September 2011, Volume 15, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Chef Norman Van Aken

Fusion Cooking Founder to Head MCI Restaurant

Fresh thinking triumphs at MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute as the final key ingredient has been added to its breakthrough recipe for culinary excellence. New World Cuisine founder and acclaimed Chef Norman Van Aken recently became the Institute’s new restaurant ­executive chef.


MDC Live performers

Cultura del Lobo Evolves Into MDC Live

Arriving at its 20th anniversary with a proud legacy of bringing to South Florida unique live performances from around the world, MDC’s Cultura del Lobo is crystallizing its vision for the future with a new name: MDC Live – Performance Arts Series.


José Bedia, Una guía en la subida, 2006, acrylic on canvas, Cintas Fellows Collection, Freedom Tower

Cintas Fellows Collection Comes to MDC

Expanding its role as an arts center, Miami Dade College recently welcomed the renowned Cintas Fellows Collection, the world’s largest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba.


Anna Maria Litvinenko playing cello

Rising Star Crosses the Globe

Anna Maria Litvinenko is living proof that talent has no age restrictions. This summer, the 16-year-old cellist, who studies at New World School of the Arts at MDC, traveled to Russia to represent the United States in the presitigious International Tchaikovsky Competition.


John Sayles

Literary Center Celebrates Decade of Growth

This year, literary culture at Miami Dade College celebrates a milestone – the 10th anniversary of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, now known as The Center @ MDC.


Matthew Bonelli

Music Students Learning from Legends

MDC Jazz Coordinator Matthew Bonelli has quite a legacy in the music industry. As a professional bassist, he toured with the Bee Gees for more than 10 years, playing concerts across the country one day and coming back to Miami to teach class the next.


Mujeres de Shakespeare

Prometeo Lights the Summer Stage

Teatro Prometeo theater at MDC illuminated the stage like a beautiful midsummer night’s bonfire during the recent 26th annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami.


Professor Juan Carlos Vera

MDC Professor Turns Talented Teens Into Virtuosos

Paying a musical instrument at a professional level is quite an achievement for anyone, let alone students who haven’t reached high school. Now, under the tutelage of MDC Continuing Education Professor Juan Carlos Vera, talented teenagers are accomplishing this great feat.


Theater mask

Theatrical Arts Thrive on MDC’s Stages

MDC Kendall Campus’ Studio Theater and North Campus' Lehman Theatre announce a stellar fall lineup.


Winning logo design

Honors College Student Designs Winning Logo

What makes a great logo? Just ask MDC Honors College graduate Gian Lombardi, who was recently named the winner of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council’s (FCHC) Logo Contest.



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