Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The College of Westchester Appoints Vin Siegfried as Trustee

The College of Westchester (CW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vin Siegfried as Trustee to the College’s Board of Trustees.  The appointment carries a four year term.  Mr. Siegfried has also been a member of CW’s College Advisory Council since its inception over 15 years ago.

Chair Ann Conetta is very pleased to have Mr. Siegfried join the Board, stating, "Vin brings both business and entrepreneurial skills which the Board will find invaluable."

Currently, Mr. Siegfried is a principal and managing partner for Elevondata LLC, a firm focused on offering advisory and managed services for Data Management and Analytics for a diverse group of customers, including Financial Services and Health Care.

Prior to 2011, Mr. Siegfried worked as a Director, Chief Architect and Program Manager for Citigroup Consumer Banking and Global Transaction Services, helping Citi to build and maintain Data Warehouses, including directing a 100+ resource Global Enterprise development effort.  Prior to Citi, Mr. Siegfried worked for JP Morgan Chase as a Chief Architect for Data Management for the Global Finance Function.  Mr. Siegfried was Awarded CIO Magazine award for Client Profitability, top 100 integrated applications, as well as IT Manager of the Year by Oracle Magazine.

Since 2013, Mr. Siegfried has also served as the Chief Operating and Technology officer for AtrocityWatch, a registered not-for-profit dedicated to using Big Data to predict and prevent global atrocities (

Additionally, Mr. Siegfried founded the Williston Park Civic Association to coordinate local activism in his home town, and was its first president.  Mr. Siegfried holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Nassau Community College.  He lives on Long island with his wife of 25 years and his two children.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CW Welcomes New Day College Students

The College of Westchester welcomes our Day Winter students. During orientation day students were greeted by our Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Warren Rosenberg. Students were given the opportunity to meet with faculty, hear from current students share their college life experiences at CW, and introduced to Moodle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jessica DeLuca - Faculty of the Year

Jessica DeLuca started her professional career as a Paramedic. After several years in the industry, Jessica obtained her MPA in Healthcare Administration at Long Island University. She gradually became more involved in education, becoming a Lab Instructor with the local Emergency Medical Services Technician program, a Field Training Officer with Rockland Paramedic Services, and a certified CPR Instructor. 

In 2010, Jessica started working as an adjunct instructor with CW’s Allied Health Department, and in 2012 Jessica became Practicum Coordinator for the Medical Assistant Management AAS Degree program. As Practicum Coordinator, Jessica is thrilled to be a part of the “bridge” that students cross as they move from the classroom to the workplace. 

She is grateful for the hard-working team within the Allied Health Department and throughout the college. She considers it to be an honor and a privilege to be a part of student success with this amazing team.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Winter Wonderland

The Allied Health Club organized “Winter Wonderland”, an event to raise funds and get into the spirit of winter season and all the end of the year celebrations. The winter bazar included several gifts for sale such as manicure and pedicure kits, baked goods and sweet treats, as well as drinks from the hot cocoa bar.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Learning Center Work Study Conduct Workshop

The Learning Center presented a workshop to various classes providing valuable information and tips to prepare for the upcoming finals. The workshop was conducted by Learning Center work study students Autumn Robinson, a BBA Student and recent Sigma Beta Delta inductee and “D” Boatswain, an Accounting major recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, who developed, wrote and delivered the presentation. 

Some valuable tips for the students included time management, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, as well as the most effective ways to retain information.  Students were also reminded that CW has resources available at the Learning Center and the library to help them prepare for their finals.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The College of Westchester Appoints New President

The College of Westchester Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Beth Del Balzo, LCSW as President and CEO.  She replaces Karen Smith, president of the college since 1997 who had recently stepped into the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

“I find that my professional training in psychotherapy and social work bring a slant to my position as President of The College of Westchester which is unique.  It enhances my world view of student success, staff and faculty interactions, and the bigger community of which CW is a part, including our corporate, academic and community based organizations,” stated Del Balzo.”

Since 1982, Mrs. Del Balzo has helped create innovations in various departments of the college, most recently as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer leading the college in its day to day functions and strategic planning and implementation. It also included the development and inception of the online division and widening the corporate relations reach to better serve the adult community in our area.  Marissa Brett, President of the Westchester County Association, applauds the news, “Mary Beth is, without a doubt, the right person to lead The College of Westchester into the future.  She has demonstrated passion and commitment along with thoughtful leadership.  I look forward to continuing a wonderful working relationship with Mary Beth and her team for many years to come.”

Mrs. Del Balzo has represented CW by interfacing with external constituents such as Middle States Commission on Higher Education and New York State Education Department.  Additionally she served on The Distance Education Committee for the New York State Board of Regents and advocated for students by appearing before the United States House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Mrs. Del Balzo’s appointment resounded in many other institutions such as the YMCA and the Association of Proprietary Colleges. “On behalf of APC, I congratulate Mary Beth Del Balzo on her new role as president. For many years, Mary Beth has been a valued member of APC and a tremendous resource for the association and its membership. I look forward to continuing our work together in the future as we advance the interests of higher education and the students we serve,” commented Donna Stelling-Gurnett, APC’s Executive Director. Also, Cindy Rubino, President/CEO of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester added, “Mary Beth Del Balzo is an outstanding choice to continue the vitally important work of preparing CW students for career success.  These students and graduates are professionals, experienced, and ready to meet the needs of the region’s workforce for economic development growth.”

Mrs. Del Balzo also sits on the boards of the Westchester County Association and the Westchester/Putnam/Rockland Counseling Association.  For over two decades Enrique Cafaro, School Counselor of the White Plains High School and Past-President of the WPRCA has witnessed the evolution and success of Mrs. Del Balzo’s career. “Mary Beth Del Balzo has been the finest and most approachable college professional that I have had the privilege of working with over my past 25 years as a school counselor and guidance administrator. She has consistently gone above and beyond to assist our department and give our students resources, programs, awards and options. She has been a pivotal and crucial member of the WPRCA as host and more importantly as an expert in technology and academic programs for students. She is deeply respected and sought out for advice by our membership and throughout our counseling community. This is a wonderful accomplishment for Mary Beth and a tremendously exciting moment for The College of Westchester,” said Cafaro.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The 6th Annual QM Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning

 The 6th Annual Quality Matters Conference took center stage in Baltimore recently and CW was there to be part of it. For three consecutive days the QM conference brought together faculty members and teachers, instructional designers, program administrators, educational publishers, researchers, and distance education and institutional leaders who participated in this international community on quality education. Paula Cancro, CW Assistant Professor in Business, General Education and Office Technologies attended the conference and presented a poster titled Beyond the Standards: Now That We Learned How to Apply the Rubric. “My poster was about our journey with QM. I had the chance to have conversations about where we started in 2010 with one Dean taking a lot of courses and looking for ways to implement the program as we built our online program,” said Cancro.

The College of Westchester embraced the QM in principle and is preparing to move forward, supported by a group of faculty and administrators ready to spread the word and show what can be done. CW has 9 faculty members who are certified Peer Reviewers. “This means we can evaluate our online courses based on a set of standards with an eye towards learning goals and all the pieces that go with it.  We are looking to provide our learners with opportunities to achieve a number of learning objectives from new knowledge to the skills to put this into practice,” added Cancro.

With the title, “Charting the Course” as the main topic of the 6th Annual Quality Matters Conference, the event offered many opportunities to connect with people and organizations that have succeeded in creating high-quality online courses and programs. The attendees had the opportunity to collaborate to address tough topics in education while exploring effective ways for improving course quality. Prof. Cancro returned pleased from the conference and added, “QM is an important initiative here.  As one of the early converts to it, the more I can learn, the better I can apply it and share.  Personally, this helps me to look at my own courses with a more critical eye, to be a better internal QM reviewer, and to share what I know with my colleagues.  The knowledge and ideas I came away with also showed me how we might consider applying many of the QM principles across the board – to our campus classes as well.”

About Quality Matters:
The Quality Matters Program (QM) is an international organization representing broad inter-institutional collaboration and a shared understanding of online course quality. QM's quality assurance processes have been developed to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
To learn more about the QM Program visit:

About The College Of Westchester:
Located in White Plains, The College of Westchester is a bachelor degree granting private college.  For more information, call 914-831-0200 or visit