Dr. Janice Thomas, director of the Brookdale Community College International Center, said it was a “fortuitous” meeting with a Brookdale alum that helped facilitate a new relationship between Brookdale and Cameos Instituto da Cooperacao e da Lingua in Portugal.
Brookdale already had plans to begin offering Portuguese in the Fall of 2013, Dr. Thomas said. At nearly the same time, alumna Raquel Rosa approached her and Nancy Kegelman to tell them about the number of people in the community interested in learning Portuguese. Rosa then connected Brookdale with the Portuguese
Consulate in Newark.
“She put us in contact with the consul, who then facilitated this,” Thomas said.
Under the agreement, signed July 23 at a ceremony at Brookdale by President Maureen Murphy and Dr. Amelia Paiva, consul-general, Cameos will help Brookdale develop its Portuguese curriculum and provide resource materials and support for guest lecturers. In return, Brookdale will promote Portuguese language and culture through classes and programs related to Lusophone cultures.
According to Dr. Thomas, the agreement is also in keeping with Brookdale’s commitment to become more engaged in Brazil. Not only is the country a significant contributor in the global community, there is a large Brazilian community here in Monmouth County, she said. Furthermore, the agreement opens the door to future partnerships with Portuguese higher educational institutions. By offering classes and programs in Portuguese, Brookdale is preparing future students for study and work in countries where the Portuguese language is spoken, she said.
Besides Dr. Murphy, Dr. Thomas, and Dr. Paiva, attending the ceremony were international students Carmem Pessoa and Cristiano Dos Santos Azevedo, Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services; Nancy Kegelman, dean of academic affairs; Webster Trammell, vice president of development, governmental, and community relations; William Burns, academic division dean, arts and communications; Ed Johnson, director of the Long Branch Higher Education Center; Ann Tickner-Jankowski, director of transfer resources and articulation; and Carl DeJura, director of adult basic education.