President’s Blog

Coffee with the President – August 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

This summer has just flown by, but I did have the opportunity to speak with our Director of Security, Charles Boklan, as well as Roberto Carvajal, Manager of Facilities.  As you might imagine, there is always quite a lot happening on a college campus, whether in the Fall or during the dog days of summer.  Luckily, all of our happenings have been good ones!

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President

Coffee with the President, July 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I had a great visit with Academic Chairs Jim McGee (Business), Ann Bikofsky (Accounting) and Erica Schacht (General Education).  They came armed with some great ideas and reflections on how to continue to best serve our students and each other.

Some of the great ideas discussed involved professional development and online learning for ground based students.

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May 2017 Coffee with the President

Friday, July 21, 2017

I had the opportunity to meet with three employees who have been at CW almost as long as I have!  They are Bob Onorato, Stacy Larson and Maria Gangi.  While I exaggerate just a bit, these three folks have been with CW for a while, and brought unique insights that only people who “remember when” can do.  We had a lively discussion about many topics including orientation, the CW culture and how it has evolved over the years, as well as innovative alternate academic delivery methods, academic pr

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52 in 52 – Online@CW with Professor Thompson

Friday, July 7, 2017

Professor Janet Thompson’s Management Applications and Theory group welcomed me several weeks ago.  Professor Thompson invited me to participate via VoiceThread, which I did.  We discussed Quality Management and The Female Factor.  I have to tell the truth – I was not an intense participant, as technology got in my way!  I was away for part of the week and did not get to respond to every student’s comments, and had to opt for written comments rather than voice a few times.  However,

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President

April 2017 Coffee with the President

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

April’s Coffee with the President resulted in an excellent discussion with professors Steve Paris, Jason Schoen and Paula Cancro.  Topics focused on how to continue to serve our students best both inside and outside of the classroom.  All three instructors shared some great stories about inspirational students as well as their great ideas.

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52 in 52: Class 13 - Professor Clarizio (Principles of Marketing)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In late March, I visited with Professor Clarizio’s Principals of Marketing class.  Guest Speaker John Chuhran of NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), was already speaking when I got there a few minutes late (sorry!), but I quickly caught up with the presentation. 

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President

52 in 52: Class 12 - Professor Ayikoye

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In early March, I was fortunate to join Professor Emakoji Ayikoye and his Contemporary Social Issues class in discussing a very important topic, racism.  He began by showing us 2 YouTube videos, studies conducted both in Brazil and in the US, called The Doll Test.  As explained on the YouTube page,  “the ‘doll test’ is a psychological experiment designed in the 1940s in the USA to test the degree of marginalization felt by African American children caused by prejudice, discrimination and raci

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President

52 in 52: Class 11 - Ruta

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I was delighted to be invited to observe Professor Jyoti Ruta’s Seminar on Critical Thinking, a senior seminar course.  Every Tuesday, this class participates in a “fishbowl dinner party”, by being assigned to a topic with specific talking points and are provided with extensive research materials that give them all materials necessary to conduct a conversation.  Groups of 4 or 5 take turns covering various portions of the materials. 

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52 in 52: Class 10 - Capellan

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I was delighted to attend Professor Andy Capellan’s Transformative Learning class.  Transformative Learning is the backbone of our CW Gateway courses, designed to help college freshmen succeed.  We talked about the 5 R’s of Learning; recite, repeat, rewrite, review and recall.  Prof Capellan made the class fun and informative.  He talked about being prepared to study, and named early morning as the A#1 time to have effective study.  Students should be:

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President

52 in 52: Class 9 - Torres

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I was invited to attend Professor Max Torres’ Accounting for Managers class.  The class walked through the steps of recording Accounting Transactions.  They reviewed a Trial Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Statement of Owners Equity, and Balance Sheet. 

We then covered how to explore taking out a loan for business or personal use.

POSTED BY: Mary Beth Del Balzo, CW President