Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–April 1, 2016

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. 


Alice Rainey, left, with the student success panelists on March 23 at Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

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.

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