The Brookdale community celebrated the official opening of the new Veterans Center on Friday, September 26 on the Lincroft campus.
Current and retired employees, students, members of Brookdale’s Board of Trustees, Monmouth County Freeholders and veterans ranging from WWII to the present, gathered in the new center, located in room 112 of the college’s Main Academic Complex.
The center provides benefits assistance, degree planning, career counseling and other services specifically tailored to veterans and active-duty military. It also serves as the new home of Brookdale’s Student Veterans Club and provides space for students to gather and interact throughout the school year.
Several Brookdale administrators expressed gratitude to veterans for their service and excitement for the opportunity to provide a space on campus for veterans to meet and obtain the support they need to achieve their educational goals.
“You are an important part of the Brookdale community and you bring a unique experience to campus that benefits all of us,” said Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “You worked hard for us and we will work hard to support you in achieving your goals.”
The Veterans Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” for students and help connect them with additional programs offered at the county, state and federal levels. Approximately 350 veterans are enrolled at Brookdale.
“Our student veterans are a shining light of dedication and strength and have been profoundly impacted by their experiences serving our country. That is the reason this center is needed,” said Stephen Curto, Director, Student Development Services.
Curto will serve as the center’s coordinator. Center Associate Christine Forman will be on-hand during center hours to provide information about the various internal and external resources available for veterans. Brookdale’s Associate Registrar and VA Certifying Official Eleanor Glazewski will continue to work with veterans to utilize their GI Bill benefits. Doug Larsen, who served as a Gunnery Sergeant and with special ops force recon for the United States Marines, will provide personal and transitional counseling in both individual and group settings.
“This Center is the result of great teamwork and leadership and we are honored to work with you to help you achieve your goals,” Dr. Dianna Phillips, Executive Vice President of Educational Services.
The ribbon cutting ceremony ended with a special presentation by Brookdale’s Children’s Learning Center of flags made of cardboard and construction paper.
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