Berkeley Today Stories

people working on a table with paper reports, a laptop and a calculator
November 21, 2022
Vedika Rupee was 13 years old when her family moved to the United States from Guyana. “My upbringing in Guyana was different from the life here,” she remembered. “Transitioning from the metric system and learning the imperial system was just one of many things I had to learn!” And though her focus wasn’t initially on college, she would later go on to earn not one, but three degrees from Berkeley College
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November 14, 2022
Thinking back, Dan Birnbaum is quick to point out the importance of the many relationships he built at Berkeley College. “I still keep in touch with some of my professors and advisors to this day,” said the 2003 graduate.
three headshots of Danielle Russell side by side
October 25, 2022
Danielle Rose Russell was born October 31, 1999 in New Jersey. She started doing commercials and print ads as a child. At the age of 13, she was cast in the film, “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” Danielle fell in love with acting and shortly after completing her role opposite Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens, she was cast in the Cameron Crowe film “Aloha” opposite Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, and Emma Stone. Danielle then did several other projects including “Wonder,” “The Last Tycoon,” “Measure of a Man,” “The Originals,” and “Pandemic.” In 2018 she portrayed Hope Mikealson in the spinoff of “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals” (2013), and “Legacies” (2018), which ran for five years. At about the same time that Danielle was starring in “Legacies,” she began the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program at Berkeley College. Last year, she completed her degree and graduated cum laude. Beginning in January 2022, Danielle enrolled in the Berkeley College Master of Business Administration in Management degree program. She is currently in her third semester.
Roylyn McNatt
September 30, 2022
It was a difficult journey to the graduation stage for Roylyn McNatt. Between the pressure of working full-time and issues with completing her coursework, there were times she was ready to give up and walk away. She credits her support from Berkeley College—which included President Dr. Diane Recinos and Campus Operating Officers (COO) LaTysha Gaines and Linda Mauro, as well as others—with making it possible.
Navi Ship at sunset
June 2, 2022
Teneshia Clarke knows how to get things done. With more than seven years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, the Petty Officer First Class (E-6) had the very serious responsibility of supervising sailors and host nation partners who ensured the safe issuance, transfer, and receipt of petroleum products. But she’s also pushing herself to go further…and has big plans for the future.