Submitted by Linda Palmer
Student Success Panel Discussion
Student Affairs at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus hosted a student success panel discussion, which spotlighted six amazing people from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities March 23. Four of them were Atlantic Cape alumni; Donna Vassallo, dean of Career Education; Nasir Alamina, now attending Rutgers School of Law; Michael Bosnu, attending Rutgers Business School in Camden; and Kia Jones, who finished her B.A. from Stockton University. Other panelists included Paula Manns, professor of Business, and Myrna Morales-Keklak, division chair of Nursing, Allied Health and Physical Education. After a brief introduction by moderator Dr. Alice Rainey, members were asked a series of questions prepared from a mix of inquiries culled over the previous year. Students and faculty were focused intently on the multicultural panelists as they each shared their arduous walk toward their chosen career.
Stressing a common thread, each panelist told students that following your passion for a career is the best path to success. Nasir and Michael have both immigrated to the United States and fought not only strange customs but a totally new language. Myrna also came to the United States at a young age. Paula, Donna and Kia, although American born, also had to struggle to achieve their goals. Standing firm and facing forward was the theme throughout this panel, sending a message to all students of all backgrounds: Work hard, ask for help and never be afraid to ask questions.