Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: Kudos & Much More!
Academic excellence has been recognized once again, this time with the designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. This designation, issued by the National Security Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security, informs students and employers that our cybersecurity curriculum meets the rigorous requirements set forth by the joint sponsors of this program. Congratulations to Professors John Watkins, Robert Albano, Garrett McAlister, Joseph Glasser, and all who assisted in adding value to our cybersecurity program, and to our students and graduates for setting a high national standard for achievement in cybersecurity.
Kudos to Faculty Senate Presiding Officer Chad Thompson for a packed and productive first Faculty Senate meeting of the academic year. My greetings to the faculty included recognition of everyone engaged in attracting 20 new and topnotch faculty members to the college, a preview of strategic plan events culminating in its launch this fall, and a summary of the evolving enrollment dynamics that affect us. Binding these different topics is our engagement with the broader community… enhancing our reputation, attracting exceptional candidates to fill vacancies, recruiting students to fill seats, and evaluating community needs and the programs and services to meet them. Just this week, I had several opportunities to do this by sharing our story, analyzing impactful trends, and networking for new resources as a board member with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, the Business Council of Westchester, and COMBASE.
This week commemorates the 18th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We thank Phi Theta Kappa for once again providing an opportunity to gather together at the Memorial Garden for peaceful reflection and to honor all who have been affected by the events of that day. We acknowledge our veterans and those who have participated in community service projects during 9/11 National Days of Service. Our thoughts continue to be with colleagues, students, and all those impacted.
Wow, it’s National Palindrome Week! It wasn’t on my radar, but as we continue to analyze enrollment and other stats, promote civic and community engagement, and refer students to all the services we offer to help them succeed, I hope the semester takes you to that next level of teaching, learning, and engagement in all that inspires you.
Finally, a reminder that Wednesday, September 18 is Blue and Gold Day – a time to show school spirit. Whether you wear blue and gold or attend one of the planned student events, thank you for the support and encouragement you give to our students every day.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles