Seventeen Westchester Community College students participated in the Summer Research Academy sessions focused on Biology, Cybersecurity, and
Psychology. Faculty members, Margaret Eiden PhD (biology) and John Watkins (cybersecurity) participated in the event.
Members of our college community were in attendance at “Confronting Climate Change: Its Impacts on New York’s Agriculture, Forests, and Neighborhood Landscapes” on June 6th . The NYS Forester and 3 professors from Cornell gave lectures on Soil Health. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with leaders from the political sector and academia in the field.
The program was organized by the Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District. Also in attendance were Carol Capobianco (Director, Native Plant Center) and Judith Bukofser (Adjunct Professor, Biology). This conference was well-positioned for the class as their summer research project focuses on analyzing the soil biome in disturbed and undisturbed ecosystems in Westchester County. The Summer Research Academy is part of the WCC/MERCY STEM Scholars program which helps students prepare for future careers in various STEM fields.
Westchester Community College students are connecting what they learned from this conference with the research we are doing in the lab on the structure, chemistry and biological activity and function within the soil. We have looked at biological indicators such as total DNA content within the soil (isolate and quantitated DNA), Active Carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium level and hope to do soil respiration rate this week to characterize the health of the soil food web in distinct environments along the Old Croton Aqueduct State trail way, a corridor ecosystem.
Volunteers help all over the campus. Some work directly with students throughout the semester, one-on-one and in small groups. Conversation Partners, hold weekly chats with ESL students to help them gain confidence in speaking English. Tutors help students develop reading, writing, math, science and computer skills at tutorial centers throughout the campus. Other volunteers work on special projects over the course of the year, helping to restore the beauty of our historic landscaping, or assisting with cultural arts programs.
Summer 2019 Volunteer Luncheon
June 13, 2019 6:00 p.m. Davis Auditorium, Gateway Center Westchester Community College 75 Grasslands Road Valhalla, NY 10595
The Money Smart Forum program provides students with personal finance tools, information, and one-on-one coaching to help them manage their money and plan for future success.
Presented by the Center for Financial and Economic Education.
The Center seeks to promote economic advancement for our students, and particularly our immigrant population, through programs that build important skills around money management and financial decision making.
Student Monica Victoria became the college’s tenth winner of the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The $40,000 per year award is the largest community college student scholarship in the nation. In addition to this funding for tuition, living expenses, books, fees, etc., recipients are eligible to apply for graduate school funding of up to $75,000.
“I came to the college in 2015, uncertain of who I was. I was a meek person at that time, and doubtful of my scholarly capabilities. Now I have graduated with the knowledge that I am strong, qualified, efficient, accomplished, and intelligent–qualities that have carried over into my personal life and that have had a positive effect on my position at work and even on my parenting,” says the Accounting major.
61 scholars were selected this year to receive the award nationwide.
See Monica’s reaction to receiving this prestigious award:
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ON THURSDAY, MAY 16; ADVERTISING EXEC LARRY D. WOODARD TO ADDRESS GRADUATES
Westchester Community College’s commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the County Center Building in White Plains. Nearly 2,000 students will be granted degrees. The commencement speech will be given by Larry D. Woodard, chairman, Graham Stanley Advertising.
The White Plains resident is a highly regarded advertising industry executive with more than thirty years of advertising industry experience. He is Chairman of Graham Stanley Advertising, a full-service agency that he founded in 2010. Woodard and the companies he has led have been the recipients of numerous awards including the O’Toole Agency of The Year Award (twice), the Gold Effie, multiple London International Awards, and a Cannes Gold Lion. He has created advertising and promotions for many blue-chip companies including Heineken, Western Union, The Snapple Beverage Company, Motorola and Mars Incorporated. His collaboration with Oprah Winfrey and General Motors to giveaway 276 cars, one to each member of her show audience, has been called the biggest single day promotion in the history of advertising.
Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles will also address those gathered at commencement. Among the graduates at the May 16 ceremony will be winners of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence.
The college’s picturesque 218-acre main campus in Valhalla is the former estate of John Hartford of A&P fame. Since opening in 1946, more than 250,000 students have enrolled in classes held at the largest college in the county. The college offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs.
WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO CONTINUE OFFERING COURSES AT THE WHITE PLAINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS THROUGH MAY 2020
Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Westchester Community College President Belinda S. Miles announced today that Westchester Center for the Arts would continue to offer a full slate of arts, jewelry, and ceramics classes at the County Center at 196 Central Avenue in White Plains through the spring semester of 2020. Officials from the County and the college worked together to delay a previously scheduled closure of the center while long-term plans continue to be explored.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “The arts are a very important part of our world here in Westchester County, and I am pleased that Westchester Community College will continue to offer this valuable program to its students. When people are provided with the opportunity to explore the arts, jewelry and ceramics, it is a win not only for our students, but for our community partners and key stakeholders as well.”
Westchester Community College President Belinda Miles said, “We are a community partner providing access to higher education and lifelong learning. This collaboration means offering classes taught by our renowned arts faculty for continuing education students at the Center for the Arts while pursuing sustainable programs and partnerships that best meet stakeholder needs in Westchester County. We sincerely thank everyone who has been part of this iterative process.”
Space is available and registration is currently underway for summer programs and teen summer camps. Fall 2019 classes have been announced and interested students may register beginning August 1. More information and hours of operation are available online at www.sunywcc.edu/arts.