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Tami Scruggs Portrait with Rocks

NCCC’s Nursing Student “Rocks” Exams

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EKG Rock

Tami’s painted rocks are left at the NCCC campus for nursing students to find.

During the summer months of 2020, nursing student, Tami Scruggs, received news that the classes she signed up for at Niagara County Community College were going remote because of the continued threat of COVID-19.  Tammy revealed, “I am a bit older than the traditional college student so, when the nursing program went online, I was not excited. It’s difficult for me to be behind a computer and not in a classroom. I have to be more creative in the way I learn and study.”

Coincidentally, at the beginning of the pandemic, Tami began a new painting journey to deal with the stresses of the world’s new normal.  “My daughter and I had found a painted rock while on a walk. We thought painting rocks would be a good hobby while everything was shut down. It was a way to relax, clear our minds, and cope with the changes that were happening so quickly around us,” Tami explains.

During the fall 2020 semester, Tami applied her new hobby to the way she studied for exams in the competitive nursing program. She began painting cardiac rhythms in order to remember them. “Painting on rocks helped me to not only memorize certain EKG strips, but it also helped me to relax. Usually, there is nothing relaxing about nursing school,” jokes Tami.

Tami Scruggs Placing Rock

Tami places a rock with a cardiac rhythm painted on it at the NCCC campus, hoping it will brighten a nursing student’s day.

Tami is now a part of the rock painting community, Sweet Buffalo Rocks, in Western New York. Tami joined the Facebook group and became a part of the trend spreading across the country of painting, hiding, and finding others’ rock creations. She is now an active contributor to an act that spreads joy, wonder, and a family-friendly treasure hunt at any given moment. She says “I like to leave my rocks near walking trails, bike paths, or public rock gardens for people to find. Sometimes a silly rock really brightens someone’s day.”

In addition to painting rocks to de-stress, study, and make people smile, Tami is also painting them to teach. During the summer of 2020, Tami’s husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with Lyme disease. To help prevent the illness in others, Tami took her message to the woods, leaving rocks with ticks painted on them, reminding hikers to do a tick check, and including a fact about Lyme disease.

While the world awaits a safe COVID-19 vaccine, Tami continues to find the silver linings while living and studying through the pandemic. “You really build some amazing friendships in the nursing program and we all miss each other.” However, “Online learning does allow for more flexibility in my schedule,” said Tami.

To stay connected and supported, the NCCC faculty have carved extra time into their schedules to connect with students in new and resourceful ways. Whether it is through one-on-one check-ins, lecturing outdoors while the weather cooperates, or moving classes to larger spaces like the campus’ banquet hall, faculty and staff are striving to meet students’ needs. Tami says she feels supported because “The nursing staff has open office hours via Zoom or we can send emails if we have any questions or concerns that need to be verified.”


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Supply Chain Management

NCCC to Host Virtual Understanding Industries Workshop

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Niagara County Community College Workforce Development Department in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization (ITGO), is hosting the first in a series of presentations to increase awareness of the economic impact and employment opportunities of in-demand areas in Western New York.

The first Understanding Industries workshop, held via Zoom, will highlight Supply Chain Management/Logistics. The workshop will be held on October 21 at 10:00 AM.  This presentation is geared towards K-12 guidance counselors, adult education providers, and career development counselors in county government or community-based organizations. There is no fee to participate.

“After meeting several times with industry and business leaders, it was clear that there is a need to highlight how these industries impact our community, both economically as well as employers,” states Karen Kwandrans, Ed.D, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Workforce Development. The series will highlight area businesses, their economic impact, and training and jobs available in each area.

“Many students and their parents do not think about logistics and supply chain as a career path – because most of us don’t spend too much time thinking about how everything we use daily gets to us. It’s an industry that requires people, energy and solutions, and always will. There will forever be logistics opportunities, and the Buffalo Niagara ITGO is thrilled to be working with NCCC to tell this story,” added Craig Turner, Executive Director, ITGO.

For more information please contact the Workforce Development Department at NCCC at 716 -614-6236 or visit the website at niagaracc.suny.edu/wd/


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Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Niagara County Community College Alumni Association Selects 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

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The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association has selected two recipients for their 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients are Muriel Anderson ’83 and JoAnn Pellegrino ’97. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the 2020 award recipients will be honored during the rescheduled NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala. There is currently no new date at this time.

Muriel Anderson graduated from NCCC in 1983 with her Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She continued on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University at Buffalo. While earning her degrees, Muriel worked as the Vice President and Deputy Auditor for M&T Bank. In 2000, Muriel joined UB as a faculty member dividing her time between the School of Management Departments of Accounting & Law and Organization & Human Resources. In 2014, Muriel joined NCCC’s Accounting Program Advisory Committee. Her experience provided NCCC with important information to help students transfer and continue their education at UB. She has also served on NCCC’s Program Excellence Evaluation Review (PEER) Committee in 2015 and 2020. In addition to her dedication to education, Muriel manages her own business where she provides tax and account services to approximately 50 clients. She also volunteers her time as the treasurer for Hope for Sisi’s Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of children in a rural area of Ghana, Africa.

JoAnn Pellegrino graduated from NCCC in 1997 with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She continued on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Nursing Education. While earning her degrees, JoAnn worked as an ICU nurse at Medina Hospital and Lakeside Memorial Hospital. She was promoted at Lakeside Memorial Hospital to Director of Nursing Surgical Services in the Maternity and Central Sterile Processing unit. After many years of applying her education in hands-on nursing roles, JoAnn went on to inspire the next generation of nurses as an Adjunct Instructor at Niagara University and Roberts Wesleyan College. In 2017, JoAnn was named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Throughout her time, JoAnn has never forgotten her start at NCCC. She continues to remain involved by attending the annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala and Leadership Luncheon, serving as the keynote speaker for the NCCC Nursing and Allied Health graduation ceremony in 2018 and is a current member of the NCCC Nursing Advisory Board.

To read NCCC’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient’s full biographies and for updates on the Foundation Scholarship Gala, please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Meat Raffle

Niagara County Community College Alumni Association to Host Virtual Meat Raffle

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The NCCC Alumni Association is hosting a Virtual Meat Raffle on Friday, November 6, 2020, at 7:00PM on Facebook Live with ArtyParty716. The virtual event is open to all NCCC alumni, employees, students, and friends of the College. Proceeds will support the NCCC Alumni Association.

Watch us spin the wheel for a chance to stock up on all of your favorites for the holiday season from the comfort of your own home. Meats are provided by Pellicano’s Market Place. Ticket packages are $35, $50, or $70. Additional tickets to enter the 50/50 and grand prize raffle are also available for purchase. Tickets are pre-sale only. Registration ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Attendees do not need to have Facebook in order to participate in this event. Facebook Live videos are accessible to anyone with or without an account. Any attendees who do not live locally are still invited to participate. We will work with any out-of-town winners to find a store in your area and purchase a gift card for the value of the item you won.

For more information on the meat raffle, to purchase tickets, or to sponsor the event please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/meatraffle/. You can also call the Alumni Office at 716-614-5910 or email alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu with any questions.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Jordyn Bobzien

Niagara County Community College Foundation Seeks 2020 Scholarship Donations

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Niagara County Community College has decided to postpone their 30th Annual Foundation Scholarship Gala. No official date has been set at this time.

The NCCC Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to deserving students since its inception in 1987. Although the 2020 Foundation Scholarship Gala has been postponed, this year’s need for student scholarship dollars still remains as we strive to meet the various challenges presented by the pandemic. Please consider donating to the 2020 NCCC student scholarships. Your continued contributions are crucial to the success of our students in allowing them to achieve their goals with an NCCC education.

If you would like to donate to the 2020 NCCC student scholarships, you can do so online by visiting https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/. Donations can also be made over the phone or through a check made payable to the NCCC Foundation. Please mail donations to the NCCC Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Deb Brewer, NCCC Foundation Director at found@niagaracc.suny.edu, or call 716-614-5910.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

John Strong, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer

Strong choice for Chief Diversity and Equity Officer at NCCC

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Assistant Professor John D. Strong as the new Chief Diversity and Equity Officer starting in the fall of 2020.  This is a newly created position to lead the Diversity and Inclusion Committee that was formed in September of 2016.  Strong has been at the College for over 14 years, working as an Assistant Professor in Health and Physical Education and serving as the Personal Trainer Certificate Coordinator.  He holds a Master of Science degree from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Canisius College.

Along with other Diversity and Inclusion Committee members, Strong is working to increase support for social justice and civility in developing curricula, programs, services, policies, and procedures on campus as noted in the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Action Plan.  Initiatives such as hosting “Diverse Dialogues” will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community members together for conversations on how the campus can be a better and more inclusive place to learn and work.  The committee is also working to create a comprehensive webpage that will include all initiatives that the campus community can get involved in, and will also provide opportunities to share ideas and feedback to improve the campus experience.

In response to his appointment, Strong states, “I really look forward to serving in this role as we try to bring Niagara County Community College into a more anti-racist and unified future.”  He will continue to serve as a faculty member in addition to his role as the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer.


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Wayne Lynch

Wayne Lynch Named New Vice President at NCCC

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Niagara County Community College has named Wayne Lynch as Interim Vice President of Administration effective September 1, 2020. Lynch has served as Interim Vice President of Operations at NCCC since November 2018.

In his new role, Lynch oversees the College’s Business Office and the Office of Information Technology. He will continue to manage operations of the College including Facilities, Maintenance, Grounds, Construction Planning and Design, Custodial Services, and Public Safety departments.

Lynch’s leadership shined at the NCCC campuses during the COVID-19 PAUSE in New York State. He accepted the role of Chair of the Re-Opening Committee and developed new cleaning and public health protocols at the Sanborn and Niagara Falls Culinary Institute locations. These measures include mandatory masks, smaller room capacities, individual health screenings for all who enter either location, scheduled room, constructing plexiglass barriers, and staggering the return of employees and students.

Lynch, a resident of Lewiston, is a graduate of NCCC with degrees in Mathematics and Science, as well as Mechanical Process Piping and Industrial Design. Following his studies at NCCC, Lynch went on to receive a BS in Business Administration from Buffalo State College and an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

Lynch states, “As the Institution continues to mitigate the impact of declining volume and revenues, every position will be analyzed. My new role is evidence of this forward-thinking action, combining the VP of Operations role with the VP of Finance and OIT. These types of actions will be critical to the long term financial stability of our organization. They will allow us to provide high-quality education to the greater community at large.”


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Denyel Beiter
Event Coordinator, Public Relations & Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC’s Dr. Pytlik-Flammia Elected as Secretary for NYS Nursing Council

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The Council of Associate Degree Nursing in New York State, Inc. (CADN) has announced that Niagara County Community College’s Chair of the Nursing and Allied Health Division, Dr. Diane Pytlik-Flammia, has been elected as their Corresponding Secretary.

The CADN is a voluntary, non-profit organization whose mission is to address issues of students, faculty, and administrators in Associate degree nursing programs throughout the State. Through their forum, the council seeks to resolve educational, professional, and political matters that are of key importance to the nursing profession and have a specific connection to undergraduate nursing programs.

NCCC has been a member of the CADN since its inception in the 1970’s. Dr. Pytlik-Flammia has been a member for five years. She states, “Being a part of the CADN for New York State has been a great way for me to network with deans from other nursing programs as well as State Education Offices, and many other professional organizations.” She adds, “The CADN has provided guidance for students, courses, faculty, and administration at NCCC. We have also provided input on experiences of our nursing program to the Council.”

The CADN offers professional development activities for members and nursing faculty across New York State to ensure educators are up to date on the latest practices in the healthcare field. These trainings are passed down to students, cultivating knowledgeable, experienced graduates entering our hospitals and medical practices. These core principles of the CADN align with Dr. Pytlik-Flammia’s values as her “Favorite part about leading the Nursing and Allied Health division is playing a part in securing a quality education and excellent career opportunities for students in the healthcare field.”

Dr. Pytlik-Flammia has been employed with the College since 2007. In 2015, she became the Assistant Vice President of Nursing and Allied Health. This NCCC alumna recently earned a Doctor of Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.  She, along with the rest of the experienced faculty, continue to lead and support students who have an interest in joining the healthcare field. For more information about the Nursing and Allied Health program at NCCC, please visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nah or call 716-614-5940.


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Orientation

A new back to school routine at NCCC

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As of Monday, August 31, the fall semester is back in full swing at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI), though it looks a bit different than past semesters.  COVID-19 forced the College to switch to a fully remote format in March, but the facilities personnel have been working for months to prepare both campuses for the safe return of students.  This means limiting access to buildings through one access point, allowing for tracking of entrants for contact tracing purposes, and the completion of daily health screenings.

For new students, orientation was experienced virtually for some, and for others, it meant wearing masks and sitting six feet apart in line with the mandates from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.  In science and culinary labs, individual stations have been created using plexiglass barriers to allow for maximum safety while still allowing full access to the tools and equipment needed to effectively learn.  The campus is visibly vibrant with students walking the halls, though they are wearing masks and eating pre-wrapped meals in the snack bar.

Student Life is still making the most of the “new normal” and offering a full calendar of COVID-friendly socially distanced events on campus and virtual activities for the student body to enjoy.  Welcome week activities included a drive-in movie in one of the campus parking lots and continued with online Trivia, a chalk festival where students showed off their artistic abilities outdoors, and a Chicken Wing Festival where Student Life treated students to lunch outdoors.

Heather Trumble, a Technical Assistant in Student Life notes the importance of these experiences in helping students feel more connected and to build lasting relationships.  “So far the students have been very positive and have been happy to see that there are options both in-person and virtually.  We still have clubs, social activities, and even some community service opportunities for them at this time.”  Trumble also mentions the “Taste of Fallfest” event that is planned in the coming weeks, which is a smaller version of the typical fall activities they offer for the campus community.  While the pandemic may have adjusted the college experience for some, it is not dampening the spirits of students or the opportunities for meaningful engagement and networking outside of the classroom.


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: saharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

JCPenney Virtual Suit-Up Event

Dress for Success With Niagara County Community College and JCPenney

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The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association, the NCCC Career & Transitional Services Office, and Student Life are teaming up with JCPenney to help you find everything you need for your next job interview or current position during their virtual Suit-Up event. During the virtual shopping event, attendees will receive a 30% discount on all career apparel items including suits, dresses, sport coats, dress pants, shoes, and more! Discounts will also be included on Sephora and Salon products.

Attendees can shop the sale between September 18, 2020 – September 20, 2020. NCCC alumni, students, employees, friends of the College, and guests are invited to attend this virtual event. For more information on how to receive your 30% discount code, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/jcp/.

For any NCCC students with questions on this event, please contact Casey Button from the Career & Transitional Services Office. Her phone number is 716-614-5957 and her email is cbutton@niagaracc.suny.edu. For all other questions from alumni and friends of NCCC, please contact the Alumni Office at 716-614-5910 or alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu