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College Forum Volume 17, Number 4 : Page 2

MDC news bytes sharing the Possibilities Miami Dade College is lend-ing its support to a significant new scholarship program for Hispanic students in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). The Share Possibilities program will offer scholarship opportunities upwards of $200,000 to Latinos with the aim of closing the college attainment gap. MDC and HSF, the nation’s lead-ing Hispanic scholarship organiza-tion, have been teaming up for years and hosting town-hall meet-ings in an effort to make college more affordable. “Our priority this year is to con-tinue our work to close the op-portunity divide that exists for so many people in our community,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president of Wolfson Campus, which hosted an event announcing the new en-deavor. “Education, especially at the post-secondary level, has be-come synonymous with economic prosperity and mobility.” – AMS students Combat Poverty As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, MDC students joined hun-dreds of youth volunteers through-out the city to raise funds to combat poverty in Latin America through the youth-led nonprofit organization TECHO . Nearly $70,000 was raised as part of the first annual Colecta fundraiser in Miami. The students collected donations at more than 50 locations in the county to help fund the construc-tion of homes. They also handed out information to raise awareness about the living conditions of fami-lies in extreme poverty. “Almost none of the 1,013 reg-istered volunteers had ever set a foot into or even seen images of the extreme poverty that TECHO works with. They did not come out because of mere idealism, but be-cause we are part of a generation that thrives on results and under-stands that our work is our pro-test,” said Nicolas Berardi, CEO of TECHO-US. MDC jointly sponsored the event with Univision and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. – AMS MDC’s Environmental Center Visitors Pavilion, right, and Miami Culinary Institute, at right below Leeding the Green scene MDC’s Eco-Friendly Buildings Earn Praise As a testament to its persistent focus on sustainability practices, Miami Dade College was recog-nized by the U.S. Green Building Council ’ s South Florida Chapter for its commitment to building a green-er, more sustainable future. Two impressive MDC facilities were chosen by a national pan-el as finalists in the 2014 Gala Verde LEEDership and Green Awards , which honor inspirational businesses, individuals and chapter members for creating outstanding projects to build a more sustainable South Florida community. The Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Wolfson Campus was rec-ognized in the Most Outstanding LEED New Construction Project (Education) category, while the Environmental Center Visitors students spell success in Chinese Three students taking courses at Miami Dade College’s Confucius Institute recently earned high hon-ors at the Confucius Institute Cup , an international composition competition for Chinese language learners organized by the Hanban/ Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China. The Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious writing competi-tions for non-native students of Chinese. The MDC contingent – Madison Ann Conroy, Elizabeth Díaz Steward and Laiyen Suárez – competed against peers from more than 400 institutions and programs around the world. – MR Pavilion at Kendall Campus was nominated in the Most Outstanding LEED Commercial Interiors Project category. The eight-story MCI build-ing is an architectural and engineer-ing marvel with exceptional space utilization that generates a limited carbon footprint. The Environmental Center Visitors Pavilion – which boasts solar power, sustainable construction materials and water reclamation in addition to its sleek, efficient design – is one of the few school facilities in Florida to have earned Platinum certification. – AMS Hacking it to the top MDC finance and accounting stu-dent Thelson Richardson won first place in the Liberty Hackathon: Reforming Education for his language learning tool. His winning product, Direct Dialect, custom-izes linguistic content according to learning styles at a competitive price point. The Hackathon brought together 10 teams of entrepreneurs, soft-ware developers, educators and students for an intensive, 24-hour session of collaboration to produce software that would enhance edu-cation. The teams then were given three minutes to pitch their product to the judges. – MR 2 COLLEGE forum Long known as “Democracy’s College,” Miami Dade College is once again leading the way in involving students in the democratic process. Recently, MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón joined Sen. Bob Graham , Congressman Lou Frey and other college presidents from across the nation to launch the New Standard for Campus Voter Engagement . This initiative stipulates that every college should provide students with in-formation and materials they need to vote in every election, from local to presidential. At the forefront of this endeavor, MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy is playing a vital role in implementing the initiative this fall. MDC was one of the first colleges in the nation to sign on to TurboVote, a Web-based system that allows students to register, request absentee ballots and receive reminders be-fore elections. Last year, more than 3,000 students at Miami Dade College registered during the pilot phase, making MDC the second-highest in the nation among all colleges. – AMS A Winning Campaign MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum November 2013 • Volume 17 • Number 4 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 . 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