May 27, 2015

 

Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes takes a selfie with a student

Photo Caption: I was proud to congratulate each graduate during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony. I even took a few selfies.

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Last month, we celebrated the culmination of the collegiate experience at Berkeley College – Commencement. I was proud to preside over my seventh Commencement ceremony as President, celebrating the nearly 2,300 graduates who earned certificates and degrees.

As U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said in a video message to graduates, a degree paves the way to a well-paying job in a challenging economy. Our graduates are well prepared to take the knowledge and skills they garnered at Berkeley College out into the real world.

It has been an exhilarating spring so far.

This month, Berkeley College was ranked among the Best Online Bachelors Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. The Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support to our veteran students through on-site Veterans Resource Centers in New Jersey and New York, as well as through a virtual center. Also in May, the College opened its seventh Veterans Resource Center for students in Woodbridge, in conjunction with our Memorial Day ceremony there.

In April, we welcomed veterans and their families to Woodland Park for our first-ever Spring Veterans Career Expo. In March, more than 200 students were inducted into national honor societies. I am also very proud of the more than 100 student-athletes whose achievements were honored during the 2nd Annual Athletics Banquet on May 6, 2015.

We look ahead to the National Security Forum this Friday. The event, titled “Critical to Our National Security: A Forum on Information Sharing for Public Health and Healthcare Sector Preparedness and Response,” will be held at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Enjoy this issue of Berkeley College Newsline.

Cordially,

Berkeley President Dario A. Cortes signature

Dario A. Cortes, PhD
President of Berkeley College

Nearly 2,300 Students Awarded Diplomas

Families and friends filled the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on April 24, 2015, as Berkeley College celebrated its Commencement ceremony, awarding nearly 2,300 certificates and degrees to graduates.

The Class of 2015 included more than 200 international students and 120 military and veteran graduates.

“All of us at Berkeley are proud to celebrate this momentous occasion with you,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “This day represents a culmination of years of hard work and determination, but it is just the beginning. It takes knowledge, passion and persistence to succeed. Believe in yourself and reach higher.”

The College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best for Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, also held a Virtual Commencement to honor students who earned degrees through Berkeley College Online®.

Watch Commencement: Click here to watch the Commencement ceremony. Click here to watch Virtual Commencement. Click here to watch a special message to graduates from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.

Berkeley College graduate

Photo Caption: Nearly 2,300 students were awarded certificates and degrees during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony.

 

Commencement Speaker Imparts Wisdom

Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, served as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Berkeley College.

“Many of you are first-generation Americans, as I am, seeking a better life in this country,” he told the graduates. “Single parents juggling home, career and school. Military veterans transitioning to a new stage in your life and your career. Mid-career professionals seeking to invest in yourselves so you can attain new heights of success. So you are an exceptional class. You have already sacrificed so much to get to this point.”

Before joining the Office of Homeland Security & 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. In 2006, he volunteered to go to Iraq to support American troops in their counterterrorism efforts, calling this period “the highlight of my professional life.”

Dr. Rodriguez was born and raised in Morris County, NJ.

Christopher Rodriguez, Berkeley Commencement speaker

Photo Caption: Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, speaks to the Berkeley College Class of 2015.

 

Advocate for Liberia Named Alumnus of the Year

Tamba D. Aghailas was recognized as the Berkeley College Alumnus of the Year. The award is presented annually to a Berkeley College graduate who has enjoyed professional success and community fulfillment.

Mr. Aghailas, the survivor of a civil war in Liberia that lasted for 15 years, has dedicated his life to advocacy for the refugees and disenfranchised citizens of Africa. He came to the United States on a student visa sponsorship, earning an Associate in Science in 2005 and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2007 from Berkeley College, where he served as President of the International Students Association and was a member of the Men’s Soccer team. He later earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York.

Mr. Aghailas currently lives in New York City and serves as Country Head, Human Resources and Program Operations, for BRAC Liberia, a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in his home country. He also has worked to address the global Ebola health crisis and recently shared his experiences with the Berkeley College community during a lecture titled “Liberia’s Future in the Face of Ebola.”

Read more: Click here to learn more about Tamba D. Aghailas, the Alumnus of the Year.

Tamba Aghailas, Berkeley College Alumnus of the Year

Photo Caption (L to R): Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College; Tamba D. Aghailas, Alumnus of the Year; Jennifer Porter, Director, Alumni Relations; and Randy B. Luing, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, pose on stage during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony.

 

Student from Colombia Receives Robert Maher Award

David Osorio, a Surgical Technology graduate, received the Robert Maher Outstanding Student award. The award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who has met high standards of academic excellence while overcoming personal, professional or financial obstacles. Students are nominated for the award by Berkeley College faculty and associates.

Mr. Osorio came to the United States from Colombia 15 years ago. In 2012, an amendment to legislation known as the Dream Act gave Mr. Osorio the opportunity to legally live and work in the country he has called home.

At Berkeley College, Mr. Osorio maintained a 4.0 grade point average and served as president of the Surgical Technology Club. The resident of Clifton, NJ, has received many awards and merit-based institutional grants in his chosen field.

“I have always had to work extra hard to get the things I want,” he said. “I never give up and I want others to learn from my experience.”

Read more: Click here to learn more about David Osorio, the Robert Maher Outstanding Student.

David Osorio, Berkeley College Robert Maher Outstanding Student

Photo Caption: Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College; David Osorio, the Robert Maher Outstanding Student; Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life; and Randy B. Luing, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, pose on stage during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony.

 

Student Speaker Begins Career as Social Entrepreneur

Nicole Singletary, Berkeley College student speaker Nicole Singletary served as student speaker during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony. Ms. Singletary returned to school after facing unemployment and founded I.T.V. It Takes a Village, Inc., a community-based nonprofit, to improve lives in her hometown of Newark, NJ.

“I’ve always been conscious of my surroundings growing up in the Central Ward of Newark,” she said. “This is where I received the emotional intelligence and resiliency to combat losing my job, and so I looked at the societal issues impacting my community and many other inner cities in America. The problems of society now rest on our shoulders. We need to find sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.”

Ms. Singletary was exposed to grassroots activism by her parents at an early age and has partnered with community, government and educational groups throughout the city in her endeavors. In 2014, these efforts included everything from farming locally grown produce in vacant city lots to educating residents on national disaster preparedness.

Ms. Singletary received a BS in Management – Entrepreneurship from Berkeley College in June 2014.

Read more: Click here to learn more about Nicole Singletary, the student speaker.

 

College Honors Military Graduates at Veterans Gala

On April 16, 2015, Berkeley College celebrated its more than 120 military and veteran graduates at the 3rd Annual Veterans History Project Gala and Graduation Dinner. At the event, each military graduate received a certificate and a red, white and blue honor cord to be worn during the Commencement ceremony.

During the event, the College screened the third installment of the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress that was created to collect, preserve and archive personal accounts of American servicemembers. In the video, Berkeley College students, associates and other veterans chronicle their experiences during military training, deployment and combat. This year’s video added the perspective of military families.

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs also announced the Berkeley Reflections Project, a photo essay of American servicemembers.

At the event, guests heard from speaker Joe Quinn, Northeast Regional Director and New York City Chapter Captain of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that connects veterans to their local communities through social events and physical fitness activities. Student Jose Pagan, a veteran of the U.S. Army, also told his heartfelt story about facing homelessness after his military service.

Adam Rosen, PsyD, Director of Counseling, Student Development and Campus Life, and Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, New York, received the 2015 Veterans Graduate Award. Dr. Rosen was selected by the graduating student veterans as someone who has been “on their side” during their time at Berkeley College.

Watch the video: Click here to view the third installment of the Veterans History Project.

Berkeley College Veterans Gala

Photo Caption: Berkeley College military and veteran graduates display their certificates at the 3rd Annual Veterans History Project Gala and Graduation Dinner.

 

Career Expo Highlights Jobs for Veterans

On Friday, April 17, 2015, more than 50 employers visited Berkeley College in Woodland Park with the goal of helping veterans and their families develop career skills and find employment. The Spring Veterans Career Expo was co-hosted with Be A Hero – Hire A Hero, an initiative that focuses on assisting veterans with transitioning to civilian life.

Before the event, the College welcomed guests for an awards ceremony, recognizing Enterprise Rent-A-Car with the Company of the Year Award; Operation Shoebox NJ with the Corporate Hero Award; and U.S. Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, and George Hanley, Founder, Welcome Home Veterans of NJ, Inc., with Hero Awards.

Harold “Hal” Wirths, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor, WNBC 4 New York anchor Michael Gargiulo, and retired New York Giants player Kareem McKenzie also attended to support the event.

In the News: Click here to see coverage by The Record. Click here to see coverage by CNBC.

Spring Veterans Career Expo with Hire A Hero at Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Jeff Klare, Chief Executive Officer, Be A Hero – Hire A Hero (center), prepares to cut the ribbon opening the Spring Veterans Career Expo, as Berkeley College associates and students, servicemembers, employers and community supporters look on.

 

More than 200 Students Join National Honor Societies

On March 12, 2015, Berkeley College inducted more than 200 students into national honor societies during a ceremony at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ. The ceremony recognized high-achieving students in the areas of finance, legal studies and business, as well as the accomplishments of non-traditional and two-year students.

Each inductee received a sash representing his or her honor society, to be worn during the Commencement ceremony.

“Congratulations to the Berkeley College students who have been inducted into national honor societies,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “Membership is a mark of excellence that not only recognizes academic achievement, but also positions these students competitively as leaders in their chosen professions.”

Students were inducted into the following national honor societies:

• The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was founded in 1945 to honor dedicated adult and non-traditional students who handle their life responsibilities while achieving and maintaining a high level of academic success. 
• The Financial Management Association National Honor Society was founded in 1974 to acknowledge the accomplishments of outstanding students of finance.
• The Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society was established in 1995 to honor the academic achievements of students in legal studies.
• The Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society was established in 1918 to honor the academic achievement of students pursuing two-year degrees.
• The Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society was founded in 1994 to honor students in business, management or administration who are pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees.

Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society at Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Berkeley College students pose after being inducted in the Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society. The society honors high-achieving students in business, management or administration.     

Berkeley Awarded Distinction from U.S. News

For the second consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. Berkeley was one of 10 colleges in New York and one of two in New Jersey to receive the distinction.

“When veterans return to higher education, they can experience unique challenges during their transition out of the military and into civilian life,” said Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer at U.S. News & World Report, in a press release. “The Best Online Programs for Veterans are designed to help veterans balance applying, paying for and completing a degree, on top of their work and family commitments.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, “to ensure academic quality, all schools included in these rankings first have to be ranked among the top 75 percent of schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were published in January 2015.” Berkeley College is number 78 among 737 online degree programs reviewed.

The Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support to its veteran students through six on-site Veterans Resource Centers, as well as through a virtual center, which serves online students and military students serving overseas. At the centers, military students can speak with staff, network with their peers, and learn about Veterans Administration benefits.

Approximately 500 military students and veterans are enrolled at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, and through Berkeley College Online®.

 

Berkeley Announces Degree in National Security

Berkeley College will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security in Woodland Park, NJ, and through Berkeley College Online®. The program is accepting enrollment for the Fall Quarter, which begins on September 28, 2015.

The degree will focus on security concerns within the private and public sectors. Students will be prepared to pursue career opportunities in fields such as critical infrastructure resilience, emergency preparedness and intelligence analysis.

Within the National Security program, students will choose one of two areas of specialization:

• The Homeland Security specialization will address topics ranging from domestic terrorism and violent extremism to the impact of weapons of mass destruction.
• The Cyber Security specialization will focus on corporate security concerns emerging throughout the world. 

 

Security Forum to Focus on Healthcare Preparedness

On May 29, 2015, Berkeley College will sponsor “Critical to Our National Security: A Forum on Information Sharing for Public Healthcare Sector Preparedness and Response.” The forum, co-sponsored with Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), will be held at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC in Hackensack, NJ.

Presenters will discuss public and private partnerships, as well as the importance of coordination and sharing public health crisis information at all levels. The forum provides valuable information for public and private health providers, public health officials, industry representatives, emergency preparedness leadership, and anyone interested in healthcare sector coordination.

 

Gallery Exhibits Artwork of Mae Jeon  

Berkeley College will exhibit the artwork of Mae Jeon at its Midtown Manhattan Gallery through May 30, 2015.

Now living in Staten Island, NY, Ms. Jeon was born in South Korea, where she studied commercial art. She had a lengthy career as a graphic designer in Tokyo, Seoul and New York. Eventually, she left that profession to pursue her passion of creating fine art using a digital medium. Most of her work evokes contemplative moods using floral art.

“I have always been fascinated with the surreal, and my style is vibrant and contemporary,” she said.

Visit the gallery: Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Artist Mae Jeon at Berkeley College gallery

Photo Caption: “High Spirits,” a digital painting by Mae Jeon, is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Manhattan Gallery through May 30, 2015.

 

Berkeley Supports Health and Wellness Fair

On May 15, 2015, Berkeley College was a Silver Sponsor of the 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Fair, organized by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. The fair was held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ.

Berkeley College faculty and students conducted health screenings, and more than 100 exhibitors – including large corporations, small businesses and independent health professionals – shared their knowledge about best practices and products. Panels of experts also discussed several pressing health and wellness topics.

Berkeley was also featured in a segment about the health fair on Noticias MundoFOX.

Professors from the Berkeley College School of Health Studies participated in panels ranging from “The Importance of Preventative Medicine” to “Good Health Starts with Breastfeeding.”

 

Athletics Banquet Honors 100 Student-Athletes

On May 6, 2015, Berkeley College hosted its annual Athletics Banquet at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ, to honor the more than 100 student-athletes who competed during the 2014-15 season.

“Athletics enrich the college experience, uniting us in the common bond of school pride and team spirit,” said Michael J. Smith, Berkeley College President-Elect. “I would like to recognize the coaches for your investment in our student-athletes. Not only have you invested in their training and their road to success, but you helped them create memories that they will take with them for the rest of their lives.”

In addition to team achievements, the Knights received several individual awards this season, with players being designated USCAA All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, as well as being named to HVIAC All-Conference teams.

Read more: Click here for more on the Berkeley Knights.

Berkeley College athletics banquet

Photo Caption: Berkeley College recognizes its more than 100 student-athletes at the annual Athletics Banquet.

 

Online Book Club Event Attracts Hundreds

On May 5, 2015, more than 200 students, associates and faculty participated in the spring quarter Berkeley College Online Book Club event. The event welcomed journalist and author Jenny Nordberg to Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan, where she discussed her book, Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan. The event was streamed live, allowing Online students, as well as those at other locations, to view and interact with the author.

Ms. Nordberg presented her primary research and experience in publishing a New York Times article about Afghan girls who are dressed as boys. She subsequently wrote a book on the topic, which was published in 2014.

The event was a collaboration among Berkeley College Library Services, the Office of Student Development and Campus Life, and the Center for Global Studies. Students and faculty participants represented several disciplines, including the following courses: Writing through Literature, Expository Writing, Feminist Thought, Global Social Change, Marriage and Family, and Principles of Management.

Berkeley College Online Book Club author Jenny Nordberg

Photo Caption: Journalist and author Jenny Nordberg (seventh from left) poses with students, associates and faculty at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.      

 

Clifton Celebrates Nurse Appreciation Day

On May 4, 2015, Berkeley College in Clifton celebrated Nurse Appreciation Day as part of National Nurses Week. The program, co-sponsored by Career Services and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life, welcomed speaker Sharon Mish, RN, C-AL, Director of Clinical Services, Freedom Home Health.

Ms. Mish shared how her experiences have influenced her personal and professional development. Even through adversity, she chooses to see experiences as opportunities to learn and move forward toward her goals, she said.

“Use constructive criticism and experiences to go forward in your life,” she told the students.

Nurse Appreciation Day at Berkeley College

Photo Caption (L to R): Sarada Jailal, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Dover; Sharon Mish, RN, C-AL, Director of Clinical Services, Freedom Health Care; Lashonda Robinson, Director of Staffing Services, Freedom Health Care; Maryann Titone, Career Counselor, Career Services, Dover; Mykole Tate, Career Counselor, Career Services, Clifton; Ashante Barnes, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, Clifton, Paramus and Woodland Park; and Art Pann, Senior Director, Career Services, celebrate Nurse Appreciation Day. 

 

Interior Design Workshop Focuses on Sustainability

On May 2, 2015, Berkeley College in Woodland Park hosted an Interior Design workshop focused on sustainable design. Attendees worked on a project to renovate a Victorian home to contemporary style and had lunch with interior designer and Vanessa DeLeon, who attended Berkeley College and has showcased her talents on HGTV and NBC.

Read more: Click here to read a blog by interior designer Vanessa DeLeon about her time at Berkeley College.

Berkeley College Interior Design workshop

Photo Caption: A Berkeley College student tells Vanessa DeLeon about his design ideas during an Interior Design workshop. 

 

Men’s Tennis Team Captures HVIAC Title

On May 2, 2015, the Berkeley College Men’s Tennis team, New York, capped its inaugural season in dazzling fashion, as the Knights captured the 2015 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. The College scored 16 points on the day to solidify the crown, holding off stiff competition from The Culinary Institute of America.

“From the very beginning of this season, I think our student-athletes wanted it to be known that we weren’t going to be content with just participating,” said David Eddy, Head Coach. “They wanted to compete for a conference championship, and now they’ve reached the pinnacle of what you strive for in this conference. Every one of them contributed today, and this was a total team effort.”

Berkeley College Men's Tennis team

Photo Caption: The Berkeley College Men’s Tennis team, New York, captured the 2015 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

 

Luncheon Honors Division II Champions

Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan held a luncheon on May 1, 2015, to recognize the Men’s Basketball team, which secured the College’s first national title in March.

“Athletics are an important part of the educational experience. From a young age, athletics can teach a variety of life skills, from self-discipline, to hard work, to teamwork. Each of you is a shining example of this,” Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, told the athletes.

In addition to winning the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Championship, the Men’s Basketball team also secured the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship for the seventh time under Coach Chris Christiansen.

The Women’s Basketball team, which was also applauded at the luncheon, celebrated its fourth winning season. 

Berkeley College Men's Basketball team

Photo Caption: Berkeley College recognizes the winning Men’s Basketball team at a luncheon in Midtown Manhattan.  

 

Assemblyman Giblin Visits Woodland Park

On April 27, 2015, Berkeley College welcomed New Jersey Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin to Woodland Park. Assemblyman Giblin represents the 34th Legislative District and serves as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee.

During his visit, the Assemblyman met with Berkeley College students and associates, speaking at length with one student, veteran John Pepe, about their common involvement in the U.S. Air National Guard.

New Jersey Assemblyman Thomas Giblin visits Berkeley College

Photo Caption (L to R): Kevin L. Luing, Board Chairman; students John Pepe, Celiness Correa and Delon Friday; New Jersey Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin; student James Stokem; Teri Duda, Senior Vice President, Government Relations; student William Jimenez; Dallas Reed, PhD, Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life; and student Jeison Martinez. 

 

Model United Nations Team Excels at Conference

The Berkeley College Model United Nations (Model U.N.) team recently joined 400 delegates from colleges nationwide at the NYU Model U.N. Conference, held April 16 through 19, 2015. The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for debate, communication and cooperation on real international issues, inspiring the next generation of leaders to seek new solutions.

“It was amazing and exhilarating to see how our students grew into their new roles such as Ground and Air Force Commander for Iraq, Minister of Industries and Commerce for Bahrain, and Chief Palestinian Negotiator,” said Rahul Bedi, PhD, Associate Chair, and Darshan Desai, PhD, Professor, both Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, who serve as Model U.N. Advisors.

Julie Angerer, an International Business major from Norway, led the Berkeley College team as Head Delegate, while Frederik Doerr, a student from Germany, was awarded the title of Honorable Delegate in recognition of his work.

Berkeley College Model United Nations team

Photo Caption: The Berkeley College Model United Nations team poses at the NYU Model U.N. Conference. 

 

Newark Students Play Ping Pong in the Park

On April 16, 2015, Berkeley College participated in the inaugural Ping Pong in the Park tournament at Military Park in Newark, NJ. The event was organized by the Cultural Legacy Committee of the Women’s Association of NJPAC and the Military Park Partnership. Other participating Newark colleges included New Jersey Institute of Technology, Essex County Community College, and Rutgers University.

In the News: Click here to see coverage on the NJPAC Website. 

 

Berkeley Welcomes Assemblyman Schaer

On April 7, 2015, Berkeley College welcomed New Jersey Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer to Woodland Park. Assemblyman Schaer represents the 36th Legislative District, which includes towns in Bergen and Passaic counties.

During his visit, the Assemblyman met with students and associates in Renaissance Hall, where he learned more about Berkeley College and its focus on student success. The students told Assemblyman Schaer about their community service initiatives and asked questions about running for public office.

New Jersey Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer visits Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Students meet with New Jersey Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer (right) in Renaissance Hall. 

 

White Plains Students Volunteer at Youth Summit

On April 1, 2015, Berkeley College was a sponsor of The Business Council of Westchester’s Youth Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY.

Students from Berkeley College served as ambassadors, assisting with the event and interacting with the youth participants and business leaders. The College also sponsored a workshop titled “Goal Setting: How to Put Your Plan in Motion.”

According to Ted Havelka, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, White Plains, the event gave the students an opportunity to network with business leaders from Westchester County and serve the community at-large.

Berkeley College at Youth Summit

Photo Caption: Ted Havelka, Campus Operating Officer, White Plains (right) and Berkeley College students meet Marsha Gordon, DPS, President and CEO, The Business Council of Westchester, during the Youth Summit. 

 

Berkeley Launches Redesigned Website

On March 31, 2015, Berkeley College launched a redesigned Website, a culmination of more than a year of collaboration among numerous departments. The goal of the Website redesign was to improve the user experience, enhance visual appeal, provide more relevant content, and include a higher level of interactivity for key audiences.

Some highlights include a clean and professional look that aligns with the Berkeley College Mission and identity, virtual tours narrated by student ambassadors, and a design that adapts to multiple devices for an optimal user experience.

VIA Agency and Marketing associates spearheaded the campaign, and the Information Systems department supported the effort.

Berkeley College redesigned Website

Photo Caption: The redesigned Berkeley College Website includes a clean and professional look that aligns with the Berkeley College Mission and identity. 

 

Business Leaders Take First Place in State Competition

On March 28, 2015, the Berkeley College chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competed in the State Leadership Conference at Rutgers Business School. The Berkeley team won the Business Ethics – Performance Event competition and came in third in the Business Presentation – Performance Event. The teams researched and presented on topics including global business and identity theft.

The Business Ethics team will go on to compete at the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL, in June.

In the News: Click here to see coverage by the Clifton Journal.

FBLA-PBL at State Leadership Conference

Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College students Kristen Young, Vedika Rupee, William Jimenez, Jazzlyn Feliciano and Moann Arlette pose at the FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference.   

 

Berkeley in White Plains Readies Students for College

On March 24, 2015, Berkeley College in White Plains welcomed students from Longfellow and A.B. Davis middle schools in Mount Vernon, NY, to learn about college life through a partnership with the YMCA.

“The middle school students were engaging and captivated by the Berkeley College panel of students,” said Ted Havelka, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, White Plains. “Their questions and conversations expressed these young students’ well-formulated curiosities and hopes for the future.”

Berkeley College and YMCA partner

Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College students Adelle Goodman, Taylor Douglas, Rebecka Hawi and Sharmine Akter participate in a panel for middle school students. 

 

Students Meet Legislators in Washington and Trenton

On March 19, 2015, Berkeley College students and associates visited the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, NJ, to learn more about the legislative process. New Jersey Assemblyman Robert Auth (39th District) led students on a tour, explaining how bills are passed and encouraging the visitors to stay informed about issues facing their communities. During lunch, students asked Assemblyman Auth questions and told him their personal stories.

Berkeley College students also visited Washington, D.C., as part of Hill Day on March 3 and 4, 2015. Hill Day brings students face to face with members of Congress. The four students who attended spoke with legislators about the value of choosing a college that is right for them and why continued financial support is important.

Berkeley College at New Jersey Statehouse

Photo Caption: Berkeley College students and staff join New Jersey Assemblyman Robert Auth (front row, sixth from left) at the Statehouse in Trenton, NJ. 

 

Practical Nurse Students Attend Symposium

On March, 19, 2015, a group of Practical Nurse students from Berkeley College attended a symposium at Morristown Medical Center as part of Certified Nurses Day. The symposium, titled “Evidence-based Nursing in Daily Practice,” was presented by Jill Arzouman, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, President, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Christopher de la Victoria, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Professor, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician programs, School of Health Studies, said he integrates the symposium with clinical rotation to enhance students’ understanding of evidence-based practice and the role of research in nursing.

“This symposium prepares students for their future courses in the Practical Nurse program and for their future careers as nurses in the dynamic field of healthcare,” said Mr. de la Victoria.

Berkeley College students at symposium at Morristown Medical Center

Photo Caption (L to R): Christopher de la Victoria, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Professor, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician programs, School of Health Studies; Jill Arzouman, RN, ACNS, BC, CMSRN, President, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses; and Berkeley College students QuAsia Franklin, Melissa Brown, Marina Romero and Lorenzo Bosano at a symposium at Morristown Medical Center. 

 

Students Explore Job Opportunities at Reuters

On March 17, 2015, the Berkeley College chapter of Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) visited Thomson Reuters in New York City. The group met key staff members, took a tour of the newsroom and television studio, and learned about internship and job opportunities within the global media and information organization.

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®.

Berkeley College students at Thomson Reuters

Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College students Elijah Phillips and John Cedeño sit at the editors’ table at Thomson Reuters in New York City. 

 

Healthcare Professors Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

On March 10, 2015, Tom Avril, a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, visited Berkeley College in Clifton to interview healthcare faculty for an upcoming story.

His article, “Cleanliness is Paramount with Endoscopes,” was published on April 10, 2015, and provided a profile of duodenoscopes – devices that federal officials have linked to outbreaks of infection.

The article features quotes and information from Joseph Charleman, CST, CSFA, CRCST, LPN, Chair, and Kofi Poku, CST, CRCST, Professor, both Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician programs, School of Health Studies, who provided a demonstration of the duodenoscope and spoke about the importance of sterilizing medical equipment.

Read more: Click here to read the article. Click here to see more photos of Professor Kofi Poku during the demonstration.

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter at Berkeley College

Photo Caption: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Tom Avril takes notes as Joseph Charleman, CST, CSFA, CRCST, LPN, Chair, and Kofi Poku, CST, CRCST, Professor, both Surgical Technology and Surgical Processing Technician programs, School of Health Studies, provide a demonstration of the duodenoscope.

 

Justice Studies Students Take Online Challenge

From March 9 through 22, 2015, more than 80 Berkeley College students participated in the Criminal Justice Month Online Challenge, an initiative of Library Services, the Office of Student Development and Campus Life, and the Criminal Justice and Legal Studies departments.

According to Matthew LaBrake, Library Director, Berkeley College Online®, the contest supported information literacy and critical thinking skills needed to succeed throughout a student’s course of study. To complete the challenge, students sought information from government and professional Websites, library databases, and other resources.

The effort received praise from both the President and Committee of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, which sponsors National Criminal Justice Month.

Three winners received gift cards for completing the challenge. 

 

Woodbridge Associates March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 8, 2015, Berkeley College associates joined the community in the 42nd Annual Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The group, marching with an Irish-themed Berkeley College banner, energized the crowd by throwing hats, T-shirts, beads and candy. Even golden retriever Ally got in the spirit, wearing a green bow.

Berkeley College at Woodbridge St. Patrick's Day Parade

Photo Caption (L to R): Jesse Warnick, Director, Buildings and Grounds; Freida Tavarez, Administrative Assistant, Adult Admissions; Tracey Tamuzza, Associate, High School Admissions; Joseph Siriano, Associate Director, High School Admissions; Melissa Couden-Rapolla, Community Outreach Associate, High School Admissions; Arjune Sharma, Director, Academic Support Center; and Cheryl Packan, Senior Administrative Assistant, High School Admissions, go green at the Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

 

Students Learn behind the Runway at Fashion Show

Berkeley Prom Fashion Show On March 6, 2015, Berkeley College participated in the planning and execution of the Prom Preview Fashion Show at the Rockaway Mall. Students from Berkeley College in Dover, Midtown Manhattan, and Berkeley College Online® served as Committee Members. The show was coordinated by the Office of Student Development and Campus Life and co-sponsored by Simon Property Group, LP.

Student Committee Members were responsible for recruiting and dressing models, coordinating clothing, and selecting runway music, among other tasks.

“It was a great learning experience to get a behind-the-scenes look at fashion show planning,” said Sarada Jailal, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Dover. “I was thrilled to conduct wrap-up meetings with students and hear they had a great learning experience and would love to do it again.”

 

Read Across America Comes to Berkeley Libraries

In March, Berkeley College held events across the system to celebrate Read Across America.

The Brooklyn Library hosted a book club discussion of Maya Angelou’s biography, Mom & Me & Mom, to celebrate both Read Across America and Women’s History Month.

The libraries in Clifton, Dover and White Plains sponsored a “Bring a Book, Take a Book” exchange program.

In Paramus, more than 40 associates attended an End-of-Quarter Extravaganza featuring performances of Dr. Seuss stories and appearances by members of the campus community who spoke about their hobbies and accomplishments. Steven Rutkowski, Controller, spoke about preparing for and running marathons; President-Elect Michael Smith talked about his vision for Berkeley; and Doris White, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts, read her poetry.

In Woodland Park, Honors Scholars read excerpts from the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series to the residents of St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, NJ.

The Woodbridge Library hosted Book Madness: A Tournament of Books, which asked students to guess the most checked out books.

Berkeley College celebrates Read across America

Photo Caption: Doris White, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts, reads her poetry during a Read Across America event at Berkeley College in Paramus. 

 

‘Inside the Berkeley Studio’ Comes to Brooklyn

On February 26, 2015, Berkeley College in Brooklyn hosted “Inside the Berkeley Studio,” an interview program that showcases some of the dynamic and engaging faculty and associates at Berkeley College. Twenty students attended the program, which was organized by the Office of Student Development and Campus Life and Counseling Services.

Guests for the event included Robert Alexander, Director, Academic Support Center, Brooklyn; Filippa Modesta, PhD, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts; Kimberly Malone, Interim Dean, Academic Advisement, Brooklyn; and Sherrille Shabazz, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, Brooklyn and White Plains.

The guests discussed their personal and professional development, the challenges they faced, and the influential people who shaped their journey.

This was the second program in the “Inside the Berkeley Studio” series.

Inside the Berkeley Studio at Berkeley College

Photo Caption (L to R): Robert Alexander, Director, Academic Support Center, Brooklyn; Kimberly Malone, Interim Dean, Advisement, Brooklyn; Filippa Modesta, PhD, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts; and Sherrille Shabazz, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life, Brooklyn and White Plains, serve on a panel during the “Inside the Berkeley Studio” event. 

 

Nursing Students Do Global Research

In January 2015, Vanessa Ridgway, RN, Professor, Practical Nurse and Patient Care Technician Program, School of Health Studies, assigned a multicultural research project to students enrolled in her Fundamentals of Nursing course.

“As faculty, it is our hope that we can instill the values of caring, in relation to the nursing process, into each of our students,” she said. “In order to accomplish this, faculty assign a variety of assessments that help students to understand and empathize with many different types of patients from all over the world, each with an individual background and life story.”

The students researched places such as China, India, Jamaica, England and Western African nations. They then selected medical problems prevalent in those areas and discussed multicultural nursing care strategies to provide holistic, expert nursing care. For their presentations, some students wore traditional clothing from their assigned nations and prepared food from around the world.

 

Spotlight: Stephany Vazquez

Berkeley College Student Becomes a Voice for March of Dimes®

When Stephany Vazquez’s water broke 10 weeks early, her world began to fall apart. Her son, Jaithen, was born on March 10, 2013, and suffered from respiratory distress syndrome, a breathing disorder common in premature infants.

Ms. Vazquez and her son spent 43 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Hackensack University Medical Center. During that time, she found support through the March of Dimes®, a foundation that offers information and comfort to premature babies and families in more than 114 hospitals across the country.

Now Jaithen is a happy and healthy 2 year old, and Ms. Vazquez tells her story to other families in need as a March of Dimes® Mission Mom. She is pursuing an Associate’s degree to become a Patient Care Technician and has brought her mission to Berkeley College, where she raises awareness on campus.

Read more: Click here to learn more about Stephany Vazquez and her work with the March of Dimes®.

Berkeley College student Stephany Vazquez March of Dimes

Photo Caption: Stephany Vazquez, a March of Dimes® Mission Mom, raises awareness at Berkeley College in Clifton.

 

Students and Associates Rally against Sexual Assault

On April 29, 2015, Berkeley College students and associates from Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan participated in the Denim Day Rally on the steps of New York City Hall.

To observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month, students showed support against sexual violence and supported this year’s theme, “Ending Campus Sexual Assault.”

Speakers at the rally included New York City Council Members Laurie Cumbo, Elizabeth Crowley and Ydanis Rodriguez; Police Commissioner William Bratton; and Public Advocate Letitia James.

Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim’s clothing implied consent, causing worldwide outrage.

Berkeley College at Denim Day Rally

Photo Caption A (L to R): Nedjyne Levy, Personal Counselor, Brooklyn; Berkeley College students William Flud, Amelia Davis, Margaret Murray and Bernice Perez; and Melissa Vidam, Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs, Midtown Manhattan, at the Denim Day Rally.

Berkeley College Denim Day

Photo Caption B (L to R): New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, who spoke at the Denim Day Rally, smiles for a photo with Berkeley College student Margaret Murray.

 

Berkeley College Marches for Babies

On April 26, 2015, a team of Berkeley College students and associates gathered at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ, to support the March of Dimes March for Babies.

In addition to the walking team, students like Elijah Phillips (pictured) encouraged the crowd. A group of Medical Assistant students from Berkeley College in Clifton also volunteered their expertise to check vital signs and screen residents for high blood pressure.

Leading up to the walk, the College hosted a graphic design competition and reception for local high school students, inviting them to design posters for the event. The winning posters were displayed at Berkeley College in Woodland Park and were sent to area schools to encourage participation in the walk.

Winners included:

First place: Elizabeth Sohn and Nabra Mohammed-Ali, West Essex High School
Second place: Alexa Palumbo, Wayne Hills High School
Third place: Erin Hiss, Wayne Hills High School

       

Students Help the Hungry in New York City

On April 13, 2015, Berkeley College students and associates in Midtown Manhattan prepared more than 60 snack bags as part of the #Hashtag Lunch Bag campaign in honor of National Volunteer Week.

Volunteers decorated the bags with inspirational messages and headed to New York Penn Station, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Station to distribute the packages to those in need.

Berkeley College participates in Hashtag Lunchbag

Photo Caption: Berkeley College volunteers decorated snack bags with inspirational messages as part of the #Hashtag Lunch Bag campaign in honor of National Volunteer Week.

MAY

May 26-30
Work of artist
Mae Jeon
Midtown Manhattan
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Work of Brooklyn
Streetcar Artists’ Group
Brooklyn
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

May 28
Career Fair
Newark
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

May 29
National Security Forum
John Theurer Cancer Center
Hackensack University
Medical Center
92 Second Street
Hackensack, NJ
8:00 am – 1:30 pm

May 30
FAFSA Workshop
Midtown Manhattan
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE

June 1-30
Work of Brooklyn
Streetcar Artists’ Group
Brooklyn
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 3:00 pm

June 2
Healthcare
Career Fair
Midtown Manhattan
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

June 6
Alumni Institute
Midtown Manhattan
9:30 am

June 7-13
Online Art
Creativity Festival
Online
Times TBA

SEPTEMBER

September 11
Honors Scholars
Research Symposium
Midtown Manhattan
12 noon – 5:00 pm

September 15
Honors Scholars
Graduate Reception
Chart House
Weehawken, NJ
Time TBA

OCTOBER

October 23
Conference of the
Consortium for Critical
Reading, Writing,
and Thinking
Midtown Manhattan
Times TBA

NOVEMBER

November 5
Faculty Awards Dinner
Club 101
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Time TBA

November 9-13
National Distance
Learning Week
Online
Times TBA

November 12
National Distance
Learning Week
Symposium
Online
Time TBA 

 

 

 

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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. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which will offer a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015.

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.