October 2014



Photo Caption (L to R): Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Berkeley College Honors Program; Honors Scholar Tanya Salemme of Elmwood Park, NJ; and Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Berkeley College Honors Scholars recently had an opportunity to take their studies to the next level by participating in the first Honors Scholars Research Symposium in New York City. The students presented theses on subjects ranging from the effects of the September 11 attacks on the American economy to the illicit handbag trade within the global marketplace.

The Berkeley College Honors Program motivates top-ranking students to work creatively and collaboratively with their peers and faculty mentors. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take leadership roles in the workplace and to make a difference in their local communities.

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Berkeley College Online® will sponsor a virtual women’s symposium titled “Sparking Insight.” I hope you will encourage members of your organization to register for “Sparking Insight.” This program will provide an added element to any women’s studies, business, marketing, entrepreneurship or career development program, and has value for women of all backgrounds – from business leaders to students. As a courtesy to our colleagues in higher education, students at your schools or in your organization can register at no cost by using the code: discount100.

“Sparking Insight” will teach viewers to harness effective leadership through characteristics such as confidence, purpose and passion. Participants will hear from innovators like Khuraira Musa, who made the journey from an orphanage in Nigeria to become a celebrity makeup artist and business owner. Other speakers will discuss topics such as marketing, branding and entrepreneurship. As an institution committed to lifelong learning, Berkeley College invites you to tap into this exciting opportunity and to share this event with your own professional network. Details about the event are included below.

Enjoy this issue of Berkeley College Newsline.     


Dario A. Cortes, PhD
President of Berkeley College


College Hosts First Scholars Research Symposium

The first Berkeley College Honors Scholars Research Symposium, held on September 12 in New York City, featured the works of student scholars who rose to the challenge and presented fascinating theses on a variety of subjects. The symposium, which opened with an address to the students from Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, is the culmination of a year of studies through classroom discussions, seminars and research in close proximity with peers and professors.

Berkeley College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and offers an interdisciplinary theme-based Honors Program to a limited number of high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees. The theme for the 2013-2014 Berkeley College Honors Program was “Rediscovering New York City,” with students exploring such topics as the history and culture of the city, along with the growth of the financial district and the city’s criminal justice system.

“Participation in the program is on an invitation-only basis with recommendations coming from faculty members and advisors,” said Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Honors Program. “In addition to excelling in their academic programs, Honors Scholars volunteer for service projects in the community, participate in Honors seminars conducted by senior faculty, and conduct independent research.”

Photo Caption: Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Berkeley College Honors Program, opens the first Berkeley College Honors Scholars Research Symposium held in September.


Students Draw from Experience at Research Symposium

New York Honors Scholar Tamara Desrosiers presented her research on court-mandated arbitration and the violation of an individual’s constitutional right to a jury trial during the symposium. A single mom who is employed full time as a paralegal at Rubert & Gross PC in Manhattan, Ms. Desrosiers defended her thesis with poise and confidence as she drew from personal experience within the legal profession.

Ms. Desrosiers, a Legal Studies major, said the strong mentorship in the Honors Program was critical to her success since she has so many responsibilities outside of college. The program also helped her in the workplace.

“I developed really great research skills, which are very important in my job as a paralegal,” she said. “I will also be able to draw on these skills when I go on to law school.”

New Jersey Honors Scholar Ariel Canela, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, presented his thesis on maritime piracy across diverse regions, drawing on his own military experience combating piracy off the coast of Somalia. Mr. Canela, who tutors students at the Berkeley College Academic Support Center in Woodbridge, said that the Honors Program challenged him in many ways.

“I learned a lot about myself by serving in the military, and I’m learning more about myself by being part of this program,” Mr. Canela said.

Dr. Cortes said that having Honors Scholar status distinguishes students and gives them an advantage when applying for a job or admission to graduate school.

“Employers are seeking top graduates with collaborative, critical thinking, research, cross-cultural and communications skills,” Dr. Cortes said. “Berkeley College Honors Scholars possess all of these, plus the intellect and desire to succeed.”

Photo Caption: Honors Scholar Tamara Desrosiers presents her research during the first Berkeley College Honors Scholars Research Symposium.


Program Recognizes Students for Excellence and Service

Six Honors Scholars received awards for academic excellence, outstanding thesis, or community service, during the Honors Program Graduate Reception, held on September 16 at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ. All 38 Honors Scholars received Certificates of Completion and honor cords to be worn with their caps and gowns at Commencement.

Stephen Wolf, PhD, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts, received the 2014 Faculty Excellence Award. The award recognized Dr. Wolf’s contribution to the Honors Program by sharing his extensive knowledge of New York City, supporting the 2013-2014 program theme, “Rediscovering New York City.” During the program, Dr. Wolf led the scholars on numerous educational tours of the city.

Edima-Mandu Etuk an international student from Nigeria who currently resides in White Plains, NY, received the 2014 Outstanding Honors Scholar Alumni Award, which recognizes her continued excellence, professionalism and service to Berkeley College. Ms. Etuk, who graduated from Berkeley College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Health Services Management, is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree in Healthcare Administration at Pace University. She recounted her time in the Honors Program, calling it “a defining experience.”

Photo Caption: Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College (fifth from left), and Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director of the Honors Program (eighth from left), join Honors Scholars at the Chart House in Weehawken for a Graduate Reception. Scholars received Certificates of Completion and honor cords to be worn with their caps and gowns at Commencement.


Join the Online Women’s Leadership Symposium

Anyone can become a better leader, relative and friend, according to Alyssa Dver, Founder and CEO of Mint Green Marketing. Ms. Dver is one of five speakers who will empower women to reach their full potential during “Sparking Insight!” a virtual women’s leadership symposium that will be hosted by Berkeley College Online® from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 8.

“The event will feature interviews with five dynamic women who have amazing stories to share,” said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online®. Ms. Goldstein, who conducts interviews and conducts question-and-answer sessions with the presenters, explains she developed the event to inspire “women to connect, network and support their professional development in an online setting.” “Participants can take advantage of professional development tools and opportunities to ‘spark’ ongoing dialogue through discussions on the Sparking Insight LinkedIn network.”

Information will be shared via presentations, moderated discussions and question-and-answer periods. The event will be archived for 30 days, so event registrants can access the interviews and conversations over a 30-day period following the symposium, which is an additional advantage for “Sparking Insight!” participants. Once registration is complete, the symposium can be accessed remotely from any computer. Women of all backgrounds can benefit from participating in this event, from business professionals and civic leaders to educators and students. 

“Sparking Insight” leadership characteristics embrace confidence, courage, personal branding, perseverance, purpose and passion. 

Berkeley College is a leader in online education and was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees. Berkeley College Online® is also a recipient of Quality Standards (QS) certification for excellence from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).


Photo Caption: Registration is open for “Sparking Insight!” a virtual women’s leadership symposium that will be hosted by Berkeley College Online® on October 8.


Berkeley Welcomes Faculty Members from China

In September, the Berkeley College School of Health Studies welcomed a delegation of Chinese faculty from North Sichuan Medical University for a five-day visit. The group sought to better understand medical terminology and the U.S. medical system before continuing to travel in the United States. It was the faculty members’ first visit to the United States and their first visit to an American college.

The delegation was greeted by Sheila Dynan, DMH, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, in the Community Room at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. The participants then spent time with a number of Berkeley College professors. The program was organized in conjunction with the US-China Century Education Group Corp (USCCE), a social enterprise based in Totowa, NJ, that facilitates educational exchange between the United States and China.

Zou Xingli, a member of the Chinese delegation, said the visit helped him learn medical terms that are difficult to memorize.

“The course taught us excellent methods to read, write, understand and memorize these medical words,” he said. “Your teachers also showed us how (medical) classes in America are organized, which is significant for future teaching in our country.”

Photo Caption: Berkeley College professors and a representative from US-China Century Education Group Corp join a delegation of Chinese faculty at Berkeley College in Woodland Park.


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.