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Hoboken Grace hosts 10th annual 1Day in Hoboken

Hundreds of volunteers recently performed extensive work throughout Hoboken to help better the city as part of 1Day Hoboken, a day of volunteering hosted by Hoboken Grace Community Church. Extra safety precautions were taken as volunteers met virtually and at various outdoor launch spots throughout the city and then spread out throughout Hoboken working on projects for various organizations serving the city.

More than 370 participants completed 37 different projects throughout Hoboken. Working with the city, church spokesmen said projects included painting 1000′s of railings, refurbishing benches, gardening and planting 1000′s of flowers and bulbs and picking up litter in the city’s various parks, beaches and fields. Some of the locations included, Church Square Park, Steven’s Park, Sinatra Park, Elysian Park, Mama Johnson Field, Jefferson Park, Maxell and Sinatra Beaches and the Weehawken Cove. Participants painted and gardened at the Boys & Girls Club and the Hoboken Housing Authority, as well as, cleaned and organized at The Hoboken Shelter and Lunchtime Ministry.

There also were three virtual projects that included participants making and packaging hundreds of lunches for The Hoboken Shelter and St. Matthew Trinity Lunchtime Ministry for families struggling with hunger in Hudson County, as well as, working with The Open Door to assist their ESL students in a practice conversation.

After the completion of the projects, the volunteers came had lunch to celebrate the accomplishments. To learn more about Hoboken Grace, visit hobokengrace.com.

Collegiate honor society inducts Union City resident

Giovanni Rodriguez of Union City has accepted lifetime membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s leading certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

NSCS is an honors organization that invites less than 10 percent of all eligible students nationwide to join the ranks of its membership each year. It is made up of scholars from two-year, four-year, and online institutions.

HCCC classes to explore creativity and improve life skills

The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development is offering “LIVE Virtual Experiences” classes in October for anyone who wants to develop new talents and grow personally and professionally.

Individuals may register for these classes – as well as those that are constantly being added – at www.tinyurl.com/HCCCVirtualExperiences. Additional information on classes as well as opportunities for individuals to host their own HCCC “Virtual Experiences” may be obtained by contacting Continuing Education and Workforce Development Assistant Events Coordinator, QuaFayshia Ransom at [email protected]

HCCC professor earns regional award

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Program Coordinator and Professor of Fine Arts, Laurie Riccadonna, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Northeast Regional Faculty Member Award.

The award, which will be presented virtually on Oct. 7, recognizes those faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, and outstanding contributions to one’s community. Regional-level awardees are the sole contenders for the ACCT 2020 national-level William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award that will be presented virtually during the ACCT Leadership Conference on Oct. 8.

Riccadonna is an internationally recognized artist/curator, and a dedicated educator. She began her teaching career at HCCC in 2003, initiating the College’s first two art courses, and has been instrumental in expanding the College’s Associate in Fine Arts degree program to include options in Studio Arts and Computer Arts.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from Pennsylvania State University. She has been involved with many arts organizations, including New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Institute for Research on Women, Art Fair 14C, and Casa Colombo.

Prayer rally at City Hall in Jersey City

The Women of Honor Prayer Group will be hosting a prayer rally on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall in Jersey City, 280 Grove St. Masks and social distancing are required. The rally is an attempt to speak out against injustice, police brutality, the pandemic, murder, homelessness, and more.

The School of Nimbus re-opens

The School of Nimbus is re-opening for the fall semester with classes beginning on Oct. 5. In-person and Virtual Free Trial Classes will be available.

Those interested can meet the schools teaching staff, get a sneak peak of the new Nimbus Arts Center, learn about the curriculum and performance opportunities, receive an information session on the Jersey City Nutcracker for parents/guardians and students, and meet the schools resident partners: Segunda Quimbamba, A Sound Start, and LUX Performing Arts.

Limited space is available for in-person trial classes, Pre-registration required. To reserve, CLICK HERE or contact [email protected] More information can be found at nimbusdance.org.

NJCU’s Meléndez selected as Academy Fellow

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced that Virginia Meléndez, Ed.D., has been selected as an HACU Fellow for the second cohort of its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. Meléndez, in her 13th year of service to New Jersey City University, is the executive coordinator to the president and secretary to the NJCU Board of Trustees. She earned her M.A. in Urban Education and Leadership from NJCU in 2006.

Meléndez is one of just 26 fellows selected nationally and the only fellow from an institution in New Jersey or the tri-state area. The one-year fellowship program includes three seminars, with the first taking place in October 2020, in conjunction with HACU’s 34th Annual Conference, “Fostering Excellence and Social Justice.” The second seminar will lead to HACU’s 26th Annual Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in April 2021. The third seminar will be held in late spring or early summer of 2021, focusing on international collaborations.

As the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), more than a dozen nationally recognized current and emeriti presidents and senior-level administrators will be a part of the faculty. The fellow from each of the selected universities will also have mentorship with a university president and will develop a special project designed to have an impact at the fellow’s current institution.

Founded in 1986, HACU’s La Academia is a program designed to diversify and increase the number of talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs.

Meléndez’s selection marks the second consecutive year that an NJCU leader has been selected for the program. In 2019, José Balda, Director of University Admissions, was selected as part of the inaugural cohort.

Students achieve academic honors

The following Jersey City residents have qualified for the Spring 2020 Dean’s List at Seton Hall University: Wadalla Abogabl, Rochelle Ann Acebedo, Tamana Bawa, Elijah Bland, Nicole Boodhoo, Aalaiah Cunningham, Marlene Da Cruz, Jayvee Dacasin, Mariangelica Decastro, Charity Diamonon, Massarath Fatima, Karissa Mae Gabot, Tykhil Greene, Heaven Hill, Rhania Kamel, Maheen Khan, Komal Khera, Patrick Lempa, Geraldine Ligon, Danyeris Lopez, Rahmir Meggett, Muhammed Mirza, Michael Pardal, Yailine Reyes, Maylin Rivera, Emma Ross, Rajveer Singh, Quincy Slay, and Sarah Villarin.

Hofstra University congratulates Spring 2020 graduates

About 2,000 Hofstra University students earned their undergraduate, graduate, or law degrees this spring and summer. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual commencement ceremonies were held on Aug. 23. Videos for the various ceremonies can be seen at hofstra.edu/commencement.

The following local residents were among the graduates: Lyndon Chichester of Jersey City earned a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Business Management and Angelo Lagman of Jersey City earned a Juris Doctor in Law.

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