Hostos Community College Students Receive First Place Awards at Dental Hygiene Conferences

Bronx, NY. – Three dental hygiene students attending Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College have received first place awards from two different professional organizations for their presentations on clinical procedures, research findings, and best practices in the field of dentistry.

Senior dental hygiene student Felicia Montoute received the first place award for her clinical demonstration at the Dental Hygienists’ Association of the State of New York’s 86th Annual Session/Empire Conference, held at the Hilton Long Island in Huntington on November-5, 2006. Her presentation was “Bisphosphonate Drugs and Osteonecrosis,” based on the relationship of drugs used in the management of bone diseases and the development of osteonecrosis of the jaws.

Similarly, dental hygiene students Fabiana Layug and Mychelle Vedder-Burton were first place winners at the 82nd Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on November 26, 2006. Their clinical demonstration dealt with “Autism and the Pediatric Patient.”

“I congratulate Felicia, Fabiana, and Mychelle for their outstanding clinical presentations,” said Dr. Dolores M. Fernandez, President of Hostos Community College. “Their success speaks well for our college and the uncompromising commitment of our faculty and staff to academic excellence.”

“It is truly a privilege to work with students such as these and a wonderful team of faculty and staff members who focus on optimum performance in both the didactic and clinical aspects of dental hygiene,” said Dr. Mary L. Errico, coordinator of the dental hygiene program at Hostos.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College is determined to be a resource to the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for the further development of the communities it serves.

Nestor Montilla
Director of Public Relations
Hostos Community College
718. 518.4300/4355