Letter from the President
I am pleased to provide you with the Niagara County Community College Annual Report. Please read how NCCC students, faculty and staff have been a part of the NCCC community and beyond this past year.
As I write this, I am reminded about the May commencement ceremonies, as our students celebrated their graduation on the Sanborn campus for the first time in three years. It was a time to come together around our core educational mission and a reminder of the strong bonds and distinction that characterize the NCCC experience. It also serves as a reminder that by working together and supporting each other, NCCC’s future is bright.
As we move forward, I am confident that NCCC will continue to influence the social, cultural and economic well-being in our communities and beyond, while ensuring that our students have access to the best possible learning experience. NCCC is truly a remarkable institution.
Wm. J. Murabito, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees
At a Glance
FALL 2017 ADMISSIONS PROFILE
2017-18 Annual Report – Admissions Numbers
MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS
FALL 2017 ENROLLMENT
STUDENT GENDER RATIO
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
In the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Student Life offered over 88 events to NCCC students in an effort to create a more engaging campus culture.
Over 6,841 students participated in those campus activities, with event and program highlights including:
Year in Review
Increased funding from Niagara County
For the first time in 11 years, NCCC received an increase in funding from Niagara County. At the June 19, 2018 meeting of the Niagara County Legislature, an increase of $100K was approved for the college, making the total contribution $8.971 million. President Murabito is hopeful this will lead the way to further expansion for the school.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Department provides additional security to campus
As part of a greater effort to update emergency safety plans, an agreement was signed with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department to provide an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to patrol campus. “You’re not just getting a deputy sheriff, you’re getting an entire sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff James Voutour. Read More
Cooperative planning with Niagara University
In an effort to provide better service to students, NCCC and Niagara University have joined forces to provide student shuttle transportation, allowing students to visit various destinations across Niagara County. Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, the shuttle will be launched that will transport students between NCCC, the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Niagara University as well as several retail stops along Military Road.
Empire State College opens office at NCCC
Empire State College opened an office on the NCCC Sanborn campus and at the Culinary Institute on August 1, 2018. SUNY Empire State College educates nearly 18,000 adult students in person, online, and through a blend of both, at more than 30 locations in New York. Read More
Bisons Superhero Night
NCCC sponsored Bisons Superhero Night at the ballpark on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Alumni, employees, and friends of NCCC joined in the fun. Tripp was on hand with other mascots and superheroes for pictures with the crowd, and William Ross, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees threw out the first pitch at the game.
The NCCC Alumni Association also sold tickets for the third year in a row for the game that night. Over 100 NCCC alumni along with their friends and family enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bisons take on the Toledo Mud Hens between home plate and first base. Tickets were $10 and included a $5 Bisons Bucks gift card good to use towards any snacks, drinks, or apparel.
The Student Senate Programming Board at NCCC hosted the 2nd annual Thunderfest on Friday, April 27th to celebrate the end of the spring semester. The event featured a carnival, food trucks, and a live concert on campus. Over 550 students, faculty, staff and community members were in attendance.
Retiree Reunion Reception
A retiree reception was held on December 6 with over eighty retirees in attendance. For many of the retirees, this was the first time many of them had returned to campus for an event. Many familiar faces were on hand to celebrate the season. Plans are in the works to make this an annual event.
NCCC Lends a Helping Hand
Lending a helping hand during the holiday season is important to the members of the Practical Business Club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at NCCC. Together both groups were able to collect enough donated items to create ten thanksgiving dinner baskets for families in need. Read More
NCCC Film and Animation Festival
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Niagara County Community College (NCCC) held its 20th Anniversary Film and Animation Festival. The festival had 131 film submissions from 23 different countries entered into seven categories: animation, comedy, drama, documentary, horror, music video, and experimental. Read More
Interactive Digital Signage at NFCI
NFCI added an interactive digital sign to the first floor atrium. This tool will allow visitors to gain insight into the rich history of NFCI, award winning chef instructors, academic programs, retail outlets, community education classes, local events and much more! The new sign allows you to control the content and user experience with a simple swipe or press of your finger.
Thanksgiving Appreciation Lunch
President Murabito hosted the annual Thanksgiving appreciation lunch for students on November 16 on the Sanborn campus and November 17 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The President, administrators and faculty leaders served turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the trimmings to students for a nominal fee. Read More
Girls in Sports
NCCC Physical Education Majors volunteered at the Girls in Sports event at the New Era field house. Over 250 girls, ages 6-12, from the Buffalo “closing the gap” schools participated in 8 different sports throughout the day along with speakers that advocated the positive benefits that sports can have on their lives. Read More
NCCC Veterans Day Ceremony
NCCC hosted the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9, 2017 on the Sanborn campus at the Veterans Memorial Park. This annual ceremony honors all veterans including NCCC students, faculty, staff, retirees and community members. Interim President Dr. William Murabito offered opening remarks. Read More
Faculty and staff ramped up efforts to collect non-perishable food items for students in need at donation sites across campus. The food collected is stocked in the pantry in H building where students can access what they need. In 2017-2018, over 1,500 items were donated and 541 visits were made to the pantry.
SUNY Transfer Finder functionality within Degree Works went live in Spring 2018! This is a cooperative effort by SUNY to allow students to select up to 3 transfer institutions, filter their completed coursework through an online degree evaluation, and find the shortest pathway to completion for a particular major. Read More
Small Business Development Center
In May of 2018, Niagara SBDC Business Advisor Dinene Zaleski was named the New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) State Star. She then represented the NYSBDC at the ASBDC National Conference in September. This well-deserved and very prestigious honor is given annually to only one advisor in each state. Read More
We thank you all for your generosity. We have attempted to recognize each gift from June 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 and regret any inadvertent omissions. Please contact the NCCC Foundation at (716) 614- 5910 should you notice a discrepancy.
NCCC Foundation Board
Front Row: Maria Crea MD, David Karwick, David Bonnevie DDS, Jerry Wolfgang, Donna Bryk, and Christina Cerrone Pecoraro
Second Row: Jane Haenle, Vincent (Jimmy) Cancemi, Jack Kopczynski, Michael Hooper, Robert MacDonald, Ann Briody Petock, Lester Robinson III, Gina Virtuoso, David DiCamillo, Steven Sinclair, William Bevacqua, Fred Rickan, Jayne Schaber, Marc O’Hearn, and William Ross (Not all Foundation Board Members pictured)
Full Foundation Board
Jerald I. Wolfgang
WNY Regional Education Center for Economic Development
David R. Bonnevie, DDS ‘74
Dental Care Associates, LLC
David I. Karwick
Key Investment Services
Donna J. Bryk
Walsh Insurance Group
Retired, Sdao Furniture
David J. DiCamillo
DiCamillo Baking Company
Gina I. Virtuoso
Retired, Senior Accountant
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ann Briody Petock
Briody Health Care System
Vincent “Jimmy” A. Cancemi ’68
Certo Bros. Distributing Co., Inc.
Maria Crea, MD
Retired, Medical Director
Medical Society of G.N.O
Dr. Martin H. Drake ’75
Jane N. Haenle
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jack F. Kopczynski
Ascension Industries, Inc.
James A. Mezhir ’68
Christina A. Cerrone Pecoraro ’06
Mark Cerrone, Inc.
Fred Rickan ’81
Lester J. Robinson III ’87
The Northwoods Corp.
James C. Roscetti
Roscetti & Decastro, PC
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William L. Ross
Retired, Niagara County Legislature
Connor Middle School
Retired, M&T Bank
The Wright Investment Group
Melanie Tisdale ’75
Tisdale & Coykendall
James Turner ’86
Erie County Medical Center
Ronald R. Winkley ’78
Niagara County Legislature
- Sophomore catcher Matt Cross was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics
- Freshman Vinny Chiarenza, Cross and classmate Joe Kruszka were named NJCAA Division III All-Americans
- NCCC finished as Region III runners-up after winning 40 games, including head coach Matt Clingersmith’s 400th career victory
Pictured: Matt Cross
- Freshman Hogan Lang qualified individually and ultimately finished 50th at the NJCAA Division III Championships
- Lang was the medalist as NCCC won the WNYAC Championship at its home tournament for the third consecutive year
- Sophomore All-WNYAC players Vinny Falvo, Zach Fronckowiak, Cam Eddy and Hunter Harris helped NCCC to five tournament wins
Pictured: Hogan Lang
- Sophomore 1,000-point scorer Donel Cathcart was named an NJCAA Division II second-team All-American
- Cathcart (Youngstown State) and classmate LaTerrance Reed (Northwestern State) signed with NCAA Division I programs
- Cathcart, Reed and freshman Najee Scott were All-Region choices on a team that won 21 games
Pictured: Mike Pollard
- NCCC advanced to the regional championship for the third straight year, falling to National Champion Monroe CC
- Sophomore scoring leaders Diamond Fedrick (UNC-Pembroke) and Nerae Truheart (Alderson Broaddus) earned scholarships
- Fedrick, Trueheart and freshman Shilah Parker were All-Region selection for the 19-win Thunderwolves
Pictured: Neraelyn Trueheart
- Freshmen trio of Josh Horvath, Noah Meister and Tyler Van Buren were named second-team All-WNYAC
- An overtime win over perennial power Mohawk Valley CC highlighted an otherwise rough season
- David Hesch took over as head coach in 2018
Pictured: James DiLorenzo
- Freshman Alexis Fyock led the team with 22 points on her way to first-team All-WNYAC honors
- Classmate Michelle Fiore and sophomore Cristina Catalano were second-team All-WNYAC picks
- Former longtime NCAA Division I assistant David Hesch was named head coach for the 2018 season
Pictured: Alexis Fyock
- NCCC won 13 regional games and advanced to the Region III semifinals for the second consecutive season
- Sophomore captain Ana Bryer led the country in stolen bases (48) on her way to first-team All-Region honors
- Pitcher Vicki Waugaman threw a no hitter against Finger Lakes CC and pitcher Bree Chambers had a no hitter against Mohawk Valley CC.
Pictured: Ana Bryer
- Sophomore team captain Lauren Wills was named All-WNYAC for the second consecutive season
- After a one-year hiatus, NCCC will once again host the Region III Championships in the fall 2018
- Former head coach Joe Daigler, who led NCCC to a pair of regional titles, returns as an assistant in 2018
Pictured: Maddy Finn
- Sophomore 165-pounder Troy Keller, a University Buffalo signee, became the school’s fifth National Champion
- Keller, a two-time NJCAA All-American and SUNY Scholar-Athlete award winner, set the program record for wins (90)
- Classmate John Riena was also an NJCAA All-American for NCCC, which won its 21st Region III Championship
Pictured: Troy Keller
Construction of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center
A new STEM Center building has been proposed on the Sanborn campus that will provide updated technology and expanded STEM laboratory spaces. It will impact all students in all degree programs as well as expand workforce development and increase the College’s competitive recruitment of students. Phase 2 of the project includes renovation of the existing space to allow for growth in the Nursing and Allied Health Programs. It is estimated the project will cost approximately $35 million. A steering committee has been established, and they are working to receive support from the local officials.
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute New Accelerated Program
Plans were approved by SUNY to offer a 16-month culinary degree program to accommodate students who want to finish their degree more quickly and enter the workforce. This model will now allow for the oversight of the restaurant and pastry shop at NF to return under the direction of the academic programs as it is at many culinary schools in NY and across the US and as it was here in Sanborn 7 years ago in the faculty dining room. This will put the students at the forefront and complete the student journey for the academic programs from beginning of their degree to completion allowing for the necessary skills to be introduced and practiced in the academic labs and then reinforced in the production style classes serving the public and college community.
Upgrading of Athletics Facilities
Although our athletic programs have experienced unprecedented success in recent years, our athletic facilities have fallen behind rival institutions. A task force spearheaded by Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Ross has been organized to review the athletic facility master plan, which was first presented in 2015. The plan calls for a turf complex for baseball, soccer and softball, upgrades to indoor facilities and locker rooms to meet SUNY mandates and NJCAA compliance as well as options to enhance, renovate and/or re-configure the current fitness center and pool. While meetings are ongoing, Ross has made it clear that the college’s top priority is a new STEM building.