Undergraduate Student Life: Clubs, Awards, and Honors Resources


Learn about the student life which serves as a foundation to CW's vibrant community.

Branch Out and Connect with Like-Minded People

You can learn about expressing yourself outside of the classroom in more public forums, develop your leadership skills and feel a great sense of accomplishment! Through an array of activities designed to help you expand your horizons, CW Clubs are a great way to get to know your fellow students and develop interest such as donation projects to help local causes and developing business acumen.

Activities/Clubs may vary by semester/term.

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.

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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.

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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.

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brothers united logoThe mission of “Brothers United” is to promote self-awareness, confidence, knowledge, and leadership amongst men. We feel that in a society where “the gentlemen” seems to longer exists, creating a brotherhood where men can come together and be exactly that, “MEN” will be very beneficial to all those who are involved socially, emotionally, and mentally. Brother’s United will challenge men to be the best possible version of themselves while also teaching what it means to be a gentlemen through round table discussions, self-awareness seminars, and of course through actions. Brother’s united will do volunteer work, community service, and a host of other things that will promote growth as men. It won’t be just a group, but a brotherhood, where all members will be treated with respect and as family amongst one another. The ultimate goal of the brotherhood is to have all members eventually have a sense of self, while taking skills learned, characteristics gained, and the act of being a gentleman and applying it to their everyday lives as needed for the rest of their lives.

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Caribbean Student Association (CSA) is a club created to educate students about their Caribbean roots and develop appreciation for the Caribbean culture. Club members explore the cultural diversity between the different islands to educate each other on traditions to create a home away from home experience for the CW Family.

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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.

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This club provides opportunities for students to share their creative and digital talents with one another as well as with the CW community. Students will learn how to present and speak about their artwork to other students, faculty, and staff. Activities include collaborating with other clubs to create designs (flyers, logos, etc.), host art showcases, and develop special group projects.

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Enactus logoThe 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.

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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.

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NABA logoStudent members of NABA are part of a network that provides opportunities for growth and success in the global business marketplace. NABA’s members share and promote a professional ethos – “Lifting as we Climb!” Student members must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

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This group provides a community for students interested in Information Technologies to gather and exchange ideas, broaden their knowledge in areas such as Cybersecurity, as well as to socialize with others who share a common interest. The Networking Association also sponsors the CW TECH DOCTORS initiative which offers reasonably priced computer services throughout CW.

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.

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Sisters United logoThe mission of “sisters united” is to promote self – awareness, individuality, confidence, knowledge, leadership and a sisterhood amongst women. Sisters United will represent our college and serve our communities with our hard work and determination to ultimately become role models. Society places unrealistic expectations on women. We will no longer fit a mold, an idea of what a woman should look like and be. Barriers will be broken and a new wave of strong ambitious women will emerge. In Sister United we promote independence, success, confidence and an insatiable desire to be the best not only in our classes but in our communities as well. We will learn from each other and encourage one another. Making changes one day at a time through our community service, empowerment seminars, and regular meetings. We are not just a club. We are a sisterhood. WE ARE SISTERS UNITED.

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sga logoThe 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.

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The Stars and Stripes Student Support Club is a student organization that is a source of support to student military member and veterans in their transition to college. It provides positive engagement between military members/veterans and other students on campus.

Honors Program

CW Honors Program
The Honors Program for Associate Degree students at The College of Westchester offers an enriched course of study for exceptional students. Eligibility is based upon performance in high school or college and a personal essay. To qualify a student must have a high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students may apply at any point during their associate program and must complete it by the end of the program. Once students are accepted into the Honors Program, they will complete three research papers of choice while pursuing their degree. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in order to maintain membership in the Honors Program. Honors Program graduates wear a stole over their gowns at Commencement.

Baccalaureate Honors (The Honors Research Seminar)
This honors seminar is designed to introduce high-achieving bachelor-level students to research. This credit-bearing course provides select students with an opportunity to conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty researcher. Bachelor-level students will learn about the academic research process through presentations, guest lectures 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 of a 3.5 grade point average, demonstrated research ability, and recommendations from bachelor-level faculty. Successful completion of this course will culminate distinction at graduation.

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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
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

Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
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.

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CW is in the TOP 25 Colleges of Phi Theta Kappa Chapters Worldwide

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Phi Theta Kappa Letter

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.

Milton E. CaganEvery 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.

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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.

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This award recognizes outstanding Computer Network Administration Associate degree and Information Technology Bachelor degree 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.

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John SterlingThis 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.

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Marc PolcekEstablished 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.

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This award recognizes outstanding graduates in the associate or bachelor’s degree in the Health Professions. The students selected for this award, in addition to demonstrating academic excellence, must also demonstrate that they have positively impacted the lives of other students on campus and people they have interacted within their community.

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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.

The School Spirit Award is designed to recognize the contributions of a student who demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm and participation in student life at CW. Criteria for the award include outstanding contributions to a club or other student activity.

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2019

2019 clemson nicole kotash and kevin perez

CW students Nicole Kotash and Kevin Perez, were accepted to participate at The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism Spring Conference. Under the topic, “The Morality of Capitalism,” Nicole and Kevin both received scholarships to participate and will join students from other states in the US, as well as international students and spend time with professors, activists, and other experts on liberty to study the foundations of a free society. Attendees walk away with a better understanding of what capitalism and morality are and how to effectively fight for them.

Nicole, an Accounting major, says, “I am very excited for the opportunity to attend the Clemson University conference this year. I am not only looking forward to learning about conservatism and economics but am also eager to hear all of the other attendees’ opinions on the topics. It is exciting to meet new students from different states with a range of education majors to gain a new perspective. This is an amazing opportunity to broaden my horizons!”

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism holds its annual conference for undergraduate and graduate students at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. This conference is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education. The institute accepts students, age 18-26, who are new to economics and the freedom philosophy and are interested in learning more about the world around them.

For more information on The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, visit https://capitalism.sites.clemson.edu


2018

2018 clemson joseph gonzalez, garwayne mcgregor, david rivas

CW Students Joseph Gonzalez, Garwayne McGregor, and David Rivas recently participated at Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism in South Carolina to learn about what capitalism and morality are, and how to effectively fight for them. The students had the opportunity to join other students from across the U.S. and other countries.

“Being at Clemson University was an eye opener for a New Yorker. At my time at Clemson, I have encountered people with lifestyles different than my own, many of who lived simple lives. But these people have the same interest and passion as I do about economics and politics. Despite our differences in culture, beliefs, and political views, we were still able to have civil and educated discussions about the economy. At the end of the day, being in a small environment who supported one another and was willing to learn from one another made my experience at Clemson wonderful,” says Joseph Gonzalez.


2017

2017 clemson jennifer mitchell, malcolm bennett

Congratulations to students Jennifer Mitchell and Malcolm Bennett as they were accepted to participate at The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. This is America’s first and only University-based teaching and research center dedicated to exploring the moral foundations of capitalism. Jennifer and Malcom will join students from other states in the US, as well as international students and spend time with professors, activists, and other experts on liberty to study the foundations of a free society. Attendees walk away with a better understanding of what capitalism and morality are and how to effectively fight for them. We look forward to hearing more from Jennifer and Malcolm during the Student Voices’ Summer Edition.

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism holds its annual conference for undergraduate and graduate students at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. This conference is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education. The institute accepts students, age 18-24, who are new to economics and the freedom philosophy and are interested in learning more about the world around them.

For more information about The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism visit: http://www.clemson.edu/capitalism/student.html

2019

i3 scholars joseph gonzalez and eric lopez

CW students, Joseph Gonzalez and Eric M. Lopez, were selected to participate in the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) Scholar Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information. The undergraduate program focuses on research and leadership development for the underrepresented populations across the country to lead to graduate studies and careers in the information sciences.

The admittance process into the program is very competitive and students are evaluated for qualities beyond GPA. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year! Since 2012, The College of Westchester now has 15 students accepted into the prestigious i3 Scholars Program. As part of this program, Joseph and Eric will undertake a yearlong experience that includes two summer institutes and a research project spanning the year. The i3 program prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and serves as a pipeline for i3 Scholars into internationally recognized information schools – the iSchools. Most importantly, the i3 empowers students to create change and make an impact on the people around them. i3 Scholars receive full funding for program expenses including travel and GRE test preparation.


2018

i3 scholars amy castillo, naika saint preux, and desiree scretching

CW Students Amy Castillo, Naika Saint Preux, and Desiree Scretching were selected to participate in the i3 Scholar Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. The undergraduate program, supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on research and leadership development for underrepresented populations across the country and may lead to graduate studies and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year. Since 2012, CW has had 13 students participate in for the i3 Scholar’s program including this year!

Amy is looking forward to the summer experience, “I’m very excited about the i3 program, and I am really looking forward to taking the information that I learn in Pittsburgh and applying it to what I have planned after I graduate.” The i3 program prepares students for the rigors of graduate study and serves as a pipeline for i3 Scholars into internationally recognized information schools – the iSchools. Most importantly, the i3 empowers students to create change and make an impact on the people around them.

“Participating in the University of Pittsburg’s i3 Scholars Program for the past six years has been of tremendous benefit to CW’s students. As we look toward the future, we see a continuing relationship and expanding partnership with the i3 program, its other sponsors, and the elite institutions, which are also participants,” says Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs at CW. We are honored to be included as one of the founding sponsors of the 1st Annual BUILD Summit at the University of Pittsburgh and look forward to assisting in this program’s growth and service to students.


2017

i3 scholars courtney cochancela, kelly gomez, and kadeem pitkin

CW Students Courtney Cochancela, Kelly Gomez, Kadeem Pitkin, and Tommy Tolentino, participated in the i3 Scholar Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences. The undergraduate program, supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on research and leadership development for the underrepresented populations across the country to lead to graduate studies and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year.

"What I liked the most about the program were the workshops. Meeting professionals from all ethnicities and backgrounds, showed me that its possible to achieve whatever it is you want. It taught me that you cant put a ceiling on your success, you have to keep pushing yourself to achieve bigger and better goals," said Tommy.


2016

i3 scholars david guerrero and darnell dixon

David Guerrero and Darnell Dixon, were selected to participate in the i3 Scholar Undergraduate Research Program.

The program will took place at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. The undergraduate program focuses on research and leadership development for the underrepresented populations across the country to lead to graduate studies and careers in the information sciences. The admittance process into the program is very competitive and students are evaluated for qualities beyond GPA. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year!

As part of this program, David and Darnell went through various workshops and took a fully packed schedule of classes for the month of June. During the second phase, responsibilities included a yearlong research project and two summer institutes hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. “The i3 program is an amazing opportunity for those seeking to go to graduate school. It is also a chance to explore the information sciences in a wide array of fields ranging from artificial intelligence to medical informatics,” said David.

The i3 Scholars Program is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and it includes students who are empowered to create change and make an impact on the people around them. Darnell had an exciting summer experience, “I am prepared for this task. I plan to network to create new relationships through the i3 program. This is a great way to help me move toward starting a graduate program.” David also had clear and specific goals at the i3 Program, “I hope to get a glimpse of graduate school life and obtain a strong foundation in the information sciences to further my dream of becoming an interior sustainability designer. The College of Westchester’s course load has given me a strong work ethic to go headfirst into the i3 program with confidence.” Past i3 Scholars have majored in information science, computer science, public policy, economics, business, and engineering, among others.

2019

ima student yahaira minchala

Management accountants are vital to the financial health of organizations. They make critical decisions, safeguard a company’s integrity, and plan for business sustainability. They might be CFOs and controllers, budget analysts and treasurers, or one of many other game changers on internal teams. However, every job opportunity in this field is highly competitive and every college student willing to succeed in the industry must learn the importance of differentiation early in their careers. Here’s where the IMA Accounting Honor Society comes in.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), is one of the largest and most respected associations of accountants and financial professionals focused exclusively on advancing management accounting. IMA has a global network of more than 80,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Since October 2018, The College of Westchester has hosted one of these prestigious IMA chapters.

CW student Yahaira Minchala was recently inducted into the prestigious IMA Accounting Honor Society. This distinguished honor society recognizes and honors academic achievement, provides an alumni network for lifetime connections, and advances the profession of accounting.

For Yahaira, being inducted into the IMA has been a very rewarding experience, “I am honored and excited to be inducted to the IMA Honor Society. It’s a privilege to be a part of this amazing Society. As an Accounting major, the opportunity to be recognized by a global organization was far beyond my expectations,” said Yahaira. Although this seems like an experience where many students will just sit down and enjoy, this is certainly not the case for Yahaira, “my future plans include being an entrepreneur. After completing my degree at CW, I’m going to prepare myself for the CMA exam and become certified. I also would like to obtain my MBA in Accounting.”

Congratulations to Yahaira for being inducted into this prestigious honor society.

The honor society admits those students who are in their junior or senior year majoring in Accounting, Finance, or Information Technology, who have completed a minimum of three accounting courses, and attained an overall accounting GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

For more information about IMA, please visit: www.imanet.org


2018

IMA moctar diop, ann-marie carr, yahaira minchala

Moctar Diop, Ann-Marie Carr, and Yahaira Minchala have been awarded scholarships by The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). These scholarships provide the recipients with a 3-year membership in IMA, a grant to cover the cost of the Certified Management Accountant Exam (CMA), and up to six months of free exam preparation support. The Scholarship is available to only the top 5% of accounting students in the nation at their respective schools. IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations of accountants and financial professionals focused exclusively on advancing management accounting. IMA has a global network of more than 75,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters.


2017

IMA jayatri dutta, pauline grandison, wanda hernandez, and elida loci

Jayatri Dutta, Pauline Grandison, Wanda Hernandez, and Elida Loci have been awarded scholarships by The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) through the recommendation and efforts of Professor John Strange, Associate Chair of Accounting and member of IMA. These scholarships provide the recipients with a 3-year membership in IMA, a grant to cover the cost of the Certified Management Accountant Exam (CMA), and up to six months of free exam preparation support. The Scholarship is available to only the top 5% of accounting students in the nation at their respective schools. IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations of accountants and financial professionals focused exclusively on advancing management accounting. IMA has a global network of more than 75,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters.

2015

cisco dream team david ortiz

“One of the best professional experiences ever,” that’s how David Ortiz describes his participation at the NBA-Cisco Dream Team at the NBA All-Star Game in New York City. Along with 29 students from different colleges and universities in our area, David assisted NBA techs in many aspects and locations that included Madison Square Garden, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. “Whatever the NBA techs needed, we did,” said David. “We were setting up Cisco phones and we were constantly making sure there was connectivity between the wires. We set up access points, and switchers.”

From February 7-16th all the students were immersed into the program where Cisco and the NBA were the big players of the week, but David learned other valuable things outside the technology field, “Work as a team, don’t be afraid to designate work, and have fun with it. It was very exciting.”

The Dream Team included 30 students and 2 instructors and assisted the NBA IT staff in different areas where Cisco technologies played a crucial role. When asked if David was up to the task he responded, “I felt at an advantage compared to other students. There was a student who told me that Cisco was a self-study course at his college. My story is different; it’s always a hands-on experience… Also if you have questions my professor, Dr. Nwosisi, knows all the answers. I was very prepared for it.”

Congratulations to David Ortiz, and Dr. Nwosisi, CW Computer Networking Chairperson in the Evening Division for nominating his student for this valuable experience.

CW is one of 10,000 Cisco Networking Academies in 165 countries. The Cisco Networking Academy delivers a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience to help students develop the foundational information and communication technology (ICT) skills needed to design, build, and manage networks.

2019

2019 cwcf recipients

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation (CWCF) hosted its 11th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, honoring 10 scholarship recipients. Attendees included family and friends of the scholarship recipients, CW faculty and staff, CWCF board members and Lucy Amicucci who presented the inaugural scholarship from Sterling National Bank’s Charitable Foundation.

“The CW community is very grateful to all who donate and for these two new grants. We pride ourselves on remaining focused on students and their desire to graduate and obtain or improve upon their current employment situation. The funds raised through the CWCF allow the CW Scholars to supplement their available funds with scholarships thanks to the generosity of so many,” said Mary Beth Del Balzo, President of The College of Westchester.

The 2019 CWCF Scholarship recipients include, Durwin Daley (Mayor Joseph Delfino Scholarship), Nicole Kotash (Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship), Ana Gomez (Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship), Samantha Granieri (The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship), Alex Rodriguez (The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship), Kahleel Neil (CWCF Art Contest Scholarship), Lauren DeAngelis (Sterling National Bank), Betsy Roman-Jaquez and Aneika Daniel (Entergy Powers Diversity Scholarship), and Ashley Marcelino (CWCF Honors Scholarship). “Your education – as you have already discovered, is the key to unlocking so many doors – and I urge you to recognize that it has not just been about acquiring knowledge, but about how to learn. I have no doubt that regardless of your field or the role you seek within it – it will serve you well to remember that learning – not just new things, but new ways of thinking – is a life-long venture,” said Ted Miller, event emcee, Co-President of the CWCF and Founder & President of DataKey Consulting.


2018

2018 cwcf recipients

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation (CWCF) hosted its 10th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, honoring 13 scholarship recipients. This year’s event was especially gratifying with the announcement of two new grants awarded to the foundation by Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation and Entergy. Marissa Weidner, Co-President of the CWCF, and Lucy Amicucci of Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation made the announcement for Sterling National Bank and presented the check. Attendees included family and friends of the scholarship recipients, CW faculty and staff, CWCF board members and former Mayor Joseph Delfino presented the scholarship in his name.

“The CW community is very grateful to all who donate and for these two new grants. We pride ourselves on remaining focused on students and their desire to graduate and obtain or improve upon their current employment situation. The funds raised through the CWCF allow the CW Scholars to supplement their available funds with scholarships thanks to the generosity of so many,” said Mary Beth Del Balzo, President of The College of Westchester.

The 2018 CWCF Scholarship recipients include, Craig King (Mayor Joseph Delfino Scholarship), Adanelys Jerez (Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship), Miranda Maldonado (Jeanne Sutkowski Scholarship), Jaime Velez-Arpi (The Doris Metzger Miller Datakey Scholarship), Domonique Smith (GenRe Scholarship), Savier White (The Radford Quesada Networking Scholarship), Daniel Mokayi (CWCF Art Contest Scholarship), Luz Lopez, Naika Saint Preux and Yessica Morel (CWCF Honors Scholarship), Stephany Espinal, Abeer Ghanem and Rose Reyes (CWCF Scholarship Award).

“Your education – as you have already discovered, is the key to unlocking so many doors – and I urge you to recognize that it has not just been about acquiring knowledge, but about how to learn. I have no doubt that regardless of your field or the role you seek within it – it will serve you well to remember that learning – not just new things, but new ways of thinking – is a life-long venture,” said Ted Miller, event emcee, Co-President of the CWCF and President of DataKey Consulting.


2017

2017 cwcf recipients

“Education changes everything. And catching a break. Everyone needs a break, especially these days, and every little bit helps. As I am proud of my own family, I am so very proud of each of our College of Westchester scholars here today, and proud of their families and their teachers as well. Tonight you are all getting your well-deserved Break-through,” said Beverly Tramontelli, President of the CW Charitable Foundation.

It is with great pride that we congratulate the newest 2017 CWCF Scholarship Recipients. These 14 students have displayed academic excellence, exemplary leadership, and dedication to their careers. The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation exists to enhance the lives of student scholars who attend The College of Westchester. The Foundation strives to further involve and educate the community and employers regarding the outstanding work of The College of Westchester and its student scholars.

Meet the 2017 recipients!!!

• Felicia Conte
• Jamisha Gill
• Nicole Mercadante
• Jennifer Mitchell
• Alejandra Rojas
• Shawn Cobb
• Alyssa Garon
• Michael Fusca
• Ashely Rose
• Olga Fernandez
• Claudia Cherrington
• Salvador Andeme
• Jazmin Patino
• Antonio Sassano

Winter 2019 - Day College Student of the Semester

2019 day college student of semester nicole kotash and yexsi remos alonzo

Congratulations to our Students of the Semester for the Day College; Nicole Kotash & Yexsi Ramos Alonzo!

As Student of the Semester recipients, Nicole and Yexsi demonstrate academic excellence and effort in their degree program and hold a minimum of a 3.8 GPA. Nicole and Yexsi were selected by the faculty as Students of the Semester in the Day College. Read about Nicole and Yexsi.

Nicole Kotash is enrolled in the Bachelor degree program in Accounting, and she holds a 4.00 cumulative GPA. She is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society and has consistently earned Dean’s List recognition. In April of this year, Nicole received the Dr. William R. Papallo Scholarship from The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation (CWCF). Nicole recently attended The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism (CISC) Spring Conference in South Carolina, which was sponsored by the CISC and the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE). Prior to attending CW, Nicole received her Associate degree in Criminal Justice-Corrections in 2014.

Nicole believes she has come this far due to the continuous support from her parents, older sister and boyfriend. She strives to make her family proud. In 2018, she decided to further her education in a field other than the major she chose for her Associate degree. With guidance from her aunt, who is an Alum of The College of Westchester, she decided to enroll at CW so she could earn her degree in a timely manner. Nicole is expected to graduate in December 2019. Her career goal is to land an accounting position at a well-known firm while working towards becoming a CPA.

Yexsi Ramos Alonzo is enrolled in the Associate degree program in Medical Assistant Management; she holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA and has earned Dean’s List recognition. Yexsi was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States at the age of 15. She attended Brewster High School and graduated in June 2016. She is the first member of her family to attend college. Yexsi chose The College of Westchester because of the small class size and career-oriented classes. She is expected to earn her Associate degree in Applied Science in April 2020. Yexsi also has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts.

Fall Term I and II 2019 - Adult College Student of the Semester

2019 fall term I and II adult college student of semester

Congratulations to our Adult College Students of the Semester, Claude Laviscount and Ardita Lufaj!

Claude Laviscount is enrolled in the Accounting program with a cumulative 4.00 GPA. She has consistently earned President’s List recognition and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society. Claude is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountant. She was born in Antigua and Barbuda and worked for 27 years in the banking industry at Barclays Bank PLC, which would later become First Caribbean International Bank. Unfortunately, not having a college degree prevented her from securing the title of manager. After her daughter obtained her Bachelor’s degree, Claude decided that she had delayed her lifetime dream of earning a college degree for far too long and migrated to the United States.

Claude liked the accelerated programs offered at CW, as she could finish in a timely manner while continuing to work full time. She did have concerns of not being able to keep up with the younger students and feared being judged for not returning to school earlier, but Claude thanks her Admissions counselor, Seloi, for the support and encouragement. Claude is expected to graduate in November 2019. In the very near future, she will start an accounting consultancy business, specializing in taxation for small business and individuals. Claude believed that one can change the trajectory of their life once they are confident and diligent.

Ardita Lufaj is enrolled in the Healthcare Services Administration program with a cumulative 3.94 GPA. She has earned President’s and Dean’s List recognition. Ardita was born and raised in Albania. She comes from a big family of six siblings and is married. Ardita moved to the United States almost three years ago and since then, has worked hard so she could accomplish her goals. The College of Westchester gave her the opportunity to continue her studies and grow professionally.

Ardita has earned her Associate’s degree in the Health Information Management program in April 2018 and is expected to graduate with her Bachelor’s in February 2020. While Ardita has accomplished many goals thus far, she has many more she looks forward to accomplishing. Once such goal is she hopes to be a successful administrator in a health care facility. Ardita is very grateful to The College of Westchester and also to her family for believing in her and supporting her all these years.


2018 day college student of semester nicholas diloreto and elizabeth hughes

Spring 2018 - Day College Student of the Semester

Congratulations to our Spring 2018 Students of the Semester, Nicholas Diloreto and Elizabeth Hughes!

Nicholas Diloreto (Bachelor’s)

Nicholas Diloreto is enrolled in the Bachelors of Science degree, Information Technology program, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. He has consistently earned President’s List recognition and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society. Nicholas previously earned his Associate degree in Computer Network Administration. He decided to enroll at CW after having a wonderful time during a BOCES field trip to the campus. He is expected to graduate in August 2019. His career goal is to become a network administrator for a large company and eventually open his own computer repair shop. Nicholas currently lives in Putnam Valley with his family.

Elizabeth Hughes (Associate)

Elizabeth Hughes is enrolled in the Associate degree, Medical Assistant Management program, with a 3.91 cumulative GPA. She has earned both Dean’s List and President’s List recognition. Elizabeth was born in New Rochelle and attended New Rochelle High School. She made her decision to enroll at CW after participating in Crash a Class and being pleased by what the Medical Assistant Management program had to offer. Elizabeth has loved everything about the program, especially all the professors. She is not entirely sure on what career path she wants to take, but is leaning towards being an OB/GYN. Since she was little, all she wanted to do was help people. Elizabeth is expected to graduate in April 2019, making her the first of four kids in her family to become a college graduate.

Fall 2018 - Day College Student of the Semester

2018 day college student of semester angie jaramillo and trayvon campbell

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Students of the Semester, Angie Jaramillo and Trayvon Campbell!

Angie Jaramillo (Associates)

Angie Jaramillo is enrolled in the Medical Assistant Management program, with a 3.92 cumulative GPA. She has earned both President’s List and Dean’s List recognition and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society. Also, Angie represented CW for the TAP Lobby in Albany. Angie went to Ramapo Senior High School in Rockland County. She feels that choosing CW was the right choice because of the college’s family environment, as she has received help from her professors, faculty and Student Services/Financial Aid. Angie is expected to graduate in April 2019. After CW, Angie plans on transferring to a medical school, as she wants to become a surgeon. Thanks to CW, she is ready to chase her dreams, make her parents proud and teach her younger brother that, no matter what, you can always make your wildest dreams come true.

Trayvon Campbell (Bachelor’s)

Trayvon Campbell is enrolled in the Interactive Digital Media and Marketing program, with a 3.91 cumulative GPA. He has earned both President’s List and Dean’s List recognition. Trayvon was born and raised in the Bronx. He went to the High School of Contemporary Arts in the Evander Childs Campus. Trayvon was not sure of what college suited his career choice until he received an email from CW and went to orientation. Trayvon is expected to graduate in August 2019. Growing up, comics have always inspired Trayvon, so he wants to become a comic writer, colorist, illustrator and everything else that comes with the industry. Trayvon currently lives in the Bronx with his family. Doing what has to be done and staying driven is never an issue for Trayvon because, at the end of the day, he’s just trying to tell a story.

2019

brave enough to fall

Having a successful career will offer you a lot of benefits and real meaningful opportunities. As we live in a world governed by social status and money, working your way up to the top will definitely improve your quality of life. Therefore, having a college education is instrumental for a successful, professional career. But this journey doesn’t always start in college. Cultivating a new generation of leaders, creators, and achievers is the impetus behind Brave Enough to Fail (BETF), a non-profit organization founded in October 2015 in Connecticut.

Brave Enough to Fail and The College of Westchester are thrilled to announce that they will work together to help cultivate a new generation of professionals. CW will provide up to ten $1,000 scholarships per year which BETF will make available to students at schools that it serves. The scholarships will be renewable as long as awardees remain full-time and in good standing. The first scholarships are available for the current school year and will be awarded in June 2019.

“We are very excited to be partnered with The College of Westchester, a top-notch institution that is dedicated to students and their success. Both organizations actively seek to serve students from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds and communities,” said Wayne Winsley, Executive Director and Founder of Brave Enough to Fail.

BETF is an organization that inspires and motivates high school and college students to strive for success by understanding and implementing options available to them. Since 2016, the organization has reached over 3,000 high school students and currently has requests for the Brave Enough to Fail program from high schools and school districts across 20 states. The organization encourages students to achieve their dreams by reinforcing several soft skills including, commitment, resilience, self-discipline, communication, and team work.

The College of Westchester has found in BETF a great ally to extend its mission of serving students from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds and communities. Both institutions are fully dedicated to preparing more young people to succeed in the modern and competitive workforce. “The College of Westchester is proud to partner with Brave Enough to Fail, as both organizations share the same commitment to student success and work to support academic and professional achievement,” said Matt Curtis Vice President of Enrollment Management at CW.

According to Wayne Winsley, this partnership will be the best platform to connect with more students, inspire them, and prepare them for a successful professional life, “This partnership means BETF will not only be able to reach and inspire more great students in places like The Bronx, Yonkers, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon, we can now directly connect those motivated students to a solid resource to build the foundation for successful, relevant professional careers.”

To learn more about Brave Enough to Fail visit: https://www.braveenoughtofail.org/

To learn more about The College of Westchester visit: https://www.cw.edu/

2018

google path to management

As a college preparing students for entry into the regional workforce with highly regarded programs in business and computer technology, it was only natural to have a representative of Google visit The College of Westchester’s campus. Google, one of the most innovative companies in the world, has been expanding its presence in New York City over the past decade and has become one of the biggest tech companies in the world, not just in the internet world, but among all business brands. Google’s products and services are different and unique, just like their leadership style.

James McCarthy, a Mobile Transformation Team Lead at Google visited Professor Paula Cancro’s Management Applications class to speak with students about the career path to becoming a manager, his personal managerial experiences, corporate problem solving, and how business teams can be most effective. He encouraged CW students to be proactive, take the initiative to volunteer in more projects, and be vocal to their superior about wanting to learn more in order to grow within the business.

Although this may have been Mr. McCarthy’s first visit representing Google, it was not his first visit to the College. Mr. McCarthy, a former technology analyst with Goldman Sachs, went on to help launch the global consulting firm, Digital Catnip, in 2015. While serving with Digital Catnip, Mr. McCarthy and Professor Cancro met at the 2016 Westchester County ‘Mobile Smart App Development Bowl’ where a student team from the College had submitted an entry. They had struck up a friendship and Professor Cancro invited him to the College for his first visit.

The Mobile Site Transformation Team led by McCarthy in Google’s New York offices in Chelsea, helps Google clients optimize their mobile web experiences through one-on-one consultations and scaled events across the country with the goal of improving customer experience on their client.

2016

2016 dr. quiester craig fellowship award recipient garwayne mcgregor

The College of Westchester congratulates Garwayne McGregor on receiving the Dr. Quiester Craig Fellowship Award from Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Garwayne is a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Garwayne says, “I am so honored to have been choosen to receive this fellowship award. It has motivated me now more than ever to continue my education and to stay on my path to success. It has reaffirmed my beliefs that one should never allow their failures to command the outcome of their future, failures should be used only as benchmarks on which you build your success.”

The Sigma Beta Delta (SBD) Fellowship Program awarded thirty-three fellowships to qualifying members in 2018. Each applicant submitted an essay, transcript, and recommendation letter from a business faculty member.

2019

2019 honors ceremony

President Mary Beth Del Balzo, Professor Loretta Sinopoli (Director of the Honors Program), CW faculty, staff, friends and family gathered to recognize and congratulate students as they were inducted into Sigma Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies and, recognize those who completed the Baccalaureate Honors program at CW’s Honors Ceremony.

President Del Balzo complimented the honors students saying, "Tonight you are receiving a very distinguished honor that will stay with you forever, just like your CW education. Being inducted into an honor society speaks volumes about you as an individual – everyone has a choice to work toward success or simply to coast along and you have chosen to succeed at the highest level.”


2018

2018 fall honors ceremony

Proud moments for friends and family as their loved ones are inducted at CW’s recent Honors Ceremony; 25 students into Sigma Beta Delta, 20 in Phi Theta Kappa and 10 in the CW Baccalaureate Honors program. Director of the Honors Program, Professor Sinopoli said it best, “Your knowledge, your energy, and your tireless commitment to your classes inspires all of us and drives us to do better, to be better, and like you, to be the best!" This is what it’s all about and why we do what we do!


2017

2017 spring honors ceremony

CW honored and inducted 24 students from Phi Theta Kappa, 18 students from Sigma Beta Delta, and 7 students from the CW BBA Honors Program during yesterday’s Spring Honors Induction Ceremony. Opening remarks included Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Judith Lilleston, Associate Dean, Student Success.

The purpose of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among business students. On the other hand, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students. The Honors program is designed to introduce high achieving BBA students to research. Those inducted must develop qualities of leadership, fellowship, and service.