Former Brookdale president details ‘2 years of hell’ in prison, report says

assetContentPeter Burnham, the disgraced former president of Brookdale Community College, is out of prison and talking about his mistakes. Burnham spoke last week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges in Chicago, according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, an industry publication. “There’s a fine line between confidence and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

Howard Birdsall Pleads Guilty To Pay To Play Crimes

Howard-BirdsallHoward Birdsall, 72 of Brielle, pleaded guilty today to corporate misconduct for his role in a criminal scheme in which more than $1 million in corporate political contributions were illegally made through employees of his now defunct engineering firm, Birdsall Services Group, in violation New Jersey’s pay-to-play law, according to an announcement by the NJ Attorney General’s Office.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Birdsall be sentenced to four years in state prison. He also must pay $49,808 to the state, representing forfeiture of the political contributions that he made on behalf Birdsall Services Group that were reimbursed by the firm. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.

“As the CEO and largest shareholder of Birdsall Services Group, Howard Birdsall reaped major profits from the millions of dollars in public contracts his firm secured each year – contracts that should have been off limits based on the illegal campaign contributions made by the firm,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “This plea should serve as a warning to any corporate officials who would engage in this type of criminal scheme to skirt our pay-to-play law and skew public contracting in their favor.”

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Posted: February 18th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Birdsall Engineering, Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Brookdale Prez Doesn’t Get Texas Job

Maureen Murphy1Brookdale Community College President Maureen Murphy’s search for her next gig continues.

One of four finalists for the presidency of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, Murphy lost out when the Board of Trustees unanimously chose Dr. Mary Hensly, a 14 year veteran administrator of the Austin Texas Community College District.

Murphy has been the president of Brookdale for three years. In the 16 years since leaving teaching to become an administrator in 1999, she’s held five different positions at four different community colleges. Her contract with Brookdale was extended last October.

Posted: May 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Brookdale President Looking for Greener Pastures

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Brookdale Community College President Maureen Murphy is one of four finalists for the position of president of Blinn College’s Bryan, Texas campus, according to a report on theEagle.com, a Byran-College Station, TX publication.

Murphy and her three competitors will be in Texas to meet members of the public, who will provide feedback on the selection, on May 4 and 5.

In an email to Brookdale’s faculty and staff on Friday, Murphy said, “I entered this search for personal and professional reasons. My commitment to Brookdale is steadfast, but I am exploring select opportunities,” according to a report on APP.com.

The former English professor has an interesting definition of steadfast.

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Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Brookdale President Looking for Greener Pastures

Arrest made in Toms River hit-and-run death of Brookdale Student

assetContent (58)TOMS RIVER — Authorities Wednesday arrested a Lavallette man for the March 6 hit-and-run death of a Brookdale Community College student who was the subject of a viral video late last year, authorities said. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office charged Mark Rothlein, 51, Wednesday following an investigation that included publicizing the make and model of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County, Ocean County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Arrest made in Toms River hit-and-run death of Brookdale Student

Hit-and-run victim was Brookdale student pepper-sprayed in arrest

assetContentTOMS RIVER — The man killed in a hit-and-run accident in Toms River on Friday night is a Brookdale Community College student who made headlines when a video showing him being pepper-sprayed by campus police went viral. Jeffrey Michel, 27, of Colts Neck was found on Route 37 in Toms River shortly after 8 p.m. on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Curt Schilling outs Brookdale student who allegedly posted vulgar tweets about daughter

adamnagelTwo New Jersey men, including one who worked as a part-time ticket seller for the Yankees, incurred the wrath of former major leaguer Curt Schilling this weekend after they allegedly posted sexually explicit tweets about the all-star’s underage daughter. The former Phillies and Red Sox great took to his blog this week to identify the two… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Brookdale trustees approve 3.4 percent tuition hike

Brookdale Trustees MeetingMIDDLETOWN – Brookdale Community College students will soon have to pay more for their education. On Thursday, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees approved a 3.4 percent tuition increase at the college for the 2015-16 school year, effective July 1. For full-time students taking 30 credits per year, the $4-per-credit tuition bump will mean an… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Force ‘necessary’ when cops pepper sprayed Brookdale student in campus arrest, officials say

Brookdale arrestFREEHOLD – Brookdale Community College police officers who were seen in an online video arresting and pepper-spraying a student at the school’s campus did not violate criminal law or use of force guidelines, according to a letter from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The letter, sent by the prosecutor’s office Professional Responsibility Unit, was released Tuesday… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Brookdale Art Exhibit ‘100 Days of Silence’ Displayed in Washington, DC

Rayburn_3Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) hosted “100 Days of Silence,” a one-of-a-kind art exhibition on Tues. Dec. 2, 2014, coordinated by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

 

The collection brings together works created by over 450 New Jersey students and includes more than 60 life-size human forms which illustrate students’ artistic responses to learning about the genocide, the silence of the world, and the importance of becoming involved, concerned citizens.

 

These are powerful expressions by young people who are concerned about a genocide that unfolded while the world watched,” said Smith, a longtime human rights advocate in Congress and chairman of the House Africa and global human rights subcommittee. “The pieces in this exhibition remind us that each of the hundreds of thousands of victims in Rwanda was an individual, worthy of dignity, whose precious life was cut short, who the world should have done more to save. If we cannot do more to prevent genocides in the future, ‘Never again’ will only be lip service. When so many innocent lives are at stake, we must do more. While remembering a genocide often invokes feelings of horror, this exhibition reminds us that hope is also crucial. We must have the hope that we can defeat the evil that is at the root of genocides and we must follow it with the will to act.”

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Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Chris Smith, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Brookdale Art Exhibit ‘100 Days of Silence’ Displayed in Washington, DC