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Fall Convocation Kicks Off 2014-15 School Year

Hundreds of Brookdale faculty, staff and administrators gathered at the Collins Arena on Sept. 2 for the first college-wide meeting of the 2014-15 school year.

This year’s fall convocation allowed all “Brookdalians” an opportunity to look back on the achievements of the last academic year, and provided a look ahead at a challenging, but promising, future.

Dr. Diana Phillips, executive vice president for educational services, began the morning by recognizing Brookdale’s newest hires and congratulating those employees who will be stepping into new roles this year. Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy then presented an overview of the college’s new “Success Reimagined” marketing campaign, which highlights the true stories and achievements of a number of current students and recent graduates.

Brookdale TV personnel were later recognized for their work on a breathtaking new promotional video that will accompany the college’s annual report, expected to be unveiled this fall.

Much of the convocation, however, centered on the challenges currently facing Brookdale specifically and community colleges in general. Despite shifting demographics and a decline in funding, Murphy said Brookdale’s ongoing reorganization effort will allow the college to better address the needs of its students both now and in the future.

“That is what we do. That is the reason we are here,” she said.

Citing research and findings from a number of national educational organizations and advocacy groups, Murphy said Brookdale must adapt educationally, technologically and structurally to a new, radically different generation of learners.

“Let’s create the best learning environment we can for them,” she said.

Click here for more photos of the convocation.