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    Bucks Community Awards presented at BCCC

    by Joan Hellyer

    BobbiLinn Blimegger is finishing her nursing studies at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) in a wave of success.

    The single mom of two daughters will graduate in May.

    She overcame several challenges along the way to achieve her academic goals while devoting countless hours to spearheading community service projects with her fellow nursing students.

    Her most recent effort involved coordinating the collection of 50 pounds of food from nursing students during the 2018 end of year holiday season.

    The nursing students donated the food to the Bucks County Housing Group’s pantry in Penndel.

    “Dropping off the food was amazing,” BobbiLinn said. “So many people are in need. I realized I could have, should have been standing in that line myself.”

    Her “commitment to the community” and resolve to overcome the hurdles thrown at her made it easy to pick BobbiLinn to be the inaugural winner of the B.U.C.K.S. Award from the college, BCCC President Stephanie Shanblatt said.

    The acronym stands for “Bold Unique Caring Kind Student.”

    BobbiLinn received her honor on March 15th during the 11th Annual Bucks Community Awards ceremony at BCCC’s Newtown Township campus.

    She thanked the college for recognizing her efforts and staff members who supported her.

    “Success cannot be achieved alone,” BobbiLinn said. “It takes a village.”

    Several other awards were presented during the success-themed ceremony:

    *BCCC Professor Christine Delahanty was honored for her work in the college’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

    *Customers Bank was recognized as a community awardee for its support of the college.

    *BCCC Trustee Otto Grupp III was celebrated for the $300,000 he has donated to the college’s nursing program in memory of his wife Jean.

    *BCCC Trustee James Dancy was honored for his volunteer service.

    Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Bucks County Commissioners Charles Martin and Diane Ellis-Marseglia were on hand to celebrate the winners.

    Fitzpatrick presented United States flags to each award recipient.

    The flags were flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in honor of the awardees, Fitzpatrick said.

    Also during the ceremony, Tobi Bruhn, BCCC’s vice president of advancement, announced the foundation’s “Building Strong Community Together – One Student at a Time” campaign raised more than $4.2 million from individual and corporate donors.

    “We will be using these funds in the future to increase scholarship opportunities and expand our dual enrollment program so students can get a head start on life after high school,” Tobi said. “In addition, we plan to expand academic and workforce education programs to meet the region’s demands and better serve prospective and incumbent workers.”

    The college was established in 1964.

    It offers students from Bucks and surrounding communities the opportunity to earn an undergraduate Associate Degree in dozens of fields and certifications in a variety of professions.

    BCCC also offers non-credit courses for lifelong learners. In addition to the Newtown Township campus, BCCC also has campuses in East Rockhill and Bristol Township.

    PHOTO CAP: Bucks County Community College handed out several awards March 15th during its 11th annual community awards ceremony. The awardees, from left, are Jonathan Klass and Jennifer Frost, representing Customers Bank, Otto Grupp III, BobbiLinn Blimegger, James Dancy and Professor Christine Delahanty.