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NYDIA EDGECOMBE, HOSTOS' ALUMNI RELATIONS DIRECTOR HONORED AT THIS YEAR'S BRONX CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WOMEN OF DISTINCTION LUNCHEON

Nydia Edgecombe, Hostos’ Alumni Relations Director Honored at this year’s Bronx Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction Luncheon

Friday, March 25, 2011 (New York) – Hostos’ long-time tenured Director of Admissions and presently Alumni Relations Director, Nydia Edgecombe received today the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Educational Award. Every year the Chamber demonstrates its commitment of fortifying and building the livelihood of the borough by bringing leaders of the community together. The Women of Distinction Luncheon sponsored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Marina Del Rey Banquet Hall and celebrates the women leaders of the Bronx who have made a difference in the crucial fields of education, employment, and health.

In her remarks she acknowledged her husband Wallace Edgecombe (Director of the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture) and reminisced about growing up in Puerto Rico and remembered the figure of the late Doña Felica Rincón de Gautier as one of her first role models. Nydia, as most of her alumni call her, declared, “I dedicate my award to Hostos, because the College is a place that gives women opportunities.”

Other Bronx Chamber of Commerce honorees were Mary Higgins Clark, presented with the Literary Award and Lt. Anna Schermerhorn-Collins with the Civil Service Award.

Scholarship awards to high school seniors demonstrating outstanding achievement in academics and public service were given to: Sabrena Myers from, Bronx High School for Writing and Communications; Beverly Lopez, Bronx Academy of Letters; and Tanique Somers, High School of Medical Science.

In attendance at the luncheon were Hostos President Felix V. Matos-Rodriguez, VP Ana Carrión-Silva, Wallace Edgecombe, Director of the Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, and staff from the office of Institutional Advancement.

About Nydia Edgecombe
Nydia Edgecombe began working at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in August of 1977.  Her first job at Hostos was as a college assistant in the Admissions Office.  In 1982 she became the Assistant Director of Admissions and by 1986 she was promoted as the Director of Admissions.  In 1992 the Admissions and Recruitment Offices were merged and Mrs. Rodriguez Edgecombe assumed duties as the Director of the newly formed office.

In 1993, she helped developed the International Student Advisor Office. During her tenure, she chaired The City University of New York Admissions Council from 1996 to 1998 and from 2001 until 2003 she served as a co-chair of the first CUNY Enrollment Committee for Community College. In June 2003, she became the first Director of Alumni Relations at Hostos Community College.  Currently the office is a vibrant and exciting center for all Hostos graduates. In 2007 she implemented the first Hostos Alumni Homecoming Celebration and the now famous Alumni Homecoming Parade with an attendance of over 900 graduates and their family members.

Mrs. Rodríguez Edgecombe is currently working on securing scholarships and emergency funds for Hostos students.  Mrs. Edgecombe is a founding member of The Circle of 100 Emergency and Scholarship Fund which secures private donations for students who are candidates for graduation who are facing unforeseen financial adversity. Under her leadership, this fund has surpassed the $100,000 dollar mark from individual, foundation and corporate donations.

About the Bronx Chamber of Commerce
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce was established to strengthen the economic viability and improve the quality of life for the Bronx.  We play an active, significant role in the economic development of the borough, and formed many initiatives and partnerships that have made immeasurable strides in the crucial fields of education, employment, and health. Our committees and board members have helped us grow to become a champion of fostering ethical business practices and ensuring the borough’s future as economically thriving.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  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 Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department 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 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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