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“The Circle of 100” Recognizes Donors At Special Dinner Event

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – The Alumni Relations Office of Hostos Community College recognizes it cannot do the work it does without its donors. To acknowledge those who constantly provide monetary support to The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund Nydia Edgecombe, the Director of the Alumni Relations Office organized and hosted its annual Donor Appreciation Night at the newly inaugurated Mamajuana Café on the upper west side of Manhattan on May 30.

The special dinner was attended by nearly 60 people and aside from honoring their generosity; another $4,000 was raised for The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund.

Special honorees included Hostos English Professor Dr. Sue Dicker, and Hostos graduates Eduardo Sánchez and Terrence Brown. All three were recognized for their longtime commitment to the “The Circle of 100” and their other philanthropic initiatives.

“Sue, Eduardo and Terrence are examples of how The Circle of 100 has been able to build an in-house philanthropic community. The generosity of our peers and alumni is crucial in our ability to support the education of our students facing unforeseen financial adversities,” said Nydia Edgecombe.

Professor Dicker was honored with the Continuous Donor Award; Sánchez with the Alumni Award and Brown with the CUNY Charitable Campaign Award.

Professor Dicker said she was quickly sold on The Circle of 100 and its mission to aid students who need money for everything from emergencies to textbooks.

Also recognized were Victor Osorio, Class of 1995, the owner of Mamajuana and Anny Paguay, a recent Hostos graduate of the Class of 2012 who works with at the Hostos Alumni Relations Office.

Attendees included Ana Carrión Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Dolly Martínez, Deputy Assistant to the President and Assistant Vice President for College Affairs; Nelida Pastoriza, the College Registrar; and Dr. Gerald Meyer, the co-chair of The Circle of 100.

Founded in 2006, The Circle of 100 is a membership group that supports the educational goals and aspirations of Hostos students by providing emergency grants to graduating candidates who are facing financial hardships. The Circle of 100 has awarded 93 emergency grants of up to $500 to needy students and 33 scholarships of $1000 each to facilitate students’ transition to four-year colleges.

The Hostos Circle of 100 is also co-chaired by Saudy Tejada, a Hostos alumna of the class of 2005.  Other members of the Executive Committee are Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations, and Professor Elyse Zucker of the English Department.

To learn more about The Circle of 100 or to donate, contact Nydia R. Edgecombe at 718-518-4180 or nedgecombe@hostos.cuny.edu.

About Hostos Community College                                                                                   
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu

Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513


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