WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANNOUNCES RETURN OF MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS; COACHES HIRED, 2017-2018 SEASONS ANNOUNCED, DETAILS AT JULY 26 PRESS CONFERENCE
Westchester Community College has announced the return of its men’s and women’s basketball teams with the new seasons beginning later this year. New coaches have been hired and were introduced at a press conference on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hartford Hall Boardroom on the college’s Valhalla campus.
A national search attracted more than two hundred highly qualified applicants including former professional basketball players and highly touted coaches from a variety of competitive levels. Sean Kelly has been named the men’s coach and Nesta Felix has been tabbed as the women’s coach.
“This promises to be an enriching experience for many of our students, not only those who will field the teams,” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College. “The student athletes will have an opportunity to showcase their skills on the court, while their fellow students will be able to show their enthusiasm and exhibit school spirit during the upcoming season. This will truly enhance the overall college experience for all,” she adds.
“I am pleased to be able to announce that basketball is returning to Westchester Community College,” says the college’s Athletic Director Mike Belfiore. “We have begun to recruit players for both teams and look forward to the fall when our student-athletes will again be able to compete against other institutions in the region.”
Kelly, whose Bronx Community College teams posted a 74-43 record over five seasons, advancing to an NJCAA regional title game and two regional Final Fours, also coached at Bergen Community College. At that New Jersey institution, he led the team to an undefeated 30-0 regular season campaign (2009). Prior to Bergen, he was an assistant coach at Mercy College. Kelly earned his BA at the University of Scranton and his Masters at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Felix was the women’s basketball coach at Yeshiva University (2012-2015) and was named the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year (2014). She also has coached at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York (15-5 record), currently coaches a Scarsdale, New York Eighth Grade Tri-County girls basketball team (2011 to present), and was assistant women’s basketball coach at Monroe College (2002-2008). She received her BA from Iona College and her Masters at Monroe College.
This fall marks the return of the men’s and women’s basketball after a two-year hiatus. Both teams will compete at the Division Two level. Practices for the new teams begin in October with the regular season games commencing in November 2017.
Members of the press were invited to a press conference at the college on Wednesday, July 26 at which time the details of the new coaches and dates for upcoming games were announced. Meanwhile, prospective college students interested in trying out for the teams should contact Westchester Community College’s new Athletic Director at email@example.com.
The Cambridge Summer Study Abroad Program, an educational opportunity for Honors students enrolled at Westchester Community College, is now in its 15th year.
170 students have been selected since 2003 to study for two weeks in July at the prestigious Cambridge University in England. This year’s group of 13 students includes those studying Liberal Arts, Business, and Nursing.
Meeting with the faculty member teaching either Cambridge Studies in History (Honors), Cambridge Studies in Literature (Honors) or Cambridge Studies in Science in January, the students develop an individual learning plan of activities before, during and after Cambridge.
During the Spring semester, the students also participate in seminars to orient them to living and studying at Cambridge University.
Competitive scholarships to help defray the cost of the program are available through the Westchester Community College Foundation.
After flying from JFK airport in New York to Heathrow Airport in London, the students live in single rooms in one of the Colleges at Cambridge taking their breakfast and dinner each day in the College Hall. In the living and dining facilities, as well as in their classes, the students will meet other students from all over the world who have come to study at Cambridge. The distinguished faculty for these courses and plenary lectures are from Cambridge University, from other Universities in Britain, the Commonwealth, and the European continent.
During the two week program, the students will function on a daily basis learning about the customs, currency and culture of this foreign country.
Two Westchester Community College faculty members (usually two of the three teachers of the college’s Honors courses) accompany the students. One brings the group over and remains with them for the first week. The second arrives later, assumes the responsibility of mentoring the students, and returns with the students on the group flight on the day after classes end. While at Cambridge the faculty members visits the classes of the students and confers with other accompanying and teaching faculty from the across the world. More than a dozen Westchester Community College faculty members have served as mentors at Cambridge over the years.
Dr. John F.M. Flynn, Director of the Cambridge program, notes that “the most frequently used term by the returning students about the program is that this experience was ‘life changing’. It combines rigorous academic study with independent travel abroad and the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world.”
Fall classes are about to begin (including Valhalla classes which start September 5 and extension locations on September 8).
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No tuition increase under Westchester Community College budget for 5th Straight Year
County Contribution and Capital Spending to Increase for 2017-2018 School Year
For the fifth consecutive year, tuition for nearly 13,000 students at Westchester Community College will not increase under a proposed budget that was submitted by County Executive Robert P. Astorino to the Board of Legislators on Friday, July 17.
“Working closely with the college’s leadership, we are able to propose a budget that keeps tuition flat for the fifth year in a row,” Astorino said. “The college is where so many students go for a quality and affordable education so that they can make a better life for themselves and their families. We must find ways to keep public education affordable and a tuition increase would hurt far too many of Westchester Community College’s students.”
The $122 million operating budget for the 2017-2018 school year includes a $29.9 million sponsor contribution from the county, an increase of $67,000 over last year and $500,000 from the year before.
“We propose a budget that prioritizes an affordable and high quality education for Westchester Community College’s students and families,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, president of Westchester Community College. “No tuition increases for five years is notable within New York State and a testament to our collaborative partnership with Westchester County leadership.”
Westchester Community College’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the college’s budget amid its deliberations about national trends in college affordability and financial challenges facing students.
Additionally, Westchester Community College’s capital budget includes $2.16 million for four projects, which include technology upgrades at several locations on-and-off-campus along with site improvements throughout campus and a proposal to assess planning and infrastructure needs going forward.
The Board of Legislators is scheduled to vote on the budget on August 7. The college’s fiscal year begins on September 1.
At the recent Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society national convention in Nashville, we came away with significant recognition. Student Ashleigh Riley won the Distinguished Officer award, Advisor Robin Graff won Distinguished Advisor, and the entire student team won the Distinguished Honors in Action Award.
Pictured here accepting the team award are Robin Graff, Michaela Rodican, Jessica Powell, Emily Ianuzzi, Jonathan Kimiadi, Iskra Hernandez, Steven Hyland (in back), Kevin Garcia, Ashleigh Riley, Rachele Hall (left to right).
Professor Hildy Oberstein shares news of her students receiving recognition at the New York State Society of Radiologic Sciences Annual State Meeting. The college team won first place in the academic bowl and third in the poster contest. The academic team was comprised of students Thomas Galeotti, Drew March, and Stephanie Santana. The poster contest participants were Teresa Migliore and Stephanie Santana. The Student Development Leadership Program winner was Yvonne Fontana, who was selected to attend the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Student Leadership Academy this month. Others attending the state meeting were students Nimatoulaye Barry, Raul Salazaar, Kadijatu Hassan, Ivelisse Giraldo and Clayon Morgan. Also, grads Nicole Robertson and Sara Fozard were honored and recognized for handling social media for the state organization. Professor Oberstein presenting the group’s President’s Lecture on the topic of mentoring.
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGNS TRANSFER ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH THE NURSING PROGRAM OF TOURO SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT NEW YORK MEDICAL COLLEGE – NEW LOCATION BEGINNING FALL 2017 IN VALHALLA, NEW YORK
Westchester Community College, State University of New York, and Touro School of Health Sciences/New York Medical College (NYMC) have combined efforts and collaborated on a new pipeline from the associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree studies in nursing. An agreement between the two colleges was publicly signed on the Valhalla campus of Westchester Community College on Thursday, May 18.
Due to the new partnership, all of Westchester Community College’s graduates of the Associate’s of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing with a grade point average of 2.5 or better will be given full consideration to the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program offered by Touro/NYMC.. New this coming fall 2017, Touro School of Health Sciences will deliver the RN to BSN program on the NYMC campus in Valhalla, New York. NYMC is a member of the Touro College and University System.
This agreement ensures a smooth transfer experience for students and guarantees junior status for graduates of the A.A.S. degree in Nursing from Westchester Community College. In addition, students can transfer in up to 90 credits to Touro/NYMC, allowing them to take additional requirements at Westchester Community College while enrolled with Touro/NYMC. This generous transfer policy will keep the cost affordable for students.
“This partnership will help our graduates achieve a seamless transfer to Touro College” says Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College. “Last week, we celebrated the college’s largest commencement ceremony with a record number of graduates, many of whom are going on to four-year colleges and universities. With this new agreement with Touro, we have created an exciting new pathway for our graduates. At next year’s commencement, we expect to be congratulating students who will be continuing their studies at Touro College.”
“From 1937 to 1962 NYMC graduated nurses from our Flower Fifth Avenue School of Nursing,” said Edward C. Halperin MD MA, Chancellor/CEO of NYMC and Provost for Biomedical Affairs of Touro. “We are proud to return to the education of nurses at NYMC as a member of the Touro family and in partnership with WCC.”
“The NYMC RN to BSN Program will prepare Registered Nurses for enhanced roles in nursing. By bridging academia and practice, the curriculum is focused on inter-professional education. The collaboration between the new program and NYMC will foster professional education with other students in healthcare professions,” said Sandra Russo, Chair and Director of Nursing at Touro School of Health Sciences.
“The articulation agreement between Westchester Community College and Touro College will increase access and opportunity for our community college students and clearly define pathways to success. This agreement will facilitate the completion of a bachelor’s degree in nursing for many of our students,” says Lynette DeBellis, R.N., M.A., Assistant Professor of Nursing, Chairperson Department of Nursing, Westchester Community College.
For more information on the program, please visit http://shs.touro.edu/nursing/.
The Touro College and University System
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has 29 branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and its Nevada branch campus; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please visit www.touro.edu/news.
New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, NYMC is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with more than 1,400 students, 1,300 residents and clinical fellows, nearly 3,000 faculty members, and 19,000 living alumni. The college, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, a School of dental medicine and a School of nursing. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners. For more information, visit www.nymc.edu.
Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College is the largest college in Westchester County, New York enrolling approximately 13,000 credit and an additional 13,000 non-credit students annually. The institution boasts more than sixty academic programs. The college has implemented a new academic organization to help guide students toward their degrees more quickly and more affordably. With student success in mind, Academic Affairs changed from Divisions to Schools with Guided Pathways to help students more easily navigate college systems, processes and degree requirements. The four Schools are Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Professional Careers; Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning; and Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. Each School offers “signature experiences” for students including special clinicals, mentorships, and internships. For details on the college, visit www.sunywcc.edu.
The League for Innovation in the Community College has named Westchester Community College’s Coaching Connection Program as a 2017 Innovation of the Year winner. Established more than thirty years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year competition was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation at some of the nation’s top community colleges. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community.
Westchester Community College is among 53 colleges named for this national competition in 2017.
The Coaching Connection Program provides a personal connection with students to support them through graduation and beyond. Through collaboration with curriculum chairs, faculty and staff, coaches provide targeted outreach to students in need of support services and make referrals to resources across campus while also following up with students to ensure they received individualized support.
Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles stated that, “The Coaching Connection initiative contributed to a 42% increase in our IPEDs graduation year in just two years. This award honors the dedication, commitment, and excellent work of our faculty and staff on behalf of student success at the college.”
In the last two years, Westchester Community College has graduated two of its largest classes since 1946. The college is growing its curriculum, reaching further into the communities to provide access to learning and opportunity, and is laser focused on providing excellent student-centered services.
“Our Coaching Connection Program is one of several initiatives that connect students with necessary services to help students make progress through the curriculum and graduate on time. We are committed to meeting students where there are and our goal is to be a true partner with our students as they fulfil their academic journeys here at the college” stated President Miles.
The Coaching Connection Program was made possible through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant program and a generous gift from the Mary & James G. Wallach Foundation.
For more information on the award read here: http://special.league.org/league/competitions/innovations/display/mdisplay/detail.cfm?ioy=2017&ioyid=215
The 2017 edition of International Voices has been delivered to campus and will soon be distributed to various locations around campus. Click here to view the latest edition of International Voices.
International Voices is an award winning annual publication of Westchester Community College students. The creative works showcased here represent some of the diverse experiences and perspectives of the Westchester Community College community. This diversity and inclusive spirit are at the core of the College mission, stemming from the belief that education should be accessible to all and that improving education levels brings benefits, both tangible and intangible, to the community at large.
If you would like to special order copies for display in your area or for distribution in your classes, please email at Kent.Trickel@sunywcc.edu. Please also join me in congratulating all of the wonderful students who contributed to this year’s issue. We really do have some amazing talent at Westchester Community College!
Kent Trickel, Associate Professor
English, Reading and ESL Department
Academic ESL Coordinator | Abeles Endowed Chair for Distance Learning
Kent.Trickel@sunywcc.edu | GTW S233D | (914) 606-8509
Library Jeopardy is an informative and interactive game presented by Westchester Community College librarians to all new and transfer students during New Student Orientation, August 8-10! Modeled after the original television show, it provides a fun and innovative way to introduce students to all of the resources and services available at the Harold L. Drimmer Library.
Student team members collaborate to provide correct answers to questions in five different categories, all related to areas within the library, including How to Get Help, Locations in The Library, and How Do I?
Giveaways and prizes are included.
To sign up to attend New Student Orientation, please visit www.sunywcc.edu/orientation. All first-time, full-time students at WCC are required to attend. All other are strongly encouraged. Questions about New Studetn Orientation should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-606-6731.