Puerto Rico and its Agricultural Crisis

By: Patricia Flores Mauris

The Association of Students of Agricultural Economy and Agricultural Business (AEEAA) organized a forum on September 20 to discuss Puerto Rico’s agricultural crisis and it’s worsening over the past couple of years. The candidate for governor of the Partido Del Pueblo Trabajador (PPT), Rafael Bernabé came to the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez to state his proposal for the agricultural sector in Puerto Rico.

Rafael Bernabé, an activist, politician and college professor, was born in Santurce in 1959. He obtained a bachelors degree in history in the University of Princeton and a Masters Degree and PhD from the University of New York. He has worked like a high school teacher and currently a literature professor in the University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras. He was leader in the now extinct Frente Socialista and now stands in the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and the PPT.

“We have to reconstruct the agriculture in Puerto Rico. Right now an 80-85 percent of our products are imported from other countries and that is an ecological crisis”, said Rafael Bernabé.

Manifested that the PPT are compromised with the promotion of agriculture like a plan of economic reconstruction that will make us less dependent of the importation of products and that in exchange the local production and the exportation be the dominant forces to create more employment and to construct a national economy. “We will guarantee the access of the majority of the working people to fresh products that even result healthier than the ones we import in boxes and cans, which unfortunately are the ones that most of the times we can buy because of their low prices”, he said.

“A country with an economic crisis which does not grow economically, cannot pay their debts…the debts keep growing because Puerto Rico does not grow economically”. He also said that the vision the parties have, the Partido Popular Democratico and Partido Nuevo Progresista, don’t see beyond our crisis when it has to do with agriculture. According to Bernabé they only think of large companies profits.

He alleged that the governor that has been in power over the last eight years they conducive the agricultural sector to be one of “abandonment, mistreated and despised”.

Bernabé also stated that Puerto Rico has to start worrying for the agriculture and stop mistreating the land. “Puerto Rico needs to start being sustainable and produce our own food. The work in the fields is hard and does not pay well at all; we need to start improving the life conditions of the people that work there”.

Rafael Bernabé highlighted the importance of “revitalizing a lot of the areas like the ones of agriculture, conserve those fields and check the school’s curriculum so that the students get familiarized with the lands and start loving the lands so they can grow up to be future agricultural entrepreneurs”.

Bernabé proposed to protect the production, the infrastructure and the technology that the people in this industry use. He commented that the food security will be guaranteed and protected with how they are going to produce and what they are going to produce not only to create more employees but because we need to start using the right technology to become better farmers and therefore help us with the economic crisis that is destroying families all around.

Rafael Bernabé, in the UPR-Mayagüez, sharing his proposal to the students on how to improve our economic crisis by becoming better farmers and being self- sustainable.

Gulemberías: More Than Just Entertainment

By Joyce Almodóvar Jiménez

On September 20, 2012, without any previous notice, the troupe from Gulemberias, an organization part of TeatRUM, gathered around the Chardón Building at the universal hour for a theatrical improvisation show.

Students watching from the balconies as the show was starting. Later on, there was a bigger group of spectators.

It all started with a bunch of nine “teatRUMitas,” as they are known, doing loud vocal chants and exercises that captivated the attention of students who were eating, talking or just relaxing in the balconies of the Chardón Building.

Without warning, they were approached by some of teatRUM members to write down any kind of phrase on a small paper or to suggest scenes or characters for the dynamics.

The show, which lasted almost two hours, was full of scenes that, from characters to dialogue, were improvised. According to TeatRUM president Nephtalí Rodríguez, it was a huge success.

“This kind of shows are more of a practice for bigger shows like the ones we have in La Tertulia (local pub) or plays, but it also promotes the group for those who have no idea what Gulemberías or TeatRUM is,” said Rodríguez.

“With this kind of shows, the public doesn’t feel like there is a wall between the performers and them, they are incorporated, they are part of the show and that is how we get their curiosity awoke rather than announcing the group in the bulletin boards,” added Rodríguez.

TeatRUM is not just a group of students celebrating the arts, but it is a group that has history inside the Colegio.

TeatRUM: The Story Behind the Curtains

In 1966 a group of art lovers started a student movement in order to cultivate the arts, with special interest in the theatrical arts at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (Colegio), but it wasn’t until 1995 that that group’s name was changed to TeatRUM.

Emmanuel Colon as a soldier in the play “Y como no se pudrio… Blancanieves” (Trans. Because she didn’t rot, Snow White). May 3, 2012.

From theatrical plays to performances in the middle of Colegio, TeatRUM has maintained its original motto throughout the years— to not let art die.

Without counting those teatRUMitas who have graduated but refuse to let their beloved group behind, there are currently thirty active members approximately.

However, in 2011, the group suffered major changes when almost the entire committee board of the group graduated, leaving just a few experimented members behind nevertheless, with the direction of veteran teatRUMita Nephtali Rodríguez, the group has overcome that and has strengthened itself with new members and ideas to keep doing what they do best: art.

Gulemberías: What is That?

            TeatRUM noticed that the group was in need of acting workshops and in 2004, Gulemberías was born. Focusing more on improvisation skills, the group started imitating the style of the 90’s American show Who’s Line Is It Anyway? that consisted in a series of live sketches with the scenes, characters and songs created on the spot, and the topic being suggested by the public.

However, the group evolved in incorporating those dynamics into different exercises that can help the students not only in the arts but in their lives as well.

According to Gulemberías’ director Enrique Betancourt, “It’s more centered in the development of creative thinking, personal projection, comedy, monologues and others stuff that not only serves for having a great time but it also creates more confidence in what you do.”

Who Can be Part of TeatRUM or Gulemberías?

            Anyone who wants to learn more on how to express themselves and create confidence on stage can join Gulemberías.

It’s not limited to experienced actors on art majors because the goal is to take the arts beyond art majors and to integrate them into any majors. The group is as varied as the University itself.

Group of Gulemberos on front of the Chardón Building performing an improvisation show on September 20, 2012.

“We encourage all students to come and have a great time while developing skills that will serve them for their own professional lives; when you have to do a work presentation, a job interview or a work fair, you can implement all the things that you have learned like personal projection, creating a status, confidence and so on,” added Betancourt, who has been part of TeatRUM for four years.

The group has their weekly meeting and workshop every Wednesday at 6:30 P.M. in Chardón 121 or you can find them on their Facebook page: Teatrum.

A Biochemistry Doctorate in the Colorado State University

Daniel Feliciano gave a presentation in September 20 in the Chemistry Department about the Biochemistry and Biology Molecular Department of Colorado State University (CSU).

Daniel Feliciano lived in Isabela, Puerto Rico, graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras with a bachelor in chemistry and later enrolled in the ARMY from there he continued his biochemistry doctorate in the Colorado State University.

Daniel Feliciano explaining what he does in the laboratory.

Feliciano discussed CSU offers such as, summer internships and for you to be accepted you need a GPA of 3.00 or more, to have already taken general chemistry, biology and organic chemistry, two to three recommendation letters, and if you get accepted they will give you money for transportation, food, activities, etc. Recreational activities include, hiking, climbing and whitewater rafting.

Although the summer internship sounds fun you will still be working hard and developing skills and leadership.

Feliciano informed students about doctorate program in biochemistry, its requirements and its curriculum.

The student who wants to apply for the program needs to have a bachelor in chemistry, biology, biology molecular or biotechnology, also needs a GPA of 3.00 or higher, a TOULF of 80 (internet version), sub graduate investigations, letters of recommendations, and an essay explaining why he or she chose CSU and why do he or she wants to obtain an PhD in biochemistry.

Students will also take an oral test to be able to qualify. If the student is elected the first year he needs to take biochemistry and metabolism, biochemistry physics, biology molecular, biochemistry/biology molecular or ethics in sciences, and during that first year the person will be able to rotate laboratories.

For the second year the student will be writing proposals, taking seminary classes and advanced courses like biochemistry structure, microscopy of fluorescence, quantum chemistry, enzymology and pathophysiology, and finally he will be doing scientific proposal preliminary.

Feliciano also gave information about the financial aids for the doctorate program explaining that there is a tuition payment, an annual stipend of $24,000, $500 stipend for medical insurance, and guaranteed payments for six years to complete the thesis.

Feliciano as a proud CSU student, gave the students some facts about Colorado to draw their attention Colorado was the 6th in 2010 Money Magazine “Best Places to Live”, 3rd Best Places to Do Business, and the 11th America’s Top 50-Bike Friendly Cities, in Colorado there are 300 sunny days so basically you can always go hiking, climbing and do outdoor sports.

Some students asked Feliciano why he chose CSU and how was the transition and he said, “I chose CSU because of the facilities, the university have the top laboratories in the whole country, and also the projects captured my attention, and with the transition it was uncomfortable at first but then they made me feel welcomed and they were very friendly.”

Feliciano finished the presentation with an advise for all the students, “Don’t be afraid to apply for internships, universities, and big opportunities; you guys don’t lose anything by trying, but if you don’t apply, you may loose the opportunity to be part of it.”

After the presentation students asked Feliciano additional questions.

A Bishop in the Colegio by Christopher González Rodríguez

A Bishop in the Colegio

By Christopher L. González Rodríguez

                On September 20, 2012 the Bishop of the Diocese of Mayagüez, Monsignor Álvaro Corrada del Río S.J. offered his first mass at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus in the amphitheater of Celis building during the university hour; it was sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Group (GAC for its acronym in Spanish).

During the homily, the part of the mass when the priest preaches, Monsignor Corrada repeat the power and the importance of love and forgiveness in our lives, like the topic of the Gospel for that day that was from Saint Luke Gospel.  “With the love and charity that we treat others we are demonstrating that God is in our hearts,” said the Monsignor.

The homily was full of resources to help attenders in their daily living.  As it was a mass full of youth, Monsignor adapt very well to the environment around him and easily got the attention that he deserved and reach the heart of those present.

On September 20 the Holy Church celebrated the martyrdom of some Korean presbyters and lay partners, and what a better example of love that celebrate the Mass in memory of those who died for God, because of the great love they had for Him and for the Holy Church and as a gift for this they received the crown of the martyrdom.

Monsignor Álvaro Corrada del Río S.J., is the current Bishop of the Diocese of Mayagüez since September 17, 2011.

It is the first time Corrada visits the campus and shares with the catholic youth, recently the Bishop Corrada was invited by the directive of the “GAC” to preside a mass at the beginning of this semester but due to the agenda of Corrada this couldn’t happen until now.

The Episcopal curriculum of our Bishop is something that can help him very much at the time to catch the attention of people and reach to their hearts when he’s giving his sermons.  Corrada del Río had been Bishop for already 27 years and 38 of priesthood.

Monsignor Corrada del Río is a Bishop with a great history in the Catholic Church.  He was ordained as a Jesuit on July 6, 174 and he received his Episcopal Consecration on August 4, 1985 by His Eminence Cardinal James Hickey.

Years ago, before Bishop Corrada was named Bishop of the Diocese of Mayagüez, he took care of the Diocese of Caguas and Tyler, Texas, in which he is still in charge.

Corrada del Río was installed as Bishop of Mayagüez on September 17, 2011 by order of His Holiness Benedict XVI, becoming the second Bishop in the history of our Diocese.  The first Bishop of the Diocese was Monsignor Ulises Casiano Vargas, who passed to be the emeritus Bishop because of health problems.

“In every Mass that Monsignor Corrada offers you see the dedication and the love that this priest has for what he does and the years of experience he has.  He is one of the few priest that has the ability to give you some goods slaps in the face with his words,’’ said Radames Jiménez, one of the participants of the Mass.

The Place Where Dreams Come True

By: Natalia A. Arroyo Gomez

The Disney College Program is an paid intership program where students from all mayors have the chance to work in the different Walt Disney World parks.

The Disney College Program recruiters are back at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus on their mission to recruit students to join the paid internship program they offer. The first information conference took place September 24, 2012 at Piñeiro 213 at 6:00 p.m.; the second conference was given at the Industrial Engineering Department on September 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Students from all majors of the UPRM showed up at the meeting and were really enthusiastic. The conference, led by Ernesto Sosa, from Disney’s human resources department, discussed how the students would be living, their earnings, and the learning. Students who had recently participated in the program and came back recently were there to offer their different opinions and experiences.

Students started showing up for the presentation at 5:45 pm and had to register at the entrance with two other recruiters. As they took their places in the amphitheater a video was playing in the background about the DCP. The conference officially started at 6:13pm and ended at 8:02 pm.

It began with Sosa introducing himself and softening the mood for the students to feel more comfortable. In efforts to connect with the audience, Sosa gave souvenirs to those who answered his questions.

The first part of the conference talked about the benefits the students would have if they are chosen to be part of this unique program. One of the most important benefits is to have such an important company on their resume, because Disney is number 66 in Fortune 100’s list of best companies to work with.

To make the conference more entertaining for his audience Sosa used videos to show them what life in the program would be like.  The motto of the company is: “We create happiness by providing the finest in entertainment for people of all ages everywhere”. The recruiters certainly did the best they could to make the small amphitheater feel welcoming for their guests, just as they would do in the parks as employees.

The students were asking so many questions that a limit had to be put on them. A great percent of Colegio’s students have always been active in participating in the program.

“The best thing about the program is that you will get the chance to meet so many people from all over the world, you will learn about different cultures, and make new friendships that will last a life time”, said Lizmarie Sanchez, one of the seven student recruiters present in Piñeiro 213 that night.

The Disney College Program is a paid internship program where students have the opportunity to develop their skills and gain real life work experience. Offered in [The Walt Disney World Resorts Orlando and in Disneyland California], It is very beneficial because you learn how to be independent and it looks great on a resume. “To work at Disney you have to be a person who knows how to have fun”, said Ernesto Sosa, “Disney Parks are for entertaining; therefore, we want our employees to be entertaining and fun.”

To be part of the program students can visit http://www.disneycollegeprogram.com www.disneycollegeprogram.com, fill out the application, five days later complete the web based interview and depending on the results of the WBI they know if the qualify for the phone interview. After the phone interview the student finds out whether or not he or she passed the process.

Camping Trip! A Brilliant and Different way of learning

By: Nicole E. Torres Collado

On September 20, 2012, the Association for Biology Students (AEB) in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, also known as RUM, had a meeting to discuss important surviving techniques used in the wilderness, as well as a schedule, this due to a camping trip that they will be attending on the 28th, 29th and 30th of September, in Río Abajo, Utuado, at a natural reserve.

Therefore, during the meeting the President of the association, Ms. Andrea Rosario expressed: “We are all very excited to meet you here and proud that so many people are interested in learning about surviving in the environment.” After sharing a few more words with the audience present, Mr. Danny Lugo, an expert in surviving went on to explain what is necessary to survive and how to organize a camping trip.

During the meeting, he also discussed how a person should organize themselves when they arrive at a camp site and during the camping trip. “The best way to organize yourself is through the buddy system, no one gets left behind, no matter what happens…” he expressed. During the meeting, many things were important to discuss, like for example, how to cook, prepare your clothes, how to prepare a first aid kit and how to give first aid in case anyone gets injured.

Afterwards, he went on to discuss a schedule prepared for a camping trip that the association would have that weekend. The members agreed that on Friday they would leave from the UPRM to Utuado at 6 p.m. and should be arriving at the camp site at 8 p.m. On Saturday they will go hiking in the mountains, caves and forest next to the camping area. On Sunday they will be attending “El Lago Dos Bocas”, and at 3 p.m. they will be heading back to Mayagüez. During the trip they will be finding out about organisms by observing how they interact with each other with the environment.

On one hand, during the meeting many people were interested in going to the camping trip, and they were given the opportunity to join the camping trip, as well as the association. After the meeting many students came in and joined the association. Also they decided to go to the camping trip; because they thought it’s a different way to learn about our environment and to not only appreciate it but take care of it.

On the other hand, one of the students said: “I have never gone to a camping trip before, but I am very excited to join this organization, because I think it’s a different way of understanding and appreciating our environment.” Many of the students were showing their enthusiasm towards the camping trip. Joining the association costs $15 and the camping trip costs $10. The deadline to join is October 15, 2012.

The Association for Biology Students is very excited to receive new members, not just from the Biology or Microbiology departments, but from anyone who is willing to learn about the environment. During the semester and the entire year this association is very active, and is always making new ways to interest different kinds of people into taking care of the environment. Other activities organized by this organization are beach cleaning, going to trips outside of the island and also rewarding the students that participate in the most activities throughout the year.

AEB is an organization for students of all departments who are interested in the environment. During the year they do activities that are for the benefit and the experience gaining of students.

During the meeting students were interested in what the association had to offer in this camping trip. They were educated and left the meeting ready for the camping trip.

Snapshot Reunion

by: Gregg Y. Malave

A new student association, ACAF (Asocion de colegiales amantes a la fotografia, for its name in spanish) held its third meeting on September 27, 2012 at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in Chardon-322 to announce its acceptances as an official association in the campus. ACAF plans to organize and discus future events and attract new members and photography lovers.

As the members arrived for the beginning of the meeting, the President and Vice President of the association begun to give the announcement of the day, including the succes of becoming an official association. These announcement were big news to all the members who had been requesting this since last semester. Now all photography lovers an enthusiasts here in the University have and official pace where they can do what they love with others. Who restated that no matter if you don’t have an expensive DSLR and only have a camera in your phone, if you are passionate about photography you can become a member. Also they can receive help and input from others members who are more advanced in the field of photography.

After this announcement they began with short seminars about how the cameras work and how they should be used. Ranging from the basic like: what is the shutter speed, aperture and iso; to some more complex terms like: composition, artificial light and photo editing. The new members found this to be very helpful since the more advanced members explained a lot in the given time frame. One of the members said: “This has been a great experience since day one, I came here with no knowledge about photography and with time, seminars like the ones today and help from others members I can now take photographs I could not dream off”, said Neftali Borges, member of ACAF. Other members expressed the same thought as him.

The meeting included a photography competition between the members. To encourage the use of new techniques and develop more skills since the photos will be rated by the members themselves. One of the most important parts of becoming good at something is criticizing each others work in a respectful way. The input the members received that day thanks to the event is what helped each and everyone of them become better. “This is great , its only out third meeting and the members are bonding even more than eve, their support has been great and the way they help each other is outstanding”, said the President of ACAF.

Last but not least we have to emphasize in the effort that was put for the photographic competition held that day. The contest showed how well the members work together to help each other. All the members collaborated and helped create a magnificent learning environment with respect and passion. In my opinion this was the best activity of the day during the meeting.

At the end of the meeting some short announcement were made, including the get-together at “El Faro” at Rincon in the coming weeks of October and some seminars that will be given at UPRM. This certainly is a great semester for ACAF but the staff members promise a lot more next year.

Example of what best describes ACAF the love for photography, great and balance shots taken by Kevin Abreu member of ACAF

What lies ahead? By Miguel Hernández Román

What lies ahead?

By

Miguel Hernández Román

September 25, 2012

Hourglass

Audience:  Physics UPRM Students with plans to go to graduate school

On September 25, 2012 at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus’ Physics Department. Professor Erick Roura (Ph.D.) spoke about the different fields and opportunities for graduate school, a slightly description of the guided program and the average time it takes to complete the degree, the best universities and job opportunities. Less than of 15 undergraduate theorical and science physics students.

The presentation took place at 10:30 a.m. (university hour) in the physics building at UPRM

Some of the fields listed by Roura were the standard model of particles, quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodyinamics, condensed matter, astrophysics and Hawking radiation.

The standard model of particles is a theory concerning electromagnetic weak, and strong nuclear interactions, which mediate the dynamics of the known subatomic particles.

Quantum electrodynamics is the relativistic quantum field theory of electrodynamics. In essence, it describes how light and matter  interacts and is the first theory where full agreement between quantum mechanics and special relativity is achieved.

Quantum chromodynamics is a theory of the strong interaction color force, a fundamental force describing the interactions between quarks and gluons which make up hadrons.

Condensed matter physicists seek to understand the behavior of these phases by using well-established physical laws. In particular, the laws of quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statiscally mechanics.

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behavior.

Hawking radiation is black body radiation that is predicted to be emitted by black holes, due to quantum effects near the event horizon. It is named after the physicist Stephen Hawking.

Each of these have a principle in common called the theory of quantum fields, which used to describe and analyze the element particles’ physics.

In first year you must pass an entrance exam which asks all the classical mechanical physics and from second to fourth year you’re enrolled in regular classes combined with research projects by a special group that you must join or assemble. Finally, on the fifth year you must defend your thesis. The average time it takes to finish a post-bachelor’s degree five to six years on the theorical field and eight on the experimental; professor Roura achieved a PhD. in particles and fields in five years.

“The most interesting of particles and fields is to understand how the theory of quantum fields applies to problems like the theory of ropes. I wouldn’t complete another PhD. as this is a one in a lifetime but will continue studying different fields on my own, like the thermal equilibrium and gravity could be seen as the point of view of quantum fields” said PhD. Erick Roura.

As Dr. Roura knows we live an economic crisis worldwide, he specified the two fields of higher demand: condensed matter and particles and fields. The temporary research jobs are the most offered with a high percent employment and the steady jobs are the less offered with a low percent of employment.  The salaries depend on which sector do you work for because on the private one you can start from $75000 to $100000 and on the public is from $45000-75000. Most students end up working on different and more prosperous jobs such as doctors and lawyers.

The best universities are the ones that are not only on the budget of the students but also in their lifestyle. There’s a need for balance between quality and quantity. But in general some of them are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Perimeter Institute for Theorical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.

Food Science and Technology Conference

by: Valeria Núñez     

Coca-Cola company logo. It is one of many job opportunities in the food industry.

On September 20, 2012, Dr. Edna Negrón and Dr. Mildred Camacho offered a conference about the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez’s master’s degree of Food Science and Technology (CITA). They explained to the students how this master’s degree could help them improve their knowledge of the food industry, what this industry is and what job opportunities in the field are. Students from biology, microbiology, chemistry and chemical engineering attended.

Patricia Nieves, a sophomore chemical engineering student, participated of this conference because of the opportunities this program might give her in the search for a good job and for ways to contribute to the society.  “It is important for us to discover new ways in which we can consume our food, the Food Science and Technology program helps you improve the process used to make our food and create new products with the same resources we normally use to improve the food industry, ”she said. Nieves plans to complete a master’s degree on Food Science and Technology.

What is Food Science and Technology?

            Food Science and Technology is a science that studies the quality of food products while they are in process and guarantees the process’s effectiveness; it is responsible of creating  new products applying new techniques using the same materials used to make other products or new materials. This science is a multidisciplinary program that combines with disciplines such as biology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition and chemical engineering. The Food technologists study the microbiologist and chemical aspects of food; depending on the area that they specialize in, they could be working with the creation of new food, working  with the process of old products or even developing new techniques that could be applied to the process of food. It is important for Food Technologists to be creative and responsible in their work; they are working with products that we consume and must be healthy. Some professions derived from this science are quality inspectors, business developments, educators, sensorial Analysis specialist, food engineer, etc. In Puerto Rico, food technologists can work with any food industry such as Tres Monjitas, Coca-Cola, El Mesón Sandwiches, Goya and Godiva.

The Food Science and Technology Program at UPRM

            The UPRM Campus offers a Curricular Sequence and a Master’s degree on Food Science and Technology ( CITA). The curricular sequence is a program that allows a student to acquire basic knowledge of a particular area.  At the end of each semester, The Food Science and Technology program offers workshops, such as Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Sensorial Analysis of aliments and Biotechnology and Fermentation of aliments, for the students who are interested on participating of this program. The master’s degree can be completed in two years. It has 30 class credits and six of them are from the thesis and can be done in two years. It is a complete program for those interested in working on a food industry.

Is Dominion the Right Company for You?

October 4, 2012

Carlos Torres

Chronological

Student in the engineering department

A seminar given by Dominion on internships and scholarships on September 26 at Stephanie 320 in the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez campus.

The seminar started with Fernando Orden and David Perez, promoting the Dominion’s Diversity Scholarship program with a power point presentation. The scholarship offers an automatic internship, which is renewable and same benefits, with them at Richmond Virginia. Interns from the summer 2012 volunteered to talk about the benefits of the program and explain why it is really renewable. They later informed the people how to apply in the website and the deadline, October 31, 2012, was important because they don’t review under any circumstances late entries. They finished with a video called “The Greater Richmond Virginia” promoting the good living of Richmond.

Then the speakers started to talk about themselves, First Fernando Orden introduced himself by saying he is an electrical engineer  at the Virginia Power facility, then David Perez said he also was an electrical engineer but he was from the Generation facilities.  The Virginia Power works with: electric transmission, distribution and unregulated retail marketing. The Generation works with: nuclear, fossil, hydro, biomass and wind.

Later Orden explained more about the actual company. “Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 mega watts”.   He said it is ranked number 187 the Fortune 500 and employees 15,820 people. It has had many awards like 2008 Business Week’s Best Places to Launch Your Career. They are developing with Six Sigma, training and developing program which is used by many fortune 500 companies.  The development of Six Sigma by Dominion is a huge step into the future for better companies and therefore creating more jobs.

The intern, Samantha, who is applying for another year of this scholarship studied chemical engineering said, “It is the best experience I have had with any company”.  The intern, Carlos, who studied mechanical engineering said, “It is a good environment to work in”.  They both explained that you did not need too much experience to advance political wise.

Afterwards Perez explained how to apply on the online website and the requirements needed. The first process is meeting the requirement which almost everyone accomplishes that one, but the second process which is writing an essay in English which causes problems for the students.

At the end of the seminar they presented a video showing the pros and cons of Richomnd. The video stated that Richmond had easy acces to major cities and the capitol. They also have a National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) track. They stated that Richond was a nice outdoor climate and had no unexpected weather. In the area of Richmond there are many colleges and plenty of historic sites.

After the ended Perez stated,” It is a perfect work environment where everyone works together instead of making it a contest “. He also said that he loves the job because he is working on what he actually studied for and loves to do, which is working with batteries and the systems that support them. He also stated that he loves working for dominioin because it helps to save the planet by creating less pollution and better energy.

Interested in offering internships and scholarships to Univerity of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus students.

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