Bloomfield College has received one million dollars from the JC Kellogg Foundation. Established in 1954 by Mr. and Mrs. James C. Kellogg III, the J.C. Kellogg Foundation supports higher education institutions across the country.
This gift marks one of the largest gifts by a foundation in the College’s 150 years. This creative gift is an endowment that will allow the College to create a new pension incentive program for staff, with eligibility depending on the employee’s annual salary.
“This innovative gift concept has sparked others to be interested in other programmatic support on the campus. It has spurred some creative thinking on gift opportunities that have major impact,” said Jackie Bartley, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the entire Kellogg Family.”
Institutions similar to Bloomfield College that have never had major philanthropy attached to it, are accustomed to the majority of their funding going directly toward its students, most of whom would not be able to continue their education otherwise. The JC Kellogg Foundation has enabled the College to focus on its employees, who work tirelessly to ensure students achieve their higher education goals.
The JC Kellogg Foundation and Bloomfield College believe every employee has value, with each employee contributing to the successes of our students. By investing in employees who need it the most, this gift will positively affect the College community.
“The Kellogg Foundation’s historic million-dollar gift to the College was made in the memory of Jim Kellogg, with whom I had the pleasure to work and consult for many years,” said College President, Richard A. Levao.
Beloved Trustee Emeritus and distinguished member of the College’s Board of Trustees, James “Jim” C. Kellogg, passed away on December 31, 2015.
The Kellogg family has a long history of supporting the College. Prior to the Foundation’s gift, Jim Kellogg’s wife, Gail Kellogg, contributed $25,000 to the James C. Kellogg Memorial Scholarship, a retention scholarship fund for Bloomfield College students. She announced the gift while attending the College’s annual Scholarship Evening in late 2016, as a guest of Bloomfield College Trustee, Geoffrey Connor.
With the College in the midst of a Capital Campaign and approaching its 150th anniversary, a gift of this size from this honorable foundation demonstrates tangible philanthropic leadership.
What were once two undergraduate concentrations at the College are now their own majors.
The College now offers a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a BBA in Human Resource Management.
The Broadcast Journalism program at Bloomfield College will prepare students for professional careers in electronic and print news gathering, analysis, and reporting.
This major is also for those who prefer to be “behind the camera.” Students will learn how to operate microphones, recording equipment, and other devices. Students will also learn how to edit, produce, and/or direct the news.
For over 10 years, the program has had a thriving internship program with students working at such institutions as NBC, ESPN, WBGO, BET, WBLS, Pfizer, CBS-Sports, MTV, and DKNY.
“The addition of the new Broadcast Journalism program expands the offerings in the Division of Humanities,” said Dr. Jeanne Nutter, Coordinator of Broadcast Journalism and Professor of Broadcast Journalism. “This program is unique because it offers students a background in radio, television, and print media. No other major offers this combination of courses.”
Unlike the previously offered concentration by the College, which only allowed for a few courses in the discipline, the BBA in Human Resource Management will allow students to get full exposure to the HR field. This will better prepare graduates of the program for direct entry into HR departments within companies large and small.
Depending on the student’s HR interests, a number of specialties fall under the degree. The program will provide students with a broad overview of organizational management with an emphasis on how to best harness energies to build a better functioning workforce.
“Graduates will be able to directly enter the workforce upon graduation with the BBA in HRM. That is the beauty of the degree,” said Dr. Julia Chambers, Professor of Business and Management Coordinator. “We focus on the wide range of disciplines within the HR field. Students get exposure to nearly every area and can select electives that are of interest to them, which allows for more specialty.”
Please direct any questions to Nicole Cibelli, Director of Admission, at 973-748-9000 ext. 1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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