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  • Student Focus Group Offers Praise for HETS Online Mentoring Initiative An inaugural student focus group offered high marks and encouragement to spread the word to more college students about an innovative online mentoring program from the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). HETS on April 22 hosted the focus group of 24 student leaders from five HETS-member colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to ask for advice on improving the reach and results of the Virtual Learning and Support Plaza. HETS developed the first bilingual, interactive e-mentoring and higher education services Internet portal at www.virtualplaza.org. The students praised the online mentoring initiative for providing academic support and practical information on the world of work from trained volunteers in college and career fields representing a wide array of professions. Students are offered the free e-mentoring support in English and Spanish matching their academic and career interests through the anytime/anywhere reach of the 24-hour web site. Students also gave high marks to the cultural “comfort zone” of a web site that offers them the support of a diverse family of “cyber-godparents” (cyber-padrinos/cyber-madrinas) as a resource for experiencing different cultures, perspectives, career experiences and languages. ...
  • Representatives from 8 Institutions Meet in PR towards Inter-institutional Collaboration Recently, eight HETS member institutions from across the United States and Puerto Rico, met at the Inter American University of PR, Central Office, during the first meeting towards inter-institutional collaboration to develop an online program in Cross Cultural Health Care. Deans, professors and head of departments from nursing and health related sciences from California State University-Dominguez Hills, California State University at Bakersfield, University of Texas Pan-American, University of Texas at Brownsville, Herbert H. Lehman College (NY), Queensborough Community College (NY), and Eugenio M. de Hostos (NY), and Inter American University of PR, joined to discuss and develop strategies for the development of the Cross Cultural Healthcare online program. The Cross-Cultural Health Care program has been designed with a focus on developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence in nursing professionals to improve the care of Hispanic clients. It will be comprised of nine web-based modules that are been developed, focusing on understanding the influence that culture has on beliefs and behaviors. “Knowledge and skill related to caring for clients of many cultures is a necessity for other health care professions as well as ...
  • University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S. Leading Institution in the HETS e-Mentoring Program Hispanic students at the University of Texas at Brownsville are receiving new help in earning their college degrees and an invaluable head start on their future careers, thanks to the university’s leadership role in an innovative e-Mentoring partnership. The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) is a founding member of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS), the first U.S. bilingual online distance learning consortium dedicated to serving the higher education needs of the country’s youngest and largest ethnic population. UTB is a leader in the development of the acclaimed HETS e-Mentoring Program, which provides participating students, free online support from top professors and leading Hispanic professionals in fields matched to each student’s career goals. Approximately 50 UTB students have participated since 2002 in a program that provides them “anytime” Internet access to trained mentors. UTB professors representing an array of academic disciplines have integrated the popular program within their courses at a university with a predominantly Hispanic student enrollment. “For our students, especially those representing a minority population that continues to be under-represented in most professions requiring a college degree, this program is ...
  • CSU Dominguez Hills and Fullerton Sign Engineering Partnership CARSON, Calif. – Two CSU campuses signed an agreement last week that will establish a landmark partnership in which students can obtain a bachelor of science in physics from California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) with an option in electrical engineering by attending engineering classes at CSU Fullerton. The agreement for the pilot program was recently signed by Selase Williams, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and Kenneth Ganezer, professor of physics, and Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of CSU Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Mostafa Shiva, CSUF professor of electrical engineering. “The program is a perfect partnership and represents the type of collaboration that CSU Chancellor Charles Reed wants,” Williams said. “In this time of a severe budget crisis, it’s appropriate that the two campuses work together, and that this program is finalized during National Engineering Week and a time when we have two robotic devices on Mars,” said Ganezer. The new program will welcome five to 10 students in the fall and is expected to grow in the future. Students will take 14 units of electrical engineering courses on their ...
  • CSU Dominguez Hills MBA Program One of the Best Bargains in the Nation GetEducated.com ranks CSUDH number nine among 120 accredited universities. CARSON, Calif. – The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Distance Learning program at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has been rated among the top 10 least expensive among major universities in America according to a national survey. GetEducated.com, LLC has released its biannual survey of tuition costs at 120 accredited distance learning MBA programs, and has determined CSUDH ranks number nine in regionally accredited MBA programs. After surveying a cross section of respected universities from throughout America, including Duke, Howard, Purdue and Carnegie Mellon universities, officials at GetEducated.com selected the online MBA program at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the top 10, the only California university so listed. “To be ranked a GetEducated.com ’Best Buy Distance MBA,’ a program must cost considerably less than the national average for an online MBA in its class,” said Vicky Phillips, CEO for GetEducated.com. “Costing close to half of the national average , CSUDH is an amazing bargain for prospective students nationwide,” said Phillips. “It is in ...
  • Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house Friday 12th of March 2004 Virtual Plaza participates on Inter American University Open-house Recently, Virtual Plaza staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students. Recently, Virtual Plaza’s staff participated from the Open-house at the Guayama Campus of the Inter American University of PR. The Consortium, with headquarters at the Central Office of the Inter American, was extended an invitation from the Guayama Campus to promote the services available through the Virtual Plaza portal for college students. Students and faculty members had the opportunity to visit Virtual Plaza’s informational booth, browse through the portal, and search for information about career opportunities, scholarships, and graduate studies. Students also registered at the Plaza to have access to other online resources, such as online libraries, a catalog of online courses and programs from the HETS affiliated institutions; the Cybercafé, where they can communicate with students ...
  • University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S. Leading Institution in the HETS e-Mentoring Program The University of Texas at Brownsville, one of HETS founding institutions, has been fundamental in the development, up scaling, and dissemination of the HETS e-Mentoring Program in the United States. Professors from various disciplines have been involved in this project, integrating the Program to their course as a supportive tool to enrich the students’ academic experience. Dr. Mahmoud Quweider, Chairperson and Dr. Juan Iglesias, Assistant Professor, both from the Computer Science Department, have played a leading role in getting UTB’s students engaged in the e-Mentoring Program. Dr. Quweider and Dr. Iglesias have been participating in the Program since 2002, with more than 50 students been benefited from this online mentoring experience. “It was a great chance for the students to be involved in and be in touch with professionals from the industry who can put the course they are taking in perspective with respect to their future careers”, expressed Dr. Mahmoud Quweider regarding his students’ experience with the HETS e-mentoring program. “For our students, especially being mainly of the underrepresented Hispanic minority, the program is making them aware of the great ...
  • HETS/LAAP Professor Recognized by the Instructional Design Council Miami Dade College’s Professor Mildred (Millie) Roqueta has received the 2004 Outstanding Online Course Award from the Instructional Technology Council for her online course “Psychology of Personal Effectiveness”. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC) is a national organization that represents higher education institutions in the United States and Canada and is a leader in advancing distance education and instructional design. Prof. Roqueta was honored at a special recognition luncheon on February 23rd, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The award ceremony is part of this year’s Tel e-learning conference in San Diego, California. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in course presentation, content, activities, evaluation, and management. It also acknowledges outstanding levels of interactivity, use of multimedia, communication, and variety of instructional material. A full-time faculty member at MDC’s Kendall Campus Social Science Department, Prof. Roqueta holds a Master’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the Miami Institute of Psychology of the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies. She is a member of MDC’s Distance Education Committee, the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, ...
  • El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye CARSON, Calif. – The masterworks of nine prominent women photographers of Mexico will be on display during the exhibit, “El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye,” in the University Art Gallery of California State University, Dominguez Hills from Feb. 5 through March 4, 2004. The exhibit will open with a reception on Feb. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. and a gallery tour led by Margarita Nieto, Ph.D., professor of Chicana/Chicano Studies, CSU Northridge, at 7 p.m. El ojo fino/The Exquisite Eye” features works from: Lola Álvarez Bravo, Kati Horna, Mariana Yampolsky, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño, Yolanda Andrade, Alicia Ahumada Salaíz, Ángeles Torrejón and Maya Goded. These artists from three generations have collectively reached across the 20th century to confront us with the essentials of life. They all live in or near Mexico City. Many of the women are friends or acquaintances, though Bravo, Horna and Yampolsky have passed away. Each photographer is an accomplished artist in her own right, with a body of work well able to stand on its own, but the kinship among them is particularly striking when their photographs ...
  • HETS will provide more than $80K to Inter-Institutional Projects Last December, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) selected four out of six proposals, that were reviewed in the last round of competition, as part of the Online Learning Collaboration Initiatives that the Consortium is funding for its member institutions. HETS and its’ Evaluation Committee, constituted by renowned leaders and experts from different organizations and institutions of higher education, determined that the following proposed projects will be granted altogether more than eighty thousand dollars in LAAP funds as seed money for the program’s development phase. The new online offerings will be in Bilingual Journalism, Cross-Cultural Health Care, and Security Management, in addition to a student support service called Hispanic Online Learning Access. Most of the proposed online offerings will be bilingual, and vary from continuing education certificates and programs to associate and bachelor degrees. These areas of future program development have been identified as fields of great demand and need for the Hispanic population in the U.S. The Cross-Cultural Health Care program, for example, has been designed with a focus on developing cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence in nursing professionals. The ...
  • HETS Board of Directors Welcomes New Member Burlingtown County College is the institution that recently joined the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS). This institution requested membership during the Consortium’s Board of Directors meeting, which took place at the Main Offices of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) and at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) this past January 15 and 16. With the addition of this college, HETS member institutions total 19. The presidents of the institutions, or their appointed representatives, make up the HETS Board of Directors, which is currently chaired by IAUPR President Manuel J. Fernós, Esq., institution that also hosts HETS main office. Board meetings deal with the strategies regarding distance education that will be implemented each year in coordination with the affiliated institutions. This time around, when 17 of the 19 affiliated institutions were in attendance, most of the sessions targeted the topic of inter-institutional collaboration initiatives. During the meeting, members of the Lehman College and John J. College’s faculties, in New York, as well as professors from Miami-Dade College, in Florida, were able to participate at-a-distance, through videoconference technology. These ...
  • Cal State Dominguez Hills joins Moscow to Promote Distance Learning WHO: Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., President, California State University, Dominguez Hills and Boris Mikhailov, Rector, Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) University. WHAT: Live teleconference to sign an agreement to form a partnership between CSUDH and the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science University. The first partnership between an American and a Russian university to make accredited distance learning degree programs available to students in Russia. Initially, the program will offer the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Quality Assurance and Bachelor of Science in Quality Assurance. WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Extended Education Complex 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747 WHEN: Monday, Jan. 26, at 8:15 a.m. CSUDH is an international leader in distance learning and has the largest distance learning program in the CSU system with students in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science was established on August 29, 1936 as the All-Russian Machine-Building Institute. It was renamed the Moscow State Academy of Instrumental Engineering and Computer Science (MGAPI) on January ...
  • HETS Shares With Its Member Institutions $30K of Its FIPSE LAAP Grant The Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) recently granted around $30,000 of its Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships (LAAP) grant, from FIPSE, among several member institutions that competed for a planning grant to develop online learning collaboration initiatives. HETS, a consortium of 18 colleges and universities dedicated to expanding Hispanics’ opportunities for higher education through distance learning, started facilitating this inter-institutional collaboration initiative during a workshop offered on last June’s board meeting in New York. Six groups, including almost 50 academic leaders, distance education administrators, and faculty from 13 member institutions in California, Florida, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas are now working jointly in these inter-institutional initiatives. HETS selected the six inter-institutional groups, out of nine original proponents who submitted planning proposals or letters of intent to develop online programs or services in several areas of need for Hispanic college students. An Evaluation Committee integrated by prestigious professionals in the fields of distance learning and information technology in higher education thoroughly reviewed all the planning proposals, and submitted their comments and recommendations for the development of the full proposals. The committee ...
  • Online Mentoring Program for Students Brings Together Academia and Industry Last September 7th, the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS) presented in San Juan, its Online Mentoring Program to a group of industry and professional organizations’ representatives in order to establish collaboration partnerships to benefit university students. Companies and organizations that attended the event and showed interest in participating in the Mentors Program include Hamilton Sundstrand, Verizon, Triple SSS, Destilería Serralles, Tech Heads de PR, Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores and the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Hispanic Nursing Association. Since last year, the Mentoring Program receives the support of professionals who work for the IBM Corporation and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, who have volunteered their time and contributed to this collaborative initiative between the academia and the industry. Similar outreach efforts are being directed toward industries and organizations in the United States to recruit mentors at the national level. This academic semester, the Mentoring Program will be launched on October 6 and the goal is to recruit 125 mentors in different fields in Puerto Rico and the United States. This Program is available free of charge to students enrolled at ...
  • Videoconference in Violence Prevention Using Electronic Forums The Centro de Prevención de la Violencia en Jóvenes Hispanos (center for violence prevention among young Hispanics) of the Filius Institute of the University of Puerto Rico’s Central Administration is one of ten projects financed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, created to prevent violence among young people, including girls and boys. The Center is a research and education entity that works to form close ties with communities of the Metropolitan Area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to collaborate in the implementation of initiatives aimed at preventing this social problem. The Centro de Prevención de la Violencia en Jóvenes Hispanos (center for violence prevention among young Hispanics) of the Filius Institute of the University of Puerto Rico’s Central Administration is one of ten projects financed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, created to prevent violence among young people, including girls and boys. The Center is a research and education entity that works to form close ties with communities of the Metropolitan Area of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in order to ...

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