News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date Oct. 18

Student Success - The Brookhaven College Lady Bears Volleyball Team “dug pink” for the fifth straight year and raised approximately $1,450 for The Side-Out Foundation to support breast cancer research. This year, the team worked very hard before the October 7th match against North Lake College at a bake sale and selling T-shirts. Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney pledged (as he did last year) to donate one dollar to the cause for every person wearing pink to the Dig Pink game. To date, the Brookhaven College volleyball program has raised nearly $10,000 with help from students, staff and the surrounding community. The Lady Bears pulled off a fantastic win against the Blazers and remain undefeated in the Metro Athletic Conference.

Institutional Effectiveness - On October 15th, students had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney when he set up for his workday in the Student Services Center. Approximately a hundred students - individually and in small groups - sat down to “Talk with Thom”; many expressed a desire to be consulted more about current and future plans for student and academic services as well as on-campus job creation. Chesney stated that it was inspiring to meet with so many students and he would be happy to do it again if students wanted to, but for now, the focus would be on researching and following up on the questions and ideas presented to respond to the students’ overwhelming desire for Brookhaven to be a great college.

Employee Success - The long-awaited opening of Brookhaven College’s Employee Success Center (ESC) occurred on September 30th. Joy Johnson, director of the ESC, coordinated a “flash mob” to get everyone excited before the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-imagined space. The new center expansion is just one response to the college’s new strategic goals focused on employee success; the ESC will work to provide employee enrichment opportunities. The center features office space with open computer labs, programs for skill development programs and places for employee camaraderie. Capella University sponsored the event, where there was a prize drawing and refreshments served.

Kellie Hickman, Brookhaven College rehabilitation specialist, took part in the City of Dallas’ White Cane Safety Day on October 15th. Hickman sang the national anthem at the event that began with a walk around Dallas City Hall. In her presentation about opportunities for blind individuals, she spoke to prospective students about the opportunities at Brookhaven College. Since 1964, communities across America have taken October 15th to celebrate the achievements of blind persons everywhere. In 2011, White Cane Safety Day was also named Blind Americans Equality Day by President Barack Obama.


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