Monday, May 20, 2013
The Class of 2013 graduated under a giant tent Saturday at the Blackwood campus.
Camden County College held its 45th annual commencement ceremony Saturday under an 18,000-square-foot, event tent on its Blackwood, Gloucester Township campus. The event featured more than 1,500 students and over 5,000 family members and friends. The keynote speaker was Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Wendell E. Pritchett. Maegan Kyser, 24, a 2008 West Deptford High School graduate, was the student speaker. She is a Phi Theta Kappa and President’s List student who currently works for University of Pennsylvania Health System as a unit ambassador and aspires to be a nurse practitioner with her own television show. The Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to F. Mitchell Newcomer, Class of 1974, whose work as lead systems designer …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Denise Kerth was one of two recipients of the first Ph.Ds in Caldwell College history at its 71st commencement.
Saturday, May 18
Denise Kerth and Eric Rozenblat made history at the 71st Caldwell College commencement, accepting the first Ph.D.'s conferred by the institution. President Nancy H. Blattner presented Kerth, of Collingswood, and Rozenblat, of Oakland, with doctoral degrees in applied behavior analysis. Caldwell developed the first master's and Ph.D. programs in applied behavior analysis offered in New Jersey. Blattner told members of the class of 2013 that she had a special affinity for them since she joined the Caldwell community the same year they did. "You, the class of 2013, are the class of my heart," Blattner said.
Rowan University held its 88th undergraduate ceremony Friday in Glassboro.
Members of Rowan University's 88th undergraduate class received their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony Friday in Glassboro. State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, a West Deptford resident, delivered the commencement address. Among the graduates were 406 Camden County residents. They are: (Information provided by Rowan University.) Did you attend Rowan's commencement ceremony? Add your photos and videos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Videos" button below.
Friday, April 26, 2013
In their first year, the elementary school state champs from Collingswood are bound for Michigan State University—but they need financial help to get there.
They are mere children, but they stared failure in the face. Failure blinked. And now they have no fear of it. Collingswood Odyssey of the Mind (OM), one of the newest (and certainly the most creative-minded) recreation programs in the borough is headed for a shot at a world title. Not a state title, mind you; they already earned that in their April 13 victory at the New Jersey finals in Ewing, having parlayed a gutty, third-place regional finish into a shot at the crown. There, fourth-graders Elizabeth Allendoerfer and Lila DiMasi and fifth-graders Claudia Celia, Nick Eimer, Ellie Routzahn and Amanda Yeager (5th grade) beat out four other top regional teams in the Pet Project competition. They did it with minimal parental support, as is …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney will address Rowan University's 88th graduating class.
Tuesday, April 23
Rowan University submitted the following news release: New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney will be the keynote speaker at Rowan University's 88th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Glassboro campus' University Green. "Senator Sweeney has been an ardent supporter of the University and instrumental in helping transform our institution and the region," said Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan University's president. "Our graduating seniors can learn much from Senator Sweeney about vision and leadership from his anything-is-possible outlook." Sweeney, who represents the 3rd Legislative District, was first elected to the State Senate in 2001 and has served as its president since 2010. He sponsored the New …
Tensions—or the perceptions thereof—on the elementary school playground have led administrators to enforce 'structured play' during recess, and some parents are upset.
At the monthly meeting of the Collingswood Board of Education Monday night, parent Keith Berlin spoke in faltering tones about the impact that a structured recess period is having on second-grade classes at William P. Tatem Elementary School. Things are so bad, Berlin said, that his kids "hope for rain so they can stay inside." Instead of being able to role play, invent games or even just chase each other around, Berlin said, students are limited to a handful of options including kickball and basketball. This unfairly limits their choices, he said. “They’re not allowed to have imaginary play,” he said. “These kids need time to be creative and physically active.” Emily Talley, whose second- and third-graders attend Tatem, said her children…
The district also honored a group of outstanding student-athletes and announced upcoming infrastructure improvements at its April 2013 board of education meeting.
The curriculum for Collingswood public schools will be rewritten in several areas prior to the 2013-14 school year to “increase [its] rigor,” Chief Academic Officer Mark Wiltsey told the public at the April meeting of the borough board of education. Districtwide, social studies and foreign languages at every level will be overhauled to align with the New Jersey Common Core curriculum standards, as will middle school and high school math and elementary school writing programs. “We want to have a literacy flair to it,” Wiltsey said. To that end, parents of middle- and high-school students can also expect to see their children tackling more cross-disciplinary writing assignments. The district is also developing educational benchmarks that …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The application, available for download here, is due May 1.
Attention high school seniors: If you're looking for an opportunity to add a couple more dollars towards your college tuition bills, you can find some answers at your local library. The annual Collingswood Friends of the Library scholarship is worth $750 to a 2013 college-bound Collingswood resident or Collingswood High School student. Applicants must complete a form and attach a one-page essay answering one of the following questions: Every year the award only has a few applicants, says Friends of the Library president Anita Schoeffling—so get your pens moving! Applications are due May 1. (Click on the PDF above to access the application.)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The technical schools will offer students the chance to get on the path to careers in police, fire and emergency services.
Students in Camden County will have the chance to prepare for careers in law enforcement and emergency services, and the newly formed countywide police department will get a pipeline for future recruits under a plan announced by county officials Tuesday. Camden County Technical Schools will offer a 4-year Law and Public Safety Academy at both the Pennsauken and Gloucester Township campuses starting in September, an opportunity county officials called “unprecedented.” “This will be a historic initiative that will allow students to follow career paths in public safety when they enter high schools,” Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said in a statement. “No one ever tells students in high school, and for that matter, college, what the …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Superintendent Scott Oswald made good on his promise of 'not one penny more' in taxes in the final draft of the budget presented Monday.
Thanks to a net increase of about $94,000 in state aid, a number of shared service agreements and increased ratables in the borough, Collingswood Superintendent Scott Oswald should be able to make good on his promise of "not one penny more" in taxes for the public school district. In a public presentation made at the March 25 meeting of the borough board of education (attached to this story as a .PDF), Oswald said that he calculates the average taxpayer will see almost a $20 decrease in school taxes while retaining the same $13,854,194 amount budgeted since 2012. The average home in the borough is assessed at $231,300. Under the guidelines of the 2 percent budget cap, the Board could levy the maximum 2-percent tax increase in 2013 ($277,…