Past Features

November 5, 2008 (Vol. 8, No. 6)

Students Attend Annual HACU Conference

Students Jose Alvarez, Amanda Savinon, Sherly Velez, Steven Antonio with Vice President of Student Affairs Jose Magdaleno.
(l. to r.) Students Jose Traverez, Amanda Savinon, Sherly Velez, and Steven Antonio with Vice President of Student Affairs Jose Magdaleno.
Vice President of Student Affairs Jose Magdaleno, Paulette Zalduando-Enriquez of the Institutional Advancement Office, and four students from the Campus Life Association of Student Activities (C.A.S.A.) attended the twenty-second annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (H.A.C.U.), held in Denver from Oct. 11-13.

Established in 1986, H.A.C.U. is a non-profit organization with over 450 colleges and universities dedicated to Hispanic higher education.

Student ambassadors included C.A.S.A. President Jose Travarez, Sherly Velez, Amanda Savinon, and Steven Antonio—all of whom also took part in Lehman's Leadership Track program. The HACU conference offered students a series of workshops focusing on the development of leadership and networking skills and also featured talks by professionals representing a range of different fields.

Vice President Magdaleno also had an opportunity to testify recently on behalf of the College regarding the proposed new H.S.A.C.U. (Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities) program, which would provide increased funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

"By permitting Lehman to compete for an additional $60 million in Federal funding," he testified, "H.S.A.C.U. status will support new research and student support at the College, thereby improving its standing as a regional center for advanced research and education in the food, agricultural, and plant sciences."