Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Monday, April 19, 2010
Trip to Tallahassee brings good news
As we continue to carefully watch the 2010 Regular Legislative Session and the movement of recommendations by the Senate and House on critical issues affecting the College, I want to share with you some good news which I feel brings great recognition to our institution and to our students in particular.
This past week, some 43 colleagues from throughout the College traveled by bus to Tallahassee, where they joined a similar number of students who were participating in the Florida Junior Community College Student Government Association (FJCCSGA) Annual Conference and statewide “Rally in Tally.” The MDC delegation was witness to the presentation and unanimous endorsement on the Senate floor of a Senate Resolution (SB 2422) recognizing the College for an outstanding half century of service and leadership. During subsequent meetings with House and Senate members, our students shared life stories and aspirations, as well as personal perspectives on the value of a Miami Dade College education.
By all accounts, the time was extremely well spent. And though the bus ride home for our MDC delegation was long and arduous, there was no end of joy and pride, given that four of our students were elected to FJCCSGA positions. Congratulations are due to:
- Maria Jose Ortega, FJCCSGA Statewide President (North Campus student)
- Danyelle Carter, FJCCSGA District One Coordinator (North Campus student)
- Felipe Arencibia, FJCCSGA District One Jurisprudence Representative (Wolfson Campus student)
- Francisco Martinez, FJCCSGA District One Jurisprudence Representative-Alternate (Kendall Campus student)
The groundswell of engagement and dedication on the part of students, faculty and staff in a collective effort to educate Florida Legislators about the College and our most pressing needs has been invaluable. For that, I continue to be deeply appreciative yet mindful that it will be important to keep our efforts in high gear until all is said and done at the conclusion of the Session.