Brookdale’s 41st Annual Education Open Golf Outing
Honored Two Front Line Alumni
The Brookdale Community College Foundation hosted the 41st Annual Education Open Golf Outing on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ. All the proceeds will benefit the Invest in Student Success Scholarship fund. “With these scholarships and grants, many students earn their associate degree at Brookdale, transfer to four-year institutions to achieve their undergraduate degrees or start their careers after completing a certificate program at Brookdale,” said Timothy Zeiss, executive director of the Foundation. “Our supporters, donors, and sponsors are helping hundreds of students to achieve their academic and professional goals.”
At the awards dinner, honored was Front Line Brookdale Alumni Nichole Schumann and Jorge Terreros, in recognition for their service and commitment to helping others impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nichole Schumann is a nurse working at the Christian Brothers Academy De La Salle Hall, a Long-Term Care Nursing Home. She has been working 12-16 hour shifts ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Some of the staff at her facility got sick and they were running on a skeletal team. Nichole stayed at the facility to be available 24/7 for the elderly residents she takes care of. She is a young married student handling her job as a front-line nurse, a student who stayed engaged with the virtual classroom, completed all her school assignments, and managed her home.
Jorge Terreros started as a student at Brookdale Community College in the Business Administration program and graduated in 2004. He went on to pursue his degree from Rutgers and is presently working on his master’s degree. He has been working at Brookdale in many departments including in Registration, as an Academic Advisor, Student Success Coach, and he is presently the Director of the Branch Campus in Freehold. Jorge is being honored for what he has done for Brookdale, our students, and his family and extended family during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jorge’s grandmother and his father were hospitalized with the virus and both succumbed to the awful disease. Devastated, Jorge the oldest of three brothers, rose to the challenge as now the patriarch of his family. He had the lonely task of arranging for burials during a time when no one could be there to mourn. Without missing a beat as he transitioned from one position to another at the college, and only a short time of bereavement, in both instances, he was back on the job serving his two roles as needed. He was working with students, offering the important support they needed to navigate the difficulties of the COVID-19 virus, the transition to remote learning, and the emotional difficulties they faced. He also assisted students who need his help in applying for CCOG aid, especially those who rely on his bi-lingual expertise and also has been instrumental in helping the Culinary students finish their spring semester which due to the remote learning demand, they had to finish the hands-on part in the summer semester. As an advisor for several years, these students came to rely on him. His professionalism, dedication, and perseverance in the face of great sorrow and many challenges makes Brookdale very proud to honor him with this alumni award.
The all-day outing included a deli lunch and a post-play BBQ Buffet on the Outdoor Patio & 19th Hole with an open bar.
Golfers won individual and team prizes, including two hole-in-one contests for a two-year lease on a new Infiniti donated by Circle Infiniti in West Long Branch and a two-year lease on a Cadillac donated by Gold Coast Cadillac of Oakhurst. The evening featured awards presentations for individuals and teams, including special prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive, as well as blind skins games, a live auction which includes a matched gift by Tito’s Homemade Vodka, among other activities.