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Congratulations Sigma Beta Delta, Phi Theta Kappa & BBA Honors Students!

Friday, November 20, 2015



Phi Theta Kappa: Lerika Hahn Abada, Maria Acevedo, Frank Alabi, Cheynne Alibocas, Madison Avelli, Malcolm Bennett, Stephanie Castellanos, Dayanara Ceja, Guadalupe Ceja, Jasmine Clayton, Felicia Conte, Shade Dawes, Nicole Derubeis, David Eugenio, Matthew Findra, Emely Gonzalez, Syndey Gunn, Wanda Hernandez, Jamal Johnson, Elida Loci, Yaribel Luciano, Dana Luzunaris, Sandra Martin, Aydee Mendez, Jennifer Mitchell, Kerline Myrthil, Ramon Nunez, Susan Paniagua Santos, Alexis Pinos Bastidas, Kadeem Pitkin, Anderson Polanco Sandoval, Rita Radoina, Sanina Reid, Brittany Rosario, Marie Sanon-Jules, Samantha Santos, Michelle Seabrook, Sashani Skervin, Maria Sosa, Koine Sylvester, Tommy Tolentino Bryson, Brenda Velez, Rochelle Walker, Damara Wright

Sigma Beta Delta: Hellen Aguilar, Jose Cabrera, Claudette Chevannes, Dennis A Martinez, Geraldine Mcknight, Jenny Nogueira, Richard Perdomo, Jacqueline T Rivera, Lorene P Rosario, Terri Sampogna, Maryanne Serra, Jason L Thomas, Geovanna Tovar, Husam Zayed

BBA Honors: Norma Jean Aubain, Laura Garcia, Delores Sigler, Suezette South

CW Celebrates Veterans Day

Thursday, November 12, 2015

On Veterans Day, Americans across the nation were honoring the sacrifices and service of the nation’s armed forces with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and other events. The College of Westchester contributed to honor and thank our veterans during a ceremony organized by the Stars & Stripes Club. Veterans Day Celebration included the singing of the National Anthem by Ellen Segarra, and opening remarks by Nellie Capellan, Veterans Affairs at CW. During the ceremony attendees enjoyed inspirational words and anecdotes from CW’s Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:

“Accomplishments are easy for those who set goals. Establish a plan and make it happen.”

Prof. Justin Stone
U.S. Army

“Joining the military was a life-changing experience. We’re always soldiers, with and without a uniform. Thank you to my family for their support.”
Pedro Ceballos
U.S. Army

“When you join the military, you join a family because soldiers are family. But when you come back and you hear ‘welcome home,’ those words are really strong for us. I’m proud to be a soldier and proud to be a veteran. Instead of saying ‘thank you for your service,’ I tell you veterans, welcome home.”
Ju-Tais Bryant, U.S. Army

“I never regret the day I signed to join the Navy. When you love what you do, it’s not a job, it’s an adventure. I enjoyed my life in service very much.”
Rhona Thomas – U.S. Navy


Thanks to Contributors:

Brian D. Lane
President & Career Advisor
Strategic Search Advisors, LLC

Andrea Molina
Family Services of Westchester


Special Thanks to luncheon sponsors:

Trattoria Vivolo
Harrison, NY

Uncle Henry’s Bar and Grill
Harrison, NY

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Greenburgh Judge Visits CW

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Greenburgh Judge visited The College of Westchester to share insights of what it really means to be a Judge and handle several cases every day. Introduction to Business, College Math, and Business Law classes engaged with Hon. Walter Rivera, Court Judge in the Town of Greenburgh covered many important topics involving the daily routine in the court with around 100 cases every day. “My role is to maintain order in the courtroom and remain fair. Some cases are easy to solve, but others are high profile and we have media coverage,” Judge Rivera said.

CW students were immersed into the discussion of legal terms such as the difference between misdemeanor and felony; mediation and arbitration; and what are the most effective ways to dispose of the tremendous volume of cases brought to court every day. The presentation ended with a Q&A session where more interesting topics were quickly discussed.

Walter Rivera serves as a Town Justice at the Greenburgh Town Court in Westchester. The Greenburgh Town Court is the busiest Town Court in New York. Rivera handles criminal cases and presides over jury and non-jury trials, pre-indictment felony hearings, and motions. He also handles Landlord-Tenant proceedings, violations of the Town Ordinance, and small claims cases.

Making a Difference for Online Students: CW Receives Quality Matters Award

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CW is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Quality Matters (QM) “Making a Difference for Students” Award in the Institution Category for online excellence in teaching, training, online observation, and online pedagogy and andragogy.

Accepting the award on behalf of The College of Westchester was Paula Cancro, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair Person, Business. The award was presented at the 7th Annual Quality Matters Conference in San Antonio, Texas from November 2-4. “The awards committee reviewed many impressive nominations this year, and your selection for this award demonstrates the significance of your achievements.  We applaud your efforts to make a difference for students," said Deb Adair, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer of Quality Matters. This three-day conference featured more than 130 workshops and sessions focused on quality assurance in online education.  

According to the organization, the QM Awards recognize individual and institutional efforts exemplifying QM’s focus on learners. Awardees demonstrate a commitment to ensuring high course quality and using different but valuable approaches to improving learner outcomes. The College of Westchester was recognized for implementing QM Standards as part of a robust course improvement program to provide quality online courses for all students. “The College of Westchester is delighted to be receiving this prestigious award.  Since the development of our programs and coursework, and launch of our Online Division in 2011, one of the very first essential building blocks was the rich training and resources that QM provides.  It is especially gratifying to be honored by an organization that we hold in such high esteem, the gold standard for online education development,” said Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW’s President and CEO. 

President Obama Congratulates CW

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, congratulated The College of Westchester (CW) as the institution is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. “I am pleased to join in celebrating your school’s 100th Anniversary,” said President Obama. “Since your school’s founding, faculty and staff have prepared students to meet the challenges of their time. And by cultivating passion for learning, schools like yours help ensure the doors of opportunity continue to open wide for all who are willing to dream big,” added President Obama.

The history of The College of Westchester began in 1915 when CW opened its doors on September 7th bringing education closer to home for hundreds in New Rochelle, NY.  CW was originally known as Westchester Commercial School, then The Westchester Business Institute, and since 2003, The College of Westchester. “I am stunned and pleased that we have received this letter.  As a stellar proprietary college, I am glad that we have been recognized for the good work which we have, in fact, been doing for 100 years,” said Mary Beth Del Balzo, President and CEO of The College of Westchester.

As part of the Centennial celebrations, the Mayor of White Plains, Thomas Roach, declared May 28th, The College of Westchester Day. After 100 years of higher education, CW embraces its rich history while growing to meet the unique needs of today’s diverse student population in the tristate area. “I hope your community takes pride in the ways your school has touched lives. As you celebrate in this special milestone, I wish you all the best for the years ahead,” concluded President Obama.

Top offices in local and national government also joined the celebrations by sending their congratulations including New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

National Medical Assistants Recognition Week

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Just like any other professional society, medical assistants also have their own week. It’s called Medical Assistant Recognition Week here in the US, and is celebrated October 19-23 under the theme of ‘Medical Assistants at the Heart of Health Care.’  National medical assistant week has been celebrated since 1984. CW joins the celebrations and congratulates our Medical Assistants Students, “CW is proud of our Medical Assistants students and graduates who are dedicated and compassionate members of the health care team, and who make a significant contribution to the quality of health care delivery to patients of all ages. We are thrilled that they are given a week of recognition as it is so well deserved,” said Estelle Coffino, Program Director/Chairperson of the Allied Health Programs at CW.

The School of Allied Health is a leader in educating innovative and responsible allied health professionals. Graduates of our Medical Assistant Management and our Health Information Management programs, leave CW ready to fill the ever-increasing demands of our community for excellence in healthcare services. Our programs offer robust connections to clinical educators and advisory council in the healthcare community. Veronica Jones is an Allied Health Instructor at CW who recognizes the valuable contribution that Medical Assistants make to the quality of healthcare, “I have been educating and working with Medical Assistants students for the last 15 years.  They are a vital part of the healthcare team, work extremely hard and truly deserve the recognition they receive during Medical Assistant Recognition Week.  A job well done and Congratulations to all.”

The National Medical Assistants Recognition Week celebrations emphasize the role of medical assistants in the healthcare system and it’s celebrated by many professionals nationwide with the help of American Medical Technologists (AMT), a nonprofit organization which provide certification service for many allied health professionals. Allied Health Students at CW feel rewarded by knowing there is an entire week to celebrate their hard work.

Here are some of their reactions:

  • It recognizes the hard work we put in it every day
  • We are the first person a patient sees. We are a connection between the doctor and the patient
  • Having a week to celebrate our work makes us feel valued.

CW celebrates our Medical Assistants students and recognizes them during this week. After all, these dedicated individuals may be our caregivers in the future!