FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
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BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS SCHOLARS DONATE MORE THAN 2,000 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
Honors Scholars in the Berkeley College Honors Program went above and beyond requirements, clocking in more 2,000 hours of community service during this academic year.
The Berkeley College Honors Program, along with a rigorous academic component, requires students to contribute at least five hours of community service each quarter. However, the most recent learning community surpassed expectations. Three students contributed more than half the total hours of service, earning each of them special recognition.
Lois Lezuabah of Somerset, Pamela Macek of Wayne, and James Stokem of Haskell, contributed more than 1,600 hours of community service. Ms. Lezuabah volunteered more than 700 hours herself, earning the Honors Service Award. Ms. Macek and Mr. Stokem, with more than 500 hours each in community service, earned awards as runners up.
Ms. Lezuabah donated most of her time to volunteer preaching work, but also participated in walk-a-thons, such as the Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Walk N Roll 5K. She also participated in Berkeley College’s own Community Service Day, volunteering at Project Sunshine, an organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.
Ms. Macek spent her time furthering the Berkeley College community and beyond. She donated time to Berkeley Bold, the College’s student lifestyle magazine, and the March of Dimes, and she spearheaded Teens for Jeans at Berkeley College. Teens for Jeans is an initiative sponsored by DoSomething.org and Aeropostale. Ms. Macek helped Berkeley College collect more than 75 gently used pairs of jeans for the organization. The jeans were donated to homeless youth in the local community.
Mr. Stokem focused most of his community service within the Berkeley College community. He served as a student orientation leader, as a student ambassador, and as a tutor. He also donated time to local churches, helping with Easter setups, confirmation sharing sessions, and as a confirmation sponsor. He is also a Boy Scout and donated his time to his Eagle Scout Project.
Other standout Honors Scholars include John Cedeño of Bergenfield, who donated bone marrow to save the life of a 13-year-old boy after learning about the donation process in his Bio-Ethics course at Berkeley College, and Antoinette Kassas of Paramus, who initiated a toy and clothing drive, and travelled to Lebanon to distribute the 200 items to children living with cancer there.
The Honors Program at Berkeley College is a distinct program due to its rigorous requirements. Scholars maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete four consecutive theme-based, interdisciplinary honors seminars with a B or better, complete five or more hours of community service, and develop, write, and present an honors thesis at an Honors Symposium.
The Honors Program at Berkeley College was created in 2011 to attract and retain highly motivated, high-achieving students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees. There are three learning communities, located in Midtown Manhattan, Woodland Park, and Berkeley College Online®. Each community has 15 to 20 students.
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 will 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: At center of each photo are Lois Lezuabah, Pamela Macek, and James Stokem as they receive Honors Service Awards for their contributions of more than 1,600 hours of community service. With them are (left) Donald Kieffer, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, and (right) Byron Hargrove, PhD, Honors Program Director. The Berkeley College Honors Scholars Graduate Reception took place on September 15, 2015, at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ.