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On October 22, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Division of Institutional Advancement hosted the virtual Third Annual Alma Matters Awards. More than 90 alumni were nominated for the five awards, each of whom is making outstanding contributions to their communities. After the nomination process, 112 votes were cast to determine the five awardees. We are grateful to everyone who participated in this event and the nomination and voting process. We also extend our thanks to the event committee and the faculty and staff who contributed as speakers.   


Trailblazer Award

Class of 2011

Dr. Arlene Castillo

In recognition of your consistent pursuit of innovation, originality and excellence.


Class of 2009

Ischia Bravo

In recognition of your positive and strengthening impact on our community.


Community Impact Award

Class of 2017

Fevidaury Valerio Arias

In recognition of your contributions and sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19. 

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Frontline Honorable Mention Award

Visionary Award

Class of 2005

John Meche

In recognition of your strategic perspectives and methods, which allow you to deliver effective outcomes with long-term impact.

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Honorable Mention Award

Class of 2015

Jean Estupiñan

In recognition of your exemplary achievements

and remarkable leadership. 

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Award Category Descriptions

The Visionary Award recognizes the individual whose strategic perspective and methods allow them to deliver effective outcomes with long-term impact. A forward-thinker, collaborator and creator in their own right, the honoree is skilled at foreseeing issues and implementing tactics that offer a lasting result.

Visionary Award

The Community Impact Award acknowledges one whose ideals, skills and knowledge are targeted towards affecting positive change within a particular community or population. The honoree endeavors to identify a community concern and actively relishes in proposing solutions or providing the resources that aim to strengthen a community.

Community Impact Award

The Trailblazer Award is bestowed to an alumnus who embodies originality, consistently pursues innovation and strives for excellence in their industry. A change agent determined to advance, the honoree sets out to gain knowledge and make discoveries that ultimately benefit many. Their insightfulness and persistence opens new paths for others.

Trailblazer Award

An Honorable Mention Award acknowledges the achievements of the individual who has demonstrated a high level of integrity within their industry and thoughtfulness towards society. The merit of their work does not go unnoticed.

Honorable Mention Award

The Frontline Honorable Mention Award recognizes a graduate’s effort in the fight against COVID-19. Honorees are defined by their passion, dedication, care for others and brave actions that have helped transform our communities.


Honorable Mention Award

Prof. Andrew Connolly, English Dept.

Ms. Berkis Cruz-Eusebio, ASAP Dept.

Prof. Damaris-Lois Lang, Natural Sciences Dept.

Prof. Mayra Mojica, Business Dept.

Mr. Jason Libfeld, Student Leadership Coordinator, Student Leadership Academy

Ms. Rocio Rayo, Early College Liaison, Hostos Lincoln Academy | Early College Initiative

Mr. Felix O. Sánchez, Alumni Relations Manager

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