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Veneman Announces Sixth Class Of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Fellows


July 10, 2003
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WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced the 2003 class of fellows in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Fellows Program.

"The Fellows Program builds on President Bush's White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans," said Veneman. "It enhances our ability to provide resources and career opportunities for Hispanic educators to participate in federal education programs that serve to improve the educational achievement of Hispanic students."

The 15 fellows are highly accomplished faculty members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas and Puerto Rico and will work at USDA in Washington, D.C. for two-to-six weeks this summer. Fellows were selected based on the compatibility of their research interests with USDA mission areas and the value their experience would add to their institution's curriculum offerings to Hispanic students. Among the topics that will be researched are food security, forestry and watershed management, agricultural science and marketing and economic development initiatives along the historically underserved southwest border of the U.S.

Through the partnership fostered by the fellows program, USDA and HSIs are better prepared to address the educational challenges faced by Hispanics. According to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, only 10 percent of Hispanics graduate from four-year colleges and universities and included in its recommendations to the President the reinforcement of a high-quality teaching profession by preparing all teachers to address the diverse needs of their students. The fellowship program serves to advance USDA's collaboration with HSIs to better utilize the programs and services offered by USDA and other federal agencies.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions are accredited and degree-granting institutions of higher education with a full-time Hispanic student enrollment of 25 percent or more. In 2002 USDA invested more than $34 million in educational programs targeting Hispanic students and institutions.

For additional information on USDA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Fellows Program, visit: To learn more about the President's Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, visit:, which is also available in Spanish at:

The 2003 USDA-HSI Fellows are:

California Barbara Sausen, Mathematics Instructor, Fresno City College, Fresno, California Brian Levin, J.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University, San Bernardino Laura Young, Ph.D., Associate Professor, California State University, San Bernardino Michael Stull, Director, Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship, California State University, San Bernardino Shannon Cantrell, Counselor, Merced College, Merced, California Stanley Lim, Grants Specialist and Resource Development, East Los Angeles College, Monterrey Park, California

Colorado Gary Ashida, Vice President of Administrative Services, Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colorado

Illinois Eva Serrano, Director of Title V Grant, Morton College, Cicero, Illinois

New Mexico Michael L. Meyer, Assistant Professor, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Puerto Rico Madeline Torres, Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo

Texas John Michael Patrick, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas Joseph Bonilla, PhD., Associate Professor, Nutrition Program, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas Leticia Gonzalez, Director, Continuing Education & Title V, Midland College, Midland, Texas Mark Sorensen, Director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, University of Texas Brownsville Nora Garza, Ph.D., Dean of Arts & Sciences, Laredo Community College, Laredo, Texas.

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