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Donor Wall Unveiled at Bergen

Donors found their names etched in glass on Bergen’s $50 for 50 donor wall.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation has unveiled a donor wall recognizing more than 400 current and former students, faculty, staff and community members who participated in last year’s award-winning $50 for 50 scholarship campaign, which raised more than $131,000 for student scholarships. Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., took the wraps off the wall April 30 during a donor recognition event at the main campus.

“It gives me great pride to unveil this wall as a permanent reminder of the good work done as part of the 50th anniversary,” he said. “Because long after we are gone, these scholarships will remain. We will keep supporting Bergen students. That’s a legacy we can all be proud of.”

The donor wall monument features frosted glass lined with donor names above vibrant acrylic panels that recall the campaigns’ overall branding. The wall stands inside the student center adjacent to the College’s main entrance at 400 Paramus Road.

The $50 for 50 campaign, which took place as part of the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017-18, won first-place honors among 650 colleges in the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations event/fundraising category for overall execution and excellence.

Bergen hired fundraising professional Ronald Miller to lead the direction and management of the foundation, a separately incorporated 501(c), as executive director earlier this year. Commercial real estate executive and longtime College supporter Dan Foley serves as chair of the foundation board of directors. The foundation has awarded more than 400 scholarships totaling more than $400,000 to students this year.

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 Trio Earn $40k Transfer Scholarship

Mikiko Freund, Won Joon Kang and Lindsey Njanja.

PARAMUS, N.J. – Three Bergen Community College students, Mikiko Freund, Won Joon Kang, and Lindsey Njanja, have earned the 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Nationwide, 1,500 community college students applied for the highly competitive scholarship with only 61 receiving the award. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete a bachelor’s degree.

“When you consider only 61 students in the entire country earned the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and three came from Bergen, I’m not only excited for the students, but proud for the institution,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said. “Mikiko, Won Joon and Lindsey have distinguished themselves at the College and continued Bergen’s legacy of helping position students for this transcendent scholarship,” noting in the past five years 11 students have earned the award.

The scholars each participated Bergen’s Judith K. Winn School of Honors and the Alpha Epsilon Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges, which recently earned the international and regional “Most Distinguished Chapter” awards. The trio graduated as part of Bergen’s class of 2019, which received its degrees at the institution’s May 23 commencement ceremony at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Freund, of Little Ferry, a mathematics major, plans to continue her education in statistics at New York University and become a statistician or data scientist. Committed to service, she served as a mentor in the Turning Point program for intellectually disabled students and as a fellow for a professional development program, America Needs You, for first generation low-income college students.

“All of my life I have always worked hard in school toward my future, and to receive a scholarship acknowledging my effort is not only rewarding but it motivates me to continue to follow my dreams to succeed,” she said. “Being a first-generation college student from a low-income household, the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is incredibly life-changing and I know it is what will push me in the right direction. There are truly not enough words to describe how grateful I am for this opportunity.”

Kang, of Mahwah, a business administration major who recently established a public speaking and coaching business that now has more than 300 clients, represents the first male student in Bergen’s history to earn the Cooke scholarship. He also became the first Bergen student to receive Phi Theta Kappa’s Oberndorf Scholarship this year. Kang has served as director of communication and international vice president, division I for the honor society this year. Attending Columbia University in the fall, Kang aspires to establish a think tank focused on artificial intelligence ethics.

“As a speech coach, I can say that winning the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship left me speechless for the first time in a long while,” he said. “I am more than blessed to have had the support of Phi Theta Kappa, my chapter at Bergen, and my adviser. They have all been the basis for why I work so hard and how I was able to achieve what I never could dream of to accomplish. In every sense of the word, I am grateful to all those who have made an impact on me as well as the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for granting me this life-changing opportunity.”

Njanja, of Lodi, a natural sciences and mathematics major with a 4.0 G.P.A., graduated as Bergen’s class of 2019 valedictorian. Among her work at the College, Njanja served as a peer mentor for the Pathway Scholars program, a math/science tutor, vice president of the math club and secretary of the Judith K. Winn School of Honors. Aspiring to a career in medicine, Njanja has career-shadowed physicians at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital this year and completed a summer internship at the National Institutes of Health last year. Njanja plans to transfer to Johns Hopkins University to major in chemical and bimolecular engineering where she hopes to find the cure for HIV/AIDS and eventually build children’s homes in Kenya and Uganda.

“I feel very humbled, happy, overjoyed, and honored for getting this amazing opportunity and for knowing that the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is going to support my goals,” she said.

In addition to the scholarship, the Cooke scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from the foundation’s staff to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The foundation will provide opportunities for internships, study abroad and graduate school funding as well as a connection to a network of nearly 2,500 fellow scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship represents the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees. All Cooke scholars have financial need and strong records of academic achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity. The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. For more information, visit www.jkcf.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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Opportunity Defines Bergen and 2019 Grads

Members of the class of 2019.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Bergen Community College class of 2019 and the state’s tuition-free Community College Opportunity Grant initiative took centerstage at the institution’s May 23 graduation ceremony at MetLife Stadium, led by a grant recipient and one of the state’s top champions of the program.

The class, which featured 2,139 students, included Community College Opportunity Grant awardee and class valedictorian Lindsey Njanja.

“It was never easy for me to feel comfortable in a school setting or even go as far as referring to a school as a home,” Njanja, of Lodi, said. “However, all that changed when I came to Bergen. I met amazing professors who were willing to nurture my talents and mold me into the person I am today.”

Njanja overcame personal tragedy to become the class of 2019’s top student – both of her parents passed away from AIDS when she was two-years-old. Since then, she has aspired to become a doctor and hopes to conduct research on the disease that claimed her parents’ lives. Njanja recently earned the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will provide her with up to $40,000 to study at a four-year institution.

New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis, Ed.D., delivered the keynote address at the event, focusing her remarks on the state’s renewed support of higher education – including the Community College Opportunity Grant. She applauded Bergen for its rollout of the grant program, which ultimately provided a tuition-free college experience to 500 of the institution’s students during the spring pilot.

“Our job is to expand access to higher education to ensure that more residents across the state can benefit from the power that comes from higher education,” Smith Ellis said. “We know that education is powerful. The piece of paper you have earned has the opportunity to be a life-changing kind of powerful.”

Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., served as master of ceremonies; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III and Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chair Germaine Ortiz also provided remarks. Retiring professor Joan McManus led the procession as grand marshal.

Bergen’s class of 2019 featured:

  • Seventy-one students with a 4.0 GPA;
  • High school students from the Bergen County Applied Technology High School and North Arlington High School earning associate degrees from the College;
  • Members of the No. 1 ranked Phi Theta Kappa chapter in the world;
  • Students who published research in an international journal;
  • Study abroad scholarship winners;
  • Members of the award-winning student newspaper, the Torch;
  • Students who will transfer to Ivy League institutions such as Columbia University and other top-tier schools such as the University of California-Berkeley and NJIT.

For the first time, the entire class wore eco-friendly caps and gowns made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Bergen’s first commencement ceremony took place in 1970. Since its inception, Bergen has grown into the state’s largest community college with approximately 14,000 students taking classes this semester. The College ranks No. 1 in New Jersey for associate degree graduates.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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College Celebrates Korean Community Partnership

(From left) Eunju Ryu; Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D.; Kil Yi, Ph.D.; Judy Chang; Mina Ahn, Ph.D.; Kevin Shim; and Kyu Kim.

TENAFLY, N.J. – During a midday event May 10, Bergen Community College and the Korean Community Center celebrated the members of the inaugural class of graduates from the organizations’ learning community outreach program that began this semester. The recognition ceremony took place at the Korean Community Center’s facility at 100 Grove Street; attendees included College trustees, faculty, staff and organizers.

“This program speaks of the value the Korean community places on education and the importance of learning,” Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., said at the event. “We hope to build upon this partnership in the days, months and years ahead.”

The program has featured a series of lectures on American history, government and politics led by Bergen Professor Kil Yi, Ph.D., for Korean Community Center members – many of whom emigrated to the United States during the last 50 years. Yi and fellow Bergen Professor Mina Ahn, Ph.D., developed the program with Korean Community Center CEO Eunju Ryu, hosting lectures such as “Culture of Prosperity,” “Culture of Inequality” and “Culture of Progress.” Ultimately, more than 150 predominately Bergen County residents participated in the program. As part of the May 10 ceremony, they each received a certificate of completion.

Due to the success of the initiative, the College plans to expand the model to other demographic, ethnic and cultural groups by creating additional learning community programs.

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.

The Korean Community Center promotes healthy and independent living for all ages and to integrate the people with Korean heritage into the greater community through culture and education, outreach, health and social services and civic advocacy.

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’s Speech on Celiac Wins Bergen Competition

Professor Gina Costa and speech competition winner Han Eul Yoo.

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

The five finalists and their speech topics were:

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

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

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Local Government Leaders Lunch at Bergen

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

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

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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College Foundation Awards $216k in Scholarships

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

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation distributed approximately $216,000 to 177 students during its annual spring scholarship awards ceremony April 30. Each of the scholarships – funded by community members, faculty and staff – carries its own unique criteria, providing opportunities for many subsets of the Bergen student body.

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

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

Spring 2019 scholarship recipients, by hometown:

 

Bayonne

Ann Gottschalk, Seymour Lewis Biology Scholarship

Michele Youssef, Paul Marshall Scholarship

 

Bergenfield

Ma. Shahina Venice Dizon, Pitkin Scholarship

Joo Hyang Lee, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Victor Paucar, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

Ramona Urena Brito, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Bloomfield

Nicole Re, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Glenise Robinson, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Bogota

Carina Conrad, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Brooklyn, New York

Abyr Aboulyaktane, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Butler

Skylar Teats, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Cliffside Park

Mary Anderson, College Club of Northern NJ Scholarship

Seongmi Cho, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Nicole Gaito, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Edgar Hernandez, Ciarco Family Scholarship

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

Teresa Petrie, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Peter Saldana, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

Michael Suarez-Bonet, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Clifton

Ipek Kucuksahin, Joseph and Anna Martucci Scholarship

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

 

Closter

Svetlana Rai, A&A Ridgewood Registered Professional Nurses Scholarship

 

Demarest

Camila Nunes Franco, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Dumont

Alyssa Davenda, Marian “Mona” Dolecki Scholarship

Matthew Demarco, Paul David Walter Memorial Scholarship

Chanhyuck Jun, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Elka Peter, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

East Rutherford

Courtney Andrade Bodden, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Patrick Cao, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Brianna Guido, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Jennifer Mikulko, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

 

Elmwood Park

Kenneth Abella, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Nidhiben Patel, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Vedant Patel, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Elizabeth Rios, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Arna Ruz, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Adelajda Turku, Pitkin Scholarship

Diala Yeshoua, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Emerson

Angelica Amegashie, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

 

Englewood

Luisa Cuadros, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Angela Greene, Suez NJ Scholarship

Sunmin Ku, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Joseph Sanchez, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Tanzilya Seisekenova, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Fair Lawn

Aderonke Amosu, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Paulina Bogdanova, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Bobae Chang, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Mykhailo Malko, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

Rosio Sanchez-Montoya, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Christine Walsh, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Fort Lee

Taeho Cho, Traphagen Family Scholarship

June Cutrupi, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Serdar Markar Karadayi, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

Ha Kyoung Kim, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Yoora Lee, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Adele Lipkin, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Jonghee Park, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Lin Yan, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Garfield

Zhane Ball, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Joanna Camano, David A.  Gill Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Damjan Dejanoski, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Dorida Denas, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Kaleigh Evelina, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Erisa Ganellari, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Lydia Lugo, Isabella Altano Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Aida Molla, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Ummu Yuzugulluer, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

 

Glen Ridge

Maria de Las Nieves Elias Alvarez, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

Glen Rock

Mark Mifsud, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Hackensack

Thalia Andrade, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Melissa Jara, BCC Rotary Scholarship for International Students

Bryant Rivera, Pitkin Scholarship

Janil Santana, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

 

Haledon

Avik Desai, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Yvonne Mbondo, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Hasbrouck Heights

Manuel Ackattupathil, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Tenzin Kalden, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Stephen Kolluri, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Christian Ocampo, Alumni Network Nursing Scholarship

 

Hawthorne

Amber Von Zwehl, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Hillsdale

Karla Corona Boites, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Hoboken

Amina Muka, Meadowland Scholarship for Historical Study

 

Jersey City

Shamsia Khan, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Kearny

Leydi Bocio Campos, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Luciana Certeza, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Marcela Czekalski Hornung, Hackensack University Medical CTR BSN Nursing Scholarship

Erick Guevara, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

Alicia Moran, Gourmet Dining Scholarship for Study Abroad

Michelle Ward, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Kinnelon

Yessica Mejia Morales, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Leonia

Donaldo Biba, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Noann Pascual, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

Little Ferry

Lynda Decristofaro, Traphagen Family Scholarship

Jurgen Neli, R2D2 Scholarship

Glenda Nunagcatacutan, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Eunbin Park, Pitkin Scholarship

Mohamad Louay Saem Aldaher, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Lodi

Nicole Cacciatore, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Kenida Calderon Nunez, PSE&G STEM Scholarship

Sevgi Ozcelik, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Rebecca Wood, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Lyndhurst

Cristina Calvin, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Justin Carmona, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Monirae Hickey, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Mahwah

Antonia McNaught, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Maywood

Augustine Bassoah, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

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

 

Montclair

Peng Shi, Verizon Scholarship

 

Montvale

Kyle Dubroff, Edward “Doc” Wonsicki Scholarship

Anvar Gulomov, Suez NJ Scholarship

 

Moonachie

Sharlynne Cabrales, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

 

Morristown

Laura Marquez, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

New Milford

Fernanda Armas Alvarado, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Isaiah Castaneda, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Alyssa Denning Moreno, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Maria Gurbuz, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Hadassah Haricha, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

North Arlington

Santiago Sanchez Angarita, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

North Bergen

Marcelo Nardella, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship

 

North Haledon

Tracy VandenBerg, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Oakland

Michael Petrazzuolo, Lakeland Bank Scholarship

Eddie Wegman, R2D2 Scholarship

 

Old Tappan

Seongyoon Oh, BCC Rotary Scholarship for International Students

 

Oradell

Ryan Pagan, Pitkin Scholarship

 

Palisades Park

Arthur Im, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Wenji Jin, Pitkin Scholarship

Dong Guk Ko, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Sung Jin Lee, Maura Soehnlein Memorial Scholarship

 

Paramus

Cansu Koseoglu, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Joanna Penaloza, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Howon Ra, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Passaic

Chaya Abraham, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

 

Paterson

Virginia Jackson, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Irving, Leo Foundation Scholarship

 

Peekskill, New York

Samantha Ceretta, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Ridgefield

Da Hye Kim, R2D2 Scholarship

Heesheng Lee, Bergen County Retired Educators Association Scholarship

Mingma Dorjee Sherpa, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Ridgefield Park

Sahrish Afzal, Verizon Scholarship

Ariana Basdeo, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Nicole De Lavalle, Lois E. Marshall Scholarship

Alexis Ortiz, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Kaisy Suarez Rojas, Michael J. Esposito Scholarship

 

Ridgewood

Christina Brigliadoro, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Celine Santana Encarnacion, Traphagen Family Scholarship

Helen Witte, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

River Edge

Hyangmok Baek, William M. Orr Endowed Scholarship

Julia Lane Sicat, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

River Vale

Un Yung Kim, Suez NJ Scholarship

Devi Nassor, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Hose Taguchi, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Rochelle Park

Camila Abelaj, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Louma Hannawi, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Julissa Martinez, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship for Study Abroad

Janelle Ortiz, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

Rutherford

Fabiola Newman, Delta Dental of NJ Foundation Scholarship

Rafya Oskui, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Saddle Brook

Xuerou Chen, Suez NJ Scholarship

 

Secaucus

Patrick Dicanio, Dill Family Scholarship

 

Teaneck

Joshua Jiminez, Philip Begonja Memorial Scholarship

Maaidah Mohyuddin, Ciarco Family Scholarship

Jade Tollis, Dearheart Foundation Scholarship

 

Tenafly

Andres Giraldo, Jorge Blanco Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Suyeon Lee, Ciarco Family Scholarship

 

Totowa

Shane Brunetti, Reverend Carnig Antranik Hallajian Endowed Scholarship

 

Wallington

Gabriel Eduardo Sequera Silva, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

Jemil Srejic, Stryker Orthopaedics Scholarship

Maciej Szajwaj, Theresa Romano Scholarship

 

Wayne

Melody Morris, Gourmet Dining Scholarship

 

West New York

Jansy Escobar, Traphagen Family Scholarship

 

West Orange

Yusuf Bugra Cubuk, Moses Family Scholarship

 

Woodcliff Lake

Juan Andrade, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

 

Woodland Park

Katalina Escobar, Nick Anagnostakos Scholarship

 

Wood-Ridge

Kristine Amels, Southpole Foundation Scholarship

Ilaria Cangialosi, Dr. Richard Ciccone Scholarship

Tyler Zamski, Visions FCU Endowed Technology Scholarship

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Community Leader Joins Bergen Trustees

Krista Flinn

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

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

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

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Just the Facts: Student Reporters Honored

Members of the Torch have received numerous awards this spring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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Best in the World: Bergen’s Honor Society Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bergen’s complete list of honors:

International Awards

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

Regional Awards

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

Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges that recognizes and awards high-achieving students at associate degree granting colleges. PTK’s mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations. For more information, visit www.bergenptk.com/ or www.ptk.org.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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