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  • HETS Board of Directors appoints first members of its Advisory Committee. During its Summer Board Meeting, HETS officers unanimously approved the inception of a HETS Advisory Committee. The members of this Advisory Committee are nominated as a recognition of their proven support to HETS as a former Board member and Officer. The eligibility to be appointed for the Advisory Board, was based on the period they have served with distinction for five or more years in the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee identified and recommended candidates for the first inductees positions. HETS proudly welcomes and presents the members of this exclusive committee of distinguished professionals, as follows: Dr. José Jaime Rivera; Former President, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón Dr. Eduardo J. Martí; Former President of Queensborough Community College, Former Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of City University of New York Dr. Ricardo Fernández; Former President, Lehman College Dr. Antonio “Tony” Pérez; President, Borough of Manhattan Community College (stepping out on August 2018) The main role of the excel nominees is to provide non-binding strategic advice to the HETS Consortium, through their active participation in Board of Directors meetings. The term of service ...
  • HETS Executive Committee elected during the 2018 summer Board Meeting in New York. 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. 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 and East 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.
  • HETS closes year 2017-2018 with Board Meeting in NYC, while starting the celebrations of its 25th Anniversary. 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 ...
  • Dr. Antonio Pérez: A Recognition to a One of a Kind Board Member. 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. 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 ...
  • Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase in New York. 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. 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 ...
  • First North American School of Internet Governance opened the discussion for the ICANN 61 Conference in San Juan Puerto Rico. 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 was honored to have Göran Marby, ICANN’s CEO and President, who explained ...
  • Videos of the 2018 Best Practices Showcase presentations available in HETS YouTube Channel. The access to the video of the Best Practices Showcased presentations during the 2018 conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico is available for the benefit of those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. You may find them on the 2018 Best Practices Showcase webpage, under the Schedule menu. Celebrated in February 1st and 2nd, the 2018 HETS Best Practices Showcase highlighted and celebrated the outstanding work of its member institutions featuring local and national speakers showcasing 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 the areas focused on the conference tracks. For more details, visit 2018 Best Practices Showcase.
  • The 2018 Best Practices Showcase and Academic Fair gathered more than 25 Institutions from Puerto Rico and United States. 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. 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 ...
  • Board Members celebrated its Winter Meeting along with the 2018 Best Practices Showcase in San Juan, PR. 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. 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 ...
  • 2018 Best Practices Conference program and invitation to register online. We are pleased to announce that the official Program for the 2018 HETS Best Practices Showcase, Celebrating Innovation to Promote Hispanic Student Success in Higher Education, has been published. This event will take place during February 1st and 2nd, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A total of 23 presentations together with the Opening Session and a Special Panel with the winners of each track will showcase their best practices in the areas of: Access, Retention and Distance Learning in Higher Education. Online registration for the event is available at: https://hets.org/hets-events/hets-best-practices-showcase-2018/registration/. Our goal is to have representation from most HETS Member Institutions, and Hispanic Serving Institutions at this event. Reserve your space today!  For more details about the conference please visit the event page using this link: 2018 Best Practices Showcase.
  • HETS lleva a cabo primeros adiestramientos a Estudiantes Embajadores para promover servicios disponibles a la comunidad estudiantil. El pasado 10 de noviembre de 2017 HETS ofreció los primeros adiestramientos para Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS sobre cómo acceder los servicios disponibles. Este grupo de estudiantes líderes han sido recomendado y seleccionados por personal de su institución con el fin de promover los servicios de apoyo al estudiante en las instituciones afiliadas al Consorcio HETS. Durante la mañana, el taller se ofreció en el Salón Laboratorio 4 del Centro de Informática y Telecomunicaciones del Recinto Metro de la Universidad Interamericana de PR. La Directora Ejecutiva, Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo y la Consultora de servicios Estudiantiles, la Dra, Karen Rivera, tuvieron la oportunidad de explicar los servicios, compartir ideas y recomendaciones con los siguientes embajadores: René Baéz (CUSJ), Ariel Ambert (EDPU- Hato Rey), Gabriel Maysonet (EDPU- Hato Rey), Tainelys Guzmán (UIPR Bayamón), Jafet Romero (UNE- SUAGM), Débora Menieur (UIPR Arecibo), Carlos Goicochea (UIPR Ponce), Solimar Güivas (ICPR Mayagüez), Ricardo Hidalgo (UIPR San Germán), Noryshka García (NUC- Rio Grande), Lemuel Tirado (UIPR Metro), Yadisa Betancourt (Politécnica), y Carlos Del Valle (NUC- Ponce). Esa misma tarde, se realizó una teleconferencia donde se atendió un ...
  • HETS re opens its office after Hurricane María hits Puerto Rico- We are pleased to inform that HETS office has been operating from October 10th, 2017. HETS office remained closed since September 19, because due to the hurricane damage, electricity and Internet access were severely affected and there wasn’t any availability of it in the Island. We truly appreciate all the messages with your concerns, good thoughts, and disposition to help in the relief efforts. Our thoughts are also with all member institutions in PR, which have been affected and in some cases damaged too. Together we will achieve the unspeakable. Regarding HETS next events, HETS Executive Committee will have a special meeting to make sure all the arrangements can be made to offer the events planned.  These events includes, HETS next board meeting that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 1st, and Friday 2nd, 2018 at the Inter American University, in  San Juan, PR, concurrent with the Best Practices Showcase. Click here for more information about this Conference, and to access the Call for Proposals. In case of any changes, we will inform it immediately. Our special gratitude goes to ...
  • Sobre 500 líderes estudiantiles universitarios participaron del cuarto HETS Student Leadership Showcase- HETS celebró su cuarto HETS Student Leadership Showcase el pasado viernes, 15 de septiembre con la participación de sobre 500 líderes estudiantiles de sus 13 instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico, en el Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. Durante el evento, los estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de compartir con oradores invitados especiales y conocer la variedad de servicios que HETS tiene disponible libre de costo para apoyar sus metas académicas,  como parte de los beneficios de su membresía. Como parte de la agenda del evento, el animador Osvaldo Friger dio una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes junto a la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo. Acto seguido, la Ing. Lucy Crespo, CEO del Fideicomiso de Ciencias, Tecnología, e Investigación de PR, estuvo a cargo de la moderación de un panel de jóvenes emprendedores exitosos compuesto por: Lucas Arzola, Director de Operaciones de Parallel 18; Dolmarie Méndez, Co fundadora & CEO de Abartys Health; y Néstor Taveras, Co-Fundador de Brands of Puerto Rico /America. Luego de ...
  • ¡Te esperamos este viernes, 15 de septiembre! Student Leadership Showcase UIPR, Recinto Metro- Te esperamos este viernes, 15 de septiembre de 2017 en el próximo HETS Student Leadership Showcase en el Teatro de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Metropolitano en Cupey a partir de las 8:00 am. Habrá regalos para los primeros en llegar. Nuestra meta es comenzar el evento a las 9:00 am, tal como especifica la agenda a continuación: Este evento es libre de costo, pero los espacios son limitados. Haz click aquí para: reservar tu espacio en línea hoy! Registro expreso: para acelerar su entrada al evento, sugerimos traiga impresa su confirmación de registro en línea. Registros de grupos: para facilitar el proceso de registro, la persona encargada del grupo debe entregar listado con los nombres de los participantes presentes. De necesitar información adicional, favor de comunicarse vía email: info@hets.org  o teléfono al: (787) 250-1912 ext. 2372, 2373. ¡Te esperamos!        Save
  • HETS appoints a new Administrative Coordinator- For 24 years of service, HETS has been promoting its services to enhance student’s success and opportunities in Higher Education. To complement and strengthen this efforts, HETS hired Ms. Yarielid Torres as Administrative Coordinator. We feel incredibly grateful to welcome Yarielid to our family! Ms. Torres Marrero is a student at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metro Campus currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History Education. Passionate about helping others and traveling, she demonstrates her leadership by being member of several organizations, including the Student Council at her University; a tool that has helped her develop and become a helping hand. On this new path she hopes to continue being a great example and inspire others to follow their dreams, along to help us comply with HETS mission. We are confident that our member institutions will help us feel Yarielid as part of our familia and that she will be an addition to achieving our goal of offering you quality services and continue moving forward to the accomplishment of our mission. To contact the HETS office feel free to send us ...

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