Sunday, May 20, 2012

President alum to join national board on diversity

     Valencia College student development presented major announcements about some exceptional people at the “Student Development Awards Celebration” on April 18. This party was held to acknowledge individuals that performed above and beyond expectation in their involvement in college organizations throughout the year.

     “You will remember this night forever,” said East Campus student development coordinator Gerald Jones, while addressing the large group of students. “Today you are saluted for making this the number one community college in the nation.”

     Former East Campus SGA president, Luis Cano, was given a surprise announcement near the beginning of the event. He was selected to be part of the Annual National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), which is a diversity awareness group that meets in New York to discuss issues of race in educational institutions. Cano is the first student from Valencia to be selected for this group.

     “I’m so excited and happy; I honestly didn't even anticipate an award tonight,” said Luis Cano. “NCORE does a lot of great work, and I’m so honored to be selected to represent students on the national level.”

     Part of Cano’s responsibilities will be working with specific issues that directly affect students involved with higher education. He will be one of four students chosen as representatives.

     Cano then announced the results of the East Campus SGA presidential election. Mike Acevedo was selected as president by a mere 12 vote margin in a record setting election of over 1,300 student votes cast.

     “It’s all about the work and what we put into it that matters,” said Acevedo. He says that he is focused on listening to the problems confronting the student body, and working with other campus groups and administrators to find solutions for issues that need to be fixed.

     Another special award was given to Ruth Prather, East Campus president and head administrator, who will be retiring at the end of the semester.

     “Students keep doing wonderful things. I want to read about all of you and your accomplishments in the years to come,” said Prather after receiving her acknowledgment plaque from Student Development.

     Nearly 100 students were given small awards for exceptional service to the college community through the organizations they are involved in. Members of the Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Muslim Student Association and many more were honored.

     The Ceremony featured free food and live entertainment provided by the Rohan Reid All-Star Band. This event was just one of the ways Valencia acknowledges the exceptional students that help make the college community better through their extra work and dedication.

By James Tutten

(All photos by James Tutten)

Luis Cano is awarded and acknowledged for his acceptance in NCORE.

East Campus president Ruth Prather receives a special award from student development to honor her work.


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