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Nilo Cruz Katie Finneran Year a Truly Golden One for MDC Alumni Art’s It’s Time We Met contest for his photograph Dancers . In addition, he held exhibitions of his work in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Spain. For NWSA alumna Laura Alvarado , 2011 served to establish her John Paul II International Film Festival, now in its second year, as South Florida’s premier vehicle for cinema that is both uplifting and life-affirming. Also motivating others through his power ful life story is World Series hero and former MDC baseball star Andrés Torres. G igante , the film about him overcoming setbacks to become a star athlete, is set for release this summer. Another perennial inspiration for MDC students who dream of a future in politics is the stellar career of U.S. Congresswoman a n d se c o n d-g e ne r a -tion alumna Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , who currently chairs the U.S. House Foreign Af-fairs Committee. In addition, two other former MDC César Santos Oscar Moncada Laura Alvarado Hannia Guillén Andrés Torres n celebrating its 50th anniversary, Miami Dade College enjoyed another year in the national and international headlines thanks to the numerous triumphs of its alumni. Living up to the College’s philosophy of building upon the power of opportunity, the following are but a small sample of the many success stories that began at MDC. This year award-winning playwright and MDC Hall of Fame alumnus Nilo Cruz returned to his hometown for the world premiere of The Color of Desire , starring another MDC Prometeo Theatre protégé, Hannia Guillén . Also com-ing home was opera star Elizabeth Caballero , performing to great acclaim in the Florida Grand Opera’s lavish production of Puccini’s Turandot . Another star shining bright in the Miami Dade College alumni firmament is film, TV and stage luminary Katie Finneran , who took home the 2011 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in the revival of Promis-es, Promises . This was the second win for this g raduate of the New World School of the Ar ts (NWSA) at MDC; she received her first Tony in 2002 for her performance in Noises Off . Adding another accolade to the M DC award mantelpiece was music production g raduate Oscar Moncada ’s Grammy for Best Producer – his fruitful first foray into reggae music. Also gain-ing international recognition, artist César Santos won first place in The Metropolitan Museum of I Elizabeth Caballero students are also leading the way in national pol-itics. U.S. Congressman John Mica of Orlando is heading the U.S. House Transpor tation and Infrastructure Committee, the largest panel in Congress, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was recently selected to second the nomination of Sen. Mitch McConnell for minority leader. MDC graduate Carmen Reinhart saw writing success with This Time is Different: Eight Cen-turies of Financial Folly , which she wrote with co-author Kenneth Rogoff. New York Times col-umnist David Brooks praised the book as “the best explanation of the [recent financial] crisis.” Already a renowned professor of economics and director of the Center of International Econom-ics at the University of Maryland, Reinhart further established herself as an authority in the field with this book. The New York Times now calls her “the most influential female economist in the world.” These are but a few of the many paths to suc-cess forged by MDC alumni. Though their roads have led to many different destinations, all these successful alumni share the common bond of a strong education developed at MDC. – HP U.S. Senator Marco Rubio U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S. Congressman John Mica Carmen Reinhart MIAMI DADE COLLEGE f orum June 2011 • Volume 15 • Number 3 2 forum { } Quick Read Winter 1967 Miami’s beautiful weather allows for construction year-round. In the winter of 1967, work was well under way for the North Campus Fine Arts Building. Published by Miami Dade College, Offi ce of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to Communications Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Juan C. Mendieta Marketing and Publications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . Jonathan Dubin, Hector Pino Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins, Arturo Valdes Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sue Arrowsmith, Tarnell Carroll, Cindy Irizarry, Natalia Maldonado, Nicole Tallman, Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera, Walter Villa Staff Photographers . . . . . . Alyssa Alvarez, Carlos Llano, Phil Roche Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit

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