138th Commencement (2011)
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Reception to follow in Wesminster Arts Center, Room 110
Robert V. Van Fossan Theatre
63 Fremont Street, Bloomfield, NJ
Reception to followin Westminster Arts Center, Room 110
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Dorothea Benton Frank
The Honorable Donald M. Payne
The Honorable Mila M. Jasey - Baccalaureate Speaker
Dorothea Benton Frank is a prolific writer who has had several books on the New York Times best seller list. She is passionate about community service and has served or currently serves on many boards as well as sharing her love for the creative arts in public venues.
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Ralph Izzo is CEO and and chairman of the Board of Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. He is respected as a public policy maker and has served or currently serves on many boards. He is a champion of clean energy and environmental concerns.
The Honorable Donald M. Payne is the first African American congressman from New Jersey to be elected to the U.S. Congress. He champions education, global health care, workers rights, and human rights around the world.
Luis Schuchinski is retired from his position as vice president of Bestfoods, where for many years he led the company in corporate governance, executive compensation and insurance. He also worked for Bestfoods Educational Foundation, an organization that has been a strong supporter of the College.
Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey was first elected on November 6, 2007, and sworn into office two (2) days later to fill an unexpired term. She is Vice- Chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee and a member of the Education Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including a two year stint as President.
The Assemblywoman’s first vote as a member of the Assembly was to abolish the death penalty, and she was a sponsor of the bill. During her tenure she has sponsored numerous bills that became law, including the Mortgage Stabilization and Relief Act and the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Act. She was a prime sponsor of the A-500 landmark affordable housing law, for which she was honored as NJ Housing and Community Development Network’s 2008 Legislator of the Year, and followed that with prime sponsorship of A-3447. She also sponsored the $3.9 billion dollar school construction bond act, the NJ HERO Act promoting organ donation, the Trader to Teachers Act and NJ’s Lemon Law bill, which has been called the strongest of its kind in the nation.
In addition to her efforts to promote affordable housing for all New Jerseyans, the Assemblywoman is a leader in the area of education. Her efforts have been recognized by the N.J. Charter Schools Association, Teach for America, the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education, the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission and the New Jersey School Boards Association. She was selected to serve on the Department of Education’s Committee on Diversity & Equity.
Mila has an extensive record of community service, including the South Orange Civic Organization, the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund, the League of Women Voters and the Community Coalition on Race. She co-founded the LaLeche League of Newark & the Oranges Chapter in 1976.
Assemblywoman Jasey received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her master’s degree from the Pace University School of Nursing. Mila is married to Neil Jasey, Esq. and they are the parents of three adult children and two grandchildren. She is a former public health nurse who worked in Orange, East Orange and Newark.
The Bloomfield College 138th Commencement exercises were held on a spectacular morning beneath the tent on the quad on Thursday, May 26, 2011. This ceremony was the culmination of two days of celebrating among those students who were pinned as nurses and those who received their honors cords the day before all to be proudly worn at the graduation ceremony.
Thirty-one nursing students, plus an old friend, are pinned
The Pinning Ceremony, held in the Van Fossan Theatre, pinned 28 soon-to-be-grads earning their BSN and three who earned their RN certification. The celebratory theme centered on the caring, compassionate and very knowledgeable profession of nurses who not only advocate for their patients, but also take care of the patients’ families during times of crisis. Ashley Leandre BSN ’11 and Mark Pirone RN ’11 were chosen to address the assembly because they had received the highest grade point averages in their nursing courses. The Alumni Nurse with a Heart Award was given by Edwina Zengerle, RN ’52, president of the Frances M. McLaughlin Nurses Alumni Association, to Khalil Adem N’11. The Florence Nightingale Faculty Award was given to Karlyn Martinez N’11 and Mark Pirone RN’11. The Mary Kuyper Memorial Award for Community Service was conferred upon Ashley Leandre N’11 and Donna Walker RN’11.
The highlight of this event was giving the very first pin inscribed with the new division name, The Frances M. McLaughlin Division of Nursing, to Frances M. McLaughlin N’45, H’90 who is the founding chair of the division.
To view photos, click: Nurses Pinning 2011
The Baccalaureate Service held later that day welcomed New Jersey Assemblywoman Mila Jasey to deliver the keynote address. She inspired the students with her own interest in diversity in education and noted that Bloomfield College’s mission prepares the students well to live and work in a global community. She highlighted the stories of several students who made their mark at the College, often working through adversity to achieve their dream of graduating and either moving into the workforce or continuing to graduate school. She addressed the families of the students with the thought, “These students are well prepared and ready. Support them, love them, but get out of their way!”
The several different honors cords signified membership in Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honors Society), Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society), Delta Mu Delta (Business Honors Society), Alpha Chi (Honors Society for all majors), the Bloomfield College Honors Program, and military veterans.
To view photos, click here: Baccalaureate 2011
Bloomfield College celebrates the Class of 2011
Beginning at the far end of Liberty Street by College Hall, the Class of 2011 marched behind the faculty, deans, and alumni being led by the traditional sound of the South Park and District Pipes and Drums bagpipes, led by Andy Dickson ’96. Nearing the big tent on the quad, the faculty then broke rank and lined both sides of the street to applaud the students as they made their way into the tent.
Cheering throngs of families and friend of the Class of 2011 greeted the students. Martin McKerrow, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, formally announced the candidacy of the students to receive their bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees. President Richard Levao welcomed the students by division and noted that they are now prepared to go into the world to make their mark. After giving brief introductions of the Honorary Degree recipients, he quoted from the biblical book of Micah, “What does the Lord require of you? Do goodness, love justice, and walk humbly before your God.”
Jason Dishong ’11, the senior speaker, challenged his classmates to hold on to the perseverance that they learned during their time as students. He quoted Ohio State’s coach Woody Hayes when he told them that they may not be the best or most knowledgeable, but if they work harder than anyone else, they will succeed. In the tradition of the College, Jason handed the Book of Knowledge to Foster Williams, the freshman class president.
The Honorary Degree recipients were given their doctoral awards. Each recipient addressed the students with words of advice based on their years of finding their passion and excelling in their fields.
Dorothea Benton Frank, a bestselling author and lecturer, received a Doctor of Fine Arts. In her speech, she credited Bloomfield College and specifically Humanities Division Chair Paul Genega with inspiring her to become a writer. She challenged the students to take risks, follow their own passion, learn from their mistakes, find happiness through generosity, and be considerate and compassionate.
Ralph Izzo, chairman and CEO of the Public Service Enterprise Group, talked about the process of learning. “What is most important about your education is that you have learned how to learn,” he said. Izzo received a Doctor of Humane Letters.
Congressman Donald Payne told the students that they must continue to work hard to keep the United States the greatest nation in the world. “Bloomfield College is leading President Obama’s call to increase the number of people receiving college degrees,” he noted. He praised the College for its mission and told the story of his own upbringing in a time that African Americans were not encouraged to seek higher education. He then read Rudyard Kipling’s poem If. Payne received a Doctor of Laws.
Luis Schuchinski, the retired vice president of Bestfoods and Bestfoods Educational Foundation, was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters. He congratulated the students for working hard and achieving and told them that they are now role models for the next generation of students. “I am proud to be a member of your class – the Class of 2011!”
Amid cheering and a few joyful tears, 275 students became graduates of Bloomfield College, Class of 2011.
To view photos, click here: Commencement 2011