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Monday, October 31, 2011 (Bronx, NY) - On October 20, 2011, Associate Professor Christine O'Reilly, the Coordinator of Nursing Programs at Hostos Community College, was honored at Lincoln Hospital’s Benefit Gala, an event dedicated to Lincoln’s outstanding breast cancer center and exceptional women who have survived the disease.  Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez, an Honorary Co-Chair of the event, congratulated Professor O'Reilly on winning her battle against breast cancer and thanked her for her many contributions to the college and the community. The gala raised over $30,000 to fight breast cancer in the South Bronx.

After commending Lincoln Hospital for honoring breast cancer survivors who include invaluable leaders of our community and the nation, President Matos Rodríguez acknowledged the longstanding collaboration between Lincoln and Hostos:  “The history, presence, and consistent work of our institutions has had an extremely significant impact in the South Bronx.  In these challenging economic times, I look forward to maintaining this solid cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship.”

The following breast cancer survivors were honorees: Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets & Engagement at AARP; Clarence Faison, Retired Navy SEAL United States Marine Corps; Christine O'Reilly, Associate Professor & Coordinator of Nursing Programs at Hostos Community College; Angela E. Randall, President Emeritus, Lincoln Hospital Auxiliary, Inc.; Nelly Reyes, Clerical Associate, Medical Records at Lincoln Hospital; and Carmen Milagros Villegas, Coordinating Manager, HIV Services at Lincoln Hospital

In her acceptance speech, Professor O’Reilly thanked all who supported her during her struggle with breast cancer:  “I am grateful to the wonderful physicians and nurses who treated and supported me through the process of healing.  To my family, my Hostos family, colleagues and friends, I am thankful for their prayers, encouragement and thoughtfulness.  I do not take a day for granted.  Each day is a gift.  So, I give back.  I can educate, inform and advocate, and never give up hope.”

Christine O’Reilly is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx.  After completing her baccalaureate and graduate nursing degrees at Hunter College, she received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts.  Professor O’Reilly joined the Hostos faculty in January 2005 and has served as coordinator of the nursing programs since that time. Previously, she served as Chair of an Associate Degree nursing program and chair of “Special Programs,” including a professional track baccalaureate program in nursing for six years.  She has taught in Associate, Baccalaureate, and dual degree MS/ Nursing Administration and MBA programs.

The 2011 Benefit & Recognition Awards Ceremony was held at Maestro's.  Other Hostos attendees included the following: Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost; Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations and Board Member of the Lincoln Auxiliary Inc.; Professor Charles Drago, Coordinator of the Radiologic Technology Unit at Hostos; Professor Geraldine Ruiz, Chair of the Allied Health Department at Hostos; and, Mr. O'Reilly.

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 2011 enrollment of over 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 or 917-627-9097


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