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On the night of Thursday, November 19, 2009, Pregones Theater dedicated the performance of Aloha Boricua to Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, the recently appointed President of Hostos Community College.  Based on the story “Vivir del Cuento” by the writer Manuel Ramos Otero, Aloha Boricua depicts the historic migration of Puerto Ricans to Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Hostos Night at Pregones Theater

Coordinated by Rosalba Rolon, Director of Pregones Theater and Nydia Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations at Hostos, the event overflowed with camaraderie.

 “I have a long history of collaboration and friendship with Pregones Theater,” said President Matos Rodriguez. “I am truly delighted to have this cultural gem so near to the Hostos campus; now that we are neighbors, let’s continue to collaborate and work together for the benefit of our community.”

Over a hundred members of the Hostos family—faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and students—joined the President at this event. Among the retirees were Socorro de Jesus, Virginia Paris, and Carmen Clemente (Class of 1976). Hostos alumni in attendance included Eduardo Sanchez (Class of 1995), Virginia Hortas (Class of 1987) and Margarita Minino (Class of 1978).

Also present were Provost and Interim Vice President Lucinda Zoë, Interim Vice President Ramon Rodriguez, Dean Carlos Molina, Registrar Nelida Pastoriza, Professors Lizette Colon and Felipe Pimentel representing the PSC-CUNY and Lisanka Soto and Lourdes Torres, respectively Chair and Vice Chair of the Higher Education Officer Organization.

Vice President Rodríguez remarked, "The group that represented the college was wonderful and most enthusiastic.  In the spirit of Hostos, we shared a beautiful evening of, friendship in support of the arts. The Division of Institutional Development and the Alumni Relations Office thank you for attending the Aloha Boricua performance at Pregones Theatre.”

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