Bucks Connections—Links that Last a Lifetime
By Barbara Long
For years, networking has been a buzzword in the business and social worlds. And the advantages of networking in the academic arena, particularly at Bucks County Community College, are just as beneficial as those at work and in society. In fact, connections to Bucks often link education to mentorship to employment to volunteerism, and of course, to life-long friendships and contributions.
Many Bucks students have become employees and volunteers of the college, while in turn, many employees and volunteers have become students. "The relationships that can be built at Bucks are as diverse as the people who are involved with the college," noted Jean Holmes, Assistant Director of the Foundation & Alumni Relations at Bucks.
Eileen Zolotorofe of Richboro is one example of the rewards of forming a lifetime connection to Bucks. She initially enrolled in a history class for fun and then began to take advantage of the numerous academic offerings and extracurricular activities, saying, "I soaked up all that Bucks had to offer."
Eileen summarized her experience as a Bucks student, which included an associate degree in American Studies and certification in Historic Preservation, as "The best massage of my brain—ever."
When asked what advice she would offer a high school senior looking to earn a college degree, she enthused, "Try Bucks first! And, join a club! You'll learn leadership skills and much more as a club member or officer."
After graduating from Bucks in 1998 and desiring to give back to the school that gave her so much, Eileen became involved with the Alumni Association and served on the BCCC Foundation Board, resigning in 1999 to accept a full-time position with the Foundation Office as the Coordinator of Special Events for several years.
What Eileen most enjoys about her connection to Bucks is the variety of ways in which she can honor her alma mater via time, talents, and funding. Her most passionate focus at the college has been the restoration of Tyler Hall, the former baronial home of George F. and Stella Elkins Tyler, which is now part of the 200-acre Newtown campus. And she turned this passion into action by volunteering to lead tours of Tyler Hall during various fundraisers and by supporting the annual Tyler Tasting Party, whose proceeds generate necessary funds for the upkeep of Tyler Hall and its adjacent formal gardens. She has also served on the Tyler Restoration Committee.
Eileen encourages other Bucks alumni to give back to the college "so that Bucks can continue to offer affordable education at three beautiful campuses, with outstanding professors, who are always in attendance at class and to earn a degree that will transfer to numerous major four-year schools and to have the experience of a lifetime!"