Author: Larry Hlavenka

“The Chairs” Set for an Audience at Bergen

Taryn McManus, of Maywood, as Old Woman, and Alexander Prezioso, of Maywood, as Old Man.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s student-run theater group, Bergenstages, opens its spring lineup with Eugene Ionesco’s landmark play “The Chairs” Friday, Feb. 23 in the Ender Hall Lab Theatre at the College’s main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus.

In “The Chairs,” first performed in Paris in 1952, an aging couple, ‘Old Man’ and ‘Old Woman’, frantically set up chairs in anticipation of the arrival of invisible guests who are coming to hear an orator reveal the old man’s discovery of the meaning of life. Once the couple has convinced themselves that a crowd – realistically, empty chairs – is assembled, they reminisce cryptically about their lives. In the original program notes, Ionesco wrote, “As the world is incomprehensible to me, I am waiting for someone to explain it.”

The show runs from Friday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.­­ On Saturday, Feb. 24 and March 3, matinee performances take place at 2 p.m.

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

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, enrolls 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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Bergen Students ‘Share a Coke’ and a Smile

Elda Pere, Remila Jasharllari, Doreta Biba and Sarah Hwang.

 PARAMUS, N.J. – Three Bergen Community College students, Remila Jasharllari, Doreta Biba and Elda Pere, are among only 207 U.S. recipients of the 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars award. Each will receive $1,000 from Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges, to continue their studies. In addition, Bergen graduate and previous Coca-Cola scholarship recipient Sarah Hwang received a $5,000 award through the 2017 Finch College Alumni and Freya Moskowitz Stern program to continue her path toward a bachelor’s degree.

“Each year, Bergen Phi Theta Kappa students set new standards for excellence,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “I am proud of their individual achievements, and those of the College’s internationally-recognized chapter.”

Pere, of Garfield, seeks to inspire her peers, sharing her own success story as the New Jersey state president of Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to expand her voice in the community while serving in her recent appointment as the 2018 DREAM Scholar for the Achieving the Dream college reform network. A STEM student, she has been involved in many special projects including a high-altitude balloon launch. Pere also currently leads the College’s Enable program, helping develop prosthetic hands for disabled students using 3D printing.

Jasharllari, of Lodi, is passionate about international relations as president of the Model United Nations club and founder of the International Justice Mission club at the College. A peer mentor and treasurer of Bergen’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree as a double major in economics and political science.

Biba, of Fairview, has sought to help fellow students with academic and professional development, connecting with her peers as an active member of the College’s International Student Association. Treasurer of the Student Government Association and an avid fundraiser on campus, Biba has helped steer many philanthropic projects for student scholarships and relief fund efforts.

Hwang, of Fort Lee, became the first Bergen student to serve on the Phi Theta Kappa international officer team in 2016. Among her initiatives as division I vice president, she worked with peers to increase access to Phi Theta Kappa membership and developed new social media strategies. Hwang graduated from Bergen in May 2017.

Phi Theta Kappa launched the scholarship program in 2001 to help new society members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Nationwide, nearly 1,000 honor students applied.

Last year, Bergen’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa ranked in the organization’s global top 30 chapters. Angie Goldszmidt, of Cresskill, and professor Win Win Kyi, of Hackensack, serve as the chapter co-advisers.

Approximately 91 percent of Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide earn an associate degree or transfer to a four-year institution, compared to the national rate of 38 percent. The organization provides its three million student members with $37 million in transfer scholarships each year. More than 1,300 chapters exist throughout the world.

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

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The Art of an Anniversary

Harper T. Phillips, Flight.

PARAMUS, N.J. – As Bergen Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration continues, Gallery Bergen will chronicle five decades of the College’s art history in an exhibition showcasing the artwork of past and present visual arts faculty. “Past, Present, Future: Visual Arts Faculty at Bergen Community College” will be on display Feb. 13 through March 23 with an opening reception taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

Featured works include the woodcut “Flight” created in 1967 by the late Harper T. Phillips – the College’s first visual arts faculty member. Artists Frank Aiello, Gary Armstrong, Mary Bays, Gregg Biermann, Suzaan Boettger, Mona Brody, Steven Carver, John Cichowski, Denise Budd, Alyce Gottesman, Ethan Greenbaum, Fariba Hajamadi, Andrea Geller Jablonski, Carl Jablonski, Paul Laliberte, Bernice Leibowitz, Claire McConaughy, Paul Mindell, Christopher Priore, Laurie Riccadonna, Scott Staton and Vesselina Traptcheva will also exhibit a wide range of media such as painting, video, digital prints, photographs and fashion design.

Faculty publications and a digital slideshow of images reflecting on 50 years of visual arts at the College complement the exhibition in the gallery, located in West Hall at the College’s main campus (400 Paramus Road).

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

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Bergen Alumni Feted During 50th Anniversary

Honorees Ed Kochakji and Goli Kocharian, joined by Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D.

PARAMUS, N.J. – With the backdrop of the institution’s 50th anniversary, Bergen Community College graduates from the last five decades gathered Jan. 11 for the annual alumni recognition dinner at the Terrace at Biagio’s, sharing memories and celebrating successes of the last 50 years.

During his remarks at the event, Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., applauded the alumni in attendance and encouraged them to help champion their alma mater.

“Our alumni are important to us,” he said. “These graduates remain part of the College’s legacy – a legacy that has helped shape our community through a 50-year history in Bergen County, where our faculty and staff have helped thousands of students achieve their goals of earning a college degree or certificate. Not only does your success reflect upon the education you received at Bergen, but we need your help in being spokespersons for the College. We need your help, your voices, your activism in your communities.”

The event, which supported the College’s Alumni Network and Bergen Community College Foundation, recognized three honorees: dental hygiene professor and class of 2002 graduate Goli Kocharian (Distinguished Achievement Award) of Saddle Brook, wrestling coach and NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Ed Kochakji (Living Legacy Award) of Montvale, and class of 2015 nursing graduate Jon Silva (Rising Star Award) of Dumont, who could not attend due to a professional obligation.

More than 120 guests attended the dinner, one of the signature events of the College’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. Guests included Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Thomas Sullivan and Freeholder Vice Chair Germaine Ortiz, who presented the honorees with signed commendations. Tedesco and Ortiz serve on the College’s 50th anniversary steering committee, which leads the institution’s efforts for planning events related to the celebration.

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. Among the initiatives, the College has launched the “$50 for 50” fundraising campaign, which will provide student scholarships and educational support. Donors have already contributed approximately $90,000. Future events include an April 12 open house and an April 19 anniversary gala at the Venetian in Garfield. For more information on the events, or to donate to the $50 for 50 campaign, visit 50.bergen.edu.

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

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County Features College Artifact Display

The display features artifacts from the College’s history, including its athletics program.

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Artifact displays featuring memories from Bergen Community College’s 50-year tradition of excellence are currently on display at the Bergen County Administration Building, located at One Bergen County Plaza. Numerous large display cases containing photos, documents, stories and other ephemera from the College’s past will remain on display through Feb. 1, 2018, on the fifth floor of the facility, adjacent to the offices of Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“Bergen Community College has helped Bergen County residents realize their dreams for the last 50 years,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “We are proud to represent our county and grateful for the support of our 50th anniversary by our county officials, including Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, chaired by Tracy Silna Zur. Their support of this project mirrors their continued advocacy for the institution and the needs of our students, faculty and staff.”

County Executive Tedesco and Freeholder Chair Zur championed the exhibition at county headquarters to enhance visibility for the College and its 50th anniversary celebration. The pair serve as honorary co-chairs of the institution’s anniversary steering committee.

“For 50 years, Bergen Community College has been the jewel of Bergen County,” County Executive Tedesco said. “Whether it is providing recent high school graduates with a quality, affordable higher education or older adults with the training to transition into a new career, Bergen Community College offers so much for those who are looking to better themselves through academics. During this golden anniversary, we are proud to recognize and highlight the many accomplishments of Bergen Community College in numerous displays at our administration building in Hackensack. We are confident that Bergen Community College will long be considered a jewel thanks to its outstanding faculty, staff and students.”

“Bergen Community College has made getting an exceptional education attainable and affordable for hundreds of thousands of students,” Freeholder Chair Zur said. “We here in Bergen County are so fortunate to have a place where people can go to get the education and training necessary to reach their goals. The school has a highly respected reputation throughout the state that other colleges aspire to achieve. We, the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, salute Bergen Community College for their 50 years of excellence.”

Among the items on display:

*A copy of the student newspaper highlighting the College’s first commencement ceremony in 1970;

*Varsity letters from Bergen’s athletic teams – including those featuring the College’s original black and gold colors; and

*Textbooks written by Bergen faculty.

At the conclusion of the display at the county administration building, items from the exhibition will appear at other county facilities including libraries and schools.

College archivists and 50th anniversary steering committee members professors Joan Cohen and Lynn Schott curated the exhibition.

To learn more about the College’s 50th anniversary celebration, including upcoming events and information on the “$50 for 50” fundraising campaign that has already raised more than $80,000 to provide student scholarships and educational support, please visit 50.bergen.edu.

After its 1967 inception, Bergen’s first 1,454 students arrived the following year in September 1968. Since then, the College has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester. Ranked No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have transferred to every Ivy League institution and rank eleventh 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.

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$110k in Scholarships Support Students

Students receiving scholarships were joined by presenters such as Board of Trustees Vice Chair Gerard Carroll (middle, suit).

PARAMUS, N.J. – “The season of giving” came to Bergen Community College Dec. 11 thanks to the generosity of the College’s foundation donors, awarding 100 students approximately $110,000 in scholarships to help support their education. The ceremony, which took place in the institution’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at its main campus, recognized students with high academic achievements and goals.

Scholarships represent increasingly critical lifelines for community college students – 50 percent report financial issues could cause them to leave their institution, according to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, thereby delaying their completion of a degree program and entry into the workforce.

The Bergen Community College Foundation leads the application and disbursement process, which has totaled nearly $20 million since its inception in 1982. To support future student scholarships as part of the $50 for 50 campaign, visit tinyurl.com/bergen50.

Fall 2017 scholarship recipients, by hometown:

Allendale

Shelley Capener, $1,000, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Alpine

Amanda-Rachel Garcia, $1,500, John MacQuaide Memorial Scholarship

 

Andover

Geraldine Mae Lua, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Bergenfield

Michael Barlow, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Isaac Reyes, $1,000, David & Gertrude Schwimmer Endowed

Danesa Salcedo, $2,500, Leo Foundation Scholarship

Jagerynn Verano, $1,000, Louis Girshon Endowed Scholarship

 

Carlstadt

Tyler Laursen-Carr, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Cliffside Park

Ashly Masmela, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Silvia Maresca, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Doreta Biba, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

Julian Bargo, $1,000, Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship

 

Clifton

Kushal Swami, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Cresskill

Caroline Sabsoul Moreno, $1,000, Moses Family

 

Dumont

Jade Alameda, $500, Diana Oquendo, M.D. Scholarship

Jaclyn Dore, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Misael Espinal , $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Yong Min Chen, $1,000, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Elmwood Park

Umar Abdullah, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Nimra Arshad, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Suad Pjetrovic, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Constanza Navarrete Villena, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

Carissa Tedesco, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

Englewood

Anexis Ruiz, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Juleen M. Reid, $1,000, Louis Girshon Endowed Scholarship

 

Fair Lawn

Flora Awuku, $1,000, Alumni Nursing Network Scholarship

Demetrius Johnson, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Rosio Sanchez, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Richard Bohajian, $1,000, Rev. Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowment Scholarship

Paul Lazaro, $1,000, PSEG Scholarship

 

Fairview

Lana Sarama, $1,000, Alumni Network Scholarship

 

Fort Lee

Isana Mizuma, $1,000, Alumni Network Scholarship

June Cutrupi, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Annie Kim, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Eunice Ko, $1,000, Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship

 

Garfield

George Alvarado, $1,000, Alumni Network Scholarship

Laura   Chorzepa, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Andrej Gjorgiev, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Luis Salinas, $1,000, Franco-Miranda Memorial Scholarship

Jelena  Melnichenko, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

Zhane Ball, $2,223, Philip Begonia Scholarship

Alis Artyunyan, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

Pedro Ugarte-Varon, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

Valkeita Howell, $2,500, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

Glen Rock

Kevin Bergen, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Endowed Trust Scholarship

Matthew Rella , $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Endowed Trust Scholarship

 

Hackensack

Ana Meneces, $1,000, Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship

 

Hamburg

Andreanna Nordland, $500, Ira Kaltman Scholarship

 

Hawthorne

Robert Michel, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Gabriela Correa, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Hillsdale

Marianna Maltsev, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Valerian Monceau, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Jersey City

Jaqueline Lunkes, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Kearny

Hina Malik, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Leonia

Alexander Czechowicz, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Little Ferry

Shivani Patel, $1,000, Alumni Network Scholarship

Massiel Erazo, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Lodi

Alexa Ramos, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Leslie Bottier, $2,000, Michael J. Esposito Endowed Trust Scholarship

Remila Jasharllari, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

Nicolette Cacciatore, $1,671, Philip Begonia Scholar

Lindsey Njanja, $1,000, PSEG Scholarship

 

Lyndhurst

Genesis Powell, $1,000, Alumni Network Scholarship

Samantha Da Silva, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

Metuchen

Sibora Peca, $1,000, PSEG Scholarship

 

New Milford

Justin Sterling, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

Keanu Carbon, $1,000, Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship

 

North Arlington

Lara Esteves-Teixeira, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

Nutley

Yasin Balik, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

Oakland

Theresa Cruciata, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

Palisades Park

Sung Bong Kim, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

JeongSu Kim, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

Bryan Perez Garcia, $1,000, Robert S. Hekemian Scholarship

 

Paramus

Paula Gansel, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

Ridgefield Park

Shirleybe Rojas, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Ariana Basdeo, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Erna Xheraj, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Ridgewood

Hahyung Jung, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Ringwood

Nadia Kadkweh, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

River Vale

Un Yung Kim, $2,500, Leo Foundation Scholarship

John Misha, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

Rochelle Park

Mikala Yavorski, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

Rutherford

SeoHyun Chang, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Saddle Brook

Caitlin Conway, $1,000, Alumni Nursing Network Scholarship

Brittany MacDonald, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

South Hackensack

Gessilda Galang, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Suffern, New York

Olena Yemtchuk, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Summit

Ivana Rivera, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

Teaneck

Arian Richardson, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

Andy Corniel, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Kemrick Petree, $1,000, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Tenafly

Eleonora Tatazi, $1,000, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Totowa

Nicolette Riccobono, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

Vernon

Stephanie Bahamonde, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Wayne

Yousif Shamil, $1,000, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Sasha De La Torre, $1,000, Franco-Miranda Memorial Scholarship

 

West Milford

Steven Veninger, $1,000, Foundation General Scholarship

 

West New York

Cesar Cedano-Reinoso, $1,000, Red Fox Scholarship

 

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.

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Trustees Tapped for Governor-elect’s Transition Committee

Sheetal Ranjan, Ph.D., Joseph Barreto and Mark Longo

PARAMUS, N.J. – Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has selected Bergen Community College board of trustee members Sheetal Ranjan, Ph.D., Joseph Barreto and Mark Longo to serve on transition team committees that will begin setting priorities for his upcoming term.

“We are very proud that Bergen Community College trustees will play such a significant role in helping shape Gov.-elect Murphy’s goals,” Bergen Board of Trustees Chair Carol Otis said. “In addition to providing expert guidance and counsel, Sheetal, Joe and Mark will have a unique opportunity to convey the issues critical to the state’s community colleges and their students – including the importance of access, affordability and completion.”

Ranjan, of Teaneck, is representing Bergen Community College on the education, access and opportunity committee. She has been working as a professor at William Paterson University for the past 10 years. She is a voting member of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and has recently been appointed to the Diversity Committee of the National Association of Community College Trustees. She hopes to bring her work experience in four-year institutions and perspectives from the various organizations she represents in advocating for the community college students of New Jersey.

Barreto, of Hackensack, is representing the Latino American Democratic Association (LADA) of Bergen County on the access and opportunity committee. He is the current President of LADA. He has worked for nearly 30 years as a bilingual high school guidance counselor in East Harlem, while serving as the secretary/treasurer of the Bergen County Board of Social Services. He hopes to bring his K through 12 experience in serving a diverse population of students to the forefront.

Mark Longo, of Cresskill, is representing IUOE Local 825 on the transportation and infrastructure committee. He works as director of the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, a collaborative initiative by members of building contractor associations in the region. Previously, Longo directed government affairs for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, served as executive director of the New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Labor Management Council and led public relations and government affairs for the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey.

Gov.-elect Murphy defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the state’s gubernatorial election last month. The transition team, announced in late November, includes a diverse group of 82 co-chairs who will lead the work of 14 committees in areas such as healthcare, labor and workforce development and transportation and infrastructure. A transition website has been launched (http://transition2018.nj.gov/index.shtml) and the public is encouraged to send comments, suggestions and/or request information at [email protected]

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

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A Holiday Tradition at Ciccone Theatre

PARAMUS, N.J. – Classical performances from Bergen Sinfonia highlight its annual holiday concert in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College this month.

Under the baton of conductor Murray Colosimo, the orchestra will perform works by Rossini, Gounod and Strauss Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Ciccone Theatre located at 400 Paramus Road. A preshow featuring the quintet Canadian Brass will entertain guests with carols in the theatre lobby.

Tickets are $35 and are available at tickets.bergen.edu or by calling (201) 447-7428.

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

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Bergen Community College Alums Invited to Celebrate

Bergen Community College alumni rank No. 1 in the state.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Fifty years of Bergen Community College graduates will come together in January for the annual alumni recognition dinner at the Terrace at Biagio’s – located just a few steps from the College’s main campus on Paramus Road.

Hosted by the College’s Alumni Network, the dinner will take place Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at 6 p.m. and includes a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar; wine, beer and soda throughout the evening; a buffet dinner; and recognition of honorees. Tickets, $67 each, commemorate the institution’s 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. To purchase tickets, visit tinyurl.com/bergenad50 or call the Bergen Community College Foundation at (201) 879-7432. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds support the Bergen Community College Foundation and Alumni Network.

This year’s honorees represent the College’s rich history in two areas – its health professions programs and athletics. Bergen will recognize dental hygiene professor and class of 2002 graduate Goli Kocharian, of Saddle Brook, with the Distinguished Achievement Award and class of 2015 nursing graduate Jon Silva, of Dumont, with the Rising Star Award. Wrestling coach and NJCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Ed Kochakji, of Montvale, will receive the Living Legacy Award.

After its 1967 inception, Bergen’s first 1,454 students arrived the following year in September 1968. Since then, the College has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 15,000 students taking classes this semester. Ranked No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates, alumni have transferred to every Ivy League institution and rank eleventh in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale.

A committee led by honorary co-chairs Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III, Bergen County Freeholder Chair Tracy Silna Zur and Professor Emeritus Virginia Laughlin have led the institution’s efforts related to celebrating the anniversary. Among the initiatives, the College has launched the “$50 for 50” fundraising campaign, which will provide student scholarships and educational support. Donors have already contributed approximately $70,000 in less than two months. For more information on the celebration, or to donate to the $50 for 50 campaign, visit 50.bergen.edu.

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

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Good News, Again, for Bergen Communicators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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