Raritan Valley Community College has received national—and even international—recognition for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, academic excellence, diversity initiatives, and more.
In recognition of RVCC’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education, Raritan Valley Community College was one of only 11 colleges and universities in the nation to be honored in April 2016 with the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award. RVCC was nominated for the award by the office of New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks.
Helping the Community
RVCC Criminal Justice student Faranak Aminifar received Campus Compact’s 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award, joining 218 Fellows from across the country who were honored for their efforts to take action in pursuit of long-term positive social change. The student leaders were nominated by their college and university presidents and chancellors in recognition of their motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving.
RVCC was the only college in New Jersey to receive the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The College received the HEED Award in both 2014 and 2012. In addition, Richeleen Dashield, RVCC's Dean of Multicultural Affairs, was selected as a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2014 Diversity Visionary Award.
Dr. Keith Pomakoy, RVCC Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, was one of 40 academic leaders nationwide selected in April 2016 for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. Dr. Pomakoy joined the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.
RVCC’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was named a Distinguished Chapter, and was one of only 25 chapters to receive awards for its College Project and Honors in Action Project, at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in April 2016. RVCC’s chapter, Alpha Epsilon Pi, competed against more than 1,000 Phi Theta Kappa chapters from around the world.
In recognition of her exemplary work as a distance learning instructor, RVCC faculty member Melanie Morris received the Outstanding eLearning Faculty award from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). The Professor of Business Law received the award in February at the eLearning Conference 2016.
The RVCC Enactus team placed 2nd in the Opening Round of the Enactus USA 2016 National Expo in May 2016. The team previously had been named Regional Champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition in March. The 40 Enactus members were honored for their contributions to the community including providing consulting services to small businesses, teaching youth how to run a bike shop, assisting 500 families with sustainable hunger relief, and helping a local women’s support group build its social assets.
Time “Person of the Year”
Katie Meyler, a 2004 graduate of RVCC, was named a Time magazine “Person of the Year” as an Ebola Fighter in December 2014. Meyler founded More Than Me in 2009 to create educational opportunities for girls in Liberia. In 2013, MTM opened the More Than Me Academy for 124 girls, and completed a full school year when Ebola struck. Realizing their girls were at risk, MTM joined the fight against Ebola. When the school re-opened in March 2015, it welcomed 150 students, 40 of whom had been orphaned or abandoned by Ebola.
In recognition of the College’s strong commitment to serving the community, RVCC was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction.” RVCC was one of just 121 higher education institutions in the U.S. to be recognized “With Distinction” in the category of General Community Service and one of only 22 institutions in the category of Education. RVCC also was the only community college in the country, and the only college in New Jersey, to receive the designations in both categories.