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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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College Offers Special Saturday Registration Hours

Winter at Bergen Community College’s Paramus main campus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – For students seeking to enroll in the spring semester, Bergen Community College will offer special Saturday registration hours Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its main campus in Paramus, 400 Paramus Road. The College will also offer extended registration hours at its main campus from Monday, Jan. 6 through Thursday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to. 7 p.m. each day. Bergen’s first slate of spring semester classes begins Jan. 13, with additional sessions beginning Feb. 4 and March 16.

Regular registration hours are Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register for classes, visit bergen.edu or the College’s locations in Paramus, Lyndhurst (1280 Wall Street West) and Hackensack (355 Main Street). For more information, please call (201) 447-7200.

For students preparing to enter or continue their studies at Bergen this spring, expanded options for financial assistance can even make New Jersey’s No. 1 college for associate degree graduates tuition-free. When students file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), they become eligible for programs such as the Community College Opportunity Grant that can help make college more affordable. The grant initiative, which began last year as a statewide pilot, will now provide a tuition-free Bergen education for students living in households with an adjusted gross incomes of $65,000 or less – up from $45,000 in the pilot. As a “last dollar” initiative, the program covers all remaining tuition and most fees for students taking six or more credits after any other federal or state grants are applied to their tuition bills. Students who have already completed a financial aid application will automatically receive consideration for the program.

In addition to financial aid, Bergen offers numerous support services to help students remain enrolled and on a path for graduation, including the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center, which has twice earned honors as the top tutoring center in the country. Its facilities such as the Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center, the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory and Stryker Manufacturing Lab provide students with hands-on, practice-based learning opportunities. Day and evening classes take place throughout the week – including a “weekend college” program. Alumni have transferred to institutions such as Yale, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley. The College offers more than 130 degree and certificate programs in areas such as aviation, criminal justice, dental hygiene, fashion design and hospitality at three locations and online.

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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Legendary Lady Singer Sherma Andrews at Bergen

Sherma Andrews.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Sherma Andrews will bring her “Legendary Lady Singers” show to Bergen Community College Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road) as part of the 2019-2020 “Curtain Up!” season.

Andrews performs passionately across different genres and styles while showcasing some of the greatest female singers and their hit songs. Born the youngest in a musically gifted family living in Trinidad, Andrews began playing the accordion at four-years-old, but her perfect pitch and ability to play any song after only one listening led her to serve as church organist just a few years later. Andrews earned a National Merit Scholarship to study at the accredited Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and upon graduating with honors, she taught at the institution.

Andrews has worked with Branford Marsalis, Britney Spears, Donna Summer, opened for Michael McDonald and Michael Feinstein, and filled in for Whitney Houston during Enrique Iglesias’ world tour. She has performed at a gala for President Bill Clinton’s foundation, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, the Billboard Music Awards and many others. For more information, visit www.shermaandrews.com.

Ticket prices are $45, with discounts offered to senior citizens ($35), Bergen faculty ($35) and students ($10). Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased 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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Students Published … Again!

American Pharmaceutical Review

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College Professor Luis Jimenez, Ph.D., and 13 students had their research published in journals American Pharmaceutical Review this summer and Bios this month. Jimenez, of Fair Lawn, also had personal research published in American Pharmaceutical Review this fall.

“The recent publications by STEM students demonstrate that Bergen Community College is a leader among community colleges not only in New Jersey but across the nation fostering and promoting innovative approaches in STEM education,” Jimenez, a biology professor and researcher, said. “Some of our graduates are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Weill Cornell Medical School and Columbia University.”

In one research group, Jimenez and his students, Arianna Pinto, of Kearny, Adelajda Turku, of Elmwood Park, Stephanie Perez, of Englewood, and Vanesa Molina, of Maywood, focused on the rapid detection of bacteria in pharmaceutical products. The pharmaceutical testing conducted by the students demonstrated a new procedure to determine drug quality faster and more efficiently, thereby saving time and money and enhancing consumer’ safety.

The other group, featuring Jimenez and students Matthew Gardner, of Ridgewood, Joy Bochis, of Woodland Park, Theranda Jashari, of Garfield, Victoria Ellman, of Dumont, Jenifer Vasquez, of Lyndhurst, Stephanie Zapata, of West New York, Victorya Ramos, of Englewood, Tina Choe, of Clifton, and Mahtab Tazehabadi, of Edgewater, examined mold cloning in soils – important for nutrient recycling and soil fertility.

Meanwhile, analyzing seven years of FDA reports and drug recalls, Jimenez provided a unique survey on the reasons for the lack of quality control during drug production and the types of microorganisms present in contaminated products. His individual research work, “Analysis of FDA Enforcement Reports (2012-2019) to Determine the Microbial Diversity in Contaminated Non-Sterile and Sterile Drugs,” was published in the October issue of American Pharmaceutical Review. Jimenez previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years.

Research opportunities at Bergen are made available through grant funding by the National Science Foundation, the current 3SP STEMATICS program and previously by the STEM GPS Graduate Path for Success program. Bergen’s biology and science laboratories focus on first-hand research opportunities for community college students.

For more information on the publications where Bergen research was published, please visit https://www.americanpharmaceuticalreview.com/ and https://bioone.org/journals/bios/scope-and-details.

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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Student Government Serves Others with Soup

The Bergen student government association.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College student government association used soup to bring warmth to the winter season for those in need during the week of “Giving Tuesday” Dec. 3. Ultimately, a soup drive supported by students, faculty and staff that delivered 187 cans to the Center for Food Action pantry at the College.

“I am very proud of the students who exceeded last year’s soup can donations,” Student Life Club Coordinator Joli Nelson said.

Temple University and Wisconsin Hope Lab researchers estimate 42 percent of community college students face hunger or “food insecurity,” defined as lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.

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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Winning in His DNA – Bio Student Wins Competition

Tae Kim.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Tae Kim won first place in the category of environmental biology and ecology for his research and poster, “Comparison of Bacterial Communities in New Jersey Soils using Next Generation Sequencing” at the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) meeting held at Monmouth University this fall.

“I want to thank my mentor, Bergen Professor Dr. Luis Jimenez, for giving me this opportunity and believing in me,” Kim, of Palisades Park, who competed against other community college students from New York and New Jersey, said. “I felt like I made my first big step in life.”

Kim sampled six types of soil in New Jersey and presented research that focused on understanding the bacterial composition in the soil. Since bacteria can only grow in certain conditions, traditional culturing methods would not work. Instead, Kim used “next generation sequencing,” technology that enables a closer examination of DNA molecules.

Planning to graduate with an honors degree in May 2020, Kim serves as an advisory board member and director of service for Phi Theta Kappa – the honor society of two-year institutions. He also holds the position of vice president of the Tri-Beta biology club and serves as a tutor for math, chemistry and biology.

“Tae’s performance at the MACUB meeting was outstanding,” Professor Jimenez, Ph.D., said. “He was able to convey the importance of his research work to judges and the general public in a clear and precise way. Tae has the ability to produce impressive results in a wide variety of areas. He is organized, motivated, mature, and inquisitive. Additionally, he has demonstrated a very positive attitude and truly embraced learning all there is to know about microbiology.”

Founded in 1967, the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists is a professional organization comprised of college and university biologists in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For more information, visit macub.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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College Students Push for Smoke to Clear

Students, faculty, staff and community members signed in support of a smoke-free campus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – More than 75 students, faculty, staff and community members pledged their support of a smoke-, tobacco- and vape-free Bergen Community College campus as part of the American Cancer Society’s national “Great American Smokeout” Nov. 21.

“The Great American Smokeout helped to raise awareness regarding the vaping epidemic and associated lung-related injury,” Coordinator of Student Conduct and Student Information Ian Wolf, noting that the event coincides with the work of the institution’s Breathe Clear Campus Taskforce, which seeks to develop a healthy college community, said. “We view the Great American Smokeout event as a launch point for making a cultural shift on campus for a healthier and safer community – not one stand-alone event.”

According to Wolf, the event achieved two objectives – raising awareness about a Bergen policy change to include e-cigarettes as part of its Breathe Clear Campus initiative and educating the community about the negatives of vaping.

Although the College banned smoking on campus in 2007, the rise of e-cigarettes and other tobacco-delivery devices have prompted institutions to create new efforts for helping students understand the dangers of smoking, tobacco and nicotine. In a survey conducted from a representative sample of students in writing 101 courses at the College in the spring 2019 semester, the majority of students remain in favor of banning e-cigarettes at Bergen campuses.

In March, the College received a $12,000 grant from the CVS Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society to develop campaigns targeting the elimination of smoking and tobacco use on- and off-campus. Including another $3,600 grant from the New Jersey Prevention Network, the College has received $15,600 to support the program. Under its new “Breathe Clear Campus” initiative, the College will become smoke- and tobacco-free by June 2020.

Among the activities at the November Smokeout event, the College partnered with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center physicians to discuss the dangers and health risks of vaping, dental hygiene and respiratory care students offered complimentary oral cancer screenings and pulmonary function tests, while student government association leaders sponsored “cold turkey networking,” a turkey sandwich luncheon for anyone attempting to cease using tobacco or nicotine products.

“More than 60 individuals received free oral cancer screenings and more than 25 individuals received free pulmonary function tests by students in our dental hygiene and respiratory care programs,” Han Eul (Robin) Yoo, of Mahwah, co-chair of the Breathe Clear Campus Taskforce and chief justice of the student government association said. “I would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to make the event a success.”

For more information on the initiative, visit www.bergen.edu/breatheclearcampus or email [email protected].

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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President Retires, Interim Named and National Search to Begin

 Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., and Anthony Ross, Ed.D.

PARAMUS, N.J. – With the Dec. 31 retirement of Bergen Community College President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., approaching, the institution’s board of trustees has announced it will conduct a national search for the institution’s eighth president in the coming months and has named Anthony Ross, Ed.D., the College’s interim president effective Jan. 1, 2020. Ross has served as the College’s interim vice president of student affairs since September.

“President Redmond has made an indelible impact on Bergen Community College for nearly 40 years,” Board of Trustees Chair Gerard L. Carroll said. “His work as an administrator, faculty member and, now, president has made a profound difference on the institution and in the lives of students, faculty and staff. On behalf of the board of trustees, I thank him for leadership and service to the College.”

President Redmond led Bergen through a period of renewal and stabilization, initiating significant reform, including a reorganization of the executive team and academic and administrative units, and working to stabilize the institution’s finances, human resources and the Bergen Community College Foundation. President Redmond also sought to strengthen relationships with government officials, donors and community members, frequently inviting these groups to campus and increasing the level of communication with them. Additionally, and with Ellucian as a partner, Bergen has reimagined its approach to technology, creating a more user-focused, stable environment for students, faculty and staff.

“Bergen has given me a great life,” he said. “I’m honored to retire as president and proud of what we have accomplished together.”

A former NISOD Excellence Award honoree, President Redmond served the institution in numerous roles since 1981. During his 38-year career, which began as a philosophy and religion professor, he provided leadership as executive vice president, chief information officer and dean of arts and humanities. President Redmond has led the College as its chief administrator since June 2017.

In preparation of the College’s national search for its eighth president, the board of trustees has developed a process that will organize the proceedings, along with a profile outlining the qualifications sought of Bergen’s next executive leader. The process will feature a search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, staff, students and community members that will lead the vetting, interview and selection of candidates.

“As an institution selected as an Aspen Institute College Excellence Program nominee, home to a former U.S. Professor of the Year and the number one college for associate degree graduates in New Jersey, Bergen remains one of the nation’s most attractive presidencies,” Chair Carroll said. “We look forward to meeting the diverse pool of visionary leaders who apply for the position.”

The trustees approved a resolution naming Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Ross as Bergen’s president beginning Jan. 1, 2020 through the completion of the national search at the governing panel’s Dec. 3 regular meeting.

“Bergen has reimagined itself under President Redmond,” he said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to continue this transformative work and maintain the momentum established in the last few years as the College prepares to hire its eighth president.”

Ross brings experience as an interim president to Bergen, previously holding the same role at Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley in Kansas City, Missouri for more than a year. Prior to that appointment, Ross served as the vice president for student affairs at California State University – Los Angeles, where he worked since 2000 in various capacities including as an associate professor in the Charter College of Education. Ross also held leadership roles at Edison Schools, Wichita State University, Northern Arizona University and St. Lawrence University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling from St. Lawrence and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Northern Arizona.

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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Celebrate the Season at the Ciccone

Bergen Sinfonia.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Classical music from the Bergen Sinfonia Orchestra highlights its annual holiday concert, “An Evening of Festive Music for a Festive Season,” Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College located at 400 Paramus Road.

Under the baton of conductor Murray Colosimo, the orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Smetana and Gimenez. Notable highlights of the holiday concert include Beethoven’s triumphant Egmont Overture, Op. 84a and Tchaikovsky’s dazzling Valse Scherzo, Op. 34. The performance will also feature international violin soloist Vladimir Tsypin.

A preshow in the theatre lobby will feature Canadian brass carols and complimentary refreshments.

Ticket prices are $45, with discounts offered to senior citizens ($35), Bergen faculty ($35) and students ($10). Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased 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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