Over 500 prospective students and their families turned out on a grey and stormy spring day on April 15th for Brookdale’s annual Spring Open House. The warm welcome from Brookdale’s Interim President Dr. David Stout and Brookdale faculty, employees, and students more than made up for the dreary day outside. Prospective students not only learned about Brookdale’s wide range of degree and certificate programs, but also met one-on-one with faculty and student services representatives throughout the afternoon.
The open house began in the Collins Arena with a welcome from David Stout, who provided an overview of the college’s acclaimed faculty, curriculum, transfer partnerships, campus life opportunities, scholarship programs, study abroad excursions and more.
Brookdale academic deans Anoop Ahluwalia, William Burns, Carl Calendar, Jayne Edman and Patricia Gallo also discussed their respective academic institutes and encouraged those interested in one of their subjects to visit them at designated “mini Open Houses” located across campus.
In the Center for Visual Arts, attendees were able to tour the college’s arts labs and interior design studios, speaking with faculty about their passions and professional experience.
In MAS, STEM and health sciences faculty gave demonstrations of their course material and hosted guided tours of the college’s nursing and science labs. Demonstrations by the Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care faculty showcased these two in-demand career disciplines.
In MAN, visitors were able to learn about more than a dozen business and social science programs while snacking on freshly prepared hot dishes, pastries and other snacks prepared by students from Brookdale’s Culinary Education Center. Prospective students attended info sessions on Brookdale’s newly redesigned Business A.A.S. degree, which now offers concentrations in accounting, management, and marketing.
Humanities faculty were on hand in the Bankier Library to talk literature, music and theater with interested visitors, while Automotive Technology and TV/radio representatives hosted guided tours of the college’s professional-grade training facilities. Attendees were also offered intimate tours of the Bankier Library, including available computer labs and educational resources, and were encouraged to speak with students representing some of the college’s more than 50 clubs and campus organizations.