RVCC Administrator Receives Leadership Award

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) administrator Alaysha M. Walker has received the 2015 Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award, an annual American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) award presented by Mercer County Community College. Walker was honored at a June 5 breakfast event (“Passing the Torch”) sponsored by Mercer’s AAWCC chapter.

Walker serves as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Raritan Valley Community College and the advisor to the Student Life Activities & Planning Board, a student-led, campus-wide events planning organization. She was nominated for the award by RVCC’s President, Dr. Michael J. McDonough, and supported by her mentor, RVCC’s Dean of Student Services, Diane Lemcoe.

“Alaysha is definitely seen as a powerful voice and leader on campus. She is an excellent candidate for the AAWCC Leadership Award because she actively supports initiatives for women students and colleagues,” said Lemcoe.

Walker’s many leadership roles on campus include mentoring students through RVCC’s Sister-to-Sister Network Program, an organization designed to support minority women students, and through RVCC’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Young Women’s Mentoring Program. Walker hosts annual awareness and fundraising campaigns for sexual assault, domestic violence and violence prevention against women, as well as hunger and poverty prevention for women and their families. She also has been involved with networking events with women business leaders.

Walker currently serves as the chairperson of the Council of Administrators and has served as RVCC’s representative to the Leadership Somerset Academy.

Walker’s awards and honors include the RVCC President’s You Make a Difference Award (2014, 2012); Leadership Somerset Fellow Graduate (2014); RVCC’s 15 Years of Outstanding Service Award (2013); The Hemophilia Association of NJ’s Benefactors Award (2013); Trustee, Hemophilia Association of NJ Board (2013); Honorary Member, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (2012); RVCC’s Lion’s Pride Team Award (2008); Lady Ingenuity Magazine’s Humanitarian Award (2006); RVCC Business Department’s Certificate of Excellence in Total Quality Management Award (2001); and the RVCC Presidential Excellence Award (2000).

RVCC has an active AAWCC chapter that has developed a mentoring program for women employees.

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Alaysha M. Walker, second from left, receives her award from Dr. Yesenia Madas, Executive Director of the Center for Student Success, NJ Council of County Colleges, left, and Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, President of Mercer County Community College and President Emerita of the national AAWCC.


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