Thursday, March 28, 2013 (Bronx, NY) – Bill Aguado has been a good friend to Hostos Community College for decades. As a community leader, he helped to keep its doors open during the 1970s when New York City’s financial crisis threatened the college’s existence. Over the years, he has continued to support the college as a Hostos Community College Foundation board member and through financial donations.
For Aguado, Hostos is family. And for the third consecutive year, he has renewed the bond between the college and his actual family through The Josephine Aguado Scholarship Fund. Named for his mother, this scholarship is earmarked for women who are single parents.
This year, Lesly J. Arzu, Lina Ronquillo, Rosa E. Gómez and Lesny Suazo each received $500 from Aguado during a ceremony celebrating Women’s History Month. He also pledged $50,000 to the Hostos Foundation.
Held on March 21 in the Hostos Gallery, this event opened with a short play entitled, “Behind a Great Man, A Great Chancletazo,” which was written and directed by Professor Tere Martínez. The play consists of three vignettes based on Bill’s memories of how his mother struggled as a single parent to rear him and to give him a good education in parochial school and college.
Rhina Valentin, a well-known Puerto Rican actress, played Josephine Aguado, and José Vargas, a Hostos alumnus, played Bill. Jose García, who works for the Division for Institutional Advancement, worked as the stage manager and assisted Professor Martínez, an experience he called a “thrill and a privilege.”
The play was produced by Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations at Hostos, and the event was sponsored by GEICO.
Aguado and his wife, Kathy, said that the event brought back great memories. “Kathy and I could not have been happier with the scholarship awards ceremony,” Aguado said. “It takes me back to a time when life was simpler and I was growing up in a very happy home. These are memories that I'll never forget.”
This Women’s History Month event was also a celebration of the 45th anniversary of the college. A program titled, “Hostos the Struggle, Hostos the Victory of 1976,” included an 18-minute documentary film and a panel discussion about the struggle to prevent the Board of Higher Education from closing the college. The panelists were Anita Antonetty, Teresa Báez, Félix Romero and Dr. Gerald J. Meyer.
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 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 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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