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PR # 246 May 15, 2008


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) last night awarded associate degrees and certificates to more than 390 graduates at its 39th annual spring commencement. The ceremony was held in the Edward Nash Theatre at the College?s North Branch Campus.

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Helen E. Hoens delivered the commencement address and received an honorary degree during the ceremony.

The evening featured RVCC student commencement speaker Jason Yanchuck of Somerset. Yanchuck, an NJ STARS student, will be continuing his education this fall at Rowan University as part of NJ STARS II. He plans to one day become a physical education teacher. While a student at RVCC he has been involved with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Student Government Association, was well as the basketball and golf teams.

Ellen Lindemann, an assistant professor of Business Administration who recently was named chair of the Business and Public Service Department, delivered the faculty address. Professor Lindemann has been a full-time faculty member at RVCC for eight years and previously served as an adjunct faculty member at the College for 12 years. She has a Bachelor?s Degree in International Relations and Economics and a Master?s Degree in Economics with a specialty in Economic Development, both from American University. Professor Lindemann is currently completing her doctorate in Organization and Management with a specialty in International Business from Capella University.

Helen E. Hoens was nominated to the Supreme Court by Governor Jon S. Corzine on September 21, 2006. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 23 and sworn into office on October 26, 2006.

Born in Elizabeth, Justice Hoens attended public schools in South Orange-Maplewood. She holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary, graduating with high honors, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, she served on the Georgetown Law Journal, first as a member of the staff and then as the editor of the journal?s annual volume devoted to developments in criminal procedure in the federal circuit courts. After graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge John J. Gibbons during his service on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then embarked on a career in private practice.

After her clerkship, Justice Hoens worked in private practice, first at Dewey, Ballantine and with the Law Office of Russel H. Beatie, Jr. in New York. She moved to New Jersey to practice with Pitney, Hardin and later with Lum, Hoens, Conant Danzis & Kleinberg, where her father, Charles H. Hoens Jr., was a founding partner.

Justice Hoens was appointed to the Superior Court in 1994 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and reappointed by Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco in 2001. She was elevated to the Appellate Division in August 2002 by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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