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(L-R) Dolly Martínez, Deputy to the President and Assistant Vice President for College Affairs at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY, stands with El Diario La Prensa executive Gladys Cepín-González on April 19 after Martínez accepted her Mujeres Destacadas award.

Friday, April 26, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – El Diario La Prensa, the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York City as well as the oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in the United States, has presented its Mujeres Destacadas (Distinguished Women) Award to Dolly Martínez, Deputy to the President and Assistant Vice President for College Affairs at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY.

Martínez was recognized for her selfless work in the community and dedication to higher education. Other influential Latinas receiving Mujeres Destacadas awards this year were the Honorable Jenny Rivera, New York State Court of Appeals Judge; the Honorable Rita Mella, New York County Surrogate Court Judge; Milly Quezada, multiple Grammy Award-winning Dominican Merengue singer; and Debralee Santos, Editor of The Bronx Free Press and Manhattan Times.

“I am grateful and humbled to be among the honorees to receive this award, and I proudly accept it on behalf of all the women who work so hard at Hostos Community College,” Martínez said. “El Diario La Prensa is an important community resource, and I am thrilled to be associated with the great work it does,” Martínez said.

Past honorees have included: the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez; actresses Ana Ortiz and Rosario Dawson; and Christy Haubegger, founder of Latina magazine.

“We could not be more proud of Dolly,” said Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez. “Hostos Community College would not be the success it is today without her hard work and dedication. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.”

The Mujeres Destacadas awards were presented at El Diario La Prensa’s 18th annual awards luncheon, which was held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 19. All the recipients are Latinas who have made significant contributions in the corporate, business, entertainment, sports or community arenas.

This year’s event was also a celebration of El Diario La Prensa’s 100th anniversary. Rossana Rosado, the newspaper’s Publisher & CEO, created these awards to recognize outstanding New York Latinas, and now they are also given in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando and Houston.

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 Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. 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 or 917-627-9097

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