More than 800 high school students, career changers and community members of all ages flocked to the Lincroft campus on Nov. 15 for Brookdale’s 2015 Fall Open House.
Attendees were able to take guided tours of the campus and meet one-on-one with faculty and staff from every academic institute and student service division.
Prospective students were also able to meet with representatives from Brookdale’s five regional locations, transfer partners such as Rutgers and Georgian Court universities, and some of Brookdale’s more than 50 student clubs and campus organizations.
The day began with a welcome address from Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy, who encouraged the future Brookdalians in attendance to take advantage of all the college has to offer.
From the new Brookdale Learning Commons and Tutoring Center to the college’s acclaimed faculty, dedicated career counselors and academic advisors, Murphy said Brookdale offers a wide range of unique services designed specifically for today’s college student.
“We are here for you today, and we will continue to be here for you every step of the way,” she said. “We want each and every one of you to become a Brookdale success story.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Financial Aid director Stephanie Fitzsimmons and Transfer Resources director Ann Tickner Jankowski, who outlined the various grants, scholarships, transfer agreements and other services available to Brookdale students.
The welcoming remarks concluded with an address by communications professor and open house co-organizer Chad Anderson, who encouraged the attendees to enter the Collins Arena and “nerd out” with dozens of like-minded faculty, staff and student representatives.
“I think that everyone in the world is nerdy about something, whether it is filmmaking, biology, creative writing, sports – you name it,” said Anderson. “There is a roomful of people next door who want to talk nerdy stuff about what they love. Don’t be shy. Ask questions. Be excited about this. We are all here today just for you.”
At individual booths set up for each academic department and student service division, visitors were able to talk about their passions and career goals while engaging in fun activities and even munching on snacks prepared by the Culinary Education Center.
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