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First Hostos Nursing Reunion Captures Spirit of Achievement

Wednesday, May 16, 2011 (Bronx, NY)- Professor Christine O’Reilly stood proud and serene in front of a nice gathering of soon-to-be-graduates and alumni last Thursday, May 10 in the first ever Hostos Nursing reunion held at the Hostos Gallery. Professor O’Reilly cheered the students of the Nursing program who have consistently demonstrated competitive skills in the labor force, making Hostos Nursing students sought after by Hospitals in the tri-state area and beyond.

Professor Doris Domínguez Olmos captured the spirit of the Nursing reunion’s intention by urging alumni and students alike to always think back on Hostos as a home. Her heart felt pride for the Nursing students was plain to see as Professor Domínguez welcomed Nursing alumni Kilis Portes (‘10), Chee Phang (‘11), Henry Cedeño (‘11), and Martha Laureano (‘72).

A lively and honest Kilis Portes gave a presentation themed, “Working with an Associated Degree You Can Unlock Any Door.” For Kilis, “the Nursing program is no joke, it was not easy, but it all paid off when I saw my six digit score. I felt an overwhelming and amazing feeling.” For Kilis Portes attending Hostos was a real feat. “I worked two jobs with two kids and started with remedial courses. I never thought I was going to make it. But I’m very grateful for the journey and to Juan Lacay who encouraged me from the beginning.”

Malaysian born Chee Phang (‘11) speaks fluent Cantonese, Malay, Mandarin, and English. Phang loved his Nursing education at Hostos and felt encouraged to take on the labor market even after 300 unacknowledged resumes went out. No response meant that Phang entered the volunteer workforce which kept his resume current and his skills fresh until a volunteer job turned into a real paying assignment. “I landed myself my very first RN job as a visiting nurse for Visiting Nurse Services of New York in December 2011,” said Phang.

Nydia Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations will continue to work closely with Professor O’Reilly and Professor Domínguez Olmo in order to continue expanding the Nursing alumni relations events. “The Nursing program is one of Hostos’ flagship programs and it was beautiful to see the dynamic that was created when we brought alumni and students together. We will continue to do thid not only to support upcoming graduates but also to support Hostos,” indicated Nydia Edgecombe.

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 Professional Studies 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 10,000 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:
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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