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Bergen Community College Students Garner Recognition for Outstanding Academic Research and Writing
Seven Bergen Community College students presented their work at the 20th Annual Beacon Conference at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York this month. One student, Ana Sicilia of Elmwood Park, also earned an Outstanding Presenter Award in the category of Allied Health and Nursing.
The Beacon Conference for Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges, established in 1993, recognizes, celebrates and highlights the achievements of outstanding two-year college students in academic research and writing. Students work with mentors from their colleges to submit papers that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and originality. The highly competitive Beacon Conference accepted only 60 of the more-than 160 papers submitted for presentation at the June 1, 2012 conference. Leading professors in each discipline evaluate the paper on originality and quality of research, written work, and the oral presentation. The Conference recognizes the outstanding presenters and the presenters’ mentors with a $100 prize. The following Bergen students presented papers.
Bryan Campesi, of Washington Township, mentored by Professor Seamus Gibbons, presented a paper entitled: "Defining and Defending the Ambiguity in Faulkner's Old South: A Historical and Cultural Approach" in the category of American Literature.
Gillian Fitzgerald of Saddle River, mentored by Dr. Geoffrey Sadock, presented "The Heroine, the Anti-Heroine, and the Female Hero: An Analysis of Queen Guinevere, Morgan Le Fay, and Nyneve, the Lady of the Lake in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur" in the category of World Literature.
Craig Holzschuh, of West Caldwell, mentored by Professor Krista Jefferies, presented "Enforcement is Not an Alien Concept" in the category of Political Science.
Sam Miller, of Emerson, mentored by Dr. Dorothy Altman, presented "American Social and Spiritual Progressivism:
Ana Sicilia, of Elmwood Park mentored by Dr. Amy Ceconi, presented "Alpha 1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency Lung Disease Awareness and Latest Treatments" in the category of Allied Health and Nursing.
Stephen Arriaga, of Passaic, mentored by Dr. Altman, presented a poster entitled "Henry David Thoreau’s Resistance to Civil Government."
Jared Hoffman, mentored by Dr. Sadock, had a paper accepted for a poster presentation but was not able to attend. He titled his paper "The Influence of Plato on Christian Philosophy."
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Tenafly Students Stop into the World of Modern Dance with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
Students from kindergarten through grade five at the J. Spencer Smith Elementary School in Tenafly recently had the opportunity to explore the world of modern dance first hand, thanks to the efforts of their Home School Association (HSA) and the acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (CDDC).
Through a one-week residency titled Speaking Through Dance, the curriculum offered by CDDC to area schools, such as Smith Elementary, provides students with a learning experience comprised of narrated dance performances, master classes, multi-media lectures, and other activities.
On the first day, the entire school experienced a dance performance by the company, narrated by Ms. Dorfman. Since the school wanted the issue of bullying addressed through the art, Ms. Dorfman used some pieces from her personal and historical Legacy Project repertory, that explores issues of the Holocaust, the new immigrant experience and ultimately, the ability for people to rise above their difficulties and to find ways to connect with each other. The rest of the week, Ms. Dorfman and the dancers worked with every class around CDDC's repertory and the students were able to create their own dances which were shared with their classmates on the final day of the residency. The Speaking Through Dance Program engages and inspires students of all ages by bringing dance to life while meeting the school's goals and the comprehensive NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts for Grades K-12.
"The CDDC performances were perfect for this age group of students who were able to combine learning with enjoyment while enhancing their aesthetic awareness of the art of dance which is such an important part of the educational process," comments Judy Chen of the Smith Elementary School HSA, "And allows them to apply their newly acquired knowledge and creative skills to other arenas of life."
The Speaking Through Dance Program is one of many programs and dance experiences that CDDC brings to dance residencies in schools, colleges and communities offering participants the opportunity to learn new skills and discover how dance and creative expression can help us gain an understanding of our world and also of each other. The program curriculum is comprised of master classes, teacher training workshops, multi-media lectures, and its acclaimed Backstage Pass Performances. Known for its unique ability to engage and inspire students of all ages, the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company connects dance to life.
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Local High Schools Raise Funds for Operation Smile
Students at Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, with support from the Operation Smile Club at Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, New Jersey, recently held a jazz concert featuring the world-renowned Roni Ben-Hur/Nilson Matta Quartet Brazilian Band.
The event helped to spread awareness about Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity, and its mission to help children born with facial deformities. Over one thousand dollars was raised, and as a result the organization will be able to perform surgeries on four children.
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