February 4, 2015

 

Dario A. Cortes, President of Berkeley College Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As we publish this winter issue of Berkeley College Newsline, I am pleased to report that Commencement 2015 has found a new venue at the Prudential Center in Newark. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015, with more than 2,300 students set to graduate. I am also excited to share with you that our Commencement speaker is Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security.

I always like to say that Berkeley’s impact begins in the classroom with the magic of teaching and learning. This includes the virtual classroom. For the second consecutive year, Berkeley earned a ranking as a Best College for Online Bachelor’s Degrees by U.S. News & World Report. The College was also recently recognized for its community service impact by being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

In addition to the academic foundation we set for our students on the path to dynamic careers, Berkeley fosters a culture of community service. Community service is a source of pride for Berkeley College.

From a sampling of academic and volunteer service initiatives, to the illustrious works of our faculty and contributions of our students, this issue of Berkeley College Newsline features a variety of news items. I hope it brings you some respite from these frigid winter days!

Cordially,

Dario A. Cortes, PhD
President of Berkeley College

 

Photo Caption: Winter is in full swing at Renaissance Hall at Berkeley College in Woodland Park.

Berkeley Names New President, Effective July 1, 2015

Michael J. Smith, new President of Berkeley College The Board of Trustees named Michael J. Smith as President of Berkeley College, effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Smith currently serves as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, BES Inc., the corporate office of Berkeley College. Mr. Smith will succeed Dario A. Cortes, PhD, who announced his retirement earlier this year and has served as President since July 2008.

“We are both pleased and excited to promote from within,” said Kevin L. Luing, Berkeley College Board Chairman. “Michael Smith’s institutional knowledge and proven leadership ability, along with his concern for student success, will drive Berkeley College to new heights.”

 

 

Students Can Spark Careers at Brooklyn Tech Event

Brooklyn Tech Triangle U On January 28, 2015, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership announced the launch of the Downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium. As a member of the Consortium, Berkeley College will play a role in developing a new employment pipeline between the Brooklyn students and the area’s growing technology sector.

As part of this initiative, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership will host the 2nd annual Tech Triangle U event from March 4 through 8, 2015. The event, which is free and open to the public, will host more than 40 companies at career panels and an entrepreneurship symposium.

Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, will participate in the panel session “Game On! Why Gaming Matters to Brooklyn’s Innovation Economy” on March 4, 2015, at 5:00 pm at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

 To see the full schedule of Tech Triangle U events, click here.

 

 

Commencement to be Held at Prudential Center

Christopher Rodriguez, New Jersey Dirctor of the Office of Homeland Security Due to the recent closing of the IZOD Center, Berkeley College will hold its Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street in Newark, NJ. As in the past, the processional will begin at 9 a.m.

The Commencement Speaker will be Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, New Jersey Director of the Office of Homeland Security. Before joining the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Dr. Rodriguez served more than a decade as an analyst and manager in the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of State. He was born and raised in Morris County, NJ.

 

 

Berkeley Ranked among Best Colleges for Online
Bachelor’s Degrees for Second Consecutive Year

U.S. News & World Report shield For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley College was ranked in the Top 100 schools nationwide, rising to No. 87 in online education.

“This recognition speaks to the effectiveness of the online education program offered at Berkeley College and the fact that it provides an accessible way for adult learners to achieve a college education,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College.

Berkeley College is one of two colleges in New Jersey, and one of seven colleges based in New York, to make the Top 100 portion of the list.

Colleges are ranked on assets such as student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. According to U.S. News & World Report, student engagement includes opportunities for students to interact with professors and fellow classmates in a campus-based setting, as well as an overall quality college experience that keeps students enrolled and on track to a degree.

 

 

College Earns Place on President’s Honor Roll

President's Higher Education Community Service logo In December, Berkeley College in New York was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. This distinction is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement. Throughout the year, the Berkeley Cares initiative assists charities in the critical areas of food, shelter, health and student success.

 

Business Leaders Kick Off New Year with Career Seminar

On January 21, 2015, the Berkeley College Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) club hosted a “Kick Off the New Year” event at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, featuring guest speakers from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. More than 125 students, faculty and associates listened to a dynamic presentation about ways to stand out during the application and interview process.

The speakers also emphasized the importance of soft skills such as communication, flexibility and confidence, which employers say many applicants lack.

“The applicants who possess these skills and can show them in an interview are the ones who get job offers,” said Jennifer Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, adding that Berkeley College students are often among the 8,000 graduates hired by Enterprise each year.

Representatives from the New Jersey FBLA-PBL Board also attended the seminar. FBLA-PBL prepares students for careers in business and business-related fields. The Berkeley College chapter of FBLA-PBL received its National and New Jersey charters in January 2014 and currently enrolls more than 50 club members at its Woodland Park and Paramus locations and through Berkeley College Online®.

Guest speakers from Enterprise with Berkeley College faculty, staff and students from FBLA-PBL

Photo Caption: With Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda members are Faculty Advisor Michael McAteer, DBA, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business (back row, second from left); Chris W. Fitzpatrick, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (back row, third from left); Shannon Kruse, Berkeley College Career Counselor, Woodland Park (front row, left) and Jennifer Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (front row, second from left).

 

Online Book Club Features Novel by Berkeley Professor

Nesting Dolls by Berkeley College professor Salena Fehnel Faculty, staff and students are participating in the Berkeley College Online® Book Club. The Winter 2015 book selection is Nesting Dolls by Salena Fehnel, English, School of Liberal Arts. Copies of the book are available at campus libraries or in bookstores. A live question-and-answer session with the author took place on February 3, 2015, at Berkeley College in Woodland Park and through Berkeley College Online®.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Engages Students at DECA NY Experience

Berkeley College professor Myra Butensky at the DECA NY Experience More than 1,100 entrepreneurial and business-oriented high school students from throughout the United States participated in the DECA NY Experience in December 2014. Myra Butensky, Fashion, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business (pictured) led workshops about how fashion trends are created and how these trends influence business and our culture. “These students are dynamic, creative and insightful individuals,” Ms. Butensky said. “They will be an asset in our workplaces and serve well as our next generation of business leaders.”

 

 

 

Colloquium Gives Glimpse of Scholarly Endeavors

The Berkeley College Teaching and Learning Commons held Faculty Scholarship Colloquiums on December 4, 2014, in Woodland Park and on December 9, 2014, in Midtown Manhattan. According to Marc Shur, PhD, Associate Chair, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, the Colloquiums give professors an opportunity to learn what others are doing professionally, intellectually and academically outside of the classroom. The events were first held in 2013 and take place once each quarter in New Jersey and New York. Each presenter spoke about his or her professional work before taking questions from the audience.

Presenters and their topics included:

In New Jersey:       

Michael McDonough, Chair, Health Services Administration, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, “Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act”
Robert Buckley, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, “Behavioral Pay and Predictive Behavior”
Salena Fehnel, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, “Navigating the Shark-Infested Publishing Waters”

In New York:

Edith Linn, PhD, Criminal Justice, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies, “People v. Adrian Thomas and the Limits of Deceptive Interrogation Tactics”
Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, “Big Data’s Impact: Implications for Research”
Arthur Blumenthal, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, “Revision of our Understanding of Niccolò Machiavelli and his Works”


Photo Caption: Robert Buckley, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, presents “Behavioral Pay and Predictive Behavior” during the New Jersey Faculty Scholarship Colloquium.

 

Berkeley Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Local Chamber

On December 4, 2014, Berkeley College celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce at its Silver Annual Awards Gala at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ. The mission of the Chamber is to help Hispanics successfully integrate with the greater business community in Morris County and adjacent areas. Initiatives include educating and mentoring Hispanic business leaders, building coalitions among local, state, and national Hispanic organizations, and providing technical assistance.

Jose A. Montalvo, Berkeley College; Esperanza Porras-Field, Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber; and Angela Harrington, Berkeley College

Photo Caption (L to R): Jose A. Montalvo, MD, RMA, CCMA, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Esperanza Porras-Field, President and CEO, Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce; and Angela Harrington, Berkeley College Assistant Vice President, Office of Communications and External Relations.

 

Colleges Sign Agreement to Ease Transfer Process

On December 4, 2014, Berkeley College and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) signed an articulation agreement to ease the transfer process between the colleges across 10 different programs. Through this new agreement, students completing Associate’s degrees at SCCC can seamlessly transfer to a Berkeley College Bachelor’s degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Fashion Merchandising and Management, Financial Services, Health Sciences, International Business, Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Management and Marketing Communications. “I am pleased with this articulation agreement between Berkeley College and Sussex County Community College,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “It provides a path to a strong education and career opportunities.”

Articulation agreement signing between Berkeley College and Sussex County Community College

Photo Caption: Administration, faculty and staff from Berkeley College and Sussex County Community College attend the signing of an articulation agreement between the colleges.

 

Students are Invited ‘Inside the Berkeley Studio’

On December 2, 2014, the Berkeley College Office of Student Development Life and Counseling Services presented “Inside the Berkeley Studio,” an interview program that showcased some of the most dynamic and engaging faculty and staff at Berkeley College. More than 30 students attended the program, which was hosted by Elaine Zukerman, Personal Counselor, Student Development and Campus Life, and Adam Rosen, PsyD, Director, Counseling, in Midtown Manhattan.

The guests shared insight into their personal and professional lives, as well as answered more lighthearted, abstract questions fashioned after the James Lipton show, “Inside the Actors Studio.”

Inside the Berkeley Studio

Photo Caption (L to R): Adam Rosen, PsyD, Director, Counseling, co-hosts “Inside the Berkeley Studio” as guests Joel Reichart, PhD, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business; Lisa Karakas, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts; and Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Honors Program and Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, look on.

 

Alumnus Discusses Liberia in the Face of Ebola

Tamba D. Aghailas, a native of Liberia who escaped 15 years of civil war there, was the guest speaker at a Berkeley College Center for Global Studies presentation in Midtown Manhattan on November 18, 2014. Mr. Aghailas, a Berkeley College alumnus and representative for the aid organization BRAC Liberia, gave a detailed history of Ebola and addressed global implications of an outbreak. The impact of this disease on the global community is widespread, he said, mostly because of misinformation about the transfer of the virus. “What is left is fear and stigma,” Mr. Aghailas said. “It is difficult for those who have survived to reintegrate into the community.”

 

Dorothy Minkus-McKenna, Berkeley College Center for Global Studies, and Tamba Aghailas, BRAC Liberia

Photo Caption (L to R): Dorothy Minkus-McKenna, DPS, Director, Berkeley College Center for Global Studies, and Tamba D. Aghailas, representative for BRAC Liberia, discuss the Ebola epidemic.


Gratitude Tree Displays Student Thanks

Berkeley College Online Gratitude Tree From November 17 through 26, 2014, Berkeley College Online® associates posted the thankful messages of Berkeley College students on a Gratitude Tree. The associates asked online students why they were thankful and recorded the responses on leaves for the tree. Students could also submit their thoughts via a Blackboard Discussion Board.

The initiative was co-sponsored by the Office of Student Development and Campus Life, Campus Operations, and the Online Student Advisory Board of the Student Government Association. Online associates from Academic Advisement, the Academic Support Center, Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, the Library and Student Accounts participated.

“This was a great activity because it encouraged our associates to interact with students in a meaningful way outside of their day-to-day tasks,” said Nicole Turnbull, Berkeley College Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Online. “Many staff members were touched by the sincere and heartfelt sentiments of our students, including one student whose husband recently overcame cancer and an active-duty military student who is celebrating Thanksgiving with his family for the first time in years.”


Law Students from Mexico Visit Midtown Manhattan

Anahuac University logo On November 17, 2014, law students and professors from Universidad Anáhuac Mayab in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, visited Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan for a one-day seminar titled “An In-Depth Analysis of the American Legal System, International Business Law and Perspectives on Global Trade.” This is the second visit by students from Universidad Anáhuac Mayab, who also attended a seminar at Berkeley College in July 2014. Berkeley College and Universidad Anáhuac Mayab are working toward an institutional agreement that would provide academic benefits for students from both colleges.

 

Dover Students Learn About Mental Health

On November 11, 2014, 70 students at Berkeley College in Dover observed Depression and Suicide Awareness Month by attending an event about mental health. Guest speaker Jordan Burnham, whose program for young adults has been featured on CNN and “Dr. Phil,” shared his personal battles with depression and emphasized the importance of positive coping skills.

According to Sheri Burkat, Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Student Development and Campus Life, Dover, the program was a huge success. “Jordan is an excellent speaker and was highly relatable for our college population,” she said. “He relays his personal experience of depression, a suicide attempt, and alcohol misuse eloquently through the use of storytelling, humor and lessons learned. Students, faculty and staff asked questions or commented on the presentation, and many stayed after the program to address Jordan privately or have their photo taken with him.”

Ms. Burkat said the program also facilitated an open discussion about mental health and suicide, which helps eliminate the stigma and fear of reaching out for help.

Berkeley College students and staff with guest speaker Jordan Burnham

Photo Caption: Berkeley College students and staff welcome guest speaker Jordan Burnham (center).

 

Berkeley Joins Westchester Leaders at Annual Dinner

Berkeley College was among the sponsors of The Business Council of Westchester’s annual dinner on November 6, 2014, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. “The Business Council of Westchester gala provided an opportunity for students to connect with business and community leaders, and to learn more about the exciting initiatives shaping Westchester County’s future,” said Ted Havelka, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, White Plains.

Berkeley College associates at Business Council of Westchester annual dinner

Photo Caption (L to R): Back row are Ted Havelka, Campus Operating Officer, White Plains, and Janice Bariffe, student and Resident Assistant. Front row are Suzeana Stewart, Resident Director; Chris Hendricks, student and Veterans Administration representative; Shanea Jarrett, student and Resident Assistant; and Brian Latham, student and Resident Assistant.


Workshops Prepare Students for Corporate World

On Wednesday evenings in October, November and December, Berkeley College in Woodbridge hosted a Professional Development Series to help students become proficient in topics related to the corporate world. Sessions incorporated feedback from business partners and focused on Professional Office Etiquette, Business Writing, and Being Proactive in Your Career Search, among other topics.

On November 10, 2014, the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life and Career Services in Newark hosted a Dining Etiquette Workshop to teach students the rules of dining in the corporate world. Students had an opportunity to put their newly acquired etiquette skills to the test on November 18, 2014, when they dressed in formal attire and enjoyed a four-course meal.

Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College students Rashad Griffin, Veronica Ledesma, Brianna Briggs, Glenn Burgess, Araceli Vernazza and Anna-Kay Grant practice their etiquette skills at a formal dinner in Newark.     

 

 

Students and Staff Create Blankets on Day of Service

In observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service, students and staff from Berkeley College in Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan and White Plains gathered on January 17, 2015, to make blankets for Project Linus. Twenty-three volunteers, including two alumni, created 13 no-sew blankets. The blankets, which featured bright prints of animals, insects and Dr. Seuss characters, will be given to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

Berkeley College Martin Luther King Day of Service

Photo Caption (L to R): Sherrille Shabazz, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, Brooklyn and White Plains; international student Rebecka Hawi of Stockholm, Sweden; Melissa Vidam, Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs, Midtown Manhattan; Maamideede Hudson, Residence Counselor, White Plains; and student Sharmine Akter of Stamford, CT.

 

White Plains Associates Support El Centro Hispano

In December, associates at Berkeley College in White Plains contributed to the El Centro Hispano toy drive. The toys were donated on January 4, 2015, to children at The Church of St. Bernard’s in White Plains, NY, during the 41st Annual Three Kings Day. Three Kings Day, also called the Feast of the Epiphany, marks the arrival of the three Wise Men or Magi.

See photos: To see photos of the event by the Journal News, click here.

Berkeley College collects for El Centro Hispano toy drive

Photo Caption (L to R): Joanne Mazzullo, Administrative Assistant, High School Admissions; Ted Havelka, Campus Operating Officer, White Plains; Ana Yee, Director, Career Services and Quality Control; and Leslie Carmichael, Associate, Adult Admissions.

 

Toy Drive Benefits Quest Youth Organization, Inc.

Berkeley College in Brooklyn collects for Quest Youth Organization Inc. In December, the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life in Brooklyn held a toy drive to benefit Quest Youth Organization, Inc. The nonprofit, based in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, enriches the lives of young people through the performing arts. Nedjyne Levy, Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Student Development and Campus Life, Brooklyn, accompanied students to the organization on December 20, 2014, to help distribute the toys. (Pictured L to R) Student Andrew Gordon and Linda Sylvester, Associate Executive Director, Quest Youth Organization, Inc., pose with gifts.

Three cheers: Berkeley College in Brooklyn received a shout out for a job well done in the Brooklyn Daily. Click here.

 

Clifton Collects Toys for Boys & Girls Club

Berkeley College in Clifton holds toy drive for Boys and Girls Club In December, Berkeley College in Clifton held a toy drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic.

“Our students have a desire to give back, but it’s sometimes hard to coordinate with their many work and family responsibilities. This campus-based initiative provided an excellent opportunity for our students to make an impact on our community,” said Ashante Barnes-Awe, Berkeley College Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Clifton (pictured center with students).

The Surgical Technologist Club took the lead to wrap and label the toys, which were delivered to the organization on December 16, 2014.

 

Information Systems Assembles Bikes for Oasis

On December 4, 2014, the Berkeley College Information Systems department built bicycles for children at Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ. During the team-building activity in Woodland Park, associates built camaraderie by assembling, decorating and judging the bicycles, which were delivered to the organization on December 9, 2014. Oasis meets its residents’ basic needs – food, clothing, education and childcare – as well as resources to make them self-sufficient and economically independent.

Berkeley College Information Systems builds bicycles for Oasis - A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ

Photo Caption: The Berkeley College Information Systems department displays the assembled bikes before delivering them to Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children.

 

Virtual Food Drive Encourages Volunteerism

From November 10 through December 5, 2014, Berkeley College Online® hosted a Virtual Food Drive. The drive encouraged students to pledge food donations or their time to local food pantries or soup kitchens. Those who contributed and shared photos of their participation through social media received a Berkeley Cares T-shirt and certificate of recognition. The idea for a virtual drive was developed by Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online® and Nicole Turnbull, Berkeley College Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Online, as an way for online students to join a community service effort.

 

Virtual Coat Drive Produces Tangible Results

In December, Berkeley College Online® and Berkeley College in Clifton collected 28 coats as part of a Virtual Coat Drive in support of Jersey Cares. Students and staff were invited to take an online pledge before dropping off coats at Berkeley College or at a donation site in their local communities. This winter, Jersey Cares plans to distribute more than 35,000 gently used coats to men, women and children in need throughout New Jersey. Over the past 18 years, the organization has collected, sorted and distributed more than 400,000 coats to residents.

Berkeley College Online Virtual Coat Drive for Jersey Cares

Photo Caption: Berkeley College Online®  associates pose with coats collected for Jersey Cares.   

 

Holiday Event Supports Fight against AIDS

In December, Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan held a gift-wrapping and Build-A-Bear Workshop fundraiser in support of (RED), an organization that helps in the fight against AIDS. In return for donations, students and staff could have their gifts wrapped or build stuffed bears.

 

Bake Sale Supports Wounded Warrior Project

On November 24, 2014, Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan held a bake sale in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The organization raises awareness and provides programs and services to injured servicemembers. The bake sale was part of the Fashion Club Winter Bazaar, which invited students to market their businesses and sell their products.

 

Students Share Blessings with Bags for Homeless

On November 26, 2014, Berkeley College students and Student Development and Campus Life staff in Midtown Manhattan made more than 65 toiletry and snack backs for the homeless of New York City. The Berkeley Blessing Bags event, which first took place in 2013, is becoming a pre-Thanksgiving tradition, said Melissa Vidam, Berkeley College Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs, Midtown Manhattan. Bags are prepared on campus and then delivered to areas such as Penn Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Station to those in need.

 

Dover Student Government Organizes Food Drive

Berkeley College in Dover food drive The Berkeley College Student Government Association (SGA) in Dover held a food drive in November to collect non-perishable items for those in need in the local community. SGA representatives also wrote notes of support to those receiving the donations.

“The Student Government Association, which was established at Berkeley College in Dover this year, has energized campus life through initiatives such as the food drive,” said Sarada Jailal, Berkeley College Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Dover. “The members of the organization show passion and dedication to helping those in need and did a great job in their efforts to help local residents.”

(Pictured L to R) SGA representatives Maria Durango and Derek Newberry pose with some of the donated food.

 

White Plains Associates Donate to Youth Bureau

In November, associates at Berkeley College in White Plains donated $250 in supermarket gift cards to the White Plains Youth Bureau. The donations were used to purchase turkeys and other Thanksgiving trimmings for local families in need. The goal of the White Plains Youth Bureau is to help young people grow into successful adults by offering academic, social and extracurricular support and programming.

 

New Jersey Students Send Holiday Cards to Troops

In November and December, Berkeley College students and staff in Newark, Paramus and Woodland Park signed holiday cards for troops serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs also connected with North Star Academy – West Side Park Elementary in Newark, NJ, to create cards. Overall, about 200 cards were sent to the troops, said Maja-Monique Johnson, Berkeley College Coordinator, Military and Veterans Affairs, whose daughters, Kiara and Sierra, attend North Star Academy.

 

Overseas Effort Brings Joy in Lebanon

In October and November, Berkeley College in Paramus and Woodland Park collected more than 200 items for the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL). The “Let There Be Laughter” drive was an initiative of Paramus student Antoinette Kassas, who visited Lebanon in December to distribute the toys and winter clothing to children with cancer. CCCL was a vision of Danny Thomas, founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who sought to open a similar institute in his home country. In 2002, CCCL was inaugurated with the mission to provide access to free treatment and care to all children with cancer in Lebanon without discrimination.

Berkeley College student Antoinette Kassas at the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon

Photo Caption: Berkeley College student Antoinette Kassas (right) distributes toys and winter clothing to a child at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.       

 

New York Locations Join Out of the Darkness Walk

On October 26, 2014, Berkeley College associates and students from Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk in Battery Park in Manhattan, NY. The event benefited the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which raises awareness about suicide and depression and provides comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide. Leading up to the walk, Brooklyn students raised funds by selling pizza and cupcakes.

Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College students Cordellar Julien, Justin Lopez, Miguel Munoz and Destiny Serulle; Nedjyne Levy, Personal Counselor, Student Development and Campus Life, Brooklyn; and student Omari Alleyne attend the Out of the Darkness Walk.

 

Medical Assistant Students Join Anti-Bullying Campaign

In October, Medical Assistant students at Berkeley College in Dover designed squares that were assembled into a quilt for Respect Week. The statewide program recognizes the importance of character education and focuses on preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. Respect Week quilts were made at locations in New Jersey and New York, and a virtual quilt was made through Berkeley College Online®. The event also corresponded with Medical Assistant Recognition Week, which was observed from October 19 through 23, 2014.

Berkeley College students build Respect Week quilt

Photo Caption (L to R): Medical Assistant students Carmen Navas, Daniela Serna, Vanessa Vaszquez, Natasha Jarrett, Sylkia Natal and Gladys Collazos create a square for the Respect Week quilt in Dover.

               


 

Spotlight: Sharod Tomlinson

Berkeley Coach Mentors Students in the Game of Life

Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College Assistant Dean


Since joining Berkeley College in 2008, Sharod Tomlinson has made it his priority to “show up when it counts.” The Assistant Dean and Women’s Basketball Coach has built a culture that encourages students to win not only on the court, but in life. Read the story... 

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

February 4-28
Work of artist
Avel deKnight
Midtown Manhattan
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

February 4-April 30
Work of World Fine
Art Group
Brooklyn
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

February 4
Justice Studies
Career Fair
Midtown Manhattan
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Clifton, Dover, Newark and Paramus
Scholarship Reception
The Fiesta
255 Route 17
Wood-Ridge, NJ
6:30 pm

February 5
Berkeley Knights vs.
Pratt Institute
NY Women’s Basketball
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
6:30 pm

Berkeley Knights vs.
Pratt Institute
NY Men’s Basketball
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
8:30 pm

February 6
Berkeley Knights vs.
Briarcliffe College
NY Women’s Basketball
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY
7:00 pm

February 7
FAFSA Workshop
Newark
10:00 am

White Plains Scholarship Reception
White Plains
11:00 am

Berkeley Knights vs.
Williamson Free School
of Mechanical Trades
NY Men’s Basketball
106 South New Middletown Road
Media, PA
1:00 pm

February 8
Berkeley Knights vs.
NHTI
NY Women’s Basketball
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY
1:00 pm    

Berkeley Knights vs.
NHTI
NY Men’s Basketball
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY
3:00 pm

February 10
Career Fair
Woodland Park
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

February 12
Berkeley Knights vs.
College of St. Joseph
NY Men’s Basketball
20 Allen Street
Burlington, VT
7:30 pm

February 14
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am








FEBRUARY (cont)

February 18
Career Fair
Newark
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

February 21
FAFSA Workshop
Newark
10:00 am

February 28
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am

MARCH

March 2-8
Brooklyn Tech Triangle U
Brooklyn, NY
Times TBA

March 2-April 3
Virtual Graduate
Salute
Online

March 6
Fashion Show
Rockaway Townsquare Mall
201 Mount Hope Avenue
Rockaway, NJ
6:00 pm

March 7
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am

March 12
National Honor
Society Inductions
The Venetian
546 River Drive
6:00 pm

March 14
FAFSA Workshop
Newark
10:00 am

March 16
Graduate Salute
Online
Woodland Park
3:00 – 8:00 pm

March 17
Graduate Salute
Newark
Online
5:00 – 8:00 pm

March 18
Graduate Salute
Online
White Plains
12 noon – 7:00 pm

Graduate Salute
Paramus
Online
5:00 – 8:00 pm

March 19
Graduate Salute
Online
Woodbridge
5:00 – 8:00 pm

March 21
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am

March 23
Graduate Salute
Clifton
Online
3:00 – 8:00 pm      

March 24
Graduate Salute
Dover
Online
5:00 – 8:00 pm 

March 25
Graduate Salute
Brooklyn
Online
12 noon – 7:00 pm

March 28
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am

MARCH (cont)

March 28    
Berkeley Knights vs.
Culinary Institute
of America
NY Men’s Tennis
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY
1:00 pm

March 31
Graduate Salute
Midtown Manhattan
Online
12 noon – 7:00 pm

APRIL

April 4
Berkeley Knights vs.
Pratt Institute
NY Men’s Tennis
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
12 noon

April 9
Berkeley Knights vs.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics
and Technology
NY Men’s Tennis
United States
Tennis Association
Flushing, NY
6:30 pm

April 13
Graduate Salute
Online
White Plains
12 noon – 7:00 pm

April 15
Graduate Salute
Midtown Manhattan
Online
12 noon – 7:00 pm

Associate Recognition Dinner
Valley Regency
1129 Valley Road
Clifton, NJ
6:00 pm

April 17
Be a Hero Hire a Hero
Veterans Career Fair
Woodland Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

April 18
Berkeley Knights vs.
College of Staten Island
NY Men’s Tennis
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY
1:00 pm

April 19
Berkeley Knights vs.
St. Joseph’s College
NY Men’s Tennis
United States
Tennis Association
Flushing, NY
1:00 pm

April 20
Graduate Salute
Brooklyn
Midtown Manhattan
Online
12 noon – 7:00 pm

April 21
Graduate Salute
Midtown Manhattan
Online
White Plains
12 noon – 7:00 pm

April 24
Commencement
Prudential Center
25 Lafayette Street
Newark, NJ
9:00 am

JUNE

June 5
Community Service Day
Locations in NJ and NY
Times TBA

OCTOBER

October 24
Consortium for
Critical Reading,
Writing and Thinking
Midtown Manhattan
Time TBA 
 

 

For the most updated information on Berkeley College athletics,
visit http://berkeleycollegeknights.com

Steve Adubato will host Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, on Caucus: New Jersey on February 14, 2015. Dr. Cortes will discuss “Educating Today’s Student.” The segment will be available here after it airs. It will air at the following times:

February 14, 2015
FiOS1, 9:00 am
NJTV, 12 noon
Thirteen, 12:30 pm

February 15, 2015
NJTV, 8:30 am
FiOS1, 9:00 am
NJTV, 11:30 am

February 17, 2015
NJTV, 5:30 am
WHYY, 5:30 pm

Berkeley AnalysisPassaic Valley Today

Berkeley College Announces New President, Effective July 1, 2015New Jersey Business

Berkeley College Appoints Katherine Sullivan as Chair, Nursing, School of Health StudiesThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College Appoints Katherine Sullivan as Chair, Nursing, School of Health StudiesThe Spectrum

Berkeley College Appoints Sullivan as Nursing Department ChairPassaic Valley Today

Berkeley College Celebrates Veterans Day in Woodland ParkThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College Community in White Plains Promotes Breast Cancer AwarenessWestchester County Association

Berkeley College Fashion Professor Engages High School Students at DECA NY Experience ConferenceThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College Fashion Professor Engages High School Students at DECA NY Experience ConferenceThe Spectrum

Berkeley College Honors Scholars Present ThesesNewark Regional Business Partnership Member Update

Berkeley College Names Parent Corporation’s CFO as its New PresidentNJBIZ

Berkeley College in New York Earns Place on 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor RollThe Spectrum

Berkeley College Office of Financial Literacy Advises on New Year ResolutionsThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College President Joins Board of Delegates of Latino Leadership Alliance of New JerseyThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College Ranked among Top Colleges for Bachelor’s Degree ProgramsNew Jersey Business

Berkeley College Ranked among Top 100 Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs by U.S. News & World ReportThe Paramus Post

Berkeley College Ranks among Top Colleges for Military Students and VeteransThe Spectrum

Berkeley College Ranks among Top Colleges for Military, VeteransPassaic Valley Today

Berkeley College Recognizes Greenwich Man for TeamworkGreenwich Daily Voice

Berkeley College Recognizes Ramsey Resident with 2014 Associate of the Year Award in TeamworkRamsey Patch

Berkeley College Recognizes Randolph Resident with 2014 Associate of the Year Awards in Innovation, TeamworkTAP into Randolph

Berkeley College Sponsors Annual Dinner for Business Council of WestchesterWestchester County Association

Berkeley College Star Runner Living the American DreamThe Record

Berkeley College, Transwestern Making Morris County Business NewsDaily Record

Berkeley Gives Leadership Award to New City ResidentNew City Patch

Building a Renaissance Library, Page 4 (Featuring Marlene Doty, Vice President, Library Services)New Jersey Library Association Newsletter

City Veteran Transitions from Military to Business SchoolPaterson Times

College Signs Agreement with BerkeleyThe Sparta Independent

Cyberconnections: Online Veterans Resource Centers Provide the Support and Information Distance Learning Students Need (Featuring Richard E. Robitaille, EdD, Associate Vice President, Military and Veterans Affairs)Military Advanced Education

El Centro Hispano Honors Berkeley College Associate Ana YeeWestchester County Association

Giving Toys and JoyCourier Life’s Brooklyn Daily     

High MarksNewark Regional Business Partnership Member News

Lenore Molee Appointed Dean, Berkeley College School of Business, Page 22  Enterprise

Liberia’s Future in the Face of EbolaThe Spectrum

Making StridesPassaic Valley Today

Medical ImmersionPassaic Valley Today

Michael J. Smith Named President of Berkeley CollegeNewark Regional Business Partnership Member Update

Mutual SupportPassaic Valley Today

The NYPD Slowdown is Proving that “Broken Windows” is a Failure. Isn’t it Time to Drop It? (Featuring Charles F. Coleman Jr., JD, Criminal Justice, School of Professional Studies)The Root

Retired Marine, War Vet Charts New Path on Berkeley College Cross Country TeamtheUSCAA.com

Salute to Pinsky-MauroWayne Today      

Six N.J. Schools Make ‘Best for Vets’ Lists of 2- and 4-Year CollegesNJBIZ

Veterans Day SpeechesPassaic Valley Today

Westchester Legislator Michael Smith Named Berkeley College PresidentLewisboro Daily Voice

Westchester Legislator Michael Smith Named Berkeley College PresidentNew Rochelle Daily Voice

Which New York Colleges Have Best Community Service Records?Syracuse.com

White Plains Mayor Greets New Students at Berkeley CollegeWestchester County Association

Wrestling with the Inner Me, Page 9 (Featuring Sharod Tomlinson, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, New York)Campus Life Trends

About Berkeley College

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields in the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.