FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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BERKELEY COLLEGE MILITARY AND VETERANS GALA SALUTES GRADUATES AND PARTICIPANTS IN VETERANS PROJECTS
On April 16, 2015, Berkeley College celebrated its more than 120 military and veteran graduates at the 3rd Annual Veterans History Project Gala and Graduation Dinner. At the event, each military graduate received a certificate and a red, white and blue honor cord worn at the 2015 Commencement ceremony.
During the event, the College screened the third installment of the Veterans History Project, an initiative of the Library of Congress that was created to collect, preserve and archive personal accounts of American servicemembers. In the video, Berkeley College students, associates and other veterans chronicle their experiences during military training, deployment and combat. This year’s video added the perspective of military families. Two of the Berkeley College students included in the project are John Partin and Chris Carbone.
John Partin is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Partin retired in 2014 as a Sgt. Major and decided to pursue the next phase of his life at Berkeley College. He is a member of the Berkeley College NJ Cross Country team, where the 41-year-old runner competes against athletes half his age.
Chris Carbone is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He has served in Iraq and Africa and has received a number of service distinctions, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal with Valor. He continues to support Berkeley College military- and veteran-related endeavors such as speaking at the Memorial Day ceremony and attending Snowball Express initiatives for families of fallen service members.
Click here to view the third installment of the Berkeley College Veterans History Project.
The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs also announced the Berkeley Reflections Project, a photo essay initiative of American servicemembers.
At the event, guests heard from speaker Joe Quinn, Northeast Regional Director and New York City Chapter Captain of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that connects veterans to their local communities through social events and physical fitness activities. Student Jose Pagan, a veteran of the U.S. Army, also told his heartfelt story about facing homelessness after his military service.
Adam Rosen, PsyD, Director of Counseling, Student Development and Campus Life, and Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, New York, received the 2015 Veterans Graduate Award. Dr. Rosen was selected by the graduating student veterans as someone who has been “on their side” during their time at Berkeley College.
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Photo Caption A: Maja Mendez, Coordinator, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, presents the red, white and blue cord to Julio Santiago during the Berkeley College Veterans Gala that saluted graduating military and veteran students and those participating in the Veterans History Project. The cord is worn during the Commencement ceremony to acknowledge those who have served in the military.
To access a high resolution image of the above photo go to: http://berkeleycollege.edu/press_release_images/ALL_MajaPresentsGradCord_041615.jpg
Photo Caption B: Adam Rosen (left), PsyD, Berkeley College Director of Counseling, Student Development and Campus Life, and Head Coach, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, New York, recipient of the 2015 Veterans Graduate Award, at the 3rd Annual Veterans History Project Gala and Graduation Dinner with student Jose Pagan, a veteran of the U.S. Army, who told his heartfelt story about facing homelessness after his military service.
To access a high resolution image of the above photo go to:http://berkeleycollege.edu/press_release_images/ALL_StaffAwardWithStudentSpeaker_041615.jpg
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