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    Paul Silverman to Be Presented with Hudson County Community College’s 2012 Heritage Award

    Posted: 5/15/2012
    Jennifer Christopher 201-360-4061 or Roger Jones 201-200-1080


    Mr. Silverman will be honored at the College’s 34th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday evening, May 23

    Jersey City, NJ – Paul Silverman, a Principal of the real estate development firm SILVERMAN who has devoted a great deal of his time to community endeavors, will be presented with the 2012 Hudson County Community College Heritage Award. Mr. Silverman will be honored at the College’s 34th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday evening, May 23. The event, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be held in Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.

    Instituted eighteen years ago, the Hudson County Community College Heritage Award recognizes members of the community who have made significant contributions to the College, its students and their families. Past recipients include: Dr. Abegail Douglas-Johnson, the former Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College who devoted much of her professional life to the College; Nadia Makar, the extraordinary science teacher from Union City; Mother Jacqueline Mays, Pastor and Overseer of Mt. Sinai Full Baptist Church; Daniel Altilio, President of United Way of Hudson County; business leader Raju Patel; retired Jersey Journal publisher Scott Ring; New Jersey City University President Dr. Carlos Hernandez; Marla Ucelli, Director of District Redesign & Leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform/Brown University; and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez.

    As Principals of their firm, Mr. Silverman and his brother Eric have helped transform the landscape of Hudson County, by building neighborhoods. SILVERMAN began its development efforts in 1981 with the renovation of an apartment building in Jersey City’s Paulus Hook section. In the years since, the firm has restored historic landmarks, advocated for the development of mixed-use buildings, included cultural and recreational spaces into their developments, and championed small and innovative retail businesses and other enterprises by incorporating them into the neighborhoods they created and recreated.

    More importantly, Mr. Silverman has been tireless in his work of giving back to the community as a volunteer. “I am an enthusiastic volunteer,” he says. Mr. Silverman is Chairman Emeritus of the Hudson County Community College Foundation. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention Center, Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, Hudson Transportation Association, Hudson County Workforce Investment Board and Hudson County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of his alma mater, Muhlenberg College of Allentown, Pa.

    “There is no doubt that Hudson County has been energized and improved as a result of Paul Silverman’s community efforts,” said HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert. “We are very pleased to be able to honor Mr. Silverman with this year’s Heritage Award and to recognize him for all he has done for the College.”

    Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, the President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Hudson County Community College Commencement Exercises. Reverend Robert Reiser, S.J., the President of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, will deliver the invocation. The Class of 2012 Valedictorian is Union City resident Rogelio “Roger” Sales.

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    A limited number of press passes and parking vouchers for the HCCC Commencement Ceremonies are available and may be secured by contacting the College’s 
    Communications Office at 201-360-4061.
    Reporters and members of the media covering the event may interview the College’s distinguished guests in the VIP Room from 5:00 - 5:30 that evening.
    Important Note to Media: NJPAC regulations allow members of the media to film a maximum 
    of 30 (thirty) minutes of video footage from proceedings in the auditorium, 
    and to air just 3 (three) minutes of that footage.