The HETS winter Board of Directors meeting and several concurrent activities, were held with full house on February 7 and 8, 2019 in Puerto Rico, hosted by the Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus. This Board meeting started academic year 2018-2019, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting the first semester of its second year results on this meeting.
The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of the previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main initiatives and events were presented like HETS online Journal, HETS Virtual Best Practices Showcase and Student Leadership Showcases in PR, and the Student Ambassadors program to promote with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza.
One of the activities held during the afternoon of the first day of HETS Board meeting, was the Opening Session of the Virtual Best Practices Showcase. The Virtual Best Practices Showcase open with a panel presentation focused on the conference main tracks. HETS members were invited to participate of the live transmission of the Opening Session, held on February 7, 2019. The panel presentation topic was about: Leveraging Partnerships to Support Student Access, Learning, and Success, and all speakers were from Southeast Missouri State University including: Dr. Deborah Below, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success; Dr. Alberto Dávila, Dean of Harrison College of Business and Computing; and Professor of Economics; Dr. Debbie Lee- Distefano, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages; and Ms. Rhonda Weller-Stilson, Dean of the Holland College of Arts and Media.
Another activity concurrent with the first day of the Board meeting, was the student ambassadors meeting with attendees from PR, USA and International. The student’s ambassadors participated of a two day meeting full of activities, including a workshop at Colegio Universitario de San Juan, a special lunch at EDP University, and a tour at Old San Juan which included a stop for refreshments at Carlos Albizu University. A total of 16 ambassadors from Puerto Rico, six from USA, and one from Colombia participated of the meeting.
During the second day of the Board meeting, student ambassadors were invited to present to the Board, the efforts made at their campuses. Four Ambassadors from Puerto Rico, presented their activities, and a video with photos of the activities held by the rest of the Puerto Rico ambassadors were shared. Students invited from USA and Colombia, actively participated on the discussion held regarding these efforts, and shared their experience during the first day of their meeting.
Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Blackboard and Interstaff, Inc, and also welcomed its newest partner, Instructure, Inc.
Board Members closed the meeting with the HETS 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of this important event; Chancellor David Méndez welcomed the participants and special guests to the Chancellor’s house to have this celebration, and read a very special message sent by the former President of AGMU, and Founding Member of HETS, Dr. José F. Méndez. HETS Executive Director presented special recognitions to several board members, who received a commemorative plaque to acknowledged their different roles at the organization such as: Board Official, Host Institution, and Events Host. Other collaborators were recognized with other awards including: Expert Resource Member Award, HETS Online Journal Chief Editor and Online Journal Reviewer Award.
After the recognitions, Board Members and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed a toast sponsored by Mr. Randy Richards, President of Inter Staff Inc., one of HETS Corporate Partners. During the luncheon, the invitees enjoyed a musical participation of the Tuna Taíno from students from AGMU, Gurabo Campus. To close the ceremony, the 25 Anniversary cake was cut by members of the HETS Executive Committee and its Executive Director.
HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President José Méndez Méndez, Chancellor David Méndez, Sara Vega, Ivette Guzmán, and all their staff at Ana G. Méndez University, Gurabo Campus for hosting these events at their facilities. Also, HETS would like to thank Chancellor Pahedra Gelpi, and her staff from Colegio Universitario de San Juan; Dean of students, Carmen Rivera from Carlos Albizu University and her staff; and Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University and her staff, for their support on the logistics coordination, including workshop facilities, technical equipment, live transmissions, refreshments, lunch, and ground transportation.
For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
Más de 700 estudiantes participaron del 5to Aniversario del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el pasado viernes, 14 de septiembre de 2018 en el Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. En esta edición, tuvimos casa llena con estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica, los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR además de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Central de Bayamón, Atlantic University y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR.
Rectora del Recinto Metro de la UIPR, Prof. Marilina Wayland.
Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, dio una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo. Inmediatamente, tomaron el escenario los talentos del Popular College Tour (Alex Díaz, Natalia Lugo, Daniel “El Travieso”, el Tipo Oficial. Black Rhythm y Poeta SF) quienes con su humor e ingenio musical dieron consejos a los estudiantes sobre el manejo de dinero. Entre las intervenciones de improvisación musical, comedia y canto estilo “karaoke”, llevaron a cabo concursos entre los artistas y estudiantes del público, con premios para ellos. Entre los premios otorgados a los estudiantes se entregaron tarjetas de ATH del Banco Popular de $60.00, tarjetas de regalo de restaurantes y boletos para conciertos.
Continuando con la agenda del evento, el Presidente de Internet Society de PR, el Ing. Eduardo Díaz, habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que tienen dentro de ICANN, organización mundial encargada de la estructura del Internet y su gobernanza. Entre las oportunidades mencionadas podemos citar; el programa Next Gen enfocado en el desarrollo de jóvenes líderes dentro de la gobernanza del internet, mentorías y becas para participar de los eventos anuales de ICANN alrededor del mundo, entre muchos otros más. Luego, el Prof. Albert Troche dirigió una dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.
Dr. Gabriel Paizy
Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy; Director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, colaborador de HETS y creador del movimiento En Buen Español, compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el arte de hablar en público con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. Esto dio paso a la representante de la Cámara de Comercio Exportación de PR presentando el programa PR Emprende y como este les ayuda motivar a los jóvenes a emprender y a que conozcan los incentivos y apoyo que hay para ellos. También, una representante de Casa Grande Multimedia se dirigió a los presentes para dar a conocer su iniciativa “Uno a Uno”. Este es un programa de mentoría voluntaria para que los estudiantes participantes aumenten su asistencia, participación y responsabilidad académica en la escuela mientras aumenta su progreso académico en las materias básicas, logrando así cumplir con los requisitos para completar su de grado.
Desde Malawi, Africa, nos visitó William Kamkwamba.
La última parte fue una sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. En esta ocasión la estudiante Ayareliz Valcárcel, del Recinto Metro de la UIPR presentó su proyecto: Juegos interactivos educativos-promocionales. Una parte especial del evento fue la presentación especial del ingeniero africano William Kamkwamba, autor del libro The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, quien sacó unos minutos de su cargada agenda de promoción de su iniciativa internacional Moving Windmills, para compartir su historia y exhortar a los estudiantes a que continúen con su educación. El último mensaje de la agenda estuvo a cargo del Capitán Arland Miller de Cape Air, presentando el programa de aviación que tiene su Empresa con la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto de Bayamón.
“Estamos muy complacidos de que por quinta vez consecutiva pudimos realizar este encuentro de líderes universitarios para exponerlos a oradores invitados y familiarizarlos con la gran cantidad de servicios gratuitos que HETS ofrece para apoyarlos en su carrera académica, y que a su vez nos ayuden a compartir esta información con los estudiantes en sus instituciones”, dijo Yubelkys Montalvo, directora ejecutiva de HETS. Como resultado de pasados eventos, HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes que ayuda a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo, para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Estos estudiantes fueron presentados, junto a los estudiantes Embajadores de HETS. Montalvo añadió que “este año continuamos con más de 20 Estudiantes Embajadores, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios para estudiantes en sus instituciones, como parte del Programa auspiciado por la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”
Celebrando el 5to Aniversario de HETS, el DVJ King Arthur
Para finalizar con el evento la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros auspiciadores, anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos cinco años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de PR, ETS, Claro, Goya, Cape Air, Krispy Kreme, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Casa Grande Interactive, PR Emprende, InterTec, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, International Restaurants, Office Max y Camera Mundi. Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, los participantes pasaron al Centro de Estudiantes donde se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores, disfrutaron de un suculento almuerzo cortesía de la Rectora del Recinto Metropolitano de la UIPR y bailaron con la música del DVJ King Arthur. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a email@example.com, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.
Natalia Lugo y Daniel “El Travieso”, como parte del Popular College Tour.
Los comediantes, Alex Díaz, El Tipo Oficial y Natalia Lugo como parte del Popular College Tour.
Presentación de los Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS.
Parte de los participantes del evento, estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS (EDP University).
HETS Board Members during meeting at BCC.
The HETS summer Board of Directors meeting, and its 25th Anniversary celebration, were held July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY, hosted by Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). This Board meeting ends academic year 2017-2018, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting first year results on this meeting.
The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcases in PR and NY were presented, in which Student Ambassadors program participants shared with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza.
Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Northeast Lakeview College, Oklahoma City Community College, and University at Albany. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Educational Testing Services, and also welcomed EmblemHealth, and Interstaff, Inc. as new partners.
Event Moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, TCC Connect Campus President.
As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event for Distance Learning contacts at our member’s institutions. This event was transmitted via live stream, moderated by Dr. Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College (access here the presentation handout). Attendees from member institutions like: EPD University, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Eastern Connecticut State University, College of Staten Island, Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Hostos Community
Dr. Aubra Gantt (Tarrant County College) during the Distance Learning Event at BCC (July 13,2018).
College, Bronx Community College, California State University San Marcos, and Southeast Missouri State University, actively participated on the discussion held regarding the online learning survey data and examples shared to Board Members during this event. Soon, the video with the highlights of the discussion will be available to watch on our YouTube channel.
Executive Committee and meeting host during HETS 25th Anniversary luncheon.
Board Members closed the meeting with the 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of the celebration events; President Thomas Isekenegbe, and Vice President Irene R. Delgado from Bronx Community College; took invitees to a brief tour of the campus, which is the first community college to hold the honor of being one of the national sites newly designated as a National Historic Landmark. During the tour, guests and attendees visited the Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame of Greatest Americans, and the outstanding new library facilities on North Hall. After that, Board Members, and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed the official luncheon where a video was shared to celebrate the first 25 Years of HETS history (access the link here). Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, HETS Chair and President of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director presented the ceremony speeches’ before cutting the celebration cake. HETS 25th Anniversary celebrations will extend during next academic year until the Winter Board Meeting in Puerto Rico on February 2019.
HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Thomas Isekenegbe; Dr. Irene R. Delgado, Vice President for Student Success, and all their staff at BCC for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase held on April 23, 2018 at it’s Savoy Multi-purpose Room in Bronx, New York. More than 40 students from Hostos and Lehman College member institutions, participated of this event. The main purpose was to promote the access to free of charge online student services that can support their academic goals, and be able to share their interests and needs to help us create additional support services. This time students also learned about how to maximize the use of digital identity and social media to support their academic and professional goals.
Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College (CUNY)
The event started with a warm welcome message from the host, Dr. David Gómez, President at Hostos Community College. After his remarks, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, presented Ms. Débora Menieur, HETS Student Ambassador, who shared a live demonstration of HETS student services at the HETS portal and the Student Placita. During this demonstration, students had the opportunity to learn where to find information about scholarships, internships, job search, practice of standardized tests, online tools and careers tips, among other services provided by HETS.
The event continued with the speech of Mr. Marcelo Rodríguez, Digital Transformation Leader at DMP Group, about the Personal Branding during the Digital Age. During his presentation, Rodríguez emphasized on the importance of leveraging your personal brand or professional reputation to improve your chances towards the career you want. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to take control of their digital visibility, identifying what makes them stand out, and then telling a unique story during recruitment.
As an added value to the event, students were able to network with peers who share same interests, while HETS Executive Director learned more about their interests and needs in order to further collaborate on exploring solutions and create innovative support services. The event concluded with a raffle of prizes among the participants, and the completion of the evaluation form distributed to receive the feedback of the event and the online services presented. HETS would like to make a special recognition to the support and help of the Hostos Community College personnel, especially President Gómez and his office staff including Jewel Clarke, Dolly Martínez and Diana Kramer for their collaboration. HETS also recognizes Mr. Nelson Ortiz, Conference Center Coordinator; Carlos Guevara; and Johanna Gómez for all coordination and promotion of the event. For more details about HETS services for students through the Student Placita please contact us in our office at 787-250-1912 extensions 2373, 2372 or just email us to: email@example.com.
Débora Menieur, Marcelo Rodríguez and Yubelkys Montalvo.
HETS “Celebrated Technology Innovation for Hispanic Success in Higher Education” with its Best Practices Showcase, bringing together more than 25 of its member institutions in Puerto Rico and United States. This event took place Thursday, February 1st and Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and allowed the Consortium to share innovative projects and best practices. This was the fifth time that HETS was able to host this event for the benefit of attendees from different Higher Education institutions.
Dr. Carlos Vargas, HETS Chair and President, SEMO during the President’s Panel.
Dr. Antonio Pérez, President, BMCC.
This year, the Conference featured local and national speakers and showcased more than 24 best practices in the tracks of Access, Retention and Distance Learning. The conference opened with a President’s Panel, moderated by HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas (Southeast Missouri State University) in which, Dr. Antonio Pérez (Borough of Manhattan Community College), Dr. Gloria Baquero (National University College), Dr. Carlos Morales (TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College), and Dr. Omayra Caraballo on behalf of President Manuel Fernós (Inter American University of Puerto Rico) shared with the participant an remarkable discussion related to their institution’s efforts to achieve excellence in areas of Access, Retention and Distance Learning.
In addition, as part of the Conference’s program more than best practices were shared with attendees related to the use of new technologies (such as gamification) in the classroom, new tools used to support present and online students, technologies to enhance students’ engagement and success, assessment processes, effective metrics to monitor online retention and integration of social media to the academic atmosphere among others. The videos of all presentations will be available soon at the event page in our website and also at the HETS You Tube Channel.
Dr. Juan Meléndez presented a new book on the Distance Learning in PR.
As a value added to participants, Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez and a group of doctorate students of the University of Puerto Rico, presented the results of their research about theory and practice of online education in Puerto Rico. Also during the conference two panel of experts, where showcased including one with the winners of each track; Dr. Carmen Cid from Eastern Connecticut State University (retention track winner and conference’s highest score), Dr. Karen González and Dr. Roxana Domenech from Universidad Metropolitana, Cupey Campus, AGMUS (access track winners), and from the Inter American Universtiy of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus, Dr. Lisbel Correa (distance learning tack winner).
Zyrux Senior class president and vice president receiving from HETS Executive Director their prize for most attendance to the Academic Fair.
As part of the conference events, HETS celebrated its Academic Fair on Thursday, February 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm with more than 300 participants, including the group of the Zyrux 2018 class from the Escuela Superior Acreditada Urbana in Aguas Buenas, which were the winners of a $400 prize for being the group with the most participants attending the fair. The fair was held at the main lobby of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus. Students and professionals interested in learning more about academic offerings to complete a college degree enjoyed and took advantage, free of charge, of this Academic Fair.
HETS would like to recognize the valuable collaboration of Mr. Manuel Fernós, Esq., HETS Treasurer and UIPR President, and Prof. Marilina Wayland, Chancellor of the Metro Campus, and her staff for hosting and made possible the success of this event while making everyone felt like home. For more information about this event, access the Conference webpage on this website, call the HETS Office at 787- 250-1912, extensions 2372 and 2373, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Consorcio HETS y Virtual Educa firmaron hoy un Acuerdo de Colaboración que permitirá aunar esfuerzos para concretar proyectos que relacionen entidades de países de América Latina y el Caribe entre sí y con organismos afines de otras regiones del mundo. La firma del Acuerdo se realizó en la Oficina Central de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR) y contó con la participación del licenciado Manuel J. Fernós, Presidente de UIPR y Tesorero de HETS, el Dr. José María Antón, Secretario General de Virtual Educa, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo, Directora Ejecutiva de HETS y la Dra. Suleira Quiñones, Principal Oficial Ejecutivo de la Fundación Virtual Educa.
La colaboración entre HETS y Virtual Educa promoverá el intercambio de información sobre programas e iniciativas en los ámbitos de la innovación en la Educación, como mecanismos básicos para el desarrollo sostenible y la transformación social, especialmente en América Latina y el Caribe. Además, facilitará la participación mutua en reuniones y encuentros, así como identificar e impulsar la ejecución de iniciativas como UNIVERSIDAD 2030, que contribuya al logro de los objetivos institucionales, en pro de la integración y el progreso a nivel global. También se acordó intercambiar los emblemas corporativos de HETS y Virtual Educa, así como sus direcciones electrónicas, con el fin de dar acceso a los enlaces de información de interés en ambos portales para sus respectivos usuarios.
Sobre el Consorcio HETS
El Consorcio Hispano de Servicios de Tecnología Educativa (HETS, por sus siglas en inglés) es una organización sin fines de lucro constituida por más de 40 instituciones post-secundarias afiliadas en los Estados Unidos, Puerto Rico y América Latina. Fundada en 1993, la labor de HETS se enfoca en el uso innovador de la tecnología para apoyar el acceso a la educación superior y la retención del estudiante hispano. Juntos, las instituciones miembros de HETS cuentan con más de 28,000 miembros de facultad y sobre medio millón de estudiantes, de los cuales cerca del 60% son hispanos. La misión de HETS es promover, apoyar y aumentar las capacidades de sus instituciones miembros para optimizar las oportunidades de éxito de los estudiantes hispanos/latinos a través de servicios de apoyo y eventos educativos para la facultad, personal y estudiantes de sus instituciones miembro, alianzas estratégicas entre sus miembros y los sectores académico, gubernamental y corporativo, la integración de nuevas tecnologías educativas y la identificación de recursos expertos para apoyar a sus instituciones miembros.
Sobre el Virtual Educa
VIRTUAL EDUCA es una iniciativa originada en el año 2001 con el auspicio de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), que impulsa la innovación en Educación para favorecer una transformación social inclusiva y sostenible, reuniendo a los sectores gubernamental / multilateral, empresarial, académico y sociedad civil. La firma del acuerdo marco de fecha 02.12.2003 supuso la adhesión de la Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB) a la iniciativa, quedando emplazada la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en la SEGIB, en Madrid durante el periodo 2003-2011. A partir del 26.05.2011, mediante una enmienda al acuerdo marco, Virtual Educa extendió sus actividades al Caribe de lengua inglesa, con la organización bienal de los ‘Virtual Educa Caribbean Symposiums’ [Surinam 2012 – Trinidad y Tobago 2014], quedando adscrita la secretaría general a la sede de la OEA, en Washington, D.C., durante el periodo 2011-2016. Por mandato de su Patronato, el 01.01.2017 se convirtió en una iniciativa global mediante la creación de la Alianza Global Virtual Educa (VEGA), quedando fijada la sede de la secretaría general de Virtual Educa en Washington DC. Virtual Educa tiene establecidos convenios de colaboración con múltiples organizaciones multilaterales [UNITAR/UN, UNESCO – Y2Y/WBG, PALATINO, OEI, ATEI, etc.] y agencias gubernamentales. Igualmente forma parte de la ‘Iniciativa Multilateral de Educación para el Desarrollo Humano’ (IMEDH) [FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo, 22.06.2010]. La IMEDH tiene por finalidad la conformación de un espacio de colaboración para realizar programas y proyectos de interés común. Además de la OEA y Virtual Educa, forman parte de la IMEDH el Parlamento Latinoamericano y del Caribe (PARLATINO); la UNESCO; y Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL).
Dr. Carlos Vargas has been reelected as HETS Chair.
HETS Executive Committee elections were held during the annual summer Board Meeting celebrated at Bronx Community College, NY on July 13, 2018. President of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto
, was reelected as HETS Chair
. Collaborating with Dr. Vargas-Aburto, Dr. Carlos Morales
, President of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College in Texas, was elected as new Vice Chair
Part of the elected HETS Executive Committee during Board Meeting at BCC, July 2018.
Board Members agreed to reelect: Mr. Manuel J. Fernós
, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, as Treasurer
; Eng. Gladys Nieves
, President of EDP University as Secretary; Dr. Lorena Checa
, Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University San Marcos; and Dr. David Gómez,
President, Hostos Community College (CUNY) as Regional Representatives
for the West
areas respectively. A new appointment was also approved by the Board for Dr. Gloria Baquero
, President of National University College as Regional Representative
. All appointments started term on July 1st
, 2018 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws. To learn more about recently elected HETS Board Officers please visit: Meet the Executive Committee
President Perez expressing his appreciation to HETS organization and fellow Board Members. Here with HETS Executive Committee and Executive Director.
HETS celebrated it’s summer Board of Directors meeting closing academic year 2017-18, and starting the celebration of its 25th anniversary on July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY. This was an excellent opportunity to surprise Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, on his last participation on this meeting as one of our Board Members since 1999. He also was invited to give the main speech during the first event of the HETS anniversary celebration.
Perez watching his path through HETS since 1999 on a photo compilation.
Receiving tokens of appreciation, from colleagues and friends.
President Antonio Pérez announced earlier this year, that will step down after having served with 23 years of leadership at the college, and almost 20 as an active Board Member of the Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Consortium. President Perez has always vividly supported our mission to promote, support and enhance Hispanic/ Latino student access, retention, and success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology. This has been proven during his tenure as Board Member in our Consortia, in which he has actively served as Board Officer in the Executive Committee (for several terms) as: Treasurer, Vice Chair, and the last two years as HETS Regional Representative for the East Coast. As part of the meeting agenda; HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas; HETS Treasurer Manuel Fernos, Esq.; and HETS Executive Director, Yubelkys Montalvo, along with the rest of the Board present, thanked President Pérez for his commitment to the organization, supporting our initiatives, and expanding HETS membership. Board members presented very special gifts to him as their token of appreciation while he watched a compilation of photos of his path through HETS (click here to watch the photos).
President Pérez will be leaving his leadership at BMCC to pursue other opportunities in New York City higher education, and express that will still collaborate with HETS. Following the farewell ceremony, a motion was presented during the meeting by HETS Secretary, Eng. Gladys Nieves, to nominate Dr. Pérez as part of the recently constituted Advisory Board of the HETS Board of Directors. After being approved without hesitation by the Board, Dr. Pérez accepted the invitation to be part of this exclusive group constituted of nominated ex Board Members.
The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) was established in 1993. HETS is the first bilingual consortium constituted by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, United Sates and Latin America. The organization’s mission is to expand the educational opportunities and the access to post-secondary education to the Hispanic community to support the capacities of its member institutions. To learn more about HETS and our mission you can contact us by sending an email to email@example.com.
Goran Marby, CEO & President, ICANN
As part of the HETS collaboration with the Internet Society PR Chapter, the first North American School of Internet Governance (NASIG) took place at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, during March 7 to 9, 2018. Students from countries like United States, Puerto Rico, Armenia, Canadá, Romania, among others, participated in this in-depth capacity building event that seeks to empower the next generation of Internet leaders. This School opened the discussion for the ICANN 61 Conference, held in San Juan Puerto Rico from April 10 to 15, 2018.
The curriculum of the program was set-up following NASIG 2018 slogan: Many Challenges, One Internet: Your Role. The main purpose of the first part of this program was used to put the Internet Ecosystem into context, as a global network. To highlight important Internet Governance (IG) issues, influential speakers were presented such as Dr. Milton Muller (Cyber Security), Marylin Cade (Internet Governance Scope), Olivier Crépin-Leblond (Internet Ecosystem), David Gross (Government role), Anna Loup (Gender and Diversity), among others. NASIG
NASIG 2018 attendees in San Juan, PR
was honored to have Göran Marby, ICANN’s CEO and President, who explained the school attendees the multistakeholder model in the ICANN World. Topics of discussion were selected based on a combination of a survey sent to stakeholders in the region, as well as comments from our expert speakers.
To learn more about the happenings of NASIG per day, visit the following links:
NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day one (March 7, 2018)
NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day two (March 8, 2018)
NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day three (March 9, 2018)
Pictures of #NASIG2018PR events are available at
We encourage you to get involved with ICANN activities to collaborate in keeping the Internet open and safe. HETS will continue supporting and promoting these events, which benefit our membership. Follow us in our social media accounts to get notifications of further activities.
HETS Board Members had their winter meeting in San Juan, PR at the UIPR, Metro Campus.
The HETS Board of Directors winter session was successfully celebrated in San Juan, PR concurrent with the 2018 Best Practices Showcase. Representatives of more than 25 member institutions from Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Missouri, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California were present at the meeting and agreed on the priority activities for the next semester. These events were held and hosted by the Metropolitan Campus of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, in San Juan.
The first session of the Board meeting took place on Thursday February 1st, 2018. During the first session, HETS Executive Director, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo presented the organization’s status report and efforts to continue with planned activities and services despite the difficult circumstances and Hurricane María aftermath. Among the exiting news shared with the Board of Directors, one was the fact that seven new members join HETS.
Eastern Connecticut State University’s was welcomed as a new member. Dr. Carmen Cid, ECSU representative received the certificate.
Two of them, Eastern Connecticut State University and Houston Community College, were present and welcomed as new institutional members. Some of the efforts reported for the first half of this academic year, includes the continuation of tailored online workshop offerings, additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, Online Resources, and strategic alliances. In addition, members of HETS Student Committee and HETS Student Affairs consultant had the opportunity to present the results of the 2017 Student Leadership Showcase event. Also, a representative group of HETS Ambassador Students were introduced to the Board
HETS Ambassador exposed to Board Members the project’s scope and purpose.
Members and were invited to made a brief presentation and share their experiences.
Besides allowing the discussion of the key accomplishments of the organization during the first half of the 2017-2018 academic year, this meeting was crucial in the open discussion of the progress on the approved Strategic Plan of the organization from 2018 through 2020 that focus on Access, Retention and successful Completion, and Online Learning / Technology Integration. The Board also selected its Nomination Committee as elections for new officers’ approaches on June’s meeting.
A second Board session was held on February 2nd, to discuss initiatives and future plans between HETS Board members and its Corporate Partners. Board members also had the chance to network and exchange thoughts with representatives from corporate members, who participated in the corporate session. Also QS and Intelligence Unit, and Completion College Consortium were invited to present and explore possible ways to collaborate as corporate partners.
During the winter meeting, the HETS Annual Report was shared and distributed among Board Members and special guests attending this important gathering. Click here to access the PDF version of the HETS Annual Report for 2016-17 for your information and review. We look forward to continuing strengthening HETS initiatives this year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our members, affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations. For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office at 787-250-1912 exts. 2372, 2373, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.