RCGC Inducts Seven Into Alumni Hall Of Fame
On Thurs., Nov. 16, Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) celebrated the astounding achievements of seven distinguished Gloucester County College (now RCGC) alumni, who were inducted into the College's Alumni Hall of Fame. The ceremony, held in RCGC's main dining room, formally inducted:
Michele Francesconi-Epifani has enjoyed a rich and varied career, spanning the past 35 years. Her technology and business background are enhanced by an associate degree in Computer Science from Gloucester County College and a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Rowan University. Community service has been a hallmark of Francesconi-Epifani's life, as evidenced by her work on multiple zoning boards and with the Volunteer Center of South Jersey, the Girl Scouts, the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation and Clearview Regional High School. She has served as the Executive Director for the Volunteer Center of New Jersey since 2015, where she has worked tirelessly to promote a strong, online presence. Under her leadership, the Center launched a mobile-friendly online database that now boasts over 2,000 registered volunteers servicing more than 40 non-profits across seven counties.
Lucinda Florio was born in Lafayette, Indiana, but moved to New Jersey at an early age and considers the state to be her home. She graduated from Gloucester County College in 1973 with her associate's degree in Education, then transferred to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) to complete a dual major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education before accepting a position teaching preschool. From there, Florio moved on to teach first and third grade for ten years, during which time she received the "Governor's Teachers Recognition Award" and the "Teacher of the Year Award" in her school district. She met her husband, James Florio, when he moved into the apartment above her after a close election to Congress. As a Congressman he spent most of his time in Washington, D.C., but they shared a few hellos before she decided to invite him for dinner. He gave her a raincheck and the rest is history. Upon becoming the First Lady of New Jersey, the entire state became Mrs. Florio's classroom, with abundant opportunities to support children and families. She has volunteered for many years to try to make a difference in the communities where she has lived, and she continues to do so.
Joseph Helder, a 10-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy award winner, has spent more than 20 years working in sports television. A graduate of West Deptford High School, Helder landed his first job in the industry during his freshman year at Gloucester County College. After receiving his associate degree in Arts and Sciences, he accepted a position with ESPN. From ESPN, Helder began to climb the career ladder, moving to Ross Productions and then The Comcast Network (CN8), where he won his first Emmy for a feature on a local athlete who died tragically in the World Trade Center attacks. In 2005, he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles' own Eagles Television Network, where he continues to work as a producer and videographer. During his 12 years with the Eagles, Helder has been awarded an additional nine Emmys, including his most recent in September of 2017 in the category of Sports Photographer.
Patricia S. Madden
Mrs. Patricia S. Madden, MSN, RN, CCCTM, is an innovative nurse professional who has worked to connect southern New Jersey-based Jefferson Health with its surrounding communities through outreach and interaction. Madden received her A.A.S. in Nursing at Gloucester County College before continuing to Widener University to earn her B.S. in Nursing and then Drexel University for her M.S. in Nursing. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a concentration in Nursing Leadership. A registered nurse for more than 28 years, Madden has worked in many healthcare environments, from critical care to ambulatory care. In her current role as Director of Nursing at Jefferson Health in Washington Twp., N.J., she puts a strong focus on effective communication, as she believes it is the cornerstone of all successful safety-related events.
Anna Stewart Miller
Ms. Anna Stewart Miller is a lifelong resident of Glassboro and a fixture of her community. A proud graduate of Glassboro High School, she holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Gloucester County College and a B.B.A. in Healthcare Administration form Eastern Kentucky University. Miller has been a member of the Glassboro council since 2013. She is chair of the Health, Welfare and Recreation committee and serves on the Public Safety and Water and Sewer committees. She is also liaison to the Library, Human Services and Glassboro Housing Authority, community liaison for VITAS Healthcare and volunteer track coach for the Glassboro Park and Recreation Track and Field. Through a variety of committees and public service projects, she works tirelessly towards realizing her vision for Glassboro, which includes supporting small business growth and promoting youth involvement to foster a sense of community within the town.
Steven G. Selfridge
Steven G. Selfridge is known for building and leading high-performance, multinational teams and uniting parties on a common mission. A graduate of Woodbury High School, he received his A.S. in Business Administration from Gloucester County College, before transferring to Rutgers School of Business – Camden to complete his education. Selfridge has a 35-year history of establishing and growing a variety of businesses and has demonstrated success in increasing profits and market share, having worked across six continents in highly competitive global industries. He is currently president of Government Services, a Day & Zimmerman company and trusted provider of integrated security and critical infrastructure services, enabling security missions in support of the U.S. government domestically and abroad. Selfridge serves on the Leadership Council at the Rutgers School of Business – Camden and as chair of the Lourdes Health Foundation Board.
Trooper Bertram T. Zimmerman III
Bertram T. Zimmerman III was born in Camden, N.J. He was a graduate of Highland High School, Gloucester County College and Rutgers University. An avid athlete, Zimmerman played baseball for his high school and college teams, and was a member of Gloucester County College's first NJCAA National Championship baseball team in 1992. He served as a Special Police Officer for Gloucester Twp. and then an officer for Evesham Twp., before enlisting in the New Jersey State Police on March 14, 2001 as a member of the 119th Class, stationed at the Woodbine Station in Troop A. Trooper Zimmerman served for 2 years and 11 months before he died as a result of injuries received while in the performance of duty while working as part of a team of State Police Troopers and Detectives investigating a string of armed robberies at area convenience stores. His service with the New Jersey State Police was characterized by loyalty, fearless performance of his duty and faithful and honorable devotion to the principles of the New Jersey State Police.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.