Volume 47, Number 15 - March 29, 2010

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Alumni to be inducted into MDC Hall of Fame

By Mark Pulaski

Miami Dade College will induct 29 of its highest achieving past students into its Alumni Hall of Fame on April 22.

The event, in its eighth year, was designed to acknowledge MDC alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders. Some of this year’s honorees include; CBS4 News anchor Marybel Rodriguez, Miami Central Senior High School Principal Douglas P. Rodriguez, former Major League Baseball player Orlando Palmeiro, and Boston Globe reporter Johnny Diaz.

“These deserving alumni are proof that a solid education opens doors and creates great career opportunities,” MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón said in a press release announcing the event on the College’s Web site. “The Alumni Hall of Fame is honored to add their names to the group of luminaries we celebrate each year.”

“They are doing so much in our community and across our nation, and make us all very proud” Padrón added.

The ceremony will be held at the Hilton, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami, at 6 pm. The cost to attend is $250 per person. All net proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

Among this year’s inductees is Peter Webley, founder of the newspaper Caribbean Today.

“Of the thousands of students that have passed through the great halls of MDC, it is a special honor to know that [I am] one of a few that the College chose to write into history” said Webley via e-mail. “It is a very humbling feeling indeed.”

To meet the selection criteria; the alumnus must have received at least 30 credits from MDC, in addition to demonstrating leadership in their respective industry and involvement in their community.

The list of past inductees into MDC’s Alumni Hall of Fame includes: former City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, music industry mogul, Emilio Estefan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, WSVN 7 anchor Belkys Nerey, and Carnival Chairman & CEO Micky Arison.  

For more information, contact Glenn Kaufhold the executive director of the MDC Foundation at 305-237-7617.     

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