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Centenary College to Host its 17th Annual Scholarship Gala

06/02/2014, 11:34 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College will host its 17th Annual Scholarship Gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on June 19, 2014, at the David and Carol Lackland Center.  This year’s theme, “Celebrating Centenary’s Global Community,” is truly fitting because of Centenary’s own School of International Studies and the College’s vast international community.    Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and an awards presentation, as well as a live and silent auctions.
 
Funds raised from this event will help keep a Centenary education accessible and affordable for those who could not otherwise afford to attend the College.  This year,
over $14.5 million from the institution’s annual budget was awarded in financial aid to full-time undergraduate students.  Since its inception, the Scholarship Gala has raised over $2.6 million for the Centenary College Scholarship Fund, with more than $100,000 raised last year alone. 

The 2014 Scholarship Gala Chair is David W. Johnson of Private Group Asset Management and a Centenary College Trustee.  Honorary Chairs are Jason C. Coe, Centenary College Trustee and President of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center; Edith Bolte Kutz ’42;  Trustee David Lackland and Carol Burgess Lackland (’10 HA and ’54/10 HA); Virginia Littell (‘04 HA); Dominick V. Romano (’01 HA) and Kathryn Romano; Trustee M. Alden Siegel and Dorothy Spach Siegel ’59 and Adelaide Van Winkle (’08 HA).

This year, Carol Harvey Barrows ’61 and Bill Barrows, Carol A. Fitzpatrick, Interviewer/Recruiter for UPS Human Resources Department and Trustee Raymond Nisivoccia will be honored with the prestigious Gold Dome Award, which is bestowed upon individuals or organizations that have advanced the mission of the institution and are involved in the betterment of the community.

“Funds generated by the Scholarship Gala have enabled hundreds of students to afford a Centenary education and allow them to pursue their goals,” says Dr. Barbara-Jayne Lewthwaite, President of Centenary College.  “We are honored to recognize our Gold Dome winners for all they do to contribute in the spirit of community service and to support this institution.”

Carol Harvey Barrows ‘61 and her husband, Bill Barrows, have been staunch supporters of Centenary College, and founded an annual internship program that has already enabled three outstanding students to work and study at Florida’s renowned Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.  When the Barrowses attended Mrs. Barrows’ 50th Class Reunion, they had the opportunity to view the laboratory facilities that she spent so much time in as a nutrition student at Centenary.  As a result of that visit, they were inspired to establish the James Pomponi Memorial Science Internship.  That internship is named for the father of their good friend, Dr. Shirley Pomponi, the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Harbor Branch.

The Barrows family’s philanthropy has also helped Centenary renovate and modernize its science laboratories in both Trevorrow Hall and the Environmental Science Center at the Charles O. Hayford State Fish Hatchery.  In addition, they have funded the salad bar in the David and Carol Lackland Center, which benefits Centenary students.

Carol A. Fitzpatrick has been employed by United Parcel Service for almost 25 years in the Human Resources Department of the North Atlantic District.  She was responsible for coordinating all of the recruiting activities for nine buildings in the district.  She presently does the hiring for Parsippany’s day shift.  She was also instrumental in getting a contract signed with UPS for a Centenary College tuition discount for employees, which is an agreement that is unique to the corporation.  She has attended Centenary College’s Career Fairs every year during her tenure.  She has served on the advisory board for Centenary’s School of Professional Studies.  Fitzpatrick participates in career fairs at various community soup kitchens and visits Homeless Solutions in East Hanover where she speaks to homeless people looking for employment.  For over three decades, United Parcel Service has supported work study opportunities for Centenary College students, as well as scholarship funds.

Raymond Nisivoccia, CPA, RMA, PSA, is the founding partner of Nisivoccia LLP, a regional accounting and business advisory firm in Mount Arlington and Newton.  For over 40 years, Nisivoccia has overseen the firm’s growth, from inception to 17 partners and more than 80 employees.  He specializes in the areas of tax, governmental accounting, financial planning and management advisory services while the firm today continues to service clients in various business industries such as not-for-profit, real estate developers and managers, construction contractors and medical and dental facility and practice management.  Nisivoccia LLP is listed by NJBiz in its annual List of Top Accounting Firms in the State. 

Nisivoccia’s dedication to helping our communities is present in the time and effort he devotes to his civic positions and to a wide array of charitable and private organizations.  His civic positions include Commissioner, Chairman of Finance and Budget Committee for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Committee, the Board of Directors, Audit Committee of the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, the Executive Committee of the 200 Club of Morris County, Board of Trustees, Audit Committee of Centenary College, Investment Committee of St. Francis Residential Community, Treasurer for the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award Committee and Chairman of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy Board.

Anyone interested in supporting the Scholarship Gala or attending the event, please call (908) 852-1400, ext. 2387, or e-mail carnoj@centenarycollege.edu for more information about ticket and ad journal prices. Information is also available at https://alumni.centenarycollege.edu/netcommunity/gala.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.

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