News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date Nov. 8

Community Engagement - The 24th Annual Reach for the Stars Career Conference held at Brookhaven College on November 2nd was a resounding success! For years, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Farmers Branch/Carrollton branch has hosted this event at the college to encourage middle school girls to examine careers in science, math and technology. More than 285 girls, their parents and teachers registered and participated in hands-on learning in technical and scientific fields. Anahita Sidhwa, Brookhaven College astronomy professor and AAUW member, has taken the lead in putting the event together for many years, but the conference takes the work of dozens of employees and departments, from facilities and media to instruction and marketing. Fellow Brookhaven College AAUW members Doris Rousey, Peggy Mason and Delryn Fleming also provided assistance with whatever was needed.

On October 26th, 15 Brookhaven College students spent their Saturday morning giving back to the community by participating in the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement’s Make a Difference Day activities.  Students worked at two group homes managed by Mosaic, an organization that provides possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  After introductions and a brief orientation, students tackled weeding flowerbeds, trimming hedges and tree limbs, raking and bagging leaves, mowing yards, and cleaning windows. They even took out a tree stump!  Participants enjoyed the privilege of working as a team and the opportunity of meeting new people. One volunteer noted, “I will inform more people who are looking to volunteer about Mosaic because I learned it is a small community that tends to be neglected.”

Employee Success - Instructors in the Brookhaven College Art Department are sharing their expertise around the Metroplex. In a few weeks, David Preusse, adjunct professor of art history, will present at the 2013 Annual Texas Art Education Association Conference on his use of technology in the classroom to combat student disengagement, with data from his comparative study of two of his current classes. Also, Professor and Gallery Specialist David Newman recently presented a lecture, “Rauschenberg: Sustaining Innovation in Printmaking,” for the symposium and exhibition, “Robert Rauschenberg: Four Decades of Works on Paper,” at the University of Dallas.

Sandy Wyche, executive dean of business studies at Brookhaven College, recently led a workshop for some Eastfield College employees.  The Human Resources Department at Eastfield College has been holding a series of professional development workshops, and Wyche presented a session on “Motivating Employees.” He focused on working with the small group in discussions of ways to engage employees by building positive working relationships; motivate employees by focusing on good values, such as fairness and respect; and recognize employees by asking for feedback and acknowledging their work. Wyche volunteered to lead the workshop as a way to share his own experience and for his own professional growth.


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