June 24, 2015 |
Once a week for more than a decade, Robert L. Powell Jr. went to art classes at the Haddonfield Adult School. And until the last few weeks of this spring semester, he took classes in watercolor painting with Gwynn Walker Di Pilla. "A lot of his pictures were for his children and his grandchildren," Di Pilla said, including his final work, an incomplete still life of flowers for the youngest, 6-month-old Emily Ford. "I will finish it up for him," she said. Painting was a refuge from Parkinson's disease, she said, because "when he painted, he did not shake at all. " On Friday, June 19, Mr. Powell, 69, of Haddon Heights, who retired three years ago as a professor of business studies at what is now Rowan College at Gloucester County, died of complications of Parkinson's disease at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
June 12, 2015 |
Students at Burlington County College will soon find themselves at a new school: Rowan College at Burlington County. As part of a new partnership with Rowan University, BCC will change its name to Rowan College at Burlington County, the schools announced Wednesday. This marks the second such partnership Rowan has made with a community college, following one that saw Gloucester County College change its name to Rowan College at Gloucester County last year. The schools will make a formal announcement Thursday; their respective trustee boards authorized the partnership agreement Wednesday.
May 10, 2015 |
Jeff Dixon is a little taller and a little stronger this season. He throws a little harder. But those aren't the real reasons that Dixon is one of South Jersey's most-improved pitchers. "It's a different feeling being a senior," Dixon said after earning the victory in perhaps the Lions' most impressive game of the season, a 14-4 triumph over second-ranked Eastern Monday afternoon. Dixon has been a solid varsity pitcher for three seasons. He was 4-3 with a 3.50 ERA as a junior.
April 12, 2015 |
When the department store where he was a manager closed, Edward Hamburg, then in his early 50s, went back to school. "He had always wanted to go into education," his wife, Jeannine, said, but after he earned his bachelor's degree, his parents pressed him to continue working at their dry-goods store in Paulsboro. With his career in family and corporate retail behind him, Mr. Hamburg began a teaching career by earning a master's in education at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
January 6, 2015 |
With New Jersey continuing its notorious "brain drain" export of more than 30,000 college students every year, much of the focus in higher education in 2014 remained on expansion: breaking ground on new academic buildings, increasing housing options at the state's public colleges, and offering new ways to obtain degrees. There also were leadership changes, a new name for one community college and - of course - political battles. Here's a look back at some of the changes in the higher education landscape last year: 1. Stockton buys Showboat Stockton College made clear it had no plan to stop its explosive growth with the high-profile purchase of the shuttered Showboat Atlantic City, which will house a campus in the resort.
December 10, 2014 |
Caitlyn Ricci and her parents sat on opposite sides of the Camden courtroom, emblematic of a deep family divide. On the right was Ricci, 21, wearing a solid green shirt and black dress pants, with her attorney. On the left side, seated together, were her divorced parents: middle school English teacher Maura McGarvey and varsity high school basketball coach Michael Ricci, joined by each of their attorneys. Superior Court Judge Thomas Shusted Jr. implored both sides - who have fought more than a year over who should pay Caitlyn Ricci's college tuition - to stop bickering.
November 14, 2014 |
Before Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents for college tuition money, before they stopped talking, before her father accused his parents - Caitlyn's grandparents - of "tearing my family apart," the Ricci family was just trying to hold things together. Caitlyn Ricci's parents divorced in 1997, four years after her birth. Her mother has said she worked to create a caring environment - taking her to aquariums and art museums - when Caitlyn wasn't with her father. But as Caitlyn pushed age 18 and beyond, her parents said, their relationship with her grew fragile.
July 3, 2014 |
Gloucester County College is no more. In its place stands a new name, playing off the brand name of a nearby university and reflecting the growth of the community college: Rowan College at Gloucester County. Lawmakers and county officials joined the college's administrators and staff Tuesday for a celebration of the school's new branding. Among the speakers: State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester), State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden), Rowan University president Ali A. Houshmand, Rowan trustees' chair Linda Rohrer, and Rowan College president Frederick Keating.
June 30, 2014 |
Charles Aldan Ferrell, 72, a history teacher at Clayton High School from 1964 to 1996 who was the borough's mayor from 1984 to 1991, died of a heart attack Tuesday, June 24, at his home. John Mitchell, who was Clayton mayor from 1996 to 1999, said Mr. Ferrell "was an inspiration to me from the day I met him. " Being teacher and mayor at the same time was not a burden, Mitchell said, because "he was quite capable to do multitasking. " Mr. Mitchell noted that Mr. Ferrell "was always cognizant of the fact that we need to do better for the folks around us. " Mr. Ferrell was a member of Borough Council in 1982 and 1983 and for a time was president of the Board of Education there.
June 26, 2014 |
Gloucester County College began another construction project Tuesday, holding a ceremonial groundbreaking for an expansion to its Law and Justice Education Center. The center houses the school's criminal justice, law enforcement, paralegal, and pre-law degree programs, along with the Gloucester County Police Academy. A 6,500-square-foot expansion will include two new forensic labs and a new classroom, along with renovation of existing space. Currently, 500 students and 3,000 Police Academy cadets use the building each year, the school said.