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PR # 45 September 26, 2008


Dr. Sourri Baetjer, assistant dean, Allied Health, of Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Corporate & Continuing Education (CCE) division, has received the 2008 Outstanding Alumni Award from Walden University. The Bridgewater resident?s nomination was based on her demonstrated commitment to excellence in academics and her passion for engaging in positive social change initiatives.

?Dr. Baetjer has dedicated herself to a lifetime of professional and community service and has developed an exemplary Allied Health continuing education program at RVCC. As part of that role, she independently sought out instructional resources, surveyed the community for program needs and won immediate statewide recognition for the program,? said Janet Luton Perantoni, dean of RVCC?s Corporate & Continuing Education division.

?As an educator, health care leader and frequent committee participant, Dr. Baetjer works tirelessly to benefit her community. She has been a model for those who want to propel social change in the world around them. For these efforts, Baetjer has held a number of positions in College-based committee work and actively volunteers on various RVCC committees,? Perantoni continued.

Dr. Baetjer, who received a PhD in Community Health from Walden University, will be discussing the value of community service at the university?s fourth annual Social Change web conference, to be held October 2.

As an RVCC faculty member she developed and continues to teach the HIV/AIDS education course. Baetjer also teaches courses in such areas as fitness and wellness, first aid and CPR. She has served as the RVCC master trainer of Public Employee Occupational Safety (PEOSHA) and the Right to Know program, educating faculty and staff annually. Additionally, she helped to make RVCC one of the 10 community colleges selected nationwide to participate in the Bridges to Healthy Communities project, sponsored jointly by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. Baetjer also has served as president of the New Jersey College Health Association.

A registered nurse, Dr. Baetjer attended the Jourjani School of Nursing in Mashhad, Iran. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from Saint Joseph's College; a Master?s Degree in Health Education from Norwich University, Vermont; and a PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Community Health from Walden University.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 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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