FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2010
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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BERKELEY COLLEGE UNVEILS ‘BLANKET OF HOPE’
TO SUPPORT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE
Berkeley College recently unveiled the “Blanket of Hope,” a project created to inspire peace and support victims of violence.
“Violence — whether domestic or on a global scale — is devastating to its victims,” said Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Bergen Campus, Nicole Palagano, MA. “We hope that those who read the Blanket of Hope will be inspired by its messages of peace and love, and that the victims of violence will know their situation is not hopeless.”
The Blanket of Hope was a collective effort by Berkeley College New Jersey campuses and Berkeley College Online, where students, faculty and staff were invited to decorate 7-by-7-inch squares of cloth. One hundred squares were tied together at the corners to form the blanket, which will be displayed at each campus in the coming weeks.
“This project allowed students and staff from many Berkeley College campuses to unite behind a common effort,” said Berkeley College Director of Counseling, New Jersey, and Personal Counselor, Garret Mountain Campus and Berkeley College Online, Sandra Coppola, PhD, LPC, LMHC. “Some squares tell stories of survival. Others are memorials to loved ones lost to violence. The blanket is a small effort, but it can inspire peace in a big way.”
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption (L to R): Berkeley College Personal Counselor, Middlesex Campus, Alyson M. Pompeo, MA, LAC, SAC, NCC; Director of Counseling, New Jersey, and Personal Counselor, Garret Mountain Campus and Berkeley College Online, Sandra Coppola, PhD, LPC, LMHC; Personal Counselor, Bergen Campus, Nicole Palagano, MA; and Personal Counselor, Newark Campus, Amanda Frey, MSW, LSW, display the Blanket of Hope, a collective effort by Berkeley College New Jersey campuses and Berkeley College Online in support of victims of violence.
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