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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – There were winners all over the Swamp on Tuesday, November 13, as the Caimans men’s basketball team won its home opener and current and past members of the U.S. Military were honored in a special dual event hosted by the Hostos Athletic Department has been hosting the event with the Veterans Association at Hostos.

Although this was only the second game of their young season, the Caimans came out looking for revenge against the Ulster County Community College Senators, who upset Hostos in the Region XV tournament this spring. After dominating for 40 minutes and winning, 106-40, it is safe to say that the Caimans got their revenge.

The program began with 20 members of the Veterans Association at Hostos being greeted by a full gymnasium. Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez was in attendance and gave a special thanks to the veterans and their families. “Speaking for myself and the Hostos Community College family, I wish to express our boundless and enduring appreciation to the students, faculty, staff and administrators who are veterans of the armed forces of the United States,” President Matos Rodríguez said. “No matter what your rank was, and regardless of whether you saw action in a foreign war or served within our borders, you did your part to defend and protect our nation.”

The Hostos Athletic Department has been hosting the event with the Veterans Association at Hostos for the past four years. It is Hostos’ way of saluting Veterans Day, which is observed throughout the nation on November 11. Charles Uwa, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs helped to establish the office at Hostos four years ago, said there are over 160 students at the college who have served in the military.

About the Veterans Association at Hostos:
The Veterans Affairs Office at Hostos provides specialized educational support and development-related services for student veterans and reservists. These include academic advisement and tutoring, leadership and mentoring training, career services, child care, counseling, and disability and benefits advisement. This office also works with faculty, staff and the college community as a whole to increase awareness about the services available to students who are veterans and reservists. To learn more, go to: http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/va/.

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 over 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.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu                      
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097 or 718-518-6513

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