The Illustrious Awards 2017

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The Illustrious Awards is a signature initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies, dedicated to quality research for effective advocacy.

Formal Ceremony:  

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6pm

At the historic Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102.

Watch HERE Brief Video of The 2017 Recipients.

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Watch HERE a brief video of The 2017 Recipients

Click here to watch brief video showcasing the 2016 Illustrious Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Hon. Arthur O. Eve, First Dominican Elected to Public Office in the United States of America.

More Moving Reflections from 2016 Illustrious Awards Honorees

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

 

The selection process

Nomination of candidates is made by boards of education, institutions of higher learning, professional associations/organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, government institutions, and the general public in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

The Institute’s Illustrious Awards Selection Committee, composed by representatives of the judged fields of work, selects three finalists per category, based on the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be of Latino descent and residing in the United States
2. Nominee has at least twenty years of experience in her/his field (years of experience may be substituted 5 years per 1 major accomplishment)
3. Nominee must have at least one major accomplishment in her/his field

The honoree in each category will be the finalist with the highest point average in judged areas..

Contact us:

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Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)

www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

P. O. Box 224 Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
theillustriousawards@gmail.com

 

Illustrious Ceremony: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6pm

Watch Brief Video Here of The 2017 HonoreesIA Flyer Template for video

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) is pleased to present in video the recipients of The Illustrious Awards 2017.
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The Black-tie ceremony will be held at the historic Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers  University, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd  Newark, NJ 07102.University in Newark, NJ 07102 on the night of Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00PM.
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RSVP is required for admission. A full house is expected.  To RSVP and for more information visit: www.illustriousawards.com

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About ILS
The Illustrious Awards is a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). The Institute, founded in 2001, is dedicated to quality research and advocacy for a better society; ILS is a non-profit entity recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) (3) organization. ILS believes that a solid understanding of cultural identity and people’s socio-economic reality is essential for development in a multi-cultural society. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

RSVP & more information, please visit: www.illustriousawards.com

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2016 Illustrious Awards Nominees and guests. Ceremony at Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Center in Newark, NJ. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

The selection process

Nomination of candidates is made by boards of education, institutions of higher learning, professional associations/organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, government institutions, and the general public in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

The Institute’s Illustrious Awards Selection Committee, composed by representatives of the judged fields of work, selects three finalists per category, based on the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be of Latino descent and residing in the United States
2. Nominee has at least twenty years of experience in her/his field (years of experience may be substituted 5 years per 1 major accomplishment)
3. Nominee must have at least one major accomplishment in her/his field

The honoree in each category will be the finalist with the highest point average in judged areas.

ILS Honors Prominent Latinos On An Unforgettable Red Carpet Night of Splendor

On a unique night of splendor, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), dedicated to quality research for effective advocacy, honored distinguished unsung Latinos healing from varied professions.

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Cameras captured honorees and guests as they walked on red carpet and into the welcome cocktail reception.

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As toreadores of their own live stories, honorees marched proudly into a packed auditorium to the magistral rhythm of La Virgen de la Macarena, played live by solo trumpetist Eganam Segbefia.

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They made their grand entrance into the auditorium of Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, NJ, holding their heads high and their chest swollen with pride.

The formal black-tie ceremony begun promptly with welcoming remarks by ILS President Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla. She explained the making of the Illustrious Awards was based on primary research and dossier in the archives of the Institute for Latino Studies.

The ceremony was an interactive two-hour pre-produced audio-visual presentation depicting Latino contributions to the United States. Each honoree’s life story, accomplishments and contributions were highlighted on five screens set in the auditorium.

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Their life stories were also included in the Collectible Illustrious Awards Tribute Journal, released and distributed to those in attendance. In addition, each life story will be featured in the documentary Latino Illustrious to be released in 2017

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Honorable Arthur O. Eve, First Dominican Elected to Public Office in the United States, Jose Rohaidy (Posthumous), Cuban Dean of Journalism in New Jersey, and Maria Magda O’Keefe, First Latina & Puerto Rican Elected to Paterson City Council.

Illustrious Award Recipients included:

1.     Arts
Eduardo Hoepelman, Photographer
Vanessa DeLeon, Interior Design

2.     Business & Entrepreneurship
Cira Ángeles, Business Advocacy
Jaime Lucero, Corporate Management
John Estevez, Franchise Management
Hector Nuñez, Accounting Service

3.     Communications
Aida Rosario, Broadcast Media Community Relations
Antonio Ibarría – Newspaper Publishing
Juan Guillen – Trendsetter Media & Marketing
Willie Sanchez – TV Production
Fernando Aquino – Government Media Relations
Miguel Pérez – Journalism
Malin Falu – Radio

4.      Education
Gloria Bonilla, PhD – Higher Education
Isabel Nazario – Higher Education Administration
Leonel Morales – Elementary Education
Edwin Quezada – Public School Administration
Loyda García – Elementary Education
Ana Garcia Reyes, Higher Education Community Relations
Carlos Medina, Higher Education Management & Administration

5.      Government
Dennis González – Public Administration
Lucio Fernandez – Public Service
Feniosky Pena-Mora, Engineering

6.      Law & Law Enforcement
Evelyn Padin, Esq. – Practice of Law
Fernando Alonso, Esq. – Education
Seny Taveras, Esq. – Education Administration

7.      Leadership
Luz E. Santiago (Lucy) – Nonprofit Advocacy
Martin Pérez – Civil Rights Advocacy
Sandra Harris – Community Advocacy
Lourdes Cortez – Corporate Financial Development
Rosita Romero – Community Activism
Charito Cisneros, Small business Advocacy
Richard Rivera – Law Enforcement Advocacy

8.      Medicine
Julia E. Bello, MD – Victim Advocacy
Marcos Charles, MD -Internal Medicine & Hematology
Ramón Tallaj, MD – Corporate Trailblazer

9.      Politics
Sonia Rosado – Political Pioneering
Luis A. Quintana – Political Pioneering
Wilda Díaz – Political Pioneering
Robert Menendez – Political Pioneering

10.  Religion
Alvin Bridgewater – Religious Advocacy
Dr. Héctor Chiesa – Christian Radio Management
Dr. Rev. John Muñiz – Capacity Building
Rev. José López – Social Entrepreneurship
José Rodríguez, Sr. – Church Leadership
Alejandro Benjamin – Education & Community Activism

11.  Social Sciences
José C. Novas, Historical Research
Ramón Emilio Espinola, Historical Research
Héctor Bonilla – Latino History Erudition

“This was a historic night,” said honoree Jaime Lucero after receiving an Illustrious Award in the Business Category for his success and contributions in corporate management.

Reacting to the experience, honoree Dr. Marcos A. Charles wrote a note to the Illustrious Awards producer indicating the following: “Dear Dra. Maria Teresa y Nestor Montilla: I would like to congratulate both of you for the spectacular success of the ILS Awards, rewarding  Latino accomplishments in different areas. Your vision and creativity behind theses prestigious awards are very commendable! Using an expression very common in Oscar ceremonies (by the way no more enjoyable than these awards),”it was a perfect 10!”. I believe after this presentation,our contribution to the progress of this Country should be divided in two chapters: “before, and after the ILS awards” Best wishes.   Marcos A Charles.”

A note from Fernando Aquino:

“Dear Maria Teresa & Nestor Montilla,

I cannot pass this opportunity to thank you and congratulate you for conceiving, organizing and perfectly executing the first Latino Studies Institute’s Illustrious Awards. I was not only lucky enough to be one of the recipients of the Awards, but to witness a flawless documentation of the great contribution Latinos have made to the American nation, even before the foundation of the United States of America. As a scholar of Latino studies, I was impressed and will be eternally grateful to you for making me part of it.

Back then and now, the Latino community has been an essential component in forging this nation while enduring its own cultural heritage by breaking barriers. With you work, you are helping tell and document the story for generations to come.

Again, thank you and congratulations for this great contribution.”

Fernando Aquino

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Nestor & Maria Teresa Montilla.

The second and third installments of the Illustrious Awards have been scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

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Special thanks to Corinthian IPA, Columbia University Medical Center, Evelyn Padin, Esq., Rutgers University, Gold & Silver, Inc., El Especial, Yonkers, NY Board of Education, CUNY In The Heights, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, LA Riverside Insurance Brokerage, Inc., Association of Jesus Christ of the New Covenant, New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development, The Pentecostal Church Assembly of God, Trenton, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New York Hispanic Cosmetology and Beauty Chamber of Commerce, Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana, Hon. Wilda Diaz, Mayor of Perth Amboy, NJ, Berkeley College, Fernando Alonso, Esq., Marcos Charles, MD, 512 Quantum Sound, Hispanic Multi-Purpose Center and Babylion Productions, LLC.

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Carlos Medina, Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer of the State University of New York, to Receive an Illustrious Award on Saturday, September 24th

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Carlos N. Medina, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY.

Carlos N. Medina is Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the State University of New York (SUNY). He is one of only a handful to hold the position within higher education systems nationally.

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Medina will be honored with an Illustrious Award on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6pm at Rutgers University’s Paul Robenson Campus Center located at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. BLVD Newark, NJ 07102.

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He will be honored among distinguished Latino icons of the caliber of the Honorable Arthur O. Eve, the First Dominican elected to Public Office in the United States, Dr. Marcos Charles, co- founder of Hostos Community College, Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago from Rutgers University, Jaime Lucero, CEO of Gold & Silver, Inc, Isabel Nazario, the only Latino Vice President at Rutgers University, NY Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora, Martin Perez, Esq., founder of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Tony Ibarria, Publisher of El Especial, and US Senator Robert Melendez.

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Since August 2011, Medina has led SUNY’s efforts in promoting and advancing the University’s diversity goals and ensuring that they are properly captured within all university policies and procedures. He provides leadership and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in connection with the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and administrators who come from groups within our society that are underrepresented in higher education and in SUNY.

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He currently serves as co-chair of the SUNY-wide Diversity Task Force leading the charge of identifying new ways in which the System’s diversity can be increased to better reflect and be aligned with that of New York State. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet assisting with strategic planning leading to implementation of SUNY-wide policies and initiatives.

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He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the intersections between diversity and academic excellence, including spearheading statewide STEM conferences in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and co-sponsored the “Making Diversity Count” conference in October 2014. He continues to be directly responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of various programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels dedicated to serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students, faculty, and staff, and promoting inclusion, student success and excellence within the University.

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As a result of Medina’s leadership, SUNY has received the prestigious HEED Award for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from Insight into Diversity Magazine, one of the oldest and largest diversity publications to cover higher education nationally. Recently, he was named as a recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award by the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, as well as receiving the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award also given by Insight into Diversity Magazine, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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He has more than 25 years of progressive responsibility in state government and higher education with proven experience in leadership, management, and staff development. He received his B.S.E. degree from SUNY Cortland, his M.P.S. in Human Services Administration from Cornell University, and his Doctorate in Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi.

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The Illustrious Awards, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

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To watch videos showcasing testimonies of some honorees and for more information about award recipients and the ceremony, visit www.illustriousawards.com or www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

First Dominican Elected in USA to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Arthur O Eve The First Dominican American Elected in the United States

Arthur O. Eve will travel from Buffalo, NY to New Jersey to Accept the Award

Mr. Arthur O. Eve, acclaimed for being the first Dominican elected to public office in the United States, will travel from Buffalo, NY, to Newark, NJ to receive The Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the advancement of US diverse communities.

He served with distinction as New York State Assembly member for 36 years (from 1967 to 2002). During his time in office, he was one of the highest ranking members of the New York State Legislature. He served as Deputy Speaker of the NYS Assembly from 1979 to 2002.

Mr. Eve rose to prominence in the mid-1960s during Buffalo’s civil disturbances. He expanded his notability during the Attica Prison Riots. In Buffalo’s Civil Rights Movement riots, Mr. Eve attempted to organize formal meetings in order to avert physical confrontations.

He is credited for being one of the founders of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

During his first term he led the effort to obtain an initial $500,000 of funding to establish the State University of New York’s SEEK/Educational Opportunity Program. Since its inception, the program has helped thousands of students in both The State University of New York and The City University of New York.

Mr. Eve is recognized as a leader on just about every issue that’s important to families.
Many believe that during his career of public service Eve has done more to initiate opportunities for minorities and the economically disadvantaged in the field of educational opportunity, undergraduate and graduate education, medical degrees, pre-natal, day care and infant care, than any other state legislator in the nation.

The Illustrious Awards document and highlight the contributions of Latino icons to the advancement of the United States of America and its diverse communities.

Mr. Eve will attend the Illustrious Awards Ceremony slated to take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6pm at Rutgers University Robeson Campus Center located at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd Newark, NJ 07102.

To RSVP visit www.illustriousawards.com

ILS research conducted by Néstor Montilla, Sr. indicates that Mr. Eve’s father, Arthur B. Eve Sr., was born in 1912 in Puerto Plata, a province on the northern cost of the Dominican Republic. His mother, Ruby Wilson Eve, was from the Bahamas in the Caribbean.

“My father was Dominican and my mother from the Bahamas,” he stated to Montilla during a video interview at his residence in Buffalo, NY.

According to Montilla, in the 1920s, in the midst of the 8-year U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic, Eve, Sr. his seven siblings and their parents, immigrated from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Miami, Florida, where they settled. Subsequently, in his early twenties, Eve, Sr. moved with his wife and her mother to new York City, where his so Arthur O. Eve was born in Harlem on March 23, 1933.

A video excerpt of Mr. Eve’s life story will be featured at the event on September 24th. His complete life story will be featured on The Latino Illustrious, an original documentary to be released in 2017.

To watch videos showcasing testimonies of some nominees and for more information about award recipients and the ceremony, visit www.illustriousawards.com or www.instituteforlatinostudies.org