Thursday, May 21, 2015

Health Tech ‘15

The Westchester County Association held their second Annual “Health Tech ‘15” a conference in Tarrytown to discuss breakthroughs, challenges, and opportunities in the health technology industry.

Professor Jessica DeLuca, staff member and student Anna Bravo,  as well as student Norma from the HealthCare Administration program, and Yordaliza and Diana from the Medical Assistant Management program, attended the event and found it interesting and eye opening. They enjoyed the great tips share by the panelists about landing jobs and what they look for in candidates.

The WCA is a business leadership organization in Westchester County that works to promote economic development and stimulate new business in the region.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CW Participates at NAMIWalks



On Saturday, May 16th, The College of Westchester walked to support our local NAMI chapter (the National Alliance on Mental Illness).  It started off weather-wise as a very rainy day, but this wasn’t going to stop the CW team from supporting this important cause!  The CW team that helped raise funds and those that participated in the walk included Mary Beth Del Balzo, Colleen McCartin, Cassandra McFadden, Nellie Capellan, Andy Capellan, Nichole Herrera, Erik Herrera, Esperanza Cruz, Nancy Trim, Christine Louangsiyotha, Joseph Handibode, Maria Gangi, Erica Schacht, led by team captain Diana Cusumano.  

            Team CW is proud to be able to raise awareness for NAMI, whose mission is advocating for access to services, treatment, support, research and continual raising awareness on mental illness. NAMI is a unique organization that offers the kind of understanding and care that only those who have lived the experience of mental illness can provide.  They offer multiple programs to provide support to those that have a mental illness as well as those with a loved one that has a mental illness.

            Thanks to the support of our College of Westchester family and friends and loved ones, the CW team was so far able to fundraise well over our expected goal amount!  We are still collecting donations if you would like to contribute.  The link to do so is   https://securewalks.nami.org/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=591300#&panel1-2
  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Honorius Causa Recipient at 99th Commencement Ceremony


            Photographed Left to Right:  CW Chairman of the Board Emeritus, Ernest H. Sutkowski and Former Mayor of White Plains, Hon. Joseph M. Delfino
Honorius Causa Recipient

Hon. Joseph M. Delfino
Former Mayor, White Plains, NY

A native and life-long White Plains resident, and a long-time friend of The College of Westchester, Joe Delfino served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He also spent 30 years serving in local government, including 10 years on the White Plains Common Council, then representing White Plains on the County Board of Legislators, and, most notably, as Mayor for 12 years. He is credited with spearheading the transformation of White Plains from a city that went to sleep at 5 PM to a vibrant hub of activity, through brokering and negotiating deals resulting in residential and commercial properties such as the City Center, Ritz Carlton and Jefferson Place. Also during his tenure, the city gained over 43 acres of parkland. A son of immigrants, Mr. Delfino never forgot his roots, as evidenced by the support he gave to the city’s immigrant population in the form of respect and services. He has been a champion for diversity, relishing the four annual ethnic parades initiated during his tenure, and enjoying positive relationships with all the religious institutions in White Plains.

In addition, he was one of the first signatories of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Control Agreement, which instituted local energy saving practices. More than physical enhancement of the city’s downtown, Mayor Delfino’s career has been distinguished by his encyclopedic knowledge of White Plains and his personal relations with thousands of residents. He tirelessly attends civic, community and neighborhood activities and has been a loyal supporter of White Plains Public Schools. He has served as President of the New York State Conference of Mayors and received numerous awards including an honorary degree from Pace University.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mayor Roach as Keynote Speaker at Commencement


Thomas M. Roach, Mayor of White Plains will be the Keynote Speaker at Commencement this year. Tom was born in White Plains, the first of four children.  He has lived in the Westminster Ridge section of the city since 1996.  Tom received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany and his law degree from the University of Buffalo.  He was the first person in his family to earn a four year degree.

Tom was elected to the White Plains Common Council in 2001.  During his time on the council he focused on constituent service, sound fiscal management and the environment.  Clean air restrictions on construction sites, which he spearheaded, remain part of the approval process in White Plains and have served as a model for other communities.

In 2008 Tom was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer of the nasal pharynx and concluded treatment in 2009.  He is currently cancer free and did not miss a single regular Council Meeting during his illness.

In February 2011 while serving as Council President, Tom became Acting Mayor upon resignation of his predecessor.  He was elected Mayor in a special election shortly thereafter.  He was re-elected in 2013, receiving 76% of the vote. 

As Mayor, Tom has worked to maintain strong city services under difficult financial conditions, producing budgets which comply with the state mandated tax cap  maintaining the city’s AA1 credit rating and improving its outlook to stable.  He has pioneered the use of new communications technologies in an effort to keep residents informed, particularly during severe weather events.  In two years he has pushed through the project to finally cap the city’s landfill, which closed more than 30 years ago.  He has spearheaded important environmental initiatives including bike lanes, Zip Cars and electric vehicle charging stations.  Under his leadership, the city completed a complex transaction to take control of the dilapidated privately-held garage on Waller Avenue and replace it with a state of the art city owned garage which will provide needed parking and an economic boost to the city.  Tom’s long-term vision for the city is to continually enhance the downtown environment for businesses and residents while at the same time maintaining the strong neighborhoods that have long characterized White Plains. 

Tom served as a member of the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force, is Vice President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and 2nd Vice President of the New York Conference of Mayors.  He resides with his wife and two children, the fifth generation of his family to call White Plains home.

Friday, May 1, 2015

CW Welcomes New and Returning Adult Students


CW welcomed our evening students during Adult College Spring II New Student Orientation. During the event students were greeted by our Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Warren Rosenberg, followed by student speaker Bequine Renee Clark. 

Adult Spring kicks off next week, and here’s what students had to say about Orientation Day:

“I gained motivation, more confidence and the power to meet my goals.”
“The student speaker was inspirational and very reassuring.”
“All of the staff and faculty made me feel comfortable being here and welcome to return.”
“Meeting Prof. Torres was the best part of orientation because he was so full of life and positivity.”
“I enjoyed meeting new people and networking.”
“I can’t wait to start class and finish my goal. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Monday, April 27, 2015

LinkedIn or Left Out

Career experts agree that LinkedIn is an essential job search and networking tool. Not only can you instantly get the word out to hundreds, if not thousands of colleagues, and potential employers about your latest accomplishments, but your LinkedIn profile can also serve as a job magnet, since recruiters and hiring managers use the site for locating potential candidates.

This is why Career Services put together “LinkedIn or Left Out,” a workshop to show CW’s Alumni community how to get the most out of LinkedIn. The event took place at the Residence Inn Marriott in New Rochelle and included tips on how to reach out to business and employers, create recommendations, driving traffic to your profile, and what photos to use on your LinkedIn profile.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In the Moment


Two CW students enjoyed the feeling of participating at the 2015 Mobile App Development Bowl. Kevin, and Damian, both pursuing a Bachelor in Business Administration, presented their prototype of a mobile app for Alzheimer’s patients in the early stages. The app is called “In the Moment,” and the goal is to reconnect someone with familiar people and things. 

Open to college and high school students throughout the Westchester and New York metropolitan area, more than 150 students presented their concept and prototype in a 3 minute pitch to a group of professional judges. 

Congratulations to Kevin and Damian for making it to the finals and proudly represent CW. We are very proud to have tech savvy students like you!