Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College is a public community college in Lincroft, New Jersey. Brookdale Community College was founded in 1967 and has locations in Neptune Township, Freehold, Hazlet, Long Branch, and Wall Township.
|Type||Public Community College|
|President||Dr. David Stout|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Scarlet and White|
Brookdale is an open-admission college, available to anyone 18 years of age or older, or anyone who is a high school graduate or holder of an equivalency diploma. It serves the residents of Monmouth County and surrounding communities. One in every three Monmouth County high school graduates attend Brookdale. The college offers associate degrees in more than 60 programs, plus non-credit classes and certificate programs.
The Lincroft campus in Middletown consists of 22 buildings, including the Center for the Visual Arts, the Center for World War II Studies, and the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center. The newly renovated Robert J. Collins Arena/Brookdale Recreation and Events Center holds special events, including conventions, concerts, and athletic competitions.
High Technology High School, a magnet school for students from Monmouth County, is located near the eastern edge of the Lincroft Campus. It is operated by the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
The Lincroft campus is home to the Monmouth Museum, the Brookdale Performing Arts Center, and Brookdale Public Radio (WBJB-FM). These institutions offer performances, National Public Radio, and music.
The Department of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramurals provides a diverse range of programs. Brookdale’s intercollegiate program is nationally recognized. The Jersey Blues teams compete in the Garden State Athletic Conference and in Region XIX of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The program has won eight NJCAA Division III National titles: softball (2002, 2005 and 2010), women's soccer (2013, 2014 and 2015) and men's basketball (2013 and 2018).
- Sports teams
- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s and Women’s Soccer
- Men’s and Women’s Tennis
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball
- Men’s Lacrosse
- Women's Volleyball
Student clubs and organizations
There are over 50 recognized student organizations at Brookdale Community College. Clubs and organizations are recognized by the Student Life Board, Brookdale's student government, and must re-register every year with the department of Student Life and Activities.
The NJ Coastal Communiversity, led by Brookdale, is an alliance of New Jersey higher education colleges and universities offering selected associate, bachelor’s, and master's degrees, and graduate certificates in Monmouth County.
Members are Brookdale, Georgian Court University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Classes and services are offered at Brookdale's Wall Higher Education Center (on the grounds of the former US Army installation Camp Evans). Rutgers classes and services are offered at the Western Monmouth Branch Campus in Freehold and Montclair's MBA classes are offered on the Lincroft main campus.
Degree Programs include: Business Administration, Public Safety, Education, Information Technology, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, and Online programs.
Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution
The Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution is dedicated to fostering the study of the historical, political, social, economic, cultural and military aspects of the World War II era up through the Korean War. The Center examines the key events of the time; the political and military leaders who waged the wars, provided the leadership, made the peace; and those who served on the battlefield and home front.
2012 Presidential corruption indictment
On July 24, 2012, College President Peter F. Burnham, who had retired from a 20-year tenure after corruption allegations surfaced pleaded guilty to two indictable (felony) counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in a plea agreement that called for a five-year prison term. Five months later, he was sentenced to a 5-year-prison-term and ordered to make financial restitution to the college.
Faculty and staff
- Jeffrey Ford (born 1955), fantasy, science fiction, and mystery author and recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Nebula Award, and the World Fantasy Award, among others. He is currently a professor of writing and literature at Brookdale.
- Sally Priesand (born 1946), America's first female rabbi. She serves on the Board of the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale.
- Lou Brutus (born 1972), radio host, musician and photographer.
- Deena Nicole Cortese (born 1987), cast member on the reality shows Jersey Shore and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
- Dean Ehehalt (born 1964), head coach of the Monmouth Hawks baseball team.
- Jim Hunter (born 1959), formerly of CBS Sports and currently a broadcaster on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network that covers the Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles.
- Rob Lukachyk (born 1968), former Major League Baseball player who played briefly for the Montreal Expos during their 1996 season.
- John Montefusco (born 1950), former Major League Baseball pitcher from 1974 to 1986 who played for the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees.
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (LaValle) (born 1987), Reality-TV star of Jersey Shore, Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice, Fear Factor, Snooki & JWoww, Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip, & Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.
- Dave Rible (born 1967), Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, who previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Kevin Smith (born 1970), film director, screenwriter, and actor, perhaps best known for the cult classic Clerks. Brookdale's Criminal Justice degree program was mentioned during the jail scene in his film Clerks 2. He received an Associate of Letters degree in 2007.
- Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (born 1982), Reality-TV star of Jersey Shore, Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Big Brother (UK), The Sorrentinos, Marriage Boot Camp, and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
- Steven Spielberg (born 1946), film producer, film director, screenwriter
- James Urbaniak (born 1963), actor of film, stage, and voice. Portrays Dr. Venture, amongst other characters, on The Venture Brothers.
- Denny Walling (born 1954), Major League Baseball third baseman for the Houston Astros.
- Brian Williams (born 1959), former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News.
- Madlyn-Ann C. Woolwich (born 1937), pastel and impressionist painter and author of several books and articles.
- "Brookdale Fast Facts". Brookdale Community College. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- "Brookdale caps perfect season with DIII title", National Junior College Athletic Association. Accessed March 18, 2018. "Brookdale (NY) capped its perfect season with the 2018 NJCAA DIII Men’s Basketball National Championship. The Jersey Blues pulled away down the stretch to top second-seeded Nassau 70-57 at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.... The Jersey Blues’ previous national title came in 2013, a 61-55 victory over Eastfield (TX)"
- Heyboer, Kelly (July 24, 2012). "Former Brookdale Community College president pleads guilty to official misconduct". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- "State vs. Burnham - Legal Accusation Filing" (PDF). 7/24/12. Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- Heumiller, Keith (December 6, 2012). "Burnham sentenced to five years". Examiner. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- Jeffrey Ford (Author of The Shadow Year)
- HWS: Rabbi Sally J. Priesand
- Brutus, Lou. "Lou Brutus Biography". LouBrutus.com.
- Holt, Bob. "‘Jersey Shore’ star Snooki helped Deena Nicole Cortese become new cast member" Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, NewJerseyNewsroom.com, July 29, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011.
- Dean Ehehalt, Monmouth Hawks baseball. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Prior to his arrival at ECU, Ehehalt played two years at Brookdale Community College, where he was named first team Junior College All-Region XIX in 1984."
- Broadcasters, Baltimore Orioles. Accessed August 11, 2008.
- Rob Lukachyck, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 18, 2018.
- Edelson, Stephen. "Watch: Shore's greatest high school pitchers ever", Asbury Park Press, April 20, 2016. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Someone like Middletown's John Montefusco, who went on to star for the San Francisco Giants in the 1970s, for instance, was better known as a shortstop in high school. He came of age as a pitcher playing at Brookdale Community College, helping put that program on the map."
- AssemblymanDavid P. Rible (R) , New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 25, 2017. Accessed March 18, 2018. "Education: Brookdale Community College (Criminal Justice)"
- Dembicki, Matthew. "Governors take the stage for commencements" Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Community College Times, June 8, 2007. Accessed June 16, 2008. "Some community colleges tapped alumni to wrap up the academic year. Film director Kevin Smith, who attended Brookdale Community College (New Jersey), reflected on his path to postsecondary success."
- Thakur, Pradeep. The Most Important People of the 20th Century (Part-II): Artists & Entertainers. Lulu.com. ISBN 9780557943777.
- Sternbergh, Adam (May 21, 2005). "Smarty Pants: The star of Thom Pain is the talk of the town. Will success get James Urbaniak just what he deserves?". New York. Retrieved October 4, 2009.
- Denny Walling, Baseball Reference. Accessed August 28, 2019. "Schools: Brookdale Community College (Lincroft, NJ), Clemson University (Clemson, SC)"
- Strauss, Robert. "In Person; The Life Of Brian, Annotated", The New York Times, October 27, 2002. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Early on, Mr. Williams was hardly a striver. After high school he went to Brookdale Community College without much of a plan besides volunteer firefighting."
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