Hundreds of Brookdale faculty, staff and administrators kicked off a new year and a new semester on Jan. 17 during the college’s Spring Convocation program in the Collins Arena.
The event, emceed by Brookdale Vice President for Learning Dr. Matthew Reed, served as an opportunity for all Brookdale employees to reconnect, refocus and reprioritize on the eve of the spring semester. In her keynote address, Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy looked back on the year that was, including the myriad internal and external challenges that established 2016 as one of the most pivotal and controversial years in recent memory.
Despite the difficulties of the past – and the uncertainties of the future – Murphy said 2017 is a chance for all Brookdalians to come together under one banner.
“The work Brookdale is called to do must continue,” she said. “We cannot control the change; we can control our response to it. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary year, I ask you join me in choosing to respond differently. It’s time to take stock of our past, to honor and celebrate it, and look forward. I ask you, let’s come together is strength and community to face our future.”
One opportunity to do that, Murphy said, is through the college’s ongoing reaccreditation process through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Currently, seven committees of employees are working to collect and submit information to MSCHE to ensure the college’s continued accreditation. During the program, Brookdale’s Middle States co-chairs Nancy Kegelman and Howard Miller invited all employees to join in the effort by reviewing and contributing to the work being done by each committee.
Convocation attendees were also invited to participate in one ongoing Middle States project: the creation of a new Brookdale mission statement. Faculty, staff and administrators were asked to share their thoughts on the current mission statement and suggest changes for the next one. Nearly a dozen employees shared their thoughts publicly, while dozens of others submitted note cards covered in feedback.
The program also featured a report by associate mathematics Professor Olga Malpica Proctor and assistant mathematics Professor Spyro Roubos, who discussed their successful efforts to improve public transportation for Brookdale students. Last fall, NJ TRANSIT announced new and improved bus routes that will serve students from across Monmouth and Middlesex counties while reducing ride times and transfers, improving access to the Hazlet campus, and requiring no additional taxes or fees for taxpayers. Learn more here.
Check out more photos of the Spring Convocation ceremony here.