Best of Berkeley 2014

Berkeley College New York City High School Admissions team


NYC High School Admissions always has something to smile about!
– Vanessa Hernandez, Assistant Director, High School Admissions, Midtown Manhattan 



My most memorable moment came just recently. A student I enrolled, who came to me through a Social Service agency, hugged me and told me that she is getting straight As and I changed her life. Yes, I cried.
– Mary Ann Santora, Associate Director, Adult Admissions


Byron Hargove, Berkeley College professor, at Honors Scholars Research Symposium On September 12, more than 145 people in the Berkeley community witnessed the poster and paper presentations of our Honors students at the first Honors Scholars Research Symposium. Also, on November 13, the Leadership Berkeley 10th Anniversary Class presented its Communication Action Plan to the senior executives at Woodland Park.
– Byron Hargrove, PhD, Director, Honors Program and Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts


Faculty Day warmed my heart. It was a joy to connect collectively with my colleagues who have also become friends. I learned new, valuable concepts and put some faces to some names, while reaffirming the academic excellence, commitment and community that is Berkeley College.
– Mary Ellen Stiehl, PhD, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts   


My most memorable moment was walking into All Associates Day 2014 in Woodland Park and being overwhelmed (in a good way) by the number of people who were there. My first All Associates Day was in 1998 and there were less than 300 people employed here and gathered in the auditorium at the Waldwick Campus. The 2014 All Associates Day was such a good reminder of how AWESOME Berkeley College is by still offering this day to their employees to show their appreciation, and no matter how much we have grown we are all so lucky to be working in an environment where we truly do change people’s lives!
– Patricia Meeney, Associate, Admissions, Berkeley College Online®


Berkeley College Medical Assistant students during Respect Week in Dover
One memorable moment was the first Respect Week held in October. In addition, Medical Assistant Week was that same week and events were combined with their participation. Students had the opportunity to create quilt pieces, which were put together as a way to express what RESPECT meant to them.
– Sarada Jailal, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Dover


John Partin, Berkeley College cross country

Veterans love Berkeley College and Cross Country!
– Michael Lincoln, Director, Adult Admissions, Woodland Park and Cross-Country Coach, New Jersey

My most memorable moment of 2014 at Berkeley College was the first Honors Symposium. Students from my Honors 410 had the opportunity to present their theses to an audience composed of faculty, administrators, peers and family. The success of this event in large part was due to the hard work and dedication of the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Byron Hargrove, the faculty, and of course, the students.
– Filippa Modesto, PhD, Professor, English, School of Liberal Arts

Berkeley in Bloom event at Berkeley College
A great moment of 2014 was watching Berkeley College students showcase their talents at “Berkeley in Bloom,” an event sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the Library, and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life. Also, at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony – hearing Sharla Hanley’s inspiring story of how she overcame tragedy and earned her degree.
– Denise Homeyer, Project Manager 


My most memorable moment at Berkeley College during 2014 was All Associates Day because I was able to interact with colleagues that I haven’t seen in ages and was able to participate in fun activities. My favorite activity during All Associates Day was the game show because not only did it allow us to test our knowledge of Berkeley College, but also showed great teamwork among us. I can’t wait to develop new memories for 2015.
– Jonathan Rodriguez, Academic Support Liaison, Paramus

September 11 Day of Service at Berkeley College Student Development and Campus Life was able to create a successful September 11th Day of Service with the New York and Newark locations. Twenty-five students spent the morning at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, followed by an afternoon of reflection and making thank you cards for first responders and military personnel. I know students and staff walked away impacted, educated and inspired to do something.
– Melissa Vidam, Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs,
Midtown Manhattan

Bonnie Lafazan receives five-year award from Berkeley College

Receiving a five-year clock at the Associate Recognition Dinner #BestofBerkeley2014
– Bonnie Lafazan, JD, Library Director, Woodbridge

The Return of All Associates Day! #BestofBerkeley2014
– Jairo Borja, Director, Business Development, Career Services

Sharla Hanley, 2014 Berkeley College Robert Maher Award winner

My favorite moment was when one of my former students, Sharla Hanley, the 2014 Robert Maher Award winner, got into the NYU Silver School of Social Work! I’m so proud of her and so excited to see what she will be able to accomplish when she earns her MSW.
– Nicole Turnbull, Director, Office of Student Development and Campus Life, Online

Renaissance Hall ribbon-cutting ceremony at Berkeley College in Woodland Park The ribbon-cutting event held in honor of Woodland Park’s Renaissance building was an exciting and uplifting event. The detailed renovation of the building is a tribute to Berkeley’s tradition and excellence in the field of education and in their time-honored efforts to offer students a positive and innovative environment to complement their excellence in education.
– Annette Long, Vice President, Central Support Services


Catherine St. John, Berkeley College professor, is recognized for 30 years of teaching

My most memorable moment was being recognized for 30 years of teaching at Berkeley College at the Associate Recognition Dinner in April.
– Catherine St. John, DA, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts


Berkeley College Community Service Day at the Salvation Army in Dover

This photo was from the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Dover, NJ, during the Berkeley Cares Community Service Day. We all had a great time supporting the local community.
– Michael Iris, Director, Career Services, Berkeley College Online® 



No-Fear Shakespeare performance at Berkeley College in Paramus On the Summer Solstice, students and associates from Paramus turned the campus courtyard into a stage for a “No-Fear Shakespeare” performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone worked together to create this fantastic event. The students from the Fashion Club assisted with costumes; the Interior Design faculty helped with set design; English faculty aided with Shakespearean interpretation; Student Development and Campus Life provided refreshments and BES supplied the plants for the set. The collaboration resulted in a memorable night!
– Maria Deptula, Library Director, Paramus

Berkeley College in Newark Applied Psychology class

My students and I celebrated the last day of the Fall term (Newark, Applied Psychology GEC123). A family of learners supporting each other.
– Madeline Edwards, EdD, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Liberal Arts

Top memorable moments:
My first day – 02/24/2014
Attending my first new associates breakfast.
– Dave Boyce, Students Accounts Administrator, Midtown Manhattan

Sustainable Solutions garden at Berkeley College
For a course called Sustainable Solutions (in Woodbridge), we wanted to demonstrate how easy it was to create food from a small space, in the time frame of the 11-week Summer Quarter. We planted tomatoes, jalapenos, onions and radishes to make organic salsa. The wild animals, deer probably, ate the stringbeans before we were able to harvest them.
– Barbara Sanoudis, Professor, Math and Sciences, School of Liberal Arts