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Four become the first University Center Distinguished Alumni inductees

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

four distinguished alumniThe Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center at Cumberland County College marked its 10th anniversary recently by hosting an inaugural Distinguished Alumni Induction ceremony with its university partners: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Georgian Court University, Montclair State University, and Wilmington University.

Since opening in 2008, the University Center has filled more than 9,000 bachelor’s and master’s level seats in support of students completing their advanced degrees through partnerships with prominent universities, and gaining higher level career and leadership positions.

The 2018 University Center Distinguished Alumni honorees are: Floyd Barnett III (Georgian Court University), Danielle Hughes (Wilmington University), Dr. Ronni Lerner (Montclair State University), and Lida Stroup (Fairleigh Dickinson University).

A Cumberland County native, Floyd Barnett III got his start at Cumberland County College. He completed his undergraduate studies at Temple University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Following that, Barnett earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgian Court University. Subsequent to earning his MBA, Barnett completed graduate-level course work at Columbia University in New York City, and earned another master’s degree in Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He serves as the Director of Business Transformation at Sungard Availability Services, a multinational enterprise.

Danielle Hughes proudly received her master’s degree in Nursing at Wilmington University. Her journey in higher education began at Cumberland County College where she earned her RN in 2010. Hughes began working full time in the field of oncology immediately after graduating from Cumberland. She became certified to administer chemotherapy and biotherapies while also enrolling in Wilmington University’s BSN program offered through the University Center. Her passion for helping people “fight their fight” led her to achieve an OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse). Hughes is currently working at MD Anderson as a lead clinical practice nurse in Medical Hematology and Oncology where she has developed patient and chemotherapy education programs.

Dr. Ronni Lerner attended Montclair University’s P-3 program from 2004 until 2006, graduating with her MAT in Teaching with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Lerner completed postgraduate courses at Rutgers University in Curriculum and Education to obtain a NJ Supervisory License. She continued to Saint Peter’s University and graduated with an Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation was focused on vocabulary pedagogy in early childhood education. Lerner came back to Cumberland to teach, and then began teaching master’s level courses for Montclair University at the University Center.

A Millville native, Lida Stroup is a proud graduate of the Millville Public School system, Cumberland County College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also on track to gain her supervisory and administration certifications, in July 2018, through the NJEXCEL program offered by the Foundation for Educational Administration. Stroup has been nominated as Teacher of the Year at Devereux, named ASAH region IV Educator of the Year, and was the finalist for the ASAH Educator of the Year for the state of New Jersey. Currently, Stroup is the advisor of the cheerleading club and chairs the student mentoring committee at Lakeside Middle School. In her capacity as chair, she is responsible for pairing at-risk students with staff mentors and working to enable their success.