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MIAMI DADE COLLEGE Albright, Herbie and All That Jazz Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright jazzed up life at Miami Dade College this spring with a series of events that included enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz with the legendary Herbie Hancock, who jammed with jazz students from the New World School of the Arts at MDC during the opening of Al-bright’s Read My Pins jewelry exhibition at MDC’s historic Freedom Tower. Albright also spoke at MDC’s acclaimed Miami Leadership Roundtable and met with MDC students at The Honors College to dis-cuss diplomacy, politics and world affairs. For more photos of the events and to read more about the Roundtable, see Pages 24-27. f orum p. 12 February April 2011 2011 • Volume • Volume 15 • 15 Number • Number 2 1 More than 3,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates will hear from the 44th Presi-dent of the United States of America on April 29 at the James L. Knight International Center in downtown Miami when President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address for the spring graduation ceremony of the North Campus. The Commander-in-Chief’s participation in an MDC commencement ceremony continues the College’s longstanding tradition of hosting world leaders, renowned speakers and top thinkers at graduation, in-cluding former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2010. “We are extremely pleased to have President Obama address our graduates as he has made college access and completion a central focus of his administration,” said Dr. Edu-ardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president. A global college with students from 182 countries, Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. In fact, 1.7 million people have attended MDC since it opened its doors in 1960, and this spring 14,000 students will graduate. MDC graduates more Hispanics and African Americans than any other higher education institution in the nation. The College’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural life and is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo per-forming arts series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, and a large art gallery and theater system. OBAMA to Address MDC GRADUATES Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón was recently elected chair of the Ameri-can Council on Education’s Board of Directors. ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, repre-senting more than 1,600 college and university presidents. ACE provides leadership on issues that affect higher education, influencing public policy through its advocacy. “My selection as chair by my colleagues is an honor,” Dr. Padrón said. “This appointment comes at a time when there is much to do re-garding higher education in America. Our colleg-es and universities are essential contributors to a strong economic recovery.” Dr. Padrón, who has served as MDC’s presi-dent since 1995, is the leader of the nation’s largest institution of higher learning, serving more than 174,000 students. He is nationally known for his advocacy of innovative teaching MDC President to Chair American Council on Education Dr. John Sexton, New York University president and outgoing chair of the American Council on Education, hands the gavel to ACE chair Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. With them is Dr. Molly Corbett Broad, who in 2008 became the first woman to lead ACE since its founding in 1918. and learning strategies and his focus on support for student achievement. Dr. Padrón’s work has been has hailed by nu-merous publications. For example, he was listed among the “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” by His-panic Outlook magazine and was selected as the ”2010 Floridian of the Year“ by Florida Trend . In 2009, Time magazine selected him as one of the nation’s “10 Best College Presidents.” Dr. Padrón’s leadership has been sought by five of our nation’s presidents, including Barack Obama, who recently appointed him to chair the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Previously, President George W. Bush had appointed him to the Na-tional Institute for Literacy’s advisory board. As the new chairman, Dr. Padrón succeeds Dr. John Sexton, president of New York University. The announcement was made in March at ACE’s 93rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo by Cable Risdon forum 1

Albright, Herbie and All That Jazz

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright jazzed up life at Miami Dade College this spring with a series of events that included enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz with the legendary Herbie Hancock, who jammed with jazz students from the New World School of the Arts at MDC during the opening of Albright’s Read My Pins jewelry exhibition at MDC’s historic Freedom Tower. Albright also spoke at MDC’s acclaimed Miami Leadership Roundtable and met with MDC students at The Honors College to discuss diplomacy, politics and world affairs.<br /> <br />

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Obama to Address MDC Graduates

More than 3,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates will hear from the 44th President of the United States of America on April 29 at the James L. Knight International Center in downtown Miami when President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address for the spring graduation ceremony of the North Campus. The Commander-in-Chief’s participation in an MDC commencement ceremony continues the College’s longstanding tradition of hosting world leaders, renowned speakers and top thinkers at graduation, including former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2010.<br /> <br /> “We are extremely pleased to have President Obama address our graduates as he has made college access and completion a central focus of his administration,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC’s president.<br /> <br /> A global college with students from 182 countries, Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. In fact, 1.7 million people have attended MDC since it opened its doors in 1960, and this spring 14,000 students will graduate. MDC graduates more Hispanics and African Americans than any other higher education institution in the nation. The College’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural life and is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, and a large art gallery and theater system.<br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/Obama+to+Address+MDC+Graduates/703411/67046/article.html.

MDC President to Chair American Council on Education

Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón was recently elected chair of the American Council on Education’s Board of Directors.<br /> <br /> ACE is the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents. ACE provides leadership on issues that affect higher education, influencing public policy through its advocacy.<br /> <br /> “My selection as chair by my colleagues is an honor,” Dr. Padrón said. “This appointment comes at a time when there is much to do regarding higher education in America. Our colleges and universities are essential contributors to a strong economic recovery.”<br /> <br /> Dr. Padrón, who has served as MDC’s president since 1995, is the leader of the nation’s largest institution of higher learning, serving more than 174,000 students. He is nationally known for his advocacy of innovative teaching and learning strategies and his focus on support for student achievement.<br /> <br /> Dr. Padrón’s work has been hailed by numerous publications. For example, he was listed among the “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” by Hispanic Outlook magazine and was selected as the ”2010 Floridian of the Year“ by Florida Trend. In 2009, Time magazine selected him as one of the nation’s “10 Best College Presidents.”<br /> <br /> Dr. Padrón’s leadership has been sought by five of our nation’s presidents, including Barack Obama, who recently appointed him to chair the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Previously, President George W. Bush had appointed him to the National Institute for Literacy’s advisory board.<br /> <br /> As the new chairman, Dr. Padrón succeeds Dr. John Sexton, president of New York University. The announcement was made in March at ACE’s 93rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C.<br /> <br />

Read the full article at http://mydigitalpublication.com/article/MDC+President+to+Chair+American+Council+on+Education/703412/67046/article.html.

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