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De Las Estrellas 2006
April 26th, 2006
The Social Diary Columnist & Photographer
The UCSD Hispanic
Scholarship Council hosted a evening termed Fiesta
de las Estrellas, or Celebration of Stars April
13th, 2006. It was all to benefit UCSD Undergraduate Latino Scholarships,
and to honor Latino individuals who have made a noteworthy stamp
on San Diego.
At the Price Center
Ballroom, the event's reception started with zesty music by
Gente Fina, and mingling among the night's designated
estrellas. Honoree for Alumni Excellence
Ricardo Antonio Chavira, got to catch up with
his UCSD Fine Arts Professors and friends. Ricardo graduated from
UCSD with his MFA in 2000. He is currently starring on ABC's hit
show Desperate Housewives, with a litany
of television and theatre roles filling the years. Ricardo also
knows how to give back too. In honor of his mother, Ricardo is
very involved with breast cancer fundraising. He is also his home
town, San Antonio's, Honorary Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation.
Rear Admiral, Retired, was awarded for his Excellence
in Leadership. Along the path to helping military families and
serving as Chief Administrative Officer for the San Diego City
Schools, Jose earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion
of Merit and Bronze Star with the Navy. But that was just the
start. Jose's path to Rear Admiral was, well, admirable. Stints
as flag officer, Command at Sea, and Commander for the Southwest
Region are a few of the highlights. Academic notes include master
degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, , Tufts
University and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and
course work at Harvard University. He also has assisted minority
children in their quest to compete for higher-level education.
Another Estrella, Irma
Cota, was honored for Excellence in Healthcare. And for
good reason. With 29 years of medical group management and program
planning, Irma's strong leadership skills has led North County
Health Services to achieve the JCAHO accreditation. Irma serves
on local and statewide health positions as University Council
member and Vice President for California State University at San
Marcos as well as Speaker of the House, Chair of the Legislative
Committee, and Member of the Executive Committee for California
Primary Care Association. Irma has received numerous recognition
for her efforts from San Diego State University, the San Diego
Business Journal and more. However this evening's Estrella Award
shines the light on her accomplishments, ever so brighter.
Estrella honoree Carmen
Delgadillo was there with her family. Carmen was honored
for Excellence in Community Service. Carmen started in Friends
of Scott Foundation (FSF) in 2003, in memory of her son Scott's
passing from leukemia. FSF is dedicated to aid children with cancer
and their families. Among the services provided by FSF are the
meal program, transportation funds, special events and activities,
and the Scott Delgadillo scholarship program. Another mission
of FSF is to enlighten the community regarding childhood cancer.
And this evening's Estrellas
counted among them Rachel Humprheys, Founder
of La Cuna. Noted for Excellence in Organizations, La Cuna was
started by Rachel in 2004 with $35 and no supporters. The goal?
To create the first Latino-oriented foster family agency for children
up to 5 years of age, and to find the children loving stable homes.
Rachel states, "I want the county to understand that we're
here to help. I want La Cuna to be a word that all Latinos know
and that all our local community members know so that we can make
sure that babies don't slip through the cracks." And Rachel
is accomplishing this mission. La Cuna very appropriately means
"crib" in Spanish.
The night of Estrellas continued
with a welcome by the current Miss World USA, Lisette
Diaz. UCSD Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs Dr.
Joseph W. Watson quipped just before her entrance, that
everyone wanted a photo with Lisette. As Master of Ceremonies,
Lisette was very impressive too. After all she is a Special Advocate
for Voices for Children, and a Miss World speaker. She is using
her many skills talking bilingually to teens as an advocate for
education and personal responsibility. Lisette is also slated
to graduate from UCSD with a literature major in 2007.
The evening continued with
a delicious meal by the co-team of Waters Fine Catering and UCSD
Catering. The Fiesta de la Estrellas feast included chipolte grilled
garlic shrimp, braised short ribs with roasted yam and Yukon Gold
puree, churritos, everyone's fave, and Kahlua pot du creme with
strawberries. The braised short ribs were a hit. Seems quite a
few people in the ballroom had a direct Texan / barbeque connection.
Those there enjoying stirring
remarks from UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox included
Adriana Alcaraz, Pat and Bob Whalen, Claudia
Ehrlich, Ginny Vollet, Pauline Thonnard, Kim Signoret-Paar,
student speaker Susana Coronilla class of 2008,
and Adrian Gutierrez.
Adrian Gutierrez, a UCSD Junior and a Hispanic
Scholarship Council Chancellor's Scholar, stated "being Hispanic,
we're underrepresented in the UC system, or higher-level education
for that matter, so I felt that even with the barriers that held
me back - financial and ethnic - that this scholarship meant I
could represent my ethnic group. I got into UCLA and Berkeley,
but this scholarship was the main reason why I chose UCSD."
Also there were Michael J. Perez,
Esq. and Robert Villarreal, the event's
Co-Chairs. In a joint statement they pointed out, "As a result
of your dedicated pledge to the UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council's
mission, we are able to help our future leaders make their educational
dreams a reality."
UCSD Hispanic Scholarship
Council created Fiesta de las Estrellas to raise scholarship funds
for students and to recognize achievements of the local community.
All to provide a continuum of Latino community achievement.
Fiesta de las Estrellas has raised nearly
$600,000 to provide undergraduate scholarships to 58 deserving
students. Out of 20,679 total UCSD undergraduates in the fall
quarter of 2005, 11% were Mexican American or Latino.
Sponsors for the 2006 Fiesta de las Estrellas
program include Union Bank of California. 10News/Azteca America
San Diego, Estrella Sponsors include Alan Swinney '89; BAE SYSTEMS;
The Jack in the Box Foundation; Luce Forward, Hamilton & Scripps
LLP; and Sempra Energy. Fiesta Sponsors are HSBC-North America,
Darden Restaurants, Pérez & Wilson LLP, QUALCOMM Incorporated
and Sycuan Resort & Casino. Community Sponsors include Amylin
Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Community Health Group; Cox Communications;
Dudek and Associates; Gen-Probe, Inc; HDR Engineering, Inc.; Mike
Najera; North Island Credit Union; San Ysidro Health Center; SDG&E;
SDSU; Barbara Saltman; UCSD Chancellor's Office; UCSD Student
Affairs; UCSD School ofMedicine and UCSD Resource Planning; Wachovia
Education Finance; and Comerica/Washington Mutual.
Please visit www.studentsupport.ucsd.edu
to learn more about how to get involved.
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from Scripps College and a Masters of
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