Building Competence, Confidence and Character

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 in General | No Comments »

APClogo022316Monroe College created the AIMHigh Empowerment Institute (AIMHigh EI) in the fall of 2014 to counter troubling national statistics regarding the weak enrollment – and even weaker program completion rates – for urban young men of color. Through AIM (Ambition, Inspiration, and Motivation) High EI, select students acquire the skills, confidence, and perspective to effectively transform their lives through education.

Inductees participate in twice-weekly mentoring sessions where they receive guidance on academics, job skills, personal conduct and character, and are counseled on how best to manage any personal challenges. They visit local schools to inspire others and engage in myriad community outreach and volunteering projects to learn accountability and responsibility. A full 90 percent of AIMHigh EI students were still actively enrolled one year later – a retention rate nearly double the national trend, with 12 percent of them making the dean’s or president’s list.

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New York Career Institute Offers a One-of-a-Kind Education in Court Reporting

Posted on January 26th, 2016 in General | No Comments »

Olexa Capili, first year court reporting student at New York Career Institute (NYCI), displays her stenotype machine. According to Olexa, her class work is demanding. However, the accessible nature of her professors and peers motivate her and make her time spent at NYCI a pleasure.

Olexa Capili, first year court reporting student at New York Career Institute (NYCI), displays her stenotype machine. According to Olexa, her class work is demanding. However, the accessible nature of her professors and peers motivate her and make her time spent at NYCI a pleasure.

New York Career Institute (NYCI) offers unique training to prepare students for challenging careers in court reporting and closed captioning. Court reporters are responsible for quietly transcribing depositions, court proceedings and administrative hearings. Court reporters must be able to use a stenotype – a sophisticated machine that allows them to type in shorthand – so they may record 225 or more words per minute.

And with extra training, court reporters can also qualify for a career in closed captioning, which is transcribing what is being said during a live broadcast, such as the news and sports events, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

According to an independent study conducted by Ducker Worldwide – one of the nation’s leading marketplace analyst firms –demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the U.S., with the greatest demand occurring in California, Texas, Illinois and New York.

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Monroe College Honors Program

Posted on January 26th, 2016 in General | No Comments »

Monroe College Honors Program students Kemelin Gonzalez and Caroline Sandow credit the program for challenging them, and helping them to achieve more than they thought was possible.

Monroe College Honors Program students Kemelin Gonzalez and Caroline Sandow credit the program for challenging them, and helping them to achieve more than they thought was possible.

Established in 2004, the Monroe College Honors Program provides academically accomplished students the opportunity to engage in advanced coursework, participate in experiential learning activities, serve the local community through volunteer work and become part of a special community at Monroe College.

“The Honors Program is not just about academics, it’s not about just being a bookworm,” said Kathryn MacDonald, Monroe College Honors Program Coordinator. “Honor’s is about who you are as an individual. It’s everything from how you write, how you speak, how seriously you take on a challenge. It’s the fact that you like to take on a challenge, that’s what Honors is all about.”

Students from the Honors Program have the opportunity to make academic and scholarly presentations at national and regional honors conferences. Most recently, they made five presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference in Chicago. This April a cohort of students will be presenting and serving at the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference in Cambridge, MA. Additionally, many of Honors students go on to earn their master’s and doctoral degrees at prestigious universities.

Hear what students have to say more about Monroe College’s Honors Program in this video.

New York State Senator George Latimer Meets With Students at Berkeley College in White Plains

Posted on January 11th, 2016 in General | No Comments »

State Senator George Latimer visited Berkeley College in White Plains on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Sen. Latimer, who represents the 37th District of New York State – which includes White Plains – met with students and college administrators at the campus. “I couldn’t be more complimentary about your mission and what you’re doing at Berkeley College,” Sen. Latimer said, during his discussion with students, “Education is the path for all of us.” Pictured (L-R) is Gbubemi Okotieuro, Berkeley College Vice President of Government Relations, New York; Kevin Luing, Berkeley College Chairman; Dallas Reed, PhD, Berkeley College Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life; student-veteran Jorge Morale, marketing communications major; student Rebecca Aguilera, marketing communications major; Senator Latimer; student Hailey Farle, fashion merchandising and management major; student Jennifer Schalle, accounting major; Ted Havelka, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, White Plains; and Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President.

State Senator George Latimer visited Berkeley College in White Plains on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Sen. Latimer, who represents the 37th District of New York State – which includes White Plains – met with students and college administrators at the campus. “I couldn’t be more complimentary about your mission and what you’re doing at Berkeley College,” Sen. Latimer said, during his discussion with students, “Education is the path for all of us.” Pictured (L-R) is Gbubemi Okotieuro, Berkeley College Vice President of Government Relations, New York; Kevin Luing, Berkeley College Chairman; Dallas Reed, PhD, Berkeley College Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life; student-veteran Jorge Morale, marketing communications major; student Rebecca Aguilera, marketing communications major; Senator Latimer; student Hailey Farle, fashion merchandising and management major; student Jennifer Schalle, accounting major; Ted Havelka, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, White Plains; and Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President.

Beth M. Castiglia, Phd, Named Provost at Berkeley College

Posted on December 15th, 2015 in General | No Comments »

Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, is the Provost of Berkeley College, effective December 14, 2015.

Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, is the Provost of Berkeley College, effective December 14, 2015.

Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, former Dean of the Berkeley College L. Luing School of Business, has been named Provost at Berkeley College, effective December 14, 2015. Under the direction of the President, the Provost serves as the chief academic officer of the College.

“Beth has been instrumental in aligning curricular changes at the Larry L. Luing School of Business with International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) principles, and shares a vision that is on the same trajectory as our current administration,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “I am confident in Beth’s leadership and in her commitment to working with faculty, administrators and students to drive our mission at Berkeley College forward.”

Dr. Castiglia implemented the process of using assessments for student learning and operational outcomes in the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.  She emphasized the experiential components in business classes, integrating soft skills into the traditional college curriculum. Dr. Castiglia also supported faculty initiatives to redesign curricula and student resources. She is a proponent of public and private-sector partnerships. 

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LIM Ranks in Top 10% of “Value-Added” Colleges

Posted on November 19th, 2015 in General | No Comments »

award-ribbon-blue_0A recent study that measures colleges’ contributions to undergraduate student outcomes identified LIM College as being in the top 10% of four-year colleges in the nation.

The report from the Brookings Institution, titled, “Using earnings data to rank colleges: A value-added approach updated with College Scorecard data,” was released on October 29 and ranked 3,173 two-and-four-year institutions. Each received a “value-added” score based on alumni earnings.

Jonathan Rothwell, the study’s author, states on the Brookings website, “Value-added measures attempt to isolate the contribution of the college to student outcomes, as distinct from what one might predict based on student characteristics or the level of degree offered. It is not a measure of return on investment, but rather a way to compare colleges on a more equal footing, by adjusting for the relative advantages or disadvantages faced by diverse students pursuing different levels of study across different local economies.”

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Making a Difference for Online Students: CW Receives Quality Matters Award

Posted on November 11th, 2015 in General | No Comments »

Quality Matters Award Photo CWWhite Plains, NY – The College of Westchester is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Quality Matters (QM) “Making a Difference for Students” Award in the Institution Category for online excellence in teaching, training, online observation, and online pedagogy and andragogy.

Accepting the award on behalf of The College of Westchester was Paula Cancro, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair Person, Business. The award was presented at the 7th Annual Quality Matters Conference in San Antonio, Texas from November 2-4. “The awards committee reviewed many impressive nominations this year, and your selection for this award demonstrates the significance of your achievements.  We applaud your efforts to make a difference for students,” said Deb Adair, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer of Quality Matters. This three-day conference featured more than 130 workshops and sessions focused on quality assurance in online education.

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LIM Faculty Lead the Charge at Fashion: Now & Then

Posted on November 3rd, 2015 in General | No Comments »

--limcollege_edu-staff-Staff_Profiles-Desktops__Documents-lola_rephann-My_Documents-website-BLOGS-Hubspot_Blogs-Presidents_Blog-LIM_0122FinalcropLIM College, President’s Blog entry by Elizabeth S. Marcuse

Last week, LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library hosted the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference, during which more than 200 fashion librarians, archivists, and information professionals from around the world came together to explore the past, present, and future uses of global fashion information.

LIM faculty members played key roles at the conference, with a record number sharing their work on a diverse array of topics.

To kick off the conference, Professor Amanda Hallay presented “SALUDOS, AMIGOS!: Fashion and The Good Neighbor Policy,” a look at Latin America’s influence on U.S. fashion.

Professor John Deming and Dr. Kenneth Kambara’s “Postpone the Eulogy: Print is Not Dead” examined the unique role that print media, specifically fashion magazines, play in our culture. They were joined by Maranda Janky, an LIM College undergrad who is Managing Editor of The Lexington Line, our student-produced online publication.

Dr. Kambara then moderated a panel on the future of media, which included Professors Deming and Jess Novak. Dr. Kambara also joined Professor Robert Conrad to present the results of their recent study on fashion brands and Millennials.

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LIM College Students Win $10,000 in Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions Challenge

Posted on October 21st, 2015 in General | No Comments »

Winner_WomenswearLIM College’s womenswear team took second place in this year’s Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions. Rufina Yusupova, Danielle Pujia, Marisa Karenchak, Maleeka Harmon, and Danielle Kassof will split a $10,000 cash prize for their efforts in the third annual creative competition for top New York-area fashion students.

The competition to create an editorial campaign image styled with merchandise from Amazon Fashion’s holiday-season fashion closet (in just one day) was held October 17 in Amazon Fashion’s state-of-the-art studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Berkeley College Announces Transition to Semester-Based Academic Calendar

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in General | No Comments »

BerkeleyCollegeBerkeley College is in the process of converting its academic calendar to a semester system from a quarter system. The change will take effect in June 2016, pending regulatory approval. Under the new system, an academic year will be comprised of two semesters, rather than three quarters. In a calendar year, students will have the ability to take courses over three semesters instead of four quarters.

“Berkeley College is committed to the success of our students and we are confident the semester-based calendar will have a positive impact on student outcomes,” said Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President.

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