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The Quarterly Magazine of Hostos Community College

Hostos Alumna Wendy FernĂĄndez turns the tables on engineering trends Page 4-5

Hostos men’s basketball coach molds winners Page 2-3

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Rocio Rayo, Hostos Adjunct Professor and Alumna: A Powerfully Positive Puzzle

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“Locke who can play just about 40th ANNIVERSARY Thur | Apr 21 | 7:30pm | Repertory Theateris one of those rare players In honor of Women’s History Month, Momma’s Hip-Hop Kitchen and the Hostos Center join forces again for this important and popular

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Bennyroyce Dance, the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company under the artistic leadership of Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon, performs three contrasting works including the premiere of “1000 Full Moons” set to a suite of music from Glenn Miller, Etta James and others.

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This free series is hosted by Joe Conzo Sr., a noted music historian, producer and author of Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente. Presented by Hostos Community College: Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development. Information: (718) 518-6656

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A PUBLICATION BORN FROM OUR CAMPUS AND FOR OUR CAMPUS, AND BEYOND

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elcome to the premiere edition of The Caiman Chronicle, the new quarterly e-magazine published out of the Division of Institutional Advancement at Hostos Community College.

We hope you enjoy this look into the wonderful people and programs at Hostos. For the first issue, we wanted to showcase Hostos’ commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for underrepresented students, so we talked to recent graduate Wendy Fernández, who is now studying Electrical Engineering at City College (CUNY). This issue also focuses on the people on our campus who, much like Hostos, have made it their mission to make the world a better place. Being a college born from the community and for the community, you will learn why Men’s Basketball Coach Marquee Poole and Adjunct Lecturer and Hostos alumna Rocio Rayo are just two great examples of the College’s commitment to its family outside of our walls. Much like Hostos itself, we hope this publication reaches far beyond our campus, as it looks to educate and inspire people about our important institution. We can’t do this alone, so whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alumni, or supporter, we welcome any ideas on how to tell Hostos’ story, one issue at a time. Enjoy our first issue, and please share it with your friends and colleagues. Thank you. The Division of Institutional Advancement

HOSTOS’ ACCELERATED STUDY IN ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS (ASAP) QUICKLY PROVING THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

Since 2007, CUNY’s ASAP at Hostos has exploded in its numbers and today we are proud to announce that it is 783 students strong! ASAP continues to help students attain their goals and prosper, particularly underrepresented minority groups. ASAP, designed to help motivate community college students earn their degrees as quickly as possible, is not only experiencing phenomenal growth,

Hostos ASAP students have garnered the following:

but is showing tangible and substantial results in students’ performance, credits attained, graduation projections and career/professional development. ASAP graduates have moved on to senior colleges such as: Beloit College, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia, Fordham, NYU, Occidental, and Stony Brook. Graduates have pursued careers at prestigious institutions such as: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the United Nations.

■ Guttman Scholarship Transfer Award (three)

For more information about the ASAP program, visit: http://commons.hostos. cuny.edu/asap/

■ Honors Convocation Distinction (30)

■ Newman Civic Fellows Award (one) ■ Carlos Beltrán Scholarship (one) ■ Skadden, Arps Honors Program Scholarship (two) ■ STEM Olympics Winner (one) ■ CUNY Athletics Travel Award to Cuba (one) ■ Kwanzaa Award (one) ■ Gerald Meyer Transfer Scholarship (three)

■ Salutatorian or Valedictorian (two) ■ Student Government Leadership (11)

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COURTING A WINNING ATTITUDE From Harlem, to St. Bonaventure, to Hostos, Coach Poole draws from past experiences to build character

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arquee Poole is certainly taking advantage of his second chance at Hostos.

The men’s head basketball coach is keeping busy building a winning program, while preaching the power of making chances count to his players. Poole is not a complete stranger to The Swamp. He served as an assistant coach on the 2013-14 Caimans team that won the CUNY Athletic Conference Championship. But, he had to step away to balance his time between work and family after being promoted at his full-time job where he worked as a juvenile case manager. “The team was 7-0 when I left. It was tough to leave, but I had to do what was best for me and my family,” Poole said. As fate would have it, Poole returned to Hostos as head coach for the 2014-15 season and made an immediate impact, guiding a relatively inexperienced Caimans team to the Region XV Title and a 5th place finish in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament. Poole credited his team’s dedication to getting better every day and his assistant coaches, including Anthony Zullo and Kenneth Stevens, to the team’s resurgence.

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Poole earned the 2014-2015 NJCAA District V Coach of the Year Award and a District V Sportsmanship Award. He followed that campaign up by earning the 2015-16 CUNYAC Community College Coach of the Year Award after the Caimans won the CUNYAC regular-season title in February. One of the team’s many success stories is Jefferson Francois, who was also honored with a CUNYAC Community College Player of the Year Award with his coach.

Poole, a former point guard at St. Bonaventure University who studied sociology and business management, said he has drawn inspiration from various coaches, from high school to college and beyond. Poole singled out former Bonnies’ coach Kenny Blakeney, who became a special mentor. “He was the guy I wanted to be,” Poole said of Blakeney, who played at Duke and now coaches at Harvard. “Coach Blakeney was the person you could always come to with a question, and he would listen.” Poole also crafted the Caimans’ uptempo passing style after some of those St. Bonaventure teams. But off the court, he has combined his past college experiences with his work as a juvenile case manager to help support his players in various ways. Through various community service initiatives, Poole is driving that point home to his players. The Caimans have volunteered their time during back-toschool supply drives, participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Month walks, cleaned up area parts, among other projects.

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“It doesn’t matter where you live or where you come from: you can always make a positive impact.

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STEMming the Tide Against the odds, Hostos graduate emerging as an engineering star

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engineering student Wendy Fernández might not look like your typical engineer, but she is part of a growing number of female students and minorities who are trying to change this educational anomaly. Fernández, who hails from the Dominican Republic, remembers being fascinated by the Discovery Channel, instead of cartoons.

According to The American Council on Education, in 2014, women earned just 19% of engineering bachelor’s degrees and 18% of computer science degrees. When that is compared with the fact that women also accounted for 57.3% to men’s 42.7% of all degrees granted, it is obvious that the gender disparity in STEM degrees remains high, along with continued underrepresentation of minorities. These statistics have inspired her to work harder and become a role model for women and other minority students. The 21-yearold was recognized for her work at the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). This conference, now in its 15th year, is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, veterans, and persons with disabilities

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to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And most recently, Fernández was accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) 2016 Summer Program in Biology and Neuroscience. This highly competitive program is primarily designed to encourage first generation students from underrepresented and economicallydisadvantaged groups to attend graduate school and expose them to opportunities to conduct supervised research at a top-tier institution. According to MIT, more than 85% of past participants have enrolled in top graduate programs within two years of completing this summer program. Fernández, whose mentor is Hostos Engineering Professor Yoel Rodríguez,

received an award at ABRCMS for her outstanding presentation on Molecular and Computational Biology. Hostos was well-represented at the conference, as students Eric Carlson and Kurk Fisher also attended. Hostos alumna Leslie Vázquez, who is mentored by Professor Olga Steinberg and is now at Hunter College, was also recognized for her outstanding presentation on Biochemistry. Professor Rodríguez called Fernández a truly special student. “Wendy is one of those students that will always be in our hearts. She is a symbol of endurance, perseverance and dedication. Her passion for science and engineering makes her very special. Her legacy to this generation of young engineering students is enormous.” Hostos is committed to promoting STEM studies, with its Associate Degree Programs in


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Hostos Alumna Wendy Fernández and her mentor, Fulbright Award Winner Professor Yoel Rodríguez.

I knew that I wanted to study science and engineering when I was around 5 years old. I used to imagine myself wearing a lab coat and working in a lab and designing cities in space,” Fernández said. “After taking a course in electrical circuits, in high school, I fell in love with electrical engineering.

Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering, and successful Joint Dual Engineering Program with The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering. Hostos is also reaching pre-college aged students interested in STEM through its “Proyecto Access” Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). Additionally, since 2010, several Hostos students have participated in internships at NASA, either at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, or the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.

of engineering bachelor’s degrees and of computer science degrees.

was held on May 7, 2015 on campus. Seven former Hostos engineering students —Nelson Altagracia, Armando Amador, Dane Christie, Nipa Dey, Qudus Lawal, Maryam Saqib, and Stanley Tineo-Tineo— returned to where their remarkable academic journeys began to be recognized and reconnect with old friends. Fernández is looking forward to entering City College to complete her bachelor’s degree and eventually pursue a Ph.D. related to electricity and software design. “The most helpful resource at Hostos for me was the ASAP program,” Fernández said, “honestly, I did not think I would be able to graduate on time without the constant support of the ASAP program.”

The STEM connection doesn’t end when Hostos students graduate. The first-ever Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering Programs’ Alumni Reunion

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D N A R O S S E F O R P T C N U J D HOSTOS A Y L L U F R E W O P ALUMNA: A E L Z Z U P E V I POSIT “Hostos the d e g n a h c y l l rea my trajectory of so life...I gained t and much suppor direction.”

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alumna and Adjunct Lecturer Rocio Rayo is part-scholar, actor, photographer, world traveler, paralegal, and ballet dancer - trapped inside the tattooed body of a social activist. If that sounds like a lot, she is just that. Moving between New York City and Florida during her formative years, her family visited places such as Nicaragua,

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where they worked with Oxfam to support impoverished farmers in the early 1980s. Rayo also worked as a paralegal and was exposed to socialminded groups including AmeriCorps to serve the homeless and other vulnerable populations. Looking to build off those experiences, Rayo returned to the northeast to enroll in college.

failed all of my classes,” Rayo shared, “I knew I was intelligent; I just did not do the work.” The 19-year-old returned to Florida, not knowing if she would ever get that opportunity again. Rayo’s dreams of a college degree, and her newborn son Amir, both became a strong motivating force for the young mother.

Her first attempt at Pennsylvania State University did not go as planned. “After making a series of bad decisions, I

In the fall of 2009, Rayo enrolled at Hostos, where she quickly recognized the valuable role the community college


? W O N K U O DID Y played in making higher education available to women, the working class, and people of color. By her second semester, Rayo became fascinated with the overlap between art and the political and social aspects of history, which she learned in Professor Rees Shad’s History of Electronic Music and Professor Ernest Ialongo’s World History courses. Realizing what she had to offer to herself and even other students, she embraced an exhaustive schedule of five classes per semester, maintaining a 3.7 GPA, working as a writing tutor, starring in Hostos Repertory Company’s productions (where she was nominated for a prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship), working as a teacher’s aide and tutor and in the College’s Academic Learning Center, organizing student groups, and serving as Vice President and President of the Theater Club. Upon completion of her Hostos degree, Rayo transferred to City College earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in History. In 2015, she returned to Hostos as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities Department teaching History 211, Humanities 100, Public Speaking, and Introduction to Philosophy. “I can unequivocally state she is one of the best students I ever had,” Professor Ialongo said. “She took two of my courses, was always comfortable with the material, and was an asset in every discussion. I was thrilled when she continued her studies in History at City College. Rayo’s connection with Professor Shad also remained strong after she joined his team of artists, educators and designers to launch the Game-Framed Math & Science program. Developing games to increase understanding of STEM-based subjects through playing and interactive media, the degree path is the first of its kind at The City University of New York.

“Professor Shad was the first teacher who told me I was a great writer.” Rayo said. Shad, the current Chair of Humanities Department, recalled first meeting Rayo in his Media History class and immediately being impressed with her mind and her drive to succeed. “I hired her as a writing tutor in our media labs the following semester, and the year after to co-author and edit a book on game design,” Shad said. “She was incredibly important to the G-FMS initiative as our research assistant and ‘co-teacher’ in the labs. She helped develop more than a dozen learning games with the design group and has been a game-changer since the beginning. She has taught me more than I ever could have taught her.” Rayo, now 34 years old, is the Executive Director of Colmena Design Group where she is utilizing her gifts as an artist, educator, and social activist to help students learn STEM concepts through games. Rayo credits Hostos for giving her a home and a place to mold her own vision of the future. “Hostos really changed the trajectory of my life. I had a lot to offer, but gained so much support and direction.”

RAYO AT CUNY CUE CONFERENCE Rocio Rayo, adjunct lecturer in the Humanities Department, will speak at the 2016 CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Conference at Hostos on May 13, being held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The CUE Conference is a CUNY-wide annual showcase of initiatives and best practices in undergraduate programs. This year’s theme is “Walk the Talk: Inspiring Action on the Concourse and Beyond,” and features special guest speaker José Antonio Bowen, President of Goucher College and author of “Teaching Naked.” For more information, go to: http://cue.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Hostos Community College values its alumni, and their power to help the College achieve its mission. The Office of Alumni Relations created the Hostos Alumni Speakers Bureau,
a free service to the community. Experts in
various fields are available to give presentations about their academic and professional achievements. These volunteers have personal knowledge of the high quality of instruction and outstanding academic programs Hostos offers.

If you would like more information or have questions about the Bureau, please contact: Nydia Edgecombe, Director Office of Alumni Relations Hostos Community College 718- 518-4180 or alumni@hostos.cuny.edu

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BY THE NUMBERS: Alumni Speakers Bureau launched in 2012 at the last Hostos Homecoming Celebration More than 20 presentations by volunteer members conducted More than 80 members are alumni speakers Hostos’ alumni network is strong, with 17,228 out of approximately 25,000 graduates officially remaining involved with the College

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Artists include: Seyi Adebanjo, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Howard T. Cash, Elvira Clayton, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Lisa DuBois, Nicky Enright, Janet Goldner, Ijeoma D. Iheanacho, Imo Imeh, Hakim Mutlaq Inniss, Natasha R. Johnson, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Ibou Ndoye, Eric Orr, Eto Otitigbe, Thurston Randall, Ibrahima Thiam, A.T.M Tijay,

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Bennyroyce Dance, the Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company under the artistic leadership of Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon, performs three contrasting works including the premiere of “1000 Full Moons” set to a suite of music from Glenn Miller, Etta James and others.

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RELIVING THE PALLADIUM ERA

PAPO VÁZQUEZ & THE MIGHTY PIRATES TROUBADORS

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“Royon has a unique choreographic voice and the dancers seemed to revel in his creation.” - Dance Informa Magazine

with Special Guests: Jerry Medina and Joe Locke Sat | Apr 30 | 7:30pm | Repertory Theater

Reserved Seating: $20 | Students and Under 18: $5 FPO Celebrating his 40th anniversary as a Latin Jazz artist, the always ebullient

trombonist Papo Vázquez leads his band – the Mighty Pirates Troubadours in a special performance featuring two outstanding soloists – the acclaimed Puerto Rican vocalist / trumpeter Jerry Medina and vibraphone master Joe Locke. “Locke is one of those rare players who can play just about anything with anybody in jazz.” - The Kansas City Star

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Hostos Center and Hostos Repertory Company present the OBIE-winning Repertorio Español in a performance of Carmen Rivera’s play La Gringa, celebrating the 20th anniversary of this popular and heart-warming comedy about a young woman who travels to Puerto Rico in search of her roots.


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Cherishing the memories of the Mambo era at the Palladium Ballroom with the music of Puente, Rodríquez Machito•• Nayibe along songs •of•Orlando La LupeMarín and Graciela featuring Management Cándido Camero • Frankieand Figueroa La ••Frankie Morales ••Papo Figueroa Nayibewith LaGitana Gitana Orlando Marín Frankie Moralessome PapoPepín Pepín Cita Rodríquez • The Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra • Eddie Torres Dancers of New York’s top Latin artists, supported by the most-talked-about new orquesta of the The Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra • Eddie Torres Dancers er with a special guest appearanceCherishing by the internationally - renowned Torres Dancers. the Mambo atatthe Ballroom Vicki Solá, Mistress ofBronx, Ceremonies Cherishing thememories memoriesofofthe the Mamboera eraEddie thePalladium Palladium Ballroomwith withthe themusic musicofof Students and Under 18:by $10Richie Bonilla Artist Management Puente, Rodríquez and Machito along with songs of La Lupe and Graciela featuring Co-Produced Puente, Rodríquez and Machito along with songs of La Lupe and Graciela featuringsome some Don’t miss thisManagement unforgettable evening of Mambo.

ofofNew NewYork’s York’stop topLatin Latinartists, artists,supported supportedbybythe themost-talked-about most-talked-aboutnew neworquesta orquestaofofthe the Bronx, with a special guest appearance by the internationally renowned Eddie Torres Dancers. Bronx, with a special guest appearance by the internationally renowned Eddie Torres Dancers. Reserved Orch: $30 | Mezz: $25 || Students $10 $25community-based Students and and Under Under18: 18: $10 Don’t miss LincolnSeating: Center partners with organizations in all of New York City’s boroughs to present this unforgettable evening ofofMambo. Don’t miss thisfive unforgettable evening Mambo.

Sat | May 14 | 7:30pm | Main Theater

Boro-Linc: a series of free world-class performances and family workshops—right in your neighborhood! partners ininallallfive Lincoln Center Center partners withcommunity-based community-based organizations fiveofofNew NewYork YorkCity’s City’sboroughs boroughstotopresent present Free music, dance and art for all ages at Lincoln Hostos Center. Arts with workshops and liveorganizations performances Boro-Linc: a series of free world-class performances and family workshops—right in your neighborhood! in the Repertory Theater for every event!Boro-Linc: a series of free world-class performances and family workshops—right in your neighborhood! Free Free music, music,dance danceand andart artfor forall allages agesatatHostos HostosCenter. Center. Arts Artsworkshops workshopsand andlive liveperformances performances inin the Repertory Theater for every event! the Repertory Theater for every event!

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