Above Photo: The 14th annual Bullying Hurts program came to Salem Community College to shed light on bullying at the collegiate level. Nineteen SCC student contributed to the Bullying Hurts insert in the South Jersey Times in November. From left, SCC Assistant Professor Jennifer Martin (the project’s editorial director), SCC student and essay author Vincent Wilson, SCC President Michael Gorman, SCC Assistant Professor Jenna Lucente (creative director), Memorial Hospital of Salem County Chief Executive Officer Ryan Jensen, Franklin Bank’s Pennsville Office Manager Lindsay Harmon, SCC Foundation Executive Director Ceil Smith, NJ Advance Media Publisher and Vice President of Sales Rhonda Barlow and Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan.
Bullying Hurts program comes to Salem Community College
The 14th annual Bullying Hurts program came to Salem Community College to raise awareness and recognize student writers and artists who created a special section for the South Jersey Times.
Sponsored by the Partners of Salem County, this year’s Bullying Hurts program shed light on bullying at the collegiate level. Nineteen SCC students participated by communicating — through words and art — their perspectives on a persistent societal problem that impacts all ages and walks of life.
The SCC student participants were led by Assistant Professor Jennifer Martin (editorial director) and Assistant Professor Jenna Lucente (creative director). The project was coordinated by Ceil Smith, Executive Director of the SCC Foundation.
The Bullying Hurts section featured cover art by Jessica Schmid, a computer graphic art major from Carneys Point.
SCC student Vincent Wilson of Carneys Point wrote an essay. It was titled, “Why Bullying Does Not End After One Reaches College Age.”
“Ultimately,” Vincent concluded, “college is a time of learning and growing up, and to do so requires the purging of ignorance and immaturity, which includes bullying.”
In his welcoming remarks, SCC President Michael Gorman stated, “If we see it, it’s our job to step up and stop it.”
“I think at some point in [our] lives, everyone’s been bullied,” said John T. Lenahan, Salem County Prosecutor. Lenahan has participated in Bullying Hurts since its inception. “With social media, [bullying is] getting worse. It’s good we’re focusing on it at the college level. Life can be difficult enough without people mercilessly picking on someone.”
The program included remarks from representatives of the Partners of Salem County. They were as followed: Rhonda Barlow, Publisher and Vice President of Sales, NJ Advance Media; Lindsay Harmon, Pennsville Office Manager of Franklin Bank; and Ryan Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hospital of Salem County.