Thursday, June 04

Brookdale Newsroom

Brookdale Employees Honored for Excellence in Education

More than 140 faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the Riverview Pavilion in Belmar to celebrate and honor the recipients of the 28th Annual Barringer Awards Dinner on May 3. The honorees are: Linda Mass, Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services; Professor Michael Qaissaunee, Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department; and, Professor Sally Sorrell who heads the Learning Disabilities Program. Mass, who is retiring after 26 years of service, pioneered the Service-Learning program at Brookdale. Qaissaunee, now in his 16th year of service, has been the driving force behind the awarding of three National Science Foundation grants totaling $1.8 million. Sorrell, who began her career at Brookdale in 1971, has built Brookdale’s Learning Disabilities Program to a model of excellence in New Jersey and one of the most progressive programs of its kind in the nation.

The annual event is sponsored by the Brookdale Community College Alumni Association. Madine DeSantis, Ph.D. ’92 , is the association’s President. The Alumni Association presents the Barringer Award to individuals and organizations who epitomize the quality of excellence in education and who have made a significant impact on the College and our students. Each recipient received an engraved obelisk and resolution heralding their contributions to the college and the communities we serve.

By: Timothy Zeiss, Executive Director, Brookdale Community College Foundation