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Valencia Receives $100,000 Walmart Minority Student Success Award

Valencia Community College has been selected by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to receive a Walmart Minority Student Success Initiative Award. The $100,000 grant will help build on Valencia's demonstrated successes in enrolling, retaining, and graduating first-generation minority college students. Funding was made possible by a $4.2 million grant to IHEP from the Walmart Foundation. Valencia was selected as one of only 30 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to help first-generation students get into and stay in college.

"Valencia is honored to be selected as one of several outstanding higher education institutions nationwide to receive the Walmart Minority Student Success Award," said Valencia President Dr. Sanford C. Shugart. "Thanks in part to this award, we will be able to enhance and expand our work with first-generation students."

IHEP President Dr. Michelle Asha Cooper said, "The institutions in our 2010 Minority Student Success cohort broaden and deepen the pool of MSIs committed to ensuring the success of first-generation students, both at their campuses and beyond. We are pleased to be working with them on programs that are sure to serve as models to all of higher education."

"At Walmart, we understand that education is critical to the lives and well-being of all Americans. We're proud to support giving that enables the success of first-generation college students," said Dr. Margaret A. McKenna, President of the Walmart Foundation.

Dental Students Sharpen Their Skills on Wild Animals' Teeth

Second-year students in the dental hygiene program at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri, visited the Dickerson Park Zoo to provide dental treatment for two female wolves.

"This opportunity is part of a yearly project in which the dental hygiene students choose a community service they would like to provide," explained Prof. Margaret M. Bell, Program Director. "They try to make it something that is interesting to them, and still within their scope of practice."

After the wolves were placed under anesthesia and examined by the zoo's veterinarian, the dental hygiene students examined and cleaned the wolves' teeth. Instructors from the dental hygiene program accompanied the students to the zoo, but the students did all of the hands-on work on the wolves.

"We just became aware today that there are a lot of veterinarians out there that may hire dental hygienists to help them provide care for their animals," said student Ms. Autumn Rayle. "Just knowing that's yet another opportunity for the profession of dental hygiene is pretty exciting."

Miami Dade College Employees and Students Donate Thousands to Operation Hope for Haiti

Pictured left to right: Nitin Motwani, Co-Chair of World Vision's Operation Hope for Haiti; MDC Board of Trustees Chair Helen Aguirre Ferre; Julie Grimes, Co-Chair of World Vision's Operation Hope for Haiti; Lisa Torres, Regional Director, World Vision U.S.; and Scott Burnotes, MDC Director of Emergency Preparedness. Photo Credit: Phil Roche/Miami Dade CollegeAfter three months of fundraising efforts in response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, Miami Dade College (MDC) officials recently presented a check for nearly $42,000 to World Vision's Operation Hope for Haiti (OHH).

The funds were raised through the combined efforts of the college's students, faculty, and staff. The college's efforts inspired other institutions to join the cause, including Snead State Community College in Alabama, which also contributed to this total.

"Miami Dade College was the first institution to step in after the earthquake to work with us," said Ms. Julie Grimes, Co-Chair, World Vision's OHH.

The college selected OHH as the recipient of its Haiti Relief Campaign because OHH, in partnership with World Vision, is focused on uniting the community of South Florida to maintain a sustained response to relief and recovery efforts. OHH is a South Florida-led initiative that has focused all its efforts toward relief and recovery for those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.   

"Operation Hope for Haiti emphasizes that South Florida residents must be the voice of the voiceless and help our neighbors receive the long-term support they will need to build a new life," said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron. "These funds represent the generosity of our students and employees, who made the tremendous effort to donate their time and raise money on behalf of Haiti's citizens. I am proud and grateful that our tight-knit community was able to support our friends in Haiti."

Dr. Padron and his MDC colleagues continue working on Haiti recovery projects, including a coordinated effort to help Haiti's higher education system recover from the devastating quake.

Inaugural Palm Beach State College Foundation Golf Classic Nets $91,000 for Scholarships and Programs

Photo Credit: Palm Beach State CollegeThe Palm Beach State College Foundation successfully raised more than $91,000 for student scholarships and programs during its inaugural Golf Classic, held April 23 at Bear Lakes Country Club.

The tournament included two hole-in-one challenges, a Beat the Junior Golfer contest with foursomes competing with local youth golfer Andre Wade, and a putting challenge on the 18th green with college President Dr. Dennis P. Gallon. It ended with a cocktail reception, award ceremony, and raffle drawing, with radio host Mr. Russel Evans acting as emcee. The drawing included the grand prize of an all-expenses-paid five-day Royal Caribbean cruise.

The attendees at the reception also heard from Mr. Sandy Exilhomme about how events like the Golf Classic benefit him. Sandy is a first-year Palm Beach State student from Haiti enrolled in the nursing program.

"Growing up in a less privileged community has offered financial and academic challenges, but it has made me realize the value of a college education," Mr. Exilhomme said. "Thanks to the scholarship from the foundation and their support, I am the first in my family to attend college. I am truly grateful for the assistance that I am receiving. When I graduate, I hope that I can use what I have learned here to make a difference in people's lives."

Community College of Rhode Island Receives Gold Award in Education Advertising

The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) was recently selected as a national gold award winner in the 25th Annual Educational Advertising Awards conducted by Higher Education Marketing of Atlanta, Georgia. The college received the gold award for the creative design of a fundraising kit for its capital campaign. Higher Education Marketing also selected the college as a merit winner in the Annual Report and College Catalog categories.

The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country, with both two- and four-year institutions competing. This year, more than 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 U.S. states and several other countries.

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