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MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE LiterAry MeccA riSeS AGAiN f orum Continued on Page 16 Tom Wolfe November 2012 • Volume 16 • Number 5 A Thousands Ready to Descend on Wolfson Campus for World-Renowned Miami Book Fair International s they do each fall when the seasons change, hundreds of thousands of book lovers from around the globe will flock to Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus for the 29th annual Miami Book Fair International. Running for eight event-packed days from Nov. 11 to 18, the renowned Fair will host more than 400 authors presenting their books in more than 150 concurrent readings . Produced by The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College, the Fair is a trailblazer that has long attracted the interest of the nation’s top literary critics. The New York Times has even noted that “the current wave of book festivals in many ways stems from the Miami Book Fair, which got its start in 1983 and has come to be the model for others.” Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Fair, perusing books at the 200-plus exhibitors’ booths that line the streets of Down-town Miami. No genre nor any reader’s interest is ever left behind, with works ranging from novels and nonfiction to poetry, graphic novels and chil-dren’s books. Readings cover every topic under the sun, including art, lifestyle and even cooking. Tom Wolfe Nursing School celebrates 50th year, Gets Major Gift León Family Steps Up to Help Meet Region’s Needs Miami Dade College’s acclaimed School of Nursing with more than 19,000 nursing alum-ni is embarking on a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, recognizing five decades of helping meet a growing workforce need. The acclaimed School now has a powerful partner in that mission. The León family and Leon Medical Centers, one of South Florida’s leading health care providers, recently made a wise and generous investment in the industry ’ s future by donating $5 million to the School, which will be renamed the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at Miami Dade College . With the nation facing a criti-cal shortage of nurses, MDC’s outstanding School of Nursing is Ambassadors from the School of Nursing recently welcomed Benjamín León III and his team from Leon Medical Centers to the School’s facilities at Medical Campus. uniquely positioned to rapidly and strategically put this donation to use in further expanding its educational capacity by augmenting its pro-grams, facilities and infrastructure. “Our goal is to help educate tomorrow’s nurses, invest in the future of our nation’s health care system and improve the health and well-being of those in our community,” said Benjamín León III, president of Leon Medical Centers and an MDC Trustee. “I'm confident the return on this investment will be great because all MDC nursing graduates I’ve encountered throughout the years have been exceptionally prepared and thoroughly profes-sional. They are the best of the best.” This recent donation is yet another example of the León family’s strong tradition of giving Continued on Page 11

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