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NoN-Profit org. US PoStage PAID ParamUS, NJ Permit No. 57 400 Paramus Road Paramus, New Jersey 07652 The Bergen Community College Newsletter Spring 2014 Volume 1, Issue 2 Agreements Support Affordability and Smooth Landings Faculty Finish Rewarding Fall T Art Left in Sandy’s Wake T he tragedy and triumph arising from Hurricane Sandy lived on through “Sandy: Artists Respond to a Once and Future Superstorm” in Gallery Bergen, the visual arts exhibition space at Bergen Community College’s main campus in Paramus. At an opening reception the evening of Oct. 15, Bergen faculty, staff and students joined members of the public in viewing the work of 13 area artists. Conceived, co-curated and organized by Bergen professors Suzaan Boettger and Marriott Sheldon, the exhibition featured photographs, paintings, prints and video before closing in December. ■ wo faculty projects have earned submission to the League of Innovation in the Community College as the Bergen representatives for the organization’s John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award and the Innovation of the Year Award. Professor Rachel Wieland (pictured) earned the Roueche Award for her leadership of the “green team,” a group of fulltime students directing campus-wide sustainability initiatives. With their help, more than 10,000 lbs. of paper is recycled each semester at the College. Meanwhile, Professor Margaret Hayes’ mobilization of nursing faculty in integrating video evaluations into coursework earned her team the Innovation Award. Students now produce movies demonstrating their ability to perform safe nursing practices. Professors Maryanne Baudo, Dr. Maria Fressola, Marie Griffo, Joan McManus, Carrie Polnyj and Natalie Timme collaborated on the project. ■ Bulldogs Show Bite T he fall 2013 Bulldogs defended their yard: five of the six sports qualified for the Region XIX tournament, with many athletes earning individual honors along the way. • After qualifying for the national tournament with a third place finish in the region tournament, the men’s cross country team earned a top ten showing, completing their season eighth in the nation. Women’s runner Elizabeth O’Brien placed 13th out of 36 competitors at nationals. • Finishing with nine wins, the men’s soccer team received strong contributions from players like Leonardo Lopez and Jonathan Maher, who both earned all-region and all-conference honors. • Notching nine goals and five assists, Sara Ramirez (pictured) helped pace the women’s soccer team to a 7-4 record; she earned recognition as one of the top 10 players in the region and first-team all-conference honors. • Leading the volleyball team to its fourth consecutive region tournament appearance, all-region and two-time all-conference sophomore middle hitter Marissa Lortz received conference player of the week and Bergen student-athlete of the month honors in September. • Women’s tennis team members Tello (Stella) Citlali and Isabella Delgado reached the region tournament semifinals. ■ InsideBergen is a publication of the Office of Public Relations. Send feedback to A pair of transfer agreements signed this semester will not only streamline the path to a four-year degree, but feature unique characteristics: one eases the burden on wallets; the other offers a “smooth landing” at the top aeronautical university in the U.S. In October, Bergen officials met with their counterparts from Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) to formally unveil the BCCFDU Scholars Program, a transfer agreement that provides participating students with a 40-percent tuition discount at the fouryear school located in Florham Park and Teaneck. Additionally, the agreement paved the way for the creation and management of a dedicated FDU office at Bergen’s main campus in Paramus. The office represents the first such arrangement for the College. Two months later, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) administrators departed the sunny skies of Daytona Beach and arrived in snowy Paramus to certify an agreement between the two schools. ERAU will accept at least 64 credits from Bergen’s A.S. in professional studies (aviation administration option) or natural sciences (aircraft operations option) programs. “It’s quite an academic achievement for us to be entering into an agreement of such depth with a college of such renown as Embry-Riddle,” Dr. William Mullaney, Bergen’s vice president for academic affairs said. Bergen’s aviation courses launched in 2012, buoyed by the opening of the College’s Emil Buehler Trust Aviation Center, (Sitting) Bergen President Dr. B. Kaye Walter, FDU President Dr. Sheldon Drucker, (standing) FDU Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Joseph Kiernan, Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (D-Englewood) and Bergen Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Mullaney. which includes airplane and helicopter simulators. Grants totaling $2 million from the Emil Buehler Trust funded the creation of the center and the program. Courses include introduction to aeronautics and aviation safety. Bergen maintains more than 40 articulation agreements with four-year schools. ■ Medallion Supports Scholarships A mid ball gowns and bowties, guests helped raise more than $135,000 in support of student scholarships at the 29th annual Bergen Community College Foundation Medallion Awards Dinner Nov. 15 at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel. For his continued contributions to Bergen students, Mahwah resident Lawrence R. Inserra Jr., Inserra Supermarkets Inc. president, received the 2013 Award for Merit for Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy at the College’s signature gala event. Mr. Inserra leads the operation of 22 ShopRite stores in the region. The company bearing the family’s name began in 1954 with Larry’s grandfather Patsy, who operated “Patsy’s” in Lyndhurst; an Inserra ShopRite now stands on that parcel of land. The foundation board of directors, comprised of community leaders from the public and private sector, works closely with the College to develop fundraising opportunities to meet the needs of the institution. Since its inception in 1982, total contributions received by the foundation have surpassed $17 million. ■ Don’t Miss the Bus O n the “wheels” of a federal grant, Bergen Community College students can now travel between the Paramus and Meadowlands locations via shuttle bus. At the launch of the free student service, College and county officials such as Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan (pink jacket) cut the ribbon on the community resource. A three-year, $634,836 “Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant” — with a county match of more than $211,000 – will help fund the service that runs every half-hour when classes meet. The shuttles meet ADA requirements. ■

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