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Miami Dade College to Honor Successful Alumni at its 2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Gala April 22

Luminaries from business, healthcare, law, architecture, education, journalism and other key fields to be inducted.
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Miami, March 22, 2010 - The 2010 class of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) annual Alumni Hall of Fame includes an architect, attorney, physician, accountant, three journalists, a singer, major federal official, banker and other top luminaries. In what’s become a beloved springtime tradition at the nation’s largest institution of higher education, MDC will present 29 alumni with its top recognition, induction into the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame, at a gala dinner on April 22, 2010, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Hilton Miami Downtown.  

The ceremony will celebrate the career achievements of renowned former students such as Bernard Zyscovich -  president and managing partner of Zyscovich Architects, Nelson Lazo – CEO of Doctors Hospital, Marybel Rodriguez – news anchor and reporter for WFOR CBS Channel 4, Michael Kosnitzky – partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Carol Browner – assistant to the United States President on energy and climate change, Alex Agurcia -  founder and president of Omni Direct, Inc., Jencarlos Canela - singer and actor, retired Major League baseball player Orlando Palmeiro, and other influential leaders in their respective fields.

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, himself an MDC alumnus, praised the honorees. “These deserving alumni are proof that a solid education opens doors and creates great career opportunities. The Alumni Hall of Fame is honored to add their names to the group of luminaries we celebrate each year. They are doing so much in our community and across our nation, and make us all very proud.”

Past MDC Alumni Hall of Fame honorees include actor Andy Garcia, music industry mogul Emilio Estefan, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, former Miami Dolphins great Nat Moore, Carnival Chairman & CEO Micky Arison and United States Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, among other distinguished leaders across America.  

2010 Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees

ACCOUNTING

Jorge H. Jordan, CPA
Partner
Jordan and Company, C.P.A

ARCHITECTURE

Bernard Zyscovich
President and Managing Partner
Zyscovich Architects

BANKING

Israel Velasco
South Florida Region Executive
Banco Popular North America

BUSINESS

Eloise Gonzalez
Founder and President
Commercial Interior Contractors, Corp. 

COMMUNICATIONS

Alfredo J. Balsera
Balsera Communications Group
Founder & Managing Partner

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP

Armando Jacomino
President,
Latin American Region Burger King

EDUCATION

Douglas P. Rodriguez
Principal,
Miami Central High School

ENGINERING

Robert T. Carballo, P.E.
President & CEO
C3TS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Yamin Meneses
Co-owner and Co-founder
FITSOURCE Fitness Club for Women

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Pedro Ignacio “Peter” Isern
Vice President, Investments
UBS Financial Services, Inc.

HEALTH CARE

Nelson Lazo
Chief Executive Officer
Doctors Hospital

HOSPITALITY

Andy Ingraham
President & CEO,
National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers, Inc. (NABHOOD)

JOURNALISM – BROADCAST

Marybel Rodríguez
News Reporter & Anchor
WFOR

JOURNALISM – PRINT

Peter A. Webley
Publisher
Caribbean Today News Magazine

LAW

Michael Kosnitzky
Partner
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

LEADERSHIP

Carol M. Browner
Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
White House Office of Energy and Climate Change

LITERARY ARTS

Johnny Diaz
Author and journalist
Boston Globe

MARKETING & ADVERTISING

Alex Agurcia
President and Founder
Omni Direct, Inc. 

MEDICINE

Onelia G. Lage, MD
Associate Professor/Clinical Pediatrics Director,
Adolescent Medical Education and Community Health
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami 

NON-PROFIT SECTOR

Larry King, Jr.
President
Larry King Cardiac Foundation 

NURSING

Beverlin Allen
Chief Nursing Officer
Sister Emmanuel Hospital for Continuing Care 

ENTERTAINMENT

Jencarlos Canela
Singer & Actor
Union Music Records 

PUBLIC SAFETY – FIRE

Maurice Kemp
Chief of Fire-Rescue
City of Miami 

PUBLIC SAFETY – POLICE

Susan Benton
Sheriff
Highlands County, FL 

SPORTS

Orlando Palmeiro
Outfielder,
Anaheim Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and Houston Astros (Retired)

TECHNOLOGY

Jaime A. Borras
Chief Operating Officer
GenerationOne

TRANSPORATION

Alfred Lurigados
Director of Engineering
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority  

URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Jose Hevia
President & CEO
Flagler Development Group 

VISUAL ARTS

Bert Rodriguez
Artist

For more information about this special event, to become a sponsor, for tickets and any other related matter, please contact Glenn Kaufhold – executive director of the Miami Dade College Foundation - at 305-237-7617 or gkaufhol@mdc.edu or Nairobi Abrams, 305-237-3247 or nabrams@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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