April 10, 2015                                                                                                                     Number 6 
To Meet the Demand for STEM Jobs, Higher Education Improves Collaboration with Academia, Industry and Foundations

Secretary Hendricks
By Rochelle Hendricks
Secretary of Higher Education

Labor forecasts predict that there will be at least 248,000 jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in New Jersey by 2018, an 11 percent increase from the number of STEM jobs in the State today. Some forecasts say the increase will be even greater. 


We welcome this trend in New Jersey and know that higher education will play an important role in honing the skills of our workforce, which is already one of the best-educated labor talent pools in the country. STEM careers are changing the future, from extending and saving lives to revolutionizing business and industry. Integrating STEM with other disciplines encourages creativity, imagination, problem solving and other critical skills needed in the workplace and in life. 


I was already aware of an array of cutting-edge STEM initiatives in New Jersey. But it wasn't until my office recently formed the STEM Pathways Network that I learned how many STEM initiatives are already underway in our State. There are more than 200. To prosper as a State, we need to work together to leverage resources for sustainable, systemic impact. 


I was very pleased that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno attended a meeting of our new STEM Pathways Network earlier this month. The Network consists of three dozen of the State's leaders in academia, industry and philanthropy who are all working to build bridges among agencies, foundations, higher education and businesses. The goal is to help connect students with jobs, to make them aware of opportunities that exist, and to coordinate curriculum with the current and future needs of industry. 

"Approximately 45 percent of all STEM jobs will require at least two years of postsecondary education. That is why the work of the STEM Pathways Network is so important."

-Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

In addition to the new STEM Pathways Network, New Jersey is showing real commitment to STEM education by building new laboratories and other critical facilities. As Secretary of Higher Education, I celebrated STEM Week in March by visiting new laboratories at Union County's Elizabeth college campus, where more than 1,500 students are declared Nursing majors.  I also celebrated the opening of the Health Sciences Nursing Simulation Lab at Essex County College in Newark, where 34 percent of last year's graduating class earned their degrees in STEM fields.
The State is also providing $46 million for a nursing school to be constructed by Rutgers-Camden. The New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rowan University, Thomas Edison State College and The College of New Jersey are all building impressive new STEM facilities. A complete list of 176 projects approved for construction can be found here.

As I write today for our 6th e-letter, I know it is being delivered to about 600,000 lawmakers, industry leaders, philanthropists, business and commerce groups -- and college students, faculty, presidents and staff throughout New Jersey. The message I am sending to all is clear: We are committed to improving STEM education. I am grateful to the members of the STEM Pathways Network for volunteering their time to help improve communication and collaboration -- and to help spark new ideas that will keep us moving forward together.    
Members of the Stem Pathways Network

Members attending a March 10, 2015 meeting of the STEM Pathways Network at the New Jersey State Museum: Beth McGrath, chief of staff, Stevens Institute of Technology; Bob Goodman, executive director, NJ Center for Teaching and Learning; Kamal Khan, director of ODASIS, Rutgers University; Kim Case, executive director, Research & Development Council of NJ; Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno; STEM Pathways Network Chair Laura Overdeck, founder of Bedtime Math and Chair, Overdeck Family Foundation; Anthony Gardner, executive director, New Jersey State Museum; Katia Passerini, Professor & Hurlburt Chair of Management Information Systems, NJIT; Nannette Wright, Principle Systems Engineer Lockheed Martin and Chair, New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund; Diane Bushman, assistant curator, science education, New Jersey State Museum and Michael Palladino, dean, School of Science, Monmouth University. 

The girls love the projects: In their classes they get to create roller coasters, design LEGO robots and build 3-D bridges. Pamela's favorite project was one in which she and her classmates designed a ringed soda-can holder made not from plastic but from cardboard and rope -- environmentally benign materials. As the class

progressed it dawned on her that she loved to work with her hands

and that one day, in the future, she might like to work as an engineer.  


"My class was fun yet educational," says Pamela. "I love to build, and when I'm older I might like to be an engineer." Pamela is just one of thousands of students, from fourth grade to postdoctoral fellows, who each year study STEM at NJIT -- the state's science 

and technology school. NJIT is the sole university in the state

dedicated to educating students in the STEM disciplines. Nationally, it is a top-ranked public research university that is one of 34 polytechnic universities in the country.


Georgian Court University Board President Announces Appointment of 9th President


Lakewood, April 9 -- As Chair of Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D., who will become our ninth president of Georgian Court University.


Dr. Marbach, who is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at La Salle University, is a respected scholar, an entrepreneurial thinker, and a proven consensus-builder.


Over the course of 25 years of teaching and leading at La Salle, Seton Hall University, and Temple University, Dr. Marbach has cultivated a reputation for himself as an innovative problem-solver and collaborative partner. His commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition runs deep, and he is especially interested in how we can expand Catholic higher education in South Jersey.


The breadth of experience he brings to the presidency will benefit Georgian Court now and into the future. This is especially important as we continue to build a regional University that meets the needs of students and successfully addresses the challenges of higher education today. I invite you to read more about him here.


Lesa Lardieri-Wright '75

Chair, Georgian Court University Board of Trustees


Dr. Jose Bevia


County College of Morris Professor Featured in Book on Top Composers


RANDOLPH, NJ - An international award-winner, Dr. Jos? Bevi?, professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), recently garnered one more honor with his inclusion with 27 other composers in a new book titled "Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers" by Robert Raines.


"It's a great honor to be included in this book because most of the other composers interviewed are older, more established musicians -- some of whom have won Pulitzer prizes," Bevi? says. The book offers in-depth interviews with leading composers of contemporary classical music, explores the impact of digital technology on the creative process and queries its subjects on such topics as their source of inspiration, work habits and the business of music. Published by the Oxford University Press, the book has drawn rave reviews from the academic music world.


"I shared how technology has impacted my creative process, what software I use and which composers have most strongly influenced my style of music," Bevi? says.

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NJ Community College Presidents Support Common Core, PARCC Higher Standards


On March 17, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges released the following statement from New Jersey's 19 community college presidents regarding the Common Core Curriculum and aligned assessments:


"The presidents of New Jersey's 19 community colleges want to see every student succeed and achieve an associate's degree or occupational certificate. Too often, however, students' progress is delayed because they lack the skills needed for college-level work. 


"We believe that higher K-12 standards and aligned student assessments are necessary to help ensure that students arrive at our colleges prepared to meet their academic and career goals. Toward that end, the community college presidents support the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum and aligned PARCC assessments in mathematics, reading and writing.


"Our colleges already use common assessment tools and

Raymond Yannuzzi, President, Camden County College, and head of New Jersey Higher Education PARCC Team

definitions of 'college ready' in English and math. We collaborate with school districts across the state and actively work to increase the number of high school graduates who come to us ready to succeed in college-level instruction. When scores from the 11th grade PARCC assessments have been validated and made available, we will review the PARCC achievement levels and compare them to scores we now use on Accuplacer, SAT, ACT, and other measures for determining college readiness. We anticipate using PARCC scores as one of our placement tools beginning in 2016.


"We currently administer math and English placement tests to many New Jersey high school juniors and seniors. Students who do not achieve college-ready scores are offered several options to improve their skills and avoid remedial courses in college. These options include 'bridge courses' during the senior year or during the summer offered in the high school or at the college; short intensive summer 'boot camps' on the college campus; and individualized computer-based instruction in English and mathematics. Students who demonstrate college readiness can take credit courses either on our campuses or in dual-credit programs offered at their high schools.


"PARCC scores will provide more timely and detailed information on academic progress to students, teachers and parents. These scores will be a valuable tool for colleges in our work to help high school students avoid remediation and begin study in college-level courses. We believe that the Common Core Curriculum and aligned PARCC assessments will help reduce the need for remediation in college and increase opportunities for New Jersey's students to achieve academic and career success." 

Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network Announce

Joint Venture to Form School of Medicine

Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) have announced that the two institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a new, four-year school of medicine.  The partnership will establish the first private school of medicine currently in the state and provide a significant economic boost to the region. The school intends to locate on the campus of the former Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. (Roche), a state-of-the-art biomedical facility, in Nutley and Clifton, New Jersey.


Establishing a school of medicine with the backing of two esteemed institutions will attract the best and brightest to the field of medicine in the State of New Jersey and help curb the critical physician shortage that the state and the nation currently face.  By 2020, it is estimated there will be a shortage of 2,500 physicians in the Garden State.  Seton Hall and HackensackUHN's joint venture to create a premier academic institution will help combat the physician shortage by providing key educational, research, and career opportunities to incentivize the next generation to pursue a career in medicine.


"Seton Hall University has always been committed to academic excellence and servant leadership, and Hackensack University Health Network has always been committed to healthcare excellence," said Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University.  "As a Catholic university with strong existing programs in the sciences, nursing, health and medical sciences, and health law, we are perfectly poised to create a school of medicine that will educate talented people in the diverse fields of healthcare."


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Celebrating the announcement of a new medical school at Seton Hall: Governor Chris Christie, Dr. Robert C. Garrett, president and CEO of HackensackUHN, and Dr. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University.


Stockton University 

New Name Highlights Evolution and Growth 

of New Jersey's Distinctive Public University


















Stockton University is New Jersey's newest institution of higher learning, as the Board of Trustees today voted to change Stockton's official designation and name from that of a college to a university.


"Since its founding in 1969, Stockton has had many names,


but one consistent mission: excellence in teaching, dedication to learning, and a tradition of community service," said President Herman Saatkamp. "In becoming a university, we honor those values while continuing our journey as an environment for excellence and a partner in New Jersey's social and economic development."


Stockton has been known at various times as Richard Stockton State College, Stockton State, and most recently, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The change was approved by Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education, after research and study by her office and outside consultants, who visited the campus and recommended that Stockton be recognized as a comprehensive university. The Executive Committee of the New Jersey Presidents' Council, made up of the presidents of the state's public, private and community colleges and universities that receive state aid, also voted for the change.


The name change highlights Stockton's tremendous overall growth in academic achievements and new programs, as well as its new facilities. Stockton is ranked at #9 among public Regional Universities of the North by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 edition of "America's Best Colleges." Stockton also is ranked overall at #41 out of 135 public and private Northern universities by U.S. News & World Report.

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Stockton Team Wins 'Up to Us," National Competition to Engage Students on Federal Debt 

Students at Stockton University won the nationwide competition, "Up to Us," and traveled to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) earlier this month in Florida to receive the top $10,000 prize. "Up to Us" pitted students from 44 colleges and universities to run the most thought-provoking, fun and effective campaign informing students about the long- and short-term impacts the federal debt will have on their lives - and getting them to take action. 


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Stockton University's Hughes Center

Announces National Advisory Board

The William J. Hughes Center of Public Policy at Stockton University today announced the formation of a National Advisory Board to provide advice and guidance from a national perspective. Members of the national board include (in alphabetical order): 

* Luke Bierman - Dean and professor of Law at Elon University School of Law
* Bill Bradley - former U.S. senator from New Jersey
* Brendan T. Byrne - former New Jersey governor
* Robert DelTufo - former New Jersey attorney general
* Mickey Edwards - former member of Congress, now director, Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership
* Kristen Grimm - president, Spitfire Strategies
* Ruth J. Katz - Aspen Institute, director, Health, Medicine and Society Program
* Virginia A. Long - retired New Jersey Supreme Court associate justice
* Bill Richardson - former congressman, U.N. Ambassador, Energy Secretary and New Mexico governor, now heads The Richardson Center for Global Engagement
* Lindsay Thomas - former member of Congress
* John E. Wallace, Jr. - retired New Jersey Supreme Court associate justice
* Christine Todd Whitman - former New Jersey governor

Rutgers University-Camden Earns National Carnegie Community Engagement Classification 


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Rutgers University-Camden to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.  


"This Carnegie classification of Rutgers University-Camden signals to the world that our leadership efforts in civically engaged learning are generating successful outcomes," says Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden. "Civic engagement is a core virtue that makes our institution special. Combined with our Rutgers research faculty and our commitment to personalized student support, civic engagement provides extraordinary learning opportunities for our students while also allowing us to help to address challenges right here in southern New Jersey and across our region."


During the 2013-14 academic year, approximately 45 percent of all Rutgers-Camden students engaged in more than 300,000 hours of community service. During that same period, 1,065 students delivered service as part of a credit-bearing academic experience, which included 93 academic courses developed with specific civic engagement components.


Rutgers-Camden's many service-oriented initiatives include the North Camden Schools Partnership, which connects Rutgers students with Camden children for afterschool enrichment activities; a wide array of pro bono and clinical legal programs offered through the Rutgers School of Law-Camden; empowerment workshops delivered by the Community Leadership Center; and research-driven analysis developed by the Center for Urban Research and Education.


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At Rowan University: Anchoring High Street's Artful Future

Rowan University recently unveiled plans for a new downtown art gallery designed to further integrate the school and borough and boost the local economy with an Arts & Entertainment district.

The University bought the property at 301 W. High Street, a stalled private condominium project, in 2013 and is redesigning and renovating the 15,000 square foot space.


Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand said between the art gallery site -- which the University bought for $440,000 and is investing $5.3 million to convert --  and other major projects, Rowan and its business and government partners are literally transforming the historic downtown.


"Arts and entertainment are always a strong anchor in any community," Houshmand said. The building will be the western anchor for the developing Arts & Entertainment district. An eastern anchor is the Let's Dance Studio and plans are underway to return a theater to the downtown. The Winterland Ice Skating Rink opened on High Street last year and a variety of festivals are now held on nearby Rowan Boulevard. In addition to the all-new gallery, the building will include several classrooms and faculty offices, which is expected to generate even more energy and foot traffic along High Street. The Rowan Boulevard project, a $300 million private investment half a block from 301 West High, is transforming the downtown with housing, restaurants, retail and the first new Glassboro hotel in generations.


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At Princeton: Student Documentaries Tell Stories of Trenton, Its People and Their Jobs


By Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications 


Kenya's story starts on a bus as she rides to her job at a recently opened Amazon distribution warehouse.


Juan's story starts at a small store on State Street, a permanent home for a business he started by selling dresses and women's shoes from the back of his car.


They are stories of Trenton, New Jersey, its people and the ways they make a living. Princeton undergraduates are telling these stories and others like them this semester through short documentaries as part of the course "Documentary Film and the City."


"If you want to live in the city, you have to have jobs in the city," said Purcell Carson, a filmmaker and a documentary production specialist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs who leads the class. "We're focusing this semester on employment, people who have jobs, people who need jobs, people who want to start their own businesses or have their own businesses."


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Princeton students interview Calvin Thomas at the YMCA in Trenton. Instructor Purcell Carson (holding white board) is helping students film short documentaries about Trenton residents. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications.


(Left to Right) New BCC President Paul Drayton, Jr., MCCC President Dr. Patricia Donohue, BCC Interim Vice President of Special Projects Dr. Beverly Richardson, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey President & CEO and member of First Book's national Board of Directors John E. Harmon, Sr., and BCC Vice President of Student Success Dr. Terrence Hardee.
Children Will Receive 40,000 First Books from H istoric Partnership at Burlington County College


BCC, Mercer County Community College, Secretary of Higher Education, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey partner to strengthen education for children 


The second annual First Book Initiative has officially opened at Burlington County College (BCC) to begin distributing 40,000 free, high-quality books to community organizations in Burlington and Mercer counties that serve children in need.


Last year, BCC became the first community college in the nation to formally incorporate this literacy initiative in its curriculum. The initiative was so successful that New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks provided funds to expand the project to advance her vision of a statewide effort. Fulton Bank has also provided financial and volunteer support toward the effort.


"Burlington County College and the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey have shown that it is possible to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children by giving them access to high-quality books. College students also gained from the experience, acquiring workplace skills as they learned how to be caring, responsive citizens," said Secretary Hendricks. "We are thrilled that the success of First Book is being replicated at Mercer County Community College. I look forward to our national model expanding throughout our state to other community colleges."


The new high-quality books donated by publishers to the nonprofit organization First Book arrived at BCC's Briggs Road Center on Friday and more than 350 volunteers are spending the week sorting, bundling and distributing the books to 70 eligible organizations that serve children in need including low-income, military or disabled. The initiative strives to improve childhood literacy and educational achievement.


"A child's First Book is a ticket toward a better life through education," BCC President Paul Drayton Jr. said. "Burlington County College is proud to be a part of this partnership that is setting a national example of how to improve literacy and education for children regardless of their background."


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Instructor Jared Fontaine works with students Lehki Bryant (right) and Vincent Loomis III at Oakwood Avenue School in Orange, NJ.

Montclair State Receives $2.5 Million U.S. Department of Education Full-Service Community School Grant  


More than 1,000 Families at Two Orange, New Jersey Schools to Benefit Annually from On-site Programs and Services at First University-Assisted Community School in the State 

The U.S. Department of Education announced a five-year, $2.5 million award to Montclair State University to help fund the conversion of two low-performing Orange, New Jersey schools into University-Assisted Full-Service Community Schools (UAFSCS) - the first such schools in New Jersey.


The funds will flow directly into the two schools to support a myriad of much-needed academic and enrichment programs and social and health services that will benefit more than 1,000 families each year. 


"This is a great honor for the Orange Public School District," said Superintendent of Schools Ronald C. Lee. "I am excited about the opportunity that this award presents to Orange and the impact it will have on our community. We are extremely grateful to Montclair State University for supporting and believing in Orange and enabling us to cultivate positive change in the district through such things as a health clinic and other needed resources for our families." 


Since 2008, Congress has invested $30 million in program grants led by partnerships among school districts and community-based organizations. The University was one of nine awardees selected from a pool of 147 applicants nationwide. The nine awardees represent 26 new community schools, including the two Orange, New Jersey schools in a range of urban and rural locales that will add to the 64 schools previously established in 38 states. 


"The range of partnerships and communities represented here demonstrates the increasing attention that educators and community leaders are giving toward community schools," said Martin Blank, director of the Coalition for Community Schools. "We look forward to working with all awardees to share resources and connect them with our community school leaders as part of nationwide peer learning network." 


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Top Four News Items from New Jersey City University (NJCU):


NJCU School of Business to Relocate to Jersey City's Financial District 

  • New Jersey City University (NJCU) will relocate its School of Business to a custom-designed facility in the heart of New Jersey's financial hub in September 2015. T he NJCU School of Business will be situated in a 68,348-square-foot space at Harborside Plaza 2 directly on the Jersey City waterfront, adjacent to the Exchange Place PATH station. The location will centralize NJCU's growing undergraduate and graduate business programs and provide students with convenient access to corporate employers both in Jersey City and New York City.  
NJCU Closes on Sale of $50.6 Million in Bonds for Student Housing; Building to Launch West Campus Development
  • New Jersey City University (NJCU) finalized the sale of $50,645,000 million par amount of Revenue Bonds issued by the New Jersey Education Development Authority to support a new 425-bed student housing development. "Our success in finalizing this bond sale opens the way for tremendous progress and growth, which are critical to the future well-being of the University and our community," said Dr. Sue Henderson, NJCU President

Three Visionary Leaders to be Honored at 'Building the Dream Gala' on April 16

  • Three acclaimed leaders in media, finance, and public service will be honored at New Jersey City University's "Building the Dream" Gala on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at The Hyatt Regency, Jersey City, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Leading the roster of honorees is Luke Visconti '13 (Hon.), CEO and Founder, DiversityInc., who will receive the NJCU Corporate Citizenship Award.

NJCU Co-sponsored and Hosted National Training Exercise for Safety Preparedness

  • New Jersey City University co-sponsored and hosted "Operation Safe Delivery," a national training exercise for safety preparedness in the case of an oil transportation delivery disaster, on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The White House Department of Homeland Security sponsored this FEMA-directed event which was coordinated by the Jersey City Office of Emergency Management.
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Monmouth University News Stories

Monmouth University Names New School of Education Dean
Monmouth University has named teacher-scholar John E. Henning, PhD, its new dean for the School of Education. Henning will join the University community on July 1, 2015. He succeeds Mary Brennan who has served as interim dean since January 2015, following the retirement of former Dean Lynn Romeo.

"Dr. Henning is an innovative and energetic leader with more than 30 years of experience in teaching and teacher education," said Laura J. Moriarty, Monmouth University provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His diverse background, which includes service as a public school teacher, university professor, and academic administrator, will foster a comprehensive and holistic approach to leading the School of Education."

$1.6 Million Grant from Moore Foundation Supports Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute's Work on Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's 1.6 million grant to Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) is supporting work on the 

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an online toolkit and resource center to support ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic region.


The grant supports UCI's work with several academic, government, private and public sector partners to implement the project. In addition to UCI, the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal team includes investigators from the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, The Nature Conservancy, and Point 97.

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Leading Thinkers Present Talks on Acceleration and Change at Third TEDxNavesink in Monmouth County 

Leading thinkers, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, physicists, computer scientists, researchers and artists, will explore how today's accelerators and change agents are shaping our future at the TEDxNavesink conference: "Accelerators" at Monmouth University. TEDxNavesink brings the mission of TED Talks to Monmouth County for an all-day live event for the third annual year.


The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue in West Long Branch, N.J.

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Bloomfield College President Richard Levao was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Daejeon Global Innovation Forum in Daejeon, South Korea.

Bloomfield College President Richard Levao speaks at Global Innovation Forum

Bloomfield College President Richard Levao was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Daejeon Global Innovation Forum in Daejeon, South Korea, cosponsored by the World Technopolis Association (WTA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Titled "Innovation 4.0: Shifting the Innovation Paradigm toward Creative Economy," the program (which spanned three days, Nov. 11-14) brought together thought leaders from all corners of the world to discuss a changing economic climate and how new collaborations can be created to foster economic growth and promote global social justice.


In delivering his 45-minute address, President Levao shared the stage with Peter Vessenes, chairman of Bitcoin Foundation. He noted that UNESCO's Statement of Principles under "One Planet, One Ocean" announces that "sustainable development cannot be achieved by technological solutions, political regulation or financial instruments alone. We need to change the way we think and act."

Levao also highlighted how American higher education institutions such as Bloomfield College can aid the evolving world, including the education and training of students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and providing technological resources that facilitate scientific advancements.


He specifically highlighted four leading research universities in New Jersey and described the state as a technology leader and global partner to the 1,300 attendees, many of whom were CEO's of global corporations and included delegates from 30 countries. At the conclusion of the conference, President Levao was elected chair of the University and College President's Council of the WTA.

"This is a great honor and a recognition of Bloomfield College's global mission," noted Levao. "We look forward to future opportunities to address the very real and pressing issues of enhancing social justice and fairness as an element of global economic development and innovation."


To learn more about the Daejeon Global Innovation Forum, visit daejeongif.org

From left: David A. Evans, Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees; Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Maria Torres, chairperson of the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees; Matthew Moeller, Atlantic Cape Foundation Board; Therese Budd, former dean of administration and business services at Atlantic Cape; Alex Marino, Atlantic County Freeholder; Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive; Douglas Fraser, co-chair of the Create Opportunity Capital Campaign; Maria Kellett, senior director of resource development and community affairs at Atlantic Cape; Nicholas Cashan III, president of the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board; Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs at Atlantic Cape; and Helen Walsh, Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees.

Atlantic Cape Opens $16 Million STEM Building; Features Modern Science Labs, Student-centered Design


MAYS LANDING-Atlantic Cape Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 29 to formally dedicate the Science, Technology, Engineering & Math building at the college's Mays Landing Campus. Nearly 100 college representatives, government officials and donors who played a role in making the building a reality attended.


The centerpiece of the college's Blueprint 2020 Master Plan, the $16 million project features five science labs, two computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways that will be used for telescope viewing by the college's astronomy classes. The building is home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute. Located on the south side of the main campus quadrangle next to the William Spangler Library, D-building, this project marks the first Atlantic Cape building constructed at the Mays Landing Campus in more than two decades.


The event featured remarks from Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs; Nicholas Cashan III, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation board president; and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson.


"This structure will provide our students and faculty with a greatly enhanced learning environment in the STEM disciplines," Dr. Mora said. "These disciplines provide the academic foundation for a wide array of careers that will grow in the future."


In addition to the modern chemistry, biology and earth science labs, the new building features many amenities that were incorporated with Atlantic Cape students in mind. Highlights include a grab-and-go caf? operated by the college's food service vendor, Golden Corral; collaboration rooms where students can work in small groups and write on specially painted walls appropriate for dry erase markers; and an atrium lobby with ample lounge space for students to relax between classes.


Funding for the $16 million STEM building project came from a number of sources, totaling $8 million, plus an $8 million match by the County of Atlantic. Funders included: South Jersey Economic Development District; Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation; federal government, omnibus and U.S. Economic Development Administration funding; Atlantic Cape; and the state of New Jersey, Chapter 12 program.


"I can recall the initial discussions that we had with Dr. Mora and the administration about how the Foundation could support its development and to be here today is a rewarding experience," Cashan said. "From those conversations, we developed the Create Opportunity Campaign, the college's first major gifts campaign, which raised an astounding $3.4 million for scholarships and support of the STEM building."


The 32,475-square-foot, two-story facility, designed by Philadelphia firm Stantec Architects (formerly Burt Hill), received LEED Silver certification for its "green" design. Additionally, with input from students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders through focus group sessions, architects prepared a design that incorporates a palette of materials and colors that complement the colors, textures and scale of current campus buildings, while maintaining the natural quality of the campus landscape.

Drew University Professor Jonathan Golden, head of the table, and Lt. Fabio LaManna of the Drew Public Safety Department, right, have a session with students.

Drew University Tackles Conflict Resolution and Leadership


New certificate program, beginning fall 2015, was designed with law enforcement and veterans in mind.

During his years in the Summit Police Department, former Police Chief Robert Lucid, who is now Drew University's public safety director, recalled several tense situations that could have escalated into violence.


There was the man carrying a knife on the street that ended up putting down his weapon before anyone got hurt, an angry husband who carried a baseball bat when police responded to a domestic complaint, and a man who opened his front door carrying a shotgun after his daughter complained she had been abused.


"Everyone in law enforcement is met with unexpected and potentially explosive confrontations that can be resolved with talk rather than force," Lucid recalls. "The incidents were always resolved with conflict-reducing maneuvers and dialogue."

Helping defuse violent situations through conflict resolution is just one of the goals behind Drew University's new Certificate on Conflict Resolution and Leadership program being offered for the first time this fall by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.


Jonathan Golden, professor of anthropology and religious studies, says the graduate school surveyed nearly 100 law enforcement professionals and veterans in the tri-state area. The survey showed support for conflict resolution training and recognized citizen cooperation as an important tool for fighting crime.


The certificate, designed especially for police officers and veterans, is a five-course, 15-credit undertaking that brings together professors and outside professionals in the fields of community policing, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.


Golden says the course is ideal for veterans returning from service, who already have experience in peace building and community building and are integrating back to the private sector for employment. It is also useful for law enforcement officials who may be embarking on a second career or for any professional seeking additional training and certification. Community leaders and clergy also may benefit from the professional training, he said.


"Professionals from the worlds of security, military, and law enforcement have considerable field experience, but that does not always translate easily as they seek employment in the civilian workplace," says Golden. "Filling that gap is one great benefit of this program."


The cost of the new Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Leadership program is being underwritten by a generous gift from Dr. Sol and Mrs. Meri Barer of Mendham, New Jersey, and from other funding sources. The first class will begin in the fall semester. To find out more information about the certificate program, contact the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies


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Appearing June 13 at Ocean County College
Legendary jazz musician Paquito D'Rivera appears June 13 at Ocean County College

3 Sails Jazz Festival Features D'Rivera, Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams, Tufus Zimbabwe (Keyboardist SNL Band)


TOMS RIVER, NJ - The First Annual 3 Sails Jazz Festival will be held on Friday,

June 12, and Saturday, June 13 on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.  (Rain Date: Sun, Jun 14.)  The featured artists reflect different styles of jazz: classic, smooth, Latin, big band, funk, and contemporary.


On Friday, June 12, the 3 Sails Jazz Festival starts with Master Classes for interested musicians and residents with a jazz concert starting in the afternoon and lasting into the evening.  


For ticket information click here or call the Grunin Center Box Office at 732-255-0500.


For video clips go here. 


Burlington County College
Paul Drayton Jr., BCC's new President 

Burlington County Administrator Appointed President of Burlington County College


On March 3, the Burlington County College (BCC) Board of Trustees appointed Burlington County Administrator Paul Drayton Jr. as the new college president.


In announcing the appointment of Mr. Drayton, Board Chair George Nyikita took time to praise BCC Provost Dr. David Spang, who has served as interim president since former President David C. Hespe's departure. "The college owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Spang for his leadership and professionalism this past year. During his tenure, Burlington County College did not skip a beat, continuing to provide quality education and first rate services both to its students and the community at large."


The Board also announced that in addition to maintaining his position as Provost, Dr. Spang has been promoted to Senior Vice President with a focus on development of the college's five year academic strategic plan.


Drayton has served as County Administrator since 2010. During that time, he led a restructuring of county government which has resulted in a $40 million budget reduction while leading efforts to streamline, share, and enhance services among county agencies - including the college.


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Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship Celebrates 25 Years

Madison, NJ - This year, Fairleigh Dickinson University's Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship marks its 25th anniversary and invites the business community to join in its gala celebration on April 2, 2015 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park. The event will feature a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by a keynote address, recognition of ten honorees associated with Fairleigh Dickinson University, and dinner.  


The event will raise funds for innovation and entrepreneurship programs administered by The Rothman Institute. These programs have touched the lives of many in local companies, high schools, and universities and have supported entrepreneurs in starting and growing companies.


The cost of a ticket is $350, $150 of which is tax-deductible. Tickets can be ordered here.  Robert Hugin, CEO of Celgene, will deliver the keynote address. 


Caldwell University
Caldwell President
Nancy H. Blattner

Caldwell University President Nancy Blattner Receives Chief Executive Leadership Award from Council for Advancement and Support of Education 


Caldwell University President Nancy H. Blattner has received the 2015 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II. CASE is a leading international association of educational institutions. The award was presented to Dr. Blattner at the CASE District II conference in Washington, D.C. on February 2nd at the annual Achievement Awards Luncheon.


"We are very excited that Dr. Blattner received this much deserved honor," said Joseph Posillico, vice president of enrollment management and communications.   "The fact that she was  recognized at this level is not a surprise to those of us who work closely with her. Over the past five years, her energy, commitment, and willingness to take risks have greatly benefited our students, staff, and faculty."

The award recognizes a CASE District II member institution leader. Nominees for this CASE award must demonstrate the ability to create vision and inspire others; establish a positive image of his/her institution's stature in the community; and encourage innovations and risk-taking among employees. The nominee also must be known as an active and supportive participant in significant advancement efforts. 


Dr. Blattner is the first lay president in the Catholic Dominican university's history. Her many outstanding activities include leading Caldwell College in the process of becoming Caldwell University, a change in title and status that was the culmination of a two-year process. She started a very successful Bachelor of Science in Nursing program which has received programmatic accreditation. She oversaw the opening of the state of the art Center for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis where the university conducts cutting-edge treatment research and where faculty and graduate students serve children, families and individuals on the autism spectrum.


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Salem Community College
Gary Lewis of Wenonah and Mollee Juzwiak (center) of Ocean City were two of 30 Salem Community College students who created glass art for Beads of Courage, a nonprofit organization that promotes the well-being of seriously ill children.

Salem Community College Students Create Beads of Courage for Seriously Ill Children


Salem Community College's Glass Club members created beautiful beads for children battling illnesses.  The SCC students donated their artwork to Beads of Courage, a nonprofit organization that promotes the well-being of youngsters coping with serious illnesses and their families. 


SCC glass studio specialist Doug Ohm praised the students for their enthusiastic response.  "They rounded up all the materials, prepared all the needed supplies and organized the event," he said.  "Thirty students took part, which represents 100 percent capacity in our flame shop.  I would like to make this an every-semester event."


Through the Beads of Courage program, members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey, according to the organization's website.


Students enrolled in SCC's nationally acclaimed programs in scientific glass technology and glass art work in the state-of-the-art Paul J. Stankard studio and lab in Alloway, N.J.  


Camden County College Selected a Top School for 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide

Camden County College has been designated as a "Top School" in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities, which measures best practices in the education of military service members and veterans.


The MAE Guide was assembled using results of a questionnaire on military-supportive policies that was administered to more than 600 private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year institutions. Schools were evaluated on military culture, financial aid, flexibility and on-campus and online support services. Those ultimately listed in the MAE Guide are lauded as "institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform."


This is the latest honor for the Camden County College's Veterans Services Office. Previously, the College was selected as a Military Friendly? School by Victory Media Inc. and had its array of special support programs for veterans of the United States Armed Forces featured in Victory Media's 2015 Military Friendly? print and online publications.


The Center's staff recognize that higher education is a major step in transitioning from military to civilian life and want to help students who are veterans use their benefits to build a successful future. The Center works with veterans on applications and certifications, including those for benefits available under Selected Reserves, the Montgomery G.I. Bill, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance.


The Center also provides Veterans Administration work-study information and opportunities and access to a special on-

campus veterans lounge. Finally, the Center provides access to a licensed clinical social worker on campus and provides referrals to the Camden County Department of Veterans Affairs and Camden County Mental Health Services.


The Camden County College Veterans Service Center is located in Room 202A of the Otto R. Mauke Community Center on CCC's Blackwood Campus. Click on its web page here. For further information, contact veterans services advisor Zaida Nogue by telephone at (856) 374-4960 or via email at va@camdencc.edu.


The 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities may be accessed online here. 


Essex County College Projects Designed for Student Success  


Major projects underway this year are changing the landscape for students at both the Newark and West Essex (West Caldwell) campuses.


Essex President Dr. Gale E. Gibson said the projects fit into a number of the College's Strategic Plan goals. These include: Student Success & Completion - Job #1; State of the Art Technology & Support Services, and Modernized Facilities.

All the projects are funded in large part through the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority. Essex received $19.1 million from the "Building Our Future Bond Act" of 2012, the most of any two-year college in the state.


The three projects currently underway are:

  • Health Sciences Nursing Simulation Lab
  • West Caldwell Campus enhancements
  • Information Commons will modernize Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Newark

The Nursing Simulation Lab, set to be dedicated April 16, will be a high-tech training area where Nursing students work with mannequins simulating a variety of chronic illnesses.


"The new lab will provide outstanding training for our students before they begin their clinical assignments," said Dr. Evadne Harrison-Madu, Chairperson of the Division of Nursing & Allied Health. Four new mannequins - three adults and one baby -  can perform such functions as breathe, sweat, and blink, simulating what students in the College's Associate degree program will encounter in a hospital or similar setting. 


Debriefing and Observation rooms are also part of the new lab.

The West Essex campus is undergoing a major overhaul this summer and will be fully operational for the Fall 2015 semester. Dr. Elvy Vieira, Acting Dean of Community, Continuing Education and West Essex Campus, said the renovations will result in four new lecture classrooms, two new tutoring labs, and an additional biology lab for more Allied Health filed offerings. The library will be expanded, with more computer stations along with a new bookstore. An Ethernet infrastructure will be installed and the basic existing infrastructure will be renovated.


Prior to construction, the campus will offer a three-week intensive Summer I term from May 4 to May 22. Fifteen full credit classes will be offered before a two-month closure.


The new Information Commons is designed to create an improved environment with updated academic resources in one central location. Students will have increased digital access in the two-floor Information Commons with 145 computer stations and group study areas. A highlight will be an eco-friendly lounge with a waterfall wall and a "green" wall to absorb sound. "With access to these academic databases, digital information and enhanced facilities, the MLK Library renovations will empower our students and enable them to function more effectively and efficiently," said Dr. Gibson.     

Future projects being funded through the state bond include:

  • Construction of 18,000 square feet of new classrooms for developmental math and English instruction.
  • Upgrades to the campus-wide technology infrastructure, including computer labs, and structural facilities and equipment.

Higher Education Awareness Week Activities at Ramapo College


The Student Government Association at Ramapo College of New Jersey sponsored a variety of events for Higher Education Awareness Week in February. The events included forums and discussions on major issues and challenges facing higher education in New Jersey and visits by legislators to the campus.


Ramapo College President Peter Mercer and New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities Executive Director Michael Klein participated in a round table discussion with students on the relationship between the state budget and higher education.


Student organizations also sponsored discussions about various proposals at the state and federal level related to funding higher education, improving access and reducing student debt.  A voter registration drive was also part of the week's activities.


Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, chair of the New Jersey Assembly Higher Education Committee, spoke to students, faculty and

staff about  key issues facing

higher education and how to become more engaged in the process.  Deputy Secretary of Higher Education Gregg Edwards also visited the campus and provided insight into the budgetary process and various policy choices involving higher education. 

County College of Morris Students Advance to Regional Finals of Cyber Defense Competition


Team Next Competes for the Right to Travel to Nationals


In its first appearance at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MACCDC), County College of Morris (CCM) has moved on to the regional finals.


The CCM Cyber Centurions, students who are members of the college's Cyber Security Club, placed in the top 10 after the virtual qualifier round, advancing to the regional finals at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland at the end of March.

Not only is this the first time CCM is competing, but the college's team was the only group from any New Jersey college or university to enter the competition.


"The success of this team is a testament to the quality of our Information Security curriculum, faculty and students," says Nancy Binowski, chair of the Information Technologies program at CCM. "I congratulate the CCM Cyber Centurions on their significant accomplishment and wish them continued success as they represent County College of Morris and the state of New Jersey in the regional finals in Maryland."


The winner of the MACCDC will represent the region at the national Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, Texas, in April.

The accomplishment is even more meaningful as the team only began practicing in February. In order to prepare in such a short period of time, the students met regularly at the home of Professors Patricia and Joseph Tamburelli, who coach the team. Practices took place late into the night during the week and on weekends.


To create a welcoming environment, the Tamburellis cooked the team meals and even increased their home Internet speed to allow students to practice in an ideal environment. The CCM Information Systems department also helped by providing switches and fast cables for the team to use.


"I truly believe that because of this journey, the team has become a family and it greatly improved their chances to succeed," Binowski says.

The team is made up of students Alexander Zielinski, of Lake Hiawatha; Brian Seligson, of Parsippany; Jared Rudow, of Wayne; Mihir Kansagra, of Rockaway; Sergiy Tsysarchuk, of Wharton; Shaun Carroll, of Landing; Patrick McGrath, of Towaco; Kimberly Monka, of Denville; Ryan Bednar, of Denville; and Rayne Cafaro, of Denville.


"I'm so proud of our team," Patricia Tamburelli says. "My husband and I believe our students have a great chance of winning the regional finals because the students have learned from their experiences through debriefing sessions and are preparing for their next challenge."


The MACCDC, presented by the National CyberWatch Center, is now in its 10th year of providing a venue for college and university students to test their cybersecurity knowledge and skills in a competitive environment. The event's objectives are to provide a mechanism for higher education to evaluate their programs and an educational platform for students to apply the theo ry and skills they learn in the classroom.

Berkeley College Announces New President, Michael J. Smith, Effective July 1, 2015 

          Michael J. Smith 


The Board of Trustees of Berkeley College has named Michael J. Smith as President, effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Smith currently serves as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of BES Inc., the corporate office of Berkeley College. Mr. Smith will succeed Dario A. Cortes, PhD, who announced his retirement earlier this year and has served as President since July 2008.


"We are both pleased and excited to promote from within," said Kevin Luing, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "Michael Smith's institutional knowledge and proven leadership ability, along with his concern for student success, will drive Berkeley College to new heights."


"My plan is to build  upon the tradition of Berkeley College, where stu d ents come first," said Mr. Smith. "Emphasizing personalized attention to each and every student will increase successful student outcomes in the form of higher graduation rates, and that can drive graduates toward more meaningful professional careers."


Mr. Smith's career at Berkeley began in 1996. During his tenure, Mr. Smith transformed the technology infrastructure for human resources at the College and emphasized a centralized approach toward organizational management and services. He conceptualized systems and processes to implement sophisticated planning and budgeting, forecasting, balance sheet and working capital management, capital budgeting and external reporting.


Under Mr. Smith's leadership Berkeley College has garnered numerous best workplace and best employer awards. Mr. Smith has also served as Treasurer, Berkeley College Board of Trustees, and as Chief Operating Officer, Berkeley College, White Plains, NY. He was also a member of evaluation teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a regional accrediting organization covering the mid-Atlantic region in the United States.


Prior to joining Berkeley College, Mr. Smith was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of MetLife Realty Group, a company of which he was a founder. That organization provided value-added investment management for $1.5 billion of real estate. Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Rider University Announces New Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management


Rider University announced today a new bachelor of science in business administration in health care management, offered by the university's College of Business Administration.


The degree provides a core education in business combined with critical topics in health care management.


Anne Carroll, interim dean of Rider's College of Business Administration, said, "There is no field more exciting and relevant today than health care management. Health care is driving our economy both in New Jersey and nationally, and a well-rounded degree intersecting business and health care is high in demand."


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, the health care field is expected to grow rapidly as baby boomers age and people remain active later in life.

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow by 23% through 2022 - faster than the average for all occupations.
Jamie Lee Sonnenberg-Smith (center), a GCU history major and student-athlete, spent the summer working with students and non-profits in Ghana.

Down to a Science: Sustainability at Georgian Court


Georgian Court University's  comprehensive approach to sustainability  recently earned a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award through the annual program administered by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. Judges noted Georgian Court's success---led by biologist Louise Wootton, Ph.D., GCU's sustainability director---in areas like landscape management, water and energy efficiency, recycling, community education, the school's Mercy Garden and research with partners like Rutgers University.

Putting sustainability into practice is also an  academic exercise  -- especially in the lab of GC U Associate Professor of Chemistry Prasad Lakaraju, Ph.D, "Ultimately, our work will lead to green methods of making very useful chemicals such as formic acid, oxalic acid and ethylene glycol," said Dr. Lakaraju, who includes students in the ongoing  project that will, hopefully, improve the environment in coming years. A grant from Liquid Light Chemicals in Kendall Park supports their research.

Information about 

Newark City of Learning Collaborative  


By Mahako Etta, mahako.etta@rutgers.edu

The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) is a new citywide postsecondary network, committed to increasing the percentage of residents with postsecondary degrees, certificates, and quality credentials from the current 17% to 25% by 2025.

To achieve this goal, the NCLC, in collaboration with vital partners, proposes five strategies.

  1. Build awareness of the broader issue by gathering and sharing data that tracks readiness, enrollment, retention, and completion of Newark residents.
  2. Enhance and support college readiness initiatives by developing a high school to college postsecondary pipeline through alignment and collaboration with the Newark public schools and local charter schools.
  3. Increase postsecondary enrollment, retention, and completion through two- and four-year higher education institution alignments.
  4. Engage and support adult learners to degree completion.
  5. Develop financial support opportunities to assist with postsecondary attainment while developing linkages between education and future career opportunities.

To support these strategies, the city must focus on increasing college enrollment, retention, and completion rates of Newark residents; provide greater incentives to attract and retain college graduates; encourage adult learners to return to school; provide more support to traditional high school students to increase college knowledge; create scholarship opportunities to lower financial barriers to college; place greater focus on ensuring higher transfer rates from two-year to four-year schools; support data articulation agreements between the secondary and higher education institutions to better track students; and create more internship opportunities as a way to increase retention and direct students to growing career fields in the area.


The collaborative is composed of over 60 organizations, including higher educational institutions, the City of Newark, the Newark Workforce Investment Board, the Newark Housing Authority, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, college attainment programs, and community based organizations.


The backbone organization for the NCLC is the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. The Cornwall Center provides a full-time project coordinator who manages the NCLC advisory board comprised of the leaders of major partner institutions, a 25 member steering committee, and four learning teams (internships and scholarships, college readiness, data and evaluation, and postsecondary/adult learners). The Cornwall Center also serves as the depository of information and data and is in the process of developing a website and communications plan for the work of the NCLC.


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$1.6 Million Grant from Moore Foundation Supports Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute's Work on   Ocean Data Portal

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's 1.6 million grant to Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) is supporting work on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an online toolkit and resource center to support ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic region.


The grant supports UCI's work with several academic, government, private and public sector partners to implement the project. In addition to UCI, the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal team includes investigators from the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, The Nature Conservancy, and Point 97.


The work is being done in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

(MARCO). MARCO is a regional ocean partnership established by the governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia for shared action to improve health and contribute to the high quality of life and economic vitality in the region. The Portal consolidates best available data and enables state and federal agencies and the public to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitats and offshore wind energy areas.


The Ocean Data Portal serves as a platform for working collaboratively with ocean users and stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Portal organizes the complex ocean data related to the region in one place and puts essential information and state-of-the-art mapping and visualization technology into the hands of the states, agencies, industry, community leaders and the public.


"We are extremely grateful to the Moore Foundation for this support, which enables Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute to continue this important work in collaboration with other partners on issues of critical importance to the state and region. This is an excellent example of how science and technology can be coupled with public engagement to inform important ocean policy and management decisions," said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown, Ph.D.


The grant enables the Portal Team to coordinate efforts with MARCO to:


1.    Effectively engage ocean stakeholders across the region;

2.     Continue the development of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal to deliver a state-of-the-art data platform and the tools and features necessary to meet the needs of the region;

3.     Collaborate with ocean users, scientists and local experts to develop a regional ocean assessment, and improve understanding and awareness of the importance of Mid-Atlantic ocean resources to the region's economy and environment.


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