Release Date Feb. 8
Sixteen members of the Brookhaven College Student Government Association (SGA) departed at 5 a.m. on February 5th on a trip to Austin for Community College Day at the capitol. These students joined approximately 1,500 other students, college employees and representatives from institutions across the state in taking the opportunity to present the needs and concerns of community colleges directly to their state representatives. In addition to interacting with other student leaders, the Brookhaven College SGA members met with Senator Royce West and State Representative Rafael Anchia to discuss the impact of legislative budget cuts in higher education on students and their education.
A small, but interested, group gathered to hear DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Wright Lassiter speak as part of Brookhaven College’s Black History Month celebration. He shared many personal experiences with civil rights issues throughout his lifetime and offered a brief history lesson on a little-known precursor to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s called the Niagara Movement. In continuing the college’s celebration of Black History Month, the Office of Student Life has another lecture and also cultural celebrations planned throughout the month of February.
The Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute was the host site for the January meeting of the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) of Dallas. Part of the program was recognition of scholarship winners. Four Accounting majors — Darren Winsett, Kaori Narita, Bumsoo Kim and Summer Graham — each received a $500 scholarship. Kim and Graham attended the meeting and expressed their thanks; the other recipients sent personal letters to the councilmembers.
Dr. Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, has been asked to serve as a presidential advisor to the American Council on Education Spectrum Executive Leadership Program. The program is geared toward encouraging and developing increased diversity in the senior ranks of higher education, especially at the presidential level. Chesney’s roles will include being a mentor to one or more program participants, and a contributing presenter and curriculum development adviser to the Spectrum Program. A cohort of 28 participants representing male and female upper-level administrators at private and public two- and four-year institutions around the country has been selected for the program.
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