Snow and wind could not hinder the school spirit on January 25 and 26 at Hostos Community College. Everyone on campus collectively celebrated the Welcome Days, a series of events designed to help new and returning students better acclimate to the mostly in-person schedule in Spring 2023. 
Divisional leaders, faculty and staff members put on welcoming stations across campus to offer guidance to hundreds of students, and give away goodie bags with snacks, itineraries, and brochures. Some events included live piano music by Hostos students at the A-Atrium both days, and gift card raffles organized by the Student Government Association (SGA). 
On Wednesday, January 25, the Division of Administration and Finance (ADM) launched the 55th anniversary of the College at the cafeteria reopening’s ribbon cutting ceremony. The much-anticipated event was attended by Hostos President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, SGA President Leaghton Ozoria, the new food vendor’s Chairwoman and CEO Valerie Goldston, leadership from all divisions, and members of the community at large. 
After a challenging selection process during the pandemic’s closure, A La Carte Menu Services, Inc. was identified as the company entrusted to feed the Hostos family. A Black woman-owned business launched in 2000, they serve corporations and historically Black colleges and universities. At the time of her remarks to the celebrants, Goldston affirmed A La Carte’s commitment to outstanding service. 
Rodríguez-Chardavoyne lauded the vendor’s proven record in the service industry. “We are thrilled to introduce our caterer, which has a long history of providing food services to various markets. They will offer a wide variety of delicious and healthy meal options, including vegetarian and vegan items.”
Much to the delight of everyone who attended, A La Carte provided an extensive menu of free items for 800 members of the community to try out, including pizza, beef patties, sandwiches, salads, coffee, and more.
During her speech, Dr. Cocco De Filippis welcomed Comptroller DiNapoli, who is a longtime friend of the College. He shared remarks and enjoyed the day’s activities with the attendees. 
President Cocco De Filippis was especially grateful for the community coming to celebrate the beginning of the semester together. “I am so happy to be with you as we welcome our wonderful students and colleagues back for another opportunity to improve lives through education.”