Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles – Spring Celebrates Student Success – April 7, 2017
Our campus comes alive in spring. The excitement builds as students prepare for final exams and graduation. Together we celebrate student achievements while we get closer to the end of the semester. Student engagement and enthusiasm is contagious.
On Wednesday, eight of our students received Chancellor Awards for Student Excellence at a ceremony in Albany. Each student received a Student Excellence medal and certificate from Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Please join me in congratulating Luis Arias, Julia De Baere, Brittany Blair Galante, Beth Garramone-Ross, Medwin Ghabaee, Marco Lazaro, Stella Lemel, and Abel Ngegba on this achievement. The college’s social media has photos from the event.
Admissions hosted dozens of area school counselors for information sessions and a panel discussion focused on sharing information about the wide range of Westchester Community College programs. Thanks to Gloria De La Paz and all who helped to plan this event and to those who participated.
The Center for Teaching and Learning Symposium on Thursday included a panel discussion with our expert faculty on Teaching Critical Thinking and keynote address on writing across the curriculum from Jessica Yood, Lehman College Associate Professor of English. This symposium looked at various models for critical thinking and teaching and included time for discussion and reflection on ways we can enhance experiences for faculty and students. Professor Yood was especially impressed by the turnout on a rainy Thursday afternoon, so thanks to all who planned and participated in this event.
Please remind students to register for the summer and fall semesters. Our new priority registration schedule, which allows students closest to completion to register first for the classes they need to graduate, is on the website.
As we close out this rainy week, let’s remember the old adage: April showers bring May flowers! It is a good reminder that the Native Plant Center’s 18th annual sale is set for April 29: http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/npc/.
Enjoy the weekend!
Dr. Belinda S. Miles