Message from Dr. Belinda S. Miles: March 6, 2020
March 6, 2020
While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Westchester Community College, we are mindful of those who may be affected because of school and business closures in their local communities. We set up a webpage (http://www.sunywcc.edu/covid19) for information as we constantly monitor the latest developments. Also, college vice presidents are submitting their business continuity plans in case of a closure supporting social distancing. Reach out to your supervisor or VP if you have any questions about these plans.
Among the many curricular, co- and extra-curricular experiences and events this week were…
- On Monday, our college-wide celebration of Women’s History Month kicked off with guest speaker and Westchester resident Allison Fine sharing some of her diverse workplace experience including presenting new models of decentralized leadership that are highly interactive, technology-based, and models our students are likely to encounter as they take their place in the workforce. Check the college calendar for additional activities this month.
- About 50 film students and their professors had the opportunity to observe a CBS television production filming on our Valhalla campus this week and interact directly with one of the show’s assistant directors. This is a unique opportunity to observe a professional studio at work and could even lead to internships in the field as our students and faculty make connections with visitors.
- Culinary Arts students showcased their skills and training during a luncheon of state legislative representatives. Funding of community colleges in New York State was among the topics discussed at this event.
This week colleagues collaborated at our first Perkins Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) focusing on Healthcare, Culinary, and Hospitality Management. Kudos to Provost Morest, Dean Bloom, Dr. Laurie Miller-McNeill, and especially our faculty members who are aligning our programs with industry certifications and employment needs in and around Westchester County. Another collaboration was a meet and greet with several of our new faculty members where they shared insights on their Viking experience to date. Thanks to Associate Dean Hector Graciano and Professor Nicole Tschampel for facilitating this event.
Dr. Belinda S. Miles