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Brian Neal, director of instrumental studies and professor of trumpet instruction at Miami Dade College Kendall CampusMiami Dade College’s (MDC) music department at Kendall Campus is brimming with talent these days. Recently, Miami native and music wunderkind Brian Neal joined the college as director of instrumental studies, professor of trumpet instruction, and conductor of the campus’ Wind Symphony. Neal and his Wind Symphony student musicians will perform at a free concert on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the McCarthy Auditorium on the Kendall Campus. In addition to the Wind Symphony, Neal will be a featured soloist at the event along with MDC music department chairperson, Rodester Brandon.
A Miami Dade College (MDC) fine arts professor has earned the recognition of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Veteran educator Alberto Meza’s print work, “Dwarfs Encounter Velazquez’s Mirror” is now part of the museum’s exclusive print collection. The professor’s work was also selected to be featured in Taiwan’s 14th International Biennial Print Exhibition, a highly competitive contest that attracted more than 1,400 artists from 69 countries this year.  His work was juried by two sets of international judges and was not only selected as a finalist to be a part of the exhibit but will also be featured in a printmaking educational tour through China. “To continually be recognized at the international level is quite an accomplishment and is another well-deserved honor for Professor Meza,” said Dr. Lourdes Oroza, MDC Kendall Campus president. “He has a sincere passion for teaching and the arts, but more importantly, he is an excellent example for his students.”
Miami Dade College (MDC) Homestead Campus president Dr. Jeanne F. Jacobs has been selected to receive the Outstanding Woman in Education and Research award from Miami-Dade County. Dr. Jacobs will receive her award at the 22nd Annual In the Company of Women 2010 Awards Ceremony, to be held on March 18, 2010, at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The award spotlights the accomplishments of an outstanding professional female leader in the community in Education and Research. Dr. Jacobs has served as president of the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade College since 2005.
Principal of the Ferncourt High School in St. Ann, Rev. Lenworth Sterling (3rd left); and Former Commissioner of Police, and past student of the institution, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin (2nd right), share a moment with board members of the newly formed South Florida Chapter of the Ferncourt High School Alumni Association, at the launch of the body on Saturday (Nov. 6) at the Sunshine Ballroom in Fort Lauderdale. They are: Secretary, Dr. Raymond Ramsay (left); Treasurer, Shawn Brown-Whilby; Board member, Hugh Bryan (3rd right) and President, Peter Scott.After three months of planning, the past students of Ferncourt High School finally saw their goal become reality with the launch of the South Florida chapter last Saturday (November 6) at the Sunshine Ballroom in Fort Lauderdale.Newly appointed President, Peter Scott, told JIS Newsthat as the same time that activities were being planned for a grand past student reunion at the school's St. Ann campus in July, several alumni members resident in South Florida began toying with the idea of forming an association to help in the development of their alma mater.
Two scholarships are being offered to students in South Florida and in Jamaica, by the Jamaica Ex-Police Association of South Florida (JEPA), as part of its annual scholarship award program.Applications are now being accepted by the Association. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2010.
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