Author: Larry Hlavenka

Education, Government Leaders Discuss School Safety

Who: Bergen Community College

What: “Securing Our Schools and the Opioid Epidemic in Suburbia”

When: Monday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Moses Family Meeting & Training Center (TEC-128), 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey

Why: In the wake of mass shootings and a drug epidemic threatening the lives of young people throughout the United States, families continue to search for solutions that will secure the nation’s schools and preserve the innocence of education.

Suburbs like Newtown, Connecticut, Parkland, Florida and Columbine, Colorado once shared many of the same characteristics with municipalities across the country – including those in Bergen County – but now stand as chapters in a gruesome period of American history. Coupled with the rise opioids – and their use among school age children – these issues represent two of the most urgent concerns facing suburban communities.

Together with government officials, educators and community leaders, this event will discuss these issues and seek to develop a framework for affecting change.

Register here.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

Foundation Scholarships Support Student Success

Nearly 170 students received scholarships from the Bergen Community College Foundation this spring.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation distributed approximately $200,000 to 169 students during its annual spring scholarship awards ceremony May 9. Each of the scholarships – funded by community members, faculty and staff – carries its own unique criteria, providing opportunities for many subsets of the Bergen student body.

The Bergen Community College Foundation leads the application and disbursement process, which has totaled nearly $20 million since its inception in 1982. The College has raised more than $200,000 for future student scholarships as part of its 50th anniversary celebration this year.

Spring 2018 scholarship recipients, by hometown:

 

Andover

Geraldine Mae Lua, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Bayonne

Michele Youssef, $500, Ira Kaltman Scholarship Fund

 

Belleville

Ralph Ricciardi, $1,000, Stryker Orthopedics Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Bergenfield

Abiegail Cajayon, $1,000, SUEZ NJ Scholarship Fund

Erica Contiliano, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Bloomfield

Giavonna White, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Bogota

David Alfaro, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Selena Sustache, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

 

Caldwell

Daniel Drury, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Carlstadt

Madeline Glanville, $1,000, Verizon Scholarship Fund

Cesar Michael Hernandez, $2,000, Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Computer Science Award

Ronika Khanuja, $1,000, Indian-American of Paramus Scholarship

 

Cliffside Park

Maira Quintero, $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

Andrea Guzman, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Clifton

Michael Bode, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Stephanie DeFalco, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Ashley Macote, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Closter

Luiza Mircovich, $500, Michael Orlando Scholarship Fund

 

Cresskill

Caroline Sabsoul Moreno, $1,000, Anthony Schepisi Memorial Fund

 

Demarest

Camila Nunes Franco, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

 

Dumont

Brian Muro, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Rachel Valentino, $1,000, Bergen County Retired Educators Association Scholarship

 

East Orange

Heather Anderson, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

 

Edison

Evans-Hoff Cacheca, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Elmwood Park

Brian Aguirre, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

Onur Hamza Bas, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Massiel Concepcion, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

Kelly Nutile, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

Adelajda Turku, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Yanyu Zheng, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Englewood

Hyangmok Baek, $1,000, SUEZ NJ Scholarship Fund

Luisa Cuadros, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

Luisa Cuadros, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Nina Darbouze, $1,500, David A. Gille Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Bryant Gomez, $1,000, SUEZ NJ Scholarship Fund

Sara Grant, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Hae Sun Lee, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship

Mahila Ned, $1,000, The Murphy Family Scholarship

Christopher Pridemore, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

 

Fair Lawn

Camila Abarca, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Joshua Bank, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Noam Galinsky, $2,000, Sidney Silverman Scholarship fund

Kaitlyn Hoefler, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Nari Kim, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Christopher Kinch, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Paul Lazaro, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Mykhailo Malko, $1,000, Stryker Orthopedics Restricted Scholarship Fund

Qui Thi Qui Nguyen, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

John Pagios, $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

Jennifer Garcia, $800, Ellen Fressola Nursing Scholarship

 

Fairview

Jasmine Asto, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

Xiomara Ayala, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

Doreta Biba, $1,000, Bogota Savings Bank Scholarship

David Cardona, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Sasha De La Torre, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Fort Lee

June Cutrupi, $1,000, Tolve Hospitality/ Culinary Arts Scholarship

Mingma Dorjee Sherpa, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Franklin Lakes

Brenda Robinson, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Garfield

Zhane Ball, $2,454.75, Philip Begonja Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Roida Cenomeri, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship

Pamela Mautino, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Aida Molla, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

Alexander Kostovski, $2,000, Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Computer Science Award

 

Glen Rock

Emily Moretti, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Josh Remer, $1,000, Harold Winn, M.D. Endowed Memorial Scholarship

 

Hackensack

Natasha Grant, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Afrah Loskor, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Eric Polanco, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Amanee Pettway, $5,000, Gourmet Dining Travel Abroad Scholarship

 

Haledon

James Incorvaia, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Harrison

Kimberly Alban, $1,000, Franco-Miranda Scholarship Fund

 

Hasbrouck Heights

Taylor Hawkins, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

Tenzin Kalden, $1,000, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

 

Hawthorne

August Bausewein, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

Gabriela Correa, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

 

Hewitt

Sean Schambelan, $500, DeMarzio Memorial Award

 

Hoboken

Amina Muka, $1,000, Traphagen Family Scholarship Fund

 

Jersey City

Marlen Herrera, $1,000, Franco-Miranda Scholarship Fund

Vishal Sanghvi, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

 

Kearny

Marcela Czekalski Hornung, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Alicia Moran, $750, Information Technology Scholarship Fund

 

Little Ferry

Klea Cabej, $1,000, Ethel Pelletiere Scholarship Fund

Mikiko Freund, $3,000, Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Mathematics Award

Lisbeth Polo, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Sevum Taymaz, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

 

Lodi

Vanessa Arcila, $600, Title V Grant “Pathway Scholars Fund”

Mairveille Elvire Bakobi Ndebo, $1,000, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

Nicole Cacciatore, $3,200, Philip Begonja Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Kenida Calderon Nunez, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Remila Jasharllari, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Lindsey Njanja, $2,000, David & May Bogen Fund

 

Lyndhurst

Alexandra Corby, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Gianna Jacobelli, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Mahwah

Riyaben Chaudhary, $1,000, Indian-American of Paramus Scholarship

 

Maywood

Francesca Oliveri, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Midland Park

Sarah Meima, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Chloe Zuidema, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

 

Montvale

Stephanie Bryant, $750, Donald & Joan Gordon Murko VTS

 

Morristown

Christopher Oehley, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Mount Arlington

Ashlee Rogalsky, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

New Milford

Keanu Carbon, $1,000, A.M. “Bud” D’Alessandro Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Alyssa Denning, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

Shantelle Guinto, $1,000, College Club of Ridgewood Scholarship

Nicole Pratt, $1,000, Audrey Stephan Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund

Gahyoun Song, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

North Arlington

Rachel Hall, $1,500, Maura Soehnlein Memorial Scholarship

 

Norwood

Jamie Dercole, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Oakland

Angelina Bioletti, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Antony Crespo, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Theresa Cruciata, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Antonio Petrazzuolo, $1,000, Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship

 

Old Tappan

Seong Yoon Oh, $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

 

Oradell

Megin Case, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Christine Walsh, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

 

Palisades Park

Sophia Rahman, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

 

Passaic

Anthony Aguilera, $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

Michael Martinez Vidals, $750, Information Technology Scholarship Fund

 

Park Ridge

Kole Kilmurray, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Passaic

Lydia Knott, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Paterson

Claudine Belford, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Razu Monnan, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Pearl River, New York

Haley Huffman, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Ridgefield Park

Laura Fernandez, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

Valeria Correa, $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

Arianna Basedeo, $1,000, Nick Anagnostakos Scholarship Fund

Kaisy Suarez Rojas, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship

 

Ridgewood

Amanda Amoruso, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Christina Brigliadoro, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Daniel Fandino, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

Maria Khalitov, $2,000, Prof. Robert Neil Ender Memorial Computer Science Award

 

Ringwood

Christen Sinclair, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

 

River Edge

Michael Khederlarian, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Madison Surian, $1,565, Dr. Bernard Casella Scholarship Fund

 

River Vale

Christine Han, $2,000, William M. Orr Endowment

Matthew Rogich, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Sofya Vaynshteyn, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

 

Rochelle Park

Louma Hannawi, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Prince Seabrooks, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Rutherford

Layal Aboukaf, $1,000, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Maddalena Carpignano, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Kristen Wester, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Saddle Brook

Jacquelyn Carrillo, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Brittany MacDonald, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Saddle River

Tatiane de Fatima Dutra, $1,000, Kenneth Edelson Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Stewartsville, New York

James Race Jr., $2,000, Pitkin Foundation Scholarship

 

Suffern, New York

Olena Yemtchuk, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Teaneck

Kofi Owusu-Abboah, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Arian Richardson, $500, W.F. Coggie Scholarship Fund

Daniyal Syed, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Restricted Scholarship

Farhana Yasmin, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Rafael Zarifa, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Tenafly

Andres Giraldo, $1,000, Jeremiah & Yolanda Ciancia Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Basil Mohamed-Sulieman, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

Eleonora Tatazi, $1,000, Joseph and Ana Martucci Scholarship Fund

Katherine Temple, $1,000, BCC General Scholarship

 

Union City

Daniel Barranco, $1,000, Hamm Family Scholarship

 

Vernon

Stephanie Bahamonde, $1,000, Delta Dental Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund

 

Waldwick

Aaron Barthold, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

Giovanni Lindsay, $1,000, Dr. Richard Ciccone Endowed Scholarship Fund

 

Wayne

Yousif Shamil, $1,000, Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship

 

West New York

Giovani Carmona, $1,000, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

 

West Milford

Anna Simmons, $750, Rebecca Serkey “Follow Your Dream” Foundation Fund

 

Westwood

JungHyun Kim, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship Fund

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

County High Schoolers Win College Writing Contest

Isabelle Kang, Angela Youn, Eden Witelson and Norah Gordon

PARAMUS, N.J. – Of nearly 350 submissions from high school juniors and seniors, six Bergen County students claimed first-place honors in the 42nd annual Bergen County High School Writing Contest sponsored by the Bergen Community College English department. The contest, co-directed by Bergen professors Geoffrey Sadock, Ph.D., and Peter Helff, featured six categories of submissions – scholarly essay, poetry, personal essay, short story, drama and recent Americans – judged by Bergen faculty. The work of 20 finalists became part of the College’s literary journal, “Pegasus,” published annually in June. The first-place winners are, from left:

*Isabelle Kang, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Heewon” (Recent Americans);

*Angela Youn, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Violoncello” (Poetry);

*Eden Witelson, of Tenafly, Tenafly High School: “Hidden Memories” (Personal Essay); and

*Norah Gordon, of Waldwick, Bergen County Academies: “A Most Unusual Hat” (Short Story).

Students (not pictured) who also placed first are Stephanie Shue, of Saddle River, scholarly essay; and Vanessa Silva, of North Arlington, drama.

In recognition of their efforts, students received copies of the literary journal and Amazon gift cards.

Open to high school juniors and seniors, the annual countywide literary contest started accepting writing submissions in December 2017. Submissions were judged based on effective persuasion, clarity, reasoning, concept, style and thematic development.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

High Schoolers Depict Suburbia in Gallery Bergen

Keaton Carlisle, Glen Rock High School, “Suburban Sunset”

PARAMUS, N.J. – Reflections of life in suburbia and explorations of the suburban landscape are some of the topics depicted through photography by local high school students in Gallery Bergen’s latest exhibition at Bergen Community College.

Opening Tuesday, June 12 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, the “Life in Suburbia” photography exhibition showcases photographs contributed by students through an open call for the second annual “Suburban Studies High School Photo Exhibition” and will continue through June 21. Organized by gallery director Chris Bors, “Life in Suburbia” will also feature a video slideshow of previous entries.

More than 50 College faculty and administrators from a variety of disciplines have collaborated to form the suburban studies group, a professional development and community engagement undertaking chaired by professor Phil Dolce. The educators include the dynamics of suburbia in their coursework and assignments relating to community outreach and civic lessons. Thousands of students will be participating in this project.

Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Bergen.edu/gallery or contact Chris Bors at [email protected] or (201) 879-8817.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

Commencement Celebrates Class of ’18 and College History

Soggy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Bergen class of 2018.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bergen Community College put a cap on each of the members of the class of 2018 and the institution’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration May 17 at MetLife Stadium during its annual commencement ceremony. Recognizing the 1,000 graduates in attendance and approximately 2,500 as part of the overall class, the event highlighted student achievements and the institution’s five decades of success stories – blending Bergen’s past, present and future.

Guest speakers such as Gov. Phil Murphy, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Thomas Sullivan joined President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., and Grand Marshal Ursula Parrish-Daniels, Ed.D., in celebrating students such as valedictorian Zaina Laaroussi, of Fort Lee. She offered optimism for her classmates.

“Wake up every morning and go out in the world with an open mindset,” Laaroussi said. “Listen to what others have to say and take part in intellectual discussion. Do what you love in life because life is too short to just be mediocre.”

During his remarks, Gov. Murphy expressed his support for the class of 2018 – and community colleges.

“It’s places like Bergen Community College,” he said, “where an education has been put within reach of everyone who wants it.”

In addition to remarks from the government officials in attendance during intermittent rain, the program featured videos detailing the College’s history. Special recognitions and musical performances took place in between the videos, including a singing of the College’s alma mater by student Alex Czechowicz, of Tenafly – who wrote new verses as part of the 50th anniversary celebration – and “God Bless America” by student and U.S. Air Force veteran Katalina Escobar, of Woodland Park.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the College has sought to look to the future as well, raising scholarship dollars for the next generation of Bergen students through the $50 for 50 campaign. For $20.18, more than 200 members of the class of 2018 purchased philanthropy cords to support a class gift – a scholarship for future students.

Outgoing Student Government Association President Sibora Peca, of Metuchen, led the class in the ceremonial turning of the tassel, signifying their graduation.

Sixty members of the class of 2018 earned 4.0 GPAs and will now transfer to some of the nation’s top four-year colleges and enter the workforce.

Commemorating the 1967 hiring of Bergen’s first president, Sidney Silverman, Ph.D., and the approval of the master plan that developed the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road, the institution launched its 50th anniversary celebration last fall. A committee led by honorary co-chairs Bergen County Executive Tedesco, Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and retired Executive Vice President Virginia Laughlin directed the institution’s efforts related to celebrating the anniversary.

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.

# # #

College Inducts Trio as Professors Emeriti

Judith Rae Davis, Ed.D.; Joan Tscherne, Ph.D.; and Bonnie MacDougall, Ph.D.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Selected by a committee of their peers, three retired Bergen Community College professors have earned the rank of “professor emeritus” in recognition of their impact on the institution and its students. The College celebrated the latest inductees, Judith Rae Davis, Ed.D., Bonnie MacDougall, Ph.D., and Joan Tscherne, Ph.D., during a May 4 luncheon at Seasons in Washington Township. In Bergen’s 50-year history, 51 faculty members have now earned the professor emeritus designation.

“As a faculty member for much of my career, I had the privilege of working with Judi, Bonnie and Joan on projects that enhanced student learning, faculty teaching and the institution as a whole,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “This group exemplifies the intent of the professor emeritus program – to recognize those who made significant contributions to the College.”

Davis, of Warwick, New York, taught English for 29 years at Bergen, serving as chair of the department, while also leading the general education, strategic planning and faculty development committees. A past recipient of the “best article of the year” honor from the National Two-Year College English Association, Davis received the NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching and a Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship. She developed Bergen’s online professor program for new online faculty still in use today.

MacDougall, of Vero Beach, Florida, mentored students at all levels of learning during her 29-year career, teaching a range of classes from English-as-a-Second-Language to honors Shakespeare. MacDougall began at Bergen in 1986 and would eventually serve the College in numerous leadership roles including coordinator of the American Language Program and interim academic vice president.

Tscherne, of Hasbrouck Heights, held positions such as physical science coordinator, department chair and interim dean of science during her 28-year-career at Bergen. After beginning as an adjunct in 1989, she would earn a full-time position in 2004. Tscherne championed numerous student and faculty development projects, including the Partners in Learning initiative, a mentorship program for new professors. She served as grand marshal of commencement 2017.

The professor emeritus program began in 1988 with the induction of former dean Alan Buxton. Selection relies on many factors, including exemplary teaching and scholarship. Professor Kate McGivern leads the five-member committee charged with choosing honorees after receiving nominations from academic divisions and faculty.

Bergen has celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, commemorating the 1967 hiring of its first president, Sidney Silverman, Ph.D., and the approval of the master plan that developed the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road. A committee led by honorary co-chairs Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and retired executive vice president Virginia Laughlin directed the institution’s efforts related to celebrating the anniversary.

Since its inception, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester. No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

Bergen Graduation Celebrates Past, Present and Future

More than 2,000 students will graduate as part of the class of 2018.

PARAMUS, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy will help close Bergen Community College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration as the institution recognizes its class of 2018 graduates during its annual commencement ceremony Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. More than 2,000 students will earn associate degrees and certificates. The College has ranked No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates four consecutive years.

With a nod to the institution’s 50th anniversary, this year’s event will acknowledge the College’s past and present while looking toward the future. The event will begin with a dual processional of current and former graduates, faculty and staff before a series of vignettes, musical performances and special recognitions – “50 years of success stories.” President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., will preside over the ceremony, which will also feature remarks by Gov. Murphy, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and class of 2018 valedictorian Zaina Laaroussi.

Laaroussi, of Fort Lee, will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges, and the Student Government Association. Her address will focus on perseverance through adversity and the importance of progress.

Retiring Executive Assistant to the President Ursula Parrish Daniels, Ed.D., will serve as the grand marshal.

Bergen’s first commencement ceremony took place in 1970.

Commemorating the 1967 hiring of Bergen’s first president, Sidney Silverman, Ph.D., and the approval of the master plan that developed the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road, the institution launched its 50th anniversary celebration last fall. A committee led by honorary co-chairs Bergen County Executive Tedesco, Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and Professor Emeritus Virginia Laughlin directed the institution’s efforts related to celebrating the anniversary.

Since its inception, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester. No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

College Couture at Student Fashion Show

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College fashion apparel design students transformed the student center at main campus (400 Paramus Road) into a red-carpet runway made for Manhattan during the annual “FAB and the Beat of Bergen Fashion Show” May 3. A standing-room-only crowd gathered to see the latest in student-designed, -made and -modeled fashion as Bergen music students set the scene. Students work alongside fashion design coordinator professor Mary Bays to begin stitching their fashion career as part of the evening talent showcase. Photos from the event can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bergencc/albums/72157668589992308. Bergen’s fashion apparel design program offers a comprehensive two-year curriculum highlighting milestones and current trends, textile science, conceptual design, sewing and garment construction and collection development.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

Federal Gov. Recognizes Bergen Study Abroad Program

PARAMUS, N.J. – The U.S. Department of State has recognized Bergen Community College as one of the nation’s top institutions for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Three Bergen students earned the study abroad program’s scholarship last year, placing the College ninth in the country among associate degree granting institutions for awardees.

“Studying abroad enables students to develop new worldviews and participate in learning on a global scale,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides opportunity for students who may not otherwise had access to this enriching experience.”

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program, administered by the Institute of International Education, aims to diversify students who study and intern abroad as well as the countries and regions they visit.

Bergen represents one of only two colleges in New Jersey to appear in the rankings (Brookdale Community College has one Gilman scholar). Portland Community College and San Antonio College tied for first with 11 awardees each. For a full list of the institutions by category, visit www.GilmanScholarship.org/TopGilman.

In 2016-17, Bergen students Lauren Mitchell, of Ridgewood, Casandra Borchers, of Midland Park and Geraliz Jimenez, of Paterson, studied in Japan and Spain.

“Receiving a Gilman Scholarship obviously helped me financially, but in the months leading up to the announcement it really motivated me to do my absolute best,” Gilman scholar Borchers said. “I actually surprised myself with how much I was willing to take on in order to prove that I truly wanted to study abroad.”

In total, 11 students have earned the scholarship since 2011. International student counselor Amparo Codding coordinates Bergen’s study abroad program.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, with the support of the U.S. Congress, is reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for American students. The Gilman Program broadens the U.S. student population that studies and interns abroad by providing scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Since the program’s establishment in 2001, over 1,300 U.S. institutions have sent more than 25,000 Gilman scholars to 145 countries around the globe.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 14,000 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.

# # #

Nearly 400 Celebrate Bergen’s 50 Years

Supporters from throughout Bergen’s 50-year history attended the anniversary gala April 19.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Almost 400 Bergen Community College faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees and supporters celebrated the institution’s 50th anniversary during a gala fundraiser April 19 at the Venetian in Garfield. Presented by the College board of trustees, President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., and the Bergen Community College Foundation, proceeds will provide student scholarships and educational support. The signature event of a yearlong anniversary celebration featured dinner, dancing, live music, a silent auction, College memory displays, games and other activities designed to recognize Bergen’s 50-year history.

“It is fitting that this gala is dedicated not only to honoring this College, and all that it does, but to raising greatly needed scholarship funds for students – some of whom may go on to change the world,” President Redmond said at the event. “It is humbling and moving to look around this room and see so many friends of the College and know you are here because Bergen means something to you.”

Government officials U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, Bergen County Freeholders Mary Amoroso and Germaine Ortiz, state Sen. Gerald Cardinale, state Assemblyman Robert Auth and state Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi delivered proclamations recognizing the College’s 50-year record of success stories. Sen. Menendez also presented President Redmond with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Bergen’s honor.

Event sponsors were Decotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP; Follett; SUEZ; Aspire Technology Partners; Bergen County Education Association; Hackensack University Medical Center; and RSC Architects.

In addition to proceeds from the event, supporters contributed to the College’s “$50 for 50” fundraising campaign, which has already raised more than $100,000. At the conclusion of the campaign, donors will have their name included on a recognition wall in the main campus student center. Visit tinyurl.com/bergen50 to donate.

Commemorating the 1967 hiring of Bergen’s first president, Sidney Silverman, Ph.D., and the approval of the master plan that developed the College’s main campus at 400 Paramus Road, the institution launched its 50th anniversary celebration last fall. A committee led by honorary co-chairs Bergen County Executive Tedesco, Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur and Professor Emeritus Virginia Laughlin directed the institution’s efforts related to celebrating the anniversary.

Since its inception, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester. No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls more than 14,000 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.

# # #