Nearly 30 years ago, Brookdale alumnus Louis Ferendo presented Dr. Bob Barringer with the college’s first Barringer Award. Ferendo, a three-time Brookdale graduate, had come up with the idea for the award while active in the Alumni Association in the 1980s. The inspiration for the award was his deep respect for Brookdale’s third president, Dr. Barringer.
Friday, March 28, more than 150 faculty, staff, alumni and friends were there to see Ferendo receive the award, along with three Brookdale faculty members at the 29th Annual Barringer Award Dinner held at the Riverview Pavilion in Belmar.
Besides Ferendo, 2014 honorees were Professor Thomas Berke, chemistry; Associate Professor Eleanor Horgan, counseling; and Professor Linda Wang, mathematics.
The Barringer Award is the Alumni Association’s most prestigious award. It is presented annually to one or more individuals who exemplify quality of excellence in education. Brookdale faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and current and former trustees are eligible. Recipients are selected by a committee of alumni and college representatives.
Ferendo earned an A.A.S. in psychology/human behavior, an A.A. in communications design and an A.A. in humanities, English literature and writing, at Brookdale. He later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Skidmore University. He was a longtime board member of the college Alumni Association, serving as vice president and president in the 1980s.
Professor Berke joined the Brookdale faculty in 1970. He was Brookdale’s first director of educational computing, helping colleagues assimilate technology into classrooms and labs before it was commonplace. He was the college’s first Director of Energy Conservation and founder and member of the Executive Board of the Global Citizenship Project.
Professor Horgan, who is trained in marriage and family therapy, uses her clinical skills to guide students, families and colleagues. She was the first chair of the Counseling Department and was instrumental in establishing the college’s counseling crisis hotline. She currently chairs the Basic Skills committee.
Professor Wang she has been engaging learners in mathematics for the past 23 years. She has developed a variety of curriculum and courses and made numerous contributions in the use of technology. She has served as advisor for the Asia Society since 1994. This year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education selected her from among 350 top professors nationwide as the 2013 New Jersey Professor of the Year.
Visit the photo gallery to view photos from the Barringer Award Dinner.