Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Invested in Success – May 12, 2017
At Westchester Community College, we pride ourselves on our commitment to access and academic excellence. During this commencement season, we prove it! The groundswell of our pride is abundantly apparent as we hear and share stories of student success throughout our corridors and at various campus celebrations. Who we are as a college is reflected in how we serve students and how students are transformed by their experiences.
As I hear these stories individually and at events, I am struck by how students’ experiences and backgrounds are so vastly different, revealing how diversity at the college is expressed in a variety of ways. We celebrate the high achievements of all our students in all their circumstances, recognizing that some have been very challenging.
There are as many stories that showcase our amazing work as a community invested in the success of our students as there are students. From working mothers and fathers, veterans, single-parent households, certificate seekers, and immigrants from all over the world to students from our communities working in local grocery stores, or running their own businesses, or transitioning to new careers — their stories make all of what we do worthwhile! Thank you to faculty, staff, and administrators for making our college thrive and for making our students’ dreams come true. And most of all, thank you to all of our students for entrusting your goals to Westchester Community College.
As we send the Class of 2017 out into the world to chart their own course, I hope that they will reflect upon the support, encouragement and knowledge that you shared with them along their journey at Westchester Community College.
Continuing our celebration of success, I wish to recognize our recipients of SUNY Chancellor Awards for Excellence. These prestigious awards are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Through these awards, Westchester Community College and SUNY publicly proclaim our pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its faculty and staff. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues.
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching:
- Anthony Czarnecki
- Judith Marano
- Douglas Plath
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching:
- Denise Sullivan
- Shaun Rajan
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service:
- Rachele Hall
- Iskra Hernandez
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service:
- John Sheridan
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles