Monthly Update

July 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The month of July was incredibly busy.  Below, you’ll see a quick sample of some of our activities over the past four weeks: Assemblyman Sean Kean swore in our new Graduate Trustee, Austin Ridoux, on July 5. Austin will serve on the Board of Trustees this year while attending Rutgers University School of Business.

We received notice from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that the Wall Higher Education Center has been awarded “Branch Campus” status. This status acknowledges our ability to offer full degree programs at the Wall location.

New and prospective students, families, and community members attended our Open House at the new Wall West building on the Wall Branch Campus. Executive Dean Anita Voogt, Wall Campus Director Allison Fitzpatrick, the Wall campus staff, and all Brookdale employees who came out to represent their departments did an incredible job to make this a successful event. If you haven’t done so already, please stop by and see this beautiful new facility.

Brookdale’s Performing Arts department presented seven showings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Great Lawn in Lincroft.  Thanks to a grant from the Monmouth County Arts Council and the efforts of Professor John Bukovec, Supervisor Sherri Vanderspiegel, 20 local actors, and all of the staff that participated in this production, performances received rave reviews once again!

Nearly 100 current and former employees joined the Freeholders and other honored guests to celebrate our 50th Birthday on July 18 in the CVA Gallery. We presented resolutions to the Freeholders and the Northern Monmouth chapter of the AAUW who were responsible for the founding of this great institution. The Freeholders and the Mayor of Middletown presented us with proclamations dedicating July 18, 2017 as Brookdale Community College Day.

Our Board of Trustees held their summer Retreat on July 22 at the Wall Branch Campus. During the meeting, the Board re-affirmed the College’s Strategic Priorities: Student Success, Financial Stability, Facilities Planning, and College Image Enhancement. These priorities will guide all of the College’s goals for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Information sessions were held for Georgian Court’s University Partnership programs and NJCU’s Nursing programs, as well as our own Auto Tech, Fashion Design & Merchandising, and Hospitality Management programs. Thank you to all Brookdalians who represented your programs so well.

Staff in the Student Success Division and the Higher Education Center have been working hard to enroll a larger group of students through this year’s Jump Start Program than last year’s program (which was larger than the previous year’s program!). Student Success Directors, CPS staff, HEC Directors, and our campus Police have also delivered several Parent Orientations to packed audiences.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to orient our new students and their parents.

Brookdale has been selected as one of 21 colleges in the country that will host auditions for MTV’s new Video Jockeys. Nationally televised commercials with our student auditions will undoubtedly bring a great deal of attention to our college this year.

Finally, I have spent this month meeting with vice presidents and presidents of our partner institutions in order to strengthen our relationships and discuss new program ideas. Some of the possibilities that have been raised make me very excited for our future!

Yes, July has been busy!  However, I’m looking forward to even more activity as we gear up for the fall semester. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas for how we can improve the Brookdale experience.  Have a happy August!

~ D