News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date Nov. 1

Employee Success - Congratulations to the Brookhaven College CARE (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team for having been selected as the Silver Award recipient of the Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award at the National Council on Student Development National Conference held in Tampa, FL, October 20th-22nd. The annual event designates exemplary practices aimed at advancing student development at community colleges. Brookhaven College’s Oscar Lopez, vice-president of student services, and Beverly Neu Menassa, assistant dean of student support services, presented “From Crisis to Care: How Brookhaven College Manages Students Who Display Disruptive and Potentially Harmful Behaviors.” Their presentation was one of only three that received recognition. It was noted as being highly innovative, demonstrating compelling results over time, and a model best-practice in the field of student development by conference participants.
Student Success - The Brookhaven College Bears Basketball Team held its 5th Annual Don Cockrell Alumni Game on October 20th. Each year, the current team battles it out with past players for pride and bragging rights, in an exhibition game that also raises funds for Operation Kindness, North Texas’ oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter. Former player Anthony Jackson put on a great show with his dunking; and there was what Brookhaven College Coach Kevin Hurst called a “shooting exhibition” by former player Chad Caudill. The game honors former Brookhaven College employee Don Cockrell for his love of student athletes, athletics and animals.

Community Outreach - Brookhaven College successfully hosted the opening of the Clean Economy Series (CES) on October 25-26th. More than 70 students, employees, community members and local business owners attended the two events that featured Nate Downey, author and permaculture expert from Santa Fe, NM. Downey presented a talk that focused on the way the water-harvesting industry will drive sustainability. The following day, he conducted a hands-on workshop about passive water harvesting with landscaping. The CES is a cooperative effort of all seven of the DCCCD colleges, bringing together the work of employees from across the district. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, was the lead at Brookhaven College for the event. Georgeann Moss, director of internet publishing (District Office), heads the DCCCD Sustainability Team and is working with Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges in planning subsequent CES events.

Early College High School at Brookhaven College
Student Success - In addition to the activities scheduled during Red Ribbon Week for Brookhaven College, students at the Early College High School selected daily themes to emphasize ways to stay drug free. On October 21st, it was “Tie Up Drugs,” which included wearing red and tying ribbons around trees on campus. To support the next day’s “Stay Strong Against Drugs” theme, students wore camouflage attire and signed pledges to remain drug free. On October 23rd, they dressed as their favorite superheroes and wrote statements honoring the memory of someone whose life has been affected by drugs/alcohol, supporting “Save the Day from Drugs.” The following day, the theme was “Pair Up Against Drugs” (Twin Day) as each student coordinated his/her dress with a fellow student to identify an accountability partner to help each other stay drug free. The week culminated with “Spook Out Drugs”; students wore Halloween costumes and placed commitments to remain drug free on a giant spider web.


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