With attendance of 22 presidents and representatives from our institutional members; HETS celebrated its summer Board Meeting on June 28 and 29, 2016 at Lehman College in New York. The Board meeting closes the academic year 2015-2016 with positive report on our Strategic plan results, and envisioning numerous new projects for next academic year, including further development of the recently implemented HETS Commons initiative.
Among the news HETS shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: the development of tailored online workshop offerings; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza, also a summary of the Student Leadership Showcases held in PR and NYC, the 2016 Best Practices Showcase Conference, and the election of new Board Officers. Other HETS initiatives shared with the Board included; the results of the Online Journal publication and approval of its publishing agreement, HETS Spanish online workshops and the self-paced online workshops in English.
During the second day of meeting, HETS Chair Fernós welcomed Mr. Matt Baker, Education Head at Dialpad Inc. who recently accepted our invitation to become one of our Corporate Members. In addition to Dialpad, representatives from Transworld Systems shared with Board Members their latest trends to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and its educational community.
To close the meeting, after the Corporate Session, HETS recognized its Outstanding Leadership who have served the Hispanic community at their institutions and will be retiring this academic year. Lehman College collaborated with a fine farewell lunch and live talented musicians to honor: Dr. Ricardo Fernández, President, Lehman College (CUNY); Dr. Dario A. Cortés, Vice President and former President, Berkeley College; Mr. Alberto Maldonado-Ruíz, Esq., Chancellor Universidad del Este (AGMUS); and Dr. Michael Kress, Vice President, IT, College of Staten Island (CUNY). We wish you all the best!
We look forward to continue strengthening our HETS initiatives the upcoming year to foster a greater collaboration among all of our affiliates and widen our partnerships with other organizations, as we continue developing new strategies to innovate and support our services. For more information about HETS projects, please contact the HETS office anytime via email email@example.com or at 787-250-1912 extensions 2372 or 2373.
Main Speaker of the event, Minué Yoshida
Yubelkys Montalvo and Will Simpkins from JJC during welcoming remarks to attendees.
On April 15, 2016, HETS celebrated, for the second time in New York City, the HETS Student Leadership Showcase, this time at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students participated from institutions like: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Inter American University of Puerto Rico’s Center for Recruitment and Students at NY, John Jay College, LaGuardia Community College Lehman College, Berkeley College, Bronx Community College, and Stella and Charles Guttman Community College took advantage of this event celebrated for HETS member institutions student leaders of the north east region.
The main purpose of this event was to promote free of charge access to student services online provided by HETS that can support their academic goals and share with them topics about how to use technology to maximize their resources. Those services were presented by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, with Yelixa Castro and Mónica Mercado, HETS staff. During the event students were invited to be part of the HETS Student Advisory Committee to work hand in hand with the Committee established in Puerto Rico. Students were also encouraged to submit proposals of any innovative project developed by them or their peers to be showcased in future students’ events.
Amy Soricelly, Assist. VP, Career Services and Alumni Relations from Berkeley College
The main speaker of the event was Ms. Minué Yoshida-Aydelott, who talked about how your Multicultural Background will help you Succeed. Later, Amy Soricelli, Assistant Vice President, Career Services and Alumni Relations from Berkeley College; explained attendees how LinkedIn maximize your Networking Opportunities; and finally, Mr. Ronald Bautista, Digital Marketing Strategist at Grupo Parada talked about Personal Branding, and learn how to take control your online visibility to tell your unique story on Social Media.
The event closed with the student recommendation session, which will allow HETS to learn more about student interests and needs to collaborate on exploring solutions to create additional support services. This session was followed by a raffle of gift cards and lunch. HETS recognizes and appreciates JJC staff, especially Dr. James Llana, Associate Provost and his assistant, Alison Orlando, which collaborated with the setup of their outstanding facilities. We also appreciated BMCC support for the recording of the event, and the speakers who share their expertise and experiences with our students. These videos will be available soon at
Ronald Bautista from Grupo Parada
HETS YouTube channel.
On September 30, 2016 the HETS Student Leadership Showcase in Puerto Rico will be celebrated at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus. For more information about this event and other HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, or contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372 / 2373.
We are pleased to announce our new service: HETS Commons! Just go to http://hets.org/commons/ and join this exclusive community today. The purpose of HETS Commons is to provide a social-networking platform that seeks to establish and provide a space for collaboration and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and best practices among all HETS member institutions. HETS appreciates your support with this new project. The HETS Commons is powered by the CBOX (similar to the CUNY Academic Commons) and WordPress multi-sites, and offers a variety of features, including blogs, groups, member profiles, discussion forums, and wiki pages, the Commons provides you with tools to create your own networks, connect to your colleagues, and share your projects with the larger HETS community and the wider public.
To join just click on the HETS Commons logo in our homepage or the promotional banner (see image below). Registration requires a .edu email address, though you are welcome to associate another email address with your account after your profile has been created. We encourage you to invite your colleagues to the HETS Commons after your account becomes active, so they can benefit from this service as well.
Credits: Instructions adapted from the CUNY Academic Commons Tour (http://codex.commons.gc.cuny.edu/take-the-tour)
HETS also rejoices by extending its connection in Puerto Rico, and Missouri by welcoming American University of Puerto Rico, Southeast Missouri State University and corporate member Lighthouse Translations. We are delighted that they accepted our invitation to join our consortium. Below a brief profile of each for your consideration.
Founded in 1873, Southeast Missouri State University provides a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and practical experience. By emphasizing student-centered and experiential learning, the University prepares individuals to participate responsibly in a global and technologically advanced world. Internships and real-world learning are offered in all majors. By anticipating the skills and knowledge the marketplace will need, we ensure that our students are ready to launch extraordinary careers. With an enrollment of 12,000 students, the University is an ideal size to take advantage of critical learning and extracurricular opportunities. The main campus is located in Cape Girardeau. Other campuses include Kennett, Malden, Sikeston, and the River Campus. More than 30 online degree programs are also offered. Recently appointed, President, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, immediately accepted HETS invitation to join the consortium and participated of the winter’s Board Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
American University of Puerto Rico, University of America, emerged as post-secondary educational institution in 1963. In 1978 the institution became a four-year college and took the name of American College of Puerto Rico. In 1982 received the accreditation of all its programs and certification the Consejo de Educación de Puerto Rico who visited them along with the Middle States Association and the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. Between 1986 to 1988 the institution was re-accredited by three agencies and was given permission to change its name to American University of Puerto Rico coinciding with the celebration its 25th anniversary. In 1997 created the Bachelor’s and associate degree of Criminal Justice. In 2001 began offering master’s degree in Criminal Justice, followed by others in the areas of education and business administration. Eventually the University is preparing to enter post-graduate studies.
In addition, Lighthouse Translations joined HETS as a corporate member. This company had provided simultaneous translation services during HETS Best Practices Showcase and decided that they also wanted to be part of our initiatives for the benefit of our members. Lighthouse has been offering accurate professional and accurate conference interpreting and translation services since 2003. They have more than twelve years of combined experience in event planning and project management that we bring to the area of Conference Interpretation. For more information about Lighthouse Translations please visit their website: www.lighthouseonline.com. Welcome to our newest members!
The videos access of most Best Practices are available on this website at the 2016 Best Practices Showcase Conference at a Glance page for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend.
John Sener during the Opening Plenary
Track Winners Panel
Celebrated in January 14 and 15, 2016 the HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions focused on three main tracks: Access and Student Mobility, Retention and Assessment in Higher Education always with special emphasis on Hispanics students.