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Hartnell College Students and Staff Selected for Boronda International Study Program to Japan

February 23rd, 2005

Six Hartnell College students have been selected to visit Japan this summer as part of the college’s Boronda International Study Program.

The students, their fields of study and hometowns are:
Luis Cerna, fine arts, Salinas;
Yuri Lopez, fine arts, Salinas;
Debra O’Hagin, fine arts, Salinas;
Rebecka Ramirez, fine arts, Gonzales;
Maria Romero, fine arts, Salinas;
Robert Strong, ceramics, Castroville.

Co-instructors of the program are Janet Fujimoto, Hartnell English instructor, and Gary Smith, art instructor.

The Boronda Scholars will spend about 18 days visiting historic and cultural locations, museums, temples and shrines. They also will attend concerts and theater productions and participate in lectures and tours. In addition, the students will visit Hartnell’s sister college, Miyagi Agricultural College, as well as stop by Miyagi University and have a special session with the governor of Miyagi Prefecture.

The late Lester Boronda, a Monterey County artist, established the Sylvano and Maria Boronda Memorial Scholarships in memory of his parents. In his will, Boronda stated that the recipients of the scholarship must be “students of unusual promise in the arts, namely painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama, music or dance.”

Cicely McCreight, director of institutional advancement at Hartnell and chair of the Boronda Scholarship Committee, said that since the Boronda program began in 1985, Hartnell students have traveled to Taiwan, Hungary, China, England, Spain, Mexico, Argentina and other countries. “The program is a wonderful experience — especially for students who have not traveled abroad,” she said.

For more information, call McCreight at (831) 755-6810.