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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2016
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MATTHEW LABRAKE OF JERSEY CITY, NJ,
Photo Caption (L to R): Matthew Regan, Information Literacy Coordinator; Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designer; Matthew LaBrake, Library Director, Berkeley College Online; and Marlene Doty, Vice President, Library Services. Mr. Regan, Ms. Piekart and Mr. LaBrake received the Faculty of the Year Distinguished Librarian awards for their progressive, creative and collaborative contributions to student-centered learning at the ceremony held at Battery Gardens in Manhattan, NY, on November 3, 2016.
Matthew LaBrake, Library Director, Berkeley College Online®, received the Faculty of the Year Distinguished Librarian award for his progressive, creative and collaborative contributions to student-centered learning. A resident of Jersey City, NJ, Mr. LaBrake was among 18 Berkeley College faculty members and fellow professionals who were recognized by students and colleagues during a dinner reception held at Battery Gardens on November 3, 2016, in Manhattan, NY.
“These annual awards recognize faculty members who serve as role models in demonstrating commitment to the success of Berkeley College students,” said Beth M. Castiglia, PhD, Provost, Berkeley College. “We know they are successful because of their love of teaching. The feedback from their students and colleagues reflect this.”
“Librarianship puts me in the perfect position to motivate students to become lifelong learners and develop critical thinking skills, while stimulating inquiry and creativity,” Mr. LaBrake said. “Librarianship provides me an outlet to innovate with technology to enhance teaching and learning, provide engaging co-curricular programming, and develop new support services for our students.”
Other recipients of the Faculty of the Year Distinguished Librarian awards included Amanda Piekart, Information Literacy Instructional Designer, and Matthew Regan, Information Literacy Coordinator.
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 600 international students – in its Master, 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 five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. 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 www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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