A celebration of Dominican Heritage Month was held at the V Centenario Restaurant on February 21. Hostos Foundation Board member Cira Angeles and Associate Dean Ana García Reyes were recognized for their exemplary commitment and outstanding service to the community.
The awards were presented by Haile Rivera, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Dominicanos Unidos de Nueva York (DUNY) and Hands on New York, Inc., who spoke of the wonderful learning experience he had as a student at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College. Rivera also said he was gratified that representatives from the business sector, educational institutions, government agencies, and the health care industry were present at the ceremony.
In addition to a number of Hostos alumni, other attendees included press secretary for the New York State Attorney General, Fernando Aquino; radio and television producer Lissette Montolío; and Hostos Career Counselor Idelsa Méndez. Dean García Reyes thanked the organizers for the recognition and commended the other honorees, including television producer César Romero, media reporters José Zabala and Adalberto Domínguez. Also recognized were Luis Antonio García, Eudy Rodríguez, Dr. Ramón Emilio Coronado, Dr. José A. Goris, community leader Carmen Acosta, singer and business owner J Martin, María Rosado, and several outstanding students.
Last year’s honorees included internationally known fashion designer Sully Bonnelly, Wall Street financial analyst and White House appointee Cid Wilson, music entrepreneur and philanthropist Johnny Marines, and merenguero Rubby Pérez, among others.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s 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. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.