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College Hosts Lunch for Local Leaders

PARAMUS, N.J. – As part of the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration, Bergen Community College hosted more than two dozen elected officials for “A Legislative Lunch” April 12 at its main campus to strengthen ties with its federal, state, county and municipal officials. The event featured a discussion on the mission of community colleges like Bergen, lunch prepared by culinary students and tours of the College’s campus. Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., (pictured) and New Jersey Council of County Colleges President Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D., both provided remarks. Additional attendees were:

  • Victor Anaya, Executive Director of Finance, Bergen Community College
  • Hadar Arazi, Aide, Rep. Josh Gottheimer
  • John Birkner, Mayor, Westwood
  • Dotty Blakeslee, Trustee Treasurer, Bergen Community College
  • Kathy Canestrino, Deputy Mayor, Hackensack
  • Francesco Caramagna, Mayor, Elmwood Park
  • Gerard L. Carroll, Trustee Vice Chair, Bergen Community College
  • Ursula Parrish Daniels, Ed.D., Executive Assistant to the President, Bergen Community College
  • Patrick Fletcher, Trustee, Bergen Community College
  • George Fosdick, Mayor, Ridgefield Park
  • John Glidden, Mayor, Closter
  • Waldon Hagan, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs, Bergen Community College
  • Mark Longo, Trustee, Bergen Community College
  • Bianca Madzarova, Aide, Sen. Cory Booker
  • Tammy Molinelli, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board
  • Bill Mullaney, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bergen Community College
  • Germaine Ortiz, Vice Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Carol Otis, Trustee Chair, Bergen Community College
  • Kurt Peluso, Deputy Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • John Ruocco, Mayor, Hillsdale
  • Peter Rustin, Mayor, Tenafly
  • Norman Schmelz, Mayor, Bergenfield
  • Linda Schwager, Mayor, Oakland
  • John Smart, Mayor, Haworth
  • Thomas Sullivan, Chair, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Lisa Swain, Mayor, Fair Lawn
  • Paul Tomasko, Mayor, Alpine
  • Stephanie Von Rudenborg, Councilwoman, Hackensack
  • Joan Voss, Ed.D., Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Tracy Silna Zur, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, 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 Art on Display at Gallery Bergen

Various works by Bergen students.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College art club students will present their work in Gallery Bergen’s latest exhibit “Student Art at Bergen” beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Various works by talented students will be on display through May 4.

The exhibition features artwork in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, collage, digital art, animation, video and fashion. The annual event, organized by the Art Club under the direction of professor Claire McConaughy, is a creative showcase for all students at the College to exhibit their art on campus.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Bergen.edu/gallery or contact gallery director Chris Bors at [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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College’s On-Campus Preschool Earns Accreditation

Child Development Center Director Sally Dionisio said nearly 1,100 children have enrolled in the program.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Child Development Center preschool at Bergen Community College has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a leading early childhood education professional organization.

“Our center helps provide our county’s youngest students with a foundation to develop and encourage a lifelong love of learning,” Child Development Center Director Sally Dionisio said. “Once students have a love of learning, it will inspire them to succeed in the future. Obtaining NAEYC accreditation validates our program’s effectiveness in fostering this early passion for education.”

To earn NAEYC accreditation, programs voluntarily commit to a self-study process that evaluates their effectiveness and quality in 10 key areas including curriculum, teaching practices and staff development. The accreditation process requires school staff to prepare reports on their programs before inviting NAEYC evaluators to visit their sites. After affirming a program’s quality and dedication to continuous improvement, evaluators grant the program a five-year accreditation. Nationwide, approximately 7,500 preschools have earned the group’s stamp of approval.

Bergen’s center, located in Ender Hall at the College’s main campus, has provided early childhood education opportunities for approximately 1,100 two- through six-year-olds since its inception in 1982 under its first director, Ursula Parrish-Daniels, Ed.D.

Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, center enrollees include the children of College faculty, staff and students and those from the greater Bergen County region. As a laboratory school, the center provides an on-campus observation, demonstration, field and workforce training site for the College’s students, who use the center to fulfill their course requirements relating to child development.

Led by certified teachers, the center features two classrooms that support both hands-on play and the development of academic concepts in math, science, social studies, language arts and the creative arts. Children also have access to computers, an outdoor play area and learning resources such as a community garden.

Children can enroll in either a full- or part-time schedule. The center operates from September until the end of the College’s summer II classes, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children of College faculty, staff and students receive discounted tuition. For more information, or to schedule a visit, please call (201) 447-7165.

Bergen, New Jersey’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester, ranks No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates. Alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale. Its resources include the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center – twice recognized as the top tutoring center in the U.S. – and satellite campuses in Lyndhurst and Hackensack. The College has recognized its 50th anniversary in 2017-18.

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 Guys and Dolls Bring Show to Ciccone Theatre

(From left) Keila Haskins, of Fort Lee, as Adelaide; Kevin Bergen, of Glen Rock, as Nathan Detroit; Kristina Craig, of River Edge, as Sarah Brown; and Matthew Rella, of Glen Rock, as Sky Masterson.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergenstages theater troupe will conclude their season of student-run productions with a classic hailed by many as the perfect musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls.” Based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows – and featuring one of the most popular musical scores by Frank Loesser – the crowd-pleaser will open at Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road) on Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City is the backdrop for “Guys and Dolls.” Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown as a result. From the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, the musical features memorable show tunes including “Luck Be A Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.”

The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays from Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.­­ – with a special sign interpreted performance on Friday, April 13. On Saturday, April 7 and 14, matinee performances will take place at 2 p.m.

Show ticket prices for the general public are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty 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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Earn Credits at Bergen this Summer

Summer classes begin May 21.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen County students returning home from college this spring can continue earning credits toward their degree by taking summer classes at Bergen Community College. Online registration opens April 1; in-person registration begins April 9. Students seeking to enroll in fall classes (beginning Sept. 5) can also register.

Summer classes at the main campus in Paramus, Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst and online include general education requirements such as English Composition, General Biology and Statistics ideal for transfer to many four-year colleges. Students can select from four different sessions of day and evening options, while the institution’s in-county tuition rate of $142 per credit provides an affordable alternative to four-year schools.

Registration also opens April 1 for the fall semester. Bergen 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.

To register, visit bergen.edu/apply 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.

For students making their college decision, Bergen will sponsor a Thursday, April 12 open house at its main campus (400 Paramus Road, Paramus) from 3 to 7 p.m. The event will feature demonstrations, workshops, tours, exhibits and opportunities for potential students and their families to explore all that the College offers. To RSVP, visit bergen.edu/openhouse or email [email protected]. Información disponible en español.

Bergen, New Jersey’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester, ranks No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates. Alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale. Its resources include the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center – twice recognized as the top tutoring center in the U.S. – and satellite campuses in Lyndhurst and Hackensack.

Summer schedule:

*Summer 1 – May 21-June 28

*Summer U – May 21-Aug. 9

*Summer 2 – July 2-Aug. 9

*Summer 3 – Aug. 6-23

 

Fall schedule:

*Fall 1 – Sept. 5-Dec. 22

*Fall 2 – Sept. 26-Dec. 22

*Flex 1 – Sept. 5-Oct. 26

*Flex 2 – Oct. 27-Dec. 22

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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Explore Bergen Community College at Open House – April 12

The April 12 open house will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the College’s main campus in Paramus.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Over the last 50 years, more than 600,000 students have walked through the doors of Bergen Community College. At an April 12 open house for prospective students, the next generation of Bergen students will have the opportunity to do the same.

In celebration of the College’s 50-year tradition of excellence, Bergen will sponsor a comprehensive campus wide open house Thursday, April 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the main campus at 400 Paramus Road featuring demonstrations, workshops, tours, exhibits and opportunities for potential students and their families to explore all that Bergen offers. To RSVP, visit bergen.edu/openhouse or email [email protected]. Información disponible en español.

The open house will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

*Visit the state-of-the-art Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center and meet with current students, faculty and staff in the Interdisciplinary Center for Simulation;

*Sample culinary creations of hospitality students;

*Meet admissions representatives, faculty, coaches and student support personnel;

*Discuss the availability of financial aid and scholarships; and

*Explore STEM projects, the fashion design lab, broadcasting studio, horticulture greenhouse, animation lab, theatres, the Child Development Center, Veterans Center, flight simulators and more.

The open house will also showcase the College’s visual and performing arts programs: an art exhibition of student work will open Gallery Bergen, located on the third floor of West Hall and attendees can step backstage before Bergenstages’ 7:30 p.m. performance of “Guys and Dolls” in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre. To purchase tickets for the show, visit tickets.bergen.edu or call (201) 447-7428.

Bergen, New Jersey’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester, ranks No. 1 in the state for associate degree graduates. Alumni have studied at every Ivy League institution and rank 11th in the U.S. for mid-career salaries, according to Payscale. Its resources include the Cerullo Learning Assistance Center – twice recognized as the top tutoring center in the U.S. – and satellite campuses in Lyndhurst and Hackensack.

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, the institution launched its 50th anniversary celebration last fall. To celebrate, Bergen has sponsored a number of events to recognize its history of success stories, including artifact displays at government offices and libraries, an alumni dinner and art exhibition. An April 19 gala at the Venetian in Garfield will raise funds to support student scholarships. For more information, visit bergen.edu/gala.

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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College Hosts Gala Celebration 50 Years in the Making – April 19

The Venetian has hosted the College’s last three major fundraisers, including this year’s 50th anniversary gala and previous years’ Club Monte Carlo.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Generations of Bergen Community College supporters, faculty, staff, alumni and students will celebrate the institution’s 50-year tradition of excellence during an anniversary gala fundraiser April 19 at the Venetian in Garfield. Presented by the College’s board of trustees, President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., and the Bergen Community College Foundation, event proceeds will provide scholarships and educational support for students.

“The anniversary gala will not only celebrate Bergen’s 50 years of success stories, both past and present, but the College’s future as well,” President Redmond said. “By sponsoring the event or purchasing tickets, attendees will impact the lives of future students by contributing to scholarship funds that offer critical financial support. That’s why the gala represents a night to celebrate and make a difference for our community.”

The milestone event will take place Thursday, April 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Venetian, 546 River Drive, in Garfield. The evening will begin with a full cocktail hour featuring an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests will then enter the main room, where the open bar will continue alongside the Venetian’s lavish spread of entrees and delicacies, live music, a silent auction, College memory displays, games and other activities designed to celebrate Bergen’s 50-year history. Event tickets, available for $175 per person by calling (201) 447-7117 or visiting bergen.edu/gala, include all food, beverage and entertainment. Tables of 10 tickets, offered for $1,500, provide a $250 discount on the single ticket price.

Additionally, sponsorship packages from $2,500 to $15,000 include brand/name recognition in public relations and event materials, acknowledgement at the event and tickets. Current sponsors include DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP and RSC Architects. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please call Larry Hlavenka at (201) 689-7057 or email [email protected].

Supporters can also contribute to the College’s “$50 for 50” fundraising campaign by visiting tinyurl.com/bergen50. Donors will have their name included on a recognition wall in the main campus student center.

Bergen has sponsored a number of events as part of the anniversary, including artifact displays at government offices and libraries, an alumni dinner and art exhibition. An April 12 open house from 3 to 7 p.m. at the main campus invites prospective students and their families to the Paramus main campus for demonstrations, workshops and information on all the College offers. For more information, visit bergen.edu/openhouse.

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.  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 studied at 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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Bergen Coach Selected for National Hall of Fame

Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia, 1971

PARAMUS, N.J. – Trailblazing former Bergen Community College coach Rose Marie Battaglia, Ph.D., has earned entry into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She, and six fellow inductees including Olympic gold medalists Chamique Holdsclaw, Katie Smith and Tina Thompson, will attend the hall’s 20th anniversary ceremony June 9 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The hall of fame class of 2018 also features coaches Ceal Barry, Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss.

“This is a proud moment for Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia and for Bergen Community College,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “With the backdrop of the College’s 50th anniversary this year, it seems fitting that Dr. Battaglia receives this recognition in 2018, placing her accomplishments among the nation’s greatest female athletes as we reflect on 50 years of success stories at the institution.”

The College will honor the former coach as part of its 50th anniversary and women’s history month celebration Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in its main campus gym during an alumni basketball game. The event is free and open to the public.

The 89-year-old Battaglia, of Wall Township, led Bergen to four NJCAA final four appearances, four Region XIX titles and a 256-55 win-loss record during her time at the College. A three-time Garden State Athletic Conference and New Jersey Community College coach of the year, Battaglia also earned two Region XIX coach of the year awards. She also taught health and physical education at Bergen and earned the rank of professor emeritus in 1992.

Concurrent with her 12 years as Bergen’s head coach, Battaglia also served as Paramus Catholic’s women’s basketball coach. At the high school across the street from the College’s main campus, Battaglia and star center and future Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Anne Donovan won back-to-back state championships in the 1970s. For her efforts, she became an inaugural member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame class.

During Battaglia’s 38-year coaching career, which also included stops at Iona College, St. Michael’s in Union City and Benedict Academy in Elizabeth, she compiled a lifetime .745 winning percentage featuring 702 college wins and 274 high school victories before retiring in 1989.

A member of NJCAA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Bergen’s institutional hall of fame, she also earned the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Jostens-Berenson Lifetime Achievement Award and has the NJCAA DIII Women’s Basketball Championship Sportsmanship Award named for her.

Battaglia earned her B.S. from Panzer College, an M.A. from Montclair State College and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Bergen’s athletics program features four NJCAA hall of famers, including Battaglia – Doug Yennie (golf), Ed Kochakji (wrestling) and Don Bozzone (track and field).

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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50 Years of Music at Bergen – Rescheduled for 4/25

PARAMUS, N.J. – “Bergen Five-0,” a musical celebration of Bergen Community College’s 50th anniversary featuring the music of former distinguished artists who have performed on the College’s stage throughout the past five decades, will take place Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre. The event represents this year’s installment in the annual Ron Mazurek Scholarship concert series and was originally scheduled for March 8 but postponed due to a winter storm.

Directed by Bergen music professors Andy Krikun, Ph.D., and Meryl Sole, Ph.D., the live production of Bergen Five-0 will include the music of composers Ron Mazurek and Phillip Glass as well as musicians John Densmore (The Doors) and Suzanne Vega and Patrick Moraz (Yes) performed by current students, faculty, recent alumni and special guests.

The series has featured diverse artists from theatre and film such as Olympia Dukakis, tap dancer Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap), musical theatre composers Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange) and Native American musician Bill Miller.

The performance will take place at the main campus, 400 Paramus Road. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ron Mazurek Scholarship fund to help music students continue their studies at Bergen.

Ticket prices are $15 for the general public with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty 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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Innovation Continues in College’s 50th Year

Professors Robert Highley, Camelia-Manuela Lataianu, Ph.D. and Jennifer McCarthy.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Three Bergen Community College faculty members have earned recognition as dedicated community college educators for their contributions in supporting student success at the institution.

Biology professor Robert Highley, of Waldwick, received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for providing outstanding leadership to his department. Developing a passion for biology and science at a young age, Highley joined the College 25 years ago as an instructor, working his way to a full-time faculty position and chair of the department of biology and horticulture. Recognized by faculty and staff for creating an inclusive and collaborative environment, Highley continues to look for opportunities to strengthen his department.

“It’s an honor to know that I have the support of my peers. I try to make the department function as efficiently as possible to ensure that my colleagues can focus on their work – which is teaching,” Highley said. “That way, the students get the best of both worlds.”

Sociology professor Camelia-Manuela Lataianu, Ph.D., of Hackensack, has been named Bergen’s 2017 recipient of the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award, sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community College. Founder of the College’s Model United Nations club, Lataianu, who also serves as the club’s co-advisor, has dedicated her career to improving the education of her students by providing guidance that nurtures their fullest potential. A first-generation college student who immigrated to the U.S. from Romania, Lataianu understands the difficulties and challenges students face on their paths to self-discovery. The Roueche recipient, who will attend the League’s annual conference in Maryland next month, attributes the award to the hard work of her students.

“As an educator, my role is to guide students to find their place in the world as active global citizens,” Lataianu said. “I learned from great teachers that education is the right trail toward upward social mobility. I also want to contribute to making this world a better place.”

Finally, paramedic science program director professor Jennifer McCarthy, of Cranford, received the Innovation of the Year Award, also sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community College, for taking the learning experience beyond textbooks and lectures by integrating advanced healthcare simulation into the learning environment. Recognizing the community’s need for highly-skilled paramedics, McCarthy helped design and develop the program to train students how to respond to emergencies and provide first-line emergency medical care in realistic clinical settings with state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities. The program also prepares students for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians licensing exam. Since its inception in 2014, all graduates of the program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam as well as full employment. A $750 award from the League will help McCarthy, who is also a practicing paramedic, continue to push the boundaries for her students.

“Beyond my own vision, the program’s faculty and staff, who are all actively working in emergency medicine, create a psychologically safe environment to learn as we all evolve along the healthcare continuum,” McCarthy said. “Learning is contagious here – and that’s why our graduates soar.”

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.  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 studied at 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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