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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015
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BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS PHILANTHROPIC NEW JERSEY COMPANIES
On September 29, 2015, Berkeley College was proud to honor the companies committed to volunteerism in the State of New Jersey by serving as the presenting sponsor of the second annual Great Oak Awards. Ten winners were selected from 64 finalists and were celebrated by New Jersey Monthly at a reception at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.
Companies were nominated by a charitable organization and selected based on their commitment to volunteerism and support of charitable causes throughout New Jersey. In addition to being the presenting sponsor, Berkeley was the only college included as a finalist. The College was nominated by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for its support of K-through-12 arts education in Newark schools, arts and cultural events, and free summer concerts for residents and families.
“Education, business, and community are a combination that is critical to the prosperity and well-being of New Jersey and its residents. At Berkeley College, we understand that,” Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, told the companies in attendance. “Our faculty and staff set an example of volunteerism for our students, and we expect our students to bring this social consciousness with them when they leave Berkeley and go on to make a difference in New Jersey and the world.”
The keynote speaker at the reception was Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., DMin, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ. Mr. Smith and Kate S. Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor in Chief of New Jersey Monthly, announced the winners.
The 2015 Great Oak Award winners are:
“Finalists and honorees range from small companies to some of the state’s largest,” Ms. Tomlinson said. “They represent diverse industries and support a myriad of charities and causes. Yet, they all have one thing in common – a passion for helping to make life better here in the Garden State.”
Learn More: To read stories about volunteerism at Berkeley College, visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/Communities
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, 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. 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, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.
Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption A (L to R): Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College, and Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., DMin, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ, at the 2nd Annual Great Oak Awards reception. Berkeley College was proud to honor the companies committed to volunteerism in the State of New Jersey by serving as the presenting sponsor.
Photo Caption B: Standing (L to R) are Shaun Mickus, Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson; Robert Zajac, Regional Manager, Investors Bank; Michael Steffaro, Market Director, Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes; Gary Fisch, Owner, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace; Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; Tom Hayes, Director, Customer and Community Relations, New Jersey Natural Gas; Scott Kobler, Partner, McCarter & English; Mark Avondoglio, Owner, Perona Farms; and Sam Della Fera Jr., Partner, Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono. Seated (L to R) are Jacqueline Pena, Market Manager, Investors Savings Bank; Ellen Lambert, Director, Corporate Responsibility, PSEG and President, PSEG Foundation; Diana Blankman, Senior Director, U.S. Corporate Giving and Social Impact, Novo Nordisk; and Shoshana Schiff, Partner, Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono. Berkeley College was proud to honor the companies committed to volunteerism in the State of New Jersey by serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Great Oak Awards.
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