Briening receives SCC’s Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award

Dennis Briening, recipient of 2013 Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award
Dennis Briening received Salem Community College’s 2013 Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award.

Dennis Briening has received Salem Community College’s Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award.  Briening, who serves as instructional chair of scientific glass technology, was honored at Commencement.  This marks the second time he has received the award.

The Arlene Kelley Service to Students Award annually honors the memory of the admissions secretary who served the College for over 21 years.  Like Kelley, the recipient demonstrates a dedication and passion to student success, goes the extra mile addressing student concerns and makes extraordinary contributions in serving students.

In announcing the award, SCC Foundation Chair Ceil Smith read comments from Briening’s student nominators, who wrote that he:

•“encourages students to reach higher and positively influences everyone,”

•“is extremely helpful and respectful,” and

•“goes above and beyond the call of duty every time for the benefit of the students.”

As instructional chair of SCC’s scientific glass technology program, Briening oversees the only program of its kind in the nation.  He has served on the planning committee for SCC’s annual International Flameworking Conference since its inception in 2001.

The Pennsville resident holds an associate degree in scientific glass technology from SCC and a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.  He served as glass technologist at the Hercules Research Center in Wilmington, Del., for 26 years, retiring in 2008.