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Good News, Again, for Bergen Communicators

PARAMUS, N.J. – For the third consecutive year, Bergen Community College has earned recognition from the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for its communication efforts, winning awards for its official newsletter and video program.

“As the media landscape continues to evolve, Bergen Community College keeps the public informed by using innovative approaches to tell the story of our students, faculty and staff,” President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “The Medallion award-winning work produced by our staff helps the College stand out among institutions of higher education.”

Announced in Philadelphia last month, Bergen received two NCMPR District 1 Medallion awards recognizing its video magazine program Studio Bergen (gold) and its newsletter, Inside Bergen (silver). The awards bring the institution’s total to five in the last three years, including two first-place gold honors.

Now in its seventh season, Studio Bergen counts down the institution’s top 10 stories each month, airing on Torch TV, channel 26 of the Verizon FIOS cable television system and via the College’s official YouTube page. Studio Bergen is a joint production of the Office of Public Relations and the Office of Media Technologies.

Produced tri-annually by the College’s Office of Public Relations, the Inside Bergen newsletter debuted in 2013. The publication details College news and includes recurring features such as a faculty profile, a campus calendar and a photo collage.

NCMPR, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges with more than 650 member colleges, recognizes excellence in community, technical and junior college marketing and public relations activities in the northeastern U.S., Canada and the U.K. through the Medallion Awards each year.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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A Flea Farce at Bergen’s Ciccone

(From left) Austin Tobey, of Fair Lawn, as Romain Tournel, Kevin Bergen, of Glen Rock, as Victor Chandebise, and Keila Haskins, of Fort Lee, as Raymonde Chandebise.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergenstages season continues with the funny and farcical “A Flea in Her Ear” – full of slamming doors, mistaken identities and sexual innuendo – Friday, Dec. 1 at Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre.

Set in France, David Ives’ new version of Georges Feydeau’s 20th century farce centers around a wife, Raymonde Chandebise, suspecting her husband, Victor Chandebise, of being unfaithful. With the help of a friend, Raymonde attempts to catch and confront Victor at the Frisky Puss Hotel – notorious for extramarital affairs – where chaos ensues. Adding to the marital mayhem, the hotel’s drunken porter bears a striking resemblance to Victor.

The show will run from Friday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.­­ On Saturday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, matinee performances take place at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. Guests can purchase tickets by calling (201) 447-7428 or online at tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Gallery Bergen Investigates Identity

Rico Gatson, Family #1. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

PARAMUS, N.J. – A new exhibition in Gallery Bergen at Bergen Community College draws attention to the complex nature of individuality. “Identity Document,” on display through Wednesday, Dec. 13 with an opening reception taking place Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., brings together eight artists from diverse backgrounds featuring painting, sculpture, video, film and photography.

“Identity Document” showcases the work of artists C.J. Chueca, Amir H. Fallah, Carla Gannis, Rico Gatson, Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Fariba Hajamadi, Jeannette Louie and Gustavo Prado. Located in West Hall at the College’s main campus (400 Paramus Road), the works explore and challenge the meaning of identity in today’s global society.

Gallery director Chris Bors curated the exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Bergen.edu/gallery or email [email protected].

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Register Now for Spring, Winter Classes

Students can complete winter classes in just 16 days.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will once again offer a winter session of classes, giving students the opportunity to complete a course in just a few weeks. The winter session remains popular with currently enrolled Bergen students and those visiting from four-year colleges who plan on transferring the credits to their home institution. Classes such as General Chemistry, Religions of the World and Speech Communication – offered at the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road, Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands at 1280 Wall Street West in Lyndhurst and online – begin Wednesday, Dec. 27 and end Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

Registration has also opened for the College’s spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Twelve- and seven-week sessions will begin Tuesday, Feb. 6 and Friday, March 9, 2018.

For more information, or to register, visit any of the College’s locations in Paramus, Lyndhurst or Hackensack or bergen.edu.

Since its inception 50 years ago, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 15,000 students taking classes this semester. Ranked No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have transferred to every Ivy League institution.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Athletes Honored

Student-athlete Camille Calupad and Managing Director of Athletics Jorge Hernandez and coach Ed Kochakji.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College athletes, past and present, have added two significant honors to the institutional trophy case. Wrestling coach Ed Kochakji received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, while pole vaulter Camille Calupad has earned the NJCAA Region XIX John Stauff Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

“This is a very special time for our athletics program,” Managing Director of Athletics Jorge Hernandez said. “As a wrestler, coach and ambassador, Ed Kochakji represents as a true living legend of the sport in New Jersey. Camille Calupad, a national champion pole vaulter, remains equally as impressive in the classroom. To excel at such a high level in both areas speaks to her rare abilities.”

Kochakji, of Montvale, received the award last month for his commitment to the sport – a lifelong passion. The owner of three Bergen County and state championships while attending Bergenfield High School, the Record honored him as one of the area’s top 10 high school wrestlers of all-time and the best grappler of the 1960s. As a coach for more than 25 years, Kochakji guided four student-athletes to all-America honors and more than 40 students to all-region and all-Garden State Athletic Conference accolades. Among many distinctions, Kochakji earned induction into the NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.

Calupad, of Paramus, won the Stauff award on the strength of her performance in the classroom – a 3.7 GPA – and as a first team all-America pole vaulter. Her leap of 2.81 meters not only secured her gold medal finish, but her place in Bergen history – she represents the only national champion pole vaulter in the College’s 50 years. A Bergen student has now won the Stauff award in consecutive years; volleyball player Nadia Vaso earned the honor in 2016 – the first in Bergen’s history.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Bergen Nominated for $1 Million Aspen Prize

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Bergen Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Selected from 1,000 public two-year colleges, Bergen earned entry on the strength of its student outcome data – including its ranking as No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates – and stands as one of only two New Jersey colleges eligible this year.

“Bergen Community College’s eligibility for the 2019 Aspen Prize places it among the nation’s elite institutions,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “The College has become eligible due to the work of its faculty and staff who have focused the institution’s efforts on helping students become successful. When our students succeed, it validates our efforts and remains a source of pride for the institution and our community.”

Regarded as a signature achievement for community colleges, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions supporting student success in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. The Joyce Foundation and the Siemens Foundation will fund this year’s award.

As part of the selection process, Bergen staff and faculty will prepare reports on the initiatives that have helped fuel its effective student outcomes. The Aspen Institute will name its top 10 finalists in May 2018 and conduct site visits to each of the selected colleges before announcing the top institution in 2019.

The inaugural Aspen Prize, awarded in 2011, recognized Valencia College in Florida. Since then, Santa Barbara City College in California and Walla Walla Community College in Washington (2013), Santa Fe College in Florida (2015) and Lake Area Technical College in South Dakota (2017) topped the biennial competition.

Bergen, in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebration, has grown to the state’s largest community college with more than 14,000 students taking classes this semester. Alumni have transferred to every Ivy League institution and rank No. 11 in the nation for mid-career salaries among associate degree holders, according to Payscale.

Evaluators from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education lauded Bergen’s commitment to student success in the College’s 2016 decennial accreditation assessment, praising 48 specific areas of excellence, referring to them as best practices for any institution.

Initiatives have included enhancing student support services such as the the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, which has twice received “tutoring center of the year” honors in the past three years, the streamlined registration and financial aid services established in 2014 and the institution’s acceptance into the Achieving the Dream college reform network.

Bergen has also deployed retention strategies that target hidden obstacles students face while seeking a college degree – including tactics such as partnering with the Center for Food Action to open a pantry for students battling hunger.

In total, these strategies have improved many of the College’s federally collected data points such as its graduation and persistence rates and ultimately assisted a greater number of students in achieving their goals at the institution.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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“Salon Songbook” Tributes Gershwin Brothers

PARAMUS, N.J. – Producing some of the greatest standards when American jazz hit the high notes: “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm” and “But Not for Me,” “Salon Songbook: The Gershwins and Friends,” a celebration of songwriting’s most successful sibling partnership, will play the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring two-time Tony nominee Christine Andreas joining cabaret favorite Klea Blackhurst, the show is directed by Mark Waldrop and hosted and curated by Deborah Grace Winer. The show will celebrate the brothers’ contribution to the American songbook that embodied the energy of the jazz age, transforming Broadway and Hollywood musicals.

Tickets are $35 for general admission. Senior citizens and College faculty, staff and students receive discounts. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.bergen.edu or call (201) 447-7428.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Students Dress for Success with Career Closet

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College and Ridgewood Moving Services President and CEO Cynthia A. Myer (right) have partnered to establish a “career closet” at the main campus, 400 Paramus Road, that will provide students with free professional and formal attire donated by area residents. Officially launched Sept. 13 through the “Move for Success” program, the boutique’s grand opening event provided students with the opportunity to browse ensembles as well as learn about additional resources, including resume writing and interview skills, offered through the program. Career counselors will help advise students on appropriate dress to make the best first impression during an interview. Considering approximately 50 percent of students believe financial issues could cause them to leave their institution, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the College’s boutique, housed in Room B-122 of the Pitkin Education Center, aims to remove barriers and help students launch their professional careers, regardless of financial circumstances.

The College has taken proactive and creative measures in recent years to support student retention, graduation and success rates including partnering with the Center for Food Action to open a pantry for students battling hunger. These interventions, which target the hidden obstacles students face while seeking a college degree, represent emerging strategies colleges must deploy when confronting enrollment and completion challenges.

The boutique will be open Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Aretha McMillan at (201) 879-7223.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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“Hamlet” Opens at Bergen

Dakota Librescu, of Fair Lawn, as Hamlet, and Kristina Craig, of River Edge, as Ophelia.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Regarded as one of the great works in the English language, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” will open Bergenstages’ fall theatrical series Friday, Oct. 27 at Bergen Community College.

Set in medieval Denmark, the protagonist, Prince Hamlet, son of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude, returns home from school to discover his father has recently died. Claudius, King Hamlet’s brother, has been crowned the new king and has married Gertrude. Shortly after his mother’s marriage, Prince Hamlet meets his father’s ghost who tells Hamlet that the serpent that killed his father is now wearing his crown, imploring Hamlet to seek revenge.

The show will run Friday, Oct. 27 to Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.­­ On Saturday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Ender Hall Lab Theatre at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty and students. Guests can purchase tickets by calling (201) 447-7428 or online at tickets.bergen.edu.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Explore Bergen’s Tradition of Excellence

Bergen’s 167-acre main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – As the institution celebrates its 50th anniversary, Bergen Community College will host its fall open house at the main campus for prospective students and their families Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the student center at 400 Paramus Road.

At the free event, faculty from Bergen’s academic programs and representatives from financial aid, student life, athletics and the Judith K. Winn School of Honors will offer assistance in helping students make their college choice.

Since its inception 50 years ago, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with more than 14,000 students taking classes this semester. Ranked No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have transferred to every Ivy League institution.

Expanding beyond its original footprint in Paramus, the College now features campus locations in Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands) and Hackensack (the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center). Online classes and a weekend college provide greater flexibility, while dual enrollment programs at area high schools allow students to get a jumpstart on earning a college degree.

Faculty, which include a former U.S. Professor of the Year, lead degree, certificate and continuing education programs in areas such as criminal justice, health professions and business.

Resources include the $26 million Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, which opened in 2016 as the College’s project as part of the state’s Building Our Future Bond Act approved by voters, and the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center – twice named as the best tutoring facility in the U.S.

For more information, call the Office of Admissions at (201) 447-3595, email [email protected] or visit bergen.edu/openhouses.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 15,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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