Thursday, October 4, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - The Hostos Community College Foundation’s Seventh Annual Golf Outing raised the impressive amount of $75,000 for scholarships and student activities. Held under sunny skies on September 27 at the Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses, the event was attended by over 100 people who enjoyed a full day of golf, as well as the opportunity to support the college.
Over 80 golfers from local businesses and national corporations participated in the outing. Over the past three years, these events have raised $150,000 to help students in need stay in school and earn their degrees.
At the cocktail reception and dinner following the golf, Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said that this was one of many special events that will take place during the College’s 45th Anniversary Celebration. Calling the golf outing a “Pathway to the 50th
Anniversary,” President thanked everyone for attending and acknowledged several supporters of Hostos.
One important corporate supporter that President Matos Rodríguez mentioned by name was Barnes & Noble Corporate Booksellers, which was represented at the outing by Mr. Paul Maloney, B&N’s Vice President of Sales. In addition to contributing $25,000, Barnes & Noble gave $2,000 scholarships to the following five Hostos students: Adelyn Castro, a Liberal Arts and Science major; Makea Lowe, a Digital Design and Animation major; Jaquonna Hardy, a Public Interest and Paralegal Studies major; Alex Hiciano, a Liberal Arts and Science major; and Ebrahim Rasheed, a Liberal Arts and Science major.
President Matos Rodríguez lauded Mr. Maloney’s “unmitigated support of Hostos students” and presented him with a bust of Eugenio María de Hostos, the Puerto Rican educator, writer, and patriot for whom the college is named after. The sculpture is by Puerto Rican artist José Buscaglia, whose work will be displayed on campus during the 45th Anniversary Celebration.
One of nine children, Mr. Maloney told the attendees at the reception that he was a member of the first generation of his family to go to college. He also said he was happy and proud to have the means to help college students in the South Bronx, whereupon he received a standing ovation from the crowd. In addition to Mr. Maloney, several other supporters will be recognized throughout the year for their special contributions to the college.
Also in attendance were Carmen Coballes-Vega, Hostos Provost; Ana M. Carrión-Silva, Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Carlos Molina, Vice President, Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development; Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance; Nathaniel Cruz, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Management, and other members of the Hostos family.
During dinner, with the assistance of his sons, Lucas and Juan Carlos, President Matos Rodríguez handed out awards for best foursome, closest to the pin, and longest drive, and also acknowledged the talented women golfers in attendance. A foursome from CBA Industries took home the trophy for first place, and a team from Barnes and Noble finished a very close second.
Golfers received hats, shirts and other souvenirs emblazoned with the new Hostos 45th Anniversary logo that was designed with the help of students.
“The Hostos Foundation Golf Outing was another fantastic and fun event to commemorate our 45th Anniversary,” said President Matos Rodríguez. “If it weren’t for the generous contributions of all the Hostos supporters, we wouldn’t be able to serve our students in accordance with the high standards we have established over the past forty-five years.”
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 the Fall of 1970, to over 7,000 students in the Spring of 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.
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