Our Mount Vernon Extension Center hosted a recent event in honor of Black History Month featuring Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams. He spoke on the topic: “Migrations: A Journey in Business, Law and Public Service.” Legislator Williams addressed a full crowd of students and community members, sharing the personal experiences that shaped his educational experience and professional careers. He encouraged students to recognize and take advantage of new opportunities around them, work hard, and stay true to their values even when faced with challenging situations. At the conclusion of the event, Legislator Williams was presented with a certificate of appreciation by outstanding student and Kathryn Davis Scholarship recipient Kadiatou Camara. Legislator Williams was thanked for sharing his time and wisdom and for his continued support of Westchester Community College and our students.
You can visit our website at any time to check if the college has been closed for any reason, weather or otherwise. We now also post delay/closing updates on Facebook and Twitter. Also, you can call our information line at 914-606-6900. No mention of any delay or closure means that all classes will meet as scheduled. If the weather gets worse as the day progresses the decision to cancel evening classes will be made at approximately 3:00 pm.
You also have the option of tuning into certain radio or TV stations for information on college weather closings. Information about college closings will be given on Cablevision’s News Channel 12, WCBS (880 AM) and WHUD (100.7 FM). However, these television and radio updates, which are at the discretion of the media outlets, are merely secondary means of communicating closings. The media outlets don’t always run the information in a timely fashion, so please check the college website first for the most up to date, accurate information.
If you have your mobile phone information in MyWCC, you will get a text. If you wish to add or update your cell phone number with the college, please click here for a PDF document of directions on how to update your phone information or opt out of receiving text messages. Please note, by removing yourself from receiving text messages, you will not receive security alerts or announcements of college delays or closing in the form of text messages.
Please remember, the college website is the primary means of notification.
On a case by case basis, the college will host two “staging areas” for students and staff who are waiting out a storm or awaiting rides. In addition to the Student Center Lounge and/or Cafeteria, which normally serve as a holding area for students in these instances, we will occasionally also open up the Gateway Center atrium.
Regarding delays, if the college has a delayed opening, you may still have class. It depends on the timing of your class. For instance, if the college has a delayed opening at 11:00 a.m., and your class normally runs from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., your class will not meet. However, for instance, if you have a class that normally runs from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., your class would meet for a half hour from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
The college’s Mount Vernon Extension Center was the site of a recent public forum on housing, sponsored by Westchester County Executive George Latimer in partnership with Mount Vernon United Tenants and Community Voices Heard. The event began with remarks by Latimer and Extension Center Director Francine Carl. Next, there was a brief presentation on housing followed by an open forum during which citizens voiced their opinions on housing barriers and housing needs in Westchester County.
Dates: February 4 – April 10
Monday and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Gateway Center, G-144
For additional information contact:
Student Support Services – STC 013
Prepare and file your federal and state taxes.
No charge for students and alumni.
Either walk-in or call United Way’s 2-1-1 or 1-800-899-1479 to make an appointment.
On January 18, the Westchester Community College held its annual GROW Conference for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. The conference is G2E’s signature event and is a breakthrough business conference that inspires and empowers entrepreneurs and business owners across the Hudson Valley.
President Miles featured in Women in Higher Education article. See the entire story on page 13.
December 12, 2018 through February 15, 2019
Student Show at The Westchester Gallery, Westchester Community College Peekskill Extension Center
The Westchester Gallery will be exhibiting a Student Show from December 12, 2018 to February 15, 2019 at the Westchester Community College Peekskill Extension Center. The exhibition features artwork from a variety of disciplines including drawing, graphic design, digital imaging, video, 3D animation, and digital storytelling.
Redeemer, pictured above, is a digital piece by student Adam Travis accompanied by a short essay detailing the artist’s transformational experience as it relates to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro. Redeemer received an award from the United Methodist Church and will be featured in the exhibition. Travis explores the meaning of redemption through his visual and written work, “I chose this style because I believe that the cubist style would allow me to convey the idea that redemption and forgiveness does not come all at once, but in small pieces over time just like the way in which this great statue was created piece by piece.”
A wide range of artistic and technical accomplishments will be showcased in the Student Show until February 15, 2019. Come experience what our students have to share. For gallery operating hours and more information about the Peekskill Extension Center, visit www.sunywcc.edu/peekskill.
Westchester Community College Peekskill Extension Center
27 N Division St.
Peekskill, NY 10566
Directions To Peekskill Center for the Digital Arts – 27 North Division Street
- Take Route 9A to Route 9 North
- Exit at Main St./Rte. 6.
- Turn left at end of ramp.
- Turn right at 2nd light onto Nelson Avenue.
- Go one block; turn left onto Central Avenue.
- Go one block and turn left onto N. Division Street
Peekskill Center is 1/2 block on right. To park, enter garage at Nelson and Central Avenue or, to reach S. James St. Garage, continue on Central Avenue (becomes Park St.) 1-1/2 blocks beyond Division Street and turn left onto ramp. Click for Personalized Directions to this location. To learn more about Peekskill using the Google Street View App, check out views of Peekskill – where you can study!
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECOGNIZES THE PASSING OF FORMER PRESIDENT DR. JOSEPH N. HANKIN
Westchester Community College regrets to announce that former president Dr. Joseph N. Hankin passed away on Wednesday, January 16. The college community is saddened to lose Dr. Hankin, who led this State University of New York institution since 1971 and was the nation’s longest serving community college president. At the time of his retirement in 2013, he had served in the role of president for 42 years.
“Assuming the mantle of one of the most admired community college presidents presented a unique opportunity to extend his legacy of service to students and community,” says Westchester Community College President Dr. Belinda S. Miles. “He made monumental contributions to the community college field as our institutions became increasingly important pathways to high-quality and affordable higher education, and he did it with an exceptional team of faculty and staff who cared deeply about the college and surrounding community,” she adds.
College Board of Trustees Chair John Nonna says, “Dr. Joe Hankin shepherded Westchester Community College from its infancy through its growth to the stature it enjoys today as one of the nation’s premier community colleges. His vision continues to guide us, and his contributions will never be forgotten. Together with the entire college community, the Board of Trustees mourns his passing.”
Dr. Hankin was a significant member of the team that expanded the Westchester Community College Foundation, which has raised substantial resources in support of faculty and staff. Millions were raised for student scholarships with approximately $2 million now distributed annually. Additionally, the enrichment of many academic programs and the development of infrastructure improvements were largely the result of Foundation funds. The growth and evolution of the Foundation has been critical to the success and expansion of the institution.
Westchester Community College Foundation Board of Directors Chair Susan Yubas says, “Dr. Hankin recognized that community support was vital to student success, and he took a leadership role in the founding of the Westchester Community College Foundation, supporting its development for over forty years. His partnership through multiple major fundraising campaigns and commitment to providing students with scholarship opportunities contributed to the growth of the Westchester Community College Foundation, which is now recognized nationally. The Foundation is indebted to his extraordinary legacy of leadership.”
Upon Dr. Hankin’s arrival in 1971, the transformation of the college was almost immediate. Following through on proposals shared during his interview process, such as opening the campus to the community, expanding academic programs, and repairing infrastructure, he immediately moved forward to begin a bold growth agenda. Although relatively new to the role of president, he began his four-decade mission toward a commitment to quality, accessibility, affordability, and expansion.
One can see the tremendous impact Dr. Hankin has had by looking at his final decade in his role as president. In addition to opening several new extension centers during this time, he oversaw the expansion of the Harold L. Drimmer Library and Learning Resource Center, which doubled in size. He opened the Gateway Center, a 70,000-square-foot landmark structure designed by the renowned Ennead architectural firm to provide educational resources for thousands of students. The Gateway Center is Westchester County’s first LEED-certified building and an iconic entry point for the county’s diverse, multinational community. During the same period, the college expanded its online learning options, added a dozen new academic programs, and instituted the Collegium, a resource for mature learners interested in serious study and social exchange. Simultaneously, the college reached record enrollment figures for both credit and non-credit study, more than doubling the numbers from 5,800 students early in his tenure.
Corresponding expansions to the 218-acre campus in Valhalla, New York, and numerous offsite locations and extension centers throughout Westchester County further increased access. Other new construction projects included the science building, Knollwood Center, administration building, children’s center, bookstore and an academic arts building that now bears his name.
Dr. Hankin was a first-generation college student whose interest in education led him to not only academic administration, but also teaching and scholarship. In addition to being a prolific writer and speaker with numerous published works in the community-college field, he served for thirty years as an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He inspired generations of students from across the country through teaching and serving on doctoral committees.
In 1986, a project sponsored by the Exxon Educational Foundation named Dr. Hankin one of the Hundred Most Effective College Presidents of two-year and four-year colleges and universities. In 1988, the University of Texas included Dr. Hankin among the 50 best community college presidents, for which he earned the Thomas J. Peters Award for Leadership Excellence.
Westchester Community College was Dr. Hankin’s second college presidency. In 1967, at the age of 26, he was the nation’s youngest college president when he assumed the role at Harford Community College in Maryland. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in social science from City College and his master of arts in history and doctor of education degrees from Columbia University. Dr. Hankin is survived by his wife, Dr. Carole Hankin, three children, and his grandchildren.
A spring memorial in Dr. Hankin’s honor is being planned. Meanwhile, gifts in Dr. Hankin’s memory may be made to the Joseph N. Hankin Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Westchester Community College Foundation, Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, New York, 10595.
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Main Campus, Physical Education Building, Gymnasium
Parking Available in Lots 8, 9, and 10
If you have any questions or concerns about the Completion Celebration,
please contact the Department of Student Involvement
at (914) 606-6731, email@example.com,
or visit us in the Student Center, Room 108.
Fall 2018 Student Show Opening Reception
Date: Wednesday December 12
Location: HAAB Fine Arts Gallery
See the photo gallery of portraits of students in front of their work; awards ceremony; and installation shots.