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September 2014


NJCU Council on Hispanic Affairs to Honor Three Visionary Leaders At 30th Anniversary Gala

SEPTEMBER 30 - JERSEY CITY -- New Jersey City University's Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA) will celebrate its 30th anniversary and honor an international corporation and two distinguished alumni on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Maritime Park in Jersey City, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Three special awards will be presented at the 30th Anniversary CHA Gala:

Goya Foods, Inc., based in Jersey City, will be honored with the CHA Corporate Citizenship Award.

Carlos Beato '84 M.S.H.S., Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours New York Health System, will receive the CHA Corporate Alumnus Award.

The Hon. Jose Linares '75, United States District Judge, District of New Jersey, will be honored with the CHA Alumni Leadership Award for Public Service.

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Governor Signs Bill Enabling 15 California Community Colleges to Award Four-Year Degrees

SEPTEMBER 29 - Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a historic measure that for the first time enables a limited number of California community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

Senate Bill (SB) 850, authored by State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego), drew overwhelming bipartisan and business support because it addresses a growing need for the state to become more competitive in areas of high workforce demand.

The pilot program authorized under SB 850 allows up to 15 different community college districts to offer one baccalaureate degree each in select workforce majors starting on Jan. 1, 2015 and ending on July 1, 2023.

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Facebook’s Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán headline national advisory board of Hispanicize 2015

MIAMI, FL - September 24, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) - Facebook’s U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán today were named co-chairs of the powerhouse national advisory board of Hispanicize 2015 that features senior executives and influencers from the nation’s leading U.S. Hispanic brands, marketing agencies, bloggers, film and Latin music industries.

Hispanicize 2015 (www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the 6th anniversary Latino trends event for top influencers in social media, marketing, journalism, music, film and tech, returns to the InterContinental hotel in downtown Miami, March 16-20, 2015.

“The fact we have the head of all U.S. Hispanic Facebook and a major Latino actor leading our board should serve as notice that something very transcendent is at work for 2015,” said Manny Ruiz, founder and creative director of the Hispanicize event. “Our national advisory board is collaborating to build what will easily be the most imaginative, engaging and fun Hispanicize event ever created. ”

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Romero named Princeton University's General Counsel

SEPTEMBER 25 - Ramona Romero, a lawyer who has held senior positions in government and the private sector and who has been general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2011, will become general counsel at Princeton University effective Dec. 1.

"I am delighted that Ramona Romero has agreed to become Princeton's next general counsel," Eisgruber said. "She is a nationally recognized attorney with a spectacular record of achievement, and she brings to this University a remarkable combination of talent and experience, as well as deep personal commitment to the values of higher education, diversity and public service. Ramona will bring superb leadership skills to the Office of General Counsel and will represent Princeton with distinction."

Nominated by President Barack Obama to her role at the USDA and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Romero directs a staff of about 275 people and serves as chief legal adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The USDA oversees programs that conduct scientific, economic and statistical research, ensure food safety, manage public lands and conservation on private lands, finance rural economic development, promote agricultural trade, safeguard animal and plant health, and provide nutrition assistance in the United States and abroad.

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Mesa College receives $2.62 million Title V Grant “Proyecto Exito” to boost success rate of Hispanic/Latino students

SEPTEMBER 24 - Hispanic, first-generation and low-income college students at San Diego Mesa College will receive a big boost, thanks to a just-announced five-year, $2.62 million Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The award will be used over a five-year period to improve retention, persistence and academic success for this growing student population.

After a competitive nationwide process, approximately 20 colleges and universities across the country were selected for the $60.1 million federal five-year grant. The program provides annual grants to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

The Mesa College Title V grant proposal, entitled “Proyecto Exito” (Project Success), supports a number of instructional and student support practices aimed at strengthening the college’s capacity to serve underrepresented students. The Hispanic student population at Mesa College has grown substantially in recent years, with 32 % of Fall 2013 students being of Hispanic/Latino descent.

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The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Announces Rebranding Initiative Launch

SEPTEMBER 22 - IRVING, Texas -- The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) announced it has retained cross-cultural advertising and digital agency Sensis to begin launching at NSHMBA's 25th Annual Conference & Career Expo September 24-27, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a comprehensive rebranding initiative. The contract, which will include the development of a new name, logo and identity to be rolled out by the end of Q1 2015, is part of a broader strategy to expand the organization's reach to undergraduate, high school and entrepreneurial audiences, while continuing to support MBA professionals.

"We are embarking on a new journey to empower Hispanic business professionals to achieve their full educational, economic and social potential," said Manny Gonzalez, CEO, NSHMBA. "By enhancing the skills, experiences and relationships for our constituents, we are taking an important step towards reaching our ultimate goal of becoming the leading catalyst for Hispanic achievement by 2025."

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HACU to Present Awards at Hispanic Higher Education Conference

September 15 - SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will present its President's Awards of Excellence during HACU’s 28th Annual Conference, "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Investing in America's Future," Oct. 4-6, 2014, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

"As our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities would also like to pay tribute to those in higher education who play a crucial role in educating and ensuring the future workforce of our nation," said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

"Each year HACU recognizes individuals and supporters that have made significant contributions to Hispanic higher education success. We wish to congratulate the 2014 honorees of the HACU President’s Awards."

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KPMG Foundation Awards $470,000 in Scholarships to Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholars

SEPTEMBER 11 - MONTVALE, N.J. -- The KPMG Foundation announced it has awarded a total of $470,000 in scholarships to minority accounting doctoral students for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients include 11 new recipients and 36 students whose scholarships have been renewed. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is renewable annually for up to five years.

"The KPMG Foundation is proud of the very positive influence it has had in helping to increase the number of diverse faculty members at our nation's colleges and universities," said Jose Rodriguez, KPMG Foundation Chairperson. "The Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship will play a critical role in transforming these 47 talented students into educators who will shape tomorrow's business leaders."

Since 1994, the KPMG Foundation has awarded over $15 million to 331 African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American scholars pursuing doctorate degrees, as part of its ongoing commitment to increase the representation of minority students and professors in business schools. Today, over 220 of those scholarship recipients have successfully completed their doctoral programs and are professors at universities throughout the country.

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Educators, Veterans, Business Leaders, Students Urge Approval of Community College Four-Year Degree Bill

SEPTEMBER 10 - SAN DIEGO – Business leaders, veterans, educators and students gathered today to urge Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of legislation by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing California’s community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

Block, who authored SB 850, described his measure as a jobs bill. “This is landmark legislation that is a game changer for California’s higher education system and our workforce preparedness,” Block said. “SB 850 boosts the focus of our community colleges on job training now when California faces a major skills gap in our workforce.”

Currently only the University of California and the California State University systems may offer public four-year degrees. Block noted that by 2025 our state will need one million more adults with four-year degrees. “We need to use all of California’s resources – including our community colleges – to close that gap.” He added that more than 20 states since 1970 already allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees.

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SEPTEMBER 8 - WASHINGTON, D.C- Despite considerable experimentation aimed at improving access to college and attainment of degrees, the 50 states often have been ineffective in broadening college opportunities and graduation rates for their residents. In many cases, states pursue policies that just don't work, according to comprehensive and ground-breaking analyses by some of the nation's leading experts in the field.

Eleven research papers published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science examine such state policy initiatives as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of "performance funding" to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of "P-20 councils" to align high school curriculum with college readiness and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership.

Taken as a whole, the new research does not paint a pretty picture of the current state of higher education in America.

Edevate and SMC University Partner to Provide an Accredited Associate's Degree Program to Students for Free

SEPTEMBER 5 -- ATLANTA - College dropouts, students attending failing for-profit colleges and those drowning in student debt have a unique opportunity to earn an accredited Associate's degree completely free or at minimal cost. The program's promoters are offering 300 full scholarships to students with a minimum of one year of college and/or 12 college credits while tuition paying students enrolling during the launch promotion will pay total tuition of only $990 or monthly payments as low as $59 a month for 24 months. The program is targeted at over 31 million Americans who have started but never finished a college degree.

The competency based Associate's Degree in Business Administration (B.BA) is being offered by SMC University (SMCU), an international business school whose graduate and doctorate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) a US accreditor recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (www.chea.org).

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As Growth Stalls, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Becomes More Settled

SEPTEMBER 4 - The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession and shows no sign of rising, according to new Pew Research Center estimates. There were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2013, according to a preliminary Pew Research Center estimate, about the same as the 11.2 million in 2012 and unchanged since 2009. The population had risen briskly for decades before plunging during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.

As growth of this group has stalled, there has been a recent sharp rise in the median length of time that unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. In 2013, unauthorized immigrant adults had been in the U.S. for a median time of nearly 13 years—meaning that half had been in the country at least that long. A decade earlier, in 2003, the median for adults was less than eight years.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Winners of the NSHMBA Brillante Awards of Excellence

SEPTEMBER 3 -IRVING, Texas -- For the past 26 years, NSHMBA has recognized corporations and individuals at the highest level in their field. These individuals or corporations are making significant differences in our Hispanic community and their education attainment. This year's winners include:

Brillante Award for Government/Corporate Excellence This category recognizes a corporate or government partner who has a proven track record of success in the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.

Corporate - GSK and Government - Department of Defense; accepting the award for the DOD, Mr. Clarence A. Johnson

Brillante Award for Education Excellence This category recognizes a higher education staff or institution that advocates on behalf of diverse communities and students.

Dr. Federico Zaragoza – Alamo Community College District

NSHMBA's 25th Annual Conference & Career Expo - NSHMBA will host its Annual Conference and Career Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA September 24-27, 2014. The conference is made possible in part by the support of NSHMBA's co-lead sponsor GlaxoSmithKline and Vanguard; automotive partner Lincoln Motor Company, media partner Comcast, academic lead Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and insurance partner Nationwide Insurance.

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College of Mount Saint Vincent Awarded $2.3 Million in Federal Funding from U.S. Department of Education

SEPTEMBER 2 - The College of Mount Saint Vincent was awarded a Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions federal grant totaling up to $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant assists institutions to develop and increase their academic offerings and programs for Hispanic students. The funding will be distributed over a five year grant period, with the first year totaling $458,473.

Nationally, too many Hispanic students who enter college are leaving before they reach their second year—often due to their being underprepared or being insufficiently connected to opportunities like internships, career services, support programs, or advising," says Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr., president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. “At the Mount, we offer supportive services tailored to meet the needs of first generation students and low-income Hispanic students. The results are impressive. The College boasts a graduation rate for Hispanic students that puts us among the nation’s top ten Hispanic-serving colleges, and has the highest graduation rate in the country for Hispanic students majoring in the sciences. But we can do better. We intend to capitalize on that success with the aid of this new federal grant by further strengthening our programs and services for all students including, of course, Hispanic students.”

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