Reveal for wellness center is set

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A new wellness center opens on the campus of Brookdale Community College. The creation of the wellness center was made possible thanks to the generous bequest of Caroline Huber. The center will focus on total wellness with a thoughtful design created for spirituality, physical health, mental health, social relationships and intellectual development. Programs and services will be available for Brookdale students, employees and the community. Additionally, $150,000 will establish a Caroline Huber Memorial Scholarship Fund for students with financial need in the humanities program.

“We are grateful for the generous donation left by Caroline Huber to make our vision of an on-campus wellness center a reality and scholarships for our students,” said Dr. David M. Stout, President from Brookdale Community College. “With mental health issues escalating, this donation gives us the ability to meet the needs of our community and ensure that we put the health and safety of our students at the top of our list of priorities.”

A Wellness Center Reveal Ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on April 26 at the Student Life Center, Navesink II and III rooms. Attendees will view renderings of the center’s architectural design, meet new director Dinneen Jackson, community partners involved in the wellness center, and recipients of the Caroline Huber Memorial Scholarship. In addition, remarks will be made by Brookdale Community College President Dr. David M. Stout, Deputy Director of Monmouth County Commissioners Susan Kiley and Sam Huber.

Architectural plans for the two-story space include a retreat room for meditation, the Brookdale Pantry, Helping Hands, dedicated office space for Monmouth County social worker Sylvina Mendez, and two offices for partners community. In addition, there is a courtyard that will be landscaped to provide a relaxing and peaceful Zen space.

“Having a wellness center located on the Brookdale campus is a testament to the fact that Brookdale cares not only about students’ academic success, but also about their holistic success,” said Belinda Asimoah, vice- Wellness Chair for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. and a nursing and creative writing major at Brookdale Community College. Belinda was a member of the Wellness Center Strategic Planning and Director Selection Committee.

The Wellness Center’s vision is to empower a compassionate community dedicated to personal well-being, social connection and collective engagement. Many of the activities and workshops planned by Jackson will be designed to reduce stress and anxiety and provide nutritional guidance.

Anyone who knows Jackson knows that she is passionate, knowledgeable, and knowledgeable about wellness. She earned her AA in Business and Education from Brookdale Community College, her BA in Urban Studies from Rutgers University, and her MA in Holistic Integrative Health Studies from Georgian Court University. Additionally, she is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), Certified Mental Health First Aider, and Reiki Master.

Over the past decade, she has shared her passion for health and wellness with the Brookdale community and beyond. She presented Work-Life Balance for the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Holistic Health Reunion and Graduate Program for Georgian Court University, and Instructor of Holistic Health, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Continuing and Professional Life Studies Long Apprenticeship Program at Brookdale Community College.

Jackson has received numerous awards, including the National Society of Leadership & Success’ Excellence in Teaching Award, the Excellence in Student Service Award, and the Administrator’s Peer Recognition Award.

Jackson’s expectations for the Wellness Center reflect the center’s mission: to connect students, employees, and community members to campus resources and local partners who will meet basic needs, enhance individual well-being, and community and promote social justice.

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