The College of Westchester celebrated its 99th Commencement Ceremony. As part of the 100 years celebrations, the event included opening remarks by President Mary Beth Del Balzo at her first Commencement as President and CEO, as well as Mayor Thomas Roach as the Keynote Speaker of the evening. “Life is a daring adventure, or is nothing, and you decided to dare to improve your situation… You should all be proud of what you accomplished, you should attack life when you come out of here. You already did with your persistence to do what you want to do in life,” said Mayor Roach to the Class of 2015 at the Westchester County Center.
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.
It is with great pride that we congratulate the newest 2015 CWCF Scholarship Recipients. These 17 students have displayed academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and dedication to their careers. Meet the recipients:
Bottom row L to R: William Owens, Brittney Miller, Joshua Intrator, Yizzette Gonzalez Rivera, David Guerrero, Danielle Settembre, Jonathan Calixto, Leslie Ramirez. Top row L to R: Jarel Ramirez, Alexandra Gordon, Abigail Laissen, Husam Zayed, Natasha Leslie, Zara Moloney, Ayanda Watson-Galloway, Kevin Zuniga.
Not photographed: Carlos Colon
Student teams throughout the Westchester and New York metropolitan area compete to create mobile apps to help with the management and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Cash prizes as well as up to five paid summer internships with Westchester County Government will be awarded to top teams and students. All of the entries will become part of a library of free apps.
Contest winners will be announced by a panel of expert judges on April 17. Good luck Damian and Kevin and thank you for representing CW. We’re proud to have tech savvy students like you!
For more information about the ‘Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl,’ visit:
Anna Bravo (left in photo) - Bachelor's Degree
Anna Bravo was born in Italy and grew up in the U.S. She attended Mount Vernon High School and graduated from CW in 1990 with an Associate Degree in Computerized Office Administration. Anna decided to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and is currently enrolled in the Health Care Administration program and is due to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. During her enrollment in the BBA program, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, perfect attendance, and was recently inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Anna is married and has two wonderful boys, Mario (16), and Vincent (11) and resides in Thornwood, NY. Through her hard work and perseverance, Anna is hoping to instill in her children the significance of education.
Marlene Rivera (right in photo) - Associate Degree
With a passion to help and serve people, Marlene enrolled in the Medical Assistant Management program at CW and will receive her Associate Degree this coming May. She was born in Norwalk, Connecticut and moved to New York as a teenager. Later on Marlene moved to White Plains where she attended White Plains High School obtaining an advanced regents honor diploma.
Once she toured The College of Westchester, Marlene decided to stay and pursue her college degree. Marlene says that her conversations with a counselor and reviewing the flexibility of schedules were the main deciding factors to make CW her home.
At the moment, Marlene is not 100% decided on her career goal. She knows that she enjoys helping others, so she will probably come back to CW to finish her Bachelor’s Degree. Right now, Marlene is looking forward to enjoying the moment she receives her Associate Degree this coming May.
Marlene is a wife, a mother of three, and a student here at CW. Her husband Francisco has supported her every step of the way. Marlene comments that her three beautiful children are the main reason she went back to college. She wants to be a role model and give them a better future.