Brookdale Bulletin | Volume I, Issue II

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Volume I, Issue II

Exploring the Immigrant Experience through Brookdale’s Global Read

Global Read Fall 2018
Global Read participants and contributors to Pointed Towards the Sun text (left to right): Sheila Duane (faculty), Rania Targali (student), Ashley Zampogna-Krug (faculty), Nambrath Raj Wesley (faculty), Adam Hostetter (student), Angela Casallas (student), Caroline Calavero (faculty), Donna Pope (faculty), Nathalie Darden (faculty), Janice Thomas (IEC Director) and Kelsey Maki (IEC Faculty Liaison)

Brookdale’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) has been exploring issues reflecting the immigration and refugee experience for the past two years.

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Students Aim to Convert Thrift Store Bargains Into Bold Fashion Statements for Charity

Rags to riches

Cultivating creativity and seeing potential – those are two key skills for aspiring fashion designers in looking at fabrics and accessories and transforming them into something new and appealing.

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Brookdale Alumni Participate in 2019 Atlantic City Fashion Show

cynthia doran at 2018 fashion week
Cynthia Matthews-Duran won the student showcase competition at the 2018 Atlantic City Fashion Week.

Two Brookdale Community College alumni displayed their fashion and style in the 2019 Atlantic City Fashion Show which took place in February at The Showboat Hotel.

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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Rowe

Elizabeth Rowe sitting on one of the Prague Castle walls
Elizabeth Rowe studied in Prague last semester. She is seen here sitting on one of the Prague Castle walls, with the city in the background.

After time away from school, Elizabeth Rowe saw Brookdale as her path to higher education. She sought an affordable alternative enabling her to explore options while not incurring debt. Little did she know that it would lead her across the Atlantic to Prague.

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Alumni Spotlight: Armen Sahakyan

Armen Sahakyan
Armen Sahakyan stands before the United States Capitol. Sahakyan co-founded the Eurasian Research & Analysis Institute in 2013.

A passion for addressing and solving global issues drives Armen Sahakyan. His career choices and background reflect the Brookdale graduate’s global perspective and focus on the interconnectivity among nations.

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Alumni Spotlight: Melanie Wexler

Melanie Wexler

Melanie Wexler’s career path took some unexpected twists and turns but in the process, she discovered her true passion – fashion.

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A Conversation with Dr. Gitanjali Kundu 

Dr. Gitanjali Kundu

Dr. Gitanjali Kundu joined Brookdale’s faculty full-time in 2010. Born and raised in India, she earned a bachelor’s degree with honors and a master’s degree in botany from India. She earned her second Master’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Eastern Michigan University and obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University in Michigan. Dr. Kundu teaches general biology, life sciences, anatomy and physiology, microbiology and developed the cell and molecular biology course.

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Then and Now

ATEC historical
The Advanced Technology Center (ATeC) under construction in 1988...
ATEC current
...and today.

HR Corner

  • Alternate Benefit Plan (ABP) Provider Campus Visits
    • ABP Investment providers visit the Lincroft campus periodically for individual income planning sessions. Dates and contact information to schedule an appointment can be found on the Employee Benefits Calendar, located on the Employee Benefits webpage within BrookdaleShare.
    • Ted Hoffman, representative for Mass Mutual will present a seminar on Friday, March 29, 2019 noon to 12:45 p.m. / 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m: Navigating Your Way through the NJABP. The meeting will be in Twin Lights I. He outlines the benefits offered through the ABP and reviews the challenges facing individuals responsible for their own retirement savings and ways to reach their goals.  This is a good seminar for new enrollees to the ABP or current participants in their first ten years of employment.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Susan Migliorino at 609-890-0470 or


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  • Professional Development
    • Free Online, on-demand training available 24/7 to employees – Click here


  • State Educator’s Health Benefits Plan Audit
    • The State is conducting a health benefits dependent eligibility audit through Alight Dependent Verification Services. If you received an audit letter, please be sure to submit the requested information.
    • To complete the request – Click here.
    • Questions on the audit should be directed to Alight Solutions Call Center 1-833-372-8748

    Time Exceptions

    • Notice to supervisors: Please cancel any time exceptions submitted for a vacation or personal day for any staff, for Tuesday, February 12, as we were closed for business.
Andrews drives the lane for a basket and with her family receiving the NJAIAW Garden State Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award

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