First Environment Education Expo at Ana G. Mendez University System, Metro Orlando Campus
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Mark your calendar for the First Environment Education Expo, on April 27, 2017, at 5:0 pm, with Ana G. Mendez University System, Metro Orlando Campus, 5601 S. Semoran Blvd. #55, Orlando, FL 32822.
This is a FREE event, Hors d’oeuvres will be served, free parking.
The event is supported by the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District 2 Supervisor-Daisy Morales. Guest Artists: Julsan and Juan Valdez Perez.
Orange Soil and Water Conservation District of Orange County, Orlando, Florida
The Orange Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD) is a subdivision of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services (FDACS). OSWCD was created in 1946 under Chapter 582, Florida Statutes to develop and carry out various conservation and education programs. Throughout the State of Florida, individual Soil and Water Conservation Districts act as a liaison between government agencies, private organizations and the public at large in carrying out their mission.
OSWCD mission: to provide information about best management practices (BMP) to conserve and protect natural resources to private land users and water consumers.
The OSWCD board consists of 5 elected non-partisan supervisors who are non-salaried public officials. The OSWCD is not funded by any tax dollars and currently relies solely on donations for financial support
It is integrated by:
- Sistema Acelerador de Tecnologías | ACT GLOBAL
- Sistema Center for Telecommunications and Education at a Distance
- Sistema Universidad del Turabo (UT) Campus
- Sistema Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) Campus
- Sistema Universidad del Este (UNE) Campus
- Sistema Metro Orlando Campus
- Sistema South Florida Campus
- Sistema Tampa Bay Campus
- Sistema District of Columbia (DC) Campus
- Sistema TV (WMTJ) Channel
- Sistema Dallas-Ft-Worth Campus
Ana G. Méndez was one of eight children born to Francisco González Monje and Ana González Cofresí in Aguada, Puerto Rico. She was a direct descendant of the Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, on her mother’s side.
In 1935, Méndez graduated from high school in Santurce; she earned her bachelor’s degree in commercial education from the University of Puerto Rico in 1940. It was during the 1940’s that she realized that students should have the option of having a short term college for a commercial or technical career – this led in 1941, to her founding the Puerto Rican High School of Commerce with 3 teachers and nine students. In 1948, Méndez graduated from New York University with a master’s degree. In 1948, she founded the Puerto Rico Junior College in Rio Piedras with 19 students; this became the first educational institution in Puerto Rico to offer an associate degree (2 year college). An educational visionary, Méndez founded universities, television stations, college classes by mail and as mentioned above the associate degree.
Among the universities founded by Mendez are:
- The University of Turabo, which is located in Caguas, Puerto Rico with branches in Cayey, Isabela, Ponce, Yabucoa, Barceloneta and Naguabo.
- The Universidad del Este (University of the East), which is located in Carolina, Puerto Rico with branches in Santa Isabel, Cabo Rojo, Barceloneta, Utuado and in Yauco;
- The Metropolitan University, which is located in Cupey with branches in Bayamon, Aguadilla, Jayuya, and in Comerio.
Mendez also founded the “Ana G. Mendez Foundation” which grants scholarships to outstanding students and she also found TV Channel 40 “The Ana G. Mendez Educational Channel”. What today is known as the “Ana G. Mendez University System” and started with only nine students, now has over 17 thousand students, 800 professors and 500 administrative employees.
In 1965, Méndez became the “first” and only Puerto Rican woman amongst the Board of Directors of Eastern Air Lines. In 1975, the Catholic University of Puerto Rico awarded to Méndez an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities. Ana G. Méndez died on 18 February 1997 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico honored her memory by naming an avenue in San Juan after her. On 10 July 2003, Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando, Florida announced the opening of the “Ana G. Mendez Metro Orlando University”
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