Congressman Frank Pallone, 6th Congressional District, joined Brookdale president Dr. David Stout on Monday, July 9, to swear in Victoria Cattelona as the Brookdale Board of Trustees’ newest Graduate Trustee.
Ms. Cattelona, of Long Branch, graduated from Brookdale in May 2018 with a degree in political science. This fall she will transfer to Columbia University, where she plans to continue her studies in political science.
She will serve a one-year term on the board of trustees, beginning with her first official meeting on July 24.
Cattelona was named one of the nation’s top achieving community college students as a member of the 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team. She was selected based on her academic achievement, leadership, campus engagement and community service activities.
At Brookdale, Cattelona served as vice president of the Brookdale’s PTK chapter, vice president of the Brookdale Honors Association, and as a member of the Honors Program where she worked as an ambassador and a peer mentor for incoming students. She was also a member of the college’s History and Political Science Club.
In Cattelona’s application for the position of graduate trustee, she stated “Brookdale has afforded me valuable academic, financial, and social opportunities that a four year school was not able to offer me. I am I am grateful to have met kind, intelligent, and passionate people at Brookdale, among them professors, students, and administrators. I want to ensure that Brookdale remains a viable option for higher education; the College is indispensable for the local economy and for individual students and their families. I also want to further disrupt the perception that community colleges are not legitimate and respectable avenues toward a college degree.”
Now, as a member of the Board of Trustees, Cattelona looks forward to serving the college in this new capacity, to ensure that future students are afforded the same opportunities made available to her.