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Professor is Honored at the Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association of New Jersey Conference

04/07/2014, 11:43 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Professor Christopher Linne, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Centenary College, was recently honored at the 42nd Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association of New Jersey, Inc. (EOFPANJ) Spring Conference in Atlantic City with a Circle of Influence Award.

The Circle of Influence Award is given to individuals that represent both internal and/or external partnerships.  These partnerships may address, but are not limited to: strengthening college/program access opportunities; promoting academic research; enhancing the scope and depth of program support services; delivering initiatives that address the professional development of program staff; or expanding the financial support of program initiatives or student scholarship opportunities.  The winners are determined by a nomination process that involves EOP Programs and Educational Opportunity Fund Statewide Alumni Association Executive Board Members.

“Professor Linne is an amazing friend of the Educational Opportunity Program at Centenary College,” says Devon Vialva, Director of the EOP Program at Centenary College. “He has not only mentored our students, but cultivated them.  He gives them the tools to survive their first year in college and has called upon his contacts to help students break into law enforcement, all while continuing to better the atmosphere for students and staff alike.”

Professor Linne and his family created the Linne Family Scholarships at Centenary College and County College of Morris.  The Centenary College scholarship specially gives preference to EOP students based on merit in the amount of $2,500 annually. His acts of humanity extend beyond the barriers of the State of New Jersey.  He has traveled to Ghana multiple times and helps various schools in the form of providing them with educational development opportunities and school supplies.  He just completed a new fundraising initiative to install a water system at a public school complex that serves over 4,500 students in Brahabebome-Obuasi, Ghana.
In addition, Linne taught a course called Academic Applications in Learning Theory for the EOP Summer Program from 2007 through 2011.  The class was designed to help incoming first year students to become better prepared for College.  In 2008, Linne was also presented with the EOP Champion Award from the College.

“Our EOP students are important constituents of the Centenary community,” says Linne.  “My wife and myself are committed to helping others and find it to be extremely satisfying to be able to make a difference by helping support the success of young lives.”

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 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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