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Hostos Celebrates Exceptional Academic Achievement During 27th Annual Honors Convocation

Thursday, May 26, 2011 (New York) – Hostos Community College held its 27th Annual Honors Convocation Tuesday night to celebrate the exceptional academic achievements of Hostos’ best.

At the convocation, each graduating honor student, including valedictorian Qudus Lawal and salutatorians Dane Christie and Juliana Matos, received a certificate and a gold honors stole as a symbol of academic achievement. Scholastic achievement awards are given to students with grade point average of 3.7 or higher. At next month’s commencement these students will march wearing gold stoles to signify their achievement.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carmen Coballes-Vega presented the opening remarks and President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez greeted students and their accompanying family members and friends at the Hostos main theater.

“The students being recognized at today’s honors convocation represent the best of what our student body has to offer and is capable of achieving,” said President Matos Rodríguez. “The incredible academic accomplishments of these students are proof that Hostos can attract and produce first-rate scholars in a variety of fields.”

President Matos Rodríguez, Provost Coballes-Vega, Senior Vice President for Budget and Finance Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, and Interim Vice President for Student Enrollment and Management Nathaniel Cruz presented the convocation’s special awards.
“The students who will be honored tonight are role models and mentors for their classmates due to their high achievement and voluntary service,” said Professor Sandy Figueroa, chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. “I am so very proud to chair a committee of dedicated faculty and staff members who organized tonight’s event to celebrate these students’ noteworthy accomplishments and tremendous contributions to Hostos.”

The Hostos-Columbia Global Scholars Program is a joint endeavor of Hostos Community College and Columbia University that prepares students from diverse backgrounds for careers in international affairs and national security. Global Scholars in the current graduating class are Samantha Hernández, Alexis López and Rocio Rayo.

Other honors included the Hostos Teacher Academy, the Women’s History Month Celebration, and Natural Sciences Departments, the Kaplan Leadership Program Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Award.

The following students will receive gold honors stole: Joanne Acosta, Alicia Barton, Wendyika Cheik Belem, Reyna Betances, Ann Callender, Mutinta Chestnut, Dane Christie, Sinai Cuahutenco, Cheick Oumar Dembele, Mildred Domena, Katherine Feliz, Kwame Fosuhene, Charity Freeland, Katrina García, Teresa García, Paola Guzmán, Jhuma Haque, Nabeela Hasin, Samantha Hernández, Kalilou Kromah, Qudus Lawal, Sirahy Leal, Mureen Lewis, Leonela Matías, Juliana Matos, Taeko Mitsutake, Chimataram Oji, Lydia Osei, Serge Ouedraogo, Marlon Portela, Martha Quito, Milagros Reynoso, Nelson Rodríguez, Sonia Seda, Ismet Shala, Chunmatie Sridat, Jacob Teye, Stanley Tineo Tineo and George Tonto.
Led by Provost Coballes-Vega, department chairs, unit coordinators, and Hostos staff presented departmental, unit and other special awards. These awards and honors were from all the academic departments and units of the college, as well as student development and community programs, CUNY scholar athletics, services for students with disabilities, the alumni’s Circle of 100 Scholarship, Desfile Dominicano del Bronx, National Puerto Rican Day Parade/Ernesto Malave Award, New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc., the 2010 Summer Study Abroad Program, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, and College Discovery Awards.

Members of the Honors Convocation scholarship and awards committee include:
Professor Figueroa, Vice President Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne. Interim Vice President Cruz, Lillian Acosta, Professor Nieves Aguilera, Professor Nieves Angulo, Professor Amanda Bernal-Carlo, Professor Vermel Blanding, Professor Winsome DaCosta, Professor Jacqueline DiSanto, Nydia Edgecombe, Professor Jerilyn Fisher, María Grieco, Professor Cynthia Jones, Professor Isabel Li, Pat Mabry, Professor Walter Rada, Ms. Rocio Rayo, Professor Raymond Rodríguez, Professor Jo-Ann Rover, Professor Rees Shad, Professor Maya Sharma and Professor Linda Watkins-Goffman.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves nearly 7,000 students.  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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department 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 2010 enrollment of nearly 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872


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