Alumni Events

The Barringer Award

Brookdale Community College and the Brookdale Alumni Association honored three individuals for their commitment to excellence in education at the 30th annual Barringer Awards Dinner on Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Riverview Pavilion in Belmar.

The Barringer Award, named in honor of former Brookdale president Dr. Bob Barringer, is considered the Alumni Association’s most prestigious honor.

This year’s honorees are Biology Professor James Crowder, History Professor Jess Le Vine, and Accounting specialist Helen Vota.

Crowder joined the college in 1997, and has since served on Brookdale’s Governance committee and as president of the college Faculty Association. A member of two regional and national science associations, Crowder is a past winner of the Brookdale’s Gold Star teaching award and Outstanding Colleague college service award. He lives in Howell.

Le Vine, of Avon by the Sea, joined the college in 1991. He has taught and helped create curriculum based on Native American studies, the Vietnam War, and New Jersey history, in addition to hosting Brookdale’s study abroad courses in Mexico and Italy. He has served as the college’s Governance chair, a student club advisor and is a past recipient of Brookdale’s Outstanding Colleague and Gold Star awards. He also serves as a trustee of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.

Vota, who joined the college in 1990, currently serves as president of Brookdale’s Professional Staff Association. She is an original member of the Brookdale Employee Volunteer Connection, which hosts food drives, charity walks and other events for area families and organizations such as Lunch Break in Red Bank and Family and Children’s Services in Long Branch.

For the last 23 years Vota has coordinated the Volunteer Connection’s Giving Tree project, which annually provides hundreds of holiday gifts to more than 50 local families. She also chairs the college’s Performance Recognition Committee. Vota lives in Tinton Falls.


 From left: Jess Le Vine, Lauren Concar, James Crowder, Maureen Murphy, Helen Vota.


Barringer Award Recipients

1986 Bob Barringer
1987 Arthur Marshal

1988 Gordon Litwin
1989 Jean Badgley
1990 Seymor Siegler, Jacob Needle
1991 Gershom G.N. Tomilson

1992 The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
1993 Barbara Gonos, Joe King
1994 Noel Kubel

1995 Carl Calendar
1996 Duncan Circle, Jeung H. Kim, Norma Klein
1997 Paul MacLaughlin, Thomas Richards

1998 Richard J. Connors, James Palumbo, Carol McCartin
1999 Sue Desideradto, Louis Pullano, Richard Sorrell
2000 Mike Toomey, Jack Ryan

2001 Elizabeth Twohy, Terrie Wyatt
2002 Virginia Lee, C. Webster Boodey
2003 Cheryl Cummings, Vinnie Gorman, Irma Lester

2005 Lee Blaustein, Jaqueline Kugit, Donald Warner
2006 Lois Higbe, Arnold Gelfman, Susan Rosenberg
2007 Barbara Baron, Richard Pfeffer, Anthony Snyder

2008 Doug Welsh, Pat Gallo Villee, Paul Zigo
2009 Karen D’Agostino, Doris Hudak, Webster Trammel
2010 Sherri West, Maris Lown and Terry Konn-Karangwa

2011 Norah Kerr-McCurry, Jayne McBride and the Foundation Board of Trustees
2012 Eric Goll, Bruce Marich and Thomas (Bo) Scannapieco
2013 Linda Mass, Michael Qaissaunee and Sally Sorrell
2014 Thomas Berke, Linda Wang, Eleanor Horgan, Louis Ferendo
2015 Jim Crowder, Helen Vota, Jess Le Vine