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Sky’s the Limit at Bergen Observatory

The sun, as seen through a solar telescope during the 2017 eclipse photographed by science faculty.

PARAMUS, N.J. – This fall, members of Bergen Community College’s science faculty will host free public viewings and observations of celestial objects on Friday evenings in the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory located in the Technology Education Center, 400 Paramus Road at the main campus.

From Friday, Sept. 13 through Friday, Nov. 1, viewings will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; from Friday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Dec. 13, viewings take place from 8 to 10 p.m. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the observatory will not operate Friday, Nov. 29. In the event of inclement weather, cancellations for public viewings will be posted at facebook.com/EmilBuehlerTrustObservatory or facebook.com/BergenCommunityCollege.

The observatory supports science and astronomy instruction and features two five-meter diameter observatory domes and three 16-inch Meade LX-200 fully automated telescopes. The telescopes are each equipped with state-of-the-art SBIG XT-8 CCD cameras, which enable the scopes to capture detailed digital imagery. Two of the telescopes are permanently mounted in the domes atop the Center.

Since its opening in 2003 through a $288,875 grant from the Emil Buehler Trust, the observatory has served the community at large and the needs of Bergen students participating in astronomy classes.

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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Filing for Financial Aid Unlocks Expanded Tuition-Free College Program

The College’s Interdisciplinary Center for Simulation at the Paramus main campus prepares students for success in Bergen County’s top employment sector – healthcare.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Students preparing to enter Bergen Community College this fall will have expanded options for financial assistance through programs that 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 in the spring 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 for the fall 2019 semester will automatically receive consideration for the program. Students who have not yet filed for financial aid can receive assistance completing their FAFSA at weekly workshops hosted by the College each Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in room A-121 at the main campus, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey.

This spring, more than 530 Bergen students attended the College tuition-free as part of the program, while another 2,148 students attended tuition-free through other financial aid programs unlocked by filing a FAFSA. For more information on the opportunity grant and financial aid, visit free.bergen.edu and bergen.edu/fa

Bergen’s fall semester begins Wednesday, Sept. 4. 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.

Fall schedule:

*Fall 1 – Sept. 4-Dec. 21

*Fall 2 – Sept. 25-Dec. 21

*Fall 3 – Oct. 25-Dec. 21

*Flex 1 – Sept. 4-Oct. 25

*Flex 2 – Oct. 26-Dec. 21

To register for classes, visit bergen.edu or the College’s locations in Paramus (400 Paramus Road), Lyndhurst (1280 Wall Street West) and Hackensack (355 Main Street). For more information, please call (201) 447-7200. The College will also offer special Saturday registration hours Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main campus.

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.

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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Student Earns Internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Danbee (Sarah) Chae.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College student Danbee (Sarah) Chae has completed a six-week summer internship program in clinical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Montvale facility. Sponsored by the cancer treatment and research center’s Clinical Oncology Open Learning (COOL) Scholars Program, the initiative encourages undergraduates to consider careers as oncology physicians. Bergen represents the first community college to participate in the COOL program, making Chae, of Old Tappan, the inaugural community college student participant.

“I am beyond thrilled to have been part of an eye-opening experience with Memorial Sloan Kettering,” Chae said. “It was a valuable opportunity, as it served as an important stepping stone toward my career goal.”

Bergen career counselor Margaret McLaughlin helped arrange the opportunity.

“When I received the call from Memorial Sloan Kettering inviting Bergen to participate, I was delighted for the College,” she said. “The COOL Scholars Program has existed for 15 years and this was the first time it was offered to any community college. We had 20 excellent applicants and Danbee was selected by the team at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Danbee was a wonderful candidate. She is friendly, very smart, dedicated and confident and the program has brought her one-step closer to her goal of becoming a physician.”

The COOL program educates students about the different types and presentations of cancer and teaches basic principles of cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. Students participate in clinical observation, multidisciplinary conferences and one-on-one teaching with Memorial Sloan Kettering physicians. Students shadow physicians, providing them with hands-on exposure to the clinical management of cancer, including surgical, medical and radiation oncology consultations.

Chae, a natural science and math major with an expected May 2020 graduation, aspires to become a physician and wants to make significant changes in the medical field, citing her family friend’s struggle with cancer. She has participated in medical mission trips to India, Vietnam, and Cambodia and provided volunteer support to local medical centers, such as Englewood Health and the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative. An honors student, Chae participates in Bergen’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the STEM Scholars Program.

COOL program participants attended a closing luncheon at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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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Bergen Signs New Transfer Agreement

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) recently signed a transfer agreement allowing a transfer of credits between the colleges. The agreement also offers Bergen students an application fee waiver, tuition discounts and access to online and traditional classroom-based learning at SNHU. SNHU will accept up to 90 transfer credits from Bergen toward a bachelor’s degree.

“Bergen Community College prides itself on offering students opportunities to transfer across the nation after graduating from the institution,” Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs P.J. Ricatto, Ph.D., said. “The agreement between Bergen and SNHU enhances our students’ prospects and provides a direct avenue to earning a bachelor’s degree.”

“At SNHU, we want to simplify the process for community college graduates to transfer their credits to a bachelor’s degree program,” Associate Vice President of Product Marketing and Academic Alliances Susan Bogle said. “Partnerships, like this one with Bergen make it easy by creating a direct pathway from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.”

Eligible Bergen graduates, employees and immediate family members of employees (spouse, domestic partners, children, siblings and parents) will receive a 10 percent tuition reduction in SNHU’s online programs.

SNHU, a private, nonprofit institution with an 86-year history of educating traditional-age students and working adults serves more than 130,000 learners worldwide, offering more than 300 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Its programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire, have earned the institution the “most innovative” regional university ranking from U.S. News & World Report. One of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU remains committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each learner. Learn more at www.snhu.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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Bergen Mourns Passing of Trustee Chair

Carol Otis.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Carol Otis, chair of the Bergen Community College board of trustees, passed away July 15. Otis, 79, served as a trustee during terms from 2007 to 2012 and again from 2016 to the present, leading the board as chair from March 2017 until her passing. She also represented the trustees on the Bergen Community College Foundation board of directors.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chair Carol Otis,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “Carol left an indelible mark on the institution, championing the needs of students, faculty, staff and the greater Bergen County community. To the day of her passing, Carol worked tirelessly to advocate for the institution, dedicating significant time to the College, frequently attending events, meetings and other on-campus activities. Carol took great pride in her role as a trustee, and even greater pride in representing Bergen Community College. Her unparalleled commitment serves as a model for community service.”

Otis, of Teaneck, joined the trustee board after a 33-year career as a family and consumer sciences teacher in the Teaneck Public Schools district. As a classroom educator, Otis became a leading voice in the field, publishing the New Jersey Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Advisers’ Handbook, co-editing the textbook “World of Food” and winning the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Distinguished Service Award. She also served as treasurer and membership chair of the Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences-New Jersey chapter, maintained numerous leadership roles within the Bergen County Education Association and New Jersey Education Association and additional positions within the Association of Community College Trustees.

Outside of the classroom and College, Otis remained active in her hometown of Teaneck, contributing her time and resources to supporting causes that increased access to education and provided advancement opportunities for young people. Among them, for 35 years, she served as chair of the Community Scholarship Fund of Teaneck. Otis received numerous honors recognizing her selflessness, including the educator of the year award from the Teaneck Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor Lizette Parker Civic Achievement Award from the Cedar Lane Management Group and, most recently, the Matthew Feldman Award for volunteer community service from Township of Teaneck.

She graduated from Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University (B.S.) and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education (M.Ed.). She earned post-graduate credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Jersey City State University and Rutgers.

Otis is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald, three children and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Otis’ family has asked donations be made to the Bergen Community College Foundation, 400 Paramus Road, Room A-325, Paramus, New Jersey 07652 or Bergen.edu/give.

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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Bergen Greets New Vice President and Alumni Trustee

Brock Fisher, Ph.D., and Bryant Gomez.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The July 9 regular meeting of the Bergen Community College board of trustees featured a pair of appointments strengthening the institution’s executive team and governing panel. The board appointed former McHenry County College associate vice president for arts and sciences Brock Fisher, Ph.D., as vice president of academic affairs and welcomed class of 2019 graduate Bryant Gomez as the student-elected trustee alumni representative.

“The nation’s community colleges require innovative leaders who possess the vision, insight and resolve to make an impact in the lives of students,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “Throughout his career, Brock Fisher has excelled in developing strategies and meaningful relationships to improve the institutions he has served; his style of collaborative leadership will help chart a new and progressive course for Bergen’s academy.

“Additionally, I look forward to the contributions of Bryant Gomez as part of the board of trustees. His leadership on key initiatives as part of Phi Theta Kappa and student government not only speak to his willingness to serve, but his value to the trustees and larger Bergen community.”

As the College’s top academic officer, Fisher provides strategic direction for curricula, instruction and student learning while leading the institution’s renowned faculty, which includes a U.S. professor of the year.

Fisher began his career in higher education as a faculty member at Bethel College, teaching theatre and directing the institution’s travelling thespian troupe. He advanced to roles in both the faculty and administration at Bethel, Georgia College and State University and Stillman College before arriving at McHenry in 2014 as the executive dean of humanities and social sciences. Within the higher education community, Fisher has shared his expertise as a presenter at numerous conferences – including for the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He earned a B.A. from the University of Central Missouri, majoring in theatre and psychology, an M.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia in theatre and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia in theatre.

“I am eager to bring my deep passion for educational access as a life-altering force for social and personal change to my role at the College,” he said. “Bergen has an outstanding record of success in helping people meet their educational goals. I look forward to exploring new and innovative ways to serve the students and community of Bergen County.”

Meanwhile, Gomez, as the trustees’ alumni representative, will have full voting rights during his one-year term. Before graduating from Bergen in May, Gomez, of Englewood, led Bergen’s Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges, as president. Gomez directed projects that resulted in numerous awards, culminating with Phi Theta Kappa’s “most distinguished chapter” honor, which recognizes the top chapter in the entire world. He also served as a senator in the student government association, editor-in-chief of the honors association’s publications and a peer tutor while at the College. Gomez will attend Rutgers University – Newark and pursue a B.A. in social work this fall.

“One of the things I wanted to provide is perspective for the student body,” he said. “Serving on the board of trustees will allow me to advocate for students’ needs – it’s important that the opinions of students are heard.”

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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Bergen Selected to Lead $12 Million Labor Grant

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College has received a $12 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to lead a consortium of education and healthcare industry partners to expand and enhance apprenticeship programs for more than 5,000 New Jersey residents. The four-year NJ HealthWorks initiative includes 14 community colleges and healthcare partners such as CVS Health, the Health Care Association of New Jersey and the RWJBarnabas Health System. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also supported the consortium’s application.

“The healthcare sector represents one of critical importance to our county, state and nation,” Bergen Executive Vice President Brian D. Agnew, Ph.D., who oversees the College grants department, said. “This collaborative effort of Bergen Community College, education and industry partners will not only strengthen the healthcare sector by providing employers with highly skilled workers but offer new career opportunities for thousands of men and women seeking to improve their personal, economic and workforce mobility.”

The Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant – one of only 23 applications awarded a total of $183.8 million by the federal government during this cycle – will see the College expand nine existing programs and create five new initiatives blending classroom education and work experience in positions such as sonographers, patient care technicians and paramedics. The grant will specifically target assisting residents in the state’s underserved populations including displaced, unemployed, underemployed and veteran workers. Healthcare added 220,700 new jobs in New Jersey during the last 27 years, nearly outpacing the entire private sector’s employment growth over the same period.

The NJHealthWorks initiative serves as a cornerstone for broader efforts in New Jersey’s community colleges to build career and credential pathway collaboratives in key workforce sectors. The program remains consistent with the “VISION 2028” framework for the future of New Jersey community colleges designed to increase the percentage of working adults who have earned a post-secondary credential or degree to 65 percent by the year 2025.

NJ HealthWorks partners:

  • Bergen Community College (lead)
  • Advanced Subacute Rehabilitation Center
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Camden County College
  • Christian Health Care Center
  • County College of Morris
  • CVS Health
  • East Orange Medical Practice
  • Essex County College
  • Hudson County Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County College
  • Ocean County College
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Roosevelt Care Center at Edson
  • Rowan College at Burlington County
  • Rowan College at Gloucester County
  • RWJBarnabas Health System
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center
  • Union County College

Additional partners including District Council Local 1199J Training and Education Fund, the Health Care Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Garden State Employment and Training Association and local workforce development boards will also provide support.

With six hospitals and more than 70,000 jobs, healthcare represents Bergen County’s top workforce cluster. The College has made significant investments to support the sector, including opening the region’s only Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center in 2016. The $25.5 million facility features simulation laboratories and SMART classrooms to enhance the learning experience, preparing students with the advanced skills needed to succeed in today’s evolving healthcare labor market. A first floor, 24-chair dental hygiene clinic allows students to complete 600 hours of clinical practice and also provides the local community with a low-cost oral healthcare option. The College’s health professions degree, certificate and licensing programs currently enroll more than 1,400 students and offer a direct pipeline to industry.

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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Art from Korean Community Sought for Exhibition

Gallery Bergen.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Gallery Bergen, the art exhibition space of Bergen Community College, in collaboration with the Korean Community Center (KCC), of Tenafly, seeks submissions for a visual arts and performance series documenting the immigrant experience of Koreans in New Jersey this fall. “NJSeoul: New Art from the Korean Diaspora” will open Sept. 12 and remain on view through Oct. 31. The exhibition represents an extension of the collaboration between Bergen and the KCC, which began this past year with a series of lectures led by College faculty on U.S. history.

The exhibition will examine the immigrant experience of Koreans living in the United States – including Koreans who think of themselves as Americans, first and foremost, those who have a foothold in both countries and those who have chosen or may soon choose to return permanently to Korea. According to the federal government, Bergen County contains – by percentage of the overall population – each of the top 10 municipalities in the United States for Korean-Americans. The College enrolls 357 students with Korean citizenship – the highest number of students from any country other than the United States.

Submissions can include drawing, painting, collage, photography, prints, sculpture, installation, time-based media (video, short film, animation) and performance. Interested artists should send image files (no more than three per submission) or URLs for time-based media and a brief artistic statement (English or Hangul) to [email protected] no later than Monday, July 15. Please note, Gallery Bergen does not conduct sales of artwork; it does not receive commissions for third party sales. The gallery will direct prospective buyers and all such inquiries to the artists for these transactions. Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk and local curator Hyejong Grenier will oversee the exhibition and performance series. Please contact Blunk for more information.

Along with having their works displayed in Gallery Bergen, artists selected for the exhibition will have the opportunity to participate in a series of artists’ talks scheduled for the College’s campuses in Paramus, Hackensack and Lyndhurst, as well as at the KCC.

A special opening reception of the installation will take place Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Members of the Woorigarak Korean Cultural Art Center, of Englewood Cliffs, will perform contemporary Korean music and fresh interpretations of traditional dance.

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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Bergen Research on Brain Activity Makes Waves

PARAMUS, N.J. – “Transforming Health Through Music Therapy,” a project of Bergen Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society chapter, Alpha Epsilon Phi, will appear in the second edition of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research, the first journal of its kind dedicated to community college student work. Only 16 research projects among 465 submissions earned a spot in the journal. Civic Scholar, made possible by support from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, demonstrates the innovation found in today’s community colleges and features substantive research and community engagement by community college scholars.

Bergen’s project, inspired by the PTK program’s “honors in action” initiative, featured students conducting a double-blind study aimed at analyzing the cognitive effects of autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) media and classical music using electroencephalographic brainwave monitoring. Using the data collected, the students measured and compared the short-term effects of the two different sound therapies on anxiety reduction. Project mentors Coleen C. DiLauro, Ph.D., of Ramsey, and Angie Goldszmidt, of Cresskill, guided student authors Bryant Gomez, of Englewood, Elda Pere, of Garfield, Luis Sanchez, of Lodi, and Jenna Santacroce, of Saddle Brook, in the comprehensive study.

With the EEG data collected and the double-blind study design, the project may offer significant contributions to the ASMR field, which features only 10 published articles on the topic – nine of which include self-reported data, according to Goldszmidt.

“The article showcases the amazing research opportunities that are available through Phi Theta Kappa and at Bergen Community College,” she said. “Our entire team is extremely proud of the students’ work and are grateful for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for publishing it as part of the newest edition of the Civic Scholar Journal.”

The students also presented their research at Bergen’s STEM C2 Conference and won first place in the event’s scholarly work competition. Additionally, the chapter earned an institution-record 23 honors at PTK’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.

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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Longtime Prof. Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Philip Dolce.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College history professor Philip C. Dolce, Ph.D., has earned the “Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award” from Marquis Who’s Who, a biographical profile publisher.

“I feel humbled and proud of the recognition,” he said. “I could not have done all of this myself though. I’ve worked with Bergen faculty and hundreds of people within the community over 15 years and their willingness to be a part of it shows their respect for the work of the College.”

Dolce, of Ridgewood, has held many roles at the institution since arriving in 1972, including chair of the social and behavioral sciences department and dean of social sciences. He created the interdisciplinary suburban studies group and has chaired it for the past 15 years. He began his teaching career as an instructor at Monsignor Scanlan High School in the Bronx, New York City in 1963. From 1966 to 1972, he taught at St. John’s University.

Devoting a significant portion of his work to the study and discussion of the suburban landscape, Dolce said “the award is really meaningful because it highlights and focuses on the suburban environment – the lifeblood of the College – which serves the community and the students who attend the College.”

Dolce has also edited or co-edited three books including, “Suburbia: The American Dream and Dilemma” (1976), “Power and the Presidency” (1976) and “Cities in Transition” (1974). He has also published many articles on suburbia, “the middle landscape” and immigration and teaching. His interdisciplinary work has been presented at national conferences, meetings, and panel presentations, such as The American Historical Association, The American Association of University Administrators and The National Education Association.

For his commitment to teaching and education, Dolce was awarded the John and Suzanne Roueche Excellence Award by the League of Innovation in the Community College in 2017, the NISOD Excellence Award for Teaching in 2012 and the Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award by the National Education Association in 2002. Dolce has received numerous awards for his film contributions and civic engagement, such as the CAPE Documentary TV Award (1987), the Administrative Innovation and Team Leadership Award by the American Association of University Administrators (1990), the Radio Public Service Award by the Society of Professional Journalists (1991) and the Radio Feature Award and Radio Enterprise Award (1995).

Dolce has created numerous television and radio programs, such as “The American Suburbs: Myth and Reality” for NBC television, the “American Health Care” for ABC television, “Science and Society: A Humanistic View,” for CBS television, and the award-winning WPAT radio series, “Suburbia: The American Dream and Dilemma.” Many of Dolce’s television and radio programs are now part of the permanent collections at the Paley Center for Media and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy Library in Virginia and the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. He served as host of over two hundred programs of the award-winning WPAT radio series, “Suburbia: The American Dream and Dilemma” from 1989 to 1995 as well as serving as co-executive producer and host of a number of cable television series including, “Black Heritage,” “Suburban Economic Development,” and “Suburban Criminal Justice,” even taping an episode at the White House.

Dolce obtained and directed grants from the federal government, the CBS College Publishing Company, the Tristate Regional Planning Commission and the Harry S. Truman Library for National and International Affairs. He served as a consultant to the Foreign Policy Association, the College Board, the Medici Foundation at Princeton University and the Ingersoll-Rand Corporation.

Dolce earned a bachelor of arts from St. John’s University in 1963, a master of arts from Fordham University in 1966, and doctor of philosophy in 1972. He earned a management development certificate from Harvard University in 1990.

Since 1899, Albert Nelson Marquis, a Chicago publisher, has printed Who’s Who in America. The publication has chronicled the lives of accomplished individuals and innovators from politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Visit www.marquiswhoswho.com 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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