Events & Activities – Spring 2018

International Education Center Events – Spring 2018

From Study Abroad to Digital Nomad: Paul Kovalski
Tuesday, January 23 from 11:30 AM1 PM in MAN 108

Paul Kovalski- Digital Nomad, Habit Development Coach, and Host of the PaulCast

Paul Kovalski is a Brookdale alumnus from Marlboro who will be traveling to Asia and living out of a backpack in 2018 while working on several business ventures. Paul went to Brookdale from 2008-2010 after graduating from Marlboro High School. While at Brookdale, he studied abroad in Rome and then successfully transferred to Cornell University.

After graduating from Cornell, Paul has traveled around the world while working on a number of different businesses. Most recently, he spent 2 years at AdRoll running digital marketing campaigns for large brands. While AdRoll was a great experience, he always knew that he wanted to find a way to work and travel simultaneously. He left AdRoll in December to pursue a more nomadic and minimalist lifestyle.

Paul is visiting Brookdale to talk through studying abroad, how students can pursue their passions, and the importance of habit development in his life.

His free talk is sponsored by International Education Center and Alumni Association, who will provide light refreshments.

Info Session: Free $$$ for Study Abroad!
Tuesday, January 30 from 11:30 AM12:30 PM in MAN 108

Come and find out how you can fund your study and/or internship abroad experience.

How do financial aid and student loans work? What scholarships are available for study abroad? How do you even find out about scholarships?

We will have a representative from the financial aid office as well as our own study abroad coordinator to talk about the many funding opportunities available to support your study or internship abroad.

Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 11:30 AM– 12:30 PM in MAN 108

Sponsored by International Education Center and Financial Aid Office.

Study Abroad Fair
Tuesday, February 6 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM in the Student Life Center, MLK Lounge

Where will you be this summer or fall: Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, North America or South America? What will you do: Study, Intern, or Volunteer? Did you ever consider transferring abroad?

Come learn about study, transfer and intern abroad programs through Brookdale and the College Consortium for International Studies.  Pick up brochures and handouts. Talk to International Education Center staff about program eligibility, deadlines and application procedures.

Sponsored by International Education Center and Student Life and Activities.  Light refreshments provided. Prizes and give-aways available!

Info Session: Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative
Thursday, February 8; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; MAN 106

The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree.

The purpose of the Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative is to provide a framework to prepare students for both academic and professional endeavors in a global context and encourage students to become global citizens.

Global Citizenship Distinction recognizes students who have successfully integrated global education into their academic pursuits while simultaneously engaging in globally focused co-curricular activities, allowing for a rich and long-lasting learning experience. Students who have participated in and successfully achieved the requirements will be recognized for their exceptional efforts upon graduation with “Global Citizenship Distinction.”

Attend this session to find out more, or visit

Questions? Contact the International Education Center at 732-224-2799 or or email GCD Program Coordinator Dr. Terry Konn at

Info Session: Study Abroad
Tuesday, February 13; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm;  MAN 108

Attend this info session to learn about Brookdale’s semester-long and short term faculty-led study abroad opportunities – including how to apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Tuesday, February 20; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; MAN 106
F-1 Students Working in the U.S.: Preparing your resume and Polishing your Interview Skills

In this workshop especially for international students (F-1 status), we will discuss on-campus employment opportunities; show you how to prepare your “American-Style” resume; and, how to prepare for an “American-Style” interview. We will also review the immigration processes to apply for Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training and Economic Necessity Work Authorization.

Sponsored by the International Education Center and the Career and Leadership Development office. For information on Career and Leadership Development Programs, please click here.

Tuesday, February 27; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; MAN 105
Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America

This powerful documentary exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. From the territorial expansionist policies that decimated the young economies of Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire provides an unflinching look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States. Adapted from the landmark book written by journalist Juan Gonzalez, the film tells the story of an epic human saga that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S., but must become part of our national conversation about immigration.

A program related to the Global Citizenship Project Theme: Immigrants and Refugees.

Discussion facilitated by Ashley Zampogna-Krug, Assistant Professor of History.

Sponsored by Global Citizenship Project, International Education Center, Dreamers +, Student Life and Activities.

Tuesday, March 6; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; MAN 106
F-1 Students Working in the U.S.: Immigration Options after F-1 Status

Come and listen to our favorite immigration expert, Art Serratelli explain work visas and other “green card” options after your F-1 status has expired.  After his presentation, you will be able to sign up for a free 20-minute consultation.

Sponsored by International Education Center.

Tuesday, March 6; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Freehold Campus Student Success Center
Study Abroad Info Table

Come and learn about study abroad opportunities, scholarships and financial aid.

Thursday, March 29; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; MAN 105
Crossing Borders: Expectations vs. Reality

Come and hear from a panel of international, immigrant and returned study abroad students about their experiences of adjusting to life in another country.

A program related to the Global Citizenship Project Theme: Immigrants and Refugees.

Sponsored by the Global Citizenship Project and International Education Center. Discussion facilitated by Daijuan Gao, Assistant Professor of Human Services.

For information about the Global Citizenship Project, click here. For information about international programs, click here.

Wednesday, April 4; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Student Life Center, Navesink III
Visiting Writers Series: Poet and short-story writer
Elena Georgiou and Memoirist Haroon Moghul

Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator , and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants and mercy mercy me, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award. She is also co-editor (with Michael Lassell) of the poetry anthology, The World In Us.

In How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, Haroon Moghul, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and the Muslim Leadership Initiative facilitator at the Shalom Hartman Institute, details his coming-of-age story as an American Muslim and his struggle to forge his identity as a second-generation immigrant in a post–9/11 world. Moghul documents the crushing pressures of living in a world that shuns and fears Muslims, as well as his own complicated relationship with Islam and his battles with bipolar disorder.

Sponsored by the Visiting Writer’s Series, Student Life and Activities, the International Education Center and the Global Citizenship Project.

A program related to the Global Citizenship Project Theme: Immigrants and Refugees.

Free and Open to the Public.

For information about Brookdale’s Visiting Writers Series, contact Professor Suzanne Parker,  For information about the Global Citizenship Project, click here.

Thursday, April 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms
International Festival: Unity in Diversity

Come and join the International Student Association as they invite us to celebrate the many countries and cultures represented on our campus. You will enjoy beautiful interactive exhibits, music and food as we celebrate unity in diversity.

Sponsored by International Student Association, Student Life and Activities & International Education Center.

Free and Open to the Public.

For more information on the International Student Association, click here for club details.

Wednesday, April 25; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms
8th Annual Global Citizenship Awards Ceremony

The Global Citizenship Awards are presented annually to Brookdalians who demonstrate a commitment to expanding their awareness of global issues. Awardees, who are nominated by Brookdale faculty and staff, have considered global issues as part of their curricular, co-curricular, or volunteer work.

Sponsored by Global Citizenship Project, International Education Center, Student Life and Activities.

For more information on the Global Citizenship Project click here or contact Assistant Professor Kelsey Maki (