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Thanks for checking out  Stay Connected  - your monthly alumni newsletter! We're happy to let you know about exciting things happening this month on campus at RVCC, and how you can stay involved. 

More importantly, we want to hear from you! Email us at alumni@raritanval.edu to   share your news, class notes, and success stories! And send us any suggestions you may have for the RVCC Alumni Association, so you feel more connected!
Spotlight On:
14th Annual Golf Classic

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and community partners, the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation raised over $177,000 at its 14th Annual Golf Classic, held July 11 at the Stanton Ridge Country Club and Golf Course in Whitehouse Station .

The annual Golf Classic is the RVCC Foundation's largest fundraising event
, and this year's event exceeded its revenue goal and broke all records . Net proceeds raised from the golf outing and the live and silent auction will support scholarships; science and technology programs; the College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; the Honors College at RVCC; the Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship; enrichment grants for students; professional development grants for faculty; and capital projects to enhance the learning experience of thousands of students.  
Join the Alumni Advisory Committee!
 
Become a leader in the RVCC Alumni community and help plan our events and programs with the RVCC Alumni Advisory Committee! The Alumni Advisory Committee meets four times a year and plans alumni events and fundraisers, and helps to select the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. 

Come to our first meeting on Thursday, September 14th!
 
E-mail  Sarah Lott  for more information!  

Alumni Update
Shaping a Career at RVCC

Elvia Viera '13, credits RVCC for preparing her for a career, in addition to offering strong academic programs.
 
Elvia graduated from RVCC with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. She transferred to The George Washington University, and then completed her Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University, majoring in Political Science , with minors in American Government and Philosophy.  

Under the guidance of her RVCC professors and advisors, Elvia was introduced to the world of internships, and took steps towards a career path while still in school.
"My greatest takeaway from RVCC is that college isn't just about applying yourself in the classroom; it's about becoming a contributing member of the community. I have a long track record  of employment and competitive internships, and I have been able to offer my experience, versatility and passion for assisting the community in each of these positions." 
 
Elvia presently serves as Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli's Deputy Chief of Staff for the 16th legislative district in the state legislature, the office where she acquired her first internship. "Had it not been for the instruction and guidance of attentive professors, I wouldn't have thought to apply my skills outside of the classroom and into an office setting while still in college."  
 

 
DID YOU KNOW?

You can take courses with
Rutgers University 
as a non-degree student at 
Raritan Valley Community College!

We offer on-site courses in the following disciplines: 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Labor & Employment Relations
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
If you are interested in learning more about available course offerings, please visit us in the University Center, located on the 1st Floor of Somerset Hall right next to the Library. 

Feel free to also:
Photographed by Elaine DeYoung
RVCC Administrator Feature
Advising In and Out of the Classroom

Marianne Brosnan began her career at RVCC as an adjunct professor in the English department in 2009. She had been working as a learning and development consultant for Fortune 500 companies including J&J, Merck, BMW of North America and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. "After my first semester of teaching, I thought my experience in corporate career and professional development might be helpful in helping students find their path at RVCC and beyond, so I sought an advising position in Advising and Counseling Services."  Marianne currently serves as the Transfer Advisor, guiding RVCC students through the process of transitioning into four-year schools.

In 2014, Marianne was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University, and conducted a research project on faculty and student career development, using the RVCC faculty to support her research. She will continue to research similar topics for her dissertation in the following year. 

Marianne urges the RVCC alumni to maintain ongoing contact with professors, advisors, and friends, and offer their support to this institution and our current students. " Alumni can serve as mentors or simply share their experiences. Knowledge provides direction for students; alums can be powerful inspiration to other RVCC students. Doing so would be both paying it back and forward !" 

Alumni Networking 
Happy Hour

Mark your calendars for
Thursday, October 26th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, for our first ever RVCC Alumni Happy Hour!
 
Join us at the Green Knoll Grill in Bridgewater to network with our diverse group of alumni in a casual setting. You must be 21+ to attend. 

Stay tuned for more information about tickets!

Aiken & Friends Music Fest
A Celebration of Songwriters 

For 12 years, Aiken & Friends Fest has been coastal Virginia's premier music festival featuring national, regional and local artists and songwriters performing genuine original music, and now they are coming to RVCC for a 2-day mini fest! 
 
The Aiken & Friends Fest North Branch, presented by RVCC Arts, will feature:


*  National, regional and local artists performing their original music!
*  A variety of specialty food, merchandise, and local business vendors
*  Music artist booth for audience meet-and-greet, autographs, and artist merchandise

All proceeds benefit the music education program at RVCC! 

Schedule of Events: 
 
Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM at the RVCC Theatre
Songwriters-in-the-Round  featuring Mike Aiken and two guests performing their original works and discussing their song-writing and inspiration.   

Saturday, September 23rd at 12:00 PM on the RVCC Campus
Choose from three 60-minute workshops in guitar, song-writing and indie music promotion. Click here for more information.
 
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
FREE  Concert On The Quad  featuring sets by three bands. 

LOCAL MUSICIANS: Bring your instrument and join the jam in the Pickers Tent 
and enjoy some tasty snacks at the food truck tail-gate. 
Open to the public!

Saturday Night at 7:00 PM at the RVCC Theatre
Tall Tales & Troubadours,  with the Mike Aiken Band featuring our open mic winners
 
Pay $30 for a full weekend pass (including one workshop!) or purchase individual tickets by visiting the RVCC Theatre Box Office or by clicking here.  
 
 
For more information visit http://www.aikenandfriendsfest.com/
 
ALUMNI SAVINGS


Upcoming Events
Planetarium Shows
The Little Star That Could/ 
Countdown to the Eclipse
August 15th at 2:30 PM

Laser Pop Rock
August 18th at 6:00 PM

Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon
August 18th at 9:00 PM
Earth, Moon, Sun & Coyote
August 22nd at 4:30 PM



Did you know that for every Amazon.com purchase you make, Amazon will donate .5% to the school of your choice at no cost to you?  All you have to do is sign up for Amazon Smile! 

Visit smile.amazon.com and select the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation as your beneficiary.  Then every time you shop, you'll be supporting the RVCC Foundation, which awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to RVCC students last year. 

For more information about the RVCC Foundation, or for any questions about Amazon Smile, please contact Sarah.Lott@raritanval.edu
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