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Hostos Student Government Celebrates Inauguration

Monday, September 24, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Hostos Community College welcomed its new student governing body on Thursday, September 13, during the annual Student Leadership Inauguration Ceremony.

President Sandra-May Flowers was sworn in after winning her reelection bid for 2012, along with 15 other members of the Student Government Association (SGA). Flowers said she was “humbled” by the great honor and added that she wanted this SGA to carry on the positive work of the past while working to create its own legacy.

Flowers also said she was proud that last year SGA became an official member of the American Association of Student Government. Inviting other members of SGA to stand, she thanked several administrators and faculty members, adding that “nothing is accomplished alone, but achievements are made on the shoulders of others.”

“We are going to put our hand to the plow and have another semester of success,” Flowers added.

The cafeteria was packed during the ceremony, as SGA members were joined by Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Carmen Coballes-Vega, VP for Student Development and Enrollment Management Nathaniel Cruz, Director of Student Activities Jerry Rosa, Assistant Dean for Student Enrollment Deirdre Aherne, Professor and Chairperson of SERC Alisa Roost, Chairperson of the Business Department (as well as Chairperson of the Hostos College-Wide Senate) Héctor López, and others.

President Matos Rodríguez thanked all the SGA members, adding he did not take for granted their hard work and accomplishments that make the college a better place.

“I am incredibly proud of each of you as an individual and as part of a collective unit,” said Matos Rodríguez.

Acknowledging past SGA President José García, VP Nathaniel Cruz urged SGA members to “Leave us your legacy.” In his 2003-04 term, García was instrumental in making one of the few changes to the Constitution of the Student Government Association. Years later, he is still giving back to Hostos as an invaluable member of the Institutional Advancement staff.

The SGA is one of the main organizations that serves Hostos students and represents their needs and interests. Its governing body consists of sixteen (16) members, seven (7) of whom serve as Executive Officers and nine (9) as Senators. SGA members participate in many important college-wide committees, including the Hostos Association, College-Wide Senate, Auxiliary Enterprise Committee, Technology Fee Committee, Space Reservation Committee, and others.  In addition to organizing cultural, educational and social activities for the student body throughout the academic year, the SGA also assists student organizations in the planning and development of their activities.

To learn more about the Student Government Association (SGA), visit one of the offices listed below or contact them via e-mail at studentgovernment@stu.hostos.cuny.edu.

SGA Executive Office Room and Positions:

  • President – Sandra-May Flowers (C-530)
  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Relations - Miguel E. Martínez (C-532)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chair of Senate) - Ruth Romero (C-533)
  • Budget and Finance Commissioner (Treasurer) - Ediberto Saldaña (C-532)
  • Executive Secretary - Tara Mercado (C-577)
  • Campus Affairs Commissioner - Wilfrido Smith (C-534)
  • Evening and Part-Time Student Affairs Commissioner - Jean Bouda (C-535)

SGA Senators Office Room

  • Senator Ironely Guzmán (C-531)
  • Senator Connie Lee (C-533)
  • Senator Judy Benítez (C-534)
  • Senator Barbara Teti (C-535)
  • Senator Alfred Thomas (C-536)
  • Senator and Senate Recording Secretary Katherine Ubiera (C-577)
  • Senators Emerlin Ortega and David Méndez (C-578)

More about SGA:
The SGA conference room is Room C-534. SGA mailboxes are located there. SGA elections are held annually in the Spring semester.

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 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 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, 718-518-6513


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