Author: Larry Hlavenka

Student’s Speech on Celiac Wins Bergen Competition

Professor Gina Costa and speech competition winner Han Eul Yoo.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Han Eul (Robin) Yoo has won the president’s award for best speaker at the institution’s 11th annual speech competition. With his girlfriend’s celiac disease serving as the inspiration for his topic, Yoo, of Mahwah, discussed the symptoms of condition and offered guidance on how to manage a healthy and social lifestyle. Competing against 34 students for $2,500 in awards sponsored by Academic Vice President William Mullaney, Ph.D., Yoo, a first-generation Asian-American college student, accepted his award during an April 25 ceremony.

The five finalists and their speech topics were:

  • First Place: Han Eul Yoo, of Mahwah: “Eating around Celiac Disease;”
  • Second Place: Brittany Troisi, of Fairview: “Why You Should Vaccinate;”
  • Third Place: Amanda Kurland, of Oakland: “Why We Need Mental Health Awareness;”
  • Fourth Place: Lindsey Njanja, of Lodi: “A Brief Summary of the Science behind the Attack of the HIV Virus;” and
  • Fifth Place: Ignacio Leon, of Rutherford: “Transcendental Meditation: A Different Alternative for the Stressed Student.”

The College’s annual speech competition offers students from all academic disciplines the opportunity to develop leadership skills and communication competencies in informative and persuasive speaking.

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

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Local Government Leaders Lunch at Bergen

PARAMUS, N.J. – After cutting the ribbon on the $1 million STEM Student Research Center April 30, Bergen Community College hosted its second annual “Legislative Lunch” for the state, county and municipal government officials in attendance at the unveiling. The lunch, prepared by Bergen culinary students, featured a roundtable discussion led by Bergen President Michael D., Redmond, Ph.D., (pictured) on topics related to workforce development, training and early college programs. Attendees were:

  • Mary Amoroso, Vice Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • John Birkner, Mayor, Westwood
  • David Ganz, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Germaine Ortiz, Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Kurt Peluso, Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • Peter Rustin, Mayor, Tenafly
  • Linda Schwager, Mayor, Oakland
  • Lisa Swain, Assemblywoman, District 38
  • James Tedesco III, Bergen County Executive
  • Paul Tomasko, Mayor, Alpine
  • Christopher Tully, Assemblyman, District 38
  • Joan Voss, Ed.D., Chair Pro Tempore, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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

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College Foundation Awards $216k in Scholarships

(From left) Dan Altano, Bergen Professor Brian Altano, student Lydia Lugo and Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., at the scholarship ceremony.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation distributed approximately $216,000 to 177 students during its annual spring scholarship awards ceremony April 30. 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.

Among them, the Isabella Altano Scholarship for Emerging Artists – a new memorial endowed scholarship – launched this year. Awarded to student Lydia Lugo, of Garfield, the scholarship recalls Mrs. Isabella Altano, an alumnus, former and artist who passed away last year. Mrs. Altano believed the arts represent an essential part of life, spending her own time painting, photographing and restoring furniture among many interests. Her paintings and photography appeared in galleries across the United States as well as internationally in Austria and Italy. The Altano family – her husband Brian, a longtime Bergen professor, and three children, of Ridgewood – endowed the scholarship.

The Bergen Community College Foundation leads the application and disbursement process, which has totaled nearly $20 million since its inception in 1982.

Spring 2019 scholarship recipients, by hometown:

 

Bayonne

Ann Gottschalk, Seymour Lewis Biology Scholarship

Michele Youssef, Paul Marshall Scholarship

 

Bergenfield

Ma. Shahina Venice Dizon, Pitkin Scholarship

Joo Hyang Lee, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Victor Paucar, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

Ramona Urena Brito, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Bloomfield

Nicole Re, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Glenise Robinson, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Bogota

Carina Conrad, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Brooklyn, New York

Abyr Aboulyaktane, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Butler

Skylar Teats, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Cliffside Park

Mary Anderson, College Club of Northern NJ Scholarship

Seongmi Cho, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Nicole Gaito, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Edgar Hernandez, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Arjola Hilaj, Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship

Teresa Petrie, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Peter Saldana, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

Michael Suarez-Bonet, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Clifton

Ipek Kucuksahin, Joseph and Anna Martucci Scholarship

Sokunannya Om, Wilmington Trust, An M&T Company Scholarship

 

Closter

Svetlana Rai, A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Scholarship

 

Demarest

Camila Nunes Franco, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Dumont

Alyssa Davenda, Marian “Mona” Dolecki Scholarship

Matthew Demarco, Paul David Walter Memorial Scholarship

Chanhyuck Jun, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Elka Peter, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

East Rutherford

Courtney Andrade Bodden, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Patrick Cao, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Brianna Guido, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Jennifer Mikulko, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

 

Elmwood Park

Kenneth Abella, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Nidhiben Patel, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Vedant Patel, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Elizabeth Rios, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Arna Ruz, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Adelajda Turku, Pitkin Scholarship

Diala Yeshoua, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Emerson

Angelica Amegashie, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

 

Englewood

Luisa Cuadros, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Angela Greene, Suez NJ Scholarship

Sunmin Ku, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Joseph Sanchez, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Tanzilya Seisekenova, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Fair Lawn

Aderonke Amosu, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Paulina Bogdanova, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Bobae Chang, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Mykhailo Malko, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

Rosio Sanchez-Montoya, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Christine Walsh, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Fort Lee

Taeho Cho, Traphagen Family Scholarship

June Cutrupi, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Serdar Markar Karadayi, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

Ha Kyoung Kim, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Yoora Lee, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Adele Lipkin, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Jonghee Park, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Lin Yan, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Garfield

Zhane Ball, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Joanna Camano, David A.  Gill Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Damjan Dejanoski, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Dorida Denas, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Kaleigh Evelina, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Erisa Ganellari, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Lydia Lugo, Isabella Altano Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Aida Molla, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Ummu Yuzugulluer, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

 

Glen Ridge

Maria de Las Nieves Elias Alvarez, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

Glen Rock

Mark Mifsud, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Hackensack

Thalia Andrade, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Melissa Jara, BCC Rotary Scholarship for International Students

Bryant Rivera, Pitkin Scholarship

Janil Santana, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

 

Haledon

Avik Desai, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Yvonne Mbondo, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Hasbrouck Heights

Manuel Ackattupathil, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Tenzin Kalden, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Stephen Kolluri, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Christian Ocampo, Alumni Network Nursing Scholarship

 

Hawthorne

Amber Von Zwehl, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Hillsdale

Karla Corona Boites, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Hoboken

Amina Muka, Meadowland Scholarship for Historical Study

 

Jersey City

Shamsia Khan, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Kearny

Leydi Bocio Campos, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Luciana Certeza, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Marcela Czekalski Hornung, Hackensack University Medical CTR BSN Nursing Scholarship

Erick Guevara, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

Alicia Moran, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

Michelle Ward, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Kinnelon

Yessica Mejia Morales, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Leonia

Donaldo Biba, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Noann Pascual, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

Little Ferry

Lynda Decristofaro, Traphagen Family Scholarship

Jurgen Neli, R2D2 Scholarship

Glenda Nunagcatacutan, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Eunbin Park, Pitkin Scholarship

Mohamad Louay Saem Aldaher, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Lodi

Nicole Cacciatore, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Kenida Calderon Nunez, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Sevgi Ozcelik, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Rebecca Wood, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Lyndhurst

Cristina Calvin, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Justin Carmona, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Monirae Hickey, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Mahwah

Antonia McNaught, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Maywood

Augustine Bassoah, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

D’Nita Lou Holganza, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

 

Montclair

Peng Shi, Verizon Scholarship

 

Montvale

Kyle Dubroff, Edward “Doc” Wonsicki Scholarship

Anvar Gulomov, Suez NJ Scholarship

 

Moonachie

Sharlynne Cabrales, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

 

Morristown

Laura Marquez, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

New Milford

Fernanda Armas Alvarado, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Isaiah Castaneda, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Alyssa Denning Moreno, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Maria Gurbuz, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Hadassah Haricha, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

North Arlington

Santiago Sanchez Angarita, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

North Bergen

Marcelo Nardella, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship

 

North Haledon

Tracy VandenBerg, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Oakland

Michael Petrazzuolo, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

Eddie Wegman, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Old Tappan

Seongyoon Oh, BCC Rotary Scholarship for International Students

 

Oradell

Ryan Pagan, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Palisades Park

Arthur Im, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Wenji Jin, Pitkin Scholarship

Dong Guk Ko, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Sung Jin Lee, Maura Soehnlein Memorial Scholarship

 

Paramus

Cansu Koseoglu, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Joanna Penaloza, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Howon Ra, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Passaic

Chaya Abraham, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Paterson

Virginia Jackson, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Irving, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

Peekskill, New York

Samantha Ceretta, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Ridgefield

Da Hye Kim, R2D2 Scholarship

Heesheng Lee, Bergen County Retired Educators Association Scholarship

Mingma Dorjee Sherpa, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Ridgefield Park

Sahrish Afzal, Verizon Scholarship

Ariana Basdeo, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Nicole De Lavalle, Lois E. Marshall Scholarship

Alexis Ortiz, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Kaisy Suarez Rojas, Michael J. Esposito Scholarship

 

Ridgewood

Christina Brigliadoro, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Celine Santana Encarnacion, Traphagen Family Scholarship

Helen Witte, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

River Edge

Hyangmok Baek, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Julia Lane Sicat, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

River Vale

Un Yung Kim, Suez NJ Scholarship

Devi Nassor, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Hose Taguchi, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Rochelle Park

Camila Abelaj, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Louma Hannawi, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Julissa Martinez, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship for Study Abroad

Janelle Ortiz, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Rutherford

Fabiola Newman, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Rafya Oskui, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Saddle Brook

Xuerou Chen, Suez NJ Scholarship

 

Secaucus

Patrick Dicanio, Dill Family Scholarship

 

Teaneck

Joshua Jiminez, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Maaidah Mohyuddin, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Jade Tollis, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

Tenafly

Andres Giraldo, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Suyeon Lee, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Totowa

Shane Brunetti, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

 

Wallington

Gabriel Eduardo Sequera Silva, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Jemil Srejic, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

Maciej Szajwaj, Theresa Romano Scholarship

 

Wayne

Melody Morris, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

West New York

Jansy Escobar, Traphagen Family Scholarship

 

West Orange

Yusuf Bugra Cubuk, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Woodcliff Lake

Juan Andrade, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Woodland Park

Katalina Escobar, Nick Anagnostakos Scholarship

 

Wood-Ridge

Kristine Amels, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Ilaria Cangialosi, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship

Tyler Zamski, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

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

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Community Leader Joins Bergen Trustees

Krista Flinn

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College board of trustees welcomed Krista Flinn, of Hillsdale, to the institution’s governing panel at the group’s May 7 regular meeting. Her appointment, recommended and approved by Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III and the Bergen County board of chosen freeholders, will run through Oct. 31, 2019; Flinn will be eligible for reappointment at that time.

As a Bergen trustee, Flinn will draw upon five years of previous governing body experience with the Hillsdale Public School District board of education, where she served two years as vice president until her departure in 2018. Flinn also chaired the finance, negotiation, education, personnel, policy, buildings and grounds and transportation committees on the district’s board. The Hillsdale resident has also served in various leadership capacities in parent/faculty organizations, including as co-president of the Pascack Valley High School and Meadowbrook Elementary School groups.

Flinn co-owns a small business in Lodi and works in the accounts payable department of the Old Tappan Public School District. Her previous experience in financial services includes positions in the pharmaceutical, publishing and consumer products industries. She graduated with a B.S. in business administration/finance from Marist College.

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

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Just the Facts: Student Reporters Honored

Members of the Torch have received numerous awards this spring.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Editors and writers of the Bergen Community College Torch student-newspaper not only attended and presented at the annual College Media Association convention this spring, but also placed first in the conference’s Iron Reporter competition and won another five awards for student-newspaper excellence from the New Jersey Press Foundation.

Torch Editor-in-Chief Katy Temple, of Bogota, and Copy Editor Ally MacConchie, of Rutherford, won the Iron Reporter competition for their story, “I Got an Illegal Piercing,” which highlighted an underground industry in New York City. The competition challenged students to find their story, write it, take photos and lay it out within a 48-hour period.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Ally and Katy for winning the Iron Reporter competition,” Torch advisor and professor Sue Toth, of Lake Hopatcong, said. “One of the judges’ comments said that the story was ‘killer.’ As an adviser, I can’t ask for better than that!”

“The pressure of finding a good story, collaborating on it and making it the best it could be all within about 20 hours was exhilarating,” MacConchie, a first-semester Torch editor, said. “It was a journalistic thrill I had never felt before.”

Temple, who also presented a session at the conference, said “winning the Iron reporter competition felt like a dream. Going up against schools with bigger teams was intimidating, but it just goes to show that the only thing that matters is the story. Being able to attend as a staff writer, and then again as the editor-in-chief, really made me feel like my time at Bergen came full circle. I walked away with so many experiences and so much new knowledge that will stay with me for the entirely of my career in journalism.”

In Temple’s spare time – away from her reporting – she recently won the title of Miss Liberty and will compete to become Miss New Jersey in June. The importance of student media voices represents her pageant platform.

Meanwhile, Torch students also submitted 15 entries into the New Jersey Press Foundation’s college newspaper writing contest for two-year and four-year colleges and won five awards. Temple won first place in editorial writing for “The Year of Student Press Protection” and first place in column/opinion writing for “When You Give a Girl a Glock.” David Joo, of River Vale, won second place in editorial writing for “Save Spaces: A Blessing or a Blight?” Jennifer Park, of Demarest, won second place in news writing for “A Breath of Fresh Air.” Jeremy Nifras, of North Arlington, won second place in arts and entertainment writing for “Be More Chill: A Rock Musical for Generation Z.”

The College Media Association, considered the voice of collegiate media and its advisers, supports student media programs and professionals through education, community, and resources. With two annual conventions every year, CMA serves thousands of students and advisers and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state, and national levels.

The New Jersey Press Foundation, founded in 1962 as the charitable arm of the New Jersey Press Association, is 501(c)(3) foundation to help develop the next generation of journalists and informed citizens, and to promote the importance of a free press to our democracy. Visit http://www.collegemedia.org/ and http://torchbcc.com/ and http://www.njpa.org/foundation/ for more information.

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

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Best in the World: Bergen’s Honor Society Chapter

Members of Bergen’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter accepting their awards in Orlando.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter, Alpha Epsilon Phi, has earned an institution-record 23 honors at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida including the international and regional “Most Distinguished Chapter” awards, thus making Bergen’s chapter No. 1 in the world.

“Bergen is proud of our PTK chapter and its accomplishments on the regional, national and international level as a testament to our students’ dedication, leadership, and commitment,” Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D., said.

It marks the first time in PTK history that a chapter from the Middle States geographical region, which covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., won the award, according to Angie Goldszmidt, Bergen’s PTK co-adviser adviser along with co-advisor Win Win Kyi.

“Winning the most distinguished chapter award has been a surreal experience and exceeded the goals we have had for the program,” Goldszmidt, of Cresskill, said. “I am incredibly proud of our students, not only for the awards they received, but particularly for the exceptional work they have done this year.”

Also at the international conference, Bergen student Jenna Santacroce, of Saddle Brook, was elected as the 2019-20 division 1 vice president, Phi Theta Kappa international officer. Santacroce is the fifth Bergen student to serve as a PTK international officer in the past four years.

To earn the most distinguished chapter award, the chapter created two projects for consideration of merit: one where students collaborated with administrators, faculty and counselors to create a new curriculum for students who declared an undecided major; in the second, students worked on a double-blind undergraduate research study aimed at analyzing the cognitive effects of autonomous sensory meridian response media using electroencephalographic brainwave monitoring. Using EEG machines, students focused on measuring the short-term effects on anxiety in comparison to classical music.

“Their projects truly redefined student activism and undergraduate research opportunities,” Goldszmidt said.

Bergen’s complete list of honors:

International Awards

  • Most Distinguished Chapter Award
  • Distinguished Chapter Award
  • REACH Chapter Award
  • Top 100 Chapter Award
  • Distinguished College Project Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Bryant Gomez of Englewood
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Luis Sanchez of Lodi
  • Distinguished Chapter Member Award – Daniel Currier of Emerson
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award – Angie Goldszmidt of Cresskill
  • Distinguished Officer Team Award
    • Onur Bas of Elmwood Park
    • Doreta Biba of Leonia
    • Keanu Carbon of New Milford
    • Maddalena Carpignano of Rutherford
    • Sophia Cassera of Lodi
    • Junbyung Chae of Old Tappan
    • Erisa Ganellari of Garfield
    • Bryant Gomez of Englewood
    • Evan Greenbaum of Fair Lawn
    • Patrick Hanna of Park Ridge
    • Hahyung Jung of Ridgewood
    • Manuela Mendez of Lodi
    • Armena Molla of Garfield
    • Alicia Moran of Kearny
    • Amina Muka of Hoboken
    • Sebastian Nazal of Paramus
    • Luis Sanchez of Lodi
    • Jenna Santacroce of Saddle Brook
    • Adelajda Turku of Elmwood Park
    • Rafael Zarifa of Teaneck

Regional Awards

  • Most Distinguished Chapter Award
  • Gold Chapter Award
  • REACH Chapter Award
  • Distinguished College Project Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project Award
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Award – Bryant Gomez of Englewood
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Award– Luis Sanchez of Lodi
  • Distinguished Chapter Member Award– Daniel Currier of Emerson
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award– Angie Goldszmidt of Cresskill
  • Distinguished Officer Team Award
    • Onur Bas of Elmwood Park
    • Doreta Biba of Leonia
    • Keanu Carbon of New Milford
    • Maddalena Carpignano of Rutherford
    • Sophia Cassera of Lodi
    • Junbyung Chae of Old Tappan
    • Erisa Ganellari of Garfield
    • Bryant Gomez of Englewood
    • Evan Greenbaum of Fair Lawn
    • Patrick Hanna of Park Ridge
    • Hahyung Jung of Ridgewood
    • Manuela Mendez of Lodi
    • Armena Molla of Garfield
    • Alicia Moran of Kearny
    • Amina Muka of Hoboken
    • Sebastian Nazal of Paramus
    • Luis Sanchez of Lodi
    • Jenna Santacroce of Saddle Brook
    • Adelajda Turku of Elmwood Park
    • Rafael Zarifa of Teaneck

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges that recognizes and awards high-achieving students at associate degree granting colleges. PTK’s mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for 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 11 nations. For more information, visit www.bergenptk.com/ or www.ptk.org.

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

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STEM Student Research Center Opens at Bergen

Government officials and College leaders join Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., at the ribbon cutting.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Assisted by a student-constructed robot and joined by Bergen County government officials, faculty, staff and institutional leaders, Bergen Community College President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., cut the ribbon on the $1 million STEM Student Research Center April 30 at the College’s main campus. SUEZ sponsored the opening ceremony, donating $5,000 to support the College’s STEM programs.

“This is not just a STEM Research Center – it’s a student research center,” President Redmond said. “Our students are our future, and we invest in them because it’s the smartest way we can prepare for tomorrow.”

Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Germaine Ortiz also spoke at the opening.

“For thousands of students every year, Bergen Community College is the place where their dreams become possible,” the county executive said. “The STEM Student Research Center is a promise to these students and their future peers that their goals are worthy of pursuing and that Bergen is committed to giving them the tools they need to succeed. Here, students will have the opportunity to invent the future: pursuing new ideas, contributing to innovative industries, and even create new fields of study for the next generation to explore.”

“It gives us an opportunity in Bergen County to be ahead of the curve,” Ortiz, the freeholder chair, said, “and maybe lets us create our own Silicon Valley.”

In addition to county chapter 12 funds, the U.S. Department of Education and Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust helped support the construction of the $1 million facility, which features large “showcase” windows that enable observation from outside the center, a drones/robotics wing, a MakerSpace and mini-course classroom.

STEM has remained a focus area for Bergen, as it secured numerous grants to enhance its offerings. More than 2,000 enrolled STEM 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.

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

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Country in Bergen County with Star’s Show

Chuck Wicks

PARAMUS, N.J. – Country music comes to Bergen Community College when singer Chuck Wicks performs his new hits along with fan-favorites Saturday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road). The evening begins with a pre-show all-inclusive barbecue.

In 2007, Wicks performed his first single “Stealing Cinderella,” which earned him the highest debut for a new country artist that year. In addition to his love of music, Wicks also co-hosts a nationally syndicated radio talk show “Ty, Kelly and Chuck,” which is broadcast in more than 50 cities across the U.S. He has appeared on reality television shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “Nashville.” Wicks recently became engaged to Kasi Williams Morstad, the sister of country music singer Jason Aldean.

Ticket prices are $45, which includes the pre-show barbecue. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit tickets.bergen.edu.

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

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Scholarship Enables Student to Study in Spain

Alicia Moran

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College honors student Alicia Moran, of Kearny, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019-20 Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship and will study in Seville, Spain this fall. She will receive $5,000.

“It is such an honor to be awarded the Simpson Sisters’ Scholarship from the Fund for Education Abroad,” she said. “I am so thankful for the generosity of the donors who continue to support students in their journey to study abroad.”

“I was beyond excited when Alicia told me that she was awarded one of the scholarships for the fall,” Amparo Codding, Bergen international student counselor, said. “I was not surprised, though, because Alicia had put time and effort in preparing and writing a strong application essay.”

Moran, a first-generation Hispanic-American college student, currently serves as vice president of the Bergen Student Government Association, director of recruitment for Phi Theta Kappa and a student aide in the Office of Student Life. She aspires to work in computer forensics.

“I feel so blessed to have friends, family, and advisers who continue to encourage and support me in my goal to study in Spain,” Moran said.

Moran’s sister, Erin, who also attends Bergen, also received the FEA scholarship and is currently studying in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Fund for Education Abroad is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international education experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. Over 2,350 applications were considered and 135 FEA scholarships were awarded this year according to FEA headquarters. To learn more about the FEA, visit https://fundforeducationabroad.org/.

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

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All Smiles for Award-Winning Dental Hygiene Prof.

Joanna Campbell

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College dental hygiene professor Joanna Campbell, RDH, FAADH, has earned the institution’s 2018-19 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.

“Professor Campbell is an excellent instructor in the dental hygiene program who has distinguished herself at the College through her leadership in assessment and dedication to advising,” Bergen Vice President of Academic Affairs William Mullaney, Ph.D., said.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected for the NISOD Award among many qualified faculty at Bergen,” she said. “I enjoy inspiring students to further their education and opportunities, so to be recognized for what I love doing is truly an honor.”

Campbell, of Bronxville, New York, began teaching at Bergen in 1977 as an adjunct faculty member. Since then, she has served as a professor in the dental hygiene department and later as chair of the program from 2008 to 2012. Campbell has taught clinical dental hygiene, dental anatomy and radiology courses. Nominated by fellow faculty member Gail Fernandez, Campbell has also served as an assessment fellow and general education liaison to standardize critical thinking in courses at the College.

The NISOD honoree earned an A.S. in applied science and a B.A. in dental hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, an M.A. in health education from New York University, and an M.A. in computing in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Campbell is a fellow in the American Academy of Dental Hygiene and was appointed by the American Dental Association’s Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to serve on the National Board Dental Hygiene Test Construction Committee components II and III where she is responsible for recommending and implementing test specification changes in examinations in the field of dentistry. She is also a consultant member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments and a site visitor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Campbell 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 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.

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