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HOSTOS GEARING UP FOR 45TH ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Because Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is celebrating its 45th birthday, it’s giving its students, alumni, faculty, and the entire community a little present: This year’s homecoming celebration will be bigger and better than ever.

Instead of one day of events, the Hostos 45th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration will extend from Friday, September 28, to Sunday, September 30.

The Hostos Alumni Relations Office will hold a Homecoming Donors Cocktail Reception at the college on Friday night. This fundraising evening will include the launching of the First Alumni Speakers Bureau, which will feature Hostos professors and alumni who have volunteered to share their educational and career experiences with our students and the community.

The party will continue on Saturday night when several authentic mariachi bands will take the stage in the Repertory Theater. This musical event will also provide an opportunity for people to contribute to Hostos.

The Homecoming Celebration hits its full stride on Sunday, when a full day of events will be held in conjunction with the !Viva Bronx! Festival. All activities will take place in the C - Building and along the Grand Concourse and 149th Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic all day.

It is anticipated that thousands of people will attend these events, and the funds raised will be reinvested in the community through scholarships for our students.
Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said: “Our 45th Anniversary Homecoming weekend is the perfect opportunity for Hostos to celebrate with the community that has steadfastly supported us since 1968. It also lets us recognize the people who have become our family, our graduates, as we mark this important milestone.”

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, which 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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