Faculty Achievements
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Faculty Achievements
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shamva Wright-Shingler who successfully completed Applying the QM Rubric for Quality Matters. This certificate of completion will allow Dr. Shamva to be a reviewer of CW’s online courses.

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Congratulations Dr. Shamva Wright-Singler!


Before Paula Cancro came to CW, she worked many years in the "middle" of IT. She learned she had a geek in her, early in her career and learned her way around the helpdesk, technical training and business analysis through those years. There was a period of about ten years where she learned a lot about being downsized and how to keep up her skills and spirit in lean job times. All of this has helped her learn, teach, and work with students on a variety of projects here at CW. She has been here for six years, first as an adjunct, then going full-time in the fall of 2008. She is thrilled to receive this honor as Faculty of the Year, a gift that will definitely keep her on her toes.


Professor Michael Aman continues to make important contributions to the arts and was recently a featured interview in the African American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX) blog site.

Check it out here.

Congratulations Michael on your continued success!




Congratulations to General Education Instructor Aaron Sultanik who has been invited to present a paper at the upcoming London Film and Media Conference on June 22nd through June 24th. Aaron's paper is titled Cinemulacrum: A Paradigm for the Teaching of Media Culture.

Aaron's paper will be made available to the CW community upon his return from the conference.



Congratulations to Michael Flanagan on his promotion to Assistant Director Student Success - Bachelor Division. This promotion reflects the hard work and great results Michael effected in his role as the Freshman Experience Coordinator.

Michael's new and expanded role will find him serving as a success coach and primary mentor to Bachelor division students throughout their enrollment.

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Writing from The College of Mount Saint Vincent and a Graduate degree in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College.


Chair of CW's Evening/Saturday Computer Network Administration program, Dr. Chris Nwosisi's paper, entitled "A Meta-Analysis Summary of Information Technology Lack of Connectivity and Usability in Patient Centered Care," has been selected for presentation at the 2012 International Conference on Medical Information and Bioengineering to be held in Shenzhen, China on March 24 and 25, 2012. The paper will also be published in the "International Proceedings of Computer Science and Information Technology."

We have appreciation for Dr. Nwosisi's important work in the Medical Information Technology field, and value the knowledge and experience he brings to his teaching here at The College of Westchester.


Loretta Sinopoli has recently been promoted in rank to Assistant Professor. Faculty Rank increases are earned through stellar performance in the classroom, a commitment to ongoing professional growth and dedicated service to the college community.

Loretta joined CW in 2008 and is now in her fourth, fun and fantastic year teaching in the General Education Department. In May 2011, she was elected by her peers as CW Faculty of the Year. Along with achieving her main goals of student success and academic achievement, she continually strives to provide superior service to the entire CW community.


Congratulations to Erica Schacht who has recently been appointed the faculty rank of Assistant Professor.

Faculty rank increases at The College of Westchester are earned through the demonstration of teaching excellence, commitment to service to the CW college community and by embracing a scholar practitioner model through ongoing professional development.

Erica has been teaching in the General Education department for 3 years. Erica mainly teaches first and second semester students, which she enjoys and says "I have the ability to influence their experience at CW, in a positive manner". Her immense passion for teaching is the driving force behind wanting to make a difference and Erica feels that CW allows her to do so, especially because the philosophy is that we truly do care about our students and want to see them be successful. Currently, Erica is pursuing her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership, so that she can continue to learn and improve upon ways to continue to educate as well as inspire her students towards continued success.


Recently, Noel D' Allacco was named one of the most successful twenty something entrepreneurs in Westchester County for her work as founder of Operation PROM. Operation PROM is a Not-for-Profit Charitable Organization. Noel is also an adjunct instructor in the business department currently teaching Introduction to Business Ventures & Principles of Marketing. To read more about Noel and her organization in 914,INC., click here




Congratulations to Paula Cancro for recently completing Quality Matters Standard 8: Addressing Accessibility, which reviewed the legal responsibility of higher education institutions to employ assistive technologies used by students with disabilities.

Paula is a part of the Office Technologies department and teaches Project Management courses in the BBA program during the day, and in the Saturday hybrid program. She's been with the college for 5 years. The last 2 years she has been in the Learning Center as a writing tutor. Paula is also a moderator for the Poetry Club since it was started about a year and a half ago.


Congratulations to Professor Michael LaSala who was recently promoted to the rank of full Professor at CW.

Michael has been with the college for what will be 10 years this October, almost all of which as Chair of Business Administration. He teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Business Ventures, Principles of Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and many more.

When asked what motivates Professor LaSala the most, he responds with "what I do here at the college. I believe that I am helping to frame the success of the students, whether they see it now or later. Usually it is later, but that is okay. Former students I have met have confirmed that what I try to do has worked for them."


Dr. Chris Nwosisi, Evening/Saturday Chairperson of the Computer Networking department, has recently been selected as a Program Committee Chair for the 2011 3rd International Conference on Software Technology and Engineering (ICSTE 2011). The conference is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August of 2011. Dr. Nwosisi's selection was based on his experience in the field as well as his academic profile.

The objective of ICSTE 2011 is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Software Technology and Engineering. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.

We congratulate Dr. Nwosisi on this fine accomplishment.


Congratulations to Evening/Saturday Accounting Chair, John Strange, on having earned the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) certification.

The CMA is sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and represents "the gold standard of achievement in accounting and financial management."

Congratulations John, on this very well deserved recognition!




Congratulations to Lorraine Mastracchio, who recently completed an important online course titled: Creating and Repurposing More Accessible Content - offered by EASI (Equal Access to Software & Information.)

EASI is a provider of Online training on information technology for persons with disabilities. This course addressed the best practices for delivering online course content to people with sight/hearing disabilities and/or differing learning styles.

Lorraine has been with CW for about 27 years. She also is the chairperson of the Day College in Office Technologies.

Congratulations Lorraine on this fine achievement!