Fernando Espuelas ’88 will be keynote speaker at Reunion


Fernando Espuelas ’88, a global media entrepreneur who’s been recognized as a rising star by organizations as diverse as CNN and the World Economic Forum, will be the keynote speaker at Reunion this year.

Espuelas is the CEO of Voxgente, a multi-platform media company, and hosts “The Fernando Espuelas Show” on Univision Radio. He is a frequent political analyst on television, radio and online sites including the Huffington Post. His interviews have included Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich.

Espuelas co-founded StarMedia, the first multi-platform digital media company for Latins, and managed the first IPO for a Latin internet company. StarMedia became the most recognized pan-Latin new media brand and one of the top sites in the world.

The World Economic Forum chose Espuelas as a “Global Leader of Tomorrow” in 2000 and he was named a “Leader of the New Millennium” by CNN and Time Magazine. Born in Uruguay, he was a College trustee from 2000 to 2002. Espuelas will speak Friday, May 31 at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, six alumni will be recognized for their contributions to their alma mater and to the world. The awards, given annually by the Alumni Board of Directors on behalf of the College and all alumni, will be presented during Alumni Convocation at 10:45 a.m. in the College Center. Recipients are:

Hildegard Meili Van Deusen ’43: Van Deusen, standout Connecticut College volunteer for 70 years, will be awarded the Alumni Tribute Award posthumously on the occasion of her 70th reunion in recognition of her extraordinary service to the College, engaging style and ability to lead by example. Hildy passed away unexpectedly on March 6, 2013.

Jean Tierney Taub ’58: Taub motivated her class to achieve 100 percent Annual Fund participation for their 50th reunion – a level that’s only been reached seven times since 1970. The Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award recognizes her commitment to the College, to all alumni and to her class.

Arturo Guzman ’73: Guzman, a high school teacher, is a disaster relief volunteer with the Red Cross and the Bronx Disaster Action Team. He has worked at the scenes of numerous crises. The Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize recognizes his outstanding contributions to society.

Christy Burke ’93: Burke thinks creatively, is always willing to do what she can for the College, and is passionate about encouraging other alumni to get involved. The Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award recognizes her dynamic leadership and generous spirit. She is currently a trustee of the College.

André Lee ’93: Lee, whose provocative films have inspired national discussion on key issues, is an energetic volunteer with a big heart. As a Mellon Fellow, he has collaborated with faculty and staff to give sophomores valuable career insights. The Goss Award recognizes his significant contributions.

Menzi Lukhele ’08: Lukhele helped raise Annual Fund participation among GOLD alumni (Graduates of the Last Decade), assisted with regional events and served as an admission rep. He was a Young Alumni Trustee for three years. The Mach Arom ’89 Award recognizes his dedication to the College.

More about alumni awards.