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2009 Annual Report
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1.Math, language arts and science learning activities highlight the College Now Academy program. 2. Junot Diaz is a Pulitzer Prize winner
and the fiction editor of the Boston Review. 3. (Left to Right) Former College President Dr. Jose Lopez-Isa and College Board of Trustee Vice
Chairman Cid D. Wilson. 4. In 2009, nearly 300 students completed 4,400 Service Learning hours in social service organizations, government
agencies, hospitals, schools and other organizations. 5. The $15 million Emil Buehler Trust Center for Science and Exploration includes new
classrooms, laboratories and equipment. 6. Bergen is a vast tapestry of cultures. 7. Professor Paul Mindell’s artwork was selected for the
Smithsonian Institution’s “Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009.” 8. Center Jayvon Beaty 9. Bergen students encouraged the College
community to carpool to work to reduce carbon emissions. 10. Maya Angelou 11. The class of 2009 was Bergen’s largest graduating class in
its history. 12. Bergen Community College’s Student Productions represent the efforts of students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Message from the President.
Table of Contents
This annual report summarizes a year that gave Bergen Community College
many reasons to be proud to Be Bergen.
During 2009, Bergen Community College met the demands of the largest Be Inspired ....................................6-7
enrollment increase in the College’s 40-year history. The College added 37
full-time faculty members and expanded academic offerings with dozens
of new courses. Nearly 16,500 students enrolled in credit courses at New Be Strategic ...................................8-9
Jersey’s largest community college in 2009.
During a challenging economic year, the Continuing Education Program
saw historically high enrollment; 5,488 students came to Bergen to advance their careers or find new Be Current....................................10-11
ones. The College helped Whole Foods train 300 employees and bring jobs to Bergen County, and
launched the College’s “Employment Pathways Initiative” at the Meadowlands location.
The College finalized a strategic plan that will serve as a guide for engaging students, faculty, staff and Be Global.....................................12-13
administration in the pursuit of excellence; setting goals for enhanced community involvement and
environmental stewardship, sound financial management, affordability and increased resource
development. The plan set benchmarks to measure progress in meeting these goals. Be Accessible................................14-15
The College neared completion of construction on technologically advanced classroom space in the
Emil Buehler Trust Center for Science and Exploration, began a $6 million renovation to the Student
Be Engaged ..................................16-17
Center in the Pitkin Education Center, and opened a cyber cafe for students in Ender Hall.
The College finalized the purchase agreement for the building it rents in Lyndhurst to serve the Mead-
owlands region and began preparations to renovate two floors for additional classrooms. For the first Be Responsive ..............................18-19
time since the College purchased the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in 1970, the Hackensack facil-
ity began offering credit courses in the fall of 2009.
The year’s personal achievements included Assistant Professor Paul Mindell, whose photo collage gar- Be Innovative...............................20-21
nered Smithsonian Institution recognition and will be on display in the National Portrait Gallery in
Washington, D.C. through August 2010. President Barack Obama appointed Board of Trustee Vice Chair-
man Cid D. Wilson to a study commission for a National Museum of the American Latino. Be Prepared.................................22-23
Bergen Community College students gave the College much to be proud of in 2009. Sixty-one grad-
uates of the Class of 2009 were members of Phi Theta Kappa and 68 percent of graduates earned a
3.0 grade point average or better. Be Green ....................................24-25
Students performed 4,400 hours of service learning projects, expanding their experience beyond the
classroom while serving the community. They helped children with autism. They educated nursery
Be Giving ....................................26-27
school and daycare center staff on how to assist children with asthma, and they mentored third-
graders at the College Now Academy.
Who can forget the amazing Bulldogs and the pride felt when Coach Sean Kelly took his team to a third- Be Energized ...............................28-29
place finish in the national men’s basketball championship?
The College looks forward to another successful year: Be Energized. Be Creative. Be Giving. Be Proud.
Be Bergen. Academics ...................................30-31
Be Responsible .................................32
G. Jeremiah Ryan
President, Bergen Community College
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Big class. Big arena. Big dreams.
Everything about the College’s 40th Commencement was on a grand scale; Associate in Applied
from the venue, the Izod Center, to the size and diversity of the Class of 2009. 31.9%
Its impressive size aside, the largest graduating class in Bergen Community Associate in
College history defined itself by individual accomplishments. 24.8%
• Valedictorian Rory D’Lasnow encouraged his • From Afghanistan to Mexico to Yugoslavia, Science (A.S.)
peers to use their education to achieve and graduates represented more than 70 39.4%
give back: “Now it is our time, through serv- countries. 3.6%
ice, leadership and the opportunities that ed-
ucation affords us, to create hope in the world • In its second year at the IZOD Center in East Certificate of
abroad.” The valedictorian began attending Rutherford, commencement featured a Achievement (C.O.A.)
the University of Michigan in the fall. keynote address by Seton Hall School of
Law professor Paula Franzese. She urged Degrees Awarded By Type
• Brazilian immigrant Rafael Juliano came to the graduates to follow their dreams and Popular programs included an A.A.S.
Bergen without any knowledge of the Eng- “believe in yourselves. If you could only see
in nursing (92 graduates), an A.S.
lish language. He left with a 4.0 grade point what I see and what the rest of the world
average, the Guistwhite Scholar Award, the sees — you would be awestruck.” in accounting (76 graduates) and an
New Jersey New Century Scholar for 2009, as A.A. in psychology (642 graduates).
well as the 2009 Coca-Cola Gold Scholar • Commencement also featured remarks from
award and an acceptance letter from Brown President Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan, Board of
University. Trustees Chairman David Kasparian, Bergen
County Executive Dennis McNerney and
• With 1,542 graduates receiving their degrees, Bergen County Freeholder David Ganz.
the Class of 2009 represented an increase of
7.6 percent over 2008. • Graduates transferred to four-year schools 41%
such as Brown, the University of Michigan
• The Class of 2009 featured 61 members of and Rutgers. Female
Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor 59%
society of junior colleges, and 27 students
who earned a 4.0 grade point average.
Sixty-eight percent of graduates earned a
grade point average of 3.0 or above.
Degrees Awarded By Gender
1. The class of 2009 was Bergen’s largest graduating class in its history. 2. Keynote speaker Paula Franzese.
3. Many students carried flags representing their heritage. 4. Valedictorian Rory D’Lasnow.
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The region’s best and brightest get their start at
Bergen Community College.
Each year, thousands of Bergen students receive commendations, recognition
and awards from the College, nonprofit agencies, civic organizations and
national corporations. 2009 may have been the most accomplished year of all.
• Alpha Epsilon Phi, Bergen’s chapter of Phi emony in May. The event recognizes the
NJ STARS Burn Bright at Bergen
Theta Kappa, the international honor soci- best student from each of the College’s aca-
ety of junior colleges, had 233 members in demic divisions, those with 4.0 grade point
Signed into law in 2004, NJ STARS
2009. In order to join, most new student averages, honors program participants and
members must obtain a grade point aver- Phi Theta Kappa award winners. provides students who graduate in the
age from 3.9 to 4.0 and active members top 15 percent of their high school class
must maintain a 3.5. • Four aspiring journalists from the College’s with no-cost tuition and other approved
student newspaper, The Torch, won three
fees. NJ STARS students must be enrolled
• Andrew Stanish, who earned an internship first-place awards and two honorable
at CNBC through the College’s Cooperative mentions in the New Jersey Press Founda- full-time in an associate degree
Education and Career Development Center, tion’s 2008-09 NJ College Newspaper Con- program, take at least 12 college-level
won the New Jersey Cooperative Education test. Entries from The Torch were judged by
credits per semester and maintain a 3.0
& Internship Association’s Cooperative Edu- a panel of professional journalists along-
cation and Internship Student of the Year side nearly 400 submissions from the GPA to remain in the program.
Award. The honor, which recognizes the newspapers of other two-year and four-
state’s top intern, marks the first time a year institutions. Jed Empleo Huma Munir Bergen enrolled 250 NJ STARS students in
Bergen student has won the award. and Charles Cartagena garnered first-place 2008-09.
• At the February GED graduation ceremony, The number of
valedictorian Myles C. Williams and Bergen
graduate Mike Oliveri inspired those in
attendance to overcome obstacles and cre-
• Three students were selected to attend the
17th annual Beacon Conference for Student
Scholars at Two-Year Colleges, an academic
87% students who
plan to transfer
to a four-year college or university
ate goals. Williams, who is blind, and Oliv- research and writing competition in July.
eri, who has muscular dystrophy, were the Justyna Broda won the Outstanding Pre-
event’s featured speakers. More than 200 senter Award in the World Literature Panel
students passed the GED exam. for her piece, “Houyhnhnmland and El
Dorado: No Utopias for Mankind” and Beth
• Nearly 100 graduating students were hon- Uhlmann and Jil Bucceroni presented
ored at the annual “Academic Awards” cer- posters on their projects.
1. (From l) Vice President Peter Dlugos, Myles Williams and Mike Oliveri. 2. The College had 233 members of Phi
Theta Kappa in 2009. 3. Andrew Stanish. 4. Professor Maria Makowiecka, Rafael Juliano and Professor
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High School Writing
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Sponsored by the
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Faculty earn accolades for their achievements. College Administrators Graduate from
Bergen faculty members are passionate about their chosen fields both in and College administrators enhanced their
outside of the classroom. That passion was the inspiration for personal achieve- organizational leadership abilities by
ments that garnered individual awards as well as recognition and grants ben- completing the Academy for Leadership
efiting the College in 2009. and Development program.
Art Professor’s Work Exhibited from the National Science Foundation to
in the Smithsonian establish a new curriculum in quality assur- Diane Mandrafina, Controller, Tonia
Bergen Associate Professor Paul Mindell was ance, including a Quality Assurance Certifi- McKoy, Assistant Director of the Center
one of 49 artists from 3300 entries nationally cate for Life Science and the development of for Institutional Effectiveness and
whose work was selected for the Smithson- a Quality Assurance Center of Excellence.
Research, and Paul Ragusa, Director of
ian Institution’s “Outwin Boochever Portrait
Competition 2009.” • Rich Kuiters, Chair of the Department of the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center
Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, successfully completed the 12-month
His 45-inch-wide photo collage, “Align Through and Shari Horowitz, Director of the Center of
Time: The Painted Muse, The Pixelated Views,” Suburban Criminal Justice, were awarded a
is on display in Washington at the National Por- $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of
trait Gallery through August 22, 2010. Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The Academy gathers higher education
leaders from across the country for
A full-time faculty member in the College’s Gaming Degree Option
training sessions in organizational
Art Department since 1988, Professor Mindell Information Technology Chair Anita Verno,
is a senior member of the art faculty and Professor of Information Technology Bill Mad- leadership practices and issues.
teaches painting, drawing and life drawing. den and Computer Science Chair Marybeth
Klein collaborated to create two new degrees
A Sampling of Accomplishments in Software Development. Game Program-
• Associate Professor of English Dorothy Alt- ming and Game Testing provides students
man received a National Institute for Staff with the ability to enter the growing field of
and Organizational Development (NISOD) game programming while building a foun-
Excellence Award at the NISOD International dation in information technology, computer
Conference on Teaching and Leadership science and computer engineering. Gradu-
Excellence in Austin, Texas. ates’ options include transfering to New
Jersey Institute of Technology, which offers IT
• Professors Judith Fitzpatrick and Mauro majors a concentration on gaming.
Marzocco were awarded a $567,000 grant
1. Professor Paul Mindell’s artwork was selected for the Smithsonian Institution’s “Outwin Boochever Portrait
Competition 2009.” 2. Professor Geoffrey Sadock is in charge of Pegasus, a literary publication for high school
students. 3. Ron Milon is the Director of Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands. 4. P.J. Ricatto is the
Dean of Mathematics, Science and Technology. 5. Professor Dorothy Altman is the Co-Director of the College’s
Honors Program. 6. Professor Celeste Finney counsels a student about classes. 7. Professor Shari Horowitz is
the Director of the College’s Center of Suburban Criminal Justice. 8. Professor John Patierno was honored at
the Professor Emeritus Luncheon. 9. Professor Ifeoma Uzoka-Walker teaches developmental mathematics.
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Bergen Community College is always thinking Engaged for Excellence:
Five Strategic Goals
about the future. 1. A fully engaged and successful
Continually adapting to its diverse and rap- Advisement 2. A fully engaged and empowered
idly growing student population, the College • The expansion of innovative ways to assist faculty, staff and administration
finalized two critical plans in 2009 that reaf- students with academic planning and committed to realizing the College’s
firm Bergen Community Collage’s commit- mentoring to increase student success. mission.
ment to excellence, access and affordability. 3. Expanded and improved programs
The 2010-2013 College-Wide Strategic Plan, Distance Learning and processes.
Engaged for Excellence, lays the groundwork • The expansion of online, hybrid and web- 4.Enhanced community engagement
for engaging students and staff in a stimu- enhanced course offerings and degree pro- and environmental stewardship.
lating, rigorous and inclusive learning envi- grams from the 4,000 students currently 5.Sound financial management,
ronment. The 10-Year Facilities Master Plan participating to 50 percent of all courses affordability and increased resource
details the physical plant needs to support offered.
that vision. The Board of Trustees adopted
both in December. High School Programs Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan
• Dual-enrollment agreements with county Developed jointly by NK Architects and
The 2010-2013 Strategic Plan high schools to empower students to earn College staff, the 10-year Facilities
Defining goals for students and employees, college credits. Master Plan addresses the College’s
vision of building a sustainable
the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan outlines clear
campus that widens access to learning
objectives for academic programs, commu- Regional Operations to all members of the Bergen County
nity outreach and fiscal policy. The plan • The streamlining of processes among the community.
hones the approach to empowering stu- College’s three academic sites in Paramus, • With 2009 enrollment topping 32,000
dents of all abilities to mature as learners Hackensack and Lyndhurst as Bergen in- students in all areas and projections
and engaged citizens while setting bench- creases its presence as a regional institution. of growth to near 40,000 in the
marks to gauge progress. next decade, the plan includes the
Professional Development construction of a new building with
up to 50 classrooms on the Paramus
Plan Highlights include: • The renewal and establishment of new
Teaching professional development programs for
• The new building would enable the
• The increase in use of active and collab- employees.
College to move classrooms from the
orative learning strategies and classroom Pitkin Education Center to upgraded
innovation. New Programs classrooms, while creating additional,
• The development of new credit and non- improved centralized space.
credit programs and classes to meet career • With an anticipated cost of $71 million
and workforce needs. to $86 million, the proposed work is
contingent upon state and county
1. Proposed development according to the Master Plan. 2. Rendering of improved campus grounds.
3. Rendering of proposed academic building.
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Meeting the needs of the dynamic College 2,118
The College continued to expand facilities and add academic programs to meet
the needs of growing enrollment and to enhance services to the Bergen County
Bergen Community College In addition to new laboratories, classrooms
at the Meadowlands and equipment, the science wing addition
The establishment of a permanent home for will enable the College to offer an aviation
a learning facility in southern Bergen took degree track. The program, jumpstarted by a
Fall 2008 Spring 2009 Fall 2009
another step toward completion. In July, the $2 million grant from the Emil Buehler Trust
College entered into a finance agreement secured in June, will finance a flight simula-
with the Bergen County Improvement Author- tor and other aeronautics equipment. Once
ity, which secured funding for the College to established, students in the program will Enrollment soared at the Meadowlands
purchase a facility that would become Bergen begin their degree track at the College and in 2009. Students took advantage
Community College at the Meadowlands. finish at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and
of its convenient location and flexible
Technology in N.Y.
In September, the College announced it would schedules to work toward their degrees.
purchase the five-story building, 1280 Wall Meanwhile, plans for the student center ren- More than 300 students from Bergen
Street West in Lyndhurst, that it had leased for ovation were finalized and work began in and other colleges enrolled in summer
the previous 14 months. Once finalized, the December. The renovation will dramatically
2009 classes as well.
College will begin to renovate the facility and change the profile of the Pitkin Education
create new classrooms, student service areas Center and create a larger, more comfortable
and a library. and efficient space for students to gather,
socialize and hold meetings. The main
Improvement Projects entrance will become more aesthetically
At the Paramus main campus, two significant appealing and more of a focal point. Work
capital improvement projects began to take will continue through 2011.
shape: a $15 million science wing addition
slated to open in 2010 and a $6 million stu- The College also opened a Cyber Café in Ender
dent center renovation. Hall in March, enabling students to work on
computers, chat and enjoy sweet treats in a
1. Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands. 2. Student Center Rendering. 3. Science Wing Addition.
4. The Buehler Challenger & Science Center. 5. The Cyber Café at Ender Hall.
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“If we cannot now end our differences, at least
we can help make the world safe for diversity.”
– President John F. Kennedy.
With students and staff from more than 140 education to international students a priority.
countries, heritage events and lectures on These international initiatives helped Bergen
global issues are key elements of a diverse become the state’s largest community college.
education at Bergen.
International Student Center • Bergen County native, Armenian scholar
Bergen’s International Student Center opened and author Peter Balakian conducted two
in 2009, providing students from foreign discussions in October, outlining the histo-
countries with a single point of entry to the ry of genocide and the plight of the Armen-
College. The center renders guidance, admis- ian people. The College’s Peace, Justice and
sions services and assistance to students Reconciliation Center organized the event.
Enrollment by Continent
throughout their studies at the College.
• The College also recognized Armenian history
In recognition of its diversity and service to through an April photo exhibit at Gallery The top five countries of citizenship
international students, The Institute of Inter- Bergen. More than 40 large photographs and outside of the U.S. are: Korea, Poland,
national Education named Bergen the only stories from the 1900s featured Armenian
Colombia, Peru and India.
community college in New Jersey to earn a families. Project SAVE, a nonprofit Armenian
*Other than U.S.
national ranking for student enrollment in its awareness organization, created the exhibit.
“Open Doors” report.
• A delegation of officials from the Universidad
Center for the Study of Autonoma de Santo Domingo — the largest
Intercultural Understanding public university in the Dominican Repub-
The College opened its Center for Internation- lic — visited the Paramus Campus to explore
al Studies (now the Center for the Study of In- the United States community college model
tercultural Understanding) in 1979. The Center and discuss how administrators can make it
was opened at the urging of then-professor possible for students to transfer from the
Dr. Jose López-Isa to promote a greater un- two schools.
derstanding and appreciation of diversity. In Leadership/Diversity Weekends
October 2009, the College renamed the center • Daw Aye Aye Thant, the daughter of U Thant, Hundreds of students participated in
in his honor. a former secretary general of the United
the College’s Leadership and Diversity
Nations from 1961 to 1971, met with faculty and
Dr. Lopez-Isa, Bergen’s third president from students to discuss a photo exhibition of Weekend Retreats that help students
1982 to 1995, made expanding access to higher U Thant in Gallery Bergen. develop public speaking, leadership,
organization and management skills,
1. Daw Aye Aye Thant. 2. Peter Balakian. 3. Professor Alejandro Benjamin and Dr. Franklin Garcia Fermin
4. Bergen is a vast tapestry of cultures. 5. Professor Charles Bordogna and former Bergen President along with greater understanding of
Dr. Jose Lopez-Isa.
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A myriad of options for students. Distance Learning
Students were able to earn the
Bergen Community College graduated 7.6 percent more students in 2009 than following degrees completely online
2008 as our growing student population pursued more than 90 academic in 2009.
degree programs. To support enrollment growth and the expansion of course 1. Law Enforcement Studies (AAS)
offerings and degree programs, the College hired 37 new tenure-track faculty 2. Correctional Studies (AAS)
3. Health Sciences (AAS)
members, bringing Bergen’s total full-time faculty to more than 350.
4. Social Work (AS)
5. Criminal Justice (AS)
“We are determined to be accessible, con- ing a degree at Bergen – and American Lan- 6. Business Administration
venient and flexible, allowing our students guage Program (ALP) classes highlight the Marketing (AS)
to concentrate on their studies,” said Dr. G. Ciarco Center’s offerings. Courses include Intro- 7. Business Administration
Jeremiah Ryan, president of Bergen Com- duction to Criminal Justice, Basic Mathematics Management (AS)
munity College, at the start of the Fall 2009 and ALP Speech. 8. Business Administration
semester. “Bergen is defined by inclusion Accounting (AS)
and opportunity.” Although many students in Bergen’s growing 9. Business Administration (AS)
population choose traditional program options 10. Women’s Studies (AA)
Winterim Courses such as nursing, liberal arts and business, the 11. Sociology (AA)
Starting in January 2009, Bergen Community College unveiled nine degree offerings includ- 12. Social Sciences (AA)
College at the Meadowlands offered its first ing Nonprofit Management, Network Security, 13. Psychology (AA)
“Winterim” session for students looking to earn Sports Management, Culinary Science, Event
14. Philosophy (AA)
up to nine credits toward their degree during Planning and Management, and Landscape
15. Literature (AA)
a two-week timeframe. The winter session was Design during the fall 2009 semester.
16. History (AA)
open to the Bergen students and visiting stu-
17. Communications (AA)
dents from other colleges and universities. Novel programs such as Fire Science and Home-
land Security at Bergen Community College re- 18. General Curriculum (AA)
Credit Course Offerings Available flected the needs of the job market. These cours-
at Bergen’s Three Locations es offer a comprehensive curriculum to many Transfer Agreements
Bergen Community College introduced a series community college graduates who are looking The College has 140 transfer agreements
of credit course offerings to the Philip J. Ciarco to pursue a career in public service or transfer with four-year schools. The following
Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack during the to a four-year institution. According to an Amer-
were signed in 2009:
fall 2009 semester. The new “Flexible Start” ican Association of Community College study,
Program offers students the opportunity to nearly 80 percent of firefighters, law enforce- • Mercy College
complete a semester in less than two months. ment officers and emergency technicians grad- • SUNY/Maritime College
General education courses – required for earn- uate from a community college.
• John Jay College/CUNY
1. The $15 million Emil Buehler Trust Center for Science and Exploration includes new classrooms, laboratories • Saint Thomas Aquinas College
and equipment. 2. The Moses Family Meeting and Training Center is ideal for special events, public forums,
education programs. 3. The English Language Resource Center enables staff to provide essential services to • Berkeley College
English Language Students. 4. The Landscape Design/Build Degree option prepares students for careers in
environmental technology, preservation and horticulture. 5. The College unveiled nine degree offerings to
students in the Fall 2009 semester. 6. Credit course offerings are now available to students at the Philip J.
Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack.
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One college. One community. Driving an Informed Citizenry
Bergen Community College is a regional resource. From lectures to events that with the
bring public officials to the campus, the College is an integral part of Bergen League of
County; a center for engagement, enlightenment and open dialogue. Women Voters
of Bergen County, the College sponsored
Stephen J. Moses Center for The notable list of speakers who dazzled stu-
Civic Engagement dents, staff and members of the public public debates featuring Bergen County
Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen J. Moses included: B.D. Wong, of “Law and Order” Freeholder and New Jersey General
passed away in 2009 after a long battle with fame; Dr. I. King Jordan, the first deaf president Assembly races, as it has done for many
heart disease. His powerful voice, opinions of Gallaudet University; and Dr. Seyyed Hossein
years. The debates were broadcast live
and tireless efforts on behalf of the College, Nasr, an Islamic philosopher and scholar.
higher education and other causes made him on Torch TV. Robert Hermansen and
a gentle giant in the state of New Jersey. A true Torch Television John Driscoll were among the
powerbroker, Mr. Moses was a devoted pub- Bergen hit the airwaves in 2009 with Torch
candidates who participated in
lic servant. In recognition of his legacy and Television, channel 26 on the Verizon FIOS
dedication to the College, Bergen renamed cable system. The channel, programmed and debates. They were elected as
its Center for Civic Engagement in his honor operated by the College, made Bergen the freeholders in November.
during a May memorial service at the College. first college in the nation to broadcast on
the FIOS network. Trustee Receives Presidential
The Center sponsors the College’s popular Appointment
Fifth Friday Forum networking event for civic, Torch TV’s flagship programs, “In the Public
government and business leaders. In 2009, Interest” and “On Campus,” debuted in 2009.
the luncheon featured keynote addresses President Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan hosts both Barack Obama
by commentator Steve Adubato (January), shows, which feature discussions on issues in appointed
former New Jersey Secretary of State Nina higher education, politics and other topics
Mitchell-Wells (May) and former New Jersey with members of the College and the com-
Gov. Jim Florio (October). munity. Past guests include Bergen County Trustee Vice
Executive Dennis McNerney, Bergen County Chairman Cid D. Wilson to serve on the
Speakers Sheriff Leo McGuire and members of the Col- Commission to Study the Potential
What do literary legend Dr. Maya Angelou, lege’s faculty and staff. The shows are taped
Creation of a National Museum of the
Pultizer Prize-winner Junot Diaz and opin- in high-definition television studios located
ionated humorist Bill Maher have in com- in West Hall. American Latino.
mon? They all spoke at Bergen Community
College in 2009. The 23-member commission is studying
the feasibility of a national museum
dedicated to portraying the art, history
1. Maya Angelou. 2. B.D. Wong. 3. Former Gov. Jim Florio. 4. Dr. I King Jordan (center) 5. Nina Mitchell-Wells.
and culture of the country’s Latino
6. Jonathan and Jennifer Moses. 7. Junot Diaz signed autographs and greeted those in attendance after his population.
discussion. 8. Bill Maher.
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Serving the Community.
Bergen Community College is committed to enhancing educational oppor-
tunities for students beyond the classroom. Bergen students participate in
community service projects that not only address local needs, but help stu-
dents develop academic skills, a sense of civic responsibility and commitment
to the community. Service learning empowers students to engage in real-
world issues and social problems and to work with community organizations.
The Corporation for National and Community • Some Bergen students served their com-
Service recently named Bergen Community munity (and nation) before they enrolled at
Since 1999, the Service Learning
College to the 2009 President’s Higher Edu- the College, such as the 225 U.S. military
cation Community Service Honor Roll. veterans enrolled at Bergen under the Post Program has joined faculty and courses
9/11 GI Bill. Bergen honored their service in engaging students in community-
In 2009, more than 500 students completed during its first-ever Veterans Day ceremony based teaching and learning initiatives.
9,000 service learning hours in social service in 2009.
organizations, government agencies, hospi- Engaging more than 2,200 college
tals, schools and other organizations. • The College’s respiratory therapy program
students in service initiatives.
collaborated with the Bergen County Office
Through service learning initiatives at Bergen: of Children’s Services and the Bergen
• The dental hygiene program partnered County Community Action Partnership to
Partnering with more than 200
with the Alpine Learning Group, a school provide asthma education to teachers and community organizations, public
for children with autism in Paramus, for staff members at nursery schools, daycare agencies and schools.
the “Creating Healthy Smiles – One Step at centers and Head Start programs through-
a Time” program. Bergen students helped out Bergen County. Connecting with more than 60
ease Alpine students’ apprehensions with professors from many disciplines.
dental check-ups by demonstrating • Bergen professors Mary Flannery and
routine dental hygiene procedures. Barbara Davis worked with students to Investing some 33,000 hours of
provide informational presentations on
service in various community projects.
• The dental hygiene faculty and students malnutrition, prenatal diets and global
also participated in the North Jersey Media health issues to senior citizen centers, pre-
Group’s “Bear Hugs for the Holidays” program, natal clinics and non-profit organizations
which donates teddy bears to children in the within the local community.
hospital and those with parents serving in the
military during the holiday season.
1. The Dental Hygiene Program demonstrated routine dental hygiene procedures to children with autism.
2. The Respiratory Therapy Program provided asthma education to teachers and staff members at nursery
schools and daycare centers throughout Bergen County. 3. Nearly 300 students completed 4,400 service
learning hours in social service organizations. 4. Dental Hygiene faculty and students participated in the
North Jersey Media Group’s “Bear Hugs for the Holidays” program. 5. 225 U.S. military veterans enrolled at
Bergen under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
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Bergen students ply what they learn by Survey Seeks Feedback from
helping others. The College’s Center for Institutional
Effectiveness and its Strategic Planning
College Now Academy The program’s mentors include Bergen stu-
The College Now Academy, an after-school pro- dents who are pursuing careers in criminal Committee held a “Think Smart
gram designed by the College’s Center for Sub- justice and early childhood education. The Communities” survey event in June to
urban Criminal Justice, opened in October. The mentors attend class with the third-graders
encourage business leaders and
program offers 18 third-grade students from and help them utilize the College’s recre-
New Milford an opportunity to participate in ational and educational facilities. community and educational officials to
a supplemental learning program that supplies share their thoughts on the College’s
positive role models in the form of Bergen stu- Bergen’s Unique Approach current offerings and how the
dents, promotes parental involvement in the Bergen’s College Now Academy is unique in
institution can satisfy the region’s
education process and gives preadolescents a that it is the only college to have expanded
taste of college life over a five-year period. on the science-only curriculum written by emerging academic and civic needs.
the program’s originator Dr. Roger Hull. This
Nationally, of the 46 percent of students that curriculum includes reading, homework help
The event also featured a keynote
have remained for all five years in College and mentoring, and extending the use of
Now Academy programs, 98 percent went on College facilities throughout campus to the address on The Role of Education in the
to college. Academy students. Global Economy by Dennis M. Bone,
president of Verizon New Jersey.
“This is a chance for young students to sup- The academy is funded in part by the Help
plement their classroom learning and estab- Yourself Foundation’s Dr. Hull and an anony-
lish good role models in their community,” mous benefactor from Bergen County. The
said Shari Horowitz-Engel, Bergen professor Help Yourself Foundation, a nonprofit organ-
and College Now Academy organizer. ization, was established in 2005 and has
developed afterschool academies similar to
Math, language arts and science learning Bergen’s throughout the United States.
activities highlight the program. The students The responses were very positive.
attend the academy twice a week for 30 weeks
during each academic year; the curriculum 92 percent of participants
and structure change as students advance. believe it is important for the College to
continue its outreach and collaboration
with local high schools.
81 percent are interested in
1. The College Now After-School Academy offers 18 third-grade students from New Milford an opportunity to
working with the College’s Career
participate in a supplemental learning program. 2. 98 percent of students who participated in the College Development Center to obtain interns
Now Academy have attended college. 3. Math, language arts and science learning activities highlight the
program. 4. The “Think Smart Communities” survey event encouraged business leaders and community and employees.
leaders to share their thoughts on the College’s current offerings. 5. The event featured a keynote address by
Dennis M. Bone, President of Verizon New Jersey.
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Opening the path to new careers, The Division of Continuing Education’s
Top Ten programs in 2009
new opportunities and new horizons. Microsoft in the Workplace
The College serves more than 16,000 students enrolled in non-credit contin-
Web Design Certificate Program
uing education courses, job-training, workforce development and other career
Certified Nursing Assistant
development programs for adults.
Workforce Development Whole Foods Training Healthcare Billing and Coding
In January, the College was awarded a $2.3 mil- Bergen helped sow the seeds of success with Certificate Program
lion Community-Based Job Training grant from Whole Foods, the organic supermarket retail- Construction courses
the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant helped er, which retained the College to train it’s em-
Interior Design Program
Bergen launch its “Employment Pathways Ini- ployees at its local stores. More than 300 Whole
tiative,” which provides employment training Foods employees participated in computer- New Pathways to Teaching
and job placement services for youths and training (Excel), customer service, basic su- Child Development Associate
adults. The program is based at Bergen Com- pervision and English as a Second Language Certificate Program
munity College at the Meadowlands. courses provided by the College. Human Resource Professional
Development Certificate Program
The program is conducted in consort with the For its work with the College and Bergen
Regional Center for Disability Employment, also County partners such as the Workforce Invest-
Continuing Education Statistics 2009
known as the MOSAIC Center, which helps ment Board, Whole Foods was awarded the
Total Number of Students: 5,488
adults with disabilities obtain job-training and Garden State Employment and Training Asso-
placement. In October, along with Merck & Co., ciation Corporate Partnership Award during a Number of Students by Age
Inc., the MOSAIC Center hosted a concert fea- July ceremony at its Paramus store. 1,731
turing “RolliGang,” a musical group comprised
of German singers with special needs. The Small Business Development Center
group’s energy and positive outlook inspired The New Jersey Small Business Development
the audience. Center (NJSBDC) at Bergen Community College 908 872
welcomed Senator Frank Lautenberg to the 687
In 2009, the College also continued its part- Paramus main campus in April. With hun-
nerships with groups such as workforce invest- dreds of business owners and entrepreneurs 260 245 297
ment boards and chambers of commerce. With in attendance, the state’s senior senator dis- 95
these partners, Bergen hosted events includ- cussed how the NJSBDC can help small busi-
<18 22-25 31-40 51-60 >71
ing job skills workshops, discussion forums nesses. SBDCs are funded by the federal gov- 19-21 26-30 41-50 61-70
and an October job fair sponsored by Career ernment, the state and host institutions, Age Range
and Transfer Services that brought more than including the College. The NJSBDC at Bergen is
2,300 jobseekers to campus. located at 355 Main Street, Hackensack.
1. Walter Hecht, Dean of Continuing Education (center), with Whole Foods team members. 2. Interior design
class. 3. Frequent open houses give students an opportunity to explore Bergen’s offerings. 4. Certificate
programs enable students to obtain job skills in a short period of time. 5. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
6. “RolliGang” and Ron Milon, director, Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands (third from l).
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Building a sustainable campus.
Bergen Community College is raising awareness about sustainability and cre-
ating an environmentally friendly campus through student-led initiatives,
eco-friendly practices, degree offerings and construction projects that utilize
green technologies and conservation practices.
An environmentally aware and concerned The College has implemented other initiatives
group of Bergen students led the develop- designed to reduce its carbon footprint and
ment and creation of a Go Green NJ Conference create a sustainable campus. Current pro-
in April – designed to affect change at college grams include:
campuses and to establish a joint action • Cafeteria waste composting
agenda regarding sustainability. The day fea- • Increasing recycling bins around campus
tured a series of speakers including Dr. Debra • Organic vegetable garden
Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for • Online registration catalogs
Education for Sustainable Development, and
workshops on topics such as composting, Bergen also is advancing sustainability in
home energy conservation and solar panels. higher education by providing courses that The College’s $6 million Student Center
increase environmental awareness and liter- Renovation Project will utilize green
In addition to the conference, the College acy and prepare students for careers in envi- technologies and conservation practices
planned a full slate of activities for Earth Week ronmental technology, perseveration and
including a green roof, energy-efficient
that prompted a thrift goods sale, a tree- horticulture. The College’s Division of Contin-
planting event and a “pledge-wall” on which uing Education, Corporate and Public Sector light fixtures and water saving devices
students made their commitment to sustain- Training’s “Green Courses” appeal to profes- in restrooms. The project also will
ability. The National Wildlife Federation rec- sionals in the construction trades as well as
incorporate energy-saving concepts
ognized The College’s Earth Week activities in homeowners interested in learning about
a report issued in November that detailed environmentally friendly practices. from Leadership in Energy
ways students are creating a sustainable future and Environment Design, an
at U.S. colleges and universities by cutting car- internationally recognized building
bon emissions and saving resources.
1. Bergen students encouraged the College community to carpool to work to reduce carbon emissions.
2. The Cafeteria has introduced waste composting as a means to create a sustainable campus. 3. During
Earth Week, Bergen students pledged their commitment to sustainability. 4. The College has increased
recycling bins around campus. 5. The College is creating an environmentally friendly campus through
student-led initiatives and eco-friendly practices.
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The College thrives on the generosity of people
who believe in what we do at Bergen.
Alumni, local citizens and other benefactors have donated more than $11.4
million to the Bergen Community College Foundation since its inception in 1982.
The Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders from the
public and private sectors who work closely with the College to develop fund-
College Expanding Autism Services
raising opportunities to meet its needs.
Bergen Community College is expanding
Medallion Awards Dinner Nursing Lab the Office of Specialized Services to
The Annual Medallion Awards Dinner is a The College celebrated the opening of a new
address the higher education and
major fundraiser for the College. The gala Nursing Lab that features the latest medical
event honors outstanding corporations, asso- equipment and supplies, and was designed to employment needs of students with
ciations, families and individuals who have stimulate an actual hospital room experience. autism. The College created a task force
contributed to the College and Bergen County. Funding was made possible through the to assess the needs of students with
At the 25th annual dinner held in November, efforts of Dr. Frances Hoffman and Joseph Bas-
autism and to design an autism center
the Foundation presented a Medallion Award ralian, Esq. trustees of the Winifred and George
of Merit for Corporate Responsibility to Daniel P. Pitkin Foundation’s $1 million donation to that will serve as a resource to students
M. Foley, Senior Managing Director of Studley the College to advance the training and health and the community. To
Commercial Real Estate Advisors and member care for students throughout Bergen County.
support the College’s
of the College’s Foundation Board of Direc-
tors. The event raised more than $118,380 for Naming Opportunities autism services, Mariner’s
the benefit of Bergen students. The College unveiled the Ron Mazurek Music Bank sponsored a golf tournament in
Technology Laboratory Plaque in honor of September, featuring Carl Banks, former
Scholarship Awards Dr. Ron Mazurek, an associate professor of
New York Giants linebacker and radio
The Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in music at Bergen, who passed away in April
scholarships to 101 Bergen students for the 2007. Dr. Mazurek was instrumental in devel- personality.
2009-2010 academic year. The scholarships oping the College’s Music Technology Pro-
were made possible by generous contribu- gram. With the support of Dr. Mazurek’s fam-
tions and funds from the net proceeds of ily and the College’s faculty, the Foundation
fundraising activities by the Foundation. raised more than $20,000 to establish the
Ron Mazurek Scholarship Fund, which will
support music students.
1. Daniel M. Foley, Senior Managing Director of Studley Commercial Real Estate Advisors, was presented with
the Medallion Award of Merit for Corporate Responsibility. 2. The Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in
scholarships to 101 Bergen students. 3. The College’s Nursing Lab features the latest medical equipment and
supplies, and was designed to simulate an actual hospital room experience. 4. With the support of Ron
Mazurek’s family and the College’s faculty, the Foundation raised more than $20,000 to establish a
scholarship fund in his honor to provide critical support to music students.
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What a year to be a Bulldog! Soccer Player is “Woman of the Year”
As an underdog, the men’s basketball team broke through in the 2008-09 State Athletic
season, going on a magical postseason run that saw the team bring home Conference
Bergen’s first-ever Region XIX championship and a third-place finish in the named soccer
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Men’s Basket- player Laura
ball Championship. Kuiken 2009 “Woman of the Year,”
recognizing her leadership and
Led by coach Sean Kelly, the Bulldogs began (12.8) per game and grabbed 27 boards in a achievements on the soccer field, in her
their furious postseason finish by upsetting national tournament game, setting an NJCAA
community and in the classroom.
three Region XIX rivals (Passaic County Com- record.
munity College, Brookdale Community College
and Sussex County Community College) en With a winning foundation established, the Women’s Volleyball “Digs Pink”
route to a spot in the eight-team national Bulldogs began the 2009-10 season where The women’s
championship in Delhi, N.Y. At the national they left off — with their sights set on a
tournament, Bergen continued its march national title. Brown was named an honor-
through higher-seeded competitors, down- able mention preseason All-American and participated in
ing Rockland Community College in the quar- the best junior college sophomore in the the Side-Out
terfinals to earn a bid in the Final Four and state by NJ Hoops — a recruiting publication. Foundation’s
tally the school’s first-ever win in a national Key players such as guards Derrick Ross and
“Dig Pink” event. The effort helped raise
tournament. Jimmy Schmitt and the center, Beaty, reprised
their roles, while an infusion of new talent, funds to support breast cancer research
In the semifinals, though, the Bulldogs lost to guards David West and Asmar Edwards and in October. The Bulldogs sported
the tournament’s eventual champion, Minn- center Joshwell Hosang, complemented the
homemade Dig Pink t-shirts, accenting
eapolis Community and Technical College. existing core.
their pink hair ribbons, nail polish and
Still, the Bulldogs rallied the following day in Driven by the third-place finish in the high socks. Team members also
the third-place game and defeated Hudson national championship and near-capacity distributed breast cancer awareness
Valley Community College, finishing the sea- crowds at home games, the Bulldogs rattled
flyers to those in attendance.
son with a 20-16 record. off 14 straight victories to close 2009 with an
undefeated record and the No. 1 ranking in
Post season honors went to center Jayvon the Division III poll. The team was poised for
Beaty, who was named to the All-Region XIX another Region XIX title and bid in the
team, and forward Elgin Brown, who was national tournament during the second half
named to the All-Tournament team. Brown of the season in 2010.
also led the team in points (15) and rebounds
1. Center Jayvon Beaty. 2. Forward Elgin Brown. 3. “Bernie the Bulldog.” 4. Guard Derrick Ross.
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G. Jeremiah Ryan, President Susan Johnson, Vice President, Continuing Education and
Gary Porter, Academic Vice President Community Outreach
Dennis Miller, Interim Vice President, Administrative Services James Miller, Chief Human Resources Officer
Peter Dlugos, Vice President, Research/Planning/Assessment/Quality Ann Lota, Interim Executive Assistant to President
Raymond Smith, Vice President, Student Services
Susan Callahan Barnard, Division of Health Professionals Edward Pittarelli, Program Development, Learning Technologies
Ralph Choonoo, Associate Dean of Student Services and Process Improvement
Amparo Codding, Division of Arts, Humanities, Wellness Pascal Ricatto, Division of Math and Science
Patricia Denholm, Library Services Sandra Sroka, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education, Corporate and
Walter Hecht, Continuing Education, Corporate and Public Sector Training Public Sector Training
Denise Liguori, Student Services/Retention Services Raymond Welch, Interim Dean, Division of Business, Social Science,
Carol Miele, Division of English
William Corcoran, Director of Public Safety Nestor Melendez, Director of Student Life and Judicial Affairs
Khairia Fazal, Director of Learning Assistance Services Ronald Milon, Director of Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands
Darleen McGrath Florance, Director of Student Development/ Caroline Ofodile, Director of Financial Operations and Student Assistance
Student Services Jacqueline Ottey, Director of Registration
Sharon Goldstein, Director of Civic Engagement/Government Relations Nancy Owens, Director of Health Professions
Barbara Hamilton-Golden, Director of Purchasing and Services Kathryn Plessing, Director of International Student Center
Angela Harrington, Chief of Community Relations Paul Ragusa, Director of Ciarco Learning Center
Ilene Kleinman, Director of Continuing Education and Outreach Programs Norman Shapiro, Director of Physical Plant
Evan Kobolakis, Director of Technologies Deborah Sousa, Budget Director
Diane Mandrafina, Senior Financial Officer William Yakowicz, Director of Grants
Katherine B. Benz-Campbell, Professor, Sonography/Vascular Marybeth Klein, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems
Gregg W. Biermann, Associate Professor, Visual Arts Richard G. Kuiters, Associate Professor, Public Service
Joanna Campbell, Associate Professor, Dental Hygiene Heidi L. Lieb, Assistant Professor, ALP Speech
Amy Ceconi, Associate Professor, Respiratory Therapy Joseph A. Mamatz, Assistant Professor, Radiography
Y. Kyong Chu, Associate Professor, History and Geography Linda A. Marcel, Professor, Performing Arts
George Cronk, Professor, Philosophy and Religion Lourdes Ochoa, Professor, Social Sciences
Ursula P. Daniels, Professor, Education Elin J. Schikler, Associate Professor, Communications
Randolph H. Forsstrom, Professor, College Math Harriet M. Terodemos, Associate Instructor, Veterinary Technology
Robert S. Highley, Associate Professor, Biology and Horticulture Arthur P. Tolve, Professor, Hotel/Restaurant Management
Magali R. Jerez, Associate Professor, World Languages Andrew S. Tomko, Professor, Composition and Literature
William Jiang, Professor, American Language Program Steven W. Toth, Assistant Professor, Medical Office Assistant
Lawrence Joel, Assistant Professor, Legal and Related Anita D. Verno, Associate Professor, Information Technology
Leigh A. Jonaitis, Associate Professor, English Skills Melanie A. Walker, Assistant Professor, Developmental Math
Matthew King, Professor, Industrial Design Technology
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