Bergen Community College Assistant Dean of Student Services and Judicial Affairs Dr. Ralph Choonoo, of Harrison, recently won a 2009 Administrator Award of Distinction as part of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Hallmark Awards Program. Phi Theta Kappa is one of the largest and most prestigious honor societies of two-year colleges. Dr. Choonoo was nominated for the award based on his contributions in the areas of service and student support of the College’s Alpha Epsilon Phi PTK chapter. The Hallmark Awards were distributed at PTK’s International Convention in Grapevine, TX.
Dr. Choonoo joined the College in 1998. Over the past 10 years, he has developed student programs, served as the adviser to clubs and organizations such as The Torch student newspaper and the Student Government Council, and instructed the Introduction to the College Experience course. Prior to joining Bergen, he worked as the director of resident life and women’s soccer coach at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Choonoo holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University, an M.A. from Ohio University, and an Ed.D. from Columbia University.
The Alpha Epsilon Phi PTK chapter at Bergen includes over 100 students. For inclusion into the honor society, most new student members must obtain a grade point average (GPA) from 3.9 to 4.0. Active members must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain in the organization. The Bergen chapter of the honor society was chartered in 1979.
About Phi Theta Kappa
The Hallmark Awards Program recognizes individuals, chapters and regions for excellence in the society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
The Administrator Award of Distinction is awarded to community college vice presidents, deans, or leaders other than college presidents/CEOs serving a community college in an administrative capacity. Recipients have served in their position for at least two years as of the International Convention, and have demonstrated during their tenure a strong level of support for the society. The honor society maintains over 1,200 chapters.
About Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College is a public two-year coeducational college, enrolling more than 15,000 students in Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree programs and certificate programs. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in non-credit, professional courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center, located at 355 Main Street, Hackensack, and Bergen at the Meadowlands, located at 1280 Wall Street West, Lyndhurst. Information about the College is available at www.bergen.edu or by phoning the Welcome Center at (201) 447-7200.