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Student Achievement Showcase

April 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm


Brookdale’s 2022 Student Achievement Showcase will be held in the Student Life Center and Virtually on Zoom.

Students will be showcasing their work, talents, clubs, and interests to the Brookdale community at Brookdale’s 2022 Student Achievement Showcase.

This is an excellent opportunity to encourage, reward and support our students by promoting their individual and group achievements and successes.






Monmouth Battleground Room presentations In-Person and Virtually – ZOOM LINK

NASA STEM Fellows will be presenting in the Twin Lights Room I and Virtually – ZOOM LINK

Twin Lights Room II presentations In-Person and Virtually ZOOM LINK

Student Achievement Showcase Program of Presentations

Twin Lights I (SLC 106)  

Twin Lights Room IZOOM LINK

Room Hosts: Professors Ana Teodorescu and Karina Ochs

1. The Physics of Flight: What Keeps Objects Aloft?: 11:50 – 12:05

Student Presenter: NASA Fellow, Christine Mayo

From Galileo Galilei, Bernoulli, and Newton to present-day avionics, Christine Mayo has studied it all under the tutelage of Professor Brian McKeon, and is ready to show you what she has learned about the mechanics of flight.

Sponsor: Professor Brian McKeon

2. Helping the Visually Impaired with Object Detection: 12:10 – 12:25

Student Presenter: NASA Fellow, Jack Arteaga

The visually impaired are often restricted in movement, caused by the inability to distinguish objects in their surroundings. Object detection, a computer vision technique, can be used to detect objects in a video stream. Using off-the-shelf hardware and a pre-trained object detection model, an object avoidance system was built to facilitate the navigation through a space for a visually impaired user. The system can process a live video feed and calculate the distance to known objects in a database. Once a specified distance threshold is crossed, an alert is triggered, communicating that an object is ahead. Further evaluation is required to assess the utility of the system when tested with real users.

Sponsor: Professor Karina Ochs

3. The Daily Screen Time Habits of Brookdale Students: 12:30 – 12:45

Student Presenter: Honors Statistics student, Sydney Pacheco

Sydney Pacheco surveyed 89 Brookdale Community College students about their daily screen time habits and the students’ year in college and school performance. She will present the results of this study using tools she learned in her Math 131 Statistics course.

Sponsor: Professor Ana Teodorescu

4. Creating the Food Science Club at Brookdale: 12:50 – 1:05

Student Presenter: Food Science Club Founder, Anjeli Santillan

Anjeli Santillan is a Chemical Engineering student who founded the Food Science student club. She will talk to you about the process of getting the club approved and about the exciting activities she created for the enjoyment of the club members.

Sponsor: Professor Ana Teodorescu

Twin Lights II (SLC 107)

Twin Lights Room II – ZOOM LINK

Room Host: Professor Roseanne Alvarez

1. Blossoming at Brookdale: 11:30 – 11:45

Student Presenter: TIN President, Jeanette Falotico

As recipient of the Community College Opportunity Grant, The Innovation Network (TIN) launched the “Blossoming at Brookdale” initiative to provide resources for students to improve their wellness and interpersonal skills. TIN introduced complementary and alternative wellness modalities to help students manage their mental health. In addition, participants learned relaxation and calming techniques, discovering the benefits of having a clear head when fostering teamwork and using critical thinking strategies.

Sponsor: Professors Debbie Mura and Elana Maloney

2. Raising Awareness for Menstrual Toxic Shock Syndrome (MTSS) Project: 11:50 – 12:05

Student Presenters: TIN President, Jeanette Falotico, WILL members, Jaclyn Romano and Madison Carroll; WILL Treasurer, Lila Trench

The Innovation Network (TIN), Women in Learning & Leadership (WILL), PHI THETA KAPPA (PTK), and the Student Life Association worked together to plan the webinar, “The Mysterious and Momentous Times of Menstruation: Keeping the Information Flowing,” which covered various essential topics on menstrual health advocacy. The panel discussed the history of menstrual products, the chemistry and composition of ingredients in these products, and legislation and policies concerning them. WILL, TIN, PTK, and the SLA also worked on fundraising, purchasing, and placing menstrual products in campus restrooms.

3. Forget Me Not: Raising Armenian and Assyrian Genocide Awareness: 12:10 – 12:25

Student Presenters: TIN members, Rebecca Sayilik, Mike Murray, and Jeanette Falotico

Students from The Innovation Network (TIN) shared personal stories of how the Armenian Genocide affected their families. Sara Brown from CHHANGE added historical facts to support the recognition event.

Sponsor: Professors Debbie Mura and Elana Maloney

4. Banned Book Read-in, Intersectional Panel and Banned Book SLC Event: 12:30 – 12:45

Student Presenters: WILL member, Jaclyn Romano; WILL Secretary, Lily Connor

Students and faculty read passages from their favorite banned books at the banned book read-in event in the Bankier Library. WILL members also worked with Brookdale faculty to develop and present the “Education at the Intersections” panel. Across the United States, challenged and banned books oriented towards race, gender, and sexuality affect elementary to higher education curricula. Brookdale faculty and students led a discussion centered on the relevance of the women and gender studies curriculum in our current moment, considering the implications of the ongoing push to ban books and modify classroom curricula representing the experiences of women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ communities. Finally, students marched in front of the Student Life Center demonstrating the right to read any book, even books listed as “banned books” in other cities and states.

Sponsor: Roseanne Alvarez

5. Light Up the Garden: Honoring the Life of Stephanie Nicole Parze: 12:50 – 1:05

Student Presenter: WILL member, Sara Hosbach

Every year Women in Learning and Leadership works with the domestic violence awareness organization “180: Turning Lives Around” and holds a fundraiser to give back to the organization. Back in October (National Domestic Violence Awareness Month), WILL held a virtual panel with 180’s Program Coordinator, Crystal Watson, as a way of educating Brookdale students. The focus of our panel stemmed from the trending hashtag “#Every1KnowsSome1.” WILL members immediately thought of the Stephanie Nicole Parze Foundation. Stephanie Parze was a twenty-five-year-old Freehold resident who passed away because of a romantic relationship involving domestic violence. WILL and TIN honored Stephanie, on February 17, at a memorial held in Brookdale’s Butterfly Garden to celebrate her life and raise awareness for domestic violence victims and their families.

Sponsor: Roseanne Alvarez

Monmouth Battleground Room (SLC 103)

Monmouth Battleground Room – ZOOM LINK

Room Host: Professor Jennifer Kaminski

1. Collage Reimagined: 11:50 – 12:05

Student Presenters: Collage Co-President, Zafira Demiri and Design Editor, Cassidy Wall

Collage has spent the year researching the underlying principles and values of Brookdale’s Student Magazine of Art, Design and Literature, and we find it necessary to revitalize the magazine and club’s identity so that it better connects with and reflects our 21st century community. The team members used a process based on Design Thinking to reimagine the magazine to ensure that Collage remains a vibrant and impactful part of the Brookdale community. The student membership of Collage will present key parts of that process.

Sponsor: Professor Elisa Elorza

2. Summer of Dreams: 12:10 – 12:25

Student Presenters: Dreamers+ club members, Deysi Perez Avila and Cristian Aparicio

A seemingly impossible study abroad opportunity to Mexico has become a reality for five Brookdale students. Deysi and Cristian and Yaritza Ortega share the work they have done and the emotions they feel as their dream of traveling to Mexico approaches this summer. Their presentation reveals that anything is possible with hard work, persistence, and a supportive network.

Sponsor: Ashley Zampogna-Krug

3. Leaving Orthodoxy in Search of Education: 12:30 – 12:45

Student Presenter: Sherry Shuster

Sherry is one of the many GED graduates taking charge of their education and attending Brookdale. She speaks of her journey toward a high school diploma and taking a leap of faith to the college classroom.

Sponsor: Leah Wasacz

4. The Witch at the Door: 12:50 – 1:05

Student Presenter: Kaitlyn Miller

Kaitlyn Miller will read her exceptional work of short fiction, “The Witch at the Door,” which she wrote for, and revised in, Suzanne Parker’s Introduction to Creative Writing class.

Sponsor: Professor Suzanne Parker



April 28
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
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