Author: Larry Hlavenka

Student Scholar Recognized by Honor Society

Tenzin Kalden.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has named Tenzin Kalden, a business administration student at Bergen Community College, an Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar and awarded him a $1,000 scholarship. Kalden, of Hasbrouck Heights, represents the second Bergen student to receive the Oberndorf Scholarship in the last two years and one of only seven students in the entire world to earn the award.

“Tenzin is an outstanding student who made extraordinary contributions to our College and community,” Bergen Phi Theta Kappa Administrative Adviser Angie Goldszmidt said. “We are extremely proud of him for being selected as an Oberndorf Scholar.”

Kalden, who will graduate in May, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance.  Kalden currently serves as the vice president of Bergen’s PTK chapter, Alpha Epsilon Phi, a tutor for the Cerullo Learning and Assistance Center, a mentor for the Turning Point program and a mentor for the Pathway Scholars program. He has also become a semifinalist nominee for PTK’s All-USA Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding students enrolled in associate degree programs. Outside of the College, and as an accounting intern for a certified public accountant, Kalden assists more than 900 businesses and individuals with their tax returns.

“It is an absolute honor and privilege to receive this scholarship,” he said. “I now have the opportunity to advance my education because of the Oberndorf family’s generosity.”

Serving as the director of service for Bergen’s PTK chapter, Kalden learned the importance of serving others through the “Up to Us Competition” in which he led the collection of 1,100 signatures to raise awareness about the national debt crisis. More than 60 universities and colleges participated in the program. Kalden’s initiative also featured a lecture with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, the chair of the state’s economic affairs committee, during an event at the College.

“I aim to utilize accounting and finance to empower those in my community, to provide them with economic mobility and fiscal responsibility,” said Kalden.

The Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship, named for its benefactors Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf, helps PTK members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of their first college credential, associate degree or certificate. Lou who co-founded METI, a world leader in medical education technology, serves on the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation board of trustees. PTK awards up to 15 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships annually, with scholars selected in the fall and spring.

PTK is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. Learn more at ptk.org.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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 Biologist Brings Science to Life in Classroom

Mary Flannery.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College biology professor Mary Flannery has earned the institution’s 2019-20 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.

“Professor Mary Flannery has fostered numerous programs to serve the biology and horticulture students at Bergen,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Brock Fisher, Ph.D., said. “A running thread in all of these initiatives is a deep desire to get her students engaged in hands-on, service-related activities to increase awareness on vital issues and bring science beyond the page and into their lives.”

“I am truly honored to receive the NISOD award,” Flannery said. “I have grown as an educator due to the mentoring and support provided by all of my colleagues in the biology department and by constructive feedback provided by my students.”

Flannery, of Pearl River, New York, began teaching at Bergen in 1996 as an adjunct faculty member. She served as a lecturer and then became a full-time faculty member in the biology and horticulture department in 2004. Flannery has taught biology, microbiology, human biology and anatomy and physiology courses. Nominated by fellow faculty members, Coleen Di Lauro, Ph.D., and Barbara Davis, Ph.D., Flannery has worked to integrate the application of science into students’ lives. She has served as co-coordinator for the biology department’s awareness day events for organ donation, diabetes, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, world hunger, childhood mortality and world water.

Her work on integrative learning experiences for microbiology and anatomy and physiology students appeared in the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. Flannery has presented on topics such as model civic engagement on national health issues, creating community outreach programs in biology and microbiology education, and utilizing millennium development goals in biology education at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators and Metropolitan Association of Colleges and University Biologists annual meeting. Before beginning her teaching career, Flannery worked as a scientist and research scientist for Hoffmann La Roche and Unigene Labs.

The NISOD honoree earned a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, a M.S. in biology from Temple University and a M.S. in educational technology from Iona College.

Flannery will accept her award in Austin, Texas this May during NISOD’s annual international conference.

NISOD is a consortium of community and technical colleges committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. The NISOD Excellence Awards were established in 1991 to provide NISOD-member colleges with an opportunity to recognize individuals doing extraordinary work on their campuses. Since then, more than 25,000 recipients have been honored with the Award by their colleges. Each spring NISOD hosts an annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence where Excellence Awards recipients celebrate their achievements and accomplishments at an awards dinner and celebration. To learn more about NISOD, visit www.nisod.org.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Performances Address Violence Against Women

PARAMUS, N.J. – According to anti-sexual assault group One Billion Rising, globally, one in three women will encounter physical or sexual violence during her lifetime – one billion in all. Activated by this sobering reality, Bergen Community College faculty, staff and students will perform two readings of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” as part of Women’s History Month at the institution and accept donations to benefit a local nonprofit committed to supporting victims of domestic violence.

The performances, in collaboration with global activist movements to end violence such as “V-Day” and One Billion Rising, will take place Wednesday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. in room C-211 and at 6:30 p.m. in room A-104 p.m. at the College’s main campus (400 Paramus Road). Faculty, staff and students Jacqueline Behn, Iris Bucchino, Jeanine Conrad, Christine Dunning, Christine Eubank, Oliver Hancox, Leigh Jonaitis, Ilene Kleinman, Rebecca Maher, Maria Makowiecka, Julia Mantrana, Emma Margey, April Macchio, Ally MacConchie, Casey Troy and Annick Vasquez will participate in the performances.

The public events are free, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters), a New Jersey nonprofit dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence. The Center assists female and child victims of domestic violence and emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support and services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency, according to Center Executive Director Julye Myner, Ph.D.

For more information on the nonprofits and organizations involved, visit hopeandsafetynj.org; vday.org; onebillionrising.org; and facebook.com/vday.

The College’s Women’s History Month committee organized the performances to coincide with the institution’s annual celebration of women and V-Day, the global activist movement initiated by “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Ensler. The committee will also sponsor events throughout March, including a meet-and-greet with New Jersey Assemblywoman Lisa Swain (Tuesday, March 24, 6 p.m., room C-325), “book and brunches” and a keynote address by author Penny Colman (Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m., room C-211). Visit Bergen.edu for the full calendar of events.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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, PepsiCo and Million Women Mentors Partner

PepsiCo Commercialization Director Gwen Darling helped kick-off the next mentorship cohort at Bergen.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Research has shown that young women who receive mentorship not only have a higher percentage of college success and completion, but become 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions at their employers. To propel its students to these outcomes, Bergen Community College has developed a partnership with PepsiCo’s Women-in-STEM mentoring program – coordinated through the Million Women Mentors initiative – that provides students enrolled at the institution with mentors from the multinational food, snack and beverage corporation.

“Bergen Community College is the only educational institution in New Jersey to partner with PepsiCo’s Women-in-STEM mentoring program,” Barbara Abolafia, Bergen’s career explorations coordinator of the Pathway Scholars Program, a federally funded grant program, said. “This program provides incalculable opportunities for our female science majors to meet role models, broaden their horizons and envision how their majors are utilized in the real world.”

The initiative began at Bergen in February 2018 and has since helped provide mentorship for 15 students, who shadow their mentors at PepsiCo’s research and development facility in Westchester, New York. Students also meet with their mentor via phone, email, text, FaceTime and Skype twice per month for one year. Trained through Million Women Mentors, an initiative to spur female empowerment in business, mentors offer counsel, reinforcement, constructive feedback and encouragement to students by covering topics such as confidence building, goal setting and networking.

The latest group of student mentees features Danbee (Sarah) Chae, of Old Tappan; Alexandra Cortez, of Hasbrouck Heights; Hadeel Darweesh, of Hasbrouck Heights; Mina Echreshzadeh, of Wood Ridge; Sara Hernandez, of Passaic; Melissa Jara, of Elmwood Park; Haidy Mohamed, of Hasbrouck Heights; Caitlin Mooney, of Ordaell; and Lea So, of Garfield. Students met their PepsiCo mentors for the first time at a kickoff event at the College this month.

According to Gwen Darling, a PepsiCo commercialization director, the mentors themselves gain fulfillment from the program as well; many have returned as participants for consecutive years.

“We have positive testimonials about the impact on both the lives of students and mentors,” she said. “We hope to continue the partnership with Bergen into the future.”

The first cohort of mentees – Adelajda Turku, of Elmwood Park; Lindsey Njanja, of Lodi; Ramya El-Saleh, of Dumont; Riya Caudhary, of Upper Saddle River; Erin Moran, of Kearny; and Doreta Biba, of Leonia – has already found significant success. Four of the six mentees became Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship semifinalists and one, Njanja, earned the prestigious $40,000 per year scholarship. Other notable accomplishments a National Institute of Health internship, a NJ Governor’s STEM Scholarship and a Hackensack Meridian Summer Physician Shadow Internship.

“Being part of the PepsiCo mentorship program was an amazing experience,” Moran, who took part in the first cohort, said. “I was the first person in my family to attend college, so I didn’t have someone to go to when I had questions about college or being a woman in STEM. If it wasn’t for my mentor, Ana, I would not only have dropped out of STEM, but I would have dropped out of college.” Moran has since completed the PepsiCo mentorship program, graduated from Bergen and transferred to the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

STEM remains a focus area for the College, as it has secured numerous grants to enhance its offerings. More than 2,000 students take advantage of programs such as engineering science, computer science and biology while completing research projects in- and outside the classroom. Projects have included converting a softball field house into a workshop, high-altitude balloon launches, retrofitting a gas combustion truck and motorcycle into electric vehicles and conducting experimental testing with wind turbines and solar panels. The College opened the $1 million STEM Student Research Center last year.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Temperature Rises with Fahrenheit 451 at Bergen

Matt DeMarco, from Dumont, as Montag and Ian Schmidt, from Tenafly, as Beatty.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The temperature at which books ignite? “Fahrenheit 451.” Bergen Community College’s Bergenstages theatre troupe will present the acclaimed drama about a firefighter’s inner struggle in a dystopian American society beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ender Hall Lab Theatre on the Paramus campus (400 Paramus Road). Written by Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” follows firefighter Guy Montag who burns illegally owned books as a civil servant. After meeting teenage neighbor Clarisse McClellan, Guy must choose between his current vapid existence and risking everything for the right to think. The show will run Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee March 7 as well. Tickets are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty/staff ($10) and students ($5). Visit tickets.bergen.edu to purchase seats.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Infernos Bring Heat to Ciccone Theatre

The Infernos band.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Infernos will perform as part of Bergen Community College’s “Curtain Up!” 2019-20 season Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road). With three decades of musical magic from “doo wop” to “disco” and today, lead vocalist Kenny Simmons, formerly of the Commodores, has helped establish the Infernos as one of the nation’s top show bands. For more information on the group, visit www.theinfernosband.com/. Tickets are $45, with discounts for senior citizens and Bergen faculty/staff ($35) and students ($10). Group discounts are also available. Purchase seats at tickets.bergen.edu or (201) 447-7428.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Education Crosses Global Boundaries at Bergen

Professor Paula Williams, Ph.D., and Dawn Marie (Petgrave) Lindo (’96) in 2017.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Studying in the United States represents an aspiration for many young men and women living abroad. Challenges – including political conflict, visas and finances among them – often derail these goals before students even have the chance to relocate to the U.S. For students who overcome these challenges, though, an even larger challenge remains ahead: the rigors of college and earning a degree.

Professors such as Bergen Community College’s Paula Williams, Ph.D., recognize the specific needs of international students and seek to provide guidance while championing the importance of education. For some, including alumna Dawn Marie (Petgrave) Lindo (‘96), that assistance can help shape the rest of their life – and even create a lifelong friendship.

“Dawn made an indelible impression during her time here at Bergen and embodies what many of our students strive to be in their chosen path to success,” Williams said. “Dawn’s vision, motivation, and commitment are a credit to Bergen where she began her journey as an early childhood education major who is now making a difference in the world.”

Lindo first came to Bergen in the mid-1990s as an international student from Jamaica. She would soon meet Professor Williams, a fellow Jamaican, who served as the adviser to the institution’s Caribbean club. Lindo eventually became the club’s president and developed new events such as a fashion show as part of Caribbean heritage week, while leaning on Williams for guidance and support. Lindo expressed her desire to provide this type of shared learning experience with others as an educator in Jamaica.

“I always wanted to impact education in my country,” she said. “I know not every Jamaican student would have gotten the opportunity to study abroad, so I wanted to bring those opportunities to them in Jamaica.”

After graduating with her associate’s degree in education from Bergen in 1996 – and with Williams’ guidance providing inspiration – Lindo began a career in fashion, working for a who’s who of global icons including Estee Lauder, Clinique and Nordstrom, while also serving as an instructor of makeup artistry. Combining her passion for education and fashion, Lindo opened the D’Marie School of Makeup Artistry – now the D’Marie Institute – a leading beauty and makeup school in Kingston, Jamaica in 2009. The institute develops high-level beauty experts in makeup artistry, hairdressing, barbering and nail technology, while also offering advanced diplomas to students seeking to teach. Since its founding, the school has earned numerous industry awards and accreditations, graduating more than 1,000 students.

As fellow educators, Williams and Lindo remain close. In fact, Williams recently served as the keynote speaker at Lindo’s eighth graduation and runway show and sits on the school’s advisory board.

“When Dawn called a few years ago to inform me that she founded a school, I was not surprised, as there were several indicators of her future success during her years here at Bergen,” Williams said. “Dawn is very charismatic, motivational, and possesses excellent communication skills.”

Bergen currently hosts more than 1,000 international students from 138 countries.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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“Pretty Fly” Art Exhibition at Bergen

“Aerialist,” Paul Villinski, 2017.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Focusing on wings of all kinds, Bergen Community College’s Gallery Bergen will open “Ornithology: Patterns in Flight” Thursday, Feb. 6 with a reception for artists, “avians” and aviators from 5 to 9 p.m. in West Hall at 400 Paramus Road. At the reception, clarinetist David Rothenberg will perform from his latest project, “The Nightingales in Berlin,” while pianist Sunbin Kim will play selections from Olivier Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” (Catalogue of Birds). Also, Bergen students and faculty will conduct hands-on demonstrations of the College’s flight simulator and drones. Community birding clubs, ultralight aircraft enthusiasts, environmental organizations and the public are invited to attend the free reception.

The exhibition brings together a group of visual and sound artists exploring the coevolution of birds and humans, the ways in which birds have inspired humans in flight and in song and how their futures are intertwined, according to curator and Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk.

“The exhibition appeals to anyone whose imaginations are moved by birds,” he said. “Throughout our time on this planet, no other creatures have featured so powerfully in our creative lives and art.”

Curated by Blunk and artist Sarah Haviland, the exhibition will feature the works of Haviland, Caroline Bergonzi, Holly Ewald, Lynda Frese, Robert and Shana Parke Harrison, Sunbin Kim, Diane Moser, David Rothenberg and Paul Villinski.

“Ornithology: Patterns in Flight” will remain on view from Feb. 6 through March 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by special appointment. Gallery Bergen is located on the third floor of West Hall at the Paramus campus. For more information, email [email protected] or call (201) 879-8817.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Silent Film Series Makes Noise at Bergen

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will continue its “Cinema Ciccone” silent film series featuring “Docks of New York” Tuesday, Feb. 11, “A Santa Notte” Thursday, Feb. 13 and “The Adventurer” Thursday, Feb. 20. The films will begin at 7 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road) at the College’s main campus and feature live musical accompaniment by silent film performers, while the Feb. 20 will include an opening act comedy performance by “Uncle” Floyd Vivino.

Among the world’s foremost silent film musicians, Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton will perform their unique blend of keyboards, vocals and percussion for “The Docks of New York.” Meanwhile, Academy Award-nominated film score composer John La Barbera and Susan Aquila, an electric violin virtuoso, will perform live musical accompaniment for “A Santa Notte” and “The Adventurer.

Ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens/Bergen faculty and staff ($10) and students ($5). Guests can purchase tickets for all three films for $30. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

Each silent film brings its own unique plot to the series:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: “Docks of New York” – Roughneck Bill Roberts (George Bancroft) falls hard for Mae (Betty Compson), a wise and weary dance-hall girl, in Josef von Sternberg’s evocative portrait of working-class waterfront folk. Fog-enshrouded cinematography by Harold Rosson (The Wizard of Oz), expressionist set design by Hans Dreier (Sunset Boulevard), and performances by Bancroft and Compson make this one of the legendary director’s finest works, and one of the most exquisitely crafted films of the era.
  • Thursday, Feb. 13: “A Santa Notte” – Based on a popular Neapolitan song, ‘A santanotte’is one of the few films directed by Elvira Notari, Italy’s earliest and most prolific female filmmaker at Dora Film. The print of the film that will be screened is made from two separate elements, a black-and-white duplicate preserved at Cineteca Nazionale and a nitrate print indicating the color processes used, found in the archives of George Eastman House.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20: “The Adventurer” – An American short comedy film made in 1917 written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin plays an escaped convict on the run from prison guards. He falls into favor with a wealthy family after he saves a young lady (Edna Purviance) from drowning, but her suitor (Eric Campbell) does everything he can to have Chaplain apprehended by the officials. “The Adventurer” is the last of the 12 films made under contract for the Mutual Film Corporation.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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Professor Helps Make Math an Understood Language

Sara Mastellone.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College Professor Sara Mastellone has received the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College for her work developing new methods for students to read, write and present their ideas orally in mathematics.

“It is no secret that the completion of mathematics courses represents a barrier for students that have been underprepared for the task,” Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs Brock Fisher, Ph.D., said. “We applaud Sara Mastellone’s efforts to improve student success in this vital area, and proudly award her the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award for 2019.”

Mastellone, of Montclair, used three specific techniques to instruct students in mathematics including anticipation guides, a “gallery walk” for students to discuss answers to mathematics problems and presentations by groups of students collaborating to solve problems collectively. These methods allow students to become actively engaged in reading the mathematical problems in the textbook and understanding how to solve and express the answers, Mastellone said.

Working to collaborate within the College’s mathematics department and across disciplines, Mastellone expanded the reach of the project into the College’s English, English as a Second Language, and advanced language programs. Professors Tracy Saltwick, Melanie Walker, Afsheen Akbar, Bonnie MacDougall, Carol Miele, Leah Carmona, Maria Kasparova, Alina Malik, all of the “STEM cadre,” have showed interest in and provided support for the initiative.

“I am pleasantly surprised to be selected for the Roueche Award and thankful to all my colleagues who were instrumental in making this project happen,” she said.

Hired in 2010, Mastellone serves as associate professor of mathematics. She has instructed mathematics for 49 years at the grammar school, high school and college levels and was named “Who’s Who of American Teachers” from 2000-06.  She is a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association for Developmental Education. She is actively involved in community organizations for multicultural education and educational equity and diversity. Mastellone holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Columbia University.

The League for Innovation established the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards in 2012. Recipients are recognized in a series of activities and promotions, and honored at special events at the League’s Innovations conference each spring.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 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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