Statement by President Belinda S. Miles on the passing of David Swope
I am saddened to share the news that our dear friend and colleague David Swope has passed away.
As a lifetime resident of Westchester County, David was much beloved and universally respected by the community. After a successful legal career in New York City, he returned home to be involved in his own businesses: Teatown Lake Reservation and Club Fit. He was active in many community organizations and served on the boards of Jacob Burns Film Center, Ossining Children’s Center, and Katonah Museum of Art. He served as Westchester Community College Trustee since 2011 and served as the Chair of the Board from 2013 to 2016. He served on the Westchester Community College Foundation Board as Director since 2001, President and Chairman from 2005 to 2013, and Co-Chair of its highly successful Gateway Campaign. David’s family is a longtime benefactor of the college and driving force in the development of the Foundation, which has been profound in support of student success.
I cannot capture in this message everything that David contributed to the college and the deep impact he had on the lives of our students and employees. He will be remembered not only for his achievements as a businessperson and monumental contributions as a community leader and philanthropist, but also for the standard he set for how to treat people. He was approachable, kind, and was always listening for ways to make the community better for everyone. There is much more that needs to be said to honor David’s memory. We will share further details on an appropriate tribute when they are announced.
Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
Kristina M. Johnson visited the main campus on Tuesday, March 27. She met with President Miles, college administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We gave her a great Westchester Community College welcome!
We are phasing in a new entry/exit system at the library. This new system will eventually require that ALL internal visitors (including students, faculty and staff) show a valid Westchester Community College ID before entering at the main entrance. During the next few weeks, we will allow entry to all, even if visitors do not have an ID. But at that time, we will advise visitors of the new rules and will expect them to get ID cards promptly. When February begins, students without IDs will be sent to the Security Office to get an ID before they may enter the library.
The Lezginka performance on February 10 has been cancelled. We regret that we will not be hosting this Russian Dance performance.
Spring 2018 Welcome Message from Westchester Community College’s President, Dr. Belinda S. Miles.
A proud group gathered in our Davis Auditorium for a Workforce Development and Community Education Division completion ceremony to honor those earning various certificates.
View photos from the event here:
2018 WDCE Completion Ceremony photo gallery
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society in the United States. March is Women’s History Month and the college has several events listed in the event calendar which may interest you. Visit http://www.sunywcc.edu/events/ for a complete list of events.
President Miles joined Westchester County Executive George Latimer at a press conference on college employment contracts on Wednesday, January 10. He announced that he was sending the college’s faculty and staff contracts on to the Board of Legislators for consideration. “After nearly eight years working under expired contracts, our faculty and staff are one step closer to our collective goal of updated contracts,” said Dr. Miles. “We applaud the negotiating teams that came to the table and reached an agreement after I arrived three years ago, and we appreciate the action that takes these contracts to the next step in the process. We highly value all of our employees whose talents and efforts are what helps students receive quality education and relevant job training at Westchester Community College,” she said.
Representatives from Berkeley College, Westchester Community College, and Guizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in China met in Hartford Hall at the Westchester Community College main campus to discuss a multi-year partnership. 68 students from Guizhou are residing in White Plains this semester to earn part or all of their Bachelor’s degrees through study at Berkeley College. Westchester Community College will offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to those students from China who require ESL instruction.
Thanks to all of the administrators, faculty, staff, and students who gathered to shape the college’s future at the Vision and Values summit. View the photo gallery here: http://www.sunywcc.edu/gallery/vision-value-summit/ , college Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/sunywcc/ or watch the entire Vision and Values Summit here: https://livestream.com/accounts/13828654/events/8144659