Student Life

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Developing your potential at CW happens both inside and outside the classroom. We offer many opportunities for personal, social, cultural and professional growth. Getting involved with clubs and other on campus activities will enrich your CW experience and help you develop leadership skills to use for the rest of your life.

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CW Honors Program
CW Honors Program offers an enriched course of study for exceptional students in associate degree programs. Eligibility is based upon performance in high school or college and a personal essay. A grade point average of 3.0 grants and maintains membership in the Honors Program.

Students accepted into the Honors Program will complete three Honors Projects while pursuing their degree. Students may complete a special project, paper, other research beyond the regular coursework outlined in the course syllabus, or successfully complete the course, Empirical Research Method & Project Design. Honors Program students may also participate in community service for an Honors Project.

Those students who complete the Honors Program will be recognized as Honors Scholars upon graduation. Scholars will earn and are awarded a special stole to wear at commencement and receive this fine distinction on their transcript. Having completed an Honors Program course of study is an excellent distinction on a resume as well. Being recognized as an Honors Scholar indicates intelligence, determination, and creativity, all of which are assets in achieving personal and professional goals.

The Honors Research Seminar
The Honors Research Seminar for BBA, GEN 415, students is designed to introduce high achieving BBA students to research. This credit-bearing course provides select students with an opportunity to conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty researcher. BBA students will learn about the academic research process through presentations and research assignments. At the conclusion of the seminar, student researchers will showcase their research projects at college sponsored colloquia. Eligibility includes junior status, a minimum 3.5 grade point average and demonstrated research ability. Successful completion of this course will culminate in Honors distinction at graduation.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society ΦΘΚ
Phi Theta Kappa is not only recognized as the official honor society for two year colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges but also is the largest honor society in American higher education. Beta Pi Gamma, The College of Westchester’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, inducts members semi-annually and eligibility is based on completion of 24 credits at CW and maintaining outstanding academic achievement of a 3.5 grade point average. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is a valuable addition to the college experience and offers students more than $36 million in transfer scholarships.

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society ΣΒΔ
The intent of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement. Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest international recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must have completed 72 credits and rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.

Students considering a career in accounting or interested in the subject area participate in activities that include discussions of various employment opportunities, field trips, business lunches, guest speakers and tutoring students who need extra help in accounting or math.

Students interested in the medical fields are encouraged to participate in this club which involves study groups, field trips, guest speakers, and an annual health fair that serves to further develop understanding and build camaraderie in the business of healthcare.

The Business Club introduces its members to business and non-profit in Westchester and beyond. The club also serves as the coordinating group for CW’s Enactus Team. Enactus™ is “… a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human progress…” We have the opportunity to work on projects throughout the year that can enhance the work of a non-profit organization, or help a small business get off the ground and grow. The club and the team are open to students of all majors.

Creative Evolution offers students who have a strong interest and passion for the fashion industry to collectively generate activities related to fashion creativity, style, and business. The club exists to provide a place where members can meet to share ideas, skills, and experiences in a positive learning and recreational environment.

This club provides opportunities for students who are interested in computer technology to explore the field and related activities of Digital Media. Activities include computer game competitions, discussions of various employment opportunities, field trips, guest speakers and special projects.

Full Focus provides students with the ability to share their interest in photography, to discuss topics concerning cameras and photography as an art form, and to learn how to be a better photographer. The club also provides students with opportunities to evaluate photography and participate in exhibitions and competitions.

The Just Dance Crew fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and a blend of distinctive dance forms to provide students with an exciting, healthy, safe and motivating way to get in shape and stay fit. The mission is to build an interest in each student to take care of themselves and stay in shape while going to school and balancing a busy life. Aside from weekly sessions the Just Dance Crew performs at college events.

This group provides a community for students interested in Information Technologies to gather and exchange ideas and to learn more about the field, as well as to socialize with others who share a common interest. The Networking Club also sponsors the “PC Doctor” which offers reasonably priced computer services throughout The College.

This club was created to give students an opportunity to further develop their skills of reading, writing, and sharing the written word, both their own and other writers. It offers students the opportunity to strengthen their communication skills in a productive and stress-free environment, further preparing them for success in the workforce and encouraging self-expression.

Published each semester, the SGA newspaper, Student Voices, is comprised of articles, photographs, and artwork submitted solely by students about all aspect of students’ lives.

Basketball Team – The CW Warriors Men’s Basketball Team, which plays in a White Plains sports league, is supported by faculty and staff coaches and student managers. Try-outs take place in November and the team practices and plays weekly from December through March.

Soccer Team – The CW Warriors Men’s Soccer Team, which plays in a White Plains sports league, is supported by faculty and staff offering coaching and administrative support. The team practices and plays weekly from July through October at the Saxon Woods Soccer Field in White Plains.

The Student Government Association (SGA) exists to support and stimulate the academic, cultural, social, and physical welfare of all students at The College of Westchester and serves to make decisions on behalf of the entire student body. Comprised of a committee of equal participants, any student with the necessary commitment, interest, and time may be a member of the SGA. The SGA represents the best interest of students by sharing student concerns with The College administration, serving as a source for student representation on College-wide committees, recommending student activities, managing student events, and supporting official College programs, initiatives, and functions. The SGA is highly regarded by both faculty and students. It gives students the opportunity to exercise leadership, express opinions, and work together toward achieving common goals.

Maintaining close ties with our alumni is an important goal of our college. We encourage graduates to remain active by gathering with fellow graduates for recreational outings, serving on an alumni steering committee, speaking to CW classes, becoming involved with our Career Services Department, and attending alumni meetings. Lifetime placement is also available to alumni and many of our alumni take advantage of this service.

The Armed Forces Student Support Club is a student organization that provides a source of support to student military members and veterans in their transition to college student. It offers positive engagement between student service members, veterans and other students on campus that have an interest in supporting our military. We aim to create an understanding of veterans’ needs and experiences and provide an avenue for open discussion, sharing and new ideas.

Each semester one associate and one BBA student from each division (Day, Adult and Online) is selected by the faculty to receive the Student of the Semester award. This award is presented to a student with a minimum 3.8 cumulative average who has demonstrated excellent academic progress and overall academic achievement.

Every academic year selected Associate Degree and Bachelor of Business Administration graduates receive the Dr. Milton E. Cagan Award in memory of the former President of The College of Westchester. This is an academic excellence award and the recipients are selected according to the following criteria: academic achievement, overall service to The College, its student body and society in general, and attitudes and characteristics exemplifying the desire to succeed in college, at work and in social life.

The Excellence in Digital Media Award was established in 2004. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, initiative, and commitment, while excelling beyond course and curriculum requirements. The recipients of this award also exhibit a genuine commitment to The College, as well as to other students and the community.

This award recognizes outstanding Computer Network Administration graduates. The recipients are selected according to the following criteria: academic achievement and exceptional work ethic, overall service to The College, accomplishment of information technology certifications, attainment of relevant information about current industry issues, learning opportunities, best practices and standards and insight that focuses on staying engaged and ahead in the IT industry.

The Computer Information Systems Award was established in 2004. The award recognizes outstanding graduates who have demonstrated the following: academic excellence in all computer information system courses, overall commitment to The College and to other students, student leadership, and involvement in the computer club and/or community service.

This award was established in 1986 and recognizes outstanding Day, Adult and Online Division, and Online Associate Degree Business Administration-Management/Marketing graduates and Bachelor of Business Administration graduates in honor of Mr. Sterling. John F. Sterling is the former regional Vice-president of South-Western Publishing Company and a longtime friend of The College of Westchester. Throughout the years, Mr. Sterling has made valuable contributions to The College. The students selected for this award must have the characteristics exemplified by Mr. Sterling: academic excellence in marketing, effective communication skills and an orientation toward sales.

Established in 1999, this award recognizes outstanding Day and Adult Division Associate Degree and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting graduates. The award is named in honor of Mr. Marc Polcek, a respected Accounting faculty member and Chairperson who taught at The College of Westchester from 1976 to 1999. The student selected for this award must have the characteristics exemplified by Mr. Polcek: academic excellence in accounting, overall commitment to The College and to other students, and student leadership and/or community service.

The Allied Health Award recognizes an outstanding graduate in the Health Information Management or the Medical Assistant Management program. The student selected for this award, in addition to demonstrating academic excellence, must also demonstrate that he/she has positively impacted the lives of other students or people within their community.

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate who was a recipient of a CWCF Scholarship. The CW Charitable Foundation awards scholarships to deserving students based on need and talent. The student selected for this award, in addition to being a scholarship recipient, will have demonstrated academic excellence, student leadership and a commitment to The College and to other students.