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PR # 142 January 29, 2008


Evelyn S. Field of Bridgewater, a founding member of the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees, has received the 2008 Drum Major Award from the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission.

The award, one of three Drum Major Awards granted for Community Service, was presented during the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commemorative Celebration, held January 20 at the War Memorial in Trenton.

The Drum Major Awards were established to recognize exemplary individuals whose lives and work reflect the teachings of Dr. King and the power of service. The awards were presented in three categories: Justice, Community Service and Youth Impact.

?It is only fitting that Mrs. Field receive this prestigious honor for her many years of service to the community and Raritan Valley Community College. Her dedication to the College is exemplified by her efforts to establish The Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice and the Holocaust Center at RVCC,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

?In 1993 the RVCC Board of Trustees paid tribute to Evelyn Field?s exemplary career as a librarian, teacher and advocate for expanding access to higher education by naming the College?s library in her honor,? Dr. Crabill continued.

Mrs. Field is the New Jersey State Convener for the National Council of Negro Women; chairperson of the Somerville Manor Civic Association Incorporated, Bridgewater; and Trustee Emerita of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. She worked as a teacher and librarian in the Somerville Public Schools for 30 years. Mrs. Field earned her A.B. from Douglass College, an M.Ed. from Rutgers University and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.

The ?Drum Major? term is derived from Dr. King?s ?Drum Major Instinct? sermon, which he delivered at Atlanta?s Ebenezer Baptist Church in April 1968, one month before he died: ?Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. (Amen) Say that I was a drum major for peace. (Yes) I was a drum major for righteousness.?

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. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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