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,
. Collaborating with Dr. Vargas-Aburto,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 “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 email@example.com.