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 email@example.com or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.
The 2019 Virtual HETS Best Practices Showcase will take place from February 7- February 15 2019, focused on three main tracks: Access, Retention, and Online Learning and Technology Integration. The Virtual Best Practices Showcase will open with a panel presentation focused on the conference main tracks. We invite you to save the date and register to participate of the live transmission of this Opening Session, scheduled from 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm (EST) on February 7, 2019. On the following link, you will find the opening session agenda and the details of the panel presentation about:
Leveraging Partnerships to Support Student Access, Learning, and Success
HETS its pleased to announce that the deadline to submit online proposals for the 2019 Virtual Best Practices Showcase has been extended until December 3rd! To submit online use the form provided at 2019 VBPS online submission. As you will find in the Call for Proposals document (click here to download the document), the 2019 Virtual Best Practices Showcase will focus on three main tracks:
- Retention, and
- Online Learning and Technology Integration
The Virtual Best Practices Showcase will be held from February 7 to 15, 2019. The main purpose of this event is to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of our member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. The event will be free of charge to our member institutions, and no travel cost is required to participate, since it will be completely online. This Virtual Best Practices Showcase will be a combination of live and asynchronous online presentations with forums to interact with presenters and participants.
The Virtual and face to face Best Practices Showcases will provide a continuous space for HETS member institutions sharing their expertise in dealing with the Hispanic population and finding ways to provide them with opportunities to succeed. Moreover, participants not only will be able to learn from the showcased works, but also find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners. For more information you can send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office: (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372, 2373.
Don’t forget to share and help us promote this Call for Proposals among your colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support to this important matter, and unwavering support to HETS!
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.