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Rocco, Janet

For Student Services Coordinator Janet Rocco, being on the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Team  required her to drive across Union County a number of times to help at both the Elizabeth and Plainfield campuses. Her hero stint began on Thurs., Nov. 1 in Elizabeth, where she spent the day "doing whatever needed to be done." This included calling College faculty to determine their availability to teach weekend classes. On Friday, Ms. Rocco went to her usual workplace, the Plainfield Campus, which was open to staff and students whose homes were still without power. She helped get the Campus ready for weekend classes and to accommodate students who needed a place to get warm and charge phones. By Monday, she was handling her normal duties as a coordinator for students and faculty in health-care programs. Ms. Rocco’s secret for doing all of the driving in spite of the gas shortage, "We had a car pool on Monday and Tuesday. It was Charita Green, Carol Cieslak, and me." Ms. Rocco was happy to be part of a winning team: "Everything worked out really nicely. We did a good job."
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