Berkeley College Named Great Oak Awards Finalist for Good Works around New Jersey

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New Jersey Monthly competition celebrates volunteerism in New Jersey


Berkeley College is among 64 organizations selected by New Jersey Monthly as finalists in the second annual Great Oak Awards, which recognizes “all that’s great in the Garden State.” Companies are nominated by a charitable organization and selected based on their commitment to volunteerism and support of charitable causes throughout New Jersey. Berkeley is the only college included as a finalist.

“The finalist companies range from small to large, and represent diverse industries,” said Kate S. Tomlinson, Publisher and Editor in Chief of New Jersey Monthly. “They support a myriad of charities and causes, yet all have one thing in common – a passion for helping to make life better here in the Garden State.” 

The Berkeley College application showcased larger initiatives, such as its annual Community Service Day, which this year saw 350 associates, alumni and Honors students volunteer 1,400 hours of service. The application also highlighted the many smaller community partnerships and hyperlocal efforts that are encouraged throughout the year under the umbrella of the Berkeley Cares initiative. These included assembling and donating bicycles for Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ, and “Serving Smiles to Seniors” at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Cedar Grove, NJ, among others. 

The College was nominated by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for its support of K-12 arts education in Newark schools, arts and cultural events, and free summer concerts for residents and families. 

“Berkeley College is proud to contribute in meaningful ways to the communities where we live and work,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We expect our students to bring this social consciousness and spirit of service with them when they leave Berkeley and go on to make a difference in New Jersey and the world.”

New Jersey Monthly showcases the finalists in its August issue. Finalists will be saluted and top honorees will be announced at a dinner in September.

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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 begin offering a Master of Business Administration degree in Management in September 2015.

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Photo Caption A: Berkeley College volunteers prepare to clean up areas around Woodland Park, NJ, during the College’s 6th Annual Community Service Day. Berkeley College is among 64 organizations selected by New Jersey Monthly as finalists in the second annual Great Oak Awards.

 Berkeley College Great Oak Awards

Photo Caption B: Berkeley College associates display bicycles that were assembled and donated to Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children in Paterson, NJ. The College is among 64 organizations selected by New Jersey Monthly as finalists in the second annual Great Oak Awards.

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