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WALLACE EDGECOMBE RECOGNIZED FOR NEARLY FOUR DECADES AT HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Wallace Edgecombe Recognized for Nearly Four Decades at Hostos Community College

Monday, May 14, 2012 (Bronx, NY) - As Hostos Community College prepares to say farewell to its latest group of graduates at this year’s commencement, it will also say goodbye to Wallace Edgecombe, the longtime director of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture.

Edgecombe’s nearly 40-year career, contributions and commitment for the arts and culture at the College were celebrated on May 3 when the Spanish Club, with the Modern Languages Unit / Humanities Department dedicated the event Voces Bohemias (Latin American & Caribbean poetry and music) in his honor.

“The tribute was magnificent in all respects, from the programming, the participants, and the quality of the presentations. For me personally, it could not have been better, an explosion of love and affection. The truth is that we are blessed to have such special colleagues,” said Wallace Edgecombe of the musical celebration.

Voces Bohemias was the first of several events that will take place around the college for the rest of the year in honor of Edgecombe’s unparalleled legacy.

Participants included: Trio Los Señores, Professor Miguel  J. Concepción, Iván Sixto Torres, Sonia E. Maldonado, Kisha T. Burgos, Orlando J. Hernández, Thelma Ithier-Sterling, and joined by Emmanuel Díaz, Samuel Foster, José García and Juan Aguirre. The event was coordinated by Professor Rosa Velázquez.

On May 22, the entire Hostos family is invited to attend a reception at the Hostos Gallery at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate and acknowledge Edgecombe’s retirement.

Edgecombe began his career in public relations at Hostos in 1973 and later committed himself to the creation of the Center for the Arts & Culture he oversaw for decades.

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.

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