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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, May 8, 2008


Commencement May 8

It is that special time of year when we say goodbye to many of our students as they take that next step. Commencement is May 8 at 7 p.m., but students are asked to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to begin dressing in their caps and gowns and lining up for the procession. Staff and faculty members who will be walking in the procession are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m. Remember to welcome those future graduates who were invited to attend the ceremonies. They will be seated in a special section.

Ceremonies will be at Loos Field House and directions are available online here. There is parking for administrators, faculty and staff members on the east side of Loos Field House. When facing Loos, parking is located to the right of the field house, in a fenced area near the back of the building. A Brookhaven College police officer will be stationed at the gate.

Remediation Nothing New

A recent edition of Community College Week included this special “Did you Know?”? The need to remediate college students is not new. Martha E. Casazza, dean of National-Louis University’s College of Arts & Science, noted in a symposium on developmental learning at Harvard University a few years ago, that “by 1871, Charles Eliot, Harvard's president at that time, lamented that the freshmen entering Harvard had ‘bad spelling, incorrectness as well as inelegance of the simplest rules of punctuation.’ As a result, the university developed an exam to include written composition, and by 1879 50 percent of the applicants were failing this exam and were admitted ‘on condition.’ This led the university to provide extra assistance to prepare the students for college-level classes.”