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HOSTOS NAMES HOMECOMING PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College has selected alumna Saudy Tejada, Professor Cynthia Jones, Coordinator of the Leadership Academy Jason Libfeld and New York State Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo as special alumni Grand Marshals for the Hostos Homecoming Parade.

The parade will be held on Sunday, September 30, and will be led by Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. Other honorees including Rudilania Hulse, the Alumni Parade Godmother, and Bill and Kathy Aguado, the Donor Godfather and Godmother.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and there will be opportunities to enjoy the various activities of the ¡Viva Bronx! Festival to be held on the Grand Concourse after it ends.

Saudy Tejada, an alumna of the class of 2005, has co-chaired the Hostos “Circle of 100” since March. The fund has raised close to $200,000 to support Hostos students since its inception in 2007. As a Hostos student, Tejada was involved with several clubs and organizations and she continues to lend her time and financial support to Hostos.

Professor Cynthia Jones has been a key member of the Hostos English Department for decades. She began teaching as an ESL adjunct instructor and has been a lecturer at Hostos since 1981. She has served as Deputy Chair of the English Department, among other titles, and remains a dedicated, compassionate, respectful, and nurturing educator. Jones has served in other various leadership roles and supports the college through regular donations.

Assemblywoman Arroyo has demonstrated that it is never too late to obtain your college education, graduating from Hostos Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1978, and from the College of New Rochelle with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 at the age of 44. She is still involved with the Hostos mission, as Assemblywoman Arroyo is working with the college to secure funds for an alumni house.

Jason Libfeld has worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of the student body as the Student Leadership Coordinator. The Leadership Academy works in coordination with the Global Scholars Program, the Honors Program, the Student Government Association, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and other campus groups, clubs and organizations, to promote leadership techniques and ideals to the Hostos community and beyond.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the events and the funds that are raised will be reinvested in the community through scholarships used to support our student body.

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 & Workforce Development, which 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 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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

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