Thursday, June 27, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - William Osorio, Jr., a 2012 Hostos Student Government Association member and veteran of the United States Marine Corps, received public recognition from Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the 3rd Annual NYC DADS Matter Awards Ceremony, which was held at Gracie Mansion on June 13.

William, who lives and works in the Bronx, never knew his biological father and lost his mother and step-father when he was 13. He credits his military experience with helping him prepare to overcome life’s obstacles and inspiring him to be a good father to his son, Nathan.

Nominated with 269 other men for this award, William was one of only 10 who received it.

The award is a part of the “The Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative.” Its purpose is to spread the message about the importance of fatherhood, and recognize special NYC dads who have overcome challenges to become positive and consistent forces in their children’s lives.

For more information on NYC DADS Matter, got to: http://www.nyc.gov/nycdads

About Hostos Community College:
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968.  Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.  The College’s unique "student success coach" program, which partners students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of the premier emphasis on student support and services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and 5 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. The HCAC has distinguished itself for showcasing traditional art forms as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists. Hostos Community College is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.

Media Contact: Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513