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The Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College has settled into warm-weather mode, but with an upcoming slate of summer-class training sessions, outdoor theater, car shows and other special events, things can hardly be said to be getting sleepy.

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Reverend Terrence K. Porter of Red Bank’s Pilgrim Baptist Church (above), and Rabbi Marc Kline (below) of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls are among the area clergy participating in a free public panel on the Brookdale campus.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the evening of Thursday, April 20, all members of the community are invited to a special presentation by seven area religious leaders, entitled “The Golden Rule: A Multi-Faith Dialogue.”

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, the free 7 p.m. program will center on the “Golden Rule,” which encourages individuals to treat others as they wish to be treated, and how it is articulated across various faith traditions.

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The Student Life Center building at Brookdale Community College (above) is the setting — and plus-size supermodel Emme Aronson (below) is the keynote speaker — as the Women’s Conference returns to the Lincroft campus on April 21.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Community members are invited to “learn, laugh and lunch” at this year’s edition of A Women’s Conference, going on Friday, April 21 at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center, and scheduled for the hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the one-day conference will feature a keynote address by Emme Aronson, the world’s first plus-size supermodel and an internationally recognized advocate on topics such as body positivity, women’s health, eating disorders, surviving cancer and diversity in fashion.

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BCC Student Life CenterPress release from Brookdale Community College

Beginning on April 18, local residents may qualify for free or reduced cost massage therapy training offered through Brookdale Community College.

Residents interested in learning more about the program and available grant opportunities are invited to a free information session on March 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. inside the Student Life Center building on the Lincroft campus. Parking is in lots 6 and 7, and a tour of Brookdale’s massage training lab will also be available.

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yarrott benzThe public is welcome as author Yarrott Benz inaugurates the spring Visiting Writers series at Brookdale Community College with a Tuesday night discussion of his moving memoir, ‘The Bone Bridge.’

bone bridgeThe story of the brothers Benz may in fact be “the only case like it in history.” Diagnosed back in the 1970’s with aplastic anemia — a life-threatening condition in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce the platelets needed for blood to clot normally — Charley Benz became bound to the person who was identified as the sole compatible donor: his younger brother Yarrott.

Thus began a tale of experimental procedures, complex emotions, soul-searching and self-sacrifice that has only recently been revealed to the world at large, in the acclaimed memoir The Bone Bridge: A Brother’s Story.

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BCC_new_pictureLocal students are invited to an information session for the Brookdale Community College Honors Program on Thursday, March 3 in Lincroft. (Photo by Brookdale CC)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Students interested in applying to the Honors Program at Brookdale Community College are invited to attend a free information session on Thursday, March 3.

During the 6 p.m. event, presented inside the Warner Student Life Center on the college’s Lincroft campus, attendees will learn about the unique benefits and services offered to Brookdale honor students, including leadership opportunities, smaller class sizes, and transfer agreements with partner colleges and universities such as the Rutgers University Business School.

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bernard-lafayette_JPEGNoted civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will give a free talk at Brookdale Community College on February 23. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, noted activist and author the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will meet with local students and discuss his experience as a core leader of the 1960’s civil rights movement, during a free talk at Brookdale Community College.

Lafayette’s talk, scheduled for 11:30 am and titled “Your Life: A Celebration of Peace and Social Justice Yesterday and Today,” is open to all members of the public. It will be held in the Student Life Center building on the BCC campus.

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Fidel MMI conference BCCBrookdale Community College faculty member Fidel Wilson speaks at the 2015 Minority Male Initiative workshop. Registration is now open for this year’s conference, which returns to campus for its second annual edition on Friday, February 19.

Press release from Bookdale Community College

“Each year, more and more males of color are enrolling in college with the goal of earning a degree and starting a rewarding career,” said Fidel Wilson, assistant professor at Brookdale Community College. “But gaps still remain, both in the classroom and in the workforce.”

On Friday, February 19,  BCC and the Monmouth/Ocean County Pan Hellenic Council will host the second annual “Minority Male Initiative” conference on the college’s Lincroft campus.

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center building, the free conference, titled “Finding a Career That Suits You,” will offer career-oriented workshops designed specifically for local high school seniors and current Brookdale students. It is co-sponsored by Meridian Health and Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund program. The conference is open to local high school seniors and Brookdale students, and unique scholarship opportunities are available for eligible attendees.

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BCC Student Life CenterPress release from Brookdale Community College

Community members interested in a new career are invited to attend an information session for a new massage therapy training program at Brookdale Community College, to be held on Thursday, February 4 at 6 p.m. The session will be held inside the Student Life Center building on BCC’s Lincroft campus.

Running from February to October 2016, the hands-on training program will prepare students to become licensed massage therapists in the state of New Jersey. Courses are taught by industry professionals, and include 100 hours of supervised clinical training.

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TalasnikDonPollardSci-fi author and former Brookdale Community College faculty member William Jon Watkins (below) makes a BCC homecoming on Tuesday night, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Sculptor Stephen Talasnik visits November 12. (Top photo by Don Pollard)

william_john_watkins_mxA homecoming hero who sculpts works of imagination in prose and poetry — and a visiting visionary who spins stories out of bamboo — are among the new and returning faces on campus as Brookdale Community College continues its fall 2015 slate of special-guest Writers and Artists events.

It begins Tuesday night, when science fiction specialist/ once-and-future poet William Jon Watkins beams back to BCC (where he served on the school’s founding faculty before retiring) for a reading and discussion hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center building. More →


Press release from Brookdale Community College

In response to the recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College will host a special community progarm about racism and bias, on the evening of Wednesday, July 22.

Scheduled for 7 pm on the college’s Lincroft campus, “Unmasking Racism: Moving Forward Together” will feature an open discussion hosted by Detective David D’Amico, who has investigated bias crimes with the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor for more than 13 years.

A certified cultural diversity trainer and a commissioner with the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission, D’Amico will discuss the local and national impacts of racism and bias. Residents of all ages are invited to join D’Amico and Chhange in an effort to combat racism and suggest potential solutions the nation’s recent conflicts.

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Press release from Brookdale Community College

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the welding industry is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding an estimated 50,000 new positions — and on June 16, The Center for Career Development (CCD) at Brookdale Community College will host an information session for a new, grant-funded welding training program.

Scheduled for 10 am on the Lincroft campus, the free 150-hour training program is sponsored by the New Jersey Community College Consortium’s Ready to Work New Jersey program, and funded in whole by the U.S. Department of Labor. Attendees will learn about growing career opportunities in the welding industry and the benefits of earning a professional certification through the CCD program.

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Kenneth_Lacovara_at_dig_site_of_DreadnoughtusFamed paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara — pictured with the bones of Dreadnoughtus schrani, the titanic dinosaur he discovered in Argentina in 2005 — comes to Brookdale Community  College for a Science Mondays presentation on Dinosaurs in NJ…Still.

They called it Dreadnoughtus schrani — the most massive creature ever known to walk the earth; a titanosaur of the Upper Cretaceous period whose fossilized bones were discovered and excavated between 2005 and 2009 (and made public to great acclaim in 2014) by a team under the direction of Drexel University professor Kenneth Lacovara.

While the big-dig discovery in Argentina (and the subsequent determination that this huge specimen had not even reached its full-grown size) made Dr. Lacovara and his colleagues legitimate science superstars, the Jersey-native paleontologist and geologist is quick to point out that there are many more discoveries to be made; much to be learned — and, when he visits the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College this Monday evening, April 27, he’ll be making the point that there are Dinosaurs in NJ…Still.

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Davy KnowlesManx bluesmaster Davy Knowles is the main-man musical guest at the 18th annual Brookdale Guitar Show – merely the biggest of several special events on campus this Sunday.

By all traditional expectations a quiet day on campus, this Sunday promises to keep the Route 520 roundabout out front of Brookdale Community College humming with visitors to the sprawling Lincroft complex.

All members of the general public are being welcomed as BCC hosts its annual Spring Open House between 12 and 2 pm, inside the Robert J. Collins Arena. Current high schoolers and the career-changing curious are invited to learn about the more than 50 degree and certificate programs offered at the county college, with guided tours available and faculty advisors from all departments on hand to answer questions about course curricula, scholarships, grants, financial aid, job training and four-year programs.

Also on-site will be representatives from partner universities such as Georgian Court and Rutgers, available for questions on streamlined transfer agreements and discounted tuition. Complimentary refreshments will be furnished by Brookdale’s Culinary Education Center, and parking for the event is available in lots 6 or 7. Take it here for more info — and take it around the corner for more happenings on campus this April 12.

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Press release from Brookdale Community College

On Friday, April 10, the Brookdale Community College Black Student Union will partner with the Monmouth Ocean County Pan Hellenic Council to host the first Minority Male Initiative program on the college’s Lincroft campus.

Scheduled to begin at 8:30 am, the free conference will include workshops and an expert panel discussion centered on the benefits of earning a college degree, and the unique challenges faced by black and Latino males in higher education.

According to a 2012 report by the National Center for Education Statistics, only 34 percent of black males earned a bachelor’s degree within six years of enrollment in college, as opposed to 59 percent of white males.

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disobedience_imageThe story of WWII hero Sousa Mendes gets a public airing with a free screening of DISOBEDIENCE, Monday night at Brookdale Community College.

The name of Raoul Wallenberg has been taught in history classes for generations. — and thanks to Hollywood, we know the name of Schindler and his list. But the name Aristides de Sousa Mendes do Amaral e Abranches is anther story entitrely.

On Monday, March 23, the story of the World War II era Portuguese consul — a hero who defied the orders of his government by illegally granting visas to an estimated 30,000 refugees (including approximately 10,000 Jews) in occupied France — will take center stage during a free presentation at Brookdale Community College.

Hosted at BCC’s Student Life Center — and co-sponsored by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange), the Brookdale International Education Center, and the Sousa Mendes Foundation — the 6:30 pm program combines a public-welcome showing of the feature film Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story with an illuminating example of living history.

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Press release from Brookdale Community College

Writers and readers of all ages and experience levels are invited to attend the first Aspiring Writers Conference at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft on June 27. The conference, held at the Warner Student Life Center on Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Four accomplished Brookdale faculty members and the founder of the Red Bank Blogging Club will give a series of lectures on memoir writing, blogging, narrative medicine and the personal and professional benefits of creative expression. The conference will run from 10 am to 3 pm, featuring both a morning and an afternoon session. Lunch will be provided.

Two lectures will be offered simultaneously in both the morning and the afternoon sessions, allowing attendees to select the talks they are most interested in.

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