Nearly 700 local students, parents and community members flocked to the Lincroft campus on Nov. 5 for Brookdale’s annual Fall Open House. The program, which was redesigned for the 2017-18 school year, offered visitors the opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty and student services representatives and explore a variety of majors and college departments throughout the afternoon.
The open house began in the Collins Arena with an address by interim Brookdale President David Stout, who provided an overview of the college’s acclaimed faculty, curriculum, transfer partnerships, campus life opportunities, scholarship programs, study abroad excursions and more.
“Brookdale is celebrating our 50th anniversary of helping students to achieve their goals,” Stout said. “Our mission here as an institution is to provide the highest quality academic experience possible for an affordable cost, in locations that are accessible. So welcome to Brookdale Community College. I hope you all are as excited as we are to be here today.”
Brookdale academic deans Anoop Ahluwalia, William Burns, Carl Calendar, Jayne Edman and Patricia Gallo also discussed their respective academic institutes and encouraged those interested in one of their subjects to visit them at designated “mini Open Houses” located across campus.
In the Center for Visual Arts, attendees were able to tour the college’s arts labs, architecture and interior design studios, speaking with faculty about their passions and professional experience.
In MAS, STEM and health sciences faculty gave demonstrations of their course material and hosted guided tours of the college’s nursing and science labs.
In MAN, visitors were able to learn about more than a dozen business and social science programs while snacking on freshly prepared soup, sliders, pastries and other snacks courtesy of Brookdale’s Culinary Education Center.
Humanities faculty were on hand in the Bankier Library to talk literature, music and theater with interested visitors, while Automotive Technology and TV/radio representatives hosted guided tours of the college’s professional-grade training facilities. Attendees were also offered intimate tours of the Bankier Library, including available computer labs and educational resources, and were encouraged to speak with students representing some of the college’s more than 50 clubs and campus organizations.
For John Boland, a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, the open house was a valuable opportunity to explore not only a local college, but his academic passions as well.
“We looked into the history program a little earlier, and we just finished up speaking with someone about computer science and cybersecurity,” said Boland, of Oceanport. “It’s really nice here, and I’m impressed with the buildings and the campus as well. It was a good experience today.”
View more photos from the Fall 2017 Open House here.
Learn more about Brookdale’s academic programs and courses of study here.