Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremony On May 5, Hostos held the 43rd Annual Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony for the 41 students in the Dental Hygiene Class of 2014. The ceremony marked the beginning of the student’s professional journey. The signature Hostos program prepares students to become registered dental hygienists and pass intensive theory National Board and Clinical State Board examinations necessary for employment. Hostos students in this program provide preventive dental health care at the College’s dental hygiene patient care facility for patients under the direct guidance and supervision of licensed professional dental hygienists and dentists. 25th Dominican Day Parade Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony On May 15, Hostos Community College students Melany Castillo, Orlando Roche, Yunerys Liriano, and Adelyn Castro each received $1,000 scholarships at the 25th Annual Bronx Dominican Parade Scholarship Awards Dinner held at Marina del Rey. Hostos Associate Dean Ana I. García Reyes brought greetings on behalf of Hostos, and the other participating Bronx colleges, and congratulated the students and the honorees on the Parade’s 25th anniversary. In addition to the students, CUNY’s Senior Vice Chancellor and Board Secretary Jay Hershenson was recognized, along with CUNY Central’s Donette Cherry and Lissec Medrano. Nursing Pinning Ceremony On May 22, Hostos Community College celebrated 39 graduates from its Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse programs during the Class of 2014 Pinning Ceremonies. The students learned skills and concepts that will prepare them to care for patients of all ages in a variety of settings. The 24 RN students are now qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and the 15 graduates from the LPN certificate program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse Exam. Academic and nursing achievement awards were also presented to RN students: Khagendra Bhatt (Gold Award), Sanette Forrester (Silver Award), Nicholas Iacovino (Bronze Award), and Muriel Monroy (Florence Nightingale Award). Awards to LPN students were presented to: Eunice Dunu (Gold Award), Isabella Tagoe (Silver Award), Ichrak El Yousfi (Bronze Award), and Sherrell Hill (Florence Nightingale Award.) “Little Angels” Graduate From Hostos Day Care Center On May 28, several Hostos student-parents celebrated the graduation of their children from the Hostos Community College Children’s Center, Inc. The special event, “Their Beginning to a Bright Future,” was attended by Dr. Magali Figueroa-Sánchez and other teachers from the Center, who expressed her pride for both the children’s accomplishments and the commitment of the teachers and support staff. Other attendees from the program included Nydia Pares, Maritza Rojas, Jenny Rivera-Mojica, Rosa Quintero, Denise Santiago, Paulina Martínez, Lamond White, Betty Anderson, Josefina Veintimilla, and Magali Guzmán. Hostos Highlights National Puerto Rican Day Parade On June 8, Hostos Community College students Carlos Bibiloni, Orlando Roche, Trevon Paul, Nayeh Yisrael, Dayana González, Julio Pascual, Jennifer Roche, Denise Matos, Gretchen Hernández, Derick Moore, and David Santos joined the 2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) celebration and marched with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Jason Libfeld, Hostos Student Leadership Coordinator, also participated. In addition to that honor, Hostos students Jean Figueroa and Joseph Urbina won NPRDP Scholarship Awards. Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony The highly successful Radiologic Technology (Rad Tech) program celebrated 22 graduates on June 16 at its Pinning Ceremony. Twenty-three graduates were celebrated. Rad Tech also extended its amazing run of success as it graduated 100 percent of its student for the 17th straight year. The program also marked the fifth straight year where 85 percent of its students found a job within six months of leaving the College. Students Earn School Equivalency Diplomas The Hostos Community College’s Adult Learning Center (ALC) recognized the accomplishments of 112 students, who earned their High School Equivalency Diplomas (HSE) at a well-attended graduation ceremony on June 18. Held in the Hostos Café, in front of a huge number of extremely proud family members, friends, teachers and staff, the ceremony featured three speeches from graduates --- Stacey Almanzar, Karina Perdomo and Mohamed Diawara. The trio shared personal stories and talked about their accomplishments, as well as the renewed commitment to further their education. The ceremony was also attended by ALC staff, including Sheryl Smith, the Director of the ALC; Darryl E. Rogers, Program Coordinator for the Young Men’s Initiative IMPACT Peer Mentoring Project; as well as Carlos Molina, Vice President for the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and Peter Mertens, Assistant Dean of the Division. This Adult Learning Center’s High School Equivalency Diplomas program is free and focuses on improving writing skills, critical thinking, and reading comprehension skills in the areas of science, social studies, and language arts. Division Of Continuing Education And Workforce Development Celebrates With Bronx Terminal Market Hostos staff from the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) helped the Bronx Terminal Market kickoff its Summer Film series with a summer block party, open house and rooftop zumba event on June 24. CEWD enjoyed a successful move to the Bronx Terminal Market in 2012, and this event helped bring attention to the Division’s services and programs. The Terminal Market’s annual FREE Rooftop Film Series is in its third year and has become a family-friendly summer tradition. Concert Honors Local Jazz Legend Dave Valentin Photo Credit: Allen Spatz Photography On July 1, a sensational concert was held in the Hostos Main Theater to honor Grammy Award-winning jazz flutist, Dave Valentín. Valentín, who also was named best flutist by Jazz Magazine seven straight years, suffered a stroke in 2012 and has been unable to perform. Also known for his charity work, the Bronx native was saluted through performances by jazz greats, including Nelson González, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O'Farrill, Nicky Marrero, and Bobby Sanabria. Valentín was able to attend the event and received a rousing standing ovation. This special concert was sponsored by Hostos Community College, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Manhattan Parking Group, and Classico Building Maintenance, Inc.