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Volume XVII Number 4 Summer 2010 An Independent, Community-Based Magazine About Latin@s at Ohio State

Memories of Graduations Making Them Our Own

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By Michael J. Alarid


I had almost forgotten. Let it suffice to say that I was tired, overworked, and running low on energy on the day Bruno and I met with this year’s graduates for the annual ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? graduation photo session. Then I walked into the Ohio Union and saw the smiles on the faces of all the soon to be graduates. I could suddenly feel it: their energy, excitement, anticipation, and feelings of accomplishment engulfed me. For a moment, I remembered my first graduation: I was back in Oregon surrounded by my family, filled with pride and excited about being the first person in my family to graduate from college. It was one of the best days of my life. It may sound trite, but really your college graduation is a surreal time: a moment when dreams come true for many who, at some point, doubted they might ever make it this far. It’s a time when worlds collide in ways you’ve never imagined, with your college friends, colleagues, and family members, once occupying different spheres, suddenly shaking hands as siblings, parents, and grandparents enter the university world you have called home for so many years. Professors tell how proud they are to your mother, friends lament how much they will miss you to a brother, and somewhere in the middle you catch only snippets of this once in a lifetime symphony. For our graduating students at OSU who have just lived this experience, the memories they have made will stay with them for the rest of their lives. To these students and to their families, we dedicate part of this edition. Our cover features the photo that came from that photo session, and depicts 20 graduates who were selected to be featured in this edition. Each student has a different story and we are pleased that all of them have been profiled for this edition in our graduate profile section entitled Their Best Day. Their

accomplishments, passion, determination, and love for OSU make them most worthy of the degrees they now hold. To all graduates, we hope that you will read Staying Connected, Vincent Sanchez’s article about the developing Hispanic Alumni Society at OSU. Congratulations to all of you! But for every graduate, there are many students still on their way to this great accomplishment; it is for those that the rest of this edition is intended. Our edition begins with Greetings from Key Leaders, featuring salutations and well wishes from university leaders who play important roles in bringing new students to OSU. For our faculty profile, we focus on the career of Mónica Giusti in the article Enhancing Health, Fighting Disease with Functional Foods; our student profile features Miguel Guevara in Undergraduate Focuses on Strengthening the Latino Community. To make it to graduation day you will need guidance, especially if you’re a first generation college student. Among the most important subjects you will engage are choosing the right university, learning about financial aid, understanding the resources that are available to you at OSU, and figuring out how to maximize your experience as a Buckeye. To help surmount these obstacles, we offer numerous articles written to act as a road map for those transitioning to OSU. To help choose the right university, Jefferson Blackburn Smith offers some advice in Is The Ohio State University Right for You? Additionally, Dr. Ernesto Escoto takes us on a creative journey to examine the process of leaving home in his article Mafalda, 1492 + Buckeye Nation. As many of you are already starting to suspect, understanding financial aid and finding scholarships are going to be pivotal for your success. In It is Never Too Late for a Scholarship Maria Sanchez offers tips for the application process, while Marilyn Lee explains the importance of filing your

FAFSA in The FAFSA Can Save You. To help understand the resources available to you, Indra Leyva-Santiago writes about the resources at the Multicultural Center in The Multicultural Center Is Your Safe Haven, and Susannah Turner encourages you to explore support groups within the dorms in her article Learning Communities Are Seeking You. Finally, to help make the most of your time at OSU, Ana Gerber encourages you to study abroad in her article The Road Is Calling, while Cyndi Freeman offers some insight to incoming graduate students in Making Columbus Your Home. In the midst of all this excitement, we would be remiss to ignore the challenges that the Latino community in Arizona is currently facing. We turn then to Yolanda Zepeda’s article EnforcementOnly Immigration Strategies Don’t Work in our Su Opinión section, where she offers her perspective into the current tumult. For those who wish to know more about the controversy in Arizona, we hope this article provides the insight many seem to be seeking. For our graduates, this is a milestone; for those reading this edition who are just beginning the process, we hope it helps illuminate your path to success. With you in mind, we are proud to offer this publication and its content. We hope that you can take advantage of the guidance that so many have contributed for this edition. To all our readers we wish nothing but the best. M.J. Alarid

Editor Michael J. Alarid Designer Bruno Ribeiro Assistant Editor Giovana Covarrubias

Volume XVII Number 4 Summer 2010

Editorial Board Mauricio Espinoza Monica Frías-Boson Víctor J. Mora


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Greedings from Key Leaders

Is The Ohio State University Right for You? A Guide to Decision Making and Why OSU Is the Place for You By Jefferson Blackburn Smith

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It Is Never Too Late for a Scholarship Taking the Right Steps for Relief from the Financial Burden of College By Maria Sanchez The FAFSA Can Save You Why FAFSA Matters as Much as Your College Applications By Merilyn Lee


The Multicultural Center Is Your Safe Haven The Services and Benefits of the MCC to a Weary Student By Indra Leyva-Santiago

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Making Columbus Your Home A Guide for New Graduate Students for the Next Two-Six Years By Cyndi Freeman The Road Is Calling How Study Abroad Can Complete Your College Experience By Anna Gerber Learning Communities Are Seeking You An Examination of the Benefits and Allure of Learning Communities at OSU By Susannah Turner Staying Connected A Call to Action for Hispanic Alumni By Vincent Sanchez Their Best Day The Trials and Triumphs of 20 OSU Graduates


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Esquina del Editor Memories of Graduations Making Them Our Own By Michael J. Alarid Faculty Profile Mónica Giusti Enhancing Health, Fighting Disease with Functional Foods By Mauricio Espinoza Student Profile Miguel Guevara Undergraduate Focuses on Strengthening the Latino Community By Michael J. Alarid

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2009 – 2010 Events The Year in Pictures Highlights from the Latino Community During the 2009-2010 School Year

Contributors Joseph A. Alutto Ernesto R. Escoto Mauricio Espinoza Dolan Evanovich Cyndi Freeman Anna Gerber Marilyn Lee Valerie B. Lee Indra Leyva-Santiago Maria Sanchez Jefferson Blackburn Smith Susannah Turner Yolanda Zepeda Please send all letters, press releases, and other materials to: ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? 063 Mount Hall 1050 Carmack Road Columbus OH 43210 (614) 688 3569 This publication is supported by The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Minority Affairs. This publication is funded through the Hispanic Oversight Committee. The Ohio State University is not responsible for the content of this publication. This publication does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the staff or the editorial board. All submissions for publication must include name and phone number or e-mail of the person(s) responsible for the work. ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? reserves the right to refuse any and all submissions for publication at any time. Note: We use “@” instead of “o/a” because we want all Latin@s, men and women, to feel included. Cover: Photo by Bruno Ribeiro

Creative Corner Mafalda, 1492 + Buckeye Nation Reflections on Leaving Home By Ernesto R. Escoto, Ph.D. Su Opinión Enforcement-only Immigration Strategies Don’t Work An Examination of the Misguided Arizona SB1070 Bill By Yolanda Zepeda Spring 2010 Graduates

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Greedings from Key Leaders Joseph A. Alutto As Ohio State’s provost I am delighted to welcome you to our campus and to this issue of ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? Being provost means being responsible for the academic reputation of this great institution. It also means having the university’s most privileged seat for appreciating the accomplishments of our faculty and students. If you have already decided to make Ohio State your college home, I welcome you into our company and promise that we will do our utmost to give you an enriching, engaging, and perhaps lifechanging Ohio State experience. If you are still thinking about where to go to college, I hope the pages that follow will persuade you that Ohio State could be the perfect fit. As you will see, ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? gives you a glimpse of what our Hispanic/Latin@

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students are doing. It also helps you understand the rich diversity of the Ohio State family. In studying its pages, you will be astonished by all the ways you can interact with our community. For example, Ohio State’s 3,500 world-class faculty members are devoted to challenging and promoting your life of the mind. The 12,000 courses that they offer allow you to choose from nearly 200 majors. Outside the classroom, nearly 1,000 student organizations will engage you in everything from the Aerial Robotics Team to the Zoology Club. Here, your opportunities to learn, grow, and develop are virtually unlimited. At Ohio State, students are our top priority. We value the uniqueness that each of you contributes to our culture of inclusiveness. Your varied perspectives, experiences, and personal histories enrich us all. I hope to have the pleasure and privilege of greeting you personally in the coming months.

Executive Vice President and Provost

M. Dolan Evanovich

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Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Planning

Valerie B. Lee Interim Vice Provost for Minority Affairs

In a multicultural society, it is possible to have diversity without excellence, but it is impossible to have excellence without diversity. Simply bringing everyone to the table may ensure diversity, but that alone does not guarantee excellence. Nevertheless, it is diversity that fuels the flames that allow the cauldron of excellence to foment. Diversity matters because the exchange


of ideas matters. Diversity matters because no one person or group has all the answers. Diversity matters because democracy matters. Diversity imagines and welcomes the future. ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? is one of the many vehicles The Ohio State University uses to embrace that future. On behalf of the Office of Minority Affairs, welcome to campus, and we are here to help you thrive.

Congratulations and welcome to The Ohio State University! On behalf of the enrollment services team, we are proud of the rich diversity of educational and co-curricular opportunities available to our students. I joined the OSU family last fall and have been continuously impressed with unmatched array of academic, career development, recreational, and intellectually stimulating activities available to our students. Trust that we will work with you and your family to ensure a smooth transition to college and help you learn more about our world class community and commitment to diversity. We are proud of the tradition of excellence and inclusion and we encourage you to become an active partner in all aspects of your academic and student life.

Is The Ohio State University Right for You? A Guide to Decision Making and Why OSU Is the Place for You By Jefferson Blackburn Smith, , Sr. Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience

As you approach your senior year of high school, and the daunting task of choosing where to apply and eventually enroll, how do you know which school is the right school for you? It can seem like overwhelming, with over 3,400 colleges and universities in the United States. Here are several things to think about as you consider Ohio State and other schools. What do you want to study? Students tell us that the number one reason they choose to apply to a college or university is the strength of the major they are interested in studying. Certainly, students shouldn’t apply to schools that don’t offer the program they want to study, but several other factors should be taken into account as well. Many, many college students end up changing their major one or more times before they graduate. A school like Ohio State can help guarantee that your academic exploration won’t outgrow your university. For example, Ohio State has over 160 undergraduate majors and more than 450 specializations among those majors. Students can even create their own major, by bringing together elements of other programs into a unique field of study. What do you want to do after college? Students frequently spend time focusing on their major without thinking about their entire degree. At any university, your major courses account for only about one third of the classes you will take for graduation. One third will be general education classes that build skill sets and create a common learning base and the last third will be elective classes. How will the colleges you are looking at prepare you to be competitive to do what you want to do, once you graduate? Ohio State has so many academic opportunities that students can craft their degree around that desired outcome. So a student can study business just about anywhere, but if you want to work in China, can you take Chinese history as a general education requirement and Chinese language as an elective? Can you

do a study abroad program in China? You can at Ohio State. That means when you are interviewing for those positions to work in China, you will look more competitive that students who didn’t have those opportunities. How can your experiences outside the classroom reinforce what you are learning in the classroom? You will have many learning opportunities outside the classroom as well as those you have inside the classroom. Do the schools you are considering offer the same kinds of out-of-classroom opportunities? Ohio State has more than 900 student organizations that provide students with leadership opportunities and a way to engage in the campus community. Our students are engaging in research, whether working on a faculty member’s research team or directing their own research project, and learning what it means not just to learn, but to create knowledge. With over 100 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries, ranging in length from ten days to an entire year, Ohio State students learn how to thrive in a global economy and engage different cultures. Thousands of Ohio state undergraduates get real work experience while in school by participating in internships and co-ops. All of these experiences help prepare students for life after college. How do you feel on the campus? If you take your time as you research colleges, you will be able to identify several universities that might be a good fit. Once you have that list down, it’s important to begin to visit these schools to see how you feel about the idea of spending the next four years there. It may not be feasible to visit all the schools you are interested in before you apply, but you definitely don’t want to enroll at a college you haven’t seen in person. You wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it first, right? The campus visit is like a college test-drive. When you visit, be sure to do the official information session and

tour, so you can hear how the college defines itself, but don’t stop there. Get out on campus and meet some current students, other than your tour guides, and ask them how they like the campus. See if their answers are similar to the tour guides who are supposed to promote the university. Think about how easy the campus is to get around, how diverse the student body is, what students do when they are not in class. Does everyone go home on the weekends? (You don’t want to be stuck on a campus thousands of miles from home when most kids go home for the weekend.) Are the students you meet people you want to spend the next four years getting to know better? One of the things we here from students who visit Ohio State is that they knew as soon as they saw the campus that this was where they wanted to go to school. The visit confirmed everything else they already knew, and made their final decision an easy one. Whatever you do, pay attention to deadlines! Nothing can derail a college dream faster than missing an important deadline. All of the colleges you are looking at will have their own deadlines, so make a chart where you can track them to be sure you don’t miss anything import. You have 3 or 4 deadlines to think about for each school: the application deadline (many schools have an early deadline and a final deadline), scholarship deadlines, financial aid deadlines and deadlines for applying to special programs like Honors or Scholars. Ohio State encourages students to apply by Dec. 1 to be considered for the broadest range of merit scholarships, with a final deadline of Feb. 1. Students interested in Scholars programs are also encouraged to apply by December 1. The priority deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 15. Ohio State (and many schools) requires students to let us know by May 1 if they are planning on attending the following fall. With these thoughts in mind as you decide where to apply and enroll, Buena Suerte! Good Luck!

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Mónica Giusti Enhancing Health, Fighting Disease with Functional Foods

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Growing up in Perú, Mónica Giusti loved math and science. When time came to pick a career, she thought civil engineering would be just the ticket. But soon she realized she wanted to work, in her own words, “with things that were alive… maybe in a lab.” Someone suggested food engineering, “and I’ve loved it ever since.” An assistant professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology — part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences — Giusti has become a renowned researcher and innovator in the fields of functional foods (foods that provide specific health benefits in addition to basic nutrition) and flavonoids (natural compounds such as anthocyanins and isoflavones that play a role in disease prevention). “I became interested in natural colorants, which are very important in Perú, mainly as a natural alternative to synthetic dyes,” Giusti explained. “However, it was later on that I realized these natural pigments can provide much more than color; they can actually help protect your body from chronic disease. That’s when I became interested in functional foods. The idea is to make foods that are appealing and also good for you. Things that are healthy should not sacrifice on flavor or color.” For example, laboratory experiments on rats and on humans done by Giusti and her colleagues suggest that anthocyanins, which give color to most red, purple and blue fruits and vegetables, appreciably slow the growth of colon cancer cells. They retrieved these anthocyanins from some exotic fruits (many of which grow in Latin America) and other plants, including grapes, radishes, purple corn, chokeberries, bilberries, purple carrots and elderberries. In additional laboratory studies, she and her colleagues found that anthocyanin pigments from radish and black carrots slowed the growth of cancer cells anywhere from 50 to 80 percent. But pigments from purple corn and chokeberries not only completely stopped the growth of cancer cells, but also killed

roughly 20 percent of the cancer cells while having little effect on healthy cells. “There are more than 600 different anthocyanins found in nature,” Giusti said. “While we know that the concentration of anthocyanins in the GI tract is ultimately affected by their chemical structures, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding how the body absorbs and uses these different structures.” She pointed out that her team is also evaluating how these pigments interact with other compounds in foods — such interactions could ultimately affect the health benefits of the food or the anthocyanin itself. “I think it is possible to incorporate many of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables into a wide variety of foods by using juices, extracts or other natural ingredients as replacement for synthetic dyes or additives,” Giusti said. “Doing so still maintains the wonderful colors of foods while enhancing their health-promoting properties.” To accomplish such a goal, however, new processes and ingredients that deliver health benefits need to be developed for use by the food industry. The reason synthetic ingredients are so widely used in foods, Giusti explained, is because they are effective, available, stable and easy to use. “The incorporation of natural ingredients implies the adjustment of processing techniques, and maybe even distribution and storage practices to assure the shelf life of functional foods,” she added. That’s why Giusti’s work also deals with technology development aimed at making functional foods more accessible to industry. Working with Cliffstar (the largest private-label juice manufacturer in the United States), Giusti has been able to determine the optimum protocol for quantitative and qualitative analyses of cranberry extracts — which are soughtafter for their health benefits, including urinary tract health. This protocol is now used to determine the average content of beneficial compounds in all samples of cranberry extracts, helping the industry deliver consistent products with optimum quality and health impact.

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By Mauricio Espinoza , Associate Editor, Communications and Technology, CFAES, OSU Extension, OARDC

Guisti is currently involved in yet another area of the commercialization spectrum. Through one of her many innovations, she has a patent pending (filed in 2009) on the Mixed-mode Cationexchange Technique for the Fractionation of High Purity Anthocyanins — a technique intended to generate highly pure anthocyanins at a reasonable cost, thus allowing scientists to significantly expand research into the health benefits of these compounds and their use as natural colorants in foods. As a Latina scientist (a rarity in U.S. academic institutions), Giusti hopes her work at Ohio State will make a difference for Latinos and people’s health in general. “We Latinos have a lot to offer in the scientific world,” she said. “A great portion of my work is with native commodities from Latin America, so I hope we can open new markets for some of these commodities, find value-added applications and, in some way, contribute to strengthening the economy of our countries. Ultimately, contributing to improved nutrition can have an impact on people, from any race, nation or culture.” A researcher at Ohio State since 2004, Giusti holds a bachelor’s degree from Perú’s Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oregon State University.

Miguel Guevara Undergraduate Focuses on Strengthening the Latino Community

numerous unique challenges. “In Houston Latino culture is everywhere and to be deprived of some cultural aspects of my life was really shocking; I did not know that good Tex-Mex or Mexican food would be so difficult to find!” Miguel told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Also, the winter months are just brutal for me, the lack of sun, the grey skies, etc. have affected me in a manner that I did not foresee.” Miguel believes that most of these cultural differences are partially a byproduct of Columbus being smaller than Houston and partially due to that fact that the Hispanic community in Columbus is still in its early stages of development. Still, the fact that the Hispanic communities in Columbus are experiencing rapid growth is undeniable. “I have not experienced the Columbus Latino. I do not venture off to the west end that often, but that in itself is a striking difference because in Houston you do not have to try to meet or see Latinos.” For those that Miguel has met, he has nothing but the highest regard. “Ohio State has introduced me to very dedicated and intelligent Latinos. In Houston I do not personally know Latino doctors, lawyers, Ph.D.s, etc. But at Ohio State I run into various Latinos who fit that description or are striving to attain that description all the time. In this sense, I have experienced a Latino community that I have not had much contact with back in Houston.” For Miguel, his focus has now shifted

away from what he misses about Houston; these days he’s more concerned about what he can do to make the Latino community at OSU stronger. “I have gotten involved and am engaged as much as possible; I’ve dedicated myself to making sure that the Latino student, faculty, and staff voices are being heard.” In pursuit of those ends, Miguel is a founding member of the Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. at Ohio State, the President of the University-wide Council of Hispanic Organizations (UCHO), the Associate Director for Hispanic Outreach for Undergraduate Student Government, and a Diversity Ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience (UAFYE), where he speaks with high school minority students about coming to college. Clearly, his extensive involvement in student organizations is ultimately aimed toward one goal: making the Latino community at Ohio State stronger. In terms of his future, that path has still yet to be determined. “I am definitely going to do some graduate work,” he told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “I came to Ohio State determined to go to law school after graduation. Ohio State has very good diversity recruiters however, and I am also seriously considering pursuing a Ph.D.” With a laugh, he concluded, “So as of right now, I am trying to decide what path I should take!” Whatever route he takes, Miguel will no doubt remain dedicated to making the Latino community a better place.

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Miguel Guevara was packing for college when the warnings sirens came: Hurricane Ike was bearing down on south Texas and threatening his home. “In preparation for Ike and its landfall, I spent my last five days in Houston sleeping on the floor of someone else’s home,” Miguel told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? Just three days prior to departure, Hurricane Ike barreled through southeast Texas, causing more than $29 billion in damages to the American coastline. Miguel and his family were not able to return home until the day before his departure. Miguel immediately completed his packing, and then spent the rest of his last moments at home trying to help clear as much debris as possible from the area around his home. “I had an early morning flight to Columbus and my parents came with me, helped me unpack, we ate lunch, and then they had to return to Houston the same day.” Miguel Guevara found himself a long way from Houston, both geographically and culturally, and in many ways felt torn from home by the tragedy he had experienced. But Miguel centered himself and found his focus, walling out all of the distractions. Indeed, he has spent every day since trying to make OSU his home. For Miguel, Ohio State had long been a part of his dreams. In fact, Ohio was not entirely a foreign place for him: his mother is from Lorain and for much of his life Miguel visited his grandparents for summer vacations. During these visits Ohio State became part of his life and, when it was time to apply for college, OSU was on his radar. “Ohio State was my first choice,” Miguel told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “My family was excited when I received my acceptance letter since they knew that. All I needed was the scholarship to make attending Ohio State a reality.” That scholarship came in the form of the Morrill Scholars Program Scholarship, a full tuition award that offers funding for the duration of one’s undergraduate career. “My parents were excited and proud of me, but I could tell they were also sorry I would be so far away from home.” Although he spent his summers in Ohio, the culture shock that came from leaving Houston for Columbus presented

Photo by Michael J. Alarid

By Michael J. Alarid , Editor, ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?


It Is Never Too Late for a Scholarship Taking the Right Steps for Relief from the Financial Burden of College By Maria Sanchez , Coordinator, Academic Studies, Office of Minority Affairs There are 600,000 scholarships worth more than one billion dollars and these are available to both perspective and current college students; sadly, a good portion will simply go unused. Meanwhile, those unaware of scholarship opportunities continue to be overwhelmed by the cost of attendance. In fact, the stress that has been produced in their first years at OSU has created extra pressure in an already challenging academic environment for many students, often leading to their failure. But whether you are starting your college journey or are halfway through there is one thing you need to know: it is never too late to look into scholarship and financial aid opportunities. First, if you are just applying for college or are in the middle of the decision making


process, you’ll need to tune out the cost of attendance for awhile… There are bigger questions that need to be answered: what is the strength of the institution; how strong is your major within that university; what sorts of opportunities (study aboard, research, co-ops/internships, etc.) are available to you if you select this college? This is not to say that you should tune out scholarship opportunities, because finding scholarships is an ongoing process that never ceases! But when it is time to actually select a school it is a mistake to consider cost first. Only after you have ranked your colleges, should you then consider what seems like the biggest factor to most: how will you pay? The fact is the cost of attending a university can be deceiving, because scholarships and

financial aid can bring down your actual cost of going to college; at the same time scholarships can position you for success and bolster your resume. Now in regards to scholarships there is one thing you need to known above all others: NO ONE IS GOING TO DO THIS FOR YOU. This is work. Money doesn’t just fall from the sky, so you need to be proactive, ask questions, and develop a strategy that works for you if you want to earn a scholarship. First, cast your net as wide as possible in terms of looking and asking for funding opportunities. Establish personal connections, so that someone can help guide you through the admissions and scholarship processes. Ask Ohio State representatives about financial aid opportunities and do a search for scholarships on Ohio State’s website; visit the financial aid website (more than once!). Contact the program or major that you are interested in and ask if they offer any scholarships. Many high school students may be sidetracked with football games, homecoming, etc., while others may only be thinking about getting accepted into college and not necessarily how to pay for college. You should be putting yourself on the radar for specific scholarship opportunities, not just for general financial aid. The Morrill Scholars Program Scholarships (MSP) at Ohio State University is one such opportunity. MSP is a great scholarship for incoming freshman and the nation’s largest diversity scholarship program; the value of an MSP starts at in-state tuition and is flexible enough to increase and cover costs for out-of-state students as well. This scholarship is administrated by Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) and it is important for you to become familiar with their selection criteria. MSP asks for a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), 23 ACT (or 1,070 SAT), and top 20 percent of your graduating class. Students who are interested in attending Ohio State, are U.S. residents, and meet two out of the three requirements should not hesitate to apply for this scholarship. To apply, students should complete the MSP application, which is available online, along with their admissions application

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before Dec. 1st. Visit recruitment for more information. MSP is not the only merit based award out there, and students should make themselves aware of other similar awards that are available to those who meet the academic criteria. Remember that for merit scholarships, it is necessary to take the ACT/SAT, and it is advisable to take it as early as possible because that allows you a chance to retake it if necessary. Also, students must apply to the university before the December 1st admissions priority deadline in order to access such scholarships. Remember that these merit based awards are not dependent on financial need. Scholarships can often be combined with other scholarships and that many of them are renewable. For more information on merit-based scholarships, please visit There are also community based programs and other online resources that should be explored. For example, locally there is an organization called Damas Latinas (www.damaslatinas.

org) and nationally there is the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (, both of which provide scholarships to students. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is large and provides plenty of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website for information on a variety of topics, such as choosing a college to career guidance. There are numerous search engines to help navigate the numerous community scholarships, including Fast web, a website dedicated to providing students with college financing options (www.fastweb. com). One bit of advice though: stay clear of websites or programs that charge a fee to help you find financial aid opportunities. Additionally, don’t forget about university grants, which can be need based and require you to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you are not selected for a grant, you still may have the opportunity to attain a work study position. Also, ask the major or college you enroll in and find out if there are any scholarships offered by their departments. Occasionally, colleges will

award students after they have demonstrated their abilities as a scholar within their area of study, but in order to be in a position to approach a department or major for funding a student must be in great academic standing. Finally once you are at the university, take advantage of free opportunities like the writing center and OMA academic advancement services to keep your grades up. It is a certainty that the time invested in studying can really pay off in terms of scholarships. In closing, here are a couple of tips about scholarships: 1. Do your research and ask questions! By putting in time and effort, you can find out about funding opportunities. Search the web; ask either your guidance counselor or your major advisor and remember that it’s never too early to start looking. 2. Every little bit counts… Don’t take for granted a small scholarship, those small scholarships add up before you know it. 3. Meet all deadlines! You may miss a valuable opportunity if you miss deadlines. This is your responsibility, and no one is going to do it for you…

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The FAFSA Can Save You Why FAFSA Matters as Much as Your College Applications By Merilyn Lee , Assistant Director, Office of Student Financial Aid you the best value. Is a $20,000 scholarship better than a $2,000 scholarship? Surprisingly, the answer is, “Maybe.” To find out, you need to look at your out-ofpocket expense at each institution. To understand what your financial aid awards mean, you have to understand college costs. What it actually costs to attend a specific institution for an academic year varies greatly between schools. All schools have direct costs, which are billed to you each term, and indirect costs, which you pay as you go. To find your out-of-pocket direct cost at each school, subtract your gift assistance (scholarships and grants which do not need to be repaid) from the school’s direct costs. The difference is your out-of pocket cost. Photo By Michal Ufniak, SXC

Consider these examples of costs:

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to college, and now you are on your way to fulfilling your dreams. Not so fast! College is expensive, and many families find it hard to come up with the funding to pay for a college education, especially in this economy. Most students find financial aid a necessity to pursue their educational goals. Recent data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study suggests that 66 percent of all college students obtain some kind of financial aid to pay for college. The good news is that financial aid is available. The not-so-good news is that funds are limited and are awarded to those students who maximize their chances of receiving the best aid package. If you want to be one of those students, read on! First, do your best in school. Scholarships are awarded to students who show promise, whether in academics or in specialized areas like dance or artistic performance. The better your grades and overall performance, the more likely you are to be considered for merit-based scholarship awards. Second, find out what you need to do


to apply for all kinds of aid. All colleges require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal aid. Some colleges also require separate institutional applications or the CSS PROFILE for consideration for non-federal aid funds. It’s important to find out which applications each institution you are considering requires and whether there is a priority date for filing. Most colleges’ websites will clearly explain their application process and priority filing dates, but if you have any doubt, contact the aid office directly to clarify. Third, apply as early as possible, and always before the priority application date. When funds are limited, early applicants have a better chance of being awarded. Fourth, make sure your FAFSA and other applications are completely and accurately filled out. If information is missing, or if the school has to request additional clarification from you and your parents, you may miss out on funds. Applying for aid is an important first step, but it’s equally important to be able to compare aid awards from different schools to figure out which one offers

College A College B

Tuition & fees Room & board Total direct costs

$ 9,400 $ 36,300 $ 10,065 $ 8,960 $ 19,465 $ 45,260

Now let’s look again at those scholarship offers:

College A College B

Total direct costs $ 19,465 $ 45,260 Scholarship & grant offer $ 2,000 $ 20,000 Total out-of-pocket costs $ 17,465 $ 25,260

The difference in out-of-pocket cost at these two colleges is almost $8,000. This is how much more you and your family will pay if you attend College B. You may pay this from savings, by working while in school, by borrowing student loans, or by some combination of these strategies. In any event, College A will cost you and your family less of your own funds than College B. Is cost the whole story? Not really. There are some intangibles, too. Your family has to decide what is most realistic in your situation. Which college will take your further toward your goals? What is a realistic educational debt level for you given your projected major? Where will you feel more comfortable? All these factors should be taken into account as you decide where you want to attend and how much to invest in your college education.

The Multicultural Center Is Your Safe Haven The Services and Benefits of the MCC to a Weary Student By Indra Leyva-Santiago , Intercultural Specialist, Hispanic/Latin@ Student Initiatives and the traditional Fiesta in the fall on Oct. 28, 2010. At the Multicultural Center, students play an intrinsic part of the event planning. Students are always encouraged to explore more about their own and other identities to best prepare them to be effective global citizens, especially in an increasingly socially just world, where students today must be aware of the multiplicity of identities and their intersections and interconnections. At the Multicultural Center students are given the opportunity to explore new and innovative ways of creating stronger, wiser communities where people can bring their differences together as strengths toward a common goal of social justice. The Multicultural Center welcomes all students to use the resources available at the center to study, spend time with friends, create new friendships, learn about upcoming intercultural events, watch TV at the lounge, or chat about whatever’s up with the students and staff in the center. The center also houses a level 2 lactation

room that also serves as a serenity space where students can find the time to reflect and relax during stressful times. The Multicultural Center staff is always available for students to help, listen, support and to provide that home away from home feeling that is needed to succeed in your university journey. Visit our website to find out more about how to connect with the Multicultural Center Staff, how to be involved on the multiple student planning teams, if you are interested in becoming part of a student group or just if you want to check out what is cooking for the upcoming months! Or come visit us between 8am–9pm, Monday through Thursday, 8am–5pm on Fridays. We can’t wait to meet you! Multicultural Center Office of Student Life Ohio Union, Suite 1000 1739 North High Street Columbus Ohio 43210 614.688.8449

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The Multicultural Center’s prime location on the first floor of the new Ohio Union makes it a central gathering space for Ohio State students to join in education, celebration, support and dialogue among all cultures and identities. The Multicultural Center offers intercultural programming that welcomes community members of all cultures and identities. At the same time it supports and celebrates specific cultural and identity groups, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual identity, disability, socioeconomic, faith and emerging communities. The Multicultural Center’s array of community events each year includes community festivals, heritage months, awareness weeks, intergroup dialogues, three-credit courses, workshops, trainings, film series, support groups, lectures and a whole range of student leadership groups. Do not miss the series of events that the Multicultural Center has to offer you during welcome week followed by the nationally observed celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month

Summer Quarter 2010


Making Columbus Your Home A Guide for New Graduate Students for the Next Two-Six Years

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By Cyndi Freeman , Director, Graduate Student Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, The Graduate School

Your life has been a series of questions and answers that have brought you to this point: you are about to become a graduate or professional student at The Ohio State University. For the next two, four, six or eight years, Columbus is where you will be living and learning. Being able to make this your “home” will be important to your success as a student. You will need to understand the demographics of Columbus and Ohio State. This is much more than race and ethnicity. Ohio State is the largest university in the United States; 39,209 undergraduate students and 10,097 graduate students, in the 16th largest city. Ohio’s Latin@/Hispanic population comprises 2.3 percent of the total state population. According to the Ohio Department of Development, most of the Hispanic population growth has taken place within the last 10 years. Since 2000 the number of Latino/Hispanic individuals in Ohio increased by 22.4 percent. Three out of every ten Latino/Hispanic lives in one of the three major cities Cleveland, Columbus, or Toledo. Overall, nearly 90 percent of Ohio’s Latino/Hispanic residents live in urban areas. With a growing, vital and diverse Latino population, Columbus is having some growing pains, but great opportunities as well. You need to make the most of this life experience. Social activities, cultural events, recreation and professional development are all


part of your experience in Columbus. And the city is full of surprises. When I arrived here threeyears ago, I was surprised that chorizo was available in the main meat case at Giant Eagle! There are markets specializing in Latino cuisine across the city from Morse Road on the Northside to the Westside. And there are loads of dining options as well; from the taco trucks to Peruvian, Columbian, Venezuelan, Puerto Rico, Mexican and Spanish. While nothing is like your grandmother’s cooking, a taste of something like home can really help. There are also annual events in the city to help you connect with interesting people and have fun: from Red, White and Boom, to Comfest, to Festival Latino, and the Dios Los Niños, Columbus has much to offer. The Ohio Latino Commission, www., provides a great deal of information to the Latino community. Here are my recommendations for what you should seek to discover, which I hope will help get you started here Columbus. Take a look at Columbus as a tourist might. Use Experience Columbus as a guide ( to find out about parks, museums, the zoo, annual events and more.. While your time is very precious, volunteering may offer just the connection you need to your new community. Whether your involvement in on-campus or in the community, not only will you

be providing service to others, but you'll also be meeting other volunteers — likeminded but diverse individuals who could be potential new friends. Subscribe to the Columbus Dispatch, one of the easiest ways to get the scoop on your new hometown is by reading the local paper. You will learn about the community, the local political scene and you have to love the Sunday coupons! Might sound old fashioned, but get a library card. Libraries are more than books, you can check out DVDs, and find out about local events. If you have children, register them for school. The sooner your child can establish a regular routine, the easier it will be for them to settle in. Don’t forget to get your driver’s license and license plates. Register to vote; make sure your voice is heard here! Contact insurance companies, including household, auto and health. Find out if you need any changes. Make sure you connect with the Latino community at The Ohio State University. ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? supports a wonderful web link for Latino organizations, www. Also, some final advice: don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out. There are lots of people here, and they have not only survived the experience you are beginning… but they have thrived!

The Road Is Calling How Study Abroad Can Complete Your College Experience By Anna Gerber , Public Relations Coordinator, The Office of International Affairs

countries around the world, with courses offered in almost any subject. There are two different kinds of Ohio State sponsored study abroad programs for students to choose from — shortterm and quarter-length. Quarter-length programs vary from three to 10 weeks, and in most cases, consist of a group of Ohio State students studying together with an Ohio State faculty or staff member acting as a resident director. Short-term programs offer students an experience, usually taught in English, that won’t interfere with their class time. An Ohio State faculty member teaches a pre-departure class on campus, and then leads a program abroad for a period of time lasting from 10 days to three weeks. Students usually receive credit for their class on campus, as well as their study time abroad. “The 10-day trip was the perfect amount of time to get a feel for the country I was visiting, without having to miss any time at Ohio State,” said sophomore development studies major Ellen Noe of her spring break study in Bolivia. In addition to Ohio State sponsored programs, there are also co-sponsored programs, international exchange programs, and individualized study programs. Co-sponsored programs are managed by another U.S. or foreign institution, and allow students to become enrolled at another university in courses with local and other foreign students. International exchange programs allow Ohio State students to go abroad to an overseas institution, while that school sends some of their students to Ohio State to study. For students that cannot find a program that quite fits their needs, they can design an individualized study program, which will allow them to participate in an academic or work-related program, such as an internship, servicelearning, or research experience in another country. There are many scholarship and funding options available to study abroad students. Program costs vary widely depending on the length, location, and type of study abroad program, and scholarships are administered by the Office of

International Affairs. Students are eligible to receive scholarships based on a number of criteria, including demonstrated financial need, hometown, major or course of study, and even the region of the world where they plan to study abroad. “The grant I received through Honors and Scholars helped my family and I with some of the program costs,” says sophomore Devin Oliver. “My study abroad experience opened my eyes to different career paths that I might consider, and reinforced my desire to learn a second language. I know that the experiences I had while abroad will stick with me for life. It was truly a life changing experience.” The most important thing to remember when considering a study abroad program is to plan ahead. Attending an Office of International Affairs “Getting Started” session is the first step to receive all the basic information about study abroad. Students should speak to a study abroad coordinator about their plans, as well as touch base with their academic advisor to assure that a study abroad program will fulfill their academic requirements. Taking the proper steps and planning ahead can help alleviate some of the stress, and allow students to get the most of their international experience. Play your cards right, and study abroad will be an experience that will prepare you to become a responsible global citizen while creating memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

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Have you ever dreamed of studying centuries-old architecture in Italy, of researching animal welfare in Australia, or just living with a host family in Argentina? Every year, more than 60,000 students step foot on Ohio State’s campuses to further their education through academic, research, and professional experiences and many of them have dreams about traveling they may believe impossible. In fact, the Office of International Affairs at Ohio State facilitates international opportunities for students and administers a variety of study abroad programs. Ohio State offers over 100 study abroad programs in 40 different countries, all of which are designed to celebrate diverse cultures, foster the exchange of ideas and support the growing international dimension of Ohio State. Study abroad is any international experience gained in another country, including classes, study-tours and internships. Close to 20 percent of undergraduates have a study abroad experience before they graduate. The global society in which we live has made it increasingly important for students to have a broad understanding of world cultures, and an international experience is becoming a crucial part of their education. Students need to have a global perspective in order to be competitive in their personal and professional lives, as the world becomes an interdependent and interconnected society. Evan Davis, a junior studying international studies and political science, has been on two study abroad experiences – one to Turkey, and one to Bolivia. “Study abroad is an amazing experience that has changed me as an individual by opening my mind to new ideas, new cultures and new viewpoints,” said Davis. “You learn a lot about yourself and the world, no matter what country you travel to.” In order to accommodate students’ demanding schedules, the Office of International Affairs offers a variety of study abroad programs to help them complete some of their required coursework abroad, during a time that works with their schedule. Programs are offered in

Summer Quarter 2010


Learning Communities Are Seeking You An Examination of the Benefits and Allure of Learning Communities at OSU By Susannah Turner , Associate Director of Resident Life at the Office of Student Life Living in a residence hall community at Ohio State is an incredible opportunity to live in community with other students, grow with peers who are having similar experiences, and create long lasting memories about your time as a Buckeye at OSU. Learning communities are an important part of the residence hall experience, designed for the purpose of connecting students to those with similar interests. A  learning community is a group of students with similar academic majors or interests who live together on a floor or in a hall. These programs help you connect more deeply with others who might be taking the same classes or are interested in doing the same things on campus. Our approach has been successful: the data show that students who live in learning communities are more likely to have higher grade point averages, connect to professors outside the classroom about class questions, think that forming study groups is easier, get involved in community service, and be involved on campus. All of these things are great indicators for your success as a Buckeye. As a member of a learning community, you could also have the opportunity to attend events that are tailored to your major or your interests, including

faculty dinners, short term study abroad opportunities, a course that you take with your learning community peers, and in-hall advising. In the past, we have had events where faculty members have come in the night before classes begin in Fall quarter to answer questions about what students can expect from faculty and the classroom experience at OSU. Learning communities also offer students the opportunity to get connected to the OSU community in a smaller setting. In the Pharmacy House learning community, faculty members have talked to students about getting involved in undergraduate research. This has allowed students to ask questions in a one-on-one setting and increased their likelihood of participating in an undergraduate research project. This past year, the students in Baker East, home to the Visual and Performing Arts learning community, had a program called, “Baker East Beats Homelessness.” This event allowed the student participants to get involved in community service and learn more about individuals living without homes and ways in which students could get more involved in service. As you can see, learning communities offer you a great variety of events and activities. These

Allied Medical Professions Learning Community and Nursing Learning Community attend a Cleveland Indians Game


events and programs help make you feel more a part of the community at OSU and make it easier for you to form relationships and build lasting friendships. Some of the learning communities have also gone on trips to study a topic more closely. For example, the John Glenn School of Public Policy learning community travels to Washington, D.C., every year and visits with politicians to talk about government in action. While in D.C., students visit museums and local sites to learn more about the city and have fun together too. Other trips learning community students have taken include our Engineering learning community students going to Detroit for the Auto Show, our International House learning community students visiting New York and getting immersed in service as well as the culture and community of New York City. Many of our learning communities connect with cultural events in Columbus and nearby cities. For example, we have had several learning communities form trips to see musicals, such as Wicked. These outstanding events, activities, and trips compliment the everyday fun of being a member of a community of students who are studying the same things you are, or are interested in participating in the same things you do. Within the space of these communities there are informal things that happen every day, like dinners together as a floor, forming an intramural football team, and even getting a study group together during mid-terms. Indeed, learning communities both support you as a student at OSU and as a person living in the residence hall community. We have learning communities with a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: Visual and Performing Arts, the John Glenn School of Public Policy, Nursing, Exploration, Allied Medical Professions, International House, Engineering, Pharmacy, First Year Collegians, and so much more. For more information about learning communities please visit or call (614) 292-3930.

Staying Connected A Call to Action for Hispanic Alumni By Vincent Sanchez, Board Member, OSU Hispanic/Latino Alumni Society

Most, if not all, will agree that some of our best memories and friendships were created at The Ohio State University. For us Hispanics, these experiences were similar to those of most Buckeyes but with the added Hispanic flair – great memories indeed. Once we depart from the school experience, we become part of another great institution: The Ohio State Alumni Association. As you visit the website www. you will read “Stay Connected, Make Ohio State Stronger.” Among other things, you will find news, photos, and the resources aimed toward staying connected and making our alumni experience an excellent one. So what is out there for OSU Hispanic/ Latino alumni? Nothing is completely established yet, but I am excited to announce that one is currently being formed and it’s going to need your participation to succeed! Some OSU Hispanic alumni & friends have met in the past months and have

shared their interests in bringing the establishment of the OSU Hispanic/Latino Alumni Society to fruition. Right now, our main focus is getting students and alumni connected. Some of us would like to reach back and provide some mentorship/assistance to current students. Some alumni would like to reconnect and share resources with other alumni. All of us would like to stay connected and make Hispanics/Latinos stronger at Ohio State. In these past few months we have been fortunate to obtain encouragement and support from the Ohio State Alumni Association and from other organizations at OSU. In addition, the Hispanic alumni that are currently residing outside of Columbus have started to make their presence felt. Last December, with the support of the Organization of Hispanic Faculty & Staff (OHFS), OSU’s Multicultural Center, Latino Graduate Student Association and the Wexner Center, we were able to co-organize a Graduation Celebration event for our

Hispanic/Latino Autumn 2009 Graduates and the same for each graduating class since. To our recent graduates, we say Congratulations! We share your pride and celebrate your accomplishments. We want to welcome you to the alumni family. We encourage you to remain connected and to look back as others follow right behind. For 2010, in addition to formally creating the OSU Hispanic/Latino Alumni Society, our goal is to coordinate our first mentoring relationship and grant our first scholarship. This is only the beginning of what we expect to become a very active alumni group in the next few months. Please consider actively participating and spreading the word. For general inquiries and to find ways to contribute to our efforts, please email us at We also have created a Facebook group to keep you informed on our progress. Go Bucks!!!

Summer Quarter 2010


The Year in Pictures Highlights from the Latino Community During the 2009-2010 School Year

2009 – 2010 Events

L.A.S.E.R. Kick-Off Meeting


Latino Graduation

Tastes of OSU

Hispanic Awareness Week

Summer Quarter 2010


Mafalda, 1492 + Buckeye Nation Reflections on Leaving Home

Creative Corner

By Ernesto R. Escoto, Ph.D. Associate Director, Director of Clinical Services | Counseling + Consultation Service | Office of Student Life


Twin siblings, Gabriela and Rodrigo, rushed, sun-scorched drive from Laredo to Houston had been packed with dichos, plenty of consejos, and tears. Dad had driven the family’s 1998 Jeep Cherokee, with over 178,000 noticeable miles (a few exterior dents, a 20 inch-long crack on the windshield, and a driver’s side window that could only be lowered about four fingers), and mom had dispensed the advice and farewell wishes of relatives from as far as Morelia, Michoacán, where Gabriela’s and Rodrigo’s grandparents had been born. At Houston Intercontinental, under much stress and with shortness of breath, they slowly moved through the security checkpoint. Rodrigo had gone twice through the metal screening after forgetting to remove his belt and coins. A few minutes earlier, at the check-in counter, they had been told they might miss their flight. On the way to the airport, the Jeep had had a flat, delaying their planned arrival time to the airport nearly 45 minutes. Mom and dad had quickly said goodbye and dropped them at the curb. Rodrigo carried his belt on his hand as he finished getting his left foot into his shoe while speed walking to gate C-45. Having worn sandals, Gabriela was already about 100 feet ahead, reading the airport signage. They passed a futuristic out-of-place bar and realized they were heading the wrong way. A few minutes later, they found the gate across Houston News Connection, where CNN News blared out of four TV speakers. They were the last to board. The flight attendant closed the plane’s door as soon as they sat in Continental’s flight 1492 — as if the plane had been departing from Palos de la Frontera, Spain, an-almostfitting flight number. They anxiously smiled at each other as they buckled their belts. They were less than three hours away from their new home, Buckeye Nation. This new journey had started less a year ago and much to the humor of serendipity itself. Gabriela had run across her now ex-bf, Julio, outside the office of Fernanda Botello, Julio’s high school counselor, where she spoke with Dr. Campos, a dean at Ohio State recruiting students at Laredo’s United South High

School. Gabriela had walked up to where Julio and Dr. Campos talked and simply listened to their conversation. At home, she asked Rodrigo what he thought mom and dad would say if they were to choose to go somewhere else to college rather than UT Pan American, the closest UT Branch to Laredo. Rodrigo had some reservations, but did not discourage his sister, older by less than seven minutes. Rodrigo had excelled throughout his academic career, but had struggled most of his high school junior year. He found the high school oppressive and did not feel understood at home. These experiences had left him feeling powerless and lacking confidence. Gabriela, as part of her high school band, had traveled often, visiting Monterrey, Mexico, D.C., Austin, and L.A., to name a few cities. She had longed to go away for college, but mom and dad would not have it. If she were to be allowed, Rodrigo had to be part of the plan. She slept little for a few nights, thinking about how best to bring Rodrigo on board, then her parents. She bounced her ideas with her childhood friends, Mila (short for Milagros or Miracle) and Elizabeth, whose mom had recently re-married Dan, a trucker from Dayton, Ohio. Dan was a passionate Buckeye fan, license plate and all. Then, it came to her — Botello. Ms. Botello was a transplant from Merida. Like most Yucatecos, her speech was softer, closer to that of Central Americans than her equals from Mexico. She loved Mafalda, who was a year younger than Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) and more socially conscious and concerned about world peace. Botello advised: “Paint your parents the picture of your life-dream, highlight how OSU would contribute to your dream, and then suggest how they might contribute to it.” Gabriela got down to polishing her dream, told it to her mirror several times, and then faced Rodrigo, mom and dad. Rodrigo came around a lot easier than she had thought. Mom and dad took longer to process and finally agreed, with several conditions. Expected, Gabriela told herself, and quickly agreed to them all. She was too excited to think she could now apply to OSU than to think about the sacrifices her parents

were demanding of her. She had learned a lesson, too. Listening and acknowledging her parents’ perspective and opening up the window for her to paint her life-dream in detail. She had not asked for their permission or approval, but rather asked that they contribute to her dream. This was important to her parents. The drug-related violence across Rio Grande had recently made them more aware of the delicate balance between honoring roots and embracing change. Like most parents, they wanted to help their children achieve their dreams. Nonetheless, anxiety had gotten the best out of Gabriela during winter. “What if I got in and Rodrigo didn’t?”“What if the opposite turn out to be true?” The envelopes arrived on a rare overcast gloomy day. Then, there was plenty of time to prepare. In the spring, they traveled to Columbus and were part of a family welcome orientation. This visit helps themvisualize what life might be like at OSU. And visualize they did. Ms. Botello had encouraged both Gabriela and Rodrigo to visualize everything from preparing themselves physically and emotionally for their transition and life at OSU to enjoying and succeeding in their academic and other school-related activities. They visualized being part of a community of their choosing and coping with Midwestern winters. After, they graduated from HS and couldn’t wait for their move to come soon enough. The flight attendant had announced the pilot had started the plane’s final descent. With perfect enunciation and a hint of daily rehearsal, he added: “Ladies and gentlemen, as we start our descent, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position…” Gabriela’s mind drifted away to a conversation with her father: “Make sure to stay the same and change… try new things while caring for the most important things in your life; know what they are; in order to find freedom, you must first sacrifice parts of yourself.” Then, the flight attendant ended: “Make sure your seat belt is securely fastened and all carry-on luggage is stowed underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. Please turn off all electronic devices until we are safely parked at the gate. Thank you.”

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Summer Quarter 2010


Enforcement-only Immigration Strategies Don’t Work An Examination of the Misguided Arizona SB1070 Bill By Yolanda Zepeda, Associate Director, Academic and International Programs, Committee on Institutional Cooperation

“Abominations such as apartheid do not start with an entire population suddenly becoming inhumane. … They start

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with generalizing unwanted characteristics across an entire


segment of a population. They start with trying to solve a problem by asserting superior force over a population.” (Huffington Post, 4/29/2010) Such were the cautionary words of Bishop Desmond Tutu about Arizona’s new immigration law. He concedes that Arizona remains a “long way” from South Africa’s apartheid days, and I agree. Still, his comparison is warranted and instructive. Supporters of SB1070 argue that Arizona residents cannot afford the burden that undocumented workers and their families place on public services. Perceptions of rising crime and violence also drive support for the extreme measures in the bill. While the fears and insecurity experienced by Arizonans are real, the problem that feeds their fears has been wrongly attributed to illegal immigration. The draconian measures of SB1070 will not provide the economic and social security that Arizonans seek. On the contrary, they are likely to exacerbate the economic pressures on the state. By directing suspicion and blame toward those with brown skin and “accents,” the bill promotes intolerance and distrust at the very least. Among those who find comfort in a scapegoat, it is more likely to nurture hatred and aggression against a population—those with papers and the undocumented— who are already vulnerable to prejudice and discrimination. Bearing in mind Bishop Tutu’s admonition, let us take a closer look at the facts surrounding the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.” What is the problem that SB1070 seeks to resolve? The provisions in this law represent an “enforcement-only” strategy for dealing

with immigration issues, focused solely on identifying, prosecuting and deporting unauthorized immigrants. They require law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, and make it a crime to harbor an undocumented person, regardless of family relationship. They also provide for the arrest of legal immigrants who fail to carry their documents with them at all times. Taking the strategy a step further, SB1070 allows any legal resident to sue if they believe that an agency is not enforcing the law vigorously enough. In Tutu’s words, Arizona’s enforcement-only law is “trying to solve a problem by asserting superior force over a population.” Supporters argue that unauthorized workers take jobs away from “Americans” and depress wages for Arizona workers. Undocumented workers are, in fact, concentrated in some industries and geographic areas of the country, and in Arizona, they are estimated to comprise 10-12 percent of the workforce. Yet, the removal of undocumented workers from the state economy will not improve opportunities for legal Arizona workers. The domestic workforce is aging and is better educated than in the past, and thus is decreasingly likely to take the lowskill, low-wage jobs that are increasingly filled by foreign and often unauthorized workers. Moreover, removal of undocumented workers from Arizona’s economy would result in a nearly 14 percent loss of economic output and more than 400,000 jobs, according to a 2008 study by the Perryman Group.

Enforcement-only policies such as SB1070 don’t address the labor needs filled by undocumented workers, but only force them into the underground economy. By removing unauthorized workers from the payrolls, local, state and federal governments give up the tax revenues they would otherwise generate. Even though a large percentage of undocumented workers do pay into Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, they are not eligible to receive benefits. Immigrants visit the hospital emergency room less than U.S.-born residents, and recent immigrants are less likely to use any health care services at all. Thus, even without considering the cost

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of implementing Arizona’s enforcementonly approach, the new law is most likely to have a negative impact on economic production, the job market, and state and local budgets. Arizona’s Crime Rate Lowest in Decades Fervent advocates for Arizona’s immigration law connect violence and property crime with rising immigrant numbers in the state. The murder of an Arizona rancher by suspected drug smugglers was held up as emblematic of the dangers stemming from illegal immigration and served to galvanize support for SB1070. The problem with this argument is that Arizona’s crime rate is lower today than it has been in four decades. While the number of undocumented immigrants has expanded substantially over the past decade, the violent crime rate reported by the Bureau of Justice has decreased 22 percent, and the property crime rate has dropped 28  percent. Rather than targeting drug smugglers, a wide net is cast over all immigrant families. As Bishop Tutu warns, “abominations such as apartheid ... start with generalizing unwanted characteristics across an entire segment of a population.” Asserting Superior Force The process of generalizing unwanted characteristics to all Latinos is now underway. Recently, the Arizona Department of Education began

instructing school districts to remove teachers with “heavy” or “ungrammatical” accents from classes for students learning English. It should be noted that Arizona actively recruited many teachers from Latin America in the 1990s to provide bilingual instruction. Even more revealing is the state’s new education policy banning ethnic studies programs, which it describes as courses designed to "advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” Notably, such courses are banned along with courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government or promote resentment of a particular race or class of people. Responding to Arizona’s plea for help, the Obama administration has responded with a pledge to expand militarization of the border by sending 1,200 National Guard troops to reinforce border security. Soldiers are trained for war not domestic law enforcement. Let us not forget the U.S. teen that was mistakenly shot and killed by U.S. Marines sent to help secure the border in 1997. Militarizing the border is an expensive burden for taxpayers to bear; it is dangerous and it is not a humane response to our need for immigration reform. As we see from Arizona’s example, intolerance and aggression might have initially been directed at unauthorized workers. But SB1070 reaches beyond such workers to criminalize anyone who provides them shelter, regardless of family

status. Extending its reach even further, the law criminalized legal immigrants who fail to carry their papers at all times. And the latest move is to conquer the spirit of all Latinos in the state by banning ethnic studies, and punishing “accented English.” What may have started as a solution to an economic problem shows no promise to remedy economic pressures, but seems to deliver satisfaction by creating a Latino scapegoat. Arizona’s legislation puts us all at risk, regardless of ethnic heritage, native language, or skin color, because it violates the basic principles of freedom so fundamental to this nation. We cannot accept that an entire population is stripped of human dignity and basic protection before the law without losing our own humanity and without putting our own freedom at risk. Arizona’s problem is our problem. It is time rethink our immigration policies. We need comprehensive immigration reform that extends beyond enforcement-only strategies. We need reform that acknowledges the essential labor needs provided by immigrant workers, but that also respects the basic human rights and dignity of those who are providing essential services. Mexico is a critical trading partner, and the largest source of immigration. Economic policies that don’t benefit both countries may bring greater profits to individual corporate interests, but without economic development for Mexico, immigration pressures will continue.

Summer Quarter 2010


Their Best Day The Trials and Triumphs of 20 OSU Graduates

All graduation Photos By Bruno Ribeiro

On June 13, 2010 two hundred and fortythree Latino students graduated from The Ohio State University. Of those, twenty are featured in the following pages. Their stories are all unique; yet there are many commonalities within their experiences at OSU that will connect them to the university for life. From major award winners to first generation success stories, the 2010 graduating class is full of inspirational stories that are representative of the larger Latino graduation experience. In addition to the profiles, we were happy to photograph numerous students with their families on this special day. Below are some photographs from graduation day, which are followed by the personal stories from the graduating class of 2010.


Jairo M. Alza Trujillo, Peru B.S. in Civil Engineering

Candace Anderson New Bern, North Carolina B.A. in History

Hector S. Brambila New Jersey B.A. in Architecture

Jonathan Carmona Valencia, Venezuela B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

Jairo Alza is the first person is his family to attend college in the United States. An active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Jairo attended numerous national conferences and benefitted from the training offered by SHPE. “This has shaped me as a student and person,” Jairo told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “It helped strengthen my

beliefs and brought me closer to my Hispanic heritage.” Now having completed his degree at OSU, Jairo has nothing but positive things to say about his experiences at Ohio State. As a new Alumnus, Jairo strongly advocates for others to attend OSU. “Not only is the education at Ohio State one of the best in the country, but attending a university with such

large campus will give you the opportunity to grow and get involved with other organizations. OSU has a rich history full of traditions, and to be able to say that you're part of those traditions is something I would never change for anything in the world.”

A first generation college student, Candace Anderson has spent the last four years far from home. “I came from a small town in North Carolina that literally has one stop light,” Candace told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?“ I didn't know anyone and didn't have any family within an 800 mile radius. Everything and everyone I knew was going to be a 12 hour drive away from me.” Moving so far from home is always difficult, but Candace proved that with determination anyone can do it. “It was

a scary thing to move here and start fresh without my family and life-long friends, but I’m proud to say I did it.” Candace graduates as a proud member of Alpha Psi Lambda and is appreciative for all the support she received from them; but Candace has never lost sight of how valuable her parents have been in this process. “If it wasn't for my mom pushing me and my dad continuously reminding me of my own self worth I would have never made it to Ohio State.”

One of Candace’s fondest memories came during her sophomore year at OSU. “I went on a study abroad trip to Greece and was walking down the street in downtown Athens, Greece,” she told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU?“I was wearing one of my Ohio State shirts on and all of a sudden I heard someone yell ‘O-H!’ and without even hesitating I yelled back ‘I-O!’ I had no idea who this person was but we were immediately connected because of our love for Ohio State and our Buckeye pride.”

Hector Brambila is a first generation college graduate who was born in Mexico but raised in southern New Jersey. As an architecture major, Hector has spent many hours at the Knowlton School of Architecture and is happy to have done so. As a graduate, Hector is a strong advocate for his major, “It’s definitely been great doing my studio projects in architecture, getting to know the excellent instructors at the KSA, making friendships with other students, and graduating. I would encourage

Latino students to go into the field of architecture!” Hector thoroughly enjoyed both his program and experience at OSU. “It is difficult to sum up four great years at OSU,” he told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “But I can say that there has been an accumulation of great memories: spending all nighters with my friends at the Knowlton School of Architecture finishing up our projects; walking around campus, especially on a beautiful spring day, watching all the students and activities taking place; I’ll never forget the oval, Mirror

Lake, the KSA and the Wexner Center for The Arts, four spaces that completely make The OSU experience.” Now a graduate, Hector believes others should strongly consider becoming a part of the Buckeye Nation, “People should come to OSU and experience a world class institution full of resources and also to interact with the faculty.” For those who are already on the way, Hector has one bit of advice that was a key to his success, “I always kept the most important people in my life close by, even if they were far away.”

Jonathan Carmona first appeared in ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? as an incoming freshmen during the fall of 2005. Five years later, after being actively involved with the Hispanic community through organizations like Canto Latino and SHPE, while simultaneously participating in extra-curricular activities such as salsa dancing and networking, Jonathan closes out his career at OSU. In his time at OSU Jonathan made a point to both stay

involved in many activities within the Latino community and to cultivate his professional resume. “I’m proud that I achieved a Lean Six Sigma green belt level certification, and am also proud that I have saved various companies over $4 million through internships and side projects I have been involved with.” “The achievement I am most proud of is the sum of learning experiences, both inside and outside

the classroom, which made me a more mature and capable person,” Jonathan told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? As he closes his career at Ohio State, Jonathan joins a chorus of proud alumni. “The opportunity to meet and collaborate with people of the highest intellect has been great. Coming to OSU has given me countless opportunities to network with important figures in the realm of education as well as industry.

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Fabian Gomez Bay Shore, NY B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering

Catalina Lizarralde Quito, Ecuador B.A. in Logistics Management and Operations Management

Kristina Y. Loredo San Juan, Texas B.S. in Agriculture majoring in Animal Science

Yanira Nieves Puerto Rico B.A. in Hospitality Management


Fabian Gomez is a first generation college student from Bay Shore, New York who is very proud of his Colombian heritage. Fabian finished at Ohio State with his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Services and Engineering, and is very excited about both finishing his degree and about his future. “I want to have something official to show my children when they get older,”

he told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Photos are nice, but having my degree and being in ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? is very special.” While at Ohio State, Fabian had the opportunity to continue to do many of the things he loves. “I ride motorcycles, love to bowl, play racquetball, love my Xbox and being active.” Fabian admits that he struggled at times, but even in his times of struggles he

never gave up. “I thought for sure that I was never going to finish, but with hard work and dedication I finally did.” Fabian was very excited about his accomplishment, calling it his best memory at OSU. “I can take my degree with me and I will always have it. Come to OSU for the activities that you can get involved in and take advantage of everything Ohio State has to offer.

As the winner of The Katherine Porter Allen Prize, presented annually to the outstanding female graduate at the Fisher College of Business, Catalina Lizarralde is a first generation college student who graduates with numerous honors and accomplishments. In addition, Catalina received The Paul Alfred Bigler Award, presented to the Delta Sigma Pi (Business fraternity), Nu Chapter member, who

best exemplifies the qualities of being active in the community and other student organizations. Catalina claims that attaining these accomplishments is about hard work. “Anything is possible if you work hard for it and if you are doing it for the right reasons.” According the Catalina, hard work and dedication at Ohio State can pay off big. “If you are proactive, OSU will help you open any door; OSU is a large and diverse

university with a wide network of alumni.” Beyond her accomplishments, Catalina values the experience that attending OSU provided. “This has been the most memorable journey of my life and I am grateful to not only have my amazing family and friends back at home; but also all those "new" unbelievable people that I have met along the way. I am proud of my ethnicity and I am proud to be a buckeye.”

Kristina Loredo came to OSU from Texas and at first found the transition difficult. “Compared to where I was from there is not as much diversity as there is here and being a freshman it was a huge culture shock.” Even still, Kristina has nothing but fond memories when she looks back on that first year of adjustment. “My best memory would have to be my freshman year in its entirety. I was straight out of high school in a new and completely different place making new friends trying

to figure myself out. The friends I have made and the people I have met will always be a best memory in my book.” More than anything, Kristina is excited about completing her education at OSU. “I feel that graduating is my greatest achievement,” she told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “I do not think anything can ever compare to earning your undergrad diploma.” Now preparing to move on in life, Kristina reflects on the challenges she has overcome, but does not

hesitate to endorse OSU. “From my own experience, I can say that OSU has definitely helped me shape into the person I am today,” Christina told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “My experiences, lesson learned, and sacrifices made have helped me see differently and most of all appreciate the world around me. From football, to traditions, to a diversified education system…it’s definitely a place to experience! There is no other place better than The Ohio State University… O-H-I-O!”

Yanira Nieves is a native of Puerto Rico who served in the United States military in Kuwait. Yanira left the military and dedicated the time and energy necessary to complete a B.A. in Hospitality Management. “Being in the military, it took me so long to finish college,” she told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “But I always dreamed of the day I was going to finish.” Indeed, Yanira had to make many

sacrifices to reach OSU. “I had to leave my full time job from the military, after my deployment to Kuwait, and dedicate all my time and energy to get this done.” Yanira has many fond memories from her time at Ohio State, but like many, her favorite moments were in the famous Horseshoe. “Some of my best memories are from the stadium. One of the most memorable was

the last OSU football game during my senior year.” Having fun along the way, Yanira did not neglect her studies, making the dean’s list in both her junior and senior years. “I think OSU is undoubtedly one of the best universities in the country and its proud tradition and dedication to excellence provide you with an amazing experience. I am extremely happy that this day has finally come!”

Desiree Perez Bakersfield, California B.A. in Sports Leadership and Humanities

Janet Soto Rodriguez Painesville, Ohio B.A. in Political Science

Ketrina Skillman Paradise, California B.S. in Biology, B.A. in International Studies

Jess Stincer Marietta, Ohio B.S. in Health Information Management and Systems

A winner of the prestigious Morrill Scholarship from the Office of Minority Affairs (OMA), Desiree Perez graduates having been a member of the Diversity Ambassadors, a program that focuses on outreach efforts for minorities interested in OSU, and Alpha Gamma Delta. Desiree tells ¿Que Pasa, OSU? that Ohio State has not only been an amazing experience; it has prepared her for life after college. In a tight economy, OSU is still producing graduates who are finding employment straight out of college. “Not only have

classes prepared me, but Ohio State has helped to set me up with internships and even a job already lined up straight out of college. In April I received an offer from the Columbus Blue Jackets to become a permanent member of their team as an Inside Sales Representative. These two internships were the key to Desiree’s success. “I interned with the Columbus Blue Jackets as a sales intern last spring. I then received a marketing internship with the Columbus Crew this spring.”

With a degree, a job, and a lifetime of memories, Desiree has nothing but positive things to say about her Alma Mater. “Ohio State just seems to have a sense of passion and tradition that no other schools can top. It can be a home for anyone, even a girl all the way from California. I instantly fell in love with the Buckeye Nation and its traditions, such as yelling OH-IO, dotting the ‘I’ at football games, and singing Carmen Ohio. Ohio State is just such an inviting place and can truly feel like anyone’s home away from home.”

Originally from Leon, Guanajuato, in Mexico, Janet Soto Rodriguez and her family established themselves in Ohio as a seasonal working migrant family. Janet is a proud graduate, a first generation college student, and by all measures a tremendous success story. Though her family faced many challenges, they insisted that Janet remain in school; she took full advantage of her opportunity and worked her way into a B.A. in one of the best programs at OSU. “In essence then, this

day is our day and will serve to inspire my 21 nieces and nephews and other Latino youth who may be struggling to believe that they can be successful in higher education.” Few stories can match Janet’s: nearly orphaned for financial reasons, often questioned for her decision to go to college, and finally vindicated in her success, Janet is proud to be setting a new standard for both her family and the local community. “While the journey was difficult, it was well

worth the sacrifice. Today, I cannot imagine my life without the opportunities I have been blessed with here at OSU.” In her finest hour, thus far, Janet’s thoughts remain with the Latino community and her future is directed toward serving Latinos everywhere. “With the support of faculty and staff, as well as the support of my family, I am now graduating and am prepared to help create a better future for other young aspiring Latinos.” We have no doubt she will succeed.

Ketrina Skillman came to OSU from Paradise, California, a small town just east of Chico. From her first day on campus, Ketrina has taken a good attitude and made her Ohio State experience the best if could be. “I have thoroughly enjoyed Ohio State, especially meeting people from various backgrounds and cultures. I have been able to share part of my Mexican culture with my fellow students by having a piñata at one of my birthday parties, making my Mom's enchiladas

at various social gatherings, teaching people how to have ‘Latin hips’ when salsa dancing.” As Ketrina moves on and becomes a medical missionary in Africa, she takes with her a strong education and a lifetime of memories. I remember taking a study break to dance to "Freak Out" with my freshman roommate. There was the time that Erica and I decided to hula hoop on the oval. The day I gave a duck at Mirror Lake Garden Salsa flavored sun chips and it honked

and started freaking out because its mouth was burning.” Throughout, Ketrina’s outgoing attitude helped make Ohio State seem like home. “The Ohio State University is a huge school, but it always felt smaller to me; I've never crossed campus without running into someone I know,” Ketrina told ¿Que Pasa, OSU? “Those kind of interconnections create a family atmosphere. From the first visit I felt that I was more than a number; I was part of something.”

Another first generation college graduate, Jess Stincer came from a family that really emphasized the importance of education. “Having never attended college, they wanted me and my sisters to have things and be able to do things they never had the chance to do.” Still, the transition to Ohio State was not without its challenges. “I didn't exactly know what I was getting myself into. Moving two hours away from home really forced me to grow

up quickly. Luckily at Ohio State, there are several programs both in the dorms and around campus aimed for students like myself.”  With her family in mind, Jess worked hard and was accepted into the program at the School of Allied Medical Professions. “My acceptance into my major  was the best thing that has happened to me during my career as a student at Ohio State,” she told ¿Que Pasa, OSU? “I couldn't have chosen a

better university to attend, the support from faculty and staff is amazing.” For Jess Stincer her relationship with OSU did not end with graduation. “I loved OSU so much, I accepted a job at the Ohio State Medical Center!” Making the most of the opportunities before her, Jess begins her career as an HIM professional and can’t envision being anywhere else. “I couldn't imagine finding a better place to go to college or to begin my career!”

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Julian Valencia Washington D.C. B.A. in International Development, Economics, Spanish

Brenda Vargas Houston, Texas B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Business

Luis Carbajal México, D.F., Mexico M.S. in Integrated Systems Engineering

Jaime Guajardo Jr. San Juan, Texas M.S.W. in Social Work


Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Julian Valencia grew up in the D.C. area. He has been an active member of the Latino community since his first year at OSU. As a member of the Hispanic Business Student Organization, a representative of UCHO, and the president of the club sport wrestling team, Julian has poured himself into the university community. Additionally, Julian was active in the greater Columbus area, volunteering his time to interpret for an organization called Kid Save, which worked to get kids from Colombia adopted by local Columbus families.

Additionally, Julian interpreted for a professor doing research at Clinica Latina; spent a summer as an assistant English teacher in a ESOL class for Somali refugees; and still volunteers for Third Hand, which teaches low income people how to repair their own bikes so that they can commute to school while living in an environmentally conscious manner. “I was able to do all of this despite being a low income, first generation college student coming from a single parent household,” Julian told ¿Que Pasa, OSU? “I always balanced school

with work here at OSU where I was always working between 20-40 hours a week.” Having accepted a position with Teach for America in Miami, Florida, Julian leaves OSU with a love for his alma mater, “What makes OSU such a great is its size and academic caliber.” To those just starting at OSU, Julian has some parting advice, “Go to every academic discussion that sparks your interest and ask questions. Go to organization meetings whether they are academic, athletic, political, or social, and I guarantee you you'll make lifetime friends.”

Brenda Vargas is proud to come from an ordinary hard working Hispanic family that migrated to America and settled in south Texas in search of a better life. Leaving their occupations in Mexico to take jobs in Texas, Brenda’s parents wanted to give their family the best opportunities they could. “I remember just how proud my parents were when I first moved here to go to college,” Brenda told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Even though I’m not a first generation college student, it is still a big deal;

because of language barriers, my parents could not work in their professions here… To see their daughter enrolled in one the best universities in the U.S. is something they are definitely proud of.” Although she worked a job during her entire OSU career, Brenda completed her B.A. in five years. “Many Hispanics have the assumption that to attend college you need to come from a well off family, that’s not true.” Brenda told ¿Que Pasa, OSU? “I am proud to say that after

5 years in college I am graduating with absolutely no debt.” Brenda notes that OSU offers so many resources, such as clinics on how to write resumes, tutors for every course, but maintains that the professors are the best part of going to OSU. By utilizing the resources here and working hard, Brenda was able make the most of her time at OSU. “I would like for anyone who reads this and is thinking of attending college to remember that it doesn’t matter where you come from; it only matters where you’re going.”

Luis Carbajal has been a Buckeye for seven years, first as an undergraduate and now in graduate school. “I was able to accomplish so much with all the resources that were available to me,” Luis told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “I was involved in all parts of campus life and had a great time whenever I wasn’t studying.” While pursuing his studies, Luis sought out student groups that shared both his interests and passions. “I was able to find a home with groups like SHPE and Alpha

Psi Lambda and through them I made friends that will be with me for a lifetime.” As an M.S. student, Luis was able to perform primary research and analysis that ultimately lead to the completion of his degree. He credits his advisor, Professor Jose Castro, for his success, “His guidance and dedication to my research made the difference.” Through these efforts, Luis was able to both complete his thesis and get published in his field. “My thesis

and getting published was my greatest achievement by far. It was such a long journey and so much work. It felt great having that first breakthrough in understanding my research and actually having positive results.” Credit, however, does not just go to Luis’ program and advisors. “I have to thank my family, especially my mother who has always pushed me to do my best and my father whose spirit will always be with me.”

Jaime Guajardo Jr. is a first generation college graduate, but he is far from being finished with his education. “For many first-generation college students achieving a B.A is their lifelong dream. However, I think achieving a B.A is a stepping stone, and that they should strive to continue on to graduate education.” Though they had not been to college, Jaime’s parents worked tirelessly to instill the importance of education in their children.  While being a first generation college student had many challenges, including learning how to study, schedule, and locate

resources without familial guidance, Jaime excelled and has now completed his M.S.W. in Social Work. “I am ecstatic to have been granted the privileged opportunity to attend and graduate from this amazing, diverse, and progressive university.” Though Jaime has many great memories, he notes that among his best are of the great rivalry between OSU and Michigan. “My best memory from OSU would have  to be the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in 2006. The atmosphere for that game

was electrifying and it cemented me as a lifelong Buckeye fan.” The Buckeyes won that game 42-39. Thankful for all the memories, Jaime still appreciates the love and support of his family most of all. I would like to thank all my family for being so understanding, my wife Laura, and daughter Miranda for giving me the inspiration support during my graduate education,” Jaime told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Mom and Dad, thank you for all of the sacrifices you have made so that my siblings and I could have the opportunity to obtain a college education.”

Juliana Ramirez Pereira, Colombia M.A. in School Psychology

Gustavo Wille Curitiba, Brazil M.B.A.

Claudia Berdugo Colombia Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

Diana Ruggiero Argentina Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture

Juliana Ramirez is the first person in her family to complete her M.A. and the first person in her family to attend college outside of her native Colombia. “Completing a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree here in the US is definitely a first for my family,” Juliana told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “My best memory from my time at OSU has probably been my undergraduate commencement ceremony. Being at the stadium, experiencing graduation at that level and sharing those experiences with 7,000

other students in spring 2008 was unforgettable.” After just five years at OSU, Juliana has now completed both her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology. “I'm 23 and graduating with a Master's degree in School Psychology--not a lot of people can say that!” With success at OSU comes success in life, and Juliana is already experiencing the beginning of that success as the only Latina in her program.“I will be interning next year for Columbus City Schools and am proud to say I will be the only bilingual and bicultural

school psych intern in the entire district.” With her accomplishments so fresh, Juliana offers advice to prospective students. “You need to be dedicated and ALWAYS keep your goals in mind, never lose sight of what you want to achieve and just continue to push forward,”Juliana told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “People should come to OSU because the education is great, the school spirit is out of this world, and the community is so extremely supportive of its students. For Latinos, it’s a great place to make a difference and become marketable.”

Gustavo Wille has lived in four different countries, speaks five different languages, and comes from a family that is no stranger to education. “My father did his masters and Ph.D. and my mother her master's, both at Colorado State University,” Gustavo told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “They have always supported me and my sister in our desire to be global citizens, and I was fortunate enough to have the chance to live in France, Germany, the U.S., and Brazil.” His desire to be a global citizen

ultimately led Gustavo to Ohio State, where he was an active member of the Fisher Latino Graduate Association. “OSU is just an awesome place for you to learn, not only the academic learning, but to learn how to have a better view of the world.” Though he is proud to have cultivated his worldview, Gustavo remains above all else a proud Brazilian. “I feel like my achievements here have been as an advocate for Brazil while maintaining a global focus.” In fact,

Gustavo did several presentations on his home country of Brazil, contributing to the Fisher emerging markets field of study. “I am proud to have positively represented my country.” In addition to his accomplishments as a student, Gustavo succeeded in acquiring a lifetime worth of memories. “My best memory might be graduation,” Gustavo told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Since that has yet to come, I would say my best memory here is of all the people I met and friends I made.”

Claudia completes her Ph.D. as a proud Colombian and hopes above all else that her degree helps redefine the way people view her nation. “I would like to show that beyond the bad publicity and social problems in my country, Colombians are outstanding workers who are committed to education; we believe in the power of personal effort, and that such efforts will lead to success.” For Claudia, the misconceptions about her nation are troubling. “Colombia is such a beautiful country with so many

great things and great people and it is wrong when people make jokes and refer to Colombia in terms of the violence or narcotraffic.” Such misperceptions have done nothing to take away from Claudia’s experiences here at OSU. “Throughout my college years here at The Ohio State University I have encountered many highs and lows of life that will forever leave a mark in how I view the world around me,”she told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “Life can only make a person grow, learn and

live by experiencing the many different things that surround them. Among all of my experiences and the ones to come, the one that will forever stand out to me the most is at OSU.” Through her happiness at accomplishing highest of educational honors, Claudia remains fixated on redefining the nation she calls home. “I wish I could do more to change the image of Colombia,  and I know many Colombians would like to do the same; that is why this accomplishment is more than just the diploma.”

Diana Ruggiero is a highly decorated academic who has been at OSU for the entirety of her college career. Diana graduated with honors as an undergraduate at OSU and as a Fulbright Scholar. She has spent a good deal of time in Ecuador, where she filmed a documentary on the Afro-descendents of Ecuador. In 2004, Diana won one of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for her work in the classroom as a Spanish teacher, “And now I am getting a PhD. I think I am a good example of what ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? is about: being Latino,

being successful and being a good person to others! With all her success as an academic, Diana still remains primarily devoted to the craft of teaching. “Teaching Spanish is my life,” Diana told ¿Qué Pasa, OSU? “To me, a large part of teaching is figuring out how people learn. I am passionate about education because I am a constant learner myself.” In the classroom, Diana strives to promote crosscultural awareness and appreciation. “I believe that my enthusiastic, culturaltechnological approach to teaching Spanish enables students to acquire

language skills in a manner that keeps them interested and motivated.” The proof is always in the results, and Diana’s students have actively continued their pursuit of the language. Many former students have entered study abroad programs and continue to communicate with Diana and cultivate their mastery of the language. “My students never forget how much I love to teach them, and the passion and energy I devote to their education is often translated into their passion to think and learn, and that is why teaching Spanish is my life.” A life well spent, but only just beginning.

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Spring 2010 Graduates

Spring 2010 Graduates

Bachelor’s Degrees


Name Aboukar, Mariam F Acosta, Olivia Cristina Alvarez, Amanda Nicole Alza, Jairo Manuel Anderson, Candace E Arellano, Antonio Salomon Arozarena, Michelle Marie Arreguin, Kathleen Christen Arrowsmith, Matthew Peter Arsuaga, Andres Javier Avila, Robert T. Barrera III, Federico Gomez Barwari, Vian Ines Silva Bellville, Julie Ann Bellville, Julie Ann Benavides, Kathryn Lynne Bennett, Alison Janine Blum, Ashlin Cole Bodie Jr., Michael Joseph Bonacci, Robert Anthony Bonilla, Carlos Humberto Booker, Anamaria Brambila, Hector S Bucio, Ryan Alfredo Cabrera, Jessica Marie Caddell, Ryan James Cardenas, Kayla Carmona, Jonathan Alexander Cepeda, Ronald Christopher, Stefanie Marie Christy, Stephen Anthony Clark, Melissa Elsa Codoner, Brenda Suzette Codoner, Brenda Suzette Cohen, Lauren Elizabeth Colon, Daniel F Corretjer, Henry James Cortez, Mark A Couto, Jason I Covarrubias, Gina M Cruz, Jill Miranda Czapranski, Sarah Marie De Los Santos, Cristina Dehorta, Derek Luis DeLeon, Lauren Michelle Delerme, Simone Lilli Delgado, Sarah Ann Duran, Andon Joseph Elston, Renee Melissa Escobar Alfaro, Francisco Javier Fairman, Mallory Claire Fanelli, Kayla Annmarie Ferguson, Kyla Linn Figueroa, Kristina Damaris Flores, Ciara Marie Flores, Michael Allen Franchi, Michael Franco, Michael Anthony Francus, David Alexander Garcia, Anna Patricia


Major Nutrition Speech and Hearing Science Criminology Civil Engineering History Communication Fashion and Retail Studies English Biology Finance Operations Management Economics Psychology International Studies Political Science Biochemistry Fashion and Retail Studies Psychology Biology Microbiology Aero and Astronautical Eng Respiratory Therapy Architecture Mechanical Engineering Communication Pharmaceutical Sciences Music Industrial and Systems Eng International Studies Biology Architecture Sociology International Studies History of Art International Studies Communication Civil Engineering Communication Animal Sciences Human Devlp and Family Science International Studies Animal Sciences Communication Anthropology Medical Dietetics International Business Admin Animal Sciences Criminology Fashion and Retail Studies Electrical and Computer Eng Nursing Spanish Biology Exercise Science Education Anthropology International Studies Psychology History Art Geography

Degree BSNutritn B.A. B.A. BSCivilEng B.A. B.A. BSHumnEcol B.A. BacScience BSBusAdmin BSBusAdmin B.A. BacScience B.A. B.A. BacScience BSHumnEcol BacScience BacScience BacScience BSAerAstrE BSAlldHthP BSArchtctr BSMechEng B.A. BSPharmSci B.A. BSIndSysEn B.A. BacScience BSArchtctr B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. BSCivilEng B.A. BSAgricltr BSHumnEcol B.A. BSAgricltr B.A. B.A. BSAlldHthP BSBusAdmin BSAgricltr B.A. BSHumnEcol BSElecComE BS Nursing B.A. BacScience BS Educ B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. B FineArts B.A.


Name Garcia, Jessica Erin Gibson, Laura Mae Gomez, Fabian Gonzales, Elizabeth Marianne Gonzalez, Ashley R Granados-Lambea, Manuel Greenwood, Brittany Nichole Guzman, Janitzio Jiovanni Hancock, Lauren Micheal Heinlein, Edward Charles Hernandez, Alvaro Enrique Hernandez, Eric C Hernandez, Katisha Luz Hernandez, Ricardo Andres Herrera, Barbara Lissette Herrera, Barbara Lissette Higuera, Rafael Enrique Holovatyk, Alexia Hopp, Andrew W. Huerta, Kateri Hussey, Grant Rogers Justiniano, Carla Francesca Kallile, David Philip Kleven, Kaitlin Antonia Leon, Laura Lima, Natalie Marie Lizarralde, Catalina Lopez, Alexandra Anne Lopez, Gabriel Loredo, Kristina Y. Lovato, Joshua Ryan Lovera, Ian Robert Luempert, Amy Jill Machicado, Rachel Marie Maile, Jeff J. Maldonado, Jason Luis Martinez, Bianka Yvonne Martinez, Elaine K. Martinez, Lindsey Marie Martinez, Sharon Alicia Mason, Everdeen Beatriz Penelope Mattila, Raymond Carl Meadows, Irene Jasmine Mesa, Jaklyn Nicole Miller, Cristina Morenocruz, Maria Elena Moya Preston, Alejandra Moya Preston, Alejandra Moyer, Amber Nicole Munoz, Robert Patrick Myers, Daniel Ernst Neco, Juan Carlos Nieves, Yanira Ocasio, David Taylor Olivera, Vanessa Marie Orahood, Sarah Marie Ortega, Alison Ortiz, Jennifer Michelle Ortiz, Patrice Palacio, Marco Pena, Clarissa Maria Peoples, Jessica Rose Perez, Desiree Alyce Perez, Julio Edwardo Perez, Michael Andrew Perez, Nicole Perez, Robert Armand


Major Biology Early & Middle Childhood Edu Computer Science & Engineering Political Science Spanish Electrical and Computer Eng Logistics Management Microbiology Political Science Chemical Engineering Aero and Astronautical Eng Industrial and Systems Eng Film Studies Theatre International Studies Economics Electrical and Computer Eng Psychology Spanish Spanish International Studies Molecular Genetics Biology Logistics Management Industrial Design History Logistics Management Psychology Performance Animal Sciences Microbiology Criminology Sport and Leisure Studies Psychology Social Work Human Devlp and Family Science Women's Studies Medical Technology English Environmental Policy & Mgmt Journalism Art English Animal Sciences Human Devlp and Family Science Dental Hygiene Portuguese International Studies Political Science Journalism Industrial and Systems Eng English Hospitality Management Philosophy Communication Communication International Studies Fashion and Retail Studies Nursing Aero and Astronautical Eng Psychology Psychology Sport and Leisure Studies International Studies Architecture Animal Sciences Finance

Degree BacScience BS Educ BSCompScEn B.A. B.A. BSElecComE BSBusAdmin BacScience B.A. BS ChemEng BSAerAstrE BSIndSysEn B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. BSElecComE BacScience B.A. B.A. B.A. BacScience BacScience BSBusAdmin BS Design B.A. BSBusAdmin B.A. Bac Music BSAgricltr BacScience B.A. BS Educ B.A. BSSocWork BSHumnEcol B.A. BSAlldHthP B.A. BSEnvNatRe BAJournal B.A. B.A. BSAgricltr BSHumnEcol BSDentHygn B.A. B.A. B.A. BAJournal BSIndSysEn B.A. BSHsptyMgt B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. BSHumnEcol BS Nursing BSAerAstrE B.A. BacScience BS Educ B.A. BSArchtctr BSAgricltr BSBusAdmin


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Spring 2010 Graduates 30

Name Peters, Robert F Pinto, Luiz Pizzitola, Gilda Poole, Dylan Allen Ramirez, Maria Dolores Rapaport, Andrew Michael Ray, Richard Allen Repasky, Sarah Elizabeth Reyes, Waly Esmelin Ribe, Marc Albert Rivera, David Anthony Robbins, Chris Davis Rodriguez, Juan Jose Rodriguez, Kristin Leigh Rodriguez-Santos, Maria M Rojas, Michael P Rosen, Andrew Irving Rubeck, Jaasiel Ruiz, Sergio Lee Rutherford, Andrea Marie Sanchez, Eric Javier Santos, Jeremiah Serrano, Jacqueline Elizabeth Serrano, Mario Silva, Dalia Skillman, Ketrina Joy Smith, Ryan Andrew Snouffer, Wade F. Sosa, John Manuel Soto Rodriguez, Janet C Stalevicz, April Marie Stanton, James Carlos Stincer, Jessica Ryan Stinchcomb, James Gilbert Straub, Calvin Joseph Tejada, Jacob A Thornton, Alicia Francisca Torma, Kevin Andrew Turk, Gabriel Nicholas Uchaker, Evan Daniel Valencia, Julian C. Valencia, Julian C. Valle, Alana Maria Vargas, Brenda Arizbeth Vasquez, Sophia Renee' Vela, Cory Michael Villasmil, Diego Alberto Wade, Ashely SuZen Weidinger, Nicolas Arthur Western, Scott Colin Wevodau, Rachel Yvonne Whitby, Ryan Scott Wise, Eddie Wesley Zabala, Lucas Zayas, Amanda Zuniga, Heath A. Zweier, Dawn Michelle


Major Landscape Horticulture Finance Industrial and Systems Eng Mechanical Engineering Logistics Management Economics Construction Systems Mgmt Biology Accounting Construction Systems Mgmt Criminology Geography Electrical and Computer Eng Animal Sciences Nutrition Computer Science & Engineering Political Science Criminology International Studies Molecular Genetics Consumer and Family Fincl Serv Electrical and Computer Eng Biology Art Psychology Biology Computer & Information Science Biology Materials Sci and Engineering Political Science Circulation Technology Finance Health Information Management Economics Civil Engineering Construction Systems Mgmt Medical Dietetics Biology Communication Materials Sci and Engineering Economics Spanish Political Science International Studies Communication Pharmaceutical Sciences International Studies English Industrial Design Criminology International Studies Architecture Civil Engineering Agribusiness and Applied Econ International Studies Human Devlp and Family Science Political Science

Degree BSAgricltr BSBusAdmin BSIndSysEn BSMechEng BSBusAdmin B.A. BSAgricltr BacScience BSBusAdmin BSAgricltr B.A. B.A. BSElecComE BSAgricltr BSNutritn BSCompScEn B.A. B.A. B.A. BacScience BSHumnEcol BSElecComE BacScience B FineArts B.A. BacScience BacScience BacScience BSMatSciEn B.A. BSAlldHthP BSBusAdmin BSAlldHthP B.A. BSCivilEng BSAgricltr BSAlldHthP BacScience B.A. BSMatSciEn B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. B.A. BSPharmSci B.A. B.A. BS Design B.A. B.A. BSArchtctr BSCivilEng BSAgricltr B.A. BSHumnEcol B.A.


Master's Degrees

Name Alvarez, Jimmy M Azcarate, Carolina Barclay, Marguerith L Beiter, Annamaria Biersack, Michelle Rosita Bretz, Jacqueline Therese Carbajal, Luis R Castro Wille, Gustavo Ferreira De Chiacchiarelli, Leonel Matias Concha, Jorge Arturo Cruz, Samuel Souza Da Dunsten, Katelyn Elizabeth Grippa, Gregory Paul Guajardo, Jaime Guarana, Cristiano Levi Oseliero Hartman, Nicole Marie Kort, Kathryn Delgado Kriebel, Mariano Lessells, Marie Lourdes Louisin, Brenda Elisa Magana, Andrea Danielle Marko, Stephen William Meek, Haiquis Mejias, Nicole Michelle Montoya, Valerie Nicole Puffenberger, Synthia Sandoval Sampe, Caterinna Triana Santos, Alejandra M Saunders, Stephanie Delgado Yates, Catherine Jean Zaldivar, Sara

Citizen USA Peru Peru USA USA USA USA Brazil Argentina Chile Brazil USA USA USA Brazil USA USA Costa Rica USA USA USA USA Dominican Republic USA USA USA USA USA USA USA Spain

Doctoral Degrees

Name Barbieri, Maria Del Rosario Beltran-Aponte, Maria T. Bennett, Georgina Connie Berdugo, Claudia I Bidwell, Steven T. Boss, Michael Anthony Camero, Corrine Michelle Case, John J. Castillo, Milca Elisabeth Cedillos, Jose Moises De La Garza, Andrew Gould, Zachary Logan Kallile, Michael Edward Kuhn, Sonia E. Lomeli, Matthew Charles Lugo, Anibal Molina Luna, Kimberly Nicole Montes, David Hector Newman, Loriana Kathryn Olivo, Julio C Ramirez, Abigail N Rocha, Claudio M Rubio Diaz, Daniel Emilio Ruggiero, Diana Mabel Ruiz-Bueno, John Charles Sierra Hernandez, Maria Roxana Williams, Kara Marie Cestari, Manuel Jesus

Citizen Argentina Colombia USA Colombia USA USA USA USA USA El Salvador USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA Brazil Peru Argentina USA Mexico USA Venezuela

Major Chemistry Food Science and Technology Labor and Human Resources Architecture Nursing Music Industrial and Systems Eng Master of Business Admin Materials Sci and Engineering Master of Business Admin Spanish & Portuguese Labor and Human Resources City and Regional Planning Social Work Labor and Human Resources Master of Accounting Nursing Dentistry Education:Teaching & Learning Education:Phy Act & Ed Srvc Education:Teaching & Learning Education:Phy Act & Ed Srvc Labor and Human Resources Social Work City and Regional Planning Psychology Labor and Human Resources Food Science and Technology Labor and Human Resources Public Health (MPH) Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Degree M.S. M.S. M.L.H.R. MastArch M.S. MasterMus M.S. MBusAdmin M.S. MBusAdmin MasterArts M.L.H.R. MastCRP MSocWork M.L.H.R. MAccount M.S. M.S. MEducation MasterArts MEducation MasterArts M.L.H.R. MSocWork MastCRP MasterArts M.L.H.R. M.S. M.L.H.R. MPubHlth M.S.


Major Plant Cellular and Molecular B Spanish & Portuguese Law Chemical Engineering Law Physics Veterinary Medicine Law Law Law History Law Medicine Veterinary Medicine Medicine Medicine Dentistry Law Medicine Education:Phy Act & Ed Srvc Law Education:Phy Act & Ed Srvc Food Science and Technology Spanish & Portuguese Law Environmental Science Optometry Circulation Technology

Degree PhD PhD Juris Doct PhD Juris Doct PhD DocVetMed Juris Doct Juris Doct Juris Doct PhD Juris Doct Med Doctor DocVetMed Med Doctor Med Doctor D.D.S. Juris Doct Med Doctor PhD Juris Doct PhD PhD PhD Juris Doct PhD DoctorOpt CrtPBCircT


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