News at Brookhaven College

News Note

Release Date Feb. 21

Institutional Effectiveness - February 10-14th was Acts of Kindness Week, sponsored by the Brookhaven College Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.  Students and employees were encouraged to share kindness with others or to volunteer their time giving back to the community.  “Monday through Wednesday” groups served dinner at The Salvation Army; in those three meals, nearly 1,500 people received warm food to eat.  On Thursday, “Free Hugs” was a hit as the Brookhaven Bear and a couple of students wandered the campus giving free hugs to those in need of a little affection.

Student Success - Past and current art students at Brookhaven College have been making news lately. Cuyler Etheredge, art student, and Natalie Lambert, alumna, were among 32 artists selected from 160 who submitted works to take part in EXPO 2014, the annual juried show at 500x Gallery in Dallas. Art student Shua Kwon’s painting was 1 of 5 works selected from among 70 entries for the National League for Innovation in the Community College Student Art Competition and Exhibition. Each DCCCD college selects work by ten of its art students for entry in the annual competition.

Employee Success - Debbie Hanus, Brookhaven College mathematics professor, has been invited to be part of the design team for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) prep pathway, as part of the New Mathways Project. Development and implementation of the New Mathways Project, a systemic approach to improving student success and completion, is a collaboration of the Dana Center and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. The project focuses on creating relevant and challenging math content aligned to specific fields of study through an accelerated path that allows students to complete a college-level math course more quickly than traditional developmental math, with the STEM prep focused on creating a path for students to complete calculus.

Sandy Wyche, Brookhaven College executive dean for business studies, facilitated a workshop for the Richland College Business Services Department’s annual retreat on February 7th. With its effort of continuous improvement, the department was focusing on promoting employee success in the workplace, so Wyche lead activities and discussion on “Motivating the Workforce.” (Wyche has offered professional development on “Motivating the Workforce” to other colleges.) He involved the 13 participants in discussions on team motivation - employees/co-workers, building positive working relationships, using good values to motivate, recognizing co-workers and discussing how their goals should be aligned with the DCCCD and college goals/objectives.


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