Release Date April 19
Institutional Effectiveness — Approximately 200 parents and their children came to Brookhaven College on April 13th from the Burnet, Saldivar, Foster and Cigarroa elementary schools areas to learn more about higher education opportunities and for an overview of programs and services available at Brookhaven College; the group was brought to the session by The Concilio. Eight student volunteers each spoke about their experiences and financial aid, as well as the reasons they are attending college. Two members of The Concilio group, who are also current Brookhaven College students, shared their stories. Attendees were also given a tour of the campus. The program was coordinated by Outreach team members Jean Kaplan, Suzette Vaquera-Constantine and Greg Rife, with assistance on logistics from Melanie Gamble and Dominica McCarthy. The Concilio is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on building stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families.
Employee Success — The 2013 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention featured three Brookhaven College speakers giving five presentations. Daniel Rodrigue, Journalism professor, gave two presentations. In “How to Effectively Use Social Media (to Keep your Journalism Job),” he offered strategies for gaining “likes” and “sharing” news stories to increase readership. “Narrative in Journalism: It’s Not Just for Feature Stories” discussed the value of incorporating the narrative elements of a feature into hard news, sports stories and blog posts. John Neal, adjunct professor, gave a presentation that focused on the growth and development of digital media. He also presented “What You Need to Know about Typography,” which focused on the history of type and the importance of typography in design. Rori Harrington, editorial consultant for the Brookhaven Courier, presented “The Importance of Cyber Civility.” This session discussed how a student’s cyber footprints could hamper his/her job search, emphasizing the need for professionalism online.
Members of Brookhaven College’s Campus Assessment, Response, Evaluation (CARE) Team attended the Behavioral Intervention Team Best Practices Certification Course. The three-day class was sponsored by the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association. Team members who attained certification include: Sheila Gilliam, Nursing professor; Kellie Hickman, senior rehabilitation specialist; Mildred Kelley, college nurse; John Klingensmith, police chief; Kathleen Long, Mathematics professor; Beverly Neu Menassa, assistant dean of student support services; Carla Peacock, assistant director of human resources; and Rick Tuman, coordinator for continuing education and workforce development.
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