Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Fresh Point of View

Summer greetings!

I am grateful for the warm summer days and blue nights of this special time of summer.  Joan Didion says in Blue Nights, her wonderful, sad memoir (is that the right way to describe it?); "Blue nights are the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but they are also its warning". 

At the end of a long, hot July day of work yesterday, I walked outside to one of those blue nights.  Even in the middle of summer a deep blue sky somehow signals that the end of summer is coming.  So, I am doing my best to enjoy this beautiful season, and I hope you are as well.

Just last week, I was lucky enough to attend the 2015 Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, conducted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  College and university presidents must be in the first year of their tenure to be accepted into the program.  Coordinated and developed by the insightful and talented Dr. Judith Block McLaughlin, the intensive five and a half day training covered many topics including strategic planning, advancement, governance, as well as financial leadership, innovation and opportunity in the changing landscape of higher education. Speakers included Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, former President of Tufts University Larry Bakow, Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, and many others.  My head was reeling with the plethora of pertinent, enlightening and inspiring information. 

I attended with 55 other college and university presidents from many states, as well as from Australia, Kuwait, Canada and Norway.  Our institutions were as small as 300 students, as large as 16,000, liberal arts universities, business colleges, medical colleges, engineering schools, community colleges, private not-for-profit colleges, and  tribal, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force, religiously affiliated and secular.  The youngest president was in their early 30's and the oldest in their 70's.  The largest campus takes 4 hours to fly over in a plane and the smallest just 1 building, and us, The College of Westchester.

My new colleagues will tell you that all I talked about was all of you; my colleagues, our students, our employers, our 100 year anniversary and the wonderful metropolitan White Plains area.

I came back from the Seminar renewed and excited to get back to CW, the greatest college!

Harvard New Presidents Class of 2015 (I am in the 3rd row, 4th from right)


 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day to you and yours!


I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and enjoyable Independence Day.  Whether it is a quiet day for reflection or a big celebration, I am grateful to live in this beautiful country of the US of A.  I am grateful for our wonderful students and graduates and their families, our fabulous faculty and staff, and employers who appreciate and hire many of our graduates.
Most of all, I am appreciative that The College of Westchester has been a quality institution of higher education since 1915, 100 years, helping our students to become more independent and successful!
Here is a nice reflection from one of our recent grads, Rose Maldonado. 

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 http://www.cw.edu/giving 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 www.cw.edu/cwcf-scholarship

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring!

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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 admissions@cw.edu

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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.

Sources:
White House Blog
YouTube
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.

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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.