Tobacco-free program recognized

Oct.30, 2014

Our Tobacco-free program was featured in the October issue of “Go Tobacco-free Campus Spotlight”. http://www.sunywcc.edu/cms/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Go-Tobacco-free-Campus-Spotlight-October-2014_Update.pdf

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The White House has honored Teresita Wisell

Oct.23, 2014

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The White House has honored White Plains resident Teresita Wisell, a Westchester Community College administrator, for her role as a “Champion of Change” for promoting citizenship in the workplace. Wisell was recognized at a ceremony at the White House yesterday.

“It is such an honor for me to receive this White House Champion of Change Award on behalf of the work that we do at Westchester Community College to support citizenship education of our employees, students and their families,” she says. “Community colleges have the power to positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals on a daily basis in a variety of ways. It is a privilege for us to be part of the National Immigration Forum’s New American Workforce project and play a part in the pathway to citizenship for so many of our local residents.”

Wisell is Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Westchester Community College. In that role, she oversees the Gateway Center, a facility opened in 2010 to expand educational programs and services to the local community. Among other offerings and resources, the facility hosts English language classes, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs, and citizenship and civic education. Since 2011, the college has offered free civics education to over 250 residents of the county. Of those participating, 60% have applied for citizenship, and 96% of those who have applied have been naturalized.

She was among five “New American Workforce” Partners for Promoting Citizenship in the Workplace individuals honored at the ceremony. Westchester Community College Welcome Center Director Eileen McKee, was instrumental in helping to coordinate the citizenship education program with Wisell.

project of the National Immigration Forum, New American Workforce (formerly known as The Bethlehem Project) works with businesses to assist eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process in seven cities with high concentrations of legal permanent residents: Los Angeles; San Diego; San Jose; New York City; Miami; Washington, D.C.; and Houston.

According to the White House, “These champions have strengthened their businesses and the American workforce by helping eligible immigrants navigate the naturalization application process. These champions recognize that citizenship is an asset for businesses, workers and their families, strengthening our overall economy.” The program featured remarks from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.

New American Workforce is made possible in partnership with New Americans Campaign, The Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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Food for Fines Event Held at Library and Academic Support Center

Oct.10, 2014

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The Harold L. Drimmer Library is sponsoring a “Food for Fines” drive.  For every nonperishable food item donated through December 23, the library will waive $1.00 of a patron’s outstanding fines. Donations are accepted at the library’s circulation desk and in the Academic Support Center and will benefit the Food Bank for Westchester.

Suggested food items include: canned soup/fruits/vegetables, hot or cold cereals, canned tuna/salmon/sardines, juices in plastic bottles or cans, packaged dry noodles, powered or canned milk.

This program applies to existing fines only. Fees for lost books and course reserve materials are not eligible. For more information about this program, contact Towanda Mathurin at towanda.mathurin@sunywcc.edu or (914) 606-8086.

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Common Read

Oct.04, 2014

The book selection for 2014-2015 is Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong. The college community will be reading this book about the author’s rise from his youth as a barefoot “Lost Boy” of the Sudan to his successes as a U.S. Olympian.

In tandem with our reading of Running for My Life, we are holding a one-mile run/walk/roll on Thursday, November 6. Benefits go to the Foundation Scholarship Fund for Student Veterans. The event will start here at the college at the gym at 4:00 p.m. For details, visitwww.mysunywcc.org/fye

Students, faculty and their classes, and staff members are all invited to a special presentation by the author himself on November 13.

 

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Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman will speak at the college on October 17

Oct.01, 2014

Paul Krugman, 2008 Nobel Prize winner for Economics, New York Times columnist, and professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak to members of the college community on Friday, October 17 at 1:00 p.m. Krugman will discuss “Poverty: Misconceptions and Realities.”

Academic Arts Building Theatre

Parking available in lot # 4

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1:00 P.M.

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Building renamed Hankin Academic Arts Building

Sep.18, 2014

The Academic Arts Building has been renamed the Hankin Academic Arts Building, in honor of retiring President Dr. Joseph Hankin. Here are some images from the naming ceremony held in honor of Dr. Hankin, who led the college for more than forty years.

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Ebola Update: Travel Restriction Recommendations for the WCC Community

Sep.09, 2014

The members of the WCC community continue to share the international concern about the outbreak in West Africa of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola), a severe, often fatal, viral illness.  Despite a handful of imported cases and two U.S acquired cases of healthcare workers, the risk of Ebola transmission in the U.S and more specifically the risk to the WCC community remains low.  However, we are constantly monitoring the CDC, The Westchester County Department of Health and SUNY advisories.

All travelers returning from affected countries are required to contact their local/state public health departments on arrival at their final destinations.  The local health departments will contact the traveler daily for three weeks to assess health status including temperature checks. In addition, Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor is requesting all campus to take additional precautionary measures as well. One of those measures involves travel surveillance.

In preparation for the winter break and given the situation in West Africa and our responsibility to protect the health of the community, Westchester Community College is requesting:

  • All staff, faculty and students follow the CDC travel restriction warnings. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have been classified as Level 3 (non-essential travel restriction) and Mali as Level 2 (Practice enhanced precautions).  Updates will be ongoing and can be followed at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola or http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/advice-for-colleges-universities-and-students-about-ebola-in-west-africa
  • Advise any students, staff or faculty who return to campus after travelling to an Ebola affected area or who have been exposed to active cases of Ebola to contact the WCC Health Services Office at 914-606-6610. Although surveillance/screening measures are in place at JFK and Newark International Airports, WCC Health Services should also be notified for our own surveillance purposes.  Additionally, the Health Office will confirm the exposed individuals are connected with their local health departments and offer education and support for self-monitoring.
  • Engage in conversations with students who report that they will be travelling home to countries of concern. Please ensure they are knowledgeable about the risks in their home country and discuss alternative options. Feel free to refer them to WCC Health Services.
  • The Office of International Students is monitoring and communicating with students registered with their office and who are from any of the countries of concern.

Please share this communication broadly.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Janice Gilroy at Westchester Community College Health Services: 914-606-6610.

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Register now for Fall

Sep.08, 2014

You may still add Late Start extension center classes to your fall schedule. https://mywcc.sunywcc.edu/

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New Student Printing Policy

Sep.07, 2014

Our pilot program to reduce paper waste was so successful that we are making it permanent. Students will be given a $25.00 printing credit; if necessary, they may request a credit for an additional $25.00 of printing.  Click here for details.

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Virginia Marx Children’s Center

Sep.06, 2014

Our Virginia Marx Children’s Center was just reaccredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children. Congratulations! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj1iVCeKijI&list=UUGrf45DsSznddT4mlJPnJ0A

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