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PR # 223 May 16, 2007


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) tonight awarded associate degrees and certificates to more than 320 graduates at its 38th annual spring commencement. The ceremony was held at the Edward Nash Theatre on the College?s North Branch Campus.

David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree during the ceremony.

The evening featured RVCC student commencement speaker Casey Maliszewski of Stockton, who last month was named international president of Phi Theta Kappa. The organization is the international honor society for two-year colleges whose members excel in both academics and community service. Maliszewski is receiving a degree in English from RVCC. She plans to transfer to a four-year college or university in the Fall of ?08 and eventually attend law school.

J. Aaron Merino of Hillsborough, an assistant professor of Spanish who is leaving RVCC this spring after teaching at the College for seven years, delivered the faculty address. While at RVCC, Merino chaired the Honors Council and served as coordinator of the Honors Program. He also chaired the Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Committee. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence at RVCC in 2004.

The Corporation for National and Community Service administers the Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. The Corporation was established in 1993 to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. Eisner was appointed CEO by President Bush and began serving in December 2003.

From 1997 until 2003, Eisner was a vice president at AOL Time Warner, where he directed the company?s charitable foundation. He previously served as a senior vice president of Fleishman-Hilliard International Communications, and prior to that he managed public relations at the Legal Services Corporation. He started his career on Capitol Hill, serving as press secretary for three Members of Congress.

In addition to his professional activities, Eisner has served on the boards of several national nonprofit organizations, including Independent Sector, the National 4-H Council and Network for Good. A graduate of Stanford University, he received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Lori, live in Bethesda, Maryland, with their four young children.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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