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College of Saint Elizabeth Announces Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, ’62 to Give Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Degree

College of Saint Elizabeth Announces Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, ’62 to Give Commencement Address and Receives Honorary Degree

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is honored that Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, Ph.D., ’62, who has the distinction of being the first black female in the U.S. to be awarded the Ph.D. in Neurophysiology, from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1972, will deliver the commencement address to the graduates of the Class of 2013. The College 111th CSE Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. on the campus grounds. The College will present Dr. Moolenaar with the Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa, for her more than 30 years of commitment to higher education.

The College will bestow upon retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, William J. Marino, a leader in healthcare, education, and the arts, the Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa. Virginia E. McGlone, Ed.D., 2006 CSE Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science, will receive a from CSE a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa for her esteemed work at the College and dedication to higher education.

Dr. Moolenaar Created a Distinguished Career in Education

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Dr. Moolenaar was awarded a Teaching Fellowship by Long Island University from which she received a Master of Arts in Biology in 1967.  Upon completion of her postdoctoral studies at Cornell University School of Medicine in New York in 1971-1972, she joined the faculty of Howard University School of Medicine (HUMC) in Washington, DC, where for 16 years she taught medical, dental and graduate students. During her tenure at HUMC she served as Chair of the Physiology Department’s Doctoral Program, the Medical Neuroscience Program, and the Teaching Committee in Physiology.

In 1988, Dr. Moolenaar returned home to the Virgin Islands as a Visiting Scientist at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), where she held many positions, and advanced to Provost. Prior to retirement in 2010, she served as Head of her high school alma mater, Sts. Peter and Paul School, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Throughout her career she was an active member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and served on the advisory boards of the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. In recognition of her more than 30 years of leadership and commitment to higher education, CSE will award Dr. Moolenaar the Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa.

Dr. McGlone Served the CSE Community for Many Years

Virginia E. McGlone, Ed.D., CSE Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science, will be honored with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa during CSE Commencement ceremonies. She receives this distinction for her esteemed work at the College of Saint Elizabeth and dedication to higher education. Dr. McGlone has served the CSE community for 40 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the College of Mt. Saint Vincent, a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Fordham University and her Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from Columbia University. She also received a Master of Arts in Computer Science from NJIT. Dr. McGlone served as the chairperson of the steering committee for the Middle States Commission in 2005. She served on a host of committees at CSE – Academic Life, Faculty Affairs, Strategic Planning and the Centennial Celebration Committee. She received the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Award for Excellence. Also, she was awarded by the College of Saint Elizabeth the Kelligar Award in 1994 and the Sister Regina McClory Award in 2006.

Marino Honored for his Community Leadership

William J. Marino is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) having served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Health Industry Services prior to becoming President and CEO in 1994 and Chairman in January 2010.

Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and a member of the Board of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He also serves on the Campaign Committee of Saint Vincent Academy and on the Board of Trustees of Delbarton School. Mr. Marino has served as a board member of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the National Institute for Health Care Management and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Inc., New York Business Group on Health, New York State HMO Conference, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, Newark Alliance, Newark Museum, Liberty Science Center, St. Peter’s College, Community Theatre of Morristown, and United Way of Essex and West Hudson.

In 1997, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 2007 received The American Conference on Diversity’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City. In recognition of his leadership in health care, education and the arts, the College of Saint Elizabeth will award William J. Marino, the Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa.

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