Saturday, June 6, 2015

Congrats to our 99th Commencement, 100th Anniversary College of Westchester Graduates!

I just have to give a shout-out to our wonderful class of 2015 graduates. 

Give a quick watch here and congrats to all of our deserving new grads and to their families who have been with them, every step of the way!

Thanks and gratitude also to CW faculty and staff who provide our deserving grads with CW energy to succeed!

Many more successes and may you reach every goal you set, Class of 2015!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Foundation Scholars Take the Microphone!

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.

To make a donation, go to and thanks in advance!!
Please take a look at some amazing stories from some of our Foundation scholars.  After you view it I know you will want to make dreams happen for more deserving CW Scholars.


The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation successfully hosted its 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser, honoring 17 scholarship recipients. Tara Rosenblum from News 12 Westchester emceed the event, sponsored by companies including GenRe, DataKey Consulting, and Citibank.

“Recognizing talented students is truly a privilege. I am so very proud of each of our College of Westchester scholars and proud of their families as well. Tonight you are all getting your well-deserved break-through,” said Beverly Tramontelli, President of the CW Charitable Foundation, at the event, hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY.

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation thanks General Re Corporation, DateKey Consulting, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Jackson Lewis, P.C. and all the contributing sponsors for their valuable support and congratulates the 2015 Scholarship recipients:
Jonathan Calixto
Carlos Colon
Yizzette Gonzalez-Rivera
Alexandra Gordon
David Guerrero
Josh Intrator
William Owens
Abigail Laissen
Natasha Leslie
Zara Moloney
Brittney Miller
Leslie Ramirez
Jarel Ramirez
Danielle Settembre
Ayanda Watson-Galloway
Husam Zayed
Kevin Zuniga
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 pictured:  Carlos Colon.
About The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation

The College of Westchester Charitable Foundation (CWCF) (a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization) exists to raise scholarships for students. If not for the CWCF, worthy students, who are in need of a way to supplement their tuition costs, might not realize their educational goals. For more information about visit


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring!

After yesterday's snowfall, soon all of the snow will melt and will also hopefully stay away until next Winter, let me be the first to wish you a very Happy Springtime!  Spring is the time of new starts, beginnings, growth and freedom.  Green is a color that fits with spring because of the exponential greening of the earth, at least in our beautiful Westchester County and the northeast.

Most people celebrate some type of Spring remembrance, whether religious or secular.

At The College of Westchester, many students are just starting classes.  We have the option that students can actually begin their studies in May.  I know it is very unusual, but we find it to be helpful for students who may have just returned from another college and want another choice and don't want to have to wait til September to start back up.  Adult students find it is easier to fit everything in as their families' busy schedules calm down for the school year.  Online programs make it easier to get college going any time of year.

Please consider recommending a friend or family member to CW.   Contact my colleague, Matt Curtis, our Sr. Director of Enrollment to talk about it.  Matt can be reached at 914-831-0318 or

Monday, March 9, 2015

March on Selma's 50th Anniversary - The March Is Not Over Yet

The rights of all American Citizens continue to be affected positively and profoundly by the strides by those who sacrificed their time, their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives for freedom of all people. Many are referencing the continued unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.  The New York Times News Service says "In an address at the scene of what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” President Obama rejected the notion that race relations have not improved since then, despite the string of police shootings that have provoked demonstrations. “What happened in Ferguson may not be unique,” he said, “but it’s no longer endemic. It’s no longer sanctioned by law or custom, and before the civil rights movement, it most surely was." President Obama went on to say that the march is not over yet.

White House Blog
New York Times News Service

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Another Snow Day

Can you believe this snow?  I live in New Jersey and work at CW in White Plains, NY.  The snow this winter has been especially interesting.  It comes in time for us to close schools in the morning, in order for students, faculty and staff to be safe.  The snow has certainly been plentiful this season.  And, even though it is beautiful, I am ready for Spring.  Faculty, instructors and professors have been conducting classes remotely and students are able to attend without the messy commute.

When weather slows down our pace, I have to wonder if, in fact, this is a deliberate way to get the human race to take a breath, stop and reflect.  We all talk about Springtime being the time for rebirth and fresh starts.  I look at Winter as the time we can be introspective, spend time in meditation and quiet growth and planning, in order to be ready for the explosion of color, growth and freedom in Spring.
Snow near the White Plains Transit Center

Instead of lamenting the cold weather and snow, think about taking time to enjoy your family, your pets, the quiet that the blanket of snow gives us.  It is here for us, a reminder that we deserve peace, rest and reflection.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Welcoming New Students - our Springtime Comes Early at CW!

Welcome to our new evening and online students!  Spring comes early for us every year when we hold orientation and welcome students who start classes in the dark days of winter but bring Springtime and light into our halls and our online classroom, Moodle!  While all of our students are special, the ones who decide to start classes during the coldest part of the year really amaze me.  So many people just want to nest and hibernate until Springtime.

That's me talking to some of our new students - yes, it is evening and everyone
has already had a long day at work, and now they are starting class.  Aren't they amazing?
I have to applaud all of our students who continue to literally plow through the winter and attend classes, succeed and graduate.  As Spring begins, Commencement is not far away, the most wonderful time of the year for any college!  As our students graduate, we accomplish what we really want to do, help them self-actualize, clarify and realize some of their dreams.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Third of The Four Agreements or When You Assume, You Make an Ass of You and Me

For those of us who are “Odd Couple” fans, we remember that famous Felix Unger line from the kangaroo court episode.  When you assume, you make an ass of you and me.

Sitting a session with a client recently, she asked me if I had read the book The Four Agreements, written by Don Miguel Ruiz, and published in January, 2001.  According to, this is a wonderful book for stress management and personal growth.

My client mentioned one of the four agreements, “don’t make assumptions”, which we discussed at length. 

A dear friend of my husband gifted him a copy years ago, and he devoured it.  I just never got around to absorbing it.  But it came up again this morning, specifically about assumptions.  Jumping to conclusions is such an easy thing to do.  As we navigate this corporate landscape of CW, I find it important to remind myself to give the benefit of the doubt.

How often do we make assumptions about others that are incorrect?  In this contemplative time of year, Spring and new beginnings, here are some pearls from The Four Agreements.

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.