Release Date Sept. 6
Student Success - The Open Book Project at Brookhaven College kicked off events for this year on September 4th with a presentation of President Barack Obama’s commencement address at Morehouse College. This year’s selection for the common reader is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. It is the story of two men who shared the same name and some common background, but their fates differed widely, with one becoming a Rhodes Scholar and the other being sentenced to life in prison. Hurshel Burton, Brookhaven College English professor, welcomed more than a hundred students and employees who wanted to find out more about the book and hear what the president had to say about their responsibilities as future role models. President Obama’s address fit well with the Open Book theme, which focuses on the importance of choices made in life.
Employee Success - There is a good chance that Kathleen Long, mathematics professor at Brookhaven College, was the first Piper Professor nominee to ever have an actual piper at the award announcement. Brookhaven College Police Officer Aaron Denn, who plays the bagpipes, treated a small crowd of employees to a quick song as they waited for this year’s Excellence in Teaching awardee to be announced. Brookhaven College’s Jim Dudlo, history professor, and Lois Ames, nursing professor, were also nominated for the award.
Institutional Effectiveness - Brookhaven College kicked off the celebration of its 35th anniversary with an All-college Day on August 22nd. DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Wright Lassiter was the special guest at Convocation, where he reflected on his time in the district, his relationship with the college and his vision for its future. Activities included department meetings and professional development sessions, as well as college-wide conversations about values. Through a yearlong process, employees identified service, learning, diversity, integrity and excellence as core values for the college. All-college Day conversations began the process of crafting values statements to personalize, refine meaning and set out a path for putting these values into action in meaningful and continuous ways.
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