Berkeley College Celebrates Student Creativity with Spring Showcase



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Berkeley College celebrated the creativity of students from a number of academic disciplines during Berkeley in Bloom: A Spring Showcase, held Wednesday, April 30, at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. The festival was co-sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the Library, and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life.

“This exciting event brought together the many facets of our Berkeley College community at Woodland Park,” said Donald Kieffer, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts. “It was a celebration of the warmer weather, and the creativity and beauty that abound both inside and outside of our classrooms.”

Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, welcomed participants and called Berkeley in Bloom “a wonderful display of the talents of our students.”

The spring showcase featured works by students enrolled in fashion, interior design, art, graphic design, public speaking, creative writing, marketing and science courses. A number of students performed dramatic readings and recited poems that they wrote in celebration of spring. The showcase also included performances by The Liberal Artists, a group featuring three faculty members from the School of Liberal Arts: English Professor Lisa Karakas (violin/vocals); psychology Professor Cezar Giosan (guitar/vocals); and science Professor Jennifer Yadav (vocals). Professor Karakas was inspired by her love of Irish music to play a solo piece titled “Winter into Spring.”

“I chose this piece because its warm melody represents the reawakening of the earth that happens each spring,” Professor Karakas said.

A number of Graphic Design students enrolled in a Desktop Publishing course produced artwork for the showcase. They included Douglas Cosby of Paterson, NJ, who was proud to have his drawing of a heart-shaped vine on exhibit, and Jorge Morocco of Hillside, NJ, who incorporated a spring poem by Le Morte d’Arthur into his graphic design of a tree.

“It was a really nice feeling having my artwork on exhibit in front of a lot of people,” Mr. Morocco said of his participation in the event.

Melissa Baralt, PhD, a professor in the Math and Sciences department, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, and students in her Evolution of Life course, rose to the challenge of participating in the spring showcase. The students broke into groups to study sunlight, and to explore whether there is a correlation between the weather and a student’s grade point average. The results were presented at the spring celebration as a colorful tabletop display.

“This was an awesome experience for my students,” Dr. Baralt said. “The showcase provided a great way to integrate the student population – not only through social activities, but through events that can collaboratively demonstrate academic tenacity.”

Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Berkeley College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 2014 Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. The College offers a supportive, flexible, global learning environment that connects students with workplace experience in their area of study before they graduate.

A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has six New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. In New York there are three locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is


Photo Caption A:  Berkeley College student Jorge Morocho of Hillside, NJ, who is enrolled in the Graphic Design program, created this piece that was on display during Berkeley in Bloom: A Spring Showcase, held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. The spring festival was co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department, the Library, and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life. 

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Photo Caption BStudents enjoy the exhibits at Berkeley in Bloom: A Spring Showcase, held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park. Left to right are Emunah Lewis and Sarah Shehadeh, both residents of Clifton. The spring showcase was co-sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts, the Library, and the Office of Student Development and Campus Life.

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