Berkeley College Honors Scholars Receive Awards for Academic Achievement and Community Services

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Berkeley College Honors Scholars 2016


Photo Caption: Michael J. Smith (far left), President of Berkeley College, joins Berkeley College Honors Program graduates at this year’s reception, held in their honor at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, on September 26, 2016.Four of the graduates received awards for academic achievement and community service.

Four Honors Scholars among the 31 recognized in the Berkeley College Honors Program at this year’s reception held in their honor at the Chart House in Weehawken, NJ, on September 26, 2016, have received special awards for academic achievement and community service. The Berkeley College Honors Program, which includes a rigorous academic component, also requires students to contribute hours toward community service. 

The top academic performers ranked by the Berkeley College Honors Faculty are Alexis Gonzalez and Luchian Bennett, both of Astoria, Queens; and Jonathan Callaway of Manhattan, NY.  Mr. Gonzalez is majoring in Accounting and after his expected graduation in 2017, he looks forward to becoming a certified public accountant. Ms. Bennett, whose degree is in Fashion Merchandising and Management, plans to enroll in graduate school. Sgt. Jonathan Callaway is a Marine veteran who credits the Honors Program with boosting him towards enrollment in Army Officers’ School. 

The Honors Scholars recognized for community service are Sharmaine Adams-James of Brooklyn, NY, and Alexis Gonzalez. Ms. Adams-James presented “Immigration from the Caribbean and the Impact on Children Left Behind,” at this year’s Honors Scholars Research Symposium held on August 26, 2016, at the Berkeley College Midtown Manhattan campus.

The rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College are distinguished by scholarship and service. Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete four consecutive theme-based, interdisciplinary honors seminars with a B or better, and develop, write, and present an honors thesis at an Honors Symposium.  The theme-based curriculum for this year’s graduates was Global Health.  At the Research Symposium, Honors Scholars presented on topics such as access to clean water in developing countries, racial discrimination and police brutality, technology in the workplace and global feminism.

Heidi Hoefinger, PhD, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the 2016 Honors Program Faculty Excellence Award.  She told the graduates that the work they produced, especially regarding the theme of Global Health, raised the bar for her as a faculty member.

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 8,300 students – including more than 700 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 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


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