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 email@example.com or 914-606-6731.
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.”
M&T Bank recently granted $10,000 to Westchester Community College Foundation to renew their scholarship support. The M&T Bank Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in business curricula who demonstrate community involvement, academic achievement, and financial need. Since 2013, nine students have benefited from their generosity and another four students will be selected for the upcoming fall 2017 semester.
Frank Micalizzi, Regional President and Steve Cavazuti, VP for Government Banking presented the donation on behalf of M & T Bank. The WCC Foundation is grateful for M&T Bank’s loyal support and looks forward to welcoming them back to campus on October 5th for the Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony.
Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.
Pictured (from left to right): Eve Larner, WCC’s VP of External Affairs and Foundation Executive Director; Frank Micalizzi, Regional President, M&T Bank; Dr. Belinda Miles, President, WCC; Lisa Mitzner, Chief Financial Officer, WCC Foundation; Steve Cavazuti, VP Government Banking, M&T Bank
Officials have determined that a suspicious bag left at the bus stop near the gym is not dangerous. Out of an abundance of caution, County Police and the Bomb Squad were here to investigate and closed the roadway briefly. Everything is now open and traffic is running smoothly. Thank you for your patience.
On June 1, 2017, representatives from Westchester Community College met with fathers participating in Westchester County’s Fatherhood Initiative program at the Family Services of Westchester office in Yonkers, New York. This Department of Social Services initiative works with unemployed and underemployed men to improve their job skills, hone their parenting skills, and help to ensure that the fathers are able to meet financial and personal responsibilities to their families. Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles, an avid supporter of this initiative, indicated that “Westchester Community College’s staff is well equipped, well informed, and ready to work with fathers seeking access to opportunity through education.”
Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, and Commissioner of Social Services Kevin M. McGuire, addressed the fathers, both resolute in their support of this program with a commitment to scale the program. The fathers shared very personal life stories illustrating their struggles as well as their hope for a future with financial independence and closer ties to their families.
Danielle DiGrazia, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, spearheaded the presentation by Westchester Community College, which showcased the many educational opportunities available at the College. Asst. Dean DiGrazia was joined by Dr. Nicola Blake, Office of the President, Joanne Conway, Director of JobSTAR, Ginny Falcone, Financial Aid Counselor, Osahon Izevbizua, Westchester Educational Opportunity Center, Don Simmons, Black/Hispanic Male Initiative, and Donald Whitely, Admissions.
This partnership further builds on the college’s work in the community to extend access to educational opportunities through certifications, degree programs, or course and training refreshers. President Miles, who champions Workforce Development in the Hudson Valley Region, reiterated the college’s capacity to serve its mission of access and excellence. “The college is poised to grow these types of initiatives and looks forward to continued collaborations to support the educational needs of Westchester County residents in the future. We have a wide range of support services, financial aid resources, and industry partners focused on helping students achieve their goals. I invite individuals and agencies to learn more about the dynamic academic and workforce training programs available at Westchester Community College” stated President Miles.
There will be no access to MyWCC June 9 at 6:00 am until Monday, June 12 at 12 noon due to software upgrades. Current and perspective students will be unable to access MyWCC and will be unable to register for classes or make payments. Thank you for your patience while we enhance our online resources.
The state’s free tuition program is now a reality. The application for free fall tuition is now available and is due by July 21. Click here for application. Individuals in households with incomes less than $100,000 may qualify for free tuition from Westchester Community College and all other SUNY schools starting this fall. Click below for details on how you can pursue your dream of college education…for free.
Commencement 2017 was held on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.
View commencement video highlights here: http://www.sunywcc.edu/academics/graduation/
Westchester Community College’s commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Center Building in White Plains. Approximately 2,000 students will be granted degrees, making it one of the largest graduating classes in the history of the college. The commencement speech will be given by Westchester resident Lowell F. Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain.
Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles will also address those gathered at commencement. “I am pleased that this notable entrepreneur will be inspiring our graduating students at commencement,” says Dr. Miles. “As an immigrant from Jamaica, his success story will be of interest to the thousands who will be on hand for this event, especially our many students from other countries including our English as a Second Language students, in addition to our Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management majors, our Entrepreneurship majors, and our English as a Second Language students.”
“As an entrepreneur educated in New York State, and a notable philanthropist who has ensured the education of hundreds of students through generous scholarships, he truly exemplifies the college’s motto: Building Minds, Building Futures,” says Dr. Miles.
Hawthorne migrated to the United States in 1981 along with his family, finding employment as an accountant and then later opening a Bronx bakery. Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill grew to more than 120 stores in nine states and now provides employment for over 1,500 individuals. Hawthorne, who holds an Associate degree from Bronx Community College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Lehman College, received the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Jamaica’s highest honor for service to commerce and community development: The Order of Distinction, Commander Rank.
A sought after motivational speaker, his organization ranks in the Black Enterprise top 100 and among the Entrepreneur Magazine top 500. The Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation, named in honor of his late parents, has awarded more than 300 scholarships to aspiring students in the United Sates and Jamaica.
Among the graduates at the May 18 ceremony will be student leaders and winners of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence.
The college’s picturesque 218-acre main campus in Valhalla is the former estate of John Hartford of A&P fame. Since opening in 1946, more than 250,000 students have enrolled in classes held at the largest college in the county. The college offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs.
Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles has announced the appointment of Dr. Vanessa Morest, dean of institutional effectiveness at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, as Westchester Community College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, effective this summer.
Dr. Morest is an accomplished academic leader, administrator, researcher, author, and faculty member with two decades of community college experience. She is an immigrant who values public education and understands the experience of first generation college students. Her commitment to college access, student success, and academic excellence is evident in her progressively responsible experience with community colleges.
Her leadership experience at Norwalk includes two years as interim dean of academic affairs and chief academic officer with oversight responsibility for all academic areas of the college, including credit and non-credit programs and academic support services. She has extensive experience collaborating with faculty and staff with a focus on helping community college students succeed. She has been involved in expanding high school partnerships and developing programs supporting current and future industry demands.
“Dr. Morest offers broad expertise in expanding programs for college access and success, which is a skill set well aligned with the college’s mission and strategic plan for continued innovation across multiple areas,” said Miles. “Working closely with faculty and staff, Dr. Morest will be a partner who will assist with the implementation of a range of new programs centered on data-driven student success outcomes. Her collaborative approach to this nuanced work will be a key asset to continuing to position the college for growth.”
Dr. Morest joins Westchester Community College at an exciting time in the college’s 71-year history. More students are graduating than ever before with a nearly 50 percent jump in graduation rate since 2015. Already the most affordable college in Westchester County, the college’s Board of Trustees recently approved a budget with no tuition increase for the fifth consecutive year. Combined with the state’s free tuition Excelsior Scholarship and new credit and non-credit programs in high demand fields, the college is poised for higher levels of growth and student success.
Prior to joining Norwalk in 2006, Dr. Morest served as assistant director for postsecondary research at the Community College Research Center where she led and contributed to numerous studies evaluating college programs and practices. She is co-editor of Defending the Community College Equity Agenda (2006) with Thomas Bailey, director of the Community College Research Center, and is author of Community College Student Success: From Boardrooms to Classrooms (2013), which reviews a decade of student success reform at community colleges.
Dr. Morest has taught as an adjunct faculty member in sociology at Norwalk and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology of education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
This appointment concludes an extensive national search that commenced in spring 2016. Interest in the position was wide-ranging, with significant interest expressed by diverse and highly qualified college leaders from across the country.