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November Newsletter

HACU 2007-2008

José Jaime Rivera, Chair
University of the Sacred Heart
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Milton A. Gordon, Vice-Chair
California State University-  
Fullerton, California

Ed Martínez, Treasurer
Chair, HACU Corporate & Philanthropic Council
Denver, Colorado

Antonio Pérez, Secretary
Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of NY
New York, New York

Silvia Zapico, Past-Chair
Campus Provost
Valencia Community College
Osceola Campus
Kissimmee, Florida

Tomás A. Arciniega
President Emeritus (CSU, Bakersfield)
California State University-
San Marcos
San Marcos, California

Franklyn M. Casale
St. Thomas University
Miami, Florida

Roy Flores
Pima County Community College District
Tucson, Arizona

Rumaldo Z. Juárez
Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas
Arturo Lara López
Universidad de Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico

Modesto Maidique
Florida International University
Miami, Florida

Tomás Morales
College of Staten Island
City University of New York
Staten Island, New York

Rosa Pérez
San Jose/Evergreen Community  
College District
San Jose, California

Tessa Martínez Pollack
Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas

Sylvia Ramos
Richard J. Daley College
City Colleges of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Susie Saavedra
HACU Alumni Association
Washington, District of Columbia

Sandra V. Serrano
Kern Community College District
Bakersfield, California

Jorge I. Vélez-Arocho
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Antonio R. Flores
President and CEO

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities represents more than 450 member colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and abroad. For more information about HACU, visit

The Voice of Hispanic Higher Education E-Newsletter
Volume 3 Issue 11
November 7, 2007

2007 President's Award recipients announced
The recipients of the 2007 HACU Presidents Awards were announced at the HACU 21st Annual Conference held in Chicago on October 20-22. Photo highlights.

The following individuals and partner organizations were recognized for exemplary support of HACU's mission:

  • President’s Award of Excellence - -
    Dr. Ricardo Fernández, President
    Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • HACU Lifelong Leadership Award - -
    Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Outstanding HACU Private Sector Partner Award - -
    Southwest Airlines
  • Outstanding HACU Public Sector Partner Award - -
    National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
  • Exemplary Policy/Advocacy Leadership Award - -
    Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Outstanding HACU-Member Institution Award - -
    Northeastern Illinois University
  • Exemplary International HACU-Member Institution - -
    Universidad de Alcalá

    Wal-Mart partnership to increase scholarship awards

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced that they will increase its support for scholarships to college students at HACU-member institutions. Michael Moore, vice president of segment merchandising - business reseller, Sam's Club, presented a check for $300,000 to HACU president Antonio Flores (pictured). The partnership represents a commitment to fund more HACU-Wal-Mart Achievers Scholarships over the next three years. More.

    Sallie Mae to partner on HSSD Initiative
    Maria Frias, Sallie Mae, Senior Vice President, Hispanic Initiatives presented a check to HACU president Antonio Flores (pictured) for  $125,000, representing a commitment from Sallie Mae to fund educational outreach to Hispanic-Serving School Districts (HSSD) across the country. The  partnership represents a five-year commitment that will allow the  opportunity to form a Hispanic-Serving School District Advisory Council and provide resources to be used by the school districts to educate students and families about planning and paying for college. More.

    HNIP interns participate in Latino Summit in DC
    College students from the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) participated in the 1st Latino Youth Summit in D.C. on October 16-17. Twenty-seven HNIP students (pictured) joined more than 130 students attending the first Senate Democratic Latino Youth Summit. The summit provided an opportunity for policy discussions and a town hall meeting. A list of student participants is available here.

    For more student news, visit the Students' Corner

    HACU Meets with Congressional Hispanic Caucus
    On October 24, HACU president Antonio R. Flores met with the Chair and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss an agenda to move Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) forward in providing the best higher education possible for Hispanic and other students attending HSIs. More

    New Web Site focuses on College Credit Transfer Process
    As part of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, HACU is proud to promote the recent announcement by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) on the launch of an enhanced Web site for the National Articulation and Transfer Network (NATN). The Web site,, offers a one-stop resource for addressing the complex issues associated with the transfer process. Part of the NATN Web site targets institutions, and part is a student portal, with all information provided free of charge to students.
    The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education is a consortium of HACU, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). The Alliance manages the NATN through IHEP, which promotes access to higher education. Member institutions of HACU, AIHEC, and NAFEO are automatically members of NATN.

    Flores speaks at Greater Cincinnati HSF event
    On October 6, 2007, the Sixth Annual Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Scholarship Fund Celebración was held in Cincinnati Ohio. Proceeds of the event will primarily benefit Greater Cincinnati Hispanic college students. HACU president, Antonio Flores provided the opening remarks.

    Become part of La HACHE de HACU
    Become a  member of HACU's "Hispanic Alliance to Champion Higher Education" (HACHE). You'll receive a wristband that reads "¡Soy Parte de La HACHE de HACU!" ("I'm part of La HACHE de HACU!"). More.

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Announcements and Opportunities

The 32nd ASHE Annual Conference -“Informing the Public Agenda for Higher Education: The Role & Relevance of Research,” will be held in Louisville, Kentucky Nov. 8-10, 2007 with pre-conference events on Nov. 7-8. More

National Conference on Immigration and Education - Call for Proposals.  Best practices forum led by researchers, fellow educators, community leaders, immigration practitioners and administrators. Keynote Speaker: Alejandro Portes, Director of the Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University. Accepting proposals online. Deadline is December 1, 2007. More.

Premio Aztlán Literary Prize – University of New Mexico Libraries is issuing a call for submissions for this national literary award established to reward emerging Chicana and Chicano authors. The competition is open to writers who have published a work of fiction in the 2007 calendar year and whose publications do not exceed two books. Closing date is December 31, 2007. More.

Recognizing Great Teachers - 2008 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards recognizes outstanding educators, administrators, policymakers, and other community leaders who are using new ideas to educate and new technology to better prepare students for the future. The application deadline for 2008 Cable's Leaders in Learning Awards is January 16, 2008. More.

Free education material available - The Bureau of Engraving and Printing announced the new $5 note, the most recent bill to be redesigned, was introduced in September and will be issued in early 2008. Individuals  interested in ordering any educational materials in English and Spanish, can request materials online at

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