Berkeley College Honors Faculty of the Year Award Recipients in New Jersey and New York

 
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS
FACULTY OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENTS IN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK

 

Fifteen Berkeley College faculty members, and three fellow professionals who also contribute to student-centered learning in exceptional ways, received Faculty of the Year awards for excellence as recognized by their students and colleagues at a dinner reception held at Battery Gardens on November 3, 2016, in Manhattan, NY.

“These annual awards recognize faculty members who serve as role models in demonstrating commitment to the success of Berkeley College students,” said Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College. “We know they are successful because of their love of teaching. The feedback from their students and colleagues reflect this.”

Walid Abushahba, PhD, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the Faculty of the Year award for Innovative Learning. “Each class where I am able to keep the students excited, engaged and inspired about the topic of the class for the whole class period, and where they feel that the class time has passed so quickly and had fun, is a memorable experience that I try to cultivate,” Dr. Abushahba said. “These experiences bear fruit at the end of the semester when you receive heartfelt e-mails and comments from students who are grateful for such an experience and describe how your class has inspired and impacted them.”

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Photo Caption A: Walid Abushahba, PhD, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts (left), who received the Faculty of the Year award for Innovative Learning, joined by Judit Torok, PhD, Director, Berkeley College Teaching and Learning Commons (right), at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Rosemarie McLaughlin, Accounting and Finance, Larry L. Luing School of Business, received the Mary J. Clerkin Award for Innovation in Online Teaching Faculty. “I teach because I like to share my knowledge with students with the hope that they are able to find a fulfilling career after graduation,” Ms. McLaughlin said.

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Photo Caption B (L to R): Mary Jane Clerkin, DA, English, School of Liberal Arts; Rosemarie McLaughlin, Accounting and Finance, Larry L. Luing School of Businesswhoreceived theMary J. Clerkin Award for Innovation in Online Teaching Faculty; and Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Online, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Gregory Hotchkiss, ThD, Co-Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Service to the College Community, for his work and dedication to the Faculty Senate. He defines excellence in teaching and learning as “the humanizing of the teacher/learner connection by liberation of the mind and engagement of the heart.” He said he is inspired to teach by the love of people and their freedom.

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Photo Caption C: Gregory Hotchkiss, ThD, Co-Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Service to the College Community, for his work and dedication to the Faculty Senate at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Those who received the Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching included Carlos Cruz, Chair, Graphic Design, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies; Mandanna Ganapathy, MD, Health Sciences, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Isben Jeudy, Chair, Developmental Mathematics, Developmental Education; Heather Klomhaus, PhD, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts; and LaToya Trowers-Bell, EdD, Chair, Health Services Administration, Larry L. Luing School of Business.

“The definition of excellence in teaching and learning is an academic process by which students are encouraged to actively participate and hence are motivated to learn in ways that make them successful in critical thinking, problem-solving and juggling with vast amount information that leads to their own understanding,” Dr. Ganapathy said.

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Photo Caption D (L to R): Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Mandanna Ganapathy, MD, Health Sciences, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, one of the recipients of Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching; and Jose Montalvo, MD, Chair, Health Sciences, School of Health Studies, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Graduation is one of Mr. Cruz’s most memorable experiences at Berkeley College. “To watch the students receive their diplomas is to cross the finish line with them,” he said. “It is sincerely moving to hear ‘thank you’ for helping our students land jobs and begin a vital occupation in the graphic design industry.”

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Photo Caption E: Lenore Molee, JD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies (left), and Carlos Cruz, Chair, Graphic Design, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies (right), one of the recipients of Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Mr. Jeudy credits his parents for inspiring him to become a tutor and later, a teacher. “My parents often reminded me that education was the key to succeed in the world, and it was a key that nobody could take away from me once I acquired it,” he said.

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Photo Caption F: Isben Jeudy, Chair, Developmental Mathematics, Developmental Education, was one of the recipients of Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching.

“In every course I have taught at Berkeley College, I have learned something new from my students,” Dr. Klomhaus said, adding how witnessing her students engage with, interpret and challenge the material, ideas and concepts she introduces to them motivates her.

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Photo Caption G (L to R): Michael Jacobs, DA, Co-Chair, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts; Heather Klomhaus, PhD, English, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, one of the recipients of Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching; and Donald Kieffer, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Dr. Trowers-Bell also received the Faculty of the Year Student Choice award. “What inspires me to teach is my students, their stories, desires and motivation for wanting to change their lives and the lives of those they care for,” she said. “I love being able to contribute to their academic and personal growth and be a part of their accomplishments along their academic journey.”

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Photo Caption H: LaToya Trowers-Bell, EdD, Chair, Health Services Administration, Larry L. Luing School of Business, was one of the recipients of Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Teaching at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016. Dr. Trowers-Bell also received the Faculty of the Year Student Choice award.

Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, and Meta Wongkar-Gut, MD, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, received the Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Professional Development. “At Berkeley College, every student brings their own stories, sets of challenges, and amazing energy, aspirations and dreams,” Dr. Desai said. Dr. Wongkar-Gut said that her inspiration for teaching comes from being able to witness a student’s learning experience firsthand.

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Photo Caption I: (Far Left, L to R) Elana Zolfo, EdD, Dean, Larry L. Luing School of Business; Rahul Bedi, PhD, Chair, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business; and Darshan Desai, PhD, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business. (Far Right, L to R) Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Meta Wongkar-Gut, MD, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; and Gabriel Holder, MD, Chair, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. Drs. Desai and Wongkar-Gut received Faculty of the Year awards for Outstanding Professional Development at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Heidi Hoefinger, PhD, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Scholarship. “What really drives me to teach are those ‘a-ha’ moments,” Dr. Hoefinger said. “Those visibly transformative moments when a student discovers something about themselves, when their perspective changes, when they grow more tolerant, when they leave the class a different person from when they began.”

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Photo Caption J (L to R): Marc Shur, PhD, Co-Chair, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts; Heidi Hoefinger, PhD, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, who received the Faculty of the Year award for Outstanding Scholarship; and Donald Kieffer, PhD, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Among the recipients of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year awards were Edgar Gomez, MD, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Domenico P. Loschiavo, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business; Albert Muzikar, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business; and Lori Rassas, JD, Legal Studies, Berkeley College School of Professional Studies.

“When I retired from my successful corporate international banking career, my life goal became to give back to society the knowledge and experiences I was lucky enough to have accumulated,” Mr. Loschiavo said. “The fact that many faculty colleagues have selflessly offered their time and skills to guide me through the initial stages of my teaching experience is to me the essence of what the Berkeley family is all about.”

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Photo Caption K: Manuel Correa, PhD, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business (left), and Domenico P. Loschiavo, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business (right), one of the recipients of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year awards, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

“What inspires me to teach is the opportunity to share my 48 years of business experience with students who are just starting their careers,” Mr. Muzikar said. “The most memorable experiences are when students make a point of saying ‘thanks’ for the things that I have taught them.”

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Photo Caption L: Albert Muzikar, Management, Larry L. Luing School of Business, was one of the recipients of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year awards.

“I love hearing from my students long after they take one of my classes, when they tell me they were able to apply something they learned to a real-life situation and it enabled them to achieve a benefit they did not think they would have otherwise been able to secure,” Ms. Rassas said.

For Dr. Gomez, his most memorable experience was the day a student approached him and said she would strive for more in her life because he motivated her to be better and not to settle.

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Photo Caption M (L to R): Gabriel Holder, MD, Chair, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Edgar Gomez, MD, Medical Assistant program, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, one of the recipients of the Adjunct Faculty of the Year awards; and Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

Matthew LaBrake, Library Director, Berkeley College Online; Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designer; and Matthew Regan, Information Literacy Coordinator, were the recipients of the Faculty of the Year Distinguished Librarian award for their progressive, creative and collaborative contributions to student-centered learning.

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Photo Caption N (L to R): Matthew Regan, Information Literacy Coordinator; Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designer; Matthew LaBrake, Library Director, Berkeley College Online; and Marlene Doty, Vice President, Library Services. Mr. Regan, Ms. Piekart and Mr. LaBrake received the Faculty of the Year Distinguished Librarian award for their progressive, creative and collaborative contributions to student-centered learning at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.

“Librarianship puts me in the perfect position to motivate students to become lifelong learners and develop critical thinking skills, while stimulating inquiry and creativity,” Mr. LaBrake said. “Librarianship provides me an outlet to innovate with technology to enhance teaching and learning, provide engaging co-curricular programming, and develop new support services for our students.”

Attending the 2012 Commencement has been Ms. Piekart’s most memorable experience at Berkeley College so far. “It was the first Commencement that I attended where students that I supported as freshmen were walking across the graduation stage and received their degrees,” Ms. Piekart said. “Some students even recognized me and thanked me for being there for them when they needed help. It was very exciting to watch students that I spent years helping finally reach their goals.”

“Any time I’ve had a deeply human connection with a student – when they’ve felt comfortable enough to share their stories, their personal struggles and aspirations – those are the moments I love most and what keep me coming back for more,” Mr. Regan said. He added that he values when he is able to help a user connect with information and make the process of research a little more accessible, easy and fun.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, Baccalaureate, and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, both for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu

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