Lecture by Dr. William Julius Wilson

Feb.01, 2015

Westchester Community College Cordially invites you to a lecture by William Julius Wilson Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University Author of numerous publications including Power, Racism and Privilege: Race Relations in Theoretical and Sociohistorical Perspectives; The Declining Significance of Race; The Truly Disadvantaged; and When work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines


Classroom Building, Room C-200

Thursday, February 26 at 11:00 AM



Weather delay/closing information

Jan.26, 2015

Students should be aware of how to check delay and closing information. For more details on our weather announcement policy, including where and when we post messages, please visit http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/weather-announcements/.


We’re offering a rideshare service for students!

Jan.14, 2015

We’re offering a rideshare service for students! Take a look at our WCCRideshare.com site and start using it to post ride offers and requests. This free matching service is in response to a student survey in favor of a carpool program.Take a look at the site, start registering your information, and as more students enter rides, you can start saving money and help the environment by sharing rides. Don’t forget to change your information on rideshare. Update your account to reflect your new schedule for the spring semester.

Hundreds of students registered for the college’s first carpool program and we’re confident many of you will take advantage of this new resource, too. Find a friend who wants to share a ride, figure out the costs, and then save money and free up spaces in our busy parking lots. https://www.wccrideshare.com/


Spring Transfer Fair on April 7

Jan.14, 2015

The Spring Transfer Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Student Center. More than 70 college and university representatives from across the country will be on campus to speak with students about transfer opportunities.



Jan.05, 2015

Westchester Community College is pleased to announce the rollout of DegreeWorks, which is a web-based advising tool to help students, faculty and counselors track a student’s completion of academic program requirements, determine course selections, track progress toward graduation, and use “what-if” scenarios to see how courses already taken would apply to a different major. DegreeWorks is user-friendly, has helpful visual cues for completion and can even be accessed from smart phones.

The use of DegreeWorks is part of larger State University of New York initiative so that “every student will have fundamental degree planning services at every institution with the ability online for students considering transfer to assess degree progress at other SUNY institutions” (SUNY Degree Planning Initiative).  The college has been working on this implementation for almost one year is has held training sessions for Deans, Chairs, faculty, staff, student leaders, and students. Training sessions will be ongoing through the spring 2015 semester.

To access DegreeWorks go to www.sunywcc.edu/degreeworks; specific questions may be directed to degreeworks@sunywcc.edu. Please note that DegreeWorks will show full degree audits for students who matriculated into a Westchester Community College degree program plans from fall 2013 on.


New Streaming Films & DVDs in the Library

Jan.05, 2015

The Harold L. Drimmer Library is pleased to share a list of new and recent DVD and streaming film titles.

Students, faculty, and staff members with campus ID may borrow DVDs for 7 days. Streaming films may be watched on campus or via remote authentication (MyWCC or network ID required). Just click on the titles!

Journey of the Earth. DVD. 2013

Journey of the Earth. DVD BD500 .J687649. 2013


Accounting Basics and Definitions.  New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Eco Leather.  New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Managing Assets and Payroll.  New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 2014.

Managing Inventory. New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 2014.

Masters of Money: Three Economists Who Changed the World. Open University / MEDIA HB75 .M37 2013 

Matching Concept and Accounting Cycle New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Online and Mobile Business Marketing. New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 2014.

The Psychology behind Today’s Advertising.  New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Social Media for Business Marketing. New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films on Demand, 2014.


Air Sealing and Insulating. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Authenticating Premium Chocolate. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Blackfish. Cowperthwaite, Gabriela, Manuel V. Oteyza, Eli Despres, Jonathan Ingalls, Chris Towey, and Jeff Beal MEDIA SF408.6.K54 B53 2013

Blueprint Fundamentals: Interpreting Symbols and Specs. New York: Shopware Films/Films Media Group, 2014.

Coffee for Flowers. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Conducting a Home Energy Audit: Residential Energy Efficiency Projects. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Eco Leather. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

 Touche: Touch-sensitive Objects.  Films on Demand. 2014.

Touche: Touch-sensitive Objects. Films on Demand. 2014.

Explosives Detector. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

From a Universe of Wonder to the Politics of Earth. New York: Moyers & Company, Public Affairs Television/Films Media Group, 2014.

Installing a Solar Electric System. New York: Shopware/Films Media Group, 2014.

Installing a Solar Hot Water System. New York: Shopware/Films Media Group, 2014.

Journey of the Universe: Conversations / MEDIA BD500 .J687649 2013

New Coatings from Plants: New Medical Applications. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Pothole Patch: A Better Fix? New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Prosthetics that Feel. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Touche: Making Objects Touch-Sensitive. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

The Address DVD LC4704.5 .A33. 2014

The Address.
DVD. 2014.


The Address. Dir. Ken Burns / MEDIA LC4704.5 .A33  2014

Building Blocks for Kids: Essential for Development. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Bullying and Suicide: Think About It. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

The Contradictions of Fair Hope. Dir. by S. Epatha Merkerson; Prod. by Whoopi Goldberg / MEDIA HS1506 .C6687 2013

The Dark Side of Adderall and Other “Study Drugs.” New York: Cambridge Educational/Films Media Group, 2014.

Girl Rising. Dir. by Richard E. Robbins / MEDIA LC2572 .G57 2013

India: Love or Rape? New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 2014.

Investigative Reporting in the Digital Era. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

 The Contradictions of Fair Hope. DVD. 2013

The Contradictions of Fair Hope.
DVD. 2013

Last Hunter: Tanzania’s Hadzabe People. Beyond Borders. Dir. by Paula Palacios and Mustafa Elmi. New York: Palacios Films, Aljazeera Documentary Channel and the Spanish Women and Health Foundation/Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2014.

The Graduates = Los Graduados / Written by Bernardo Ruiz; Produced by Pamela A. Aguilar, Katia Maguire, Bernardo Ruiz/PBS / MEDIA LC146.6 .I53 2013 

The Lower 9 : A Story of Home. Dir. by Matthew Hashiguchi. Directed, Produced and Edited by Matthew Hashiguchi ; Co-directed and Co-produced by Elaine McMillion. Boston: Hashiguchi Productions / MEDIA HV636.N4 L68

The Psychology Behind Today’s Advertising. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

The World’s First Rooftop Farm: Mohamed Hage. New York: Paper Tiger Television/Films Media Group, 2014.

The World's First Rooftop Farm: Mohamed Hage. Films on Demand. 2014

The World’s First Rooftop Farm: Mohamed Hage. Films on Demand. 2014.

20/20: Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special. New York: ABC News Productions/Films Media Group, 2014.

Supertasters. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story. Dir. Al Reinert / MEDIA KF9756 .U57 2014


Cell Division and Growth. New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 2014.

Cell Metabolism and Respiration. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Cell Structure and Function. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Exercise and Sleep. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

Humidification during Mechanical Ventilation [videorecording] : A Review of the Literature. American Association for Respiratory Care / MEDIA RC87.9 .H86 2013 

Infection Control in Healthcare. Medcom / MEDIA RA642.B56 .P745 2013

Medicated Aerosol Therapy: New Drugs and Devices. American Association for Respiratory Care /  MEDIA RS201.A42 M43

New Coatings from Plants: New Medical Applications. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

The Perfect Human Diet / MEDIA RA784 .P47 2013

Stem Cells and Cellular Differentiation. New York: Films for the Humanities & Sciences./Films Media Group, 2014.

Winterlab Cold Intolerance: Treating Cold Sensitivity. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.


To tell the truth, a history of documentary film. DVD series. 2013

To tell the truth, a history of documentary
DVD series. 2013

Argo. Dir. by Ben Afleck / MEDIA PN 1997.2 .A72 2013

The Blair Witch Project. Avail. through 5/15. REQUEST LINK

Early Fassbinder. The Criterion Collection, 1969-71 / MEDIA PN1997 .E27 2014

Hamlet (1996)

Investigative Reporting in the Digital Era. New York: Films Media Group, 2014.

Jackie Brown. Dir. by Quentin Tarantino / MEDIA PN1995.9.F54 .J335 2013

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Dir. by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok / MEDIA PN1997.2 .J68. 2014

Roman Polanski’s Film of Macbeth. Dir. Roman Polanski. 1971. REQUEST LINK

The Magnificent Seven. Dir. John Sturges. Perf. Yul Brenner. United Artists, 1960. REQUEST LINK

Monsoon Wedding. Dir. Mira Nair. By Sabrina Dhawan. 2001. REQUEST LINK

The Motorcycle Diaries. Dir. Walter Salles. Público, 2008. REQUEST LINK

Much Ado About Nothing. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Richard Briers, Emma Thompson, and Denzel Washington. Samuel Goldwyn Co., 1993. REQUEST LINK

My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Dir. Joel Zwick. Perf. Nia Vardalos. Warner Bros, 2003. REQUEST LINK

My Country Is a Horror Show! New York: Moyers & Company, Public Affairs Television/Films Media Group, 2014.

Othello. Dir. Oliver Parker. By William Shakespeare. Perf. Laurence Fishburne. 1995. REQUEST LINK

Shape It Up: Virtual Pottery. New York: American Institute of Physics/Films Media Group, 2014.

To Tell the Truth, a History of Documentary Film. Episode 2, Working for Change. Dir. by Calvin Skaggs / MEDIA PN1995.9.D6 T622 2013

To Tell the Truth, a History of Documentary Film. Episode 3, The Strategy of Truth. Dir by David Van Taylor / MEDIA D810.P7 T44 2013

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America. Dir. Rodrigo H. Vila / MEDIA ML420.S67 M47 2014

The Wedding Banquet. By Neil. Peng and James Schamus. MGM Home Entertainment Llc., 1993. REQUEST LINK


Support Services Award for Graduating Students

Jan.01, 2015

The Student Support Services Award 2015 recognizes the academic achievement and scholastic improvement of a graduating student who benefitted from working with the Library or Academic Support Center. The annual Award is sponsored by the Division of Learning Resources, Library, Media and Instructional Technology, and will be presented at the Honors Convocation at the end of spring semester.

Applicants must submit a 250-300 word statement on “How the Harold L. Drimmer Library and/or the Academic Support Center contributed to my academic success at WCC,” giving specific and concrete examples of what was learned and how it was used to support and enhance their studies.

Please follow the link to the Student Support Services Award APPLICATION FORM for additional requirements and instructions.

The deadline for the spring 2015 award is April 3, 2015.


Spring 2015 schedule changes

Dec.13, 2014

The College will no longer be offering 7 week Fast Track courses in Yonkers, 11 week Late Start courses in Port Chester or 11 week Art courses at the Center for the Arts. Most course titles formerly offered on these shorter schedules will continue to be offered at these locations following the traditional extension location start and end dates. Classes will begin at these, and all extension locations, on January 24, 2015 and continue through May 10, 2015.


Westchester Community College Foundation’s Annual President’s Forum

Nov.16, 2014

Westchester Community College Foundation’s

Annual President’s Forum

Global Chaos–Challenging American Security 

Sunday Afternoon November 23, 2014
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Reception 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Westchester Community College, Hankin Academic Arts Building
75 Grasslands Road
Valhalla, New York

Click here to download invitation.

For the past couple of decades the world has been defined by an ever-increasing chorus of chaos and turmoil.  Choose any part of the world and you will find an assault on international order that threatens to create a perpetual military response.  What was once limited to well-defined state sponsored aggression has now evolved to nebulous organizations which seem to be created on a daily basis.  Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and Hamas top the list of more than 60 designated terrorist organizations tracked by the US government.  While not limited to the Middle East, it is the area of the world that currently has captured the world’s attention because of the emergence of the latest threat – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS.

Our panelists have been on the front lines of all that is today’s Global Chaos. Their perspectives on the ongoing conflict define the debate raging in capitals across the world.  The United States has taken a leadership role in bringing the world community together but are we doing enough?

AMBASSADOR RICHARD MURPHY- Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Syria and Philippines. Was posted in Beirut, Lebanon, Aleppo, Syria, Jedda Saudi Arabia and Amman, Jordan.  He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East and South Asian Affairs.  An expert on Syria’s foreign policy that most concerns the United States. He is three time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

TRUDY RUBIN- The foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer who travels abroad frequently to South Asia and the Middle East. Her “Worldview” column appears twice weekly in the Inquirer and runs regularly in many other U.S. newspapers. She has special expertise on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, the Israeli-Palestani issue, international terrorism and U.S. foreign policy. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary, she is winner of the Edward Weintal Prize for international reporting.

MARGARET WARNER- Chief Foreign Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is also the lead correspondent for the NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit, which has taken her over the past two years to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, China, Kenya and Iran. Winner of the Emmy Award for her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan.

PAUL B. STARES- The General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. Besides overseeing the center’s series of Contingency Planning Memoranda and Council Special Reports on potential sources of instability and conflict, he is currently writing a book on how the United States can make preventive action the centerpiece of a new security strategy for the 21st century.

Look for your invitation in your mailbox shortly. If you would like to purchase tickets online, please click here. www.mysunywcc.org/presidentsforum or download response card here.

The Westchester Community College Foundation was established to meet College and student needs that are not met by public funds. As part of its mission, the Foundation works to develop support from individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations to provide scholarships for incoming, continuing, and graduating students. Your support of President’s Forum helps the Foundation fulfill its mission to the College and its students.

The program will be held in the recently renovated Academic Arts Theater. The theater is now equipped with a T-Coil Hearing Loop System made possible by the generosity of the late Dr. Kathryn W. Davis.

If you have questions, please contact Heather Shank in the Foundation Office at 914-606-6558.


Dr. Belinda S. Miles selected as new President

Nov.08, 2014


Dr. Belinda S. Miles was appointed to the position of President of Westchester Community College in November. The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted to make the appointment official during their meeting in New York City, approving the Westchester Community College’s Board of Trustees proposed selection of the new president. Miles is currently provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). This nationally known academic leader will start in her new position as the leader of Westchester Community College in January. Miles has nearly three decades of experience in higher education, primarily at the community college level.

“I am looking forward to this opportunity to engage with students, faculty, staff, and the community to advance a comprehensive learning and success agenda. Together we will work to expand Westchester Community College’s role in helping students achieve their academic and career goals,” says Miles.

“It is an honor to approve Dr. Miles’ appointment as the next president of Westchester Community College,” says SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “The SUNY community colleges were founded on providing unlimited access to quality, affordable higher education and job training to all New Yorkers, and Westchester Community College has done this with widespread success for nearly 70 years. I am confident that the college will continue to prosper under Dr. Miles’ experienced leadership.”

“Dr. Miles is a passionate leader with precisely the right balance of academic and leadership experience, and she shares in many of the core values expressed in our strategic plan for SUNY,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I look forward to working with her as Westchester Community College and all of SUNY continues to increase access, completion, and success for students.”

Westchester Community College Board of Trustees Chair David Swope says, “We look forward to working with Dr. Miles to usher in a new era here at the college. Her national standing as a leader in the field of community college administration, her awareness of the role of technology in higher education, and her knowledge of the changing role of community colleges will be important as we continue to expand our resources and add new educational offerings to the community.”

“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Belinda Miles as the new President of the college,” says Michael B. Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. “Westchester Community College is among the best public educational institutions in the country and Dr. Miles will uphold that standard. It is essential that we have an experienced, talented and dynamic leader for the Westchester Community College community, someone who has a clear vision for the college. I’m confident we’ve found that leader in Dr. Miles. The Board of Legislators looks forward to a long and productive partnership with Dr. Miles”.

The nation’s longest serving community college president, Westchester Community College President Dr. Joseph Hankin, led the college since 1971. He announced his retirement last year. Interim President John F.M. Flynn, Ph.D., the college’s former Vice President of Academic Affairs, has been serving as the Interim President since January 2014. Flynn will stay on in this role until Miles begins leading the college in January.

The new president of Westchester Community College has had a distinguished career, primarily in the area of community college leadership.  Her record as a passionate advocate for the promotion of community college accessibility, an administrator who challenged and supported students through high quality academic programs, and a leader focused on improving student success and completion outcomes, was built primarily in Cleveland, Ohio.

She became provost and executive vice president of Access, Learning, and Success at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in 2011 with oversight of four campuses and multiple extension sites in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. The institution annually serves 48,000 students in a wide scope of career and transfer degree programs.

Miles previously served Cuyahoga as president of the Eastern Campus, dean of Academic Affairs, and assistant dean of Liberal Arts. She has been affiliated with the institution since 2000. Her prior positions in higher education from 1986 to 2000 include faculty and administrator roles at other institutions including LaGuardia Community College, Nassau Community College, and Columbia University.

Among other accomplishments in Cleveland, she led her team’s effort to secure more than $10 million for college readiness, success and completion, and coordinated STEM initiatives in her role as provost. She completed a $47 million campus master plan physical expansion, and helped achieve Cuyahoga’s second consecutive designation as an Achieving the Dream Leader College and their recent reaffirmation as a League for Innovation in Community Colleges board member based on demonstrated student success outcome improvements.

Miles has served on the faculty at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Summer Institute for Women at Bryn Mawr College, the Lakin Institute for Community College Leadership, and as a member of the Chair Academy’s International Presidential Advisory Board. Her community service includes leadership roles with the St. Joseph Academy girls’ school, a position on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, and past board chair roles with Cleveland Center for Dialysis Care and the Warrensville Heights Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Leadership Cleveland, which strives to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to community’ and civic engagement, Miles has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Ohio Diversity Council’s Woman of Power and Influence Award (2013), the Education Award from the Ohio Coalition of National Council of Negro Women (2011) and the YWCA’s Woman of Professional Excellence award (2007).

Originally from Queens, New York, she attended public schools including the City University of New York’s York College, earning a B.A. in Political Science. She attained an M.A. in Educational Psychology and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Organization and Leadership Development from Columbia University Teachers College. She and her husband, Keith, will relocate to Westchester County. Their son Gordon recently graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Engineering and is employed in this field.

Westchester Community College is more than just the county’s largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors. Our faculty serve as a community of scholars for an increasingly diverse population of students; as the county has evolved, so has the institution, and our award-winning faculty members educate both new immigrants and longstanding members of the community. Our instructors serve a wide range of students from nearly 200 countries, ranging from teenagers to mature adults.

A State University of New York institution, the college is sponsored locally by the County of Westchester and is governed by the college’s Board of Trustees. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, this educational institution educates more than 13,000 credit students and more than 13,000 non-credit students through day, evening, and weekend courses at various locations and online.