This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

Meet Senior Class President Luis Hoyos ’09

When Luis Gabriel Hoyos ran for president, he promised his classmates that he would focus on creating events to bring the class together. This promise got him elected, and Hoyos and his Class Council have spent the fall semester following through on that promise. Events have included: Middle School Mug Night, a dinner at Alumnae House, and weekly happy hours at the Dutch Cabin. They also held a Night Out in Poughkeepsie at the Platinum Lounge downtown, which attracted more than 300 members of the senior class.

The Council has also chosen the Daisy Chain and African Violets, and is working closely with the Council of Black Seniors (CBS). A representative from the CBS now serves both on the Class Council and the Executive Board, and their collaboration on many projects and events has been another central focus for Hoyos. “We wanted to present a united front with the CBS,” he says. They co-sponsored the Halloween dance and karaoke night, both of which raised considerable funds that will finance Senior Week events.

Plans are also well underway for the 2009 Class Gift. The class elected gift chairs and a committee, and accepted ideas from the entire class. “We want to make sure the gift is self-sustaining and physical,” says Hoyos, to ensure that future classes could enjoy it without Vassar having to spend more money to maintain it. Some choices include a refurbishing of the old bookstore space or a fund for winter internships. “We want to make life better for students,” says Hoyos. He also wants to focus on getting 100 percent of seniors to donate, regardless of dollar amount.

In addition to serving as class president, Hoyos is a double major in economics and political science with a French correlate. He hails from Bogotá, Colombia, and is writing a political science thesis on the rise of LGBTQI human rights movements in post-authoritarian Argentina and Chile.

December 2008

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