WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Robin Graff of Westchester Community College enthusiastically embraced the mission of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association when she joined the organization three years ago.
In turn, the Association recently honored Graff for her service by awarding her the New Professional Award, which recognizes the enthusiasm and involvement of members who join the organization.
“What I love about the organization is all members are dedicated professionals,’’ Graff said. “They are there for the right reasons. All the people I’ve become involved with want to do what’s best for the transfer population. We all work together to help students and ease the transfer process.”
College transfers can be difficult for students and colleges, Graff said.
“You’re involving two-year and four-year schools, and public and private institutions,’’ Graff said. “With NYSTAA, when you put a question out there you’ll get an answer. They want to share best practices and promote the organization and the services that will be transferred to the student.”
Graff served the NYSTAA as the downstate regional co-chair, worked on issues and membership committees, presented workshops at conferences and is currently on the organization’s executive board.
The organization was formed in 1993 by college admission professionals to create a statewide, inclusive association to support transfer students. Graff works at Westchester Community College as the Coordinator of Transfer Services.
Graff helps students complete their degrees at Westchester and arranges student visits and transfers to four-year colleges. She also organizes two transfer fairs each year, and offers transfer workshops.
Transferring credits is frequently the biggest hurdle Graff faces in getting students from Westchester Community College to four-year schools. “We try to build those relationships to show what the amazing students have accomplished,’’ Graff said. “Transferability of credits is always an issue.”
Graff has worked at Westchester Community College for nearly 24 years, and enjoys the college atmosphere. “I started my career here and don’t think I’m going anywhere,’’ Graff said. “You see what the Community College does for students and can’t help but be impressed. Anyone can come here and go anywhere.”