Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breast Cancer Month – Awareness is Key

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Allied Health Club wanted to end the month on a positive note.  The Student Center was decorated with pink decorations as well as the traditional pink ribbon that represents breast cancer awareness. The event included food and items for sale, and a performance by the Just Dance Crew.

In addition, students were encouraged to take care of themselves as they heard the story of a breast cancer survivor, “For me, my annual mammogram was just taking the afternoon off from work. It meant nothing, until it happened…. I thought the worst; I thought about a mastectomy, my hair falling out, etc., but nothing like that happened… Early detection saved my life. Please do not miss a mammogram,” said Margie Ramos-Eng. Students were moved and inspired by Margie’s story and asked her several questions.

All the funds raised during the Breast Cancer Awareness event will go to the Susan G. Komen organization.  This is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Power of Visual Storytelling

English Composition I class had fun learning how to tell stories through photos. Prof. Michael Ryan gave a presentation titled “Introduction to Visual Storytelling,” where he explained how the famous phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true, and how everybody can tell stories using photos the right way. Giving examples dating back to the Caveman to Ancient Egypt, and from Renaissance to the Great Depression, the students were highly engaged and receptive to the presentation.

The engagement reached its highest level when Prof. Ryan shared the nuts and bolts of visual storytelling in Action Comics and Graphic Novels. Some highlights of the presentation included the importance of storyboards, in addition to some basic aspects of photography. “It was a great experience being able to share my knowledge of visual storytelling and photographic techniques with students who might not otherwise be introduced to these concepts in their chosen course of study,” said Ryan.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Alumni Return to CW

The Alumni Association sponsored its annual Alumni Homecoming Dinner. Graduates, faculty, staff, and current students enjoyed the return of our alumni in the Student Center with music, refreshments, dinner, and interesting conversations of how CW has changed their lives. Also, congratulations to the three happy winners of the raffle.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CW Welcomes Parents

CW welcomed new day students' parents to the college as a way to provide an opportunity for the parents to learn more about their sons and daughters' educational experience here at CW.  "Your involvement in your child's education is crucial and critical to their success. I know it is a daunting task to help your child select the right college. Thank you for choosing CW,” said Mary Beth Del Balzo, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. “College is a time of significant growth and maturity for young adults. It is fun and exciting for us to be a part of that transformation process."

The Parents’ Welcome Program included information about student support services and activities, as well as conversations with faculty and student success coaches. Family members were able to talk one-on-one with faculty and were given a better sense of what CW is all about, “It was most helpful getting to know the teachers and understanding what our children need from us as parents."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Student Activities sponsored this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the Student Center, offering an authentic Latin meal from the Brisas del Caribe restaurant, which is managed by CW graduate Geraldine Abreu.  The Just Dance Crew (JDC) offered a dynamic dance presentation and students enjoyed Latin music throughout the event.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CW's Got Talent

CW’s Got Talent was a great success. Thanks to all the contestants and hosts for such a fantastic job, and congratulations to the happy winners. Special thanks to our judges Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Prof. Noel D’Allacco and Prof. Paul Gugliemella. All students had a fantastic time and performers received prizes.

'Out of the Darkness' Suicide Prevention Walk

CW had a great morning walking for the America Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Out of Darkness Walk this past Sunday. Those who walked included Diana Cusumano, Antonia Croghan, Maria Gangi, Erica Schacht, Joseph Handibode, Christine Louangsiyotha, Cassandra McFadden, Ellen Segarra, Liliana Ardaix, as well as students Sharon Gallagher, and Yizzette M. Gonzalez-Rivera. Thanks to those who walked and who made donations to the cause.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Thanks to everyone who participated in the walk. We are very proud to be supporting such a good cause.