Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, chair of the Arts and Communication Department, Discusses Degree Completion

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Today’s Completion Week testimonial video features Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, chair of the College’s Arts and Communication Department, urging students to persevere en route to completing their degree.

“I am not an athlete, but I consider myself an intellectual athlete. I like the challengr of setting my mind on the goal of a degree and then working until I get it. You can do the same thing. Lean on your family and friends for support. Ask you professors for help ... that’s what we’re here for. And don’t stop. When it gets to a point where it feels too hard, that there is too much work to do and the degree seems impossibly too far away, push yourself harder. Because when you do that degree, and you will, there will be such a sense of accomplishment and no one can take that away from you.”

Linda Fedrizzi-Williams profile

Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, chair of the Arts and Communication Department, is a 1998 graduate of SUNY Orange. She earned her associate’s degree with a concentration in communication before transferring to Marist College where she earned her B.A. in Communication in 2000, specializing in TV/Radio/Film.

Fedrizzi-Williams has worked in television news, both at the local and national levels, and she spent five years as executive producer, co-host and news anchor of the popular Hudson Valley radio program: Woodman in the Morning on K104.7. She was known as DJ Lynn Kelly.

After leaving radio, she earned her master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Marist and is currently in the second year of her doctoral program. She is studying Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

She teaches several courses including Digital Radio Production, Introduction to Video Production, Foundations of Communication and Arts & Communication Practicum.

More About Completion Week

Under the slogan of “Commit. Complete. Compete.” the 37 State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges have set aside this week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 4) to send a simple message: students who complete an associate’s degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year schools.

Today marks the final day this week where staff and student volunteers will be manning “pledge tables” at various locations on both campuses to spread the word about degree completion and to encourage students to pledge to finish their degree. Printed pledge forms will be available at the tables, but pledges can also be completed online.

Pledge tables can be found at the following locations today:

Middletown campus
Wednesday (Oct. 2): Bio-Tech Building Lobby (5 to 7 p.m.)

Newburgh campus
Wednesday (Oct 2): Kaplan Hall Lobby (10 a.m. to Noon)

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940