Volume 47, Number 16 - June 14, 2010

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Technology Award

Miami Dade College North Campus student Grace Terc received the 2010 Terry O’Banion Student Technology Award.

The award is given to students who are committed to technology, their communities and education.

The award is presented by the League for Innovation in the Community College, and by the League Distinguished Partner Microsoft Corporation.

Terc received the award for Student Developer Champion, which included a cash prize of $4,500 and a supply of software products, courtesy of Microsoft.

- Zoraida Pastor


Articulation Agreement

Miami Dade College signed an articulation agreement with Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Miami Dade College President Eduardo J. Padrón and Emerson College President Dr. Jacqueline Liebergott signed the agreement.

The ceremony was held at the North Campus’ Science Complex on Tuesday, June 15.

- Zoraida Pastor


Dominican Seminars

Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus and the Dominican government are offering leadership seminars catering to Dominicans and Dominican descendants that are currently living outside of the island nation.

The seminars, aimed at students between 16 and 24 years of age, cover issues ranging from family, promotion of peace, human rights and the Dominican cultural identity.

The seminars started on June 5, and will conclude on June 20.

The seminars at Miami Dade College are part of a series of seminars that have already been held in Spain, Canada, New York and New Jersey.

- Zoraida Pastor



Miami Dade College North Campus has a new addition, a digital marquee located at the intersection of Northwest119th Street and Lake Road. The marquee will be fully functional later this summer.

The sign is a replacement for the theater marquee which was damaged by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It will be linked with the existing digital marquee on Northwest 113th Street and 27th Avenue and will be operational 24 hours, seven days a week.

It will be used to promote MDC academic programs, events, and other MDC related items said Cristina Mateo, North Campus’ dean for administration.

"The marquee is using brand new software, has high resolution, and is loaded with capabilities," said Kenny Silva, manager of media services at North Campus.

- Alexandra Kramer


Math Olympics

The Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus math team won first place at the Math Olympics held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

The team, consisting of Jose Rodriguez, Steven Carrera, Alejo Stark, and Luis Larco, competed against 24 other teams state-wide. In addition, Rodriguez won first place in the individual competition.

The competition consists of three exams:A 40-question multiple choice exam, a graphing calculators portion and 10 real-life application exercises.

The Wolfson Campus math team placed third in the Math Olympics in 2009 and second in 2008. For more information about the team, contact professor Alvio Dominguez at 305-237-3114. 

- Monique Madan


Confucius Institute

Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and a delegation of Chinese officials participated in the signing and opening celebration of the Confucius Institute at the MDC’s Wolfson Campus in April. The business, culture, and language center is the first of its kind in South Florida.

The program is a partnership with China’s Ministry of Education. The institute will offer Chinese Mandarin instruction, business seminars, culinary, history, calligraphy courses, traditional medicine workshops and art exhibitions.

MDC’s Confucius Institute joins 65 others in the U.S. and more than 500 around the world. For more information about the Confucius Institute, contact Rosey Yang-Krivak at 305-237-3122.

- Monique Madan


Endowed Teaching Chairs

Eight Miami Dade College professors have been chosen as the recipients for the 2010 Endowed Teaching Chairs. The award is the College’s highest faculty recognition.

The winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Factors include: A professor’s personal growth and their use of effective teaching strategies. This year’s honorees,

who will receive an annual stipend of $7,500 to be used during a three year period, add to the nearly 300 recipients awarded since 1992.

This year’s winners are:

Mario Ortega: The Col. Mitchell Wolfson, Sr., Endowed Teaching Chair

Lyle D. Culver: The Dr. Robert H. McCabe Endowed Teaching Chair

Annmarie Masi: The Rosenberg-McIntosh-Leigh Foundations Endowed Teaching Chair

Ian Cobham: The AT&T Endowed Teaching Chair

Steven Ritter: George W. Jenkins/Publix Supermarkets Endowed Teaching Chair

Valerie De Angelis: The Esther T. Colliflower, RN Endowed Teaching Chair

Dorothy Avondstondt: The Peter H. Clayton Endowed Teaching Chair

Christopher Migliaccio: The Mac Smith Endowed Teaching Chair for the Environmental Ethics

- Alexandra Kramer

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