2010 May 31 - 12:00 am


  • Former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio has been honored by Camden County College for epitomizing the highest ideals of its Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility. Florio — who is known for his attention to the environment, education and gun control — was honored with the Civic Leadership Award. The U. S. Navy veteran earned an undergraduate degree from what is now The College of New Jersey, and a law degree from Rutgers University. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Florio served as an assistant city attorney in Camden, a municipal solicitor in several Camden County towns and a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. Florio was elected to Congress in 1974 and served eight terms. During his time in Congress, Florio authored the environmental “Superfund” legislation that led to the cleanup of the most polluted hazardous waste sites in the nation. He also shaped legislation that established the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve and co-sponsored a Constitutional amendment to address foreign acquisitions of American businesses.

  • Central Florida Community College student Jessica Nisbett has been elected international vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, serving 1,250 chapters on community college campuses throughout the U.S. and beyond. Nisbett served as an officer with CFCC’s Kappa Nu chapter before being elected to the division II post at the honor society’s annual conference, held in Orlando, Fla., in April. Nisbett is studying psychology at CFCC. She hopes to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees in child psychology, and earn a Ph.D. or attend law school with plans to become a child advocate or guardian ad litem. Nisbett is also a member of the CFCC Community of Scholars. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education serving the U.S. and its territorial possessions, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Tami Jacobs, director of disability support services at Clark College in Washington state, has received the Ben Webinger Meritorious Service Award from the Washington Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability.WAPED provides support and training for professionals working in disability support services at postsecondary institutions throughout the state. The Ben Webinger Meritorious Service Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated years of service and leadership to WAPED. Jacobs, who has served as treasurer of WAPED for four years, is also presidentof the state Disability Support Services Council. In that role, she is a liaison between Washington state community and technical colleges, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and Washington’s Higher Education Coordinating Board on issues dealing with students with disabilities. She joined Clark College in 1997.
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