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ALUMNI news THE DOOR TO THE AMERICAN DREAM Miami Dade College Transformed Life of Acclaimed Journalist For Dr. Mario García, Miami Dade College was “a savior, a door to the American Dream.” García, a native of Cuba who came to Miami at age 14, has had a highly successful career as a journalist and as a teacher and now is serving as the Senior Advisor on News Design/Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism. During his career, García has collaborated with more than 700 news organizations, from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in the U.S. to publications in 120 countries, includ-ing China, Russia, Sweden and Norway. People Magazine en Español selected García as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. He also has received the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s highly coveted Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service. García has been redesigning publications for more than four decades. His basic philosophy is known as “WED,” which combines writing, edit-ing and design as the underlying principles for effective communication. García said MDC and Barbara Garfunkel – who was his journalism adviser when he became the first foreign-born editor of the Falcon Times at MDC’s North Campus – deserve credit for giving him his start. “That was a very influential time in my life,” said García, who was also a journalism professor at MDC from 1970 to 1976, starting at the youthful age of 24. “Miami Dade College opened me up to this wonderful 42-year career that I’ve had.” – WV Dr. Mario García Architect Began Sky-High Endeavors at MDC As a child, Cuban-born Luis O. Revuelta enjoyed drawing skylines on grid paper. After graduating from Miami Dade College’s North Campus in 1973 and earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Revuelta turned what was a hobby into a highly success-ful career as one of the most innova-tive, influential architects in the nation. The MDC alumnus is the owner and founder of Revuelta Architecture International, which focuses pri-marily on designing commercial properties as well as residential high-rise luxury condominiums. The firm, based in Coconut Grove, has a 20-year track record of partnering with top developers in the design and develop-ment of some of South Florida’s most stunning landmark buildings. Besides creating aesthetical-ly pleasing structures, the firm also engages in the conservation and rehabilitation of historically significant buildings. Revuelta, who relocated from Havana to Miami at age 14, credits MDC with starting him on the path to success. “Miami Dade College gave me two years of excellent preparation for my eventual career,” said Revuelta. “I had a great experience at North Campus. The professors were very down-to-earth in their approach.” – WV Banker Built Leadership Skills at MDC Global banking powerhouse BBVA is well-known throughout the world. The financial ser-vices company has a presence in Europe, South America and the U.S. Sunbelt states, serving over Roberto R. Muñoz 51 million customers in more than 31 countries. In South Florida, BBVA Compass has only just now begun to soar, thanks to the efforts of MDC alumnus Roberto R. Muñoz. Nicole Berge-MacInnes The hard work of Muñoz recently led to his receiving the Business Ambassador Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Muñoz, who graduated from MDC in 1977, was born in Panama. He came to Miami as a toddler, then from ages 9 to 15 he lived in Hong Kong, where his father worked as a high-ranking official for Pan American Airlines and his mother served as a NATO commander. Soon after the family returned to Miami, Muñoz got his first taste of higher education at MDC. “I didn’t realize then that Miami Dade College would turn into such an international college,” he said. “But it has become just that under the guidance of MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón. Miami is blessed to have him as a leader.” – WV For more alumni news, see Pages 24-27. Luis O. Revuelta MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum September 2015 • Volume 19 • Number 4 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send emails to editor@mdc.edu. Communications Director......................Juan C. Mendieta Marketing Communications Director.........Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director .......................... Brenda Krebs, Ph.D. Copy Editors/Contributors ...........Nnéka Nnolim, Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary, Walter Villa Graphic Designers............... Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Grizelle Paz Photographers....Cristian Lazzari, Carlos Llano, Deborah Rodríguez Production Coordinator ..................... Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu. 2 COLLEGE forum www.mdc.edu/main/collegeforum /MDCollege @MDCollege @MDCollege www.youtube.com/MiamiDadeColleges

The Door To The American Dream

Miami Dade College Transformed Life of Acclaimed Journalist<br /> For Dr. Mario García, Miami Dade College was “a savior, a door to the American Dream.”<br /> <br /> García, a native of Cuba who came to Miami at age 14, has had a highly successful career as a journalist and as a teacher and now is serving as the Senior Advisor on News Design/Adjunct Professor at the prestigious Columbia University School of Journalism.<br /> <br /> During his career, García has collaborated with more than 700 news organizations, from The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in the U.S. to publications in 120 countries, including China, Russia, Sweden and Norway.<br /> <br /> People Magazine en Español selected García as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. He also has received the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s highly coveted Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dr. Mario García<br /> <br /> García has been redesigning publications for more than four decades. His basic philosophy is known as “WED,” which combines writing, editing and design as the underlying principles for effective communication.<br /> <br /> García said MDC and Barbara Garfunkel – who was his journalism adviser when he became the first foreign-born editor of the Falcon Times at MDC’s North Campus – deserve credit for giving him his start.<br /> <br /> “That was a very influential time in my life,” said García, who was also a journalism professor at MDC from 1970 to 1976, starting at the youthful age of 24. “Miami Dade College opened me up to this wonderful 42-year career that I’ve had.”<br />

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Architect Began Sky-High Endeavors At MDC

<br /> <br /> As a child, Cuban-born Luis O. Revuelta enjoyed drawing skylines on grid paper.<br /> <br /> After graduating from Miami Dade College’s North Campus in 1973 and earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, Revuelta turned what was a hobby into a highly successful career as one of the most innovative, influential architects in the nation.<br /> <br /> The MDC alumnus is the owner and founder of Revuelta Architecture International, which focuses primarily on designing commercial properties as well as residential high-rise luxury condominiums.<br /> <br /> The firm, based in Coconut Grove, has a 20-year track record of partnering with top developers in the design and development of some of South Florida’s most stunning landmark buildings. Besides creating aesthetically pleasing structures, the firm also engages in the conservation and rehabilitation of historically significant buildings.<br /> <br /> Revuelta, who relocated from Havana to Miami at age 14, credits MDC with starting him on the path to success.<br /> <br /> “Miami Dade College gave me two years of excellent preparation for my eventual career,” said Revuelta. “I had a great experience at North Campus. The professors were very down-toearth in their approach.”<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Luis O. Revuelta<br />

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Banker Built Leadership Skills At MDC

Global banking powerhouse BBVA is well known throughout the world. The financial services company has a presence in Europe, South America and the U.S. Sunbelt states, serving over 51 million customers in more than 31 countries. In South Florida, BBVA Compass has only just now begun to soar, thanks to the efforts of MDC alumnus Roberto R. Muñoz.<br /> <br /> The hard work of Muñoz recently led to his receiving the Business Ambassador Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.<br /> <br /> Muñoz, who graduated from MDC in 1977, was born in Panama. He came to Miami as a toddler, then from ages 9 to 15 he lived in Hong Kong, where his father worked as a high-ranking official for Pan American Airlines and his mother served as a NATO commander. Soon after the family returned to Miami, Muñoz got his first taste of higher education at MDC.<br /> <br /> “I didn’t realize then that Miami Dade College would turn into such an international college,” he said. “But it has become just that under the guidance of MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padrón. Miami is blessed to have him as a leader.”<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Roberto R. Muñoz<br />

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