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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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