STU Congratulates all Science Fair 2013 Winners!
For the third consecutive year, St. Thomas University joined the City of Miami Gardens, its elementary schools, and community partners in the Third Annual Science and Engineering Fair. The awards presentation ceremony took place December 10th, at the Betty Ferguson Community Center. It was standing room only. We were glad to see how the Miami Gardens greater community recognizes and loves STU. In fact, many guests spoke enthusiastically of their academic experience at STU as current students and alumni.
Rodney Baltimore, a community activist who is also Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show from WQHT HOT 105, served as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s participating schools were: Golden Glades Elementary; Crestview Elementary; Scott Lake Elementary; Rainbow Park Elementary; Parkview Elementary; Carol City Elementary; Hibiscus Elementary; Barbara Hawkins Elementary and Carol City High School.
As children faces shined with excitement and anticipation, our very own Dean of the School of Science, Technology and Engineering Management – Wim Steelant – presented the first award to recipient Adriana Cabrera, from Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School. Dean Steelant spoke about the learning opportunities we have in the sciences and how the little ones (most in 4th grade) will be our guiding light for the health and well-being of our planet and humankind in future decades.
STU showed off its leaders for the occasion, like alumnus Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph.D, City of Miami Gardens Councilman at Large Seat 6 and alumna Octavia Johnson, MA, Educational Leadership, who spoke highly of her professor, Dr. Gillig. EVERYONE WAS A WINNER regardless of which award they received. But it was evident this year that the event is growing at a rapid pace, parents are increasingly engaging in science projects with their children, and the City and St. Thomas University are counting on the parents to take the kids to the next level!