During the Annual Holidays and Excellence Awards Reception held at the US Congress, UPRAA recognized a group of Distinguished Alumni and Puerto Rican members of the US Congress for their leadership and contributions to our community. This exciting membership event, held on December 5th, in the Rayburn House Office Building, brought together a large group of UPRAA members, UPRAA friends, and leaders from the private sector. The event was graciously supported by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who serves as Representative of the 3rd District of Ohio.
The 2017 UPRAA’s Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to Juan L. Negrón, UPR-Rio Piedras; Francheska Reyes, UPR-Mayaguez; Jomar I. Martínez, UPR-Mayaguez; Josué Rivera, UPR-Bayamon; Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, UPR-Mayaguez; Rosanna Torres, UPR-Rio Piedras; and Nairka Joe Treviño, UPR-Mayaguez. UPRAA recognized these distinguished leaders for their exemplary achievements and triumphs as a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico. Their dedication to lead initiatives across federal and private agencies represents the best of our Puerto Rican young professionals and serves an example for others to emulate.
UPRAA also recognized the following distinguished members of Congress with the Excellence in Public Service Award for their untiring work in support of Hurricane Maria relief efforts for Puerto Rico: Hon. Jenniffer González-Colón, Hon. Luis V. Gutiérrez, Hon. Raúl Labrador, Hon. José E. Serrano, Hon. Darren Soto, and Hon. Nydia M. Velázquez.
UPRAA President, Mr. Jose O. Torres, and the Interim President of the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Darren Hillman, presented the above mentioned awards. Dr. Hillman, the Rectors of the various campuses, and several senior leaders of the University honored the audience with their presence. Dr Hillman, the guest speaker for the evening, addressed the audience with a solemn message to all alumni and friends to assist in the recovery efforts of our Alma Mater and to unite in establishing our Alma Mater as one of the premier institutions in the world.
During the event, Mrs. Laurie Buckhout, President and CEO of The Corvus Consulting Group, presented a generous donation of $5,000 to support a Scholarship Program for ROTC students at the University of Puerto Rico. Mrs. Buckhout, a retired US Army Colonel, expressed her gratitude to the many Puerto Rican officers serving in our military. She asked the University of Puerto Rico to continue to develop these great quality officers; future leaders of our nation.
UPRAA Board of Directors express the most sincere thanks to all the sponsors for the contributions and continued support received through the Year 2017