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NCCC Opening Weekend 2019

NCCC First Ever Day of Giving a Big Success

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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 include 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.

Group of Elementary Pupils Outside Classroom

NYS Liberty Partnerships Program launches new website

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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

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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 schools 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

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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.”

Female volleyball team exercising indoors on volleyball court

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

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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 sport 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

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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 continue 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.

Students from NCCC’s Future Leaders

NCCC Future Leaders engage in community service

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As part of the Liberty Partnerships Future Leaders program at Niagara County Community College, students from Lockport High School and North Park Junior High School will be focusing their community service efforts on environmental improvements this year.  The high school students kicked off the yearlong project on October 21 with a community clean up.  Liberty Partnerships Students identified the overall need as well as a few key areas that would benefit from their efforts.  In addition to picking up litter, the project has prompted them to spread awareness about recycling and empower others to put garbage in its place.

As part of this project, students researched some alarming statistics:

  • Paper products make up 22% of the liter that is currently in the world
  • More than 250 million tons of trash is produced each year
  • An estimated 1.4 billion pounds of litter winds up in the oceans each year
  • Over 100,000 marine animals die every year from plastic entanglement and ingestion
  • New York produces about 14 million tons of trash a week
  • On average a New Yorker throws away about 25 pounds of trash a week

North Park Jr. High School students teamed up with Niagara Region Park Interpretive Program.  The Niagara Park Program identified the need for more bat boxes throughout the region.  A guest speaker attended the Liberty after school program on November 7 to introduce the students to the benefits of bats, facts surrounding the declining bat population, and what students can do to help.  Many residents do not realize that increasing the bat population will reduce the mosquito population and promote plant pollination.  Students will assemble bat boxes of their own to be installed at specific locations in Niagara County.

Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program at Niagara County Community College is sponsored by a New York State Department of Education Grant and currently serves over 300 students throughout Western New York.  The program supports youth throughout Niagara County with college and career pathway planning.  Liberty Partnerships assists students with life and social skills, mentoring, leadership, service learning, community service, wellness, and social/emotional development.

For more information on how your child can be a participant in the Niagara County Community College Future Leaders Liberty Partnerships Program, contact Jamie Reid jreid@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-6891

Gingerbread Wonderland

NFCI presents sweet holiday tradition of Gingerbread Wonderland for 8th year

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The talented students and chefs of the baking and pastry arts program at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) have been working for months now planning and now building the life-size gingerbread village that is a part of Gingerbread Wonderland. This colorful, edible masterpiece takes approximately 3,000 man hours to complete and is comprised of 1,200 pounds of gingerbread, 2,400 pounds of royal icing, 400 pounds of edible decorations and tiles and 100 pounds of fondant. Last year’s creation was featured in Food and Wine’s list of “7 Magical Gingerbread Houses to See This Season” and this year promises to impress with a new design for guests to enjoy.

As if a giant gingerbread house wasn’t sweet enough, NFCI also offers a variety of holiday themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Starting Saturday, November 30th through Sunday, December 22, visitors can experience live entertainment, face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and even visits with Santa Claus himself! The hours are Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, from Noon to 4 p.m.

For those who wish to view a variety of smaller gingerbread houses, entries in the annual competition can be viewed from Thursday, December 5th through Tuesday, December 10. Those interested in other activities might enjoy an ice carving demonstration on Old Falls Street on Saturday, December 7 at 12:00 p.m. or the train show featured on Saturday, December 14-Sunday, December 15. One of the final special events of the season at NFCI will be a magic show on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is located at 28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY. For more information on the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s Gingerbread Wonderland, visit www.nfculinary.org/gingerbread.

Daniel DiPirro with appetizer

New Experience to Savor at NFCI

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The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) has always provided up-and-coming chefs with a hands-on learning environment to sharpen their skills in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, and now these unique programs will provide even more opportunities for students to excel and stand out in their field.  New this fall, the retail outlets at NFCI have revised their approach by launching a completely academic model supported by Niagara County Community College.

This all-academic model means that chef instructors at NFCI will be incorporating rotations in the retail outlets as part of the curriculum for students.  The applied learning experience of preparing and serving food in an active restaurant right in the heart of a world-class tourist destination is a unique and valuable tool to ensure students are ready to be successful in a career right after graduation.  Those looking to accelerate the program may be interested in the new 16-month curriculum at NFCI, which allows students to graduate and get into their careers much sooner than a traditional 2 year program.

In addition to the student run restaurant experience, the menu will be updated to a prix fixe format.  Guests will be able to enjoy a two course lunch menu weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. including an appetizer and entrée.  A three course dinner including an appetizer, entrée and dessert will be served from Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Guests will be able to indulge in savory entrées and decadent desserts created by chef instructors and students, and can watch them refine their craft in an open view kitchen.

Like a good meal, cooking up these new developments at NFCI has taken time.  In an effort to prepare students for their new roles and provide the best dining experience for guests, the Savor schedule revolves around student class modules.  The restaurant will reopen for lunch and dinner service on Wednesday, November 13th.  While not required, it is recommended that guests make a reservation by calling 716-210-2580.  Rest assured that the quality of food and service will be the highest priority, and guests will be treated to an experience worth savoring.

For more information on the academic programs and retail outlets at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, visit nfculinary.org

Veterans Day Ceremony

NCCC to hold Veterans Day Ceremony on November 8

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Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 8 at 11:30 AM on the Sanborn campus.  The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132.  The event is free and open to the public.

The annual ceremony will include keynote remarks by New York State Senator, Robert G. Ortt.  Ortt, who represents the 62nd District and sits on the Senate Committee for Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs.  In addition to his political career, Ortt was enlisted in the New York Army National Guard, and received the Bronze Star, the Army commendation Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge in recognition of his service.

Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony in the Notar Administration Building lobby on the Sanborn campus.

About NCCC Veteran Services

Military Advance Education & Transition Magazine has awarded Niagara County Community College (NCCC) the designation of a Top Colleges for veterans in the 2018 rankings. The annual rankings factor in the results of comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. For more information on the NCCC Veteran Services office please visit our website: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/veterans/