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Klein Foundation Award

Colombian Foundation recognizes Southeastern's International Program

Contact: Rene Abadie


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Southeastern President John L. Crain, center, accepts an award from the Melanie Foundation of Colombia for the university’s cooperative education programs from Foundation Vice President Amparo Velandia and President Osman Sanmiguel.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University was recognized with a special award from the Melanie Foundation of Colombia in recognition of the university’s programs in support of young Colombians.
     Osman Sanmiguel, president of the foundation, and Amparo Velandia, vice president, presented Southeastern President John L. Crain with the award. The foundation is an organization that develops educational programs on behalf of Colombian youth.
     “We appreciate this recognition of Southeastern’s efforts to build bridges linking our state and nation with Latin America,” Crain said. “These programs benefit our students and faculty, as well as the students from Latin America, by exposing them to international cultures and experiences.”
     Aristides Baraya, director of Southeastern’s Hispanic Business and Leadership Initiative in the College of Business, explained that the university has been working with the Melanie Klein Foundation to develop a management and entrepreneurship program. The cooperative effort is designed to provide development of leadership and business skills among young Colombians.

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