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Hostos Community College is pleased to announce that engineering student Alrasheed Althour has been selected for a Clarkson University Transfer Leadership Award. Althour studied mechanical engineering at Hostos, will graduate in June and transfer to the SUNY college. The Hostos Student Leadership Academy and Hostos Student Government Association member will receive $15,000 annually through this award to help pay for his tuition at Clarkson.

Althour has been passionate about engineering since he was a child in his home in the Republic of Yemen. He came to the United States to pursue a higher education degree and escape the unrest in his country. This scholarship will allow Alrasheed to have a very unique college experience, while studying in one of the best engineering colleges in New York.

The award is Clarkson University’s highest honor and is reserved for students who demonstrate both academic excellence in the classroom, show outstanding leadership qualities, and who are recognized by students and faculty as having been a positive contributor to their school and community.

This scholarship opportunity was also possible because of the hard work of Mercedes Moscat and her team from the Hostos Transfer Services Office.


On April 3, the first day of Spring Break, the three Bronx CUNY Colleges joined forces and weathered the elements for the first-ever collaborative service day.

The planning started early in 2015, when Student Government Officials from Hostos Community College, Lehman College and Bronx Community College met to develop the Bronx Committee of the University Student Senate and committed to addressing the needs of Bronx residents, students, families, communities and their respective Bronx colleges.

With this in mind, the committee created the first ever “Bronx Service Day” and united with the Friends of Brook Park—a leading community-based environmental organization—on community improvement projects in the South Bronx.

The group was led by Hostos Community College Student Government President Adrian Quiñonez, Lehman College Student Government President Cyrille Njikeng, and Bronx Community College Senator Brian Wigfall. They were joined by more than 80 students and members of the Hostos Wellness team, including the Director of the Health and Wellness Center Fabian Wander, Wellness Specialist Jessica Lappe, Community Health Educator Ursula Sanders, Outreach & Development Resource Specialist Jasmine Bermudez, and DOVE Programming Coordinator Michael Williams. Idelsa Mendez, the Employment Coordinator in Career Services at Hostos and a resident of the neighborhood where Brook Park is located, also volunteered and worked closely with the students.

The students engaged young and old through organic gardening, community supported agriculture, the arts and indigenous cultural events and activities. Brook Park, located between 140th and 141st Streets at the corner of Brook Avenue in the Mott Haven neighborhood, became the perfect place for Bronx Committee to lay its foundation for future projects.

Hostos students who participated represented the Student Government Association, the Student Leadership Academy, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, the Honors Program and TheDream.US scholarship program. Students from City College, Baruch College and John Jay College also participated.

Hostos Student Leadership Coordinator Jason Libfeld was a key presenter at the Herbert H. Lehman Center for Student Leadership and Development’s Annual Conference, “My Brother's Keeper,” held on March 25.

The keynote speaker was the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for My Brother's Keeper, Michael Smith.

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Students from Hostos Student Leadership Academy

On April 4, two Hostos students, two Hostos alumni from the Hostos Student Leadership Academy, as well as the SLA Coordinator Jason Libfeld travelled to Staten Island to volunteer with the College of Staten Island’s (CSI) supermarket food collection for Project Hospitality’s Emergency Food Pantry.

The volunteers from Hostos met up with the volunteers from CSI and its Leadership Coordinator Robert King Kee at the CSI Campus Center bright and early for orientation. The group then headed out to the local supermarkets to collect non-perishable canned and boxed foods.

The four current Hostos students who attended from the Student Leadership Academy were Yunerys Liriano and Jenny Moncion-Pena; alumni Ana Deniz Ventura (now studying at Hunter College) and Mabel Marte-Taveras (now studying at the City College of New York). All four SLA members had never travelled to Staten Island and were happy to make a contribution to a community that is far away, but still a part of their home.

At the Pathmark Supermarket on Forest Avenue, the quartet collected two full baskets of food and donations. The group also visited the food pantry to learn about the great work it does each and every day.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.