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Faculty Accomplishments

School of Graduate Studies Faculty Accomplishments

Berkeley College faculty members were recognized for various accomplishments during recent months. Here are the highlights:

In the School of Graduate Studies, Lloyd Soobrian has been accepted to present at the 5th Vietnam International Conference in Finance (VICIF). His presentation is titled “Impact of Changes in Reporting of Accounting Costs on Shareholders’ Value and Financial Strategies.” The paper examines the wealth impact on shareholders’ value and companies’ financial strategies due to changes in accounting costs.

School of Health Studies Faculty Accomplishments

Berkeley College faculty members were recognized for various accomplishments during recent months. Here are the highlights:

Rita Genao was presented with the Commitment to Students award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Shkelzen Badivuku was presented with the Commitment to Students award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Doris Alvarado was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Joseph Charleman from the School of Health Studies attended the Association of Surgical Technology Educators meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. He presented a forum on medical missions and student engagement.

In October 2017, Desiree DiGiuseppe, CMA (AAMA), Practicum Coordinator, Medical Assistant program, earned accreditation as a MAERB/CAAHEP site surveyor during a workshop at the American Association of Medical Assistants Annual Conference in Cincinnati, OH. As a surveyor, she will conduct site visits to medical assisting programs seeking CAAHEP accreditation to ensure they implement and comply with the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Medical Assisting Education Programs.

Throughout the spring 2017 semester, Gabriel Holder, MD, Chair, Medical Assistant program, and Jose A. Montalvo, MD, RMA, CCMA, Chair, Health Sciences, led Heartsaver® CPR training sessions for associates at Berkeley College in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Those who completed the sessions received a certificate from the American Heart Association.

In March 2017, Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, School of Health Studies, was among the panelists for “The Education Equation,” an event hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Appearing on the panel titled “The Role of Skill Building and Certification,” Dr. Skuka addressed the growing career opportunities in the healthcare field.

School of Liberal Arts Faculty Accomplishments

Berkeley College faculty members were recognized for various accomplishments during recent months. Here are the highlights:

Kirk Johnson’s book “Medical Stigmata: Race, Medicine, and the Pursuit of Theological Liberation” was published in October 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Heidi Hoefinger, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar in Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, contributed to a publication titled, “John Jay Scholars on the News-The Opioid Epidemic.”

Michael Rotundo was presented with the Commitment to Students award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Jonathan Weidenbaum, Ph.D., was presented with the Excellence in Teaching award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

John LaValle, M.S.W., Ph.D., was presented with the MJ Clerkin Online/Innovation in ONL Teaching award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Rory Hearn was presented with the Distinguished Adjunct award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Michael Montlack had several poems published: "Schroeder" and "Future Lover" in American Journal of Poetry, "This Balcony Is Not Yours" in Impossible Archetype, "Tryst with a Former Self" in North American Review, "To My Birth Mother" in Columbia Poetry Review, "Elsewhere" in Mudfish, "Dor" in Hotel Amerika, "I Tell My Twin Sister" in The Florida Review, and "The Bachelor's Dilemma" in New Orleans Review.

A book by Stephen Wolf, Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees, was published on June 1 by Griffith Moon Press. A lovely review of his book was printed in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/nyregion/central-park-love-song.html.

Gregory Hotchkiss presented at the International Religion and Society Conference at the University of California, Berkeley. The title of the presentation was "Religion, Children, and the Problem of Consent."

Gloria Davy contributed a chapter titled “Humanities, Social Sciences and Entrepreneurial Education” for a book to be published under the title Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Education. She also attended the Conference on Women and Gender at Seton Hall University, as well as the Eighth Annual Women’s History Month Celebration: Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Awards at Kean University.

Michael Montlack had several poems published: “Purple Haze” in Barrow Street, “My Father’s Workshop” in Poet Lore, “Ruth” and “Birth Was a Wordless Meadow” in Los Angeles Review, “Father” in The Good Men Project, and “1959” in Ascent. 

Donn Mitchell completed his new book, set for launch in May, which is observed nationally as Labor History Month. Tread the City’s Streets Again: Frances Perkins Shares Her Theology is the first book to explore the religious life of the settlement house worker who went on to become U.S. Secretary of Labor, lifting millions of Americans out of poverty through the creation of the Social Security system.

Jason Gulya had a proposal accepted to present the paper, “Minds Coming into Contact with One Another: Using Collaborative Writing to Teach Composition as Communal Practice,” at the Transitions and Transactions Conference in New York City. He also submitted a book chapter titled “’Consigned to a Florida for Tropes': Theorizing Enlightenment Allegory,” which will be published in the book Allegory Studies (forthcoming from Routledge).

Peter Lubrecht spoke and conducted a book signing at the New York City Revolutionary War Round Table regarding his new book, “NJ Hessians Truth and Lore." He will be repeating the presentation at both the Princeton Bar Association and the Bergen County Historical Society. He has also signed a contract with Fonthill Media’s “America Through Time” series for a new biography of German-American Patriot Reformer Carl Schurz and has accepted an invitation to speak on Carl Schurz at the National Steuben Society’s luncheon celebrating National-German American Day.

As a Rutgers University alumna, Melissa Baralt, Ph.D., Math and Sciences, was invited to give a presentation to graduating seniors. The subject was guiding future doctoral students toward alternative career paths that can be fulfilling. Her talk was focused on the importance of pedagogy and how future science Ph.D.s can get involved in teaching. It was part of an informative seminar/workshop that included hands-on activities, with questions and answers at the end.

In October 2017, Dr. Baralt appeared on the Nivel Magazine Hispanic lifestyle series “Desayuno del Domingo.” Dr. Baralt discussed the many ways she helps Latino and minority students succeed, as well as the importance of education and a positive lifestyle.

Yesudas Choondassery, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, wrote “Rights-based Approach: The Hub of Sustainable Development” for the journal Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education. This journal was published in December 2017 by the Chair of UNESCO/UNITWIN (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/University Twinning and Networking) in cooperation with the Center of Sustainable Education at Daugavplis University, Latvia. Dr. Choondassery stated that a rights-based approach to environmental issues has been gaining momentum since the United Nations Environmental Agency proposed an agenda for sustainable development in its document Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He added that our moral responsibility toward the environment is essential for sustainable development.

Gloria M. Davy, Ph.D., Humanities and Social Sciences, contributed a chapter to Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Education by Zeetarz Publishing. Titled “Humanities, Social Sciences, and Entrepreneurial Education,” she explained how, in this era of globalization, entrepreneurship education has been acknowledged by scholars and educators as evolving and challenging. She proposed a multidisciplinary model of entrepreneurship education around the humanities and social sciences methodology. The book gives insight on the formation of entrepreneurship in this era, and the importance and contribution of knowledge from the humanities and social sciences perspective. It was published in conjunction with the International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Abakaliki, Nigeria, in March 2018.

Heidi Hoefinger, Ph.D., Math and Sciences, Science, spoke at the American Anthropolitical Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in November 2017, on “Understanding Sexual Humanitarian Bordering in the US Through Participative Ethnographic Filmmaking: Preliminary Findings from New York City and Los Angeles.” Her paper described the innovative genre and method of ethnofiction and the ways it forefronts the experiences and expertise of the migrant sex workers and the survivors of trafficking. Also in November 2017, for Transgender Day of Remembrance hosted by Berkeley College, Dr. Hoefinger was an invited panelist on “Beyond the Binary: A Forum on Gender Diversity and Identities within the LGBTQIA Spectrum.” One outcome of the event was setting up the first Gender and Sexuality Alliance held at Berkeley College in January 2018.

School of Professional Studies Faculty Accomplishments

Berkeley College faculty members were recognized for various accomplishments during recent months. Here are the highlights:

Clark Hill was presented with the Commitment to Students award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

In May 2017, Daniel Coss, CPP, Justice Studies, was featured on Newark Public Radio station WBGO 88.3 during the National Security Forum at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ. During the segment, Dr. Coss and his mother, Kathy Sanders, recall the tragedy of losing their young family members during the Oklahoma City bombing.

Charlane Brown-Wyands, JD, was interviewed by The Record for a story about Wes Bellamy, EdD, Vice Mayor of Charlottesville, VA, and his keynote address during the Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference. The event, sponsored by the American Conference on Diversity, was held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, in November 2017. In the story, Dr. Brown-Wyands described Dr. Bellamy’s address as “a message of courageous leadership.”

In June 2017, Gary Krulish, Chair, Justice Studies, was interviewed by North Jersey newspaper The Record for the story “Arab-American Woman Blazes Path in Paterson.” The story highlights student Huda Shalabi’s aspirations to break down barriers for Arab women in law enforcement. Mr. Krulish describes Ms. Shalabi as a dedicated, proactive student who makes her own opportunities.

College Skills Faculty Accomplishments

Berkeley College faculty members were recognized for various accomplishments during recent months. Here are the highlights:

Anthony Girardo was presented with the Commitment to the College award at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner on November 14, 2018 at The Terrace in Paramus, NJ.

Jennifer Moschella, Developmental Education, co-presented “TLC Reconsidered: Professional Development to Support the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” at the 3rd Annual Conference of The Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.