Salem Community College’s Student Accounts Coordinator Sonia Bermudez earned the 2021 Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award. The Upper Deerfield resident is highly respected for her dedication, can-do spirit and positive attitude.
The annual recognition honors the memory of the admissions secretary who served the College for over 21 years. Like Arlene, the recipients demonstrate a dedication and passion to student success, go the extra mile to address student concerns and make extraordinary contributions in serving students.
“Sonia may have one of the toughest jobs on campus,” said Laura Green, chair of the Student Life Committee, at the recent virtual awards ceremony. “She bills and collects student tuition. It takes a very special person to do this job, and Sonia does it extraordinarily well with compassion and comprehensive care.
“She treats everyone like they are part of her family and always has our students’ back,” Green continued. “Sonia will go out of her way to respond to every message and question and always meets the students where they are at.”
In concluding the presentation, Green shared a passage from Bermudez’s nomination letter: “Sonia focuses most of her time and energy towards supporting others and ensuring that she does everything possible to assist them in accomplishing their goals.”
Bermudez earned an associate degree in Business Administration (Associate in Science) from Salem Community College in 2014.