bcc interior design service awardPHOTO: Brookdale interior design students Kat Minor, Tess Henry, Kathleen Ward and Rachael Engstrom unveil a redesigned home for a displaced family in Eatontown on June 4. Photo by Brookdale Community College.

LINCROFT, NJ –Brookdale Community College interior design students have been recognized by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) for their recent volunteer work with superstorm Sandy victims and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

On April 16, Brookdale’s Interior Design Student Association was honored with the 2015 IIDA Campus Center Award for Excellence in Community Activities.

The nationally competitive award recognizes the student association’s partnership with the Affordable Housing Alliance in June to refurbish three manufactured homes in Eatontown for displaced storm victims.

The student association was also honored for researching and creating design proposals for Monmouth Medical Center’s new Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program, which is slated to open later this year.

Beginning in February, students worked with hospital staff and local mothers to design a comfortable, calming setting for sufferers of post-partum depression, including a meeting room, office space and a waiting room.

Their official proposal, including a budget, color schemes and furniture recommendations, was presented to the hospital April 1.

“It is truly humbling to receive this award, especially after spending so much time with the people who will benefit from these projects,” said student association member Kathleen Ward. “We just wanted to help people feel good about the place they have to be in. To see that happen makes it all worth it.”

For more information on Brookdale’s interior design program, visit www.brookdalecc.edu or email Professor Patricia Blaser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..