Westchester Community College has expanded its Honors offerings to include a new Honors College. The first cohort of eighteen students (the maximum enrollment) was welcomed to the college during a special ceremony on September 6 during which these scholars received new laptops.
The newly created Honors College allows top-performing high school graduates to complete a two-year Honors-Designated Associate Degree in an academically challenging environment. These students will be individually mentored until they graduate and will be encouraged to transfer to renowned four-year universities for two additional years of Bachelor’s Degree studies.
All students are given textbook stipends, the laptops, and full tuition coverage subject to any financial aid that they have received.
“The opening of this new Honors College has its roots in our strong tradition of academic rigor and student engagement,” said Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College, at the ceremony. “This makes Westchester Community College a destination of first choice to many students going on to college. It showcases the college as an institution of high academic quality and standards, and recognizes our faculty who share research and experiences with our students.”
She noted that for many of these students, the two-year degree will be the start of their effort to gain an advanced education as they pursue future degrees and enter careers as professionals in healthcare, law, and other fields.
The Honors College faculty consists of award-winning, exceptionally caring professors. In addition to intellectually engaging courses designed to nurture critical thinking and independent, in-depth exploration of meaningful concepts and current issues, students will enjoy exciting co-curricular opportunities such as participation in summer study abroad at Cambridge University in England and the ability to contribute to academic publications, attend conferences/symposia, complete internships, and take advantage of numerous leadership and applied learning options.
For three decades, Westchester Community College has offered individual Honors classes through its Honors Program. This is the first time it is giving the students the option of a full Honors College (the longstanding Honors Program, which consists of individual classes, will continue to be offered to other students).
The Honors College is funded by the Westchester Community College Foundation through a gift from a generous anonymous donor.
Among the extraordinary students who are in the initial group of students are Sasha Rodriguez, a member of the Dominican National Karate Team who has her eye on participating in the Olympics; Nancy Elsohafy from Egypt, who wants to study Neuroscience in the future; Julia Guyon, who is interested in becoming an educator and a published writer; Jamila Desir, who intends to become a Civil Rights attorney; and Prince Ababio, a former resident of Ghana who wants to pursue a career in healthcare, focusing on pathology in order to alleviate suffering in Africa.
The full list of Honors College students is:
- Prince Ababio originally from Ghana, now living in Yonkers, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Paula Abila of Croton-on-Hudson, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Juan De Jesus Manzarron Benitez of White Plains, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Jamila Desir of Peekskill, Liberal Arts/Social Science student.
- Isatou Dukureh, originally from Gambia, now living in the Bronx, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Nancy Elsohafy, originally from Egypt, now living in Ossining, Liberal Arts/ Social Science.
- Daniella Glade of Yonkers, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Julia Guyon of Cortland Manor, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Fredric Jones of Peekskill, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- John Kelley of Mount Kisco, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Gabriella Liriano of Cortland Manor, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Lucas McCauley of Carmel, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Alondra Ochoa, originally from Mexico, now living in New Rochelle, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Caleb Peddie of Mount Vernon, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Brianna Penzo of Amawalk, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Sasha Rodriguez of Yonkers, Liberal Arts/Social Science.
- Kenneth Sandoval of Yonkers, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
- Amy Tovar of Yonkers, Liberal Arts/Humanities.
See photos here… Congratulations, scholars!
Fall classes are about to begin (including Valhalla classes which start September 5 and extension locations on September 8).
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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.
August 17, 2017
JAMES R. JOHNSTON SCHOLARSHIP FUND PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS TO WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS; MAJOR PARTNERSHIP ESTABLISHES NEW PATHWAYS
The Westchester Community College Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Westchester Community Foundation to establish the James R. Johnston Scholarship Fund. The donor, the late James R. Johnston, wished to ensure that youth had no barriers to graduating from a community college. Significant scholarships will be offered to financially needy full-time students at Westchester Community College. These awards will provide one-half the cost of tuition and an additional stipend to cover half the cost of textbooks.
Johnston understood that education is the doorway to economic stability in our communities, and he was especially interested in the success of students from Irvington, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Ossining (applicants from all parts of Westchester County municipalities will be considered for these scholarships). The awards will be automatically renewed for a second year, enabling students to graduate in a timely manner.
“We provide access to opportunity and are determined to help our students cross ‘the finish line’ and go on to jobs or transfer to four-year institutions,” says Belinda S. Miles, President, Westchester Community College. “This partnership with the Westchester Community Foundation through the Johnston Scholarships will help many in our community to achieve their dreams.”
Since 1969, the Westchester Community College Foundation has awarded more than $20 million to more than 16,000 students. But it strives to do even more. The college’s tuition remains among SUNY’s most affordable at $4,280 per academic year. Yet textbooks, transportation, and living expenses add to that total. For families with few or no resources these costs are almost impossible to cover, and can directly undermine student success.
“Since 2009, the Westchester Community Foundation has invested in innovative programs throughout Westchester to help young people achieve their goal of attending college. We are pleased to extend that support through Mr. Johnston’s generous legacy,” says Laura Rossi, Executive Director of the Westchester Community Foundation.
Through the generosity of its donors, the Westchester Community Foundation works to make Westchester a community that is just, compassionate, vibrant, and resilient.
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.
Recognizing that public education is a public responsibility, the Foundation raises private support to strengthen and enrich the educational life and environment of the college.
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.
Support for the development/production of this material was provided by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.
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