For many years, Brookdale’s Fall Convocation has served as an opportunity for hundreds of employees to come together as one – a chance to look back on the year that was and look forward to the promise and excitement of a new school calendar.
This year’s Fall Convocation, held Sept. 1 in the Collins Arena, also served as the unofficial unveiling of the newly redesigned Brookdale. From new faces in new places to a series of new academic institutes and student service divisions, Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy said it is an exciting time to be a Brookdalian.
“It has been wonderful to see people coming together and helping each other. There is such a positive energy in so many of these offices,” Murphy said. “I want to thank all of you for that.”
Murphy joined new Vice President for Learning Dr. Matthew Reed in introducing the college’s newest employees and recognizing those who have taken on new roles in the reorganized Brookdale.
She then discussed the four strategic priorities that will guide Brookdale’s Board of Trustees and a host of college-wide initiatives throughout the 2015-16 school year: student success, financial stability, facilities planning and college image enhancement.
Those efforts, combined with a sharpened focus on student learning, degree completion and labor market success, will help Brookdale rise above the challenges currently facing community colleges across the U.S., Murphy said. They will enable the college to persevere, thrive, and become a true force for social change in central New Jersey.
“In our early days, our founding president Dr. Ervin Harlacher referred to us as ‘the impossible dream.’ There were really, really tough times then,” Murphy said. “But the belief in the dream of Brookdale Community College got us through.
“We are all dreamers here: employees, students and their families. It is up to us to reclaim the American dream for the residents of Monmouth County. We are the ones who will make a difference. In the words of the song, the world will be better for this.”
Murphy also answered questions from the audience on a wide range of topics – including tuition rates and the forthcoming renovations in Lincroft and Wall – and encouraged employees from every institute, office and division to participate in Brookdale Governance this year. Convocation served as the debut of a new Governance promotional video, produced by Brookdale TV and college relations.
Murphy also drew attention to Brookdale’s newest TV commercial, featuring 2015 engineering graduate Nicholas Sakowski. Check it out here.
View more photos of the Fall Convocation here.