Camden County College President Donald Borden, Board of Trustee Member Helen Albright Troxell, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and Board of Trustee Member Anthony Maressa met during the Association of Community College Trustees National Legislative Summit on Feb. 12. The annual summit is the premier community college advocacy event in Washington, DC, bringing together more than 1,000 community college leaders. The event shines a spotlight on the importance of our nation’s community colleges for Congress and the Administration.
The William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation has donated and pledged a total of $700,000 to Camden County College students since 2012, including its most recent pledge of $300,000 to be paid out over the next five years. Since its inception, the William G. Rohrer Scholarship Program at CCC has awarded scholarships to approximately 240 students. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school graduates entering CCC for the first time, and to CCC graduates transferring to a four-year university. Meet some of our Rohrer scholars who were recently honored at a luncheon with their donor in August.
Meet Kojo Abanyie (18), a pharmacy student transferring to Rutgers this year. Kojo is a member of the Chemistry Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Kojo started as a dual credit student, which made it easy for him to get his high school diploma and college credits at the same time. “There are a lot of professors here that work at other institutions of higher learning,” which means he is getting the same education someone else is paying much more to obtain. Kojo wants the Rohrer Foundation to know that he is thankful for the recognition of his hard work. He promises to continue to work hard in the future. Kojo believes donating to a scholarship fund “is a good thing to do because it not only helps with someone’s money situation, but also gives them encouragement to continue to do well.”
Meet Kristin Burke (37), an elementary education major transferring to Stockton to major in liberal studies. Kristen wants to become a middle school teacher. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is secretary for Kappa Delta Pi. Kristin remembers, “I had a job that I hated and had to drive past the College to get there. One day I decided, I’m going to apply to this college and change my life. And I did. And I don’t regret it.” She wants her donor to know, “It’s a wonderful thing that you’re doing and it’s changing peoples’ lives. It’s changing future generations as well. My children are watching me work hard and my students are going to know that I got scholarships. I plan on telling everybody about how CCC did this for me and you don’t have to go hugely in debt at a four-year university right away. It’s affordable and workable, and the scholarship really is changing lives.”
Meet Ashlee Dever (32), a nursing major who will continue her studies here in Blackwood as a Rutgers University nursing student. She decided to attend CCC because of the convenience. “I took morning classes, afternoon classes, weekend classes, online classes. It was just totally flexible. It was easy to fit it in my schedule.” She wants her donor to know that her Rohrer scholarship “really did make a huge difference and helped make it possible for me to go on and get a four-year degree.”
Meet Elizabeth Doan (20), a double major in education and foreign languages. She wants to transfer to Rowan and major in musical education so she can travel the world and teach music. She chose CCC because she was a NJ STARS recipient, and it was close to home, but once here, Elizabeth realized, “it’s so sophisticated. There’s so much going on and it’s such a vibrant campus with so many different programs.” She is thankful to Linda Rohrer and the Rohrer Foundation. “Thank you so much to Linda Rohrer. This isn’t the first scholarship I received from her. I’m so honored that her foundation supported me as an incoming CCC student and now a transfer student.”
Meet Mia Sanchez (20), a business administration student at CCC transferring to Rutgers-Camden to earn her bachelor’s degree. Mia also has been an intern at the US Embassy in Azerbaijan. She currently works at The Center and is an executive board member for Phi Theta Kappa. Regarding her scholarship, Mia wants her donor to know: “This scholarship made my future education possible and took away a lot of the financial burden placed on me.” She believes, “People who are capable should invest in students like me, so we can focus on school without having to worry about money.”
Meet Khyia Ward (20), a psychology student transferring to Rutgers-Camden. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and also recently was voted Alumnae Trustee, which allows her to sit on the College Board of Trustees for one year. Khyia believes, the teachers were very supportive of me and other students. Everybody was trying to work together to get a degree and move you on to the next step. There’s just a really good support system here at Camden County College.” She wants her donor to know, “Thank you so much. You have no idea how this impacts a person’s life. This is going to help me pay for things that I wasn’t sure of before.”
Please visit our newly re-located Optical Clinic in CIM Room 119 for your prescription eyewear needs! Routine repairs, adjustments and cleaning of your eyewear are encouraged and provided free of charge.
All purchases made between August 31 and September 28 are eligible for a “back to school” sale of 20% off.
Stop by their new location and take advantage of this offer.
When you have a chance, check out the new African-American History wall wrap that the Camden County Historical Society installed in the library (second floor). The College has formed a relationship with the Historical Society about various historical art installations we can use to beautify our campus. There is more we can do with the Historical Society in terms of these types of display around our campus; they employ two young and talented designers with master’s degrees in History and experience in curating displays. This was a wonderful collaboration between the Society and the Commission—we had fun working together!
Many thanks to Karen Nicholson and Isabel Gray for their work on this. To find out more about the Society, visit www.cchsnj.org.
Several of our faculty members attended the Beach Boys Concert at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood last month. Mike Love gave a shout out to CCC, via the big screen, during “Be True to Your School.” Thanks Mike!
Camden County College has a Green Team which meets several times per year to discuss green initiatives.
Quick Fill Water Stations
You may have seen quick fill water stations, such as the one in the photo, around campus. They have been installed in CTC and College Hall on the Camden Campus, Roosevelt, CIM, and Truman on the Blackwood Campus to date. All locations and buildings will have quick fill water stations once the installation process is completed. These stations make use of existing water fountains by allowing people to fill water bottles with filtered water in mere seconds. This eliminates the need for plastic water containers and bottle water, and encourages more water consumption!
In February, our Board of Trustees passed a resolution authorizing the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Program Landowner Agreement for the installation of fencing and small exclosure cages around the wetlands on the Blackwood campus to prevent deer from browsing on vulnerable swamp pink plants (Helonias bullata) at their cost and to permit them access for the period of the 10 year agreement. This land is wetlands and is undeveloped and restricted for use by the State DEP as well. This resolution is a result of a Green Team discussion item brought forward by our faculty member Rita Connolly. This has been a 10 year process. Thank you, Rita!
Student athletes, hall of famers, and athletic administrators honored by CCC.
This year, Camden County College celebrates 50 years of serving the community and each department at the College is hosting a special event as part of “50 Events for 50 Years.” On Thursday, February 15, the Camden County College Athletics Program and kicked off the rebirth of the Camden County College Athletic Hall of Fame and honored all winter sports athletes.
Prior to tipoff of the CCC men’s basketball game, students from wrestling and both men’s and women’s basketball were honored with certificates. They were personally congratulated by the College president, their coaches, and the director of athletics.
At halftime, five high school seniors signed national letters of intent to attend Camden County College next year. Seniors Samantha Torres (Hammonton High School) and Emily Auletto (Sterling High School) will play softball next year for the Cougars. Seniors Dylan Kleiner (Seneca High School), Nicholas D’Agostino (Gloucester City High School), and Andrew Rodrigues (Chichester High School, PA) will play baseball for the Cougars starting this fall.
“All of our winter sport athletes were in the audience, and we honored our hall of famers, so it was nice to see incoming athletes interacting with current and former Cougars,” states Director of Athletics, William Banks.
Ten members of the Camden County College Athletics Hall of Fame helped unveil a banner listing all hall of fame inductees which will hang in the Papiano Gym. “This signifies the revival of our Athletics Hall of Fame which is one of our initiatives this year,” states Banks.
Additionally, Hudson County Freeholder, Jerry Walker, honored CCC Director of Athletics, William Banks, and CCC Director of Special Events and Facilities, Kay Byrd with proclamations for their work with the Team Walker AAU Basketball Team. Team Walker AAU is an organization that improves the quality of life for children of Jersey City by offering youth programs similar to those provided to Jerry and Jasper Walker when they were children. Camden County College is a proud host of Team Walker events each year.
Team Walker also donated $1500 to the Camden County College Foundation for athletic programs.
For more information, contact Julie Yankanich at (609) 941-2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.