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College Forum Volume 17, Number 3 : Page 2

ALUMNI news Alumni in the LIMELIGHT With a successful film career that now spans more than four decades, actor and MDC alumnus Sylvester Stallone shows no signs of slowing. The Hollywood star is preparing to release his next blockbuster, Escape Plan , later this fall. Stallone and his co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, previewed the action-thriller to much fanfare at the legendary San Diego Comic-Con event in July. He’s also busy writing the script for the third installment of the The Expendables action se-ries, in which he will star again. The film is cur-rently in pre-production and is slated for a late 2014 release. Stallone Packs Another Punch Latino Power Couple Heads to Broadway International music superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan , a proud MDC alumnus, are preparing to take their inspiring musical jour-ney to Broadway. The couple are teaming with the Nederlander Organization to develop and produce a show inspired by their music, their 30-year love story and their journey from Cuba to superstardom. “We are very excited to share this story, which is based on hope, determination and the belief that with hard work and passion, our dreams can become our reality,” the couple said. Sylvester Stallone in an MDC student production in 1969 On the International Stage M DC ’ s New World School of the Arts alumnus and award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney un-veils his new production, Antony & Cleopatra , later this fall in collaboration with England’s esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company, New York City’s Public Theater and Miami’s GableStage. McCraney’s latest production will be a reimagined version of the Shakespearean classic with stripped-down text and reordered scene structure, much like his highly successful production of Hamlet from last season. The Bard’s language remains, but McCraney will transport audiences to colonial Haiti in the late 1700s on the eve of the Haitian revolution against the French. Antony & Cleopatra will open in Stratford-upon-Avon in November before crossing the pond to Miami in January and then heading north to the Big Apple in February. The Miami run will include morning shows for 15,000 school students in Miami-Dade County. Success STEMs From MDC MDC alumnus and Chevron engineer Manuel González can add another distinction to a remarkable career that includes 18 U.S. and international patents, being the first Cuban refugee to graduate from West Point and an award from R&D Magazine for developing “one of the 100 most significant technological advanc-es introduced into the marketplace in 2011.” He recently was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) organization. Gifford Lends Talents to Musical Kathie Lee Gifford had the opportunity to show off some of her many talents with the Broadway debut of Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson . Gifford, the ebullient co-host of NBC’s Today Show , wrote the book and lyrics for the musical, which is based on the true story of an evangelist and broadcasting pioneer in the 1920s. The show’s lead actress was nominated for a Tony for best perfor-mance by an actress in a leading role in a musical. Working for a Better Florida Workforce Florida Inc. has tapped South Florida business ex-ecutive and MDC Alumni Hall of Fame member Mike Tomás to serve on its statewide board of directors. The organization develops strategies to help Floridians enter and advance in the workforce while supporting economic development priori-ties and strengthening the state’s business climate. Appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Senate president and speaker of the House, the board comprises a di-verse and engaged group of leaders in business, labor, government, education, economic devel-opment and community-based organizations. Tomás serves as president and CEO of Bioheart Inc., a biotechnology company focused on treat-ments for cardiovascular ailments. – AMS MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum September 2013 • Volume 17 • Number 3 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing Communications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr . Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Graphic Designers . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Catalina Figueras, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr . Nicole Gérard, Jessica Giraldo, Mandy Miles, Hector Pino, Walter Villa Photographers . . .Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano, Stephanie Rodríguez Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit 2 COLLEGE forum

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