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2014 August 20 - 08:44 pm

Around Campus

A snapshot of campus activities from around the nation

Responding to a challenge from Union County College (N.J.) Director of Athletics Tammy Smith, the Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) Athletics Department recently participated in the Chillin’ 4 Charity initiative. It’s is part of national effort, launched by the University of Arizona, to raise funds and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Those who accept the challenge agree to have ice cold water dumped on their heads. Once RVCC accepted the challenge, Union County College agreed to donate $25 to the fund in RVCC’s name for each participant who got wet. Each participant from RVCC then challenges someone from outside RVCC to take part in the initiative. If those people accept the challenge, RVCC will donate $25 per person in their name. If not, they are expected to donate $125 per person. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a charitable organization focused on finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause.

Nineteen-year-old Santa Ana College (Calif.) student Adrian Hernandez recently returned from a whirlwind, nineday tour of six national parks in three states. Hernandez was one of seven college students, and the only community college student, to be selected by the Hispanic Access Foundation for this opportunity. The purpose of the tour was to engage Latinos with the outdoors and raise awareness about the need to protect these treasures from oil and gas development. The students shared their experiences through social media and video blogs. Hernandez didn’t think he would be picked because he was “only a freshman in college.” He’s not sure if it was his skills in social media that landed him the allexpense-paid trip, plus a $2,500 stipend, but he’s glad he was selected. His application reflected his dedication to his studies and his engagement on the Santa Ana College campus. Additionally, he was the only applicant who took the time to submit a video. Born in Mexico, Hernandez maintains a 3.77 GPA. He serves as the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and chair of the Civil Engineering Advancement Association Committee. He also volunteers for the STEM Teaching Scholars Program where he helps organize instructional material for professors and motivates peers to complete assignments. The trip covered Covering 1,400 miles and included stops at parks in the Southwest.

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