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NCCC Announces Fall Dean’s List

By News Archive

January 6, 2020

A total of 738 students were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievements for the fall 2019 semester at Niagara County Community College.  Both full- and part-time students were honored for their scholastic successes by being named to either the Dean’s List or the Part-Time Honors list.

To be named to the College’s Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time with 12 or more credit hours and have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.

To be eligible for the Part-Time Honors list, a student must be enrolled in six to 11 hours of course work and have a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Students are ineligible if they have incomplete course work, a grade of S, U, W, or a grade below C.

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NCCC hosts 23rd Annual Tech Wars

By News Archive

December 23, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host the 23rd annual Tech Wars competition on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  The day boasts over 700 competitors from over 20 middle and high schools in over 21 categories.  The half-day event consists of robotic competitions, seismic building design, bridge design, parametric modeling, and architectural design, among other specialties.

Registration is open until the day of the event.  For more information on the competition, please visit www.wnytea.com or email Adam Taber at ataber@starpointcsd.org.

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NFCI plans active shooter drill for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

By News Archive

December 20, 2019

An active shooter response drill will be conducted at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Under the direction of the Niagara Falls Police Department, staging will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the drill is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The event is closed to the public.

The drill is being conducted to test the emergency phone notification system (RAVE system) as well as the response from the NCCC Public Safety Department.  As part of the drill, the College will be collaborating with other first responders, including the Niagara Falls Police Department and the Niagara Falls Fire Department.  A debriefing session will take place following the drill to assess the response from all participants.

This event is part of continuing training to improve safety on campus.  A similar drill was conducted on the Sanborn campus of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) on Friday, July 26, 2019.

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Elnicki named Interim VP of Finance at NCCC

By News Archive

December 18, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) has appointed Patrice Elnicki of Sanborn, NY as Interim Vice President of Finance and Information Technology. Elnicki assumed this post-effective Monday, December 9, 2019, and will continue in the interim position until a permanent replacement has been named. She has been with NCCC since 2005, most recently serving as Director of Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Elnicki is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Valparaiso University in Indiana. She is a member of the New York State Community College Business Officers’ Association.

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NCCC First Ever Day of Giving a Big Success

By News Archive

December 17, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) participated in its first-ever “Day of Giving” on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  Thunderwolves from all over – faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends – came together to raise $6,620. Their donations will go towards programs that continue to support students and further NCCC’s mission.

One of the programs includes the NCCC Poetry on the Edge reading series which brings the best local and national poets to campus for readings, workshops, and classroom visits. In addition, programs such as NCCC Honors and the NCCC Student Showcase received donations to help fund yearly awards to students for their academic achievements.

Gifts both large and small poured in during this fundraising marathon and we are proud and grateful for all those who came together to make this day a success.

Although NCCC’s Day of Giving is over, the Foundation Office continues to support the mission of the College year-round.  For more information on the NCCC Foundation, please visit the website niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/  or call 716-614-5911.

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NYS Liberty Partnerships Program launches new website

By News Archive

December 16, 2019

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) launched its new website and brand on November 18, 2019, with an intentional focus on the deep and positive impact their work has on supporting NYS students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

The website heavily features the success stories of LPP alumni who have benefitted from its social-emotional, academic, family, and professional development services and gone on to either complete higher education or find meaningful employment. Additionally, the site highlights the enormous growth of the program as it has developed over the past 30 years of service to New York State. Now with 46 sites in partner schools across 10 regions of the State, LPP supports more than 15,000 students per year.

“As we embarked on the website rebranding project,” says Amy Humphrey, LPP Marketing Committee Co-Chair “we knew we wanted the attention to be on our students and alumni. Their hard work and continued engagement in LPP is what drives us forward and inspires the work we do every day.”

Founded in 1988 with the first cohort starting in 1989, LPP supports students through a broad range of programming and one-on-one sessions focused on social-emotional, academic, and personal/professional development to encourage retention. It aims to engage students holistically, giving them the tools they need to succeed and supporting them in all aspects of life, including family dynamics. With the ultimate goal of helping them graduate from high school and either pursue higher education or join the workforce, LPP is using its new website to focus on program outcomes, highlight select alumni accomplishments, and focus on the strengths of its current participants.

Along with the new web presence, Liberty Partnerships Program is proud to announce the 30 for 30 campaign that encourages alumni to share their stories with the public and inspire investments in the future of students. The organization is asking potential donors to contribute in increments of $30 in recognition of 30 years of service to students throughout New York State. LPP seeks to demonstrate the significant impact their services have, not only on individual students, but on the NYS educational landscape and society as a whole. All funds donated will go to Friends of Liberty, a 501c3 dedicated to supporting NYS LPP’s mission.

“We continue to see an increased number of students in need of these services to help make it to graduation,” says Lisa Kulka, President of the Friends of Liberty “By raising both funding and awareness of the need, we are investing in the next 30 years of students’ social-emotional, academic, and professional growth.”

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established in 1988 under Section 612, Subdivision 6 of the Education Law to address the significantly elevated, high school dropout rate among New York’s youth. The authorizing legislation stated, “the failure of many young New Yorkers to complete their secondary education limited their opportunity for a life of fulfillment, prevents them from advancing into postsecondary education and hinders the State’s efforts to provide a well-trained workforce for business and industry in New York.”
The Program is included in the New York State Education Department’s Statewide Plan for Higher Education as part of its strategy to maximize the successful transition of middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school into graduates who are fully prepared for the rigors of higher education and the competitive demands of the workplace.

For more information on Liberty Partnerships Programs, contact Lisa Kulka at lkulka@buffalo.edu or visit their new website at https://libertypartnerships.com/.

Girl Power Volleyball Tournament Held at NCCC

Girl Power Volleyball Tournament Held at NCCC

By News Archive

December 12, 2019

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) hosted a “Girl Power” youth volleyball tournament on December 11, 2019 for over one hundred girls from Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda intermediate schools as part of a $400,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.  The three-year grant supports a youth sport/leadership program between Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda School districts. The Wilson Foundation is currently driving the “Project Play: Western New York” initiative aimed at getting and keeping more youth in sports. The three schools participating this semester are North Tonawanda Intermediate, Cataract, and Hyde Park Middle Schools in Niagara Falls.  The participants are girls ages 11-12 from each of the school’s fifth-grade classes.

For the past several weeks, the girls have participated in a series of youth volleyball training programs that included leadership instruction in support of the principles outlined in the “State of Play: Western New York” report.  Participants concluded their training yesterday with a “friendship tournament” held at the NCCC Sanborn campus.

School representatives from the middle schools said the participants’ attendance improved on the days that they had volleyball because they did not want to miss the practice.   Katie Smith, from North Tonawanda Intermediate School, said, “There are so many great things about this program. In addition to having an opportunity for physical fitness, the girls formed friendships with each other and nurturing relationships with the coach/mentors.”

“College students from the NCCC Physical Education, Childhood Education, Recreation Studies and Sports Management programs have received training as coaches which support the College’s mission to provide experiential learning and enrich and strengthen the educational experience for all students involved,” said Dr. William Murabito, NCCC President. “These students can then possibly obtain future employment as coaches; provide community outreach and instill a lifelong appreciation of sports and physical fitness that will result in healthy life choices for the participants.”

Two new schools will participate in the Girl Power program in the spring – 79th Street School and Harry F. Abate School.  In addition, organizers plan to offer a Girl Power summer camp and expand programming to include talks on nutrition and opportunities in STEM.  For more information on the Girl Power program: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/girl-power/

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation:

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit www.rcwjrf.org

About Niagara County Community College:

Niagara County Community College is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 academic programs to over 5,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition. For more information visit niagaracc.suny.edu

Dr. William J. Murabito as the seventh President of NCCC

Murabito Praised as Permanent NCCC President

By News Archive

November 27, 2019

Dr. William J. Murabito is set to become the seventh president of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and one of the final steps was the approval of his contract by the NCCC Board of Trustees at the meeting held last night.  The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr.  Murabito as president on November 20 at their SUNY Trustee meeting in Albany, effective December 1, 2019.

For the past two years, Dr. Murabito has served as interim president of Niagara County Community College.

Dr. Murabito, whose educational career spans more than 50 years, was selected following a national search that began in September.

“Throughout the search process, there was a focus on collaboration and finding a candidate who could move the college forward,” said Trustee Gina Virtuoso, NCCC Finance Chair and Co-Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “With Dr. Murabito’s background and experience, he has already accomplished so much.  I am excited to see what the future will bring for NCCC.”

Other community leaders commented on Dr. Murabito’s appointment:

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R, C, I, Ref-Niagara Falls) praised Dr. Murabito’ s appointment as President of NCCC, “Dr. Murabito’ s dedication and experience cultivating community partnerships will prove invaluable at addressing the workforce challenges facing our region.”

Wm. Keith McNall, Chairman of the Niagara County Legislature, commented, “I believe Dr. Murabito will provide a dedicated commitment in bringing state of the art educational opportunities to NCCC and as such will broaden curriculum and increase enrollment.”  “The implementation of the STEM Center project that Dr. Murabito brought to the Niagara County Legislature for review and consideration would be a great move forward for NCCC, for future students, and for the residents of Niagara County.”

“Dr. Murabito is recognized as a collaborative and inspiring leader and these skills are precisely what we need in the next president of NCCC,” said Paul A. Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY.  “He brings a depth and breadth of experience in higher education to lead NCCC into the future.”

Town of Cambria Supervisor Wright H. Ellis said Dr. Murabito plays a vital role in facilitating support for the STEM Center Project at NCCC in Niagara County and in Albany.  “Additionally, his tenure as Interim President has enriched the citizens of Niagara County and the Town of Cambria, as well as the NCCC family.” “I look forward to him continuing his exemplary contribution to our community life,” Ellis said.”

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Niagara County Community College Receives $400,000 grant from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to support Youth Volleyball Program

By News Archive

November 21, 2019

The NCCC Foundation announces that they are the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.  This three-year grant supports a youth sport/leadership program between Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and the Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda School Districts. The Wilson Foundation is currently driving the “Project Play: Western New York” initiative aimed at getting and keeping more youth in sports. The initiative is rooted in the knowledge that sports can not only seed lifelong healthy habits in kids but also build character, social skills and improve educational outcomes.

Girls from each of the eight Niagara Falls elementary schools along with girls from the North Tonawanda intermediate school will participate in a series of youth volleyball training programs that will include leadership instruction that support the principles outlined in the “State of Play: Western New York” report.  Participants will culminate their training programs with a “friendship tournament” that will be held at the NCCC Sanborn campus. By adhering to the principles outlined in the report, this project will introduce the sport of volleyball to youth participants, striving to instill an appreciation for free play. In addition, the collaboration planned with local agencies that include the local Recreation Departments, Boys and Girls Club, Athletic Departments, and local volleyball clubs, will allow the opportunity for continued participation throughout their developmental years.

Students from the NCCC Physical Education Teacher Preparation, Childhood Education, Recreation Studies, and Sports Management program will receive training to serve as the on-site coaches for this program.   This will provide the NCCC students with applied learning that supports and enhances their college educational experience.  The Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda varsity players will also serve as coaches to facilitate a seamless transition for the youth participants to eventually transition into mentor coaches.

“This youth volleyball program is a great example of creative collaboration in a community that will not only introduce more girls to a new sports experience but will also help to grow the next generation of female coaches in the region,” said Jim Boyle, vice president of programs & communications, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “We hope this type of model can be replicated with other sports and programs across our communities.”

Information on registering for the program can be found on the Girl Power website: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/girl-power/
A press conference will be held at the friendship tournament on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Gym at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY.

 

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation:

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit www.rcwjrf.org

About Niagara County Community College:

Niagara County Community Collegeis one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 academic programs to over 5,000 students and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition. For more information visit niagaracc.suny.edu

Dr. William J. Murabito as the seventh President of NCCC

Niagara County Community College Names New President

By News Archive

November 20, 2019

The State University of New York Board of Trustees in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of Niagara County Community College (NCCC) today announced the appointment of Dr. William J. Murabito as the seventh President of the institution.

For the past two years, Dr. Murabito has served as interim president for Niagara County Community College. In his capacity as interim, Dr. Murabito developed and executed an action plan for the campus including successful regional accreditation from Middle States and program accreditation for nursing and surgical technology.

NCCC Board of Trustees Chairman William L. Ross said the NCCC Board of Trustees looks forward to continuing working with Dr. Murabito.  “Since the beginning of his interim role as president in fall 2017, Dr. Murabito brought stability to the NCCC campus by negotiating a contract for faculty, redesigning the role of the College Association, and the laying the foundation for the STEM Center funding,”  Ross said.  “Dr. Murabito has proven to be a collaborative, strategic leader and we are confident that he will continue to provide strong leadership to NCCC going forward.”

Dr. Murabito’s appointment is effective December 1, 2019.

About Dr. William J. Murabito

Dr. Murabito served several SUNY institutions as interim president including SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Sullivan, SUNY Cobleskill, as well as leading as chief executive office and officer in charge for Rockland Community College. He also held positions as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and director of admissions at SUNYIT (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute); director of counseling services at Alfred State College; director of development at Parkland College in Illinois, and director of financial aid at Mohawk Valley Community College.

Dr. Murabito earned his doctorate in Philosophy in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL; a Master of Science in Student Personnel and Guidance from the University at Albany; and a earned his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College.