Here’s what you might have missed last week:
- The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) at Mayagüez graduated its first class of Software Engineering students
Three students from the UPR in Mayagüez became the first software engineers to complete their degree in the Puerto Rico. Cristian Meléndez González, Eric Santillana Santiago and Fernando Ortiz Sacarello will continue graduate studies, and were offered jobs within the field.
At the ceremony, the story of Gabriella S. Bonilla was recognized. The Accounting student finished her degree with the help of her service dog who helped her gain mobility and independence during her study years.
- Two of the UPR’s ex-rectors were sentenced to probation for crimes related to their involvement in the Crece 21 project
On Tuesday morning, Juan Varon, ex-rector of the UPR in Arecibo, was sentenced to 271 days of probation after he pleaded guilty. That same day in the afternoon, Juan Ramírez was sentenced to three years of probation. They both settled an agreement with the Panel sobre el Fiscal Especial Independiente (OPFEI, for its Spanish acronym)
The University’s administration will provide 440 beds and 300 parkings for the students who live in the residency. The project is supposed to be finished by May 2021.
A group of graduate students at the UPR, Río Piedras campus founded an initiative called Cultura Bicicleta. The cooperative’s purpose is for students to understand that cooperatives and cycling have a positive impact on society. Cooperativa Cultura Bicicleta will offer bicycle rental services for the student community.
This week’s Wednesday opinion column discusses the financial cuts the UPR, Río Piedras campus has received throughout the past years. The author, an UPR undergraduate student, invites the reader to understand why and how the campus had gotten to be in the economic situation it currently is.
On Friday, June 14, a group of confined student at the UPR, Río Piedras campus celebrated the end of their academic semester. The group of 11 men and 14 women take classes at the Bayamón Correctional Complex while completing their sentence.
A group of students from the National Student Confederation (CEN, by its Spanish acronym) will fly to Washington, D.C. to discuss the effects of the austerity measures implemented to the institution. The students will also meet with the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, Jenniffer González, to discuss possible solutions to defend the University from the cuts imposed by the current government and the Financial Oversight & Management Board of Puerto Rico.
The UPR in Humacao won the Enactus National Cup and will be representing Puerto Rico in the Wolrd Cup this next September in California. The Río Piedras team was also among the four finalist with their project Agro Ruedas.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Bianca M. Passalacqua won the Hispanic Serving Institutions Bridge Scholarship to help her pay for her first year of graduate studies at the University of Chicago.
Edited by: Jason L. Domenech Nazario