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									Burlington County College Newsletter                                                                    May 2007

Welcome New Hires!                                    Great Graduation Stories

    Augustine Dominguez          A record number of 882 students graduated
    Financial Aid Director       from Burlington County College on May
                                 19, 2007 and with 548 students
      Heather Kreuzer            participating in the College’s 37th Annual
                                 Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Messina
 Student Activities Specialist
                                 recognized many graduates for their
                                 remarkable achievements.

  Honored at Cinco                                                         Alice Marsh of Willingboro, our oldest
     de Mayo                                                               graduate at 70 years old began her BCC
                                                                           studies in 1971! She earned two degrees:
    Celebration                                                            AA in Liberal Arts and AS in Business.
                                                                           Our youngest graduate is Sarah
BCC Director of Public Safety,                                             Ballentine of Maple Shade, age 16 years.
Hector Gonzalez was honored                                                Sarah is one of three sisters who
by Servicios De Latinos of                                                 graduated together, Melissa 19 and
Burlington County at their       Amanda 17. Our co-valedictorians are Laura Coffey of Mt. Laurel and Jennifer
annual Cinco De Mayo             Wilson of Browns Mills. William D. Brown is a combat veteran Navy Seal who
celebration and Breaking Down    participated in more than 200 high-risk missions throughout Iraq. Valentin
the Barriers luncheon. Each      Ivanov is fluent in five languages, has lived in several countries, earned a GPA
year, Servicios de Latinos       of 3.93, and will enroll in the Drexel at BCC program next year. Alison Newman
honors men and women who         and Brian McDermott are BCC's members of the 2007 NJ Community Colleges
perform outstanding work that    All-State Academic Team.
helps the Latino community
and Burlington County by         The Student Government Association
bridging the cultural gaps.      presented the Annual Professor of the Year
                                 Award to David Buck and Dr. Robert C.
                                 Messina, Jr. presented the Annual Christian
                                 and Mary Lindback Distinguished Teaching
                                 Award to Colleen Spiehs.

                                 Burlington County Freeholder Vincent Farias addressed the graduates. For the
                                 past decade, Mr. Farias has served as an active volunteer for the BCC
                                 Foundation. He is the current Freeholder-liason to the College. Mr. Farias is also
                                 a retired Edgewater Park teacher and the owner of a chain of surf shops at the
                                 Jersey Shore.

                                 The BCC Community Concert Band performed and Megan Bjork, a member of
                                 the class of 2007, sang the National Anthem.
           BCC/Temple Sign Transfer Agreement                                            Z88.9 WBZC FM
                                                                                        Adds A Frequency
Burlington County College (BCC) and Temple
University have partnered to offer BCC students
                                                                                       Burlington County College’s
a seamless transfer to complete their Bachelor’s
                                                                                       radio station, Z88.9 WBZC FM
degrees at Temple. BCC and Temple signed a
                                                                                       The Pulse of Burlington
formal Guaranteed Admissions Agreement easing
                                                                                       County, adds a new frequency!
the transfer of BCC graduates into Temple’s
                                                                                       In addition to the station’s main
unique bachelor degree programs on May 30th.
                                                                                       frequency, 88.9 that reaches
                                                                                       from Bordentown to Blackwood
BCC graduates will be guaranteed transfer of all associate’s degree related
                                                                                       and a second frequency that
credits. In addition, BCC graduates will be guaranteed admission into Temple’s
                                                                                       reaches Burlington and
baccalaureate programs provided they have earned a BCC associates degree with
                                                                                       Willingboro, listeners can now
a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
                                                                                       tune in to 100.7 FM. The new
                                                                                       frequency provides a stronger
                                                                                       signal in the County Seat
 Students Help Make Children’s Wishes Come True                                        including Mount Holly and
                                                                                       Lumberton.
                                         If you have passed through the Academic
                                         Building recently, you surely could not       The station added a stronger
                                         have missed the beautiful display of          frequency by installing a new
                                         origami cranes hanging from the ceiling.      translator on the roof of Virtua
                                         The project was initiated by Art Club         Hospital in Mount Holly. This
                                         students who have collected more than         frequency allows listeners in
                                         $200 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation           Burlington County to enjoy the
                                         during an ongoing community service           station’s new format including
                                         effort entitled 1,000 Cranes. For a $1.00     fresh, high energy music such as
                                         donation, contributors can write a personal   dance, reggae and Latin as well
 message on origami paper that will be folded and added to the display. The            as specialty shows.
club’s goal is to raise $1,000 for the charity.
                                                                                       With this modified music
According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes your wish will            formulation and additional
come true. The Make-a-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants           frequency, WBZC offers a
the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the          stronger signal and experience
human experience with hope, strength and joy, will use the donations to help           for Burlington County. The
grant wishes. If you would like to purchase an origami crane please stop by            station also recently marked its
Academic 107. For more information or hours please call ext. 1638.                     11th year of operation by
                                                                                       purchasing a high-definition
                                                                                       transmitter and antenna with
     Philadelphia Doctors’ Chamber Orchestra to                                        funds received through a federal
                                                                                       grant. WBZC's membership
               Perform Concert at BCC                                                  consists of student and
                                                                                       community volunteers and
The Philadelphia Doctors’ Chamber Orchestra will perform the 5th Annual
                                                                                       offers extensive training
Spring Symphonic Music Concert in the Geraldine Clinton Little Theater
                                                                                       programs each semester. To
Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 pm. The orchestra, a non-profit organization that has been
                                                                                       learn more about this multi-
in existence for more than 25 years, perpetuates music for the community. Its
                                                                                       dimension station, please visit
membership reflects many diverse backgrounds in medicine, law, business and
                                                                                       the website at www.Z889.org or
the fine arts. On the program for this year’s concert are performances featuring
                                                                                       call 609-894-9311, ext. 1189.
the works of Tchaikovsky, Mascagni and Brahms. The event is free, however,
seating is limited.
  Student Gallery &                                 19th Annual Fun Fest a Success
    Art Store’s 2nd
                                    The May 6th Fun Fest was a success! Participants
     Anniversary                    did not let the thermometer get in the way of their
                                    good time as they browsed through the crafts fair
The Student Gallery & Art           and visited with the military and police and fire
Store celebrated its 2nd            displays. Children played on the free rides. As in
anniversary on May 12th with        years past, the ever-popular military helicopter
fun and festivities. Parents and    landing amazed the little ones and a live
children participated in            wrestling show featuring the stars of the United
activities such as face painting,   Wrestling Coalition amused the crowd. Food,
dress-up prop photos and a          games and a live music festival sponsored by WBZC were also big hits.
community mural-painting            Everyone is looking forward to next year’s 20th Annual Fun Fest.
project. Free summertime treats
of popcorn and cotton candy
were available as well as                  Beautiful Day for Annual Golf Tournament
lemonade from Alex’s
Lemonade Stand for a minimal                               The weather was perfect for the 12th Annual Foundation
donation. While the children                               Golf Tournament on May 14th at Deerwood Country
played in the Lobby, their                                 Club. After lunch, more than 120 golfers played 18 holes
parents enjoyed browsing                                   before stopping for an awards/dinner reception. In total,
through a silent auction.                                  an all-time high of more than $50,000 was raised for
                                                           athletic scholarships!
   BCC Wins BC
  Chamber Voice of                       Nursing and Allied Health Pinning Ceremony
  Business Award
                                    Students, families, friends and BCC staff
BCC was selected the 2007           gathered on May 17 for the Nursing and
Burlington County Chamber of        Allied Health Pinning Ceremony at the
Commerce Voice of Business          Enterprise Center at BCC. One by one,
Award Recipient in the              graduating nursing, HIT, Dental Hygiene, and
Business Excellence Category.       Radiography students received their allied
Winners were announced at the       health pin and a special recognition from the
annual Voice of Business            state legislature. The celebration ended with the reading of pledges and candle
awards Dinner at the Mount          lighting ceremony that represents the value of the healthcare professions.
Laurel Marriot on May 21. The
Business Excellence Award
recognizes a business that has           Student Athletes Awarded at Sports Banquet
demonstrated excellence in
commitment to the business &                                      The Athletic Department honored students for their
economic development of                                           commitment to both their sport and academics on
Burlington County through                                         May 16, with a barbeque and awards ceremony.
increasing local employment                                       Players were recognized for their hard work on the
opportunities, demonstration of                                   men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as
leadership & commitment to the                                    softball, baseball, golf and soccer teams for the
community through their                                           2006-2007 year. Athletics director John Bidini and
involvement in community                                          BCC coaches awarded players with plaques as the
activities, use of strategic        audience enjoyed a video of the softball team in action. Beloved coach Paul
partnerships and an                 Spencer was also remembered for his dedication to the women’s softball team.
entrepreneurial spirit.
BCC Education Club                                  Our Student Employees Honored
  Raises Money                       Where would BCC be without our student
                                     employees? Hopefully, we will not have to
The Burlington County College
                                     find that out. During the week of May 7th
Education Club raised $500 for
                                     through the 11th, we honored our student
the Children’s Home of Mount
                                     employees with a selection of activities and
Holly during their auction. Club
                                     award celebrations. Many offices threw
Members gathered donations
                                     parties and gave gifts for these students. On
and gifts that they auctioned off
                                     May 9th, the Office of Student Activities
for charity as part of their
                                     held an ice cream party in the Board of
service-learning project
                                     Trustees room for the student employees
                                     and gave out awards to some of the students who had been nominated the week
                                     before by their office staff. Burlington County College would like to thank all of
                                     the student employees for doing such great jobs!


                                              Four BCC Students Honored at PTK Day
                                     The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored 36 of New Jersey’s best
                                     and brightest community college students, including four representatives from
  Upcoming Events                    Burlington County College, at its 13th Annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day
                                     celebration on May 14 in Trenton. Each year, the Council hosts a luncheon to
Radiology Information Session        recognize the members of the All-State Academic Team for their outstanding
       June 4 at 4 pm                academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members
                                     of PTK at their local community colleges.
       FAFSA Workshop
        June 6 at 6 pm               As part of the celebration, All-State Academic Team members visited the
                                     Statehouse and meet with legislative leaders and representatives from Governor
 Hot Summer Saturday Nights          Corzine’s administration. This year’s students from BCC included Brian
         June 16                     McDermott of Cinnaminson and Alison Newman of Lumberton as well as Co-
                                     Valedictorians Laura Coffey of Mount Laurel and Jennifer Wilson of Browns
       The Vault Concert             Mills. Burlington County College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chi Iota Chapter was also
        June 23, at 7 pm             recognized with the 2007 Hallmark Leadership Award and as one of 5 top 100
                                     chapters in the USA.
        Summer I Ends
           June 25

       Summer II Begins                      Ribbon Cutting Opens Science Incubator
          June 27
                                                                            On May 22, honored guests attended a ribbon
                                                                            cutting ceremony marking the official
  College Relations & Publications                                          opening of BCC’s new Science Incubator on
     Burlington County College
                                                                            the Mount Laurel Campus. Dr. Messina
 601 Pemberton Browns Mills Road
       Pemberton, NJ 08068                                                  addressed the crowd before offering a tour of
     (609) 894-9311, ext. 1332                                              the facility and refreshments. Participants
          News @bcc.edu                                                     explored the Incubator’s interconnected
                                                                            laboratories and interacted with Human
    Editor, Writer and Designer
                                                                            Patient Simulators in the Center for Public
         Charlene Webster
                                     Health Preparedness, now housed in the Science Incubator. The Science Incubator
             Writer                  is designed to assist start-up scientific companies by providing them with a place
         Rachel Simpson              to grow and develop while they get their feet off the ground.

								
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