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Hostos Professor Rees Shad Earns 2012 New York State Professor of the Year


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) have named Rees Shad of Eugenio Mar�a de Hostos Community College the 2012 New York State Professor of the Year. He was selected for this honor from a group of nearly 300 top educators in the United States. A Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Professor Shad was the driving force behind the creation of Hostos Community College's Media Design Program, where he has taught various courses since 2008. The program introduces students to the world of professional media design by offering AAS degrees in graphic design, animation, music production, audio engineering and game design.
Also an accomplished musician, bandleader and producer, Professor Shad worked with the college's Office of Academic Affairs to develop digital design, animation and music curriculum, including 50 classes with associated syllabi, degree program proposals, lab designs, and the outlining of hardware and software requirements.
Most recently, Professor Shad was instrumental in securing a $610,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for "Designing Future for Games: Games for Multi-Media." He and his collaborator, Professor Catherine Lewis, believe this program will help to engage media students more thoroughly with science and mathematics. The grant will help to facilitate Media Design students' understanding of STEM-based subjects by framing math and science within game design. This will serve as the foundation for programming-centric courses and provide students with the skills they need to pursue careers in interactive media as well as other STEM-centric fields.
This summer, Professor Shad created a textbook with the assistance of Hostos students and alumni. The book, Einstein & the Honeybee: An Introduction to Game Design and Game Development, is available from Amazon as well as traditional bookstores, and it is being used as the main textbook for the Introduction to Game Design class at the college.
"I am honored to receive this award. It could not have been possible without the help and support of my fellow faculty and the administration here at Hostos. But most importantly, it is a testament to our students who have embraced the new ideas and challenges we put forward each day as they strive to compete in the new digital world we live in," Professor Shad said.


Hostos President F�lix V. Matos Rodr�guez Honored as "Trendsetter" by 

Latintrends Magazine




For the past three years, President F�lix V. Matos Rodr�guez has strived to ensure that Hostos Community College students realize their full academic and personal potential, and on Tuesday, November 27, he was recognized for his efforts by LatinTRENDS Magazines at the 11th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards & Scholarship Gala.


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'Thanks-For-Giving' Celebration Kicks Off The 2012-2013 CUNY Campaign



On Tuesday, November 20, Hostos Community College's A-Atrium served as the venue for the official campus kick-off to the 2012-2013 CUNY Campaign: "Building Tomorrow Together." The campaign is an annual CUNY-wide initiative to raise funds for charitable organizations, and this year the Hostos family connected it with Thanksgiving by creating a pre-holiday event called "Thanks-for-Giving."


For more information about the 2012-2013 CUNY Campaign or to get a registration form, go to




Hostos Community College Foundation Board Member Jose Sanchez Kinghorn

Recepient of El Diario La Prensa's 

"El Awards 2012"    


Hostos Foundation Board Member Jose S�nchez Kinghorn recently received a 2012 El Diario la Prensa "El" Award during the 9th annual luncheon hosted by el Diario's CEO and Publisher Rossana Rosado. The event was held at the Grand Havana Club in Manhattan and honored 29 distinguished Hispanics that are making a difference in the fields of education, public service, and the arts and entertainment.


Hostos in the News


Permanent Art Installation, Conversing Bricks, to be Officially Unveiled on December 5 at Hostos Community College Memorial Plaza



Hostos Community College, Bronx Lebanon Hospital and longtime Hostos and South Bronx Supporter Bill Aguado invite the community to the official unveiling of an important and permanent art installation by artist Hatuey Ramos-Ferm�n titled, Conversing Bricks, on December 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the Hostos Community College Memorial Plaza. 



By William Casari, Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College Archivist and Librarian
Wednesday, December 5, 2012- 
Thursday, January 31, 2013 
475 Grand Concourse 3rd Floor Atrium
 5:30 p.m. 





Now through December 8
Art Gallery 45th Anniversary ExhibitPuerto Rico in its Labyrinth, Chronicles of a Country and
a World in Crisis
Jos� Buscaglia

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

December 5

Living Legends: Andy Gonz�lez

450 Grand Concourse

Repertory Theater

7:00 p.m. 



December 6

Kwanzaa 2012 Celebration

450 Grand Concourse

Repertory Theater

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


December 12

Lighting of the Holiday Tree
450 Grand Concourse Lobby 
2:00 p.m.

December 15

South Bronx Hip Hop Festival at Hostos

450 Grand Concourse

Main Theater

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


December 19

Registered Nurse Pinning Ceremony

450 Grand Concourse

Main Theater

6:00 p.m.



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President's Report 2009-2011


Middle States Self Study Report

Pay it Forward - Hostos Student
Profile Booklet   


Revista Hostosiana/ Hostos Review   





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Staff Member of the Month  
 Graciano Matos    



Title: Outreach Employment Coordinator/Account Manager, Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development


Call it a perfect match. Perhaps no other division puts the "community" into Hostos Community College better than Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD). CEWD offers students access to a wide range of postsecondary and higher education opportunities that lead to intellectual growth and upward socioeconomic mobility.


And while CEWD's educational and job training services are unrivaled in the region, a relatively new component, Jefferson Houses Jobs-Plus, has taken the concept of career guidance, placement and assistance to a new level. The foremost goal of Jobs-Plus is to help residents of East Harlem attain economic independence and security through meaningful employment.


Outreach Employment Coordinator Graciano E. Matos is no stranger to the college, the neighborhoods it serves, or the challenge of helping people find jobs and stay employed.


After graduating from Hostos Lincoln Academy in 1996, Graciano attended college in Puerto Rico, earning a BBA degree in Human Resource Management in 2002.


His return to New York also included a return to Hostos, working in the Career Services Office, and the COPE Program (College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment). It was Graciano's love for his community and helping people that kept him on this career path. After leaving for a short time to work with similar programs at LaGuardia Community College from 2008 to 2009, he returned to Hostos in September of 2009 and helped launch Jobs-Plus. The program's director is Corwin Spivey and it falls under the blanket of the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development headed by Vice President, Carlos Molina.


The Jobs-Plus program is a "community career center" that assists people with job searches, while eliminating economic, educational and social disincentives and enriches the unique culture of neighborly support for which East Harlem is most famous. The unique program includes:
* Individualized, long-term career counseling and support;
* On-site classes in developing basic and advanced job skills, GED preparation, and financial literacy;
* On-site training opportunities for various career fields.


Graciano was born in the South Bronx, but moved to East Harlem when he was 12. "I had my first job when I was 14 and I was always involved with helping people... I kind of fell into the temporary job in career services, but it was the perfect fit. I applied for a temporary job but the director at the time quickly asked me to reapply for the permanent position of career counselor. I ended up staying there for four years."


Building on his work with Jobs-Plus, Graciano helped director Corwin Spivey start the "Job Developers Alliance" at Hostos last summer. The alliance includes job developers from six Hostos programs that work together to share leads, bring employers to the campus, and support one another in the fulfillment of their respective missions. The participating programs are Career Services, COPE, Jobs-Plus, CEWD, ASAP and the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program.


Graciano said their first project as a group was creating a "mini on-campus job fair" where each program contributed one or two employers that are ready to interview and hire from all of the Hostos Community College programs.


A mini job fair was held on November 30 in the Hostos gymnasium and it drew several area employers including American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, CVS Pharmacy, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Brightside Academy, Pret A Manger, Classic Security, Match 1 Staffing, I-tax, CUNY 311, Upper Manhattan, Bronx, and Hunts point Workforce 1 Career centers.











Student of the Month  
Leonardo Garc�a 



Studying: Radiologic Technology


Eugenio Mar�a de Hostos Community College student Leonardo Garc�a bested several other competitors from colleges throughout New York State to take first place in the 2012 essay contest sponsored by the New York State Society of Radiological Sciences (NYSSRS). In addition to the first-place plaque, he also received a $250 cash prize.


A resident of Washington Heights, Leonardo enrolled at Hostos in the Spring of 2005, but his studies were interrupted.


Since returning in the Fall of 2010, he has been one of the standouts in the College's Radiologic Technology program in the Allied Health Sciences Department.


The winning essay is about a security device known as a Backscatter X-ray scanner (BSX). The scanner was introduced at most U.S. airports after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack and it uses ionizing radiation in the form of low energy X-rays to display anything suspicious on or within the human body. In his essay, Leonardo argues because BSX scanners concentrate radiation to the skin - one of the most radiosensitive organs of the human body - a safety risk could exist, particularly a risk of cancer.


After Leonardo earns his associate's degree, he will have the option of continuing toward a bachelor's degree at another college or taking the registry exam to become a licensed radiologic technician. Once licensed, he can choose an area of specialization, such as basic X-ray, MRI, or CAT scan.


Whatever he decides, Leonardo is confident that the program has prepared him well: "It has been a great experience. In my opinion, the Rad Tech program at Hostos is the best in New York. The way the faculty provides the students with one-on-one attention really helps us meet our objectives."


Radiologic Technology at Hostos is a 24-month program that leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS degree).


It is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Environmental Safety. During the most recent accreditation visit in March of 2008, the program was awarded the maximum eight-year accreditation term.


Rad Tech Hostos students in the Hostos program practice at the following affiliated hospitals: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, St. Barnabas Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


Hostos Professor Charles Drago, coordinator of the College's Rad Tech program, described Leonardo's essay as more of a research paper. He also credited the Liberal Arts component at Hostos for helping the College prepare well-rounded students. "Professors such as Linda Hirsh who teach writing-intensive classes give the students the writing tools they need to win contests like this one. Not only does Leonardo know the radiological material front to back, he can also describe it on paper because he is learning how to be a good writer; and you really need that, no matter what field you are in."






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