Dierking, Kendra Bartel, Nathan Wilson, Robin Williams, Kaycee White, Jessica Brandt, and Very Harvey will present their research with Chrysalis Wright at the national conference of the Association for Psychological Science this spring. ALUMNI in the News: A number of our alums have received the honor of Teacher of the Year: Noris Aguayo (SL); Olivia Moulton, Tracy Walls, Terri Pfister, Kristy Westfall, Anne Reynders, Amanda Gibson, Rikki Montgomery, and Kimberly Ethington (Leesburg); and Nancy VonOhlen, Jennifer Way, Raiza Perdomo, Amie McCamley, Megan Bolomey, Christina Lipari and Stephanie Hall (Ocala). Congratulations to one and all! .
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CAMPUS NEWS STUDENT SERVICES A total of 27 participants attended the Diversity Certificate Series which began in March. This is the first time the Diversity Certificate Series (aka “Continuum of Life”) has been offered at the Central Region and turn-out has been excellent. Several UCF West instructors have supported the series by encouraging their students to attend. Participants must attend all four of the 2-hour sessions in order to earn the certificate. Students can use the certificate to build their resume and demonstrate their understanding of working with diverse groups of people while UCF staff can gain professional development certification. Barbara Thompson, Office of Diversity Initiatives, was the facilitator/presenter of the above-mentioned series; the group included 21 UCF students, two from Valencia College, and four UCF staff members. A second Diversity Series is planned for the fall 2013 at the UCF Valencia West campus. 13 education students have already indicated their commitment to attend. STARS The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program previously did not have a system in place to assist students who were having difficulties achieving academic success. The Student Tracking Alert Retention Systems (STARS) is designed to identify “at risk” BAS students who are in danger of not completing their program, being disqualified or withdrawing from the university. Working with basic data, advisors will be able to track these students and provide assistance. Assessments and completion surveys built into the program provide feedback on the students’ perception of their academic situation and the program in general. STARS was launched in March 2013 with the help and support of Regional Campuses advisors.
Faculty and Staff Sherry MacDonald presented a poster at the 2013 Information Fluency Conference held at UCF. This year’s theme was “Critically Examining Information Fluency Education.” The original project, conducted with former employee, Nuria Curras, examines “A Collaborative Approach to Information Fluency: Teaching Writing in Nursing.” Chad Cronon has published a peerreviewed essay entitled “Asking Teachers and Academics to Become Police Officers is Beyond the Scope of Their Job” in the ABC-LIO’s Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society. In addition, he is working on a book chapter related to affirmative action in higher education between the years 1995-2003. Chad Cronon was recently elected president of the Central Florida Gay & Lesbian Lawyers’ Association. Additional activities include guest speaker/lecturer engagements and collaboration with 9th Judicial Circuit Judge Jose Rodriguez in development of a seminar on diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness.
DEGREE EXPO Both UCF Valencia West and UCF Valencia Osceola held the Knights Degree Expo in February showcasing UCF majors, with over 400 students in attendance. Orlando campus college representatives were present which increased our effectiveness in reaching students in more majors. We would also like to acknowledge the support we received from Valencia College in making this event successful.
In March, the UCF Central Region faculty and staff got together to showcase their skills while participating in the Annual Baseball Barbeque held at Shadow Bay Park.
ARCHITECTURAL PIN-UP ON APRIL 18: UCF will be hosting its 4th Architectural Pin-Up on April 18 and expects the largest pool of applicants to date. In February, Architectural Design 5 students traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to participate in a site visit and due diligence exercise that will inform the class’ Final Projects. We extend congratulations to our graduates.
A new member of the CR family is Nicholas David Leo, the 6-month-old son of Christopher Leo.
Stephane Dorilas is joining the Central Region as the new Senior IT specialist at the UCF Osceola site.
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Thanks for reminding us we all matter. - Russell Crudgington Thank for all your support and concern towards your West and Osceola family! - Melissa Rojas
Even through your journey may have ended at one place, it is beginning at another. Stay strong and continue to lead Regional Campuses for the greatest good. - Ashley Hampton
You have always been very aware and appreciative of the work we do and you always express that whenever we met. - Chris Miller
Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.--Jim Rohn - Jason Mayer We were so lucky to have someone as dedicated and experienced as Joyce choreographing our work for the last two-plus years. No one would ever suspect that our interim leader was anything but the prima ballerina. - Cynthia Kisby
Mere words do not capture your giving of ‘self’ to the UCF Regional Campuses when requested. You created the next step for us, as we move from one transition to the next, and excluded yourself from worthy praise for an exceptional job of building this team. We are, because you are… thank you for providing, for each of us, the ability to see the vision. - Angé Peterson
Over the past 2 l/2 years, Regional Campuses has continued to advance in stature and prominence, thanks to your leadership. I’ve greatly appreciated your calm approach to addressing all of the regions’ challenges and opportunities. It has helped to put us in the right place at the right time. - CeCe Rivers
I’m the new kid on the block... I am looking forward to working under your leadership. I have heard great things about you. Thanks for all you do! - Macrina Raghunanan
Synergy.. Elegance. Balance. Proactive. Empathy. Grace. Thank you Joyce. - Marylou
Joyce: Success comes with a great leader, and that you are! - Salema Mohamed For each doorway that closes there are other doors to go through with many more ventures. That new door will bring you closer to us, to work side by side with you, bringing inspiration and encouragement to all of us. I am blessed for knowing you. - Lisa Cruz
Joyce, it has been such a pleasure working with you over the past several years. No matter how busy or running in different directions, you take time to chat and show a genuine interest in how projects are progressing and people are doing. You were my inspiration and support during the difficult times surrounding my dissertation. I hope you won’t go far from us and that we can do lunch from time to time. Remember to live one day at a time. Don’t look back and grieve over the past; it’s gone! Don’t be troubled about the future; it hasn’t happened yet! Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering! - Deborah Bradford
Unwavering passion and motivational innovation to growth of our campuses. - Shaheen Miller Because of your leadership during the last 2 1/2 years, RC has not missed a beat. Thank you so much for your dedication, your willingness to listen and your good sense of humor. - Linda Bradley Thacker
I cannot thank you enough for putting your trust in me and allowing me the opportunity to grow. Your openness and willingness to understand everyone’s importance (even the nerds) was refreshing; you are a wonderful person and I feel fortunate to work with you. - Aaron Misiano
Thanks for your support and I look forward to continuing to work together. - Denise L. Young, Ph.D.
It’s been a pleasure to have worked with you Joyce. Wishing you all the best! Looking forward to working with you in your new role. - Mary Lynn Thank you for your support and encouragement Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Warren G. Bennis during my transition to become part of the Central Thank you for your vision and dedication! - Melissa Hanbery Region team. - Jim Smith
I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to work with Joyce again, but so sorry that it has only been a couple of years this time around. I will miss her and all of her energy….. she reminds me of the lil’ energizer bunny. - Kathi Harris
What can I say? You brought me up in the Dean’s office, then coached, guided and mentored me. I don’t know where I would be without you. Thank you for everything you have done. But, most importantly, thank you for just being you. - Steve Holmes Your leadership with the Regional Campus has been an essential to the growth of the region. Your vision has allowed me to provide wonderful service to students, faculty members, and staff. Most importantly, I look forward to seeing you more in the office. - Nicole Simms
You have been a great source of inspiration for us in your previous role. and I’m certain you will continue to be an inspiration in your new role. Arqaam Gaffoor
Ms. Joyce, I want to thank you for taking on the Regional Campuses, which is such a huge responsibility. You have always taken care of us with grace, kindness, and professionalism. You always made us feel very comfortable around you, which is a great trait for a leader. No one can replace you! - Shellie Thomas
You have always seen the best in each of us which has helped us to see ourselves even better. For that we thank you! You are a great inspiration and your leadership rocks! - Jacqueline Diaz
Out of the old, Into the great. You will love it here. We can’t wait To have you near. - Carol Black Thank you for being a great leader, we are always rooting for you!!! - Jessica Matos We are proud of your leadership accomplishments Joyce, but are selfishly grateful to have you return to us at UCF Valencia College. - Kathy Butler
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What a remarkable journey that has come to a full circle! Our appreciation to you in supporting our professional family where everyone’s role is equally important to the success of the region. When is the next potluck? - Edgar Martinez