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More than 250 Graduates Participated in NCCC’s 58th Commencement

By News Archive

May 16, 2022

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

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Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of NCCC. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

NCCC 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 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of NCCC. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

NCCC 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 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

 

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College.

 

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Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


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Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

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NCCC President Challenges Massasoit Community College President to Friendly Wager for Buffalo Bills Playoff Game

By News Archive

January 12, 2022

Virtual meeting between Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito and Massasoit Community College President Ray DiPasquale to discuss wager for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots playoff game.

Virtual meeting between Niagara County Community College President William J. Murabito and Massasoit Community College President Ray DiPasquale to discuss wager for the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots playoff game.

Via a Zoom meeting on Wednesday morning, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President, William J. Murabito challenged Massasoit Community College President, Ray DiPasquale to a friendly wager on the outcome of the playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots this Saturday, January 15.  Massasoit Community College is located deep in New England Patriots’ territory in Brockton, Massachusetts.  President DiPasquale logged into the virtual meeting wearing a Patriots hat with a custom background featuring the Patriots Super Bowl banners.  Not one to be outdone, President Murabito confidently sported a Buffalo Bills hat in support of the hometown team and made a wager of chocolate orange sponge candy handcrafted by students at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, a division of NCCC.

This Western New York specialty will be sent to Massasoit in the event the Bills lose on Saturday, though President Murabito taunted, “I don’t expect a need to send those to you.”  Amused by the comment, President DiPasquale gestured to the Patriots background behind him saying, “See those championship banners?”  Noting the confidence he had in the rookie quarterback of the Patriots, he offered gourmet chocolates created by students in the Massasoit culinary program as his part of the wager in the case a New England Patriots defeat on Saturday night.  Certain of a Buffalo Bills victory, President Murabito announced, “We are looking forward to those chocolates!”

One thing both presidents agreed upon is that it would be a great game between the two rival teams.  While the weather forecast is expected to be incredibly cold in Buffalo for the game, the sweet wager between the two colleges is just an example of the warmth of the fans behind each team.


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Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

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NCCC President Signs Three-Year Contract

By News Archive

October 20, 2021

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito


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

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President Murabito Sends Statement to NCCC Community On Death of George Floyd

By News Archive

June 2, 2020

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President Dr. William J. Murabito has issued a statement to employees and students about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and protests across the nation. His email letter reads as follows:

“Dear NCCC Community,

This past week, we witnessed another appalling act of violence against a person of color in the police officer’s involvement in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our hearts go out to Mr. Floyd’s family and to the many others whose lives he touched. This incident has raised profound and troubling questions about violence and social inequity in our society — issues that are critical for us to explore, teach about, research, study, and find a way to comprehend in our individual lives.   Although this senseless act was committed halfway across the country it seems to have affected everyone, including our campus community.  It is a reminder to us all that these unfortunate events can happen in any city and community.  

While we all are experiencing pain, anger and frustration over this terrible incident, we must remember the importance of keeping protests peaceful so that we can communicate our thoughts effectively and gain awareness.  Destructive action only serves to detract from the issues at hand.  In the NCCC mission statement, one of our institutional learning outcomes is that “NCCC graduates should demonstrate global awareness, civic engagement, appreciation of differences and diversity, civility, ethics, and aesthetics.”  I am confident during these dark days, we will show our commitment to this core value, and support healing, meaningful action, and working together for a better tomorrow.”


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

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Murabito Sends Message to NCCC Community on Coronavirus

By News Archive

March 9, 2020

Niagara County Community College President Dr. William J. Murabito has issued a statement to employees and students on the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak and how the College was taking proactive measures in dealing with situation. His email letter reads as follows:

Dear NCCC Community,

Because of the recent outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Niagara County Community College is monitoring the situation carefully and is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of all members of the NCCC family.  As of today, there have been no reports of any members of the campus or local community contracting the coronavirus disease.

            Earlier this week, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson announced the suspension of study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea, all of which have been issued a Level 2 or 3 travel notice from the CDC.  Currently, we do not have any NCCC students participating in any study abroad programs.

SUNY has also canceled campus-sponsored travel outside of the United States to impacted countries for the spring semester.  If you are planning to travel internationally over spring recess, I strongly encourage you to review the latest information on travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.  Because the coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and impacting a growing number of countries, please be aware travelers may not be able to easily return to the U.S. and to campus.

            The College has an established Coronavirus/Pandemic Response Planning Ad Hoc Committee that has representation from all areas of the College. The team is in contact with Niagara County health department officials, local emergency response personnel, as well as SUNY.

            For our part, the College has purchased additional disinfectant products to be used on all touch surfaces (e.g., tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures), and custodians have been instructed to focus on these areas while cleaning to help provide a germ free environment.  In addition, new freestanding dispensers of hand sanitizers have been ordered and will be allocated to various locations across campus.

            While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional information about the virus can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

            If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Wellness Center at 716-614-6275

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Niagara County Department of Health, and the State University of New York (SUNY). 

            Please know that the health and safety of our campus community remain our highest priority. We will keep you updated on any new developments.


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Director of Public Relations and Event Management
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NCCC President Dr. William J. Murabito

Niagara County Community College President Dr. William J. Murabito Reacts to Governor Cuomo’s 2020 State of the State Address

By News Archive

January 9, 2020

“At Niagara County Community College (NCCC) we are very excited about Governor Cuomo’s vision for the future of higher education in New York State announced yesterday during his 2020 State of the State Address.  His proposal to expand the Excelsior Scholarship program will not only increase access to NCCC but make it possible for students to move directly into the workforce or to transfer to 4-year public or private institutions with lower debt.”

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.”

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.